Monday, March 30, 2020

Esra Akcan

Associate Professor, Cornell University Dept of Architecture
Lecture Title: 
"Open Architecture: Design in the Age of Migrations"
Lecture Info: 
Monday, March 30, 2020
Lecture at 4:15 p.m. in the Lawrence J. Plym Auditorium, Temple Hoyne Buell Hall 
Reception follwing lecture in Blicharski Atrium, Temple Hoyne Buell Hall
Sponsored by the Visiting Professor in Architecture lecture fund
Bio: Esra Akcan's scholarly work on a geopolitically conscious global history of urbanism and architecture inspires her teaching. She is the author of Landfill Istanbul: Twelve Scenarios for a Global City (124/3, 2004); Architecture in Translation: Germany, Turkey and the Modern House Opens an external link (Duke University Press, 2012); Turkey: Modern Architectures in History Opens an external link (with S. Bozdoğan, Reaktion/University of Chicago Press, 2012); and Open Architecture: Migration, Citizenship and the Urban Renewal of Berlin-Kreuzberg by IBA-1984/87 Opens an external link (Birkhäuser-De Gruyter, 2018).

Akcan has received numerous awards and has authored more than 100 articles on the intertwined histories of Europe and West Asia, critical and postcolonial theory, architectural photography, migration and diasporas, translation, and contemporary architecture. These works offer new ways to understand the global movement of architecture and advocate a commitment to new ethics of hospitality and global justice. Akcan has also participated in exhibitions by carrying her practice beyond writing to visual media.

Akcan was educated as an architect in Turkey and received her Ph.D. from Columbia University.