Matthias Ballestrem: Distracted and Unconscious

Department of Architecture Fall 2010 Lunch Lecture Series

Matthias Ballestrem is a Berlin-based architect. Since 2006, Ballestrem has been an associate professor at the Technical University of Berlin and is currently a visiting critic at Cornell University. In this lecture, Ballestrem will present aspects of his research on the interaction between the human nervous system and architecture. Based on Walter Benjamin’s theory that architecture is mostly appropriated in a state of distraction (“Zerstreuung”), he will investigate how current findings on space perception can affect our understanding of architectural form.

Food and beverages will be served. This lecture is open to the faculty, students, and general public.