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Enduring Innocence:

Global Architecture and its political masquerades


collaboration with MLU Novi Sad, FABU, kuda.nao & kuda.org


08-05-2006, 20h



Description of the talk:
"Enduring Innocence" examines outlaw "spatial products" -- resorts,
information technology campuses, retail chains, golf courses, ports, and
other hybrid spaces that exist outside normal constituencies and
jurisdictions -- in difficult political situations around the world.
These spaces -- familiar commercial formulas of retail, business, and
trade -- aspire to be worlds unto themselves, self-reflexive and
innocent of politics. Yet these enclaves can become political pawns and
objects of contention. Jurisdictionally ambiguous, they are imbued with
myths, desires, and symbolic capital. Their hilarious and dangerous
masquerades often mix quite easily with the cunning of political
platforms. Easterling argues that the study of such "real estate
cocktails" provides vivid evidence of the market's weakness, resilience,
or violence.

Keller Easterling is an architect, urbanist and writer. Her new book/
Enduring Innocence: global architecture and its political masquerades/
(MIT, 2005) researches familiar spatial products that have landed in
difficult or hyperbolic political situations around the world. Her last
book/ Organization Space: Landscapes, Highways and Houses in America/
applies network theory to a discussion of American infrastructure and
development formats. Easterling is also the author of/ Call It Home/, a
laser disc history of suburbia; and/ American Town Plans/. She has
recently completed two research installations on the Web: Wildcards: a
Game of Orgman and Highline: Plotting NYC. Easterling has been widely
published in journals such/ Grey Room, Volume, Cabinet, Assemblage, Log,
Praxis, Harvard Design Magazine, Perspecta, Metalocus,/ and/ ANY./  Her
work is also included as chapters and anthologies in numerous
publications.  She has lectured widely in the United States and
internationally at such places as Princeton, Columbia, Yale, University
of Pennsylvania, SCI ARC, Cornell, Syracuse, RPI, Pratt, Ohio State,
UVA, University of Toronto and the Wexner Center. Her work has been
exhibited at the Queens Museum, the Architectural League, the Municipal
Arts Society and the Wexner Center.  She has received Graham Foundation
Grants, NEA Fellowships, MacDowell Fellowships, Whitney Humanities
Center Grants, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and a
Design Trust for Public Space Fellowship.