Behind Closed Gates
MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS — Among their chants was an architectural critique, “from Palestine to Mexico, all the walls have got to go.”
Brooklyn Navy Yard — The non-catalog was a “repositioning,” a “field guide” and a “critical tool to catalyze the future.”
Lie of the Land
MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS — “How might this regime called land be made different (speaking in passive voice) and in active voice, how to can we name the makers and hold them to account in the remaking?”
Chelsea — “This is all I do,” she told me after the tour. “I have no husband, I have no cat, I have posters.”
UNION, NJ — “Rather than having [students] look at some building in France they could never go to, I [had] them draw the buildings they are constantly running through in video games.”
AMES, IA — Ten years ago, the phrase land back wasn’t even in the vocabulary of the average architecture professor or student.
Gowanus — “The weight of these buildings is on unstable ground,” cautioned one participant.
East Side Story
Sutton Place — Sporting tan tennis shoes, the architecture critic shared more neighborhood lore, pointing out I.M. Pei’s former residence, as well as Andrew Bolton and Thom Browne’s manse.
Cambridge, MA — In a gesture welcomed by presenters on stage, elderly community members interjected and rebutted from the stands, offering their own accounts of historical events and movements of Black representation and political thought.
Heart to Heart
Zoom — Architectural workers can be product-oriented to a fault, even (especially?) within a grassroots organization advocating for just labor practices and an equitable build environment.
Garment District — The group grappled with the work it will take to implement a Green New Deal for New York—not just retrofitting buildings and protecting against sea level rise, but building an organized design industry capable of advocating and delivering these projects.
The Lower Depths
CLINTON HILL — Martin explained that the purpose of his recent work is to reintroduce labor to much-disputed questions about capital and value within architecture. “[It’s about] going to the basement, taking people down to the furnace, to the sites of actual production.”
Laguardia Place — “We are no longer designers, we have to [also] be activists, engineers, and advocates, [to] play a bigger role, to use what we have and collaborate with others.”
Cambridge, MA — These may seem like odd ingredients for an ecological utopia, but they suit Yu, who has distinguished himself by making unexpected connections between culture, land use, and public policy.
Los Angeles — “We’re not cake decorators,” he intoned from his seated position while showcasing his Orange County Museum of Art, a swoopy concoction with half-baked detailing that opened last October—mostly to negative reviews.
Cut to the Choir
KENMARE STREET — His backing choir belted out verses like “a tree is the opposite of a cop!” and “I am a snake, I am a lake.”
East Williamsburg — Days after attending the rehearsal, I felt similarly marked by the opera’s thickly sedimented opening refrains: “Don’t be scared / Don’t touch the water / Don’t get in the water / Don’t drink the water.”
Hell’s Kitchen — Lost in a champagne sea of figurative flotsam and abstract jetsam, I finally stumbled upon art that affirmed my own taste, which we’ll call a mix of Adbusters and “institutional critique.”
LAGUARDIA PLACE — “NY kinda sucks these days” was the subtext of AIANY’s 2023 Recipe for a Room, a competition to sketch out spaces that could theoretically alleviate contemporary problems.
Raw But Precise
ZOOM — Tall, phallic buildings fronted by empty plazas and larger-than-life Calder sculptures are back! Or so a viewing of Barbie would suggest.
Back to Front
WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK — Taking apart these infrastructures at both the diagrammatic and syntactical level is, of course, a very Easterling move, despite the scholar adding little to the discussion.
EAST HAMPTONS — This is the problem with taking things from the past and trying to live seamlessly in them: many people simply don’t want to. Instead, they jam together a renovation of ideas you theoretically agree with but practically reject.
Kenmare Street — Cecilia Vicuña and Ricardo Gallo arrived at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in the late afternoon and wordlessly took their positions on a makeshift stage.
FiDi — Joshua Citarella, an artist and connoisseur of the esoteric corners of the internet, had convened a young and engaged crowd at Fulton Street project space Dunkunsthalle.
In Plane View
East River — Here we were, two strangers standing a few feet apart on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, taking in a classic New York moment.
What’s the Damage?
ZOOM — The mission of Tokyo’s Window Research Institute is almost breathtakingly prosaic.
DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — An unusual union of a high-rise residential tower and a mid-rise school rises over Flatbush Avenue.
West Village — D. Smith’s admission that she cut the film using iMovie elicited a ripple of sympathetic laughter inside the IFC Center.
