DRC19 Keynote Speaker
Francesca Russello Ammon
As we all know our work is intimately entwined with community development and empowerment. We are excited to announce one of our Keynote Speakers for the 2019 Deconstruction and Reuse Conference.
Francesca Russello Ammon
Bulldozer: Demolition and Clearance of the Postwar Landscape
"...her work gets at the heart of why our movement started, as a reaction to the destruction of neighborhoods, systems of reuse and the abandonment of wisely utilizing our natural resources."-Joe Connell
Francesca Russello Ammon is Associate Professor of City & Regional Planning and Historic Preservation at the University of Pennsylvania’s Stuart Weitzman School of Design. She is a cultural historian of urban planning and the built environment. Her research focuses on the social, material, and cultural life of North American cities, from World War II to the present. She is particularly interested in the history of urban revitalization, with an emphasis on urban renewal; the dynamic relationship between cities and nature; public history as a tool for community-based research and engagement; and the ways that visual culture has shaped understanding of what cities are, have been, and should be. Ammon is the author ofBulldozer: Demolition and Clearance of the Postwar Landscape (Yale University Press, 2016), winner of the 2017 Lewis Mumford Prize for the best book on American city and regional planning history. Her work has also appeared in the Journal of Planning History, Journal of Urban History, Journal of Planning Education & Research, Preservation Education & Research, Change Over Time, and Technology & Culture. In her current research, she is studying the relationships between urban renewal and historic preservation in the cities of Philadelphia and Montreal. While at Penn, Ammon has been a fellow of the Price Lab for Digital Humanities, a member of the Mellon-sponsored colloquium on Humanities + Urbanism + Design, and a researcher on the Canadian Centre for Architecture’s project on “Architecture and/for Photography.” Prior to joining Penn, she was a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and earned her Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University. Ammon’s work has received support from institutions including the American Council of Learned Societies, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Society of Architectural Historians, Whiting Foundation, and Ambrose Monell Foundation.