Workshop | Cities of the Americas

Fri, Feb 19, 2016,
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

americas logoCities of the Americas:
Architecture, Society, Policy & Culture

Princeton University

Aaron Burr Hall 219
Friday, February 19, 2016

RSVP required

The Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism and the Humanities is pleased to present Cities of the Americas: Architecture, Society, Policy, and Culture a day-long workshop that brings together a diverse group of scholars and educators to examine how pan-American perspectives reshape the way we think about urbanism and design.

The workshop will address key questions raised by the Princeton-Mellon Initiative: How do the categories of ‘North and South Americas’ organize our thinking in scholarship, policy, and design? How are borders crossed? What insights does a comparative and hemispheric approach bring to the study of the built environment in the Americas? What are the tensions between particularities of place and international models? What are the mechanisms in law, politics, design and ecology that make the implementation of ideas from other places possible, or limit them? How might ‘globalizing’ the curriculum in this particular way erode various forms of American parochialism?


Introduction / 9:20am

Panel 1 / 9:30am-11:00am

Moderator: Andrew K. Sandoval-Strausz, Princeton-Mellon Initiative

American Hinterland: Emigrant Villages as Remittance Landscapes
Sarah Lopez, University of Texas - Austin

The Social Economy of Condominiums
Erica S. Allen-Kim, University of Toronto

Pan-America Triangulated
Helen Gyger, University of Pennsylvania

Fabulating the Baroque Skin of the Digital City
Timothy Murray, Cornell University

Coffee Break / 11:00am-11:15am

Panel 2 / 11:15am-12:45pm

Moderator: Elsa Devienne, Princeton-Mellon Initiative

Pan America – Es Cosa Menos Mala?
Mauricio Tenorio, University of Chicago

A Perspective from the True North
Richard Harris, McMaster University

Latin America as Ideology
Patricio del Real, The Museum of Modern Art - New York

Intimate Geographies: Mexico to Los Angeles
Dana Cuff, University of California - Los Angeles

Lunch / 12:45pm-1:45pm

Panel 3 / 1:45pm-3:15pm

Moderator: Joseph Heathcott, Princeton-Mellon Initiative

The New Formal in Urban America
Alejandro Velasco, New York University

Public Space on the Run: Brazilian Public Art at the End of the 1960’s
Guilherme Wisnik, University of São Paulo

Memory, Design, Sense of Place, and Neighborhood Resiliency: Some Lessons from Latin
America’s ‘Slow Urbanism’
Lawrence Herzog, San Diego State University

Coffee Break / 3:15pm-3:30pm

Panel 4 / 3:30pm-5:00pm

Moderator: Pedro Ignacio Alonso, Princeton-Mellon Initiative

Los Ministerios de la Arquitectura
Fabrizio Gallanti, McGill University

Urban Fragments: A Course on the Form and Politics of American Cities
Ana Maria Leon, University of Michigan

Interstitial Landscapes
Zeuler Lima, Washington University - St. Louis

The Evolution of a Latino Urbanism from Mesoamerica to the Suburbs
James Rojas, urban planner

Cities of the Americas is made possible with generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional support comes from the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, the Program in Latin American Studies, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures, the Center for African American Studies, and the Program in American Studies at Princeton University.

Aaron Burr Hall 219