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.
Antoine Picon: Smart Cities: A New Challenge for Design
Smart cities represent the new digital frontier, where top-down monitoring meets with individual empowerment and computation allies itself with increased sensory stimulation. Smart cities appear also as the new urban utopia. What is the true content of such utopia that appears to hesitate between technocratic and democratic leanings? What are the limits of smart cities and the “economy of knowledge” that is associated with them? In this lecture, Senior Mellon Fellow Antoine Picon addresses these issues.
Anxieties of Interdisciplinarity
Institution:University of California at Los Angeles,
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
Cities of the Americas
Design Knowledge: Making Urban Humanities
Harvard-Dumbarton Oaks Semester-Long Fellowships
Dumbarton Oaks, affiliated with the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, is one of the few institutions in the world with a program devoted to garden and landscape studies that is targeted at both humanities scholars and landscape practitioners. The Mellon Fellowships are intended to expand significantly the opportunities for both of these groups, building constructive dialogue between them about the history and future of urban landscapes.
Humanities+Urbanism+Design Initiative Coursework
Institution:University of Pennsylvania,
Each H+U+D graduate or undergraduate seminar examines a single city in a detailed, multidisciplinary way that includes humanities and design.
Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955–1980
Locations:Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Havana, Lima, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, São Paulo,
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.
Mapping and its Discontents
Institution:University of California at Berkeley ,
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.
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.
Reimagining the American City
River Cities: Historical and Contemporary
SeeThrough Maps: Maps That Lay Bare Their Point of View
Urban Intelligences, Subjects, and Subjectivities
Institution:London School of Economics,
Led by Senior Urban Fellow from 2013-14 Adam Greenfield, this project sought to develop a richer account of the affective and experiential dimensions of everyday urban life in the presence of networked informatic systems.