Lecture: Reversing Obsolescence, c. 1960
Daniel M. Abramson, Tufts University
Since Thorstein Veblen’s observations about “conspicuous consumption” and “planned obsolescence” at the end of the nineteenth century, cycles of construction and demolition have been a chronic feature of American architecture and urbanism. In this talk, Daniel Abramson will present his current research on Reversing Obsolescence, c. 1960.
Daniel Abramson is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at Tufts University. He is author of Building the Bank of England: Money, Architecture, Society, 1694-1942, (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2005) and Skyscraper Rivals: The AIG Building and the Architecture of Wall Street, (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2001). His current book is entitled Obsolescence: The Fate of Architecture in the Twentieth Century.