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  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Announces Partnership with Google Cultural Institute

    Boston | Dates: 18 Mar, 2014

    BOSTON, MA, March 18, 2014 -- The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum announced today it will join over 400 existing online art collections through its partnership with the Google Cultural Institute, collaboration between Google and art partners from across more than 50 countries that work to preserve and promote culture online.

    The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will be one of a handful of museums participating in the Google Cultural Institute that will have a complete first-person walk-through (“Street View”) experience as part of its collection. By making immersive views of the Museum’s galleries and more than 2,500 objects available online, including detailed, high-resolution images of select objects, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum aims to assert itself into the digital landscape and improve accessibility of its historic collection for audiences around the world.

    “As a cultural institution, we are constantly looking for innovative ways to engage, educate and build relationships with existing and new audiences,” said Anne Hawley, Norma Jean Calderwood Director of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. “Our participation in the Google Art Project enables us to capture the attention and interest of audiences around the world, providing a unique opportunity to explore and learn about the museum and our collection.”

    "Starting today, people around the world – from students and teachers to art enthusiasts – will have the opportunity to personally explore one of Boston’s great cultural treasures," Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said. "This partnership between Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Google is an example of two organizations sharing ideas and resources to reach a shared vision for what’s possible."

    Last May, the Google Cultural Institute photographed and virtually mapped the Gardner Museum galleries. A specially designed Street View ‘trolley’ captured 360-degree images of the interior of each gallery. The images were digitally stitched together, enabling smooth navigation throughout the museum. This technology will allow people around the world to explore the museum’s objects in never-before-seen angles and detail with the click of a mouse.

    "Isabella Stewart Gardner created her Museum with a mind towards preserving art for future generations to educate and enrich the public," said Steve Vinter, Site Lead for Google's Cambridge Office. "The Google Cultural Institute shares this vision and aims to further her mission by making this wonderful collection accessible to art lovers worldwide through a few clicks of a mouse."

    Modeled after a 15th-century Venetian palazzo surrounding a courtyard garden, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum houses a one-of-a-kind collection of art, featuring works by Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Raphael, Degas, and Sargent, as well as changing contemporary and historic exhibitions, classical concerts, lectures and special events.

    Visitors to the Google Cultural Institute can browse 57,000 high-resolution objects by the artist’s name, the type of art, the museum, the country, collections, and the time period. Google+ and video hangouts are integrated on the site, allowing viewers to invite their friends to view and discuss their favorite works in a video chat or follow a guided tour from an expert to gain an appreciation of a particular topic or collection.

    The Google Cultural Institute is dedicated to creating technology that helps the cultural community to bring their art, archives, heritage sites and other material online. The aim is to increase the range and volume of material from the cultural world that is available for people to explore online.

    For more information about the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, please visit www.gardnermuseum.org.

  • Program Assistant (FELLOWSHIP, PART-TIME)

    Chicago | Dates: 21 Apr – 01 Sep, 2014
    Founded in 1956, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts makes project-based grants to individuals and organizations and produces public programs to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. The Graham Foundation produces three major exhibitions per year and a host of public programs including lectures, performances, panel discussions, and receptions that engage contemporary work and issues in architecture. It is the largest private funder in the field of architecture in the country, making grants nationally and internationally to individuals and organizations. Support is project based and extends to books, exhibitions, installations, exhibition catalogs, films/videos/new media projects, as well as individual research projects. Since 1963, the Graham Foundation has been located in the Madlener House, a 9,000-square-foot turn-of-the-century Prairie-style mansion located in the historic Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago. The Graham is also home to Chicago’s only architectural bookshop offering a selection of publications from an international roster of publishers, as well as an extensive collection of local and international periodicals on architecture, urbanism, art, and related fields. The Graham Foundation seeks students of architecture, art, art education, history, design, and related programs interested in gaining experience at a non-profit arts organization, foundation, and/or cultural institution. Selected applicants will learn through active participation in tasks related to the foundation’s grants and public programming. Key responsibilities include: • Providing the first point of contact for visitors during gallery hours ensuring that gallery visitors are always greeted with an informative and warm welcome and that any questions they have about the Graham Foundation’s exhibitions, public programs, grantmaking, history, and identity are answered during the course of their visit • Staffing public and evening events • Maintaining mailing lists and directory profiles, updating online and print listings, distributing material, and communicating about programs via social media • Making sales, tracking inventory, stocking, and maintaining the Graham Foundation Bookshop • Administrative tasks including answering phones, taking messages, and sorting mail • Contributing to ongoing public programs and grantmaking history initiatives • Assisting with exhibition research, installation, and maintenance • Other duties as needed The Program Assistant will be organized, responsible, and detail oriented. She or he will ideally possess: • An engaging personality • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including interpersonal and public speaking skills • Interest in learning about and promoting the Graham Foundation’s programs and history • Initiative and the ability to work independently • Knowledge of or interest in architecture or art history, theory, and practice • Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs and general experience working in databases • Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, especially Photoshop and InDesign, is a plus As a landmark historic building, the Madlener House has limited accessibility. The intern must be able to climb three to four flights of stairs. Start date: April 21, 2014 End date: September 2014 with potential to extend Work schedule: Flexible. 2 days per week 11:00am – 6:00pm, and regular evening events. Compensation: Paid Fellowship Please send a resume and cover letter to Ellen Hartwell Alderman at ealderman@grahamfoundation.org. Candidates for interviews will be contacted by email. The Graham Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer interested in continuing the growth and diversity of its staff.
  • CFP: Decoration Reconsidered (SECAC 2014)

