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  • The Monuments Men and the National Gallery of Art

    Washington | Dates: 11 Feb – 01 Sep, 2014

    During World War II, as part of the military’s Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives (MFAA) program, American art historians, museum and art professionals, and archivists were deployed as military officers to protect works of art, historical buildings and monuments, and archives in war theaters throughout western Europe. The National Gallery of Art was deeply involved in these efforts.

    Through photographs, documents, and memorabilia, many never before exhibited, this archival display describes the seminal role the National Gallery of Art played in the creation of the MFAA and the Roberts Commission, and explores the experiences of a few of the real-life monuments men.

  • AIA|LA 2014 Restaurant Design Awards Call for Entries

    Los Angeles | Dates: 11 Feb – 01 Apr, 2014

    AIA|LA is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of honoring the best-designed restaurants in not only Los Angeles, but around the world. For 10 years AIA|LA’s Restaurant Design Awards (RDAs) have honored excellence in restaurant design. From the quirky bar lounge to the high-end stream lined dining experience. We love you all.

    Continuing this tradition, we are proud to announce the Call for Entry to the 10th Annual AIA|LA Restaurant Design Awards, opening Tuesday, February 11, 2014.

    AIA|LA is looking for individuals and practices (both restaurant owners and architects/designers) for projects located in the United States or projects outside of the USA done by US-¬≠based architects/designers. Submissions are accepted in three main categories: restaurant, café/bar and lounge/nightclub.

    Claim a spot in the competition by Tuesday April 1, 2014.

    Important 2014 Dates

    February 11: Call for Entry Opens
    April 1: Registrations Due
    May 2: Materials Due
    May 20: People's Choice Voting Begins
    June 20: RDA Ceremony at Dwell on Design
    About the Restaurant Design Awards

    AIA|LA’s Restaurant Design Awards (RDA) honor excellence in restaurant design. The competition is open to all individuals and practices with both restaurant owners and architects/designers invited to submit.
    Either the project itself must be located in the United States or the submitting individual/firm must be US-based.

    Submissions are accepted in three main categories:

    • restaurants,
    • cafés/bars
    • lounges/nightclubs

    The annual RDA Ceremony recognizes both Jury Award Winners as well as People's Choice Award Winners, as selected by votes collected from the general public on the AIA|LA website.

  • Call for Abstracts: ARPA Journal/Applied Research Practices in Architecture

    Dates: 11 Feb – 01 Mar, 2014

    Research is everywhere. Architects incite action, design materials and archive cities. They capitalize upon the excess energy of practice to launch unsolicited experiments into the world, or sidestep clients by joining forces with government think tanks. Discussions from classrooms have found currency at town halls, and findings from construction sites have migrated into basement laboratories. Yet for all of its vitality, research eludes definition. The term describes everything and nothing, leaving its assumptions--the drive towards innovation, certainty, and influence, for example--unexamined.

    The ARPA Journal is a forum for debates on what is applied research in architecture. We scrutinize techniques of inquiry to examine their ethical stance and spark ideas for their potential transformation. If the term applied research conventionally describes a practice adulterated by practical concern or funding bias, the ARPA Journal asks how research can embrace its entangled nature, and experiment with the very problem of autonomy in application.

    Sign up here for The ARPA Journal mailling list to keep up with our upcoming issues and our calls for papers.

    Call for Abstracts: Issue One

    Architects experiment upon the world. Researchers reach outside the laboratory by co-opting existing structures of influence and crafting new techniques of engagement. The practice of human subject research has yielded the benefits of the polio vaccine and horrors of the Tuskegee experiments, reminding us that, as a former director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency once remarked, "When we fail, we fail big." Impacts are often unpredictable, but no less powerful. The Coney Islands of the world--experiments like practice drills for emergency conditions or special economic zones--leak beyond their proving grounds without any official sanction.

    Test Subjects, the inaugural issue of the ARPA Journal, focuses on the nature of application in architectural research. How do architects wield influence through research? As we weigh the risks and rewards of aggressive experimentation, how careful do we need to be? How do researchers maintain effects of their work, both intended and unintended? How does the agency of test subjects refigure the role of the expert in research?

    We seek thoughtful and playful approaches to applied research on the built environment. Contributions may include opinion pieces, examinations of pivotal moments in the history of applied research, investigations of the structures of research practice, research projects that critically apply risky practices, and design projects that have focused, experimental implications. Contributors are encouraged to demonstrate techniques and protocols in meticulous detail.


    To apply, submit the following in one pdf document (4MB max) to Janette Kim atjkk16@columbia.edu. Eligibility to contribute is not limited by institutional affiliation or area of expertise. Abstracts will be reviewed on a rotating basis. Once selected, contributors to Issue One must submit their completed materials by April 1, 2014.

    Info: Title; author name, bio and email, and submission type (critique or project)
    Abstract: 300 words maximum
    Images: 5 maximum, if applicable.
    Related work: Project websites or writing samples on related subjects, if applicable.

