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Front to Rear: Architecture and Planning during World War II, March 7-8, 2009

March 7-8, 2009 Prepared under the scholarly direction of Jean-Louis Cohen, Sheldon H. Solow Professor in the History of Architecture, Institute of Fine Arts, the conference was co-organized by NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal, and Princeton University’s School of Architecture. It brought together an international group of scholars whose talks investigated a wide range of architectural and planning activities that emerged over the course of World War II in diverse geographical locations. The aim of the conference was to spotlight a still seldom explored, yet critical period in the history of modern architecture and planning.

For abstracts and bios of the participating speakers, browse under Authors.


Introductory remarks: Stan Allen, Jean-Louis Cohen, Mirko Zardini

Speakers/authors: Lucia Allais, Pep Avilés, Maristella Casciato, Marina Dmitrieva-Einhorn, Carola Hein, Alicia Imperiale, Benoît Jacquet, Paul B. Jskot, Anna Jozefacka, Joy Knoblauch, Roland May, Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen, Edmund Potter, Enrique Ramirez, Vladimír ┼álapeta, Ioanna Theocharopoulou, Pieter Uyttenhove, Anna Vallye, Roberto Zancan

Moderators: Jeffry M. Diefendorf, Harmut Frank, Antoine Picon, Anthony Vidler

Closing remarks: Joan Ockman

Conference Schedule

Collection's Items: 1 to 17 of 17

Issue DateTitleAuthor(s)
23-Sep-2011Alvar Aalto: Planning Finland, c. 1940Pelkonen, Eeva-Liisa
19-Sep-2011Architecture as an 'Administrative Function': From the New Deal to War MobilizationVallye, Anna
19-Sep-2011Architecture, urbanism and national heritage during German occupation in Belgium: The Modern Movement and the Commissariat-General pour la Reconstruction du PaysUyttenhove, Pieter
16-Sep-2011Architecture, War and Genocide: Military Goals and the Development of SS Concentration Camp ArchitectureJaskot, Paul B.
16-Sep-2011Building bridges--burning bridgesMay, Roland
23-Sep-2011City and War: Foreign Influences, the Pacific War, and the Japanese City between 1937 and 1945Hein, Carola
15-Sep-2011Compromising Modernity: Japanese Monumentality during World War IIJacquet, Benoit
19-Sep-2011Constantinos A. Doxiadis: The War and the ArchiveTheocharopoulou, Ioanna
15-Sep-2011False walls and double attics: fortifying Warsaw's inner cityJozefacka, Anna
3-Nov-2011Front to Rear: Architecture and Planning during World War II-
19-Sep-2011Gimme shelter: Destruction and Reconstruction Landscapes from the Tecton's Air Raid Precautious Plan for Finsbury BoroughZancan, Roberto
15-Sep-2011Italy 1938: The Autarchic DebateAviles, Pep
15-Sep-2011Italy 1942: Visions of the Future DwellingCasciato, Maristella
16-Sep-2011Mobilization of Modern Design: Architects' and Artists' Pursuit of Camouflage during World War IIKnoblauch, Joy
19-Sep-2011Neville Chamberlain: An Unlikely Influence in Post-War British PlanningPotter, Edmund
23-Sep-2011System Theories: Science, War, ConstructionImperiale, Alicia
15-Sep-2011War as a Challenge to Architecture. Andrei Burov's Civic Designs at the Time of World War IIDmitrieva-Einhorn, Marina