PANAYIOTA PYLA / RESEARCH

 

AREAS OF RESEARCH INTEREST:

 

  • History-theory of modern architecture and urbanism

  • Urban development politics in 20th Century Eastern Mediterranean

  • Architecture, infrastructures and modernization histories in the Cyprus

  • Leisure and tourism histories in the Eastern Mediterranean

  • Social dimensions of environmentalism and sustainability in architecture

  • Cultural heritage, memory and conflict in the Middle East

 

RESEARCH PROJECTS:

 

  • The Leisurescape Project (Website) / Ongoing

  • Mesarch: Research Laboratory on Modern Architecture (Lab Website) / Ongoing​

  • Post-Independence Modernism and Nation-Building in Cyprus / 2010-2013

  • Doxiadis, Ekistics and Post-WWII modernism. Ongoing

  • History and Theory of Sustainability. Ongoing

 

RECENT CONFERENCES OR SESSIONS ORGANIZED:

 

  • “Landscapes of Leisure: Architectural Histories of Tourism and Development.” Workshop organized by Panayiota Pyla and the Mesarch Lab, Nicosia, Cyprus, June 5-6, 2018.

 

  • “Urban Histories in Conflict: Buildings, Cities, Landscapes.” Third Thematic Conference of the European Architectural History Network EAHN, co-chaired by Alona Nitzan-Shiftan and Panayiota Pyla. Jerusalem, June 13-15, 2017.

 

  • “Histories in Conflict.” Session at the 69th Annual meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians Conference, co-chaired by Alona Nitzan Shiftan and Panayiota Pyla. Pasadena, CA, USA, April 6-9, 2016.

 

  • “Histories of Environmental Consciousness.” Session organized and chaired by Panayiota Pyla for the 3rd International Meeting of the European Architectural History Network. Turin, Italy, June 19-21, 2014.