Olga Touloumi teaches architectural history and theory at Bard College, USA. Her current work examines new forms of governmentality in the design of international institutions during the first half of the twentieth century. In particular, she interrogates the acoustic spaces of war rooms, courtrooms, anechoic chambers, and assembly halls, where the imagination of a global space intersected with debates on intelligibility and telecommunications technologies. Her writing has appeared in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Buildings & Landscapes, Culture Machine, and Thresholds. She holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University and an M.Sc. from MIT. At the MPIWG, she will be collaborating with Sabine von Fischer on an edited volume provisionally titled Sound Modernities: Architecture, Media, and Design.
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