Against Reason: John Lautner and Postwar Architecture (Day 1)

Saturday Sep 20, 2008 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM This is a past program

Co-presented by the Hammer Museum and the Getty Research Institute, this two-day symposium includes a series of panels and presentations in which scholars, architects, engineers, and architectural historians employ John Lautner’s nonrational philosophy as a critical window onto postwar architecture in the United States and abroad.

Friday, September 19

Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum

4:00PM – Welcome remarks

Ann Philbin (Director, Hammer Museum)

4:15PM – Session 1: The Search for Fluidity

Stanford Anderson (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Alan Hess (architecture critic and author)

Robert Bruegmann (University of Illinois, Chicago)

Followed by a panel discussion, chaired by Wim de Wit (Getty Research Institute).

7:30PM – Engaging Lautner’s Built Legacy in the 21st Century

Four avant-garde architects discuss the challenge of adding a new addition to one of Lautner’s residential structures. Participants include: Hernán Díaz Alonso, Principal, Xefirotarch; Neil M. Denari, Principal, Neil M. Denari Architects; Winka Dubbeldam, Principal, Archi-Tectonics; Frank Escher, Principal, Escher GuneWardena Architecture. Moderated by Christopher J. Alexander, Getty Research Institute.

Admission is free. Separate reservations are required for each day of the symposium and evening conversations. Please call 310-440-7300 or visit the event calendar at to register. Please see for updated information and a full schedule.