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Dwell magazine features Christopher Kitterman, TSA '04

Kitterman recently won an AIA NY State Design Award and a SARA-NY Design Award for his UWS APARTMENT I Project feature in Dwell. The article is entitled, “Triple Mint.”



Kongjian Yu, Ph.D. Lecture has been posted

Breeze Glazer (TSA '06) in Building Design + Construction's 40 under 40

Breeze Glazer photo
School of Architecture alumni Breeze Glazer was recently named in Building Design + Construction's 40 under 40 list. He currently works at Perkins+Will as a Sustainable Design Leader and Senior Associate. He is also the Director of the Master of Professional Studies in Healthcare Interior Design program at New York School of Interior Design. You can read more about Breeze and the other 40 under 40 class of 2016 at in Building Design + Construction.


Somatic Collaborative friends, 

if in NYC, please join Felipe Correa, in conversation with Bruno Carvalho, Eva Franch, Catherine Seavitt and Marion Weiss at Storefront for Art and Architecture on the occasion of the book launch for “Beyond the City: Resource Extraction Urbanism in South America" this Tuesday November 15 @ 7pm.


Reading Images Series: Beyond the City  
Tuesday, November 15th, 2016
7 – 9 pm

#storefrontseries     #ReadingImages     #BeyondtheCity     @storefrontnyc

With Bruno Carvalho, Felipe Correa, Eva Franch, Catherine Seavitt, and Marion Weiss

Transnational projects for resource extraction have motivated the development of massive infrastructural corridors. The strategic siting of mining towns, petrochemical encampments, and industrial developments aims to integrate vast geographical and political entities. These experiments promise to advance economic development on a national scale, but their influence on regional and urban constructs tests the agency of architecture and planning at smaller scales. 

Colossal projects like the Initiative for the Integration of Regional Infrastructure in South America (IIRSA), is one of the most ambitious transcontinental integration projects planned for South America, with the participation of twelve countries in the region. IIRSA serves as the point of departure for conversations about issues of territory, resource extraction urbanism, and transnational negotiations. What is the role of architecture in shaping territories defined by raw resources? How can architecture develop tools to operate beyond the bounds of the traditional metropolis? 

Reading Images Series: Beyond the City invites a panel of architects and theorists to examine images of existing and projected urban settlements in the South American continent to reflect upon topics of Developmentalism, knowledge transfer, authorship, and territory.

Reading Images Series: Beyond the City is organized on the occasion of the launch ofBeyond the City: Resource Extraction Urbanism in South America by Felipe Correa.

About the Book:

During the last decade, the South American continent has seen a strong push for transnational integration, initiated by the former Brazilian president Fernando Henrique Cardoso, who (with the endorsement of eleven other nations) spearheaded the Initiative for the Integration of Regional Infrastructure in South America (IIRSA), a comprehensive energy, transport, and communications network. The most aggressive transcontinental integration project ever planned for South America, the initiative systematically deploys ten east-west infrastructural corridors, enhancing economic development but raising important questions about the polarizing effect of pitting regional needs against the colossal processes of resource extraction.

Providing much-needed historical contextualization to IIRSA’s agenda, Beyond the City: Resource Extraction Urbanism in South America by Felipe Correa, ties together a series of spatial models and offers a survey of regional strategies in five case studies of often overlooked sites built outside traditional South American urban constructs.

Implementing the term “resource extraction urbanism,” Correa takes us from Brazil’s nineteenth-century regional capital city of Belo Horizonte to the experimental, circular, “temporary” city of Vila Piloto in Três Lagoas. In Chile, he surveys the mining town of María Elena. In Venezuela, he explores petrochemical encampments at Judibana and El Tablazo, as well as new industrial frontiers at Ciudad Guayana. The result is both a cautionary tale, bringing to light a history of societies that were “inscribed” and administered, and a perceptive examination of the agency of architecture and urban planning in shaping South American lives. 

About the Author

Felipe Correa is a New York based Architect and Urbanist. He is currently Associate Professor and Director of the Urban Design Degree Program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Correa is the author of multiple books including Beyond the City: Resource Extraction Urbanism in South America (University of Texas Press, 2016). In addition Correa is also the co-founder of Somatic Collaborative, a research based design practice, which focuses on a trans-scalar approach to architecture and urbanism. Somatic, has developed design projects and consultancies with the public and private sector in multiple cities and regions across the globe.

