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U.Va. School Of Architecture Hosts Talk On One Of The 20th Century’s Rediscovered Modular Houses

January 7, 2005 --

WHO:            Robert Rubin
WHAT:          Lecture — “Prouvé’s Maison Tropicale”
WHEN:          Friday, Jan. 21, 5 p.m.
WHERE:       Campbell Hall, Room 153

Robert Rubin, a Ph.D. candidate at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University in New York, reclaimed and restored a prefabricated house that French architect Jean Prouvé designed more than 50 years ago. Rubin, also a retired commodities trader and collector of Modernist furniture and collector of rare cars, will give a talk at the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture on Prouvé’s Maison Tropicale Friday, Jan. 21 at 5 p.m. in Campbell Hall, Room 153.

The prefabricated house was manufactured in France, then shipped in parts and assembled in the Congo. The project was part of an effort of the French government to provide inexpensive housing and offices for expatriates living in what were then France’s African colonies.

Restoration work was carried out near Paris and the modular house is scheduled to be shipped to Yale University this spring.

In addition to the lecture, Rubin will be doing a workshop with U.Va. students in architecture professor John Quale’s ecoMOD studio, an ecologically-based modular house design/build project that will result in prototypes for affordable housing.

For additional information contact Derry Wade at (434) 982-2921 or derry@virginia.edu.

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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