School of Information Sciences

Publishing Pittsburgh Pictures Lecture Series

A lecture series hosted by the iSchool and the Student Chapter of the Society of American Archivists

All lectures in this series will be held in Room 501 of the Information Science Building, 135 North Bellefield Avenue. Each event will include an informal coffee with the speaker, beginning at 10:30 AM. The lecture will take place from 11:00 AM - noon.


Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Martin Aurand, Carnegie Mellon University. 
The Spectator and the Topographical City, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press, 2006

Martin Aurand

Martin Aurand is Architecture Librarian at Carnegie Mellon University and Archivist of the Carnegie Mellon University Architecture Archives; and currently serves as interim head of the University Libraries’ Arts and Special Collections department. He holds an M.A. in American Studies and Historic Preservation from George Washington University, and a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh.  He is the author of various reviews and articles and two books: The Progressive Architecture of Frederick G. Scheibler, Jr. (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1994), and The Spectator and the Topographical City (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2006).

Martin Aurand will speak about the writing and publication of his book, The Spectator and the Topographical City (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2006), and how it came to be a well-illustrated book. He will discuss his inspirations and intentions for the book, and consider conceptual and logistical issues related to working with a complex text and a large number of illustrations.  At their best, illustrations reinforce and even generate textual arguments; yet they may also distract the reader. How do author and publisher balance text and illustrations so that the illustrations illustrate the text?



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Lecture Series

The iSchool hosts several lecture series to explore issues beyond the standard curriculum, allowing students to examine current challenges in the information professions.