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  • Women of Architecture: Extended Territories: Leers Weinzapfel Associates

    Washington | Dates: 05 Mar, 2014

    In celebration of Women’s History Month, the National Building Museum features discussions with extraordinary women leading the field of architecture through the Women of Architecture lecture series. This year, Andrea Leers, FAIA, and Jane Weinzapfel, FAIA, discuss how their work intersects with urbanization, globalization, and sustainability. As a firm, Leers Weinzapfel Associates, the 2007 AIA Firm Award recipient, promotes social well-being and human interaction in buildings that blend the realms of public and private space and cross disciplines of architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, and infrastructure. Such buildings include the Paul S. Russell Museum of Medical History and Innovation at Massachusetts General Hospital, the Taunton Trial Court in Massachusetts, and the University of Pennsylvania Gateway Complex. A book signing of Leers's and Weinzapfel's book, Made to Measure: The Architecture of Leers Weinzapfel Associates(Princeton Architectural Press, 2011), will follow the talk.

    1.5 LU HSW (AIA)

    “Extended Territories: Leers Weinzapfel Associates,” presented as part of the Women of Architecture series, is a collaboration between the National Building Museum and the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation to celebrate the achievements of women in the field of architecture during National Women's History Month.

    Learn more about Leers Weinzapfel Associates

    $12 National Building Museum and National Museum of Women in the Arts Members; FREE Students; $20 Non-members. Prepaid registration required. Walk-in registration based on availability.

    Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Registration is for event planning purposes only and does not guarantee a seat. Online registration for Museum programs closes at midnight the day before the scheduled program.

    The Museum's award-winning Shop and Firehook Café are open for one hour prior to the start of the program. Shop and Café hours are subject to change.

    Date: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 
    Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

  • Invisible Histories: The Social Practice of Civic Engagement

    New York | Dates: 24 Feb, 2014
    Invisible Histories: The Social Practice of Civic Engagement

    When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24

    Where: At The Center   

    Our buildings, vacant lots, and public spaces have untold stories. These stories are at times the invisible histories of marginalized communities. Through the agency of an artist, an architect, or a designer, how might these stories be interpreted and shared in part with a larger community and how do they manifest themselves in the public realm?

    This panel discussion will feature Lisa Bateman, an Artist and teacher, Gita Nandan of thread collective, and Quilian Riano of DSGNAGNC and #whOWNSpace. Each participant will give a brief presentation of projects that situate themselves in the public realm and question the meaning of inclusion in a democratized space. Lisa will speak about her work on oral history projects in historical schools in the minority communities of Marfa, TX and Jarvisburg, NC. Thread Collective will speak about how a community and farm play a vital role in public space. Quilian will present his project #whOWNSpace around the questions of who really owns public space and a case study project of participatory planning in an immigrant community.

    Lisa Bateman, Artist and Adjunct Associate Professor, Pratt Institute
    Gita Nandan, thread collective
    Quilian Riano, Principal, DSGNAGNC

    Speaker bios
    Lisa Bateman 
    has lived and worked in New York City since 1982. Trained formally as a Painter and Installation Artist, Bateman now works predominantly in the Public Art realm with projects that are site-specific in relation to architecture and audience. Bateman has exhibited nationally and internationally and has been the recipient of several awards, including recent grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Manhattan Community Art Fund and Pollock Krasner, among others. Bateman has taught at Pratt Institute since 1986.

    Gita Nandan is one of three co-founders of thread collective, an award-winning multi-disciplinary design studio in Brooklyn, New York. The collective explores the seams between building, art and landscape, stitching the diverse elements of the built environment to their ecological and social context through innovative design and research. The studio has served as a platform for collaboration with a diverse range of designers, artists, scientists, and policy makers.

    Quilian Riano
     is a designer, researcher, writer, and educator working out of Brooklyn, New York. Riano founded DSGN AGNC and is its principal. DSGN AGNC (Design Agency) is a collaborative design/research studio exploring political engagement through architecture, urbanism, art & activism. DSGN AGNC arises, in part, from a concern about the types of questions that are asked by critical architectural practices. Or, rather, a concern about the questions not being asked. Who are the powerful entities hiring architects and what are their agendas? Who are the people that actually build architecture and what is their condition? Can architecture and design help society move towards a more equitable model of power distribution? What tie all these questions are the hidden conflicts (power dynamics) that characterize current political economies.

