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APT x Robert Kirkbride at NYPL

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Phantoms of the Kirkbride Hospitals for the Insane
Join us for an evening presentation by Robert Kirkbride

How many ghosts can haunt a building at once? When the building at question is one of the 35 remaining Kirkbride Hospitals for the Insane, which share the burden of a troubled and tragic past, the answer is not simple. There are many ghosts, of various sorts. Despite the noble intent of their creators and generosity of their designs, the asylums often devolved into horrifying dystopias, and given their stigmatizing histories, they are easy targets for demolition. Yet there is a passionate and growing network of preservationists, urban explorers and paranormalists committed to preserving Kirkbride Hospitals. In this talk, Dr. Kirkbride aims to decouple the physical asylums from some of their phantoms to promote their adaptive reuse and avoid repressive and wasteful erasure. Reflecting on their tangible lessons of architectural know-how, sustainability and embodied energy, he will also consider how scholarship and design cross-pollenate one’s practice.

About the Presenter
Robert Kirkbride is Dean of Parsons School of Constructed Environments, and Associate Professor of Architecture and Product Design at Parsons School of Design, in New York City. Robert’s work integrates scholarship and design practice, investigating the interplay of physical and mental infrastructures of memory and identity. Dr. Kirkbride directs the architectural design atelier, studio ‘patafisico, and is also Spokesperson and a founding Trustee for PreservationWorks, a national 501c3 organization advocating the preservation and adaptive reuse of Kirkbride Plan Hospitals. In addition to contributing the introduction for 2016’s Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital, for which he and co-authors Rusty Tagliareni and Christina Mathews received Author Awards from the NJSAA, Dr. Kirkbride designed the Morbid Anatomy Museum with Anthony Cohn in Brooklyn, NY, and authored the award-winning multimedia online book Architecture and Memory, which reconstructs the educational and rhetorical uses of two memory chambers from the Italian Renaissance. Robert has been a visiting scholar at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and architect-in-residence at the Bogliasco Foundation in Genoa, Italy.

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践谈APT (Architectural Practice Talks)
celebrate design talents and creative minds in architecture, design and urbanism, and fosters an international design community by curating a series of diverse and engaging cultural events. Through a rich program of office tours, interviews, site visits and lecture series, APT is committed to nurturing design excellence and encouraging interdisciplinary dialogues through the power of online and offline experience. Founded in a small apartment in New York, today APT brings together over 800 industry influencers and reaches thousands of readers in the design community.

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