Lecture & book launch by Alexandra Lange
October 9, 2018

Kiddicraft Interlocking Building Cubes, A Hilary Page Design, box lid. Made in England. 1950. © Photograph by Chas Saunter, hilarypagetoys.com


Tuesday, October 9, 2018. Event starts at 6 pm.


Architecture critic Alexandra Lange will lecture on Tuesday, October 9, as part of MAS Context’s 2018 Fall Talks series. The lecture will take place at The LeRoy Neiman Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (37 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603). This talk is organized in collaboration with SAIC AIADO and is supported by Perkins+Will.


Preserving Childhood


Childhood is fleeting, but its structures are monumental, both in memory and in urban life. In this lecture, “Preserving Childhood,” Alexandra Lange will discuss the history, design and civic legacy of key spaces for children’s education and recreation, with cameo appearances by Booker T. Washington, the Saarinens, Robert Moses, Paul Friedberg, Buckminster Fuller, Josep Lluis Sert, and the wrecking ball.


Suggested readings:

Francine Stock, “Is There A Future for the Recent Past in New Orleans?” MAS Context

Julia Jacquette and James Trainor, “Playground of My Mind,” Urban Omnibus

Witold Rybczynski, “Remembering the Rosenwald Schools,” Architect


Alexandra Lange contributed to our Legacy issue with her article “Never-Loved Buildings Rarely Stand a Chance: Josep Lluís Sert in Cambridge.” You can read it online at www.mascontext.com/issues/25-26-legacy-spring-summer-15/never-loved-buildings-rarely-stand-a-chance-josep-lluis-sert-in-cambridge.


Copies of The Design of Childhood: How the Material World Shapes Independent Kids will be available for purchase during the event.


This lecture is supported by Perkins+Will.


Alexandra Lange is the architecture critic for Curbed. Her essays, reviews, and profiles have appeared in numerous design publications including Architect, Design Observer, Dezeen, and Metropolis, as well as in New York Magazine, the New Yorker, and the New York Times. She was a 2014 Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Her new book, The Design of Childhood: How the Material World Shapes Independent Kids was published by Bloomsbury USA in June 2018. Research for the book was supported by a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. She is also the author of Writing About Architecture: Mastering the Language of Buildings and Cities (Princeton Architectural Press, 2012), the e-book The Dot-Com City: Silicon Valley Urbanism (Strelka Press, 2012), and Design Research: The Store that Brought Modern Living to American Homes (Chronicle Books, 2010), which she co-authored with Jane Thompson.
www.alexandralange.net | @LangeAlexandra


Cover of The Design of Childhood: How the Material World Shapes Independent Kids (Bloomsbury USA, 2018).


Playground at Dijkstraat, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1954, Aldo Van Eyck. © Courtesy Amsterdam City Archive.


Plan, Adventure Playground for Central Park, New York, 1967, Richard Dattner Architect. © Courtesy Richard Dattner.

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