Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism & the Humanities

The Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities is an interdisciplinary program housed in the School of Architecture. The initiative supports graduate and undergraduate courses, a fellowship program, and public programming. Princeton is one of more than a dozen research universities and institutes in the US, Canada, Great Britain, and South Africa that the Mellon Foundation engages and connects through its Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities initiative. From 2014 to 2017, the initiative focused on the theme, Cities of the Americas: Architecture, Society, Policy, and Culture, and was led by Stan Allen, The George Dutton '27 Professor of Architecture, and Alison Isenberg, Professor of History.

In Spring 2017, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded $1.2 million to Princeton University for a second three-year period of the Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism and the Humanities. The renewed program, Cities on the Edge: Hemispheric Comparisons and Connections, continues its work bridging architecture, the humanities, and environmental studies through a comparative approach to urbanism and architecture along South-North, East-West, South-South, and North-North lines. Leading the project in its second phase are Isenberg and Mario Gandelsonas, Professor of Architectural Design and Class of 1913 Lecturer in Architecture.

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