So they’ve mushed together the final speakers at Dwell on Design, making for a kind of “greatest hits” panel on regionalism. Michelle Kauffman is not here, but we do have Reed Kroloff, Gwynne Pugh, Lorcan O’Herlihy, Frank Harmon and Geoff Manaugh, whose BLDG BLOG gets major Hockenberry praise. (PS: The noise from the exhibition space surrounding the conference area just got deafening as we’re over time and it opened to the public at noon.)
After Frank Harmon’s fascinating slide show of his North Carolina projects, Reed Kroloff (former dean at Tulane) gives a report from New Orleans on the challenges of defining a new and appropriate regional architecture for the city. Look for the Sundance Channel show Architecture School that chronicles the school’s projects. Now for the Q&A.
Hockenberry plugs BLDG BLOG again with a question tacked on the end but Manaugh kind of skirts it, saying he’s most interested in regionalism due to the fact that the weather’s changing–regionalism is essentially climate-appropriate architecture and it will need to adjust. He talks about a map of Europe published in the Guardian based on potential climate zones in 2071: London will have the weather of Lisbon. Now to LOH, who sees regionalism as connectivity to the area–and responsibility to take private outdoor spaces and make them public in the right way.
Then Hockenberry asks Pugh to guess which city has the highest foreclosure rate and he guesses Irvine (dude, Pugh, what do you have against Irvine?), but the answer is Las Vegas, making it the multi-faceted epitome of a non-sustainable community. LA planning director Gail Goldberg gets namechecked for her “city of villages” concepts for San Diego as a good example of a sustainable community.
There’s major blog love for BLDG BLOG again from Hockenberry but by now we think it’s pretty obvious he doesn’t read it. He asks Manaugh if he writes the blog to help people get information about how to transform their communities but Manaugh says that’s not really the intention, it’s more conceptual. Like, hello? BLDG BLOG? That’s one of them smart blogs.
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