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Monday, 9/23, 6pm - 8pm
Location
Center for Architecture
Price
Member: Free
General Public: $10
Student with Valid ID: Free
1.5 LU

Sir John Soane found travel generative to his foundations as an architect, collector, and educator. As a young man, he drew “by the stealth of moonlight” in Pompeii and near the end of his life, he made “Sunday sketches” of Parisian monuments and hydraulic architectural infrastructure. Perhaps driven by the realization that he was unable to freely travel due to professional obligations or motivated by the awareness that many of his young countrymen did not have the means to travel internationally, Soane brought the world to his house museum. Through the arrangement of artifacts, cast, and paintings, Soane’s labyrinthian creation continues to inspire as it allows students and visitors to ‘travel’ through his eyes.

Although Soane never physically made the trip across the “Western Ocean,” the euro-centric term that English cartographers such as Aaron Arrowsmtih used for the Atlantic, his work was translated into an American context by transatlantic designers, such as Benjamin Henry Latrobe. This lecture will explore the aspects of travel as architectural training by exploring the nature and scope of Soane’s Grand Tour and Parisian excursions for expanding his visual and experiential catalog, as well as the way Soanian design concepts were imported to the United States.

Speaker:
Danielle Willkens, Assistant Professor of Architecture at Auburn University, 2007 Soane Fellow

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Organized by
Center for Architecture
Monday, 9/23, 6pm - 8pm
Location
Center for Architecture
Price
Member: Free
General Public: $10
Student with Valid ID: Free
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