“Denise Scott Brown: A Symposium” (Yale School of Architecture)

Event time: 
Wednesday, February 8, 2023 - 1:30pm to 9:00pm
Online Via Zoom, and Smith Conference Room (Third Floor), Paul Rudolph Hall See map
180 York Street
Event description: 
In 1972, Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi, together with Steve Izenour, published their treatise Learning from Las Vegas. This canonical text explores architectural communication in a new kind of automobile-oriented urban landscape. Its interdisciplinary methods helped change architecture and studio teaching in fundamental ways.
Fifty years after the publication of Learning from Las Vegas, “Denise Scott Brown: A Symposium,” organized by Frida Grahn, presents new scholarship related to the groundbreaking studio methods, developed by Scott Brown during her teaching career in the early 1960s. Three panels, building on chapters in the recently published anthology Denise Scott Brown In Other Eyes: Portraits of an Architect (2022), edited by Frida Grahn, offer new perspectives on Scott Brown’s intellectual formation, her research on determinants of urban form, her concern for social factors, and her advocacy for minimal design interventions in lieu of large-scale urban renewal. It highlights Scott Brown’s conceptual contributions, her distinct voice and incisive impact on architectural education and design.
1:30 p.m.
Welcome and Introduction
Deborah Berke, Frida Grahn, and Mary McLeod
2:00 p.m.
Panel 1: The Nonjudgmental Attitude: Learning from Three Continents
Craig Lee
Valéry Didelon
Katherine Smith
Moderator: Surry Schlabs
4:00 p.m.
Panel 2: The City in Flux: Form, Forces, and Functions
Lee Ann Custer
Sylvia Lavin
Denise Costanzo
Moderator: Elihu Rubin
6:30 p.m.
Panel 3: Make no Big Plans: South Street vs. Co-op City
Sarah Moses
Joan Ockman
Frida Grahn
Moderator: Izzy Kornblatt
7:30 p.m.
Closing Remarks
Denise Scott Brown
Open to: 
General Public