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  • CALL FOR PAPERS. BITÁCORA 29: ARCHITECTURE, CITY AND LIGHT

    Dates: 01 – 15 Sep, 2014
    From XIX century onwards the effervescence produced by technological development made itself clear in Western culture. The creation of new theories, devises, systems and artifacts, all of them illuminated by the light of Science, redefined collective imaginary, with a new perspective of society’s environment and reality. In this context, light –always present in Human Kind’s history–was theorized, manipulated and rethought as one of the main subjects of the formal discourse of western culture. Representations and social forms, along with its architecture and cities, were never the same again. Under the light of such ideas as progress, welfare, hygiene, security –sometimes used correctly, sometimes manipulated for the worse, but always present throughout modernity– architecture, city planning and design have played a decisive part in this development. This and other issues will be discussed in Bitácora’s next edition.
  • Museums: Building Collections, Building Community

    Seattle | Dates: 03 – 05 Oct, 2014
    This year is the 60th Anniversary of the Marion Dean Ross Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. In organizing this conference, we realized that Seattle has recently opened an unparalleled number of museums devoted to history in historic buildings, thus the theme for this year's conference became obvious. To celebrate our anniversary year, we have three paper sessions instead of the standard two. And for our final day on Sunday, we have reserved the whole day for Bainbridge Island. We hope you can join us for a conference to remember in Seattle! Go to http://www.sahmdr.org/conference.html for the full program, visit our blog at http://sahmdr.wordpress.com/ or friend us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/102523171987/
  • CFP. The Second Euroacademia International Conference ‘Identities and Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities‘, Florence, 17 – 18 October 2014

    Florence | Dates: 17 – 18 Oct, 2014
    The Second Euroacademia International Conference ‘Identities and Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities’ Florence, Italy Villa Victoria – Palazzo dei Congressi 17 – 18 October 2014 CALL FOR PAPERS Deadline for Paper Proposals: 12 September 2014
  • Conference, "Identity, Sovereignty, and Global Politics in the Building of Baghdad: From Revolution to the Gulf War and Beyond"

    Cambridge | Dates: 18 – 20 Sep, 2014
    Using the history of urban development in Baghdad as a reference point, this conference examines the extent to which interventions intended to modernize and integrate different populations in the city were part of a larger process of negotiating competing visions of political economy, sovereignty, and identity in post-WWII Iraq. By gathering political scientists, architectural and urban historians, and scholars of Iraq and the larger Arab world, the conference engages theoretical and empirical questions about the ruptures and continuities of Baghdad’s urban and political history, using the built environment of the city as a canvas for understanding struggles over Iraq’s position in a global context shaped by ongoing war tensions (from the Cold War to the Gulf War and beyond) to more recent Middle East conflicts
  • Medieval Urban Planning: Beyond the Monastery??

    Kalamazoo | Dates: 30 Aug – 15 Sep, 2014
    ICMA Sponsored Session International Congress on Medieval Studies Kalamazoo, MI, May, 14-17, 2015
  • Re-scaling the Environment: New Landscapes of Design, 1960-1980

    Zurich | Dates: 29 – 30 Nov, 2014
    The years between 1960 and 1980 were a period of a hitherto unknown scale of building production both in East and West Europe. The rhetoric of "great numbers", "no-stop city" or "megastructure" reveal the advent of new dimensions in architectural thinking. The shift from objects to processes, systems and networks went hand in hand with rapid modernization and gave rise of technocratic concepts and utopian ideals. Economic recession and social upheavals fueled a crisis-consciousness from 1968 on, leading to a widespread criticism of modernization and modern architecture which can be seen as a counter-current to the temptations on bigness.
  • Historic Landscapes Symposium

    Wilmington | Dates: 15 – 17 Oct, 2014
    "Telling the Garden's Story" is a professional development symposium hosted by the Historic Landscapes section of the American Public Gardens Association at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library.
  • Call for Papers: Copies, Copyright, & Preservation (Future Anterior Journal)

    New York | Dates: 29 Aug – 15 Sep, 2014
    Future Anterior invites essays that explore the relationship between copyright and preservation from a historical, theoretical and critical perspective. Both copyright and preservation laws are aimed at protecting unique human achievements, but they point to different, even opposing threats. Whereas copyright is meant to protect private interests from public encroachments, preservation mostly aims to safeguard the public interest against private forces. But as the categories of private and public are redrawn under the pressures of globalization, what challenges and opportunities lay ahead for preservation?
  • CFP: 52nd International Making Cities Livable Conference on Achieving Green Healthy Cities

    Bristol | Dates: 31 Oct, 2014

    By 2050, 70% of the world’s population will live in urban areas. The largest migration of people in human history is taking place, from rural areas to cities – cities must provide the solutions that will make us more resilient, healthy and sustainable.

