As the end to a most trying year draws near, hopes for a fairer and more equitable future are weighted against the injustices of the present that attempt to erode the very foundations of our democracy. Even in the wake of the U.S. election’s positive outcome, conservative politicians and right-wing extremists, cloaked in the guise…

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Metropolis | Ken Isaacs Wanted to Retool the Way We Live by Justin Kamp • February 18, 2020 New City | Before the Tiny House: Inside the Matrix Dives Into the Design Legacy of Ken Isaacs by Michael Workman • April 14, 2020 Inland Art | Inside the Matrix: The Radical Designs of Ken Isaacs by Paul Krainak…

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Walking in the Eastern Woodlands of the Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis, one discovers an open clearing in which lies a large concrete basin surrounded by a skeletal wooden structure all weathered by the forces of nature and time. The central pond-shaped form, cracked and empty save for a few fallen leaves, was once…

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As I have mentioned many times here and throughout my critical practice, Rosalyn Deutsche’s book Evictions: Art and Spatial Politics has been an endless source of inspiration for me. Deutsche centers her discourse on public art in political reinventions of public space, looking to radical definitions of democracy and to analogies that equate cities with…

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At long last, my book Inside the Matrix: The Radical Designs of Ken Isaacs published by Half Letter Press is now available! Inside the Matrix surveys the highly individual practice of American architect and designer Ken Isaacs, whose populist, DIY designs created from the 1950s to the 1970s challenged mainstream definitions of modernism. Highlighted here are his Living Structures, Microhouses, and Alpha Chambers, experimental living and educational environments that provided alternative solutions to the spatial and environmental challenges of midcentury modern life.

You can purchase a copy here: https://halfletterpress.com/inside-the-matrix/

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The topography of the Upper Midwest is a patchwork of farms, prairies, flatlands, and large urban and industrial centers, diverse natural and built environments intimately tied to the Great Lakes and the region’s rivers. Within the current discourse on climate change, the impact of hurricanes and other environmental hazards upon coastal areas has somewhat overshadowed…

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Honored and thankful for the Graham Foundation’s support of my book, Inside the Matrix: The Radical Designs of Ken Isaacs, published by Half Letter Press and due later this year.

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Honored to receive an Arts Writers Grant from Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation for my blog IN/SITE: Reflections on the Art of Place. So grateful for their support.

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