Oxford Brookes University
Andrew Dawson and Igea Troiani
There is the moral of all human tales;
‘Tis but the same rehearsal of the past,
First freedom and then Glory – when that fails,
Wealth, vice, corruption – barbarianism at last.
And History, with all her volumes vast,
Hath but one page!1
1 A direct source of literary inspiration for The Course of Empire paintings is Byron’s Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage (1812-18). Cole quoted this verse, from Canto IV, in his newspaper advertisements for for the series.
The DS1 studio “Aperantos: Unfinished Buildings” is inspired by the novels by the Italian collective, Wu Ming (formerly Luther Blissett) and the writings of Paul Kingsnorth and Dougald Hine on civilisation’s rise and fall. So as to comment on architecture’s involvement in the construction and destruction of civilisation, this studio will study the modern ruins of unfinished buildings – signs of the collapse of capitalist development – and will reconsider their reuse and repurposing.