Sep 16, 2014
During a busy week of early semester events at the GSD, two members of our International Advisory Board—Professor Lukasz Stanek (Architecture Research Centre, Manchester University, UK) and Professor Stuart Elden (Politics, Warwick University, UK)—spent some time on campus in conjunction with a major conference on War and Urbanism. In this context, they generously agreed to dialogue with Urban Theory Lab researchers about their various research projects related to questions of urban theory and urbanization. Lukasz Stanek discussed his current work on the export of architectural expertise and design templates from Eastern Europe to the Third World during the Cold War, with particular reference to the case of Accra, Ghana. Stuart Elden discussed his recent thinking about territory in relation to urban questions, and offered a provocative critique of existing approaches to the urban-as-territory within urban studies. The seminar offered us a perfect stimulus to come together as a group early in the semester and to reflect on a number of issues that are of central import to our work in progress. We look forward to continued dialogue with Profs. Stanek and Elden as their respective projects continue to evolve.