Alexandra Lange
Architecture & design critic
Nov 1, 2017

Brutal Library

The Axinn Library building was dedicated in 1967 and is an award-winning example of the Brutalist style. Our celebration of Axinn’s 50th anniversary will set the building in its historical, social, and cultural context – generating understanding and appreciation for this iconic but challenging structure.

A day-long symposium with talks by Peter Chadwick of @BrutalHouse, Peter Bentel, Brian Sirman, and me.

10AM to 5PM, Axinn Library, 10th floor and Cultural Center Theater, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY.
Free and open to the public.

Oct 21, 2017

Curbedside Tour: Lower Manhattan

An architectural walking tour through Lower Manhattan, with an eye toward how the neighborhood has evolved over three distinct eras of design: modern, postmodern, and whatever we call what’s happening now.

Tour highlights include the Oculus, Chase Manhattan Plaza and Isamu Noguchi fountain, the Imagination Playground and Pier 15 on the East River.

Saturday, Oct. 21, 1PM to 3PM. Starts at the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, 70 Vesey Street, ends at Pier 15, 78 South Street, Manhattan.

$20. Tickets (which include Curbed tote bag) available via Eventbrite.

Sep 30, 2017

Parallel Worlds 2017

This day long international conference brings together leading game designers, artists, engineers and thinkers, whose work is connected by the worlds we build through games and play.

Speakers this year include Nicola and Michael Place, members of the original design team for the 90s design classic Wipeout; Dan Calvert, character art director on the luscious Horizon Zero Dawn and Madiba Olivier, developer of Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan and founder of the first professional game studio in Central Africa.

The conference will follow on from the V&A’s Making Play Friday Late event on Friday 29 September, where playful installations, arcades and exhibits will take over the entire museum for one night only.

I will be speaking about IRL play, and the history of playgrounds, in the day’s last session.

10:30AM to 17:15PM, Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
£25 full price, £20 concessions, £15 student.

Jul 22, 2017

Uncovering the Fantasy and Magic of Alexander Girard

One-day symposium in conjunction with the exhibition, Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe.

Join us for a fascinating examination of one of the most influential, yet overlooked, designers of modernism in America, Alexander Girard. Historian Deborah Kawsky will introduce us to Girard’s Detroit days—from his modern design shop in Grosse Pointe to the architecture of his lesser known residences. Curbed architecture critic Alexandra Lange will discuss Girard’s uncanny ability to bring structure to seemingly disparate things, from found artifacts to city streetscapes. Curator Monica Obniski will look at Girard’s prescient collection and use of folk art as an inspiration and antidote to modern design. A moderated discussion and question-and-answer session will follow the presentations.

1PM to 4PM, Cranbrook Art Museum deSalle Auditorium, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, MI.
Free with museum admission.

Video of this symposium available here.

Jul 10, 2017

Mid-Century Japanese American Designers

This program, held as part of Kaneji Domoto at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonia, looks at the role of Japanese American designers in mid-century American design and architecture.

Lynnette Widder, Curator, Kaneji Domoto at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonia
Ken Oshima, Professor, Department of Architecture, the University of Washington
Mira Nakashima, Furniture Designer
Alexandra Lange, architecture critic

6PM, Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, Manhattan.
Free for AIA members and students with valid ID; $10 for general public.

May 2, 2017

Off the Page: Vital Little Plans

In honor of Jane Jacobs’s 101st birthday, join Alexandra Lange, architecture critic for Curbed, for a conversation with Samuel Zipp, Professor of American Studies and Urban Studies at Brown University, and writer and curator Nathan Storring about Jacobs’ powerful evolving legacy as an urban thinker and activist. Zipp and Storring are the co-editors of a new, previously-uncollected collection of Jacob’s writings and talks called Vital Little Plans: The Short Works of Jane Jacobs (Penguin Random House, 2016).

Reception and book signing to follow.

6:30PM, Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., Manhattan.
$15 | $10 for Museum members.