Prometheus Unmasked

Design scholars and students are increasingly focusing on racial and social justice — and ferociously debating the content of syllabi on which Delirious New York and other neoliberal apologias have long been fixtures. In this charged context, two reissued classics of New Deal literature, Black Metropolis and Modern Housing, deserve new attention.

Two reissued classics of New Deal literature, Black Metropolis and Modern Housing, deserve new attention from architects and urbanists.

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Simon Sadler

Simon Sadler is a columnist for Places. He teaches the history and theory of architecture, design, and urbanism across several programs at the University of California, Davis, where he is a professor in the Department of Design.

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Belmont Freeman

Belmont Freeman is a columnist for Places. He is principal of Belmont Freeman Architects, an award-winning design firm in New York City.

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Shannon Mattern

Shannon Mattern is a columnist for Places. She is a professor of anthropology at The New School in New York City.

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Barbara Penner

Barbara Penner is a columnist for Places. She is Professor of Architectural Humanities at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.

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