"Americas" Resources

Adrian Forty: Is concrete modern?

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Adrian Forty: Is concrete modern?

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World,

Every history of twentieth century architecture states that without concrete, modern architecture would not have happened. So why were architects throughout the twentieth century so determined to promote the modernity of concrete? In this lecture, Adrian Forty questions the long-standing assumptions about the medium and argues that concrete is as much un-modern as it is modern.

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Cities of the Americas

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Cities of the Americas

Institution:

Princeton University,

Locations:

New York, São Paulo,

This workshop brought together a diverse group of scholars and educators to examine how pan-American perspectives reshape the way we think about urbanism and design.

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City as Stage/Art as Plan

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City as Stage/Art as Plan

Institution:

Princeton University,

Locations:

New York,

This symposium brought together a dynamic group of interdisciplinary scholars for conversations about the ongoing relationship between visual arts and urban studies. Sessions focused on New York neighborhoods in the 1960s, visual culture and architecture in pan-American cities, and the ways in which artists engage with urbanism in the present day.

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Environmental Challenges and Urban Solutions

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Environmental Challenges and Urban Solutions

Institution:

Princeton University,

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Syllabi

Environmental Challenges and Urban Solutions confronts urbanization and environmental problems, rethinking traditional theories about nature and city dynamics. 

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Fluvia Metropolis Workshop

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Fluvia Metropolis Workshop

Institution:

Princeton University,

Locations:

São Paulo,

Topics of discussions included: sustainable solutions for issues like water resource management, energy efficiency, technology innovation, human and environmental health, as well as equity and fairness, poverty and job creation, and more intangible notions of belonging – of cities as homes.

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Harvard Boston Portal

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Harvard Boston Portal

Institution:

Harvard University,

Category:

Syllabi

Locations:

Boston,

Through the lens of “Growth and Inequality in a Post-Industrial City,” Harvard work focuses on a central challenge facing Boston (and many other major American cities and metropolitan areas): balancing the pressure and need for continued development with legitimate concerns about how that growth can dramatically reshape poor and even middle-income neighborhoods, including many communities that are home to large numbers of minorities, immigrants, and artists.

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Humanities+Urbanism+Design Initiative Coursework

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Humanities+Urbanism+Design Initiative Coursework

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Syllabi

Each H+U+D graduate or undergraduate seminar examines a single city in a detailed, multidisciplinary way that includes humanities and design.

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Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955–1980

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Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955–1980

Institution:

Princeton University,

Category:

Publications

In 1955, the Museum of Modern Art staged Latin American Architecture, a landmark survey of modern architecture in Latin America. This book--edited Barry Bergdoll, Eduardo Comas, Jorge Francisco Liernur, and Patricio del Real--offers a complex overview of the positions, debates, and architectural creativity from Mexico and Cuba to the Southern Cone between 1955 and the early 1980.

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Learning From/In Latin America

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Learning From/In Latin America

Institution:

Princeton University,

Learning from/in Latin America was a two-day conference co-organized by Princeton University and MoMA designed to further explore key positions, debates, and architectural activity arising from Mexico to South America over three decades of architectural and urban development from 1955 to the early 1980s.

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Living With Water Competition Proposals

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Living With Water Competition Proposals

Institution:

Harvard University,

Locations:

Boston,

Program participants submitted proposals that outline how Boston should prepare for a future in which rising sea levels brought on by climate change would leave parts of the city under water.

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Mapping and its Discontents

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Mapping and its Discontents

At this interdisciplinary symposium, mapmakers, users, and critics from the worlds of science, urban planning, architecture, history, and new media examined the ways maps work.

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Mapping Demographic Change in Boston Neighborhoods Between 1880 and 1930

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Mapping Demographic Change in Boston Neighborhoods Between 1880 and 1930

Institution:

Harvard University,

Locations:

Boston,

This resource allows users to visualize ward-level data on ethnicity, race, occupation, and school attendance in 1880, 1900, and 1930, which illustrate a variety of shifts that have occurred in Boston.

