Symposium: Architecture, The City And Democratic Capitalism

Thursday, October 24 at 8:00am to 5:00pm

This is a past event.

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.

PROGRAM

8:00-9:15 AM

Registration & Breakfast

9:15-9:30 AM              

EGALITARIANISM UNREALIZED

Milton S. F. Curry, Dean / Della & Harry MacDonald Dean’s Chair in Architecture

9:30-11:00 AM            

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     

  • Juliana Uhuru Bidadanure, Assistant Professor, Stanford Philosophy
  • Andreas Christopolus, Director, Yeshiva University Real Estate Program
  • Annette M. Kim, Associate Professor and Director, Spatial Analysis Lab
  • Martin Muoto, CEO, SoLA Rentals

11:15 AM-12:15 PM     

KEYNOTE LECTURE / Q&A

  • Scott Kurashige, Professor, University of Washington Bothell

12:15-1:30 PM            

Lunch

1:30-2:30 PM              

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      

  • Andrew Herscher, Associate Professor, University of Michigan Taubman College
  • Lorcan O’Herlihy, FAIA, Adjunct Professor, USC Architecture
  • Rick Lowe, Founding Director, Project Row Houses
  • Faiza Moatasim, Assistant Professor of Architecture, USC Architecture
  • Arturo Ortiz, Architect and Artist, Mexico City

 

2:45-4:15 PM              

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

  • Andrea Chegut, Co-Founder, MIT Real Estate Lab
  • Kyle Konis, Assistant Professor of Architecture, USC Architecture
  • Mia Lehrer, President, Studio-MLA
  • Shawn Rickenbacker, Director, J. Max Bond Center for Urban Futures at CUNY    

4:15-4:45 PM              

CLOSING DISCUSSION: PEDAGOGY

This symposium was made possible thanks to the generous support provided by the Ned and Nancy Fox Urban Design Critic Endowment.

Event Type

Conference/Symposia

Campus

University Park Campus

Website

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Cost

Free

Department
School of Architecture
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