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  • PARK(ING) DAY

    Dates: 19 Sep, 2014

    Providing temporary public open space . . . one parking spot at at time.

    PARK(ing) Day is a annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. The project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals (operating independently of Rebar but following an established set of guidelines) creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world.

    The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat … at least until the meter runs out!

  • AIANY Featured Guide Boat Tour: Eric Sanderson

    New York | Dates: 14 Sep, 2014

    ERIC SANDERSON will join the AROUND MANHATTAN BOAT TOUR to reveal the region’s pre-1600’s topography, watercourses and vegetation. Attendees will explore how four centuries of built environment have impacted the estuary and its immense network of interdependent ecosystems. Those who have read the Pulitzer Prize winning MANNAHATTA have been awestruck by its meticulously reconstructed views of pre-European settlement.  The deep research behind that work and the ongoing WELIKIA PROJECT (http://welikia.orghttp://welikia.org) will be brought to life along the entire route.

    With AIANY host guide, Arthur Platt, a wide-ranging discussion will explore the diverse history of land use including: the Lenape Indian communal resource sharing, Dutch and later use of landfill and today’s use of platform construction to create dense developments such as Hudson Yards.

    Increased inhabitation and recreation along the City’s 578 mile waterfront has stirred interest in the repair of the region’s vital and extensive estuary. New landscapes, including Governors Island and Brooklyn Bridge Parks, incorporate the lessons of marine ecology and their contribution to ongoing waterfront resiliency and remediation planning will also be studied. 

    The tour, aboard Classic Harbor Lines’ beautiful Yacht Manhattan will not ignore the many architectural masterpieces old & new visible along the route.  All aboard will be inspired to envision a future NYC with coexisting and interwoven natural and built environments.

    AIACES 1.5 LU/ 1.5 HSW
    Tickets: $76 / $58 students (AIA members enter code “AIAB5” for $5 discount)

    For tickets and location information please visit: 
    http://www.zerve.com/SailNYC/AIAGuide

  • Bridging Continents, Bridging the River: Norwegian American Engineers and the Mississippi River Gorge

    Minneapolis | Dates: 06 Sep, 2014
    NAHA and the Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians invite you to join us on Saturday, September 6th, 2014 as we explore the Mississippi River gorge through its iconic bridges. We'll learn about the Norwegian born and trained engineers and architects who helped create these graceful spans, and hear about current the efforts to preserve and protect the structures. We've assembled an expert panel of speakers and commentators from the transportation and historical preservation communities to enrich the conversation. Learn more about the tour details and register here.
  • MNSAH Fall Tour 2014: Dayton’s Bluff/Swede Hollow walking tour

    St. Paul | Dates: 11 Oct, 2014

    Dayton’s Bluff, high above downtown Saint Paul to the west and the adjoining Swede Hollow, is among the capitol city’s oldest neighborhoods.

    Join us on October 11, as MNSAH member Aaron Rubenstein, a historic preservation and land use consultant leads us on a walking tour of this fascinating neighborhood, followed by optional self-guided tours or a group tour of Swede Hollow.

  • Downtown Kent Redevelopment Tour

    Kent | Dates: 20 Sep, 2014
    Date:                 Saturday September 20, 2014 at 10:00 AM
    Subject:             Downtown Kent Redevelopment Tour
    Speaker:            Douglas Fuller of David Sommers Associates, Kent, OH
    Place:                Meet at 138 East Main Street in downtown Kent, on the second floor, Helen Dix                                       Conference Room

    We will meet and get a general overview and then take a walking tour. Douglas has been involved in the new design guidelines for development and in new and renovation work.
     
    The Historic Downtown Kent Revitalization, taken as a whole, is a collaboration that truly represents a "partnering and leveraging of resources to complete a project with a positive, lasting impact in the community." With $106 million (and growing) in public and private investment, the project has transformed the downtown into a pedestrian friendly, dynamic, economically viable city center.
    On the public side, the City of Kent, in addition to creating the vision for a revitalized downtown, was crucial in the process of land acquisition, developer identification, project design concepts and overall project oversight. 
    Kent State University, under the leadership of President Lester Lefton, was the driver of the idea of creating a more complete college town. They worked alongside the city to promote the Kent State Hotel and Conference Center (owned by the Kent State Foundation), an anchor project for the downtown development.  They also extended the University Esplanade, a physical connector, joining the campus to the downtown. 

