Untimely Histories: Architecture, Real Estate, and the Case of Public Housing
April 17, 2015
Society of Architectural Historians Conference, Chicago
In a scholarly research environment where numerous platforms and agendas often overlap and contradict one another, this working lunch explored strategies for the creation of public scholarship in the form of critical architectural histories that might be framed as 'untimely.' Beginning with Frank Lloyd Wright—perhaps an unexpected figure (or foil?) for a historical imaginary populated more commonly by bureaucrats, consultants, and developers—in this lunchtime conversation the aim was to open up some of the assumptions that undergird not only the making of architectural history today, but also its relationship to the urgent matters that are affecting history’s constituent publics.
After an introduction by Reinhold Martin from the Buell Center, the event featured presentations by Todd Palmer (NPHM), Nicholas Bloom (NYIT), and Esra Akcan (Cornell).
Organized in collaboration with the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) and the National Public Housing Museum (NPHM).