The Contextual Megastructure: Design after Urban Renewal
In her talk, Alison Fisher discussed the architectural and planning implications of the return to the historical street and neighborhood as critical models during the 1960s and 1970s, as explored in the Art Institute exhibition The City Lost and Found. Through case studies in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, she discussed the work of architects who attempted to repair the city and correct earlier models of urban planning and design using an unlikely model, the megastructure. Although contemporary criticism, like Reyner Banham’s 1976 book Megastructure, often dismissed the genre as bombastic and retrograde, she argued for a new understanding of these late megastructural developments as bold refusals to abandon the political and social project of cities.
Video shot and edited by Ben Derico.