About the Participants

Bruno Carvalho:

Bruno Carvalho’s research and teaching interests range from the early modern period to the present, and include literature, culture, and the built environment, with emphasis in Latin American and Iberian contexts. He has published widely on topics related to poetry, film, architecture, cartography, city planning, environmental justice, race and racism. Carvalho’s Porous City: A Cultural History of Rio de Janeiro (2013) won the Brazilian Studies Association Roberto Reis Book Award in 2014. He is co-editor of O Livro de Tiradentes: Transmissão atlântica de ideias políticas no século XVIII (2013), Occupy All Streets: Olympic Urbanism and Contested Futures in Rio de Janeiro (2016), and Essays on Hilda Hilst: Between Brazil and World Literature (2017). Currently, he is working on two new books: the first is tentatively titled Partial Enlightenments: Race, Cities, and Nature in the Luso-Brazilian Eighteenth Century. The second, The Future Revisited, will examine how designers, writers and artists have imagined urban futures in Brazil. At Princeton he is Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, co-director of the Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism & the Humanities, and Associated Faculty in African American Studies, Architecture, Comparative Literature, Latin American Studies, and Urban Studies. 

Catherine Seavitt:

Catherine Seavitt Nordenson is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the City College of New York and principal of Catherine Seavitt Studio, a practice integrating the design of landscape and infrastructure. A registered architect and landscape architect, she is a graduate of the Cooper Union and Princeton University, a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, and a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship for study in Brazil. Her research includes design adaptation to sea level rise in urban coastal environments, as well as the novel transformation of landscape restoration practices given the dynamics of climate change. She is also interested in the intersection of political power, environmental activism, and public health, particularly as seen through both the design of public space and the written word. Her current work on the depositions of the Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx, delivered during his tenure as cultural counselor during the military dictatorship in Brazil, examines this narrative of cultural construction, environmental conservation, and nationalist political power. Seavitt Nordenson’s forthcoming book with the University of Texas Press examines Burle Marx’s early didactic public parks as well as his role as advisor to the military regime in Brazil from 1966-1974.

Marion Weiss:

Marion Weiss is the Graham Chair Professor of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design and the co-founder of WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism, a multidisciplinary design practice based in New York City known for the dynamic integration of architecture, art, infrastructure, and landscape. Noted projects include the Olympic Sculpture Park, Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Visitor Center, Barnard’s Diana Center, and Penn’s Center for Nanotechnology. Current projects include the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi and a research and development hub for Cornell Tech’s groundbreaking new campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City.

Weiss has also taught design studios at Harvard University, Cornell University, and was the EeroSaarinen Visiting Professor at Yale University. She has been honored with the Academy Award for Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Architectural League’s Emerging Voices Award, Harvard’s International VR Green Urban Design Award, the New York AIA Gold Medal of Honor, and her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Louvre, and the Guggenheim Museum. Weiss received her Master of Architecture at Yale University. She is a fellow of the AIA and a National Academy inductee.


Storefront’s programming is made possible through general support from Arup; DS+R; F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc.; Gaggenau; KPF; MADWORKSHOP; ODA; Roger Ferris + Partners; the Foundation for Contemporary Arts; The Greenwich Collection Ltd.; the Lily Auchincloss Foundation; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; The Peter T. Joseph Foundation; and by Storefront’s Board of Directors, members, and individual donors.



Class of 1986 Reunites for 30th Reunion at Richardson Memorial Hall During Homecoming 2016

URBANbuild 4 featured in Apartment Therapy

A Pro Organizer's New Orleans Home (Named Barbarella!)

Name: Tami Hills
Location: Central City — New Orleans, Louisiana
Size: 1,266 square feet
Years lived in: Owned 6 years

Tami Hills never imagined she would buy a move-in ready home. The professional organizer and DIYer dreamed of buying an old New Orleans house she could fully renovate. But after looking at nearly a hundred properties in a fiercely competitive market, she was exhausted. "I would fall in love and be outbid. It happened over and over again," she explained.

