Yale School of Architecture Announces Spring Term Events

Sir Stuart Lipton

A major symposium on Philip Johnson, three exhibitions and weekly lectures by creative leaders in the world of architecture and design—visionary developer Sir Stuart Lipton; urban planner Amanda Burden; and celebrated architects Frank Gehry and Sir Richard Rogers, to name a few—are among the free and public offerings at the Yale School of Architecture this term.

On January 9, Sir Stuart Lipton, one of the most successful and respected commercial developers in the UK and currently the Edward P. Bass Distinguished Visiting Architecture Fellow at the School of Architecture, will deliver the first lecture of the term, titled “Does Real Estate Development Have a Social Function?”

On January 12, several of the young architects whose installations are the subject of the current exhibition at the Yale School of Architecture will participate in a panel discussion of their work, titled “Against Type.” The exhibition, “Transcending Type,” showcases the designers’ visions for public buildings and intersections that made up the U.S. pavilion of the 2004 Architecture Biennale in Venice.

Other lectures scheduled for this term are listed below:

January 19 Sunil Bald, a founder and partner of the New York firm Studio SUMO and currently at Yale as the Louis I. Kahn Visiting Assistant Professor, will deliver a lecture, titled “Fold, Crease, and Tear along Perforation.”

January 23 Mirka Benes, leading historian of landscape architecture, will deliver the Timothy J. Lenahan Memorial Lecture, “Meaning through Transposition in Landscape/Architecture: The Case of Baroque Rome.”

January 26 Sam Jacob, from the eclectic London-based design firm Fat, will deliver the Myriam Belazoug Memorial Lecture, “Everything You Can Eat.”

February 6 UK architect Tony Fretton will give the Paul Rudolph Lecture, “Buildings and their Territories.”

February 9 The Brendan Gill Lecture will be given by Wendy Steiner, the influential public intellectual and author of “The Scandal of Pleasure: Art in an Age of Fundamentalism.” Steiner’s lecture is titled “What Is Aesthetic Conservatism?”

February 13 Amanda Burden, head of the New York City Planning Commission, will give the annual Eero Saarinen Lecture. The title is “Shaping the City: A Strategic Blueprint for New York’s Future.”

February 20 Norway-based architect Craig Dykers will talk about the unique work ethic and vision of his firm Snøhetta, designers of the new library in Alexandria, Egypt.

March 27 Steven Johnson will give the Roth-Symonds Lecture, “The Urban Web.” Johnson is the author of “Interface Culture” and “Emergence” and the founder of the pioneering web magazine FEED.

March 30 Joseph Riley, Mayor of Charleston, South Carolina, and founder of The Mayors’ Institute of Urban Design, will give the keynote address, “The Mayor As Urban Planner,” for the Connecticut Mayor’s Institute. The event is co-sponsored by the Yale School of Management and the Regional Plan Association.

April 3 Acclaimed structural engineer Werner Sobek will give the Gordon Smith Lecture, “Archi-Neering the Future.”

April 6 Sir Richard Rogers, the Davenport Visiting Professor at Yale, whose most celebrated projects include the Pompidou Center (with Renzo Piano) in Paris and the Lloyds Building in London, will speak about his current work.

April 7 The Yale School of Architecture will host an extraordinary public discussion between one of the world’s foremost architects, Frank Gehry, the Louis I. Kahn Visiting Professor at Yale this term, and premier architectural writer and critic Paul Goldberger.

In addition to those events, the Yale School of Architecture will present a symposium honoring Philip Johnson on February 16–18. Organized in collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art, the conference, titled “Philip Johnson and the Constancy of Change,” will begin at MoMA in New York with talks and a screening of the 1965 film, “This is Philip Johnson.” The sessions on Saturday and Sunday will take place at Yale and will focus on the architect’s career as designer, teacher and curator.

Another symposium, “On the Waterfront,” will take place at Yale March 31–April 1. Robert Bruegmann, author of “Sprawl,” is the keynote speaker for this event, which will gather planners, developers and architects who have worked on major waterfront projects in New York, Toronto and London. Alex Garvin, Tom Elghanayan, Thom Mayne, Sir Stuart Lipton and Malcolm Smith are among the participants.

“Transcending Type” will continue at the Yale School of Architecture’s gallery in the landmark Art & Architecture Building until February 3.

From February 13 until May 5, the gallery will feature a traveling exhibition, “Prairie Skyscraper,” showcasing Frank Lloyd Wright’s only skyscraper, Price Tower. Now celebrating its 50th year, the 19-story building in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, was an exemplar of one of Wright’s ideals: a single structure incorporating residential, commercial and public spaces. Today the building serves as a museum of modern art, design and architecture, housing a hotel and restaurant as well as gallery spaces. The installation for this exhibition was designed by celebrated architect Zaha Hadid.

The final exhibition, from May 20 to July 29, will be devoted to work by Yale School of Architecture students.

All events take place in the Art & Architecture Building, 180 York Street. The hours for the gallery are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Unless otherwise indicated, all lectures begin at 6:30 p.m. For more complete information, contact the Yale School of Architecture, 203-432-2288, or visit their web site at www.architecture.yale.edu.

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