    Saratosa | Dates: 08 – 11 Oct, 2014
    Within canonical discourses of 20th century art, the term “decoration” has long been associated with degeneration, femininity, commercialism and pleasure “signifiers” of inferiority and otherness in relation to the definition of “good art.” Adolf Loos’ notorious text “Ornament and Crime” (1905), has been followed by generations of artists and critics holding similar views of decoration and the decorative quality as a problem, if not a travesty, for self-respected artists. The political bias behind such perceptions has been deconstructed in past decades by such artistic groups as the “Pattern and Decoration” of the 1970s and in more recent scholarship. However, the bias against decoration continues to dominate perceptions of appropriateness and quality within art historical research as well as in contemporary art practice. This session invites papers reflecting on the significance of decoration for modern and contemporary art, as well as the complex discursive space it occupies within various traditions of art history. Deadline for submission: April 20, 2014 Information about SECAC, abstract guidelines and submission procedures available at: http://www.secollegeart.org/conference
  • RAMSA 2014 Travel Fellowship

    New York | Dates: 21 Jan – 11 Apr, 2014

    The RAMSA Travel Fellowship is a $10,000 prize awarded yearly by Robert A. M. Stern Architects for the purpose of travel and research. More specifically, the RAMSA Travel Fellowship seeks to promote investigations on the perpetuation of tradition through invention - key to the firm’s own work. The prize is intended to nurture emerging talent and is awarded every year to an individual who has proven insight and interest in the profession and its future, as well as the ability to carry forth in-depth research.

    Click here to see selected 2013 Travel Fellowship submissions.

    Important Dates
    04/11/2014  Deadline for submission of proposal
    05/02/2014  Announcement of award
    11/03/2014  Deadline for submission of report

    Call for Proposals
    Registration Form

    Authorization Form

    Copyright Release

  • Stitch: an AIA Portland Ideas Competition

    Portland | Dates: 17 Mar – 28 Apr, 2014

    As the City of Portland continues to grow we find ourselves needing urban living rooms to offer space that is open and free for the public to use and gather. Pioneer Square is a great success as an urban space for the city, but as the population grows more public squares are needed. The opportunity to reclaim land that was consumed by the highway system provides a unique opportunity to address the need for more urban open space, but also to restitch two neighborhoods together. The square caps the highway, bridges between the downtown core and the growing neighborhood around Providence Park, and offers a perfect place for events related to both. This location is located along the max line integrating it with the entire City both near and far. Portlanders need urban space to express themselves, gather, protest, people watch, eat and generally contribute to community health and well-being.

    This competition calls for ideas on ways to successfully cap I-405, bridging the downtown to Goose Hollow and the Stadium district. We are looking for extraordinary creative proposals that will spark the imagination, open up a dialogue and offer innovative solutions to this urban problem. The program for the competition is open to the entrants, although a mix of public space with other programming is recommended. The program should respond to the neighboring context and needs of the city. We encourage each proposal to address multi-modal transportation within the project.

    This ideas competition is open to all including students and professionals, architects and engineers, landscape architects and urban designers. You can enter as an individual, as a team or as a firm.  You can also submit as many entires as you wish although you will have to pay an additional entree fee for each one.

    • $25 for students & unemployed designers
    • $50 for professionals
    • 1st Place – $500 + 2 Architecture Books donated from Princeton Architectural Press
    • 2nd Place – $200 + 2 Architecture Book donated from Princeton Architectural Press
    • 3rd Place – $100 + 2 Architecture Book donated from Princeton Architectural Press

    Winners and any Honorable Mentions will be displayed on the AIA Portland Website and be displayed at a local Gallery space, as well as on talkitect.com. We will also be sending press releases to local newspapers and/or magazines as well as national architecture publications.

    • Competition Registration Starts: March 17th
    • Submissions Due: April 28th – 5:00 PM PST
    • Jury Deliberations: April 28th – May 16th
    • Winner Announced: May 16th
    • Celebration: May 16th

  • The 2014 Animal House Competition

    Buffalo | Dates: 21 Nov, 2013 – 28 Mar, 2014

    The 2014 Animal House Competition

    This is an ideas-based competition in which entrants are asked to design a ‘house’ for a domestic animal of their choice.  The program’s intent is for each participant to develop a contemporary shelter design addressing spatial requirements of non-human species in a fresh & appealing way.

    Each entry should speak to the requirements of the animal it is being designed for.  There are no real limitations on what type of animal this is, ex- cept that the animal must be domesticated.  It is up to the designer to determine not only what the immediate shelter for the animal is, but also the specific context they choose to design the shelter within.  Is the inhabitation designed on an urban rooftop, in a traditional kitchen, in an open backyard, on a desk?

