The COVID-19 pandemic is fostering myopic perspectives of nationwide urban decline, and, in many ways, a recalibration towards suburban living. Are these notions misguided if not incorrect? These three panelists will discuss the present challenges facing urban areas, economic and social conditions which counter this narrative, and planning steps to improve long-term resiliency.
- Patricia Akinaga, Studio-MLA
- Christopher Rhie, Buro Happold
- Matthew Clarke, Design Trust for Public Space
- Matthew Marani, The Architect's Newspaper
Fashion comes and goes, values change, yet images remain. Photographer Julius Shulman, who would have turned 110 on October 10, furnished the visual materials with which to shape our expectations of the modern world. Even now, when contemplating “the good life” we imagine a modernist perch in the Hollywood Hills or a desert house in Palm Springs, as lensed by Shulman. His contribution to the enduring California mythos is beautifully told in Eric Bricker’s 2009 film Visual Acoustics, newly released on Blu-Ray with a commemorative 164-page hardbound book.
- Samuel Medina, The Architect's Newspaper
The West Coast is currently undergoing one of its most severe wildfire seasons in recorded history, threatening to uproot the lives and livelihoods of millions. With climate models predicting increasingly severe weather extremes in the years to come, architects and planners will be forced to embrace new strategies to both protect residents and mitigate wildfires. This panel, including SWA Group’s Sean O’Malley and Oregon State University’s Erica Fleishman, will explore both.
- Sean O'Malley, SWA Group
- Erica Fleishman , Oregon Climate Change Research Institute | OSU
The recent surge in support of the Black Lives Matter movement has fostered a nationwide debate regarding the many White supremacist totems sprinkled across the country, none more so than monuments commemorating Confederate leaders and veterans. A growing consensus recognizes the need to tear down such monuments down; this panel will discuss approaches for doing so.
- Kenneth Lum, University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design | Monument Lab
- Brent Leggs, African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund
- Anna Marcum, Independent Architectural Historian and Preservationist
Diversity levels in architecture are scandalously low. The sources of the problem are manifold, ranging from an assumption of generational wealth to steep professional barriers. Rather than shielding prospective architecture students from these and other biases, college and university programs are complicit in them. This panel will examine steps schools of architecture can take to both increase diversity across the board and better support students as they enter the profession.
- Dr. Samia Kirchner, Morgan State Univesity
- Dr. Harriet Harriss, Pratt Insitute
- Jason Pugh, Gensler & NOMA
- Kwesi Daniels, Tuskegee University
- Samuel Medina, The Architect's Newspaper
The United States is facing a severe affordable housing crisis; a dire circumstance compounded by structural racism and generations of poor urban planning policy. The three panelists; Darrel Williams of neighboring concepts, Elizabeth Timme of LA Más, and Brian Loughlin of Magnusson Architecture and Planning, will discuss the prevailing roadblocks to the construction and retention of affordable housing in the country, and potential steps to resolve them.
- Darrel Williams, neighboring concepts
- Elizabethe Timme, LA-Más
- Brian Loughlin, Magnusson Architecture and Planning
The spread of COVID-19 and the subsequent closure of businesses have proved nearly disastrous for city finances. In the years to come, city agencies such as Parks Departments will likely face significant budget cuts. At first glance, decreased funding for parkland appears deleterious for their long-term maintenance. But, for some landscape designers, this is an opportunity to step back and allow for the re-wilding of urban parks. This panel will examine the potential sustainable and social benefits of a “hands-off” approach to landscaping.
- Kinder Baumgardner, SWA Group
- Anna Cawrse, Sasaki
Architects James Wines and Dan Wood will join Architect’s Newspaper contributing editor Matt Shaw to discuss the COVID-19 crisis and optimistic possibilities that might come from it. From the future of urban space to new models for arts and culture, social distancing will cuase us to radically rethink our cities and interiors. Which of these
- James Wines, SITE
- Matt Shaw , AN
- Dan Wood, WORKac
The threat of contagion stemming from COVID-19 has fundamentally reshaped our relationship to cities and their transportation networks. Street closures, urban distancing, and the requisition of parking spaces, among other recent measures, attest to this new dynamic; meanwhile, speculative projects like CycleNYC and Midtown Viaduct envision more radical arrangements. In “Urban Alternatives: Pedestrian Possibilities in New York,” representatives from Büro Ehring Engineering and DXA Studio will discuss their respective initiatives and how they outline a brighter, more walkable future.
- Ryan Cramer, Buro Ehring
- Holger Schulze-Ehring, Buro Ehring
- Jordan Rogove, DXA
- Wayne Norbeck, DXA