Charles H. Atherton Memorial Lecture at the National Building Museum
Deadline: May 15, 2013
National Building Museum
Secretary of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, Thomas Luebke, FAIA, will present the evolving role of the Commission of Fine Arts in the context of the artistic, social, and political circumstances that fostered the commission’s creation and the subsequent trends that have informed its decisions. As design philosophies and styles changed over the century, the commission also shifted its emphasis—from Beaux-Arts architecture and planning principles to the modernist pragmatism of midcentury, the urban redevelopment, and historicist trends of the late twentieth century, and to the contemporary era characterized by issues of security, sustainability, and information technology.