Conference with Nathalie Roseau

The Metropolis of the Future: A Photographic Imagination

Thursday 12 May, 7pm

In her lecture, Nathalie Roseau will evoke the imaginary of urban futures, based on the metropolitan history of New York. She will return to the particular place that photography occupies there, as a document and as fiction, in its capacity to capture latencies, changes and premises, in its vocation to construct iconic identities. The turning point of the 1960s-1970s will be contextualized, at a time when the urban and infrastructural modernization of the city was encountering resistance and controversy, when the city was facing a major crisis, and when global ecological concerns were asserting themselves.

Nathalie Roseau (1968) is an architect and a doctor of urban planning. After working in the fields of urban planning and architecture, she completed her doctoral thesis on the imaginary of the aerial city and the cultural history of New York and Paris airports from 1909 to the present. Her latest book (Le futur des métropoles, Temps et infrastructure, Metispresses, 2022) offers a re-reading of a controversial object, the infrastructure, whose genesis and realization she recounts, as well as the debates and crises that these artifacts are still facing, in New York, Paris, and Hong Kong. Co-founder of the scientific project Inventer le Grand Paris, Histoire croisée des métropoles, she is a professor of urban planning at the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, where she directs the Techniques, Territoires et Sociétés Laboratory.

Photograph : © Evelyn Hofer, Downtown ruins, 1964, courtesy of Galerie m, Bochum, Germany

Duration 1 hour

Free event upon reservation
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