Mark Favermann MCRP ’78 recently reviewed a trio of books related by subject–and author–to the GSD for The Arts Fuse, a curated, independent online arts magazine dedicated to publishing in-depth criticism, along with high quality previews, interviews, and commentaries. Despite covering different topics in different ways, the books, Seeing Trees: A History of Street Trees in New York City and Berlin by GSD faculty Sonja Dümpelmann, The Man in the Glass House by Mark Lamster LF ’17, and Cocktails and Conversations, Dialogues on Architectural Design by Abby Suckle MArch ’77 & William Singer, all, according to Favermann, “assuage notions that architecture/design books are formidable reads.” Read the full review.

Additionally, Favermann recently published a review of the exhibition The Bauhaus and Harvard, currently on view at the Harvard Art Museums, for The Arts Fuse. “The Bauhaus at Harvard is about origins, demonstrating how the thoughtful creative qualities and refined techniques of our contemporary visual and material culture were collaboratively developed a century ago,” writes Favermann. “What’s exhilarating is that The Bauhaus’ artistic joyfulness and charisma is not just a memory — seeing this show generates a sense of spiritual elation, as if you are experiencing the invention of modern art and design.” Read the full review.

Image: Hans Arp “Constellations II” relief, redwood panels with red paint, as displayed in Harkness Commons Dining Room, Harvard University, c. 1950. Photo: D. H. Wright. Courtesy of  The Arts Fuse