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  • CFP: “Craft and the Machine: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives”

    Morris Plains | Dates: 21 Jul, 2014

    Call for Papers:  The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms and the American Fine and Decorative Arts Program at Sotheby’s Institute of Art seek submissions for the Fourth Annual Emerging Scholars Symposium to be held at the Stickley Museum on Saturday, October 18, 2014. Deadline July 21, 2014.

    “Craft and the Machine: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives”

    One of the overriding concerns of craft reformers throughout the 19th and 20th centuries was the degree to which mechanization should be integrated into craft production.  On the one hand, Irene Sargent echoed anti-machine sentiments in Gustav Stickley’s The Craftsman when she wrote “The slave of the machine must follow its movements at the peril of his health, sanity and life… He is in all things the opposite of the master craftsman…” Yet, at virtually the same time, Frank Lloyd Wright argued the opposite: “The great ethics of the Machine are as yet, in the main, beyond the ken of the artist or student of sociology; but the artist mind may now approach the nature of this thing from experience, which has become the commonplace of his field, to suggest, in time, I hope, to prove, that the machine is capable of carrying to fruition high ideals in art – higher than the world has yet seen!”  We seek papers about craft—broadly construed as both historical and contemporary work—that sheds light on the complexities of this subject.  Less a binary opposition than a strategy that reformers and practitioners employed to connect with audiences, we welcome papers from diverse periods and media that address the role of the machine in craft production.  What sort of strategies—myths even—did practitioners and reformers use?  What do these anxieties signaled by craft tell us more broadly about the cultures that produced them?

    We invite current graduate students and recently graduated scholars to submit proposals for 20-25 minute papers that critically examine these issues.  Please direct any questions to:

    Jonathan Clancy

    Director, American Fine and Decorative Arts Program Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York jonathan.clancy@sia.edu<mailto:jonathan.clancy@sia.edu>

    Submission Guidelines:

    Please submit the following by July 21, 2014:

    ·       A one-page abstract of your topic with title.

    ·       A current c.v.

    All submissions will be reviewed by August 1 and you will receive an email with the decision about your proposal.

    Accepted proposals must submit a final draft of the paper by September 7th, 2014.

    Participants must be able to attend the symposium in order to deliver their paper.

  • Oculus Book Talk: John Massengale, Street Design

    New York | Dates: 11 Aug, 2014

    1.5 LU | 1.5 HSW

    When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM MONDAY, AUGUST 11

    Where: At The Center   

    John Massengale, AIA, will present Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns, published by John Wiley & Sons.

    Massengale and Dover know how to fix America's neighborhoods, cities, and towns: make them walkable again. That begins with great streets where people want to be, streets that are comfortable, safe, and interesting. In Street Design, two accomplished architects and urban designers share insights on how good street design can increase happiness, unlock economic value, improve our health, and lower our carbon footprint.

    Street Design is the essential handbook for urban designers, civic leaders, architects, city planners, engineers, developers, landscape architects, and community activists: it is ideal reading for any person who wants to make their comunity walkable and create memorable streets that are not just routes to somplace else, but great places that are destinations in themselves. 

    John Montague Massengale, AIA, is an architect and urban designer in New York City. He is a board member of the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU), which The New York Times called "the most important phenomenon to emerge in American architecture in the post-Cold War era" and a formr Director of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. With Robert A.M. Stern, he was coauthor of New York 1900: Metropolitan Architecture and Urbanism 1890-1915 and The Anglo-American Suburb.

    Price: Free for AIA members and students with valid student ID - RSVP using the form to the right 
    $10 for non-members - PURCHASE A TICKET

  • Albany’s Annual Tour of Historic Homes

    Albany | Dates: 26 Jul, 2014

    Don’t Miss the 37th Annual Tour of Historic Homes in historic downtown Albany. Ride in a vintage trolley or horse-drawn carriage and tour beautifully-restored historic homes, churches, and museums.

