This weekend (Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 October) sees the return of Chicago's biennial architecture festival, featuring a diverse range of tours, exhibitions, public talks and educational projects. As part of proceedings, Adrienne Brown will be giving a public lecture to talk about her research into the relationship between race and the built environment. Here's the blurb for Brown's talk, taken from the Biennial's website.
Literary scholar Adrienne Brown finds a surprising vantage point on the history and dynamic of modern race relations through that uniquely American architectural form, the skyscraper. In stories by Henry James, W. E. B. Dubois, and others, Brown sees a fascination with these towering structures, particularly with the new – if disorienting – view audacious buildings offered on urban communities, and their potential for removing racial divides
I'm sure this event will help to shed more light on Brown's exciting work, and she may well talk about her two forthcoming book projects - an edited collection titled Race and Real Estate with Princeton University Professor Valerie Smith, and a monograph provisionally titled The Black Skyscraper: Race, Writing and the Shape of Modern Architecture, which explores the skyscraper's role in shaping racial perception and literary form during the building boom of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.