Authors on Architecture: Crawford/Zimmerman on Detroit/Moscow
SAH/SCC Zoom Program
Sunday, October 29,2023, 01:00 PM
author/editor Christina E. Crawford and author/co-editor Claire Zimmerman
for a look at the book Detroit-Moscow-Detroit: An Architecture for
Industrialization, 1917-1945 (MIT
Press, 2023). They will discuss the book’s exploration of the similarities
and differences between the hyper-industrialization that took place in the USSR and the US during three critical decades. Crawford will also discuss her
chapter on the memoirs of US architects and engineers who returned from
long-term technical exchanges in the USSR in the early 1930s, and Zimmerman will discuss her chapter on the Soviet experiences of Albert Kahn, Associates.
The innovative research presented
here explores spatial development, manufacturing, mass production, and
organizational planning across geopolitical lines to demonstrate that
capitalist- and communist-built environments in the 20th century were not
diametrically opposed and were, on certain sites, coproduced in a period of
intense technical exchange between the two world wars.
Crawford is Associate Professor of
Modern and Contemporary Architecture at Emory University and faculty of Emory’s
Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Program. She is the author
of Spatial Revolution: Architecture and Planning in the Early Soviet
University Press, 2022).
Zimmerman is a member of the Daniels
Faculty at the University of Toronto; previously she taught at the Taubman
College of Architecture at University of Michigan. She has two books scheduled
for 2024 release: Albert Kahn Inc.:
Architecture, Labor, and Industry (MIT Press) and Architecture against
Democracy: Histories of the Nationalist International (co-editor; University
of Minnesota Press).
on Detroit/Moscow—Sunday, October 29, 2023; 1-2:30 PM PST; $5; go to www.sahscc.org and
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