This month we lost a dear colleague and a giant in our field, Art Gensler. Our professional relationship with Art revolved around San Francisco International Airport projects and the Chase Arena, but more importantly, we had a personal relationship, one of friendship and mentoring. Byron’s work with Art on the board of trustees at California College of the Arts brought them together to envision ways of thinking, learning, and communicating about design to look to the future of the profession. Perhaps Art’s most arresting virtue was his innate ability to incessantly look forward and to encourage those around him to expand their viewpoints. Art taught us all how to shake it up, always with great warmth and generosity.
Recently, we have been reflecting on the impact and importance of local activism. The first article this month is a Kuth Ranieri blogpost focusing on Byron’s work with Responsible Growth in Marin. Since late 2019, RGM has been working to create an alternative vision for Marin County’s Northgate Mall after developers proposed a Costco, which was not in keeping with the community’s vision for future development of the aging mall. RGM’s concept centers on the creation of a town center flanked by new housing, green space, local shops and eateries.
This month’s articles center on adaptation and those who have been proactive in envisioning a post Covid-19 world. We at Kuth Ranieri have been assisting our municipal and educational clients with the design and implementation of solutions to re-enter their spaces safely during and beyond the pandemic. Other articles in this month’s newsletter include the ethics of designing airports during climate change, the transformation of the Bay Area’s malls to housing, and a reflection on the purpose and power of memorials.
Enjoy this month’s newsletter, which includes an interview with Rob and Juno as well as coverage of the artist and RISD classmate, Huma Bhabha’s “We Come in Peace,” a new addition to the Hirshhorn Museum’s Sculpture Garden.
This month’s articles cover a wide array of topics and are reflective of our hope for the future. The American Institute of Architects implemented new ethics rules this month prohibiting members from knowingly designing spaces intended for torture or execution. Other articles include a blog post on our collaboration with RHAA for the Black Lava Fields Competition in Iceland, the late architect Charles Moore, and creative uses for abandoned office space.
This month’s articles focus on the intersectionality of architecture and design. As a woman-owned business, we greatly value the inclusion of voices and ideas that have long been silenced and excluded. From the empowering Hariri sisters to an Indigenous architect’s fight to decolonize design, this month’s articles highlight the strength of our differences and collective hope for the future.
Dear Friends, we’re sending you our monthly newsletter, with articles that range in topics from the reconsideration of indoor & outdoor school design to systemic racism in pedagogy and practice.
This month’s articles represent topics and perspectives that range from a post-pandemic future, protecting housing from rising seas to the history of architecture’s role in systemic racism.
The mix of this month’s articles struck a chord with our team. Some reflect upon the impacts of the pandemic on our day-to-day environments while others explore historical perspectives, contemporary issues of social equity & justice and progressive ways of building sustainability.