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D-Crit Lecture with Meredith TenHoor: “The Infrastructure of Mass Consumption”

MFA Design Criticism, School of Visual Arts,

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 6:00 PM (EDT)

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Meredith TenHoor will present some of the markets, transportation networks and other infrastructures which made the mass consumption of designed goods possible in the 1960s and 70s. She will discuss how they were designed, what forms of consumption they enabled, and finally, how they have been appropriated and transformed for more sustainable uses today.

Meredith TenHoor’s research focuses on how architecture and urbanism participate in the distribution of natural resources. She is currently writing a history of architecture and biopolitics in Paris’s food markets. Other recent projects include a history of architects' attempts to improve the food supply, “The Architect’s Farm”, in Above the Pavement, the Farm (edited by Amale Andraos and Dan Wood, Princeton Architectural Press/Inventory Books, 2010), an exhibition and a book about Fulton Street Mall in Downtown Brooklyn, Street Value: Shopping, Planning and Politics on Fulton Mall, (co-written with Rosten Woo, Princeton Architectural Press/Inventory Books, 2010), a series of performances imagining everyday life in New Towns of the 1970s, and a series of lectures, dinners, and an architecture library at the Metropolitan Exchange in Downtown Brooklyn. TenHoor is a PhD candidate in the Architecture department at Princeton University.


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136 West 21 Street
New York, NY

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 6:00 PM (EDT)

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SVA MFA Design Criticism Department

136 West 21 Street, Second Floor (between Sixth and Seventh Avenues)
Subway: F, V at 23rd Street; 1 at 23rd Street

The SVA MFA in Design Criticism is a pioneering two-year graduate program that trains students to research, analyze, and evaluate design and its social and environmental implications. Students study with some of the best design writers and thinkers of our time, including MoMA’s senior curator of Architecture and Design Paola Antonelli, Design Observer blogger Alexandra Lange, and New York Times critic Phil Patton. They learn how to curate an exhibition, produce a radio segment, launch a blog, edit a publication, host a lecture series, and stage a major conference. 

The School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City is an established leader and innovator in the education of artists. From its inception in 1947, the faculty has been comprised of professionals working in the arts and art-related fields. SVA provides an environment that nurtures creativity, inventiveness and experimentation, enabling students to develop a strong sense of identity and a clear direction of purpose.

On Tuesday evenings at D-Crit we present lectures by the most thoughtful and provocative writers, editors, designers, and curators practicing today in the interrelated fields of design, architecture and urban planning. Selected to supplement our curriculum with their original methods and alternative viewpoints, these speakers inspire and challenge our students. Our students, in turn, through the discussion they lead, help illuminate the concerns and priorities of design criticism today. 

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