September 2020: Glass
Tricky to describe, let alone define, community always maintains a strong connection to place. AN’s September issue finds community building in three different places: Toronto; Louisville, Kentucky; and Detroit. This month’s lead feature details the restorative work surrounding Greater Toronto’s midcentury concrete high-rises, which are home to recent refugees and migrants. Another feature examines the redevelopment of Russell, a historically Black neighborhood in Louisville’s West End, while a third argues that architects put collective pressure on cities such as Detroit to heavily invest in their marginalized communities. Together, these stories reconceptualize architectural practice, counterposing a model of stewardship to expertise, political engagement to resignation. The goal? Building communities, not just buildings.
Also in the issue, architect Melvin L. Mitchell advocates an “equitable urbanism” and preservationist Anna Marcum imagines a graveyard for the country’s Confederate monuments.
- In a time of pandemic, LA-Más directs aid to its immediate community
- Q&A: Omar Khan brings an interdisciplinary mindset to Carnegie Mellon’s School of Architecture
- Studio Visit: Office of Jonathan Tate crowdfunds development
- In Detail: Steven Holl Architects’ new luminous museum building in Houston
- Review: Kate Wagner analyzes modernism’s A/C dependency issues
- “In Case You Missed It,” the roundup of the month’s biggest online news