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Campus Currents May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

UCSD by Design

Unless you wandered around with blinkers you know that the UC San Diego campus reflects the modern and contemporary eras in which it evolved. In that, it is unlike many other prominent regional institutions with their reproduced historical architectural styles.

The buildings and public spaces range from cutting-edge examples of modernism and brutalism to, in the new millennium, post-modern structures that embody the latest ideas about sustainability and connecting with community.

"UCSD by Design: Art, Architecture and Urbanism in the Campus Context," celebrates these ideas with a public lecture and discussion series, at UCSD and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

The series opened in September with about 200 people turning out for Yale architectural historian Kurt W. Forster, followed in November by John Walsh, J. Paul Getty Museum director emeritus.

Robert Storr, dean of Yale Art School, will speak on February 3 and 4. Architect Jean-Philippe Vassal and landscape architect/environmental theorist Gilles Clément will follow on March 3 and 4; and architectural historian and critic Charles Jencks, on April 21 and 22.

Admission to all the events is free. More information, including video of the lectures.

—Inga Kiderra