LaGuardia Place — At a continent-straddling symposium, architects and planners shared their experiences with post-disaster responses.
Accessible for Whom?
LaGuardia Place — As troubling as the continued aversion of some starchitects toward ADA is, money presents the greatest obstacle to realizing affordable and accessible housing.
Morningside Heights — The Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation’s Arguments lecture series ended its summer run on a gentle note.
Goodbye to All That
Morningside Heights — “I was born in a year no cars were produced in America,” the artist Chip Lord said in a talk at Columbia GSAPP.
The Shock of the Old
Zoom — “If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It” might have been a more fitting title for the Skyscraper Museum’s public lecture, “The Future of the Past on Park Avenue: Lever House and the Waldorf Astoria,” held online this Tuesday.
An Intimate Eye
LaGuardia Place — “I am an architect,” begins a wall text at the Center for Architecture’s new exhibition, JANNA IRELAND on the Architectural Legacy of Paul R. Williams in Nevada.
Optimism of the Will
Morningside Heights — Denouncing capitalism for its inability “to achieve a real democracy,” they called for worldwide socialist planning, a rewilding of half the earth, and a rapid transition to renewable energy.
Zoom — “You have to have a photographer’s eye to see the things that will kill ‘a historic’ shot”
Upper East Side — Abbott was a self-identified lesbian and “new woman” who was seeking a voice and found it behind a camera.
Get the Money
LaGuardia Place — Do clients and the public understand an architect’s value? Do architects understand it?
The Kids Are Alright
Zoom — In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the nature of the workplace has become a focal point of debate and transformation.
Los Angeles — What should aspiring architects take away from a lecture on fetishistic sand piles?
Coney Island — At this year’s Mermaid Parade, homespun fashion transformed hopeful fictions into galvanizing community.
It’s Gonna Be Cool
Long Island City — Plus Pool, an imaginary bobbing lido in the East River, is a project for people who want to live somewhere else entirely.
Zoom — The final pair of presentations from the Architecture League Prize’s Uncomfortable series treated the audience to a playful, animate vision of architecture as facilitator of empathy, love, and “second lives.”
LaGuardia Place — “If we allow ourselves to believe that places have a soul,” said Raunaud, “we are more inclined to respect them, to preserve them.”
Zoom — “If you don’t own the means of production,” he said, “you are not the author. We have to access the processes. Otherwise we become the product.”
Lower East Side — “We live in a culture of marketing and things for sale. Critics are on the periphery of that culture,” Hawthorne said.
Meatpacking District — “The things that excite me the most are the same things that scare me the most.”
LAGUARDIA PLACE — “It takes 6 hours to fly from Mexico City to NYC but 12 hours to Buenos Aires,” Enrique Norten stated at the start of a conference about Latin American architecture.
Clinton Hill — In which a plucky group of students surveys Greenland’s energy and water intake systems and extractive infrastructure—and gets stranded in the process
ZOOM — For these two architects, Euclidean geometry and personal narrative go hand in hand.
Morningside Heights — The “wood wide web” remains a “sapling of an idea” in architectural discourse.
Taking Back Design
New Orleans — How many spatial designers does it take to create a protest mural?
Kenmare Street — Dressed in brightly colored outfits, the chorale belted out beguiling lyrics that entwined such ills as toxic consumerism, climate change, and police brutality.
Morningside Heights — “Aeropolis is a queering territory,” she said, before inviting everyone to become “Aeropolians.”
Gesture and Response
Gramercy — An authority on skyscraper design spoke to a crowd at the National Arts Club about the ins-and-outs of this “fundamental building block of the modern city.”
Upper East Side — At the 49th Museum Mile Festival, all I could think about was how I've never noticed how nice this part of town looks.
London — A modern, timber roundhouse invites people to find common ground in a rarefied setting.
Los Angeles — At an LA book launch, taco-wielding attendees mingled against a backdrop of protest banners and DIY “Catholic prayer candles for architecture.”
Not a Dumb Law
Clinton Hill — “Did we pass a dumb law? No. We are not stupid hippies,” said an activist from the New York Communities for Change.
Chelsea — “What we think produces what we make and do.... We are less comfortable thinking about our thoughts and the forms and shapes they take.”
In Top Form
Laguardia Place — “The rock tries to fall; it can’t fall because there’s other rocks holding it together.”
