Thursday, October 24 at 8:00am to 5:00pm
Town and Gown (TGF)
665 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90089
Eclectic thinking on architecture and capital is sorely needed as we face concurrent challenges of structural social inequalities, economic and geographic segregation in urban areas, and a dearth of design policies aimed at ensuring that high-quality urban design and civic space is afforded to entire communities. Egalitarianism, democracy, and capital(ism)—and the ideologies that undergird them—are constituent components of a rethinking of the pedagogies and practices of design professionals and affiliated actors. The symposium will afford the school an interdisciplinary approach to developing new practices and pedagogies to infuse the ongoing discourse of democracy and capital into our teaching and research.
Admission is free but reservations are required. RSVP by Oct. 18.
Registration & Breakfast
Milton S. F. Curry, Dean / Della & Harry MacDonald Dean’s Chair in Architecture
INCOME INEQUALITY AND COMMUNITY INVESTMENT
Basic income, the right to housing, and the right to the city—are these ideals whose time has come, or are they inimical to the capitalist credos of individualism? What are the consequences for conventional real estate development and public/civic infrastructure for cities?
MODERATOR: Frank Muscara, Former Executive VP, Wells Fargo Bank
11:15 AM-12:15 PM
KEYNOTE LECTURE / Q&A
HOUSING, DISPLACEMENT, AND JUSTICE
In Los Angeles, Mexico City, Pakistan, Detroit and Houston, housing displacement and gentrification occur at all class levels yet deliver disparate impacts on specific communities and persons. What can we learn from diverse approaches towards building equitably with housing as a catalyst for equity?
CO-MODERATORS: Geoffrey von Oeyen, Assistant Professor of Practice, USC Architecture // Maria Esnaola Cano, Architect, and Lecturer, USC Architecture
PLANETARY WARMING, TECHNOLOGY AND RESILIENCE
Will solutions to planetary warming unleash new colonialism in the appropriation of lands and ecologies or unleash a new form of globalized cooperation? Is the environment to be re-thought as a system to serve human desires or a mechanism for altering conventional boundaries between species? What are implications for cities, ecosystems, and economies as “resilient” responses to the climate crisis consume more and more political and social capital?
MODERATOR: Alison B. Hirsch, Associate Professor, and MLA Program Director, USC Architecture
CLOSING DISCUSSION: PEDAGOGY
This symposium was made possible thanks to the generous support provided by the Ned and Nancy Fox Urban Design Critic Endowment.