School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape

Mountains and Megastructures

ARC: Mountains and Megastructures

About

This emergent theme brings together a diverse range of ARC members’ creative practice, historical, cultural and geographic research into large, landscape-scale artifices - mountainous, real, fictitious and otherwise.  Topics include mountainous landscapes from early endeavours to ‘conquer’ the Everest to their literal and figurative constructions and reconstructions at different scales from miniature megastructures such as the Apollo Pavilion to the concrete megastructures of the north-east, from the vertical megastructures of science fiction and the complex of megadams on the Tigris and Euphrates. 

A launch exhibition and symposium with keynotes from artist Stéphane Degoutin and architect Jonathan Hill, and contributions from various GURU members and affiliated researchers and took place in March 2016. A follow-up public event Scaling the Heights took place in November 2016 in the North Tower of the Tyne Bridge in Newcastle, as part of the AHRA Being Human Festival, including talks, film screenings, bus tours of local mountains and megastructures, an exhibition and installation of Everest Death Zone in the cavernous space of the Tower.  A first joint publication between ARC members is in preparation.

Theme Staff

Professor Rachel Armstrong
Professor of Experimental Architecture

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Telephone: +44(0)191 2085752

Professor Andrew Ballantyne
Professor of Architecture

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6800

Dr Martin Beattie
Senior Lecturer in Architecture

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6032

Professor Prue Chiles
Professor of Architectural Design Research and Acting Director of Architecture

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3403

James A Craig
Lecturer in Architecture

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6019

Professor Graham Farmer
Professor of Architecture / Director of Architecture

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5623

Dr Josep-Maria Garcia-Fuentes
Lecturer in Architecture

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5856

Dr Zeynep Kezer
Senior Lecturer in Architecture

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6030

Professor Adam Sharr
Head of School

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 20 87832

Theme Projects