An Undergraduate Committee Discussion

Our Global Local University

March 1, 2013 • 12-1:30PM

International Affairs Building, Room 918

  • Reinhold Martin, Associate Professor of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

In this meeting with members of the Undergraduate Committee on Global Thought, architect Reinhold Martin discussed the architectural and intellectual history of the American research university, using landmarks of Columbia’s campus as examples. The university, Martin argued, is a boundary that creates a community for safe intellectual exploration, but at the same time excludes the surrounding urban community. Students discussed the Manhattanville expansion. They focused on the concept of public housing, and how its existence requires that it be viewed as distinct from conventional real estate.

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