FEATURED THIS WEEK : THOMAS FISHER
The 20th century has been called the "invisible century" of science, with the ground-breaking discoveries of Einstein and Freud revolutionizing our understanding of particle phsyics and human psychology. The 21st century, argues Tom Fisher, is poised to become the invisible century of design, with designers playing ever more influential roles in the "seemingly invisible" sphere of "organizations and operations, policies and procedures, systems and infrastructures" — all of which, as Fisher points out, ultimately determine the health and prosperity of buildings, landscapes and cities.
The School of Architecture and Planning is a partner in the new center, which will support cross-disciplinary courses, research and exhibitions, and a major, biennial international symposium on art, science and technology.
In March 1991 a bystander with a Sony Handycam videotaped a group of LAPD officers beating a motorist named Rodney King; a year later, when a suburban jury acquitted the police of charges of excessive force, South Central L.A. erupted in riots that lasted for days. Historian Josh Sides assesses the public and private efforts to repair the physical and psychic damage; 20 years later South Los Angeles has changed remarkably — though as Sides notes, some of the deepest changes have resulted less from official initiatives than from the "demographic dynamism" of the city.
AARON PALEY & AMANDA BERMAN
Can an ephemeral intervention inspire systemic change? Aaron Paley and Amanda Berman argue that the semi-annual CicLAvia — which bans car traffic from parts of Los Angeles — is prompting Angelenos to alter their mental maps and reimagine the urban future. As they write: "CicLAvia enables Angelenos to perceive the metropolis not in terms of time and aggravation — of the traffic-choked distance between freeway ramps — but instead in terms of spatial experience and free mobility."
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.