Jonah Coe-Scharff (B.A., Yale University; M.Phil., University of Cambridge) is a New York-based architectural researcher and designer. He is interested broadly in the socio-political history of twentieth-century urbanism and housing design, and their relevance for architectural and urban design today. As a Paul Mellon Fellow at Clare College, Cambridge (2014-2016), Jonah pursued two related strands of research: a study of the urban utopianisms of Lewis Mumford and of Paul and Percival Goodman, and an intellectual history of proposals for the “minimum dwelling” by early-twentieth-century American architects and housing reformers. Together, these projects sought to frame urban design practice and theory as sites for the formulation of radical social and political thought. An avid keeper of sketchbooks, Jonah is also interested in the uses of drawing as a tool for observing and understanding urban space. Alongside his academic and architectural work, Jonah has dabbled extensively in theatrical scenic design. His work has been produced in Cambridge, UK, New Haven, CT, and upstate NY, as well as at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
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