Friday 7 May, 6pm
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Mineral Statistics

With Zeynep Çelik Alexander
ASSC’s Thinker in Architecture

The Museum of Economic Geology, founded in London in 1835 and relocated to a custom-designed building between Piccadily and Jermyn Streets in 1851, consisted not only of exhibition galleries but also the Mining Records Office. This paper examines the role that the Museum played as a proto-database of sorts, connecting the thousands of geological specimens on display in the galleries to the mining records behind them and the world of economic activity beyond.


Zeynep Çelik Alexander is an architectural historian who teaches in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University. She is the author of Kinaesthetic Knowing: Aesthetics, Epistemology, Modern Design (2017) and co-editor (with John May) of Design Technics: Archaeologies of Architectural Practice (2020) and (with Daniel Abramson and Michael Osman) Writing Architectural History: Evidence and Narrative in the Twenty-First Century (2021). 

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