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Tectonics of Wisdom




4: Architecture

Faculty Supervisor:

Cristina Parreno

Faculty email:


Apply by:

September 11, 2020


Cristina Parreno, cparreno@mit.edu

Project Description

The first phase of the project is currently on view on the Museum of Architecture of Moscow. The next phases of Tectonics of Wisdom will be a book proposal for our research, and a digital exhibit for the collateral event of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2021. The event is organized by the European cultural center, called: “Space, Time, Existence,” which they have done in in previous Biennales. “Tectonics of Wisdom” is a project developed within the larger frame of “Transtectonics,” an ongoing research by Cristina Parreño that examines cultural, contextual and environmental implications of architectural material practice in the age of the Anthropocene. In the context of urgent global challenges occurring at planetary-scales of time and space, “Tectonics of Wisdom” turns to a central network of human and material knowledge, examining the library through the lens of “Transtectonics," a venue for architectural research, inquiry, and speculation regarding anthropogenic material processes on a geological scale. “Tectonics of Wisdom” is a growing archive of historical libraries described through “geological material events.” Each of these buildings (material as space) and their books (material as knowledge) is examined as a finite moment of convergence of matter and energy in flux; matter and energy that crossing vastly different timescales coincide in a specific place at a specific time in the form of a library. The research of “Tectonics of Wisdom” traces geological and human timelines that collapsed in extraordinary “material events” (like the eruption of the Vesuvius in the year 79AD) defining the fate of these libraries and the human civilizations influenced by them.


-Experience with the Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere) -Experience with photo-editing/collage making, architectural drawings and diagrams, book design/layout, video editing -Research capabilities and a particular interest in architectural history and material research​