Spring 2021 Season - Days/Times Forthcoming

Nation Building with Antonio Pacheco / A bi-weekly look at the state of public architecture in the United States, including interviews, news items, reading suggestions, and historical/theoretical frameworks for understanding public architecture more broadly.

Grounds with Amanda Ugorji / Inter-generational interviews with artists, designers, and planners that ask what existential questions they have been working through lately and how they make their decisions.

Still Standing with Eytan Levi and Ben Hoyle / Interviews with experts about the renovation of Soviet mass housing.

Conversations on Care with Ana MiljaĨki

Dangerous History: Caroline Murphy

Caroline in her office in Florence

May 13, 2020: Caroline E. Murphy joins me to discuss the juridic origins of water management in early modern Tuscany, and the use of this infrastructure as a means towards territorial control. Listen here. Caroline relates her recent experience conducting research in Florence, Italy before the pandemic, and how her process has shifted now that she is back home in Toronto.

Caroline E. Murphy is a PhD candidate in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as a doctoral fellow at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz in the department of Dr. Gerhard Wolf. Her research examines links between large infrastructure projects, environmental planning, and political economy in late Renaissance Italy, with a current focus on the design of the aqueous landscape in grand ducal Tuscany during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Secondary interests include the visual and material culture of religious antiquarianism in Reformation and Counter-Reformation Europe, and the historiography of the discipline of Renaissance studies. Her research has been supported by the MIT's Walter A. Rosenblith Presidential Fellowship, Department of Architecture, and Science and Technology Initiatives, as well as by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She holds a SMArchS degree from MIT, and a BA from the University of Toronto.

Agnolo Bronzino, Portrait of the engineer Luca Martini (1507–1561), superintendent of the Office of the Rivers and Ditches of Pisa, holding a map of Pisan roads and rivers (date: 1554–1556). Palazzo Pitti.

Pietro Petruccini, map of the canals between Roselle and Grosseto, 1639. Ink pen and watercolour on paper. Archivio di Stato di Firenze, Florence.

Maps of a channeling of the Arno near Montevarchi, 2nd half of 16th century, Archivio di Stato di Firenze, Florence. Ink pen on paper.

Maps of a channeling of the Arno near Montevarchi, 2nd half of 16th century, Archivio di Stato di Firenze, Florence. Ink pen on paper.

Lament of Florence, with the Arno, in Dialogue, from the Flood of October 30, 1589, at 7 in the evening. And the Response of the Arno, in eight rhymes. Cover of a printed pamphlet with a view of Florence. Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze, Florence.