Alexandra Lange
Architecture & design critic
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.

March 19

Creative City Symposium: What Criticism Can Do

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.

February 4

Never Built Live

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.