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  • Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition

    Dates: 04 Jun – 10 Sep, 2014
    The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is seeking a visionary design for a proposed Guggenheim museum in the Finnish capital of Helsinki. To enter this open, two-stage competition, register and submit your Stage One design by September 10, 2014.

    The Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition is the first open, international architectural competition to be organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. This initiative reflects the Guggenheim’s long history of engagement with architecture and design and its belief that outstanding original design can speak across cultures, refreshing and enlivening the urban environment.

    Following a detailed Concept and Development Study by the Guggenheim Foundation, the City of Helsinki has reserved a prominent waterfront site for the architectural competition of the proposed museum. The site is located in the Eteläsatama, or South Harbor area, an urban space of great national and cultural significance, close to the historic city center and immediately visible to visitors arriving by sea.

    It is envisaged that the Guggenheim Helsinki would organize and present internationally significant exhibitions of artworks from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries while also specializing in Nordic art and architecture. Within the Guggenheim Foundation’s international constellation of museums, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, and the future Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, the Guggenheim Helsinki would be distinctive in its active inclusion of design and architecture in its programming.

    From a global perspective, Helsinki is emerging as a city to watch. Standing at the intersection of East and West, Helsinki has one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in Europe. The city recently has embarked on an ambitious yet highly sensitive program of renewal and development, initiating the greatest urban change in its history since Helsinki became the capital of Finland two hundred years ago.

    An increasingly popular visitor destination, Helsinki serves as a standard bearer for Finland and a model for cities around the world, benefiting from an exceptional education system, entrepreneurial spirit, appetite for innovation, and success in international happiness indices.

  • The Art and History of the United States Botanic Garden Tour

    Washington | Dates: 04 Jun, 2014

    Ever wonder why the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory is located on its present site? What the architectural style of the building is? How Bartholdi's Fountain became part of the USBG? Where many of the first plants in the Conservatory originated? This walking tour will explore how historical currents, architecture, sculpture, and landscape architecture came together to create this grand building. 

    Please note: 
    This tour is held outdoors. We suggest bringing sunscreen, protective clothing and water. The program is canceled if it rains or during times of extreme heat (heat index of 95 degrees or higher/ Code Red weather alert).

    Date: Wednesday, June 4
    Time: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    Location: Tour meets in the front lobby of the Conservatory
    FREE: No pre-registration required

  • Breaking Ground: American Women Landscape Pioneers: A Talk on Beatrix Farrand

    Bronx | Dates: 04 Jun, 2014
    Wednesday, June 4
    10:00am - 12:00pm
    Judith B. Tankard 
    NYBG - Ross Lecture Hall

    The only female founding member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Farrand was born in New York City, and studied horticulture with Charles Sprague Sargent, director of the Arnold Arboretum. Through her social connections, she received major estate commissions and developed a reputation for an elegant style and rich architectural detail. While Farrand completed more than 110 gardens-including projects for the White House and The Morgan Library-her most notable surviving works are Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C.; the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Maine; and the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at NYBG. Includes a visit to the Rockefeller Rose Garden.
  • Intro to Landscape Design

    Bronx | Dates: 04 – 18 Jun, 2014
    3 Wednesdays, 6/4–6/18/14
    06:15pm - 09:15pm
    Instructor: Jeffrey Erb 

    Gain an introduction to the terminology, concepts, and basic principles of landscape design through lectures and simple two-dimensional exercises. This course is recommended for students with little or no background in design.
  • Spotlight on Design: SHoP Architects

    Washington | Dates: 04 Jun, 2014

    Over the past two decades, New York-based SHoP Architects has set the standard of creative innovation in the field and modeled a new way forward with its unconventional approach to design.Coren SharplesAIA, presents the firm's recent work, which includes Brooklyn's new Barclays Center arena and the Botswana Innovation Hub in Gabarone. Signed copies of the firm’s latest monograph SHoP: Out of Practice (Monacelli, 2012), will be available for sale in the Museum’s Shop.   

    1.5 LU HSW (AIA)

    $12 Members; $12 Students; $20 Non-members. 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: 111 West 57th Street, New York City. Rendering courtesy SHoP Architects.

    Date: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 
    Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

  • Frank Lloyd Wright’s Laurent House Set to Open Friday, June 6

    Rockford | Dates: 04 – 08 Jun, 2014
    The newest Frank Lloyd Wright museum, The Kenneth & Phyllis Laurent House, will open to the public on Friday, June 6 in Rockford, Illinois. A series of events beginning Wednesday, June 4 will celebrate the opening. The opening coincides with what would have been Wright’s 147th birthday on June 8.

    The home, considered by Wright as one of the 35 best works of his career, is the only building ever
    designed by the famed architect for a person with a disability. Kenneth Laurent was a disabled,
    wheel-chair-bound World War II veteran who, at the prompting of his wife, contacted Wright asking him to design a home to meet his unique needs. Wright responded, “Dear Laurent: We are interested but don’t guarantee costs. Who knows what they are today - ?”

    The Laurents commissioned the home in 1948 and lived there from 1952 until early 2012, when the home and all of its original Frank Lloyd Wright-designed furniture was acquired by the Laurent House Foundation and added to the National Register of Historic Places.

