In the Air: Seeing Architectural Climates

Banvard Gallery / Knowlton Hall
November 19, 2014 - 7:00pm to January 23, 2015 - 5:00pm

About the Show

The Banvard Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Gallery is located on the first floor of Knowlton Hall on the campus of The Ohio State University. The exhibit “In the Air: Seeing Architectural Climates” opens at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 19 and will run through Friday, January 23, 2015. Opening night will feature reception outside the gallery following the Baumer Lecture Series presentation by Forrest Meggers.


Climate defines architecture. At the basis of shelter are the search for comfort and manipulation of light, heat, water and air. Climatic perception is not only physical but also cultural and symbolic. Yet climate remains largely peripheral to architectural discourse—the poor cousin of form, space and structure.

Climate defies representation. Its dynamic and invisible qualities are not easily captured by static geometry. Although its scientific measurement is precise, its sensory assessment is subjective. These quantitative and qualitative aspects suggest vastly different representational registers—charts and graphs to paintings and photographs.

“In the Air” identifies key moments when architectural climate was a main subject of design, from the 19th century to today. Straddling the scientific and the artistic, this idiosyncratic selection of images highlights the many physical and conceptual scales of climate, from the single room to the surface of the earth and from the pragmatic to the utopian. Drawing from landscape architecture, engineering and energy conservation, these investigations have expanded the professional purview of architecture and invigorated contemporary debates. Ultimately, “In the Air” reminds us of the projective power of representation. Directing our visual acuity toward architectural climates, we can discover opportunities for engaging energy and the environment. In visualizing the intangible and the perceptual, we can realize the poetic potential of what’s in the air.

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