The Inverted View
The Inverted View
The Inverted View is the 158-page book-length manuscript written by LIONarchitecture Principal Matthew Teismann, covering the Monster Globe project and its predecessor Georamas in the mid-19th century. Beyond mere historical document The Inverted View explicates how architecture can ground humans ontologically in the space of their environment and the space of their existence. Originally written as Teismann's Master's Thesis at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, The Inverted View develops a global model of architecture, narrative, and spatial conception that redefines perception through a hidden architectural impulse.
"One month after the opening of London’s Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry in 1851, one of the most compelling purpose-built panoramas was erected by cartographer James Wyld in Leicester Square. Known as the Monster Globe, this gigantic hollow sphere depicted land formations in color relief on its surface. A georama - the globe is inverted so that the exterior surface of the earth is conveyed on the interior surface of the hollow sphere.
Reflecting shifting socioeconomic trends of the mid-nineteenth century, the Monster Globe exhibits a narrative progression that produces a certain kind of conceptual knowledge: image, rhetoric, and allegory. At first available only as a glimpse, once read, the allegory supersedes the medium of image through the perfomativity of the reflected imperial gaze."
Table of Contents:
Chapter 1: Of Crystals, Mirrors, & Globes
Chapter 2: The Inverted Sphere - Birth of the Georama
Chapter 3: The Inverted Empire - An Emerging International
Chapter 4: The Inverted Image - Situating the Globe
Epilogue: Globe in the Square