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Architecture History Now

Architecture History Now

This workshop event brings together representatives from the Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative to discuss three recent projects, summarizing their ambitions, present findings, and consider initiatives for publishing architectural research. In a single session, over a span of 3 hours, those assembled will sketch out their imperatives and engage in a discussion with the audience to share motives, methods, and views on the future directions of scholarship. In a seminar-style conversation, presenters from each project will be speaking about the process of soliciting work, identifying techniques for the Aggregate workshop process, and talking about the process of editing and publishing. Aggregate will serve as both a topic of discussion—the collaborative format—and a sample specimen for assessing the state of the field.  Additionally, the event features a panel of U-M PhD students presenting doctoral research, with Aggregate representatives responding.   

9:30 AM Introduction

9:40 AM Evidence and Narrative: Daniel Abramson, Zeynep Çelik Alexander, Michael Osman 
Response: Andrew Herscher

10:10 AM U-M Doctoral Student Research “CO/LAB”

  • Seçil Binboga: “Territory, Nature, and Infrastructure: The Politics of Scale-Making in Cold War Turkey"
    Response: Pamela Karimi
  • Irene Brisson: "Home in Rasanblaj: Assembling a Historiographical Frame for Residential Architecture in Haiti"
    Response: Meredith TenHoor
  • Lori Smithey: "Conceptual Territories of Decadence, A Question of Methodology"
    Response: Lauren Jacobi
  • Manuel Shvartzberg: "Housing the Market, or Architecture on FIRE (Finance, Insurance, Real Estate), 1937–1973"  
    Response: Timothy Hyde

11:15 AM Instruments: Zeynep Çelik Alexander
Response: Kathy Velikov

11:45 AM Systems and the South: Ayala Levin, Ijlal Muzaffar
Response: Lukasz Stanek

12:15 PM Discussion and Closing