Now What Architecture?

Two-Day Symposium on Contemporary Architecture and Urban Design
Organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in collaboration with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation on the occasion of Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward.
Symposium: Now What Architecture?
Dates: Thu, May 14, 4 p.m. and Fri, May 15, 10:30 a.m.
Venue: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Peter B. Lewis Theater in the Sackler Center for Arts Education

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In his 1931 Kahn Lecture at Princeton University, Frank Lloyd Wright posed the seminal question: “Now what architecture?” Over the course of his seventy-year long career, Wright taught his contemporaries how to connect time, place, and people through architecture. Today, fifty years after his death in 1959 and coinciding with opening events for the exhibition Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward, Wright’s question forms the basis for a two-day symposium that will feature debates among scholars, architects, designers, and cultural critics from around the world. Rather than look at Wright’s work as a stylistic school to be revived or imitated, Now What Architecture? hopes to transform Wright’s lessons on the simplicity of space into 21st century potentialities by exploring the ways in which well-designed spaces—from personal spaces, shared spaces to public spaces—can shape our everyday lives.


Thursday, May 14

4:00 p.m.
Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museum
David van der Leer, Assistant Curator Architecture & Design, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

4:30 p.m.
Urban Spaces
Moderator: Anthony Vidler, Dean, Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York
Amale Andraos, Principal, Work Architecture Company, New York
Adriaan Geuze, Founder/Principal, West 8, Rotterdam
Thomas Krens, Senior Advisor for International Affairs, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York & Co-Curator, Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward

Friday, May 16

10:30 a.m.
David van der Leer, Assistant Curator Architecture & Design, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation in the 21st Century
Phil Alsopp, Director, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale

11:00 a.m.
Personal Spaces
Moderator: David van der Leer, Assistant Curator Architecture & Design, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
David Adjaye, Principal, Adjaye Associates, London, Berlin, New York
Toshiko Mori, Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Principal, Toshiko Mori Architect, New York

1:00 p.m.
Lunch break

2:30 p.m.
Shared Spaces
Moderator: Julie Iovine, Executive Editor, The Architect’s Newspaper, New York
Beatriz Colomina, Professor of Architecture, Founding Director, Program in Media and Modernity, Princeton University, Princeton
Steven Holl, Principal, Steven Holl Architects, New York, Beijing
Reinhold Martin, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University

All information subject to change.

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