May 13, 2007
by Canadian Architect
The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) has announced the scholars and dates of the 2007 Mellon Lectures series. On Thursday, May 24, 2007, Francis Strauven, CCA Mellon Senior Fellow and Professor of History of Architecture at the University of Ghent, presents Aldo van Eyck: donner corps la nouvelle ralit. CCA Mellon Senior Fellow and Professor of Architecture at Princeton University Beatriz Colomina presents Unbreathed Air, 1956: Alison and Peter Smithsons House of the Future on Thursday, May 31, 2007. The Mellon lecture series concludes on Thursday, September 6, 2007 with Jeffrey T. Schnapp, CCA Mellon Senior Fellow and Professor of Comparative Literature at Stanford University, who presents The Face of the Modern Architect. All lectures take place at 6:00 pm in the CCA Paul Desmarais Theatre. Admission is free but seating is limited.
The CCA Mellon Foundation Senior Fellowship Program was established in 2001 to encourage advanced research in architectural history and thought. The program is intended for scholars and architects conducting research at a post-doctoral or more advanced level. It aims to support critical work that can bridge the reflective and productive activities in architecture, understood in its broadest sense, and is based on the conviction that scholarly work bears social responsibility. For more information, please visit www.cca.qc.ca/mellonlectures or call 514.939.7001 ext. 1408.
Francis Strauven is Professor of History of Architecture at the University of Ghent and a founding board member of the Archives dArchitecture Moderne in Brussels. He is also a member of the Belgian Royal Flemish Academy of Art and Science. Apart from teaching architectural history from the Renaissance to the 20th century, he has also conducted research on the development of the Modern Movement, especially in Belgium and the Netherlands. He has written articles and monographs on art nouveau, functionalism, CIAM, Team 10, and related topics. In 1994, he published a monograph on Aldo van Eyck, the English version of which appeared in 1997. He is currently editing Van Eycks collected writings, scheduled for publication in 2007.
Beatriz Colomina is Professor of Architecture and Founding Director of the program in Media and Modernity at Princeton University. She is the author of Domesticity at War (2007), Doble exposicin: Arquitectura a travs del arte (2006), Privacy and Publicity: Modern Architecture as Mass Media (1994) and the editor of Architectureproduction (1988), Sexuality and Space (1992), and Cold War Hothouses: Inventing Postwar Culture from Cockpit to Playboy (2004). She recently organized the exhibition Clip/Stamp/Fold: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York and in an expanded format at the CCA in Montreal under the title Clip/Stamp/Fold 2: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines 196X 197X.
Jeffrey T. Schnapp is Professor of Comparative Literature and Founder-Director of the Stanford Humanities Lab. He is the author of Building Fascism, Communism, Democracy: Gaetano Ciocca Builder, Inventor, Farmer, Writer, Engineer (2003); Crowds (2006); and co-author of Ball and Hammer: Hugo Ball’s Tenderenda the Fantast (2002). His writings have appeared in Modernism/Modernity, Art Issues, Journal of Contemporary History, and Grey Room.