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  • Call for Applications: Central New York Humanities Corridor Visiting Scholars Program

    Syracuse | Dates: 31 Mar – 01 May, 2014

    Call for Applications: Central New York Humanities Corridor Visiting Scholars Program

    The Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries, invites applications for the 2014 Central New York Humanities Corridor Visiting Scholars Program. This goal of this program is to attract scholarly attention to the rich primary sources held by member institutions:

    -Syracuse University (Special Collections Research Center, Belfer Audio Archive and University Archives)

    -Cornell University (Rare and Manuscript Collections and Kheel Center)

    -University of Rochester (Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation and Sibley Music Library)

    -Hamilton College (Special Collections)

    -Hobart and William Smith Colleges (Archives and Special Collections)

    -Skidmore College (Department of Special Collections)

    -St. Lawrence University (Special Collections and Vance University Archives)

    -Union College (Special Collections and Archives)

    This year, two grants of $2,500 each will be awarded. To be eligible, projects must draw upon the collections of at least two corridor institutions. Projects may also draw upon other regional repositories. Faculty and graduate students are encouraged to apply.

    Some of the Corridor’s shared collection strengths include:

    -Abolitionism, for example, Frederick Douglass and Gerrit Smith -American religion, especially utopian communities and the “burned-over district” of upstate New York

    -Architecture and design, for example, Marcel Breuer, Russel Wright, Andrew Dickson White, and Claude Bragdon

    -Gender and sexuality, including Cornell’s Human Sexuality Collection, the Grove Press Records, and the women’s suffrage movement.

    -Modern literature, from T.S. Eliot and James Joyce to Joyce Carol Oates

    -Photography, including Andrew J. Russel and Margaret Bourke White.

    -Popular culture, from dime novels and pulp magazines to children’s literature and broadcasting history

    -Music and sound media, especially the Belfer Audio Archive, the Sibley Music Library, and the Hip-Hop Collection at Cornell.

    Awardees are expected to spend at least ten days conducting research. (The amount of time spent at each institution need not be equal.) Towards the close of each visit, each awardee will give an informal presentation of their work at Syracuse University's Humanities Center. Information on previous winners and presentations can be found on SCRC’s public programs webpage.

    The criteria for selection include:  impact of the project on the humanities generally, the degree to which the identified collections support the research project, and the innovative use of primary source materials in research and publication.

    Applications should include the following elements:

    Narrative. The narrative should frame the overall scope of the project and detail its significance within the context of the applicant’s discipline and the humanities generally. It should identify specific target collections from at least two corridor institutions. (3 pages)

    Project Timeline. This should include start and end dates for the project and the amount of time the scholar will spend at each institution. Applicants may wish to designate a “home base” and then detail how he or she will access other collections in the Corridor. (1 page)

    Curriculum Vita. (2 pages maximum)

    Letters of Support. (Maximum of 2. Please send with other application materials.)

    Please send completed applications no later than May 1, 2014.

    Barbara Brooker
    Assistant to the Senior Director
    Special Collections Research Center
    Syracuse University Libraries

    Applications will be evaluated by a selection committee composed of librarians and faculty from each Corridor institution. Grant recipients will be announced in late May 2014. Research visits may begin as early as June 2014 and must be completed no later than June 2015.

    The CNY Humanities Corridor

    The Mellon Central New York Humanities Corridor is a unique regional collaboration that focuses on seven different areas of research and humanistic inquiry. Each institution brings a vibrant and distinguished humanistic scholarly tradition to the collective work of the CNY Humanities Corridor. In the aggregate, the Corridor’s programs bolster the relationships, productivity, and reciprocity common to the region’s humanities community, as well as heightened visibility, enhancing public engagement in its activities. The initiative is today regarded as a highly visible scholarly presence in the region, if not nationally, as a new model of collaboration and resource-sharing that can also be adapted to other regions and inter-university partnerships.

