Fabiola Lopéz-Duran - EUGENICS IN THE GARDEN

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The first book to link eugenics with urban planning and the built environment, this volume traces how the “science” of race improvement spread from medicine to architecture as Latin Americans pursued a utopian project of modernization.


Adopting a transnational and interdisciplinary perspective, Fabiola López-Durán’s work uncovers and interrogates the cross-pollination of ideas and mediums—science, politics and aesthetics—that ignited the process of modernization on both sides of the Atlantic, with an emphasis on Latin America. Originally trained as an architect, López-Durán earned her Ph.D in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art from MIT. From 2009 to 2011, she was the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at the Department of History of Art at University of California-Berkeley. Her 2018 book, Eugenics in the Garden: Transatlantic Architecture and the Crafting of Modernity reveals how a particular strain of eugenics, at the turn of the twentieth century, moved from the realms of medicine and law to design, architecture, and urban planning—becoming a critical instrument in the crafting of modernity in France and Latin America. Its formative research has received numerous awards, including the Charlotte Newcombe (Woodrow Wilson National Foundation), the Dedalus Foundation Award, the MIT Schlossman Research Award, the Harvard University’s Center for European Studies Grant, and prestigious fellowships from the Camargo Foundation, the CLIR, MIT-France, and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. The book was recently selected for a Society of Architectural Historians SAH/Mellon Author Award. Dr. López-Durán is currently an Assistant Professor at Rice University.

Eugenics in the Garden: Transatlantic Architecture and the Crafting of Modernity (Lateral Exchanges: Architecture) Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781477314968
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Published: University of Texas Press - March 1st, 2018