    The designer must understand the animal they design around and develop contemporary solutions for its new home. Design forms that break the mold of what society may have previously deemed as ‘typical’ for such enclosures will be highly valued by the jury.  An emphasis on unique fabrication methods or sustainable design may also allow an entry to stand out.

    What does the animal require in terms of space?  There should be a clear formal design concept that accommodates the chosen animal’s spatial requirements for multiple activities as applicable (ie. sleeping, sitting, standing, etc.). How is the scale of an animal’s enclosure related or unrelated to that of a human’s house?

    The 2014 Animal House Competition is meant to provide a vehicle for Emerging Professionals across New York State to develop their voices in a unique and challenging design endeavor.

    Entrants must be residents of New York State and qualify as “Emerging Professionals” - Students or Graduates 10 years or less removed from school at
    the time of the Competition Opening.

    First Place: $1,000
    Second Place: $500
    Third Place: $250

    Prizes sponsored by AIA Buffalo/WNY.

    Honorable Mentions will be distributed based upon merit at the discretion of the Design Jury.

    Top Prize Winners will be showcased in Press Releases, AIA digital Newsletters (locally & state-wide), on the AIA Buffalo/WNY website, on the AIA BEP website, and other varieties of Social Media.

    All entries will receive recognition on the AIA BEP website in an online gallery at the end of the competition. Select entry boards will be displayed at a Gallery Exhibition in Spring 2014 in Buffalo, NY.

    AIA Members: $25
    Non-AIA Members: $35
    Students/Volunteers: $20
    AIAS Members: No Fee

    All proceeds (less incidental administrative costs) will be donated to Buffalo Humane in support of their efforts to provide shelter and homes for various animals across Western New York.

    See Entry Form for further requirements.

    Entry fees are non-refundable. Please make checks or money orders out to
    Buffalo Architecture Foundation.

    Competition Opens: Nov 21 2013
    Submissions Due: Mar 28 2014
    Jury Deliberation: Apr 2014
    Winners Notified: Apr 2014
    Gallery Exhibition: Spring 2014

    For more information regarding the competition, entry requirements, rules, regulations, & selection criteria, please visit aiabep.org/animalhouse

    Email    info@aiabep.org
    Facebook    facebook.com/aiabep

    Each entry submission must include the following exactly in order to be
    considered by the jury.

    The primary deliverable for the competition is your Design Board.  It must
    be   24”x36” vertically-oriented, matte-finished, and mounted to 3/16” or
    1/4” foam core or equivalent. The boards must convey all intended design concepts through any drawing types the entrants choose, however, there must be at least one rendering showcasing the overall design (preferably in context with the animal it is meant for).

    Please provide all of the following in a separate 9”x12” unmarked envelope taped to the rear of the presentation board.

    Project Narrative
    A 250 word or less description of your submission including all pertinent information related to the animal your shelter is intended for, the concept for its formal design, and additional features that may cause your project to stand out.

    CD Containing above & Digital Images from Design Board
    All entry materials must be saved digitally to an unmarked CD at 300dpi resolution (jpg or tif format only) including the Design Board and several individual images from the board itself.  Please only label the files with generic names as listed below:
    “Project Narrative” “Design Board” “Image 01”

    Concealed Entry Form
    The entry form must be filled out in its entirety and be included in the unmarked envelope.  NOTE:  This is the ONLY place that identification marks for entrants should be indicated on any of the materials submit- ted for the competition.  All other materials submitted should omit all identifying marks.  Numbers will be associated with submission entries upon arrival to the delivery address below.

    Non-Refundable Entry Fee
    Please make out all checks or money orders to;
    Buffalo Architecture Foundation.

    All deliverables shall be wrapped in brown craft paper & delivered to:

    Attn: Manuel Rivera, AIA HHL Architects
    172 Allen St
    Buffalo, NY 14201

    *All submissions entries MUST arrive on or before Friday March 21, 2014. The submission deadline date will be strictly observed; no exceptions will be made.

    Submission entries may be delivered anytime between November 21, 2013 and March 21, 2014. An email confirmation will be sent to all entrants at the close of the competition verifying their submission was received, however, it is strongly recommended that entrants use alternate package arrival verification methods to ensure proper delivery as well.

    All submission entries must contain original content only and must be sub- mitted without identifying marks, including logos, texts, insignia, or images on the display surface that could be used to identify the submission’s author(s). The AIA will use all information submitted to display in exhibitions and publications to promote the competition.

    All designs will be judged based on the following criteria:

    LIVABILITY |  Has the design entry met the needs and requirements of the animal for which the entry has been designed?

    CLARITY  |  Does the entry have clear, concise, and appropriate design methodology and form that compliments the design intent? Aesthetic appeal of the formal design will also factor into jury deliberation.

    CONSTRUCTABILITY  |  Could this house actually be built?  Are the fabrication methods creatively executed in the design to reinforce the overall concepts of the shelter?  Although not confirmed, the first prize winner’s Animal House may be constructed dependent upon several factors including structural clarity.

    REPRESENTATION | High-quality representation that showcases strong and captivating design identity will be sought after during jury deliberation. Whether utilizing hand-drawn or computer graphic methods, the designer’s craft must be maintained at an exceptional level.

