Bruce Presents Architecture 20/20: New Visions for Public Spaces in the Age of COVID-19

Thursday, June 4, 2020 — 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Bruce Presents Architecture 20/20: New Visions for Public Spaces in the Age of COVID-19 

Virtual Webinar via Zoom

Bruce Presents, the Bruce Museum’s program series featuring thought leaders in the fields of art and science, returns on Thursday, June 4, 7:00 – 8:30 pm (EDT), with a Zoom virtual panel discussion: Architecture 20/20: New Visions for Public Spaces in the Age of COVID-19. 

Post-COVID, How Will Architects Design Museums and Public Spaces?

How will the COVID-19 global pandemic change the way that architects design or modify public spaces — from classrooms to auditoriums, from public restrooms to restaurants, from hallways to elevators? How will the need for social distancing impact the way that public spaces are used in a post-lockdown environment? Think about theaters and concert halls and houses of worship and sports arenas, too. Think of everywhere that we gather in public — what is to become of all those places, all those spaces?

An all-star panel of four world-class architects and three executive directors of major museums and arts institutions will tackle these and other questions in a Zoom seminar, Architecture 20/20: New Visions for Public Spaces in the Age of COVID-19, on Thursday, June 4, 7:00-8:30 pm.

The panel is presented by the Bruce Museum as part of a series of high-level public programs called Bruce Presents: Thought Leaders in Art and Science. 

Providing insight are five distinguished architects whose practices focus on the design of public buildings and spaces, as well as three highly respected museum directors:

Dr. Carol R. Bentel, Architect, partner, Bentel & Bentel Architects; chair, BFA Interior Design Department, School of Visual Arts

Steve Dumez, Principal, Director of Design, EskewDumezRipple

Pamela Franks, Executive Director, Williams College Museum of Art

Maitland Jones, Principal, Deborah Berke Partners

Nick Koster, Director, Snøhetta

Paul Schulhof, Principal, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

Nico Wheadon, Executive Director, NXTHVN (a multidisciplinary arts incubator)

Robert Wolterstorff, Susan E. Lynch Executive Director, Bruce Museum

“The COVID-19 crisis makes urgent the need for new thinking about how we gather in our public spaces. It’s certain to lead to innovative, even surprising, ideas for how we can create new spaces, and for how we better use spaces that already exist,” says Robert Wolterstorff. “The Bruce Museum is delighted to present this timely discussion.”

The program will conclude with a Q-and-A session moderated by Leonard Jacobs, producer of Bruce Presents.

Support for Bruce Presents is generously provided by Northern Trust and Berkley One, a Berkley Company.



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