MemberPedro Paulo Palazzo

Assistant professor, School of Architecture and Urbanism, University of Brasilia. Graduate program assistant director for Architectural History, Theory, and Criticism. Architectural historian, architect, and historic preservationist. Theory and criticism of classical architecture and its influence on 19th- and early 20th-century modernity. Digital documentation and analysis of historic sites and buildings.

DepositDesigning Collective Access: a feminist disability theory of Universal Design

Universal Design (UD) is a movement to produce built environments that are accessible to a broad range of human variation. Though UD is often taken for granted as synonymous with the best, most inclusive, forms of disability access, the values, methodologies, and epistemologies that underlie UD require closer scrutiny. This paper uses feminist and disability theories of architecture and geography in order to complicate the concepts of “universal” and “design” and to develop a feminist disability theory of UD wherein design is a material-discursive phenomenon that produces both physical environments and symbolic meaning. Furthermore, the paper examines ways in which to conceive UD as a project of collective access and social sustainability, rather than as a strategy targeted toward individual consumers and marketability. A conception of UD that is informed by a politics of interdependence and collective access would address the multiple intersectional forms of exclusion that inaccessible design produces.

MemberDaniele Salvoldi

I hold a PhD in Egyptology from University of Pisa. Currently, I am a part-time lecturer at the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Tramsport (History and Theory of Architecture 1). From 2014 to 2016 I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Dahlem Research School, Freie Universität Berlin, working on an Historical GIS of Nubia. Enjoying a short term scholarship (British Academy 2011) granted by Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei I compiled the complete catalogue of William John Bankes’ Egyptian Portfolio in the Dorset History Centre (Dorchester) and made a photographic record of it. In 2009 I discovered Alessandro Ricci’s lost travel account and I am currently working on a scientific edition of the text to be published by AUC Press.

MemberPatricia Morton

Patricia A. Morton is Associate Professor of architectural history in the Art History Department. She has received grants and fellowships from the Getty Research Institute, the Fulbright Program, the University of California Humanities Research Institute, and the National Endowment for the Arts, among other institutions. Her book on the 1931 Colonial Exposition in Paris, Hybrid Modernities, was published in 2000 by MIT Press and in Japan by Brücke in 2002. Her current research focuses on postmodern architecture and popular culture, exemplified in the built work and writing of Charles W. Moore. She has published widely on architectural history and issues of race, gender and identity in modern and contemporary architecture. She is Editor of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians and an advisory board member of the European Architectural Historians Network journal, Architectural Histories.

DepositLaboring with the Economics of Mycenaean Architecture: Theories, Methods, and Explorations of Mycenaean Architectural Production.

This study examines the connection between architecture and economy in Mycenaean Greece; it is a deep investigation of economic theory and models of the Mycenaean economy, existing methods for the study of prehistoric architecture, and particular Mycenaean structures. Over the course of the study, I present current thinking on the Mycenaean economy and fundamentally rethink the concept of economic embeddedness and human agency. With a novel theoretical grounding, I present a methodology based in human action to study the intersection of architecture and the Mycenaean economy, and in three detailed case studies, I apply the methodology to the Treasury of Atreus at Mycenae, the harbor town of Kalamianos in the Corinthia, and the Northeast Extension of Mycenae’s fortification wall. I argue that to advance the study of Mycenaean economy and theory, the concept of economic embeddedness, which posits that economic actions and decisions are bounded by larger social concerns, must be rethought. In its place, I offer a theory of complex embeddedness that envisions human action as fluid and cross-cutting traditionally circumscribed categories of economy, society, and polity. This foundation in human action with it links to agency theory helps to move the study of architecture away from the static sociopolitical meaning of the final built form and towards the human processes of construction. Under the guidance of this theory, I envision construction as a form of production in which individuals interact with one another and the material world to build a structure. I ultimately use the term architectural production to label this novel viewpoint. To study architectural production at a range where human actions and agency matter, I advance a methodology that draws together architectural energetics, chaîne opératoire, and tools from the construction management industry.