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  • Call for Abstracts: 7th International Urban Design Conference

    Adelaide | Dates: 01 Apr – 30 May, 2014

    Abstract submissions are now being accepted for this year's International Urban Design Conference being held at the Intercontinental Adelaide, 1 - 3 September 2014.

    The theme "Designing Productive Cities" will explore the framework required for creating today's cities, the process of designing and shaping our cities to make them more functional, attractive and sustainable.

    This is your opportunity to present and share your knowledge at the Conference whilst also connecting with like-minded professionals.  As a speaker you will also have the opportunity to have your full paper peer reviewed and included in the book of proceedings with an ISBN number.

    Your abstract may address one of the following:

    * Visualisation

    * Strategic Planning

    * Whole City Thinking

    * Urban Design Projects

    * Urban Informatics / Smart Cities

    * Active Transport

    * International Design

    * Issues in Construction

    * Financing for Compact Cities

    Submit your abstract via the website http://urbandesignaustralia.com.au

  • Generation Kingspan 2014

    Dates: 01 Apr – 04 Nov, 2014
    The GenK Student Design Competition offers the opportunity to compete in an Insulated Metal Panel (IMP) design competition with a chance to win top awards. Students investigate how insulated roof and wall panels can be integrated into the design of a mixed-use building. Students compete, communities participate, and everyone learns more about sustainable design with Kingspan Insulated Panels.

    Generation Kingspan (GenK) student participants will design a multi-use complex with commercial, residential, and community/recreation space. The project site is in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Entrants are challenged to propose high performance building envelope solutions that rely on the performance characteristics of a variety of insulated metal panel types. Entrants will compete for prizes by submitting their best, most innovative design for this facility and should take into account the following:

    1. Location (urban, downtown historical)
    2. Climate (sun, wind, light, and water)
    3. Culture (patterns of interaction)

    Through plans, sections, elevations, and rendered perspectives, participants should clearly demonstrate the integration of insulated metal panels within the overall mixed-use complex. The building should be designed from a life-cycle (LCA) perspective, using ASHRAE 90.1, LEED, GreenGlobes, and the Living Building Challenge for guidance.

    Participants may receive prizes based on their entry in one of two ways. The first will be through a judged competition in which industry professionals will evaluate and rank the entries. The second will be through influence from project clusters on www.KineticByKingspan.com combined with online voting on www.GenerationKingspan.com from badges earned in the areas of:

    • Creativity/Innovation
    • Proper Use of Panel
    • Function
    Submission deadline is November 4, 2014, 11:59 p.m. (EST). Online Social Voting begins November 10, 2014, 12:01 a.m. (EST). The Top 10 will be determined on November 25, 2014, 11:59 p.m. (EST). The judging panel will select the Top 10 entries and provide a professional critique. Students will have two weeks to potentially make any changes based on the feedback. The final submission for Top 10 Entries is December 9, 2014, 11:59 p.m. (EST). Online Social Voting ends and all votes are final on December 10, 2014, 11:59 p.m. (EST). The Panel of Judges will meet on December 11, 2014 and winners will be announced December 15, 2014. 

  • Dakota Jackson Lecture: “On Creativity”

    Savannah | Dates: 01 Apr, 2014
    April 1, 5:30pm

    The School of Building Arts Lecture Series presents renowned designer and honorary chair of furniture design Dakota Jackson. In his lecture, “On Creativity,” the iconic artist contemplates the foundations, forms and sources of groundbreaking aesthetic, and the scientific and mathematical discoveries that have challenged and expanded our dreams and understanding of the universe.

    Jackson has produced groundbreaking furniture over four decades, with work ranging from early prototypes to one-of-a-kind pieces produced for international clientele to large-scale productions. His eponymous firm has grown to include factories in New York and international locations.

    This lecture is presented as part of the Dakota Jackson master class.

    The event is free and open to the public.

  • Spring 2014 Feltman Lecture by Natalie Jeremijenko

    New York | Dates: 01 Apr, 2014

    Natalie Jeremijenko will present the 2014 Feltman Lecture.

    Natalie Jeremijenko was awarded the 2013 Most Innovative People award, named one of the most influential women in technology 2011, and was named as one of the inaugural top young innovators by MIT Technology Review and 40 most influential designers.  Jeremijenko directs the Environmental Health Clinic, and is an Associate Professor in the Visual Art Department, NYU and affiliated with the Computer Science Dept and Environmental Studies program.  Previously she was on the Visual Arts faculty at UCSD, Faculty of Engineering at Yale University, a visiting professor at Royal College of Art in London, and a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Public Understanding of Science at Michigan State University. Her degrees are in biochemistry, engineering, neuroscience and History and Philosophy of Science. 

    The Feltman lectures are made possible by the Ellen and Sidney Feltman Fund established at The Cooper Union to advance the principles and benefits of lighting design through the exploration of the practical, philosophical and aesthetic attributes of light and illumination.

    The 2013-2014 Feltman Chair in Lighting is held by Lydia Kallipoliti

    This event is presented by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture and The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design.


