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Brutal Library

A guide devoted to celebrating the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the Axinn Library building.

Symposium Schedule

Brutal Library 
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Guthart Cultural Center Theater, First Floor, Axinn Library

9:30 - 10:00  Coffee and Registration 



10:00-10:10   Welcome and Introductions 

10:10 - 10:25  Historical Background, presented by Geri Solomon

10:25 - 11:00 Professor Herb Deutsch remembers 

11:00 - 11:15 Break

11:15 - 12:40 Keynote speaker Peter Chadwick (Cultural Center Theater)

Peter Chadwick will deliver the keynote lecture and serve as scholar-in-residence for the symposium. He is a London-based art director and graphic designer. Peter studied at the Chelsea School of Art, then worked at Creation Records, where he designed for chart-topping bands including Primal Scream and Spiritualized. After setting up his own studio in 1996, Peter masterminded campaigns for major artists including Groove Armada, Fatboy Slim, Cream and Hed Kandi. Peter runs the popular This Brutal House twitter account (@BrutalHouse) and is a champion of Brutalist architecture the world over. His recent book This Brutal World (Phaidon, 2016) has been described as “a beautifully curated visual manifesto” for Brutalism.

12:40 - 1:50 Lunch (on your own)

1:55 - 2:50 Brian Sirman, Yankee Brutalism 

Brian Sirman is an architectural historian whose scholarship centers on the intersection of twentieth-century architecture and politics. Having earned his Ph.D. from Boston University's American & New England Studies Program, he has taught at Boston University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Lesley University, MCPHS University, and Trinity Washington University.  His book, Concrete Changes: Architecture, Politics, and the Design of Boston City Hall, is forthcoming from University of Massachusetts Press in 2018.

2:55 - 4:25 Panel presentations, Daniel Rubey, moderator

Mark Pasnik

Mark Pasnik AIA is a founding principal of over,under, an internationally recognized architecture and design practice. He co-curates the firm’s pinkcomma gallery, which has produced more than forty exhibitions on architecture, urbanism, and design. Mark has taught at the California College of the Arts, Carnegie Mellon University, Northeastern University, Rhode Island School of Design, and Wentworth Institute of Technology, where he is a professor. He received the AIA Young Architects Award in 2013, was a member of the executive board of the Boston Society of Architects, and serves on the Boston Art Commission. 

With Michael Kubo and Chris Grimley, Mark authored Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston, published by The Monacelli Press in 2015. The book has been reviewed in more than fifty articles and has received awards from Docomomo US, the Boston Preservation Alliance, Historic New England, and the Boston Society of Architects. This year, the team released the Brutalist Boston Map, published by Blue Crow Media, as a reference guide to the city’s key concrete buildings. Mark is the historical advisor to the team that won a grant this year from the Getty Foundation to develop a conservation management plan for Boston City Hall. 

Alexandra Lange
Alexandra Lange is the architecture critic for Curbed. Her essays, reviews, and profiles have appeared in Architect, Domus, Dwell, Medium, MAS Context, Metropolis, New York Magazine, the New Yorker, and the New York Times. She has been a featured writer at Design Observer and an Opinion columnist at Dezeen. She has taught design criticism at the School of Visual Arts and New York University. She was a 2014 Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Peter Bentel
Prior to receiving his undergraduate degree in the visual arts at Princeton University, Peter Bentel was a sculptor in Pietrasanta, Italy. He received his graduate degree in architecture at Harvard University, where he was co-editor of The Harvard Architecture Review VII, and his postgraduate education in the history and theory of modern architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a partner in the studio of Bentel & Bentel, Architects/Planners AIA, and a licensed architect.


4:25 - 5:00 pm “Angles on Axinn” Student Art Exhibit  and Reception

 (Ground Floor Lounge)


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