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Aaron Betsky — Stop Making Buildings

Aaron Betsky — Stop Making Buildings

Wednesday, November 4, 6:00 p.m.

The Design School

Design North, Room 60

810 S. Forest Avenue

Tempe, AZ 85287

Stop Making Buildings

Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture Dean Aaron Betsky visits the ASU Design School, as part of ongoing their Lecture Series.

Truly resilient architecture would open up and reuse what we already have. Rather than wasting both space and unrenewable natural resources on making new buildings that will never be as good as what we have, we should reuse existing materials, sites, and structures; rethink our discipline as a tactical opening up of our existing environments so that that they can be more human, humane, and open; and replace the notion of the genius designer creating monuments for the ages out of his (not her) head and imposing them on the rest of us with the idea of an architecture that reimagines our world. This lecture will survey current buildings and other evidence of architecture to argue that the best and most resilient architecture today goes beyond building to create a more sustainable, open, and beautiful human-made world.

About Aaron Betsky

Aaron Betsky is Dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. A critic of art, architecture, and design, Mr. Betsky is the author of over a dozen books on those subjects, including a forthcoming survey of modernism in architecture and design. He writes a twice-weekly blog for, Beyond Buildings. Trained as an architect and in the humanities at Yale University, Mr. Betsky was previously Director of the Cincinnati Art Museum (2006-2014) and the Netherlands Architecture Institute (2001-2006), and Curator of Architecture and Design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1995-2001). In 2008, he also directed the 11th Venice International Biennale of Architecture.

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