Landed Internationals, by faculty member Burak Erdim, wins the On the Brinck Book Award
The On the Brinck Book Award and Lecture Series is created in honor of J.B. Jackson and is awarded by the University of New Mexico School of Architecture + Planning. Three winners were announced for 2023, including Associate Professor of Architecture Burak Erdim for his book, Landed Internationals: Planning Cultures, the Academy, and the Making of the Modern Middle East.
Head juror, UNM School of Architecture + Planning (SA+P) Associate Professor Kathleen Kambic, states: “These three volumes raise the bar for interdisciplinary design studies and design research overall. The jury is incredibly happy to have such powerful scholarship as part of this award.”
On March 9, 2023, the authors will take part in a symposium at the School of Architecture + Planning’s George Pearl Hall in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where they will present their work and discuss each other’s work in the context of J.B. Jackson and contemporary issues within architecture and design.
The following jury comments about the book encapsulate the award program’s thematic connection to J.B. Jackson’s historic contributions.
Landed Internationals Planning Cultures, the Academy, and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Burak Erdim:
“This book serves as an antidote to the Western perspective on international post-war era urban planning. The author provides a perspective on architectural Modernism– a situated modernity that reveals the differences between technocrats and planners from different sides of the world as they collide at Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey. It is at times personal, institutional, and political, and above all, an eye-opener on the politics of expertise”.