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Robin Boyd: Walsh Street House

Robin Boyd: Walsh Street House

Keller Gallery at MIT Architecture
with the Robin Boyd Foundation

On View: March 19 - April 9, 2012
Keller Gallery, Room 7-408; 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA
Open Monday - Saturday 9am - 6pm
Free and open to the public.

Born and educated in Melbourne, Robin Boyd was a visionary architect and highly regarded writer, radio commentator, educator and public speaker. Invited by Dean Pietro Belluschi and encouraged by friend Walter Gropius, then the Dean at Harvard's GSD, Boyd spent the 1956-57 academic year as a visiting professor at MIT. From a family of prominent painters, he fundamentally believed in architecture as an art, and further, art as superior to materialism. He challenged Australians beyond the architectural community to articulate the nation's unique cultural spirit and to resist the growing American economic and cultural dominance. Influenced by travel throughout Europe made possible by a grant from the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, Boyd propagated the International Style throughout Australia.

The exhibition includes a large sectional model of the Walsh Street House, excerpts of Boyd's writing, and photographs.

MODEL TEAM:
Masoud Akbarzadeh, Galo Canizares, Chantal Jahn, Jie Zhang, Weishun Xu

EXHIBITION TEAM:
Sarah Hirschman, Mariel Villeré, Clay Anderson

PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF:
Robin Boyd Foundation, Nader Tehrani