Culture Now investigates the contemporary American condition to shift perspectives in struggling U.S. cities. By integrating public policy, urban studies, contemporary culture and its spatial manifestations, Culture Now reframes the current conversation. The use of demographic, infrastructural, and cultural evidence imi imediately extends this discussion across disciplines, and encompasses institutional and political models of the public.
Since August 2010, Thom Mayne, Design Director of Morphosis, with Karen Lohrmann, and a group of advisors have been leading 14 architecture and urban design gr graduate students in an inquiry about the dynamics of culture, now. By identifying existing systems and correlations, dependencies, initiatives and interactions, the studio examines spatial, communal, economic and ecological transformations as instruments of change.