McEwen speaks at Surface Summer School Lecture Series


V. Mitch McEwen
Assistant Professor, Princeton University
Friday, June 12
6:30pm – 7:30pm


V. Mitch McEwen: COVID-19 and White Supremacy are Dual Pandemics

Posted by Surface Magazine


The Assistant Professor at Princeton University and co-founder of design collaborative Atelier Office sees parallels between the coronavirus pandemic and white supremacy.


As part of the Surface Summer School lecture series, V. Mitch McEwen spoke to the students at the University of Pennsylvania’s Stuart Weitzman School of Design about her own efforts to help combat COVID-19 and the dual pandemic of white supremacy.


Takeaways: McEwen spoke about the ongoing initiative of Black Box Research Group, which works out of the Architecture Labs at Princeton University, to design Personal Protective Equipment, using 3D printers and other tools in the SOA lab spaces. She also spoke on the myopic impact of European architecture on education, the lack of black architects (about one percent of the profession), and the innovative nature of the low-income class. “The reason I put these two pandemics into one talk is because nothing is ever actually evenly distributed,” she said.


Surface’s summer partnership with the Stuart Weitzman School of Design at UPenn kicked off last week, a month-long curriculum and student competition to design a mobile testing unit for COVID-19. Headed by Winka Dubbeldam, Miller Professor and Chair of Architecture, the program will be bolstered by a digital lecture series featuring prominent figures in the world of design that kicks off this evening. Read an interview with Dubbeldam about the project here.


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