Architecture and the Street (Cambridge, 29 Mar 13)

Harvard University, Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, March 29, 2013

The PhD program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design is
pleased to invite you to the seventh annual Cambridge Talks conference,
which will take place on FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2013, 9:00-4:30, in Piper
Auditorium, Gund Hall. This year's conference, entitled "Architecture
and the Street" (see description below), will feature talks by:

CESARE BIRIGNANI (Harvard); KELLER EASTERLING (Yale); GABRIELLE
ESPERDY (NJIT); CHRISTOPHER HEUER (Princeton); MATTHEW JESSE JACKSON
(Chicago); ATEYA KHORAKIWALA (Harvard); MARIANA MOGILEVICH (NYU); ERIC
MUMFORD (WashU); KATHERINE RINNE (California College of the Arts);
RICHARD WITTMAN (UC Santa Barbara)

Further information
www.gsd.harvard.edu/cambridgetalks2013

For more information, please contact the conference organizers:
MORGAN NG (morganng_AT_fas.harvard.edu) and JASON NGUYEN
(jenguyen_AT_fas.harvard.edu)

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EVENT DESCRIPTION:
No building is an island – and in the context of the city, architecture
takes shape in relation to the street. Arcades and façade treatments,
lighting fixtures and shop windows, setback and building height
restrictions: each of these mediate how buildings interact with streets
as spaces of visual display and public sociability. More recently, the
construction of flyovers and underground transport systems has
transformed streets into ever-more complex, multi-layered spatial
armatures for architectural intervention. Streets serve as the liminal
zones by which architectural form and symbolism meet with the
contingencies of urban life.

CAMBRIDGE TALKS VII seeks to bring fresh historical themes and tools to
bear on the problem of Architecture and the Street. New research
promises to enrich and challenge perspectives pioneered by Spiro Kostof,
Jane Jacobs, and William H. Whyte. How does the infrastructural function
of streets as circulation (of people, goods, water, and waste) press
against the static character of architecture? How do streets serve as
the spatial framework for social control, ceremony, procession, and
protest? How might we theorize and historicize modern streets as sites
of cultural memory and nostalgia? And above all, what are the effects of
such social, political, and technological forces on architectural form?

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Cambridge Talks is generously supported by the Harvard University
Graduate School of Design, the Weatherhead Center for International
Affairs & the GSAS Graduate Student Council.

The event is free and open to the public.

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

9:00-9:30
Breakfast

9:30-9:35
Chairs' Introduction
9:35-9:45
Organizers' introduction

Session I: The street between infrastructure and architectural form

9:45-10:50
Katherine Rinne (California College of the Arts)
Walking on Water in Rome: streets and water in the Baroque city

Richard Wittman (UC Santa Barbara)
Architecture, Authority and the Street in Eighteenth-Century Paris

Eric Mumford (WashU)
CIAM, Sert and the Street

10:50-11:15
Discussion, moderated by Sonja Duempelmann (Harvard)

11:15-11:30
Break

Session II: The street as territorial network

11:30-12:35
Gabrielle Esperdy (NJIT)
The Street, the Strip & the Freeway: On the Legibility of Place in the
Territories of the Car

Ateya Khorakiwala (Harvard)
Street Paint: A Story of India’s National Development

Keller Easterling (Yale)
No Road

12:35-1:00
Discussion, moderated by Brian Goldstein (Harvard)

1:00-2:30
Lunch Break

Session III: The street as space of social protest and control

2:30-4:00
Cesare Birignani (Harvard)
The Trouble with the Street

Our Literal Speed, Christopher Heuer (Princeton) & Matthew Jesse Jackson
(UChicago)
7 March 1965: Selma and the Architecture of the Event

Mariana Mogilevich (NYU)
Street Psychology and the Politics of Pedestrianization

4:00-4:30
Discussion, moderated by Neil Brenner (Harvard)

Conclusion

4:30-
Closing remarks


Reference:
CONF: Architecture and the Street (Cambridge, 29 Mar 13). In: H-ArtHist, Mar 6, 2013 (accessed Jul 25, 2014), <http://arthist.net/archive/4796>.

Contributor: Morgan Ng

Contribution published: Mar 6, 2013

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