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  • A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

    Dates: 24 Jul – 15 Oct, 2014

    Deadline: 10/15/14

    The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art announces a residential postdoctoral fellowship supported by a grant from the A.W. Mellon Foundation. This award will be for academic years 2015-2017. Applications will be considered for research in the history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts of any time period or culture. Scholars are expected to reside in Washington and to participate fully in the activities of the Center throughout the fellowship period. Applicants for 2015-2017 must have received the PhD degree between October 1, 2009, and October 1, 2014. The fellowship is awarded without regard to age or nationality of applicants. Applications must be submitted online by October 15, 2014. For detailed information, visit www.nga.gov/casva or email casva@nga.gov.

  • Who Pays for Public Space?

    New York | Dates: 24 Jul, 2014

    We are witnessing the rollout of new and improved public spaces around the five boroughs of New York. The work of the previous administration got the ball rolling in claiming roadways for pedestrian use, including Broadway Boulevard and Times Square. The DOT Plaza Program, continued POPS, greenways from the Highline to Queensway, and others all confirm a growing interest in the value of open space. This said, who pays for all this? Who initiates and raises capital and financing and how is maintenance built into the many different configurations described above? These are the questions the panel will address.

    This panel will be presented in conjunction with the Open to the Public: Civic Space Now exhibition at the Center for Architecture, on view from June 12 - September 6, 2014 and is an initiative of the Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, 2014 Presidential theme: ‘Civic Spirit:Civic Vision.’

    Diana Balmori, Ph.D., FASLA, IFLA, Founder, Balmori Associates
    Jerold Kayden, Professor of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
    Emily Weidenhof, NYC Plaza Program Director, NYC Department of Transportation 

    John Shapiro, Chair, Pratt Institute Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment

    Organized by: Center for Architecture

    Price: Free for AIA members and students with valid student ID; $10 for non-members

  • Urban Design Committee: Humanism for Landscape Urbanism with Eric Kramer

    Boston | Dates: 24 Jul, 2014

    Eric F. Kramer, principal at Reed Hilderbrand, will present how Landscape Urbanism has been an effective vehicle for reasserting the significance of landscape architecture as a design practice, leveraging the discipline’s systems-based approach and a contemporary interest in environmental issues to take on increasingly complex urban projects. Relying on mapping, dynamic modeling, and the extensive use of metrics, Landscape Urbanism has embedded a sense of scientific certainty in the process of design.

    As a practice that describes itself as working at the intersection of nature and culture, we ask how cultural value, meaning, and significance - the human systems which are harder to quantify, map, and manipulate - find a place in shaping our environment in an era of landscape urbanism, or its more recent progeny, ecological and even tactical urbanism. Humanism, a concept that reasserts human agency and the link between physical experience and intellectual development, may be a model for reinserting ourselves, as designers and dwellers, into the matrix of values that shape our landscape and our public realm. Because, in the end, it is the experience of our environment, the social interactions that take place there, the memories we develop there, and the ideas we imagine in a space that make it meaningful, lasting, and significant.

    This presentation aims to set the stage for a vibrant discussion of how design of the public realm today engages cultural values on even footing with more easily identified environmental and economic values. Respondents will include David Grissino, Senior architect and Urban Designer at the BRA; Elizabeth Sisam, Associate Vice President for Planning at Harvard University; Patrick Tedesco a Principal with NBBJ; and Meera Deean an urban designer with Utile.

    A number of Boston-area projects which will serve as a basis for this discussion can be previewed and visited utilizing the following link, a cell-phone web-app designed for the 2013 American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting, which was held in Boston:  

    Eric Kramer, a principal with Reed Hilderbrand, in Cambridge, MA, has overseen the design and implementation of significant projects that utilize rigorous technical and horticultural systems to accommodate intensive programmatic requirements. Recent projects include the Clark Art Institute, Central Wharf Plaza, the Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion and Greenway Carousel, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, MO, Harvard’s Institutional Master Plan for Allston, and the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum Master Plan in Lincoln. He received his MLA from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and his BA from Amherst College. He currently teaches at Rhode Island School of Design.


    To learn more about the Urban Design Committee, visit architects.org/committees/urban-design-committee.

    Click "Register" to attend.

    1.5 LU

  • Green Your Historic Home

    Austin | Dates: 24 Jul, 2014

    Thursday, July 24
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm,
    Doors open at 5:30 pm & light refreshments will be served
    Habitat for Humanity ReStore
    310 Comal Street

    Tickets: $10 for non-members 
    FREE for members - Please RSVP

    Considering the current 
    state of drought in Austin and conservation measures enacted by water providers, now is a great time to learn more about water conservation strategies for historic homes. Dick Peterson, water conservation specialist, will about talk about how water conservation can be incorporated into your historic restoration project. Dick served the City of Austin, Texas for 14 years - first, as the Coordinator of the Xeriscape and Rainwater Programs with Austin Water Utility, and more recently as an Environmental Program Coordinator with the Austin Energy Green Building. Now retired, Dick continues to offer rainwater workshops and seminars. He also consults on rainwater projects, landscaping, new green construction, and green remodeling.

    Rainwater harvesting has been practiced for hundreds of years, so come learn more about this historic process and figure out how you can take part in this green tradition!

  • Facades+ Chicago July 24th and 25th

    Chicago | Dates: 24 – 25 Jul, 2014
    The Architect’s Newspaper and Enclos present a two day conference that will examine the increasingly fast-paced evolution of façade technology and explore innovative, sustainable design practices. Don’t miss the chance to network with leading industry experts, participate in discussion-based panels and learn through hands-on workshops. Last year, symposium was AIA:CES approved for 8 LU | HSW credits. Opening keynote speaker James Timberlake is a founding principal of KieranTimberlake, the renowned Philadelphia-based architecture firm know for its synthesis of art, science, and advanced research. JAHN’s Francisco Gonzalez Pulido to give the afternoon keynote. Registration open! Visit www.facadesplus.com
  • Workshop: Green Building Materials

    Wilkinsburg | Dates: 24 Jul, 2014

    Concerned about what materials you’re putting into your largest investment? Ian Miller will present time tested and leading construction products for green building, chemical sensitivity, and sustainability. Everyday is Earth Day – make a difference!

    This workshop is free and open to the public.

    Thursday, July 24

    6:00 p.m.—7:30 p.m.

    Landmarks Preservation Resource Center

    744 Rebecca Avenue

    Wilkinsburg, Pa 15221

    Map and driving directions

    This lecture is free and open to the public. RSVPs are appreciated. Contact Mary Lu Denny at marylu@phlf.org or 412-471-5808 ext. 527.

  • Spotlight on Design: Tod Williams Billie Tsien

    Washington | Dates: 24 Jul, 2014

    The built work of Tod Williams and Billie Tsien is grounded in Modernism, but tempered by a rich sense of materiality. The founding principals of New York-based Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (TWBTA) discuss their notable work, which includes the recently demolished American Folk Art Museum in New York City, and the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. TWBTA won the 2013 Firm Award by the American Institute of Architects. For Corinthian members and up, join us before the program in the Corinthian Lounge at 6 pm to enjoy coffee and light snacks.   

    1.5 LU (AIA)

    $25 Members; $15 Students; $35 Non-members. Prepaid registration required. Walk-in registration based on availability.

    Date: Thursday, July 24, 2014 
    Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM