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Dallas Architecture Forum presents Mohsen Mostafavi :: March 22, 2012

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Mohsen Mostafavi

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The Dallas Architecture Forum is pleased to announce that Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Mohsen Mostafavi will speak for the Rose Family Lecture on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 7 p.m. at Magnolia Theatre, 3699 McKinney Ave. in Uptown Dallas.

Dean Mostafavi will address the Forum on the important topic of “Ecological Urbanism”.  While climate change, sustainable architecture, and green technologies have become increasingly topical, a coherent understanding of the sustainability of the city is much less developed. An ecological approach is urgently needed as an imaginative and practical method for addressing existing as well as new cities. Ecological urbanism considers the city with multiple instruments and with an interdisciplinary worldview that is fluid in scale and focus. Design provides the synthetic key to connect ecology with an urbanism that is not in contradiction with its environment.

Tickets are $20 per lecture for general admission and $5 for students (with ID).  Tickets can be purchased at the door before the lecture.   Dallas Architecture Forum members receive free admission to all regular Forum lectures as a benefit of membership, and AIA members can earn one hour of CE credit for each lecture.  For more information, visit www.dallasarchitectureforum.org, email director@dallasarchitectureforum.org or call 214-764-2406.

Season Benefactor is Briggs-Freeman Real Estate. The Spring Series Benefactors are Jackson Walker LLP and Rogers O’Brien Construction Company. This Rose Family Lecture is presented with support from the Dallas Center for Architecture Foundation.  Lecture Benefactor is Maharger Development Company | Reggie Graham.  Reception Underwriters are Frank Aldridge and  Studio Outside.

Mohsen Mostafavi

Mohsen Mostafavi, architect and educator, is the Dean of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design.  He was formerly Dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University, Chairman of the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, and has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Cambridge University, and the Frankfurt Academy of Fine Arts (Städelschule).

Dean Mostafavi serves on the steering committee of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and the board of the Van Alen Institute; he has served on the design committee of the London Development Agency (LDA) and the RIBA Gold Medal and is currently involved as a consultant on a number of international architectural and urban projects.

His publications include Approximations (AA/MIT, 2002); Surface Architecture (MIT, 2002); Logique Visuelle (Idea Books, 2003), Landscape Urbanism: A Manual for the Machinic Landscape (AA Publications, 2004), Structure as Space, (AA Publications, 2006), and Ecological Urbanism (Lars Müller Publishers/Harvard GSD, 2010).


About the Dallas Architecture Forum

The Dallas Architecture Forum is a not-for-profit civic organization that brings leading architectural thought leaders from around the world to speak in Dallas and also fosters important local dialogue about the major issues impacting our urban environment.  The Forum was founded in 1996 by some of Dallas’ leading architects, business, cultural and civic leaders, and it continues to benefit from active support and guidance from these citizens. The Forum fulfills its mission of providing a continuing and challenging public discourse on architecture and urban design in – and for – the Dallas area. The Dallas Architecture Forum’s members include architects, design professionals, students and educators, and a broad range of civic-minded individuals and companies intent to improve the urban environment in North Texas.  The Forum has been recognized nationally with an AIA Collaboration Achievement Award for its strategic partnerships with other organizations focused on architecture, urban planning and the arts.  For more information on the Forum, visit www.DallasArchitectureForum.org.

Among the over 130 speakers who have addressed the Forum’s Lecture Series are Shigeru Ban,  Brad Cloepfil,  Diller + Scofidio, Peter Eisenman, Michael Graves,  Daniel Libeskind,  Thomas Phifer,  Rafael Vinoly, Juhani Pallasmaa, AIA Gold Medal Winner Peter Bohlin, and  regional architects David Lake and Ted Flato.  Pritzker Prize winners speaking to the Forum have been Kazuyo Sejima, Rafael Moneo, Thom Mayne, Rem Koolhaas and Norman Foster (the latter two in collaboration with the ATT Performing Arts Center).   Other speakers for the Forum have been leading designers Calvin Tsao, Andrée Putman, and Karim Rashid; landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh; and National Trust President Emeritus Richard Moe.  Important critics, authors and patrons who have spoken to the Forum include Emily Pulitzer, Terence Riley, Pulitzer prize winners Robert Campbell and Blair Kamin, Aaron Betsky, and the late David Dillon.

The Forum organizes and presents an annual series of Panels—local, informal, open, and offered free of charge as a public service to the community—led by a moderator who brings a subject of local importance along with comments by participating panelists.  Moderators and Panelists have also come from both other Texas cities as well as from national institutions that were connected with particular Panel subjects.  Panels offer attendees the opportunity to participate in creating discourse.  Important topics addressed in Panels in recent years include: “Thoughts on the Dallas Comprehensive Plan”; “The Kimbell Expansion: A Discussion”; “Filling Out the Dallas Arts District”; and “Re-envisioning the Trinity”.

The Dallas Architecture Forum also presents two symposia annually.   The Forum works closely with the School of Architecture of the University of Texas at Arlington, and jointly presents the David Dillon Symposium in Texas Architecture.  Symposia have focused on local architectural icons Frank Welch and E. G. Hamilton, and on “African American Architecture in Dallas”.  The Dallas Design Symposium, founded four years ago by the Forum, has created a partnership with the Nasher Sculpture Center and in 2011 presented environmental artist Christo.

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