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Amy D. Finstein

Finstein

Visual Arts
Architectural Studies
Environmental Studies

 Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Virginia

Fields: Modern architecture and urbanism

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Email: afinstei@holycross.edu
Office Phone: 508-793-3098
Office: Fenwick 401
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Biography

Amy Finstein specializes in modern architecture and urbanism in America and Europe. She is interested in how the built environment reflects moments of societal change and modernization at multiple scales, ranging from high-style Modern residences to Art Deco elevated highways. Her current research includes the re-discovery of an early residential design by Bauhaus icons Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer, a commission that encapsulates their early years in the U.S., the commodification of their design approach, and the eventual dissolution of their short-lived partnership. She is also interested in how major urban infrastructure projects synthesize changing architectural, technological, and societal norms, a topic reflected in her book, Modern Mobility Aloft: Elevated Highways, Architecture, and Urban Change in Pre-Interstate America (Temple University Press 2020). She is a contributing author to the Atlas of Boston History (University of Chicago Press 2019), and has published previously in Journal of Planning History, Preservation Education and Research, and ARRIS: Journal of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. She served as Consulting Historian to the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy in 2018-19, and serves on the Board of Directors for the New England Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians.

Book

Modern Mobility Aloft: Elevated Highways, Architecture, and Urban Change in Pre-Interstate America, (Temple University Press 2020)

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