Scandinavia House and Consulate General of Estonia present architect and Louis Kahn’s student Charles E. Dagit in conversation with award-winning journalist, Neeme Raud. Part of a series of events celebrating 120th birthday of the Estonian-born architect, the conversation will focus on Kahn’s important role as a teacher, based on Dagit’s commemorative book “Louis Kahn – Architect.”
Charles E. Dagit Jr., FAIA, founded Dagit•Saylor Architects and won over 60 Design Awards including the Gold and Silver Medals for design from AIA Pennsylvania and AIA Philadelphia. In 1976 Robert A.M. Stern named him one of the “40 Under 40 American Architects” in A+U Magazine. In 1983 he was elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects, the youngest architect to that time to be honored as an AIA Fellow. Dagit’s work has been published in international design magazines including Architectural Record, L’Architecture d’Aujourd’Hui, The Japan Architect, L’Industria delle Construzioni, and many others.
Neeme Raud is a long-time and distinguished Estonian journalist, news anchor and international correspondent. He has worked for TV, Radio and print media in the US, Russia, and Estonia including The Voice of America. He also frequently hosts and moderates international conferences and newsmaker events. Raud graduated summa cum laude from the New York University with a B.A. in Social Sciences and received his Master of Foreign Affairs degree from Columbia University, New York. Raud is a recipient of Valgetähe Teenetemärk (White Star Orden) IV Class from the President of Estonia.
Louis Kahn 120: World Premiere of Maria Faust’s MO(NU)MENT at Four Freedoms Park >>
Celebrated Estonian-born jazz musician Maria Faust pays tribute to her fellow Saaremaa islander Louis Kahn, designer of Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park. Part of the series of events celebrating 120th birthday of Estonian-born architect, the event presents a world premiere of Faust’s new piece MO(NU)MENT dedicated to Kahn, with New York-based guest artists Peter Evans on trumpet, Sam Kulik on trombone, and Dan Peck on tuba. The concert is acoustic and site-specific, created specifically for this architectural site.
The event is co-presented by Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Sate Park and Estonian Ministry of Culture
Maria Faust (b1979) is an Estonian alto saxophonist and composer currently living in Copenhagen, Denmark. Charismatic and eccentric, Maria Faust is one of the most successful Estonian jazz musicians of all time and the recipient of numerous prestigious awards and honors including multiple Danish and Estonian Music Awards (Grammys). Her work and musical language as a composer and improviser are unique and easily identifiable to those who have heard it, while being challenging to describe due to their inventiveness and combined influences.
Like Faust, Kahn was born in Kuressaare on the island of Saaremaa in Estonia and they both have been influenced by the architecture of Kuressaare’s episcopal castle. MO(NU)MENT is a symbolic journey and artistic exchange where architecture meets sound and Kahn’s and Faust’s cycle of creative works are united.
The event is co-presented by the Estonian Ministry of Culture and Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park.
Louis Kahn 120: Kahn Club at the New York Estonian House >>
A reception and gathering honoring Louis Kahn will feature a photo exhibit “Kahn: Islander” by artist and photographer Arne Maasik, a slide show presentation of architectural photographs by Rein Vainküla opens an era in Estonian architecture that coincided with Kahn’s most successful time and the development of architectural thought defying the Iron Curtain, and a continuous screening of a short documentary “A Walk on Louis Kahn’s Native Island.” Part of a series of events celebrating 120th birthday of Estonian-born architect, the evening will also feature a short performance by a celebrated jazz musician, Maria Faust.
Presented by Consulate General of Estonia in New York