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  • Museum of Science Fiction, Preview Museum

    Washington | Dates: 01 Jul – 31 Aug, 2014
    The Museum of Science Fiction today announced an architectural design competition for its 2015 preview museum, which is to be located in the Washington, D.C. metro area. The competition is open to students, architects and designers around the world, and will accept entries through Aug. 31.

    The museum plans to construct a preview space in 2015 as an intermediary step in its efforts toward establishing a permanent museum dedicated to science fiction’s history across the arts. Both the preview museum and the permanent installation will provide a narrative on science fiction’s relationship with the real world.

    “Science fiction has inspired countless artists and scientists across the world,” said Greg Viggiano, executive director for the Museum of Science Fiction. “Opening this landmark project’s architectural planning to the design community will ensure it is infused with the same imagination.”

    The chosen entry will be awarded $1,000, and the entry’s designer or team of designers will receive special recognition. For a detailed list of project requirements, please visit the contest page museumofsciencefiction.org/contest.

    As the next step toward creating a permanent home for the Museum of Science Fiction, the preview space will give visitors an advance opportunity to experience the unique programming and exhibits the museum will offer, as well as providing a social hub for the science fiction community. To learn more about the Museum of Science Fiction and its mission, please visit museumofsciencefiction.org/preview-museum.

    About the Museum of Science Fiction

    The nonprofit Museum of Science Fiction (MoSF) will be the world’s first comprehensive science fiction museum, covering the history of the genre across the arts and providing a narrative on its relationship to the real world. MoSF will show how science fiction continually inspires individuals, influences cultures and impacts societies. Also serving as an educational opportunity to expand interest in the science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) areas, MoSF uses tools such as mobile applications and wi-fi-enabled display objects to engage and entertain. For a full press packet on the Museum of Science Fiction’s vision and other information, visitmuseumofsciencefiction.org/presspacket.
  • The Voronezh Sea

    Voronezh | Dates: 01 – 24 Jul, 2014

    Voronezh is a city of over 1.000.000 inhabitants is situated 500 km south of Moscow. It is located on the banks of the Voronezh River that in 1972 was transformed into the Voronezh Reservoir or "The Voronezh Sea" as it is called by the inhabitants – a huge lake of 30 km long and 2 km wide. It is met with joy by the population that uses the cool water during the hot Voronezh summer. Alas this joy only lasts for a limited period: in 1992 the authorities announce that it is not fit for swimming as a result of the increasingly polluted water.

    The Department of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Voronezh region decided to organize a competition in order to develop a strategy for the future of the Voronezh Reservoir. The competition consists of two parts:

    An Open Ideas competition meant to gather ideas that show the potential of the lake for urban and nature development.

    A Closed Competition for teams of landscape architects, urbanists and ecologists that should combine ideas about possible future uses of the lake with technologies for cleaning it up. The strategy should include both a project and proposals for implementation.

  • Open Agenda

    Dates: 01 – 27 Jul, 2014

    Open Agenda is an annual competition aimed at supporting a new generation of experimental architecture. Open to recent graduates, Open Agenda is focused on developing the possibilities of design research in architecture and the built environment.

    This national competition is intentionally broad in its scope, and dedicated to fostering new discussions on architecture in the public realm. An initiative of the School of Architecture at UTS, past winners have been graduates from Australian and New Zealand universities including, Sydney University, RMIT, Canberra University, UTS and Victoria University in Wellington, exploring a broad range of topics relevant to current Architecture discourse in Australia.

  • Consistency of Inner and Outer Spaces in European Art Nouveau Architecture Symposium

    Riga | Dates: 05 Sep, 2014

    In the framework of the project Art Nouveau & Ecology supported by the programme Culture 2007-2013 of the European Commission, the Roseau Art Nouveau Network, http://www.artnouveau-net.eu/tabid/910/ctl/EmailTracking/mid/4629/Default.aspx?linkID=504&email=alleaume.annelise@gmail.com, as a network of cities aiming to preserve, study and promote Art Nouveau at a European scale, organises a one-day symposium on 5 September 2014 on Consistency of inner and outer spaces in European Art Nouveau architecture in Riga (Latvia).

    Please find the programme of the Historical Lab:
    and register by email to maruta.briekmane@riga.lv or by fax at +371 67281184 before the 20th of August 2014.

    More information:

  • Announcing the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation Leadership Awards

    Dates: 30 Jun – 31 Oct, 2014

    BWAF is rolling out a series of leadership awards to recognize the women and men advancing women in the related building fields:

    Awarded to a transformational firm for expanding opportunities for and influencing the careers of women in the building industry.

    Bestowed to an executive leader for increasing women’s impact, representation, and effectiveness at the top management levels in the building industry.

