PARTNER NEWS: UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
The symposium will explore how recent experiences in Latin American cities can serve as examples for models of urban and social revitalization in other parts of the world.
"We don’t often think of avant-garde art and suburbia as related," writes David Salomon. "The artist’s urban studio — not the superhighway — is supposed to be where aesthetic inspiration takes place. But from the late '50s through the early '70s, many American artistic developments had their roots in the suburbs — specifically, in the roads, marshes, quarries and universities of North New Jersey." Here Salomon focuses on some pivotal years in the life of artist Tony Smith — including his epiphany on the New Jersey Turnpike.
PARTNER NEWS: WOODBURY UNIVERSITY
An architectural photography exhibit, Beyond the Assignment
, will be on display at Woodbury University's Julius Shulman Institute from October 5 through November 1.
In The Man Who Planted Trees
, Jim Robbins writes: "Planting trees may be the single most important ecotechnology that we have to put the broken pieces of our planet back together." Mark Hough reviews the book, and then broadens his focus to explore the rise of the U.S. environmental movement and the current campaigns to plant millions of trees in cities across America.
"In August 1905, Louie Muir, wife of the conservationist John Muir, died of cancer. Among those who sent condolences was President Theodore Roosevelt, who had once camped under the stars with Muir in Yosemite Valley. Roosevelt himself was no stranger to loss. When he was 26, illness claimed his mother and young wife on the same day. To Muir, he offered this tonic: 'Get out among the mountains and trees, friend, as soon as you can. They will do more for you than either man or woman could.'" A century later Adelheid Fischer, struggling with her own grief, got out among the mountains and trees — in her case to the Grand Canyon, a dangerous and redemptive place that by turns epitomizes and defies the expectations (and clichés) of the famous landscape.
Pratt Institute, School of Architecture
The work of the students here at Pratt shows a clear appreciation and understanding of the possibilities of architecture today, as the mission of the school is dedicated to design and a complete understanding of the making of cities and buildings. The spirit of advancing architectural ideas in terms of both form and technique is at the essence of the transformation of contemporary design.
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University of California-Berkeley, College of Environmental Design
The first school to combine the disciplines of architecture, planning and landscape architecture into a single college, CED led the way toward an integrated approach to analyzing, understanding and designing our built environment. CED was also among the first to conceptualize environmental design as inseparable from its social, political-economic and cultural contexts.