informal housing settlement built on a river in Vietnam

The water city of Ca Mau, on the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, was one of the sites of inquiry for the seminar titled Flux Navigations. photo / Catherine Joseph (M.Arch. ’16)

Urbanism is rapidly becoming the dominant context and content for cultural production, and humanists and designers alike are increasingly confronted with interpreting and theorizing the complex, multi-layered condition of the global city. In 2013, Cornell University received support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the Mellon Collaborative Studies in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities, two series of seminars that leverage programs in the humanities and architecture/urban design. In 2021, with continued support from the foundation, the Mellon Collaborative Studies seminar series shifted focus to address social and racial justice in American urban environments. The two series — Design Justice Workshops (formerly Expanded Practice Seminars) and Urban Justice Labs (formerly Urban Representation Labs) — are distinct yet complementary approaches to integrating humanist studies and design methodologies. These seminars aim to yield important lessons for participants and inform future pedagogical efforts in the study of the city.

Seminars are open to selected graduate students in the humanities and design disciplines. Fellowship stipends and travel support are available to enrolled students.

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The Mellon Collaborative Studies in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities is a partnership between the following entities:

For information about Mellon Collaborative Studies, please contact:

Timothy Murray
Director, Cornell Council for the Arts and Curator, CCA Biennial
Curator, Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art
Professor of Comparative Literature and English
(607) 255-7274

J. Meejin Yoon
Gale and Ira Drukier Dean
College of Architecture, Art, and Planning
(607) 255-9110