Alexandra Lange
Architecture & design critic
Monday
November 28

Book talk @ Ball State University

Join the Ball State College of Architecture and Planning for a lecture by Alexandra Lange, a New York-based design critic and author, at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, in Architecture Building Room 100.

Her recent book Meet Me By the Fountain – on a topic of much interest throughout the Midwest – is an architectural and cultural history of the shopping mall, from Victor Gruen’s suburban sidewalk cafe to food courts reborn as classrooms, with stops at pedestrian streets, festival marketplaces, and Camp Snoopy. 

Saturday
October 15

Book talk @ Wisconsin Book Festival

Join Alexandra Lange for a presentation on her recent book Meet Me by the Fountain: An Inside History of the Mall as part of the 20th anniversary convening of the Wisconsin Book Festival.

12PM CT, Madison Public Library, Madison, Wisconsin.

Thursday
October 6

Book talk @ DOCOMOMO Tour Day

Join the Michigan Chapter of Docomomo US and our friends at the Southfield Public Library and the Southfield Historical Society as we partner with Docomomo US for Tour Day 2022 to explore the history and future of shopping malls across the nation, including Michigan’s iconic Northland Center in Southfield.

The evening will start with a recorded talk by architecture critic Alexandra Lange, author of the newly released book Meet Me by the Fountain: An Inside History of the Mall (Bloomsbury Publishing, June 2022).

Following the recorded presentation, Lange will join us on Zoom for a conversation in the library featuring short in-person presentations by Megan McAdow and Bruce Kopytek on the past, present and future of the Northland Center site and a moderated panel discussion.

6PM, Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road, Southfield, Michigan. Free; register here

Monday
October 3

Book talk @ Glass House Presents

Join design critic Alexandra Lange on Zoom for a free reading from her new book Meet Me by the Fountain: An Inside History of the Mall.

Glass House Presents is an ongoing series of talks and other live events that extend the site’s historic role as a gathering place for artists, architects, and other creative minds. This event is co-hosted by New Canaan Library and supported in part by the New Canaan Community Foundation.

6:30PM. This is a free virtual event but please register here

Tuesday
September 20

Book talk @ California Preservation Foundation

Author and architecture critic Alexandra Lange’s new book, Meet Me by the Fountain: An Inside History of the Mall examines the architectural, urban, and cultural legacy of the mall from 1956 to present day. The book has already received attention from The Economist, The Atlantic, Curbed, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

In this special, lunch-time book discussion with Dr. Lange, we will talk about mall designers and luminaries, including Victor Gruen, César Pelli, Jon Jerde, and Ben and Jane Thompson.

3PM ET. This is a free virtual event but please register here

Thursday
August 4

Book talk @ Boston Public Library

Sit down with Alexandra Lange and Sara Jensen Carr for a conversation on Lange’s latest book project, Meet Me by the Fountain: An Inside History of the Mall. This talk is free, open to the public, and will be held in person at the Central Library in Copley Square.

Alexandra Lange is an architecture and design critic based in Brooklyn.

Sara Jensen Carr is an Assistant Professor of Architecture, Urbanism, and Landscape and the Program Director for the Master of Design in Sustainable Urban Environments at Northeastern University. She is the author of The Topography of Wellness: How Health and Disease Shaped the American Landscape _(2021) as well as essays in _Preventive Medicine, Places Journal, and LA+ Journal, among other forums.

4PM, Commonwealth Salon, Central Library in Copley Square, Boston. Register here