Lectures by Michael Bell on Henri Labrouste and Giuseppe Terragni

Tuesday, October 8, 2013, 12:30 - 2pm
Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 12:30 - 2pm

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The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture presents


Tuesday 8 October, 12:00 noon
Finite Element Analysis
Henri Labourste: The Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève 
Tuesday 15 October, 12:00 noon
Giuseppe Terragni:  The Palazzo del Littorio Project


Michael Bell is an architect practicing in New York. He is professor of architecture at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation where he is the founding chair of the Columbia Conference on Architecture, Engineering and Materials and the Director of the Master of Architecture program Core Design Studios.  Bell’s architectural design has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and his work is also included in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. His Gefter-Press House is featured in Kenneth Frampton’s American Masterwork Houses of the 20th and 21st Century.  Books by Professor Bell include Permanent Change: Plastics in Architecture and Engineering; Post-Ductility, Metals in Architecture and Engineering; Solid States: Concrete in Transition; Engineered Transparency: The Technical, Visual, and Spatial Effects of Glass; 16 Houses: Designing the Public’s Private House; Michael Bell: Space Replaces Us: Essays and Projects on the City; and Slow Space.

Lectures held in Room 315F


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