D. Medina Lasansky: Archi.Pop: Mediating Architecture in Popular Culture

Detail from Arch.Pop book cover

Detail from Arch.Pop book cover. image / provided

How have architecture and design shaped the way we live and the way we interact with the constructed world?

Join us for a Chats in the Stacks book talk with D. Medina Lasansky, the Michael A. McCarthy Professor of Architectural Theory. Her new book, Archi.Pop: Architecture and Design in Popular Culture (Bloomsbury Academic, Nov. 2014), features the first contemporary critical overview of this diverse and intriguing relationship in cultural forms including television, cinema, iconic buildings, and everyday interiors. It explores the influences of overlooked pop culture material, often ephemeral and difficult to categorize, including the shag carpet, Hollywood sets, plastic toys, magazine pictures, amusement parks, and hip hop music.

Lasansky is an award-winning author and has published extensively on the relationship between politics, popular culture, and the built environment. She is also the editor of the new book, The Renaissance: Revised, Expanded, Unexpurgated. Her 2004 book, The Renaissance Perfected: Architecture, Spectacle, and Tourism in Fascist Italy, won the Henry Paolucci/Walter Bagehot Book Award in 2005.

Joining Lasansky will be contributing authors Mark Morris and Chad Randl, both members of the AAP architecture faculty.

Books will be available for purchase and refreshments will be served.

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