Anthony Vidler: How to Invent Utopia: The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Plato's Polis

Lecture, Paul Desmarais Theatre, 17 May 2005
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Anthony Vidler: How to Invent Utopia: The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Plato's Polis
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Anthony Vidler, Dean and Professor, Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of the Cooper Union in New York, is a historian and critic of modern and contemporary architecture, specializing in French architecture from the Enlightenment to the present. He received his B.A. in Architecture and Fine Arts and his Diploma in Architecture from Cambridge University. He was a faculty member of the Princeton University School of Architecture from 1965 to 1993 and was appointed the William R. Kenan Jr. Chair of Architecture in 1990. From 1993 to 1997, Professor Vidler was Chair of the Department of Art History at the University of California, Los Angeles, with a joint appointment in the School of Architecture from 1997.

A recipient of awards from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, Vidler is the author of numerous works, including Claude-Nicolas Ledoux: Architecture and Social Reform at the End of the Ancien Régime (1990), The Architectural Uncanny: Essays in the Modern Unhomely (1992), Antoine Grumbach (1996), Warped Space: Art, Architecture, and Anxiety in Modern Culture (2000), Architecture between Spectacle and Use (2008), and Histories of the Immediate Present: Inventing Architectural Modernism (2008).

Anthony Vidler was a CCA Mellon Senior Fellow in 2005.

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