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  • Emerging Public Spaces

    Brooklyn | Dates: 10 May, 2014
    Saturday, May 10
    Albee Square
    Corner of Fulton St and Bond St
    Brooklyn, NY

    As neglected, underutilized urban sites are reactivated as spaces for public use, how can we retain the playful, experimental, unscripted, and the open-ended?

    Van Alen and Public Workshop, an organization that creates engaging opportunities for youth and their communities to shape the design of their cities, invite you to join us for an outdoor, hands-on construction workshop in Albee Square in Downtown Brooklyn, where we’ll work together and build a pop-up pavilion in the pedestrian plaza. Following the workshop, we’ll convene in the collaboratively constructed space to discuss how as city-dwellers we use—and define the use of—public space.

    Conversation participants: Daniel Campo, Associate Professor, School of Architecture and Planning, Morgan State University and author ofThe Accidental PlaygroundLeslie Koch, President of the Trust for Governors Island; Alex Gilliam, founder of Public Workshop.

    Workshop 2:00 – 5:00 p.m., Conversation 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. With thanks to Robert Silman Associates, Structural Engineers.

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  • Embodied Architecture Yoga Session, presented by Van Alen Institute

    Brooklyn | Dates: 18 May, 2014
    Sunday, May 18
    ISSUE Project Room
    22 Boerum Place
    Brooklyn, NY

    You may be familiar with practices such as yoga and meditation, but have you thought about their potential to expand our thinking about how we design and inhabit space?

    This guided session led by Richard Allon, yoga and meditation instructor and principal of Richard Allon Architect & Associates, will work with the body, mind, breath, and space to cultivate awareness of both the internal landscape of the body and the shared urban environment. Dress comfortably and bring your yoga mat!

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  • Michigan Historic Preservation Network 34th Annual Conference

    Jackson | Dates: 15 – 17 May, 2014

    34th Annual Conference – Michigan Places Matter: Discovering how your community’s cultural resources can make placemaking unique

    Jackson, May 15-17, 2014

    When you distill the facts and features that define Michigan to its purest form, it comes down to two things, our residents and our places.  Taking this a step further – it is our residents that have made our places important.  From our early settlers, to those who were innovators in our industry, arts, education, and even our religious growth, have created places that continue to define the best of our state.  While these people who shaped our landscape are no longer with us – the evidence of their activities surrounds us.  From our roads, to our cities, the things that define us – are all here because of someone who came before.  And, these places matter!

    Now Open – Early Bird Registration Rates through April, 2014.
    Online Registration Closes May 7, 2014.

  • Vernacular Architecture Forum 2014

    Galloway Township | Dates: 07 – 11 May, 2014

    Down Jersey: From Bayshore to Seashore
    Galloway Township, New Jersey, May 7-11, 2014

    VAF's 2014 conference is scheduled for May 7-11, 2014. "Down Jersey: From Bayshore to Seashore" will focus on the vernacular architecture and landscapes of southern New Jersey, from ca. 1700 to 2000, including sites in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Salem counties, ranging across southern New Jersey from the Delaware Bay to the Pine Barrens to the state's Atlantic beaches. The conference is co-sponsored by the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, and will be headquartered at the beautiful Stockton Seaview Hotel and Conference Center in Galloway Township, NJ. 

    The New Jersey Pine Barrens and the state’s coastal landscape, including small fishing and boat-building towns along the Delaware Bay, will be the setting for tours of historic industrial, agricultural, and recreational development. The stories of diverse peoples who settled Down Jersey will be told through surviving buildings and landscapes, with conference tours highlighting the presence of New England shipbuilders and Quaker farmers in the 18th century; the African-Americans who established their own free communities in the mid-19th century; the European Jewish immigrants who relocated here to escape late 19th century pogroms; and the Italian immigrants who brought commercial agriculture into the 20th century, helping to make New Jersey "The Garden State."

