Matthew Gordon Lasner is associate professor of urban studies and planning at Hunter College. His research, which engages planning and the social sciences, cultural landscape studies and geography, and urban and architectural history, focuses on the history and theory of the U.S. built environment, with particular focus on housing and the relationship between ways of living and urban and suburban form.
Lasner’s first book, High Life: Condo Living in the Suburban Century, which was awarded the 2013 Cummings Prize by the Vernacular Architecture Forum, examines the emergence and growth of co-owned multifamily housing – the co-op and condominium apartment, as well as the townhouse complex — as an alternative to single-family suburbia in the twentieth century. It was published in 2012 by Yale University Press.
Lasner has also written for the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Journal of Urban History, Buildings & Landscapes, Planning Perspectives, and the Journal of Architectural Education, as well as for several edited volumes, encyclopedias, and regional journals and websites.
He earned his PhD and AM in the interfaculty program in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning at Harvard University and holds an M.Sc. in urban and regional planning studies from the London School of Economics. He earned his BA in urban studies at Columbia.
“Model Miami: Finding New Urban Paradigms for New American Cities,” review of Miami: Mistress of the Americas, by Jan Nijman; Miami Modern Metropolis: Paradise and Paradox in Midcentury Architecture and Planning, ed. by Allan T. Shulman; This is Our Land: Immigrants and Power in Miami, by Alex Stepick et. al.; and Saving South Beach, by M. Barron Stofik, Journal of Urban History 68, no. 6 (Nov. 2012): 1121-27
“Suburbia as Culture: Exploring the U.S. Built Environment Through Art and Identity,” review of Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes, catalog of an Exhibition at the Walker Art Center Minneapolis, Min., Feb. 16-Aug. 17, 2008 and at the Heinz Architectural Center, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Penn., Oct. 4, 2008-Jan. 18, 2009, ed. Andrew Blauvelt, caa.reviews.org (May 2012)
“Title I and the Limited-equity Co-op,” “Corlears Hook Title I,” “Fort Greene Title I,” “Pratt Institute Title I,” “Seward Park Title I,” “Park Row Title I,” “Penn Station South Title I,” “Park Row Extension Title I,” in Robert Moses and the Modern City: The Transformation of New York, eds. Hilary Ballon and Kenneth T. Jackson (New York: Norton, 2007): 251-254, 267-269, 274-275, 289-295, 303-304
Review of Housing and Mortgage Markets in Historical Perspective ed. by Eugene N. White, Kenneth Snowden, and Price Fishback, Business History Review 89, no. 3 (Autumn 2015), 626-28
Review of Rethinking the American City: An International Dialogue ed. by Miles Orvell and Klaus Benesch, Buildings & Landscapes 22, no. 1 (Spring 2015), 108-09