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Black History Month Feature: The Legacy of Beverly Lorraine Greene a Trailblazer in American Architecture
Beverly Lorraine Greene, an architectural trailblazer, left an indelible mark on the profession despite facing numerous challenges due to her race and gender. Born on October 4, 1915, in Chicago, Illinois. As the first African American woman to be licensed as an architect in the United States, Greene’s journey was one of resilience, talent, and unyielding determination. Her collaboration with renowned architect Marcel Breuer not only shaped the built environment but also challenged the prevailing norms of a predominantly white and male profession.
Robert Robinson Taylor, an esteemed architect and trailblazer, occupies a revered position in architectural history for his groundbreaking contributions and unwavering commitment to excellence. Born in Wilmington, North Carolina, in 1868, Taylor’s journey transcended the confines of societal norms, shaping the architectural landscape and inspiring future generations.
The festive air in Germany during the holiday season is adorned with twinkling lights, the aroma of spiced gingerbread, and the joyful sounds of carols echoing through narrow streets. Beyond the festivities, the architecture itself plays a significant role in shaping the magical experience of German Christmas markets.
This week-long program was part of the SEO Scholars Career Exploration Week taking place during the last week of their summer long academy, an initiative aimed at exposing young minds to various career paths. For us, it was a chance to inspire the architects of tomorrow and provide them with an immersive experience in the world of architecture. We also hoped to teach some important critical skills to all of the students and inspire them regardless of their interest in becoming a future architect.
History of Architecture: A Brief overview of how architecture has developed and changed alongside human society
The history of architecture is a fascinating journey through time, reflecting the evolution of human civilization and the ever-changing needs and aspirations of societies. From the ancient wonders of the world to the innovative structures of today, architecture has been a fundamental expression of human creativity and ingenuity.
Sustainable architecture design focuses on creating buildings and structures that minimize their environmental impact, promote energy efficiency, and prioritize the well-being of occupants. It involves incorporating eco-friendly practices, renewable resources, and innovative technologies to create structures that harmonize with the natural environment.
led a mini camp where local youth would design a green space for the Harrison Public Library in Harrison NY. Each session was 3 hours but the ideas these young designers came up with were endless. From a piano in the middle of the green space to add a nice ambiance, to a full golf course complete with a tunnel which explains the structure’s history. These kids, aged 3 to 12, did not fail to impress.
During a 10 week in-school residency at Queens’ PS232 Elementary School we worked with 3rd graders to produce a timeline of iconic and historical buildings in New York. We explored the architectural history of our city from the 1600’s all the way to the current era.
ArchForKids is happy to announce it received two grants from the Arts Alive program of ArtsWestchester. The first grant is a partnership with Yonkers Public Library to do four Animal Architecture programs this summer. These programs explored Animal Architecture and enhanced the 2021 summer reading theme of Tails and Tales. The second grant will fund the project, Teen Design Challenge: Revisioning Sleepy Hollow’s Vacant Spaces, an intensive design charrette for 30 local middle and high school students. Their challenge will be to transform five vacant spaces in Sleepy Hollow into something beautiful which will positively impact the community.
In this class, our students were exposed to a broad spectrum of topics in architecture and then asked to apply the academic concepts to real world situations. Some of our discussion topics included building types, architectural styles, architectural drawings, construction methods, building materials and structural forces. Our main goal is to inspire kids to examine their built environment with a new set of eyes, to start recognizing some of the unique features that give buildings character and distinguish them from one another.