    The conference will run from Wednesday, May 7 though Saturday, May 10, 2014, and will include an opening reception with keynote speaker Bernard L. Herman on the evening of May 7 at Stockton College. Two days of tours on May 8 and 9 will offer four different routes—two on each day. There is such a rich variety of vernacular buildings and landscapes that no single conference participant will be able to experience everything during the conference.  Paper presentations on Saturday, May 10, will be followed by an evening gala at Seaview, the conference sessions are detailed here.

    The Sunday tour has been cancelled.

    The organizers of the Vernacular Architecture Forum in New Jersey look forward to seeing you at this wonderful event. VAF 2014 coincides with the celebration of New Jersey’s 350th anniversary, and we will have buildings on tour that date from each century of the state’s existence.

    Registration: Go to conference website here.

    Questions? Contact local coordinators at NJVAF2014@gmail.com

  • Preservation and Community: 20th Annual Historic Preservation & Downtown Conference

    Island Pond | Dates: 02 May, 2014

    Please join us for the 2014 Historic Preservation and Downtown Conference that promises to be a lot different than previous conferences.

    The May 2nd conference will be in the beautiful and remote Northeast Kingdom, in Island Pond, VT.  There are lots of overnight accommodations, so consider coming early and staying late!

    We welcome as keynote speaker an old friend, Nancy Boone, formerly Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer and now the Federal Historic Preservation Officer for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

    Conference day will feature the 2014 Preservation Awards recognizing the best in historic preservation over the last two years, followed by duo-tracks of half-hour presentations: crisp, fast-moving TED-like talks built around Historic Places and Strengthening Communities.

    For those who prefer the outdoors, there is a tour of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge-Nulhegan Basin Division visitor center with an optional mile hike along the Nulhegan River where, besides wildlife, you can see a historic truss railroad bridge.  There is also a visit planned to Brighton State Park.

    Or, you can spend the day ice fishing—just kidding! (I think.)

    For those interested in coming early, on Thursday—the day before the conference—we are organizing a "Hands on Hammer" Service Day to help with exterior woodwork repairs at Christ Church. Click here for more information.

    Click Here to Register for the Conference
    Registration Deadline: April 23

  • Cincinnati Preservation Association’s Spring House Tour 2014

    Cincinnati | Dates: 10 May, 2014

    Cincinnati Preservation Association’s 2014 Mansions of Lafayette Avenue house tour on Saturday, May 10 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. will feature three outstanding historic residences. Two are architectural icons built for “barons of Clifton”: “Oakwood,” the 1866 Norman Revival home of Henry Probasco, and “Scarlet Oaks,” the 1870 High Victorian Gothic mansion of George Shoenberger. The newest of the three, “Stonehedge,” is an 1887 Swiss Chalet with Arts and Crafts flavor built for H.C. Hulbert.


    Reservations required. Tickets should be purchased in advance by calling 513-721-4506, mailing payments to 342 W. 4th Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202, or online at www.cincinnatipreservation.org. Cost is $25.00 for CPA members and $30.00 for guests/nonmembers. Cash, checks, Visa and MasterCard are welcome.

    Will Call and parking will be at the Cincinnati Women’s Club, 330 Lafayette Avenue.

    For more information, call 513-721-4506.

  • A Monumental Task: Managing & Preserving Architectural Records

    Buffalo | Dates: 17 Jul, 2014

    Architectural records are vital documentation of our built environment and provide insight into social and economic trends throughout history.  The tasks of collecting, managing, preserving and providing access to these records can be a challenge to those charged with their care.  Speakers at this conference will address the many aspects of caring for architectural record collections.  Participants will learn about the significance of architectural records; the array of materials and methods used to create them; collecting policies; access and use recommendations; preventive preservation measures; reformatting and management of electronic files; as well as have opportunities to engage in discussions with fellow participants who are managing similar collections.

    This conference is intended for archivists, librarians, curators, historic preservation officers, records managers, and others who are responsible for collecting, preserving, and providing access to architectural, landscape, and other design records.

    The Academy of Certified Archivists will award Archival Recertification Credits to eligible Certified Archivists attending this program.  For more information, go towww.certifiedarchivists.org.


