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How Does The Built Environment Shape Childhood?

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Alexandra Lange's book looks at the designs inherent in childhood.

The Milwaukee Art Museum’s current exhibit, Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America explores the work of some 40 designers who integrated concepts like playfulness and fun into their work for corporations, home interiors, and — yes, children.

It’s a topic that connects strongly with the expertise of architecture critic and writer Alexandra Lange. Lange’s latest book is called The Design of Childhood: How the Material World Shapes Independent Kids.  She was in Milwaukee to give a lecture at the art musuem. Speaking with Lake Effect’s Bonnie North, she explains how design affects young people and the adults they become.

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Bonnie North
Bonnie joined WUWM in March 2006 as the Arts Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.