Thursday Seminar: In Search of the Pavilion: From Renaissance to Modernity


Thursday, February 15, 2024, 6:00pm to 7:30pm


I Tatti
Sabatino Rotonda Palladio

Speaker: Michelangelo Sabatino (I Tatti / Illinois Tech)

Sabatino’s research in progress explores the transformation of Renaissance-era free-standing pavilions, exemplified by Andrea Palladio’s “Villa la Rotonda,” from a space used occasionally for appreciating the surrounding landscape, into the modern pavilion, conceived for continuous dwelling. By examining Edith Farnsworth’s steel-and-glass house (1951) designed by Mies van der Rohe for a site along the Fox River, Sabatino seeks to better understand how the increased collaboration between architects and landscape architects led to a rethinking of the experience of modern nature.

Michelangelo Sabatino is a publicly engaged architectural historian, curator, and preservationist whose research and writing focuses on modern architecture and the built environment. He is Professor of Architectural History and Preservation at Illinois Tech’s College of Architecture where he directs the PhD program and is the inaugural John Vinci Distinguished Research Fellow. Sabatino’s first book, Pride in Modesty: Modernist Architecture and the Vernacular Tradition in Italy (2011), won multiple awards. More recent books include Canada: Modern Architectures in History (with Rhodri Windsor Liscombe, 2016), Avant-Garde in the Cornfields: Architecture, Landscape, and Preservation in New Harmony (with Ben Nicholson, 2019), Making Houston Modern: The Life and Architecture of Howard Barnstone (with Barrie Scardino Bradley and Stephen Fox, 2020), and Carlo Mollino: Architect and Storyteller (with Napoleone Ferrari, 2021). 



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