    Bruce Laverty, Gladys Brooks Curator of Architecture, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia 
    Tawny Ryan Nelb, President, Nelb Archival Consulting, Inc. 
    Lois Olcott Price, Director of Conservation, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library 
    Samantha Sheesley, Paper Conservator, Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts 
    Susana Tejada, Curator,  Martin House Restoration Corporation 


    SUNY Buffalo State, Art Conservation Department

    Time: 8:30 AM to 9:00 AM Registration and Refreshments; 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Program  

    Fee: $95 for CCAHA Members • $110 for Non-Members

    For more information and to register, click here.

    Major funding for this program was generously provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), with additional funding from The Pew Charitable Trusts and The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

  • Celebrating 100 Years of Landscape Architecture at The University of Pennsylvania

    Philadelphia | Dates: 24 Apr, 2014

    Please join Dean Marilyn Jordan Taylor and Professor & Chairman Richard J. Weller on April 24th in the Fisher Fine Arts Library for a gala event to celebrate the centenary of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania.

    To mark the occasion we are launching a new book by Professor James Corner, MLA’86 HOM’96The Landscape Imagination, and honoring his Chairmanship of the program from 2000-2012.

    Along with signed copies of The Landscape Imagination, the book Transects, which tells the story of the landscape program at Penn, and new publications from faculty and students will be available for purchase.

    James Corner: The Landscape Imagination
    Weller/Talarowski: Transects: 100 Years of Landscape Architecture at University of Pennsylvania
    Anu Mathur/Dilip da Cunha: In the Terrain of Water
    Student Journal: Landscapes of [Sub]stance

    Don't miss this historic occasion!

    Thursday, April 24th
    6:30pm – 9:00pm
    Fisher Fine Arts Library
    220 S. 34th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104
    Dress: Evening/Cocktail

  • Fulbright-Terra Foundation Awards to Teach in China and Europe

    Dates: 17 Apr – 01 Aug, 2014

    Apply for Fulbright-Terra Foundation Awards to Teach in China and Europe.

    Opportunities are now available to teach American art history in China, at Tsinghua University and Peking University, and in one or more European Union countries (except France, Germany, and the U.K.). The awards to teach in China target senior U.S. scholars at the associate or full professor level. The awards to teach in Europe are only open to early career U.S. scholars.

    The application deadline is August 1, 2014. To apply, please visit the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program website: 


  • San Francisco Heritage Soirée 2014

    San Francisco | Dates: 10 May, 2014

    Heritage is pleased to announce that Soirée 2014 will be held at the Palace of Fine Artson Saturday, May 10. Inspired by the elegance of this most exquisite venue and the era that created it, this black-tie event will feature cocktails under the rotunda, fine dining, dancing, casino gaming, and a stellar silent auction.

    Designed by Bernard Maybeck to showcase fine art for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, the Palace inspired a campaign to preserve the structure as a permanent landmark even before the fair’s closing, with none other than architect Willis Polk declaring, “In all the ages was never a more beautiful building…”

    As we approach its centennial, please join Heritage in celebrating the Palace of Fine Arts and all whose vision and extraordinary efforts have helped to preserve it for generations to come. Stroll through the colonnades, and enjoy cocktails under the stars, followed by spectacular fine dining and dancing. The evening’s entertainment features the David Hardiman All-Star Orchestra, the Marilyn Izdebski Dancers, and the singing of Janice Maxie Reid and Abbie Rhone. Prizes for the “super-silent auction” will include dinner at the French Laundry, an art tour of Oliver Ranch, and a private behind-the-scenes tour of Alcatraz, plus much more!

    To learn more about tickets and underwriting, please click here. For underwriting opportunities or to receive an invitation, please contact Carolyn Squeri at 415-441-3000 x14 or csqueri@sfheritage.org. Click here to view a list of current underwriters.

    Special thanks to the Soirée 2014 Honorary Committee: Linda Jo Fitz and Stewart Morton (Co-Chairs), Jan Berckefeldt, the Honorable Willie L. Brown, Jr., Donny and Janie Friend, Robert and Michelle Friend, Karl Hasz, Donna Huggins, Norman Larson, Scott Maybeck Nittler and Sue Nittler, Richard Pettler and Wanda Westberg, Alice Russell-Shapiro, Charlotte Mailliard Shultz, and the Honorable Tad Taube and Dianne Taube.

