Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture

Reinhold Martin, director

Jacob Moore, program coordinator

The Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture was founded in 1982. Its mission is to advance the interdisciplinary study of American architecture, urbanism, and landscape. A separately endowed entity within the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, it sponsors research projects, workshops, public programs, publications and awards.

During the 2012–2013 academic year, the Buell Center continued its work related to Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream, an architecture exhibition that ran at MoMA, New York from February–August, 2012. In order to expand on the conversation generated by the exhibition, during the fall and early spring the Buell Center produced Comments on Foreclosed, a publication and website (commentsonforeclosed.com) that serve as a record of what was said—and not said—about Foreclosed. To mark the launch of the publication and website, together with GSAPP students and the GSAPP Cloud, Buell hosted “Comments on Comments,” a performance of excerpts from the archive and a conversation on the architecture of the media.

In addition to Comments on Foreclosed, Buell developed a traveling version of the exhibition and workshop series “What Is Foreclosed?” which was installed in Ann Arbor, Beijing, and Mumbai. The exhibition and programming in Beijing and Mumbai were developed in collaboration with GSAPP’s Studio X Global Initiative and Columbia Global Centers. In Mumbai, a one-day workshop entitled “Housing without Developers?” brought together artists, activists, and scholars to discuss the interaction of architecture, housing policy, dispossession, and social equity, by comparing ongoing developments in the Indian and American contexts.

While the themes of Foreclosed will continue to resonate with future Buell work, the 2012–2013 academic year also included the development of a new line of research. Though this project’s ultimate format is still under deliberation at the time of writing, the content will revolve around the historical trajectory of the American house, and will seek to frame its argument with material from, among other sources, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archive. This archive, recently acquired by the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library and MoMA, New York, will expose Wright to many new publics, and the Buell Center hopes to help shape a critical conversation surrounding these heretofore largely unseen artifacts and their historical implications. The first public presentation of this line of research was given at the 2013 Society of Architectural Historians Conference in Buffalo, NY. As the closing event for the conference, which also included presentations by Barry Bergdoll of MoMA and Carole Ann Fabian of Avery Library, Columbia PhD candidate Leslie Klein, along with Reinhold Martin and the support of a team of Buell researchers, gave a preview of Buell’s work on the subject entitled “Hearth and Home.”

Additionally, in April of 2013, the Center convened its bi-annual Buell Dissertation Colloquium. This presentation of selected papers by candidates from international doctoral programs based on dissertation research in areas related to American architecture, urbanism, and landscape continues to serve as a benchmark for scholars working on or around American topics in the field.

These selected projects represent an ongoing research agenda that reflects the Buell Center’s commitment to the elaboration and discussion of challenging issues confronted by its various, overlapping constituencies.

Buffalo Presentation A/B
Comments on Comments C
Dissertation Colloquium D