Contemporary Controversies

The starting point for this atlas is a set of reports on contemporary controversies: events around the world that have provoked strong reactions and captured worldwide attention. By analyzing the role of architecture in these events, students formed hypotheses and posed questions about architecture’s role in politics and society. By projecting these hypotheses and questions back into history, the class identified topics for research and analysis. You can navigate the resulting reports using the dropdown menu above, the map on this site’s main page, or via spreadsheet.

Students and teaching assistants nominated some of the controversy reports for recognition in five categories: most informative, most innovative in connecting architecture to politics, most provocative, best media content, and best use of media. The nominated projects, along with other projects from among those completed for the class, were reviewed by a panel of architectural historians:

Following the panel discussion, the class voted to award top honors in each of the five categories. Winners and nominees are listed below, while student poll comments are listed here.

MOST INFORMATIVE

Honorable mention:

MOST INNOVATIVE IN CONNECTING ARCHITECTURE AND POLITICS

Honorable mention:

MOST PROVOCATIVE

Honorable mention:

BEST MEDIA CONTENT

Honorable mention:

BEST USE OF MEDIA

Honorable mention: