Farès El-Dahdah

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DDes - Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
MAUD - Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
BArch - Rhode Island School of Design
BFA - Rhode Island School of Design

Research Areas

Architecture and Urbanism in Brazil; Digital Art History

Farès el-Dahdah has written extensively on Brazil's modern architecture and has been involved in a number of collaborative projects with Casa de Lucio Costa and Fundação Oscar Niemeyer, two Brazilian cultural foundations on the boards of which he serves. He is currently leading a Digital Art History Grant, titled Situated Views of Rio de Janeiro: 19th and Early 20th-Century Photography and the Diluvial Houston grant, both supported by the Getty and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundations, respectively. El-Dahdah runs, in addition, the Center for Research Computing’s Spatial Studies Lab where his current research interests explore how digital platforms uphold the mission of disseminating knowledge. The Lab also develops online geospatial platforms that describe cities, sites, and events over time, as they existed and as they have come to be imagined. At Rice, el-Dahdah's activities extend across the university in his capacity as co-chair of the University Committee on Information Technology, Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute, and member of the Ken Kennedy Institute's Faculty Advisory Committee.

Selected Articles and Essays

“Relocating Brazil’s Capital Inland. “ In The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History. Ed. Guillermo Palacios. New York: Oxford University Press, 2021. DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780199366439.013.847

“Leisure and Pleasure: an interview with Farès el-Dahdah.” Brownbook: Oscar Niemeyer in Abu Dhabi, no. 1 (2015): 66-69.

“Burlesque Beds.” Macguffin: The Bed, no. 1 (2015): 128-139.

“Teórico, preservacionista e arquiteto: Lucio Costa o ‘antropófago’. “ In Sobre a Obra de Lucio Costa, Textos Selecionados, edited by Anna Paula Canez and Samuel Brito, 71-114. Porto Alegre: Editora UniRitter, 2015.

“Paradoxical Infrastructures: Ruins, Retrofit, and Risk.” In Science, Technology & Human Values. Vol. 41, #3 (December 23, 2015): 547-565 [w/ C. Howe, J. Lockrem, H. Appel, E. Hackett, D. Boyer, R. Hall, M. Schneider-Mayerson, A. Pope, A. Gupta, E. Rodwell, A. Ballestero, T. Durbin, E. Long, and C. Mody]

“Lucio Costa's Unbuilt University Campuses.” In Form and Pedagogy: The Design of the University City in Latin America, edited by Carlos Garciavelez Alfaro, 297-312. San Francisco: Applied Research & Design, 2014.

“Oscar em Nova York: O Pavilhão e a ONU.” In Oscar Niemeyer: Clássicos e inéditos, edited by L. Cavalcanti, 110-131. São Paulo: Itaú Cultural, 2014.

“A Conversation w/ Lamia Joreige.” In Suspended Spaces # 3 – Inachever la modernité, 96-105. Paris: Beaux-Arts de Paris éditions, 2014.

“Distant Frontier.” In The Petropolis of Tomorrow, edited by N. Bhatia and M. Casper, 20-31. New York: Actar, 2013. [w/ Alida Metcalf]

“Brasilia: City as Park.” In Shaping the City Studies in History, Theory and Urban Design, edited by R. El-Khoury and E. Robbins (2nd edition), 59-69. New York: Routledge, 2013.

“Brasilia, o la ciudad letrada.” In Utopías urbanas: geopolíticas del deseo en América latina, edited by G. Heffes, 389-412. Frankfurt: Vervuert, 2013.

“A superquadra de Lucio Costa e a importância do lazer.” In Brasília - Antologia Crítica, edited by Aberto Xavier and Julio Kantinsky, 267-75. São Paulo: Cosac Naify, 2012.

“Lucio Costa e a Arquitetura.” In ConvivênciaConvivenza: Lucio Costa e Marcio Kogan, 52-71. Venice: 13. Mostra Internazionale di Architettura, 2012.

“Lucio Costa: Brasília como projeto paisagístico” In Razão e Ambiente, edited by L. Cavalcanti, 48-57. São Paulo: Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, 2011.

