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Lecture With Alexandra Lange: A Modern Education

August 14, 2018
Martin House Complex

Join the Martin House for a fascinating lecture about how children learn through play and the designs that influence their education.

Frank Lloyd Wright liked to tell the story of how his interest in form was piqued by early encounters with wooden blocks. In this lecture, based on her new book, The Design of Childhood: How the Material World Shapes Independent Kids, architecture critic Alexandra Lange will discuss the origins of wooden blocks, why they came to dominate American kindergartens, and how designers and educators including Wright, Isamu Noguchi, Eero Saarinen and Caroline Pratt created places for children to learn through play.

Alexandra Lange is the architecture critic for Curbed. Her essays, reviews, and profiles have appeared in numerous design publications as well as in New York Magazine, the New Yorker, and the New York Times.

DESIGN ALOUD is a series of conversations, screenings, and performances exploring the power of contemporary design in harmony with nature. This series is generously sponsored by Bob Skerker.

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