The 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 Buell Conference on the History of Architecture brings together scholars in architectural and urban history to discuss topics in architecture, urbanism, and modernity as broadly understood.

“What Is Foreclosed?” marked the opening of Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream, an exhibition co-organized by the Museum of Modern Art and the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture on view from 15 February to 30 July 2012 at the Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition featured innovative architectural projects for five American suburbs in the context of the recent foreclosure crisis. The forum used these projects as a point of departure to explore issues engaged by architecture and urbanism when considered in a cultural, political, and economic context. The projects respond to The Buell Hypothesis, a research document that revises the dominant cultural narratives guiding the “American Dream” regarding homeownership by emphasizing the many "public" dimensions of housing.

Materials excerpted from the exhibition Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream, were on view in the Low Library Rotunda during the event.



Opening Remarks

Reinhold Martin, Director, Buell Center, 

Columbia University



From House to Housing

Pier Vittorio Aureli, Berlage Institute

Catherine Fennell, Department of Anthropology, Columbia University

Catherine Ingraham, School of Architecture, Pratt Institute

Ana Miljacki, School of Architecture and 

Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 






Suburbs, Cities, and Crisis

Setha Low, Department of Anthropology, City University of New York

Robert Fishman, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan

Mitch McEwen, Founder and Director, Superfront

Damon Rich, Chief Urban Designer, City of Newark



Globalization on the Inside

Keller Easterling, Yale School of Architecture, Yale University

Beka Economopoulos, Co-Founder and Director, Not An Alternative

Jason Jones, Co-Founder and Director, Not An Alternative

Jeffrey Sheldon Lowe, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University

Don Mitchell, Department of Geography, The Maxwell School, Syracuse University



Round Table Discussion + Reception

Change: Imagined and Real

Barry Bergdoll, Department of Architecture and Design, Museum of Modern Art, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University

Reinhold Martin, Buell Center, Columbia University



Amale Andraos, Work Architecture Company

Dan Wood, Work Architecture Company

Jeannie Gang, Studio Gang

Hilary Sample, MOS

Michael Meredith, MOS

Eunjeong Seong, Visible Weather

Michael Bell, Visible Weather

Andrew Zago, Zago Architects


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