The urban education infrastructures of post-war modernism : research and intervention
Against the backdrop of the Cold War, the emergence of the modern welfare state, the rise of the consumer society and growing mobility, all improved access to education.
The shift in social realities after WWII also forced a revision of the role and tenor of the state’s educational institutions. In many parts of the world, the competition for participation in the cities’ resources of education and knowledge centred on universities and schools. The foundation of new university campuses at that time gave voice to the thirst for education, and the spirit of reformation. The campus was built in a rural environment outside the city limits, to allow access to knowledge and education in concentrated form in quasi-monastic solitude, undisturbed by the city’s diversions. At the same time, educational reform movements tailored to local needs originated in the cities, and these sought to redefine relations between local area, school and city.
2009 final exhibition
2009 UNAM intervention