    Visitors can tour the homes in any order they like. Homeowners and Hosts/Hostesses will be available to answer questions about restoration efforts, historic house maintenance and why they chose Albany as home. 

    Tickets available on the day of the tour beginning at 10 a.m. at the Albany Visitors Association, 110 3rd Ave SE. Adults $15.00, Seniors & Groups of 10 or more $12, Monteith House Museum Members $10.00 Children 12 & under, free with paid adult. 

    Historic downtown Albany’s restaurants and shops will be open for this event and many will have quilts on display throughout the weekend. 


  • Nantucket Preservation Trust Annual August Fête

    Siasconset | Dates: 07 Aug, 2014
    Thursday August 7, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM 

    Please join us at the annual August Fete a special celebration of Nantucket’s historic architecture. The annual event, provides details of the island’s architectural heritage as guests tour historic houses and enjoy a tented reception.This year homes in Sunset Heights and the Underhill Cottages will be available to tour. Tour goers will have the chance to view homes along ‘Sconset streets including: Pochick and Magnolia. There will be a gala reception with live music by Coq Au Vin Ensemble, food by Nantucket Catering Company, and Spanky’s Raw Bar and more! 

  • History Play Date: Design Your Own Farmhouse

    New York | Dates: 26 Jul, 2014

    Saturday, July 26
    History Play Date: Design your own Farmhouse
    11am-12pm

    What would your dream farmhouse look like? Visit the Dyckman Farmhouse for some inspiration! Learn about the architectural elements of Manhattan’s oldest farmhouse and then cut, collage, design and craft your own dream farmhouse inspired by the Dyckman farm.

    Recommended for children age 5 and up.
    All children must be accompanied by an adult.

    This workshop is free, but reservations are required. Email info@dyckmanfarmhouse.org

  • Keck + Keck Open House: Mr. and Mrs. Milton Hirsch Residence

    Highland Park | Dates: 20 Jul, 2014
    Sunday, July 20
    3 - 5 pm

    Keck + Keck Open House
    Visit an iconic modern house on the lakefront in Highland Park.
    Mr. and Mrs. Milton Hirsch residence, built in 1961

    Join us for an afternoon reception in an iconic work of Mid-Century Modernism. 

    The Hirsch house features a curving plan, based on a segment of a circle. A finely detailed custom home, it includes numerous built-ins, skylights, and of course the trademark Keck window vents. Curving hallways connect zones of activity. Built on a steep wooded bluff that drops to Lake Michigan, the house complements the spectacular site and takes advantage of the northeastern view toward the lake. 

    The Hirsches admired the Hopf House in Kenilworth, and requested some of the same features, including the purple/black brick and the alumnum porte cochere that connects the drive-through garage to the house. 

  • Walking Tour – Evanston Women’s History

    Evanston | Dates: 02 Aug, 2014

    Evanston Women’s History – August 2

    Explore the revolutionary history of Evanston’s women by viewing the houses and buildings where they worked to transform our cultural landscape.

    $20/$15 for members
    11 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
    All tours begin at 225 Greenwood Street, unless otherwise indicated

  • Civic Foundation Legends in Italian Art

    Kalamazoo | Dates: 14 – 17 May, 2015
    Nearly every Italian civitas created one or more foundation narratives that glorified and advertised its origins. In Florence, for example, an anonymous writer drafted a chronicle circa 1200 that recounted the city’s ancient past and the heroic exploits of its early leaders. In the trecento, Giovanni Villani expanded upon the story and embellished it with the addition of fanciful anecdotes. Other major centers, such as Arezzo, Perugia, and Bologna, formulated similar narratives, which told of conquering Romans or the noble Etruscans before them. In the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, civic legends—typically a conflation of history and myth—were already being promoted and disseminated through art and architecture, long before the age of Coluccio Salutati and Flavio Biondo. In cities that had actually been founded in antiquity, such artworks commonly served to enhance or exaggerate the historical truth, often with propagandistic intent. Other cities, such as Siena and Venice, were not established until the Middle Ages and thus found themselves in the difficult position of having to invent their ancient pasts. In Siena, the communal authorities adopted the Roman she-wolf as the primary symbol of the Republic by the middle of the duecento, and it was systematically replicated in painting and sculpture, including on the exterior of public buildings, until the end of the Renaissance period.

