Building for the Future Is Theme of Yale School of Architecture Lecture Series

Real estate developer and urban planner Joseph B. Rose, the acclaimed structural engineer Cecil Balmond and 2002 Pritzker Prize winner Glenn Murcutt are among the celebrated speakers who will lecture at the Yale School of Architecture this coming term.

Rose will deliver the Eero Saarinen lecture on September 9. Rose, whose projects range from planned communities in Ohio to the redevelopment of Times Square, served for an unprecedented two terms as the chairman of the New York City Planning Commission in the administration of Mayor Rudolph Guiliani. Among the many ambitious redevelopment efforts he has led in New York are the creation of a 2.1 million square-foot mixed-use development at Columbus Circle; extension of the #7 subway line on the far west side of Manhattan, to allow for a major new stadium, hotels and offices; and construction of waterfront minor league baseball stadiums in Coney Island and Staten Island. Georgetown Company, of which he is a partner, lists Bryant Park, the NY Public Library, Lincoln Center and the Brooklyn Academy of Music among the non-profit organizations to which they have contributed their services pro bono. The subject of Rose’s lecture is “Power, Architecture and the Rebuilding of New York City.”

The innovative British architect Will Alsop will deliver a lecture titled “Working with the Public” on September 16. Alsop, known for such bold projects as the Hamburg Ferry Terminal and the Cardiff Bay Visitor Centre, received the 2001 Stirling Prize for his design of the Peckham Library in south London.

Louisa Hutton and Matthias Sauerbruch, principals of a firm they founded in 1989, will present some of their recent projects in a talk on Monday, September 30. With offices in Berlin and London, Sauerbruch and Hutton Architects are among the leaders of a new generation of architects. Among their award-winning projects throughout Europe are GSW Headquarters in Berlin-winner of the Berlin Architectural Award 2000 and the Deutscher Fassadenpreis 2001, among others-the Photonics Centre in Berlin and the Experimental Factory Magdeburg.

Award-winning architect, teacher and theorist Julie Snow will give a lecture titled “Surface” on October 3. Snow teaches at the University of Minnesota, travels widely as a lecturer and writes in a variety of publications.

New York architect Toshiko Mori will deliver the Paul Rudolph Lecture on October 21. Mori, whose designs have garnered dozens of awards, has just been selected the first woman to chair the department of architecture at Harvard. Mori has been a visiting critic and, in the fall of 1992, the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor at Yale. Her work has been the subject of feature articles in publications ranging from Mademoiselle and Rolling Stone magazines to the New York Times and Architectural Record. Her lecture is titled “Immaterial/Ultramaterial”

The renowned structural engineer Cecil Balmond, who is currently the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor at the Yale School of Architecture, will speak on “Informal Networks” on October 28. Balmond is said to cross the threshold between engineering and architecture and is closely associated with Daniel Liebeskind and with Rem Koolhaas, with whom he has collaborated on more than 30 projects.

Stephen Kieran and James Timberlake, founding partners in their Philadelphia- based architecture firm and co-teachers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Architecture, will deliver a joint lecture “From MANUAL to Transfer Technology: The Architecture and Research of Kieran Timberlake,” on November 4.

This year’s Pritzker Prize winner Glenn Murcutt will deliver the culminating lecture of the fall series on November 7. The Australian-based, internationally renowned Murcutt returns to the Yale School of Architecture this term as the Bishop Visiting Professor. He is known for creating an Australian idiom of domestic architecture and for the environmental sensitivity of his designs. In explaining their choice of Murcutt for the Pritzker Prize, jury chairman J. Carter Brown described him as “an innovative architectural technician who is capable of turning his sensitivity to the environment and to locality into forthright, totally honest, non-showy works of art.” Murcutt’s lecture is titled “Some Old, Some New and Some to Come: Thirty Odd Years Working with Australian Landscape.”

It is also to be noted that Dutch architect Winy Maas, a principal of the firm MVRDV and a provocative advocate for urban density, will deliver the keynote address for a symposium held in conjunction with an exhibition of his work. Titled “Dense-Cities: An American Oxymoron,” his address will explore many of the issues raised by the current exhibition at the School of Architecture, “3D City: Studies,” and discussed as the focus of the symposium. He will speak on Friday, September 20.

Literature and architecture critic and managing editor of New Century Magazine, Roger Kimball will give the key note lecture of another symposium held on November 8-9 in conjunction with the exhibition “Eisenman, Krier: Two Ideologies.” The exhibition and symposium are devoted to the work and ideas of two notable theorists, who are often at odds on fundamental issues. Kimball will speak on Friday, November 8.

All lectures and addresses, which are free and open to the public, will take place at 6:30 p.m. in Hastings Hall of the Art and Architecture Building, 180 York Street.

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