November 10, 2005


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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Environmental architect and visionary urban planner Glen Howard Small and his daughter, independent filmmaker Lucia Small, will visit Bucknell University Wednesday, Nov. 16.

Their visit is part of Bucknell's ongoing Science, Technology, and Society Colloquium, "The Elegant Equation: Engineering and the Art of Architecture."

During their visit, they will show the film, "My Father, the Genius," and give a lecture on the film which examines Small's career and life at 7:30 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center.

In addition, Small will discuss his work in an informal slide and discussion session at noon in the Center Room (Room 256) in the Elaine Langone Center.

Both the lecture and Small's informal talk are open to the public without charge.

Small became an architect in the radical 1970s. By the end of the decade, like many artists of his generation, he had left his family for "freedom" and told the architectural world that they just didn't understand his work. By the 1990s, he had found new audiences and rediscovered his daughter Lucia to whom he entrusted his biography.

Small was a founding member of the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-ARC) where he taught and served on the board of the institution for 18 years. His visionary environmental architecture, including a biomorphic biosphere mega-structure, opened new directions of thinking about environmentally sustainable structures.

Too radical for much of the general public, many of his projects have remained in the planning stages. His recent projects include an acoustical shell amphitheatre for public performances and the Colon Rotunda and fountain in Managua, Nicaragua. He also was the architect for the Seal Rock Gallery in Oregon and a number of luxury homes in California.

Lucia Small's film traces her father's life, career and relationship with his family. It presents the high price he paid for his prophetic vision, including confrontation with his family and clients and professional disappointments. It frames an essential questioning of the role of the architect and of the creative process in modern society, according to Janice Mann, associate professor of art and a faculty coordinator of the series.

Dianne Bates of the Los Angeles Times says of the film, "To Lucia Small's credit, the film is neither a fluff piece for the architect or a bitter account of a wayward father. Instead, she has used animation, archival footage, and extensive interviews with family, friends, clients and former students to craft a humorously disconcerting film that could be about anyone's father ... "

For more information about this lecture or the series, call 577-3655 or see http://www.departments.bucknell.edu/vp_academic_affairs/programs/sts/2005/index.html

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