Calendar of Events

Sat 06.08.2013

Le Corbusier/New York

AIA CES: 8.5 LU over the course of the two-day symposium AIA CES: 5 LU for the Saturday lectures only

When: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM SATURDAY, JUNE 8

Where: At The Center   

The tour portions of this event are sold out. Participants may still register for the Saturday lectures at the Center for Architecture, which include breakfast and lunch. See below for more details.

The Saturday lectures at the Center for Architecture are available
via a livestream.

This is the first day of the two-day international symposium. Please click here for information on the second day.

Held in conjunction with MoMA’s exhibition Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes, “Le Corbusier/New York” is a two-day international symposium that will examine this world-renowned French architect's ideas on the city before and after his first trip to the United States, along with his influence on generations of American architects.

The journey through Le Corbusier’s work will begin on Saturday morning, June 8th, with an exclusive preview of the MoMA exhibition led by its curator Jean-Louis Cohen.

Engaging lectures at the Center for Architecture will follow. Speakers, including the architect Peter Eisenman, FAIA, Yale Professor Stanislaus von Moos, Columbia Professor Mary McLeod, MoMA's Chief Curator of Architecture and Design Barry Bergdoll, and Jean-Louis Cohen, will discuss how Le Corbusier's ideas about New York City influenced his work and how, in turn, Le Corbusier's legacy impacted the city's built environment.

The second day, Sunday, June 9th, will be dedicated to a tour of the United Nations Headquarters. Led by Assistant Secretary-General Michael Adlerstein, FAIA, and Public Information Officer Werner Schmidt – both from United Nations Capital Master Plan – the participants will explore the building's architectural history, including Le Corbusier’s contentious collaboration with the project’s main architect Oscar Niemeyer. The guides will also highlight the recent restoration of the Secretariat, which houses the UN's working spaces, and the historic renovation of the three Chambers of the Conference Building.

Symposium schedule

8:15am - Lauder Lobby / Administrative Entrance located at 27 West 53rd Street
Meeting point: MoMA


MoMA Exhibition Preview - The tour is SOLD OUT
Jean-Louis Cohen, Exhibition Curator, and Sheldon H. Solow Chair for the History of Architecture, New York University's Institute of Fine Arts

10:00 am
Breakfast at the Center for Architecture

10:15 am
Opening Remarks
Rick Bell, FAIA, AIA New York Chapter Executive Director
Barry Bergdoll, The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Jean-Louis Cohen, Exhibition Curator; Professor of Architectural History, New York University


: Mary McLeod, Professor of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University

From Dream to Nightmare: Le Corbusier's Early Relationship with New York
Patrick Leitner, Associate Professor, Paris-La Villette School of Architecture

A New York with Intention: Le Corbusier's Vision for Paris in the early 1920s
Francesco Passanti, Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin

On the Streets of the Vertical City: Le Corbusier in New York, 1935
Mardges Bacon, Matthews Distinguished University Professor, School of Architecture, Northeastern University


Screening of “A Workshop for Peace”
Director: Peter Rosen
56 min / 2006 / English

Moderator: Barry Bergdoll, The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Le Corbusier, New York and the Temptations of Surrealism
Stanislaus von Moos
, Visiting Professor of Architectural History, Yale School of Architecture, and Emeritus Professor of the History of Modern Art, the University of Zurich

Le Corbusier and MoMA: Six Decades of Missed Encounters
Jean-Louis Cohen
, Exhibition Curator, and Professor of Architectural History, New York University

The United Nations Saga
Michael Adlerstein, FAIA, Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations Capital Master Plan

Coffee Break

Moderator: Jean-Louis Cohen, Exhibition Curator, and Professor of Architectural History, New York University

Le Corbusier and Costantino Nivola between New York and Amagansett: 1946-1951
Marida Talamona, Professor in History of Architecture, Roma Tre University

Le Corbusier and Columbia, 1961

Mary McLeod, Professor of Architecture, Graduate School of Architecture, Columbia University

Le Corbusier and the Five Architects
Peter Eisenman, FAIA
, Charles Gwathmey Professor in Practice, Yale School of Architecture

Closing remarks
Kenneth Frampton,
Assoc. AIA, Ware Professor of Architecture, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation


Please follow this link for more information on Sunday (June 9th) morning's United Nations Headquarters architectural tour.

Registration Information:
The tour portions of this event are sold out. Participants may still register for the Saturday lectures at the Center for Architecture, which include breakfast and lunch.

Reserved Seats in Tafel Hall for the lectures
AIA/MoMA/ Student Seat $75
Non-Member Seat $110
Registration is for Saturday, June 8th. Reserved seat tickets are for a single seat in Tafel Hall.