    Organized by
    : AIANY Diversity and Inclusion Committee and nycobaNOMA

    Price: Free for AIA members; $10 for non-members

  • When Mid-Century Modern Came to Austin

    Austin | Dates: 27 Mar, 2014

    Thursday, March 27
    6:00-8:00 p.m.
    McGarrah Jessee
    The Starr Building, 121 W. Sixth St.
    $15 per guest

    Robert Summers will speak on the significance and preservation of the Seymour Fogel mural in the Starr Building, and Riley Triggs will discuss Austin's unique take on Mid Century Modern architcture and the leading local figures in the movement.  Guests will also enjoy a wine and cheese reception.  Lecture starts at 6:20.

  • CFP: Irish Urban Spaces in Nineteenth-Century (26-27 June 14)

    Belfast | Dates: 19 Feb – 14 Mar, 2014
    CFP: Irish Urban Spaces in Nineteenth-Century
    Annual Conference of the Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland 
    26-27 June 2014 
    Queen’s University Belfast 
    Plenary Speakers:
    Professor Roey Sweet, University of Leicester 
    Professor David Dickson, Trinity College Dublin 
    A two-day international conference exploring the nature and development of Urban 
    Spaces in and relating to nineteenth-century Ireland. 

    Proposals are welcomed from a range of disciplinary perspectives, including (but not 
    limited to) history, architecture, geography, environmental studies and literary 
    studies. It is envisaged that panels will explore the theme of Irish urban spaces in 
    relation to politics, cultural nationalism, poetry, demography, migration, gender, 
    childhood, landscape, cartography, settlement, education, work, religion, empire, 
    travel writing and music. The conference organisers welcome proposals for panels 
    and individual papers. Proposals for roundtable discussions and poster sessions are 
    equally welcome. 

    The deadline for submissions is 14 March 2014. Proposals, including an abstract of 
    the paper and a brief curriculum vitae should be sent to urbanspaces@qub.ac.uk 
    It is anticipated that a volume of selected papers from the conference will be 
    Conference organisers: Georgina Laragy, Olwen Purdue, Jonathan Wright
  • CFP: CIPA-ICOMOS-ISPRS Workshop 2014 (1-4 Sep 14)

    Beijing | Dates: 19 Feb – 15 Mar, 2014

    Call for Papers: CIPA-ICOMOS-ISPRS Workshop 2014 (Beijing, 1-4 Sep 14)

    Beijing, China, September 1 - 04, 2014

    Deadline: Mar 15, 2014

    Call for Participation

    CIPA-ICOMOS-ISPRS Workshop 2014

    September 1-4, 2014, Beijing, China

    (will be held in conjunction with the 3rd International Symposium on Cultural Heritage Conservation and Digitization (CHCD))

    Hosted by (among others)

    International Committee for Documentation of Cultural Heritage


    International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) China School of Architecture, Tsinghua University (THUSA)

    Organised By (among others)

    Tsinghua Heritage Institute for Digitization (THID)


    Bibliotheca Hertziana - Max Planck Institute for Art History, Italy

    Deadline is 15 March 2014 though in the pdfs downloadable on the website you will find 27 January 2014 as deadline.

    This is the first time that CIPA workshop takes place in P. R. China.

    The workshop will provide participants with a unique opportunity to work with international experts in the fields of architecture, digital technology, and heritage conservation, and the rare opportunity to experience first-hand one of the most famous sites in Chinese cultural history – the Yuanmingyuan ("Garden of Perfect Brightness"), also known as Beijing Old Summer Palace.

    The 4-day workshop proper (fieldwork) focuses on the Western Buildings, a garden district with an eventful history and outstanding socio-cultural significance as a symbol of international cooperation.

    Designed by European Jesuit missionaries in cooperation with Chinese local craftsmen more than 250 years ago, it will once again become the workplace for a dynamic team of specialists from diverse countries and disciplines with a similar team spirit.

    The official languages are English and Chinese. To facilitate communication, simultaneous interpretation will be provided during the workshop proper.


