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ENVS 2200 Foundations of Urban and Regional Environments Roger Keil Lecture 1– September 11, 2015 Sub Subu
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"'The World Trade Center should,' [Minoru] Yamasaki said, 'because of its importance, become a living representation of man's belief in humanity, his need for individual dignity, his belief in the cooperation of men, and through this cooperation his ability to find greatness.' " — from Paul Heyer. Architects on Architecture: New Directions in America. p194-195.
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What is the meaning of 9/11 in the context of this course? We will never again be able to think of airplanes as symbols of freedom and mobility. Two huge metaphors – transport and shelter – crashed into each other that day and we were left shockingly vulnerable Atom Egoyan
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9/11 can be read as prism through which we can look at today s globalized urbanization: large cities in particular are crossroads for transportation and places of shelter; places of sedimentation of human activities in time and space; meeting places ( Toronto ), congealed streams of molten lava of flows of people, capital, goods, ideas, etc.
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Vulnerability Cities also the site where humanity has proven to be most vulnerable Military and terrorist attacks Pandemics (SARS à Ebola) Floods and storms (hurricanes Katrina and Sandy) Food and other supply crises
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What s new? Problem: not the first time in history that planes meant evil and the metaphors of movement and shelter clashed: Guernica, Darmstadt, Dresden, Hiroshima Galaxies over Frankfurt; scud missiles over Tel Aviv; surgical bombing over Baghdad; rockets into Beirut and the Gaza Strip.
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Very specific built environment under attack
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San Gimigniano, Tuscany: Towers as an expression of military and commercial power; Symbolic and real Medieval scale and landscape
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Is the future of the skyscraper in question? Is its symbolic and real value as a form of human settlement disputed?
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Or not, if we look at New York in 2015!
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The structure of the course: How can thinking about the WTC tragedy give us a glimpse of what will be covered in the course?
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History 1991: discovery of African Burial Ground several blocks east of the WTC; holds the remains of as many as 20,000 of the city s first African Americans; predominantly slaves, made up 40 percent of
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  • Winter '12
  • StefanKipfer
  • Suburb, Urban decay, roger keil, Suburban Constellations

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