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Jonathan Massey


Jonathan Massey, an architect and historian, is the Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence at Syracuse University, where he has chaired the Bachelor of Architecture program and the University Senate. A co-founder of the Transdisciplinary Media Studio and the Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative, he has published in many journals and essay collections, including the jointly edited volume Governing by Design (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012).

Massey’s research shows how architecture mediates power by giving form to civil society, shaping social relationships, and regulating consumption. His book Crystal and Arabesque (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2009) reconstructed the techniques through which American modernist architects engaged new media, audiences and problems of mass society. His essays have analyzed topics ranging from organicism in modern architecture to mortgage finance and sumptuary regulation. Current research examines the ways architecture manages our consumption of resources ranging from energy and water to time and risk.

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Posts by Jonathan Massey

PLACES: “The Spectacle of Growth” (02.24.14)
PLACES: Occupying Wall Street: Places and Spaces of Political Action (09.17.12)
PLACES: Mapping Liberty Plaza (09.17.12)
PLACES: Housing and the 99 Percent (02.14.12)
PLACES: Breuer, Baby! (03.29.11)
PLACES: Five Ways to Change the World (09.09.09)

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