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Brief Published: 18 Jan 2012

Unknown Fields: Roswell to Burning Man Festival


Every year, nomadic architecture diploma Unknown Fields, based at London’s Architectural Association, takes a body of students, designers, artists and other collaborators on a field trip – not to study existing architecture, but in search of the unexpected and unimagined. 

For 2012, Unknown Fields will be heading on a road trip to chronicle a series of extra-terrestrial encounters across the US. Starting with the ‘illegal aliens’ on the New Mexico Border, they will then head to the mythic territory of Area 51 – site of the Roswell UFO incident – to visit military test sites and learn about the future of aviation technology. The expedition will culminate with the annual Burning Man Festival, based on radical self-expression and self-reliance, held in Nevada's Black Rock Desert.

The series of research visits, field reportage and impromptu tutorials that make up the field trip will be chronicled in a publication and travelling exhibition. Read about the 2011 Unknown Fields expedition exploring the atomic and cosmic landscapes of the former Soviet Union in Unknown Fields: Fieldtrips to Tomorrow.

Unknown Fields Division

Architectural Association