Daily Archives: May 4, 2008

OKUM Fellow chosen for next year

If you didn’t have a chance to get to see Vandana Baweja speak when she gave her OKUM fellow candidate’s lecuter, don’t worry- you’ll have all of next year. Ms. Baweja was awarded the fellowship, which will bring her to Oberlin next year to teach two classes, “The History of Sustainable Architecture” and “The Cities and Architectures of Empires.” More about the Fellow from art dept. co-chair Erik Inglis:

Ms. Baweja is completing her doctorate in architectural history at the University of Michigan; her dissertation is titled “A Pre-History of Green Architecture: Otto Koenigsberger and Tropical Architecture, from Princely Mysore to Post-Colonial London.” She began her educaion at the Sushant School of Art and Architecture in India, receiving an Undergraduate Diploma in Architecture in 1993, then moved to London, where she got an M.A. in Histories and Theories of Architecture from the Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture, London, UK.

The course descriptions for Ms. Baweja’s courses are as follows.

History of Sustainable Architecture: Addressing the intersecting histories of environmentalism and of
architecture, this course examines the contested origins of environmentalism as a global movement and environmentalism’s impact on architecture. The readings stress synchronic developments around the
world, weaving them into a cross-cultural enquiry of architectural environmentalism. This course has four chronological sections: the pre-history of environmental thinking; Silent Spring and the counter culture of the 1960’s; the 70’s energy crises; and the discourse of sustainability.

Cities and Architecture of Empires: This course addresses the architectural and urban transformations in the Indian sub-continent, Africa, and South-East Asia, that resulted from culture contact with the British and French Empires. The course will encourage students to examine how histories of architecture and urbanism intersect with histories of colonialism. The central question addressed will be, “How does the built environment illuminate colonial and post-colonial representations of colonialism, and inversely, how has colonialism produced new forms of architecture and urbanism?”

Leave a comment

Posted by on May 4, 2008 in Visiting Speaker


Art History Honors Presentation(s)

Ali Cardia and Julia Feldman, the two candidates for honors in art history this year, will be hosting a public lecture and ice cream social this Wednesday. The two candidates will both talk about the research they’ve conducted this year on their respective topics. Ali’s project is entitled “Spanish Regionalist Architecture: The intersection of Global and Local in the Metropol Parasol Project of Seville,” while Julia’s is called “Found in Translation: The function of classical reference in Cy Twombly’s Fifty Days at Iliam.”
The talk will be Wednesday, May 7 at 4:30 PM in classroom I.

Leave a comment

Posted by on May 4, 2008 in Uncategorized


Catch the final Modern Architecture Lecture this Monday

As the semester winds down, so do lecture series on campus. This Monday will bring the close to the wonderful “New Approaches to Modern Architecture” Clarence Ward Spring 2008 Lecture Series, arranged by Prof. John Harwood. The final speaker will be Richard Anderson, speaking on “USA/USSR: Architecture and War.” More on the speaker, from John Harwood:

Richard Anderson is a Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University and a
widely recognized expert on Russian and Soviet architecture. His work
centers on the under-emphasized exchanges–theoretical, historical, and
technological–between Soviet and Western architects from the dawn of
the Revolution to the 1950s. He has co-curated an exhibition at the
Wallach Art Gallery in New York (and co-authored the accompanying
catalogue) entitled “Architecture in Print: Design and Debate in the
Soviet Union, 1919-1935,” and is currently working on several
publications, including a survey book of Russian architecture from 1867
to 1990, to be published by Reaktion Books.
The lecture will be Monday May 5 in Classroom I of the Art Building at 5 PM.
Leave a comment

Posted by on May 4, 2008 in Visiting Speaker