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Congratulations to Heeyoung Angie Jo, this year's winner of a Bowdoin Prize in the English Language for her essay "How a Civic Building Means: The Languages of Boston City Hall."

April 29, 2016
Congratulations to Heeyoung Angie Jo, this year's winner of a Bowdoin Prize in the English Language for her essay "How a Civic Building Means: The Languages of Boston City Hall."

Boston City Hall—like many Brutalist buildings—has aroused intensely polarized receptions.​  Architectural professionals ​have ​champion​ed​ the building as a stronghold of “dignity, humanism, and power,” while the public ​has condemned it as “the ugliest building in America.”​  ​​This essay is an act of translation and empathy for both the ​architectural ​​languages​ through which the building has been understood.  How and what does Boston City Hall mean?  What discrepancies existed between these languages that produced such violent breakages in meaning?  These questions confront an important and unresolved problem in architecture—how to create civic buildings that resonate with both those who design and those who use them​.​

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teamLab Brings Interactive Art to Radcliffe

October 27, 2015
teamLab Brings Interactive Art to Radcliffe

http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2015/10/for-gallery-visitors-a-cha...

The gallery has been transformed into something “entirely unpredictable” said Yukio Lippit, the Johnson-Kulukundis Family Faculty Director of the Arts at Radcliffe and a professor of the history of art and architecture, who was instrumental in bringing the show to Harvard.

Visitors, he said, will be surprised by “the degree to which they have agency in shaping this world, in interacting with it, in triggering its various mechanisms and effects to create something new.”

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