Reserved Seats in Hines Gallery (Live Stream Projection) for the lectures
AIA/MoMA/Student Seat $40
Non-Member Seat $60
Registration is for Saturday, June 8th. Reserved seat tickets are for a single seat in Hines Hall.

There will be no refunds available for this event.

Speaker Profiles
Jean-Louis Cohen holds the Sheldon H. Solow Chair for the History of Architecture at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts. His research activity has focused on the German and Soviet architectural avant-gardes, on colonial situations in North Africa, on Paris planning history, and on Le Corbusier's work. His recent publications include: Architecture in Uniform (Paris, 2011), The Future of Architecture. Since 1889 (London, 2012), and Le Corbusier: an Atlas of Modern Landscapes (2013). He has curated numerous exhibitions, including the centennial show “L'aventure Le Corbusier” (1987), at the Centre Georges Pompidou; “Scenes of the World to Come,” and “Architecture in Uniform,” both at the Canadian Center for Architecture (1995 and 2011); “Interférences / Interferenzen – Architecture, Allemagne, France”, at the Musées de Strasbourg (2013); “The Lost Vanguard” and “Le Corbusier: an Atlas of Modern Landscapes,” both at the Museum of Modern Art (2007).

Mary McLeod is a professor of architecture at Columbia University, where she teaches architecture history and theory. Her research and publications have focused on the history of the modern movement and on contemporary architecture theory, examining issues concerning the connections between architecture and ideology. She has written extensively on Le Corbusier’s architecture and urban planning, and is the editor of and contributor to the book Charlotte Perriand: An Art of Living. Her essays have appeared in magazines such as Assemblage, JSAH, Casabella, and Oppositions, as well as in books, such as Architecture School, Modern Women, Architectural Theory since 1968, and Le Parole dell’Architecture.

Patrick Leitner is an architectural and urban designer and researcher. He runs his own architectural practice in Paris and holds a position of Associate Professor at the Paris-La Villette School of Architecture where he is also a member of the scientific council. Since graduating in architecture at the Technical University of Stuttgart with a prize-winning diploma, he has been working as a practicing architect from 1996-2002 with Andrew Berman in New York and Christian Devillers in Paris. In 1998 he started research on urban interactions, mainly of Paris and New York, leading in 2009 to a PhD (cum laude) at the Université Paris-VIII. From the dissertation stems his present research on the relationships between cities regarding their built form in reality and mind, and the concept of the “Society of cities”. He has published and presented papers on this and other topics at international conferences.

Francesco Passanti is Senior Lecturer at the School of Architecture of the University of Texas at Austin. He received an M.S. in mechanical engineering at the Politecnico di Torino and an M.Phil. in history of architecture at Columbia University, and has taught at the school of architecture of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and at the University of Texas at Austin. His work on Le Corbusier is focused on his formation and early career just before and after the first World War.

Mardges Bacon is Matthews Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Architecture at Northeastern University. She is the author of Le Corbusier in America: Travels in the Land of the Timid (MIT Press, 2001) and Ernest Flagg: Beaux-Arts Architect and Urban Reformer (Architectural History Foundation and MIT Press, 1986). She is also editor of a volume of essays, Symbolic Essence and other Writings on Modern Architecture, Art, and American Culture by William H. Jordy, published in 2005 by Yale University Press in conjunction with the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University. Professor Bacon has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and grants from the Graham and Whiting Foundations. She has served as an Associate at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. and a Director of the Society of Architectural Historians.

Barry Bergdoll is the Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art and professor of modern architectural history at Columbia University. He is author or editor of numerous publications including Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light (with Corinne Bélier and Marc Le Coeur, 2012); Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops for Modernity (winner of the 2010 Award for Outstanding Exhibition Catalogue, Association of Art Museum Curators); Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling (2008); Mies in Berlin (2001); Karl Friedrich Schinkel: An Architecture for Prussia (1994); Léon Vaudoyer: Historicism in the Age of Industry (1994); and European Architecture 1750-1890, in the Oxford History of Art series (2001). He served as President of the Society of Architectural Historians from 2006 to 2008, as Slade Professor of Fine Art at Cambridge University in winter 2011, and in 2013 delivered the 62nd Mellon Lectures at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Among the recent exhibitions he has organized are “Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light” at the Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine and MoMA (2012-13); “Rising Currents: Projects for New York’s Waterfront” at MoMA (2010); “Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops for Modernity” at MoMA (2009-10); “Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling” at MoMA (2008); "Mies in Berlin" at MoMA (2001), with Terence Riley.

