Kay Bea Jones Lectures about Franco Albini at Yale School of Architecture

On September 11, Associate Professor of Architecture Kay Bea Jones presented a lecture at the Yale University School of Architecture about the renowned Italian architect and designer, Franco Albini. The talk focused on Albini’s role in shaping post-war museum and exhibition design. Jones’ argument includes situating Albini among the premier, late-modern, technically-oriented craftsmen who exposed structural systems and radically reinvented the modern urban facade. Correlations between Albini's novel interventions and those of Philip Johnson, Carlo Scarpa, Lina Bo Bardi and Louis Kahn raise interesting questions about influence in modern architecture and culture.

The lecture coincided with the pending publication of Jones’ book Suspending Modernity: The Architecture of Franco Albini (Ashgate). Reviewer Michelangelo Sabatino of the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology noted that the book “offers an intriguing interpretative framework with which to understand Italian architect and designer Franco Albini’s contribution to the debates that shaped discourse and practice in Italy and beyond during the twentieth century.” While David Rifkind of the School of Architecture at Florida International University called the book “(c)arefully researched and judiciously argued” stating that  “Jones writes with an architect’s eye for detail and a historian’s grasp of context. Her lucid prose and carefully constructed diagrams bring to light the work of a figure whose thoughtful and inventive projects earned the praise of Italy’s most important critics and influenced several generations of architects.”

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