Sheila Crane: The City in the World: Marseille as Mediterranean Crossroads

Transporter bridge over water transporting cargo
Marseille’s transporter bridge, Bauen in Eisen. photo / Sigfried Giedion
Yellow book cover with Mediterranean Crossroads title in red
Mediterranean Crossroads by Sheila Crane.

Sheila Crane is associate professor of architectural history and director of the Ph.D. program in art and architectural history at the University of Virginia. She is the author of Mediterranean Crossroads: Marseille and Modern Architecture, published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2011 and the winner of the 2013 Spiro Kostof Award from the Society of Architectural Historians. Recent publications include "Rewriting the Battles of Algiers: Ephemeral Tactics in the City at War," in Space and Culture (2015) and "Material Occupations," in Otherwise Occupied: Bashir Makhoul, Aissa Deebi, an exhibition catalog accompanying the Palestinian art exhibition at the 2013 Venice Biennale. Her current book project, Inventing Informality, traces the history of the bidonville, the French term for shantytown that was initially coined in the late 1920s in Casablanca and eventually used to describe similar urban developments across the Maghrib and France. Having previously been a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Architectural Education, she currently is the book reviews editor for Europe, Africa, and Asia from 1750 for the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians.