Sustainability, University Patronage Among Topics to be Explored at Yale School of Architecture Events

An exhibition showcasing the artist’s vision of modern architecture, lectures by Pritzker Prize winners Richard Meier and Frank Gehry, and symposia on sustainable architecture and the university as architectural patron are among the free and public events being offered at the Yale School of Architecture this spring.

An exhibition showcasing the artist’s vision of modern architecture, lectures by Pritzker Prize winners Richard Meier and Frank Gehry, and symposia on sustainable architecture and the university as architectural patron are among the free and public events being offered at the Yale School of Architecture this spring.

During the extensive renovation and restoration of Paul Rudolph’s landmark Art & Architecture Building, the Yale School of Architecture occupies temporary quarters in a newly constructed building on Edgewood Avenue. Designed by the architectural firm KieranTimberlake Associates, the new building will become the permanent home of the Yale School of Art sculpture department when the renovation of the A&A building is completed in September 2008.

Exhibitions this term are in the School of Architecture’s temporary gallery space at 32 Edgewood Avenue. The gallery is open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. It is closed on Sunday.

Unless otherwise noted, all lectures, discussions and symposia take place in the Robert J. McNeil Lecture Hall of the Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel Street, and begin at 6:30 p.m.

The complete schedule of events follows:

Through February 1
“Ecology.Design.Synergy: Behnisch Architekten + Transsolar Climate Engineering”

This exhibition showcases the collaborative work of the Stuttgart-based environmental design pioneers Behnisch Architects and Transsolar Climate Engineering. The display illustrates several ecological design strategies driven by considerations of temperature, air, sound and human scale.

“Ecology.Design.Synergy” is a traveling exhibition organized by the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations and Galerie Aedes, Berlin, and supported in part by the Goethe-Institut New York.

January 10
Richard Meier, Davenport Visiting Professor, “Hans Arp and Others”

January 14
The Gordon H. Smith Lecture
David Billington, “The Art of New Structural Engineering: Swiss Legacy and Mexican Marvels”

January 25–26
“Building the Future: The University as Architectural Patron”

This two-day symposium — supported by Yale’s Office of the President and the Brendan Gill Lectureship fund and organized by the Yale History of Art Department and the School of Architecture —will ask practitioners and architectural historians to consider university architecture from a variety of perspectives, including the role of an academic institution as patron and the role of campus building as a venue for generating knowledge.

January 25, 6:30 p.m.
Keynote Address / The Brendan Gill Lecture
David Brownlee, “Building Education”

January 26, 9:45 a.m.
Panel Discussion
“Do Good Buildings Make Good Education?”
Participants: Frances Halsband, Chris McVoy, Robert Nelson, Mack Scogin

January 26, 1:30 p.m.
Panel Discussions
“Campus or Museum: The University as Architectural Patron”
Participants: Jay Chatterjee, Sandy Isenstadt, William J. Mitchell, Robert A.M. Stern, Karen Van Lengen
“The Future of Architecture in Education”
Participants: David Brownlee, Laura Cruickshank, David Joselit

January 28
Panel Discussion
“Liberal and Illiberal Thoughts on Architecture and Modernity: A Conversation”

Participants: Anthony Vidler, Karsten Harries, Joan Ockman, Spyros Papatetros. Moderator: Christopher Wood, Yale University
Organized by the History of Art Department

February 11
Panel Discussion
“Painting Toward Architecture, Architecture Toward Painting”

This conversation, honoring Robert Slutzky 1929¬–2005 (Yale B.F.A. 1952, M.F.A. 1954), is being held in conjunction with the exhibition “Painting the Glass House,” opening that evening. Participants: Peter Halley, Yale School of Art Dean Robert Storr, Anthony Vidler. Moderator: Joan Ockman, Columbia University

February 11–May 9
“Painting the Glass House: Artists Revisit Modern Architecture”

Diverse architectural shapes nestled atop an iceberg, a derelict subterranean atrium strewn with debris and a contemporary-style home, absent a neighborhood, are among the surreal images created by 16 young artists to represent their view of modern architecture.

