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Building Model Modernities in Shanghai & Mumbai

Through the unique architectures of Shanghai and Mumbai, from their imperial origins to their current building booms, Black Mountain Institute fellow Daniel Brook examines the cities' volatile, continuing experiments in forging a Chinese and Indian modernity. Speaker Biography: Daniel Brook was born in Brooklyn, raised on Long Island, and educated at Yale. His first book, The Trap: Selling Out to Stay Afloat in Winner Take All America, was published by Times Books/Henry Holt & Company in 2007, and he received a Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Fellowship in 2008. During the Kluge Fellowship, he will be writing about the architectural history and Westernization of St. Petersburg, Shanghai, Mumbai, and Dubai. His writing about politics, economics, and architecture has appeared in publications such as Harper's, San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, Slate, The Huffington Post, The Nation, and Dissent, among others. While at Yale, he won the 2000 Rolling Stone College Journalism Competition and received the John Hersey Prize for an outstanding body of nonfiction work. He lives in Philadelphia. For captions, transcript, and more information visit
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