October 31 2014
In this audio recording, artist, architect, and founding chair of the Environmental Design Department of Parsons School of Design, James Wines, is interviewed by Brian McGrath, dean of the School of Constructed Environments (what the Environmental Design Department gradually became) at Parsons, and Wendy Scheir, director of the New School Archives and Special Collections. Wines describes his upbringing in Oak Park, Illinois and Baltimore, Maryland, as well as his studies at Syracuse University. Wines discusses his career as a sculptor in Rome, the founding of his firm, SITE [Sculpture in the Environment], and the creation of Parsons' Environmental Design program. Additionally, Wines relates numerous anecdotes about contemporary architects, and the many changes New York City, particularly lower Manhattan, has experienced over the decades.
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