Seaside at 30

The last conference held at the School of Architecture was "Seaside At 30: Lessons from the First New Urbanist Community and the State of the New Urbanism Today," held September 29, 30 and October 1, 2011.

“Seaside at 30” looked at the founding of this seminal work in the history of urban design—the planning, the creation and testing of the code, and early building designs. It examined the successes and failures of Seaside by bringing together the architects, planners, and builders who created it. The discussions addressed the ongoing influence of Seaside, examined its role in New Urbanism, and reviewed issues facing traditional urban desig, while looking to the future of the livable city.

The conference included an exhibit and launch of The Seaside Research Portal, an online resource for students and enthusiasts of architecture, urban design, planning and real estate. This site will act as an online archive of Seaside featuring maps, plans, images in a variety of media, biographies, bibliographies, and oral histories. Through the use of new technologies, visitors will be able to virtually explore Seaside by moving down streets and viewing individual properties.

The Seaside Research Portal will provide a new way to study and access architecture and New Urbanism online.

Speakers included Philip Bess, Ernesto Buch, Braulio Casas, Victoria Casasco, Marianne Cusato, Daryl Davis, Robert Davis, Andrés Duany, Alex Gorlin, Eliza Harris, Christopher Leinberger, Michael Lykoudis, Léon Krier, Scott Merrill, Elizabeth Moule, Nathan Norris, Robert Orr, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Dhiru Thadani, Jorge Trelles, Luis Trelles, Teofilo Victoria and Michael Watkins.

Sponsored By

  • The Davis Family Foundation 
  • The University of Notre Dame School of Architecture 
  • The Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame 


From Vernacular to Classical: The Perpetual Modernity of Palladio

As architects we recognize a colleague, a guild master who, in spite of more than 450-years’distance, we yearn to see as one of us.
—N.J. Habraken, author of Palladio’s Children

Conference poster showing image of Andreas Palladio

On June 10-12, 2011, the School hosted a three-day conference, “From Vernacular to Classical: The Perpetual Modernity of Palladio.”  Bringing together scholars, practitioners, educators, and students from various disciplines, the conference explored how the Palladian tradition inspires the evolution of classical architecture.

One of the most influential architects in history, 16th-century Italian Andrea Palladio’s impact is evident throughout the United States. Buildings such as the White House, the U.S. Capitol, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the National Gallery of Art bear his imprint. Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia home, Monticello, is modeled after Palladio’s famed Villa Rotonda in Vicenza, Italy.

Conference participants reconnected Palladian ideals to the living tradition that has informed icons of American democracy and continue to shape vital paradigms for sustainable architecture and urbanism.

Two exhibitions, “Palladio and his Legacy: A Transatlantic Journey” at the University of Notre Dame’s Snite Museum of Art  and the “New Palladians,” an exhibition of 50 international classical architects’ work in the Bond Hall Gallery, were also held in conjunction with the conference.