UCL Urban Laboratory


Bartlett International Lecture Series - Aaron Betsky

12 December 2012, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm

Aaron Betsky Lecture

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Christopher Ingold Auditorium, UCL Chemistry Building, 20 Gordon Street, London, WC1H 0AJ

Architecture in the Floating World

What does architecture do in a world in which we are nowhere and everywhere at the same time?  How can architecture make us at home in a world marked by the continual movement of goods, people, and ideas?  Certainly by moving beyond the stand-alone, monumental building.  In this lecture, Aaron Betsky will survey how not just architects, but makers of various kinds are rethinking, reusing, and opening up our world.

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Aaron Betsky is an architect, critic, curator, educator, lecturer, and writer on architecture and design. Betsky was born in Missoula, Montana but moved to the Netherlands where he received his grade and high school education. He was granted both a Bachelor of Arts (1979) and a Masters of Architecture (1983) degree from Yale University.

Betsky's leadership of major institutions in the world of art and architecture includes serving as the Director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam from 2001 to 2006, the Curator of Architecture and Design of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art from 1995-2001, and the Artistic Director of the 11th International Architecture Biennale Venice, Italy, in September 2008.

A prolific writer and editor with a dozen books and hundreds of articles to his credit, Betsky is also a lecturer and visiting critic who teaches around the world.  He is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Kentucky in Lexington and writes a twice-weekly blog for architectmagazine.com. His collected essays,At Home in Sprawl, were recently published by RMIT Press.

With thanks to Brent Pilkey for organising this lecture.