The Palace of Culture: An Exploration in Design, Humanities and Social Sciences

Parsons School of Design: Art/Design Hist & Theory

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

The Palace of Culture

Spring 2018

Taught By: Susan Yelavich

Section: A

CRN: 7044

Credits: 3

A tall skyscraper towers over a sprawling complex of shorter, but still imposing outbuildings surrounded by a vast, empty space. This is the Palace of Culture and Science (1955), Stalin’s “gift” to Warsaw as it was emerging from post-World War II rubble. This international course will take place in lecture halls of the Palace itself (after two preparatory sessions in New York). It will explore the controversial symbolic, ideological, historical, and infrastructural nature of the Palace of Culture as a case study within the larger realm of contested, wounded spaces. In Warsaw, students from Parsons, NSSR, and the School of Form in Poznań, Poland, will meet in morning seminars to discuss readings on the nature of memory and complexity of spatial interventions as political gestures. In the afternoons, they will work in teams to propose alternative visions for this site or others like it elsewhere in the world, e.g., the Freedom Tower in New York City. NOTE: Funding and arrangements for Parsons and NSSR students’ lodgings and meals in Poland is provided by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. Students are required to cover the cost of travel and are encouraged to apply for Graduate student travel funds (10/13/17 deadline). Permission is required to register for this course. Please contact Susan Yelavich for an interview. This course follows an alternative meeting structure: Tues. Feb. 13th, 20th and 27th, 7:00-8:50 pm in NYC and March 17th to 25th in Warsaw, Poland.

Open to: All university graduate degree students with permission.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art/Design Hist & Theory (PGHT)

Campus: Siteline (SL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 10

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 6:13pm 5/25/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: TBD

Times: TBD

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 3/17/2018 - 3/25/2018

Days: Tuesday

Times: 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1001

Date Range: 4/3/2018 - 4/3/2018