Los Angeles — Which side of the Whole Earth Catalog—green capitalism or hippie modernism—was Jaque on?
Words on the Street
SoHo — The party spirit that animated this “block party” was only slightly dampened by a didactic art installation.
Venice — After a long flight and a series of late trains, I arrived in Venice a little worse for the wear.
The Ties of Labor
Brooklyn Navy Yard — A new documentary short tells the stories of migrant women organizers in New York City.
LAGUARDIA PLACE — Contemplating mass timber futures with Lindsey Wikstrom and Carson Chan
City Hall — A few dozen birders, ornithologists, environmentalists, and elected officials rallied outside City Hall on behalf of their feathered friends.
Climate Is a Mother
Cambridge — If a school of architecture seems an odd venue for a climate-themed film festival, it is.
London — Another movie night—this time, featuring a powerful depiction of life in New York’s underbelly.
Red or White?
Astor Place — The long-postponed opening of Vkhutemas: Laboratory of Modernism 1920–1930 drew out avant-garde aficionados like myself.
Morningside Heights — “The past cannot change, [people’s] trauma cannot change, but seeing monuments [come] alive helps them move on.”
Union Square — A cinematic version of New York should consider the unremarkable sides of urban life, says this filmmaker.
Astor Place — “We see the [imperiled] building as a mine.”
Union Square — The relationship between the architect and the museum is one of scales of time.
Pittsburgh — “We didn’t hear so much about the impact of that kind of thinking on architecture in the conventional sense.”
Austin — “All tools contain inherent biases,” said Tyler Swingle, just as “influences come in the form of standards.”
Princeton — “Architecture requires a multi-contextual approach.” Got it?
ASTOR PLACE — A sprawling timeline alleged to tell the energetic history of the world; the entirety of the Detrital Fossil Carbon era was crammed into about two inches.
A Moveable Feast
Chinatown — Design-types flocked to Citygroup for the opening of *The Great Outdoors*, a taxonomy of New York’s dining sheds.
Zoom — A slipperiness of simultaneity accompanies any attempt to limn a futurity from fragmented histories.
Toronto — “How I got started on this project is that I’m an Instagram junkie,” said Phyllis Lambert, incongruously.
Los Angeles — “Mike rejected pessimism as political fatalism in favor of the optimism necessary for organization.”
PRINCETON — Kats’s presentation diverged from the standard monographic treatment by fastening onto a wider perspective.
World Trade Center — “The problem with ‘genericism’ is it costs so much operating budget to change the space, it may as well be a strait-jacket.”
Bodies as Houses
Morningside Heights — The housing system is one of alienation and abstractions. Are there alternatives?
Clacks and Claps
Ludlow Street — On Wednesday, Untapped, a new online publication, tap-danced its way onto New York’s design scene.
Be Like Water
LaGuardia Place — Water attracts and repels, offers sites of leisure and submerges fraught histories.
Detoxing the Demos
Zoom — The 1970 takeover of a New York City hospital by the Young Lords was not simply an occupation but a liberation of city space.
New Haven — “Denise Scott Brown: A Symposium” was a Festschrift in spirit, if not quite in name.
A Chance at Intimacy
Lower East Side — A DJ was stationed at the back of the shop; readers were hunched over stacks of the spiral-bound publication, while others were carefully assembling BDSM rope flowers.
West Hollywood — Three projects unburdened by the frictions of reality...
My Kid Can’t Do That
SoHo — At the closing event of “Parallel Rules,” the audience couldn’t help but dazzle at the technical virtuosity on display.
New Haven — The process of architectural translation—between cultures and economies, private and public realms—has been unfolding for far longer than we might appreciate.
LAGUARDIA PLACE — Design can happen anywhere, with whatever (and whomever) is at hand.
New Haven — “[The monument] came into fruition through a collective desire to face the past.”
Live On Air
Toronto — A panel about practice offered a sobering, yet inclusive, riposte to architectural gatekeeping.
Toronto — “There are corners, areas where you have to go in and discover new images.”
LAGUARDIA PLACE — Much of the abolitionist agenda lies in the hands of policy-makers. Still, is there really nothing architects can do?
NYRA Above the Town
Greenpoint — A very OMA exposed-truss two-story bridge connects the two towers, above exterior cooking stalls and putting green, housing pink terrazzo-clad interior pool deck and fitness gym.
Laguardia Place — “Even the smells at NYCHA are the same as the smells in prison.”
