The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) will be the location for the Graphic Novels / Novel Architecture Symposium on April 1st. Organized by Kent State University College of Architecture & Environmental Design (CAED), the symposium will explore the relationship between architecture and comics. The influence of animation, cartoons, comics, illustrations, and storyboards will be discussed in two sessions and a keynote discussion. Participants will include architects, illustrators, and educators. Graphic Novels / Novel Architecture will be the first event of an annual series that will explore architecture and different narrative media. The first session, starting at 1:00 pm in CMA’s Gartner Auditorium, is entitled "Hot Technology." The session will include short presentations and a discussion between California-based architect Wes Jones, London-based architect and illustrator Alison Sampson, and Archigram’s Michael Webb. The second session, entitled "Cool Diagrams," will start at 3:00 pm. This session will include presentations and a discussion between University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Architecture Director Robert Somol, Jimenez Lai of Bureau Spectacular, and Dutch cultural anthropologist Mélanie van der Hoorn. A closing keynote discussion will feature acclaimed comic book artist Chris Ware and Françoise Mouly, art editor of The New Yorker. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are encouraged. For those not able to make it to Cleveland, the entire symposium will be live-streamed online. The proceedings will also be archived on video, and produced into a short video documentary. A book is also planned documenting the event.
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A collection of anonymous students at SCI-Arc calling themselves SCI-Arc Community have taken to Tumblr to express their concern over the hiring process for future school director Hernan Diaz Alonso. Their biggest complaint: the "extreme secrecy of the Director Search Committee." According to the group, the committee, after determining that only one of the two candidates for the position—professor Wes Jones and Graduate Programs Chair Diaz Alonso—was "viable," never followed through on its promise to broadcast Diaz Alonso's presentation via live webcast. "SCI-Arc was founded in 1972 by Ray Kappe in the spirit of 'institution without walls' literally and metaphorically, but it seems in 2014 we now have 'walls, floors, and stairs' due to the lack of dialogue," the students have said. "The SCI-Arc community, especially the student body, should be engaged in this process...We would like to see at minimum level, both candidates be given the chance to present to the entire SCI-Arc community." SCI-Arc spokesperson Georgiana Ceausu said the Director's Office had no comment on the group's letter. She added that the search committee received it, but "no other actions or new decisions have been taken as a result." Diaz Alonso has been recommended by the school's search committee to be SCI-Arc's next dean, but the choice will not be official until the school's board makes an appointment, likely in the next month or two.