    Emphasis on other considerations such as sustainability, estimated cost of construction, and animal selection are also left up to the discretion of the entrant, but will factor into the jury’s evaluation of each entry.

    Entrants are given wide latitude in determining the form, function, and style of their designs.

    Decisions of the Jury are Final.

    Members of the Jury have been selected from several diverse professional
    & institutional organizations throughout the Western New York area to best facilitate objective judgment of the competition entries.

    Michael LaValley, Assoc. AIA, LEED® AP
    Co-Founder/Co-Chair | AIA Buffalo Emerging Professionals
    Board Member | AIA Buffalo/WNY
    Project Manager/Designer  |  Chaintreuil Jensen Stark Architects

    Michael Anderson, AIA, LEED® AP
    2014 Secretary | AIA Buffalo/WNY
    Architect | Architectural Resources

    Anne E. Dafchik, AIA, LEED® AP, NCARB
    Education Coordinator | AIA Buffalo Emerging Professionals
    Architect | Kideney Architects

    Kevin M. Mahoney
    2013 President | Buffalo Architecture Foundation
    Sr. Vice President/Partner  |  Baer & Associates

    Joyce Hwang, AIA, NCARB
    Assoc. Professor/Director of Professional Studies  |  University at Buffalo SA&P
    Director | Ants of the Prairie

    Carol Tutzauer
    President | Buffalo Humane
    Social & Behavioral Research Scientist  |  University at Buffalo

    Clara Miller
    Vice President of Communications | Buffalo Humane
    Assist. Manager/IT Support/Campus Dining & Shops  |  University at Buffalo


    1. Entrants give AIA Buffalo/WNY and AIA BEP permission to reproduce their submission without restriction.
    2. No royalties shall be payable by AIA BEP or any other sponsors for use of the submission entry materials.
    3. Entrants verify that all information provided in the Concealed Entry Form is true and their submission is subject to disqualification in the event that it is found that any information has been falsified.
    4. Entrants affirm that they are sole owner of the materials identified in the Animal House Competition entry, that each submitted entry is an original work, and that neither these materials nor the permission granted hereby infringes upon the ownership, copyright, trademark, or rights of others.
    5. All deliverables become property of AIA Buffalo Emerging Professionals.
    6. Entries shall not have been previously published in any competition publication, whether printed, online, or otherwise.
    7. Entries shall not have been selected as a finalist, winner, honorable mention, etc. in any other competition.
    8. If the design is submitted from a team of people, all team members must be identified on the concealed entry form.
    9. All entries must be submitted without identifying marks, including logos, texts, insignia, or images on the display surface that could be used to identify the submission’s author(s).
    10. For jurying purposes, each design is considered as a separate entry and a separate entry fee must be paid for each.  Multiple designs will not be considered as a single entry.
    11. Entrants are not allowed to discuss details of their competition designs and/or entries with any of the judges directly whatsoever. Any attempt to do so will result in immediate disqualification.
    12. Any deviation from competition rules may result in automatic disqualification at the discretion of the jury.
  • Confabulations: Storytelling in Architecture Symposium

    Alexandria | Dates: 28 – 29 Mar, 2014
    The second Frascari Symposium will be hosted at the 
    Washington-Alexandria Center of Virginia Tech on March 28-29, 
    2014 on the topic of Confabulations: storytelling in architecture. 

    The symposium will host confabulations by 
    and other storytellers.
  • Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter Annual Conference

    Seattle | Dates: 03 – 05 Oct, 2014
    Museums: Building Collections, Building Community
  • Architecture Firm Eskew+Dumez+Ripple Seeking 2014 Fellows

    New Orleans | Dates: 14 – 16 Mar, 2014
    Eskew+Dumez+Ripple (EDR) seeks to combine design excellence, performance and resiliency in a practice rooted in the community.  Situated in one of the most culturally rich cities in the United States, if not the world, New Orleans offers an urban environment with a vibrant music scene, world-class restaurants, a deep history of cultures and traditions, and the unique opportunity to make a difference in the largest urban renewal project ever undertaken in our country.

    To that end, EDR is announcing its third annual Eskew+Dumez+Ripple Research Fellowship opportunity. The focus of this year's Fellowship is to conduct applied research in the field of community engagement. The Fellow will explore the breadth of tools and formats that are available to designers to conduct meaningful public outreach around architectural and urban placemaking projects.

    Nearly every design project involves some form of community engagement. Typical public outreach strategies often rely on the public meeting as a forum for decision-making. Today, in an increasingly global and digital era, more opportunities for sustained dialogue and long-term buy-in for planning and design projects are emerging. For example, successful projects are increasingly leveraging digital technologies and novel storytelling methodologies to garner and maintain interest in project outcomes. Public process participants ideally become champions of the project through implementation and ongoing governance.

    Research Fellows are paired with EDR staff to develop and refine research goals. Fellows are brought on to help with client projects and marketing endeavors in order to test and vet their research, generating feedback loops for continued learning and refinement.

    The goal of the EDR Fellowship is to provide meaningful and unique professional experience within a studio-based research environment. Fellows work under the guidance of the studio’s leaders to produce work and to document and present the results at the end of the Fellowship tenure.

