Thursday, March 21, 2013, 12:30–1:15 p.m.
Explore modern and contemporary theories about the relationships between space, time, and the built environment. Space, Time, and Architecture traces how advancements in high-speed travel and communication during the 20th century helped create the fragmented experience that defined the modern metropolis and flattened suburban architecture into a two-dimensional system of signs. Today space and time are further contracted. The hermetic environments of the jumbo jet and the airport—spaces arguably designed to transcend space and time all together—combine with GPS-equipped smart phones to allow perpetual movement across time zones without the conventional “burdens” imposed by unfamiliar locales, face-to-face communication (asking directions), or unintended discovery (getting lost). How have these technologies impacted our experience of buildings, places, and cities?
Jennifer Gray (PhD, Columbia University) is a historian of modern architecture, specializing in the relationships between social politics and the built environment. Her current project explores how municipal playgrounds radically reframed the experience of childhood in relation to the modern metropolis. She teaches at Columbia University and The Museum of Modern Art.
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