How do cities cope with large-scale political economic changes over which they have little control? Having grown up in a city undergoing the pangs of deindustrialization, this question has powerful resonance for me. A significant portion of my work explores the processes of transformation as emergent forms of capital mobility, un/re-bundling of investment, and reorganization of finance and production reshape our landscapes and built environments. I am particularly interested in the construction of a “post-industrial imaginary” as both a response to, and further driver of, these transformations.
Temporalities of Infrastructure:
Acceleration and Deceleration in the Post-Industrial Imaginary. Paper presented at the First Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Infrastructure Conference, Paris, Jun 2017.
Paris Remade: Architecture, Planning, + Urban Design in the Post-Industrial City. Manuscript in progress with the University of Amsterdam Press.
"Remaking Paris: Design and the Post-Industrial Imaginary in the City of Light." Lecture at Smith College, Feb 2016.
"Angels of Memory in the City." Presidential Address, delivered at the Sixteenth Biennial Planning History Conference, Los Angeles, Nov 2015.
"The Bold and the Bland: Art, Redevelopment, and the Creative Commons in Post-Industrial New York." City: Analysis of Urban Trends, Culture, Theory, Policy, Action 19, 1 (2015).
"Deconstructing the High Line." Organizer and moderator for pubic symposium with two panels and eight presenters at The New School, Mar 2015.
"The Promenade Plantée: Politics, Planning, and Urban Design in Post-Industrial Paris." Journal of Planning Education and Research 33, 2 (2013).
"Place specificity in the emergence of urban cultural phenomena: The case of Hip-Hop
and the South Bronx." Lecture, University of Amsterdam, Sept 2012.
"One New Year's Eve in a Dying City." Antioch Review 69, 2 (Spring 2011).
"Post-Acropolis." Five photographers document the Midwest metropolitan landscape, with work by Michael Allen, Toby Weiss, Robert Powers, Clare Boyd, and John Montre. Curator.
"Infrastructure 2.0: A Stimulus Package for All of Us." National Civic Review 98, 2 (Summer 2010).
"Post-Industrial Urbanism as an Archival Project: The Work of the Building Arts Foundation." Wit Pamela Ambrose. Art Documentation 28, 1 (2009).
"Urban Activism in a Downsizing World: Neighborhood Organizing in Post-Industrial Chicago." City and Community 4, 3 (Fall 2005).
Beyond the Ruins: The Meanings of Deindustrialization. Edited with Jefferson Cowie. Cornell University Press, 2003. Listed as an "essential" text in labor history by Academia, the Magazine and Resource Guide for Academic Librarians.