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WHAT:             Architecture Lecture: “Global Suburbs”


WHEN:             5:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 26


WHERE:           The Catholic University of America

                        Edward M. Crough Center for Architectural Studies

                        Koubek Auditorium

                        620 Michigan Ave., N.E.

                        Washington, D.C.


DETAILS:         Catholic University’s School of Architecture and Planning will open its Fall                             2005 Lectures Series with a presentation by Robert Fishman, professor of                                architecture at the University of Michigan whose presentation is titled “Global                               Suburbs.” Fishman’s lecture reflects the focus of this year’s lecture series, which                              explores the effects of globalization on architecture.


Fishman’s lecture will examine the link between the American suburb and the mega cities of the developing world. In such cities, the wealthy traditionally as close to the city’s center as possible, while the poor live in shanty towns on the outskirts. But as the core of the 21st-century mega city has become increasingly chaotic and the middle class increasingly automobile-dependent, a new model of urban living has emerged. In these situations, the middle class live in highly-secure enclaves at the    city’s edge, close to, but still protected from the peripheral shanty towns. The design of such American-style suburbs as Orange County outside Beijing, China, and Alphaville outside Sao Paolo, Brazil, embodies the deep social divisions of the mega city.


                        All the lectures in the four-part series are free and open to the public. The                           remaining lectures are scheduled for Oct. 24, Oct. 28 and Nov. 7. For more                            information about the series, contact the School of Architecture and Planning at                               202-319-5188.


SPONSOR:       School of Architecture and Planning


MEDIA:             To cover the film series, contact Katie Lee or Chris Harrison in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.  






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