M+M: Fabiola López-Durán: Eugenics in the Garden
Fabiola López-Durán, Rice University
October 14, 2020 · 5:00 pm—7:00 pm · via Zoom
M+M Program in Media and Modernity
Interlocutor: Beatriz Colomina
Drawn from López-Durán’s new book, Eugenics in the Garden: Transatlantic Architecture and the Crafting of Modernity, this talk uncovers the global trajectory of Le Corbusier’s embrace of eugenics’ ideology as a viable doctrine for the remaking of man, wherein the built environment would be put to work. Examining his alignment with eugenics—from his formulation of universal type-needs, to his Modulor and its normative human body—this talk reveals how architecture was made complicit in a genetically-inspired program that mirrored eugenics’ attempts to “improve” the human race.
Fabiola López-Durán is Associate Professor of Art and Architectural History at Rice University.
Beatriz Colomina is Howard Crosby Butler Professor of the History of Architecture and Co-Director of the Program in Media and Modernity at Princeton University.