Childhood is fleeting, but its structures are monumental, both in memory and in urban life. In this lecture, “Preserving Childhood,” Alexandra Lange will discuss the history, design and civic legacy of key spaces for children’s education and recreation, with cameo appearances by Booker T. Washington, the Saarinens, Robert Moses, Paul Friedberg, Buckminster Fuller, Josep Lluis Sert, and the wrecking ball.
This talk is sponsored by MAS Context and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
6PM, LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S Wabash Avenue, Chicago.
Open to the public, no RSVP required.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.