    The Italian Art Society will host three sessions in which scholars investigate the artistic programs of Italian cities in the medieval and early modern eras as they relate to their foundation legends. These sessions aim to advance our understanding of the interrelation between civic identity and visual culture while exploring the complex sociopolitical circumstances underlying the manufacture and propagation of historical narratives. Papers addressing questions of patronage, historiography, iconography, political ideology or cultural interchange would be especially welcome.

    Please submit a paper proposal to the organizer, Max Grossman (megrossman@utep.edu) Deadline: September 15, 2014
    Please include the following materials in your application:
    1) A one-page abstract
    2) Completed Participant Information Form available at the website of the Medieval Congress: http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html#PIF
    3) A one-page CV
  • 2014 SAH Awards Gala

    Chicago | Dates: 08 – 08 Nov, 2014
    The Society of Architectural Historians will present five Awards for Architectural Excellence during the 2014 SAH Awards Gala. The theme of the 2014 Gala is "A Foundation for Preservation," honoring those individuals who initiated early preservation work in Chicago and continue to support and encourage preservation. The Gala benefits SAH's educational mission and restoration of the Charnley-Persky House.


    For more information, visit sah.org/gala.
  • 19th Annual Fallingwater Twilight Tour

    Mill Run | Dates: 23 Aug, 2014

    Experience Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater as the sun sets over the ridges of the Laurel Highlands during the 19th Annual Twilight Tour and Concert on Saturday, Aug. 23.

    The tour, concert and picnic dinner, sponsored by Huntington Bank, provides guests with an opportunity to experience the house, mingle with old and new friends and enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres. Organizers invite guests to walk through the rooms of the house at their own pace as the changing light allows visitors to see Fallingwater from an entirely new perspective.

    At twilight, a lantern-lit path will lead guests to a meadow, where they will enjoy live jazz performed by BET's "Jazz Discovery Showcase" Winner The David Bach Trio, a spirited eclectic group of artists from Washington, DC, while dining on a gourmet picnic dinner prepared by Fallingwater’s chef.

    Space is limited – tickets should be purchased by Aug. 18.

    To be properly prepared for the evening we suggest smart casual attire, comfortable shoes and a jacket or light sweater as the evening air is often chilly. Lawn chairs and flashlights will be provided courtesy of Huntington Bank.

    Tickets may be purchased by calling Visitor Services at 724-329-8501 between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm or by using our secure on-line ticketing system. If purchasing your tickets on-line, please email Event Coordinator Katlyn Andyjohn at kandyjohn@paconserve.org and let her know if you have any special dietary needs.

    • Available by advance ticket purchase only
    • Tickets available on-line or by phone
    • $225.00 per person non-members
    • $200.00 per person members*
    • Saturday, Aug. 23

    6:30 p.m. - Reception on the bridge and self-guided house tours 
    8 p.m. to 10 p.m. - Gourmet picnic and jazz concert in the meadow

    A portion of the price -- $100 – is tax deductible and supports the preservation of Fallingwater.

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  • Prairie School Design Workshop

    Oak Park | Dates: 28 Jul – 01 Aug, 2014

    (Prerequisite: Youth Architecture Workshop Level I)

    Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie style is characterized by its geometric designs, horizontal lines, lack of ornamentation, and simple hipped roofs. The style was born and developed in Wright’s Oak Park studio, where participants in this workshop will design, draw to scale, and construct a model of a two-story Prairie style residence. They will also learn the geometry of designing a hipped roof and will present their projects to parents and friends at an architectural critique. To experience the Prairie style for themselves, students will tour Wright’s Robie House, one of the most important buildings in the history of American architecture. A professional architect will provide instruction and guidance.

