architecture, (sub)urbanism, media, food, biopolitics
- I am an Associate Professor at Pratt Institute's School of Architecture, where I teach global architectural history and theory, and the editor of the Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative, a group devoted to advancing scholarship in architectural theory and history. This year (2018-19) I am on leave from Pratt and a fellow in the Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism and the Humanities at Princeton University.
- My research examines how architecture, urbanism and landscape design participate in the distribution of resources, and how they help us understand the limits and capacities of our bodies. I also write about racial capitalism; histories of exclusion and displacement in architecture and urban planning; the intellectual history of francophone and anglophone critical theory and the history of interdisciplinary practice.
- I am finishing a book about the architecture and infrastructures of food provisioning in postwar France, and have new projects underway about the recent history of toxic materials in architecture, the architectural history of privacy, and the micropolitics around infrastructure in the 1970s.
- My book-length publications include Black Lives Matter, a collection of essays that put Black lives at the center of architecture and its history, which I commissioned and edited with Jonathan Massey; Street Value: Shopping, Planning and Politics at Fulton Mall, with Rosten Woo and Damon Rich, a book about how race and class have shaped development in New York City; and a dissertation, "The Architecture of the Market: Food, Media and Biopolitics from Les Halles to Rungis" at the School of Architecture, Princeton University, about the design of food distribution systems in postwar France. Most of my articles and book chapters are posted at academia.edu., and links to talks, etc. prior to Nov. 2016 are up on twitter.
- From 2007-2011 I organized lectures, dinners, a library, and a community supported agriculture program at the Metropolitan Exchange in Downtown Brooklyn, and I organize occasional exhibitions, performances, and dinners at other venues. I also serve on the advisory board of the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University.
- meredith at mtenhoor dot net