Desert Modernism(s)

Seminar Theory of Architecture (052-0817-23)
Veranstalter: Gastprofessur Samia Henni
Dozierende: Prof. Dr. Samia Henni

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Worlds’ major deserts, both hot and cold, have often served to search, extract, and transport natural resources, such as oil, gas, and lithium, as well as to design and build new cities, infrastructures, villas, tourist centres, farming systems, solar power plants, climate and aerospace research centres, nuclear weapon research centres and testing sites, and other settlements. How were these designs managed and implemented? What were their impacts on adjacent populations and their environments? To what extent did these deserts’ transformations influence the politico-economic assets of the sates and corporations in question? This seminar explores the ways in which politicians, scientists, and architects developed, exploited, colonized, transformed, urbanized, militarized, or polluted the above and under the ground of various deserts in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East in the aftermath of the Second World War.

Time and Location
The seminar will take place on Fridays, from 11:45 to 13:30 in HPL D34.

Course overview
  • 22.09.2023 Seminar 1
  • 29.09.2023 Seminar 2
  • 06.10.2023 Seminar 3
  • 13.10.2023 Seminar 4
  • 20.10.2023 Seminar 5
  • 27.10.2023 No Seminar (Seminar week)
  • 03.11.2023 Seminar 6
  • 10.11.2023 Seminar 7
  • 17.11.2023 Seminar 8
  • 24.11.2023 Seminar 9
  • 01.12.2023 Seminar 10
  • 08.12.2023 Seminar 11


Dr. Samia Henni