Rethinking Community Engagement

Season 2, Episode 1

In episode 1, Allen Xu and Kate Cooney talk to Elihu Rubin, from the Yale School of Architecture about his work on the built environments of the 19th and 20th centuries. In thinking about the American landscape of wealth, poverty, race and space, a first step in mobilizing for new arrangements is to consider how a city’s current landscape encapsulates notions of place making from earlier eras.  These earlier era settlements live on in both the built environment and in the mental and emotional models of space in cities that structure the American mind.  Elihu Rubin’s work on critical heritage sheds light on how the past is both elided and selectively commemorated in building reuse. We also speak with Robert J. Shiller, Nobel Prize winning economist from the Yale School of Management, about his new book Narrative Economics: How Stories Go Viral and Drive Major Economic Events. Both of these conversations help us set up our themes for Season 2 of the CitySCOPE podcast.  We conclude with a snapshot of the conversations to come over the future 7 episodes of the 2020 season.

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1. For more information on the scholarship of our guests, click here:  Elihu Rubin and Robert J. Shiller

*Photo of Winchester Lofts, taken by Kate Cooney