    Bristol joins the roll-call of cities across the world working hard to find the solutions and I am very pleased to announce that the 52nd International Making Cities Livable Conference will take place in Bristol on June 29 – July 3, 2015.

    Having been awarded European Green Capital 2015, the theme of this year’s conference ‘Achieving Green Healthy Cities’ is an important one for Bristol. This award was a momentous achievement for Bristol and together as a city we are working to change the way people think about what we value.

    Bristol is already a byword for ‘green city’; it has the highest rate of commuting on foot and by bike of any local authority in England and Wales, one third of Bristol is ‘green and blue’ open space, waste produced by citizens has reduced by 27%, recycling and composting has gone from 13% to 50%, and over 50,000 residents each year are involved in green initiatives and groups, and growing.

    The ideas and innovations of Achieving Green Healthy Cities are essential for making our cities ‘fit for life’ and sustainable for the future. Bristol is a living laboratory for green ideas and I’m delighted that we have the chance to host the IMCL Conference. I welcome you to Bristol and invite everyone to take part in a unique opportunity to inspire us all to innovate, grow and improve the quality of life, in the UK and worldwide.

    George Ferguson, CBE
    Mayor of Bristol

  • Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) (Sydney, 7-10 July 15)

    Sydney | Dates: 07 – 10 Jul, 2015
    The 32nd Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ), will be held in Sydney, Australia, from the 7-10 July 2015. It will be devoted to an exploration of the theme ‘Architecture, Institutions and Change’. We warmly welcome paper abstract submissions from members of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH).

    For the Call for Papers, please see the SAHANZ website: www.sahanz.net.
    Deadline for abstracts October 6, 2014
    Dr Paul Hogben (PaulH@fbe.unsw.edu.au) and Dr Judith O’Callaghan (JudithO@fbe.unsw.edu.au) SAHANZ 2015 Conference Convenors

    During the 1960s and 1970s, the probity and relevance of the institutional model in most areas of life were called into question. Of particular significance were Michel Foucault’s studies of forms of institutionalised care and organised supervision which he associated with the exercise of dominance, surveillance and control – famously represented in physical form by the Panopticon (Discipline and Punish, 1975). While alternative models were and have been sought, few institutions were totally disassembled or abandoned. In fact, many of those that weathered the storm, especially within the financial sector, appear to have become larger, more dominant and more powerful.

    Recent scrutiny of the abuses of power by religious clergy, politicians and corporate bodies has however lent impetus to the ongoing historical and theoretical investigation of institutions and how they operate. Old concepts such as ideology and the agency-structure dialectic continue to inform discussion, as does the consideration of new forces such as the internet which has complicated our conception of the social domain.

    It is timely therefore to renew the discussion of the role and status of architecture in its relationship to the institutional realm, especially around questions of change and transformation. What ideals, principles and values have underpinned the architecture of institutional organisations and constructions in the past and have these changed in recent times? How has the role of architecture in the consolidation and exercise of institutionalised power and authority changed? What role can architecture play in the reconceptualisation of institutions? As was the case with Foucault, there will be conceptions of historical continuity and discontinuity as well as historical method that need to be considered.

    The 32nd Annual SAHANZ Conference to be held in Sydney in July 2015 will be devoted to the exploration of architecture and institutions. Papers are invited that examine and reflect on various aspects and examples of this theme within different cultural contexts. There are many ways that this can be approached through a focus on the history of institutional building types and collectives, organisations, practices, customs, pedagogy and critique as suggested by the following sub-themes:

    • Architecture and large institutional complexes, for example, architecture and the State, architecture and religious organisations
    • Building types and building collectives, for example, educational buildings, hospitals, prisons, government buildings, art galleries, university campuses, military campuses, sacred buildings
    • Professional organisations, for example, institutes of architects and their history
    • The history of architectural and design education
    • Intellectual and disciplinary histories, including architectural history and its institutional underpinnings
    • Architecture and the concept of the public good
    • The reform and/or reconceptualisation of the institution and its implications for architecture
    • Alternatives to the institutional model
    • The anti-institutional, for example, the counter-cultural movements of the 1960s and 1970s
  • Elizabeth Diller: Beyond the Blueprints

    Chicago | Dates: 09 – 09 Nov, 2014

    Sunday, November 9
    10:00-11:00 a.m.

