Parents obsess over their children’s playdates, kindergarten curriculum, and every bump and bruise, but the toys, classrooms, playgrounds, and neighborhoods little ones engage with are just as important. These objects and spaces encode decades, even centuries of changing ideas about what makes for good child-rearing—and what does not. Do you choose wooden toys, or plastic, or, increasingly, digital? Design critic Alexandra Lange reveals the surprising histories behind the human-made elements of our children’s pint-size landscape.
A conversation about my book with Design Research chair Molly Heintz.
6:30PM, 136 W 21st Street, 2nd Floor, Manhattan.
North Carolina’s Research Triangle—including Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill—is a rich tapestry of natural and cultural systems interwoven with campus landscapes (academic, corporate, and cultural), regional and urban parks, and residential communities that serve diverse populations.
Now, in the first quarter of the 21st century, Raleigh, the state capital, and the neighboring cities of Durham and Chapel Hill are embracing their roles as incubators for fresh ideas in planning, design, and stewardship, with landscape architects often taking the lead.
To explore the choices that will shape the region’s future and to initiate and inspire broad community-based participation, The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) has curated a one-day summit to be held on Friday, April 13, 2018. After a daylong series of talks by landscape architects including Adriaan Geuze, Gary Hilderbrand and Gina Ford, Alexandra Lange will appear on a closing panel with New York City Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, Randolph Hester and Linda Jewell.
ARCHITECTURE BONUS: The symposium’s opening reception will be held in Tom Pfifer’s museum building and the symposium in Snohetta’s Hunt Library.
8:30AM to 5PM, James B. Hunt, Jr., Library at North Carolina State University, Raleigh.
$75 (student), $225, including Thursday night’s opening reception at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Tickets here.
With Art Detour 30, Modern Phoenix Week and Phoenix Urban Design Week converging in mid-March, it presented a special opportunity to cross-pollinate to bring you a keynote speaker we’re sure you will want to add on Twitter and on Instagram: Alexandra Lange, Architecture Critic for Curbed.
She’s also author of Writing About Architecture: Mastering the Language of Buildings and Cities (Princeton Architectural Press, 2012), a primer on how to read and write architecture criticism. The evening will begin with a networking happy hour. Lange will speak at 6 p.m. with a panel to follow.
6PM, Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Avenue, Phoenix.
How did Never Built New York‘s unrealized projects meet their fate—and what did their makers learn from the experience?
On Sunday February 4th, 11 architects, planners, and historians discuss the stories behind the current Queens Museum show’s unrealized urban visions. Literary historian Cheryl J. Fish will discuss June Jordan’s contribution to Buckminster Fuller’s Harlem Skyrise. Architect Frederick Noyes will weigh in on his father Eliot’s Westinghouse Pavilion for the 1964 World’s Fair. Henry Cobb of Pei Cobb Freed will illustrate the ten-year saga of a never-built upgrade to JFK Airport, and Christen Johansen, Associate at Ennead Architects, will discuss his father John Johansen’s Leapfrog City. Other participants include Dan Wood, Principal at WORKac, Winka Dubbeldam, Principal at Archi-Tectonics, Ian Volner, author of Michael Graves: Design For Life, and Andrea Lamberti, Partner, Rafael Viñoly Architects.
This wide-ranging event will be emcee’d by exhibition co-curator Sam Lubell and architecture critic Alexandra Lange.
3PM to 5PM, Queens Museum of Art, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Free. RSVP here.
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.
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.