In the Shadow of the Megacity

Saturday, September 26, 2015, 3:00pm - 7:00pm

Former Military Base in Truro, Cape Cod, Teddy Kofman

Former Military Base in Truro, Cape Cod, Teddy Kofman

In the shadow of the Megacity: Urbanization and Beyond

Urbanization is more than the growth and physical expansion of cities. It is a process that transforms territories, changes existing reciprocities and establishes new relationships between different places. In the Shadow of the Megacity will address the wider impact of urbanization, both within and beyond the city, in an attempt to trace the present contours of the urban and imagine its future.

In the Spring, a group of scholars, officials, and practitioners gathered on Cape Cod to discuss the implications of urbanization in rural settlements, focusing on questions of land use, housing, infrastructure and ecology. We are now carrying the discussion to New York to continue the conversation and consider the agency that architecture and design may have in relation to the processes of urbanization.

Stan AllenGeorge Dutton ’27 Professor of Architecture at Princeton University
Alexander D’HoogheAssociate Professor and Director of the Center for Advanced Urbanism at MIT
Susannah DrakeFounding principal of Dlandstudio Architecture + Landscape Architecture
Kenneth FramptonWare Professor of Architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University

Dietmar OffenhuberAssistant Professor at Northeastern University, Departments of Art + Design and Public Policy

A keynote conversation will follow with Kenneth Frampton and Stan Allen.

Symposium organized by Tülay Atak and Teddy Kofman 

This event is co-sponsored by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture and The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design  

The symposium was hosted and supported by the Cape Cod Modern House Trust as part of its annual residency program.

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