Lowell Lecture Series at the Boston Public Library
Six lectures explore theme of “Common Ground” through March 2013
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The Boston Public Library’s 2012-2013 Lowell Lecture Series begins on Thursday, October 11. Built around the theme “Common Ground,” distinguished speakers in the series will discuss the creation and evolution of public spaces—both historical and contemporary. Public spaces that will be discussed range from the Vietnam Memorial to John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse to the Boston Public Library’s own National Historic Landmark McKim Building in Copley Square.

Lowell Lectures take place in Rabb Lecture Hall at the BPL’s Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street. The complete schedule is available online at www.bpl.org/lowell. Speakers appearing in the 2012-2013 Lowell Lecture Series at the Boston Public Library include:

  • David Macaulay. Thursday, October 11, 2012, 6 p.m. From the pyramids of Egypt to the skyscrapers of New York City, the human race’s great architectural and engineering accomplishments have been demystified through David Macaulay's elaborate show-and-tells. His lavishly illustrated books—including Cathedral, City, Castle, Pyramid, Mill, Underground, Unbuilding, Mosque, The Way Things Work, and Building Big—provide accessible and entertaining explanations of the architectural how and why, earning him fans of all ages. His books have sold more than three million copies in the United States alone, and his work has been translated into a dozen languages. A book sale and author signing will immediately follow the lecture.

  • Robert Campbell and Peter Vanderwarker. Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 6 p.m. Boston Globe architecture critic Robert Campbell and photographer Peter Vanderwarker co-authored Cityscapes of Boston: An American City through Time (1994), which explored Boston past and present and the rise, fall, and evolution of urban centers. Mr. Campbell received the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism for his writing on architecture. He has been in private practice as an architect since 1975 and has served as a consultant to cultural institutions and cities. Peter Vanderwarker is a freelance photographer and author whose work interprets both natural and man-made environments. He is the author or co-author of four books, including The Big Dig: Reshaping an American City.

  • Justice Stephen Breyer and Judge Douglas Woodlock. Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 6 p.m. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer helped oversee the design and construction of the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse and Harbor Park in Boston, and wrote the foreword to Celebrating the Courthouse: A Guide for Architects, Their Clients, and the Public. He currently serves as a jury member for the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize. Douglas P. Woodlock was appointed a United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts in 1986. He was a charter member of the Space, Facilities and Security Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States, developing design standards for federal courthouses nationally. In 1996, he received the Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture from the American Institute of Architects.

  • John Ochsendorf. Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 6 p.m. John Ochsendorf is Associate Professor of Architecture and Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT, where he researches the mechanics of historic monuments and the design of more sustainable buildings. Ochsendorf studied civil engineering and archaeology at Cornell University, before earning a master’s degree in civil engineering from Princeton University and a PhD in engineering from the University of Cambridge. He is the author of Guastavino Vaulting: The Art of Structural Tile (2010). Ochsendorf directs the Guastavino research project at MIT and is the curator of Palaces for the People: Guastavino and America’s Great Public Spaces, the first major exhibition celebrating the Guastavino Company and its architectural legacy, now on view at the Central Library through February 24, 2013. A book sale and author signing will immediately follow the lecture.

  • Maya Lin. Thursday, January 24, 2013, 6 p.m. Maya Lin has maintained a careful balance between art and architecture throughout her career, having virtually redefined the idea of the monument with her highly acclaimed Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in 1982. She has since gone on to successfully pursue the creation of a remarkable body of work that encompasses large-scale site-specific installations, intimate studio artworks, architectural works, and memorials. Lin graduated from Yale University receiving a BA in 1981 and an MA in 1986, maintaining a professional studio in New York City since then. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Presidential Design Award, the Mayor’s Award for Arts and Culture, an AIA Honor Award, and the Finn Juhl Prize.

  • Janet Marie Smith. Thursday, March 7, 2013, 6 p.m.  Janet Marie Smith served as Senior Vice President of Planning and Development for the Boston Red Sox from 2002 to 2009, overseeing the preservation of historic Fenway Park and leading the program that placed this significant ballpark on the National Historic Register. In 2012, the Boston Baseball Writers honored Smith with a Special Achievement Award for her work at Fenway Park. Smith previously worked for the Orioles from 1989-94 as Vice President of Planning and Development during the design and construction of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. In August 2012, Smith joined the Los Angeles Dodgers as Senior Vice President of Planning and Development to oversee upgrades and enhancements to Dodger Stadium.

Video highlights from prior year’s lectures are available online at www.bpl.org/lowell. Past Lowell Lecture Series themes include “Remembering the Civil War” and “Boston’s Best.” The Lowell Lecture Series is generously sponsored by the Lowell Institute, established in 1836 with the specific mission of making great ideas accessible to all people, free of charge.

The Boston Public Library has a Central Library, twenty-five branches, a literacy center, map center, business library, and a website filled with digital content and services. Established in 1848, the Boston Public Library has pioneered public library service in America. It was the first publicly supported municipal library in America, the first public library to lend books, the first to have a branch library, and the first to have a children’s room. Each year, the Boston Public Library hosts thousands of programs and serves millions of people. All of its programs and exhibitions are free and open to the public. At the Boston Public Library, books are just the beginning. To learn more, visit www.bpl.org.

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