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Events November 2012

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Translate: Ludwig Hilberseimer’s Metropolisarchitecture

November 19, 2012

On Monday, November 19, Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) is hosting a book discussion in connection to its Sourcebooks series. In the 1920s, the urban theory of Ludwig Hilberseimer (1885–1967) redefined architecture’s relationship to the city. His proposal for a high-rise city, where leisure, labor and circulation would be vertically integrated, both frightened his contemporaries and offered a trenchant critique of the dynamics of the capitalist metropolis. Hilberseimer’s Groszstadt-architektur (Metropolisarchitecture) is presented here for the first time in English translation. Two additional essays frame this international cross-section of metropolitan architecture: “Der Wille zur Architektur” (The Will to Architecture) and “Vorschlag zur City-Bebauung” (Proposal for City-Building). The propositions assembled here encourage us to reconsider mobility, concentration and the scale of architectural intervention in our own era of urban expansion. This is the second title in the GSAPP Sourcebooks series, devoted to recovering and translating overlooked texts on architecture and the city.

Speakers include:
Richard Anderson, Columbia University Art History and Archaeology
Pier Vittorio Aureli, Architectural Association
Craig Buckley, Columbia University GSAPP
Claire Zimmerman, University of Michigan

Monday, November 19, 6:30pm
Wood Auditorium, Lower Level of Avery Hall
Columbia University, Broadway at 116th Street
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