Events And Opportunities

Visions of AuthentiCITY

“Visions of Authenticity in the Built Environment: A Transatlantic Dialogue”


The contemporary dialogue on authenticity in art and architecture in the context of preservation of historic and aging built environments is fraught with meaning and contentious dialogue. Through this first of its kind symposium, we will advance and promote a transatlantic understanding of the contemporary challenges and opportunities facing the built environment, and identify best practices that advance adaptive reuse and preservation efforts in creating visions of authenticity.


Monday- March 5, 2018:       Temple Buell Hall

                                                611 Lorado Taft Dr., Champaign, IL


5:00-5:30 pm: Reception in Bilcharski Atrium, Temple Buell Hall


5:30-7:00 pm: Keynote in Plym Auditorium, Temple Buell Hall


Symposium Welcome and Invitation: AnnaMarie Bliss, PhD Candidate in Architecture, Illinois School of Architecture


Introduction: Sara Bartumeus Ferré, Associate Professor at the Illinois School of Architecture; Master’s Program in Landscape Architecture and Department of Urbanism and Territorial Planning at ETSAV in Barcelona; Principal, Renau Bartumeus Arquitectes


            “Introductory Reflections on Visions of Authenticity and the work of Carmen Rodriguez Pedret”


Keynote speaker: Carmen Rodríguez Pedret, Associate Professor at the Department of Theory and History of Architecture and Communication Techniques - Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona at Universidad Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona.


“The Dream of Authenticity and the Atmosphere of Built Heritage: Postcards from Barcelona”


Tuesday- March 6, 2018:      Levis Faculty Center, IPRH, Room 300

                                                919 W Illinois St, Urbana, IL


8:30-9:00 am: Coffee and Pastries


9:00-9:30 am: Welcome Remarks by Carla Santos, EUC Director and Professor, Recreation, Sport and Tourism, and Jeff Poss, Professor and Interim Head, Illinois School of Architecture


9:30-10:45 am: Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem, Professor and Chair in Architecture, School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, Nottingham Trent University, UK


Day 2 Plenary: “Architecture, Authenticity and Memory: The Shaping of Everyday Life in the Contemporary City”


10:45-11:15: John Stallmeyer, PhD, Associate Professor, Illinois School of Architecture, Chair of Urbanism Program Area


“Technics and the Construction of the Authentic: On Steigler, The Orthothetic and the Built Environment”


11:15-11:45 am: Lynne Dearborn, PhD, Associate Professor, Illinois School of Architecture, Chair of Health and Well-being Program Area


Everyday Practices, Environment, Community Memory: Contemplating Authenticity from Below”


12:00-1:00 pm: Catered Lunch Break (RSVP Required)


1:15-1:45: AnnaMarie Bliss, PhD Candidate in Architecture, Illinois School of Architecture


“Perceptions of Authenticity in Creation of the New-Old: The Case of Tourist-Historic Barcelona”


1:45- 2:15: Tom Mayes, Vice President and Senior Counsel for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Rome Prize Fellow


“Why Old Places Matter: Broadening Approaches to Authenticity”


2:15- 2:45 pm: Mary Brush, Principal, Brush Architects, Richard Morris Hunt Fellow


“On Context: A Comparison of French and American Preservation and Protection of Authentic Place”


2:45-3:00 pm: Questions


3:00-3:30 pm: Break


3:30- 5:00 pm: Wrap-Up- Discussion of Key Themes and Preparation for the Speakers’ Roundtable

Carmen Rodriguez, Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem, AnnaMarie Bliss


5:00-5:15 pm: Concluding Remarks by Lynne Dearborn, PhD


SAH 2018 St Paul Conference

SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation for its operating support.
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