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The Mosque and the Arcade: Academy and Nationhood in the Cold War

01 May 5:30pm
Organized by: MIT SA+P
Venue: MIT SA+P
77 Massachusetts Ave.



Burak Erdim. AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow North Carolina State University


AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow; North Carolina State UniversityBurak Erdim is an Assistant Professor of Architectural History at North Carolina State University where he teaches lecture and seminar courses on the history of modern architecture and urbanism exploring space production in relation to the economic and political processes of colonialism, decolonization, nationalism, neo-colonialism, and globalization. His research examines the operations of transnational planning cultures during the post World War II period and the reconceptualization of the disciplines of architecture and community planning as one of the central components of social and economic reconstruction projects during the Cold War. His current work focuses on the establishment and planning of the Middle East Technical University (METU), which was initially founded as a School of Architecture and Community Planning in Ankara, Turkey, in 1956.