DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE BEGINS "FIRSTS,” INAUGURAL LECTURE SERIES, WITH LECTURE BY PETRA KEMPF
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2011
The Department of Architecture, Portland State University, is proud to kick off its inaugural lecture series, titled “Firsts,” with a presentation by Petra Kempf.
Shattuck Hall Annex
SW Broadway & Hall Streets
7pm, Thursday, October 6
Free and open to the public
Petra Kempf, Ph.D., is a practicing architect and urban designer based in New York. She is the founder of URBANTRANSITS, an interdisciplinary research initiative focusing on the transient nature of cities. She has worked with the Department of City Planning in New York City, the Project for Public Spaces and Richard Meier and Partners. She currently teaches as an adjunct associate professor at Columbia University and has taught at Cornell University, Parsons School of Design and the Technical University of Dortmund, Germany. She is the author of You Are the City (2009) and (K)ein Ort Nirgends—Der Transitraum im urbanen Netzwerk (2010).
The "Firsts" lecture series features presentations by six notable academics, artists and professionals in architectural practice worldwide: Petra Kempf, John Ochsendorf, Gilles Saucier, Jeremy Till, Sarah Wigglesworth and Paul Pfeiffer and spans the 2011-2012 academic year. The concepts of origins and beginnings, long a subject of interest among architects, will be explored throughout the series of lectures. As the Greek word Arche (meaning “first cause”) is at the root of the word architecture, the guest lecturers will discuss their own “first causes”—the spark that led them to follow their career path—as part of their presentations.
Petra Kempf's talk will begin at 7pm in the Shattuck Hall Annex at Portland State University (at SW Broadway and Hall Streets) and is open to students, faculty, staff and the public at no charge.