Explore four generations of architects on MDI



BAR HARBOR — Architect Sarge Gardiner will join Isabel Mancinelli, the College of the Atlantic Charles Eliot Professor of Ecological Planning, Policy and Design, at COA’s weekly Coffee and Conversation salon on Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 9 a.m. The pair will discuss the unique work of architects on Mount Desert Island at the free event, open to the public.

Architects and designers of national prominence have been coming to Mount Desert Island since the late 19th century to design houses, landscapes and other structures in one of this country’s most beautiful natural settings.

Architect Sarge Gardiner joins professor Isabel Mancinelli to discuss decades of unique architectural achievements on Mount Desert Island at COA’s weekly Coffee and Conversation salon Aug. 9. PHOTO COURTESY OF COLLEGE OF THE ATLANTIC

Architect Sarge Gardiner joins professor Isabel Mancinelli to discuss decades of unique architectural achievements on Mount Desert Island at COA’s weekly Coffee and Conversation salon Aug. 9. PHOTO COURTESY OF COLLEGE OF THE ATLANTIC

Gardiner, a partner with Robert A.M. Stern Architects, has long studied MDI architects such as William Ralph Emerson, Bruce Price, George Howe and Robert A.M. Stern to understand how each architect responded to this distinct natural setting. He’ll share how their work reflects the contemporary architectural thought of their times as well as the broader economic and cultural forces shaping this country. Gardiner also will discuss the role of the shingle style, a unique American creation nurtured in this setting by three of the four architects presented.

Gardiner has vast experience in urban planning and architecture. His work includes a 55-acre master plan for the Southeast Federal Center, a mixed-use project on the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C., and a 2,400-acre master plan for the Harmony Cove Resort and Village in Trelawny, Jamaica.

His architectural projects include 30 Park Place, an 82-story tower in New York City that combines a 185-key five-star Four Seasons hotel with 157 top-end condominium apartments, the Century, a new 850,000-square-foot high-rise residential building in Los Angeles, apartment towers in New York City and the LEED Platinum Caruthers Biotechnology Building at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

COA’s Coffee and Conversation Series spans the cultural, political and social issues shaping our world. Guest speakers include writers, scientists, business leaders and artists. Conversations take place weekly at College of the Atlantic’s Eden Street campus through August.

 

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