It took a lecture and a face to face meet to make me realize what's so great about BLDG BLOG. It's obvious once it's spelled out, but it seems like one of the primary aspects of Geoff's work is the bringing of all this other stuff: geology, climate, science fiction, infrastructure - all these larger scale systems - bringing all of them back under the purview of art and culture. It's an act of projective interpretation, to read agency and authorship into earthquakes, asteroids, and overpasses. The great thing about BLDG BLOG is that it's so rarely about BLDGs, but the voice and the perspective come from a way of looking at the world that's essentially architectural: simultaneously aesthetic, cultural, and functional.
Geoff points out a few things when asked about this: that anthropologists have been looking at material culture in these terms for a very long time, and that there's a lot of work out there, in the schools and the built world, that invokes architectural design at a higher order systems level. Consider the most recent wave of fascination architects have had with energy, economics, politics, and logistics.
It makes me wonder whether there won't eventually exist a complete discipline related to the creation of this kind of work. Call it Infratecture: the creation of very large scale sytems that operate simultaneously in the realms of culture and engineering, with the explicit acknowledgement that the nature of peoples interactions with these sytems is at least as emotional as it is functional.