    Maximum capacity for this session is 12 students.

    To reserve a seat, call 708.725.3828 or email educate@flwright.org

    Monday thru Friday
    Date: 

    Monday, July 28, 2014 to Friday, August 1, 2014

    Time: 

    8:30-11:30 am

    Location: 

    Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio 951 Chicago Ave., Oak Park, IL *MONDAY ONLY: Frederick C. Robie House 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago, IL

    Admission: 

    $225 Trust members $250 non-members

  • Emerson and Whitman: The Poets Who Inspired Wright

    Oak Park | Dates: 04 Sep, 2014

    Transcendentalism had a profound influence on Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural practice as well as that of Louis Sullivan, who Wright deemed his “Lieber Meister,” or beloved master. Through a presentation by scholar Karen Karbiener and readings of poetry written by Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman, this program will provide background on the religious and philosophical movement that permeated American art, architecture, and literature in the nineteenth century. The program will be presented at Unity Temple, one of Wright’s greatest public buildings. Designed from 1905-1908 for the congregation of Oak Park Unity Church, the building reflects the ideals and religious philosophy of Unitarianism, especially as the religion relates to Emerson’s transcendentalist concepts of individualism and self-realization.

    Karen Karbiener is a scholar of nineteenth century American literature and culture. She teaches at New York University and Columbia University and has written and lectured extensively on Walt Whitman's life and writings. A recipient of the John H. Kluge Fellowship at the Library of Congress, a Fulbright grant and a Huntington Library Fellowship, Karen has worked in several different mediums:  she edited Barnes & Noble Classics’ Leaves of Grass: First and Death-bed Editions, recorded a lecture series entitled “Whitman and the Birth of Modern American Poetry” (Modern Scholar), and has contributed to several audio/visual programs including PBS’s American Experience: Walt Whitman documentary and the Harvardx online course, "Poetry in America: Whitman." As a public scholar, she organizes events such as New York’s annual “Song of Myself” marathon (in its eleventh year in 2014) and has curated exhibitions such as “Whitman and the Promise of America, 1855–2005” (South Street Seaport Museum). She is completing a book entitled Walt Whitman and New York.

    Date: 

    Thursday, September 4, 2014

    Time: 

    7 – 8 pm

    Location: 

    Unity Temple, 875 Lake St, Oak Park, IL 60302

    Admission: 

    Trust members $8. Non-members $12.

  • Modernist Affinities: Re-imagining the design legacy of Alvar Aalto

    London | Dates: 04 – 27 Jul, 2014

    Hari Bell, Michael Bleach, Steve Cooke, Joe Cottington, Emma Leslie & Rhiannon Wilkey

    Year 2 students on the Fine Woodwork Diploma at Building Crafts College in Stratford exhibit new furniture designs alongside our main gallery shows this July. Inspired by Alvar Aalto’s design legacy, the college's emerging furniture makers have created beautifully hand-crafted, hardwood chairs and other pieces to go on display. See how the works have progressed from the initial design to production process through the display of maquettes and moulding equipment alongside the students' finished pieces.

  • Reason & Intuition: Alvar Aalto & Ola Kolehmainen in Soane

    London | Dates: 04 Jul – 24 Aug, 2014

    Reason & Intuition: Alvar Aalto & Ola Kolehmainen in Soane brings together the work of modernist architect and designer Alvar Aalto, and contemporary Finnish artist Ola Kolehmainen. The exhibition will be split between Pitzhanger Manor and the gallery - Alvar Aalto’s creations will fill Soane’s dream home acting as a counterpoint to the historic rooms, whilst in the gallery Ola Kolehmainen will explore space and the built environment in a collection of monumental large-scale photographs.

    Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) was a central figure in international modernism with a career running from the 1920s through to the 1970s. He was the most important Finnish architect of the 20th century and his design skill reached into every corner of his buildings, including the interior surfaces as well as consideration of the design of furniture, lamps, furnishings and glassware. Aalto’s sculptural, and highly functional, furniture produced in the 1930s remains influential and very popular today. Reason & Intuition will feature around forty Aalto creations, including chairs, tables, lights, glassware and textiles, as well as glassware designed by his first wife and collaborator, Aino. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to sit at an Aalto table, on Aalto chairs and pore over his original designs, photographs and plans for private houses. Among the designs featured in the exhibition will be the Paimio Chair (1931-2), a combination of moulded wood and plywood, the sculptural Beehive ceiling lamp (1953). In addition, we are privileged to include the work of Finnish glassblower Santeri Pöytäniemi, who has recreated specially for this exhibition an Aalto vase which was originally shown at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. In the bedroom, visitors can also watch artist Elena Näsänen's film Passerby in which a young Japanese woman spends an entire day in Helsinki photographing Aalto buildings.

    As Aalto’s work fills Pitzhanger Manor, three distinct collections of photography by Ola Kolehmainen will take over the gallery: his acclaimed, abstract, Aalto-influenced architectural images (featuring elements of Aalto buildings), as well as a new body of work exploring the Siena Cathedral in Italy (a building highly regarded by Aalto) and his most recent images of significant mosques within Istanbul.

    Kolehmainen’s Aalto photographs depict sections of buildings, examining the strictly ordered rows of repetitive patterns and elements of symmetry – these works sit well in the 1939 modernist gallery which has taken its cue from the original Soanian architecture. Meanwhile, the complex new images are theatrical and epic in scale, with a nod to architectural history and even classical painting. Kolehmainen’s work in Istanbul is a particular departure for a photographer who previously hadn’t concentrated on any building built before 1920. Both the Siena and Istanbul works have at their heart the volume of the buildings and the task of depicting the empty spaces within the structures – the photographs are no longer about simplification as he had to let the buildings speak for themselves. Reflections are particularly significant in Kolehmainen’s work and a way of bringing the warmth of the natural world into man-made structures; trees, clouds and people are all reflected on the surfaces of buildings, in swimming pools and inside the Siena Cathedral. The works are produced using the Diasec process, which means that the environment is reflected in the surface of the photos as well as in the images themselves.

    Reason & Intuition is a collaboration between Pitzhanger Manor House & Gallery, the Alvar Aalto Museum and The Finnish Institute in London, with kind support from Skandium and iittala, FrameVisual Art Finland and Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

  • "Jens Jensen" Book Talk

    Fish Creek | Dates: 22 Jul, 2014

    Join Bill Tischler, author of the Wisconsin Historical Society Press book, Jens Jensen: Writings Inspired by Nature, and Mike Schneider, executive director of Door County's The Clearing Folk School (which Jensen founded) for a discussion of the celebrated landscape architect's life, work and thoughts on nature.

    This event is part of the Wisconsin History Tour: Sharing Wisconsin's Stories One Community at a Time. As the Wisconsin Historical Society embarks on this Tour, we have hopes to spend time with, and share stories of the past with, communities throughout the state. For a monthlong stay at a time, the Society will bring a handcrafted exhibit to a community — Ephraim being our second stop in July 2014 — to share pieces of our collection we have gathered since our founding in 1846. For five days of our visit, the Tour will offer free programs for the whole family.

    The Wisconsin History Tour is generously underwritten, in part, by the Kohler Trust for Preservation with additional support from the Judd S. Alexander Foundation, American Printing, Culver's, Murco Fund, and We Energies Foundation.

