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Architecture & Narrative

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Syracuse University Fisher Center 19 E 31st St Second Floor New York, NY 10016

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“The city”’ says author Matthew Stadler, ‘is not so much an architectural or spatial fact as it is an agreed upon story, a tale we tell to give shape and meaning to the places where we live.’

In Deventer, the Netherlands, a routine real estate deal and demolition became the site of innovation and new intelligence in urban design. Not all of the endings were happy ones. Matthew Stadler’s Deventer, a novel-type book which narrates the messy, compromised, human reality of architecture and planning through the checkered story of Matthijs Bouw and One Architecture's projects, and connects them to broader changes in the professions as a first step toward finding a vocabulary for the new scale of change in architecture.

On the occasion of Deventer's New York City launch the Syracuse University School of Architecture invites you to ‘Architecture & Narrative’ at the Fisher Center. Stadler (by skype), Bouw and Jimenez Lai (author of Citizens of no place : an architectural graphic novel) will present their work and will discuss how “the ways we write about architecture permanently shape and change what architects do." Dean Michael Speaks will moderate the discussion.

Books will be available for sale at the event and are also available online.