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Lectures by Santiago Calatrava and Discussion of Writing on Architecture at Yale


New Haven, Conn. — Santiago Calatrava, a leading world architect, will deliver the 2007 Tanner Lectures on Human Values on October 3 and 4 at the Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St.

His first talk, “Wings and a Prayer,” will be held on October 3 at 4:30 p.m. and his second, “A Collection of Pearls,” on October 4 at 6:30 p.m. The lectures are free and open to the public.

Trained in Spain and Switzerland, the Spanish-born Calatrava is renowned internationally for his architectural and engineering designs. His works range from bridges and train stations to libraries and museums. His most celebrated projects include his expansion of the Milwaukee Art Museum (2001), his first building in the United States; Sondica Airport, Bilbao (2000); James Joyce Bridge, Dublin (2003); the Auditorio de Tenerife, Santa Cruz, Canary Islands (2003); and Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay, Redding, California (2004). Nearing completion are the Petach Tikvah Bridge, Tel Aviv; Quarto Ponte Sul Grand Canale, Venice; and the Palacio de las Artes, the last building for Valencia’s City of Arts and Sciences. Calatrava is the winner of numerous honors and prizes, including the 2000 Algur H. Meadows Award for Excellence in the Arts, the 2005 Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects and many honorary doctorates.

The Tanner Lectures on Human Values were established by the American scholar, industrialist and philanthropist Obert Clark Tanner, who hoped that these lectures would contribute to the intellectual and moral life of humankind.

In conjunction with Calatrava’s Tanner Lectures, the Whitney Humanities Center, Yale School of Architecture and Yale University Press are sponsoring a panel discussion on “Writing about Architecture” on October 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the McNeil Auditorium at the Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel Street. The event is free and open to the public.

The members of the panel are all experts in the field of architecture and include critics, scholars and practicing architects: Peter Eisenman, the Louis Kahn Visiting Professor at the Yale School of Architecture, founder of the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies and founder and principal of Eisenman Architects; Kurt Forster, visiting professor at the Yale School of Architecture and widely published architecture critic and scholar; Luis Fernández-Galiano, professor of architecture at the University of Madrid, editor of the Spanish magazine “Arquitectura Viva” and 2007 Franke Visiting Fellow at the Whitney Humanities Center; Paul Goldberger, architecture critic, The New Yorker; Robert A.M. Stern, dean of the Yale School of Architecture and founder and senior partner of the New York–based architecture firm Robert A.M. Stern Architects. John Donatich, director of the Yale University Press, will chair the panel.


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