    Please RSVP with your reservation to Sarah Klann at (216) 226-2820 by Wednesday, September 17.
  • It Takes a Village Green

    Los Angeles | Dates: 06 Sep, 2014

    This year, SAH/SCC celebrates our members with a very special visit to the Village Green (Reginald D. Johnson and Wilson, Merrill, & Alexander—architects; Fred Barlow, Jr.—landscape architect; Clarence S. Stein—site planner; 1941-42) in Baldwin Hills. If you haven’t been to the Village Green, this is the time to see it!

    Architectural historians and SAH/SCC members Steven Keylon and Holly Kane will be on hand to share the history and architectural significance of this beautiful post-war housing community. The Village Green was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2001, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993, and became Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #174 in 1977.

    Formerly known as Baldwin Hills Village, the site is considered the best and most fully developed example of Clarence S. Stein’s “Radburn Idea” of neighborhood community planning, which calls for decentralized, self-contained plans that conserve open space, separate vehicular from pedestrian traffic, promote environmentalism, and encourage community life. The buildings and the site plan are largely unchanged, and constitute one of the finest examples of progressive idealism directed toward providing high-quality urban housing.

    According to the Historic Structures Report prepared by Architectural Resources Group in 2010: “The style of the buildings, now characterized as Vernacular Modern, was called ‘contemporary California architecture’ in theLos Angeles Times. The simplicity of the style was typical of the era, but it also illustrated the designers’ goal of creating cost-efficient housing that focused more on spatial layout than on high style architectural design. Eight building types were created. Variety was found in the placement of buildings, the unique landscaping of each garden court, and the paint colors of the buildings. The earliest paint scheme included vibrant green, blue, salmon, and canary yellow on building exteriors; these changed to muted earth tones such as brown, green, blue and gray around 1946. The sleekness of the façades was reinforced by their long spans of stucco finish and wide eaves as the sun cast shadows according to the time of day. Balconies and ground floor patios broke up the flat look of the façades, and the placement of steel casement windows and wood doors provided a differing visual rhythm.”

    “Baldwin Hills Village had an advantage over other large-scale, multiple housing projects of the era in that the designers were afforded vast open land at the then Los Angeles city limits rather than in dense urban locations. Baldwin Hills Village was also innovative in its inclusion of private outdoor living spaces (patios and balconies), which, according to urban planner and author Catherine Bauer, was the first time these amenities were included in large-scale rental housing. In addition, the apartments themselves were noteworthy for their size and thoughtfully designed interiors.”

    The report continues: “The Village Green represents the work of a collection of highly talented individuals who sought to solve the physical and social problems of cities through new ideas in planning and design. Such solutions included reducing population density, designing open spaces for recreation and community activities, providing well-designed cost-efficient housing, encouraging positive social interaction, and incorporating the automobile without compromising the quality of life for a community.”

    After the presentation, members will have the opportunity to enjoy refreshments and socialize, as well as tour the grounds and selected residential units. Come see one of the most unexpected oases in urban Los Angeles. And let us thank you for your support in 2014!

    SAH/SCC Members’ Celebration: Village Green—Saturday, September 6, 2014; 2:30PM-5:00PM; free for SAH/SCC Members in good standing; $10 for non-member guests, applicable to new membership; Community Room, 5300 Rodeo Road, LA; reservations are required; registration: email info@sahscc.org, or call 800.972.4722.

  • Crystal Lake Architectural Bike Tour

    Crystal Lake | Dates: 21 Sep, 2014

    Date: 9/21/2014
    Time: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Location: Colonel Palmer House, 660 E. Terra Cotta Rd, Crystal Lake

    Ever wonder what the Crystal Lake area looked like 100 years ago? Join us on a bike tour of downtown Crystal Lake as we peddle our way through the past. This 7 mile round trip class will cover the village of Nunda (present day Crystal Lake) and its history, buildings, and the people who owned them. Participants must provide their own bikes and helmets (required). Tour begins and ends at the Colonel Palmer House.

