Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sign in Create Account

Creatively Destroying New York: Fantasies, Premonitions, and Realities in the Provisional City

02/25/2002, 5:30, 10-485
Max Page

This lecture places the attack on the World Trade Center in the context of New York's history as a place that is seemingly destined to be destroyed and rebuilt with stunning regularity. It explores three ways of looking at a central experience, and cultural trope, about New York City: that it is a city of creative destruction, regularly destroying and rebuilding itself. Professor Page begins with a discussion of extraordinary moments of destruction, both natural and human-made (from fires and blizzards, to acts of terrorism), and then argues that it is the "regular" processes of creative destruction - through private real estate development and government urban renewal - which are far more important in shaping both New York's physical organization as well as its cultural image. Finally, he explores how the imagination of New York's destruction - in art, literature, and cinema - is not only at the heart of New York life but of American culture as a whole.

Joint Program in City Design and Development

T10988

Comments (0)

It looks like no one has posted a comment yet. You can be the first!

You need to log in, in order to post comments. If you don’t have an account yet, sign up now!

MIT World — special events and lectures

MIT World — special events and lectures

Category: Events | Updated 9 months ago

Created
November 07, 2011 12:21
Category
Tags
License
All Rights Reserved (What is this?)
Additional Files


Viewed
2618 times

More from MIT World — special events and lectures

Engineering Engineers Tomorrow

Engineering Engineers Tomorrow

Added over 3 years ago | 01:16:00 | 1969 views

From Lab to Market: Where Technology is Headed

From Lab to Market: Where Technolog...

Added over 3 years ago | 01:15:00 | 2842 views

Key Issues In the Department of Defense for the Obama Administration

Key Issues In the Department of Def...

Added over 3 years ago | 01:36:00 | 5371 views

Ground Zero: The Design Competition

Ground Zero: The Design Competition

Added over 3 years ago | 01:48:00 | 2225 views

Three More For The Road

Three More For The Road

Added over 3 years ago | 01:06:00 | 4286 views

Scholarly Communication in a Digital World: A Thought Provoking Symposium To Celebrate the World-Wide Launch of DSpace

Scholarly Communication in a Digita...

Added over 3 years ago | 00:53:54 | 14138 views