Alexandra Lange
Architecture & design critic
September 25

Glass House Presents: “The Design of Childhood”

Join design critic Alexandra Lange for a free reading at New Canaan Library from her new book The Design of Childhood: How the Material World Shapes Independent Kids, which reveals the surprising histories behind the human-made elements of our children’s pint-size landscape.

6PM, New Canaan Public Library, 151 Main St, New Canaan, Connecticut.
Free. Please register by emailing rsvp@theglasshouseorg.

August 14

Design Aloud: A Modern Education

Frank Lloyd Wright liked to tell the story of how his interest in form was piqued by early encounters with wooden blocks. In this lecture, based on her new book, The Design of Childhood: How the Material World Shapes Independent Kids, architecture critic Alexandra Lange will discuss the origins of wooden blocks, why they came to dominate American kindergartens, and how designers and educators including Wright, Isamu Noguchi, Eero Saarinen and Caroline Pratt created places for children to learn through play.

6:30PM, Greatbatch Pavilion, Martin House, 125 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo, New York.
$10, free for Martin House members. Tickets here

June 25

Oculus Book Talk: “The Design of Childhood”

In her new book, The Design of Childhood (Bloomsbury, June 2018) design critic Alexandra Lange investigates the histories of children’s human-made environment at all scales, from objects to landscapes, and reflects on how these fundamental elements may impact a child’s thinking and development. Lange will discuss the book in a conversation with Quartz design reporter Anne Quito.

6PM, 536 LaGuardia Place, Manhattan.
$10 general public, free for students and AIA New York members.

June 12

Book Launch: “The Design of Childhood”

Join me and Curbed Editor-in-Chief Kelsey Keith for the Publication Day launch of The Design of Childhood in Brooklyn.

7PM, McNally Jackson Books Williamsburg, 76 N. 4th Street, Brooklyn.

April 24

Design Research Lecture Series: “The Design of Childhood”

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.

April 13

Transforming North Carolina’s Research Triangle

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.