in the Public Realm
Cocktails & Conversations

June 28th, 2013 Center for Architecture, New York City

The Pairing:
Richard Weller, PennDesign
William Menking, The Architects Newspaper

Cocktail designed by:
Toby Cecchini, Bartender + Author

Richard Weller, University of Pennsylvania
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Richard Weller is the Martin and Margy Meyerson Chair of Urbanism and Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. Formerly he was Director of the Australian Urban Design Research Centre (AUDRC) and the design firm Room 4.1.3 known for the controversial National Museum of Australia. In addition to three books regarding his design and planning work, he has published over 70 papers on the intersection of ecology, art and design and given hundreds of public lectures around the world. Throughout his academic career he has received a consistent stream of international design competition awards at all scales of landscape architecture and urban design and was honored with an Australian National Teaching Award in 2012. His current research concerns conflict zones between rapid urbanization and biodiversity.

William Menking, Editor Architects Newspaper
William Menking is an architectural historian, writer, critic, and curator of architecture and urbanism. He is professor of architecture, urbanism, and city planning at Pratt Institute and has lectured and taught at schools in the United States and Europe. He has been published in numerous architectural publications, anthologies, and museum catalogues. He has curated and organized international exhibitions on the visionary British architects Archigram, the Italian radical architects Superstudio, and contemporary English design, and he served as Commissioner of the U.S. pavilion at the 2008 Venice Biennale. He has participated in various juries including the 2006 and 2008 New York City AIA New Practices, 2007 and 2008 San Francisco AIA Honor Awards, and the 2007 Lumen awards for lighting.


  • 2 oz. Absolut
  • .75 oz. Lime
  • .75 Ginger Syrup (1:1 Ginger juice and sugar)
  • .25 cucumber juice (this I extracted right before the event, so it would stay fresh)
  • 6 mint leaves

Place all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice and shake ferociously for twenty to thirty seconds. Strain into a large rocks glass with fresh ice cubes, leaving room to top up with 2 oz. soda water. Garnish with a mint sprig top and a cucumber or lime wedge.