A Short Discussion of Architecture and Time
Judged from afar, historic buildings are old, and contemporary architecture is new. But the more carefully you look, the more time works to intertwine the seeming opposites. Some particularly old buildings are still futuristic, while the avant-garde can be surprisingly shop-worn. By looking at a combination of familiar favorites and unlikely obscurities in architecture, punctuated with insights from a few key texts, this presentation aims to present a broadening sense of how buildings allow us to experience time, not simply as past, present, or future, but across a varied range of effects.
About the Presenter: Charles Rosenblum is a journalist, critic and scholar writing about architecture, art and other aspects of visual culture. For the past 20 years, he has taught history of architecture and art at a number of universities in Western Pennsylvania. His writing has appeared in books and publications nationally and regionally, including several for PHLF. Charles has won journalism awards for architectural writing in the Pittsburgh City Paper and Pittsburgh Quarterly. In 2013, he was historical consultant and on-screen expert for the documentary, Henry Hornbostel in Architecture and Legacy, broadcast on WQED. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia with a dissertation on Hornbostel’s architecture.