2013 CAU Symposium

Infrastructural Monument

Can a typical American city be transformed from a collection of fragments assembled regionally by interstate highways, to a more durable regional constitution, using targeted infrastructural investment projects? A positive answer would imply that it is possible to use infrastructure designs and investments to leverage results beyond the realm of transportation of goods or labor; in the realm of culture, public space, architecture and landscape form. This question frames the first conference of the Center for Advanced Urbanism.

Urban Films: Detropia (2012)

Detroit's story encapsulates the iconic narrative of America over the last century---the Great Migration of African Americans escaping Jim Crow; the rise of manufacturing and the middle class; the love affair with automobiles; the flowering of the American dream; and now the collapse of the economy and the fading American mythos.

Training Workshop: NGO Evaluation and Displacement Monitoring

Miloon Kothari, former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing, will lead a training workshop on NGO practices with respect to displacement: specifically how NGOs approach social impact analysis, and methodologies, tools and criteria for appraising projects. As the former UN Special Rapporteur Mr. Kothari has played a key role in developing many of these tools.

Please RSVP as dinner will be provided.

"Towards a Better Urban Agenda: Development without Displacement"

Miloon Kothari, former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing, will discuss past development challenges, with particular attention to persistent displacement of urban and rural poor, as well as emerging trends, and future avenues for both research and action. Ford International Professor of Law and Development Balakrishnan Rajagopal will act as discussant. - Please note room change to Pappalardo Community Room, 4-349. -

Urban Films: Revolution '67 (2007)

Revolution '67 is an illuminating account of events too often relegated to footnotes in U.S. history---the black urban rebellions of the 1960s. Focusing on the six-day Newark, N.J., outbreak in mid-July, Revolution '67 reveals how the disturbances began as spontaneous revolts against poverty and police brutality and ended as fateful milestones in America's struggles over race and economic justice.

Urban Films: The Last Mountain (2011)

Special Earth Day Feature. In the valleys of Appalachia, a battle is being fought over a mountain. It is a battle with severe consequences that affect every American, regardless of their social status, economic background or where they live. It is a battle that has taken many lives and continues to do so the longer it is waged. It is a battle over protecting our health and environment from the destructive power of Big Coal.

Urban Films: Up the Yangtze (2008)

Nearing completion, China's massive Three Gorges Dam is altering the landscape and the lives of people living along the fabled Yangtze River. Countless ancient villages and historic locales will be submerged, and 2 million people will lose their homes and livelihoods. The Yu family desperately seeks a reprieve by sending their 16-year-old daughter to work in the cruise ship industry that has sprung up to give tourists a last glimpse of the legendary river valley.

Urban Films: Scenes from a Parish (2009)

In 2001, an irreverent, young, Harvard-educated Catholic priest arrived at Saint Patrick Parish in the former mill town of Lawrence, Massachusetts. Father Paul O'Brien soon discovered that trying to foster an inclusive community amidst the ethnic tensions of this working-class, multicultural parish would be no mean feat. Older parishioners were resentful of a new generation of immigrants; more idealistic parishioners were trying to reach out to those in need but facing cultural entanglements that grew more complicated with the passage of time.

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