Tabbi’at – Healthscapes

Toward a Multifaceted History of Architecture and Internationalism

WHEN 16-17 November 2023

WHERE Ibrahim Ahmed Room, Reed Hall, the University of Exeter

What happens to the notion of internationalism when we rethink it through the prism of architecture and experience? The workshop brings together a group of outstanding researchers and intellectuals at the cross-disciplinary encounter of environmental and architectural humanities and social sciences, to extend the existing boundaries in debates and thinking about the multi-faceted history of internationalism and architecture.

By thinking about the relationship between architecture and internationalisms as a dynamic process, the workshop invites new thinking about the place of architecture in the history of internationalism. The workshop is part of the Healthscapes Lab event series and is organised by Dr Sara Honarmand Ebrahimi at the University of Frankfurt um Maine and Dr Maziyar Ghiabi at the University of Exeter. It is supported by Johanna Quandt Young Academy at Goethe and Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

16 November

14:00-14:15 – Introduction

14:15-16:15 – Architecture and Internationalism

Chair: Sara Honarmand Ebrahimi, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main

Sonali Dhanpal, Princeton University 


Maja Lorbek, Vienna University of Technology

Yugoslav School Reform 1953-1965: Exploring the Material and Spatial Base of New Education

Dalal Mused Alsayer, Kuwait University

Architects, Engineers, Firms: Building Kuwait’s Architectural Modernism

Pooja Sastry, University College Dublin

“Ordering the life of the state”: Affluent women and craft industries in 1930s British India

16:15-16:30 – Coffee break

16:30-17:30 – Commentary

Daniela Ortiz dos Santos, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main


17 November

09:00-11:00 – Architecture through Internationalism

Chair: Maziyar Ghiabi, the University of Exeter

Yasmina El Chami, University of Sheffield

Architectures of Informal Empire: American Campus-building in the ‘Near East’

Sneha Krishnan, University of Oxford

Unhomely Intimacy

Michał Murawski, University College London

Amputated Architectures of Trans-Socialist Friendship

Olga Touloumi, Bard College

The Global Interior, or an Architecture for Institutional Internationalism

11:00-11:15 – Coffee break

11:15-12:15 – Commentary

Nikolay Erofeev, University of Kassel

12:15-13:00 – Lunch

13:00-14:00 – Final commentary

Mercedes Volait, the French National Centre for Scientific Research