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Stone: From Ancient Monolith to Modernist Translucency

Designer and author William Hall explores the best examples of 20th and 21th century architecture that exploit the intrinsic qualities of stone as a building material. $12 (1 hr)


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Many of the world’s most significant, revered and influential structures are built with stone, not least the Pyramids, Stonehenge and the Parthenon, and there is evidence that hominins lived in caves over a million years ago, so our relationship with stone predates even our own species. 

With such an ancient, vivid and memorable heritage, it is easy to consider stone an anachronistic material irreconcilable with the very hypothesis of Modernism, a movement inextricably associated with new materials and technologies. Yet architects of the 20th and 21st centuries have exploited the intrinsic qualities of stone to produce an extraordinary array of great architecture. 

William Hall explores the best examples in a visually rich and accessible talk designed to reposition established ideas about stone architecture. 

William Hall trained at Central Saint Martins and began his career in the office of the minimalist architect John Pawson. He now runs his own design practice in London working with clients such as MoMA, Tate and Wayne McGregor. Hall is the author of Concrete, Brick, Wood and Stone (Phaidon 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019). 

A book signing of William Hall’s Stone will follow his presentation. 

$12

Things to Know

This event is for all ages.
This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week

Event Check-in Location

Modernism Week CAMP Theater, 575 N Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262

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Photo Credits: Barcelona Pavilion, Barcelona, Spain, 1929, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich Photo: Jake Groth, Pius Church, Meggen, Switzerland, 1966, Franz Füeg Photo: Kuster Frey, Theatre of Epidaurus, Greece, 100s BCE, Polykleitos the Younger Photo: The Greek Photoholic/iStock, Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, Rome, Italy, 1943, Giovanni Guerrini, Ernesto Bruno La Padula and Mario Romano Photo: Jean-Pierre Dalbéra

 

 

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