Daniela Sandler

Associate Professor

Daniela Sandler is an associate professor of architectural and urban history in the School of Architecture. She has a Ph.D. in Visual and Cultural Studies from the University of Rochester, and a professional degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the University of São Paulo.

Her work examines social inequalities in the built environment, spotlighting the ways in which groups and individuals fight for more inclusive cities through the intersection of bottom-up tactics and official policies. Her teaching and research have a global scope, with particular foci on Brazil and Germany. She received the 2019 AIA Minnesota Special Award, recognizing her work as an educator and her support for diversity initiatives and student organizations.

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Her articles and chapters include topics such as grassroots urbanism; the connections between public space, culture, and urbanism in SãoPaulo; squatting and gentrification in Berlin; contemporary affordable housing in Brazil; and the historiography of modernism and modernity in Brazilian architecture. Her articles have appeared in Third Text, Social Identities, and Urban Design International, among others.She is currently in the middle of writing a book manuscript tentatively titled "Cultural Urbanism: Grassroots Activism in São Paulo, 2000-2020." The book is the first city-wide study of grassroots urbanism in São Paulo, Brazil, and explores the ways in which communities work towards a more inclusive city from the bottom-up, tackling challenges such as income inequality, gender discrimination, racism, and environmental problems.

She is also in the early stages of a new project on airborne epidemics in São Paulo, using an urban history of diseases to illuminate the ethical dimensions of air as shared public space.

Her book, Counterpreservation: Architectural Decay in Berlin since 1989 (Cornell University Press, 2016), investigates how Berlin residents appropriated architectural decay intentionally in order to engage a difficult past, resist gentrification, and carve out affordable spaces for housing and culture in the German capital. Her research explores decrepitude as a complex, dynamic way of representing traumatic memories and multiple histories, while also making room for present and future uses. Her book received the 2019 Antoinette Forrester Downing Book Award of the Society of Architectural Historians.

Her articles and chapters include topics such as grassroots urbanism; the connections between public space, culture, and urbanism in São Paulo; squatting and gentrification in Berlin; contemporary affordable housing in Brazil; and the historiography of modernism and modernity in Brazilian architecture. Her articles have appeared in Third Text, Social Identities, and Urban Design International, among others.

She is currently in the middle of writing a book manuscript tentatively titled "Cultural Urbanism: Grassroots Activism in São Paulo, 2000-2020." The book is the first city-wide study of grassroots urbanism in São Paulo, Brazil, and explores the ways in which communities work towards a more inclusive city from the bottom-up, tackling challenges such as income inequality, gender discrimination, racism, and environmental problems.

She is also in the early stages of a new project on airborne epidemics in São Paulo, using an urban history of diseases to illuminate the ethical dimensions of air as shared public space.

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Selected Scholarship

Current Research

  • Architectural decay, memory, and gentrification in Berlin
  • Grassroots urbanism and social justice in São Paulo
  • Representations of the city in early Brazilian modernism

Selected Publications

Teaching

  • Architecture: A Global and Cultural History
  • Latin American Modern Architecture
  • Architecture, Cities, and Food Culture
  • Berlin: History and the Built Environment
  • Contemporary Architecture
  • Architecture, Urbanism, and Health
  • Urban Development: New Regimes of Segregation, Berlin and the Twin Cities (co-taught with Matthias Rothe, German, Nordic, Slavic, and Dutch Department; and Stephan Lanz, Viadrina University))
Daniela Sandler

Contact

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145 Rapson Hall
89 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
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