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Designing Practices of Transformative Urbanism for the 21st Century City

Start: Feb 11, 2019 2:30:00 PM
End: Feb 11, 2019 5:30:00 PM

Sarmiento Casas Toronto, March 2016, Myseum posters
This workshop will bring together architects, urban designers, planners, development specialists, geographers and policy makers for a half-day interactive and collaborative session to investigate what it means to design practices of transformative urbanism for the twenty-first century city across disciplinary boundaries.

Producing the 21st Century City: Labor Unions as Urbanists in Las Vegas

Start: Feb 11, 2019 6:30:00 PM
End: Feb 11, 2019 8:00:00 PM

Aseem Inam, Las Vegas Culinary Union headquarters, April 2018
The spatial production of the city in the 21st century is a complex and multifaceted process that belies the often overly-simplistic narratives. What is often missing in such singular narratives [e.g. of the neoliberal city] is a grasp of the rich and nuanced on-the-ground realities that differ in each context. Such is the case of Las Vegas, which continues largely to be dismissed by scholars as simply an exemplar of extreme neoliberalism, excessive consumption, inauthentic urbanism, city as theatre, or perpetual transience.

Entrepreneurial heritage-making in post-Wall Berlin: The case of New Potsdamer Platz

Start: Feb 27, 2019 12:00:00 PM
End: Feb 27, 2019 1:00:00 PM

Skyscapers at Potsdamer Platz, Berlin at the end of the blue hour. Buildings and their architects from left to right: Atrium-Tower (Renzo Piano), Kollhoff-Tower (Hans Kollhoff), BahnTower (Helmut Jahn). Credit: Ansgar Koreng on Wikimedia Commons
New Potsdamer Platz has been the flagship urban development project of post-Wall Berlin. Throughout the 1990s, Potsdamer Platz evolved from an abandoned no-man’s-land, delineated by the Berlin Wall, into Europe’s largest construction site and, finally, into the much-vaunted new centre of the once and future capital of reunified Germany. While the piecewise sale of Potsdamer Platz to international enterprises such as DaimlerChrysler and the Sony Corporation provoked controversial discussions in the early 1990s, the fact that several monuments and other relics from the conflictual history of Potsdamer Platz were part of the sales has hardly caught attention. 

Future Cities: Architecture and the Imagination book launch

Start: Feb 28, 2019 6:00:00 PM
End: Feb 28, 2019 8:00:00 PM

Megalomania still
Join us for the launch of Future Cities: Architecture and the Imagination (Reaktion, 2019) by Paul Dobraszczyk.

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