  • Guatemala Affordable International Housing Competition

    Dates: 11 – 21 Apr, 2014
    This competition aims to propose the design of a house that promotes health, safety and improves the quality of living for its inhabitants; Inspire integration of function, stability, and sensibility of the needs of those living in Guatemala; Investigate and apply the unique design qualities of a home that responds to the environment and contextual conditions of the place; and Encourage responsive sustainable and spatial qualities throughout the scheme.
  • openstudios Flatiron District

    New York | Dates: 12 Apr, 2014

    Studio tours - 1-5pm
    Reception - 5-7pm

    openhousenewyork invites you inside the studios and offices of some of the city’s leading architects, designers, and engineers during openstudios Flatiron District, a Saturday afternoon open house celebrating the neighborhood as a thriving center of architecture and design. Visit the spaces where architects work, see new projects in the design phase, and meet the individuals who are helping to shape the city's future.

    openstudios Flatiron District is a self-guided walking tour; each ticket holder will be given a map of all participating studios at the start of the event, which they may visit in any order. Architects and engineers will be on hand at each studio to answer questions and discuss the firm's work. A reception will follow the studio tours sponsored by Häfele and Kitchen Trader.

    Advanced registration encouraged. Additional information about check-in and the reception will be emailed to attendees two weeks before the event. 

  • Mycotecture: architecture grown out of mushrooms

    New York | Dates: 08 Apr, 2014

    In this talk artist Phil Ross will present his ongoing research into growing structures out of living fungi (mycotecture). Mr. Ross will describe the remarkable qualities of fungal materials, how they are cultivated into being, and the sustainable value of assembly through decomposition.

    This talk is in conjunction with the exhibition Intimate Science on display fromFebruary 6 - April 15, 2014 in the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Parsons The New School for Design. For more details please visit the Shelia C. Johnson Design Center website.

    Registration is full and there is a limited waitlist.  A version of the lecture will be available on the web within 2-3 days of the events.  A URL will be provided on the exhibition site at that time.

  • Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism

    San Francisco | Dates: 24 Apr – 06 Oct, 2014
    The Contemporary Jewish Museum (The CJM) will launch Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism. From Bauhaus to butterfly roofs in post-World War II residential architecture, this unprecedented exhibition on midcentury modernism will explore the influential role Jewish architects, designers, and tastemakers played in the formation of a new American domestic landscape during the middle decades of the twentieth century. Organized by The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, with Guest Curator Donald Albrecht.
  • 2014 Curatorial Opportunities

    Montreal | Dates: 29 Mar – 28 Apr, 2014
    The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) launches its Curatorial Opportunities beginning in Fall 2014. The Opportunities include a Curatorial Internship Program and the Emerging Curator Program.
  • Michigan Modern 2014

    Grand Rapids | Dates: 19 – 21 Jun, 2014
    Held in partnership with the Kendall College of Art and Design, the symposium will explore Michigan’s contribution to modern design and architecture.

    Our goal through the Michigan Modern project is to:

    • Define Michigan’s role in the development of American modernism.
    • Rebrand Michigan based on its outstanding design heritage, which is less known but just as influential as its manufacturing heritage.
    • Develop a cultural heritage tourism initiative based on Michigan’s modern resources that will draw national and international attention.
    • Use the continued vitality of Michigan’s design industry to attract young, talented people to the state.
    • Raise awareness of the significance of modern resources and encourage their preservation and reuse.

    Michigan Modern™ began in 2008 after when the SHPO received a Preserve America grant from the National Park Service.  The purpose of the project was to document and promote Michigan’s architectural and design heritage from 1940 to 1970. However, it soon became apparent that Michigan’s contributions to the development of Modernism began much earlier, just after the turn of the twentieth century.

