Visiting architect, curator from Kosovo to present lecture

November 4, 2010

On Nov. 15, the Phoenix Urban Research Laboratory (PURL) invites the public to attend a free lecture with Vala Osmani at the ASU School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Osmani is an architect, curator and program director and senior manager of Stacion – Center for Contemporary Art in Prishtina, Kosovo, an institution that focuses on the intersection between art and architecture. During the lecture, Osmani presents the initial findings of her Arizona-based research, as well as her work with Stacion – Center for Contemporary Art.

Trained as an architect, Osmani is interested in the influence of political and economic concerns on the built environment and issues of architecture in a post-crisis situation. During her time in Arizona, she will work with members of the ASU community, as well as local artists, architects and curators. Her research focus is architecture and freedom, space and audience Download Full Image

Since co-founding the Architecture Department of Stacion – Center for Contemporary Art in 2006, Osmani has worked on numerous projects, including the collaborative project Le Monde Autour de Vous at the Brussels Biennale 1, and the publication, The way Between Prishtina and Belgrade has 28000 un-proper build objects. So it will never be an autobahn!

Osmani’s residency, Oct. 14-Nov. 17, is hosted by PURL, a program within ASU's School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture that focuses on sustainable urban design and development, and is sponsored by New York-based CEC Artslink, an international arts organization.

The public is invited to attend Osmani's free lecture held Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. on the Bridge in ASU's School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (CDN 250), 810 S. Forest Mall, Tempe, AZ. For more information about Osmani's lecture and other events at the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, visit:"> class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">Aaron Rothman,

Berman's financing proposal reported in 'Republic'

November 4, 2010

A front-page article about Dean Paul Schiff Berman’s new tuition model for the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law was published in the Tuesday, Nov. 2 edition of The Arizona Republic.

In reporting that the College of Law is the first school at ASU on a fast track to becoming financially self-sufficient, journalist Anne Ryman quoted officials as saying reduced state funding for Arizona’s university gives them no choice but to look for new sources. Download Full Image

“For us, it’s advance by these new models or terminate these schools,” President Michael Crow told Ryman. “We don’t want to do that with the law school. We want the law school to be successful. We’re not happy about doing this, but it is a way for the law school to continue to serve the people of Arizona.”

Berman said the law school would remain part of the university, and faculty and staff still would be university employees. However, by gradually enrolling more students and increasing tuition, the law school would eventually reduce its reliance on state funding.

“The sky is not falling,” Berman said. “This is actually a plan that will provide stability at a time when state funding is obviously diminishing.”

State funding for Arizona universities has fallen 18 percent over the past two years, while enrollment has continued growing.

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