SAH lost a great friend and benefactor on March 22, when Seymour H. Persky passed away. Read the obituary by SAH Executive Director Pauline Saliga.

SAH is accepting memorial gifts in his honor here.

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

Saturday, April 18
8:30 am-12:30 pm
Tickets $10

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

September 1-12, 2015

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Black Lives Matter

March 10, 2015 | via Aggregate

The Black Lives Matter dossier, published by the Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative, is edited by SAH members Jonathan Massey and Meredith TenHoor and includes essays from SAH members Amber Wiley, Michael Abrahamson, Dianne Harris, and Charles David II. Excerpt from the Introduction republished here with permission.

What does it mean to put black lives at the center of our thinking about architecture and its history? On the Aggregate website, thirteen new essays by scholars, designers, students, and citizens address the Black Lives Matter movement through architectural and urban research. The edited collection diagnoses sources of violence, identifies forms of resistance, and reimagines Black aesthetics.

Introduction: Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter is an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise. It is an affirmation of Black folks’ contributions to this society, our humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression.

—Alicia Garza, “A Herstory of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement”1

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2015 Field Seminar
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  • Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association Exhibition

    Providence | Dates: 23 Apr – 02 Aug, 2015
    Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Associationhighlights the impressive collection of drawings assembled by Alvin Boyarsky during his pivotal tenure as chairman of the Architectural Association (AA) in London, from 1971 until his death in 1990. During his time leading the school, Boyarsky orchestrated an ambitious exhibition and publication program that situated drawing as not only a representational tool, but as a form of architecture in its own right. Drawing Ambience features an iconic group of drawings by some of the most prominent architects and artists of our time, including Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, Daniel Libeskind, Mary Miss, Eduardo Paolozzi, Bernard Tschumi, and Shin Takamatsu. The drawings are complemented by a series of related folios published by the AA representing the work of Peter Cook, Peter Eisenman, Coop Himmelblau, and Kisa Kawakami, among others. Together, these works provide an unprecedented opportunity to explore both the techniques and the imaginative spirit of drawing practices that permeated this time of change and experimentation in architecture worldwide. Drawing Ambience is co-organized by the RISD Museum and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis; it is accompanied by a fully illustrated 160-page catalogue. The exhibition was on view at the Kemper Art Museum in late 2014. Support for Drawing Ambience is provided by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.
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  • Smart Growth: Chinatown Green Streets

    Washington | Dates: 08 Apr, 2015
    The Chinatown Green Street Demonstration Project, spearheaded by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and located in the Chinatown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., involves the design and installation of an interconnected series of vegetated systems to manage stormwater, beautify the public right of way, and enable safe access for all users of all ages and abilities. Deborah Steinberg, ASLA, representing the client, and Steven Spears, ASLA, representing the design team, explain how this project aims to become a world-class model for green and complete streets. This program is presented in April in celebration of National Landscape Architecture Month.
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  • Sewing a Small Town: The Renaissance of a Historical Center - Architecture Summer School 2015 (July 20-August 01, 2015)

    Gassino Torinese (TO), Italy, Italy | Dates: 26 – 31 Mar, 2015
    Architecture Summer School in Italy (July 20-August 01, 2015)
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