March 26, 2010

Lecture series focuses on elements of architecture

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- An upcoming Fine Arts Lecture Series from the School of Architecture at Southern Illinois University Carbondale will help participants learn the connection between embroidery, creating affordable housing and designing an interactive fountain.

The lectures focus on various elements of architecture -- from fashion design to sustainable homes to massive projects for public use or enjoyment. Each of the presentations is free and the public is welcome. The venue is the John C. Guyon Auditorium at Morris Library and all lectures start at 7 p.m.

Kicking off the series is the Steven Moore presentation on Monday, March 29. Moore is the Bartlett Cocke Professor of Architecture and Planning and director of the graduate program in sustainable design at the University of Texas at Austin. He is co-director of the University of Texas Center for Sustainable Development and author of numerous articles and four books about sustainable architecture and city living.

With a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to the UT Center for Sustainable Development, Moore launched the Alley Flat Initiative ( in 2005. He is principal investigator for the program that identified a network of deserted alleys surrounded by oversized residential lots in Austin. The result is the Alley Flat Initiative. The center, teaming with the non-profit Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corp. and the Austin Community Design and Development Center, is spearheading a plan to create new, sustainable, innovative, affordable, green housing in Austin. Moore will discuss his work during the free lecture.

Alastair Macleod and the Hand and Lock USA and Canada Lecture Tour 2010 ( bring “A Taste of the Rich Tradition of Embroidery” to SIUC on April 5. The inspirational presentation highlights the significance and pertinence of using embroidery and other embellishments in fashion design.

Embroiderers, students and anyone with an interest in decorative textiles will find the lecture of interest as it touches on the origin and history of embroidery, the making of gold and silver military accents, various embroidery techniques and the current use and future of the embellishment.

Mark Sexton, senior partner in Krueck and Sexton Architects will speak April 12. The Chicago firm, found online, has had a hand in unique projects worldwide including the lighted interactive Crown Fountain in Chicago’s popular Millennium Plaza, “transparent” houses, stainless steel apartments and much more.

Sexton will discuss his firm’s work, use of computerized design tools, and other facets of architecture and design.

The Student Fine Arts Activity Fee is funding the presentations. For more information about the lecture series or the SIUC School of Architecture, call 618/453-3734 or visit the Web site at