1. Space Is the Place.
When The New York Times Magazine profiled the artist James Turrell (ahead of a retrospective that debuted simultaneously in three cites last summer), a few things about him became clear. While light is the subject of his art, light would be nothing without its artifice: custom-built rooms and modified interiors. Just because you’ve received a MacArthur “genius” grant doesn’t mean you can’t get sued (all those light tricks and dark rooms can be a little disorienting and hazardous). And, most impressively, the man owns an extinct volcano in Arizona. Does Turrell and his work personify the architectural sublime, or is it “anti-architecture”? The Los Angeles County Museum of Art will conclude its Turrell retrospective on April 6.
See for yourself and learn more at lacma.org.
2. Cool Spaces.
Stephen Chung, AIA, knows cool—and he’s bringing his show Cool Spaces! to PBS and PBS affiliates on March 31, when “Performance Spaces” explores the ins and outs of Dallas Cowboys Stadium by HKS, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo., by Safdie Architects, and Barclays Center in Brooklyn by SHoP Architects. Other episodes next month include “Libraries” (April 7), “Art Spaces” (April 14), and “Healing Spaces” (April 21). Look for the accompanying book, Cool Spaces!: The Best New Architecture, at Barnes & Noble and other outlets in April.
Learn more at aia.org/coolspaces.
3. Pack Your Bags.
Since 2012, the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s (GSD) $100,000 Wheelwright Prize has been available to any graduate of an accredited school of architecture—not just the GSD. Never mind that the designer Gia Wolff, the inaugural recipient for 2013, is a GSD alumna; the important thing is the prize’s potential. Wolff has finished traveling and will lecture next month at the Louisiana State University College of Art + Design on her Wheelwright project, “Floating City: The Community-Based Architecture of Parade Floats,” sponsored in part by AIA Baton Rouge.
Learn more at design.lsu.edu and aiabr.com.
4. Global Practice.
If you’ve been following architecture in Europe, you’ve come across Nasrine Seraji’s work. Her Paris firm, Atelier Seraji, has completed apartments, mixed-use buildings, student housing, a stock exchange addition, sports centers, and master plans in more than seven French cities, as well as in Vienna, Tehran, and Beijing. Seraji’s work has also been the subject of more than a dozen exhibitions. She will discuss these and other projects as the headliner of the AIA St. Louis Scholarship Trust Lecture at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.
Learn more at samfoxschool.wustl.edu.
5. Healthy Debate.
What part of public health belongs to design? How can good design principles translate into sound standards that support positive health outcomes? How can design solutions address social equity? To answer these and other questions, the AIA, the AIA Foundation, and ACSA will convene “The Value of Design: Design and Health,” a cross-disciplinary summit for architects, public health officials, government and nongovernment organizations, universities, and members of the private sector that will take place at AIA National Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Learn more at aia.org/practicing.