The Divided City
While a case can be made that segregation has been a feature of urban life since ancient times, with the expansion of European empires and the consolidation of colonial urban spaces in the modern world, segregation increasingly became a mechanism for dividing and managing urban space along lines of color and economic privilege or, better, through the mutually constitutive forces of race and class... On a GIS map or in an urban census, the Divided City—be it Johannesburg, St. Louis, Rio de Janeiro, or elsewhere—is stark and unyielding in its contrasts.
The above excerpt is taken from a Mellon Grant proposal written this past spring titled "The Divided City." The grant is a collaboration between the Center for the Humanities and the College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design here at Washington University and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's initiative titled "Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities." The grant was funded this past July and will support a number of initiatives including: faculty appointments and grants, research fellowships, and outreach activities over the next four years. Ten faculty will serve on a steering committee, including John Hoal, Eric Mumford, myself, and Jean Allman, chair of the Department of History and Director of the Humanities Center. Twenty-one additional faculty from across the university were mentioned in the proposal for their work in this area and for their capacity to contribute to the project, including architecture faculty members Charles Brown, Catalina Freixas, Bob Hansman, Patty Heyda, Seng Kuan, and Natalie Yates.
As we all watched the events in Ferguson unfold several weeks ago, sometimes surreally on the national news, my first reaction was, like many, shock, anger, sadness...but I quickly thought back to just several months before and the work done by many to write the grant proposal, which is built on faculty work and projects that have been going on for years. My first thought that the grant was prescient was quickly replaced by the feeling that, not unlike Hurricane Katrina, the murder of Michael Brown was not only a tragedy but starkly revealed one that has also been ongoing in the city and the region for a long time. Mariét Westermann, vice president of the Mellon Foundation, writes in an email dated Aug. 14, "We want to say first that, as we follow with concern the heartbreaking and disturbing sequence of events in St. Louis, we are reminded powerfully of the importance, logic, and challenges of your project on the Segregated City. In due course, we hope that your initiative will be able to contribute in some measure to the healing, the open discussion, and the changes that are so urgently needed."
One of the first things we can do as a school and university is talk openly about this. We will be organizing a series of open discussions and events that will allow this to happen. The university has also been doing the same, and information can be found here: voices.wustl.edu.
Women in Architecture Symposium & Drawing Ambience Exhibition
While there will be a number of events, lectures, and workshops this semester I would like to highlight two here. As we mark the 40th anniversary of the 1974 Women in Architecture Symposium at Washington University in St. Louis, the students and faculty of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts are planning to both celebrate and revisit this seminal event. The 2014 Women in Architecture Symposium planned for November 7-9 will reflect the current era with new questions, new conversations, new insights, and a sharper focus on diversity. The symposium will begin Friday, November 7, with a keynote address by internationally known architect Nasrine Seraji titled As a Woman I Have No Country, As A Woman My Country Is
the World of Architecture.
Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association, an exhibition curated by Igor Marjanovic, Associate Professor and Chair of the Undergraduate Program, and Jan Howard, Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design, will open in the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum's Ebsworth Gallery on Friday, September 12. The exhibition is co-organized with the Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design. This is the "first public museum exhibition of architectural drawings from the private collection of the noted educator Alvin Boyarsky. Amassed during Boyarsky's tenure as chairman of the Architectural Association (AA) in London from 1971 until his death in 1990, the collection features early drawings by some of the most prominent architects practicing today—Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, Rem Koolhaas, and Bernard Tschumi, among many others."
We are pleased to welcome several new and returning faculty to the school.
Rod Barnett joins us as the Chair of the Landscape Architecture Program. Rod comes most recently from the Graduate Program in Landscape Architecture at Auburn University. A strong advocate of research by design, Barnett has investigated emergence in landscape architecture across a range of academic and professional venues, including design studios, professional practice, and publications. This has included field work in the islands of the South Pacific, explorations of nonlinearity in imagined gardens and, currently, the reformulation of forgotten urban and rural landscapes in the South.
