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Mari Lending


Institute of Architecture


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Mari Lending is a professor in architectural theory and history, and a founding member of OCCAS (the Oslo Centre for Critical Architectural Studies). She was a senior researcher in the research projects Place and Displacement: Exhibiting Architecture, The Printed and the Built. Architecture and Public Debate in Modern Europe (funded by the Norwegian Research Council), as well as the EU–funded HERA project Printing the Past: Architecture, Print Culture, and Uses of the Past in Modern Europe (PriArc). Lending did her first dissertation (Mag. art) in comparative literature on Marcel Proust at the University of Oslo (1997) and her ph.d. dissertation in architectural historiography at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (2005). She has been a visiting scholar at the GSD, Harvard University, Columbia University, and Yale School of Architecture.

Mari Lending publishes on literature, art and architecture, and has edited a number of books, book series and journals. Among her latest books are Plaster Monuments. Architecture and the Power of Reproduction (Princeton University Press, 2017), with Peter Zumthor, A Feeling of History  (Scheidegger & Spiess, 2018), Images of Egypt, with Tim Anstey and Eirik Bøhn (Pax, 2018), and Sverre Fehn, Nordic Pavilion, Venice. Voices from the Archives, with Erik Langdalen (Lars Müller/Pax, 2021). Lending is the President of EAHN (European Architectural History Network), and the project leader of the international NRF-funded research project Provenance Projected: Architecture Past and Future in the Era of Circularity (2021/2023–2027). 

Selected articles
«Iliaden som kinetisk skulptur.» Agora. Journal for metafysisk spekulasjon no.3, 2021 
«G for Gypsum». In An Alphabet of Architectural Models, edited by Olivia Horsfall Turner, Simona Valeriani et al. London/NY: Merell, 2021.
«Teaching Architecture full scale». In The Tacit Dimension: Architecture Knowledge and Scientific Research, edited by Lara Schrijver. Leuven University Press, 2021. 
«Origins in Translation.» In Drawing Matter Extracts 2: Women Writing Architecture, edited by Helen Thomas  (Drawing Matter, 2021)
“Invented Ex Situ”. Future Anterior, vol XV, no 2 (winter 2018/ published 2020). 
“Temperert modernitet. Byggekunst 1919–1939”. Arkitektur N/Byggekunst 6/2019.
“Chambre/Room.” In Living together. Roland Barthes, the Individual, and the Community, edited by K. Stene-Johansen, C. Refsum, J. Schimanski. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2018.
“Preserved in Plaster”. In Copy Culture: Sharing in the Age of Digital Reproduction, edited by Brendan Cormier. London, V&A Publishing, 2018.
 “Cablegram”. In The Printed and the Built. Architecture, Print Culture and Public Debate in the Nineteenth Century, edited by Mari Hvattum and Anne Hultzsch. London: Bloomsbury 2018.
“Fabrics of Reality: Art and Architecture in László Krasznahorkai.” In Reading Architecture. Literary Imagination and Architectural Experience, edited by Angeliki Sioli and Yoonchun Jung.
Oxon: Routledge, 2018.
”Negotiating Absence. Bernard Tschumi’s new Acropolis Museum in Athens.” Journal on Architecture, vol. 15, no. 5 (2009, reprinted 2018).
“Lost Continents, Projective Objects”. In Museums as Culture of Copies: The Crafting of Artefacts and Authenticity, edited by Brita Brenna, Hans Dam Christensen and Olav Hamram. London: Routledge 2018.
“Reciting the Tomb of Tutankhamun.” Perspecta vol. 49 (2016).
”Architecture at the limit. Peter Zumthor’s Witchburning memorial in Vardø.” In Louise Bourgeois/ Peter Zumthor: Steilneset Memorial. Oslo: Press forlag, 2011/2016.
“Promenade among Words and Things: The Gallery as Catalogue, the Catalogue as Gallery.” Architectural Histories, 3(1): 20 (2015). 
“The Art of Collecting Architecture.” Volume, vol. 44 (2015).
“Out of Place: Circulating Monuments.” In Exhibiting Architecture – A Paradox?, edited by Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen. New Haven: Yale School of Architecture, 2015.
“The Urgencies of Theoretical Stuff.” In 2000+: The Urgencies of Architectural Theory, edited by James Graham. New York: GSAPP Books, 2015.
 “Traveling Portals.” In Place and Displacement: Exhibiting Architecture, edited by T. Arrhenius, M. Lending, W. Miller. Zurich: Lars Müller, 2014.
“The Permanent Collection of 1925: Oslo Modernism in Paper and Models.” Architectural Histories, 2(1): 3 (2014).
“Proust and Plaster.” London: AAFiles, no. 67 (2013).
“Wandering among Models: Stendhal, Proust, Sebald.” In From Site to Sight: The Transformation of Place in Art and Literature, edited by T. K. Seim and Victor Plahte Tschudi. Rome: Scienze e Lettere, 2013.
“Writing a Life from the Inside of a Drawing: Stendhal’s Vie de Henry Brulard.” Chora 6. Intervals in the Philosophy of Architecture. Montreal: McGill-Queen University Press, 2011.
”Landscape Versus Museum. J.C. Dahl and the Preservation of Norwegian Burial Mounds.” Future Anterior. Journal on Historic Preservation. History, Theory, & Criticism, vol. 6 no. 1 (2009).



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