4 April Events

Here is a heads up on four architecture-related events taking place in New York City this April. I posted about a couple of the events previously, and am including them here as reminders, while the other two events are featured here for the first time. Details on each are below the list.

April 2: 2015 Mumford Lecture: Rebecca Solnit
April 6: Oculus Book Talk: "Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture"
April 9: Architecture's Appeal Launch and Panel
April 16-17: Facades+ New York Conference

Thursday, April 2: The 2015 Lewis Mumford Lecture on Urbanism will be given by writer, historian and activist Rebecca Solnit. The 11th annual lecture is presented by the Graduate Program in Urban Design, Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at City College of New York (CCNY), and will be held in the Great Hall of Shepard Hall at CCNY, Convent Hall at 138th Street. It's free, open to the public, and no reservations are necessary.

Monday, April 6: The Oculus Book Talk: Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture takes place from 6pm to 8pm at the Center for Architecture. "What makes the city of the future? How do you heal a divided city? In Radical Cities, Justin McGuirk travels across Latin America in search of the activist architects, maverick politicians and alternative communities already answering these questions. From Brazil to Venezuela, and from Mexico to Argentina, McGuirk discovers the people and ideas shaping the way cities are evolving." The event is free for AIA members and students with valid student ID; $10 for non-members.

Thursday, April 9: Architecture’s Appeal, "a panel discussion and book-launch celebrating a new volume of essays from a diverse group of well-known scholars that examines the role of history and theory in contemporary architectural praxis," takes place from 6pm to 9pm at Parsons SCE's Glass Corner (25 East 13th Street, Room E206). It was "conceived to honor the teaching and scholarship of Dr. Alberto Pérez-Gómez, the Saidye Rosner Bronfman Professor in History and Theory of Architecture at McGill University, whose work over the past thirty years has significantly contributed to the discourse of architectural history and theory, Architecture’s Appeal will include a panel conversation with Dr. Pérez-Gómez and the two co-editors, Dr. Negin Djavaherian and Dr. Marc Neveu. The event includes an installation of illustrations contributed by five Parsons SCE graduate and undergraduate alumni to the lead article of the book, written by SCE Associate Dean Robert Kirkbride, who will host." The event is free; no tickets or reservations are required.

Thursday, April 16 and Friday, April 17: Facades+ is the "leading conference on high performance and high design building skins. A robust dialogue encompassing all aspects of building envelopes, Facades+ bridges industry, academia, the profession, operations, and ownership. The developing technology of high-performance facades has emerged as the key to building systems integration, central to the realization of resilient buildings and a sustainable built environment." Day One is the symposium at the CUNY Graduate Center's Proshansky Auditorium (365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street), and Day Two consists of workshops that are held in the lower level of the CUNY Graduate Center. Visit the Facades+ website for a list of speakers and workshops and for ticket prices.