    CHF Members: $15
    General Public: $20
    Students & Teachers: $10

    Purchase Tickets Online

    Tickets go on sale to CHF members on Tuesday, September 2, at 10 a.m. and to the general public on Monday, September 8, at 10 a.m.



    Elizabeth Diller is one of the visionaries of American architecture. A founding partner of the New York–based design studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R), she is responsible for an array of astonishing projects: New York City’s High Line, Boston’s Institute for Contemporary Art, and The Broad Museum in Los Angeles. Join the MacArthur Fellow for a wide-ranging conversation on the role of architecture in contemporary life with University of Illinois architectural historian Dianne Harris.

    This program is part of the 25th Chicago Humanities Festival - Journeys. Presented in partnership with the Society of Architectural Historians and the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University.

    Speakers


    Elizabeth Diller
     is a founding principal of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, an interdisciplinary design studio that integrates architecture, the visual arts, and the performing arts. DS+R’s completed projects include the Lincoln Center renovation and High Line in New York; the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston; the Creative Arts Center at Brown University; and Blur, designed for the 2002 Swiss Expo. She was the first MacArthur Fellow in the discipline of architecture. She is a graduate of the Cooper Union School of Architecture and a professor of architecture at Princeton University.


    Dianne Harris
     is director of the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities and a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is an architectural historian who specializes in the study of suburbs and suburban houses in the postwar United States. Her most recent publication is Little White Houses: How the Postwar House Constructed Race in America. Harris is a past president of the Society of Architectural Historians.



  • Substance Abuse: Various Exotic States of Manipulated Matter

    New York | Dates: 09 Sep, 2014

    AIA CES: 1.5 LU | 1.5 HSW

    When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

    Where: At The Center   

    Join AIANY Technology Committee for a conversation with Peter Yeadon, AIA.

    Nanotechnology involves the observation and manipulation of matter at the scale of individual molecules. Its products are functional systems that operate at the very root of substances, allowing us to create new materials and devices with unprecedented properties and performance. Because its fundamental objective is the complete control of matter, nanotechnology is considered to be a disruptive field that offers numerous disciplines new paradigms for shaping our physical reality. In architecture, as in most sectors, it is expected to spur invention in a manner that surpasses mere incremental innovation, and form the basis for the next industrial revolution.

    This presentation will provide an introduction to nanotechnology, and some of the products of nanotechnology that are already being used in architecture. From smog-eating facades, fire resistant coatings, and biomimetic surfaces, to antimicrobial environments, energy harvesters, and smart materials, we will learn about nanotech’s discreet emergence in architecture through the manufactured products it utilizes. We will also learn about some advanced materials that are already being exploited by other design disciplines, and technologies that are poised for application in the built environment. We will also witness some recent materials research that focuses on energy, water, health, and environmental issues. The presentation will conclude with new material discoveries and molecular machines that offer designers a future of promise and problems.

    Peter Yeadon AIA, Principal, Yeadon Space Agency, NYC, and Professor, Rhode Island School of Design
    Peter Yeadon is Principal at Yeadon Space Agency in New York City. He is known for his pursuit of new applications for advanced materials in architecture and design, particularly smart materials, biomaterials, and nanomaterials with novel properties. He is also a Professor at Rhode Island School of Design, where he has taught courses on smart materials and nanomaterials since 2002. He and his students investigate the properties of these materials, discover their capabilities, devise applications for them, and fabricate prototypes that demonstrate their potential. Prior to his appointment at RISD, Yeadon taught at Cornell University and the University of Toronto.

    Organized by: AIANY Technology Committee
    Price: Free

  • AIA Portland Homes Tour: Crafted + Creative Urban Infill

    Portland | Dates: 11 Oct, 2014

    The American Institute of Architects’ Portland chapter this fall will host a home tour highlighting urban infill projects.

    The self-guided “AIA Portland Homes Tour: Crafted + Creative Urban Infill” will take place on Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and feature eight contemporary homes in the city, said Amy Dragon, membership director for AIA Portland. A committee of AIA members selected the homes – all completed either this year or last year – as prime examples of custom urban infill projects designed in harmony with inner Portland neighborhoods, she said.

    The tour is open to the public, but it’s especially valuable to members of the Portland-area design community, Dragon said.

    “It’s a great opportunity for architects to go see what their peers are feeling are examples of good design,” she said.

    Tour participants will receive a printed booklet with maps and descriptions of each home. The projects’ owners or architects will be available during the tour to answer questions.

    Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online at aiaportland.org.

  • Sleep 2014: The Hotel Design Event

    London | Dates: 26 – 27 Nov, 2014

    Europe’s leading exhibition and conference for the hotel design, development and architectural community.

