Datum: student journal of architecture

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What is the Urban




A brief stop through Iowa State University has left me compelled to reflect upon an invigorating intellectual-training-session hosted by a former professor, Ross Adams. The two day symposium ‘What is the Urban? Registers of a World Interior’ was organized around a simple question that underpins Adams’ research: what actually is urbanization and the urban? The 14 lectures were divided into four broad categories intended to cast light upon this condition: Urban as Interior, Urban as Factory, Urban as Strategy, and Urban as Becoming.

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