    The 2014/2015 Fellowship will support two individuals, one for 12 months, and one for 3 months. The three month fellowship will focus on digital means and methods.  The twelve month fellowship will bring digital, storytelling and other formats into a broader framework of community engagement.  The Fellows will collaborate for the first 3 months, generating testable questions, benchmarks and tangible tools that the 12-month Fellow will develop for the remainder of the fellowship term.

    Application Timeline:

    • March 16, 2014 Deadline to Receive Candidate Submissions
    • April 1, 2014 Selected Candidate Notification
    • June 1, 2014 Fellowship Begins

    Application Guidelines

    • Candidates are encouraged to come from a range of disciplinary fields, but will operate in a design studio. The capacity to visually represent and graphically refine research and results is preferred, but not required. We will consider applications from computer programmers, interaction designers, marketing and communications specialists, writers, and other non-traditional backgrounds.

    • Fellowships are open to candidates currently pursuing professional degrees who have completed at least six semesters of academic coursework, through those who have graduated with a professional degree and are within 3 years of that graduation.

    • Submittals must be transmitted the website form below.

    • The position is paid; however, lodging and transport (to New Orleans) is the responsibility of the Fellow.

    • No phone inquiries please. However, our studio is open to visitors in New Orleans wishing to stop by.

    Application Items

    Candidates are asked to submit the following, as one PDF, paginated in the following order. The submission upload may not be larger than 5 MB.

    • Curriculum Vitae or Resume

    • Design portfolio, 10 pages max, only if applicable to candidate’s background.

    • One of the following:

    - A memo relating the candidate’s applied experience with community engagement tools, formats, platforms, processes and approaches.

    - A work product relating the candidate’s experience with community engagement tools, formats, platforms, processes and approaches.

    - Well-captioned design portfolio excerpts relating the candidate’s experience with community engagement tools, formats, platforms, processes and approaches.

    - An original research proposal, 500-1,000 words in length, identifying a specific question you wish to investigate as part of your residence in the EDR studio. The essay should also outline the candidate’s proposed methodology. Note: the actual plan of work for the selected candidate may be based on an adaptation of this proposal.

    Critical Questions

    Below is a list of questions that EDR has assembled over time, which are critical to how we engage communities in a robust design process and tell the story of a design project as it occupies a community. Candidates are welcome to use these as launching points for assembling their application items.

    1. What are some examples of effective digital tools and platforms for community engagement?

    • What types of design questions/projects are more suited to each tool/platform? E.g.:

    • MindMixer and other public feedback aggregator websites

    • Real-time public meeting polling devices

    • Quick wins through prototyping

    • Highly visual, highly accessible archival websites

    • Geographic information systems and mapping user group demographics, actions and choices

    2. Engagement strategies often need to be layered and sequenced in terms of how they are deployed. What are appropriate and inappropriate ways to do this?

    Critical Resources

    We have also included a short, curated list of sample references below.

    http://www.digitalengagementframework.com/ Guide to Localism - Part 2: Getting community engagement right Communication and Citizen Participation Techniques - Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC), Seattle, Washington Digital Placemaking – Authentic Civic Engagement Urban Storytelling in New OrleansExploring Interactive Storytelling about Urban Redevelopment http://publiclab.org/ http://www.neighborhoodstoryproject.org/
  • A Modern Affair

    New York | Dates: 13 May, 2014

    A special night to support
    DOCOMOMO New York/Tri-State
    and celebrate 50 years of Alvar Aalto’s
    Edgar J. Kaufmann Conference Center

    Tuesday May 13, 2014
    6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

    Alvar Aalto Rooms 
    The Edgar J. Kaufmann Conference Center
    809 United Nations Plaza
    New York City

    On May 13, DOCOMOMO New York/Tri-State welcomes aficionados of mid-century Modernism to a special evening with a rare glimpse of the Edgar J. Kaufmann Jr. Conference Center, designed by renowned Finnish architect Alvar Aalto (1898–1976). A Modern Affair supports the work of the DOCOMOMO New York/Tri-State chapter and celebrates the 50-year milestone of the Center, which is one of only four Aalto-designed projects in the United States. The architect used his beautifully-refined signature elements—gentle curves, bent birch wood details, cobalt porcelain tile and sculptural lighting—to transform the 12th floor of the Institute of International Education’s headquarters into an intimate gathering space. These features exemplify Aalto’s distinctive Scandinavian interpretation of the International Style, which is heightened by views of the United Nations through the east-facing window wall and from an outdoor balcony.

    For ticket and sponsorship details visit our NYCharities Modern Affair event site 
    For questions or additional information on sponsorship opportunities please contact
    Tami Hausman or Meredith Bzdak:

  • Chicago Expander at Archeworks: Food Workshop

    Chicago | Dates: 14 Apr, 2014

    The Chicago Expander at Archeworks is a research initiative that brings together thinkers, designers and practitioners to construct new discourses on regionalism and develop new models addressing large- and small-scale urban design.

