Nina Rappaport is an architectural critic, curator, historian, and educator. She directs Vertical Urban Factory, a traveling exhibition and book with Actar publishers. The project focuses on the spaces of production in cities—both Modernist and contemporary—and incorporates the architectural, technological, and economic factors that shape their design, function, and social impact. In the project, Nina addresses the history of the urban factory in its vertical typology while looking forward, provoking new concepts for the future of urban manufacturing. She underscores the necessity of creating new paradigms for sustainable, hybrid, and transparent urban industries that also take into account the worker in the city and the new economy.
This talk is organized by MAS Context in collaboration with the Society of Architectural Historians and presented in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Funding for this talk is provided by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP. MAS Context is supported by a grant by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and by private donations. For more information, please visit: http://www.mascontext.com/news/lecture-by-nina-rappaport-october-22-2015/