Tusculum – Thursday 6 December | 6 for 6.30 PM
Presented by the AIA NSW Chapter & Docomomo
David Fixler | Innovation becomes Tradition: Modern Architecture as Institutional Heritage in America
American colleges and universities have always sought to achieve an optimal balance of respect for tradition and embrace of innovation in their mission, academic programs and physical environment. Nowhere has the tension inherent in this balance been more apparent than in the widespread embrace of modern architecture in the Post World War II era. As these works have aged, many institutions have been wrestling with the conundrum of respecting their status as heritage while also keeping them relevant and progressive – and thereby true to the spirit in which they were originally conceived. The range of quality, importance and consequently treatment of these structures varies widely; this talk will start with a brief discussion of the kinds of issues facing modern resources in general and will then focus in particular on the renewal of two iconic American educational buildings – Alvar Aalto’s Baker House at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Louis Kahn’s Richards Laboratories at the University of Pennsylvania.
David N. Fixler, FAIA , LEED BD&C AP
David Fixler is an architect and Principal at EYP and a specialist in working with 20th century architecture. His projects include the rehabilitation of Alvar Aalto’s Baker House at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the United Nations Headquarters in New York, Louis Kahn’s Richards Laboratories at the University of Pennsylvania and other notable institutional modern buildings. A frequent writer on architectural history, theory, preservation and design, David’s work, including the recent Alvar Aalto and America (with Gail Fenske and Stanford Anderson), has been published internationally, and he has organized and spoken at numerous conferences on a wide range of topics. He has lectured at institutions including Harvard and Columbia Universities, MIT, and the Universities of Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland and Iowa. David is active in a variety of global professional organizations, including currently serving as Co-Chair of the Association for Preservation Technology’s Technical Committee on Modern Heritage, Preservation Officer of the Society of Architectural Historians, and president of DOCOMOMO-US/ New England.
Note that there will be a short DOCOMOMO meeting at Tusculum at 5.30 beforehand
and the ARCHITEXT bookshop will be open.
AIA and DOCOMOMO members – free
Non-members $ 10
Note also that there is no parking available on site
but there is a parking station at Kings Cross.