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Nov 7 2018 Lecture /

Home and Away Lecture Series: Sylvia Lavin, Princeton and Mark Kingwell

6:00PM Doors Open, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Lecture

Main Hall
1 Spadina Crescent


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This event is part of the Home and Away lecture series at the Daniels Faculty.

A joint initiative with the Canadian Centre for Architecture and their exhibition Architecture Itself and Other Postmodern Myths(Nov. 7, 2018 – Apr. 7, 2019).

Sylvia Lavin received her PhD from the Department of Art and Archaeology at Columbia University in 1990 after having received fellowships from the Getty Center, the Kress Foundation and the Social Science Research Council. Lavin is Professor of Architecture at Princeton University and was Director of the Critical Studies MA and PhD program in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA, where she was Chairperson from 1996 to 2006. The MIT Press published her first books Quatremère de Quincy and the Invention of a Modern Language of Architecture and Form Follows Libido: Architecture and Richard Neutra in a Psychoanalytic Culture in 1992 and 2005. Her most recent books include, Kissing Architecture, published by Princeton University Press in 2011 and Flash in the Pan, an AA publication from 2015.

Dr. Lavin is an active curator of architecture and design: Everything Loose Will Land, a principal component of the Pacific Standard Time series supported by the Getty Foundation opened at the MAK/Schindler house in spring 2013, and traveled to the Graham Foundation in 2014 after being shown at the Yale School of Architecture. Exhibition Models opened at the Princeton University School of Architecture in 2018 and her installation Super Models was shown at the 2018 Chicago Architecture Biennial. Lavin is the recipient of an Arts and Letters Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and has been a member of Board of Trustees of the Canadian Centre for Architecture for many years.

Philosopher, critic, and public intellectual Mark Kingwell was born in Toronto in 1963 and grew up on air force bases across Canada before attending the University of Toronto (B.A., 1985). After studying at the University of Edinburgh (M. Litt., 1987) and Yale University (M. Phil., 1989; Ph.D., 1991) he returned to the University of Toronto, where he is now Professor of Philosophy and Fellow of Trinity College. Professor Kingwell has held visiting posts at Cambridge University, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Chicago, and the City University of New York, where he was Weissman Distinguished Visiting Professor of Humanities for 2002. Between 2001 and 2004 he was chair of the Institute for Contemporary Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum. He has been, since 2001, a contributing editor of Harper’s Magazine in New York.

Professor Kingwell’s books include A Civil Tongue (1995), Dreams of Millennium (1996), Better Living (1998), The World We Want (2000), Concrete Reveries (2008), Glenn Gould (2009), Unruly Voices (2012), Measure Yourself Against the Earth (2015), and Fail Better (2017). His forthcoming works are Nach der Arbeit (‘After Work’, 2018) and a book investigating the politics of boredom (Wish I Were Here, 2019).