Architecture in the Rio de la
Plata Basin: Between Tradition
and Cosmopolitanism

September 1-12, 2015

Fellowship Deadline March 10

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Magnitudes of Change:
Local Sites & Global Concerns in Chicago's Built Environment

Saturday, April 18
8:30 am-12:30 pm

Open to the Public | Tickets $10

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SAH 68th Annual Conference
Chicago, Illinois
April 15-19, 2015

Join us as we celebrate
SAH's 75th anniversary

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Washington State Slept Here: SAH Archipedia and the Question of Significance

Feb 11, 2015 | By J. Philip Gruen

A couple of months ago I was asked what seemed, to me, an interesting question. As many readers of this blog likely know, SAH is well on its way to completing the first major stage of its SAH Archipedia project, SAH Archipedia Classic Buildings, where all fifty states will feature online entries of its 100 most “representative” buildings. I’ve signed on, along with my former student and now-colleague Robert Franklin, to co-coordinate the SAH Archipedia project for the state of Washington. Hardly claiming to be authorities on the architecture of the state—we chose to marshal several scholars, preservation consultants, professors, graduate students, and even the state architectural historian to help draft most of the entries rather than attempting to do all of them ourselves.

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  • Material Culture. Presence and Visibility of Artists, Guilds, Brotherhoods in the Pre-modern Era

    Dates: 03 Mar – 15 Apr, 2015
    Among the possible conference group of themes are, for example: Crafts, brotherhood and guild houses in town centres (location, architectural forms, furnishings). Town halls and guild house furnishings (for example, reception pieces, gifts by individual artists). Sacred spaces in church naves (guild altars / furnishings, brotherhood chapels etc.). Stained-glass window cycles for civic crafts groups Guilds and religious orientation Civic processions / temporary art The artist as a member of a religious brotherhood The artist in communal organisations Artists’ celebrations in the pre-modern era The artist‘s funeral within the guild Names and designations of brotherhoods Competitions Guild saints and religious veneration Theories on material culture and material turn Topography of material culture of the guild system (inventories, clap boards, guild chests, welcome pitchers) History of collecting the objects Questions in the history of science and technology in the inner- as well as intra-disciplinary context (for example, guild research in the 19th/20th century; material culture studies and concepts and terms in Germany compared to those in other parts of Europe and in the US)
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  • Urban Development Now

    Ann Arbor | Dates: 13 – 14 Mar, 2015
    The 2nd Annual Urban Development Now symposium explores the relationship between urban development and capital, specifically projects in Chicago, Miami, New York, Detroit and London - cities that exhibit a paradox of significant high-end investment and simultaneous challenges in sustaining multi-class housing and cultural amenities.
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  • Tennis Hall of Fame Architectural Sympoisum: Horace Trumbauer, Residential Architecture

    Newport | Dates: 05 May, 2015
    Horace Trumbauer: Residential Architecture will offer a unique opportunity to examine the architect and his influence on Newport’s landscape. This third annual one-day symposium will feature lectures by architectural historians and tours of three magnificent Trumbauer buildings –Miramar and Seaweed, still both private homes, and Rough Point, the former home of heiress Doris Duke.
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