When she spotted a contemporary home, still under construction, her interest came as a surprise. The Central City property was the fourth of eleven affordable and environmentally-friendly homes that have been designed and built by Tulane Architecture students in struggling neighborhoods throughout the Crescent City after Hurricane Katrina. The style, which she describes as "clean, seamless, and easy," was a refreshing change from the properties she had previously considered. She placed an offer before the house even hit the market. 

"I thought I was going to purchase an old shotgun, but I fell in love with the house. How could you not? She's amazing! She speaks for herself," Tami says with cheerful animation. Tami uses female pronouns when talking about her home. She explains,"My mom always named her cars when I was a kid, so I call my house Barbarella. She's sexy like the movie in the '60s."

Even though she fell hard for Barbarella, embracing a home with modern design elements was a challenge for Tami. "My core style isn't modern...I had to be cautious about how I would overlap and layer my more eclectic style within the space." Six years later, the happy, colorful, and bright home manages to feel peaceful and exuberant at the same time, much like Tami herself. Lime green and turquoise accents, colorful textiles and artwork, and an eclectic mix of decor, add a burst of personality and levity to the home's simple, streamlined design.  

Full Article HERE

Symposium scheduled: Preservation Matters IV Symposium

Grow Dat readies Dinner on the Farm

The Grow Dat Youth Farm, a 7-acre urban farm in New Orleans founded through a partnership with Tulane University and Tulane City Center, will host the first “Dinner on the Farm” of the fall Saturday (Oct. 9) at 4 p.m.

The series of dinners will be held at the farm, located in City Park (150 Zachary Taylor Dr.) and will feature chefs from various New Orleans restaurant groups. Guest chefs will create three-course meals that incorporate the farm’s produce. Attendees will enjoy cocktails, hor d’oeuvres and a tour of the facility.

Grow Dat’s first farm dinner will feature chefs Martha Wiggins, Ben Thibodeaux, John Bel and Ruby Bloch from Sylvain, Cavan and Meauxbar along with cocktails from Barrel Proof. Tickets  for this event are $125 and proceeds benefit Grow Dat’s programming for the upcoming year.

The next Dinner on the Farm is scheduled for Oct. 22 followed by another on Nov. 12.

Read more about Grow Dat in this New Wave article. Click here to purchase tickets.


Tulane School of Architecture named one of nation’s best

By: Barri Bronston

The Tulane School of Architecture is being honored as one of the best architecture programs in the United States.

In its annual ranking of accredited undergraduate programs, DesignIntelligence Quarterly ranked Tulane’s architecture school as the nation’s 14th best, and Dean Ken Schwartz as one of the 25 Most Admired Educators for 2016-17.

Each year, the publication conducts the America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools survey, which ranks undergraduate and graduate programs from the perspective of professionals who hire and supervise graduates of architecture, landscape architecture and interior design programs.

“There are many fine architecture programs across the United States, but there are very few that combine the strong traditions of architectural design with public service and civic engagement.” 

Tulane School of Architecture Dean Ken Schwartz

The ranking is among the most prestigious in the design professions, and this is the first time Tulane’s undergraduate program has made the list.

“This is a historic event for our school and a positive reflection of the continued increase in national recognition for design excellence among our students and faculty,” Schwartz said. “There are many fine architecture programs across the United States, but there are very few that combine the strong traditions of architectural design with public service and civic engagement.”

The Tulane School of Architecture promotes excellence and innovation in architecture, landscape urbanism, preservation and urban and environmental design and development. Among its award-winning programs is the Albert and Tina Small City Center, which works in partnerships with community-based organizations across New Orleans, providing high-quality design assistance for groups traditionally underserved by the design profession.

DesignIntelligence ranked Tulane 14th in response to the question: “In your firm’s hiring experience in the past five years, which schools are best preparing students for a future in the profession and designing a sustainable future?” Hiring professionals were also asked a variety of other questions about their experience with educational institutions.

Each year the organization also honors excellence in education and education administration by naming 25 exemplary professionals. Of Schwartz, it wrote: “He has led the remake of Tulane as one of the best schools in the country. Strong and effective in upgrading the school’s facilities, securing funding and keeping a competitive academic environment.”

Lecture scheduled: All School Lecture: Kongjian Yu, Ph.D.