Stanislaus von Moos is emeritus professor of the History of Modern Art at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He has taught at a number of American and European universities, including Harvard University, the Technische Hogeschool in Delft, the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and Princeton University, where he was the Jean Labatut Visiting Professor of Architecture in 1997. After spending some time at the Department of Architecture at the ETH, Zurich, and getting his Ph.D. from Zurich University, he was for ten years editor of the influential architectural quarterly Archithese, which he founded in 1970. Parallel to his work on Italian Renaissance architecture, the history of industrial design, and of modern architecture, Mr. von Moos has organized and co-organized various exhibitions on art and architecture, and in particular on the work of Le Corbusier and Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates.

Michael Adlerstein, FAIA, has been appointed in July 2007 by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director of the Capital Master Plan (CMP). The CMP is a $2 billion project to renovate the Organization’s Headquarters in New York. Mr. Adlerstein was the Project Director for the restoration of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. He later became the Chief Historical Architect of the National Park Service. As such, he was recognized as a national expert in the field of Historic Preservation, advising the National Park Service Director and the US Secretary of the Interior on all historic preservation issues. He managed a planning, design and construction program which included complex partnership projects at Gettysburg, Valley Forge, Gateway, Independence, Acadia and Jamestown. Mr. Adlerstein later served as the Vice President and Architect of The New York Botanical Garden, America's oldest and most respected center for horticulture, botanical research and education. Mr. Adlerstein received his architectural degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia, and has worked as a State Department consultant on numerous preservation and planning projects, including the preservation of the Taj Mahal. He has been recognized for his contributions in architecture with numerous awards and in 1994 was made a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

Marida Talamona
is a professor in History of Architecture with the Department of Architecture at the Università degli Studi Roma Tre and Director of the European Master’s Degree in History of Architecture. Her studies focus primarily on twentieth century architecture in Italy and France. She is the author of Casa Malaparte (Milan: Clup 1990), recipient of the International Architecture Book Award assigned by The American Institute of Architects (1993) and the Prix du Livre d'Architecture 1996 from the Académie d'Architecture in Paris. She has published essays in Italian and international magazines and collective volumes on the work of L. Figini and G. Pollini, G. Pagano Pogatschnig, A. Libera and L. Moretti, and on the role of Adriano Olivetti in the reconstruction of Southern Italy. In 2003 Marida Talamona obtained a PhD in History and Conservation of Art and Architecture with a thesis examining the relationships between Le Corbusier and Italian artistic culture between the two World Wars. She is the organiser of the 15th Rencontres de la Fondation Le Corbusier in Rome (December 2007) and curator of the recent exhibition L’Italia di Le Corbusier at MAXXI- Rome (october 2012-february 2913) and accompanying catalogue (Milan: Electa 2012).

Peter Eisenman, FAIA, Int FRIBA
, is founder and design principal of Eisenman Architects, known for the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin, the Wexner Center for the Visual Arts at The Ohio State University in Columbus, and the Koizumi Sangyo Corporation headquarters in Tokyo, which received AIA National Honor Awards for Design. The Aronoff Center for Design and Art, the University of Phoenix Stadium for the NFL Arizona Cardinals, and City of Culture of Galicia in Spain were each the subject of hour-long television programs. Mr. Eisenman received the 2010 International Wolf Prize in Architecture, the 2004 Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement from the Venice International Architecture Biennale, and in 2001 the Medal of Honor from the New York Chapter of the AIA and the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Among his many books are Written Into the Void: Selected Writings, 1990-2004 and Ten Canonical Buildings, 1950-2000. He is also the Charles Gwathmey Professor in Practice at the Yale School of Architecture.

Kenneth Frampton, Assoc. AIA, was born in the United Kingdom in 1930 and trained as an architect at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London. After practicing for a number of years in the United Kingdom and in Israel, he served as the editor of the British magazine Architectural Design. He has taught at a number of leading institutions including the Royal College of Art, the ETH Zurich, EPFL Lausanne, the Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio, and the Berlage Institute in The Netherlands. He is currently the Ware Professor of Architecture at the GSAPP, Columbia University, New York. He is the author of Modern Architecture and the Critical Present (1980), Studies in Tectonic Culture (1995), American Masterworks (1995), Le Corbusier (2001), Labour, Work & Architecture (2005), and an updated fourth edition of Modern Architecture: A Critical History (2007).

Organized by: Center for Architecture and the Museum of Modern Art, New York

Co-sponsored by: AIANY Interiors Committee, AIANY Cultural Facilities Committee and AIANY Historic Buildings Committee

A program of MoMA's exhibition, Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes

Special thanks to the sponsors of Le Corbusier/New York



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Le Corbusier in front of the United Nations Headquarters holding a postcard of his UN design, United Nations Photos (Department of Public Information), © Fondation Le Corbusier



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