Rethinking the Legacy of the Sixties

Rethinking the Legacy of the Sixties

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Rethinking the Legacy of the Sixties

In 1998, alumni of Yale University organized the symposium “Rethinking Designs of the 60s” to discuss the legacy of architecture's engagement with social issues. My essay reopens the question of this legacy by focusing on the work of activist and eco-pioneer Pliny Fisk. Fisk graduated from the Graduate School of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania in 1971, and his early projects combined emerging theories from its diverse curriculum—advocacy planning, appropriate technologies, and systems thinking—in ways that were not merely pragmatic. His projects from the 1970s and 1980s were also strategies for leveraging social and environmental change that foregrounded the politically radical stakes of this endeavor. Read the full article at Taylor & Francis.
In 1998, alumni of Yale University organized the symposium “Rethinking Designs of the 60s” to discuss the legacy of architecture's engagement with social issues. My essay reopens the question of this legacy by focusing on the work of activist and eco-pioneer Pliny Fisk. Fisk graduated from the Graduate School of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania in 1971, and his early projects combined emerging theories from its diverse curriculum—advocacy planning, appropriate technologies, and systems thinking—in ways that were not merely pragmatic. His projects from the 1970s and 1980s were also strategies for leveraging social and environmental change that foregrounded the politically radical stakes of this endeavor. Read the full article at Taylor & Francis.
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