    This single-story Usonian home is both functional and beautiful, meeting the needs of its owner decades ahead of Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility requirements. The home features a solar hemicycle footprint, patio, fishpond, carport, and outdoor connectivity to the natural landscape. The modest home is built of Chicago Common Brick and Red Tidewater Cypress. Much of the labor and materials used to build the home were sourced locally in Rockford.

    Grand Opening Events (additional details below):

    • 10 Chairs: A dinner at the Wright Table – Wednesday, June 4. Private event, limited to 10 guests, on a first-come, first-served reservation basis.

    • Launching Laurent: a celebration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Laurent House – Thursday, June 5. Limited to 160 guests; open to the public and media.

    • Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting – Friday, June 6. By invitation only, open to media.

    • Public Tours – Saturday and Sunday, June 7 - 8. Open to the public, including media.

    Following the opening weekend, the home will be open for tours on the first and last weekend of each month, and by appointment for group tours.

    For more information:
    John Groh, Laurent House board member, 815.489.1656 or jgroh@gorockford.com
  • Celebrating Past, Present & Future: 2014 NJ History and Historic Preservation Conference

    Lincroft | Dates: 04 – 05 Jun, 2014

    Welcome to 
    "Celebrating Past, Present & Future" 
    2014 NJ History and Historic Preservation Conference

    Advocates Opening Reception 
    Wednesday, June 4 at Historic Thompson Park 

    NJ History and Historic Preservation Conference 
    Thursday, June 5 at Brookdale Community College

    The conference is co-hosted by the NJ Historic Trust, NJ Historical Commission, NJ Historic Preservation Office, and the Common Wealth of New Jersey.

    Highlights for this year’s program:

    - Opening Keynote Speaker Ned Kaufman, author of Place Race and   Story; Essays on the Past and Future of Historic Preservation 

    - Closing Plenary Speaker John Durel, consultant to museum and   cultural organizations and author of Building a Sustainable Nonprofit   Organization

    - Two special educational tracks for “Heritage Tourism” and “Disaster   Recovery” 

    - Choice of three field workshops: Sandy recovery efforts, the   architecture and reuse options for Bell Labs, or the history and   innovation of Camp Evans military site

    - 17 classroom sessions for nonprofit and museum managers,   planners, historians, municipal and county officials, archaeologists,   architects, historic preservation commissioners and preservation   professionals

    The conference is pursuing continuing education credits for select sessions for AIA, AICP and ASLA. 

    This annual event relies on corporate support to make this a sustainable activity. Become a conference sponsor and take advantage of registration, exhibit, and advertisement opportunities.

    Business vendors and nonprofits can exhibit in "The Marketplace.”

    Join your colleagues and register by May 1 to take advantage of the early bird rate.

  • Historic Preservation ABCs: Oklahoma's 26th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference

    Norman | Dates: 04 – 06 Jun, 2014

    Save the dates, June 4-6, 2014, for Historic Preservation ABCs: Oklahoma’s 26th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference. Start packing your book-bags and plan to enroll for historic preservation summer school in Norman on the University of Oklahoma campus.

    The three courses of study include:

    TRACK A: Academic Pursuits, which focuses on Norman’s and the state’s architectural legacy; research collections and tools for historic preservation; and a half-day visit to the Oklahoma Archeological Survey to tour the archeological laboratories and learn about current field work, research projects, and cooperative efforts with the SHPO and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, Cultural Resource Program.

    TRACK B: Back to Basics, which includes an introduction to the National Register of Historic Places and the Secretary of the Interior’s Rehabilitation Standards; rehabilitation project case studies of all sizes; and highlights of how the arts and historic preservation combine to promote community revitalization.

    TRACK C: Comprehensive Community Preservation, which features two workshops. First is the National Alliance of Preservation Commission’s one-and-a-half-day Community Assistance Mentoring Program (CAMP) for design review commissions and local government staff. Second is a half-day workshop about heritage areas and corridors and how they support economic development and heritage tourism, presented by Elizabeth Watson, Heritage Strategies LLC.

    Special events include the opening reception on Main Street in historic downtown Norman; local tours; Preservation Oklahoma, Inc.’s annual meeting and luncheon; the State Historic Preservation Office’s annual awards banquet; and the Plenary Session, featuring Linda Caldwell, Executive Director, Tennessee Overhill Heritage Association, who will deliver a lively discussion about how small towns can realize economic benefits and strengthen rural heritage tourism programs through spin-off from nearby, larger cities.

    Conference cosponsors include State Historic Preservation Office, Oklahoma Historical Society; Oklahoma Main Street Center, Oklahoma Department of Commerce; Preservation Oklahoma, Inc.; University of Oklahoma, College of Architecture, Institute for Quality Communities; Campus Corner Merchants Association; City of Norman; Cleveland County Historical Society; Norman Arts Council; Norman Chamber of Commerce; Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau; Norman Downtowners; and Oklahoma Archeological Survey.

    Full conference program and registration information will be available in late April. Follow conference developments at


    and http://www.okpreservationconference.wordpress.com.

    If you may have questions, contact Melvena Heisch, Deputy SHPO (405/522-4484 or mheisch@okhistory.org) or Umit Hope Mander, Associate Director, Institute for Quality Communities, College of Architecture, University of Oklahoma (405/325-2434 or umander@ou.edu).