Columbia University in the City of New York

Harriman Institute

Photo of one of the exhibit's artworks.



Architecture or Revolution: Strategies of Preservation and Social Politics
“Architecture or Revolution” presents the rare opportunity to creatively engage visual representations of politics, architectural history, theory, and preservation through a student exhibition to be included in the GSAPP Year End Show. The exhibition layout reflects the cross-disciplinary ambitions of the class and creates a “manifesto map” of conceptual categories that open new possibilities for engaging the complexities of contemporary preservation practice across the continents: negative histories and conflict zones, re-performance, propaganda and palimpsest, the politics of camouflage and concealment, reassembling identities, and performing utopia. Quotes and excerpts from students’ research overlap with blueprints, holograms, photographs, structural analysis, performance, media, and film to visualize expanded territories for contemporary historic preservation.The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Harriman Institute and the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.