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Lecture series spotlights innovative architecture
STANFORD -- Four well-known architects from around the United States will be featured speakers in a spring quarter lecture series, "Innovative Architecture: Provoking Change," on the Stanford University campus.
The lectures are free and open to the community. All will be held in Room 102 of the Thornton Center for Engineering Management, adjacent to the Terman Engineering Center. The series is sponsored by the Office of the University Architect in conjunction with the Program in Urban Studies.
All the lectures will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays.
Having worked on a number of residential projects on hilly, demanding sites, he has developed a unique approach to architecture and landscape that was featured in a traveling exhibit called "geological architecture."
His works feature interesting intersections of geometrical shapes that he calls "incisive collisions." Referring to Moss' use of common materials (such as bent sheet metal for staircases or reinforcing bars for chair frames), noted architect Philip Johnson has called him a "jeweler of junk."
Schwartz studied art before studying landscape architecture and is interested in introducing art into landscapes. Schwartz sees geometric pattern as a viable technique for organizing the landscape; her work provokes controversy among those who support a more romantic view of the landscape. She often infuses popular or synthetic materials into her work, such as plaster frogs and Astroturf hedges. Her "Splice Garden" for the Whitehead Institute in Cambridge, Mass., has been called an "icon of 'New Wave' American landscape."
Historian Charles Jencks called Predock "a minimalist who confines himself to one or two materials from which he constructs his virtual all-over world, his lunar landscape." Predock himself has described architecture as a "surrogate land form."
For more information on the series, call Emily Kovner at 497- 5965.
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