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Provost Lecture looks at the NEXT CITY

Daniel S. Friedman, dean of the UW College of Built Environments, delivered the 2010 Provost Distinguished Lecture on Wednesday, April 21. He compared several Seattle landmarks to works of art including George Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.

His point was that our cities are worth talking about, writing about, singing about, etc. They are living, breathing representations of our existence, and they—like us—are not perfect. It was a deep speech, and many at Kane Hall walked away impressed by Friedman’s insightful comments.

Friedman’s talk focused on the “analogical city” and was titled City in Five Acts: Interpreting Urban Experience. It was the sixth lecture in the UW’s acclaimed NEXT CITY series.

Photo by Stephanie Pure, communications director for the Seattle chapter of the American Institute for Architects.

For a reader’s perspective, see this post from PubliCola.

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