We confront uncertain times. In the United States and elsewhere, we not only face increasing threats of violence and aggression against already marginalized groups, but as well the dismantling of our social and public institutions. At the same time, we face global urban and environmental challenges on unprecedented scales. How do those of us in urban planning, design, and architecture respond to these evolving challenges? Cross-disciplinary, and spanning research and practice, this talk probes the possible frameworks for engagement, scope of politics, modes of practice, and methods for research and action.
Kian Goh is an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at UCLA. Her research investigates the relationships between urban ecological design, spatial politics, and social mobilization in the context of climate change and global urbanization. A licensed architect, Goh co-founded design practice SUPER-INTERESTING!, a Building Brooklyn Award winner and ONE Prize semi-finalist. She has also worked with Weiss/Manfredi in New York City, and MVRDV in Rotterdam. Previously, she was Assistant Professor of Urban Landscape at Northeastern University, and has taught architecture, urban planning, sustainable design, and environmental studies at MIT, University of Pennsylvania, the New School, and Washington University in St. Louis. Goh previously served on the board of directors of the Audre Lorde Project. She is a Point Scholar, and the recipient of a New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) independent projects grant. She received a PhD in Urban and Environmental Planning from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, and a Master of Architecture from Yale University.
This lecture is part of P+ARG’s Emerging Voices Lecture Series. P+ARG is comprised of research students in both Urban and Regional Planning and Architecture. Our main purpose is to enhance the social and academic experiences of research students in the college.
The Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan is a leader in interdisciplinary education and research with a focus on creating a more beautiful, inclusive and better built environment. The college and its alumni are committed to pushing the boundaries of architectural practice, advancing global engagement, and significantly enhancing diversity in the profession. The college offers the following degrees: Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Master of Architecture (currently ranked #6 nationally; ranked #1 in 2010 by Design Intelligence Report), Master of Science in Architecture, Master of Urban Planning, Master of Urban Design, and PhD programs.