Goldberger kicks off urban lecture series
Paul Goldberg, dean of Parsons, is a noted commentator on the broader implications of architecture and design.
Architectural critic will
look at rebuilding efforts
after WTC and Katrina
By Kevin Sottak
Institute for Policy Studies
Pulitzer Prize–winning architectural
critic Paul Goldberger will kick
off the Rebuilding America’s Cities
lecture series next week with a
talk titled “After the World Trade
Center and Katrina: The Struggle to Repair
the Broken City.” The talk will examine
two of the nation’s most physically challenging,
symbolically important and politically
charged urban rebuilding efforts.
Goldberger, currently dean of Parsons
The New School for Design, is one of
the world’s eminent commentators on
architecture and design and their broader
social, political and economic implications.
He was architectural critic at The
New York Times from 1972 to 1997, earning
a Pulitzer Prize in 1984. Since 1997, he has written
The New Yorker’s celebrated
“Sky Line” architecture column, a position
once held by Lewis Mumford and more
recently by Brendan Gill. Goldberger is the
author of several books, including Up From
Zero: Politics, Architecture and the Rebuilding
of New York, which recounts the story of the
design selection process for the World Trade
Center memorial, describing how conflicting
pressures from economic hopes, politics
and powerful egos have shaped decisions
about the project. Up from Zero was named
among the 100 Most Notable Books of the
Year in 2005 by The New York Times.
From lower Manhattan to New Orleans’
Lower Ninth Ward, Goldberger’s talk will
examine how major U.S. cities respond to
catastrophic events and the critical role of
architecture and design in the recovery process.
With a sophisticated understanding of
urban architecture and its impact on people
and on the social and cultural life of a city,
Goldberger will provide insights into the
enormous challenges and opportunities that
the rebuilding process entails.
The Rebuilding America’s Cities series is
part of the Garrett Lecture on Urban Issues,
which commemorates the interest of the
Garrett family, the original owners of the
historic Evergreen House, in urban planning
issues. Rebuilding America’s Cities is co-sponsored
by the Johns Hopkins Institute for
Policy Studies, the Evergreen House Foundation
and the Office of the Provost.
The speaker and date for the next lecture
have not been set.
Goldberger’s talk will be held at 8 p.m. on
Tuesday, April 18, in the Carriage House at
Evergreen House. After the talk, Goldberger
will sign copies of his book, which will be on
sale at the event.
The lecture is free, but seating is limited
and an RSVP is required. To respond, or for
more information, contact Nancy Powers at
410-516-0341 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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