At the Drop of a Hat
Zoom — In the context of an exhibit about Mars at the London Design Museum, Kallipoliti discussed “the politics of shit.”
Setting the Table
Zoom — A jargon-light but policy-forward conversation on housing ended with suggestions for further reading and tempered optimism.
Greenwich Village — The project incorporated wayfinding strategies and citrus-tinged moiré to create variable conditions for privacy and sociality.
Toward a New School
ZOOM — “The university believes it will be fine without faculty, so maybe faculty [should] ask ourselves if we can be fine without the university.”
Lower East Side — And at what point does reactivity slide into reactionaryism, exemplified by the field’s gendered outlook?
Hamilton Heights — In a bottom drawer, she found an unfinished novel (“kinda trashy”) Berman had penned in the mid-1960s, involving romantic love and the Weather Underground.
Food for Thought
Cooper Square — Abundance was the theme of the night, and being so close to Thanksgiving, it was hard not to read a gustatory dimension into the presentations.
Midtown — Monet glowed and Klimt glistened, while Maxfield Parrish resembled a ’70s blacklight poster.
All Over the Map
West Harlem — Ortiz Struck tries to connect the tactile qualities of sometimes abstract sites and situations with the fine grain of personal experience.
Toronto — "It hasn’t really been about writing about precarious people, precarious lives.”
Soho — "Community engagement has to be led by the community and then you have to figure out if there’s a part for the designer.”
Astor Place — “The Bauhaus aimed to develop an individual, whereas the Moscow workshops focused on the masses.”
MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS — The couple’s approach aims to expose the entanglements and dependencies that dominant architectural discourse would rather leave unquestioned.
Cooper Square — "Blow up your pipeline, blow up your pedagogy... give up your tenure."
Cambridge, MA — Andrews, an architect deeply concerned with the performance of his buildings, was reluctant to elaborate on their designs, insisting they were just “common sense.”
A Forever Home
Ridgewood — The event began with what a queer and trans–led process might look like at a particular site and ended with how this same community might exert influence citywide.
Morningside Heights — Henni voiced her hope that the texts in this collection “might speak to everyone, not only to our discipline.”
NYRA at the Museum
Chelsea — Spend enough time looking and you begin to see Hopper’s vision for “realistic art from which fantasy can grow.”
LAGUARDIA PLACE — "...as though architecture qua architecture can do anything about any of that.”
Lower East Side — The librarian just wanted to see what it was about.
Cambridge, MA — “We don’t have a consensus iconography anymore. What we have instead is a slab of concrete and public fountains.”
Midtown — “Everyone understands space, even if they don’t have a degree in architecture.”
Reporting From the Front
The issue with hospitals is not austerity budgets, asymmetrical access to care, or healthcare labor issues: it’s that they’re vertical.
Cooper Square — On “the conscious faculty of really looking to see all the patterns”
Houston — The lessons taken from the infill projects are particularly relevant to American and Canadian cities trying to re-densify their urban centers.
Port City Primal Scream
New York Harbor — “It is so easy to forget that New York is a port city.”
Lincoln Center — $550 million later, the building’s interior retains none of the sepulchral mood that previously reigned: it is intimate, warm, and inviting.
Chelsea — New York Review of Sex, New York Review of Sex and Politics, and The New York Review of Sex, Politics, and Aeronautics...
Massachusetts — Milton S.F. Curry argued that race and Blackness are necessary “theoretical vehicles” for training “citizen architects.” More adequate frameworks for learning—for instance, a race-integrated course track and an expanded canon—are needed at the university level, but also earlier than that.
Laguardia Place — “I came more from conceptual art, and the thing lived and died on its own merits. Before you theorized it, it had to be done first.”
New York City — The paintings set up brilliant contrasts, mixing modernist tropes with ephemera, so as to challenge the antiseptic perfection of architectural staging.
New York City — The conversation became cacophony in the echoes and sonorously of the empty space.
New York City — In the context of Dimes Square, with its wealthy influencer set stomping up and down Canal Street, these ceramics preserve at a small, domestic scale what is being lost as rents are raised and residents displaced.
Brooklyn — Figures of Speech represents a diversity of work that’s unique within the design industry, and its radical inclusion of Social Sculpture not only redefines architecture, but expresses Virgil Abloh’s commitment to creating spaces for Black artists.