    The CIPA-ICOMOS-ISPRS Workshop 2014 is part of the long-term Re-Yuanmingyuan project whose aim is to digitally revive/virtually reconstruct the Old Summer Palace. The project was launched by THID (formerly known as DAUH, Department of Architecture and Urban Heritage, at Beijing Tsinghua Urban Planning and Design Institute, THUPDI), China, as part of the Re-Relic program in 2009. The workshop shares the main theme of "translation" with the CHCD Symposium. Today, the ruins of the Western Buildings consist of scattered fragments of information that must be combined into one and interpreted into a more comprehensible form so as to revive the lost splendor of the Western Buildings and once again become accessible to the broader public. The workshop is aimed at (1) professionals actively involved in planning or working in the fields of art and architectural history, cultural heritage studies and modern information and communication technologies,

    (2) talented young students and (3) senior researchers at universities or institutions of higher-education.

    The main goals of this workshop are to promote the benefits of virtual monument preservation and heritage digitization, as follows: (1) To create an interactive and international platform, bridging the gap between cultural-studies and digital-technology expertise and bringing together specialists from the East and the West. (2) To create an interactive and mutual learning experience, training cultural-studies researchers in new digital skills and cutting-edge technology, and vice versa, to sensitize digital-visualization, -documentation, and -communication specialists to the importance of humanities and heritage preservation with the view to opening up new avenues of academic research.


    The Yuanmingyuan ("Garden of Perfect Brightness") also known as the Old Summer Palace in Beijing is a 350-ha garden complex located in the northwestern suburb of Beijing. Once a magnificent residence for five Qing-dynasty (1644-1912) emperors and a socio-political center equivalent to the Forbidden City, it was burned to the ground in 1860 during the Anglo-French allied invasion in the Second Opium War. For more than 130 years, it embodied the Qing-dynasty ideal of an imperial garden, but today, almost nothing remains of the manifold architectural and garden styles, drawn from the entire empire, that were incorporated here.


    Including splendid water installations and natural surroundings, the Western Buildings (Xiyanglou) covered an area of 7 ha in the northeastern part of Yuanmingyuan, equal to 2% of the entire park ensemble. They also constituted the first large-scale European-style garden district in China. The site chosen for the workshop is the Xieqiqu (Pavilion of the Delights of Harmony) (b.1747), the earliest of twelve Western-style structures that were built over the course of the second part of the18th century. Xieqiqu was once a U-shaped structure with a three-storied core flanked by curved wings terminating in octagonal pavilions. A double flight of steps provided access from the south and a straight one, from the north. Today, only stone fragments of this once-glorious palace are scattered throughout the site.



    The training workshop is organized in 3 phases spread over 10 months:

    (1) registration (grouping; 4 months) (2) preparation at home (group communication; 6 months) and (3) fieldwork in China (workshop proper; 4 days). Please see Table 1 for specific dates and work requirements in each phase.


    The workshop will consist of 30-40 participants from various academic backgrounds and nationalities to foster interdisciplinary communication and cross-cultural learning. In Phase 1, the participants will be divided into small groups of 5-6 members. Each team will be led by two instructors (1 cultural, 1 technological) and supported by one administrator (secretary-translator).


    The instructors are experienced researchers in cultural and technological studies ranging from art and architectural history to digital heritage documentation and virtual restoration. In Phase 2, they will outline a group topic and choose a specific working area on site. In consultation with the organizing team, they will provide guidance to the participants and distribute relevant material about the site. Each team member will be assigned a research task based on his/her background, which he/she will then be expected to prepare prior to arrival in Beijing ("homework"). The preparation will facilitate interactive learning and hands-on experience.


    The 4-day workshop proper will consist of an introductory session, five half-day training sessions on site or in the conservation laboratory, supplemented by lectures, and a final presentation as part of the 3rd CHCD Symposium. Participants will be actively involved in lectures and discussions, and become familiar with digital documentation techniques and virtual reconstruction. Please see Table 2 for the timetable of the workshop proper.


    The official workshop languages are English and Chinese. The administrator of each team will provide language assistance and interpretation if necessary.


