Free Architectural Tour of the Salk Institute

  • July 14, 2011 · 12:00 PM
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Join us for a free noontime architectural tour of the Salk Institute in La Jolla. We'll enjoy lunch afterward at the on-site cafeteria. This hourlong tour is limited to 6 RSVPs. Please RSVP only if you know you can go, and if your plans change please adjust your status accordingly so others may attend. Thanks, and see you soon! :)

Parking: Free visitor parking is available just west of the Institute on Torrey Pines Scenic Drive. Please identify yourself as being with the SD Art Lovers group (or mention Rachel Moore's name) to the parking attendant for parking instructions. 

 

 

More about the Salk: The Salk Institute campus represents a unique blend of form and function. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean in La Jolla, the campus supports 61 faculty members and a scientific staff of more than 850 doing powerful biological research.

 

Jonas Salk had a distinctive vision for the creation of the Institute. In the early 1960s, he directed the world-renowned architect Louis Kahn to provide spacious, unobstructed laboratory spaces that could be adapted to the ever-changing needs of science. The building materials had to be simple, strong, durable, and as maintenance-free as possible. Salk summarized his aesthetic objectives by telling the architect to "create a facility worthy of a visit by Picasso." Kahn, who was a devoted artist before he became an architect, responded to this challenge.

 

In 1992, the Salk received a 25-Year Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and is featured in the AIA exhibit  Structures of Our Time: 31 Buildings That Changed Modern Life. The Salk Institute has been described in the  San Diego Union-Tribune as the single most significant architectural site in San Diego.

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  • Janet M.

    A truly magical place and a nicely balanced tour: information, anecdotes, commentary. Super lunch later with the group.

    July 15, 2011

  • Ellis van den B.

    mind-blowing, inspiring architecture, great stillness, and fun women to share it with: What more can a person ask for in life ;)?!! Another wonderful meetup!

    July 14, 2011

  • Rachel M.

    Wow. That's all I can say, really. I'm looking forward to hearing the experiences of future tour participants, too. It's an astounding place.

    July 14, 2011

  • Rachel M.

    Waiting list folks: Please note we've scheduled another free tour for July 29: http://www.meetup.com/SDArtLovers/events/25377791/ RSVP soon! Only 6 spots available.

    July 11, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd love to go .... let's do it again!

    July 7, 2011

  • Ellis van den B.

    Hey Rachel,
    Thanks so much for suggesting My Architect - I'm going to see whether I can netflix it before our Salk visit. Bet I'll like that movie a lot (like "Visual Accoustics" about Julius Shulman, though I do assume the latter is less moving/emotionally charged. Plus, I have to admit I may be biased as I'm a bit of a MCM freak - if only I could afford it, haha, Oh Boy I'd buy a lot of good stuff).

    1 · June 22, 2011

  • Rachel M.

    I recommend a documentary called "My Architect," about the son of the Salk architect and his journey to visit all of his father's buildings. It's a moving and informative film.

    June 21, 2011

  • Rachel M.

    Hi, Joanne! You must RSVP to the event to be placed on the wait list. Also note that there is no one on the waiting list yet for the July 20 tour. You might have a better chance with that one. Thanks! Let me know if you have any other questions.

    June 21, 2011

  • Joanne S

    I'd like to be added to the wait list. Thanks, Joanne Shinohara

    June 21, 2011

  • Rachel M.

    Waiting list folks: If you're available Wednesday, July 20 at noon, we just scheduled another free tour that Patti wil be organizing. RSVP soon, as there are only 6 spots available for that one, as well: http://www.meetup.com/SDArtLovers/events/23030301/

    June 21, 2011

  • Rachel M.

    That would be wonderful, Patti. The tours are weekdays at noon. I'll send you some more info. Thanks!

    June 16, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would be glad to, can we do it on the same day but later or do we need to do it at noon?

    June 16, 2011

  • Rachel M.

    If anyone would like to schedule another tour of the Salk, please let me know. Up to 6 people is free (7 and above is $100, go figure).

    June 16, 2011

  • Rachel M.

    Kypris & others: I just added a waiting list to this event. If you'd like to attend, please RSVP to be put on the waiting list. If there are any cancellations, you will be notified and automatically moved to the attendee list. Thanks! :)

    June 13, 2011

  • Kypris

    I would love to join you, please let me know if anyone cancels!

    June 13, 2011

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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