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  • "Remaking Cities After Abandonment"- Margaret Dewar at the Knowlton School

    On September 14, Margaret Dewar, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the Taubman College at the University of Michigan, presented her lecture titled “Remaking Cities After Abandonment”. Focusing on Detroit as a case study, Dewar explained the stance that planners take in order to focus on redevelopment in cities that have experienced social abandonment and an economic collapse.

    Her lecture sought to answer three questions planners ask cities which have seen the social and financial effects of urban desertion. First, “What does a city become after abandonment?” Second, “What makes a difference in what a city becomes after abandonment?” and thirdly, “What should a city become after abandonment?”

    She began by explaining a phenomenon in Detroit in which home owners take over side lots adjacent to their properties. Residents were turning these into driveways, garages, yard extensions, and in some instances, gardens and crop fields. Dewar explained that homeowners aim to keep their neighborhoods well kept, and will even go the extra length and mow the yards of abandoned homes in the area. 

    An example of an adjacent lot taken over by a homeowner

    She continued this discussion by delving into a brief history of the Detroit housing market, and how it has changed since the end of the housing crisis. Research shows that home prices are on the steady rise as foreclosures take a steep decline. The next topic in the lecture gave examples on how government plays a role in the installation and maintenance of green infrastructure in local communities.

    Dewar concluded her lecture with a lingering question, “How does thinking about Detroit, and similar cities, change the questions we ask and the answers we pursue in the many disciplines that contribute to urban studies?”


  • Baumer Lecture Series at the Knowlton School - Autumn 2016

    The Knowlton School has announced the Baumer Lecture Series lineup for the Autumn 2016 semester. The lecture series brings prominent designers, researchers, and practitioners to Knowlton as an opportunity to present their work rooted in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and City and Regional...


  • Hilary Sample at the Knowlton School

    This past Wednesday, Hilary Sample of New York-based MOS architects, Associate Professor at Columbia GSAPP, and visiting Professor at the Knowlton School, presented a lecture on the Big Stairs. Consisting of work done with partner Michael Meredith, who lectured at the school last fall, the...


  • Gil Penalosa at The Knowlton School

    Gil Peñalosa presented a public lecture titled "The 8 80 City: vibrant cities, healthy communities, happier people" in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium last week.  Penalosa's lecture focused on the work derived from his non-profit 8 80 Cities. The organization advocates for urban vitality...


  • Geoffrey Von Oeyen at the Knowlton School

    Geoffrey von Oeyen presented a lecture titled "Geoffrey von Oeyen Design: Site, Sight, and Sailing" in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium this past month. As a member of Stanford's varsity sailing team, von Oeyen started to take cues from sailing which heavily influences his architectural design...


  • Margo Handwerker at the Knowlton School

    Margo Handwerker presented a lecture titled "A Useful Art For Useless Lands: Robert Smithson goes mining for resources" in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium. "A Useful Art For Useless Lands" offers an in-depth examination of Robert Smithson’s letter campaign to several mining corporations in...


  • Mahadev Raman at the Knowlton School

    Mahadev Raman presented a public lecture titled "Meeting the Carbon Challenge" in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium. The lecture explored the issues related to climate change and the responsibilities of building designers to reduce carbon emissions through the work that they do.Raman is a...


  • Florian Idenberg at the Knowlton School

    Florian Idenburg, Dutch architect and co-founder of the design firm SO – IL, presented a public lecture at the Knowlton School this past month.  SO – IL is an award-winning architectural design firm based in New York City. Idenburg founded the firm with Jing Liu in 2008. One of their most...


  • Borja Ferrater at the Knowlton School

    Borja Ferrater, co-founder of OAB (Office of Architecture in Barcelona) presented a public lecture in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium as a part of this year's Atmosphere's lecture series.  Ferrater's lecture focused on the firm's work since their start in 2006. OAB has an impressive range and...


  • Sean Lally at the Knowlton School

    Sean Lally presented a lecture titled "Let's Touch" as a part of the Knowlton School's Atmospheres lecture series.  Lally is founder of WEATHERS/Sean Lally LLC, in Chicago and an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His practice explores new ways to...


  • The Knowlton School's own Bernadette Hanlon Gives a Public Lecture

    Bernadette Hanlon, Assistant Professor in the City and Regional Planning section at the Knowlton School gave a public lecture for this semester's Atmospheres lecture series. Hanlon's teaching focuses on the political economies of suburban areas and cities. She also focuses on sustainability...


  • Robert Somol Returns to the Knowlton School

    Robert Somol returned to the Knowlton School to finish out his role as the  Spring 2016 Baumer Distinguished Visiting Professor. Robert Somol has been the Director of the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) since 2007. He is the editor of Autonomy and...


  • Jose Oubrerie: The Chapel of Mosquitoes Exhibition at The Knowlton School

    Jose Oubrerie, the last living protégé of Le Corbusier, is a Professor Emeritus of Architecture at the Knowlton School, presents The Chapel of Mosquitoes, an exhibition in Knowlton's Banvard Gallery. The Exhibition will continue to  February 25, 2016  at 5:00pm.The exhibition presents three...


