9 December 1999
9:00AM — Blacksburg, VA + Hotel Roanoke

Ferrari Symposium II

Convergence: A Question of Disciplines

The Second in a Series of Symposia in Honor of Olivio Ferrari


December 9 + 10 1999

The second Ferrari Symposium will be hosted by the College of Architecture and Urban Studies on December 9 and 10, 1999. It is intended to be an expansion of the 1996 gathering enspeaker-titled, Architecture + Industrial Design.

Ferrari Symposium II: Convergence: A Question of Disciplines will address the diversity of departments housed within the College. The first theme to be considered is the issue of new territories of opportunity offered by a symbiosis of disciplines. Situations of unique collaborations and instances of technology expanding the field of view are of interest for this conference. The second theme explores the individual identity necessary to maintain a discipline. This would include the limits or boundaries that define excellence within a particular area of inquiry or practice. Thus, the degree to which the boundaries of professions are blurred or reinforced is a subject of consequence for both the academic and professional worlds.

The conference agenda consists of concurrent presentations by alumni all day Thursday and Friday morning on campus in Cowgill Hall. Special events include a presentation of a “symphony of light” on Thursday evening. Exhibitions will be situated throughout the College, and Bruno Monguzzi, a world renowned graphic designer and author of the first symposium poster, will produce the second poster in the series.

The conference will move Friday afternoon to the Hotel Roanoke. John Seely Brown, Chief scientist of Xerox Corporation and Director of the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) will deliver the keynote address. The banquet on Friday evening will be held in the main dining room of the Hotel Roanoke.

The College invites alumni to attend all the activities. As a continuing education event, twenty AIA learning units will be awarded to all participants seeking re-certification.

Please make every effort to register as soon as possible as capacity may be limited. To register by phone, please call the conference registrar at 540-231-5182.

Tentative Schedule

Thursday, Dec. 9

  • 9:00 am Introductions: Dean Paul Knox; Overview: Lucy Ferrari
  • 10:00 am Concurrent presentations Cowgill Hall
  • 11:00 am Concurrent presentations Cowgill Hall
  • 12:00 am Lunch (on your own)
  • 1:30 pm Concurrent presentations Cowgill Hall
  • 2:30 pm Concurrent presentations Cowgill Hall
  • 3:30 pm Concurrent presentations Cowgill Hall
  • 5:30 pm Special Presentation: “Light Sculptures” by Tim Castine; Introduction: Prof. Robert Dunay Hancock Hall
  • 6:30 Dinner (on your own)

Friday, Dec. 10

  • 8:00 am Coffee
  • 9:00 am Concurrent presentations Cowgill Hall
  • 10:00 am Concurrent presentations Cowgill Hall
  • 11:00 am Concurrent presentations Cowgill Hall
  • 12:00 am Lunch, travel to Roanoke
  • 3:00 pm Keynote address: John Seely Brown; Director, Xerox PARC: “Living, Working, Learning in the e-Age Where Convergence Meets Non-Convergence” Hotel Roanoke
  • 4:30 pm Cocktails
  • 5:30 pm Symposium Dinner Regency Room, HRCC