Session 12: Urban Renewal at 30,000 Feet

Paul Rudolph Hall and Loria Center for the History of Art


Lisa Napoles

Chris Grimley

Michael Kubo

Marcel Quimby

Kathryn E. Holliday

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Urban Renewal at 30,000 Feet: Successes and Shortcomings in Dallas, Boston, Chicago and Pittsburgh


Like New Haven, most American cities saw major public investment in the 1960s that catalyzed enormous growth, displacement and construction of many of the buildings we know and love. In this session, panelists will look at four such cities and look to understand the processes and products of urban renewal and the impact on Black residents and diverse communities.

Speakers & Abstracts:
  • Concrete & Steel: Reimagining the Modern in Boston and Pittsburgh
    Chris Grimley, advocate and critic of architecture and urbanism. Michael Kubo, architectural historian.
  • "An Oasis for the Privileged Few": Urban Renewal as Reported by the Chicago Defender
    Lisa Napoles, Preservationist and Planner for the Will County Land Use Department.
  • "Shaping Greatness" - Assessing the "Goals for Dallas" Project 
    Marcel Quimby, FAIA, is principal of Quimby Preservation Studio in Dallas, Texas, where she specializes in preservation architecture and planning. Kathryn E. Holliday, Hon. AIA Fort Worth and Hon. AIA Dallas, is professor of architecture and landscape history at the University of Texas at Arlington in Dallas-Fort Worth and is founding director of the Dillon Center for Texas Architecture.
  • Nina Rappaport, Publications Director, Yale School of Architecture, Vice President, Docomomo
    New York/Tri-State. history/theory coordinate Michael Graves College of Public Architecture.

Paul Rudolph Hall and Loria Center for the History of Art