Architects from around the globe will speak about their profession at several events being hosted by the Whitney Humanities
Center in October.
Santiago Calatrava, a leading world architect, will deliver the 2007 Tanner Lectures
on Human Values on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 3 and 4.
His first talk, “Wings and a Prayer,” will take place Oct. 3 at 4:30
p.m. and his second, “A Collection of Pearls,” on Oct. 4 at 6:30
p.m. Both will be held at the Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St. The lectures
are free and open to the public.
Calatrava is renowned internationally for his architectural and engineering designs.
Trained in Spain and Zurich, his works range from bridges to libraries, train
stations and museums. His best-known works include his expansion of the Milwaukee
Art Museum (2001), his first building in the United States; Sondica Airport,
Bilbao (2000); James Joyce Bridge, Dublin (2003); the Auditorio de Tenerife,
Santa Cruz, Canary Islands (2003); and Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay, Redding,
California (2004). Nearing completion are the Petach Tikvah Bridge, Tel Aviv;
Quarto Ponte Sul Grand Canale, Venice; and the Palacio de las Artes, the last
building for Valencia’s City of Arts and Sciences.
His numerous honors and prizes include the 2000 Algur H. Meadows Award for Excellence
in the Arts, the 2005 Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects, and
many honorary doctorates.
The Tanner Lectures on Human Values were established by the American scholar,
industrialist and philanthropist Obert Clark Tanner, who hoped that these lectures
would contribute to the intellectual and moral life of humankind.
“Writing about Architecture”
A panel discussion on “Writing About Architecture” will be presented
in conjunction with the Tanner Lectures, on Monday, Oct. 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the
McNeil Auditorium at the Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St.
The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Whitney
Humanities Center, Yale School of Architecture and Yale University Press.
The members of the panel are all experts in the field of architecture, and include
critics, scholars and practicing architects. They include Peter Eisenman, the
Louis Kahn Visiting Professor at the School of Architecture, founder of the Institute
for Architecture and Urban Studies, and founder and principal of Eisenman Architects;
Kurt Forster, visiting professor at the School of Architecture and widely published
architecture critic and scholar; Luis Fernández-Galiano, professor of
architecture at the University of Madrid, editor of the Spanish journal Arquitectura
Viva and the 2007 Franke Visiting Fellow at the Whitney Humanities Center (see
below); Paul Goldberger, architecture critic for The New Yorker; Robert A.M.
Stern, dean of the School of Architecture and founder and senior partner of the
New York-based architecture firm Robert A.M. Stern Architects. The event will
be chaired by John Donatich, director of the Yale University Press.
Franke Visiting Fellow
Architectural critic Luis Fernández-Galiano has been named as the Franke
Visiting Fellow for the fall semester of the 2007-2008 academic year.
Fernández-Galiano is an architect and professor at the School of Architecture
at Madrid’s Universidad Politécnica. He is editor of the journal
Arquitectura Viva and writes about architecture for Spain’s leading newspaper,
El País. A member of the Royal Academy of Doctors, he has been Cullinan
Professor at Rice University, a visiting scholar at the Getty Center of Los Angeles,
and a visiting critic at Princeton, Harvard and the Berlage Institute. He has
also taught courses at the Menéndez Pelayo and Complutense universities.
He curated the exhibitions “El espacio privado” in Madrid and “Extreme
Eurasia” in Tokyo, and has been on the jury of several international competitions,
serving as jury president of the Ninth Venice Architecture Biennial and of the
15th Chile Architecture Biennial, and as expert juror for the Mies van der Rohe
European Award. His books include “La quimera moderna,” “Fire
and Memory” and “Spain Builds,” the latter in collaboration
with New York’s Museum of Modern Art.
As a Franke Fellow, Fernández-Galiano will meet and talk with Yale faculty and students at a variety of events, including
the center’s weekly luncheon talks. While on campus, he will participate
in an Oct. 8 panel on “Writing About Architecture” (see above), be
the guest at a Calhoun College master’s tea and present a public lecture.
He and his wife, María Teresa Rodríguez Fraile, a sociologist with
a long career in market and media research, will live as residential fellows
of Calhoun College.
The Franke Visiting Scholars and Artists Program is made possible by the support
of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Franke of Chicago. The Frankes also endowed the Whitney
Humanties Center’s annual series of high-profile lectures and seminars
presenting enduring topics in the humanities to Yale undergraduates and the broader
New Haven community. The creation of this special residential fellowship is intended
to ensure ongoing interdisciplinary exchange and creative debate at the Whitney
in particular and at Yale in general.
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