University of Houston Symposium "Concrete Utopias"


The event will assemble nationally recognized scholars discussing the 1960s, a period of change where architects and urban planners applied their energies to reshaping contemporary communities into modern utopias. All lectures will take place at University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture auditorium (Room 150).


6 p.m. -  Opening reception - Sponsored by UH Alumni Association–Architecture (CoA Atrium)
7 p.m. -  Welcome and opening remarks - Michelangelo Sabatino (UH)
7:10 p.m - Keynote address - Jean-Louis Cohen (NYU)

Feb. 18

9:30 a.m. - Welcome and opening remarks - Michelangelo Sabatino (UH)
9:40 AM - Americas: Martin Melosi (UH), The American Metropolis in the 1960s,; Sarah Deyong (TAMU, New Beginnings: The Urban Architecture of Team 10; Michelangelo Sabatino (UH), Arthur Erickson and the New University; Bruce Webb (UH), Houston: An Instant City; Rafael Longoria (UH), Clorindo Testa and the Art of Brutalism; Farès el-Dahdah (Rice), Brasilia 51; Sarah Whiting (Rice), BLOCK v. BLOC
[Discussion and Questions]

12:45 p.m. - Lunch Break

3 p.m. - Europe and Asia: Peter Lang (TAMU), Super Studio in Italy; Zhongjie Lin (UNCC), Metabolism: Urban Utopias of Modern Japan; Yasufumi Nakamori (MFAH), Isozaki Arata’s city: “Invisible City” and “Electric Labyrinth”; Simon Sadler (UC DAVIS), Toby Paterson: Cast Adrift
[Discussion and Questions]

4:40 p.m. - Cinematic Interlude - Dietmar Froehlich (UH) From Alphaville to Zabriskie Point

5:00 p.m. - Keynote address - Craig Hodgetts (UCLA) Mega/Megas/Megarum

6:00 p.m. - Response - Kurt W. Forster (Yale)



University of Houston
4800 Calhoun Rd.
Houston, TX 77004


Admission is free
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