Event : Camden Conference presents Judith Bing and J. Brooke Harrington
Category: Lectures
Date: 2/9/2020
Time: 01:00 PM
City: Cushing
State: Maine
Location: Cushing Public Library

The Camden Conference presents Judith Bing and J. Brooke Harrington at the Cushing Public Library on Sunday, February 9 at 1:00 pm. Their talk, "How Buildings Speak: Architecture as Media”, is free and open to all.

Over millennia buildings have communicated cultural values and purposes through the media of construction: form, scale, material, color, decoration. Architecture is above all a social art, changing to represent political, geographic, and ideological shifts. Today’s media revolution has certainly expanded architecture’s tools and processes, even materials, but designers deploy these new means to serve timeless human needs for shelter, community, and identity.

This presentation will explore – through selected historic and contemporary examples – how architecture communicates its purposes and values, as a medium of expression. From the pyramids of ancient Egypt or cathedrals of medieval France, to the global modernism of airports, highrises, and museums, buildings "speak” in visual terms legible to most observers – with provocative exceptions.

The presenters are professors emeriti of architecture, Brooke of Temple University and Judith of Drexel University, in Philadelphia. Currently they are Center Associates at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University, and Visiting Scholars at the Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT, in Cambridge. They live in Cushing.


This event is presented in anticipation of the 33rd Annual Camden Conference—The Media Revolution: Changing the World, February 21-23, 2020, live at the Camden Opera House and livestreamed to the Hutchinson Center in Belfast, Strand Theatre in Rockland, and Hannaford Hall in Portland.


The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues. For more information, please visit or call 207-236-1034.

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