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Indiana Modern Talk: The Humanist Architecture of Minoru Yamasaki
Thu, June 1, 2017, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
On June 1, Indiana Landmarks will host a free illustrated talk by Dale Gyure on the internationally renowned Modernist architect Minoru Yamasaki, designer of the lost World Trade Center. Yamasaki also designed Butler University’s Irwin Library, the 10-story 1st Source Center in Fort Wayne, and other important buildings throughout the U.S. and overseas.
According to Gyure, Yamasaki’s controversial style merged modern materials and functional concerns with historical elements from Western and Japanese traditions. His work emphasized the importance of human needs and desires like “serenity, surprise, and delight,” something Yamasaki felt was lacking in the modernist architecture.
Yamasaki (1912-1986) was on the cover of Time in 1963. His firm, Minoru Yamasaki Associates Inc. was based in Troy, Michigan.
Dale Gyure is an architecture professor at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan and also teaches at Goucher College in Maryland. A former trial attorney, Gyure later received an architectural history degree from the University of Virginia. This fall, Yale University Press will publish Dr. Gyure’s third book Serenity and Delight: The Architecture of Minoru Yamasaki.
Indiana Landmarks received support for Gyure’s talk from Indiana University’s Cornelius O’Brien Lecture Series Concerning Historic Preservation and from the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
Prior to Gyure’s talk, “Serenity, Surprise, and Delight: The Humanist Architecture of Minoru Yamasaki,” Indiana Landmarks will present awards for central Indiana preservation projects. The awards presentation begins at 6 p.m., followed by Gyure’s talk at 6:30 p.m. at The Toby at Indianapolis Museum of Art.