Virtual Urban Walking Tours: Wintersession Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for Wintersession 2021. The Princeton Mellon Initiative presents two virtual walking tours: "Understanding the Barrio - Latinx Urbanism in Union City, NJ and Dallas' Oak Cliff," on January 19; and "Land Grab - Case Studies from Hebron and Mexico City" on January 21.


Virtual Urban Walking Tours: Understanding the Barrio - Latinx Urbanism in Union City, NJ and Dallas’ Oak Cliff

Tuesday, January 19, 1 pm EST

Latin American immigration is transforming U.S. cities, shaping urban culture, politics, and the built environment. This virtual walking tour will take you through two places critical to understanding the ways that barrios form, evolve, and have come to influence urban areas across the U.S. Johana Londoño (author of Abstract Barrios: The Crises of Latinx Visibility in Cities) will take us through Union City, New Jersey to show how policy makers, business owners, and homeowners have refashioned the city and influenced our understanding of the barrio. A. K. Sandoval-Strausz (author of Barrio America: How Latino Immigrants Saved the American City) will lead us on a tour of Dallas’ Oak Cliff to show how Latino immigrants moved to a neighborhood that was losing residents and jobs for decades an made it dynamic, stable, and safe by purchasing homes, opening businesses, and reviving street life.

What to expect:
During this virtual tour, a guide with expertise on a specific area will use images, videos, and documents to immerse you in the history, culture, and architecture of a particular city, street, or neighborhood. Sessions will focus on what the present landscape of the place can tell us about its history, culture, and politics.

Meet the facilitator:
These tours are organized by the Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities, an interdisciplinary program housed in the School of Architecture.

Johana Londoño is Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies Latin American, Caribbean & U.S. Latino Studies at SUNY Albany. She was a Princeton-Mellon fellow in 2014-15.

A. K. Sandoval-Strausz is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Latinx studies program at Penn State University. He was a Princeton-Mellon fellow in 2015-16.

https://campusevents.princeton.edu/OWCE/rsvp_boot?id=837442


Virtual Urban Walking Tours: Land Grab - Case Studies from Hebron and Mexico City

Thursday, January 21, 9 am EST

How do cities grow? Who decides how land will be used, and who gets to live in new neighborhoods? This tour will take you to two very different places, the Pedregal de Santo Domingo neighborhood in Mexico City and the Jewish settlement of Hebron in the West Bank. The bustling, highly-organized, working- and middle-class community of Pedregal de Santo Domingo masks its history as a “informal” neighborhood established by a land invasion in 1971, mostly by families from Puebla. Hebron has changed since 1967, when Israel captured the West Bank from Jordan and subsequently oversaw the construction of housing projects for Jewish Israelis in the heart of the millenia-old city. These housing projects produced a highly exclusionary urban space, but one whose divisions were not inevitable or preordained. Together, these tours will show how what we can learn about a city’s past by “reading” the built environment, and how residents, designers, planners and political leaders crate integrated and divided places. With Joseph Heathcott, Associate Professor of Urban Studies, The New School, and Noam Shoked, Assistant Professor of Architecture at Tel Aviv University.

What to expect:
During this virtual tour, a guide with expertise on a specific area will use images, videos, and documents to immerse you in the history, culture, and architecture of a particular city, street, or neighborhood. Sessions will focus on what the present landscape of the place can tell us about its history, culture, and politics.

Meet the facilitator:
These tours are organized by the Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities, an interdisciplinary program housed in the School of Architecture.

Joseph Heathcott is Associate Professor of Urban Studies at the New School. He was a Princeton-Mellon fellow in 2016.

Noam Shoked is Assistant Professor of Architecture at Tel Aviv University. He was a Princeton-Mellon fellow in 2018-19.

https://campusevents.princeton.edu/OWCE/rsvp_boot?id=868502