Mark Favermann

Design Review: The Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing — An Elegant Addition to the MIT Campus

June 13, 2024
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Political attacks aside, MIT’s Schwarzman College of Computing is a contemporary jewel of a building.

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Arts Commentary: Creative Cross-Pollination — HarborArts Expands the Power of Public Art

June 4, 2024
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Over the last 15 years, HarborArts has effectively used public art to raise public awareness, stimulating dialogue about environmental concerns — the climate crisis and degradation of the sea.

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Design Review: A Singular Art Nouveau Shopfront in Harvard Square

May 18, 2024
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Made over 100 years before the current marketing phrase went abuzz, 1304 Massachusetts Avenue is a charming example of a true immersive retail experience.

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Visual Arts Review: “Huff and a Puff” — An Advanced Perspective on Public Art

May 6, 2024
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This provocative installation is at the deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum is a “dystopian meditation on the lives of marginalized groups, debt, the challenges of home ownership and living in a climate-stressed world today.”

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Design Commentary: The Future of Boston’s White Stadium — A Public/Private Gordian Knot

April 3, 2024
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Many in the increasingly vocal community of stakeholders feel strongly that tradition, history, and student sports will be the victims of this apparent corporate/public conflict.

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Arts Feature: The Best of Visual Arts and Design, 2023

December 21, 2023
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Amid the year’s chaos, art was a saving grace, civilizing and humanizing: a much needed blessing that allowed us to breathe, to inhale beauty and perhaps a whiff or two of truth.

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Author Interview: “Annisquam: Pip and Me Coming of Age” — Remembrance of Things Past, On Cape Ann

July 17, 2023
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“One of the accomplishments of this book is that it is a capsule history of the art of Cape Ann.”

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Design Commentary: Department of Play — Creating a New Urban Planning Paradigm

May 27, 2023
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Participatory, small-scale planning is a powerful step forward because it doesn’t pay lip service to cliches about “listening to the community.”

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Visual Art/Design Book Review: “America Goes Modern” — The Triumph of the Beautiful and the Functional

May 17, 2023
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America Goes Modern does splendid justice to the genesis of a miraculous design phenomenon.

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Visual Arts Review: Otto Piene’s Sketchbooks at the Harvard Art Museums

July 6, 2022
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MIT’s loss is Harvard’s gain.

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