    Contact: Mary Ott
    Phone: 815-477-5873
    Email: palmerhouse@crystallakeparks.org
    Web: www.crystallakeparks.org

  • Skylines: The Aesthetics of Ascension

    London WC1H 0PD | Dates: 23 – 23 Oct, 2014
    A symposium exploring the aesthetics and politics of height, skylines, and views from above, across periods and geographies.
  • McMillen Inc.: Nine Decades of Interior Design

    New York | Dates: 17 Sep – 05 Dec, 2014

    New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) presents “McMillen Inc.: Nine Decades of Interior Design,” a celebration of the 90th anniversary of the oldest continuously operating interior design firm in America. The exhibition will be on view from September 17 – December 5, 2014 at the New York School of Interior Design, 161 East 69th Street, New York City.

    This retrospective will survey McMillen’s accomplishments from the 1920s to the present day and showcase their designs for a roster of clients that includes titans of industry, celebrities, and families of distinction. The residences—including city apartments and country houses—will be illustrated with photographs, original renderings, watercolors, maquettes, and archival materials that reveal the fascinating background behind an exceptional body of work. 

    EXHIBITION DETAILS:
    McMillen Inc.: Nine Decades of Interior Design
    September 17 – December 5, 2014
    NYSID Gallery
    161 East 69th Street, NYC
    Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm
    For more information e-mail proffice@nysid.edu or call (212) 472-1500 x405

    PANEL DISCUSSION:
    Much About McMillen
    Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 6pm
    New York School of Interior Design 
    170 East 70th Street, NYC

    Learn more about what it was like to work at the first professional interior design firm from McMillen designers past and present: Ann Pyne and Luis Rey, presidents of McMillen Inc.; Tom Buckley, principal and founder of Brown Buckley Inc., who headed the design department at McMillen for more than 15 years; McMillen client Sarah E. Nash, a corporate director, private investor and philanthropist; and Elizabeth Pyne, who works in the McMillen Plus division, which caters to a younger clientele. It will be moderated by interior designer and McMillen alumna Maureen Footer.


  • Young Architects Workshop at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

    San Francisco | Dates: 07 Sep, 2014

    oin the Contemporary Jewish Museum in celebrating Architecture in the City with adult and family programs throughout September.

    Free with museum admission, youth 18 and under always free.

    Inspired by midcentury modern architecture, create your own unique architectural model using a variety of art materials.

    This event is a part of AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design’s Architecture and the City festival, which celebrates architecture and design each September.

  • TIMES SQUARE, 1984: The Postmodern Moment

    New York | Dates: 18 Jun, 2014 – 18 Jan, 2015
    Times Square today is bright and crowded - a tourist mecca, entertainment district, retail powerhouse, and pedestrianized precinct that matches in vitality any decade of its storied past. But thirty years ago, the future of Times Square was in limbo, caught between a series of false starts at clean-slate urban renewal by the City and State and an emerging philosophy of urbanism that favored history, preservationist values, electric signs and semiotics, and delirious diversity.This 1984 vision of Times Square as a matched set of mansard-topped mega-towers is not how the crossing of Broadway and Seventh Avenue looks today. The rendering - one of many phases of the design produced by the architects Philip Johnson and John Burgee for the developer George Klein of Park Tower Realty from 1983 to 1993 - represented a classic moment in architectural Postmodernism. But despite the fame of its architect and the vogue for historicism of the 1980s, the design sparked a civic controversy about the character of Times Square. Community-organizing efforts by the Municipal Art Society, architects, and diverse advocates altered the trajectory of the government-regulated plans and led to changes in new zoning regulations that incentivized high-rise development in West Midtown. Preserving the historic theaters, maintaining the bright lights of Broadway, and protecting the openness of the area's central "bowl of light" through setbacks at street level and acres of mandated electric signage were goals achieved by widespread civic engagement.Times Square today, with its costumed corporate towers and high-rise hotels, though designed and constructed in the late 1990s and the new millennium, had its genetic code written in the 1980s.
  • Artists and the City

    New York | Dates: 08 Sep, 2014

    AIA CES: 1.5 LU

    When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

    Where: At The Center   

    In the early ’70s, artists started to step outside their studios and make work in the street. As part of the Center for Architecture’s Open to the Public: Civic Space Now exhibition, the Center will host an evening panel moderated by artist/composer Christopher Janney. Invited guests include Vito Acconci, Bill Buchen, members of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and others. Each panelist will give a short introduction outlining their thoughts on the topic. Participants will then have a discussion of relevant issues, followed by a Q/A with the audience.

