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Mellon Forum: Divided Cities

V. Mitch McEwen, Architecture; Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, African American Studies

November 19, 2019 · 12:00 pm-1:15 pm · School of Architecture, South Gallery

Princeton Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism and the Humanities

Cites are amorphous, at times unwieldy, entities unified by shared narratives of inhabitants and visitors about their history, landmarks, culinary traditions or sports teams. But communities and narratives are multiple and, at times, outright conflicting. Division can literally derive from physical barriers, from natural (rivers or hills) to manmade (walls or fences). But most barriers are not physical, and are born from politics, race, religion, and economics. How narratives reveal or conceal urban division will be at the core of this session.

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