The Emily Carey Learning Center of St. Thomas Church is pleased to continue its popular Whitemarsh Lecture Series. Our first speaker is renowned Architect, Emeritus Professor from the University of Pennsylvania, and accomplished Author, Witold Rybczynski, on September 20, 2018 at 7PM. Mr. Rybczynski has written numerous books on Architecture including the works of Palladio, Olmstead, as well as chronicling architecture since the days of George Washington. The title of his talk is “How Architecture Works.” Some reviews of his book and a brief summary are found below.
This is a free, open to the public event. RSVP to Communications@Stthomaswhitemarsh.org if interested in attending.
How Architecture Works: A Humanist’s Tool
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013
“Ever the engaging and thoughtful writer, [Rybczynski] offers a wide-ranging tour of the glories and curiosities, old and new, in the field.”
“Erudite and architecturally well-traveled…Rybczynski is an artful conductor and learned hand who leaves much of the pleasure of architectural discovery to readers.”
-starred review, Kirkus
“In How Architecture Works, Witold Rybczynski has created an educational journey for us, breaking down the elements of architecture to create a framework for the reader to build an understanding of how to see and feel things similar to how architects approach their work. It is both a toolkit for the reader and an author’s journey to uncover a topic that cannot be conveyed in words only.”
This book was written the year before I retired from teaching, and it summarizes ideas that grew out of a decade of teaching a seminar on architecture to college freshmen. I have been asked who the “humanist” in the subtitle is: is it the author or the reader? Probably both. It is my considered view that the most useful entry into architecture is provided not by theories or abstract concepts-let alone by rules-but by learning from the canon of built works. In doing so it becomes apparent that all architects have addressed similar problems-aesthetic, practical, urbanistic-but they have arrived at a variety of solutions. This is how architecture works.