    Co-directed by Iker Gil and Antonio Petrov, the Chicago Expander workshops examine our region’s micro-geographies, boundaries, networks and systems through the lenses of energy, food, economy, water and transportation.

    Food Workshop
    This Chicago Expander workshop will explore our region’s food systems by drawing on geography as a research and design paradigm. How does food surpass typical boundaries of jurisdiction and governance, and impact larger geographies? With food and the infrastructure that is required to produce, distribute and store it central to our investigation; we will examine the politics behind local, national and global food interests and the implications on region formation processes in Chicago. Individuals with diverse disciplinary backgrounds are welcome to apply.

    Dates:  Five evening sessions (6-8pm) Apr 14, Apr 16, Apr 21, Apr 23 and May 5
    Three Saturday sessions (10am-5pm) Apr 19, Apr 26 and May 10

    Tuition: $500

    Application Deadline: Friday, April 4, 2014

    More information and application instructions at

  • Contemporary Art in Healthcare Environments

    New York | Dates: 23 Apr, 2014
    Wednesday, April 23, 6:30pm

    This lecture will look at how contemporary art is integrated into healthcare environments and the affect it has on patients and their families. Jennifer Finkel, curator, Cleveland Clinic Art Program, Arts & Medicine, will speak about how Cleveland Clinic utilizes its contemporary art collection comprised of nearly 5,400 artworks and how the art program is an integral part of the patient experience.Diane Brown, founder and president, RxArt, a non-profit organization that transforms pediatric hospital facilities into comforting and engaging spaces through site-specific installations by contemporary artists, will speak about projects working with artists such as Jeff Koons, Rob Pruitt, Kenny Scharf and many more.

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

  • African Perspectives 2014: The Lagos Dialogues

    Lagos | Dates: 10 – 13 Apr, 2014

    The Lagos Dialogues 2014 will take place at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Festac, Lagos. We invite you to attend this ground-breaking international conference and dialogue on buildings, culture, and the built environment in Africa. The conference is hosted by the organisation ArchiAfrika, based in Ghana, with support from organisations and institutions throughout Africa, and across the world. Its main aim is to provide a venue and forum for discussion, debate and academic discourse on emerging themes related to the African City and the built environment on the continent.

    The event is unique in gathering together both scholars and creative people from Africa to provide a forum to share and debate their ideas on the key themes which are shaping Africa’s buildings and urban environment through a number of cultural and social lenses, including literature, art, and the traditional built environment disciplines.

    There are five thematic areas that will be covered:

    Theme 1: The Diaspora: Culture and the Inter-disciplinary Arts

    Theme 2: Housing Cultures

    Theme 3: African Cities and Mass Housing

    Theme 4: The Physical and Virtual Worlds of Africa

    Theme 5: The Green Imperative & New Technologies for Urban Africa

    Click here to download the program.

    For more information, visit the official conference site.

  • East West Central 02: Re-scaling the Environment. New Landscapes of Design, 1960-1980

    Zurich | Dates: 15 Mar – 25 Apr, 2014
    Conference at the ETH Zurich, 28/29 November 2014

    Institute gta, Theory of Architecture, Prof. Dr. Ákos Moravánszky

    East West Central 02:
Re-scaling the Environment. New Landscapes of Design, 1960–80

    Following the international conference 'Re-humanizing Architecture: New Forms of Community, 1950-1970', to be held on 16/17 May 2014 at the ETH Zürich, this second symposium of the project "East West Central" seeks to trace the development of novel approaches and strategies for a systemic and comprehensive design of the built environment and for architectural and territorial planning since the 1960s. The expansion of architecture to consider the whole environment, the shift from objects to processes, and the turn to systems and networks of distribution of both resources as well as people went in hand not only with rapid modernization, technological and scientific progress, but also with a rise of utopian ideals and technocratic beliefs how these processes could be managed efficiently. Transdiciplinary encounters with new subjects such as cybernetics but also with established disciplines such as economic planning and sociology had a profound influence on architecture and urbanism.

    We ask to what extent these innovations and shifts in both scale and method within the practices of architecture and urbanism were symptoms of convergence and/or outcomes of the competition between different economic and political systems. One of the chief objectives of the competing systems and economies of Western and Eastern Europe was the idea to provide a targeted output of available resources by interventions of the government or of other agencies. The conference will examine strategies behind the material, conceptual and design-oriented changes that have fundamentally transformed the European landscapes across the East-West dichotomy. It also seeks to trace exchanges and knowledge transfer between agents across the political divide through international professional networks such as the UIA and its meetings, for example the 1967 conference in Prague with the topic 'Architecture and the Human Milieu' or its 1972 meeting in Varna, Bulgaria on the subject of leisure.