    Participants are expected to combine theoretical knowledge and practical aspects and engage in an exchange of skills to promote the application of digital technology to education and research on cultural heritage and to the analysis, documentation, reconstruction, sharing and visualization of cultural heritage. In the final presentation (PowerPoint/Keynote), each group will deliver a presentation about the individual learning processes and training results, combining the "homework" with the knowledge acquired on-site. In addition, a final project report will be required, expanding on the presentation.


    Please register online at http://www.chcd2014.org


    Organizing Secretary: Mr. SHANG Jin

    Telephone: (+86) 10-82819649 (Beijing Time: 10:00-17:00)

    Email: chcd2014@gmail.com

    Website: http://www.chcd2014.org/

    You may also contact: Dr. Hermann Schlimme Bibliotheca Hertziana - Max Planck Institute for Art History Via Gregoriana 28, I-00187 Rome, Italy

    Telephone: (+39) 06-69993-310

    Email: schlimme@biblhertz.it

  • Froebel Block Workshop at the Cary Area Public Library

    Cary | Dates: 23 Feb, 2014

    Froebel blocks were developed in the 1830s by Friedrich Froebel, the father of kindergarten, who believed that children learn through play. His series of smooth wooden blocks present geometric shapes and patterns in increasing complexity. Frank Lloyd Wright, who played with the blocks extensively as a child, credited them with inspiring his innovative Prairie style.

    Now your children can discover the fun and excitement of building with Froebel blocks at the Cary Area Public Library in a workshop presented by the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust.

    The workshop is designed for children ages 8 and up.

    Registration begins on February 16. Register by calling 847.639.4210, by going to the library’s website: http://www.carylibrary.info , or in person at the library.


    Sunday, February 23, 2014


    2-3 pm


    Cary Area Public Library, 1606 Three Oaks Rd., Cary, IL 60013



  • Chicago’s Historic Hyde Park: Lunch and Lecture

    Chicago | Dates: 24 Apr, 2014

    The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust in partnership with the Standard Club invites you to a lunch and lecture with author Susan O’ Connor Davis as she discusses Chicago’s Hyde Park-Kenwood neighborhood.

    Stretching south from 47th Street to the Midway Plaisance and east from Washington Park to the lake’s shore, the historic neighborhood of Hyde Park-Kenwood covers nearly two square miles of Chicago’s south side. At one time a wealthy township outside of the city, this neighborhood has been home to Chicago’s elite for more than one hundred and fifty years, counting among its residents, presidents and politicians, scholars, athletes and fiery religious leaders. Known today for its grand mansions and stately row houses, Hyde Park-Kenwood is still one of Chicago’s most prominent locales. In her new book, Chicago’s Historic Hyde Park, Susan O’Connor Davis offers a biography of this distinguished neighborhood.


    Thursday, April 24, 2014


    11:30 am Book signing and reception; 12:00 pm Luncheon and Lecture


    The Standard Club 320. South Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL 60604



  • Glessner House Workshop: Blacksmithing 101

    Chicago | Dates: 23 Mar, 2014

    Workshop:  Blacksmithing 101

    Sunday March 23, 2014
    2:30 - 4:30pm
    Glessner House Museum courtyard

    $30 per person, limited to 10 participants
    Pre-paid reservations required to 312.326.1480

    Joseph Coleman will teach you the tricks of the trade at his forge in the Glessner courtyard.  Learn about blacksmithing and work your own piece of wrought iron to take home.  Rain or shine, please dress accordingly.

  • Glessner House Lecture: Glessner Travelogue 1889- Florida and Cuba

    Chicago | Dates: 13 Mar, 2014
    Lecture: Glessner Travelogue 1889- Florida and Cuba

    Thursday March 13, 2014 at 7:00pm
    Glessner House Museum coach house

    $10 per person / $8 for museum members
    Reservations requested to 312.326.1480

    Exactly 125 years ago, the Glessner family embarked on a month long journey to Florida and Cuba. in this lecture by museum director Bill Tyre, we will retrace their steps using Frances Glessner's detailed and often humorous account of the trip, accompanied by period photographs and illustrations.
  • Nature as Muse: Impressionist Landscapes from the Frederic C. Hamilton Collection and the Denver Art Museum

    Denver | Dates: 12 Feb – 23 Mar, 2014

    Nature as Muse: Impressionist Landscapes from the Frederic C. Hamilton Collection and the Denver Art Museum was part of the exhibition Passport to Paris. It features the Impressionist masterworks that Denver-based philanthropist Frederic C. Hamilton, the museum’s Chairman Emeritus, bequeathed in January 2014 from his private collection to the museum—the largest gift ever given to the museum. Following the February 9 closing of Passport to ParisNature as Muse will reopen on February 12 and remain on view through March 23, 2014. Entry to the exhibition will be included in general admission.