    The SHPO worked with consultants Eric Hill and Rob Yallop of Lord, Aeck & Sargent Architects (LAS) of Ann Arbor to develop a historic context narrative for Modernism in Michigan.  LAS surveyed and documented 100 of Michigan’s most significant modern resources. They prepared National Register of Historic Places nominations for eight homes that Michigan architects designed for themselves and their families. Four oral histories of period architects were recorded. The information has been incorporated into the Michigan Modern™ website.

    In addition, SHPO is developing National Historic Landmark (NHL) nominations for three outstanding Michigan Modern™ resources: General Motors Technical Center in Warren by Eero Saarinen; Lafayette Park in Detroit by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe; and the McGregor Memorial Conference Center at Wayne State University in Detroit by Minoru Yamaskai. As part of the project, the SHPO has encouraged representatives in local communities to develop regional organizations dedicated to promoting their modern resources. 

    We will continue to research, document, and promote Michigan’s Modern™ heritage for years to come.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 2014: Designing Dredge – Re-Envisioning the Toledo Riverfront

    Dates: 30 Mar – 15 Apr, 2014
    The city of Toledo is currently reconsidering a series of highly visible landscapes along its river waterfront.  These sites are either undergoing construction due to the installation of large stormwater mitigation infrastructure or were small dredge storage facilities that have reached design capacity.  In both cases, these landscapes have the potential to be repositioned as a series of unique and highly valuable sites along the Maumee River, amassing over 170 acres.  The competition reaches out to designers and planners of all ages and abilities and calls for ideas that re-envision the role of the riverfront in Toledo and how this new role can embrace the realities of dredging while enhancing the overall quality of public space within the city. 
  • Through the Lens: Photographing Tiffany

    Chicago | Dates: 22 Apr, 2014

    Tuesday, April 22
    6:30 p.m.
    Free for Museum Members & Students, Public $8   Buy tickets

    For information about Driehaus Museum memberships, please see the Join section on the website or call 312 482 8933, ext. 21.

    For three months John Faier was immersed into the exquisite world of Louis Comfort Tiffany as he photographed objects from the Driehaus Collection for the Museum’s exhibition and companion book. During this presentation, Mr. Faier will share his unique insights and the techniques he used to illuminate the glass and other works by Tiffany revealing the true genius of the designer. Join us for this voyage of discovery that will bring the sublime nuances of Tiffany’s work to light.

  • It “fairly dazzles”…: Orientalism in the Gilded Age

    Chicago | Dates: 06 Apr, 2014

    Sunday, April 6
    2 p.m.
    Museum Members $10; Public $18   Buy tickets

    Note: To receive the member discount, members must log in after clicking through to the ticket purchase screen. Please place the tickets you would like to purchase in your cart and the discount will be applied when you check out. For information about Driehaus Museum memberships, please see the Join section on the website or call 312 482 8933, ext. 21.

    In this lecture, Holly Edwards will examine the influence of the “Orient” on everything from art and advertisements to fashion and film at the turn of the 20th century. Discover how the world of North Africa and the Middle East gained popularity among the masses and get a glimpse into the exotic receptions held to showcase the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany in the 1870s upon his return from North Africa. 

    When Tiffany opened his studio in Gilded Age NYC, its dazzling effect was linked to its oriental splendor, generated by artifacts and paintings from his trip to North Africa in 1870.  Even late in life, the artist attributed his fascination with color to this short trip to Tangier and Cairo. But what was the “Orient” to Gilded Age audiences?  How did it figure in America’s coming of age?  It is a complex (and perhaps unending?) story…

    Holly Edwards is Senior Lecturer at Williams College, where she teaches the history of Islamic art and visual culture. Her publications encompass a broad array of topics including Afghan photography, American orientalism, commemorative architecture in the Indus Valley, architectural epigraphy, and contemporary painting.  She has also curated diverse exhibitions, among them Noble Dreams, Wicked Pleasures: American Orientalism 1870-1930 (Princeton University Press, 2000) at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, and Beautiful Suffering: Photography and the Traffic in Pain, co-editor, (University of Chicago Press, 2007) at the Williams College Museum of Art. 

