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2023–2024 Public Programs, Spring Edition, Cosponsored with the Rice University Office of Research
La Cité de Refuge de L’armée du Salut, 12 Rue Cantagrel, 75013 Paris
How do and how should we write about urban design today with more than half the global population living in cities, in the context of environmental collapse, amidst staggering inequality, facing crises in housing supply and affordability, after the spatial fallout of the pandemic, within a choppy disciplinary landscape, amid an ongoing reckoning with racism, colonialism, neoliberalism, and political extremism? This symposium invites a small group of leading critics, theorists, practitioners, pedagogues, and historians of urban design, representing a wide range of approaches and positions, to reconsider their own writing and the writing of others. It asks them to help us confront our urban present.


Tom Avermaete, ETH Zürich

John J. Casbarian, Rice University School of Architecture, Houston and Paris

Scott Colman, Rice University School of Architecture, Houston 

Françoise Fromonot, ENSA Paris-Belleville and Rice Architecture Paris

Reto Geiser, Rice University School of Architecture, Houston

Janina Gosseye, TU Delft

Igor Marjanović, Rice University School of Architecture, Houston

Albert Pope, Rice University School of Architecture, Houston

Robin Schuldenfrei, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London

Charles Waldheim, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge

This program is made possible through the generous support of the Betty R. and George F. Pierce Jr., FAIA, Fund; the William B. Coleman Jr. Colloquium Fund for Architecture; and the Wm. W. Caudill Lecture Series Fund. Additional support comes from the Office of Research, Rice University School of Architecture, and Rice Architecture Paris.
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