    This program is related to Sonic Forest: Civic Celebrations, an interactive public art installation in LaGuardia Park by Christopher Janney and his firm PhenomenArts, Inc., on view from September 5 - September 11, 2014.

    This program is an initiative of the Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, 2014 Presidential theme: ‘Civic Spirit:Civic Vision.’

    Introduction: Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, 2014 President, AIA New York Chapter

    Invited Speakers:
    Vito Acconci, Designer, Landscape Architect, Performance and Installation artist
    Bill Buchen, Founder, Sonic Architecture

    Moderator: Christopher Janney, Composer/Artist/Architect, PhenomenArts, Inc.

    Co-organized by:
    Center for Architecture
    Friends of LaGuardia Place
    NYC Department of Transportation
    Manhattan Community Board 2

  • Demolition/Development Summit II: United Neighborhood Associations for Reform

    Portland | Dates: 09 Sep, 2014
    September 9 @ 7:00 pm  - 9:00 pm

    Despite initiatives advanced by individual neighborhood associations or small groups of neighborhood associations that have resulted in a number of homes being spared from destruction, as well as modest reform from the Bureau of Development Services in the area of demolition notification, the demolition/development “epidemic” continues to roar along. The Comprehensive Plan Update is one avenue toward substantive, long-term reform, but the final product is months, maybe years away. Meanwhile, developers transform our neighborhoods, seemingly without regard to character and heritage. Given the immediacy and urgency of the problem, prompt building code reform is essential. A glimmer of hope came last July 31st, when Mayor Hales at a City Council hearing on the issue told a the packed chamber that he would take steps to address the problem “soon”—later clarified in an interview with Jim Redden as “weeks, not months”—but we’re still waiting. That said, this would seem to give us an opening to put forth a common proposal for reform to the Council, one that would have the support of neighborhood associations from around the city. To this end, the Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood Association (BWNA) invites representatives from Portland’s neighborhood associations to a “Summit II” meeting.    

  • Cannon Beach History Center’s Cottage & Garden Tour

    Cannon Beach | Dates: 13 Sep, 2014
    September 13 @ 1:00 pm  - 5:00 pm

    There will be ten beach dream homes, well-tended gardens, historic cottages and architectural wonders in Mid-Town Cannon Beach. The tour will feature one of Cannon Beach’s most iconic historic homes. The home is perches on a basalt precipice in the middle of Cannon Beach with one of the best views of Haystack Rock. Tickets are $30, $25 for Members.

  • Stanford Humanities Center 2015-16 External Faculty Fellowships

    Dates: 01 Oct, 2014

    External Faculty Fellowships

    The Stanford Humanities Center provides a collegial environment for faculty who are undertaking innovative projects in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.  Fellows participate in the intellectual life of the Humanities Center and the broader Stanford community, sharing ideas and work in progress with a diverse cohort of scholars and benefitting from a wide variety of campus resources.

    Fellowship term: September 2015 – June 2016 Application deadline: October 1, 2014

    Eligibility

    Applicants must have a PhD and be at least three years beyond receipt of the degree by the start of the fellowship term. The Center is open to projects employing information technology in humanities research.

    For full eligibility requirements, see http://shc.stanford.edu/fellowships/non-stanford-faculty/

    How to Apply

    Detailed instructions and a link to the online application are available at: http://shc.stanford.edu/fellowships/non-stanford-faculty/

    External Faculty inquiries: shc-fellowships@stanford.edu

  • Philadelphia Chapter of SAH 50th Anniversary Celebration

    Philadelphia | Dates: 02 Oct, 2014

    The Philadelphia Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians invites you to join us in celebrating our Golden Anniversary on Thursday, October 2, 2014. We will convene at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, site of the first gathering of the chapter, for a gala reception and lecture by Dr. David B. Brownlee, Frances Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Professor, University of Pennsylvania and Chair of the Graduate Group in the History of Art, entitled, “Making Architectural History Historic in Philadelphia.”

