For decades, artists, designers, and planners have turned to play to better understand our environments and each other. Over the course of the Spring/Summer 2021 season, The Bentway will explore the history of play and its role in shaping decisions about public space through the Playing in Public exhibition and programs.
As we look to the future, we must consider the ways that COVID has altered our cities and the necessity of play for urban recovery. With long-running lockdowns in place at various times throughout the past year, opportunities for recreation and play have become critical to maintaining mental and physical health during an uncertain time.
As cities across the globe call for a “summer of play”, this two-part panel discussion, co-presented with World Urban Parks & 8 80 Cities, and featuring speakers for whom play is a core component of their work, we will explore the benefits of recreation as a tool for recovery and ask what play can teach us about building more resilient cities, public spaces, and communities.
Following part one of the series, The Bentway is delighted to welcome Tim Gill (Writer, Scholar & Childhood play advocate), Alexandra Lange (Writer and Architecture & Design Critic), Adil Dhalla (Camp Reset), and Mitchell Chan (Studio F Minus) to the conversation.
12PM ET, free. Sign up here.
Zoom details will be sent out 24 hours prior to the event. For additional details visit www.thebentway.ca.
Author and architecture critic Alexandra Lange’s virtual talk “The American Mall: How Shopping Shaped Postwar America,” looks at the architectural, urban, and cultural legacy of the mall from 1956 to present day, drawing from her forthcoming book American Mall, coming in Spring 2022. Lange will highlight the work of such architects as Victor Gruen, César Pelli, Jon Jerde, and Ben and Jane Thompson, and show the diversity of design within what is sometimes considered a boring building type.
Sponsored by Indiana Landmarks’ affinity group Indiana Modern and supported by Indiana University’s Cornelius O’Brien Lecture Series Concerning Historic Preservation.
6PM, register online here or by calling 317-639-4534, free.
Video of this talk is available here.
For the third event in the ongoing series of research methods-based discussions, CE+ has partnered with LUNCH, the School of Architecture’s student-run design journal, to explore the evolving practices of writing, editing, and publishing as vital forms of critical inquiry and powerful tools in projecting new futures for the built environment. In the spirit of CE+’s interdisciplinary approach to scholarly research and LUNCH’s role publishing a broad variety of theory, history, criticism, experimentation, design, and artwork each year, we will be discussing the role of writing as a critical praxis with artist, designer, and architectural historian Esther Choi and design critic Alexandra Lange.
Link to video of the discussion is here
Alexandra Lange gave the lecture “Looking for Role Models in All the Wrong Places” as part of the ATHENA Lecture Series 2021. She critically examined the setting of role models in architecture.
The event was recorded and can be viewed on the ETH video portal.
In conjunction with the publication of Gordon Bunshaft and SOM: Building Corporate Modernism (Yale University Press), author Nicholas Adams will discuss Bunshaft, his work, and his legacy with Mary McLeod (Columbia University), Francesco Dal Co (IAUV), Colin Koop (SOM/NY), and Alexandra Lange (Curbed).
6PM, Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, Manhattan.
$10, AIA Members and students, free.
To celebrate the launch of his latest book, A History of New York in 27 Buildings: The 400-Year Untold Story of an American Metropolis, former New York Times urban affairs correspondent Sam Roberts sits down for a conversation with Curbed architecture critic Alexandra Lange. They’ll share the stories behind our city’s most transformative structures from architectural icons like the Empire State Building to lesser-known sites such as the city’s oldest continuously operating theater and the building where the Founding Fathers added the Bill of Rights to the Constitution.
6:30PM, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, Museum of the City of New York, Manhattan.
$17, $15 Museum members.