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Daniel Michael Abramson
Tufts University (Somerville, MA 02144-2401)

Fellowships for University Teachers
Research Programs

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$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2007 – 8/31/2008

Architecture in the Age of Obsolescence

This project brings together architectural, economic, urban, and social history towards the goal of exploring how the idea of obsolescence first came to be applied to the built environment in the early twentieth century, and then subsequently how this conceptualization of change came to be dominant through the 1960s across the developed world, productive of modernist visions and populist counter-reactions. It is one this project’s central arguments that obsolescence bridges capitalist and welfare state architecture, thus helping reassess relations between the two systems. Ultimately, this multidisciplinary project bears relevance for a humanistic understanding of culture and the built environment in society today.