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Jan 31, 2022 By IIDA HQ
Scratch Pad: February
What to do, read, watch, and consider in February from an exhibit spotlighting MASS Design's designs with empathy, a summit addressing design during a climate emergency, and more.
By IIDA HQ Jan 31, 2022
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WHERE TO GO

The World Around Summit
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City & Online
February 5

Featuring architecture and design’s now, near, and next, The World Around Summit addresses the need for progressive, global, and interdisciplinary ideas to rethink and reimagine the world as we face a global climate emergency. Conversations on long-term projects and in-process research, artworks, and activism that addresses post-colonial issues of land use and share solutions for an equitable future through raising awareness of infrastructures and systems that deplete resources across the Americas. Speakers include artists, researchers, designers, and architects ranging from Lesley Lokko, co-founder of the African Futures Institute, author Amitav Ghosh in conversion with General Ecology founder Lucia Pietroiusti, Senegalese collective Top Manta, Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti of DAAR (Decolonizing Architecture Art Research), and more.

Justice is Beauty: The Work of MASS Design Group
National Building Museum, Washington, D.C.
Through September 2022

This exhibit highlights the work of the award-winning MASS Design Group, a world-renowned nonprofit architecture firm whose philosophy that architecture is never neutral—it either heals or hurts—and belief that improving people’s lives through design demands more than a building; it requires long-term engagement with clients and communities. MASS Design has paved the way in designing health structures to manage disease outbreaks such as tuberculosis, cholera, and Ebola, as well as schools, food-conservation labs, designs for urban spaces, and memorials to commemorate civil injustices such as the firms first major U.S. project, the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, AL, commemorates more than 4,000 victims of racially motivated lynching. (Below)

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Mass Design Group's National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery Alabama commemorating the black victims of lynching in the United States. Photo by Alan Ricks
Mass Design Group's National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery Alabama commemorating the black victims of lynching in the United States. Photo by Alan Ricks
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Mass Design Group's Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture campus in Bugesera, Rwanda; image courtesy of MASS Design Group
Mass Design Group's Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture campus in Bugesera, Rwanda; image courtesy of MASS Design Group

Stockholm Design Week: Stockholm Design & Architecture Talks
Stockholm & Online
February 8-10

While the event itself has been minimized due to health concerns, the festival’s seminar program, Stockholm Design & Architecture Talks, turns digital. With the theme of “Being a Game Changer,” it focuses on sustainability and innovation, addressing questions like, “How do we create innovative and profit-driven furniture companies in a circular economy?” and “How do we build more sustainable cities?” Featuring speakers and moderators including Dezeen founder Marcus Fairs, journalist and author Katie Treggiden, and designers Anna Lindgren, Åke Axerethilsson, Fabien Capello, and more. View the full line up here.

WHAT TO READ

The Soul of a Nation Reader: Writings by and about Black American Artists, 1960-1980
Edited with text by Mark Godfrey, and Allie Biswas.
Gregory R. Miller & Co, 2021

A "comprehensive compendium of artists and writers confronting questions of Black identity, activism and social responsibility in the age of Malcolm X and the Black Panthers, based on the landmark traveling exhibition,” this book was conceived as a companion reader to the landmark exhibit Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, and exhaustively researched and edited by curator Mark Godfrey. The reader provides rare and out-of-print texts from artists, writers, critics, curators, and other culture shapers of the time questioning audience, curation, exhibition, and the questions of whether or not “Black art” is a category in the first place.

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Soul of a Nation Reader, image courtesy of Gregory R. Miller & Co;
Soul of a Nation Reader, image courtesy of Gregory R. Miller & Co;
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Tuberculosis prevention posters from Apocalypse Ready, image courtesy of Thames & Hudson U.S.A.
Tuberculosis prevention posters from Apocalypse Ready, image courtesy of Thames & Hudson U.S.A.

Apocalypse Ready: The Manual of Manuals; a Century of Panic Prevention
By: Taras Young
Thames & Hudson U.S.A, May 2022


The COVID-19 pandemic, global warming, and extreme weather events are a few recent reminders that disaster can be just around the corner. Taras Young’s book, Apocalypse Ready compiles official government survival and emergency documents from the United States to the Soviet Union offering essential survival tips for pandemics, natural disasters, nuclear war, and alien invasions. The disaster-planning includes tips on how to identify aliens, how to avoid catching the Spanish flu, and demonstrate a universal preoccupation on surviving apocalyptic situations.

WHAT TO WATCH

22nd Annual Bicycle Film Festival
Various Dates through April 2022

The Bicycle Film Festival screens short films about urban bicycling from around the world. The Manchester series runs through February 6th, with short films that take you around the world telling the stories of the first BMX crew in Nigeria, New York City through the lens of female bike messengers, a bird’s eye view of a Black Lives Matter protest ride from New York to D.C, and more. More dates and details here.

In Conversation with Black Students in Design: Building Black Spaces
February 3, 2022, 6:30 p.m. EST


Scholars Rashad Shabazz, Dr. Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall, and Rinaldo Walcott gather to discuss the role of architecture in the spatialization of Black spaces, the history, and contributors to these spaces, and how we can all participate and advocate for the improvements of these spaces. Moderated by Black Students in Design (BSD) at the Daniels Faculty at the University of Toronto.

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British cycling advocate Jools Walker, still from the short film Breaking the Cycle by Remco Merbis
British cycling advocate Jools Walker, still from the short film Breaking the Cycle by Remco Merbis

WHAT TO CONSIDER

Raw Color: Temperature Textiles

Netherlands-based design studio Raw Color has launched a textile project, Temperature Textiles designed to carry climate data and provide warmth. The line includes blankets, scarves, and socks that manifest data about Temperature Change, Sea Level Rise, and Emissions. These objects bring awareness about climate change and data in everyday objects, while providing the user with warmth that can support reducing their personal CO2 emissions. (Below, L to R: Temperature and Sea Level Blankets from Temperature Textiles by Raw Colors, images courtesy of Raw Colors)

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