    It displays the stunning work of nineteenth-century impressionist artists, including Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Alfred Sisley.

    Focusing on landscape paintings, this exhibition will feature about 36 artworks from the private collection of Frederic C. Hamilton and the DAM’s own holdings. This is the first time that the masterworks from Hamilton’s private collection will be on view to the public.

    In the beginning of the nineteenth century, artists took their easels and paints and worked outside, freed from the constraints of studio space and light. Utilizing loose brushstrokes and a soft color palette, the impressionists told the story of the French countryside through their canvases. The DAM is producing an illustrated catalog for the exhibition.

    A special exhibition ticket for Passport to Paris will give visitors access to Court to CaféNature as Muse, and Drawing Room, and extended hours are scheduled to occur throughout the exhibition's run. Find more details on the Ticket Information page.

  • Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from Le Gray to Monet

    St. Louis | Dates: 16 Mar – 06 Jul, 2014
    The Saint Louis Art Museum and Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art are co-organizingImpressionist France: Visions of Nation from Le Gray to Monet, a groundbreaking exhibition that explores resonances between landscape and national identity as reflected in paintings and photographs made between 1850 and 1880. 

    The exhibition will focus on the whole of France to explore the theme of landscape as a reflection/construction of national identity. The works will lead visitors on a journey around the varied and spectacular scenery of the French landscape. Featured artists include Monet, Renoir, and Manet, along with photographers Le Gray, Baldus, and Marville.

    The exhibition is curated by Simon Kelly, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Saint Louis Art Museum, and April M. Watson, associate curator of photographs at the Nelson-Atkins. 

    Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from Le Gray to Monet is co-organized by the Saint Louis Art Museum and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The St. Louis presentation of Impressionist France is supported by BMO Harris Bank. This exhibition is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities. Financial assistance has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.
  • Pamela Bannos: The History of the MCA

    Chicago | Dates: 22 Feb, 2014
    Sat, Feb 22, 2014, 3–4 pm

    Pamela Bannos’s Shifting Grounds: Block 21 and Chicago’s MCA, included in The Way of the Shovel: Art as Archaeology, explores the history of the MCA’s location between Michigan Ave. and the lake.

    Pamela Bannos utilizes methods of research that highlight the forgotten and overlooked, exploring the links between visual representation, urban space, history and collective memory. An exhibiting artist since the 1980s, Bannos has shown her photographic works nationally and internationally, including in solo exhibitions at the Photographers’ Gallery in London, England (1992), and the Edwynn Houk Gallery in New York (2003). Her art practice has branched out from creating photographic works that incorporate found imagery to also include research projects that are site-specific and/or web-based. Since launching Hidden Truths: The Chicago City Cemetery and Lincoln Park in 2008, Bannos has given presentations to audiences crossing over into disciplines that include archaeology, history, and genealogy. Pamela Bannos is a Distinguished Senior Lecturer at Northwestern University’s Department of Art Theory and Practice where she has taught since 1993. She has a BA in Psychology & Sociology from Drake University, and an MFA in Photography from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
  • G is for Gorey—C is for Chicago: The Collection of Thomas Michalak

    Chicago | Dates: 15 Feb – 15 Jun, 2014
    This exhibition delves into the life of Edward Gorey—from Chicago to Cape Cod—and examines his fanciful and frightful illustrations for book jackets, magazine articles, and children’s books. A prolific author, he wrote over one hundred books, demonstrating a particular talent for poetry and drama. Gorey considered himself to be both a writer and an illustrator. Works are drawn almost exclusively from the collection of Thomas Michalak, a Loyola alumnus and board member of the Edward Gorey House in Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts. He has been collecting Gorey materials since the 1970s.

