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A Plea from New Orleans

I recently received an email from filmmaker Evan Mather, alerting me to his most recent—and urgent—project, which I thought I'd share with you. It's a short video about the Phillis Wheatley Elementary School in New Orleans, which despite its standing as a rare and important work of modern architecture (one of the best examples of regional modernism in the city), and despite surviving the storms and levee breach of 2005, is currently slated for demolition this summer. DOCOMOMO Louisiana and the World Monuments Fund, which listed the school on its Watch List in 2010, are lobbying to save the building through adaptive reuse. The school was designed by architect Charles Colbert in 1955; Colbert considered it his highest achievement in architecture and planning. It incorporated both traditional and innovative design ideas, like an elevated structure for flooding and natural ventilation, and a playground beneath its cantilevered wings.
May 27, 2011
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Mack Scogin on OSU's Knowlton Hall

A decade ago, the Ohio State University Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture called upon Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects to accomplish a formidable task: create the consummate teaching tool by designing its new building. The structure was completed in 2004 and christened Knowlton Hall. In December, we sent photographer Ian Allen to Ohio to capture the building and its occupants in the midst of final reviews (the resulting images are featured in our May 2011 Photo Issue). Here, we share our extended interview with architect Mack Scogin on the design process, the donor's mandate to use marble, and Scogin's favorite space in the grand structure.
April 18, 2011
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Ahead of Its Class

“How do you make a piece of architecture about architecture?” Mack Scogin asks. “That’s a heavy-duty objective.” Nevertheless, his firm, Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, accepted the challenge, designing the consummate teaching tool for Ohio State University’s architecture school: a brand-new building.
April 6, 2011
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Woodbury Trains Latino Architects

Frequent Dwell contributor and all-around sharp design writer Mark Lamster has a bang-up story in The Architect right now about the rise of Woodbury University, a young architecture school in Los Angeles. I toured the San Diego campus of Woodbury (those two make up the SoCal schools) a couple years ago with architect and teacher Aaron Anderson. I was immediately impressed with the school's hands-on brand of education and the fact that the space seemed to be more encouraging of strapping on the mask for a bit of metalwork than abstract philosophizing. Lamster's story however does more than describe the scrappy school, he suggests that Woodbury might just be training a new generation of Latino architects.
March 23, 2011
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Friday Finds 7.2.2010

This week our internet proclivities include bookshelf porn, Star Wars dandies, museum blogs and rebooted illustrations for film posters past. Oh, and sweet bathroom fixtures designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. We like those too.
July 2, 2010
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Allez Design! NYC's Iron Designer

With the Hearst Tower and the New York Times Building gleaming in the distance, the inaugural Iron Designer Challenge was held on the rooftop at the Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction (SDC) last week. The challenge? To build a full-scale emergency shelter in three hours and in front of a live audience.
June 22, 2010
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A Common Boston

If you're in the Northeast this upcoming week, you might want to swing by Common Boston, Boston's fourth annual week of celebrating architecture and urban spaces. Focusing all the city's design energy at a number of "common points" on the neighborhood level, Common Boston is a little bit different from all the other Salones and ICFFs around the world. I wanted to find out why, so over two cups of tea at Toscanini's, I caught up with Justin Crane, budding architect and co-founder/co-chair of New England's biggest design festival.
June 15, 2010
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Boston in Your Hands

The latest Play Date at Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art was held last weekend, to much applause and hands-on revelry in the spirit of planning. Titled 'Design a City: Boston In Your Hands' and conducted by urban planner James Rojas, the event invited families and children to envision the city's future by manipulating the built environment through recycled objects.
June 9, 2010
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Mona El Khafif: Design Build

In 2006, architect and urban planner Mona El Khafif traded Vienna's wiener schnitzel for beignets in the Big Easy to teach at Tulane University's URBANbuild program. Now an associate professor of architecture and urban design at the California College of the Arts, El Khafif leads the school's URBANlab design-build program. "It's really important for students to be exposed to the outside world," she says. Here, she talks with associate editor Miyoko Ohtake about working at design-build programs and URBANlab's current project: designing a Pavement to Parks site in San Francisco.
March 22, 2010
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