No We Don’t Hate Everything

On April 24th, as part of the 2023 Spring Urbanism Lecture series, co-hosted by the City Design & Development Program (CDD), History, Theory and Criticism Program, and Norman B. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism at MIT, Alexandra Lange and Mark Lamster joined a round table discussion with Garnette Cadogan.

Alexandra Lange is a design critic and the author, most recently of “Meet Me by the Fountain: An Inside History of the Mall” (Bloomsbury USA, 2022). Her essays, reviews and features have appeared in New York Magazine, the New York Times, the New Yorker and a plethora of design publications including Bloomberg CityLab and Curbed. She is also editorial advisor to New Angle: Voice, a podcast on American women in architecture produced by the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Graham Foundation.

Mark Lamster is the architecture critic of the Dallas Morning News and a lecturer the Harvard Graduate School of Design. His biography of the late architect Philip Johnson, The Man in the Glass House (Little Brown), was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography. In 2021, he was awarded the $50,000 Rabkin Prize for arts journalism.

Garnette Cadogan is an essayist whose research explores the promise and perils of urban life, the vitality and inequality of cities, and the challenges of pluralism. Named by the literary magazine Freeman’s as one of 29 writers from around the world who “represent the future of new writing” in 2017, he writes about culture and the arts for various publications.

Cadogan is the Tunney Lee Distinguished Lecturer in Urbanism. He was a Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Scholar (2017–2018) at DUSP, and is a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University and a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. The editor-at-large of Non-Stop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas (co-edited by Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro), he is at work on a book on walking.

By Sylvia Jimenez, Norman B (1938). and Muriel Leventhal Fellow, MIT Norman B. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism.



Norman B. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism

Research center focused on the design and planning of large-scale, complex, future metropolitan environments.