Visiting Scholar Seminar: Greg Castillo

Architecture as a Cold War Weapon: 'International-style' modernism,
socialist realism and the cultural division of Germany
Seminar, 12 July 2002

The cold war was both a military stand-off and a cognitive reorganization of the postwar world. This seminar lecture examined the superpowers’ use of architecture and urban design to effect a cultural partition of Europe, and surveys strategies of influence ranging from retraining programs for architects to domestic design exhibitions curated with expertise from New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

Greg Castillo received his PhD in Architectural History from the University of California in Berkeley; he is now an assistant professor at the University of Miami School of Architecture and a Getty Postdoctoral Research Fellow for the 2002/3 academic year. He is currently working on a study entitled “Constructing the Cold War,” to be published by The MIT Press.

Greg Castillo was a Visiting Scholar at the CCA in 2002.


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