Civic Center Architect to Speak About Project at Oct. 22 Event

posted: October 17th, 2012 05:59 am | 0No Comments

Architect Peter Bohlin, who designed the city’s new Civic Center project, will discuss the facility at a free event at the Central Library at 7 p.m. Monday Oct. 22.

“The New Civic Center: A Vision for the Future” will be open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis based on room capacity, organizers said in a news release.

“Residents will have the opportunity to meet the architect behind the new Civic Center design and learn about his vision for this multifaceted facility and the inspiration behind his contemporary design,” the release said.

The Newport Beach City Arts Commission and the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation are sponsoring the event.

Bohlin is a founding principal of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, the firm selected by the City Council to design the Civic Center complex off Avocado Ave. The City Council plans to hold its December meeting in the new building, although it will remain under construction in December and January, officials have said. The complex includes a 450-space parking structure and a 17-acre park.

According to the news release, Bohlin holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Architecture degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has received many honors and awards and has been a guest critic and visiting professor at schools of architecture in the United States and internationally.

“During childhood Bohlin had developed a deep interest in the human circumstance and how architecture can enhance and elevate the experience of one’s surroundings whether in nature or manmade,” the release said. “Bohlin’s work first came to national attention in 1970 when his parents’ house in Bear Creek, Pennsylvania appeared on the cover of The New York Times Magazine. Forest House, a summer house for his parents in West Cornwall, Connecticut appeared on the cover in 1975….Bohlin’s leadership and inspiration have established a culture of thoughtful, thorough design thinking throughout the practice, and he remains keenly interested in both broad conceptual thinking and detailed expression.”

For more information call (949) 717-3801.

Top photo courtesy of the Newport Beach Library Foundation; bottom photo courtesy of Corona del Mar Today reader Ron Yeo.

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