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EDRA Retrospective

Posted By Henry Sanoff, Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Where were you in 1969?

Well, the folks listed below participated in EDRA 1. One hundred and fifty people came to Chapel Hill, North Carolina from various parts of the U.S., Canada and England. At that time there was limited transportation from the airport to the conference venue, so my wife, my students and I met every flight carrying conference participants to the University of North Carolina campus.



The opening reception introduced everyone to traditional bluegrass music while the main event consisted of several parallel interactive sessions for two days. Participants sat around tables creating a setting conducive for interaction with the speakers. Faculty members from the School of Design and the Department of City and Regional Planning, were invited to chair the sessions in order to raise their level of awareness to the new ideas presented. Conference attendees were mostly people with an architecture background interested in design methods and the effects of human behavior on the physical environment although several psychologists and sociologists were present as well. All appeared to be on the fringe of their respective fields consequently camaraderie was instantly developed and has endured for many decades. Notable speakers and participants included Michael Brill, Dan Carson, Sidney Cohn, Frank Duffy, Charles Eastman, Robert Hershberger, Bob Marans, William Mitchell, William Michelson, Michael Murtha, Nick Negroponte, Wolf Preiser, Amos Rapoport, Stuart Rose, David Stea, Ray Studer, Donald Watson, and myself all of whom have substantially contributed to the growth of EDRA.

Below is a list of the participants that appear in the photos. Remember, EDRA 1 was 45 years ago so people’s appearance may have changed. See if you can identify any of them:

  • George Bireline
  • Michael Brill
  • Charles Burnette
  • Gary Coates
  • Dan Carson
  • Sid Cohn
  • Don Conway
  • Ray Craun
  • Gerry Davis
  • Fred Eichenberger
  • Andy Euston
  • Beth Falor
  • James Marsten Fitch
  • David Godshalk
  • George Hemmons
  • Robert Hershberger
  • Barry Jackson
  • Henry Kamphoefner
  • Glen Milne
  • Murray Milne
  • Gary Moore
  • Amos Rapoport
  • Henry Sanoff
  • Man Sawhney
  • David Stea
  • Gary Winkel

Answers can be found here.

Tags:  ACSA & Alumni Distinguished Emeritus Professor  North Carolina State University 

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