S. Fan leads a series of mapping workshops, "Pedestrian Observations" on Manhattan Chinatown's public realm, an ongoing project with City as Living Lab/Mary Miss. With an emphasis on the food system, the workshops will culminate in a map that connects Chinatown's public realm to issues of sustainability, gentrification, economic development, and cultural and community identity. We continue to collect observations of Chinatown here.

S. Fan co-facilitates a workshop entitled "Anti Racist Design: Reimagining the Future of Multi-Family Housing," organized by the Boston Society for Architecture and the Mayor's Housing Innovation Lab.

Organized by City as Living Lab, S. Fan participates in "Resiliency in Urban Food Systems" with Valerie Imbruce (SUNY Binghampton) and Yin Kong (Think Chinatown). Part of Climate Week NYC, the conversation explores the challenges and opportunities in Manhattan Chinatown's complex food system.

S.Fan's research on suburban Chinatowns is cited in Garth Myer's "Rethinking Urbanism: Lessons from Postcolonialism and the Global South" Bristol University Press (2020).

S. Fan participates in CityLab 2019 in Washington, DC. The invitation-only meeting gathers "the world's most creative mayors, academics, architects, artists, policymakers, and business and community leaders to share the best new ideas in urban innovation." Sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Aspen Institute, and the Atlantic.

S. Fan joins a panel discussion with the Institute for Public Architecture to launch a book based on their Live/Work for the Workforce residency--with contributions from the Fellows as well as Andrew Bernheimer (Parsons), Jeff Shumaker (NY Department of City Planning), Richard Plunz (Columbia), Jared Della Valle (Alloy), Quilians Riano (Columbia/Parsons), Aaron Shkuda (Princeton), Nina Rappaport (Yale).

S. Fan attends the Aspen Ideas Festival as a scholar-- "a diverse group of leaders from all over the United States and 25 different countries selected for their work, accomplishments, and ability to transform ideas into action."

S.Fan and economic botanist Valerie Imbruce leads a CALL Walk, "Mapping Food Systems," as part of their on-going collaboration with Mary Miss / City as Living Laboratory in Manhattan's Chinatown. The Walk drew one of the largest number of participants in the organization's history.

Former Harvard University President and Civil War historian Drew Gilpin Faust quotes S.Fan's scholarship on architecture, memorials, and race in her essay "Memories Past and Future: Harvard's Memorial Hall" in "Civil War Places: Seeing the Conflict through the Eyes of its Leading Historians" published by the University of North Carolina Press (2019).

The Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association invites S.Fan to present updates on the SubUrbanisms project at their annual awards program.

S.Fan lectures at the University of Massachusetts Design Building as part of the Zube Lecture series. The lecture kicksoff the opening of the SubUrbanisms exhibit, which runs through October 26th, 2018. Sponsored by the Departments of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, Department of Architecture, and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

S.Fan joins Denise Leidy, the former Brooke Russell Astor Curator of Chinese Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and current head of Asian Art at the Yale Art Gallery; and Yan Geng, Assistant Professor of Art History and Asian American Studies at UCONN for a day-long charette and public discussion on reinterpreting the Slater Museum's Vanderpoel collection of Asian art.

S.Fan's Coding Citizenship is featured as part of the 2018 U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale. The images and short texts in the series Form N-X00: New Forms for Citizenship respond to contemporary understandings of citizenship. Revisiting the bureaucratic application for naturalization to the US, Form N-600, this series asks an international group of architects, designers, writers, artists, and thinkers to contribute their thoughts on how inclusion and exclusion are spatially constructed. By interrogating, speculating, and reflecting on different scales of belonging, this growing collection provokes and expands our current understanding of citizenship.

S. Fan, Wellington Chen (Chinatown Partnership/BID), photographer Alan Chin, Andrew Shiue (Beyond Chinatown) and artist Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong discuss the future of NY Chinatowns as part Wong's Constellation project in Seward Park. The talk is sponsored by the NYC Parks Department as part of the Art in the Parks: UNIQLO Park Expressions Grant.

S. Fan co-organizes a tour of the preservation carpentry department at the North Bennett Street School for the Vernacular Architecture Forum.

S. Fan lectures at Vassar College.

S. Fan, Ryan Luke Johns, and Mei-Lun Xue's House of Cards performance takes place as part of Performa 17 in New York. This year's biennale explores themes such as architecture and performance, and includes works by William Kentridge, Barbara Kruger, Yvonne Rainer, and Alex Schweder.

S. Fan organizes a tour of historic and contemporary immigrant workers communities in Connecticut as part of the Vernacular Architecture Forum's field trip series.

S. Fan's essay, "Sub-Urban Casino Company Towns, Chinatowns" is published in Urban China, China's leading journal in the fields of social geography, architecture, and urban planning. Thanks to Zheng Li Huang for translating.

S. Fan and economic botanist Valerie Imbruce invited to a select competition by Mary Miss's City as Living Laboratory (CALL) project. Their proposal makes sustainability tangible through the arts within Manhattan's Chinatown.

S. Fan and Mei-Lun Xue serve as respondants to a lecture by Valerio Barberis, Urban Planning Commissioner of Prato, Italy, at Norway's National Museum, Architecture as part of the Oslo Architecture Triennale.

S. Fan, Ryan Luke Johns, and Mei-Lun Xue's Global Spaces of Chinese Labor opens at the Oslo Architecture Triennale. The show will run from November 7 - 18 2016.

Journalist Oscar Abello discusses S.Fan's proposal for business incubators on New York City Housing Authority campuses on WBAI 99.5 in NYC FM's CityWatch program. Listen here.

S.Fan presents his research with the Institute for Public Architecture at Manufacture New York.

