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  • SKY HIGH & the logic of luxury

    New York | Dates: 09 Oct, 2013 – 30 Apr, 2014

    SKY HIGH & the logic of luxury
    October 9th, 2013 through April 2014
    Museum hours are 12-6 PM, Wednesday-Sunday.

    Click here to view the virtual exhibition

    SKY HIGH examines the recent proliferation of super-slim, ultra-luxury residential towers on the rise in Manhattan. These pencil-thin buildings-all 50 to 90+ stories-constitute a new type of skyscraper in a city where tall, slender structures have a long history.

    Sophisticated engineering and advances in material strengths have made these spindles possible, but it is the excited market for premium Manhattan real estate that is driving both heights and prices skyward, Reported sales seem almost inconceivable: some penthouses in the buildings featured here are in contract for $47 million to $95 million.

    The rarified geographies of where these projects take shape and the economics of high land costs, high-style design and construction, and stratospheric sales prices are deconstructed. The buildings featured include the super-slender towers of the "57th Street phenomenon"-432 Park Avenue, One57, and the feather-thin 111 West 57th scheme-as well as downtown's 56 Leonard, the Four Seasons at 30 Park Place, and the planned Tower D in Hudson Yards.

    Ultra-luxury is a distinct clientele, to which the towers' developers direct their branding and marketing psychology. But there is also a "simple math" in the logic of luxury that shapes the design of these projects in every aspect.

    The exhibition is organized around a series of themes and featured projects. It begins with a history of slenderness and examines the special engineering issues, wind tunnel testing, and damping devices against sway that must be designed for tall and very thin structures. The "invisible Monopoly game" of assembling contiguous lots and piling up air rights, the options for optimizing floor plans and ceiling heights, and the simulation of views and lifestyles of the future domiciles in showrooms and on websites are other topics.

  • Wolfsonian-FIU Fellowship Program

    Miami Beach | Dates: 09 Oct – 31 Dec, 2013
    The Wolfsonian-Florida International University is a museum and research center that promotes the examination of modern visual and material culture. The focus of the Wolfsonian collection is on North American and European decorative arts, propaganda, architecture, and industrial and graphic design of the period 1885-1945. The collection includes works on paper (including posters, prints and design drawings), furniture, paintings, sculpture, glass, textiles, ceramics, lighting and other appliances, and many other kinds of objects. The Wolfsonian’s library has approximately 50,000 rare books, periodicals, and ephemeral items.

    The Wolfsonian has significant resources for the study of American culture and politics. The Wolfsonian’s holdings of material from American world’s fairs, including publications, ephemera and objects, is among the richest and broadest anywhere in the country. Both the Arts & Crafts movement and industrial design in the US are well-represented by objects and rare publications. The Wolfsonian, in addition, has many objects – including fine arts, ceramics, textiles, posters, prints, and mural studies for public buildings – produced under the auspices of New Deal agencies.

    Other collection strengths include propaganda from the First and Second World Wars; publications relating to the physical culture movement in the US; rare books and journals about decorative arts, architecture, and city planning; graphic art and illustration from the American left; travel advertising, especially for railroads; trade catalogs; and several collections of architectural plans and renderings.

    The Wolfsonian’s library has a large collection of publications relating to the physical culture movement in the United States. These include fitness and nudist magazines, advertisements for health resorts, and books about exercise, nutrition, and health.

    Besides material from the United States, the Wolfsonian also has extensive holdings from the Great Britain, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands. There are also smaller but significant collections of materials from a number of other countries, including Austria, Czechoslovakia, France, Japan, the former Soviet Union and Hungary.

    Fellowships are intended to support full-time research, generally for a period of three to five weeks. The program is open to holders of master’s or doctoral degrees, Ph.D. candidates, and to others who have a significant record of professional achievement in relevant fields. Applicants are encouraged to discuss their project with the Fellowship Coordinator prior to submission to ensure the relevance of their proposals to the Wolfsonian’s collection.

    The application deadline is December 31, for residency during the 2014-2015 academic year.
  • Living and Learning: The Architecture of Housing and Schools – Providing Access to the Records of Two Architects

    Dates: 09 Oct, 2013
    The Environmental Design Archives (EDA) at the University of California, Berkeley is pleased to announce the completion of a 12-month project funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) (http://www.archives.gov/nhprc/).

    The project titled: Living and Learning: The Architecture of Housing and Schools – Providing Access to the Records of Two Architects resulted in the archival processing of the Ernest J. Kump and Charles Warren Callister collections spanning the years 1928-2007.

    These records have been arranged, described, preserved, and are now available for research. Information and user-friendly project indexes are available on the EDA website (www.ced.berkeley.edu/cedarchives/) through the list of collections. Complete finding aids are available on the Online Archive of California (www.oac.cdlib.org).

    In addition to the published finding aid, an innovative use of Google mapping was implemented to highlight Kump’s numerous educational projects around the world. Given that most architectural collections contain large quantities of slides, a visual index of project slides was developed by Visual Resources Librarian Jason Miller to facilitate research and selection for future digitization. To view this map and the slide index, please visit his information page on the Environmental Design website at http://www.ced.berkeley.edu/cedarchives/profiles/KumpJr.html.

    Architects Ernest J. Kump (1911-1999) and Charles Warren Callister (1917-2008) left a significant legacy on the cultural landscape locally, nationally, and internationally in the areas of housing and education. These two collections are comprised of more than 300 linear feet including more than 500 tubes and contain sketches, personal notebooks, lectures, correspondence, drawings, photographs, and project files, provide a wealth of material that encourages understanding of the design aesthetic of the era and supports increasing scholarly interest in educational buildings, multi-unit residencies, midcentury design, and regional modernism.
  • _Religion and the Arts_

    Chestnut Hill, 02467 | Dates: 09 Oct – 31 Dec, 2013
    _Religion and the Arts_, a scholarly journal from Boston College seeks book reviewers and manuscript reviewers in the fields of Religion and Architecture, from all periods. Prospective reviewers should have an active research or writing agenda and have completed a doctorate or other terminal degree; clergy and secondary school teachers are welcome. Please email a cv and brief description of your interests to James Najarian, editor, at relarts@bc.edu