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"The physical design of cities and their economic functions are secondary to their relationship to the natural environment and to the spiritual values of human community." –Lewis MumfordLewis Mumford (1895-1990) was one of the most prolific and widely read social philosophers of the 20th century. Through his books, public appearances, and "Sky Line" column at The New Yorker, his thinking on cities and the urban environment reached a broad audience as well as influenced multiple generations of urban planners and activists. This panel discussion, moderated by MA Design Research faculty member Alex de Looz, will feature contemporary architecture writers discussing Mumford as a critic and why his work has remained so resonant in the 21st century.This is the first in a series of conversations about urbanist and critic Lewis Mumford, co-organized with the SVA MA Critical Theory and the Arts program.Pierre Alexandre de Looz is a New York- based arts writer, architect, and media consultant. He teaches cultural theory and serves as lead thesis advisor in the MA Design Research program at the School of Visual Arts. He has reported on art, design, and fashion for The New York Times Style Magazine T, Fantastic Man, V magazine, Art in America, Surface, and Tokion, and he is New York contributing editor for the award-winning 032c magazine. In 2006 he co-founded design and culture biannual PIN-UP magazine, and serves as the magazine’s editor-at-large. He holds degrees in Comparative Literature from Yale University and a Master’s in Architecture from Columbia University.