Lectures@SAUL: Futures of the Past
Aleksandra Kasuba – Her Constructions and the Irish Connection. Introduction by Kazys Varnelis.
Date: Wednesday 24 February 2016 at 5.00pm
Venue: SAUL architecture studio CG-042, University of Limerick
‘Futures of the past’ looks at buildings of the past and how we think about their future. This series of talks is a public forum intended to address a range of questions on architecture’s role, past and present. The current suite of lectures focuses on architects in the role of curators of historic buildings as well as the technologies of preservation. The talks are free to attend and all are welcome.
For further information please email Sylvia.Carroll@ul.ie or see ul.ie/architecture.
Aleksandra Kasuba, a Lithuanian-born artist, came to America in 1947. Since 1963, she has lived and worked in New York City designing walls for public buildings in marble, brick and granite; among them a 4,000 sq.ft. wall at the World Trade Center (destroyed 11.09.01), as well as other major installations including two in NYC, a plaza in Washington DC, Chicago IL, Richmond VA and Rochester NY.
In parallel, Aleksandra was also building innovative environments of tensile fabrics. Among them were structures in Woodstock at Whiz Bang Quick City #2 in 1972, a 20th Century Environment at the Carborundum Museum of Ceramics in Niagara Falls in 1973, and a 30,000 sq.ft. environment for the International Furniture Exhibit in Paris commissioned by the US Air Force in 1980. She took part in the Art-in-Science program of the University City Science Center in Philadelphia in 1977 and 1989. In 1983 she was awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Aleksandra’s work has been featured in numerous publications. In 2001, Aleksandra moved to New Mexico to build shell dwellings based on the tensile fabric principles she had been investigating. She continues to explore alternative habitats and has built a series of study models expanding the use of the shape-giving forces inherent to tensile membranes.