Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Living Over the Store

University of Oregon Professor of Architecture Howard Davis will present a lecture on Monday, October 15 on the subject of his latest book.  Living Over the Store: Architecture and Local Urban Life (Routledge Press) is the first scholarly account of buildings that combine commercial and residential uses—a kind of building that is increasingly important in current attempts at making sustainable, inclusive and humane cities. 

Combining investigations in architectural theory, architectural history, social history, planning, and urban geography, the book provides a cross-cultural and historical look at a building type that is among the most ubiquitous in cities around the world. It describes the fate of these buildings under the impact of zoning laws and development practices that supported the city of division rather than the city of inclusion and concludes with a description of architectural and policy efforts that support the reintroduction of this building to contemporary cities. 

Howard Davis' teaching and research focus on the social frameworks within which buildings are built, with emphasis on urban buildings and neighborhoods. This work is taking place in Portland; Guangzhou, China; and London. 

In addition to Living Over the Store: Architecture and Local Urban Life, Howard’s other publications include the coauthored The Production of Houses and The Culture ofBuilding, which was named “Best Publication in Architecture and Urban Studies” by the Association of American Publishers in 2000. He is also the recipient of the 2011 Thomas F. Herman Award for Distinguished Teaching at the University of Oregon, and the 2009 Distinguished Professor Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. 

What:   Lecture by Professor Howard Davis 

When:  Monday, October 15, 2012, 5:15 PM 

Where: 206 Lawrence Hall, University of Oregon, Eugene

Cost:    Free

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