Jean Gardner Moderator

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Jean Gardner

Parsons, the New School for Design

Susan Szenasy Moderator2

Hosted By:

Susan Szenasy

Metropolis Magazine

Glass House Conversation, February 7-8, 2008

Solution or Sacrilege

“Solution or Sacrilege” explored the viability for modern preservation in the 21st century and inaugurated the series of Glass House Conversations. Architects and design thought leaders convened for a day and a half intensive dialogue, addressing challenges and opportunities for teaching, practicing and preserving modernism.

Architects referenced their work that included houses, prefabrication manufacturing, urban development projects, to transportation hubs and historic airline terminals. The progressive canon of modernism was sited as a reference for challenges of preserving these structures in the 21st century. A great debate about integrating innovation in design and materials in this new era of preservation resulted in consensus that extensions, restorations and additional buildings referencing historic structures needed to have new views and materials.

Several participants are educators and connected the “Conversations” experience with dialogues underway in schools of architecture, including Cranbrook, Parsons and Harvard. Steven Heller, School of Visual Arts, described how the “Conversations” program model would inspire the development of a new graduate program at the School of Visual Arts.

Conversation Participants

Jean Gardner

Parsons, the New School for Design

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Vincent Chang

Partner at Grimshaw Architects

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Dorothy Dunn

the Philip Johnson Glass House

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Steven Ehrlich

Steven Ehrlich Architects

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Jean Gardner

Parsons, the New School for Design

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Steven Heller

Co-Chairperson of the Graduate Program School of Visual Arts, MFA Design

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Michael LaFetra

Foundation Films

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Christy MacLear

The Philip Johnson Glass House, Executive Director

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William Massie

Architecture Department Head, Cranbrook Academy of Art

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Toshiko Mori

Architect and Chair for the Department of Architecture at Harvard University, Graduate School of Design

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Fiona Morrison

Consultant for Terminal 5 Brand, Jet Blue Airways

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Nils Norén

Vice President, French Culinary Institute

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Susan Szenasy

Metropolis Magazine

Selected Excerpts

Coming soon.

About the Conversations

Glass House Conversations continue the important legacy of Philip Johnson and David Whitney through a series of invitational dialogues bringing together thought leaders from across society for conversations that explore important issues and new ideas.

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