Bullet Proof Furniture + Hip Hop Architecture

I was reading one of our trade magazines this morning, on the train, and an article caught my eye. It was entitled The Bulletproof Environment. It was a an article that dealt with the growing need to anticipate people with guns, in the built environment. Manufacturers are now producing furnishings with textiles that are bulletproof and furniture that has handles so that in the event of a gunman they can be used as shields. Although the article had the greater good in mind, it saddened me greatly. Architecture and design is supposed to react to the needs of society but this is very depressing.

With that as a start to my day, I didn’t have high hopes, until I got further into the magazine and read an article on NCARB’s Hip Hop Architecture Camp, held in DC. It was a week long intensive program to introduce under-represented youth to architecture and urban design. A troubling statistic is that only 2% of architects, in the US, are African American. With local architects and designers as mentors they helped students create physical and digital models as well as a better understanding of the roles architects and designers play in our society. At the end of the program each of the youth created a rap verse to explain their design.

Although these are two completely different takes on our society I much prefer the long game of education and from that we’ll create a society that doesn’t see the need for guns.

For more on the program: NCARB

AIA New York: Center For Architecture


Minoru Yamasaki: Humanist Architecture for a Modernist World

Date: Wednesday, February 13, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Location: At the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Pl., NYC

Credits: 1.5 LU 
Price: Free for AIA members, DOCOMOMO members, and students; $10 for general public

Architectural historian Dale Allen Gyure will discuss the career and life of Minoru Yamasaki (1912–1986), best know as the architect of the World Trade Center. Born to Japanese immigrant parents in Seattle, Yamasaki became one of the towering figures of midcentury architecture, even appearing on the cover of Time magazine in 1963. His self-proclaimed humanist designs merged the modern materials and functional considerations of postwar American architecture with traditional elements such as arches and colonnades. Yamasaki’s reputation began to decline in the 1970s with the mixed critical reception of the World Trade Center and the spectacular failure of St. Louis’s Pruitt-Igoe Apartments, which came to symbolize the flaws of midcentury urban renewal policy.

Gyure is the author of the first book to examine Yamasaki’s life and career, Minoru Yamasaki: Humanist Architecture for a Modernist World, published in November 2017 by Yale University Press. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing from Yale University Press.

Speakers: Dale Allen Gyure, PhD, Professor and Associate Chair of Architecture, Lawrence Technological University; author, Minoru Yamasaki: Humanist Architecture for a Modernist World

Organized by: AIANY Historic Buildings Committee and DOCOMOMO New York/Tri-State


Dezeen: Architecture + New York City

Spirit of the City talk

Dezeen's US editor Dan Howarth will speak to local architects Katherine Chia of Desai Chia Architecture, Michael Chen of MKCA and Karolina Czeczek of Only If Architecture about their work, the architecture scene in New York and why they choose to be based in the city.


The talk is the second in a series of panel discussions organised by Dezeen exploring the creative spirit of New York. It coincides with the Spirit of the City installation by British studio United Visual Artists, which is currently open to the public at A/D/O.


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Venue: A/D/O, 29 Norman Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Date: Monday 27 August 2018

Doors: 6:30pm

Talk: 7:00pm

Drinks until: 9:00pm