In a chapter from a new book on architecture education in North America, Princeton dean Stan Allen offers an overview of the past two decades — as he says, a volatile period during which "rapid technological and social changes presented complex challenges to practice and education." Allen focuses especially on the digital revolution, the theory/practice debates, and the increasing emphasis on global urbanism and the environment.
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
The report, by University of Michigan faculty and students and the U.S. Green Building Council, reviews recent research on the likely impacts of climate change at various scales and recommends strategies to increase the resilience and adaptive capacity of building projects.
We’re surrounded by buildings, says Alexandra Lange, but we don’t know how to talk about them. We chat about real estate instead of having a real conversation about the urban environment. As architecture criticism fades in the daily newspapers, it’s time we take matters into our own hands: “We need more citizen critics,” she writes, “equipped with the desire and the vocabulary to remake the city.” So how do we learn how to talk about buildings? Lange suggests starting with “Sometimes We Do It Right,” Ada Louise Huxtable's classic review of the Marine Midland Bank Building in New York.
PLACES ARCHIVE: WINTER 2005
How to turn a lackluster midwestern campus into an international cultural destination.
University of Minnesota, College of Design
The University of Minnesota’s College of Design is preparing the next generation of problem solvers. Through a unique commitment to sustainability, creativity and advancing technologies, the college is improving the way we interact with our world by designing new systems, new environments, new products, and new ways of living and working. Located in one of the major design cities and in one of the largest research universities in the U.S., the College of Design is a leader in multidisciplinary research, creative production, teaching and public engagement. The college encompasses the full range of design disciplines, including architecture, landscape architecture, apparel design, graphic design, interior design, product design, retail merchandising and housing studies.