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Associate Dean Milton S.F. Curry launches CriticalProductive V.1.1: Theoretic Action in New York

Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Architecture Milton S.F. Curry launched CriticalProductive V.1.1: Theoretic Action, a biannual peer-reviewed academic journal dedicated to architecture, urbanism and cultural theory, on February 9, 2012 at Van Alen Books, 30 W. 22nd St., New York. Curry serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the journal.

The inaugural issue, Theoretic Action, begins a new discourse on the political role of aesthetics and space in contemporary culture. The significance of working within and outside of the walls of the academy was evident when workers and students converged in Paris, Mexico City, and on the streets and campuses of the United States in 1968 to give voice to democratic, political, and social movements, consequently changing the trajectory of history. Theoretic Action draws influence from the legacy of the civil rights era to recast the perspective from which class, race and space have been conventionally marginalized within the discipline. Content includes work by Peter Gilgen, Naomi Beckwith, Justin Doro, Richard M. Sommer, Glen Forley, an exchange between William F. Buckley, Jr., and Huey P. Newton, interviews with Lance Wyman and Michael Gross, and visual works by Lance Wyman, Amanda Wojick, Mounir Fatmi, and Raymond Depardon. CriticalProductive is supported in part by Taubman College; Cornell University College of Architecture, Art and Planning; the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts; Pickard Chilton Architects; John Alexander; and Robert Joy. As part of the New York launch, Curry and Gilgen read excerpts from the journal.

Launched Nov. 12, 2011 at University of Michigan's "Curating Race Curating Space" symposium, CriticalProductive Journal: architecture/urbanism/cultural theory, is a new biannual journal/magazine focused on covering the processes of urbanisation in the world's fast-moving economies and geographic environments. CriticalProductive emerges out of a belief that 1) architecture/urbanism must be in direct conversation with the forces of capital; 2) theoretical inquiry is a necessary condition for design innovation; and 3) racial, ethnic, and class differences are uniquely manifest in cities.

For more, visit criticalproductive.com

Feb 14, 2012


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