    Located in The Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, at 41 Cooper Square (on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets)

  • The National Building Museum’s 2014 Honor Award Gala

    Washington | Dates: 01 Apr, 2014
    Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 7 pm
    National Building Museum

    On April 1, 2014, the National Building Museum will host the 2014 Honor Award Gala to recognize two worthy recipients, Mrs. Laura Bush and theNational Trust for Historic Preservation, for their work to preserve our nation's architectural and cultural heritage.

    Mrs. Bush has demonstrated a strong commitment to historic preservation through her active participation in initiatives such as Taking Care of Texas, the Texas Courthouse Preservation Initiative, the White House restoration, and her leadership with organizations such as the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Park Foundation, and the Trust for the National Mall.

    Chartered by Congress in 1949, the National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's diverse historic places and revitalize our communities by providing leadership, education, advocacy, and resources. As an organization, the National Trust strives to create a cultural legacy that is as diverse as the nation itself so that all of us can take pride in our part of the American story. The National Trust's work has inspired millions of Americans to save the places where history happens, transforming communities from the places where we live into the places that we love. The National Trust's many historic sites include Phillip Johnson's Glass House in New Caanan, CT; President Lincoln's Cottage in Washington, D.C.; and Villa Finale in San Antonio, TX.

    John L. Nau III, president and CEO of Silver Eagle Distributors, L.P., and Michael Beschloss, presidential historian for NBC News and commentator for PBS NewsHour, will serve as tribute speakers.

  • Jewish Architecture – New Sources and Approaches

    Braunschweig | Dates: 01 – 03 Apr, 2014

    Braunschweig, April 1 - 03, 2014
    Registration deadline: Mar 15, 2014

    Jewish Architecture – New Sources and Approaches

    In 2014, Bet Tfila – Research Unit for Jewish Architecture in Europe will celebrate the 20th anniversary of cooperation between the Center for Jewish Art/Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Department of Architectural History/Technische Universität Braunschweig that resulted in the establishment of the Bet Tfila – Research Unit. During the past 20 years several research projects, surveys, exhibitions, etc. were carried out, generously supported by various private donors, public institutions, and foundations.

    To celebrate this anniversary, Bet Tfila – Research Unit for Jewish Architecture in Europe organizes the interdisciplinary and international conference “Jewish Architecture – New Sources and Approaches” in order to discuss the actual and future approach to architecture as part of the Jewish visual heritage. On the basis of primary sources and case studies, the tangible evidence of Jewish architecture will be revealed, analyzed, and placed in contrast to European architecture. The conference will emphasize the documentation and preservation of Jewish monuments and sites as well as their integration and transformation into museums.

    The conference will continue the discussion and network established during the previous Bet Tfila conference, held in 2007. The results were published in the volume “Jewish Architecture in Europe,” ed. by Aliza Cohen-Mushlin and Harmen H. Thies, Petersberg 2010.


    Im Jahr 2014 feiert die Bet Tfila – Forschungsstelle für jüdische Architektur in Europa den 20. Geburtstag des Beginns der Kooperation mit dem Center for Jewish Art/Hebrew University of Jerusalem und dem Fachgebiet Baugeschichte/Technische Universität Braunschweig, aus der sich die Bet Tfila verstetigt hat. Während der vergangenen 20 Jahre wurden verschiedene Projekte, Untersuchungen, Ausstellung etc. durchgeführt und umgesetzt, die von verschiedenen forschungsfördernden Einrichtungen, Stiftungen und Privatpersonen gefördert worden sind.

    Um den aktuellen und zukünftigen Umgang mit dem Kulturgut "Jüdische Architektur" zu diskutieren, plant die Bet Tfila – Forschungsstelle für jüdische Architektur in Europa eine interdisziplinäre und internationale Tagung mit dem Titel "Jewish Architecture – New Sources and Approaches" an der TU Braunschweig. Anhand konkreter Sachquellen und Fallbeispiele sollen dabei die materiellen Zeugnisse jüdischer Architektur in Deutschland und Europa aufgezeigt, analysiert und kritisch vergleichend in den Kontext der allgemeinen europäischen Architektur eingeordnet werden. Im Fokus stehen das Sachzeugnis selbst und die aus ihm abzuleitenden Interpretationsmöglichkeiten. Dabei zeigen die aktuellen Entwicklungen die Dringlichkeit eines Diskurses, in dem Vertreter der verschiedenen Wissenschaftsdisziplinen einerseits den Stand ihrer Forschungen erläutern und neue Arbeitsmethoden und -techniken vorstellen, andererseits aber auch zukunftsweisende Perspektiven für Forschungsaufgaben entwickeln sollen. Vor allem soll dabei ein Schwerpunkt auf dem praktischen Umgang mit dem Kulturgut "jüdische Architektur" in den Bereichen Dokumentation, Denkmalpflege und Musealisierung liegen.

    Die Konferenz soll den wissenschaftlichen Diskurs und das während der letzten Bet Tfila Konferenz im Jahr 2007 gebildete Forschungsnetzwerk erweitern. Die Ergebnisse der letzten Konferenz sind veröffentlicht im Band 6 "Jewish Architecture in Europe" der Schriftenreihe der Bet Tfila, herausgegeben von Aliza Cohen-Mushlin und Harmen H. Thies, Petersberg 2010.