Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Event starts at 6 pm.
Architectural historian Elizabeth Blasius, architect Jeanne Gang, and photographer Virginia Hanusik will lecture on Tuesday, March 17, as part of MAS Context’s 2020 Spring Talks series. The lecture will take place at Studio Gang Architects (1520 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60642).
In the Texas Golden Triangle, the petrochemical industry has been ubiquitous since the Lucas Gusher at Spindletop blew crude oil into the air for nine days in January 1901, the beginning of the East Texas oil boom. In 2018, architectural historian Elizabeth Blasius spent nine months working on the Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts in this area, conducting fieldwork on thousands of floodwater damaged historic buildings and providing consultation on in-kind, in-place repair and mitigation to lessen the risk of damage in a future event of climate violence.
Studio Gang uses design as a medium to connect people to each other, to their communities, and to the environment. The Studio’s founder, Jeanne Gang, is also a Professor in Practice at the Harvard GSD where her research and teaching focus on resiliency and reuse. In 2018, Jeanne and her studio joined the non-profit organization All Hearts and Hands in their rebuilding efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands after the devastating impacts of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The studio met with local partners and surveyed storm-damaged sites to develop design responses that re-establish and strengthen critical community services.
New Orleans-based photographer Virginia Hanusik’s work explores the relationship between landscape, culture, and the built environment. Since 2014, she has been working on a body of work about climate adaptation along the American coast, including the history of building practices and development in South Louisiana, and our collective memory as a landscape transforms.
During this event, architectural historian Elizabeth Blasius, architect Jeanne Gang, and photographer Virginia Hanusik will present their ongoing work and discuss other aspects of climate change as it relates to our built environment, our adaptation to these changes, and the long-term effects that it has in our communities.
Elizabeth Blasius, “Hurricane Harvey, the Golden Triangle, and the Inequality of Relief,” MAS Context
Virginia Hanusik, “A receding Coast,” MAS Context
Virginia Hanusik, “Liminal Frontier: Climate Adaptation and the American Coast,” MAS Context
All Hands and Hearts, “US Virgin Islands Hurricane Relief”
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Elizabeth Blasius is an American architectural historian whose work encourages people to consider placemaking through existing buildings and vintage communities, and explores the potential for historic preservation to examine more personal stories and bring them into the practice. Her work seeks to build trust and collaboration between agencies that protect historic resources and the public. She develops innovative solutions that discourage gatekeeping and allow room for those that have stock in cultural resources to realistically manage development. Ultimately, her work strives to kick the doors wide open for underrepresented aspects of heritage, built and cultural.
www.blaservations.com | @blaservations
Architect and MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang, FAIA, Int. FRIBA, is the founding principal of Studio Gang. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Chevalier de l’Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur, Jeanne is internationally renowned for a design process that foregrounds the relationships between individuals, communities, and environments. Her diverse body of work spans scales and typologies, expanding beyond architecture’s conventional boundaries to pursuits ranging from the development of stronger materials to fostering stronger communities.
www.studiogang.com | @studiogang
Virginia Hanusik is an artist and architectural researcher whose work explores the relationship between culture and the built environment. Her photographs have been exhibited internationally and featured in publications such as Domus, Places Journal, NPR, Fast Company, Newsweek, and The Atlantic, among others. She received her B.A. from Bard College and is currently working on a project about the architecture of climate change in South Louisiana with support from the Graham Foundation. She is a member of the Climate Working Group at New York University and was ranked as one of Planetizen‘s Most Influential Urbanists in 2017. She lives in New York City.
www.virginiahanusik.com | @virginiahanusik