Revisiting Henri Labrouste in the Digital Age: A Symposium
Thursday, March 28, 2013, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
Tickets are currently sold out. Last-minute tickets may become available through a standby line that will start at 9:00 a.m. on the morning of the program in the lobby of the Education and Research Building.
Held in conjunction with the exhibition Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light, this symposium acts, in part, as the fourth section of the three-part exhibition. It explores how a 19th-century architect and his work, and particularly his innovative use of materials and light in spaces of contemplation and public assembly, are relevant in contemporary culture and architecture. Young and mid-career architects and scholars examine Labrouste’s inclusion in a 1975 exhibition at MoMA and how today’s context is different; and how issues such as the library in the information age and the collective expression of individual experience, and the rational ornament apply to contemporary practice.
10:05–10:30 Welcome and Introduction
Barry Bergdoll, The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art, and organizer of the exhibition Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light
Panel One: Learning with and from Labrouste
10:30–10:40: Introduction and comments, Stephen Rustow, Professor of Architecture, The Cooper Union
10:40–10:50: Martin Bressani, Associate Professor and Associate Director, School of Architecture, McGill University
10:50–11:00: Michael Bell, Professor of Architecture, Columbia University
11:00–12:00: Conversation and Q&A moderated by Stephen Rustow
12–1:15: Lunch break
1:15–1:45 An Architecture for Reading in Public: Labrouste's Two Libraries
Neil Levine, Emmet Blakeney Gleason Professor of History of Art and Architecture
Modern Architecture, Harvard University
Panel Two: Reading Alone in Public: The Library and the Spaces of Information from the 19th to the 21st centuries
1:45–1:50: Intro to Panel Two
1:50–2:00: Alberto Kalach, co-founder of Taller de Arquitectura X (TAX), Mexico
2:00–2:10: Dominique Perrault, Principal, Dominique Perrault Architecte, Paris
2:10–2:20: Carol Patterson, Project Director, OMA, London
2:20–3:00: Conversation and Q&A moderated by Anthony Vidler, Dean and Professor, The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, The Cooper Union
3:20–3:50: On Technologies of Ornamentation: From the Classical and Labrouste to the Digital
Mario Carpo, Associate Professor of Architectural History, French Schools of Architecture; and Vincent Scully Visiting Professor of Architectural History, School of Architecture, Yale University
Panel Three: Technologies of Ornamentation
3:50–4:00: Ingeborg Rocker, Associate Professor of Architecture, Harvard University
4:00–4:10: Hina Jamelle, Architect and Director at Contemporary Architecture Practice in New York and Lecturer, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania
4:10–4:20: Ben Aranda, Principal, Aranda\Lasch
4:20–5:00: Conversation and Q&A moderated by Mario Carpo
In conjunction with the exhibition Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light
Tickets ($12, $8 members and corporate members, $5 students, seniors and staff of other museums) can be purchased online or at the information desk in the main lobby, the film desk or in the Education and Research Building lobby on the day of the program.