2009 OCSFA Salon Series – A View From Modern Architecture

Thursday, September 10
A View From Modern Architecture
Presented by Kevin Sloan

Contemporary architecture is rapidly becoming the kind of cultural force that seems capable of remaking a city’s image in the marketplace, as well as its livability. How does one understand this kind of “modern” architecture and the kind of unfamiliar forms taking shape at the nearly complete Dallas Center for Performing Arts and Kessler Woods? What were the objectives of the modern architectural movement in the early twentieth century and are they being realized in these new works?

The talk will explore these questions by centering on a case study of two seminal buildings of the early twentieth century – Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House in Chicago and the Villa Savoye by LeCorbusier near Paris. Closer to home, the discussion will also share how the historic buildings of Oak Cliff are in fact products of the modern era. Answers and dialogue will hopefully give the attendee a “new set of eyes.” The evening will conclude with a special message regarding the role of architecture in everyday life.

Mr. Sloan is a Winnetka Heights resident and a visiting professor at the UT Arlington School of Architecture. The projects of his professional practice, Kevin Sloan Studio, include works in landscape architecture, urban planning and design.

Sponsors for this evening:

Friends of Turner House
Methodist Health System
Miranda Realty
Square Foot, Inc.
Paul & Cindy Maute
360 Architecture