This is one of four parallel sessions taking place from 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM on Thursday June 2.
Speakers have been asked to pre-record their presentations and we will be releasing these videos to registrants after the Symposium so that you can watch sessions you weren't able to attend.
The Elusive Philadelphia School
“The Philadelphia School.” It’s one of those terms we often hear, but seldom examine through a critical lens. Just what is the Philadelphia School? Is it a set group of architects and styles from a certain period in the city’s history? Does it refer only to the best-known practitioners of Modernism? Or does it encompass a wider segment, both from temporal and stylistic points of view? This session will consider those questions and others, as speakers present thoughts on Modernism in the city, as well as the roots of Modernism in the work of proto-Modernists whose work pushed the boundaries of design and technology.
Speakers & Paper titles:
Louis Kahn and the Frank Furness Connection
Izzy Kornblatt, architectural critic, historian, and curator
The Philadelphia School, 1950-1965: City, Profession, Education
John Lobell, Pratt Institute
Revealing Philadelphia’s many ‘Modernities’
George Thomas Kapelos, Ryerson University in Toronto