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9/10/2011-- The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, bookstore will host a lecture by Lars Lerup, the Harry K. and Albert K. Smith professor of architecture and former dean of the Rice University School of Architecture, on Wednesday, September 14, 2011, in the Brown Auditorium, followed by a book signing. Architectural historian Stephen Fox will introduce Lerup, who will discuss his new book, One Million Acres and No Zoning (2011, AA Publications), an examination of the unique city of Houston and an approach to interpreting and understanding it. The book presents Houston as a test case for 21st-century urbanism and how it contributes to the overall understanding of unregulated cities. Lerup has taught at the University of California at Berkeley, and served as Dean at the Rice School of Architecture and as William Ward Watkin Professor from 1993 to 2009. In 2004, he was named the Swedish-American Citizen of the Year for his lifelong contributions to architectural education and practice. His previous books include After the City (2000, MIT Press), Room (1999, The Menil Collection), Planned Assaults (1987, MIT Press), and Building the Unfinished (1977, SAGE). Lerup’s work focuses on the intersection of nature and culture in the contemporary American metropolis, and on Houston in particular.

The lecture is free and open to the public. One Million Acres and No Zoning retails for $39.95 at the MFAH bookstore, and copies can be reserved by calling 713-639-7360.

When: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 7:00 p.m.

Where: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The Caroline Wiess Law Building, Brown Auditorium
1001 Bissonnet
Houston, TX 77006