Vue d’ensemble/Grand Ensemble: Aerial Photography’s Role in a 20th Century Enlightenment Project

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Vue d’ensemble/Grand Ensemble: Aerial Photography’s Role in a 20th Century Enlightenment Project

A Talk by Jeanne Haffner (Harvard University)

Wednesday, February 19th
20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor Flex Space
6:00 – 8:00 PM

Jeanne Haffner is a historian (Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2008) interested in the ways in which research methodologies, especially visual ones, inform the way that spatial environments on various scales (including urban, rural, suburban, regional, and global) are conceptualized by planners, interpreted by inhabitants, and reflective of patterns of (often unequal) social relations on the ground.

Her recently published book, “The View from Above: The Science of Social Space” (MIT Press, 2013), showed how aerial photography evolved from a military technique in World War I to a tool of the social sciences in the interwar era, and ultimately even influenced major anti-capitalist critiques in France in the 1960s and 1970s.

Her current work focuses on the intersection of geo-spatial technologies, ecological science, and subjective perception as a valid tool for urban planners in Europe and America from the 1960s to the present.

More information on her book, “The View from Above: The Science of Social Space” can be found at: http://mitpress.mit.edu/books/view-above

The Picturing Place Series is co-sponsored by The NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis, SCA’s Metropolitan Studies Program, and Global Design NYU

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