    Additional support for Soirée 2014 comes from our media partner, Nob Hill Gazette, and our community partners, SF Recreation and Park DepartmentCyrus Noble, and Mezzanine Nightclub.

    Saturday, May 10, 2014
    6:00 p.m.

    Palace of Fine Arts
    3601 Lyon Street
    San Francisco, CA 94123


  • LOT-EK @ FIT, 2014 Prize Lecture

    New York | Dates: 22 Apr, 2014

    When: 6:00 PM - 7:30 AM TUESDAY, APRIL 22
    Where: Katie Murphy Auditorium, FIT

    The Interior Design department at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) has named Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano, founding partners of LOT-EK, the 2014 recipients of the Lawrence Israel Prize. The prize, endowed by architect Lawrence J. Israel, has been given annually since 1998 to an individual or firm whose ideas and work enrich FIT Interior Design students’ course of study.

    Speakers: LOT-EK
    Sponsored By: Fashion Institute of Technology
    Organized By: Interior Design Department
    Price: Free
    Event website: http://fitnyc.edu/22159.asp

  • Earth Day 2014: An Evening with Henk Ovink

    New York | Dates: 22 Apr, 2014

    AIA CES 1.5 LU | 1.5 HSW

    When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM TUESDAY, APRIL 22

    Where: At The Center   

    The Netherland’s Henk Ovink is one of the most knowledgeable people about our region, how it could recover from Hurricane Sandy, and how fast that will happen. One year ago this month, Ovink was brought to the U.S. to be the senior advisor to U.S. Housing & Urban Design Secretary Shaun Donovan for the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force.

    Formerly the Acting Director-General of Spatial Planning and Water Affairs for the Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure & the Environment, Ovink is best known to New Yorkers as the principal leader for the international Rebuild by Design competition. This Earth Day program will feature Ovink on the heels of the April 3rd announcement of the 10 Rebuild by Design finalists.

    Just as the Task Force has the complex assignment of updating the region’s infrastructure and correcting "current vulnerabilities and future risks from extreme weather" [Pres. Barack Obama], it also is responsible for laying out a vision for the future and advising on what needs to be done in administration, financing, and legislation.

    This evening, Ovink’s will focus on the next steps to long-term sustainability and resiliency, with goals and timelines as well as possibilities. Audience members can expect a robust discussion, moderated by James S. Russell, FAIA, an insightful journalist who has written frequently on climate change. His thoughts on the ten winning teams for Rebuild by Design can be found athttp://archrecord.construction.com/news/2014/04/140407-Rebuild-by-Design-Redesigns-Sandy-Battered-Shore.asp


    Henk Ovink, Principal, Rebuild by Design and Senior Advisor to Secretary Shaun Donovan, HUD / Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force

    James S. Russell, FAIA, author, Well Being and Wealth in an Era of Climate Changejamessrussell.net

    Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, Founding Co-Chair, AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee

    Opening Remarks:
    Illya Azaroff, AIA, Founding Co-Chair, AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee

    Organized by: AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee
    Price: Free for AIA members; $10 for non-member
    Register Here

    This program is related to the AIANY Chapter’s 2014 presidential theme "Civic Spirit: Civic Vision."


    Dates: 16 Apr – 15 May, 2014

    Call for papers - FABRICATIONS 24:2 
    a themed issue, 'Lost in Conversation: Constructing the Oral History of Modern Architecture'
     (Papers due 15 May 2014)

    Oral history is as old as history itself and might be considered the first 'kind' of history. The extensive modern use of the term 'oral history' is however relatively new, certainly when it comes to the historiography of modern architecture. Even though this novel research method has brought about a significant expansion of the existing canon of modern architecture, its use within the discipline of architectural history and theory is not (yet?) set in stone and research results are consequently widely diverging. This conference aims to on the one hand explore issues of knowledge-generation relating to architecture through the use of oral history and on the other hand problematize the 'operational' aspects of this methodology within the discipline.