    Gorey was born in Chicago and came from an artistic family: his father was a newsman and writer, and his maternal grandmother, Helen St. John Garvey, was a greeting-card designer and illustrator. He spent early years in the area, attending elementary, middle, and high school. While awaiting induction into the army, he took courses at the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1943, he left Chicago and spent two years in the service. Later he enrolled at Harvard University and graduated in 1950. A few years later, he moved to New York City where he worked in the art department at Doubleday. In his spare time, Gorey worked on his own art, and a glowing review in The New Yorker by Edmund Wilson in 1959 of the early works, The Unstrung Harp (1953), The Listing Attic(1954), The Doubtful Guest (1957), and The Object Lesson (1958), helped to launch Gorey’s career. In 1962, he established The Fantod Press to publish his works. A prolific writer, he wrote over one hundred books from 1953 to 1999. Gorey considered himself to be both a writer and an illustrator, and the composition and execution of his texts and drawings speak to his fine artistry and his talent for poetry and drama.

    Co-presented by the Loyola University Chicago Libraries. 
  • Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey

    Chicago | Dates: 15 Feb – 15 Jun, 2014
    The illustrations and stories of Edward Gorey (1925–2000) display a Victorian and Edwardian sophistication while maintaining a delicate yet witty balance between the hilarious and the horrific. Elegant Enigmas includes an illuminating array of more than 170 works, such as original pen-and- ink illustrations, preparatory sketches, unpublished drawings, sketchbooks, illustrated envelopes, book-cover ideas, theatrical costume designs, and ephemera—all drawn from the Edward Gorey Charitable Trust.

    Co-presented by the Loyola University Chicago Libraries. Elegant Enigmas has been organized by the Edward Gorey Charitable Trust and the Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.
  • NEW THINKING ABOUT CALIFORNIA - CDRG Graduate Student Colloquium

    Berkeley | Dates: 08 – 08 Mar, 2014
    The California Design Research Group, which comprises scholars in the University of California system whose research concerns Californian architecture, landscape architecture, and design, announces its first bi-annual Graduate Student Colloquium: “NEW THINKING ABOUT CALIFORNIA.”
  • Docomomo US National Symposium 2014: Modernism in Texas

    Houston | Dates: 13 – 15 Mar, 2014
    Join Docomomo US and our local hosts Houston Mod for the second annual Docomomo US National Symposium in Houston, Texas from March 13-15, 2014. Early registration is now available for what will be a lively and surprising context for the examination of modernism's legacy, and consideration of its future, in Houston and in Texas. We are pleased to announce the main symposium events and presentation will take place at the University of St. Thomas, which was designed by Philip Johnson in 1958. Additional information, including tours and presentations, is forthcoming.

    Docomomo US hopes you will join us to share knowledge, experience, and advance preservation of modern architecture intellectually and professionally.
  • Call for Proposals: Buffalo Bill Center of the West 2014-2015 Resident Fellowship Program

    Cody | Dates: 13 Feb – 16 May, 2014
    Call for Proposals: 2014 – 2015 Resident Fellowships
    Buffalo Bill Center of the West (Center) in Cody, Wyoming, invites proposals for its 
    2014 – 2015 Resident Fellowship Program. Fellowships are intended to fund research 
    advancing knowledge, understanding, and passion about the extraordinary cultural and 
    natural heritage of the American West and its timeless and global relevance. Fellows 
    will be granted a stipend based on their submitted budget and the availability of 
    funding, not to exceed $5,000. 

    May 16, 2014. Fellowships will be awarded by June 2, 2014; all applicants will be 
    notified by email of the outcome of their proposal. 
    Please contact Dr. Rumm via e-mail (preferably), johnr@centerofthewest.org, or 

  • Decade of Design: The AIA Global Urban Solutions Challenge

    Dates: 13 Feb – 15 Mar, 2014
    Decade of Design: The AIA Global Urban Solutions Challenge 
    Targeted Research for Real-World Solutions to Urban and Regional Design Problems  

    Deadline: March 15, 2014

    Communities large and small around the globe face increasingly complex challenges to quality of life that require innovative solutions. The AIA has launched a long-term commitment it will develop with other partners within the Clinton Global Initiative to help address such problems. Decade of Design: The AIA Urban and Regional Solutions Challenge is conceived as a 10-year commitment to engage architecture schools and other stakeholders in research in a set of targeted areas to address problems facing, urban, suburban, and rural communities in the United States and beyond. Through the Decade of Design, the AIA and its partners seek to demonstrate the economic and social value of design and that design thinking can result in innovative solutions that significantly enhance a community regardless of its resources, location, or demographic make-up. 

