Pub Church: “The Beauty of Dialogue” with Michael Benedikt and Philip Marshall

Date and Time

Sunday, April 30th
5:30 PM


Scholz Garten
1607 San Jacinto Blvd.
Ausin, TX 78701


Michael Benedikt holds the Hal Box Chair in Urbanism and is the Director of The Center for American Architecture and Design at UT-Austin, where he has taught design studio and design theory since 1975, as well as designed a number of buildings. He is a graduate of Witwatersrand in South Africa and of Yale University, and the author of many books. He has also been a visiting professor at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard, a Scholar in Residence at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Study Center in Bellagio, Italy, Colin Clipson Fellow at the University of Michigan, and J. L Constant Professor at the University of Kansas, and regularly lectures on not only architecture, but also design theory, computing, art, theology, and ethics. In 2003, he was awarded the UT School of Architecture’s Teacher of Year Award, and in 2004 was named a Distinguished Professor by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA). His books Cyberspace: First Steps and For an Architecture of Reality are just two of Benedikt’s texts that reveal his affection for and understanding of architecture as new avenue to discuss the philosophy of relationships and the construction of our world.

Philip Marshall is a local jazz percussionist and regular Front Porch collaborator. In addition to his work with his namesake trio, Philip has helped the Front Porch craft our dialogue process over the last few years, and had a profound impact as a co-organizer of our forum last September, “The Crisis in Music: Austin Edition,” which featured music historian, Ted Gioia, and a panel of influential stakeholders in the Austin music scene, including Austin Mayor Steve Adler. Since Philip’s expertise is jazz music, the back and forth of the musicians he’ll bring along will pair perfectly with our chat about dialogue. We can’t wait to groove with Philip again for this one.

Pub Church stats at 5:30 PM in the backroom of Scholz Garten. The second half of the conversation is opened up to the congregation as a roving microphone gives voice to all who wish to comment, question, and share their perspective. At the end of the discussion, a radically-open Communion service is always offered.

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