What Did YOU Do on My Summer Break?

This blog is going on a mini summer vacation for a couple weeks, so I'm highlighting a handful of architectural events taking place in New York City in that time – with one a nice scenic drive up north. If you don't see anything of interest, head over to New York Architecture Diary for more comprehensive listings.

From June 22
Kaneji Domoto at Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonia
Center for Architecture, Manhattan
Unlike such exhibitions as Frank Lloyd Wright at 150, which celebrate Wright's output on his sesquicentennial, this exhibition curated by Lynnette Widder focuses on the contribution of one of his apprentices, Kaneji Domoto, who designed a handful of the 47 houses at Usonia in Westchester County.

June 27
Sarah Williams Goldhagen Book Talk: Welcome to Your World: How the Built Environment Shapes Our Lives
Skyscraper Museum, Manhattan

I've been slowly making my way through this enjoyable and thought-provoking book about how new discoveries in cognitive psychology and neuroscience could positively shape the built environment – if architects and clients were willing to take them seriously. I'll have a review of Welcome to Your World soon after this blog's summer break.

From June 29
Young Architects Program 2017: Lumen by Jenny Sabin Studio
MoMA PS1, Long Island City

The annual installation covering the PS1 courtyard with shade and some water returns with a digitally knitted canopy and misting stalactites. The installation will serve as the setting for the museum's Warm Up series, when the glowing fabric should add a layer of interest to those dance parties.

July 11
Van Alen Book Club: The Drowned World by J.G. Ballard
Van Alen Institute, Manhattan
What better way to beat the heat than head indoors and talk about climate change through the lens of the ever-prescient J.G. Ballard. Tickets are required, though the event is free, and dinner and drinks will be provided.

July 15
Garden Dialogue 2017: Vermont
South Londonderry, Vermont

In this TCLF program, landscape architect Robin Key (RKLA) and stone artist Dan Snow host a "garden dialogue" on Key's Vermont property. Together with Snow over the course of some decades, Key "has seamlessly woven a contemporary aesthetic into the historic fabric of [Winhall] Hollow." For those in search of learning units, 2.0 LA CES™ Professional development hours will be available to attendees.