The Albany Institute of History & Art is set to host a lecture on the Brunner-Lay Plan of 1914 with professor emeritus John Pipkin.
The lecture explores the book Studies for Albany, released in 1914, which contains the observations and improvements proposed by architect Arnold Brunner and landscape architect Charles Downing Lay for the city of Albany, part of the City Beautiful movement.
Studies for Albany is Brunner’s and Lay’s response to the City Beautiful movement of the twentieth century, which was a movement that supports and encourages the beautification of American cities. The lecture Albany’s Brush with Beauty: The Brunner-Lay Plan of 1914 explores the aspirations, failings, and surviving vestiges of Brunner’s work in Albany.
John Pipkin is a distinguished service professor emeritus of geography and planning at the University at Albany. He holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University and his research interests include American Urbanism, nineteen century landscapes, geographic though, and planning history.
The lecture takes place on Thursday, April 25, 2019, at 6 pm and is free and open to the public.
The Albany Institute of History & Art is located at 125 Washington Avenue in Albany. Free parking is available in the museum’s lot at the corner of Elk and Dove Streets.
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