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Professor Ben Gianni’s research interests focus on the areas of housing and urban development. Of particular interest is public housing constructed in the decades following WWII in Europe and North America, and its redevelopment from the 1990s onward. He is currently finishing a book on pre-WWII suburbanization in Pittsburgh, comparing the form of automobile suburbs from the 1920s with the streetcar suburbs that preceded them. His research also includes urbanization, suburbanization and a study of large-scale housing ensembles in contemporary China, questioning the legacy of modernism and its transposition to different cultural and temporal contexts.
Prof. Gianni teaches courses on housing and urban history, as well as leading the housing studio in the 4th year of the BAS program. A former Director of both the School of Architecture and the School of Information Technology at Carleton, he is currently coordinating the School’s Urbanism major.