Yale School of Architecture announces public events for coming term

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George Nelson, Marshmallow Sofa, 1956 photo. (Courtesy of the Vitra Design Museum)

A diverse offering of free and public events at Yale School of Architecture (YSoA) in the fall term includes an exhibition and talk by architect, writer, and Yale School of Architecture professor Peter Eisenman reexamining long-held beliefs about Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio; lectures by innovative designers and prominent architects such as Tom Wiscombe, Brigitte Shim, Elizabeth Diller, and Gregg Pasquarelli; and a symposium on the relationship between architecture and acoustics. A second exhibition this term offers an in-depth look at the work and lasting-imprint of one of the 20th century’s most influential designers: George Nelson.

All lectures and symposia take place in Hastings Hall of Paul Rudolph Hall, 180 York St. (corner of York and Chapel streets). Unless otherwise indicated, lectures begin at 6:30 p.m. For additional information about all public events at YSoA, visit http://www.architecture.yale.edu/drupal/events/

Exhibitions take place in the Yale School of Architecture Gallery on the second floor of Paul Rudolph Hall (entrance on York St.). Hours are Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. The gallery is closed on Sunday. For additional information, visit www.architecture.yale.edu/exhibitions.

A complete schedule of events follows:

Lectures and Discussions

Thursday, Aug. 30

Peter Eisenman, the Charles Gwathmey Professor in Practice at YSoA, originator of the exhibition “Palladio Virtuel”

Title:  “Palladio Virtuel: Inventing the Palladian Project”

Thursday, Sept. 6

Amale Andraos and Dan Wood, founders of architectural firm WORKac, designers of the Edible Schoolyard project in Brooklyn

Title:  “Nature-City”

Thursday, Sept. 13

Tom Wiscombe, the Louis I. Kahn Visiting Assistant Professor at YSoA, co-designer of BMW Welt, Munich

Title: “Composite Thinking”

Thursday, Sept. 20

Diana Balmori, the Bishop Visiting Professor at YSoA, landscape architect, principal of Balmori Associates; and Joel Sanders, YSoA faculty member, architect, and writer

Title:  “Between Landscape and Architecture

Thursday, Oct. 4

Paul Rudolph Lecture and opening lecture of the symposium “The Sound of Architecture” (see below)

Brigitte Shim, Toronto-based Shim-Sutcliffe Architects; faculty member, University of Toronto

Title: “Ways of Seeing Sound: The Integral House”

Friday, Oct. 5

Keynote lecture to the symposium “The Sound of Architecture” (see below)

Elizabeth Diller, founding principal of New York-based Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Title:  “B+/A-” 

Thursday, Oct. 11

Keller Easterling, YSoA professor and author most recently of “Enduring Innocence: Global Architecture and Its Political Masquerades”

Title:  “The Action is Form”

Thursday, Nov. 1

Brendan Gill Lecture

Panel Discussion: 

Peter Eisenman (Yale), Mary Ann Caws (City University of New York), Jean-Louis Cohen (New York University), Beatriz Colomina (Princeton University), Mark Jarzombek (MIT); moderator, Kevin Repp (Yale University)

Title:  “The Eisenman Collection: An Analysis”

Thursday, Nov. 8 (YSoA Open House)

Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, Davenport Visiting Professors at YSoA and founding partners of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

Title: “The Still Place”

Friday, Nov. 9

Keynote lecture to the symposium on designer George Nelson (see below)

A conversation between internationally renowned industrial designer Marc Newson and distinguished Yale art historian Edward Cooke

Title: “George Nelson: Design for Living: American Mid-Century Design and Its Legacy Today”

Thursday, Nov. 15

Eero Saarinen Lecture

Dr. Richard Jackson, professor of public health UCLA and host of the PBS series “Designing Healthy Communities”

Title: “We Shape Our Buildings: They Shape Our Bodies”


“Palladio Virtuel”

 Aug. 29 –Oct. 27

Conceived and designed by Peter Eisenman, New York architect and the Charles Gwathmey Professor in Practice at Yale, and Yale School of Architecture critic Matthew Roman, “Palladio Virtuel” is the culmination of Eisenman’s 10-year study of villas designed by Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio. The exhibition closely examines 20 of the villas, representing each one by a diagrammatic model in which the traditional architectural components — the portico, circulation, and central figured spaces — are coded by color. Supported by Eisenman’s analysis, these models and the more than 100 drawings that form the core of the exhibition aim to alter long-held assumptions about the signature formalism of the 16th-century master, arguably the most influential architect in history.

“George Nelson: Architect, Writer, Designer, Teacher”

Nov. 8, 2012–Feb. 2, 2013

This exhibition explores the work of George Nelson ’31 M.F.A., the iconic 20th-century industrial designer, architect, and writer whose innovative designs include the Marshmallow sofa, bubble lamps, the eponymous platform bench, and the first L-shaped desk, a precursor to the present-day workstation. This exhibition originated at the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany.


“The Sound of Architecture”

J. Irwin Miller Symposium

Thursday–Saturday, Oct. 4–6

Organized by YSoA professor Kurt Forster and Ph.D. candidate Joseph Clarke, this symposium will draw on a variety of disciplines to advance our understanding of architecture as an auditory environment. Leading scholars from fields as diverse as archeology, media studies, musicology, philosophy, and the history of technology as well as major architects, acoustical engineers, composers, and artists will cover a range of contemporary issues related to sound — from achieving the optimal communication of sound in a performance hall to using architectural innovation to combat the ambient noise of urban life. Noted speakers include Brigitte Shim, who will talk about the house her Toronto-based firm designed for a mathematician and amateur musician, and Elizabeth Diller, whose firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro has performed extensive renovations at Lincoln Center including the acclaimed redesign of Alice Tully Hall. The program includes the performance of an audiovisual work by composer Ingram Marshall, visiting lecturer at the Yale School of Music.

“George Nelson: Design for Living, American Mid-Century Design and Its Legacy Today”

Friday–Saturday, Nov. 9–10

Coinciding with the exhibition “George Nelson: Architect / Writer / Designer / Teacher” (see above), this symposium will examine Nelson’s work in the context of its time, and the legacy of mid-century modern design today. Nelson and his contemporaries (among them Edward Wormley, Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames, and Florence Knoll) helped to evolve the Bauhaus aesthetic into a more colorful, playful, technically savvy, and versatile idiom evocative of life in post-war America. From the Marshmallow Sofa for Herman Miller to the multimedia display “Visions of the U.S.A.” designed for the 1959 Sokolniki Park exhibition in Moscow, Nelson’s highly collaborative approach to design has had a lasting influence.


Yale School of Architecture Special Event

Inaugural YSoA Alumnae Reunion and the 30th Anniversary of the Sonia Schimberg Award

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 30–Dec. 1

For more information and reunion details, visit www.architecture.yale.edu/reunion

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