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Deborah Ascher Barnstone

Professor | University of Technology, Sydney

Sydney, Australia

Generally thinking:

Education & Academia
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ActivismArchitectureArtClimate ChangeCultureEducationSustainabilityVisual ArtsWriting

Very good at:
+ Writing
+ Design

About me & my work:

I am an academic. My research area is 20th century German art and architecture.

I have a PhD in architectural history from the TU, Delft; a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University; and a B.A. cum laude degree from Barnard College. I am a licensed architect and principal with Ascher Barnstone Architects as well as an historian. I came to UTS after 15 years at Washington State University. I also hold academic positions at the Ball State University, the Fachhochschule Cologne, Germany, and the Boston Architectural Center and have been a research fellow at the Technical University, Delft, The Netherlands.

My primary research interests are 20th century German and Dutch architecture, classical modernism, and sustainable design. My interests date from the period in which I lived and practiced as an architect in Cologne, Germany and witnessed firsthand the tremendous German enthusiasm for transparent glass architecture. The research began as a personal attempt to come to terms with transparency and to understand its importance in German politics and architecture during the post-World War II era. It was then the subject of my dissertation at Delft University of Technology, under Professor Franziska Bollerey and Professor Andrei Markovits (Univ. of Michigan), and of my book The Transparent State: Architecture and Politics in Postwar Germany (Routledge: 2005). Other recent publications related to this research include a special issue of the Journal of Architectural Education (May 2003), co-edited with Anthony Vidler on “Transparency in Twentieth Century Architecture,” and a chapter in Art, Nation and Gender: Landscapes, Myths and Mother Figures titled, “From the Zero Hour: Transparency, Gender and Architecture” (Ashgate: 2003). My current research examines the progressive art and architecture community in Weimar Breslau. Scholarly articles on the Breslau research have appeared recently in Architecture Annual, Journal of Architectural Education, The Art Book, and New German Critique. My chapter, “Transparency in Divided Berlin: the Palace of the Republic,” appears in Berlin Divided City 1945-1989 edited by Philip Broadbent and Sabine Hake and “An der Oder: River Romance in Breslau,” is in Art and Identity at the Water’s Edge edited by Tricia Cusack (Ashgate: 2012).

My links:

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