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Lecture: Mojave Modern, Sonoran Style with Alan Hess

Architect and historian Alan Hess tells the story of Mojave and Sonoran desert architecture and how America’s desert southwest has contributed to modern architectural trends and major innovations. $25 (1.5 hrs)
Category: @Palm Springs, Kid-Friendly Activity, Presentation, Talk



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From Tucson to Palm Springs, America’s desert southwest contributed major innovations to Modern architectural trends. Though a few examples  (like Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West) are internationally famous, the broader story of Mojave and Sonoran desert architecture has not been told. Mojave Modern focuses on how Modernism sprang from the southwest's grass roots; it wasn’t transplanted from Europe. Applying new technologies to deal with harsh climates, embracing new lifestyles, celebrating its history, and drawing on the beauty of the desert, Mojave Modern and Sonoran Style from Tucson to Phoenix to Las Vegas to Palm Springs have changed Modern architecture.

Alan Hess is a nationally recognized architect, author, historian and critic. He writes a very informative architectural blog as well as being the architecture critic for the San Jose Mercury News. He has written 19 books on modern architecture including the hugely influential Googie: Fifties Coffee Shop Architecture.

Presented by and proceeds to benefit the Friends of the Palm Springs Library, a non-profit organization established in 1971 that supports the Library and builds awareness within the community for the Library and its functions.


Things to Know

This event is for all ages.
We recommend that you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to lecture beginning to allow time for check-in and seating.
No eating inside the Library, any drinks must be covered with a lid.
Self-parking in the adjacent parking lot.
Handicap parking is available. This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Friends of the Palm Springs Library.

Event Check-in Location

Palm Springs Public Library, The Learning Center Community Room, 300 S. Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262
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Photo Credits: Alan Hess

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