Topophobia seminar at the Canadian Centre for Architecture

Taking place on Thursday, July 24, 2080 at 6:00pm at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, this seminar is presented by Vittoria Di Palma, Assistant Professor of Modern Architectural History in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University.

Topophobia offers a polemical cultural history of the wasteland. Di Palma’s seminar will examine contemporary landscape design approaches to brownfields and other post-industrial sites in light of a longer history of perceptions of and attitude towards marginal, polluted, dangerous, or otherwise threatening landscapes.

From 1999-2003, Di Palma taught at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, UK, co-directing its Histories and Theories graduate program. Her area of specialization is 18th-century European architecture and theory, with a particular focus on questions of landscape, epistemology, and representation. Her writing has been published in AA Files, the Journal of Architecture, the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, and in a number of edited volumes. She has co-edited Intimate Metropolis: Urban Subjects in the Modern City, forthcoming from Routledge in September 2008, and is currently completing a book on the subject of her presentation, entitled Wasteland.

Admission to the seminar is free. For more information, please call 514.939.7001 x1409 or visit