    Questions include, but are not limited to: What specific types of information are disclosed through the implementation of oral history in architectural historiography that would have otherwise remained unknown? How do oral histories 'form' and 'endure' over time and how does this differ from the construction of 'written histories'? Does the oral history interview minimize the role of the architectural historian and offer a more 'authentic account'? Does the popularity of oral history feed into the critical regionalism-bias, offering a more diversified and often more place-based understanding of post-war modernism or, does it conversely support claims of growing globalization in modern architecture? How might oral history unsettle the very foundations of architectural historiography, for instance, does 'reliability' become an irrelevant concept or are these oral accounts in fact more rich, nuanced and idiosyncratic? And what role does oral history assume within the architectural archive?

    From an operational point of view, the oral history method also gives rise to a set of questions that mainly relate to the positioning of the interviewer vis-à-vis the interviewee. It is common knowledge that up until the 1970s architecture was a largely male-dominated profession. In recent decades however women have become much more visible in the discipline, not only in the architectural practice, but also in architectural history. Many women are - by extension - involved in oral history projects, which leads us to question what the importance is of (what might be called) the 'erotics' of oral history methodologies, especially if it is (young) women interviewing elderly men. Beyond sexual dynamics, how are these oral histories affected by cultural or political differences between the interviewer and the interviewee? ...In short, what does oral history contribute to the understanding of modern architecture and how much might be 'lost in conversation'?

    These questions will be explored at a one-day conference, 'Lost in Conversation: Constructing the Oral History of Modern Architecture', organised by the School of Architecture at the University of Queensland (Brisbane) on 1 November 2013. Abstracts for this conference are due in with Janina Gosseye (j.gosseye@uq.edu.au) by 12 July 2013. For more information, visit the Conference website.

    'Lost in Conversation' will then become the theme for Fabrications Vol. 24, No. 2. Papers for this issue of Fabrications are due in with guest editor, Janina Gosseye (j.gosseye@uq.edu.au) by 15 May 2014. Papers must conform with the Guidelines for Authors.

  • UNITE @ Payette

    Boston | Dates: 01 May, 2014

    Join Design Museum Boston’s next UNITE event at leading architectural design firm, Payette! We will gather for a panel discussion on collaborative generosity and organizational psychology led by IDEO’s Colin Raney. Come enjoy light refreshments, Harpoon Beer, non-alcoholic beverages while you question your current work environment. Free for Design Museum Boston members and $10 for non-members. This UNITE is part of ArtWeekBoston!

    Participating Panelists:

    • Elizabeth Kankainen, Designer at Payette and advocate for Young Leadership.
    • Rich Benoit, Workplace Consultant at Steelcase

    This UNITE will be hosted by Payette, leading architectural firm at their beautiful location in downtown Boston. Payette’s design approach focuses on the inhabitants of buildings, and they strive to create buildings that transcend function to transform places and improve people’s lives.

  • 2014 District of Columbia Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation

    Washington | Dates: 15 May, 2014

    Thursday, May 15, 2014 
    Daughters of the American Revolution
    Constitution Hall 
    1776 D Street, NW
    7:00pm – Ceremony
    Reception to Follow

    The DC Office of Planning, Historic Preservation Office and DC Preservation League cordially invite you to the 2014 District of Columbia Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation. Awards ceremony begins at 7:00 with a reception to follow.

    CLICK HERE to register.

    CLICK HERE to learn about sponsorship opportunities.

  • The Preservation of Clara Barton's Missing Soldiers' Office

    Washington | Dates: 30 Apr, 2014
    April 30, 2014
    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    The Octagon 
    1799 New York Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20005
    Join APT DC and GSA for a discussion at the Octagon Museum about the discovery, preservation and transformation of the rooms used by "the Angel of the Battlefield", Clara Barton, as her Missing Soldiers Office during the Civil War.