    Presented to a woman who has shown leadership and mentorship in the profession, who works to increase recognition of women’s work and opportunities for women.

    Awarded to an individual who has demonstrated significant leadership in teaching and research, enhancing and furthering understanding of gender issues in architecture and related fields.

    Given to an individual demonstrating significant leadership and active participation, contributing to increasing recognition of and improving gender inequities faced in the building industry.

    The nominations process will be posted on our website next month. Nominations will run through October 31st. Also look out for our 'Save the Date' announcing the February Gala, where the awards will be bestowed.  For more information, visit the BWAF website: www.bwaf.org

  • 2014 Preservation Maryland Summer School

    Westminster | Dates: 23 Jul, 2014
    Mark your calendar so you don't miss Preservation Maryland's annual one-day, one topic conference on Wednesday, July 23 at McDaniel College in Westminster.  The title of the 2014 Preservation Summer School is "Uncovering the Untold Stories."  As the demographics in Maryland continue to shift, preservationists and historians must be sure they are telling the stories that people are interested in hearing.  Come discover and learn how to communicate effectively the stories of underrepresented groups in your community.

  • Passionate People Creating Vibrant Communities: Iowa Museum Association Conference

    Cedar Rapids | Dates: 12 – 14 Oct, 2014

    The Iowa Museum Association annually holds a statewide conference to provide networking, communication, and educational opportunities. The Annual Meeting of the Iowa Museum Association is held during the annual conference. 

    The conference moves around the state of Iowa.  Annual Meeting & Conference Schedule:

    October 12-13-14, 2014 – National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, Cedar Rapids

    October 4-5-6, 2015 – Pella Historical Society/National Sprint Car HOF & Museum/Central College, Pella/Knoxville

    October 2016 – Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames

  • Iowa Country School Preservation Conference

    Kalona | Dates: 10 – 11 Oct, 2014

    Join us for the 15th Annual Iowa Country School Preservation Conference in a location where the one-room school is not just a memory of the past. The largest Amish settlement west of the Mississippi, Kalona’s countryside has nearly a dozen Amish schools still operating.

    Tours will not only visit both historic and modern school houses, but will also showcase the beauty of the area’s slow moving countryside, featuring barn quilts, Amish gardens, horse and buggies and several good old-fashioned Amish meals.

    Your registration also allows you to take in the 15 historic buildings, quilt galleries, & museums at the restored 1800s village that is our host.

    Contact: Bill Sherman at wsherman41@gmail.com 515-278-2242

  • CFP: The Art History of Architectural History (Norwich 9-11 April 2015)

    Norwich | Dates: 30 Jun – 10 Nov, 2014

    Paper proposals, to be sent to the session convenor in accordance with proposal guidelines. Paper proposal deadline: 10 November 2014

    Session Convenors:

    Mark Crinson, University of Manchester, mark.crinson@manchester.ac.uk 
    Richard Williams, University of Edinburgh, r.j.williams@ed.ac.uk

    Art history and architectural history are sister disciplines… or are they? How many art history departments regard architectural history as a core component of their provision? What might art history students miss if architectural history were not part of their curricula? Perhaps art objects and architectural objects are so radically different their study cannot be shared. Or perhaps there are modes of enquiry that can be developed to mutual benefit. 

    This session reviews the art history/architectural history relationship in several ways. One way is to excavate those moments when art and architectural history were tightly bound together: in the very formation of art history as a discipline, for example, when both art and architecture were natural objects of study.

    Other ways might be: investigations of the parallel developments of formalism in art and architectural history; of architectural history’s relation to the ‘new art history’; of the ways in which architectural history might adopt recent developments in object studies, global art history, and art writing.

    Academics dealing with contemporary architecture find themselves wrestling with debates that in other disciplines may be more abstract or indirect: How does money or power represent itself in visual form? How does the general public (whoever they may be) understand form? How does government use aesthetics to communicate? All of these things are, and always have been, live in architecture. Perhaps this might be part of a case for making architectural history more central to art history. If so, what implications would it have for our curricula and our pedagogy?