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Michigan-Mellon Fellowships on Egalitarianism and the Metropolis

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Michigan-Mellon Fellowships on Egalitarianism and the Metropolis

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Funding

Locations:

Detroit, Mexico City,

The University of Michigan offers up to four fellowships per year for architects, designers, or scholars in the humanities whose research explores the intersection of architecture, urbanism and the humanities, with particular emphasis on the role of egalitarianism in shaping metropolitan regions. 

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Michigan-Mellon Symposium on the Egalitarian Metropolis

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Michigan-Mellon Symposium on the Egalitarian Metropolis

This inaugural Michigan-Mellon symposium explored the following themes as a way of opening up a new integration between contemporary urban design and humanities discourse: Rethinking Modern Orthodoxy; Privatization and the Commons; Capital and Justice; and Political Space of Media.

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OIKOS: Affects, Economies, and Politics of House-ing

OIKOS: Affects, Economies, and Politics of House-ing

Institution:

Princeton University,

This seminar explored the house as a key nexus of political-economic and interpersonal/affective realities in flux.

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Participatory Urbanisms

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Participatory Urbanisms

Locations:

New Dehli, São Paulo,

An experimental web-based publication explores the multifarious meanings of "participation" and its conditions of possibility in making art and politics in urban spaces.

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Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism & the Humanities

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Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism & the Humanities

Institution:

Princeton University,

Category:

Syllabi

The Princeton-Mellon Initiative focuses on North and South American cities, interpreting their shared historical legacies as distinct from both European models and developing cities in Asia and Africa.

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Producing Waste/Producing Space

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Producing Waste/Producing Space

Institution:

Princeton University,

Locations:

Mumbai, New York,

Producing Waste/Producing Space brought together scholars engaging in innovative research on the origins, meanings and repercussions of waste landscapes in conversation with artists and architects conducting design research and interventions in spaces designated as waste or wasted. 

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Reimagining the American City

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Reimagining the American City

Institution:

Princeton University,

Locations:

New York,

A panel discussion on the occasion of the exhibition Freedomland considers past and present visionary plans for American living.

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Reimagining the Urban

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Reimagining the Urban

Locations:

San Franciso,

Reimagining the Urban was a day-long symposium examining art, nature, economic development and equity in the Bay Area metropolis.

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The Arts of Urban Transition

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The Arts of Urban Transition

Institution:

Princeton University,

Category:

Syllabi

Locations:

Detroit, New York,

This interdisciplinary course uses texts and methods from history, theatre, and dance to examine artists and works of art as agents of change in New York (1960-present) and contemporary Detroit. 

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The State Between

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The State Between

Institution:

Princeton University,

Locations:

Newark, New York,

This symposium joins scholars and practitioners from multiple disciplines and professional fields for a discussion on the global, metropolitan, and local forces and actors that shape New Jersey’s urban cultures, communities, and built environments.

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Understanding and Improving Cities: Policy/Research Partnerships in the Digital Age

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Understanding and Improving Cities: Policy/Research Partnerships in the Digital Age

Institution:

Harvard University,

Locations:

Boston,

This event brought together civic leaders, scholars, local practitioners, and students to discuss innovative research and policy collaborations in areas of education, public safety, economic development, and public management.

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University of California at Berkeley Global Urban Humanities Courses

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University of California at Berkeley Global Urban Humanities Courses

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Syllabi

Berkeley's program consists of a series of cross-disciplinary theory seminars, collaborative methods workshops designed to prepare students for different modes of social and spatial analysis, and urban research studios focusing on the Pacific Rim cities of Los Angeles, Guangzhou/Pearl River Delta, and Mexico City. These elements of the project are complemented by joint Symposia & Lectures involving the UCLA Urban Humanities Initiative.

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University of California at Los Angeles Core Curriculum

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University of California at Los Angeles Core Curriculum

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Syllabi

UCLA's seminars and studios are linked by a broad conceptual theme which demonstrates overlapping cultural and historical dynamics, including: risk and resilience, identity, and density.

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