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Lecture Series - Shaping the Space of Time in Contemporary Cities
Andrea McIntosh

Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning
The University of Melbourne

The Dean's Lecture Series 2003

Peter Rowe
Dean, Faculty of Design and Raymond Garbe Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, Harvard University, USA

Shaping the Space of Time in Contemporary Cities

Tuesday 2 September
6.15pm
Prince Philip Theatre
Ground floor, Architecture and Planning building
This is a FREE event

Peter G. Rowe is the Dean of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Raymond Garbe Professor of Architecture and Urban Design. He studied at the University of Melbourne where he received a Bachelor's degree in Architecture, subsequently earning a Master of Architecture in Urban Design degree from Rice University and an honorary A.M. degree from Harvard. Prior to becoming Dean of the Faculty of Design at Harvard in 1992, Rowe served as Chairman of the Urban Planning and Design Department from 1988 until 1992, and Director of the Urban Design Programs from 1985 until 1990.

Rowe's research and consulting is extensive, diverse and international in scope, including subjects dealing with matters of cultural interpretation and design in both architecture and urban design, as well as the relationship of urban form to issues of economic development, housing provision and resource conservation. A recognized critic and lecturer in the field of architecture and urban design, Rowe is the author of nine books including: Civic Realism (1997); Modern Urban Housing in China: 1840-2000 (2001) and Architectural Encounters with Essence and Form in Modern China (2002); as well as three forthcoming books: Modern East-Asia: Shaping the Space of Time in Contemporary Cities; Building Barcelona: The Second Renaixença; and Shanghai: The Modern City.

Shaping the Space of Time in Contemporary Cities: Today, contemporary cities occupy broad urbanized and urbanizing territories, often vast in area and large in population. They are also often subject to dynamic pressures of both growth and change, where the temporal dimension of spatial possibility becomes compressed. Specifically, urbanization will be examined in three national contexts representing three different regions of the world. Speculation will be offered about several significant ways in which the conformation and re-conformation of urban space appears to interact with the passage of time to produce different spatial outcomes, including the manner in which temporal outlooks and resulting spatial orientations are expressed and despite widespread availability of similar construction and management practices. Discussion will also focus on basic spatial approaches that are deployed to shape urban territories with an emphasis on mixed and middle-ground procedures. Broader implications of this speculation for urban design and physical planning will also be commented upon.


Planning 21st August, 2003 12:28:17   [#] 

Comments

Damn I missed it
I went to the one held last month. It was great. I must admit that I enjoy "lectures" better if they're not held at uni and I choose to go along because I want to not because I have to.

We should organise to meet up beforehand at the next one so we can all go along together, hang out in the back row and throw paper aeroplanes at the speaker if we don't like what he's talking about.
Aaron Hewett  3rd September, 2003 19:10:35  


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