Rodrigo Abela Lectures at The San Diego Museum of Art

March 1, 2013 - Presented in conjunction with the interactive exhibition Journey through the City, Rodrigo Abela delivers a First Friday Films lecture on the redesign of Union Square on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.  This space has historically been utilized to accommodate memorialization, civic celebrations, protest, and recreation. Rodrigo will focus his lecture on the challenges of designing a multi-functional space in one of the nation’s most visible and popular locations.

To encourage visitors to interact with "a vocabulary for a city" yet to be invented, artist Miquel Navarro's exhibit Journey through the City provides visitors with a thousand pieces of different building materials, including aluminum, zinc, and wood. For inspiration, representations of current, innovative architecture and urban planning practices are exhibited on the gallery walls, including the redesign of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. by Gustafson Guthrie Nichol.