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Mellon Forum on the Urban Environment: Unreal Cities

Dominic Pettman, The New School; Gyan Prakash, History

November 5, 2019 · 12:00 pm-1:15 pm · School of Architecture, South Gallery

Princeton Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism and the Humanities

This session unearths the layered metafictions of the city: how the stories we tell about our cities restructure the cities themselves and how the city alters how we tell stories about ourselves. What is the science and the imagination of a city? What maps and narratives lie hidden but also animate the familiar atlas of everyday space? Through notions of the “unreal city,” we explore the visions, apocalyptic or aspirational, that imagine a city into being.

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