Landscapes of Development Symposium

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The symposium will explore postwar transnational territorial planning in various parts of the Global South. By using the lens of “landscape” we will consider planning beyond the urban-rural divide, and question the demarcations and boundaries in the production of territories as objects of knowledge and development. Architecture and planning, in this discussion, will stand for a range of techniques to organize, manage, and imagine physical space as a complex interaction of infrastructure, natural resources, housing, agriculture, industry, labor and consumption. Among the questions we will consider are how processes of territorial reorganization have been used to identify and structure resources as such; how changing habits of consumption and habitation have shaped new forms of production and labor relations; how the relationship between humans and their environments has been re-conceptualized against the backdrop of the legacy of colonialism and competing local epistemologies; and finally, how the interchange between local and foreign agents has affected territorial or environmental knowledge production.

Location: Betts Auditorium, Princeton School of Architecture, Princeton University. 

Date: Friday, April 28, 2017.


12:30   Lunch Reception/ Students’ Exhibition

1:00  Introduction

1:10-3:40 Landscapes of Knowledge Production

Cyrus Schayegh, Princeton University: The Middle East as a Site of Multidirectional Developmentalism

Ijlal Muzaffar, Rohd Island School of Design: Counting Quality: Tyrwhitt, Geddes, and Statistics

Kathleen John Alder, Rutgers University: Ecological Exceptionalism

Discussion: Lucia Allais

3:40-4:00  Coffee Break

4:00-6:00 Landscapes of Reform

Burak Erdim, North Carolina State University/MIT: Nation's Domicile: Politics of Housing and Land Economics in the Cold War Frontier

Sheila Crane, University of Virginia: Territorializing Revolution in Algeria, 1962–1978

Discussion: Meredith TenHoor

6:00-6:30 Roundtable discussion with Megan Eardley


The symposium is organized in conjunction with a course currently held at the Princeton School of Architecture under the same title. An exhibition of students’ research will run concurrently with the event at the School of Architecture Gallery.

Organized by Ayala Levin, 2016-2017 Princeton-Mellon Fellow