  • João Nunes at the Knowlton School

    João Nunes, Glimcher Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Knowlton School, presented a lecture entitled "HOW THINGS MERGE" in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium on Wednesday January 27th. A Visiting Professor in Landscape Architecture at Harvard GSD, Nunes is founder and CEO of the landscape...


  • Heather Roberge at the Knowlton School

    The Knowlton School welcomed one of its alumni, Heather Roberge to give a public lecture last month. The lecture came as a bit of a double feature, as Roberge recently exhibited an installation in the school's Banvard Gallery.   Roberge is the founder and principal of Murmur: Architecture and...


  • Michael Meredith at The Knowlton School

    Michael Meredith, a principal of MOS Architects and Assistant Professor of Architectural Design at the Princeton University School of Architecture presented a public lecture at the school's Gui Gallery Auditorium on November 18th.   Meredith presented a number of projects that MOS has both...


  • Erik Olsen at the Knowlton School

    This semester's Energies Lecture series has been unique because of its cross disciplinary nature. The series has focused on bringing lecturers from multiple disciplines outside the confines of architecture, landscape and planning to share ideas that influence design. The Knowlton School was...


  • João Gomes da Silva at the Knowlton School

     João Gomes da Silva, founder of Global Arquitectura Paisagista (Global Landscape Architecture) with Inês Norton in Lisbon, Portugal, gave a public lecture on their work last month at the Knowlton School. Global Arquitectura Paisagista was founded on the basis of creating a group that...


  • Kiel Moe at the Knowlton School

    The Knowlton School welcomed Kiel Moe, Practicing architect and Associate Professor of Architecture & Energy in the Department of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, to give a public lecture at the school.Moe's teaching, practice and research all focus on energy...


  • Michael Blier at The Knowlton School

    . The Knowlton School welcomed Landscape architect, Michael Blier, to lecture on October 12. Blier is the founding principle of the critically recognized firm, Landworks Studio Inc.. located in downtown Boston. Blier presented a number of recent projects coming out of the studio. The work is...


  • Stair Sessions with Robert Somol and Neil Denari

    On October 13, The Knowlton School hosted a 'stair session' with this year's Herbert Baumer Distinguished Visiting Professors, Neil Denari and Robert Somol. Denari made is second visit to the Knowlton School this year as he wrapped up a two part seminar with third year architecture graduate...


  • François Roche + Camille Lacadee at the Knowlton School

    The Knowlton school welcomed French architects François Roche and Camille Lacadee on October 7 to give a lecture titled  "mythomaniaS". According to Roche "mythomaniaS" is described " …as an history of multiple-psycho-disorders, consequences of the multiplicity of contingencies and...


  • Dr. Megan Sandel at the Knowlton School

     This past week at the Knowlton School, Megan Sandel, MD, MPH, presented a lecture titled "The Housing Vaccine: Why Stable Decent Affordable Homes Keep Communities Healthy". Dr. Sandel is currently an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public...


  • Baumer Visiting Professor Neil Denari at the Knowlton School

    This past week at the Knowlton School, Herbert Baumer Distinguished Visiting Professor, Neil Denari, joined architecture students for three days of seminars. (Denari speaks with graduate architecture students during a seminar session.)Denari joins a list of leading practitioners and scholars who...


  • Sarah Oppenheimer at the Knowlton School

    Last week at the Knowlton School, Sarah Oppenheimer, a visual artist based in New York City, gave students and faculty a look at her numerous projects that blur the boundaries between sculpture and architecture. Oppenheimer's work is largely based on the idea of apertures that both visually and...


  • David Eskenazi at the Knowlton School

    This last week, the current Howard E. LeFevre '29 Emerging Practitioner Fellow at the Knowlton School presented a lecture wherein he divulged the work that has formed his architectural career, including his own work from school, the work of his current students, and of most recent importance, the...


  • Andrew Witt at the Knowlton School

    Andrew Witt has relatively recently started a new firm called Certain Measures, where he is continuing his investigations from his time at Gehry Technologies and his ongoing studies with students at the Harvard GSD. More on the engineering side of the building spectrum, the work that he displayed...


  • Carlo Ratti at the Knowlton School

    This past Wednesday, as the Mingle lecture series moves into the later half, Carlo Ratti came by the Knowlton School to lecture. Ratti, the Trott Distinguished Visiting Professor, practices in Italy, teaches at MIT, and works between architecture and engineering. The engineering aspect reveals...


  • Kristy Balliet Lectures

    This past Wednesday, the Knowlton School’s own Kristy Balliet offered a glimpse into the progression of her work over the past few years to a packed audience. This lecture, titled “The Architectural Mingle,” was presented in two acts, first focusing on volume, then on parts. The scene which...


  • Tom Wiscombe at the Knowlton School

    The Los Angeles based architect Tom Wiscombe, formerly of Coop Himmelb(l)au, spent the majority of the previous week at the Knowlton School. Here, he lectured as well as led a workshop titled "Involuted Figures and Black Holes." In the lecture, Tom described his work with the three-dimensional...


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