  • Mobile Homestead

    Los Angeles | Dates: 29 May – 28 Jul, 2014

    Mobile Homestead is a public art project by Mike Kelley. The mobile section, a facade on wheels, is designed to carry out public service when detached from its permanent "residence", a full scale replica of Kelley's childhood home, permanently installed at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. Now, for the first time, this traveling section will be activated outside of Detroit, in downtown Los Angeles, and on site at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA where it will host social services and community initiatives from May 29 through July 28, 2014. Mobile Homestead in Los Angeles is made possible by Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts.

    Mobile Homestead covertly makes a distinction between public art and private art, between the notions that art functions for the social good, and that art addresses personal desires and concerns… It has a public side, and a secret side.” – Mike Kelley, 2011

  • Beyond the Supersquare

    Bronx | Dates: 01 May, 2014 – 11 Jan, 2015

    Beyond the Supersquare explores the indelible influence of Latin American and Caribbean modernist architecture on contemporary art. The exhibition features over 30 artists and more than 60 artworks, including photography, video, sculpture, installation, and drawing, that respond to major Modernist architectural projects constructed in Latin America and the Caribbean from the 1920s through the 1960s. Beyond the Supersquare examines the complicated legacies of modernism through architecture and thought—as embodied by the political, economic, environmental, and social challenges faced by countries throughout Latin America—through the unique perspective of artists working today. This exhibition is co-organized by Holly Block (New York City) and María Inés Rodríguez (Colombia), and designed by Benedeta Monteverde (Mexico).

    Artists in the exhibition include: Leonor Antunes (Portugal), Alexander Apóstol (Venezuela), Alexandre Arrechea (Cuba), Felipe Arturo (Colombia), Alessandro Balteo Yazbeck (Venezuela) and Media Farzin (USA), Alberto Baraya (Colombia), Carlos Bunga (Portugal), Los Carpinteros (Cuba), Jordi Colomer (Spain), Livia Corona Benjamin (Mexico), Felipe Dulzaides (Cuba), Fernanda Fragateiro (Portugal), Magdalena Fernández (Venezuela), Carlos Garaicoa (Cuba), Mario Garcia Torres (Mexico), Terence Gower (Canada), Patrick Hamilton (Belgium/Chile), Diango Hernández (Cuba), Quisqueya Henriquez (Cuba), Andre Komatsu (Brazil), Runo Lagomarsino (Argentina), Pablo Leon de la Barra (Mexico), Maria Martinez-Cañas (Cuba) and Rafael Domenech (Cuba), Daniela Ortiz (Peru), Jorge Pardo (Cuba), Manuel Piña (Cuba), Ishmael Randall-Weeks (Peru), Mauro Restiffe (Brazil), Pedro Reyes (Mexico), and Chemi Rosado-Seijo (Puerto Rico) and Roberto 'Boly' Cortéz (Puerto Rico).

    María Inés Rodríguez is the Director of CAPC Contemporary Art Museum Bordeaux. Her previous positions include chief curator at MUAC (Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo) in Mexico City, and at MUSAC (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León), Spain, where she was also director of the collection Arte y Arquitectura, as well as guest curator of the Satellite Program at Jeu de Paume, Paris. Currently, she lives and works in Bordeaux.

  • Terence Gower: SuperPuesto

    Bronx | Dates: 17 Jul – 16 Nov, 2014

    uperPuesto is a temporary pavilion by Terence Gower commissioned by The Bronx Museum of the Arts in collaboration with the Andrew Freedman Home for Beyond the Supersquare, the first U.S. museum exhibition to examine the complicated legacies of modernist architecture in Latin America and the Caribbean through the perspectives of 30 contemporary artists. With the goal of providing an immersive space for visitors to experience the exhibition’s artistic and architectural themes, SuperPuesto also serves as an annex for educational and public programs related to Beyond the Supersquare.

