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An Essay on Albrecht Dürer's Melencolia I

A deft reinterpretation of the most zealously interpreted picture in the Western canon as a therapeutic artifact.

The Year of the Animal in France

When animals and their symbolic representations—in the Royal Menagerie, in art, in medicine, in philosophy—helped transform the French state and culture.

Violence at the Threshold of Detectability

A new form of investigative practice that uses architecture as an optical device to investigate armed conflicts and environmental destruction.

An Essay on Infinite Naming

From Homer’s Outis—“No One,” or “Non-One,” “No Man,” or “Non-Man”— to “soul,” “spirit,” and the unnamable.

A prize-winning examination of why nation-states wall themselves off despite widespread proclamations of global connectedness.

A search for traces of the voice before the phonograph, reconstructing a series of ancient soundscapes from Aristotle to Augustine.

Environments of Insecurity/Architectures of Counterinsurgency

Revisiting an era when the discipline of architecture staked out a role in global environmental governance and the biopolitical management of populations.

The Emergence of Human Modernity

A new narrative for the emergence of human music, drawing from archaeology, cognitive science, linguistics, and evolutionary theory.