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  • VAF Chicago: Call for Papers

    Chicago | Dates: 16 Jun – 01 Nov, 2014
    The Vernacular Architecture Forum (VAF) invites paper proposals for its Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, June 3-7, 2015. Iconic tall buildings are Chicago’s hallmark, yet it is the bungalow belts, bascule bridges, and “L” train lines that beckon vernacular analysis. Chicago is a network of neighborhoods with ubiquitous building forms, but a closer analysis reveals constant change and a diverse tapestry of communities frayed by the legacies of segregation. For the 2015 conference, the theme Neighborhoods in Transition will guide VAF as we go “Out of the Loop” and into the city’s vast grid to reflect on the regeneration or dissolution of community. Buildings, streetscapes, and neighborhoods will be VAF’s point of departure for its investigation of Chicago’s spatial and social patterns, material evidence and existential boundaries, and communal and cultural identities. Papers for VAF Chicago may address vernacular and everyday buildings, sites, or cultural landscapes worldwide. Submissions on all vernacular topics are welcome, and for the 2015 Conference, we encourage papers that ask questions of the built environment and engineered ecologies for which Chicago represents a seminal model or serves as case study for trends occurring nationally and internationally. Trends include those in the architectural and building trades, in industrial and commercial sectors and for the workers in those arenas, in urban and city planning, and in models for societal restructuring that include urban renewal, relocation, and public housing. Submitting an Abstract Papers should be analytical rather than descriptive, and no more than twenty-minutes in length. Proposals for complete sessions, roundtable discussions or other innovative means that facilitate scholarly discourse are especially encouraged. Proposals must be one-page, fewer than 400 words, and include the paper title, author’s name, and email address. You may include up to two images with your submission. Please clearly state the argument of the paper and explain the methodology and content. Attach a one-page CV to your proposal submission. Presenters must deliver their papers in person and be VAF members at the time of the conference. Speakers who do not register for the conference by March 1, 2015, will be withdrawn. Please do not submit an abstract if you are not committed to attending the papers session on Saturday, June 6th. There may be limited financial assistance, in the form of Pamela H. Simpson Presenter’s Fellowships, to offset registration costs to students and recent graduates. The deadline for proposals is November 1, 2014, and submissions should be emailed to the VAF Papers Committee Chair at papers@vafweb.org. For general information about the Chicago conference, please see www.vafchicago.org.
  • Call for Nominations: SESAH Publication Awards

    Dates: 16 Jun – 31 Jul, 2014
    CALL FOR NOMINATIONS 2014 SESAH Publication Awards The Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians is seeking nominations for the 2014 Publication Awards. The awards honor outstanding scholarship about the architecture of the South or by authors who reside in the South (defined as SESAH member states). Three categories of publication that are recognized: books, journal articles, and essays published in book format. The copyright should be no earlier than 2013. An article or essay should be copied in triplicate and include complete bibliographic information. Book titles must include full bibliographical information. Please submit books to be reviewed (or nominations) to the Publications Award Committee by July 31, 2014. For more information, please contact the 2014 Committee Chair, Virginia Price at va.price@yahoo.com.
  • Lecture: Jaume Plensa

    Chicago | Dates: 16 Jun, 2014
    June 16, 2014
    Fullerton Hall
    Free; Please enter through Michigan Avenue Entrance, doors open at 5:45 

    Conceptual artist Jaume Plensa discusses his extensive body of artwork in public spaces around the world, including Chicago’s Crown Fountain. 

    Presented with the Millennium Park Foundation.

  • Conference: Baroque and Neobaroque (Einsiedeln, 16-19 Jun 14)

    Einsiedeln | Dates: 16 – 19 Jun, 2014

    CONFERENCE: Baroque and Neobaroque (Einsiedeln, 16-19 Jun 14) 15th International Baroque Summer Course Werner Oechslin Library Foundation, Einsiedeln, Switzerland Baroque and Neobaroque in the Spanish and Portuguese World



    2014 Program Directors: Jens Baumgarten, Felix Vogel, Tristan Weddigen

    Die Veranstaltung ist öffentlich. Gasthörer sind herzlich willkommen.

