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Aaron Betsky / School of Architecture at Taliesin

Center for Architecture and Design / 50 W Town St, Columbus
February 13, 2019 - 6:00pm

Aaron Betsky will present a lecture titled "Beyond Buildings: Reimagining Architecture" at The Center for Architecture and Design, 50 West Town Street, Suite 110, Columbus. The lecture will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13 with a networking reception to preceed it at 5 p.m. The talk is co-sponsored by the Knowlton School, AIA Columbus and The Center for Architecture and Design.

Betsky is president of the School of Architecture at Taliesin (SOAT) and a critic and author of more than a dozen books on art, architecture, and design including a forthcoming survey of modernism in architecture and design. Trained at Yale, Betsky has worked as a designer for Frank O. Gehry & Associates and Hodgetts + Fung, taught at SCI-Arc, and served as the director of the 11th Venice International Architecture Biennale. Before becoming President of SOAT, Betsky was director of the Cincinnati Art Museum.

About the Lecture

"Beyond Buildings: Reimagining Architecture"

We do not need any more buildings. We need to reimagine, reuse, and relive the structures we already have. Architecture should not be a question of building but of questioning, opening up, and of unbuilding. There is an environmental reason for this: we cannot afford to waste non-renewable resources and land to create new buildings. We also have to realize that what makes us at home in the modern world is no longer just structures that imprison us, but more those images, forms, and spaces that let us play active and critical roles in our society. This lecture will show some recent attempts to make sense of our modern world and to offer responses that either come out of the discipline and knowledge that is proper to architecture, or that address those issues proper to architecture.