Flash Mob NYC: Voices of Plurality

On the heels of Venice Biennale Flash Mob, I worked with the wonderfully diverse group to build Voices of Plurality Flash Mob. Over 200 gathered in solidarity to show support and solidarity for the push towards fairness, justness, inclusion. We come from many walks of life. For Beverly Willis, FAIA, the key focus now is … Continue reading Flash Mob NYC: Voices of Plurality

Flaming Red Hot Makes a Splash to Counter Demolition and Create Dialogue around Blight

On a Sunday in the early morning during the opening days of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, crews of youth and adults were all crowded around painting, from top to bottom, a house slated for demolition. I spoke with artist and architect Amanda Williams: Caroline James: What experiences in your life were important towards developing your … Continue reading Flaming Red Hot Makes a Splash to Counter Demolition and Create Dialogue around Blight

Dispatch from the 2014 Venice Biennale: From “Fundamentals” comes the Human Scale

The 14th Venice Biennale of Architecture, Elements of Architecture  brought a different tone to the world’s premiere architecture exhibition. Carrying the theme “Fundamentals,” the Biennale had an aim to be, in the words of curator Rem Koolhaas, “about architecture, not architects.” A focus on the components of Architecture come together in exhibitions and mammoth book series--a collaboration  between … Continue reading Dispatch from the 2014 Venice Biennale: From “Fundamentals” comes the Human Scale

Finding Middle Ground: Designers and Policymakers Discuss Urban Development in Africa

One of the virtues of the Harvard African Development Conference is its ability to draw upon practitioners from very different backgrounds and methods. The fifth-annual HADC invited dignitaries, former prime ministers, ambassadors, representatives from the African Development Bank, and even the CEO of Madécasse Chocolate, an innovative company whose slogan states, “Grown in Africa. Made … Continue reading Finding Middle Ground: Designers and Policymakers Discuss Urban Development in Africa

On the frontiers: Jane Thompson, Design Luminary

Transforming Faneuil Hall into a market space that brings people together around the culture of food; programming miles of Houston’s waterfront in partnership with city officials and flood management; redesigning Grand Central Station district, viewing the whole streetscape as a site. The work of designer Jane Thompson resists easy classification. She worked as a curator … Continue reading On the frontiers: Jane Thompson, Design Luminary