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Lecture by Architectural Historian Antoine Picon: Ornament

Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 12 - 1:30pm

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The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union cordially invites all students, faculty and staff to attend a lecture by Antoine Picon entitled "Ornament: The Politics of Architecture and Subjectivity" on Tuesday 2 April at 12noon in Room 315F.

Antoine Picon is the G. Ware Travelstead Professor of the History of Architecture and Technology at Harvard Graduate School of Design where he also co-chairs the doctoral programs. He holds simultaneously a research position at the Ecole nationale des Ponts et Chaussées. He has published numerous books and articles mostly dealing with the complementary histories of architecture and technology, among which: French Architects and Engineers in the Age of Enlightenment, Claude Perrault (1613-1688) ou la curiosité d'un classique, L'Invention de L'ingénieur moderne, L'Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées 1747-1851, La ville territoire des cyborgs, Les Saint-Simoniens: Raison, Imaginaire, et Utopie. Published in 2010, Picon's book, Digital Culture in Architecture proposes a comprehensive interpretation of the changes brought by the computer to the design professions. His new book, Ornament: The Politics of Architecture and Subjectivity was just published this month.


Open only to current Cooper Union students/faculty/staff


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