Cities After... Pelin Tan on the Crisis of Architecture Today


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In this episode, Prof. Robles-Duran is joined by Pelin Tan, Professor of Sociology, Art, Architecture History to talk about the outmoded forms of knowledge that architecture and related urban design disciplines uphold.

About our guest: Pelin Tan is a sociologist, art historian and architecture theorist based in Turkey. She is Professor at the Fine Arts Academy, Batman Üniversitesi in Turkey and a Senior Researcher of the Center for Arts, Design and Social Research, Boston, USA. Tan, was a postdoc fellow at MIT - School of Architecture and Planning (2011), research fellow of Human Rights and Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (2020). She was also the 6th recipient of the Keith Haring Art and Activism award. Tan's research and publications focus on infrastructure, commons and spaces of social justice from the perspectives of contemporary art, urbanism and architecture and their methodologies. Prof. Tan has conducted extensive research in Chinese and Middle Eastern urbanism and architecture. Prof. Tan is a lead author of the Cities chapter in the International Panel of Social Progress (Cambridge Press, 2018) and has contributed to a wide range of publications, including Climates: Architecture and The Planetary Imaginary (Columbia Univ., 2017), Swamp and Other Imaginaries (MIT Press&Sternberg Press, 2021), Autonomous Archiving (Istanbul, 2017), Radical Pedagogies (MIT Press&Sternberg Press, 2021), 2000+: Urgencies in Architectural Theory (Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, 2015), The Social Reproduction of Architecture (Routledge,2017)

Cities After... is a @Democracy At Work  production. Launched in May of 2021, it is a bi-monthly podcast about the future of cities; grounded in our daily urban struggles, it is part dystopian and part utopian. The intention is to entice civic imagination into action, because a more just and sustainable urban future is possible. A new episode is released every other Tuesday at 4pm EST.
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About our host: 

Miguel Robles-Durán is an urbanist with expertise in the design and analysis of complex urban systems and urban political-ecology. He is an associate professor of urbanism and director of the graduate urban programs at The New School / Parsons School of Design in New York City. Robles-Durán is a founding member of Urban Front, a transnational consultancy focused on helping progressive public and social sectors address critical urban issues including housing rights, environmental justice, public health, cultural action, sustainable infrastructure and political strategy.

Robles-Durán is also co-founder of Cohabitation Strategies (CohStra), a globally recognized nonprofit cooperative for socio-spatial design and development based in New York City and Rotterdam. CohStra has developed and designed over a dozen urban projects in Europe, Asia, and North and South America, merging popular and scientific knowledge to acquire a comprehensive understanding of the agents affecting urban areas and structuring transdisciplinary methods to catalyze grassroots led transformations.

Parallel to his work with Urban Front and CohStra, from 2014 to 2017, he also co-directed with David Harvey the National Center for the Right to the Territory (CENEDET) in the Republic of Ecuador. The work of Robles-Durán has been exhibited in numerous venues around the world, including The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), MAK Museum Vienna, La Biennale di Venezia, the Istanbul Design Biennial, the Shenzhen Biennial, Chicago Architecture Biennial, the Rotterdam Biennial and the Lisbon Architecture Triennial.


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