  • Biennale Interieur 2014

    Kortrijk | Dates: 17 – 26 Oct, 2014
    Design as both a commercial and cultural entity is a concept that stood at the basis of this event held every two years in Kortrijk, Belgium: “Since 1968, the Biennale Interieur is internationally recognized as the only event in its kind to balance the need for commercial performance with the significance of a convivial cultural happening. The Biennale Interieur has become an important meeting place to experience trends, tastes, avant-garde and movements that define design today“. 84 000 visitors are expected in 2014- mostly professionals and design enthusiasts from France, The Netherlands and Germany.
  • London Design Festival 2014

    London | Dates: 13 – 21 Sep, 2014
    London will take center stage in the world of design again in mid-September, when hundreds of events are expected to light up the creative skies of the city. According to the organizers, the London Design Festival was conceived by Sir John Sorrell and Ben Evans: “Building on London’s existing design activity, their concept was to create an annual event that would promote the city’s creativity, drawing in the country’s greatest thinkers, practitioners, retailers and educators to a deliver an unmissable celebration of design“. Important trade shows like 100% Design and Decorex are also associated with the festival.
  • Furniture China 2014

    Shanghai | Dates: 10 – 14 Sep, 2014
    The five day exhibitions at Furniture China in Shanghai are known for promoting design creativity not just in Asia, but all over the world. Besides the key Chinese furniture players, around 292 overseas companies participated as exhibitors in 2013, including pavilions from France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Sweden and Thailand. From what it seems, this event is not just an opportunity to exchange design ideas, but a cultural experience altogether.
  • River Cities/ Dumbarton Oaks Symposium 2015

    Dates: 01 Jul – 14 Sep, 2014
    River Cities: Historical and Contemporary 
    2015 Dumbarton Oaks Symposium, Garden and Landscape Studies 
    Call for Papers 

    Resilience and adaptability are key elements of viable urbanism. But how have these concepts been understood historically? And how do they shape the design and stewardship of urban landscapes today? The dynamic relationships between cities and their rivers, a landscape of potentially critical adaptability and resilience, is the focus of the 2015 Garden and Landscape Studies Symposium at Dumbarton Oaks. Building on the emergence of urban humanities and urban landscape history, we propose to consider the urban river as a city-making landscape deserving of careful reading and analysis: past, present, and future.

    The subject of this symposium builds on a new multi-year initiative in urban landscape studies, which Dumbarton Oaks is launching in 2015 with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Its principal goal is to create a dialogue between designers and scholars to address the landscape consequences of advancing urbanization. With this task in mind, the 2015 symposium aims to bring together the work of contemporary designers with the historical perspectives of scholars, encouraging practitioners and historians to bridge the gaps between their modes of thinking. We would particularly welcome proposals for collaborative or paired presentations by designers and historians working on similar topics or the same city.

    Cities have emerged on the banks of rivers throughout history. Rivers are multi-faceted ecological, cultural, economic, and political agents, providing resources such as food, water, irrigation, sanitation, and transportation—and liabilities including flooding, drought, and occasional changes in their locations. While many cities share the history of rivers running through their cores, the relationships between rivers and cities are shaped by unique circumstances. New Orleans and Cairo, for example, were both located on the silt deposited by floods; yet, as these cities grew, one used a dam and the other levees to harness their rivers. While describing the river as part of urban infrastructure, how can we read the river landscape as a dynamic catalyst in the urban process? What is the role of the river, beyond its performance as a transportation corridor and a water source? How do its place, its flow, its speed, and its dynamic character shape the development of cities and the experience of the urban landscape spatially, geographically, and temporally? What landscape elements are distinctive to these urban river contexts—bridges, parks, ports, weirs, mills, various defensive structures—and how might the landscapes of inland river cities differ from those in deltas and on estuaries?

    Another aspect of the relationship between cities and rivers that this symposium will explore concerns its representation in human experience, practice, and imagination. How do rivers frame the urban experience? Do they offer a connection to nature in the city as so many have claimed we need? What are their cultural and ritual uses? What can we discover by investigating the historical role of the river and city-making that might offer an alternative perspective on contemporary issues of access to clean water, public space, transportation, and the challenges of climate change are addressed? How might a historical investigation offer a means to re-imagine the way we think about and use our urban rivers today? Conversely, how can the spatial thinking of designers today revise our historical understandings of rivers and cities?

    The 2015 symposium seeks papers that consider river cities from the earliest settlements to contemporary metropolitan regions around the globe. Just as rivers flow across continents, we are looking broadly to engage in a discussion of urban rivers, past and present, nationally and internationally.

    Please submit a 300 word abstract to Thaisa Way (tway@uw.edu) by September 14, 2014 to be considered for the 2015 Dumbarton Oaks Garden and Landscape Studies symposium: River Cities: Historical and Contemporary. If accepted, full papers will be due on March 1, 2015 for presentation in May 2015. For more information, contact Thaisa Way, University of Washington / tway@uw.edu / 206 685 2523.
  • Architecture of Trade 9th Savannah Symposium

