Fluvial Metropolis Workshop 4: April 11

Monday, Apr 3, 2017

Infrastructures of Imagination: New Theories of Tomorrow

Princeton School of Architecture, Tuesday, April 11

Room S-118

From overpopulation to environmental catastrophe, anxieties about the future dominate much of the contemporary discourse on cities. Among them, water features prominently in utopian and dystopian fantasies of the city. Cognizant of historical representations of water and contemporary anxieties about its role in urbanization, the workshop brings into conversation different imaginaries of water, including literature, art and urban design. Comparing São Paulo with the example of the Los Angeles River in the United States, the workshop will explore the cultural and artistic imagination of water in situations of scarcity and rapid urban growth. As urban agglomerations in the so-called Global South surpass European and North American cities as the world’s largest and fastest-growing, what new understandings of water and urban life come into view?

9:15-9:45am—Light Breakfast


  • Bruno Carvalho, Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Princeton University
  • Mario Gandelsonas, FAIA, Professor, School of Architecture, Princeton University

10:00am-12:00pm: Session 1: Imagining fluvial São Paulo

  • Guilherme Wisnik, Professor, Faculty of Architecture & Urbanism, University of São Paulo
  • Luís Antonio Jorge, Professor, Faculty of Architecture & Urbanism, University of São Paulo
  • Discussant: Victoria Saramago, Professor, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, The University of Chicago

12-1:00pm Lunch

1:00-3:00: Session 2: Imagining the LA River

  • Jenny Price, Tauber Foundation Fellow and Visiting Research Associate, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University
  • Hadley Arnold, Founding Co-Director, Arid Lands Institute, Los Angeles
  • Discussant: Curt Gambetta, PhD student, School of Architecture, Princeton University

3:00-3:30pm: Coffee Break

3:30-5:00pm: Open discussion