In Spring of 2018 Matthew Teismann of LIONarchitecture will present new research on Architectural Allegory at a conference in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Society of Architectural Historians will host its 71st Annual International Conference in Saint Paul, Minnesota, from April 18–22, 2018. The Saint Paul conference will include 48 paper sessions that will draw architectural historians, art historians, architects, museum professionals, and preservationists from around the world together to present new research on the history of the built environment. In addition, roundtable discussions and architectural and landscape tours are being planned to enhance the overall program.
Titled 'The Inverted Sphere: birth of a georama,' the presentation will explain how an emerging nineteenth century conception of a world civilization, brought forth new challenges for cartographic representation that required a new type of architectural construct. While able to be comprehended in-the-round, the earth’s spherical shape makes it impossible to view externally in a single glance. A means to remedy this, therefore, is to invert the globe so that spectators can see the entirety of the earth’s interconnected surface with a single, continuous view. This type of inhabitable sphere is known as a georama. A georama is symptomatic of imperial capitalism, which brought forth the world into an interconnected and collective sphere. It was the task of nineteenth-century cartographers, geographers, and architects to formulate a new type of building in which to display the geo-political world in-the-round – to create a new way of seeing it.
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