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LECTURES: Wed, March 19, 2014

Stan Allen: Landscapes and Buildings

Stan Allen Lecture (POSTPONED)
NOTICE: Lecture Canceled
Due to unforeseen circumstances Stan Allen is unable to give his lecture at SCI-Arc tomorrow, March 19. We apologize for the inconvenience and we're working on rescheduling this event.

If the work we produced in the last decade operated between architecture and landscape, with an emphasis on landscape urbanism, the more recent work has returned to smaller scale buildings and projects, incorporating lessons learned from landscape but with a stronger emphasis on the specific agency of architecture and the power of the situated object. Architecture can do things landscape cannot; in complex urban settings, the "strategy of the void," while attractive, is finally limiting. Today we are working on in field-like strategies of aggregation, on institutional programs in contemporary urban sites, and designing everyday spaces for working artists.

Stan Allen is an architect working in New York and George Dutton ’27 Professor of Architecture at Princeton University. From 2002 to 2012 he was Dean of the School of Architecture at Princeton. He holds degrees from Brown University, The Cooper Union and Princeton. His architectural firm SAA/Stan Allen Architect has realized buildings and urban projects in the United States, South America and Asia.

Responding to the complexity of the modern city in creative ways, Stan Allen has developed an extensive catalogue of innovative design strategies, in particular looking at field theory, landscape architecture and ecology as models to revitalize the practice of architecture. Since 2008, he has received 3 P/A Awards and 5 AIA Awards, as well as the John Hejduk Award from the Cooper Union and an Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His work is published in Points + Lines: Diagrams and Projects for the City (2001) and his essays in Practice: Architecture, Technique and Representation (2008). His most recent book is Landform Building: Architecture’s New Terrain, published in 2011.

www.stanallenarchitect.com.

Book Reception: R. Buckminster Fuller: World Man

R. Buckminster Fuller: World Man
NOTICE: Book Launch Canceled
The event has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologize for the inconvenience.

R. Buckminster Fuller: World Man presents the original typescript of Fuller’s never-before-published Kenneth Stone Kassler memorial Lecture. Delivered at the Princeton University School of Architecture in 1966—a year before his masterwork took shape at Expo ’67 in Montreal—the lecture encapsulates Fuller’s radical thinking at the height of his career. Reflecting on the severe challenges facing the global ecology, Fuller delivers an impassioned rallying cry to architects to shape their universe by responding to its underlying principles—a cry as relevant today as it was in the visionary designer’s own time.

Stan Allen is an architect and George Dutton ’27 Professor of architectural Design at the Princeton University School of Architecture, where he served as dean from 2002 to 2012. His practice, SAA/Stan Allen Architect, has realized buildings and projects from single family houses to urban master plans, in the United States and abroad. The extensive catalog of architectural and urban strategies he developed to respond to the complexity of the modern city is presented in Points and Lines: Diagrams and Projects for the City (1999), and his essays are collected in Practice: Architecture, Technique and Representation (2009). His most recent book is Landform Building: Architecture’s New Terrain (2011).

Daniel López-Pérez is an Assistant Professor of Architectural Design and a founding faculty member of the Architecture Program at the University of San Diego. López-Pérez received a Ph.D. in the History and Theory of Architecture at Princeton University, a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design (with Honors) from Columbia University, and an AA Diploma from the Architectural Association. A Fuller Scholar, López-Pérez is currently completing the manuscript of a book entitled From Spheres to Atmospheres, R. Buckminster Fuller’s Spherical Atlas, 1944–1980.


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