Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee
Liz Teston is an Assistant Professor at University of Tennessee. She teaches interior design in the College of Architecture and Design. She holds a Master of Architecture degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Savannah College of Art and Design. Liz is an NCIDQ certified interior designer with a decade of professional experience. Her current research focuses on design activism, cultural identity and the everyday in the built environment.
Rap Mapping and the Everyday
BY LIZ TESTON
@ VOL 12
ON AUG 19, 2014
This conceptual project is steeped in both community engagement and storytelling as an investigative tool. As studio critic Jennifer Bonner outlined in ATL: A Guide to the Dirty South, there is a rivalry in east coast and west coast design, like the rivalry between east coast and west coast rap. The importance of cultural identity and community through narrative are essential in the South - so much that legends are accepted simply because they they convey moral lessons. There is a paradox in storytelling and fact, but not in legitimacy. Liz Teston explores the role of placemaking within the cultural context of Atlanta and it's rap history.
"Presentation of the Day" on November 24, 2014.