May 8-9, 2015
East Gallery, Buell Hall
The Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture's biennial Dissertation Colloquium brings together a select group of doctoral students from diverse institutional and disciplinary backgrounds working on dissertation topics related to the history, theory, and criticism of American architecture, urbanism, and landscape. The Colloquium has been held since the Buell Center’s founding in 1982, and its purpose is to provide a forum for discussing significant new work by emerging scholars. Much of the event’s long and distinguished history, which includes early work of many of the field’s established scholars, is now available for perusal online here.
Following a keynote presentation entitled "A Speculative History: Albert Kahn, Building, and Architecture" by Professor Claire Zimmerman of the University of Michigan at 6:00 on Friday May 8, participants and paper titles for the 2015 Colloquium, held on May 9, 2015, were as follows:
Panel 1, 10:00-12:00
Joseph Bedford, Princeton University, "Dalibor Vesely: Being Underground"
Aliki Economides, Harvard University, "America is also française: building the Université de Montréal, constructing French-Canadian nationalism"
Peter Minosh, Columbia University, "Architectural Transpositions in the Revolutionary Atlantic"
Mary McLeod, Columbia University, Response
Panel 2, 1:00-3:00
Sophie Hochhäusl, Cornell University, "From Siedlung to Suburb: Exhibiting the Austrian Prefabricated Home — Technological Transfer, Americanization, and the U.S. Economic Mission in Vienna, 1952-1955"
Diana Martinez, Columbia University, "Stability: Infrastructure, The 'Floating Raft' and Environmental Economics in Chicago and Manila"
Sarah Selvidge, "Beyond Pedestals: Urban Housing as Social Modernization"
Joseph Heathcott, The New School, Response
Panel 3, 3:00-5:00
Pep Avilés, Princeton University, "Multi-Lens Matters: Image-Media Transferences on Breuer’s Arrival in the United States"
Craig Lee, University of Delaware, "The Adscription and the Skyline Spectacular: PSFS, Signage, and Modern Architecture in America"
Sarah Rovang, Brown University, "Creating an Architectural Brand for Rural Electrification, 1938-1939"
David Smiley, Columbia University, Response