Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sign in

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.

MIT World — special events and lectures

MIT World — special events and lectures

Category: Events | Updated 10 months ago

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


Viewed
4221 times

More from MIT World — special events and lectures

Computational and Systems Approaches to Cancer

Computational and Systems Approache...

Added over 4 years ago | 01:02:00 | 3136 views

Rusnano: Fostering Nanotechnology Innovation in Russia

Rusnano: Fostering Nanotechnology I...

Added over 4 years ago | 00:51:54 | 11832 views

How Would Climate Change Influence Society in the 21st Century? (Panel)

How Would Climate Change Influence ...

Added over 4 years ago | 01:12:00 | 4058 views

Between Human And Machine: Feedback, Control and Computing Before Cybernetics

Between Human And Machine: Feedback...

Added over 4 years ago | 01:18:00 | 3858 views

The Future is Gray, Small & Female: Disruptive Demographics and Transportation Tomorrow

The Future is Gray, Small & Female:...

Added over 4 years ago | 00:58:35 | 13740 views

The Origin of Mass and the Feebleness of Gravity

The Origin of Mass and the Feeblene...

Added over 4 years ago | 01:19:00 | 4352 views