Research and writing Maputo, Mozambique 2009-present
Maputo Modern: The Changing Identities of an African City is the story of a place, the people who shaped it, and the forces of history that built a city and then froze it in time. Through previously unpublished photos, architectural drawings, and maps, this book provides a never before seen view of the evolution of a country and its complex peoples through the city they left behind.
With Art Deco theaters, mid-century modern hotels, climate-sensitive schools, modernist housing blocks, and Rationalist civic buildings, Maputo, Mozambique is one of the most important collections of African modern architecture and is almost completely unknown outside the Portuguese-speaking world.
The project asks questions such as: Why does Maputo matter? What are the city’s cultural assets? Who gets to define them? How is the city shaped? What is its future?
The Maputo Modern book will look at the city’s establishment, early planning, colonial development, independence followed by civil war, and eventual stabilization. The city’s identity has changed through these many periods and historical ruptures, creating a dynamic and evolving urban condition. The book focuses on a few key architects who helped the city mature before independence, and asks what the future of the city could look like.
Documentary Film, Producer Hudson Valley, New York State 2010 - 2013
Even as the Hudson Valley experiences an extraordinary renaissance, its full potential remains untapped and its scenic beauty, economic vitality, and way of life are threatened. Hudson Rising! — a new documentary commissioned by OurHudson — tells the stories of citizens who are addressing these issues by revitalizing the forgotten and neglected assets of the region, including its downtown urban areas, landscapes and river.
Hudson Rising! profiles entrepreneurs and recent immigrants starting new businesses on abandoned Main Streets, scientists and artists bringing new life to empty factory buildings and kids building community gardens in decaying neighborhoods.
The documentary also tells the stories of farmers reinventing farming and activists working to protect the landscape and make it accessible, including the fight to save the world-famous Shawangunks Ridge, the effort to convert an abandoned railway bridge into an aerial park, and the initiatives to restore sturgeon, shad and even a steamship to the Hudson River.
The documentary will be broadcast on WMHT and will be screened at venues throughout the Valley in the Spring and Summer of 2013 as part of OurHudson’s campaign to engage the Valley’s citizens in a conversation about what it will take to make the Hudson Valley great again.
Producer and Director Hudson Valley 2010-2013
Research and Multimedia Project Brooklyn, New York 2010-2012
Co-founded with Dana Karwas, BLDG BLOK was an initiative that brought together historians, digital media artists, and programmers to experiment, invent and create new ways to present history.
Key programs included The Historian vs. The Programmer, an event featuring historian Francis Morrone and live coding programmers responding to his narrative.
BLDG BLOK was housed at the NYU-Poly Incubator in DUMBO, which was formed inpartnership with NYCEDC.
Farm to City: Staten Island
Guest Curator Museum of the City of New York New York, New York 2011-2013
On view from September 13, 2012 - January 21, 2013
From Farm to City: Staten Island 1661-2012 looks at the individuals, communities, institutions, and city agencies that have shaped Staten Island’s development over the past 350 years. Through compelling case studies, the exhibition examines not only the emergence of Richmond County as its own place, but also the Island as a landscape that shaped and was shaped by the larger historical forces of New York City.
Strategically located at the entry to the world’s greatest harbor, Staten Island has served as a breadbasket for New York City; a pleasure ground of estates and sporting grounds, including cricket, tennis, and foxhunting; a refuge for the needy at charitable institutions such as Sailors’ Snug Harbor; a center for early industrial activity at Linoleumville and Factoryville; an international port with ship-building facilities; and a place people call home, from early suburbs to public housing developments. From Farm to City tells these stories through a series of case studies highlighted by historic maps, photographs, and original objects, as well as contemporary photographs by Jeff Liao.
As a companion to the Museum of the City New York's 2012 exhibition, From Farm to City: Staten Island 1661-2012, the Museum has created a new website Mapping Staten Island to explore the landscape of Staten Island through a curated collection of historic maps and images. The site guides visitors through a chronological sequence of historical milestones that showcase a unique set of richly detailed maps and atlases drawn from an array of cartographic archives. Visitors will be able to compare maps from different periods of time, as well as unrealized plans for the Island, exploring the development of the Island over time, as well as roads not taken.
Hudson River "Quad"
Special Assistant to Commissioner of New York State’s Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Celebration Hudson Valley 2008-2010
Imperial Highway & Grand Trunk Road
Site Interpretation & Educational Outreach Punjab, India 2012
Site Interpretation & Educational Outreach Amritsar, India 2012
Site Interpretation & Educational Outreach Ellora, India Spring 2009
As site interpretation & educational outreach consultant, Liz drafted a plan that communicates the values and multiple layers of significance of the Ellora Caves to a range of audiences and is guided by the principles outlined in the ICOMOS Charter for the Interpretation and Presentation of Cultural Heritage Sites. Her final recommendations were incorporated into the comprehensive conservation management plan for the Ellora Caves prepared by Cultural Resource Conservation Initiatve for its client, the Archaeological Survey of India.
The Ellora Caves, located in the rocky, hilly regions of the Deccan plateau, date between the fifth and thirteenth centuries AD and comprise temples belonging to the Brahmanical, Buddhist and Jaina religions. These cave temples were primarily monsoon retreats, vasa for the Buddhist and the Jaina monks. During the monsoons, when it was difficult or the monks to wander across the country, spreading their teachings and collecting alms, they would take shelter in these caves, meditate and discuss important religious ideas. The architectural splendor of these cave temples show that they were heavily patronized by the rulers, merchants and mercantile guilds, who were probably the followers of Buddhism.
Site Interpretation & Educational Outreach Delhi, India 2007
In the spring of 2007, Liz worked with Cultural Resource Conservation Initiative, a Delhi-based architectural conservation firm, to prepare a conservation management plan for the Red Fort in Delhi, India. As site interpretation and educational outreach consultant she met with conservation architects, landscape architects, art historians, urban planners and designers as she drafted an interpretation strategy that communicated the multi-layered history of the site to visitors. Her final recommendations, which included walking tours, audio guides, site maps, and building signage, were submitted to the client, the Archaeological Survey of India.
Built as a palace fort by the Emperor Shahjahan in the 17th century, the Red Fort today tells the story of Indian history from the Mughal period to Colonial times to the struggle for independence. This history can be read in the existing built fabric – a unique assemblage of imperial structures, pavilions, gateways, service areas, and bazaars all planned around courtyards and gardens, presenting a richly women urban fabric.
Site Interpretation & Educational Outreach Ilha de Moçambique, Mozambique 2007
Liz conducted a site visit to Lar Feminino on behalf of the World Monuments Fund to evaluate the proposed project and make funding recommendations. Lar Feminino is a 17th century building that has served as a residence of the Governor and lately a dormitory for girls. It is located on Ilha de Moçambique, a World Heritage Site. The building is under ownership of the Municipality of Ilha.
Ilha de Moçambique, a small, fortified island located off the coast of northern Moçambique, was historically a major center of trade, occupied by Arab merchants from the 10th to 15th centuries, and later by the Portuguese. The architectural influence is that of southern Portugal, although there are Arab and Indian elements.