“Painting the Glass House” invites the viewer to consider the impact that “Masters of the Modern” (such as Le Corbusier, Philip Johnson, Mies van der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright) have had on a new generation. In a period driven by developments in technology, engineering and the introduction of industrial materials such as iron, steel, concrete and glass, architects defined their age not only by the structural innovations they incorporated in their designs, but also by the social changes they sought to advance through their work, note the show’s organizers.

In two-dimensional works of various media (including video), the artists featured in the exhibition explore both the utopian ideas expressed by Modern architecture and the passing idealism that Modern architecture now embodies. The show will feature works by Alexander Apostol, Daniel Arsham, Gordon Cheung, David Claerbout, Angela Dufresne, Mark Dziewulski, Christine Erhard, Cyprien Gaillard, Terence Gower, Angelina Gualdoni, Natasha Kissell, Luisa Lambri, Dorit Margreiter, Russell Nachman, Enoc Perez, and Lucy Williams.

The exhibition is curated by Jessica Hough and Mónica Ramírez-Montagut, and presented by The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum of Ridgefield, Connecticut. The installation at Yale is designed by Dean Sakamoto, director of exhibitions at the School of Architecture. A book related to the exhibition is being co-published by The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Mills College Art Museum and Yale University Press.

Portions of the exhibition will be shown concurrently at Yale and the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut, from March 9, when it opens at The Aldrich, to May 9, when it closes at Yale. Following its closing at the Ridgefield Museum, on July 27, the exhibition will travel to Mills College Art Museum in Oakland, California, where it will be on view from January 14 to March 22, 2009.

February 18
The Paul Rudolph Lecture
Paul Andreu, “Flux—Movement—Form”

February 25
Mabel Wilson, “Time/Space Pressure: The Electronic Image of Architecture” 

March 24
The Myriam Bellazoug Memorial Lecture
Yoshiharu Tsukamoto/Atelier Bow Wow, “Architectural Behaviorology”

This lecture is supported in part by the Yale Council of East Asian Studies

March 31
The Eero Saarinen Lecture
Thomas Heatherwick, “Belief and Doubt”

April 4–5
“Sustainable Architecture, Today and Tomorrow: Reframing the Discourse”

In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Brundtland Commission Report, “Our Common Vision,” outlining the strategies nations should adopt toward achieving sustainable development, this symposium takes an in-depth look at the complex issues of sustainability. Among the questions that will be raised are: “Is enough being done?” “Is what is being done effective?” And,  “Can we integrate knowledge from other disciplines into the practice of sustainable architecture?”

This symposium is supported by the generosity of Gerald D. Hines and Hines Interests Limited Partnership.

April 4, 6:30 p.m.
Welcome Address
Yale President Richard C. Levin, School of Architecture Dean Robert A.M. Stern

Keynote Address
Gro Harlem Brundtland

April 5, 9:30 a.m.
Panel Discussion
Participants: Michelle Addington, James Axley, Stefan Behnisch, Patrick Bellew, Lisa Curran, Daniel Esty, Sheila Kennedy, Margaret Livingstone, Anu Mathur, William Odell, Daniel Pearl, Hilary Sample, John Spengler, Ken Yeang, John Zolper

April 7
Chris Sharples, the Kahn Visiting Assistant Professor, “In Practice”

April 10
Frank Gehry, the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor, “Work”

April 11–12
Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High Street, Room 102

Organized by students in the Masters of Environmental Design program at the School of Architecture, this symposium will explore how the notion of “mobility” literally and metaphorically changes conventional ideas about boundaries. It will examine how the uncharted virtual world — where people, buildings, capital and ideas travel through space and time without borders — affects the way we think about identities and foundations in architecture and beyond.

April 11, 6:30 p.m.
Keynote Address/ The Roth-Symonds Lecture
Adrian Favell, “Mobility, Security and Creativity: The Politics and Economics of Global Creative Cities”

April 12, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Presentation of symposium papers

April 14
Mario Carpo, visiting professor in the Yale History of Art Department, “Digital Turns.  Historical thoughts from abroad”

May 23–August 8
Year-end exhibition of student work

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