THE LIBRARY IS OPEN ONLINE! While our physical spaces remain closed, the CCNY Libraries team is working remotely to make library resources and services available online.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 2021
12:00 PM – 12:50 PM EST | WELCOME AND ICEBREAKER SESSION 9:00 AM – 9:50 AM PDT
SPEAKERS: Lucy Campbell (AASL President), Nilda Sanchez-Rodriguez (AASL Vice President)
THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 2021
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM EST | VIRTUAL TOUR WITH MICHAEL R. ALLEN 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM PDT
Join the Department of Walking for a virtual tour that crosses the Delmar Divide and examines the ways in which race, class and public policies have made one street a significant division. Beginning in the Central West End and traveling to the adjacent Fountain Park neighborhood, the tour examines how two neighborhoods that developed similarly in the early twentieth century became estranged in the later part. Told through photos from the field, maps and a sharp set of questions, the virtual experience opens speculation on how to make a whole and equitable city -- how a street like Delmar might be a bind instead of a barrier.
Your guide is Michael Allen, an urban and architectural historian who teaches in the graduate architecture programs at Washington University in St. Louis and directs the Preservation Research Office. Allen founded the Department of Walking as a vehicle for engaging the ways in which social struggles and political change is encoded in the built environment of cities like St. Louis.”
Michael R. Allen works as an academic researcher, historian, teacher, design critic, public artist, critical spatial tour guide, and heritage conservationist in private practice. The binding ties in his research are an investigation of the ideological and political constitution of architectural and infrastructural space, a study of the claiming of material heritage and the politics of its conservation, and inquiry into the forms of liberatory agency that realize the potential of the modern metropolis to distribute wealth, knowledge, and shelter.
Currently, he is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, as well as a Lecturer in American Culture Studies (AMCS), at Washington University in St. Louis. At the university, Allen serves on the Advisory Committee for the Mellon-funded The Divided City: An Urban Humanities Initiative.
In professional practice, since 2009 Allen has been Director of the Preservation Research Office, a heritage consultancy. He is a US federally qualified architectural historian who has worked on various historic preservation projects in nine US states. He contributed to the Charting the American Bottom cultural landscape guide, co-led the architectural yoga series Building As Body with Mallory Nezam, and co-convened and managed the Pruitt Igoe Now ideas competition with Nora Wendl. Allen also has been Urbanist-in-Residence at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation and, more recently, Research Adviser to Laboratory for Suburbia.
Accessibility: Virtual Presentation Tour + Q & A
HOSTS: David Eifler, Nicole Santiago (Programming Committee)
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM EST | TRIVIA SESSION
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM PDT
FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2021
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM EST | VIRTUAL TOUR 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM PDT
The Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park is in Kirkwood, Missouri.:
Nestled in grassy fields on 10.5 acres in Kirkwood, Missouri, the Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park is a unique and significant residence designed by the legendary architect. It was Wright’s first building in the St. Louis area, and is one of only five Wright designs in Missouri. It is an excellent example of Wright’s democratic vision, intended to provide middle-class Americans with beautiful architecture at an affordable cost.
The home is notable not only for its architectural integrity, but for retaining its original furnishings and fabrics. With a floor plan composed of two intersecting parallelograms, it is considered one of Wright’s most geometrically complex homes. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Kathryn Feldt, Executive Director
Lydia Nunes, Associate Director
SPEAKERS: THEME TBD Lucy Campbell, Nilda Sanchez-Rodriguez (OPEN TO ALL)
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM EST 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM PDT