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Mediterranean Indigenous Architecture: Timeless Solutions for the Human Habitat

Wednesday, February 13, 1985–Friday, March 08, 1985

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Mediterranean Indigenous Architecture: Timeless Solutions for the Human Habitat is an exhibition featuring village architecture in Italy, Greece, Spain and Yugoslavia. One hundred and fifty illustrated panels with photographs, sketches, watercolors, batiks and written texts highlight four distinct Mediterranean regions: the Adriatic coast of Yugoslavia, the Aegean islands of Greece, the hilltowns of central Italy, and the Andalusian region of southern Spain.

Mediterranean indigenous architecture provides valuable lessons for contemporary designers and builders on how to design responsive housing. Indigenous architecture, evolving in close relation to local climate, materials, topography and lifestyle, can suggest forms and a philosophical position to contemporary architects aiming to create more livable environments.

The exhibition was produced by Steven and Cathi House, both architects in the San Francisco architecture and graphic design firm of House + House. They maintain a diversified practice offering comprehensive architectural, graphic and environmental design services. During 1975-76 they spent eight months traveling through Europe, where they began a comprehensive documentation on the nature and quality of Mediterranean architecture. In 1982 they finished their studies on Mediterranean villages, after completing nine months of on-site documentation. Their first project after opening their office was the production of this traveling exhibition, which opened at the American Institute of Architects Gallery in San Francisco. Mediterranean Indigenous Architecture was the culmination of nearly seven years of research, including fourteen months of on-site study and documentation of villages in the Mediterranean region.

This exhibition was complemented by three lectures: Steven and Cathi House spoke on the exhibition and Greek island villages; Norman Carver, architect and author, on Italian hill towns and Iberian villages; and Professor Tom Miller, on “Earth Shelter Houses in Capadosia, Turkey.”

MEDIA COVERAGE

Wolf, Susan. “Mediterranean towns relate ancient, modern architecture.” The Daily Illini, November 13, 1984.

EXHIBITION SUPPORT

Mediterranean Indigenous Architecture: Timeless Solutions for the Human Habitat is supported by the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Art and Design’s College of Architecture, Art and Urban Planning.

Steve Cathi House Bio PicSteven and Cathi House are partners in the San Francisco design firm of House + House. They maintain a diversified practice offering comprehensive architectural, graphic and environmental design services.

After graduating from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Steven and Cathi worked in Philadelphia on large-scale urban projects including office buildings, medical facilities and the Washington, D.C. Subway System. As an independent project they also designed an extensive visual communication system for a new hospital.

Between 1975-76, they spent eight months traveling in Europe where they began a comprehensive documentation on the nature and quality of Mediterranean architecture. Upon relocating to San Francisco in 1977, Steven became an associate with Sandy & Babcock, one of the nation ’s leading architecture firms specializing in multi-family housing. As project architect he was responsible for many award-winning projects in San Francisco, Houston and Miami. As project designer in a small architectural firm, Cathi was involved in community facilities, custom residences and historic rehabilitation. Then while with Marquis Associates she was instrumental in the development of the innovative new Primate Conservatory at the San Francisco Zoo.

In 1982, the Houses’ completed their studies on Mediterranean villages during nine months of on-site documentation. Their first project after opening their office was the production of a major exhibition entitled ”Mediterranean Indigenous Architecture: Timeless Solutions for the Human Habitat.” It opened at the American Institute of Architects Gallery in San Francisco and is currently on tour and is being shown in galleries and universities around the country.

Architectural projects currently in their office include a cultural history museum, the rehabilitation of a 107-year-old ferryboat for a theater company and several residential projects. They are also designing visual communication systems for a historic beaux-arts office building in downtown Oakland and for the University of California in Berkeley.

EXHIBITION CHECKLIST

Cathi House

Assisi, Italy, 1982
Illustration.

Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia

Illustration.

Gaudix, Spain

Illustration.

Mostar, Yugoslavia
, 1981
Illustration.

Mykonos, Greece, 1982
Illustration.

Stephen and Cathi House

Alberobello, Italy

Photograph, 8 x 10 in.

Postcard: Mediterranean Indigenous Architecture: Timeless Solutions for the Human Habitat

PRESS RELEASE

Steven and Cathi House

Mediterranean Indigenous Architecture: Timeless Solutions for the Human Habitat

Gallery 400
Chicago, IL
February 13-March 8, 1985

Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 13, 1985, 5-7 pm
Curator Lecture: Wednesday, February 13, 1985, 4 pm

Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago will present the exhibit “Mediterranean Indigenous Architecture: Timeless Solutions for the Human Habitat,” February 13 through March 8.

“Mediterranean Indigenous Architecture” is an exhibition of village architecture in Italy, Greece, Spain and Yugoslavia. The show includes 150 panels illustrated with photographs, sketches, watercolors, batiks and written texts.

Indigenous architecture is defined as architecture that evolves in intimate relation to local climates, materials, topography and lifestyle. The exhibit will highlight four distinct Mediterranean regions: the Adriatic coast of Yugoslavia, the Aegean island of Greece, the hilltowns of central Italy and the Andalusian region of southern Spain.

Created by Steven and Cathi House, both architects in the San Francisco architecture and graphic design firm House + House, the show is the culmination of nearly seven years of research including fourteen months of on-site study in the Mediterranean region.

“Mediterranean Indigenous Architecture” will be completed by three lectures. On February 13 at 4 p.m. Steven and Cathi House will discuss the exhibit and Greek island villages in Lecture Center A-1. A “Greek” opening reception for the exhibit will follow at Gallery 400 from 5-7 p.m.

On February 20 at 4 p.m. in Lecture Center A-1, Norman Carver, author and architect, will speak about Italian hilltowns and Iberian villages. A “Spanish/Italian” reception will follow in the gallery. Finally, on February 27 at 4 p.m., UIC professor Tom Miller will deliver a lecture on “Earth Shelter Houses in Cappadocia, Turkey” at Gallery 400.