Genealogy of Urban Design Network Seminar: Contextualism, Collage City and Beyond


It seems an appropriate time to revisit Contextualism and Collage City within the framework of GUDesign network, and the new tools of representation available in the contemporary meta-city of information. This initial Contextualism, Collage City and Beyond seminar will investigate Colin Rowe’s mid-twentieth century role in appropriating Sitte’s 1890’s reaction to Von Forster’s 1860 imperial design for the Vienna Ringstrasse. Rowe’s critical appropriation paved the way for later iterations and code shifts that greatly expanded into a more fragmented, inclusive Collage City. It took Rowe several iterations to develop this concept with Fred Koetter and with his Roma Interrotta team. Hopefully, this and future seminars will explore strength and weaknesses of the mutations of Rowe’s classical impulse as it, in its turn, evolved with urban design into the 21st century.

The seminar will take place from 4:00-6:30pm (CET) 10:00am-12:30pm (EDT New York) on 12 November 2021.

The Zoom link for the event can be found here.

David Grahame Shane (Columbia University, NY – USA)

More information can be found here.

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