Commonwealth Institute

I'm often amazed at the way Lewis Carroll and his work will crop up in the most unlikely places. Googling for something else entirely, I came across a list of Masters' Theses at McGill University School of Architecture. More specifically, this one:

"Caroline Dionne, 1999
Geometrical Behaviour: An Architectural Mise en scène for A Re-enactment of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
The content of this thesis is two-fold. The first part takes the form of an essay while the second part presents a theoretical project for an architectural installation. Using these two modes as different ways to address similar issues, the present work proposes to question the instrumentalisation of geometry in today's architectural practice. The work of Lewis Carroll (Charles L. Dodgson) and, more specifically, his masterpiece, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, will be approached and interpreted in order to observe the participation of geometry-of Euclidean geometry-in our understanding of the notions of space and time, and to reveal their paradoxical aspect. The aim is to explore how geometry, language and nonsense bear intimate connections to our perception of space and time. Once revealed, these connections will enable us to address the following question: can architecture be comprehended and experienced as an event? "

I'd like to have seen this installation. Caroline Dionne later co-founded the artists centre Espace Tilt in Switzerland.

My picture, at the top of this post, shows a piece of architecture which I find fascinating - the empty and semi derelict Commonwealth Institute, London. It will soon become the new Design Museum.