Experts Gather At U.Va. To Discuss Ethics And Aesthetics In Architecture
March 21, 2002--
"Ethics and Aesthetics in Architecture"
April 5 and Saturday, April 6
of events is available online at http://www.virginia.edu/arch/ethics-aesthetics-2002
School of Architecture, Campbell Hall, Room 153
a profession focused on problem solving, the social role of architecture
is often overlooked. In a two-day symposium "Ethics and
Aesthetics in Modern Architecture" sponsored by the
University of Virginia Institute for Practical Ethics and the School
of Architecture, designers, historians, theorists and writers from
diverse backgrounds will gather to explore the complex issues that
underlie the relationship between ethics and esthetics in architecture.
participants will join U.Va. art and architecture faculty in round
table discussions, lectures and presentations to explore issues
connecting ethics and aesthetics with history, politics, nature,
sustainability, style, construction, gender and architectures
impact on everyday lives.
exhibition of paintings by artist Robert Slutzky are on view in
the Architecture School Gallery through April 8. The artist will
be at an exhibition reception to kick off the conference on Friday,
April 5 at 2:30 p.m. in the gallery. Slutzky is co-author of the
book "Transparency," which explores the relationship between
art and architecture. His paintings have been exhibited in the Whitney
Museum, the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in
talks will be given by John Frohnmayer and Joan Ockman on Friday
April 5 at 4 and 5 p.m. respectively.
a lawyer and First Amendment scholar, was chairman of
the National Endowment for the Arts from 1989 to 1992. His talk,
"The Architect as Hero," will address issues of shared
community ethics and how buildings reflect community values.
a contemporary architecture scholar and director of the Temple Hoyne
Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia
University, will address the relationship between ethics and aesthetics
in 20th-century architecture and the problem of an ethical
theory for the 21st century.
conference participants include:
Moore teaches design and courses related to philosophy,
history and the application of environmental technology at the
University of Texas where he directs the Design With Climate
program. He is the author of "Technology and Place: Sustainable
Architecture and the Blueprint Farm." His talk is titled
"Architecture, Aesthetics and Public Health."
Latz and Anneliesse Latz are innovative landscape
architects and planners whose projects incorporate history and
sustainable practices in reclaiming industrial sites in Germany
and across Europe.
Perraudin is recognized for his exploration of glass-enclosed,
micro-climate environments surrounding buildings that reduce
energy consumption and create communal spaces promoting social
Robbins is the director of design at the National Endowment
for the Arts where he initiated a program to strengthen the
awareness of design in the public realm.
Sauerbruch and Louisa Hutton are recognized for their
ecologically aware designs in urban post-industrial cities such
as Berlin. Their work explores how architecture and urbanism
can be shaped by the flows of natural energy.
Hadid is an international award-winning London architect,
whose fragmented geometric architecture and paintings pushes
the boundaries of architectural space.
Giovannini writes and lectures on the status of architectural
design in the climate of cultural exchange in todays globalization.
He has written as an architecture critic for the Los Angeles
Herald Examiner and The New York Times and is currently architecture
critic for New York Magazine.
Pogue Harrison, the Pierotti Professor of Italian at Stanford
University, will give the concluding lecture, "What Does
Architecture Owe the World, and What Does the World Owe to Architecture?"
on Saturday, April 6 at 5 p.m. The author of "The Body
of Beatrice," "Forests: The Shadow of Civilization"
and "Rome, la pluie," he writes about how humans define
their existence within the natural world.
conference is free and open to the public.
Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298