The lecture reconstructs turn of the century spectacular geographical and astronomical figurations of the earth seen from space reviving forgotten utopian endeavors prefiguring a liberated humanity at one with nature and the cosmos.

Alessandra Ponte:

Alessandra Ponte is a professor at the École d’architecture at the Université de Montreal. She has also taught at Princeton University, Cornell University, Pratt Institute, the ETH Zurich, and at the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia. For the last eight years she has been responsible for the Phyllis Lambert International Seminar, annual events addressing current topics in landscape and architecture. She curated the exhibition “Total Environment: Montreal 1965–1975” at the CCA and collaborated to the exhibition and catalogue “God & Co: François Dallegret Beyond the Bubble” at the GTA. She has recently published a collection of essays on North American landscapes entitled The House of Light and Entropy.


« La pleine terre vue de la lune » Camille Flammarion, Astronomie populaire, Paris : G. Marpon et E. Flammarion Éditeurs, 1890 (first edition 1880)


Organized by Harriet Harriss, Dean, School of Architecture
Federica Vannucchi, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Architecture

 Funding Acknowledgement: This event was possible thanks to the generous support of the Academic Senate

Higgins Auditorium