August 31, 2014

Essex Library Presents “The Building Next Door” – Jan. 11

The Nationale-Nederlanden building by Frank Gehry, built in Prague, Czech Republic, known as “Fred and Ginger” for its resemblance to a dancing couple, is one of the designs featured in  “The Building Next Door” with John Dixon, FAIA, on January 11th at 7 PM at Essex Town Hall, part of Essex Library’s Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series.

The Nationale-Nederlanden building by Frank Gehry, built in Prague, Czech Republic, known as “Fred and Ginger” for its resemblance to a dancing couple, is one of the designs featured in “The Building Next Door” with John Dixon, FAIA, on January 11th at 7 PM at Essex Town Hall, part of Essex Library’s Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series.

The Essex Library presents “The Building Next Door: How Architecture Relates To Its Context”, a talk by John Morris Dixon, FAIA, part of the continuing Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series, Friday  January 11th at 7 PM at Essex Town Hall.

Every building is necessarily related to its surroundings, whether natural or constructed. But the pioneers of Modern architecture rarely gave much thought to neighboring buildings, because their ultimate goal was to replace them all. Around the 1960s, architects began to realize that the context of their works was going to stay around a while. Their designs increasingly took into account the scale, proportions, and materials of nearby structures, as well as established patterns of physical development. In some cases the pendulum swung too far, and “contextualism” was understood as a making new construction look just like its neighbors. Thoughtful contrast can be as effective a response to context as conformity. This talk will deal with revealing examples of architecture in context from around the world and right here in Connecticut.

An MIT graduate, John Morris Dixon began his career as an architectural journalist in 1960. He served as chief editor of Progressive Architecture 1972-96, helping achieve the magazine’s worldwide influence. The breadth of his knowledge and insight has made John Dixon a much-valued observer on numerous design juries and selection panels. In recent years, he has written for such publications as Architectural Record, Architectural Research Quarterly, Architecture, Competitions, Domus, Harvard Design Magazine, House & Garden, Office insight, and Places.

This talk is free and open to the public; Essex Town Hall is located at 29 West Avenue.please call the Essex Library at 860-767-1560 for more information or to register for this program.