CHINATOWN — What if you were passed the pamphlet over the cubicle wall? What if it made its way into your pencil case? What would you as a worker need to know?
All That’s Solid
Rotterdam (Livestream) — “There is a stupid equation that if a crime is very heavy, the architecture to commemorate it must also be very heavy,” rendered in grim, gray concrete.
Pass the Popcorn
Los Angeles (Zoom) — “I don’t think architecture can create queer spaces. People can and spaces can, but not architecture.”
Take It Easy?
Ithaca (Zoom) — The future of pedagogy in an era of "pending climate catastrophe while society is driven by the growth that capitalism demands”
Lower Manhattan — We need to stop trying to do more with less and simply do a whole lot less.
LAGUARDIA PLACE — “We have a lot to learn from each other if we stop exoticizing each other’s approaches.”
LAGUARDIA PLACE — “First and foremost, people want to breathe safe air.”
SAN JUAN — Summer calls for beaches and island getaways, but last Saturday in San Juan, Puerto Rico, there were islands in the making.
DUMBO — “The portraits are just trying to create a third space—another point of access to what the candidate told me about their memory and what I pulled from it.”
Style As Form
CHELSEA — The term “thingness” is radically appropriate for the work on display; Kahn assembles *things* until their sum *thingness* overwhelms the constituent parts to become one *thing*, gooping and flopping and mashing together.
East Village — The artists spoke fondly of seeing visitors engaging freely with the pieces—not only seeing the sculptures, but also touching them.
PITTSBURGH (ZOOM) — The benevolent return of stolen artifacts may operate in place of human rights discussions that align with their paths.
Why Build a Fence?
ASTOR PLACE — This next generation has rejected the model handed down by predecessors, making work that makes a case for a genuinely radical practice.
MIDTOWN — “It’s about you speaking to the residents,” Karen Blondel told the architects in the audience. "You really have to do your work and talk to the residents.”
Zoom — “I pursued this project,” Dolores Hayden continued, “and in the process I came across some articles that [demonstrated that] communitarian socialism could happen in domestic spaces.”
Zoom — The presentations at the two-day symposium showcased the power of using seemingly incidental material components as tools in the deconstruction of often implicitly imperialistic written histories.
Zoom — “Our call is for thinking seriously about working philosophies rather than hard methods.”
Zoom — Archives often repeat seemingly liberal promises of transparency, democratic accessibility, and justice—yet Jarrett Martin Drake stressed that systems of documentation are deficient and action is needed.
Zoom — In the context of planetary urbanism, the revelatory can turn reparative: Designers can redirect vast questions of resilience onto the micro-territories of urban seedlings and aging pipes.
Zoom — “It’s not that people cannot afford a housing unit; it’s that they cannot afford a housing unit where they need it.”
Ithaca — As time has gone by, Angela Ferguson explained, the goal for the Onondaga Nation Farm has become maximizing the amount of nutritional sustenance that can be extracted from the smallest amount of land.
Zoom — Unlike, say, films or books, people have very little choice about which architecture they consume.
Zoom — REAr(Rational Energy ARchitects) projects explore the possibility of a decentralized energy system.
You had to be there
Zoom — In the talk, Keller Easterling urged architects to move away from “geometric shapes and outlines” and look instead “at the rules and relationships that shape our space.” Easterling can be oblique in her methods—she cites rumors as an effective tool.
Zoom — The discursive ghosts of well-worn debates occasionally lingered
Tense Times in Chinatown
Chinatown — As artists, architects, and passerbys filled the sidewalk and the gallery in Chinatown, the air was abuzz with calls to sign petitions, analysis of competing opinion pieces, and artists weighing how far to push the very system upon which they depend for a living.
The Design of Health
ZOOM — Hospitals, Michael Murphy explained, offer unique opportunities for exploring how architecture adapts to the needs of both the individual and the public.
ZOOM — "If John Lindsay's New York was tragedy then Mike Bloomberg's New York was farce"
Zoom — Through a series of anecdotes, Mitchell Schwarzer highlighted the short-sighted and self-interested decisions that facilitated a transition from de jure to de facto racism, a reliance on the automobile, and a scarcity of public spaces and public housing.
Zoom — “Why is it that architects think they don’t have something to offer to the marginalized?”
New York City — “The spectacle of ‘man’s achievements ...progress, optimism, power.’”
