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LECTURES: Mon, October 7, 2013

Guy Nordenson: Climate Adaptation

Mon, October 7, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall

In his poem, The Builders, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote:

“In the elder days of Art
Builders wrought with greatest care
Each minute and unseen part
For the Gods see everywhere.”

Palisade Bay, Lower Manhattan│ Guy Nordenson & Associates

Much of what is meaningful is hidden and for some (this was Wittgenstein’s favorite quote) those mysteries lead to understanding beyond the world of appearance and spectacle. The study of patterns and the discovery of underlying structure is science of course but it is also, to the engineer, the practice of his or her art. The lecture reviews historical examples and recent projects from this perspective.

Guy Nordenson is a structural engineer and professor of structural engineering and architecture at Princeton University. He was the structural engineer for the Museum of Modern Art expansion in New York, the Jubilee Church in Rome, the Simmons Residence Hall at MIT in Massachusetts, the Santa Fe Opera House, and over 100 other projects. Current projects include the expansion of the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth and the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC.

Nordenson's research and book On the Water | Palisade Bay (Hatje Cantz, 2010) inspired the MoMA’s “Rising Currents” workshop and exhibition in 2010. He has been engaged in climate adaptation research and its implementation for New York City as a member of numerous committees and task forces and was appointed by Governor Cuomo to the NYS 2100 Commission and by Mayor Bloomberg to the New York City Panel on Climate Change.

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