    $0.00 APT Member

    $10.00 Non-APT Member Ticket

    Join APT DC at the Octagon Museum for a presentation on the Preservation of Clara Barton's Missing Soldiers' Office. This presentation by Caroline Alderson and Beth Hannold from GSA’s Center for Historic Buildings will explore GSA's recently completed conservation, rehabilitation, and selective restoration of 437 Seventh Street, NW in Washington, DC, scheduled to open in May 2014 as Clara Barton’s Missing Soldiers Office Museum. Clara Barton lived and worked in the Seventh Street boardinghouse during and after the Civil War, prior to establishing the American Red Cross. GSA was preparing to sell the former Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation property for planned demolition and residential redevelopment when a cache of personal possessions discovered in the attic of the long vacant third floor revealed it to be the forgotten location of Clara Barton’s Civil-War era quarters and Missing Soldiers Office.

    Through a unique transfer, easement, operating agreement and public-private partnerships, the adaptive reuse and museum restoration have come to fruition with minimal federal funding. The project evolved continually as new evidence came to light, along with emerging restoration technologies and changing museum practices. The result is an authentic and visually compelling restoration with many opportunities for visitors to experience GSA’s discovery first hand.

    1 LU/HSW has been requested from AIA. If you would like AIA credits for the presentation, we are requesting a $5 donation to the Founder's Fund. More information on the Founder's Fund can be found here.

    Metered street parking is available beginning at 6:30. The presentation will begin at 6:45. The Octagon is also accessible from the Farrugut West Station (M:Blue/Orange, 18th Street Exit). Light refreshments will be served.

    Can't attend? See the "before and after" video provided by the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, MD.

  • ARLIS/NA 2014: Art + Politics

    Washington | Dates: 01 – 05 May, 2014


    I am delighted to invite you to participate in the 42nd Annual Conference of the Art Libraries Society of North America in Washington, DC exploring our theme, "Art+Politics." The conference will be held at the Grand Hyatt in downtown Washington from May 1-5, 2014. As the preeminent event for our organization of art and visual information professionals, the conference will provide attendees the occasion to connect with over 700 participants from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East and to interact with book dealers, book artists, systems vendors, and other exhibitors in our large exhibits hall. For the first time in the history of the Society, the conference will be held in the hometown of the sitting President, so I am even more excited to have you explore my Washington!

    The Grand Hyatt is located in downtown’s Penn Quarter (with a Metrorail red line station in the building) and is adjacent to the restaurants and nightlife of the popular Chinatown area, walking distance to the museums on the National Mall, a few stops on the Metro to Dupont Circle and only a short taxi ride to my own neighborhood in the hip and happening H Street NE corridor. Our conference committee hopes participants will take full advantage of the District’s many public transportation options that are located all around the hotel from the Metrorail and Metrobus to the Capital Bikeshare program. Come ready to traverse the city like a local!

    As the capital of the United States of America, Washington is a city blessed with impressive governmental cultural agencies like the National Gallery of Art, the museums and research centers of the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The District of Columbia is also fortunate to house many incredible private institutions like the Phillips Collection, the Folger Shakespeare Library, Hillwood Estate and Museum, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, the Kreeger Museum, and dozens of theatres and musical venues. We encourage you to extend your stay and explore the varied neighborhoods of the Capital city. Tours will vary from all-day explorations to short walking tours of nearby sites.

    In addition to the cultural life of the city, ARLIS/NA conferences offer many social highlights. Dumbarton Oaks will hold a reception and offer presentations exploring their many amazing research resources and collections on Friday, May 2. Our annual Convocation and Reception will be held on Saturday night at the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress and will be a truly special event where we will be addressed by Susan Stamberg, Special Correspondent for National Public Radio. Local architectural historian James M. Goode will present his latest research project on the historic residential architecture of Washington at our Membership Brunch on Sunday morning.

    The theme of the 42nd Annual Conference is "Art+Politics" and we have identified four intersections of these seemingly divergent realms: Of, By, and For the People; Fostering Creativity; Preserve and Protect; and Power and Agency. Papers and sessions will explore these ideas as well as address other library issues that affect us all from RDA implementation to copyright concerns. Our popular workshops will range from book arts to provenance research. Between thought provoking sessions, useful workshops, beautiful exhibits, fun social gatherings and diverse cultural offerings, it will be an exciting conference. I hope to see you here!