    SuperPuesto applies the sharp, clean forms of modernist architecture to the rudimentary building technology of the puesto, the traditional market stalls found throughout Latin America that have become the face of the informal economies prevalent in the region. Drawing from the iconic form of Marcel Breuer’s House in the Museum Garden, a commissioned structure exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art’s sculpture garden in 1949, SuperPuesto explores the connections between the European-influenced modernist movement that emerged in Latin America after 1945, and the informal economic systems that contrast the progressive ideals promoted in the region during this period.

    Location: Andrew Freedman Home Garden, 1125 Grand Concourse between 166th and McClellan Streets, Bronx

    Open for viewing Thurs - Sun  12pm to 6pm

  • ECOWEEK London 2014

    London | Dates: 14 – 21 Sep, 2014

    ECOWEEK is a non-governmental NGO with the mission to raise awareness on environmental issues and Climate Change and to promote the principles of sustainability. ECOWEEK has been organizing conferences and workshops across Europe that inspire and empower young architects to be active designers for the benefit of their communities.

    Since 2005 ECOWEEK has hosted keynote lectures by leading professionals and thinkers including award-winning architects, such as Shigeru BanKen YeangBjarke Ingels,Francis KereFrancoise-Helene JourdaMichael Sorkin and landscape architect Julie Bargmann.

    The ECOWEEK International Conference & Sustainable Design Workshops is scheduled to take place in  in September 14-21, 2014. The event is expected to attract young architects, landscape architects, designers and architectural students from the  and abroad.

    ECOWEEK participants will spend one week attending lectures and sustainable design workshops assigned real projects in local communities within the city of London. The workshops are led by local & international architects, landscape architects and designers and the themes are selected from real urban projects (social housing, master-plan, landscape, built environment, existing and new construction, design-build small interventions and prototypes, etc.) related to the city. The workshop proposals are presented and made public with the intention of immediate or future implementation. ECOWEEK projects are often adopted by the local communities, like in Copenhagen, for example, where the city chose 17 out of 26 ECOWEEK projects, designed during the workshops, to be further developed and implemented.

    Among ECOWEEK in London invited partners are ARUPSketchUpLondon Councils and Miastotwórcze Foundation. Invited professional include London-based ARUP,The Facility Architects + Consultants, and ORTLOS Space Engineering. Invited professionals include architects Ivan Redi and Xinyu Xie (ORTLOS Space Engineering and Bartlett, London), Eleni Harlan (Senior Consultant at Steer Davies Gleave, London), architect Chris Doray (Chris Doray Studio Inc + Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, Canada), architect Thomas Kauertz (University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hildesheim, Germany), architect Anja Markwart (University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hildesheim, Germany), architect Ewelina Woźniak-Szpakiewicz (Up-Studio, The Cracow University of Technology, Poland), architect and landscape architect Natalia Pantelidou (Copenhagen, Denmark), landscape architect Raffaella Colombo (Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy), and architect Braha Kunda (Holon Institute of Technology, Tel Aviv, Israel).

    For complete information, please go to ECOWEEK’s official website.

  • Architecture of Healing: The 9/11 Memorial & Museum

    New York | Dates: 22 Jul, 2014

    The National September 11 Memorial and Museum occupies almost half of the 16 acre World Trade Center site in downtown Manhattan. Consisting of a sprawling, treed pavilion, the two iconic waterfalls sited at the original footprints of the Towers, and an eight story deep underground museum; the Memorial is unlike any other constructed site in the world. Designed to achieve LEED Gold certification, the Memorial incorporates sustainability features including reduction in potable water use, increased ventilation, specifications that included low emitting and highly recycled materials, enhanced commissioning and refrigerant management. The project seeks innovation credits to provide 100% shading of non-pervious surface after five years through extensive tree planting and to design the building to educate visitors on the benefits of green buildings through displays and public programs.

    As the Head of Sustainability for the Americas region of Lend Lease, James Stawniczy shepherded the sustainability and historic artifacts programs throughout construction. Join us as he discusses the challenges and achievements of this unprecedented project.