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Design of Built Environment and Public Art
to be Explored in Lecture Series

In line with Broward’s aim to become a world-class example of the best in architecture, urban planning and design, FAU and the Broward Cultural Division have partnered to create a lecture series. The series provides a forum for nationally recognized theorists and practitioners to speak on a wide range of design and public art topics intended to shed light on architectural and urban planning issues that Broward and the downtown community face.

“If we want to improve the quality of our environment, we have to ask the right questions in design,” said Anthony Abbate, associate professor of the FAU School of Architecture and director of the Broward Design Collaborative. “This lecture series is important because it helps us define problems and issues. It offers us an opportunity for dialogue and discussion, so we can find new and constructive approaches to solutions.”

The lecture series is part of a milestone celebration for the Broward Cultural Division recognizing three decades of Public Art and Design Program achievements. “We are celebrating 30 years of excellent service to the community and look forward to continuing to provide Broward County with art that exemplifies our cultural identity and civic pride in the years to come,” said Ricardo Zulueta, public art and design program administrator, Broward Cultural Division.

Last month, the series kicked off with “Buildings are Our Legacy—Tracing the Influence of Architects: Polevitsky to Reed to Singer to Abbate.” The panel discussion and presentation, featuring architects Chuck Reed, Donald Singer and Anthony Abbate, traced their architectural sensibilities and the influences that link their work.

The Rest of the Series
Coming guest speakers include Jill Manton of the Public Art Program for San Francisco; Alex Marshall, author of How Cities Work and Beneath the Metropolis; and Dr. Matthew Carmona, an architect and planner from the Bartlett School of Planning and a lecturer at the University of Nottingham.

Dates, topics and speakers are subject to change. For more information, visit www.broward.org/arts or call 954-357-7457.

April 6-7
"How Cities, Towns and Neighborhoods have Developed around Transportation Systems," Alex Marshall (April 6); topic TBA, Jill Manton (April 7).

May 18
"Sustainable Urban Design, Definitions and Delivery," Matthew Carmona, Planning and Urban Design Head, Bartlett School of Planning; Sunrise Civic Center Theatre

June 20
"Great American Public Art 2006 Year-in-Review," Greg Esser, manager, Public Art Network, Americans for the Arts; Coral Springs Museum of Art

September 12
Topic to be announced, public artists Richard Heipp and Jody Pinto; Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, Pompano Beach

November
Topic to be announced, Pembroke Pines River of Grass Arts Park

December 5
"Broward County Artist-Live-Work Space Project Update," Kelley Lindquist, president, Artspace; Weston Community Center

 

FAU Celebrates Broward Community Leaders at Beachside 'Shindig' Event

FAU will host a “Seaside Shindig” event on Friday, April 7 at 5 p.m., in celebration of its University partners and Broward community leaders. The festivities will feature a New England-style clambake, live music and dancing.

The Seaside Shindig is a fund-raising initiative to benefit the University and students through the Broward Vision Fund. The fund supports emergency scholarships for students. Proceeds from the event will also go toward the establishment of a Broward room in the Marleen and Harold Forkas Alumni Center which will be built on FAU’s Boca Raton campus. In addition, the event will present “Wave Rider” awards spotlighting Broward corporate, community, civic and alumni partners.

The Seaside Shindig will be held on the beach of SeaTech campus, 101 North Beach Road, in Dania Beach. For more information and reservations, contact Sheri O’Neill, associate director of university advancement, at 954-762-5275 or soneill5@fau.edu.

 

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