April 17th, 2015
Architecture Week, April 20-25th: The People’s Buildings
The Utah Center for Architecture is offering an entire week of public events to celebrate the discovery of great public buildings and civic places in Utah. Throughout the week of April 20 – 25, 2015, special presentations and free public tours will be offered to the community as unique opportunities for seeing, sensing and learning about some of Utah’s most important civic places. Each program will reveal new ways for the audience to consider how public buildings and civic spaces have been designed to inhabit both democratic ideals and actions, as well as inspire pride in residents and visitors alike.
Wednesday, April 22, at 7:00 – 8:15 PM There will be a free presentation at the Salt Lake City Main Public Library, The People’s Buildings: Jefferson, Architecture and Civic Places. Speakers include Mark McConnel, a Virginia architect and Jefferson scholar, and Shundana Yusaf, Ph D. an architectural history professor at the University of Utah. The Salt Lake City Main Public Library is located at 210 E 400 S, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Why Thomas Jefferson? Mr. Jefferson, an architect himself, believed our new republic deserved inspiring civic architecture and tested his ideas with designs for the Virginia State Capitol and the University of Virginia, places that remain for many the model of what a city hall or court house should look like.
Friday, April 24, from 3:45 – 5:00 PM The public is invited to attend any of four tours of civic centers in Salt Lake City, Ogden, West Jordan, and Provo, Utah. The Salt Lake City tour will be guided by Julie Wershem, Outreach Coordinator for the U.S. District Court, District of Utah, and architectural historian Shundana Yusaf, PhD. This tour will include the U.S. District Court (inside and out), Frank E. Moss, US Courthouse, Matheson Courthouse, and Salt Lake City & County Building. Architects will lead the other three tours. The tours and meeting locations are described on the UCFA website.
Friday, April 24, 2015, 12:00 noon – 1:30 PM Who Designed it? Discovering Post WWII Architects, will unveil new research conducted by the University of Utah’s American West Center about the architects who shaped Utah’s building boom following World War II. This will be held at the Utah Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, 268 S State St., Suite 190, Salt Lake City, Utah. The community is also invited to attend the dedication of 2015 Box City, devised by the creative minds of elementary school children, in the Main Salt Lake City Public Library on Monday evening, April 20, 2015 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM The Box City will remain in the Urban Room all week. All Architecture Week events are created for the public, are free, and accessible.