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SYMPOSIUM: ARCHIVING RISK

EVENTS
FEB8

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2014
12pm-6:30pm
Decafe, Perloff Hall 1302
UCLA Architecture and Urban Design


The historical epistemology of risk is obscured by its apparent novelty, theorized by scholars including Ulrich Beck as an effect of “reflexive modernity,” where risk production replaces wealth production as the overarching political economic order. We submit that the so-called “risk society” is only the most recent ideological manifestation in a long and disparate history of probability, chance, insurance and speculation. This symposium seeks to examine risk in architecture, urbanism and design from the early modern period to the present, revealing it as an ideology underlying design’s agency.
 
PROCEEDINGS
12:00PM— Introductions
 
12:30PM— Panel 1
Manuel Shvartzberg, Columbia University. “The Other Palladio: Risk, Cultural Capital and Interdisciplinarity in 16th C. Venice”
Marrikka Trotter, Harvard University. “Ornament, Infrastructure and Risk: the Architectural Aftermath of Lisbon, 1755”
Joseph Godlewski, UC Berkeley and Syracuse University. “Deterritorializing the Architecture of a Proto-Risk Society”
Respondent: Jonathan Massey, Associate Professor of Architecture, Syracuse University.
 
2:30PM— Break
 
3:00PM— Panel 2
Jack Self, independent scholar. “Derivative Architecture”
Shannon Starkey, UCLA. “California City, Perpetual Mirage”
Eric Carver, Columbia University. “Decay Everlasting, The Aesthetic Economy of Asbestos, 1870-1939”
Respondent: Eric Cazdyn, Distinguished Professor of Aesthetics and Politics, University of Toronto.
 
5:00PM— Break
 
5:30PM— Key Note
Jonathan Massey, Associate Professor of Architecture, Syracuse University. “30 St. Mary Axe, a Risky Pickle”
Question Moderator and Concluding Remarks: Michael Osman, Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, UCLA.
 
Contact Randy Nakamura at rknakamura@gmail.com with any queries.
 
Organized by Randy Nakamura, Christina Gray, and Shannon Starkey. Special thanks to Michael Osman and Jonathan Crisman
Sponsored by the UCLA Urban Humanities Initiative
 
 
 

 

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