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The Architecture of Our Memories

If scientists decode memory in living cells, how do architects code memory in space and time? Is putting one foot in front of the other akin to moving about history's memory?

University of Virginia's Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture Elissa Rosenberg will answer these and other questions related to architecture and memory in her lecture, “Walking,” held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25 in the Geneva Room.

Rosenberg's lecture, the third in the Spring 2008 Fisher Center Lecture Series, will explore the ways in which memory is evoked and mediated through our relationship to physical place. She looks at the ways in which walking inscribes the body in place, and how our relationship to place, in turn, inspires a particular kind of remembering. She will discuss two memorials in which the encounter with place unfolds over time through the act of walking, through extremely different styles of walking and through different modes of engagement with their sites.

These are: Passages: Homage to Walter Benjamin, designed by Israeli artist Dani Karavan at Benjamin's burial site in Portbou, Spain and Memorial to the Departed Jewish Citizens of the Bayerische Viertel, Bayerische Platz, Berlin, an installation by German artists Renata Stih and Frieder Schnock commemorating the disappearance and murder of some 6,000 Jewish neighborhood residents.

Throughout her career, Rosenberg has lectured and published on a variety of urban issues such as space and gender in the work of Jane Jacobs and the relationship of landscape architecture, ecology and engineering in the city. She has served as Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Virginia from 1998-2002 and was a visiting professor at the Technion Institute, Israel from 1996-98. In 1993, she received The Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Award of Distinction for her teaching accomplishments. She has also practiced landscape architecture in New York City and neighborhood planning in Toronto.

Rosenberg is the author of “Gardens, Landscape, Nature: Duisburg-Nord” in The Hand and the Soul: Ethics and Aesthetics in Architecture and Art, “The Geography of Memory: Walking as Remembrance,” and “Suburban Sublime: Herman Miller Cherokee” in Between Form and Circumstance: Re-Thinking the Contemporary Landscape: The Recent Practice of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates.

Rosenberg will discuss her work and topics related to her lecture the following morning, from 9 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 26 in the Fisher Center (Demarest 212).

This lecture is co-sponsored by Environmental Studies and Architectural Studies.