The 2012 Buell Conference on the History of Architecture

The 2012 Buell Conference on the History of Architecture

Technics and Art: Architecture, Cities, and History after Mumford

 

April 13-14, 2012

Buell East Gallery, Columbia University

 

Sponsored by: The Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture

 

In 1951, the cultural critic Lewis Mumford delivered the Bampton Lectures in America at Columbia University, which were published the following year as Art and Technics. Sixty years later, the Buell Center invites scholars in architectural and urban history, American studies, environmental history, and the history of technology to reflect on some of the themes outlined by Mumford there and elsewhere. The two-day workshop will offer an opportunity for scholars across these and other fields to consider knowledge, and insights on the interactions of technology, aesthetics, urbanity, ecology, and politics under a variety of historical circumstances involving the North American context. Free and open to the public. Visit: www.buellcenter.org

 

Conference Schedule

 

Friday 13 April, 2012

10:00-10:20 Welcome and Opening Remarks

Reinhold Martin, Director, Buell Center, Columbia University

 

10:20-11:10

"What is a House? The Solar Suburb and the End(s) of Mid-Century Modernism" 

Daniel A. Barber, Department of Architecture, Barnard + Columbia College

 

11:10-12:00

“It’s a Green World after All?  Marketing Nature and Nation in a Transnational Suburban World”

Julie Sze, American Studies Program, University of California, Davis

 

12:00-1:30 Lunch

 

1:30-2:20

"Modernism within Our Means: The Left and Design in the Depression-Era United States"

Shannan Clark, Department of History, Montclair State University

 

2:20-3:10 

“Shaping the New Deal Architectural Discourse on Modern Public Housing: 1930-1940”

Gaia Caramellino, Department of Architecture and Urban History, Politecnico di Torino 

 

3:10-3:30 Break

 

3:30-4:20 

“Ephemeral City: Technologies and Meanings at the 1904 World's Fair”

Joseph Heathcott, Committee on Historical Studies, The New School for Social Research

 

4:20-5:10 

“Organ, Organic, Organized: Mumford's Technical Subjects”

John Harwood, Department of Art, Oberlin College

 

5:30 Reception

 

6:00 

Keynote Discussion: “Mumford after Mumford”

Casey N. Blake, Department of History, Columbia University

Richard R. John, Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University

Alan Lessoff, Department of History, Illinois State University 

Moderated by Reinhold Martin, Buell Center, Columbia University

 

Saturday 14 April 2012

 

10:00-10:20 Introduction

Reinhold Martin, Buell Center, Columbia University

 

10:20-11:10 

“Aspen Proving Grounds”  

Felicity D. Scott, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University

 

11:10-12:00 

“François Dallegret’s Madcap Machines”

Laurent Stalder, Department of Architecture, ETH Zürich

 

12:00-1:30 Lunch

 

1:30-2:20 

“Paranoid Formations: Rationality as Infrastructure”

Orit Halpern, Committee on Historical Studies, The New School for Social Research

 

2:20-3:10 

“Thermostatics”

Michael Osman, Department of Architecture and Urban Design, University of California, Los Angeles

 

3:10-3:30 Break

 

3:30-4:20 

“Urban Tactics: Detroit's Afro-American Mobile Museum” 

Mabel O. Wilson, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University

 

4:20-5:10 

“‘Uniting times past, times present, and times to come’: The City, Posterity, and the Invention of the Time Capsule”

Nick Yablon, Department of American Studies, The University of Iowa

 

6:00 Reception

 

All events take place in Buell East Gallery, Buell Hall, Columbia University

The Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University promotes innovative scholarship and informed debate concerning the built environment through a wide offering of public programs.

 

www.buellcenter.org

 

 

The Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture 
Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University
 
 

Mumford Conference Poster