On November 15-17, representatives from Places’ global network of Academic Partners and at-large board members from across the country gathered at the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas for our 2019 board meeting, hosted by Dean Peter MacKeith.
The weekend’s program began with the inaugural Places Journal lecture in public scholarship on architecture, landscape and urbanism, part of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design lecture series.
Reinhold Martin, professor of architecture at Columbia GSAPP and director of the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, presented “Dialectical Regionalism: For a Green New Deal,” which examined the possibilities — and the limitations — of the New Deal as a usable past for current efforts to address the climate crisis in just and equitable ways. Martin’s wide-ranging lecture provoked a lively discussion that addressed the relationships between architecture, infrastructure, environmental planning, and social and economic justice. An article developed from the lecture will be featured in Places next spring and as a booklet published by the school. A recording of the talk is available via the Fay Jones School lecture series archive.
Board members also met to discuss journal progress, editorial direction, and current issues in design education and practice — including a roundtable session devoted to the climate crisis, led by provocations from Iñaki Alday (Tulane University), Liska Chan (University of Oregon), and Ellen Dunham-Jones (Georgia Tech).
As part of the event, board members also enjoyed visits to the University of Arkansas’s Community Design Center, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and a tour of local projects by Marlon Blackwell Architecture.