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Glass House Presents Alexandra Lange on the Design of Childhood

September 25, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: Lamb Room

Join design critic Alexandra Lange as she discusses her new book The Design of Childhood: How the Material World Shapes Independent Kids, which reveals the surprising histories behind the human-made elements of our children’s pint-size landscape.


Please note: The lecture will begin at 6:30pm, preceded by a reception beginning at 6:00pm.

Parents obsess over their children’s playdates, kindergarten curriculum and every bump and bruise, but the toys, classrooms, playgrounds and neighborhoods little ones engage with are just as important. These objects and spaces encode decades, even centuries of changing ideas about what makes for good child-rearing—and what does not. Do you choose wooden toys, or plastic, or, increasingly, digital? What do youngsters lose when seesaws are deemed too dangerous and slides are designed primarily for safety? How can the built environment help children cultivate self-reliance? In these debates, parents, educators and kids themselves are often caught in the middle.

Alexandra Lange is the architecture critic for Curbed. Her essays, reviews, and profiles have appeared in numerous design publications as well as New York Magazine, the New Yorker, and The New York Times. Her new book, The Design of Childhood: How the Material World Shapes Independent Kids, was supported by a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. She is also the author of Writing About Architecture: Mastering the Language of Buildings and Cities (Princeton Architectural Press, 2012), The Dot-Com City: Silicon Valley Urbanism (Strelka Press, 2012), and co-author, with Jane Thompson, of Design Research: The Store that Brought Modern Living to American Homes (Chronicle Books, 2010).

Glass House Presents at New Canaan Library is an occasional series of talks and events about architecture, design, and Modernism in New Canaan and beyond. The series is collaboratively organized by the Glass House and New Canaan Library. This program is generously supported by the New Canaan Community Foundation.


September 25, 2018
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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