“Century of the Child” at MoMA

Exhibition: http://www.moma.org/interactives/exhibitions/2012/centuryofthechild/
Exhibition info: http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/1239
Catalogue (first pages): http://www.moma.org/docs/explore/cotc.pdf

“MoMA’s ambitious survey of 20th century design for children is the first large-scale overview of the modernist preoccupation with children and childhood as a paradigm for progressive design thinking. The exhibition will bring together areas underrepresented in design history and often considered separately, including school architecture, clothing, playgrounds, toys and games, children’s hospitals and safety equipment, nurseries, furniture, and books.

In 1900, Swedish design reformer and social theorist Ellen Key’s book Century of the Child presaged the 20th century as a period of intensified focus and progressive thinking regarding the rights, development, and well-being of children as interests of utmost importance to all society. Taking inspiration from Key—and looking back through the 20th century 100 years after her forecast—this exhibition will examine individual and collective visions for the material world of children, from utopian dreams for the “citizens of the future” to the dark realities of political conflict and exploitation. In this period children have been central to the concerns, ambitions, and activities of modern architects and designers both famous and unsung, and working specifically for children has often provided unique freedom and creativity to the avant-garde.”

“The Emerging Spatial Mind”

“The Emerging Spatial Mind” edited by Jodie M. Plumert and John P. Spencer.


“Human activity and thought is embedded within and richly structured by space. The spatial mind has detailed knowledge of the world that surrounds it—it remembers where objects are, what they are, and how they are arranged relative to one another. It can navigate through spaces to locate and retrieve objects, or it can direct the actions of others through language. It can use maps to find out the way from one city to the next, or it can navigate using a virtual map to locate a missing computer file. But where do these abilities come from? What is the developmental origin of the spatial mind? This book examines how the spatial mind emerges from its humble origins in infancy to its mature, flexible, and skilled adult form. Each chapter presents research and theory that asks the following questions: what changes in spatial cognition occur over development? And how do these changes come about? The book provides conceptual as well as formal theoretical accounts of developmental processes at multiple levels of analysis (e.g. genes, neurons, behaviors, social interactions), providing an overview of general mechanisms of cognitive change. In addition, commentators place these advances in the understanding of spatial cognitive development within the field of spatial cognition more generally. This book sheds light on how the experiences of thinking about and interacting in space through time foster and shape the emerging spatial mind.”

Jyväskylän näkövammaisten koulu, Haukkarannan koulu (Jyväskylä, Finland)

Amag! visited Jyväskylän näkövammaisten koulu (visually impaired children and teens, http://www.jynok.fi/) + Haukkarannan koulu (hearing impaired children and teens, http://www.haukkaranta.fi/). They were one week working with Cirkus Bombastico.

Remember, Amag! article 7 (by Iván Torres) is made with sounds: https://a-magazine.org/art-07-talking-architecture-arquitectura-que-habla/