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Events February 2019


Minoru Yamasaki, Humanist Architecture for a Modernist World

February 13, 2019

Architectural historian Dale Allen Gyure will discuss the career and life of Minoru Yamasaki, best know as the architect of the World Trade Center. Born to Japanese immigrant parents in Seattle, WA, Minoru Yamasaki (1912–1986) became one of the towering figures of midcentury architecture, even appearing on the cover of Time magazine in 1963. His self-proclaimed humanist designs merged the modern materials and functional considerations of postwar American architecture with traditional elements such as arches and colonnades. Yamasaki’s reputation began to decline in the 1970s with the mixed critical reception of the World Trade Center and the spectacular failure of St. Louis’s Pruitt-Igoe Apartments, which came to symbolize the flaws of the nation’s urban renewal policy. Gyure is the author of Minoru Yamasaki: Humanist Architecture for a Modernist World, the first book to examine Yamasaki’s life and career (Yale, 2017).

Dale Allen Gyure, Ph.D., is professor and Associate Chair of Architecture at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, MI, where he teaches classes in architectural history and theory. Gyure’s research focuses on 19th- and 20th-century architecture, particularly the intersections of architecture, education, and society. In addition to his Yamasaki monograph his published works include Frank Lloyd Wright’s Florida Southern College (2010), The Chicago Schoolhouse, 1856-2006: High School Architecture and Educational Reform (2011), and The Schoolroom: A Social History of Teaching and Learning (2018). Dale has served on the boards of directors of the Society of Architectural Historians, the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, and DOCOMOMO Michigan.

Wednesday February 13, 6:00–8:00pm
AIA Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place
DOCOMOMO members, AIA members & students: Free / General public: $10

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Co-sponsored by DOCOMOMO New York/Tri-State and the AIANY Historic Buildings Committee

Minoru Yamasaki, Reynolds Metals Regional Sales Office, 1959, Southfield, MI
Minoru Yamaskai, McGregor Memorial Conference Center, 1958, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.
Photos courtesy Dale Gyure


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