The League’s FF – Distance Edition events are informal online studio visits offering a behind-the-scenes look at leading design practices.
This season’s events feature practices navigating the legacies and possibilities of American infrastructure, from ecological systems and transit hubs to community facilities and social networks.
Jae Shin and Damon Rich founded HECTOR in 2012 after several years working as designers within municipal bureaucracies. Focused on urban planning and civic arts, the practice designs landscapes, buildings, development plans, and regulations that serve complex constituencies with competing priorities. Shin and Rich draw from traditions of visionary architecture, popular education, and community organizing and employ “vivid and witty strategies to help residents exercise power within the public and private processes that shape our cities,” in the words of the MacArthur Foundation, which awarded Rich a fellowship in 2017.