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Megalomania

Dates: 
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Location: 
Main Atrium, Melbourne School of Design

A presentation of the Australian Centre for Architectural History, Urban and Cultural Heritage (ACAHUCH) as part of its annual symposium Haunting, Memory and Place.

Dan Dubowitz will talk through two projects on show in the atrium of the MSD Building:

  • Fascismo Abbandonato (Fascism in Ruins): Mussolini’s program of Fascist holiday camps for the millitarisation of child hood that can be found in ruins along Italy’s beaches.
  • Fordlandia: Henry Ford’s Lost City in the Amazon Jungle.

Dan will introduce his ‘Collaborative Urbanism’ approach to establishing socially and politically engaged masterplanning. He will introduce his ‘Cultural masterplans’ for post industrial cities in the UK and his teaching and practice-led research in Europe and the Americas.

About Dan Dubowitz

Dan Dubowitz is Professor of Architecture at Salford University. He is an interdisciplinary urbanist, artist and architect who has created site specific city-scale works in Manchester and has developed a series of cultural masterplans across the UK.

In 2003 Dan established 'Civic Works', a collaborative practise that specialises in regeneration projects and cultural masterplanning. The practice has developed and delivered cultural masterplans for city-scale developments across the UK. In parallel focused on completing artworks for the public realm (ranging from fine art photography and sculpture to trans-disciplinary collaborations with choreographer and performance) and developed and delivered cultural masterplans for city-scale developments across the UK.