Session 2: Activism in the Face of Modernity and Urban Renewal

Hotel Marcel

500 Sargent Dr
New Haven, CT


Victor Deupi

Julie McGilvray

May Khalife

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Activism in the Face of Modernity and Urban Renewal

In this session, speakers will discuss environmental and design activism by Lady Bird Johnson, Noel Phyllis Birkby and Annette and Rudi Rada. While each worked in their own lens of landscape, architecture and photography, these sessions will highlight the lens by which these notable activists worked to bring truth and harmony to communities impacted by midcentury pressures.

Speakers & Abstracts:
  • Lady Bird Johnson and Washington DC: Mid-Century Environmental Design, Activisim, and Influence
    Julie McGilvray, MLA, MSHP, National Park Service National Captain Region Preservation Services Program Manager & Daniel T. Weldon, MHP, Landscape Historian/Cultural Resources Program Manager National Park Service 
  • A Feminist and Environmentalist Figure in Architectural Modernism 
    May Khalife is a Ph.D. candidate in the History, Theory, Criticism of Architecture program in the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) at the University of Cincinnati.
  • The Architectural Photography of Annette and Rudi Rada Tourism & Peril in mid-Twentieth Century Florida
    Victor Deupi, Ph.D., is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Miami School of Architecture where he teaches history and theory, design, and representation.
  • Kelly Sutherlin McLeod, FAIA, founder of KSMA. 

Hotel Marcel, 500 Sargent Dr, New Haven, CT, 06511