On Drawing and Building: A Panel Discussion

Thursday, April 12, 2012, 6:30 - 9pm

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A panel discussion inspired by the first exhibition in New York City of renowned
Post-War architect and educator Carlo Scarpa’s work entitled

Villa Ottolenghi and Villa Il Palazzetto

“On Drawing and Building,” a panel discussion in conjunction with the current installation of Carlo Scarpa: The Architect at Work, will explore the diverse perspectives of Scarpa and his distinctive approach to the discipline. The panel will feature noted scholars, educators and practicing architects—each of whom will share their personal and professional insights and points of view, providing context for the discussion of the relevance of Scarpa’s work to modern architecture and contemporary practice. Kenneth Frampton, architect and historian, will serve as the moderator.

The event will be held in the Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery at The Cooper Union, in the site of the exhibition Carlo Scarpa: The Architect at Work  (closing 4/21). The installation features Villa Ottolenghi, one of his best known completed works (Bardolino, Verona 1974-79) and Il Palazzetto, a series of architectural interventions that re-imagined the grounds of a 17th century villa (Monselice, Padua 1969-1978).

Panelists will include:

  • Kenneth Frampton, Dipl. Arch., Dipl. Trop., Architectural Association (London), 1956; A.R.I.B.A., 1957, Ware Professor of Architecture, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, author of many publications, including Studies in Tectonic Culture: The Poetics of Construction in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Architecture (MIT Press, 2001)
  • Michael Cadwell, AIA, Director and Professor, Knowlton School of Architecture, The Ohio State University, author of Strange Details (MIT Press, 2007)
  • Diane H. Lewis, AIA, FAAR, Professor, The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, The Cooper Union, author of Diane Lewis: Inside Out. Architecture of New York City (Chartabooks, 2007) and Rome /Berlin/New York: The Literary Dimension of the City (The Cooper Union, 2002)
  • Guido Pietropoli, Studio Pietropoli Architects, former Associate of Carlo Scarpa and author of numerous essays on Scarpa’s work


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