    Sleep is an annual meeting place for the global design community, where designers, architects, hotel owners, developers, operators and investors join with one common objective – to source and knowledge share for the design and creation of stunning hotel environments.

    The Sleep Event in 2014 will represent the very best in hotel design excellence, with an edited exhibition of the finest international product suppliers, curated concept spaces and high-level complimentary Conference. Network with your peers and build new business relationships to take you through to 2015 and beyond.

    Sleep is London’s leading hotel design show and runs for two days, from Wednesday 26 November to Thursday 27 November at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London N1 0QH.

    Visit Sleep 2014 for a unique experience that will inspire hotel interiors across the globe.

  • The anatomy of a building: Denys Lasdun and the Royal College of Physicians

    London | Dates: 08 Sep, 2014 – 13 Feb, 2015
    Discover London’s most extraordinary building and the art of modern architecture. A unique exhibition marking the centenary of visionary architect Sir Denys Lasdun in his modernist masterpiece the Royal College of Physicians, which turns 50 this year.
  • Learning from the Reservation: Using the Traditional Cultural Place Perspective for Better Decision Making in a Diverse Cultural Landscape

    Dover | Dates: 23 – 25 Apr, 2015
    April 23-25, 2015, Delaware State University The National Council for Preservation Education is hosting a conference to highlight and share the innovative work that applies the Traditional Cultural Place perspective beyond its application to Native American historic resources to identify, document and mitigate impacts to properties important to other cultural groups. The issue of diversity in historic preservation, in terms of landscape associations, culture, and practice, is a critical and complicated one. This conference will provide a forum for the discussion of how issues of diversity challenge the application of conventional methods of identification, documentation and mitigation. The historic resources to be discussed at this conference are best described as Traditional Cultural Places (TCPs), a term most often applied to those properties of importance to Native American/Indian Tribes and Native Hawaiian Organizations. The title, Learning from the Reservation, pays homage to the perspective of the sovereign nations who deal with the impact of the dominant American culture on their land and community. The cultural groups being discussed at this forum can benefit from the hard work and legacy of the application of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) through the lens of the Tribal Preservation programs. The most challenging historic resources are those that continue to function into the present in the same manner as they were in the past, protected by groups who continue to manage and preserve their culture. As practitioners, we have a challenge to assist these living historic communities with getting the recognition and protections of the NHPA in ways that actually protect what the community values about their places. What constitutes physical integrity when a property is continuing to be used as it was historically? What alternative documentation strategies have worked? The goal of this conference is to bring together practitioners who have wrestled with these issues to discuss the challenges faced in an open and supportive environment, to share solutions, and have a dialog with the National Park Service, State Historic Preservation Offices, preservation practitioners and the cultural communities who need the protections of the NHPA. Written and revised in the 1990s, the National Register of Historic Places Bulletin 38, Guidelines for Evaluating and Documenting Traditional Cultural Properties provided an approach to tribal preservation issues and alluded to the application of these principles to non- Native American properties. The application and acceptance of these guidelines was without much further guidance or framework for the preservation practitioners to use. Bulletin 38 is under revision by the National Park Service staff, providing an opportune time to discuss the issues of the application of these principles and hear the NPS perspective on where this approach is headed. The conference will be organized around a single track of papers focused on three aspects of working with non-traditional Traditional Cultural Places: Identification, Documentation, and Mitigation. Confirmed speakers include: preservation consultant, blogger and Bulletin 38 co-author Tom King; consultant, professor and visionary, Ned Kaufman; and National Register and National Historic Landmark Program Manager Paul Loether. Papers can address all three topics but must focus primarily on one aspect. A stipend to cover travel expenses will be offered to all successful paper authors to facilitate participation in this event. Paper proposals should be no more than 400 words in length, and should be accompanied by a one-page c.v. Submit paper proposals by October 15, 2014, via email to Rebecca Sheppard, rjshep@udel.edu and Jeremy Wells, jwells@rwu.edu. Authors will be notified by November 30, 2014, regarding acceptance of papers. Full drafts of selected papers will be due by February 1, 2015. For information about the conference, contact Robin Krawitz via email at rkrawitz@desu.edu or 302-857-7139. Conference sponsors include: the National Council for Preservation Education, Delaware State University, the University of Delaware, Roger Williams University, the Delaware State Historic Preservation Office and Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, and the Historic Preservation Education Foundation.
  • Living on the Edge: Strategies for Building and Preserving Resilient Coastal Communities

    Galveston | Dates: 08 – 10 Oct, 2014

    Galveston Historical Foundation’s Center for Coastal Heritage, in partnership with University of Texas Medical Branch’s Center in Environmental Toxicology, is organizing a three day conference on coastal resilience.

