Graduate Architecture

Structural Instabilities: History, Environment, and Risk in Architecture

Thursday, April 5, 2018Friday, April 6, 2018
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Meyerson Hall
Lower Gallery
210 South 34th Street Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

This symposium will explore how the structural instabilities of the 21st century are legible in histories of architecture and related spatio-political disciplines, insofar as they engage questions of economy, gender, race, and environmental change. Co-sponsored by the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities.

Symposium Convened By

Daniel A. Barber, Associate Professor, Graduate Architecture, PennDesign
Sophie Hochhäusl, Assistant Professor, Graduate Architecture, PennDesign and 2017-2018 Frieda L. Miller Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Eduardo Rega Calvo, Lecturer, Graduate Architecture, PennDesign
Naomi Waltham-Smith, Assistant Professor, Department of Music, Penn Arts & Sciences

Thursday, April 5, 2018
Welcome and Introduction
Panel 1
11:00am - 1:15pm

Peg Rawes, Barlett School of Architecture, University College London
Insecure Predictions: Buckminster Fuller's Energy Slave Maps

Jason Rebillot, Woodbury University
Manzini's Dilemma

Whitney Moon, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
The Rise and Fall of the Atomic Energy Commission Pavilion

Panel 2
2:00pm - 5:00pm

Paulo Tavares, University of Brasilia
Containing Poverty: Architecture between Environmentalism, Development and Counterinsurgency

Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi, Harvard University and Rachel Lee, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
Feminist Architectural Histories of Migration

Léopold Lambert, Editor-in-Chief of The Funambulist
The Architecture of the Colonial Continuum

Ginger Nolan, University of Basel
Self-Help Technics: Bricolage and the Management of Neo-Liberal Uncertainty


Felicity Scott, Columbia University GSAPP
Productive Vulnerabilities

Friday, April 6, 2018
Panel 3
10:00am - 12:15pm

Elisavet Hasa, Royal College of Art
The Rise of Solidarity Movements and the Architecture of Collective Equipment in Athens during the Years of Crisis

Susanne Schindler, ETH Zurich
The Model Cities Program: Productive Instabilities

Maros Krivy, University of Cambridge and Estonian Academy of the Arts
Urban Complexity: A Fad?

Panel 4
1:00pm - 3:15pm

Megan Eardley, Princeton University
The Mine, the Surveyor, and the Production of Apartheid's Boomtowns

Nikki Moore, Rice University
For Bread, Peace and Economic Expansion: Robert Malthus and the Architecture of the Green Revolution

Fabrizio Ballabio, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and University of York
Measures of security: Ferdinando Fuga’s Reali Granili and the politics of grain provision in Eighteenth Century Naples.

Panel 5
3:30pm - 5:00pm

Mark Wasiuta, Columbia University and Farzin Lotfi-Jam, Columbia University
Unstable Control

Samia Henni, Princeton University
Planning Instabilities: Monnet, Marshall, and Constantine Plans

Concluding Remarks

Brett Steele, Dean, UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture