Laboratory for Suburbia Seminar Book Launch

November 17, 2020
4p CST

Join the Sam Fox School and The Luminary Arts to celebrate a new book of student work from last spring’s “Laboratory for Suburbia” seminar in the College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design.

Taught by Laboratory for Suburbia’s lead organizer Gavin Kroeber, the spring 2020 seminar engaged thirteen students in a critical exploration of suburban spaces and their potential implications for design praxis. After the Covid-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of a planned exhibition of student projects, the class assembled their collective work as a book that could still convey the projects’ spatial arrangement. Edited by student curators Emily Bryan (MA, Arts & Sciences) and Jess DeAngelo (MArch, Sam Fox School), the resulting publication is an exhibition in the form of a book. It functions as an atlas of interrogative art and design practices organized into “neighborhoods” that trace connections between individual projects and invite readers to engage with the propositions they make.

The editors will facilitate a brief online discussion about the process of creating the book against the constantly shifting, often fraught, backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic and racial justice protests, and consider student projects in light of the recent divisive election season.

This event will take place at 4p November 17 via Zoom; register here to receive the stream link

About Laboratory for Suburbia

The spring 2020 seminar was designed to unfold in dialogue with the separate curatorial project Laboratory for Suburbia.

Supported by the Divided City Initiative, Laboratory for Suburbia is a paradigm-shifting art and design project addressing the political possibilities of American suburbs. Members of the project team include WashU associate professors Derek Hoeferlin (faculty lead on the grant and chair of landscape architecture and urban design, Sam Fox School), Patty Heyda (Sam Fox School), and Ila Sheren (Arts & Sciences). Sam Fox alum Maeve Elder (MArch16) serves as curatorial assistant for the project.

Laboratory for Suburbia is a project of the Luminary and presented by PNC Arts Alive!, The Crawford Taylor Foundation, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), and The Divided City, an urban humanities initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a joint project of the Center for the Humanities and the Sam Fox School, College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design at Washington University in St. Louis.