Friday, January 15, 2010
David Lewis, Professor Emeritus to Lecture, 25 January
As Part of the University's Journeys Lecture Series, Professor Lewis Will Discuss "Now and Then"
Monday, January 25 – 4:30 – Porter Hall 100 (Gregg Hall)
ULS JOURNEYS LECTURE: Now and Then
David Lewis, Emeritus, School of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon
We all have inside ourselves a personality that distinguishes us from other people. Call it our character - call it what you will - but this inner self is the mainspring of our individuality, our mioral values, our goals in life, our drive to achieve, and our interrelation with the everyday world all around us.
Coming to Pittsburgh and Carnegie Tech in the early sixties confronted my own inner self and values in ways that had far-reaching consequences. Here was one of the world’s most powerful heavy-industry cities undergoing a fundamental challenge. Its crisis was the obsolescence and pollution of its steel and glass industries -which in turn raised huge physical, economic, political and social issues. And here was I, a foreign architect, a South African with zero American experience, asked to develop a professional program in a new skill called urban design, in a city and a university I knew nothing about.
By: From Indira Nair