McEwen and Walker Co-Author article on Brazil and "Architectures of the Mega-Event"

McEwen and Walker Co-Author article on Brazil and “Architectures of the Mega-Event”

Assistant Professor of Architecture, V. Mitch McEwen, and Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, Ana Paula Pimentel Walker, Co-authored an article for Columbia’s Avery Review–Titled: “Brazil: Twenty-First Century Architectures of the Mega-Event”. The Avery Review is an online journal dedicated to thinking about books, buildings, and other architectural media.  The article investigates the issues at the center of the Mega-Event, in this case, the World Cup. McEwen and Walker provoke the question of architecture’s role in meeting the clients demands in these temporary events as well as the long-term financial and spatial impacts on the site. This realm of questioning continues to be an imperative line of thought in the professional and academic practices of both architecture and urban design.

As Partner at A(n) Office and Principal of McEwen Studio, V. Mitch McEwen works in architectural and urban design, focused particularly on the intersection of urban cultures and global forces. Since 2014 she has been Assistant Professor of Architecture at Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning at University of Michigan, her work has been published in Architectural Record, the New York Times, and the New Museum, as well as exhibited at P! gallery, Storefront for Art & Architecture, and internationally. Led by McEwen with design partner Marcelo Lopez-Dinardi, A(n) Office is one of 12 U.S. firms selected for the U.S. pavilion exhibition at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Ana Paula Pimentel Walker is an Assistant Professor in Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. Her research examines the outcomes of participatory urban governance from the perspective of those living in informal settlements and Afro-Brazilian territories. Pimentel Walker’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Foundation for Urban and Regional Studies. She received a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, San Diego, master’s degrees in both Urban Planning and Latin American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, and law degree from Brazil.

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