    To launch the Decade of Design the AIA is partnering with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the Clinton Global Initiative to solicit proposals for research projects in the second of a series of topic areas: resilient design. The proposed projects should document the positive impact of design interventions or propose solutions, based on past successes that can be readily implemented in the future. Through the projects, faculty, students, and practitioners will actively engage stakeholders to ensure that proposed design solutions are a good fit for the communities in which they will occur.

    Resilient Design
    Extreme weather events are causing unprecedented economic losses around the globe. As the world population continues to urbanize, the risk of natural disasters and their consequences is being concentrated in cities. The next generation of buildings and infrastructure must be designed for resilience, remaining habitable during extreme events.
    This challenge hopes to identify innovative ways to advance the standard of practice in architecture and planning in the topic of resilient design. This area of research will advance the body of real-world, implementable solutions to promote resilient design and reduce risk to buildings and communities. Areas of exploration may include: achieving passive survivability, adapting or retrofitting existing buildings and urban environments, evidence-based design metrics, cost-benefit or fiscal analysis of specific design features or materials or the effect of density or development patterns on community risk. 

    Expectations for Research Proposals
    Through the Decade of Design initiative, the AIA and its partners seek to support innovative, practice-focused research within the academy and to challenge the development of innovative solutions. To that end, each funded project will require deliverables that will help communicate the impact of design to a broader audience. The AIA, with support from ACSA and other partners, plans to grow the Decade of Design initiative annually, with future grants that will build a database of research-based evidence. 

    The AIA invites full and candidate ACSA member programs to submit proposals for research projects to be carried out in the 2014-2015 academic year. Proposals may be for new or ongoing projects led by qualified faculty and may include the participation of students, private-sector firms or organizations, or other partners. A total of $40,000 in funding is available, with a maximum award of $20,000 to any single project. Proposals must clearly address how the funding will be used address the Decade of Design’s goals of providing evidence for the impact of materials and design features that can make buildings and communities more resilient to disaster. If the funding will extend an existing project, the proposal must specify how this grant will extend or expand the project scope

    The grants will be made through the AIA and will require an agreement setting out the commitments by the university and any partners involved. Leaders of each selected project will be required to provide an interim report and a final report during the grant period. See Proposal Requirements section at the end of this document for a detailed list of what should be included in a successful submission. 

    Evaluation Criteria 
    The Decade of Design Selection Committee will review proposals based on four criteria, noted below in order of importance: 
    1. Commitment of the university— The proposal must document commitment by faculty members and the architecture program to the design and implementation of the Decade of Design pilot project. 

    2. Well-developed program outline— The proposal must include a clear and defined approach to the research within the context of the Decade of Design initiative. The research project’s goals should be achievable within the one-year time period from May 2014-May 2015 and yield a deliverable suitable for broad dissemination. Universities should indicate to the extent possible any actual courses, funded research assistants, or other relevant institutional resources they plan to use to support the research project. 

    3. Description of deliverables— The proposal must include a detailed description of the intended research outcome, including format and medium of deliverable. 

    4. Ability of university to deliver services as proposed— The proposal must include the supporting data and justification, including a budget and brief curriculum vitae (no more than 3 pages) of participants. 

    Decade of Design Selection Committee 
    The proposals submitted for consideration will be screened for completeness. Qualified proposals will be reviewed by a Selection Committee comprising practitioners, educators, and emergency management, and resilient design professionals. 

    Members of the Selection Committee may not submit proposals during the year of their service on the committee, and must declare any potential or actual conflicts of interest. Where conflicts are determined to exists, committee members will be asked to recuse themselves from discussions and decisions affecting the proposal. 

