Are human beings a scourge on nature? Or are human beings a part of nature?
If human beings have the capacity to do harm to the natural order, have we also
the capacity to do good to the natural order? If so, what are the anthropological
implications of these capacities? And what are the implications of 'harming' and
of 'doing good' to the natural order, particularly with respect to how human
beings order our built environment? This lecture considers these and other
questions related to architecture and urban design.
University of Notre Dame professor Philip Bess teaches graduate urban
design and theory, with a particular interest in Catholic and classical humanist
intellectual and artistic traditions in the context of modern American life and
the contemporary culture of architecture and urban design.
Professor Bess lectures widely and is the author of City Baseball Magic:
Plain Talk and Uncommon Sense About Cities and Baseball Parks, Inland
Architecture: Subterranean Essays on Moral Order and Formal Order in Chicago
and Till We Have Built Jerusalem: Architecture, Urbanism, and the Sacred.