    Gregory P. J. Most

  • The Cultural Landscape Foundation Awarded $75,000 in National Endowment for the Arts Art Works Grants

    Dates: 16 Apr, 2014

    $75,000 in NEA Arts Works Grants Provide Funding for What’s Out There and the Pioneers of American Landscape Design Video Oral History Project

    Washington, DC (April 16, 2014) – The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) today announced it has been awarded two National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Art Works grants totaling $75,000.  The grants provide $35,000 to fund research and development for What’s Out There, a free, authoritative, profusely illustrated, searchable online database of the nation’s designed landscapes; and $40,000 for the completion of interviews and related activities for the Pioneer of American Landscape Design Video Oral History Project, which documents, collects, and preserves first-hand information from pioneering landscape architects. 

    “We are honored the NEA has chosen to award What’s Out There and the Pioneers Video Oral History Projectcritically needed funding,” said Charles A. Birnbaum, TCLF’s founder and president. "TCLF will now be able to chronicle Texas’ designed landscape legacy, continue work on several oral histories and optimize the entire oral history series for smartphones and similar handheld devices.”

    Funding for What’s Out There (WOT)

    WOT currently features more than 1,500 site descriptions with 750 landscape architect and designer profiles, all illustrated by more than 10,000 images. The program not only raises awareness about the diversity of designed landscapes in our midst, it also provides a critical context for historians, inspires design professionals through its extensive image archive, and enhances local and regional heritage tourism efforts.  WOT includes a concise glossary of 27 landscape types (e.g. park) and 49 sub-types (e.g. large municipal park) and 14 styles (e.g. Prairie style), which create a framework for the site descriptions and designer profiles. Each WOT entry includes a 200-word description of the site’s design history, six to eight photos, categorization into the appropriate landscape type, style, and designer, an interactive map (providing context with other nearby sites), and a Web link for additional information.  WOT has also been optimized for iPhones and similar handheld devices and includes What’s Nearby, a GPS-enabled function that locates all sites in the database within a 25-mile radius of any given location.

    In the past few years, state-specific efforts have added considerably to the database. TCLF’s partnership with the Maine Historical Society and funded with a previous NEA grant produced more than 150 WOT entries, and another NEA grant is currently funding a similar effort in Virginia.  TCLF is now planning to focus on Texas’s landscape legacy and has already secured the participation of students and faculty from the State’s four university landscape architecture programs - at University of Texas at Austin and Arlington, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech - and partner organizations with complementary missions to identify, research and photograph sites, and collaboratively vet and post them to WOT to share with the public.

    Funding for The Pioneers of American Landscape Design Video Oral History Series

    The Pioneer of American Landscape Design Video Oral History Projectlaunched in 2003, is the leading collection of video-recorded oral histories documenting the lives and careers of significant and influential landscape architects, in their own words. Each oral history features first person interviews with the subjects in their homes and/or studios and offices, interviews with colleagues and/or family (as appropriate), archival material, as well as location shoots at significant built works.

    A portion of this grant will be used to conduct an oral history with Philadelphia landscape architect Harriet Pattison. Over the course of her half-century career, Pattison collaborated with some of the most notable architects of the 20th century, including Robert Venturi and Louis I. Kahn (her son, Nathaniel Kahn, created the documentary “My Architect” about Louis Kahn).  Grant funds will also be used to complete oral histories from existing footage for landscape architects Robert Royston and Ruth Shellhorn. These two designers, based in Northern and Southern California, respectively, were responsible for some of the state’s best-known public spaces.  The remainder of the grant will be used to optimize the series for iPhones, iPads and similar handheld devices, from which TCLF has received the greatest increase in traffic to its Web site.

    About the National Endowment for the Arts Art Works grants

    Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancement of the livability of communities through the arts.  The NEA received 1,515 eligible applications under the Art Works category, requesting more than $76 million in funding. Of those applications, 886 are recommended for grants for a total of $25.8 million.

