2010 AIA Housing Awards
A national summit on affordable housing is taking place September 22-24th at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Designers and activists will join panel discussions on why change is necessary, why design matters, how to make design affordable, strategies for change, and alternative activist practices.
The conference will feature "Fenced In/Fenced Out," an interactive exhibit from the Museum of Contemporary Phenomena, an art and architecture collective and tours will be led by Chicago architects through the remodeled Archer Courts in Chinatown; green and multi-generational housing in Roseland and North Lawndale; and the adaptive reuse of the Howard Street Theater in Rogers Park.
Speakers include David Baker, whose Paseo Senter in San Jose earned the 2010 AIA/HUD Secretary's Housing Community by Design Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing; Maurice Cox, Director of Design for the National Endowment for the Arts, whom Fast Company magazine named one of "20 Masters of Design" in 2004; and Teddy Cruz of Estudio Cruz, known for his urban research on the Tijuana-San Diego border and his designs recently seen in "Small Scale, Big Change" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
- Last year, the AIA Small Project Award went to what is most likely the smallest house ever to win the award: the Pup Tent by the New York-based firm Slade Architecture.
- On Thursday, the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum announced the winners of its 11th annual National Design Awards.
- I met photographer Richard Schulman and his wife, Barbara, a few years back and instantly developed a friendship with them.