    In addition to celebrating our 50th this event will be inaugurating an annual campaign to support the George B. Tatum Fellowship. In January 2014, the membership voted to recognize Dr. Tatum (1917-2008) as a leader in the Society at both the national and local levels, his role as a founding member of our chapter and, most importantly, his scholarly contributions, particularly his published works on Philadelphia, including Penn's Great Town: 250 Years of Philadelphia Architecture (1961). The Tatum Fellowship provides support for a graduate student, or senior undergraduate with faculty recommendation, who is enrolled in a college or university in the greater Philadelphia region, to attend the Annual Meeting of the Society. An announcement calling for submissions will be made in October and an award made by January. Our first Tatum Fellow will attend the 2015 Annual Meeting in Chicago.

    The cost to attend the event is $50.00 per person. For those who cannot attend, contributions to support the fellowship are encouraged.

    The Athenaeum of Philadelphia is located at 219 S 6th St. on the east side of Washington Square.  The reception begins at 5:30 p.m., the program will start at 6:00 p.m. Reservations are required no later than Monday, September 22.  Please mail your name, address, telephone number and email address along with your check payable to Phila Chapter SAH to William V. Kriebel, Treasurer, 1923 Manning Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-5728.  No tickets will be mailed, your name and your guest’s names will be on a check-in sheet at the Athenaeum.  

    For more information about the event or the Tatum Fellowship, please email sahphila@gmail.com or phone Bill Whitaker at 215-898-8323.

    The Philadelphia Chapter of The Society of Architectural Historians is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; contributions are deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.  Half of the ticket price, $25.00, represents the food and beverage cost at the reception and as such is not tax deductible.  Therefore, $25 of your ticket price plus any additional donation made toward the Tatum Fellowship is fully deductible as a charitable donation.

  • CALL FOR PAPERS. BITÁCORA 29: ARCHITECTURE, CITY AND LIGHT

    Dates: 01 – 15 Sep, 2014
    From XIX century onwards the effervescence produced by technological development made itself clear in Western culture. The creation of new theories, devises, systems and artifacts, all of them illuminated by the light of Science, redefined collective imaginary, with a new perspective of society’s environment and reality. In this context, light –always present in Human Kind’s history–was theorized, manipulated and rethought as one of the main subjects of the formal discourse of western culture. Representations and social forms, along with its architecture and cities, were never the same again. Under the light of such ideas as progress, welfare, hygiene, security –sometimes used correctly, sometimes manipulated for the worse, but always present throughout modernity– architecture, city planning and design have played a decisive part in this development. This and other issues will be discussed in Bitácora’s next edition.
  • Museums: Building Collections, Building Community

    Seattle | Dates: 03 – 05 Oct, 2014
    This year is the 60th Anniversary of the Marion Dean Ross Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. In organizing this conference, we realized that Seattle has recently opened an unparalleled number of museums devoted to history in historic buildings, thus the theme for this year's conference became obvious. To celebrate our anniversary year, we have three paper sessions instead of the standard two. And for our final day on Sunday, we have reserved the whole day for Bainbridge Island. We hope you can join us for a conference to remember in Seattle! Go to http://www.sahmdr.org/conference.html for the full program, visit our blog at http://sahmdr.wordpress.com/ or friend us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/102523171987/
  • CFP. The Second Euroacademia International Conference ‘Identities and Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities‘, Florence, 17 – 18 October 2014

    Florence | Dates: 17 – 18 Oct, 2014
    The Second Euroacademia International Conference ‘Identities and Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities’ Florence, Italy Villa Victoria – Palazzo dei Congressi 17 – 18 October 2014 CALL FOR PAPERS Deadline for Paper Proposals: 12 September 2014
  • Conference, "Identity, Sovereignty, and Global Politics in the Building of Baghdad: From Revolution to the Gulf War and Beyond"

    Cambridge | Dates: 18 – 20 Sep, 2014
    Using the history of urban development in Baghdad as a reference point, this conference examines the extent to which interventions intended to modernize and integrate different populations in the city were part of a larger process of negotiating competing visions of political economy, sovereignty, and identity in post-WWII Iraq. By gathering political scientists, architectural and urban historians, and scholars of Iraq and the larger Arab world, the conference engages theoretical and empirical questions about the ruptures and continuities of Baghdad’s urban and political history, using the built environment of the city as a canvas for understanding struggles over Iraq’s position in a global context shaped by ongoing war tensions (from the Cold War to the Gulf War and beyond) to more recent Middle East conflicts