The University of Minnesota College of Design presents
School of Architecture Lecture Series | Fall 2016
University of Pennsylvania School of Design
Annette Fierro’s teaching and research address issues of technology within contemporary international architecture and urban culture. Her current research traces the network of legacies instigated by the radical technological speculation of the 1960s in London. This work encompasses environmental and technological utopias as they were embraced in different eras to the present and speculates on, among other topics, the effect of the WWII on the technological iconography of the city; the influence of experimental theatre of the 60’s on the evolution of urban space and morphology; and the rise of “High-Tech” within a pre-existing condition which favored its development.
Annette recently authored The Glass State: The Technology of the Spectacle/Paris 1981-1998 (MIT Press, 2003), which focused on issues of transparency and technologies of François Mitterrand’s “Grands Projets.” This work addresses the material and technological symbolism instigated and imposed on the city in the brief socialist moment of Mitterrand’s presidency, during which the civic infrastructure of Paris was considerably augmented.
Annette is a registered architect in the state of NY, where she was formerly in practice with Smith-Miller and Hawkinson Architects.
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