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Design for the Crowd

Design for the Crowd

Sky Room, 12th floor
General Public 

In Design for the Crowd, Joanna Merwood-Salisbury develops a theory of urban design at the small scale by carefully examining the history of Union Square. Design for the Crowd covers the emergence of this contested terrain through a comprehensive reading of its changing form and shifts to the spatial formation of small-scale social encounters and unfolds with profound observations on the mutability of public space in the crowded democratic metropolis. As a leading scholar of the relationship between architectural form and social practice, Merwood-Salisbury shifts from an archaeological to a genealogical approach, measuring the emergence of Union Square from every possible social point of view, revealing the evolution of public space designed by and for the crowd.

Host: Brian McGrath, Professor of Urban Design
Speaker: Joanna Merwood-Salisbury, Professor of Architecture at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Hosted by the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons School of Design.

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