S.Fan joins the Institute for Public Architecture as a 2016 Fellow. He will research live/work spaces in and around New York City Housing Authority developments.

S.Fan presents on immigrant urbanism as part of "Urbanism and the Social Good" at CNU 24 (Congress for the New Urbanism) in Detroit.

S.Fan lectures on architecture of the Chinese diaspora at National University of Singapore.

S.Fan lectures on architecture of the Chinese diaspora at Hong Kong University.

S.Fan lectures on casino urbanism and secondary cities at Trinity College as part of the Global Vantage Points lecture series. Sponsored by the Center for Urban and Global Studies and the Art History Department.

S.Fan presents SubUrbanisms at Bard College. Sponsored by the Art History, Asian Studies, Environmental and Urban Studies Programs, and the Center for Environmental Policy.

S.Fan lectures on the impacts of casinos on US life with Chloe Taft at Yale University's "Understanding America" Lecture series.

S.Fan presents SubUrbanisms to Arup's New York office.

S.Fan presents a lecture at NYU entitled "Cultures of Congestion: Overcrowding Standards, Co-living, Microunits, and the Sharing Economy." Sponsored by the NYU Department of Art History, and Society of Architectural Historians, Metropolitan Chapter.

S.Fan interviewed on Breakthru Radio's Art Uncovered podcast. Listen here.

S.Fan presents a lecture at NYU entitled "Sustainable SubUrbanisms." Sponsored by the Gallatin School, Asian/Pacific/American Institute, Institute for Public Knowledge, and the Urban Democracy Lab.

S.Fan presents a flash talk on informal transportation structures and participates in a conversation on the theme of "Periphery," organized by the Van Alen Institute, MOCA, and Instagram. The panel concludes a free photo tour that maps the edges of NY Chinatown through social media. Other participants include Irene Chin (artist and filmmaker of The Lost Arcade) and Diya Vij (NYC Department of Cultural Affairs).

S.Fan participates in the Norwich Book Expo at the Slater Memorial Museum in Connecticut.

S.Fan interviewed on Chinamerica Radio's Spectrum program.

S.Fan presents a lecture entitled "Is there a Right Way to Live: Reimagining the American Dream" at the Museum of Chinese in America, NY.

S.Fan participates in a panel discussion at Columbia University's Urban China Forum conference: "Transformation and Synergy - Urbanization and Rural-Urban Coordination in China."

Other participants included Elliott Sclar (Columbia GSAPP/SIPA/Earth Institute), Alain Bertaud (World Bank/Stern NYU), Jianping Yan (UN Development Program), Ming Tong (Tongji University), Robert Beauregard (Columbia GSAPP), Wei Zhao (U Utah), Jeffery Johnson (Columbia GSAPP), David Andrew King (Columbia GSAPP), and Yuan Xiao (Columbia GSAPP).

SubUrbanisms opens at the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) in New York. The exhibition will run through March 27, 2016.

SubUrbanisms honored with an Award of Merit by the Leadership in History awards committee at a banquet during the American Association for State and Local History (AALSH) annual meeting in Louisville, Kentucky. The award is "the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history." S!Fan, the Lyman Allyn Art Museum, and Connecticut College are honored to be among this year's recipients, which include the National September 11 Memorial and Museum (NY).

S.Fan presents his research on how immigrants challenge American norms and assumptions of suburban living; case studies include Versailles, New Orleans East, at The Blue House in New Orleans, LA.

S.Fan talks on museums as platforms for community engagement at the Building Community Workshop in Dallas, TX.

SubUrbanisms honored with the Paul E. Buchanan Award at the Vernacular Architecture Forum conference in Chicago. The award recognizes "contributions to the study and preservation of vernacular architecture and the cultural landscape." SubUrbanisms was cited for "excellence in field work, intepretation, and public service." Past recipients include the National Building Museum (DC) and the Canadian Centre for Architecture (Montreal).

SubUrbanisms presented with an Award of Merit at the CT League of History Organizations (CLHO) conference in Meriden, CT.

Hodges Square Park Launch
Join Connecticut College and the Hodges Square Village Association as we celebrate the completion of Phase 1a of our semester-long Connecticut College design-build course taught by Stephen Fan and Ann Devlin.

Hodges Square Park Kickstarter Campaign

SubUrbanisms presented with the CCAPA (CT Chapter, American Planning Association) Media Award at the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford. The award recognizes the "extraordinary and provocative multi-media commentary on the cultural impact and physical and social transformation related to casino development."

S.Fan lectures on "SubUrban In-fill, In-frastructure" at the University of Utah, School of Architecture and Planning

S.Fan lectures on "Casino Chinatowns" as part of the Urban Humanities Initiative, UCLA

S.Fan lectures on "Peripheral Urbanisms" at Vassar College

S.Fan participates in the Norwich Book Expo at the Slater Memorial Museum

S.Fan participates in the "Un-Glitz: Art Activism and Global Cities" conference at the A/P/A Institute and the Global Asia/Pacific Art Exchange, NYU. Moderated by Dipti Desai (NYU Steinhardt), discussants included Nicholas Mirzoeff  (NYU Steinhardt) & Thomas Looser (NYU). Participants included artists Tomie Arai’s (Portraits of New Chinatown), Peng Yanhan & Bing Lee (Epoxy Group/Godzilla: Asian American Artist Network), Ou Ning (Bishan Commune), and scholar, artist, curator Oscar Ho (Chinese University of Hong Kong).

S.Fan organizes the "SubUrbanisms: Casino Urbanization, Chinatowns, and the Contested American Landscape" Public Forum at Connecticut College and the Lyman Allyn Art Museum.

SubUrbanisms: Casino Company Town/Chinatown exhibit opens at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum.