Skip to main content


Looking Down on Modernity: Aerial Photography and the Science of Social Space

Past Series, The Disciplines Series

dateApril 9, 2013 timeTuesday, 6:15pm EDT location The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia University
  • Free and open to the public
  • First come, first seated
  • Photo ID required for entry

The view from above has been central to the emergence of modernist architecture in the twentieth century--and equally key to the work of its most passionate critics. Architectural historian Anthony Vidler (Dean and Professor of Architecture, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art) and Jeanne Haffner (Lecturer on the History of Science, Harvard University) will discuss the impact of aviation and war on architecture in the twentieth century, considering how aerial vision and other visual technologies and techniques of representation have come to shape the way we “see,” analyze, and respond to both urban form and urban social life. Mary McLeod (Professor of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University) will moderate.

This event is made possible through the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.