    We seek contributions that focus on discourses, accounts and images of urban, economic or cultural systems and hierarchies, which derived from new ideas of scale, efficiency and centrality and which were fostered by new means of traffic, programming and production in all parts of Europe. Papers should address transnational phenomena within architecture and planning that sought to give shape to the age of large-scale systems of supply and consumption, travel and leisure. We hope that contributions will consider the hopes that underpinned the implementation of new scales and systems as well as their often-conflicting actuality, due to the inertia of material and social realities. The organizers encourage comparative studies that reflect upon:

    • different methodological approaches for system-based designs of architecture,infrastructures and the built environment, including but not limited to the theories and utopian projects of Western and Eastern European members of the GEAM group, individuals from institutions such as the former Soviet institute for design research VNIITE, the HfG ULM, and others.  
    • the impact of territorial reorganization, shifting centralities, comprehensive planning and new technologies on architecture with respect to processes of urbanization, industrialization or the intensification of agriculture and the broader idea of efficiency.  
    • the architecture of infrastructures such as networks of supply, service and consumption, the construction of highways and other large-scale structures such as oil and gas pipelines and their impact on territorial ecologies, as well as new approaches to landscape and increased environmental awareness that result from these processes.

    Please send an abstract of up to 300 words and a brief biography (max. 150 words) to: professur.moravanszky@gta.arch.ethz.ch

    Abstracts can be submitted until Friday, 25 April 2014. The selected participants will be informed by Monday, 26 May 2014. Full papers are due two weeks ahead of the symposium, on 14 November 2014.

    A limited number of travel allowances might be available for successful applicants. 

    For further details and updates please visit: http://www.moravanszky.arch.ethz.ch/veranstaltungen/eastwestcentral-02
  • VerSus 2014: Lessons from Vernacular Heritage for Sustainable Architecture

    Valencia | Dates: 11 – 13 Sep, 2014

    VerSus 2014 is an International Conference on the Lessons from Vernacular Heritage for Sustainable Architecture. The conference themes are the study of vernacular architecture and its mechanisms for sustainability, the conservation and restoration of vernacular architecture and the potential applications of sustainable lessons of vernacular heritage to contemporary architecture. The conference will take place on 11th, 12th and 13th September 2014, at the School of Architecture of Universitat Politècnica de València. Associated to  VerSus 2014  Conference will be organised  Mediterra 2014, the second conference of Earthen Architecture in the Mediterranean  region, and ResTAPIA 2014, the second conference of earthen architecture conservation in general, and rammed earth conservation, in particular.

    The conference programme of VerSus 2014 includes keynote lectures  by international experts and the presentation of papers and posters during  11th and 12th September 2014. The previous day, 10th September will take place a workshop and the 13th September 2014 will be dedicated to technical visits.

  • IUAES 2014: Towards an Architectural Anthropology

    Chiba City | Dates: 15 – 18 May, 2014
    The Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology (JASCA) invites anthropologists from around the world to our 50th Anniversary Conference to be held jointly with IUAES Inter-Congress 2014.

    The Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology (JASCA) invites anthropologists from around the world to our 50th Anniversary Conference to be held jointly with IUAES Inter-Congress 2014.

    The conference aims to attract well over 1000 international and domestic delegates to Chiba City in Greater Tokyo. The theme will be The Future with/of Anthropologies. The language of the conference will be English. Read the conference theme, see who will be giving the keynotes, and browse the list of accepted panels and papers.

    The conference itself will take place from 15th to 18th May 2014, at the International Conference Hall of Makuhari Messe, Chiba City. Please note that on the 14th of May, there will be a drinks reception and the registration desk will be open for a few hours in the evening. For further information of the IUAES2014 general timetable, please have a look here.


    Istanbul | Dates: 08 – 10 May, 2014
    Deadline for submission of abstracts: March 14, 2014
    Deadline for registration: March 28, 2014
    Deadline for full papers submission: April 4, 2014

  • The Digital Future of World Heritage

    Rome | Dates: 02 – 04 Apr, 2014

    Ground-breaking methods of documentation and interpretation of World Heritage Sites is the theme for a collaborative Symposium presented by the University of Notre Dame and the UNESCO World Heritage Center (WHC), in collaboration with Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Scholars in Sciences and Humanities are trying to uncover a layer of evidence from the past, using the technology of the future, in order to make sense of and reveal a particular reality. With the convergence of both traditional and new technologies, we are able to reveal a greater depth to the story that history has left behind.

    The Symposium will focus on the need for state-of-the-art tools and technologies that transform the way we think about documentation, interpretation, archiving and preservation for future generations. Technology transfer in the Humanities is still in an exploratory phase. Engaging University faculty from other fields with expertise in established technologies, such as georegistration, land and subsurface mapping/imagery, remote sensing, cartography, accelerator mass spectrometry and finite element methods, has the potential to inspire innovative methods of documenting heritage and furthering research on site. The Symposium will also be a platform to present various techniques of merging scientific research with site management, and the benefits of such joint approaches to the improvement and management of World Heritage Sites. Government and State agencies involved in running sites will be introduced to the latest techniques in documentation, analysis and historic research to study and maintain sites.

    We hope you can join us at this special event. Explore the tabs above to learn more about the ProgramSpeakersSymposium site and the Exhibit of architectural research that will launch concurrently with the Symposium.

  • CFP: Materia Arquitectura No9: FORM

    Santiago | Dates: 13 – 21 Mar, 2014
    MATERIA ARQUITECTURA is a semiannual publication about architecture, edited by the School of Architecture of Universidad San Sebastian since 2009 (Santiago de Chile). The journal intends to widen the knowledge of the discipline from a critical view as a record, diffusion, and reference tool aiming at the opening of new discourses of contemporary architecture.

