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Alexandra Lange Lecture: A Modern Education

Martin House Event
Tuesday, August 14   |   6:30-7:30 pm   |   Greatbatch Pavilion

DESIGN ALOUD: A Modern Education

Book Talk with Alexandra Lange

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 CurbedHer 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.

$10 | Free for Martin House Members

Reservations required. Reserve your space today.

Copies of the book will be available for sale on the evening of the talk.

DESIGN ALOUD is a series of conversations, screenings, and performances exploring the power of contemporary design in harmony with nature.