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2019 AIA Baltimore and BAF Spring Lecture Series: Edge of Edge

  • Falvey Hall – MICA Brown Center 1301 West Mount Royal Avenue Baltimore, MD, 21217 United States (map)

1.5 AIA/CES LUs /LA/APA credits


This year’s Spring Lecture Series theme is Edge: Harbor and City.

Waterfront Partnership’s Healthy Harbor Initiative has set a goal of a swimmable and fishable Inner Harbor. What could this look like? Speakers will reflect on, illustrate, define, and/or re-define the edges where land and water meet. In coordination with the Baltimore journal T3XTURE, this year’s lecture series will introduce a design competition that invites Maryland architecture firms to submit design concepts that explore the edge of the harbor and city.

Edward S. Casey, PhD, Professor, Stony Brook University

Travis Price, FAIA, Travis Price Architects/Spirit of Place-Spirit of Design, Inc.

Carmera Thomas, Chesapeake Bay Foundation (invited)

Moderator: Julio Bermudez, PhD, Professor, School of Architecture and Planning, The Catholic University of America

About the program

The river is within us, the sea is all about us;
The sea is the land’s edge also, the granite
Into which it reaches, the beaches where it tosses
Its hints of earlier and other creation.

— T.S. Eliot, “The Dry Salvages” (Four Quartets)

The first program of the 2019 Spring Lecture Series will initiate the overall dialogue of the series and design competition, and set forth the theme of “the edge” of the harbor and city. Presentations and a moderated panel discussion will address the nature and culture of conditions at the intersection of land, sea, and edge, explored from the perspective of philosophy, architecture, and ecology.

Edward S. Casey, Professor at Stony Brook University will address the philosophical nature of ‘edges’ and will introduce our audience to terms such as “geo-ontological” (the nature of being in connection with place) and “geo-chorological” (causal relations between geographical phenomena occurring within a particular region).

Speaker bios

Edward S. Casey is an American philosopher and Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Stony Brook University in New York. He has published several volumes on phenomenology, philosophical psychology, and the philosophy of space and place. Prior to Stony Brook University, he taught at Yale, Pacifica Graduate Institute, the University of California at Santa Barbara, the New School for Social Research, Emory University, and several other institutions. Casey has cited as primary influences Immanuel Kant, the phenomenologists Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger, as well as his teachers William A. Earle at Northwestern University and Paul Ricoeur, with whom he studied at the Sorbonne over several years on a Fulbright Fellowship. Casey was president of the American Philosophical Association (Eastern Division) from 2009-2010 and Dean of the Faculty of Arts at Stony Brook University. He conducts research in aesthetics, the philosophy of space and time, ethics, perception, and psychoanalytic theory.

Travis Price is an architect, environmental pioneer, author, educator, and philosopher. He has developed over the past four decades a modern architecture that works hand in hand with ecology and mythology, restoring the spirit of place to modern design. His vision is grounded in real-life success with large-scale AIA award-winning private and public works, including the world’s largest solar building for the Tennessee Valley Authority. He has planned new towns and designed an array of unique individual residences, commercial properties, and institutional monuments. He coined the term “passive solar” with his early green architectural works in New Mexico. He installed the first wind turbine in Manhattan which initiated the Public Utilities Regulation Policy Act allowing co-generation of wind and solar energy with public utilities. In concert with The Catholic University of America as adjunct professor, Travis Price founded and directs the non-profit Spirit of Place – Spirit of Design. 

Carmera Thomas is the Baltimore Program Manager for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. She manages oyster gardening in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, growing over 20,000 baby oysters in the Baltimore harbor and advocacy action through connecting to issues through hands on learning experiences. Through her role as Program Manager of the Healthy Harbor Initiative, Thomas has connected Baltimore residents and Baltimore City school students to the waterfront; leading educational workshops about pollution issues in the harbor and Chesapeake Bay; while offering solutions and awareness to make the harbor “swimmable and fishable.” Thomas has a passion for raising awareness and inspiring others to be stewards of the land and water around the Chesapeake Bay.

Julio Bermudez directs the Cultural Studies and Sacred Space graduate concentration program at the Catholic University of America School of Architecture and Planning. He holds a Master of Architecture and a Ph.D. in Education degrees from the University of Minnesota. He has been teaching architectural design, communication, and theory for nearly 30 years. Bermudez’s teaching and research are focused in architectural phenomenology, the development of voluntary architectural simplicity (VAS), and the relationship between architecture, culture and spirituality. He has lectured and published articles in these areas nationally and internationally. Dr. Bermudez has received the 2004-05 ACSA Creative Achievement Award, and the 2010 Sasada Award for his sustained and significant international record of scholarship and service. In 2007, Bermudez co-founded the Architecture, Culture and Spirituality Forum, a 400+ members (from 48 countries) organization, that he continues to co-direct.

Event logistics

Lectures are held at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Falvey Hall of the Brown Center.

Public Transit:
The lecture location is within walking distance of several public transit options including:
-UB/Mount Royal Light Rail Stop
-Circulator Bus (Purple Line) at N. Charles and Mount Royal Avenue
-Penn Station: Amtrak/MARC

100 free parking spots will be available in the RK&K parking lot at 81 W Mosher St, Baltimore. The lot is located at the east end of Mosher Street, one block east of Mt. Royal Avenue and accessible from the northbound lane only. The lot will close at 9pm.

2019 Spring Lecture Series schedule

Each program offers 1.5 AIA/CES LUs /LA credits

March 27: Engaging the Edge

Kent Bloomer, Bloomer Studio, Yale University
Misha Semenov, Yale University
Christopher Streb, Biohabitats

April 24: The Intentional and Unintentional Edge

Daniel Campo, Morgan State University
Barbara Wilks, FAIA, W Architecture & Landscape Architecture LLC

May 1: The Edge of Experience

Roger Tyrell, CHORA, University of Portsmouth
Katie O’Meara, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)

5/4/2019 Harbor/Port Boat Tour Time TBD

5/8/2019 – Neighborhood Design Center/Design Conversation at the Motor House

Image: Achill Heaven Bridge, Travis Price Architects

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