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Professor Jon Ritter to give a talk to the Dean’s Service Honors Corps tonight!

30 Nov

Here is Professor Ritter’s description of the talk:

This talk is inspired by the commitment to community service from NYU students in the the Dean’s Service Honors Corps (DSHC).  I have given talks to this group in past years on the design and allocation of housing in the United States and on the history of Washington Square.  This year the group leaders approached me to lead a tour of an exhibition that would relate to their interest in community service.  We settled on the current exhibition at MOMA, Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter, which features works relating to current global refugee crises..  The DSHC encouraged honors students to go see the show at MOMA, and I will lead a discussion about it in my talk.  My presentation will focus on how and why artists and designers engage with issues of migration and dislocation, focusing on several works from the exhibition.  I look forward to hearing the students’ impression of the exhibition, and I hope the talk will generate interesting conversation with these thoughtful students.  I will conclude with some thoughts about how students can help support refugees through volunteer community work with groups like the United Nations High Commission on Refugees,  UNICEF, or the Sanctuary Movement.

img_1018Designs for temporary shelters by various architectsbrendan_bannon_4500x3000fo 2, dadaab refugee camp. brendan bannon. 2011

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Art History/URDS Major/Minor Info Session

30 Sep

News from the Urban Design and Architecture Society

18 Apr
Our club went on a tour to Bronx yesterday, looking at places such as the Kingsbridge Armory, Grand Concourse, Loews Theatre, Emigrant Savings Bank, Bronx Library Center (LEED Silver). We tried to get into the Bronx Community College but the guard didn’t let anyone in after 5pm so we had to head back to Manhattan. Nevertheless, we had lot of fun walking around the neighbourhood, and ending the day with dinner and Cards Against Urbanity! DSC_0400DSC_040712999489_10154431386732069_457383992_oDSC_0424