"This Is What We Will Build When We Get Our Reparations"Wednesday, November 30, 2016 @ 6:30 p.m.
Join us for an interactive community workshop with architect Mitch McEwen.
Using a laptop, projector, laser printer, pieces of foam, exacto blades, old magazines, glue, paper, and scissors, McEwen will guide participants through a design charrette. The term “charrette” means “cart” in French and goes back to 19th century design schools in Paris, wheeling design work from frantic student teams to be presented at finals. This design exercise will be swift and visionary and local, honing in on sites in Pittsburgh that could be developed with resources of reparations long (over)due to the descendants of enslaved Africans in the USA.
Mitch McEwen works in architectural and urban design, focusing on the intersection of urban culture and global forces. Her A(n) Office work is currently exhibited in the U.S. pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, and McEwen’s solo exhibition Methexis was recently presented by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit. McEwen has worked as an urban designer for Bernard Tschumi Architects and New York City’s Department of City Planning. Her work has garnered awards from the Graham Foundation and the Knight Foundation and been featured in Architectural Record, the New York Times, ARTNews, and Log. She has been Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Taubman College, University of Michigan, since 2014.
This event is co-sponsored by the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics at the University of Pittsburgh as part of the Center’s two-day symposium Why Does Black Art Matter Now? .