2002 Catherine Hoover Voorsanger Writing Prize

2002 Catherine Hoover Voorsanger Writing Prize

The Catherine Hoover Voorsanger Writing Prizes were generously endowed by Voorsanger and Associates, Architects. Each prize given at the end of the academic year for an outstanding paper on a subject in American architecture, landscape or urbanism written during the academic year. One prize was to be awarded to a student in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. The other was to be awarded to a graduate student in the Department of Art History or to an undergraduate at Columbia or Barnard College for a senior these. Each prize carried an honorarium of $250.


 

 
Recipients: Daniel Immerwahr, Michael Dimitrios Caratzas 
 
Daniel Immerwahr, Columbia College '02
 
Shallow Consensus: Political Culture in Levittown, 1947-1963
 
This undergraduate thesis, written for the history department with the advice of Professor Gwen Wright on the GSAPP faculty, discusses the iconic postwar mass-produced suburb of Levittown, Long Island. Although the popular image of Levittown is a bastion of suburban political quietism, archival research and oral histories uncovered a few surprises. Strikes, integration campaigns, and renters' movements all touched Levittown. The thesis considers the ways in which these forms of political strife were swept under the rug as Levittown was presented to the nation as a place of political consensus.
 
 

 
Michael Dimitrios Caratzas, '02
 
Cross-Bronx, Trans-Manhattan: Preserving a Significant Urban Expressway and Its Megastructure