  • Rescuing the Flamingos

    Chicago | Dates: 13 Apr, 2014

    Sunday, April 13
    2 p.m.
    Museum Members $10, Public $18   Buy tickets

    Note: To receive the member discount, members must log in after clicking through to the ticket purchase screen. Please place the tickets you would like to purchase in your cart and the discount will be applied when you check out. For information about Driehaus Museum memberships, please see the Join section on the website or call 312 482 8933, ext. 21.

    Louis Comfort Tiffany originally designed the “Feeding the Flamingos” window as an exhibition piece for the World Columbian Exposition of 1893 and considered it one of his most important works.  Unfortunately, a devastating fire in the late 1950s at Tiffany’s Long Island home, Laurelton Hall, severely damaged the window and destroyed the home.  Mr. Venturella will share the restoration of the window and how previous repairs were rectified in preparation for display at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park, Florida.

    The “Feeding the Flamingos” window was designed as an exhibition piece by Louis Comfort Tiffany in 1892 and made its debut in Chicago at the Columbian Exposition of 1893.  It was later installed in Tiffany’s Long Island home, Laurelton Hall, where it joined other windows that Tiffany considered his most important works. 

    After a fire in 1957 that leveled Laurelton Hall, the severely damaged “Feeding the Flamingos” window was salvaged, poorly repaired and later purchased by Hugh and Jeanette McKean where it resided in the collection of the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of Art in Winter Park, FL.  With the addition of the new “Laurelton Hall wing” at the Morse museum in 2012 it was decided that the Flamingos previous repairs should be revisited and rectified.  This was done by the Venturella Studio in NYC, which has been the conservation studio of choice of the Morse museum since 1998.

  • Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum Victorian Fair

    City of Industry | Dates: 26 – 27 Apr, 2014

    Saturday & Sunday, April 26 & 27

    • 1 to 5 p.m. both days
    • Free—but bring spending money for food and shopping
    • Sorry, pets are not allowed at the festival (only certified service animals are permitted)

    Get a taste of what life was like for people living in the Southland during the 1840s, '50s, and '60s through music, dancing, crafts, historic house tours, games, demonstrations, and more!

    Please note: In the event of rain, the festival will be cancelled.

  • Museums: Building Collections, Building Community

    Seattle | Dates: 27 Mar – 31 May, 2014
    Abstracts or proposals for papers or work‐in‐progress reports are solicited for the 2014 annual meeting of the Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. This year’s meeting will be held in Seattle, Washington, October 3‐5, 2014. In recent years Seattle has re-purposed several important historic buildings to showcase the region’s history, arts, and culture. Join us for an exciting conference that focuses on old and new museum spaces and collections set in the growing, vibrant city of Seattle. This year’s theme is Museums: Building Collections, Building Community. Submissions for the conference may include profiles of architects, builders, city planners, and landscape architects that helped build the city, preservation case studies, or important historical trends that made the Seattle area what it is today. These topics will be given first priority. Other proposals addressing any aspect of the built environment from any time period or place are also welcome. All abstracts adhering to the submission guidelines listed below will be given a fair assessment. Abstracts will be blind peer reviewed by the SAH MDR Review Committee with a select number chosen for oral presentation. Applicants may be offered a poster session if their abstract is not selected for oral presentation. Graduate students and advanced undergraduates in fields related to the built environment are particularly welcome to present at the conference. Membership in the Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians is not required for abstract submission, although everyone chosen for presentation will be asked to contribute chapter dues for the current year. Submission Guidelines: The abstract should be no more than 500 words, and should fit onto a single-sided page. On a separate single page, include the author’s name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address with a brief, 100-200 word paragraph biography or one-page curriculum vitae. Abstracts are due on or before May 31, 2014, and authors of papers chosen for presentation will be notified by June 11, 2014. Registration fees apply. Please indicate in your abstract whether you intend to deliver a twenty-minute paper or a ten-minute work-in-progress report. Ideally, the papers or work-in-progress reports delivered at the conference should be analytical or critical in nature, rather than descriptive and aim to make an original contribution. Completed manuscripts of accepted papers must be submitted in full to conference organizers by August 12, 2014. Authors shall retain copyright, but shall agree that the paper will be deposited for scholarly use in the chapter archive in the Department of Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Electronic submission of proposals is preferred. Please email submissions as a Microsoft Word attachment with the subject heading SAH MDR Conference 2014 on or before May 31, 2014, to Phillip Mead at pmead@uidaho.edu. If you are unable to send your submission electronically, please send it via regular mail to: Phillip G. Mead AIA College of Art and Architecture University of Idaho PO Box 442451 Moscow ID 83844
  • 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.

