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Wed 04.28.2010

Stories About Squares: An Illustrated talk by Robert F Gatje, FAIA based upon his recent book "Great Public Squares, An Architect's Selection"

When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28

Where: At The Center   

An Illustrated talk by Robert F Gatje, FAIA, based upon his new book Great Public Squares, An Architect's Selection.

Based upon six years of research, visits, and composition, Gatje has chosen 40 squares in western Europe and America for inclusion in his book. They range in size from Bernini’s gigantic space in front of St Peter’s, to a small market cross-roads on the island of Rhodes. One was developed from the outline of an early Roman circus, while another “western” plaza was completed only in 1988. They represent everything from cold-blooded merchandizing to hot-blooded revolution and include everyone’s favorite plaza in Venice along with another that most people don’t think of as a square.

In order to compare one to another and judge their relative success, squares must be defined. Bob will summarize the standards proposed by Camillo Sitte in 19th Century Austria and those by Paul Zucker at the New School.

The point is to stimulate fellow-architects who will be designing new squares in the future and fellow citizens who will need them.

Robert F. Gatje, FAIA, is an architect with 50 years experience in domestic and international practice. Formerly a partner of Marcel Breuer and of Richard Meier, Gatje served as President of the New York Chapter of the AIA from 1975 to 1976.

Organized by: Center for Architecture; W.W. Norton; Architectural League of New York

Great Public Squares is published by W.W. Norton and will be available in April 2010.  Get your signed copy at the Center for Architecture!

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