    Aus organisatorischen Gründen wird um Anmeldung gebeten an:


    The 15th Baroque Summer Course is generously supported by the Getty Foundation in the framework of the Connecting Art Histories initiative, the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (SAGW) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF).

    Stiftung Bibliothek Werner Oechslin

    Luegetenstrasse 11

    CH 8840 Einsiedeln


  • Astoria Preservation Field School: The Craft of Historic Buildings

    Astoria | Dates: 16 – 19 Jun, 2014

    Clatsop Community College announces its new summer Historic Preservation Field School to be held from June 16 to 19, 2014 in Astoria, Oregon.  The Field School will consist of a series of hands-on workshops, visits to regional sites of historic significance, walking tours of historic Astoria, a boat tour of Astoria’s Columbia River waterfront, and other opportunities to investigate local history and preservation activities. Presented through the college’s award-winning Historic Preservation and Restoration Program, the summer Field School offers attendees the twofold opportunity of developing unique historic preservation skills while soaking up the atmosphere of the oldest American settlement west of the Rocky Mountains.

    Situated near the mouth of the majestic Columbia River and just a few miles from where the Lewis and Clark Expedition spent the winter of 1805-1806, Astoria is Oregon’s gateway to the Pacific.  The area is also rich in natural and scenic beauty.  Hundreds of Victorian homes dot the steep hillsides and a revitalized downtown takes visitors back to another era.

    This four-day hands-on Field School introduces participants to the basic concepts of historic preservation.  Students will earn two college credits and engage in the crafts of historic buildings, including woodworking, blacksmithing, stained glass design and repair, and repair and weatherization of historic windows.  The planned schedule of workshops and activities includes:

    • Monday 16 June — an introduction to historic preservation, understanding and using woodworking tools, a trolley tour along Astoria’s waterfront, and a walking tour of historic neighborhoods in Astoria.
    • Tuesday 17 June — stained glass workshop and an evening tour of the Norman Yeon house and site (a northwest regional style house located in the dunes of the Clatsop Plains).
    • Wednesday 18 June – blacksmithing workshop and an evening tour of historic sites along the Washington side of the Columbia River.
    • Thursday 19 June – historic window repair, glass cutting, and weatherization workshops and an evening boat tour on the Columbia River along Astoria’s historic waterfront.

    Participants will experience an engaging combination of hands-on Field School activities with customized tours of local historic resources.  Workshops and tours will be conducted by experienced and highly-qualified working artisans, historians and preservationists.  Tuition, fees and supplies for the Field School total $575.  Space is limited so early registration is encouraged.  Registration opens in May 2014 at www.clatsopcc.edu/register or call 503-338-7670. Information on housing options, restaurants and other local activities and events is available through the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce at www.travelastoria.com.

  • 5th Urban Space and Social Life: Theory and Practice Conference City Development in Natural and Built Environment

    Athens | Dates: 16 – 18 Jun, 2014

    The 4C5M Studio's 5th Urban Space and Social Life conference invites papers and design competitions that explore challenging issues under the theme of City Development in Its Natural and Built Environment.  City Development's challenge lies in how we sustain the quality of our living while balancing the demands of the natural and built environment.  Often times, our city development creates undisputable "gridlocks" for ourselves.  Challenges include but not limited to traffic, revitalization of old centers, balance use of spaces that intersect with natural forces such as  natural disasters, geographic limitations (mountains, waters, and weather), and the return of wildlife.  Our everyday living, culture, identity are shaped and impacted by the convolution of the natural and built environment.  The conference invites the participants' imagination and creativity (papers and/or desgins) to explore, understand, and solve some of the issues.

    Creating a Better Living Space with Joint Responsibility

    Please visit the conference website for details and design competition rules and regulations: