About Glass House Conversations
Glass House Conversations: The Glass House invites a guest host from across the creative disciplines of architecture, art, design, landscape architecture and preservation. Hosts post a question or debate topic, and responders worldwide have one to two weeks to join the online conversation.
Past conversations held on a weekly basis on this website are archived in this space.
October 8, 2012
Director of the London Design Festival
Michael gave the final word
‘the designer as ambassador at large is an area of essential development’
September 23, 2012
September 9, 2012
painter + Head of Education at Bard Graduate Center for Decorative Arts, Design, and Material Culture
August 19, 2012
The Architect's Asked
July 20, 2012
Glass House Asked
- Education Think Tank
June 29, 2012
Glass House Asked
June 10, 2012
May 27, 2012
Author, journalist and Senior Fellow at Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University
warren gave the final word
I always reject dualistic questions/ answers, prefering at least three options. I don’t accept either alternative. The cultural is a familiar slam at Americans as dumb slobs who don’t know what’s good for them, the same elitist view that sees mass culture as trash, only here it’s American food, not TV. The limited access option has some merit, except that it does not begin to explain the extent of the obesity “epidemic,” since it would suggest that only people who live in “food deserts” get fat, which just isn’t true. For the most part Americans have access to far more food, healthy and not, than they know what to do with.
I personally am intrigued by the evolutionary hypothesis, i.e. that we were designed to gain weight in order to store up fat against frequent famines, only now we don’t have the famines, so we just gain weight, especially now that we’re no longer chasing goats over mountains… But I’m also tempted to add a fourth hypothesis, that there really isn’t an “epidemic” in the first place. All of these possibilities are dealt with quite rigorously by Julie Guthman in “Weighing In: Obesity, Food Justice, and the Limits of Capitalism” (California 2011).
As for why I eat the way I do: my food choices are the product of a negotiation among three main determinants: identity (my heritage, roots, cultural tastes), convenience ( can I find, afford, and cook it?), and responsibility (is it safe for me and my family, is it sustainable?).
May 13, 2012
Director of The Andy Warhol Museum
April 29, 2012
FAIA, LEED AP
Joyce S. Asked
Scientist and science educator
Dr. Cecily Cannan gave the final word
I understand that there is no lack of good Design today, but that there is a shortage of Resources and Customers to bring them to life. To access resources and “customers,” a need for so many good causes, again and again I find myself saying that we must make the values and actions we seek “fashionable”—i.e. to become something that everyone decides they want to have, to make or do…
In science education, we are promoting scientific inquiry, its products, and technology design fashionable by engaging everyone in them. As a science educator, I try to illuminate how and why a useful understanding of how the world works, within and around us, can promote actions to help them work better—i.e.healthier. Following this Conversation, I will be including a useful understanding of the technologies of healthy and beautiful spaces within definitions of technological and environmental literacy. This is, at least, one way to advance support for improved human-made environments.
A Tradition of Conversations at the Glass House
The following themes were used to frame conversations held at the Philip Johnson Glass House. Invitational dialogues brought together thought leaders from across society for these conversations that explored important issues and new ideas.
New York Public Library
National Endowment for the Arts
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
The Nathan Cummings Foundation
Artist, author Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn
President, Rhode Island School of Design
Qatar Museums Authority