‘Architecture is above all a social art, changing to represent political, geographic, and ideological shifts.’

Camden Conference in Cushing: ‘How Buildings Speak’

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    CUSHING — The Camden Conference presents Judith Bing and J. Brooke Harrington, on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 1 p.m., at the Cushing Public Library. 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, according to Camden Conference, in a news release. 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, Harrington of Temple University and Bing 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, visit www.camdenconference.org or call 207-236-1034.


    Image credits: “The Professor’s Dream” composed by C. R. Cockerell, R. A. (1849), and extract from photograph of Times Square by Terabass (2009)

    Event Date: 

    Sun, 02/09/2020 - 1:00pm

    Event Location: 

    Cushing Public Library


    Cushing Public Library
    Cushing  Maine
    United States