College of Design Spring 2011 lectures schedule


School of Architecture Catalyst Lecture Series

Monday, March 7-Friday, March 11

A week of lectures by visiting practitioners from across North America designed to provoke leaps in perception about what design can be, in conjunction with topical workshops for architecture students. The design community is invited to participate.

Cass Gilbert Fund Workshops and Lectures

Presenters and Topics Include:

Tuesday, March 8, 2011, 11 am, 100 Murphy Hall
When the Unimaginable Becomes the Routine: How ICT's Enable Resilience in Environmental Crises
Gloria Mark, Department of Informatics, University of California, Irvine

Tuesday, March 8, 2011, 5 pm, 100 Rapson Hall
Efficient and Causeless Solutions in the History of Stereotomy
Enrique Rabasa-Diaz, Polytechnic University of Madrid

Wednesday, March 9, 2011, 5 pm, 100 Rapson Hall
Local and International Urban Design: 10 Principles of Public Spaces
John Cuningham, Cuningham Group, Minneapolis

Thursday, March 10, 2011, 5 pm, 100 Rapson Hall
Lighting Design on a World Stage and Emerging Trends in Daylighting
Bryan Stacey, ARUP, New York

Friday, March 11, 2011, 2 pm, 100 Rapson Hall
Advanced Digital Model and Digital Fabrication
Gil Akos and Ronnie Parsons, Studio Mode, New York

More information on presenter topics and bios is available at

More Lectures

Daniel Bluestone
Director, Historic Preservation Program, University of Virginia

A. J. Davis's Belmead: Picturesque Aesthetics and Slavery (Preservation On A Layered Site)
Monday, March 21, 6 PM, 100 Rapson Hall
Salovich Fund Dean's Lecture

Explores Alexander Jackson Davis's 1840s design of the Belmead plantation in Virginia for Philip St. George Cocke, one of the 20 largest slaveholders in the United States, and Cocke's radical break from the classical plantation architecture of the region. The Belmead site has undergone an extraordinary adaptive reuse by members of the Drexel family of Philadelphia and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament who opened boarding schools for African American girls and boys on the site, modeled on the pedagogical ideas of Booker T. Washington.

Daniel Bluestone is a specialist in 19th-century American architecture and urbanism. His most recent book, Buildings, Landscapes, and Memory: Case Studies in Historic Preservation (W. W. Norton, 2010) surveys the changing history, nature, and politics of historic preservation in the United States between the early 19th century and today.

Julie Bargmann
Founding principal, D.I.R.T. studio; associate professor, University of Virginia

The Good, The Bad + The Dirty
Monday, April 18, 6 PM, 100 Rapson Hall
H. W. S. Cleveland Fund Lecture

Despite sustainable efforts to green (which, by the way, is not a verb), our urban landscapes are complex mosaics of gray, brown, and, too often, toxic orange. D.I.R.T. believes these colorful, ugly ducklings are the design fodder for the future.
Julie Bargmann is internationally recognized as an innovative designer in building regenerative landscapes. She is the founding principal of D.I.R.T. studio, where her work excavates the creative potential of degraded landscapes.

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