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October 23: SVA MFA Design Criticism Lecture with Karrie Jacobs, “The City Beautiful All Over Again”

MFA Design Criticism, School of Visual Arts,

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

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The City Beautiful movement and disciples of the Ecole des Beaux Arts seeded our cities with examples of monumental splendor. Now, after a century-long hiatus, American cities are embracing beauty again though not through a monolithic, top-down strategy. Rather, cities are being made more beautiful incrementally, in exactly the unmethodical way that earlier generations would have decried as inharmonious. A language of urban beauty that is distinctively American has begun to emerge.

Karrie Jacobs has written one-and-a-half books: The Perfect $100,000 House: A Trip Across America and Back in Pursuit of a Place to Call Home (Viking, 2006) and Angry Graphics, written with Steven Heller (Gibbs Smith, 1992). She’s a contributing editor at Metropolis magazine where she writes a monthly column, “America,” about how ideas and strategies in architecture and design play out on the landscape. She’s also a contributing editor at Travel + Leisure. Karrie was the founding editor-in-chief of Dwell and prior to that she was the architecture critic of New York Magazine, and, in the early 1990s, the founding executive editor of Benetton’s Colors Magazine. She’s also a founding faculty member of SVA MFA Design Criticism where she sends students out onto the streets of New York City so they can learn for themselves the differences between a good building and a bad building.


The Fall 2012 Design Criticism MFA Lecture Series is open to the public. You are warmly invited to attend our lectures, to see our new department and to meet with speakers, faculty members and students over a drink. 

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SVA MFA Design Criticism
136 West 21 Street
Second Floor
New York, NY 10010

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

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MFA Design Criticism, School of Visual Arts,

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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