Geologic City: a Field Guide to the GeoArchitecture of New York takes you to 20 sites where you can sense the geologic pulse of New York City. With the field guide in hand, residents and visitors are able to interact with both unfamiliar and iconic New York architecture and infrastructure in unexpected ways: by sensing for themselves the forces and flows of geologic material that give form to the built environment of the City.

The City’s architecture and infrastructure depends upon extractions of geologic materials that took millennia to form. Yet, we have virtually no cultural awareness of this reality. Some people argue that this is because humans are cognitively incapable of imagining deep time. We disagree. With this field guide, we offer a speculative tool that humans can use to project their imaginations into deep time as they move through the City. We believe that as works made in response to geologic time become more common, human capacities to design, imagine, and live in relation to deep time will expand.

46 pages, 8.25" x 4.5 x .25, FSC paper, vegetable inks
smudge studio, 2011
ISBN 978-0-9838034-0-9

$10.00 USD + shipping and handling

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MoMA, April 2015

The Pop-Up City, September 2012


URBAN Magazine, December 2011

Scientific American, September 2011

Scientific American, September 2011

The New School, September 2011

Atlas Obscura, September 2011

DOMUS, September 2011

BLDG BLOG, September 2011

The Omnibus Roundup, September 2011

Cool Hunting, September 2011

Scientific American, August 2011

The Omnibus Roundup, July 2011

Interview with Emily Spivack, editor-in-chief of PopTech, February 2011

mammoth, February 2011

Freshkills Park blog, January 2011

Urban Omnibus, week of December 15, 2010

BLDG BLOG, December, 2010

Boston Globe's Brainiac, December 2010

Huffington Post, November 2010

Big Think, November 2010

Wall Street Journal, September 2010


* GEOLOGIC CITY was the basis for two walking tours entitled, UNCOVERING DEEP TIME IN MIDTOWN, held on April 24th and 25, 2015, via the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York. See summary post here.

*a POP-UP EXHIBITION for GEOLOGIC CITY: A FIELD GUIDE TO THE GEOARCHITECTURE OF NEW YORK was held at Studio-X NY (Studio-X is an initiative of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University) September 8-22, 2011.

*Geologic City was available at the Half Letter Press booth at the 2013 NY Art Book Fair

*Geologic City was available at the Soberscove Press booth at the 2011 and 2012 NY Art Book Fair

*Geologic City was availble for purchase via Soberscove Press at the MDW Fair , Chicago, October 21-23rd, 2011

*Geologic City was included in the group exhibition, Surface Mapping at Central Booking, 111 Front Street, Suite 210, Brooklyn NY, November 3rd-January 15, 2012

Geologic City: a field guide to the GeoArchitecture of New York is produced by Friends of the Pleistocene (FOP),
All Geologic City related FOP posts: intro1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 , 9 , 101112 

Geologic City is funded in part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, Architecture Planning & Design Program, 2011 and by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc. (BAC).


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