  • Todd Levine Lecture: “Historic Barns of Connecticut”

    Savannah | Dates: 02 Apr, 2014
    April 2, 5:30pm

    The School of Building Arts Lecture Series presents Todd Levine, architectural historian for the State of Connecticut. In his lecture, “Historic Barns of Connecticut,” the SCAD alumnus (M.F.A., architectural history, 2003) details his work inspecting, studying and preserving barns for the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation.

    Since 2004, Levine has worked to develop Historic Barns of Connecticut from a concept to a program including 8,500 surveyed structures. Historic Barns of Connecticut is one of the most comprehensive barn programs in the nation.

    The event is free and open to the public.

  • NYSID Alumni Lecture: Susan Zises Green

    New York | Dates: 02 Apr, 2014
    Wednesday, April 2, 6:30pm

    For more than 35 years, Susan Zises Green has stood at the helm of classic interior design, earning critical acclaim and a dedicated client base throughout Manhattan, Southampton, Connecticut, Palm Beach, and Nantucket. Her work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Traditional Home, The New York Times, Connecticut Cottages & Gardens, Westchester Cottages & Gardens, Nantucket Magazine, andHouse Beautiful has recognized her as one of the “Top 100 Designers.”  A proud graduate of NYSID, she will give the inaugural alumni lecture at the College and discuss her career, recent projects, and inspirations.

    NYSID Auditorium, 170 East 70th Street, NYC. 
    $12 General Admission
    $10 Seniors and Non-NYSID Students
    NYSID Students are Free

  • Adam D. Tihany: Why Hospitality?

    New York | Dates: 07 May, 2014
    Wednesday, May 7, 6:30pm

    Adam D. Tihany’s interiors represent the absolute pinnacle of contemporary restaurant and hotel design, and Tihany is widely regarded as the world’s preeminent hospitality designer. He will tell the fascinating story of how he began his career and how it evolved from restaurant designer, restaurateur, to hotel and cruise ship visionary. Through his work with some of the world’s most famous chefs, restaurants, and hotel brands he will elaborate on what hospitality means and how great design can add value to a brand. This discussion is being held in conjunction with the release of his new book, Tihany: Iconic Hotel and Restaurant Interiors (Rizzoli).

    NYSID Auditorium, 170 East 70th Street, NYC. 
    $12 General Admission
    $10 Seniors and Non-NYSID Students
    NYSID Students are Free

  • Amy Azzarito: The History Behind the Trends

    New York | Dates: 16 Apr, 2014
    Wednesday, April 16, 6:30pm

    Amy Azzarito is the managing editor of the popular blog Design*Sponge and the author of Past & Present: 24 Favorite Moments in Decorative Arts History, and 24 Modern DIY Projects Inspired by Them. In this lecture, Azzarito will talk about those pieces you see everywhere—from inlay furniture (currently all the rage at Anthropologie) to the Crate and Barrel standby, the Windsor chair—and delve into the history of these iconic design objects.

    NYSID Auditorium, 170 East 70th Street, NYC. 
    $12 General Admission
    $10 Seniors and Non-NYSID Students
    NYSID Students are Free