SAH Events

Interior Urbanism

John Portman and Associates, Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, 1985. Photograph by Charles Rice, 2009.

Thursday, October 12, 2017. Event starts at 6 pm.
$10 suggested donation at the door.

Architectural historian, theorist, and author Charles Rice will lecture on Thursday, October 12, as part of MAS Context’s 2017 Fall Talks series. The lecture will take place at the Society of Architectural Historians (1365 N Astor St, Chicago, IL 60610).

Interior Urbanism

During his presentation, Charles Rice will discuss aspects of his recent book Interior Urbanism, reflecting on the way in which the oeuvre of John Portman has gained prominence in the last few years, and what this might mean for critical accounts of urban development.

Charles Rice contributed to our Hidden issue with his article “Space Travel.” You can read it online at

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Charles Rice is Professor of Architecture at the University of Technology Sydney. He is the author of The Emergence of the Interior: Architecture, Modernity, Domesticity (Routledge, 2007) and Interior Urbanism: Architecture, John Portman and Downtown America (Bloomsbury, 2016). He is editor in chief of The Journal of Architecture, the scholarly journal of the RIBA.


“Interior Urbanism: Architecture, John Portman and Downtown America” book cover © Bloomsbury Publishing

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