    The conference will provide a platform to discuss the challenges and strategies for building and preserving a resilient Gulf Coast. We will explore the connections between the natural environment and the cultural heritage of coastal populations.

  • Historic Windows: Managing for Preservation, Maintenance, and Energy Conservation

    Madison | Dates: 16 – 17 Sep, 2014

    Historic windows are both critical components of a building’s weather envelope and valuable character-defining features worth retaining for architectural and environmental reasons. Learn about the rich history and variety of wood, steel, and aluminum windows and construction methodology. Explore the maintenance and rehabilitation techniques that allow windows to have long and sustainable service lives. Review energy conservation and economic issues as factors facing managers in the restore-or-replace debate and regulations relating to preservation of these assets.

    Confirmation of registration is sent out to registered participants one month prior to the seminar date. The confirmation includes the seminar location, hours, and a list of conveniently located hotels. Seminars generally are held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is recommended at least 6 weeks prior to the seminar to secure a place and to avoid cancellations due to low enrollment.


  • The City Lost and Found: Capturing New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, 1960–1980

    Chicago | Dates: 26 Oct, 2014 – 11 Jan, 2015

    The American city of the 1960s and 1970s experienced seismic physical changes and social transformations, from urban decay and political protests to massive highways that threatened vibrant neighborhoods. Nowhere was this sense of crisis more evident than in the country’s three largest cities: New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Yet in this climate of uncertainty and upheaval, the streets and neighborhoods of these cities offered places where a host of different actors—photographers, artists, filmmakers, planners, and activists—could transform these conditions of crisis into opportunities for civic discourse and creative expression.

    The City Lost and Found is the first exhibition to explore this seminal period through the emergence of new photographic and cinematic practices that reached from the art world to the pages of Life magazine. Instead of aerial views and sweeping panoramas, photographers and filmmakers turned to in-depth studies of streets, pedestrian life, neighborhoods, and seminal urban events, like Bruce Davidson’s two-year study of a single block in Harlem, East 100th Street (1966–68). These new forms of photography offered the public a complex image of urban life and experience while also allowing architects, planners, and journalists to imagine and propose new futures for American cities.

    Drawn from the Art Institute’s holdings, as well as from more than 30 collections across the United States, this exhibition brings together a large range of media, from slideshows and planning documents to photo collage and artist books. The City Lost and Found showcases important bodies of work by renowned photographers and photojournalists such as Thomas Struth, Martha Rosler, and Barton Silverman, along with artists known for their profound connections to place, such as Romare Bearden in New York and ASCO in Los Angeles. In addition, projects like artist Allan Kaprow’s Chicago happening, Moving, and architect Shadrach Wood’s hybrid plan for SoHo demonstrate how photography and film were used in unconventional ways to make critical statements about the stakes of urban change. Blurring traditional boundaries between artists, activists, planners, and journalists, The City Lost and Found offers an unprecedented opportunity
    to experience the deep interconnections between art practices and the political, social, and geographic realities of American cities in the 1960s and 1970s.

    The City Lost and Found: Capturing New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, 1960–1980is organized by the Art Institute of Chicago and the Princeton University Art Museum.

  • Daniel Burnham Forum on Big Ideas: Building Cities with Private Capital for Public Goods

    Washington | Dates: 28 – 28 Sep, 2014

    Both the private and philanthropic sectors are increasingly important to major public building projects as foundations, investment banks, private equity firms, and individual corporations become directly involved in re-shaping our cities. As this trend increases, so too do questions about public participation and overall effectiveness. The Forum examines these issues from the perspective both of those making the investments and communities welcoming new partners. Rep. John Delaney (D-MD) is invited to give remarks and incoming APA president William AndersonFAICP, moderates a panel discussion.

    1.0 LU HSW (AIA) / 1.0 CM (AICP) / 1.0 PDH (LA CES)

    $10 Museum or APA member & Student, $15 Non-member. Prepaid registration required. Walk-in registration based on availability.

    Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Registration is for event planning purposes only and does not guarantee a seat. Online registration for Museum programs closes at midnight the day before the scheduled program.

    The Museum's award-winning Shop and Firehook Café are open for one hour prior to the start of the program. Shop and Café hours are subject to change.

    Photo: NYC Skyline from Weehawken, NJ #7. Photo by flickr user Gabriel Argudo Jr.

    Date: Sunday, September 28, 2014 
    Time: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM