Movers and shak­ers

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The Los An­ge­les Times has lost its ar­chi­tec­ture critic: Christo­pher Hawthorne left his role at the pa­per af­ter be­ing ap­pointed the City of Los An­ge­les’s first-ever chief de­sign of­fi­cer. Work­ing un­der the ad­min­is­tra­tion of mayor Eric Garcetti, Hawthorne will sup­port plan­ning, engi­neer­ing and trans­porta­tion de­part­ments, and help foster high qual­ity ur­ban de­sign in the city through com­mu­nity en­gage­ment with both de­sign­ers and the pub­lic. Af­ter five years of teach­ing at Har­vard’s Grad­u­ate School of De­sign, Mark Lee will take over as chair of the depart­ment of ar­chi­tec­ture this July. Lee, the co-founder of Los An­ge­les firm John­ston Marklee, suc­ceeds K. Michael Hays (Eliot Noyes Pro­fes­sor of Ar­chi­tec­tural The­ory and as­so­ciate dean of aca­demic af­fairs), who has served as in­terim chair since 2016. Dutch ar­chi­tect Ben van Berkel has launched a start-up to ap­ply his hu­man-cen­tric ap­proach to smartc­ity ini­tia­tives. United Net­work Sense, aka Unsense, will ex­plore tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tions that help hu­man­ize the built en­vi­ron­ment, fo­cus­ing on in­te­grat­ing sen­so­rial adap­tive de­sign into ar­chi­tec­ture in or­der to im­prove the phys­i­cal, men­tal and so­cial health of ur­ban dwellers. For more on Unsense, see page 44. An artis­tic di­rec­tor has been an­nounced for the third edi­tion of the Chicago Ar­chi­tec­ture Bi­en­nial, com­ing up in 2019. Ye­somi Umolu is the ex­hi­bi­tions cu­ra­tor at the Reva and David Lo­gan Cen­ter for the Arts at the Uni­ver­sity of Chicago. Her work fo­cuses on global con­tem­po­rary art and spa­tial prac­tices; she is also cur­rently on the cu­ra­to­rial ad­vi­sory board for the United States Pav­il­ion at the Venice Ar­chi­tec­ture Bi­en­nale. An im­pres­sive team, in­clud­ing Ad­jaye As­so­ci­ates, Cul­li­nan Stu­dio, Le­vitt Bern­stein and Penoyre & Prasad, has been as­sem­bled to re­vi­tal­ize Lan­caster West Es­tate, the Lon­don area sur­round­ing Gren­fell Tower. The group will work with the lo­cal com­mu­nity to up­date the 1960s hous­ing es­tate, ren­o­vat­ing the build­ings neigh­bour­ing the tower that was de­stroyed in a fire in June of 2017. Mean­while, the tower’s site is set to be trans­formed with a memo­rial that will be de­vel­oped through col­lab­o­ra­tion with res­i­dents and the fam­i­lies of the 71 peo­ple who died in the tragedy.

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