April 25, 2022
Future100: Four Students Design to Build Community
For Kalavagunta and Mary Claire Moravits, an undergraduate interior design student at the University of Texas at Austin, materiality is a part of making visitors feel valued and welcome while creating a sense of calm and joy. Moravits’ Akachochin outdoor eating concept looks to Japan’s izakaya street food culture to create an environment that would feel both informal and special for guests of all ages. The concept uses light and dark Japanese pine for 20 outdoor seating islands and brings in a burst of color with 24 voluminous immersive red nylon lanterns. For the Shosh Center for Afghan Refugees, Kalavagunta integrates wood in canopies and latticed screens throughout the space, in an homage to Afghani wood-carving craft traditions, to create different open programmatic spaces.
The students’ designs also recognize that diverse communities have diverse needs. These students are designing with consideration of nuanced experiences across race, gender, age, sexuality, and neurological as well as physical diversity. For the proposed ABA Autism Center, Sombre Carleton, an interior design undergraduate student at Kent State University, introduced a central Gross Motor room activity zone to build bonding and belonging between young people by designing around the six senses (with research in autism including interoception and body awareness as an additional sense) and organizing different forms of play across the scale of gross motor skills. Carleton says, “I’m asking myself how architecture can serve people and designing around not just what’s trendy but what communities actually need.”
Frances Anderton Tells the Story of the Los Angeles Apartment Building
In her new book, Common Ground: Multifamily Housing in Los Angeles, the architecture writer and broadcaster takes readers on a tour of the city’s most exciting apartment buildings and complexes.
How a Health Care Clinic Applied Trauma Informed Design to Serve the LGBTQIA+ Community
With space for public programs as well as a sense of privacy and security Perkins&Will’s Family Tree Clinic answers the question, “What does healing look like to you?”
How a Long-dead Russian Artist Is Influencing Cultural Preservation Efforts in Ukraine
Nicholas Roerich was a renowned painter, architect, and writer whose namesake pact called on countries to protect works of art and sites of cultural heritage during wartime.