“The Infrastructure of Mass Consumption” — 11/8 @ SVA

Fulton Arcade, Fulton Street, Brooklyn 1972 - via SVA D-Crit

The Infrastructure of Mass Consumption

Meredith TenHoor will present some of the markets, transportation networks and other infrastructures which made the mass consumption of designed goods possible in the 1960s and 70s. She will discuss how they were designed, what forms of consumption they enabled, and finally, how they have been appropriated and transformed for more sustainable uses today.

Meredith TenHoor’s research focuses on how architecture and urbanism participate in the distribution of natural resources. She is currently writing a history of architecture and biopolitics in Paris’s food markets. Other recent projects include a history of architects’ attempts to improve the food supply, “The Architect’s Farm”, in Above the Pavement, the Farm (edited by Amale Andraos and Dan Wood, Princeton Architectural Press/Inventory Books, 2010), an exhibition and a book about Fulton Street Mall in Downtown Brooklyn, Street Value: Shopping, Planning and Politics on Fulton Mall, (co-written with Rosten Woo, Princeton Architectural Press/Inventory Books, 2010), a series of performances imagining everyday life in New Towns of the 1970s, and a series of lectures, dinners, and an architecture library at the Metropolitan Exchange in Downtown Brooklyn. TenHoor is a PhD candidate in the Architecture department at Princeton University.

The Fall 2011 Design Criticism MFA Lecture Series is open to the public. You are warmly invited to attend our lectures, to see our new department and to meet with speakers, faculty members and students over a drink. Space is limited; Attendees must register here.

Event Information

When: 8 Nov 2011, 6:00 p.m.
Where: MFA Design Criticism Department, School of Visual Arts, 136 West 21 Street, 2nd floor
Price: Free and open to the public

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