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Writing Architecture: A Three Part Series at MODA

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Writing is expression, but it is also a process for exploring the world around us. We write to find out what we know. In this series of three workshops, we’ll explore how three architectural concepts can teach us about the craft of writing and vice versa.

Session 1: Place Setting | October 4, 2023
Architects today talk about “place” as much as they talk about buildings. But what is a place? What gives it its placeness?
In this session, we’ll explore these questions by looking at Evelyn Hofer’s photographs of different places within larger cities and listening to the sounds of public space in Toronto. Then we’ll write, setting our favorite places in Atlanta into words.

Session 2: Plan and Plot | November 1, 2023
Plans show a building’s layout, circulation, and spatial relationship from a bird’s eye view. They can do the same for cities.
While plans might seem static, we can actually read them like choose-your-own-adventure stories!
In this session, we’ll kick things off by perusing the plans and diagrams in the Department of City Planning’s “Atlanta City Design” vision and plot some ATL adventures of our own.

Session 3: Tectonics Is Poetics | December 6, 2023
Tectonics is to architecture what poetics is to writing. Each refers to the materials you assemble and how you make them work together: the art of construction. But how far can we take the analogy before it breaks down?
In our final session, we will read about Shigeru Ban’s paper tectonics and think about parallels in the written word. Then we’ll try our hand at writing poems about tectonics.

$50 for MODA Members | $95 for Future Members
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Lauren Neefe is a writer, educator, and activist based in Atlanta, on Muscogee Creek land. She is the co-creator and producer of the Perkins&Will podcast Inhabit: a show about the power of design. She holds a PhD in English literature from Stony Brook University, in New York, and an MA in Poetry from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins. She has taught courses on sound theory, aural architecture, Romanticism, and poetry at Georgia Tech, Oxford College of Emory University, Stony Brook University, and GDOC’s Metro Reentry Facility.