“Lucio Costa: o ‘antropófago'.” Seminário Lucio Costa, Arquiteto, edited by Farès el-Dahdah, 47-68. Proceedings of Seminário Lucio Costa, Arquiteto, Museu Nacional, Brasilia, Brazil (Rio de Janeiro: Casa de Lucio Costa, 2011).

“Uma oportunidade perdida: O aeroporto sem precedente de Brasília / A Missed Opportunity: Brasilia's Unprecedented Airport.” In Sergio Bernardes, edited by K. Bernardes and L. Cavalcanti, 46-53, 245-247. Rio de Janeiro: Artviva, 2010.

“The Dislocation of Brazil's Capital: A Long-Standing Project.” Docomomo Journal, no. 43 (2010): 14-21.

“Brasilia: A Capital Transfer Project no Longer Postponed.” ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America (April 2010): 10-14.

“Brasília, um objetivo certa vez adiado.” Arquitextos 10, 119.02 (4/2010).

Selected Awards and Honors

2020 - Rice University, Race and Anti-Racism Research Fund: “Black Life in Houston: An Atlas of Racial Inequity, Displacement, and Integration,” 2020 [Lead PI]

2019 - Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant: Diluvial Houston: Rescued Histories, Engaged Humanities, and Imagined Futures [Lead PI]

2018 - Getty Foundation, Digital Art History Grant: Situated Views of Rio de Janeiro: 19th and Early 20th-Century Photography and Temporal Cartography [Lead PI]

2018 - Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant: Public Humanities/Post-Harvey, 2018-20 [Lead PI]

2016 - Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant: Spatial Humanities Initiative [Lead PI]

2014 - Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant: Public Humanities Initiative [Lead PI]

2014 - Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant: John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures: Platforms of Knowledge in a Wide Web of Worlds: Production, Participation, and Politics [Lead PI]

2011- Harvard University, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Cisneros Visiting Scholar: Portraits of Rio de Janeiro

Books

Guia da Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro: Bazar do Tempo, 2016. [w/ Cláudia Brack, Carlos Eduardo Comas, Cláudia Carvalho, Gustavo Rocha Peixoto, Marcos Moraes de Sá, Maria Helena Salomão, Mozart Vitor Serra]

Roberto Burle Marx: La modernité du paysage. Barcelona: Actar, 2011. [w/ Lauro Cavalcanti and Francis Rambert]

Lucio Costa-Arquiteto. Rio de Janeiro: Casa de Lucio Costa, 2010.

Oscar 102 / Brasilia 50: Eight Cases in Brazil's Architectural Modernity. A@R 46. Houston: RSA, 2010.

Roberto Burle Marx: kunst und landschaften / Art and Landscapes. Berlin: Brasilianische Botschaft, 2010. [w/ Lauro Cavalcanti]

Roberto Burle Marx 100 Anos: a permanência do instável. Rio de Janeiro: Rocco, 2009. [w/ Lauro Cavalcanti]

A doce revolução de Oscar Niemeyer. Rio de Janeiro: 19 Design, 2007. [w/ Lauro Cavalcanti]

Lucio Costa: Brasilia's Superquadra. Case 5. Munich: Prestel, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, 2005.

Guia da Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro

Guia da Arquitetura do Rio de Janeiro

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Roberto Burle Marx: La modernité du paysage

Roberto Burle Marx: La modernité du paysage

Lucio Costa-Arquiteto

Lucio Costa-Arquiteto

Oscar 102 / Brasilia 50: Eight Cases in Brazil's Architectural Modernity

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Oscar 102 / Brasilia 50: Eight Cases in Brazil's Architectural Modernity

Roberto Burle Marx: kunst und landschaften / Art and Landscapes

Roberto Burle Marx: kunst und landschaften / Art and Landscapes

Roberto Burle Marx 100 Anos: a permanência do instável

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Roberto Burle Marx 100 Anos: a permanência do instável
A doce revolução de Oscar Niemeyer

A doce revolução de Oscar Niemeyer

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Lucio Costa: Brasilia's Superquadra

Lucio Costa: Brasilia's Superquadra