Zoom — The introduction of the public library's equivalent in 2021, Eric Klinenberg argued, would be seen as a revolutionary (and hardly fundable) proposition. This alone should make us realize that the notion that we need to invest in each other already exists.
Grounds for Play
Brooklyn — The villains of the night weren’t risk-averse designers, but the reality of what it takes to maintain and care for exciting spaces for kids in a changing world.
New York City — It’s hard to square the fuzziness of a term like “enough” in a conversation around a building’s legibility.
Waterloo — Using examples of changes in design in parks, bus shelters, and bank machines, Rinaldo Walcott illustrated how urban form creates systemic fear towards “people who are deemed to be outside of the norm.”
New York City — Drawing inspiration from Sesame Street creator Jim Henson, the sculptor Alexander Calder, writer Italo Calvino, and singer-songwriter Donna Summer, Alex Da Corte’s floating bird conjures feelings of nostalgia, innocence, and curiosity
Zoom — Through testimonials from domestic caregivers and floor plans of the Roma house, Frida Escobedo questioned the invisibility of reproductive labor—most frequently performed by women—and their mirrored hiddenness in residential design.
Zoom — The conversation between content creators showcased how sharing architecture can create community and sharpen our collective attention, even when it’s hosted on platforms that are doing their best to steal it away.
Zoom — Working to address planetary challenges like the climate crisis, these architect-researchers are designing at new scales and reevaluating the fundamental stuff of building.
Zoom — The talk amounted to long-winded pap, detailing the marriages, land acquisitions, and leisure activities of yesteryear’s super wealthy. Thrilling stuff.
Zoom — Compared to the saccharine green-washing that has run rampant within architectural discourse, Barry Wark’s celebration of decay is a breath of fresh air.
Zoom — “The true goal of cooperatizing is not just the empowerment of architects, but the empowerment of communities.”
Zoom — “While everyone says vernacular architecture is declining, vernacular urbanism is growing immensely.”
Zoom — As we begin our steps towards a new post-pandemic world, we must resist trends of detachment and embrace the “dirtier, fuzzier reality” of unregulated environments. What this would look like remains to be seen, but the underlying call is clear: “In this new world, we are in dire need of a new form of criticism.”
Zoom — The subjects of Liam Young’s investigations—networks of extraction, exploitation, and information circulation—are hardly new to film or academic criticism, though their quality of production, and Young’s specific approach to speculation, takes the imagination on a trip that Hollywood and J-Stor just can’t muster.
In the Zone?
Zoom — But the reality is that Soho has become a squeezed carnival of tourists, shopping and more shopping, and high-end pop art that can only be purchased with a bag of cocaine. Within its cast iron buildings, residents sleep in million dollar shoe boxes.
Zoom — For Patrik Schumacher, cyberspace is another infrastructure—like architecture—which sustains societal order and communicative systems, and so its design should be the purview of the architect
Zoom — Pratt’s Karen Kubey, explaining that “housing justice is racial justice,” highlighted that the project— Christmas tree farm and all—is a highly replicable one
Zoom — With the upcoming version of the International Building Code expanding to include three new timber construction types, as well as broader changes to allow for high-rise mass construction, timber appears to be on a solid trajectory to the mainstream of building practice.
Zoom — Melissa DelVecchio emphasized how tradition can be combined with invention to rediscover lost classical heritage, and hopes that Project Soane, which she described as a “continued, ongoing, evolving piece of scholarship,” will serve as a model for future initiatives.
Zoom — For an audience reckoning with finding better, more just ways of living and practicing—the horrors of yet another act of racial violence fresh on their minds—Huang Sheng Yuan’s pure and defiant approach of “standing by the weak, fighting against the forceful” was a much needed palliative.
Punching the Cracks
London — “Critique means that you are transforming the framework, exploring its contradictions…and every crack you see, you punch it.”
Ithaca — The brick buildings that emerge from this sensitivity are soft, breathing, flexible structures that respond and listen to their occupants and surroundings.
Zoom — According to Nayan Shah, racial and class differences have been woven into policies and perspectives about health security.
New York City — What was made clear throughout the all-day symposium on January 30 is that twenty-first century civic space is not centered around institutions, but is instead being shaped by architects, urban planners, and activists across the globe.
Zoom — This gathering worked virtually to realize a soft tactical guide to architectural awards systems, which are either private, elite transactions, or reduced to monetized trinkets, driven by a profit motive and the neoliberal need for distinguishing features in the global marketplace.