College of Visual & Performing Arts

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Cold Storage in New England and Beyond, 1890–1920

Date & Time: Tuesday , 12/18/2012
from 05:00 PM to 07:00 PM
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Location: UMass Dartmouth - Star Store [map it]*
Admission: Free!
Sponsored by: Art History Department - UMassD
Contact: Pamela Karimi
Description: Michael Osman will provide an analysis of late nineteenth-century cooling technology and the design of cold storage warehouses. He will relate the preservation of food to the regulation of the national economy while elaborating the changing role played by architects in the development of the cold storage system.

Michael Osman teaches courses in the history and theory of modern architecture. His scholarship focuses on the technological, environmental and economic aspects of architectural history in the twentieth century. He has received numerous grants and fellowships including the University of California Humanities Research Fellowship (2011), a National Science Foundation Doctoral Research Grant (2006) and a Fulbright Fellowship (2002). Among his recent published writings are an exploration of Reyner Banham’s writings on environmental control in the edited volume "Neo-Avant-Garde and Postmodern" (Yale University Press, 2010) as well as some thoughts on Hegel’s theory of architectural origins in "Log 22: The Absurd" (Spring/Summer 2011). An essay on the managerial transformation of concrete in "Perspecta 45: Agency" (2012) and an analysis of nineteenth century cooling technology in "Aggregate: Governing by Design" (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012).
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