    MATERIA ARQUITECTURA is open to the whole national and international academic and professional community. The journal has a special interest in publishing works on the theoretical research and practical production of current architecture in Latin America.


    'It is the pervading law of all things organic and inorganic, of all things physical and metaphysical, of all things human and all things superhuman, of all true manifestations of the head, of the heart, of the soul, that the life is recognizable in its expression, that form ever follows function. This is the law.'

    Sullivan, Louis H. (1896)

    'The Tall Office Building Artistically Considered'.

    Lippincott's Magazine (March 1896): 403-409.

    Form follows function, the phrase coined by the American architect, Louis Sullivan, in late XIX century is perhaps one of the most significant and foundational principles of XX century's modern architecture.

    The rationalist perspective in architectural design due to the changes generated by the emergence of new industrial materials like steel and glass (among other factors) certainly impacted on the proposals, design strategies and realization of modern spaces that began to set a new aesthetic, a new architecture, a new urban form. Nowadays, more than 100 years of that famous Sullivan's statement, the problem of the generation of architectural form remains as a key theme of the discipline and profession.

    To question the relationship between form and architecture seems so simple and complex at the same time: What factors do define the form?, How form is defined?, Why a form is defined?, What is the relationship between form and material?, What is the relationship between form and program?, What is the relationship between form and landscape? What is the relationship between form and technology?, and so on.

    This issue of MATERIA ARQUITECTURA journal seeks to take back these and other questions about the problem of design of architectural form in order to contribute to the contemporary debate of the discipline and profession.


    To publish in MATERIA ARQUITECTURA, authors should submit their works electronically to: materia.arquitectura@uss.cl.

    MATERIA ARQUITECTURA will only publish original and unpublished works. Texts and pictures will be the exclusive responsibility of the signing authors. Submitted manuscripts will be assessed by the Editorial Committee and by peer reviewers. Once the submitted material has been accepted, MATERIA ARQUITECTURA will contact the authors to give them specific instructions about the publication process. The sections open for collaborations are:


    Essays, researches, articles. It has a thematic character (see I.Call for Papers) and it will publish essays and theoretical works which are the result of researches or specific works. Authors whose work have been selected by the Editorial Committee should consider and/or attach the following:

    -Manuscript: maximum length 2,500 words.

    -Abstract: maximum length 100 words.

    -Five keywords.

    -Citations, notes, references and bibliography must follow the rules of APA Style.

    -Author's biodata, 100 words maximum.

    Pictures, photographs (formats: TIFF, JPG, EPS. Resolution: 300 DPI).

    -All submitted pictures must include: photo captions, data, source and authorization to be published.

    -Plans (format: DWG).


    Critical review of architectural works and projects.

    -Text: maximum length 1,000 words.

    -Technical data.

    -Architectural drawings (DWG), photographs and renders (300 DPI)


    Visual exploration related to Dossier's central theme.

    -Introductory text: maximum length 400 words.

    -8 to 20 images (300 DPI)

    More info:



    Mario Marchant L.
    Director Revista Materia Arquitectura
    Facultad de Arquitectura
    Universidad San Sebastian
    Bellavista 7, Recoleta
    Santiago - Chile

  • Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Conference in Philadelphia

    Philadelphia | Dates: 09 – 12 Oct, 2014
    CALL FOR PAPERS/PANELS The Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs 2014 Conference October 9-11, 2014—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The University of Pennsylvania and Villanova University Revolutions! Philadelphia has long been home to revolutionary thought. Its most famous son, Benjamin Franklin—inventor, scientist, newspaper mogul, diplomat, political philosopher, educational reformer, signer of the Declaration of Independence, statesman—is the embodiment of the myriad revolutions that continue to shape human history, especially in modern times. For the 2014 AGLSP conference, we will explore the theme of Revolutions. Appropriately, the conference will take place here in Philadelphia, birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, at the University of Pennsylvania, the university that Franklin founded (in the spirit of educational reform) and the home of the ENIAC—the first computer that revolutionized the face of modern technology. We invite papers that explore a wide range of viewpoints on the topic of Revolutions, including the following: • Political • Technological • Economic • Scientific • Religious • Cultural / Artistic • Educational • Social • Sexual • Present and future revolutions – what might be the next revolution? We welcome papers from multiple disciplines, including history, literature, the social sciences, the arts, and science, but in the spirit of Liberal Studies, special consideration will be given to papers which combine the perspectives of various disciplines, and which engage academic but non-specialist audiences. Proposals that address the integration of this theme into Liberal Studies curricula and classes are also welcome. Consideration will also be given to complete panels. Presentations should be 20 minutes long. Visual and other media are welcome where appropriate, but prospective presenters are reminded to rely on PowerPoint only when it offers an appropriate enhancement to the material. Please send the Presentation Proposal Form (found at aglsp.com) along with a 1-2 page abstract to the conference organizers Marylu Hill (marylu.hill@villanova.edu) and Chris Pastore (cpastore@sas.upenn.edu) by June 1, 2014. Additional information about the conference can be found at www.aglsp.org