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Lecture Series featuring NewSchool Graduate Architecture Program Chair, Kurt Hunker, FAIA
“Aalto for Everyone” by Kurt Hunker
When: May 11, 2016, 7:00PM Lecture, Reception to follow
Where: NewSchool Auditorium or via Live Stream
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Topic: It may be quite possible to claim that no 20th-century architect, with the possible exceptions—maybe—of Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright, has been as broadly and fondly referenced by succeeding architects as Alvar Aalto. On an international scale Aalto has been a recurring source of formal inspiration and ideas for a surprising variety of notable designers, critics and writers. Aalto’s body of work has not only weathered the shifting formal currents of the second half of the 20th century—everything from International Modernism to Post-Modernism to Neo-Modernism and beyond— it has been analyzed, discussed, pictured and praised by writers of almost every theoretical persuasion. As a point of fact, where Aalto is referenced in a less-than-positive light, as in some mid-century essays of Sigfried Gideon and Henry Russell-Hitchcock, later writers actually take his detractors to task. Aalto’s near-universal appeal may lie in his non-doctrinaire approach to Modernism or his unerring sensitivity to material or his fundamental humanism or that sheer genius with form. Whatever the motives, it surely seems to be the case: Aalto for Everyone.
KURT HUNKER, FAIA is a long-time member of the NewSchool faculty, elevated to Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects in 2013 for his contributions to architectural education. He is an Academic Regent of the AIA California Council and recipient of the Educator Award from the San Diego chapter of the AIA. As a consulting design architect his projects have earned awards at the local, state, regional and national levels. Hunker lectures internationally on topics ranging from the concept of spectacle in high-rise design to Alvar Aalto.