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Oct 17 2013

Highlights from the “Fall Special” at the Design Library

This year’s “Fall Special” at the Design Library was a success, drawing in keenly interested individuals who were eager to learn more about items in Special Collections relating to architecture, art and design, landscape architecture, and graphic design.  Various faculty members, graduate students, and undergraduates from the College of Design as well as other interested members of the community came to see some of the featured selections.

Dean Marvin Malecha attended the event (see above, middle photograph) and reviewed some of his preliminary drawings on napkins for “The Point,” the new Chancellor’s Residence that he designed. He reflected on the design process and how he worked to create the final, successful version of the home. Visitors were intrigued by the fact that he was able to use airline-issued cloth napkins to work through his early design concepts. These items created by Malecha and featured at this event are just a fraction of the materials that are available for study in his papers. The finding aid for the Marvin J. Malecha Papers can be found here:

Visitors were also eager to learn more about the drawings selected for display that were created by Matthew Nowicki (1910-1950) for the Indian city of Chandigarh. Before the French architect Le Corbusier was assigned the large-scale project of designing the new capital city of Punjab, Matthew Nowicki (along with Albert Mayer)  initially worked on the modernist design. Nowicki spent two months in India absorbing the local culture and developing a number of detailed sketches for structures to be built in Chandigarh. On his return from India to the United States, Nowicki was killed in a plane crash near Cairo.  His premature death has been a true loss to modernist architecture.  To view the Nowicki finding aid, go to:

A number of guests also inquired about digitized architectural drawings in Special Collections. To view some of these digitized resources in Special Collections, go to the following link and begin searching by clicking on “Architecture”: