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Exhibition Talk

Impossible Heights: Skyscrapers, Flight, and the Master Builder
by Adnan Morshed

Adnan Morshed will discuss his forthcoming publication, Impossible Heights: Skyscrapers, Flight, and the Master Builder, which examines how airplanes and the valorization of heights in the 1920s and ‘30s led to a new aesthetic among designers and architects.

Adnan Morshed received his Ph.D. from MIT Architecture’s History, Theory, and Criticism program. He is currently Associate Professor at the School of Architecture and Planning, the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Architectural Historians. Adnan Morshed has been awarded highly competitive fellowships, among others, at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, the National Gallery of Art; the Smithsonian Institution; Wolfsonian-Florida International University; and the Society of Architectural Historians. His work has garnered prestigious research grants from the Graham Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and MIT. He has lectured around the world on the history and theory of modern architecture and urbanism, urban ecology and gender justice, and sustainable urban planning in Third-World countries. His articles appeared in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Journal of Architectural Education, Thresholds (MIT), Center (National Gallery of Art), Constructs (Yale), New Geographies (Harvard), and Architectural Design. He is the author of Oculus: A Decade of Insights into Bangladeshi Affairs (2012). Recently, he led the Society of Architectural Historians’ study tour to three South Asian cities: Dhaka, Delhi, and Chandigarh. Currently he serves on the Board of the $1M Mellon Foundation Grant to MIT’s Global Architecture History Teaching Collaborative, led by Professor Mark Jarzombek. A practicing architect and urbanist, Adnan Morshed has designed buildings in the U.S., Lebanon, Malaysia, and Bangladesh. 

Free and open to the public.