This talk offers glimpses into the history of selected urban/rural projects in the Eastern Mediterranean to demonstrate how the intertwined politics of infrastructure development, coastal tourist development, and ethnic conflict in mid-20th Century resonate with current realities of the physical environment in different parts of the region. Such historical glimpses also provide an important insight into current environmental, economic, and heritage crises.
Panayiota Pyla is Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Cyprus and director of MesArch Research Laboratory on the recent history of modern architecture of the Eastern Mediterranean. Before assuming her current position, Professor Pyla was teaching at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and a Visiting Associate at the Harvard GSD in 2003-4.
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