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January 29, 2001

San Francisco's Betsky Lectures At CSUS

When he talks about architecture, Aaron Betsky gets fiery. This spring, Sacramentans will have a chance to hear the controversial curator of architecture and design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, when he speaks on "Architecture Must Burn," at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 29, at California State University, Sacramento. The talk is part of the University's ninth annual Festival of the Arts.

Betsky's lecture will include excerpts from his recently published book, Architecture Must Burn, and will focus on the challenges facing contemporary building design.

"We live in a world of sprawl. Not only are our cities turning into carpets of humanity that erase the boundary between urban areas and nature but our information is sprawling all around us in the electrosphere," says Betsky. "We wander through this sprawling landscape as urban nomads. It does little good to try to control sprawl or make it look good. The real questions designers must answer are: how can we find our way through, make ourselves at home in, and make sense out of a world of sprawl?"

Aside from his duties at SFMOMA, Betsky is the author of eight books, the editor-at-large for Architecture Magazine and a contributing editor for Metropolitan Home, Blueprint and ID magazines.

The CSUS Festival of the Arts is March 23 - 31 and will include free and ticketed events such as exhibits by artist Suzanne Anker and cinematographer Mark Herzig, puppetry, dance, cabaret, poetry, flamenco fusion, a production of Heather McDonald's play Dream of a Common Language and music performances by internationally acclaimed recorder player Marion Verbruggen as well as the CSUS Jazz, Symphony, Orchestra and Choir ensembles.

For ticketed festival events call the CSUS Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323.

For more information see the Festival of the Arts Calendar of events or call the CSUS School of the Arts at (916) 278-2787. For media assistance contact the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.

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