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As cities around the world become increasingly prominent as centers of financial markets, cultural innovation, and international migration it is more urgent than ever that our educational institutions enable teaching and research on urban topics. Urbanization is not only a global phenomenon of physical and cultural restructuring; it has itself become a spatial effect of the distributed networks of communication, resources, finance and migration that characterize contemporary life. The emergence of this global urban culture has had complicated social, aesthetic, economic, physical, and political effects, many of which are still little studied or understood.

The study of the city is fundamentally interdisciplinary. Cities are complex entities that cannot be reduced to a few variables. Moreover, as cities have grown and changed, urbanism is no longer exclusively associated with dense city centers. An increasing awareness of the environmental effects of urban growth means that the city needs to be understood within a larger ecological context. All of this makes the city a fruitful research topic and a rich teaching vehicle across a wide range of fields. The Princeton-Mellon Initiative seeks to advance our understanding of these questions, while also probing unforeseen possibilities.

With the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the University has launched the Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism & the Humanities, a three-year interdisciplinary program that combines the efforts of a diverse group of faculty, programs, and schools to develop a more dynamic and nuanced understanding of urban issues today.

Featured News

Monday, March 27 12:00 pm School of Architecture / Betts Auditorium
“Shaping Atmospheres: Early Environmental Approaches in Latin American Architecture” PLAS Fellows Series Tuesday, April 25 4:30 pm / 216 Burr Hall
What Does a Global History of Urban Segregation tell us about Global Urban History? Carl Nightingale, University at Buffalo Discussant: Jeremy Adelman, History, Princeton University Wednesday, March 15 12:00 pm / Betts Auditorium
David Gissen, California College of the Arts March 8 / 4:30 pm School of Architecture, South Gallery Discussant: M. Christine Boyer, Architecture, Princeton University


Mon, Mar 27, 2017, 12:00 pm
Location: School of Architecture, Betts Auditorium
Tue, Mar 28, 2017, 4:30 pm
Location: Chancellor Green Rotunda
Wed, Apr 5, 2017, 4:30 pm
Location: School of Architecture, Betts Auditorium
Fri, Apr 7, 2017, 10:00 am
Location: School of Architecture Betts Auditorium