Towards an Other Architecture: Lebbeus Woods and 20th Century Resistance

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San Francisco Project: Inhabiting the Quake, Quake City, 1995. Collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund purchase © Estate of Lebbeus Woods
Towards an Other Architecture: Lebbeus Woods and 20th Century Resistance

1111 Eighth St.
San Francisco, CA 94107-2247
February 18th, 2013 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Potrero District
Sun-Sat 10-7:30


Lecture by Anthony Vidler, Cooper Union

Anthony Vidler's lecture will be titled "Towards an Other Architecture: Lebbeus Woods and 20th Century Resistance"

Vidler is dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of the Cooper Union in New York. He has received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and he was a Getty Scholar. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and received the architecture award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2011.

A historian and critic of modern and contemporary architecture, specializing in French architecture from the Enlightenment to the present, he has consistently taught courses in design and history and theory and continues to teach a wide variety of courses at The Cooper Union.

As designer and curator he installed the permanent exhibition of the work of Claude-Nicolas Ledoux in the Royal Salt Works of Arc-et-Senans in Franche-Comté, France, as well as curating the exhibition, Ledoux et les Lumières at Arc-et-Senans for the European year of Enlightenment. In 2004 he was asked to curate the portion of the exhibition Out of the Box dedicated to James Stirling, for the Canadian Center of Architecture, Montreal, and in 2010 installed the exhibition Notes from the Archive: James Frazer Stirling, in the Yale Centre for British Art, an exhibition that then travelled to the Tate Britain and the Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart in 2011.

He has received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities; he was a Getty Scholar, at the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities in 1992-93 and a Senior Mellon Fellow at the Canadian Centre of Architecture, Montreal, in 2005.

His publications include The Writing of the Walls: Architectural Theory in the Late Enlightenment (Princeton Architectural Press, 1987), Claude-Nicolas Ledoux: Architecture and Social Reform at the End of the Ancien Regime (MIT Press, 1990) which received the Henry-Russell Hitchcock Award from the Society of Architectural Historians, The Architectural Uncanny: Essays in the Modern Unhomely (MIT Press, 1992), Warped Space: Architecture and Anxiety in Modern Culture (MIT Press, 2000), Histories of the Immediate Present: The Invention of Architectural Modernism(MIT Press, 2008), James Frazer Stirling: Notes from the Archive(Yale University Press, 2010), and The Scenes of the Street and other Essays (Monacelli Press, 2011).

The 2012-13 Architecture Lecture Series is funded by Grants for the Arts / San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP; Jensen Architects; John Marx / Form4 Architecture; Perkins+Will; Pfau Long Architecture Ltd.; STUDIOS Architecture; WSP Flack+Kurtz; ARCH Art Supply; BraytonHughes Design Studios; GCI; Long & Levit LLP; SFMOMA A+D Forum; Tom Eliot Fisch; Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture; Blasen Landscape Architecture; John A. Raeber, Architectural Specifications; and Ratcliff.