Adrian Forty: Is concrete modern?
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.
Anxieties of Interdisciplinarity
In light of “新新宿 Shin-Shinjuku: New Tokyo, Again," this symposium considered a variety of interdisciplinary means and methods used to examine a broad range of topics including pedestrian movement, public spaces, and other existing social patterns.
Yoshiharu Tsukamoto founded Atelier Bow-Wow in Tokyo with Momoyo Kaijima in 1992. Here he presents a Mellon Lecture on his concept of Architectural Behavior, which investigates the physical responses to natural elements such as light, air, heat, wind, water, human behavior related to custom, and the way in which buildings relate to the city and their surroundings
Art, Politics & the City in Mexico and China
This wide-ranging interdisciplinary symposium examined art, commerce, politics, violence, history, and urban space on both sides of the Pacific.
Art Village City Exhibition
Harvard Mumbai Portal
Harvard’s Mumbai portal explores how increasing concentrations of global flows have exacerbated the inequalities and spatial divisions of social classes in this city. Seminars and workshops cover: temporality and urban form; metropolitan imaginations and the city; conservation; environmentalism; sanitation; and the question of the public’s role in activism, advocacy and governance.
The UHI End-of-Year symposium concluded one year of courses, research, and projects by the 2014-15 cohort of Urban Humanities students focused on issues of identity and contests space in Shanghai.
Rahul Mehrotra: Working in Mumbai
Rahul Mehrotra describes Mumbai as an “urban kaleidoscope” of times and attitudes that presents a paralyzing multiplicity of architectural influences. For this Mellon lecture Mehrotra speaks about his ideas on the city and describes how he came to make several critical choices in his work with the goal of expressing the vivid pluralism of India.
University of California at Berkeley Global Urban Humanities Courses
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.
University of California at Los Angeles Core Curriculum
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.