    The AIA will award up to $40,000 in grants, with a maximum of $20,000 for any single project. Funds will be available during the 2014-15 academic year, in two equal installments: following completion of a research agreement and following acceptance of the January 1 progress report. A maximum of 15% of funds may be used for overhead and indirect costs. The AIA encourages programs to seek additional resources from other sources outside the program or institution to support the development of the program if necessary.

    Original proposal in hard copy format by 5 p.m. EDT March 15, 2014. 

    Proposals should be sent to: 
    Cooper Martin
    Director, Resilient Communities
    The American Institute of Architects
    1735 New York Avenue NW Washington, DC 20006
    Fax: 202-626-7527 

    If there are any questions, please contact Brooks Rainwater, 202-626-7442 or coopermartin@aia.org.
  • Authors on Architecture: Frankl on Frankl

    Santa Monica | Dates: 08 Mar, 2014
    Authors on Architecture: Frankl on Frankl
    SAH/SCC Lecture & Book Signing
    Saturday, March 08, 2014, 1:00 PM

    Join SAH/SCC for “Authors on Architecture,” featuring Christopher Long, Ph.D., in conjunction with the new book, Paul T. Frankl: Autobiography (Doppelhouse Press, 2013). Edited by Long and Aurora McClain, the never-before-published autobiography was originally written in 1952-53, and follows interior designer Paul T. Frankl from his birth in Vienna, Austria, to his work in New York and Los Angeles. 

    For more than three decades, from the early 1920s through the mid 1950s, Frankl was the “dean” of modern designers in the United States. His executed works set the trend for new design, and his many books and lectures played a central role in spreading the message of modernism.

    The book itself—described by Viennese publication Artze Woche as “exquisitely designed”—was designed by contemporary Viennese graphic artist Peter Duniecki, with a cover that harkens back to one of Frankl’s wallpaper designs. 

    Long is professor of architectural and design history at the University of Texas at Austin. He studied at the Universities of Graz, Vienna, and Munich, and received his doctorate at the University of Texas in 1993. He is the author of Josef Frank: Life and Work (University of Chicago Press, 2002), Paul T. Frankl and Modern American Design (Yale University Press, 2007), The Looshaus (Yale University Press, 2011), and Josef Frank—Schriften/Josef Frank—Writings (Metro, 2012). 

    A dynamic presenter, Long will examine Frankl’s long career, his many influential works, and his design ideas. Following the presentation, the book will be available for sale and signing by the editor.

    Authors on Architecture: Paul T. Frankl: Saturday, March 8, 2014; 1PM; Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium at the Santa Monica Central Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica; free; seating is available on a first-come, first served basis; 310.458.8600

  • Schindler’s Last, At Last

    Los Feliz | Dates: 02 Mar, 2014

    Schindler’s Last, At Last
    SAH/SCC Home Tour
    Sunday, March 02,2014, 2:30 PM

    Join the SAH/SCC for a very special visit to the last house designed by R.M. Schindler, the Schlessinger Residence (1952-54) in Los Feliz. Conceived but not fully designed at the time of Schindler’s death, the task of building the project was taken up at the time by architect John August Reed, a founding member of the SAH/SCC. 

    Ground had not yet been broken on the project when the talented Viennese architect passed away in 1953. By way of Ester McCoy's recommendation, a young John Reed was hired to provide additional plans and oversee construction. Over the course of construction, budgetary constraints as well as owner preferences led to several changes in the subsequent plans. 

    Having purchased the home from the Schlessinger estate, the current owner hired noted craftsman Eric Lamers to sensitively restore and align the house more closely with Schindler’s original intent.

    Join us for a rare opportunity to see the house and engage in a very special dialogue with John August Reed and Eric Lamers. We’ll learn firsthand about a remarkable time in Los Angeles, the realities of loss and interpretation, as well as the opportunities and challenges ofchoosing restoration over demolition.

    Tickets are $35 and reserved for SAH/SCC Patron-level/Life members. 

    Don’t miss out on this rare and unique opportunity to experience one of the last vestiges of modern master, Rudolph Schindler. Purchase your ticket online right now to ensure your reservation or upgrade to Patron or Life Member level.

    Otherwise, to be placed on the waiting list, email us.