Architect, satirist Krumwiede to present next Hyde Lecture
Keith Krumwiede, dean of the Architecture Division at the California College of the Arts, will give the next talk in the College of Architecture’s Hyde Lecture Series, “Once Upon a Time in Another America,” 4 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Nebraska Union Auditorium.
Krumwiede will present experiments in architectural storytelling, including selections from his book, “Atlas of Another America: An Architectural Fiction.” The book satirically assesses the American Dream by masquerading as a historical architectural treatise for a fictional but uncannily familiar suburban utopia called Freedomland.
Through the appropriation, exaggeration and reorganization of found forms, images and words, Krumwiede’s stories put forward a critique of both the American culture — examining the myths and conflicting desires that shape the physical and political landscape — and the architecture culture, lampooning its hubris and often-complicit relationship to power and privilege.
Krumwiede’s research explores the relationship between architecture and its cultural, social and political milieus. His work has been featured in the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial and the 2016 Lisbon Architecture Triennial and has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions. His projects, essays and experimental texts have appeared in Cartha, Drawing Futures, The Architect’s Newspaper, The Avery Review, Log, Praxis, Perspecta, 306090 and Domus.
An award-winning educator, Krumwiede has taught at UC Berkeley, MIT, NJIT, Yale and Rice. In 2018, he was the Arnold W. Brunner/Katherine Edwards Gordon Rome Prize Fellow in Architecture at the American Academy in Rome.
The presentation is part of the College of Architecture’s 2019-2020 Hyde Lecture Series, which features speakers from across disciplines who are united under the theme “OUR WORK / YOUR WORK — Designing and Planning for Political Engagement.”
The college’s Hyde Lecture Series is a longstanding, endowed, public program. Each year, the college hosts speakers in the fields of architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and planning who enrich the ongoing dialogue around agendas that are paramount to the design disciplines and Nebraska graduates.