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Tao DuFour

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Visiting Fellow
Cornell University
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Dr Tao DuFour

Tao DuFour is an architect and spatial theorist, and is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture, Cornell University.

His work investigates questions of embodied spatial experience, intersubjective and intergenerational understandings of architecture, landscape and territory, and the ways in which these both constitute and are embedded in the historicity of environments. His interests are in the phenomenology of perception and corporeity, phenomenological accounts of the experience of spatiality, and their relationship to ethnographic descriptions of space.

Dr DuFour directs the Landscape and Urban Environmentalities Lab, an interdisciplinary collaborative research group that studies spatial and territorial relationships between cities and their hinterlands, including climate and atmospheres, industrial and agricultural landscapes, infrastructures, greenbelts, and forests. The Lab foregrounds problems of intersubjective and intergenerational environmental experience and imaginaries, employing geospatial mapping and drawing on literary and ethnographic sources and methods, including fieldwork and the use of visual media such as photography and documentary film. DuFour’s current research focuses on the regional context of the Caribbean and Guianas.

Holding a BArch from The Cooper Union and an MPhil and PhD in the History and Philosophy of Architecture from the University of Cambridge, Dr DuFour is the author of Husserl and Spatiality: A Phenomenological Ethnography of Space (Routledge 2022), and is guest editor for the forthcoming special issue of Future Anterior dedicated to the theme of ‘Space and Heritage’. Dr DuFour is Co-PI with Natalie Melas of the project ‘Possible Landscapes’ – a two-year research and documentary film project investigating environmental experience in the Caribbean with a focus on Trinidad and Tobago, funded by the Cornell Mellon Foundation Just Futures Initiative.

Select publications

  • DuFour, Tao. Husserl and Spatiality: A Phenomenological Ethnography of Space. London: Routledge, 2022.
  • DuFour, Tao. Toward a Somatology of Landscape: Anthropological Multinaturalism and the ‘Natural’ World. In Routledge Research Companion to Landscape Architecture, edited by Ellen Braae and Henriette Steiner, 156–70. London: Routledge, 2019.

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