    Forthcoming topics include The Search Engine, Degrees of Certainty, Performance, and Archives.


    Innovation is nothing new in architecture, but has taken hold as a structured practice due to the rise of computing technologies--consider data mining, the search engine, and rapid prototyping. In parallel, architects have sought tools to grasp the volatility of markets and climates, and to capture phantom traces of neoliberal governance and mobile populations.

    Research makes explicit political, cultural and aesthetic narratives in the built environment by working with the very mechanisms through which such meanings take shape. Settlement patterns are recognized just as machines for material assembly are retooled. Quarantine practices are debated just as data are mapped at an unexpected scale. Techniques of inquiry are subject and method. Yet, if the tools of research are conditioned by the context of their formation, is there anything inherently compromised about drone mapping or genetic modification? Or about soliciting sponsorship from the US Department of Defense or DuPont? To accept or deny such models wholesale would be to reinforce an impossible division between a critical and a positivist model, between condemning the tools of power and unleashing them into the world unchecked. The real question, instead, is how researchers design the reach of their inquiry through aggressive action of their own.

    As an applied practice, research promises to engage contemporary actors, sites and techniques, combining experimentation with inquiry into researchers' ethical responsibility. Such reflection demands scrutiny of the practice's presumed tenets. Post-war federal funding for research and development has defined experimental criteria around the rigors of rule-based judgments. Markets demand ever faster, smaller and more efficient technologies, incanting the mantra of innovation in the name of growth. How do architects exercise judgment amidst a system structured around verifiability? When does the compulsion to look ahead fail to address current resources, future side effects, or obsolescence in retrospect? Researchers lay claim to certainty and invention narratives in order to wield influence and relay architectural discussions to parallel fields. Through research practice, architects may gain a seat at the table, but which table? For whom and from whom do architects seek legitimacy?


    The ARPA Journal is an online publication that mixes slow and fast distribution in three formats: critique, projects, and debates. Published quarterly, each issue will focus on a technique or protocol of research, and will consist of three 'releases,' that will be published monthly. Releases will comprise the following:

    Critique: Texts and images of any length that examine applied research projects, writings, and/or theories not produced by the author. 
    Projects: Research investigations created by the author, to include text, images, video, and/or other online medium. 
    Debates: A moderated, live debate among all critique and project contributors, as well as other invited commentators who work on related material.

    About us

    The ARPA Journal is a public forum for debate based at the Applied Research Practices in Architecture (ARPA) program at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP). Janette Kim, Editor in Chief, ARPA Journal; Director, ARPA program. MTWTF, Designer, forthcoming website.

  • Neoclassical Architecture in Greece: Architecture and Urbanism in an Age of Political Turmoil and Economic Austerity

    Chicago | Dates: 11 Feb, 2014
    Tuesday, February 11
    6 p.m.
    Adults $20.00

    Michael Lykoudis joins the Chicago ICAA to discuss how a new Greek national identity was created during the Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries with aspirations of modernity and prosperity in a period of great economic austerity and political turmoil. The architectural unity that evolved was a profound lesson in place-making for the world as a whole but especially for Greece, a new country whose citizens had just emerged from four centuries of cohabitation with the Ottoman Empire.

    This unity was created by two forces: one top-down from the newly formed government of Greece that included a young king from Bavaria and a Danish, German and French architectural entourage. They brought with them a reinvented neoclassical ideal to its birthplace. The other was bottom-up force made up mostly of builders and developers self taught or trained in technical vocational schools. The result was the building of beautiful cities with an architectural and urban unity that redefine Greek culture and entry into the modern world.

    Speaker Bio:

    The Francis and Kathleen Rooney Dean of the School of Architecture, Dean Lykoudis has served as professor of architecture at Notre Dame since 1991. A national and international leader in linking architectural tradition and classicism to urbanism and environmental issues, he has devoted his career to the building, study and promotion of traditional architecture and urbanism. His activities feature the organization of several major conferences that have been collaborations between Notre Dame and other organizations including the Classical Architecture League and the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, A Vision of Europe and the Congress for New Urbanism. The conference and exhibition entitled "The Art of Building Cities," took place in 1995 at the Art Institute of Chicago and was the first event in this country to specifically link the practice of contemporary classicism with the new traditional urbanism. An exhibition and conference titled "The Other Modern," took place in Bologna, Italy in 2000, and a conference titled "Three Generations of Classical Architects: The Renewal of Modern Architecture" was held in October 2005 at Notre Dame. He has lectured at universities around the country and abroad as well as to professional and civic organizations. He is a member of INBAU. A graduate of Cornell University, Dean Lykoudis earned his Master's degree from the University of Illinois' joint business administration and architecture program. Prior to joining the Notre Dame faculty, he worked as a project designer and architect for firms in Florida, Greece, Connecticut and New York. He has directed his own practice since 1983 in Athens, and Stamford, Conn. and now in South Bend, Ind.