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University of Houston Symposium: Concrete Utopias

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The 1960s was a period of incredible change and momentous accomplishments. It also was a decade for groundbreaking ideas in architecture and urban planning. Scholars and architects will reflect on this period during the University of Houston symposium “Concrete Utopias,” which revisits 1960's architecture and urban planning.  From civil rights to space travel, this era was marked by transformative ideas. During this ambitious period, architects and urban planners applied their energies to reshaping contemporary communities into modern utopias. Such bold concepts left an indelible impression on cities around the world and continue to inspire new generations of architects and scholars.
 
"Attendees will have the opportunity to hear discussions on how ideas about the built environment percolated during a key moment in both social unrest and change," says Michelangelo Sabatino, UH assistant professor of architecture. "Through these discussions, they will be able to evaluate whether any of these ideas had any concrete results? Are there parts of cities that have been changed by these ideas? Did cities profit from these ideas? If not, why?"

This free event will run Feb. 17th and 18th at University of Houston’s Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture.

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