    For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA Web site athttp://arts.gov.

    About The Cultural Landscape Foundation

    The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) is a 16-year-old 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation that provides people with the ability to see, understand and value landscape architecture and its practitioners, in the way many people have learned to do with buildings and their designers.  Through its Web site, lectures, outreach and publishing, TCLF broadens the support and understanding for cultural landscapes nationwide to help safeguard our priceless heritage for future generations. TCLF makes a special effort to heighten the awareness of those who impact cultural landscapes, assist groups and organizations working to increase the appreciation and recognition of cultural landscapes, and develop educational tools for young people to better connect them to their cultural landscape environs. 

  • How To Make Waste Public: Experiments With Infrastructure

    Los Angeles | Dates: 19 Apr – 25 May, 2014

    Curatorial Residency & Symposium

    Skylight Space, WUHO

    Resident: Curt Gambetta, Woodbury School of Architecture

    WUHO Gallery
    April 19-May 25
    Symposium & Opening
    Saturday, 19 April, 6:00-8:00 PM

    How to Make Waste Public is a curatorial residency about architectural and artistic experiments with the consequences of society’s waste-making. Culturally, waste is understood as a largely private dilemma—a moral and technological responsibility of private individuals and increasingly large private corporations. Furthermore, its smells, toxins and byproducts are bagged, pressed and sent to the periphery of cities and economies. In these and other ways, waste remains an open secret, a process that society participates in but rarely acknowledges. In response, the residency examines artistic, architectural and scholarly practices that question this veil of secrecy. Seen together, these practices propose that waste is a cultural and spatial problem as much as a technical issue. Alongside a salon of design research conducted in collaboration with architecture students at Woodbury University and the Buffalo School of Architecture, it will explore practices such as architecture, video and land art from the past few decades, examining the aesthetic and spatial possibilities of making waste public.

    Open studio, 1-6pm: dates TBA

    Rear Gallery, WUHO

    Saturday, April 19
    1:30-6:00 PM


    Lydia Kallipoliti (Syracuse University and Cooper Union)
    Mariana Moglievich (New York University)
    Margo Handwerker (UCLA)
    Maite Zubiarrue (UCLA)
    Curt Gambetta (Woodbury University)

    The symposium will bring into conversation critical perspectives on artistic and architectural interventions into the waste stream. It will discuss a number of sites of cultural and spatial experimentation, including experiments with materiality, the design of facilities and cultural norms about waste making and disposal. In juxtaposing practices that span art, pedagogy and architectural practice, the panel will reflect on the multivalent role of experimentation with the consequences of abject, dangerous substances such as garbage. If knowledge about waste and its consequences is increasingly invisible and complex, how do experimental practices open up the world of waste to new forms of inquiry, invention and urban experience?

    Opening Reception

  • Lecture: Momoyo Kaijima, “The Found”

    Princeton | Dates: 30 Apr, 2014

    4/30 - The Found
    Momoyo Kaijima
    Architect, Atelier Bow Wow, Toyko

    In the Spring term of 2014, the Princeton School of Architecture will continue the series of lectures and public debates about the aesthetics of the Rarefied: what is the architecture that grows in a resource-depleted environment? Rarefied aims to capture an environment, an atmosphere of asphyxia which surrounds a practice driven by the lack of financial credit and natural resources. Which are the practices and the aesthetics that will succeed these decades of excess, and the architecture that results from them?

    The Rarefied sessions are set in a round-table format where speakers join Princeton SoA faculty members and selected graduate students in a studio-like environment. The lectures will be streamed online for the general public from the Princeton School of Architecture home page.  Every session will be focused on a particular modality of the Rarefied.

    All lectures take place at 6:00 PM in room N107, Architecture Building. For additional information please call 609-258-3741, e-mail soa@princeton.edu, or visit soa.princeton.edu. Lectures made possible by the Jean Labatut Memorial Lecture Fund. The School of Architecture, Princeton University, is registered with the AIA Continuing Education System (AIA/CES) and is committed to developing quality learning activities in accordance with the AIA/CES criteria.