Established in 1986 through a gift from Ruth and her brother Norman Moore, the Ruth & Norman Moore endowment supports the Ruth and Norman Moore chaired professorship, currently held by Robert McCarter, as well as a visiting professorship. Joining us this year as the Ruth and Norman Moore Visiting Professor is Javier Maroto of Solid Arquitectura in Madrid, Spain. In 2001 the architecture and interior design firm Solid Architecture and the landscaping company Maremoto Landscapes were founded with the goal of partnership among architecture, city, and territory. Their projects include cultural buildings, sports facilities, offices, private and social housing, and the rehabilitation of various buildings to suit new functions. Their awards include the Architecture Prize of the Madrid Association of Architects and the FAD prize of design as well as over 50 national and international awards in competitions. Javier will be teaching the 419 studio and a seminar this semester.
Anna Vallye joins us as a Post-Doctoral Fellow teaching Case Studies this fall. She comes to us from Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences with her PhD in Art History. She has won a number of awards, most recently the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Anders Nereim is a Professor of Architecture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he was a former Department Chair and Director of the professional Master of Architecture program. He practiced architecture between 1975 and 1995, winning several AIA awards. Since then he has been actively engaged in the construction of research prototypes that use networks to achieve the appearance of greater intelligence in building components. Currently he is working on zoning envelopes that encourage cities to shape the air and gather wind energy and efficient building envelopes that gather low voltage direct current for inside use. Anders is offering an options studio entitled "Smart Building, Nervous Skin."
Jan Ulmer is a practicing architect in Berlin. His firm, Jan Ulmer Architekten, implements projects of different scales, ranging from furniture design to the conversion of existing buildings up to new public buildings located in urban contexts. They employ a conceptual approach as well as the coherence from structure to detail in all projects. He will be teaching a graduate options studio, "BerlinBerlin."
Yolande Daniels received her MArch from Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, where she is now an Assistant Professor of Architecture. She is also a founding partner of the New York architecture and design studio SUMO. Founded in 1997, the firm "responds to contextual forces that include the physical, social, cultural, and historical conditions of site, program, and type, [while striving] for solutions that are inventive and unexpected." Often working in the public realm, studio SUMO's built work includes the Josai University School of Business Management, Sakado, Japan; the Museum of African Diaspora Art, Brooklyn; Leaney Harlem Duplex, Harlem; and interior space for the Museum of African Art in Long Island City. Current projects include Mitan Housing, Miami; and the Mizuta Museum of Art, Sakado, Japan. Studio SUMO has received numerous awards from the AIA and was listed in the 2006 Design Vanguard from Architectural Record. The firm was selected in 1999 to participate in the League's Young Architects Forum and was a 2002 finalist in MoMA/PS1's Young Architects Program. Their work has been widely exhibited, including at the Museum of Modern Art and the Venice Biennale and has been published in Architectural Record, House and Garden, The New York Times, Dwell, Metropolis, Azure, and numerous other publications and surveys. Yolande will be teaching in the 411 options studio with Derek Hoeferlin.
We welcome Professor Robert McCarter and Professor Adrian Luchini back from sabbatical and Kathryn Dean back from leave.
Alfredo Payá returns to us this year from Alicante, Spain, as a Visiting Professor to teach the 419 studio and a seminar this fall, and Elena Cánovas will be returning from Spain, as well, to teach Degree Project and a seminar on European, Contemporary and Urban Spaces.
Ersela Kripa has joined us again as a Visiting Assistant Professor. Ersela is a registered architect and a founding partner of AGENCY with Stephen Mueller. Ersela will be teaching in the 419 studio and graduate representation.
Kelley Van Dyck Murphy, an alum who has taught previously, will be teaching in the 317 studio and Cassandra Cook, also an alum, will be teaching in the 211 undergraduate studio.
Rebecca and John Voyles Chaired Professorship
We are pleased to announce that Professor Eric Mumford has been awarded the Rebecca and John Voyles chair in architecture for his internationally recognized scholarship, teaching, and service to the school and the university.
Director, College & Graduate School of Art
Heather Corcoran has accepted the position of Director of the College & Graduate School of Art. Heather will succeed Buzz Spector in leading the College & Graduate School. Heather is a nationally respected designer, educator, and design researcher and has demonstrated tremendous leadership in her various roles across the School and the University.
Have a great semester!
Bruce Lindsey, Dean