Session 7: Unpacking the Modern in Postwar North America

Yale/The Study


George Thomas Kapelos, FRAIC, OAA

Amy Van Gessel

Petra Marar

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Public Space and the City

Recent scholarship and critical attention have shown that Modernism was never a unified project. The papers of this session explore how the architects and planners of institutional public spaces, façade modernization, and urban corridor intervention each interpreted and challenge any normative idea of Modernism in North America in the postwar period. The papers reveal a variety of political, economic and social stresses and opportunities which enabled practitioners to demonstrate a nuanced – if sometimes blinkered – understanding of what could be accomplished under the banner of "the Modern.”

Speakers & Abstracts:
  • American Architects Design Modern Public Space 
    George Thomas Kapelos, OAA FRAIC, is an architect, urban planner and professor in Canada at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University).
  • Modern Facelifts: Post-WWII Façade Reclads in Downtown St. Louis
    Amy Van Gessel currently works at MacDonald & Mack Architects in Minneapolis, MN.
  • A Ton of Bricks: The Life and Proposed Demolition of the Red Brick of SF’s Market Street Redevelopment Project
    Petra Marar, Associate at PGAdesign Landscape Architects, currently serves on Landscape Architecture Magazine’s Editorial Advisory Committee as a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
  • David Smiley, architect and architectural and urban historian, Assistant Director of Columbia's GSAPP Urban Design program.

Yale/The Study, exact location TBD