Shannon Lecture Series with Inderbir Singh Riar: “Expo 67: Some Notes on Architecture, Nationhood, and Late Modernity”

November 17, 2017 at 2:30 PM

Location:Multi-Media Lab (room 482), Discovery Centre, MacOdrum Library MacOdrum Library
Key Contact:Paul Litt
Contact Phone:613-520-2828

This lecture will take place in the Multi-Media Lab (room 482), Discovery Centre, MacOdrum Library starting at 2:30PM followed by a reception in the History Lounge (433 Paterson Hall).

Co-sponsored by the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism

About Professor Inderbir Singh Riar (Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism, Carleton University)

Inderbir Singh Riar profile picture in front of a buildingInderbir Singh Riar is an architectural historian. He explores ways in which architects and bureaucrats have imagined the modern metropolis as producing ideal citizenries. This work has taken several forms including an extensive survey of Toulouse-Le Mirail, the consequential French ville nouvelle built in the 1960s; the project was done in collaboration with the Paris-based photographer Mark Lyon and supported by a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. Recent research includes a look at ideologies of “reconstruction” in West Germany and how cities were perceived as sites of democratic sentiment in the aftermath of war, occupation, and fascism. A larger interest in postwar architecture culture also informs studies on Canadian modernism. Riar is currently preparing a book (forthcoming 2018) on the vast intellectual program of Expo 67 and the manner in which architects engaged questions of civic identity and nation-state power. In 2013, Riar was invited by The Japan Foundation to participate in the Japan-U.S. Curator Exchange Program. In 2017, he joined the Board of Directors of the Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum in Carp, Ontario. Riar’s writings appear in books and journals, and he has lectured in universities worldwide.


More details to come.

Please contact Paul Litt at ideally at least two weeks in advance of this event, and at the very least one week in advance, should you wish to request interpretation services.

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