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Revolt and Reform in Architecture's Academy : Urban Renewal, Race, and the Rise of Design in the Public
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In the 1960s at Columbia University and Yale University, two small but influential groups of students and faculty identified campus expansion, race, and the "urban crisis" as the principle concerns facing architectural practice.Revolt and Reform in Architecture’s Academy explores the curricular and departmental reforms through which these students founded an advocacy model for design practice in the urban context of their schools. Through groups like Urban Deadline, the Architect’s Renewal Committee for Harlem and the Architect’s Resistance, this group of architecture and planning students connected the lack of community development with deficiencies in their own design educations.
For the first time, this book traces the impact of urban renewal on architectural education at two schools of architecture and planning whose host cities were critical sites for urban renewal in the U.S. Dealing with the frequently overlooked relationships between race, urban renewal practices, and the growth of American institutions in the twentieth century, this book draws together prominent figures of urban renewal to examine the moment when the relationship between architecture and planning students with "their" cities shifted from abstract backdrop to tangible environment.
Urban renewal remains at the center of attention as cities continue to deal with density, smart growth, and sustainability. As faculty and students continue to wrestle with the planner and architect’s social agency within the places we live and work, this book reassesses the history and future of academia’s influence on urban renewal and advocacy planning.