GAMBIER — Passion for design in rural settings drives professor Dewey Thorbeck. The award-winning architect is founder and director of the Center for Rural Design at the University of Minnesota. His address last night at the Gund Gallery’s Community Foundation Theater was a highlight of Rural by Design, Kenyon College’s weeklong exploration of rural sustainability in Knox County and worldwide.
Thorbeck’s delivery was casual and his style unassuming, but when Howard Sacks of Kenyon’s Rural Life Center introduced him as a pioneer in his field, there was no exaggeration involved. Thorbeck literally wrote the book on the subject. His “Rural Design: A New Discipline,” is a definitive source on the topic, as illustrated by a book review in Choice magazine.
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