Atlas of Material Worlds is a highly designed narrative atlas illustrating the agency of nonliving materials with unique, ubiquitous, and often hidden influence on our daily lives.

Employing new materialism as a jumping-off point, it examines the increasingly blurry lines between the organic and inorganic, engaging the following questions: What roles do nonliving materials play? Might a closer examination of those roles reveal an undeniable agency we have long overlooked or disregarded? If so, does this material agency change our understanding of the social structures, ecologies, economies, cosmologies, technologies, and landscapes that surround us? And, perhaps most importantly, why does material agency matter? This is the story of the world’s driest nonpolar desert, pink flamingos, and cerulean blue lithium ponds; industrial shipping logistics, pudding-like jiggling substrates, and monuments of mud; galactic bodies, radioactive sheep, and the yellowcake of uranium.

Put simply, this book dares readers to see the world anew, from material up. Atlas of Material Worlds offers this new relationship to our host environment in a time of mounting crises—accelerating climate change, ballooning socioeconomic inequality, and rising toxic nationalism—uniquely telling materialist stories for practitioners and students in landscape, architecture, and other built environment disciplines.

chapter |46 pages


ByMatthew Seibert

chapter 1|50 pages


Big Bangs: Metal as Metaphor
ByDenise Hoffman Brandt

chapter 2|50 pages

Tracing the Green Energy Paradox across Battery, Body, Landscape, and Cosmos

Tracing the Green Energy Paradox across Battery, Body, Landscape, and Cosmos
ByMatthew Seibert

chapter 3|32 pages


The Bakken Fossil Fuel Frontier
ByColleen Tuite, Ian Quate

chapter 4|34 pages


Spies in the Making: Imperial Oil Economies and the Geographies of Mediterranean Food
ByKristi Cheramie

chapter 5|40 pages


825 Miles: or, How to Make a Beach
ByRob Holmes

chapter 6|28 pages


And its Meaning in a Port Town
ByBrian Davis

chapter 7|44 pages


Material as Physical History of a Relationship
ByElizabeth Hénaff

chapter |27 pages


ByMatthew Seibert