Please join us for a lecture by Jorge S. Silvetti, Nelson Robinson, Jr. Professor of Architecture at the GSD. Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean and Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design, will give an introduction to Silvetti as well as to Eduard Sekler, Harvard University's Osgood Hooker Professor of Visual Art Emeritus and Professor of Architecture Emeritus at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, who passed away this past spring at the age of 96. Following Silvetti's talk he will be joined by Toshiko Mori, Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at the GSD for a conversation on the parallels between Sekler and Silvetti's contributions to the GSD and to the wider university.
Co-Conveners: Preston Scott Cohen and Erika Naginski
The Return of Nature is the first of four Harvard GSD Symposia on Architecture, an annual series of events which brings together architects, historians and theorists to consider the question of architecture's autonomy in relation to contemporary debates.
HARVARD GSD SYMPOSIA ON ARCHITECTURE 1 / The Return of Nature: The Nature of Architecture with Peter Eisenman, Jorge Silvetti, and Sarah Whiting
This colloquium addresses the complex relations between urban artifacts and urban life. Architects, planners, and urban designers describe and give shape to the city, while novelists, humanists, and other scholars examine its operations and performances. What are the reciprocities between these two activities? How does the physical character of an urban environment influence or enable the events that take place within a specific setting?
Friday, March 4, 2011
Paris / Antoine Picon
Baku / Eve Blau
Moderated by Svetlana Boym
Jakarta / AbdouMaliq Simone
Beirut / Hashim Sarkis
Moderated by P. Scott Cohen
KEYNOTE LECTURE* Arjun Appadurai, "Architecture and Amnesia" *The keynote presentation is co-sponsored by the GSD and the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Quito / Felipe Correa
Buenos Aires / Jorge Silvetti
Moderated by Diana Sorensen
Cairo / Nasser Rabbat
Johannesburg / Lindsay Bremner
Moderated by Rafi Segal
Detroit / Jana Cephas
Toronto / Charles Waldheim
Moderated by Lizabeth Cohen
with Arjun Appadurai
Moderated by Homi K. Bhabha
A provocative discussion about the future of cities by a panel of visionaries working across discreet disciplinary and professional boundaries. The GSD has been at the forefront of defining the culture and the conditions of the city. Seven urbanism experts discuss “What’s Next?” inquiring as to the sites and subjects for the study of the city afford themselves to future investigation and practice.
• Neil Brenner AM '11
• Diane Davis AM '12
• Lars Lerup MAUD '70
• Rahul Mehrotra MAUD '87
• Jorge Silvetti AM '83
• Charles Waldheim AM '09
• Martha Welborne LF '12
• Master of Ceremonies: Jerold Kayden AB '75, JD '79, MCR '79
Learn more about the GSD's Grounded Visionaries campaign at www.GroundedVisionaries.org (coming early 2015)
Gary Paige, introduces Jorge Silvetti.
Silvetti describes a hotel project on a hill in San Juan Capistrano, California. Part of the challenge was to make the building look like it had existed there for hundreds of years. Due to the location and the parking lot needed, the top of the hill needed to be removed.
Silvetti describes a villa near Palermo in Sicily. The client wanted a private courtyard, the private quarters surround a courtyard and a connected double-height entrance pavilion.
Silvetti presents a folly designed for a competition: a structure that is both functional and a sculptural.