Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities

By the middle of this century, 70 percent of the Earth’s population will inhabit cities.

The Mellon Foundation began its Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities initiative in December 2012. The initiative engages and connects more than a dozen research universities and institutes in the US, Canada, Great Britain, and South Africa.

Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities focuses on the city as it is being transformed during the current era of global urban expansion and aims to explore the forms of collaborative and interdisciplinary knowledge of the urban environment that the urbanized planet will require by midcentury, when 70 percent of the Earth's population will inhabit cities. At the same time, the initiative supports and promotes research and teaching on the history of cities as distinctive forms of human cohabitation and social organization.

Grants made under the initiative aim to forge relations between schools of architecture and programs in the humanities, to experiment with the architecture studio as a pedagogic model for the humanities, to support thought about the large, humanistic questions that arise in dense urban environments, and to promote broadly based research projects in major global cities.