Before the Memorial with Peter Walker, FASLA
Monday, September 14
4:00 pm - Architecture Building Room 100
Peter Walker is a landscape architect with over fifty years of experience in
practice and teaching. Advocating a landscape that responds to, as well
as influences its environment, Walker has collaborated with architects of such
stature as I. M. Pei, Arata Isozaki, Norman Foster, Renzo Piano, Yoshio Taniguchi,
Ricardo Legorreta, and Helmut Jahn.
Walker authored Invisible Gardens: The Search for Modernism in the
American Landscape with Melanie Simo. His work has been included in several
exhibitions in San Francisco and Tokyo, at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in
Washington, D.C., and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. As part of his
commitment to education and publishing, Walker founded Spacemaker Press; its
Landmarks series won the ASLA’s President’s Award of Excellence in 2000, and
its magazine Land Forum, the ASLA Award of Excellence in Communications in
Please join us on the 14th as he discusses how the past informed the present
while working on the National September 11 Memorial. If you aren't able to make it to campus but still want to see the lecture, join us for the live webcast.
Green City, Clean Waters: The Philadelphia Story with Mark A. Focht, PLA, FASLA
Monday, September 21
4:00 pm - Architecture Building
Focht will discuss the nation’s first and only, EPA approved green infrastructure plan to manage storm water in Philadelphia. Philadelphia Parks & Recreation is a major partner with the Philadelphia Water Department, hosting many green infrastructure projects. Learn how the City’s $1.2 billion investment over 25 years deviates from conventional infrastructure through the use of land-based systems, which provide maximum returns to the public and environment. This lecture has been approved for one LA/CES HSW credit, as well as, one AIA continuing education credit.
Can't make it to campus for the event? Watch the live webcast.
Fabricating progressive practices for regressive environments with Dr. Craig L. Wilkins
Monday, September 28 4:00 pm - Architecture Building Room 100
Architect, activist, artist,
and academic, Dr. Craig L. Wilkins serves on the faculty of the University of
Michigan's College of Architecture and Urban Planning. The 2010 Kresge Artist
Fellow and former director of the Detroit Community Design Center and hip-hop
architectural theorist is recognized as one of the country’s leading scholars
on African Americans in architecture.
Winner of the 2014 A' Design and International Competition
Silver Award for Social Design, his design and literary work has been shown
both nationally and internationally. Currently his design and academic research focuses on urban acupunctures: small architectures that relieve the pressures of everyday life, often built with salvaged and repurposed materials in neglected city spaces. He is the author of The Aesthetics of Equity: Notes on Race, Space,
Architecture and Music, which received the 2008 Montaigne Medal for Best New Writing, 2009
National Indie Excellence Award for Social Change and foundation for the 2014
“Ruffneck Constructivist” exhibit at the International Contemporary Art Museum
in Philadelphia, Dr. Wilkins is also co-editor of Activist Architecture: The
Philosophy & Practice of Community Design Centers (2015) and author of
the forthcoming The Diversity of Architects: From Margin to Center
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