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Vitruvius, Plecnik, Krier — and the Vernacular Mind

a Presentation by and Discussion with Andrés Duany

Sat, March 11, 2017
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

The Cosmos Club
2121 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, D.C.

The WMA ICAA is proud to present Spring 2017 featured speaker, Andrés Duany.

Andrés Duany is an American architect and urban planner, and a founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism. He received his undergraduate degree in architecture and urban planning from Princeton University and a master’s degree from the Yale School of Architecture. With his firm, Duany has completed designs and codes for over three hundred new towns, regional plans, and inner-city revitalization projects. He is also a representative of New Classical Architecture. He has co-authored five books: Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream, The New Civic Art, The Smart Growth Manual, Garden Cities and Landscape Urbanism and Its Discontents. Duany has worked as visiting professor at many institutions and holds two honorary doctorates.

On March 11 join us at the Cosmos Club as Andres leads us in a discussion: VITRUVIUS, PLECNIK, KRIER–AND THE VERNACULAR MIND.

Duany will make presentations of little known designs of Plecnik and Krier, suggesting a thesis resolving the contradiction between: “Do as Vitruvius says” and “Plecnik and Krier are great classical architects.” Duany will share his interpretation of the Vitruvian triad of satyric, comic and tragic scenes, further reinforced by a discussion of heterodox treatises, including the unfinished Lehrbuch by Schinkel, and solicit reaction and thoughts from attendees.


Seating is limited and online ticket sales end Thursday March 9 at Noon.

Coat and tie required for men, the equivalent for women.

Tickets are on sale through Eventbrite now.

General Admission $50

WMA ICAA Member $35

L’Enfant Member $25

Image courtesy DPZ Partners.