Monday> Panel Discussion Investigates Urban Maps & Public Discourse

Thursday, February 23, 2012
Otto Neurath – City Planning: Proposing a socio-political Map for modern Urbanism

Otto Neurath – City Planning: Proposing a socio-political Map for modern Urbanism

This Monday, February 27 at 6:30p.m., the Van Alen Institute and the Austrian Cultural Forum are hosting a panel discussion on urban mapping and participatory public discourse in the city at the Austrian Cultural Forum of New York. The event celebrates the publishing of Sophie Hochhäusl’s new book Otto Neurath – City Planning: Proposing a Socio-Political Map for Modern Urbanism (Innsbruck University Press, 2011) and Otto Neurath, an Austrian philosopher and economist who studied maps in search of “humanizing knowledge.”

More info about Neurath from the Austrian Cultural Forum:

Austrian philosopher, economist and member of the Vienna Circle, Otto Neurath (1882 – 1945) investigated representational maps for more than two decades of his life. In search of “humanizing knowledge” he revolutionized the discipline of chart making through the use of quantitative maps (picture statistics) accessible to a large public. In a response to the undertakings of CIAM IV, Neurath published his map “City Planning,” to emphasize that a discourse on modern urbanism allowing for a pluralism of ideas, in which a broad public could partake was long overdue.

The round-table panel includes:

Christine Gaspar (Center for Urban Pedagogy)
Sophie Hochhäusl (Ph.D. student, Cornell University)
Prem Krishnamurthy (Project Projects)
Bart Lootsma (Leopold-Franzens University in Innsbruck)
William Menking (The Architect’s Newspaper)
Nader Vossoughian (New York Institute of Technology).

Moderated by Olympia Kazi (Van Alen Institute)

More information here.

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