    Savannah | Dates: 05 – 07 Feb, 2015
    This year, the Savannah Symposium investigates the Architecture of Trade and features keynote presentations from Nasser Rabbat, Ph.D, director of the Aga Khan Program in Islamic Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Michael Hudson, Ph.D., president of the Institute for the Study of Long-term Economic Trends and professor of economics, University of Missouri, Kansas City. We are seeking a diverse array of papers to cover such real or imagined topics as port cities; trade routes and their building cultures; merchant dwellings; ore mines; trends in urbanization; housing; philosophies of capital, global warming and land use; post-industrial narratives; ancient, mercantile and colonial landscapes; food as commodity; renaissance financing systems; artifacts as collateral; the art collection as wealth; affluence and inequality as avant-gardism; gentrification as asset allocation; rentier capitalism; and the space and traces of the consumables that have shaped the global world.
  • Ford's Theatre--Scale Model--Museum Exhibit

    Kent | Dates: 01 Jul, 2014 – 14 Apr, 2015
    I am building a finely detailed scale model (1/2" = 1'-0") of Ford's Theatre, the site of President Lincoln's assassination on 14 iv 1865. I intend to equip it with the latest electronic devices (audio and visual) so that visitors can hear a narrative description of the events leading up to and culminating in the assassination of President Lincoln within the theatre.
  • Behind the Scenes: Thalia Hall

    Chicago | Dates: 30 Jul, 2014
    Be one of the first to explore the newly renovated Thalia Hall. This Pilsen landmark was founded by John Dusek in 1892 and was modeled after the Prague Opera House. The hall served as a multi-purpose property offering commercial storefronts, residential housing, and a hall for the community until it was closed to the public in the 1960's. In October of 1989, Thalia Hall was granted landmark status. In 2013, the landmark building was re- established when Dusek’s Board & Beer, a beer inspired restaurant on the first floor and Punch House, a punch focused cocktail bar in the basement, opened under the helm of Michelin starred Chef Jared Wentworth. In May of 2014, Thalia Hall's doors re-opened welcoming the first crowd of music lovers into history. 

    PRICE: Adults- $35, Members- $30
    TIME/DATE: July 30, 6-8pm 
    MEET: 1807 S. Allport St.

    Join us to see the renovated hall, have some refreshments and hear about the Hall’s storied past from Chicago’s Cultural Historian, Tim Samuelson. Doors open at 6pm. 
  • Design Dialogues: Elizabeth Diller with Reed Kroloff

    Chicago | Dates: 17 Jul, 2014

    Elizabeth Diller is a founding partner of Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R), an interdisciplinary design studio that integrates architecture, the visual arts and the performing arts. DS+R has received numerous accolades including the first MacArthur Genius grant awarded to an architecture firm, a retrospective of their work at the Whitney Museum of American Art, inclusion in Time magazine's 100 most influential people and selection as Fast Company'smost innovative design firm. Diller will discuss her work and the firm’s creative processes in architecture and art with Reed Kroloff, Immediate Past Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art & Art Museum, and a nationally known commentator in the world of architecture and urban design.

    This program is co-sponsored by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Women in Architecture, and the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

    The Chicago Architecture Foundation is pleased to partner with Chicago Women in Architecture (CWA) for its 40th anniversary by hosting a special exhibition, Women Building Change: Celebrating 40 Years of Chicago Women in Architecture. The exhibition runs from June 12, 2014 – December 2014 at CAF.

    TIME: 6:00pm - 8:00pm  
    COST: $10/ $8 MCA/CAF/CWA members
    LOCATION: 220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago IL 60611

  • Drinks and Design in the Studio: Chicago Model City

    Chicago | Dates: 16 Jul, 2014
    Drinks + Design in the Studio is a bimonthly, hands-on program for adults. Participants will meet in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF to explore the playful side of architecture and engineering. Volunteers from the Chicago Women in Architecture will lead a creative exercise, check back for more details.

    PRICE: Adults- $20, Members- $15
    TIME/DATE: July 16, 6-8pm 
    MEET: ArcelorMittal Design Studio at CAF, 224 S. Michigan Avenue

  • Book Presentation | Behind the Green Door: A Critical Look at Sustainable Architecture through 600 Objects

    New York | Dates: 07 Jul, 2014

    When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM MONDAY, JULY 7

    Where: At The Center   

    Please join us for a book presentation on Behind the Green Door: A Critical Look at Sustainable Architecture through 600 Objects by Rotor, a Brussels-based collective of architects, designers, and researchers.

    Behind the Green Door: A Critical Look at Sustainable Architecture through 600 Objects is a richly illustrated critical portrait of the concrete consequences and paradoxes of sustainability as a dominating paradigm in architecture and urban planning. Drawing on a year-long investigation for the Oslo Architecture Triennale, Rotor presents and contextualizes the 600 objects gathered for its main exhibition (building models, samples, specialized construction tools, campaign posters, footage of lobbyist gatherings, etc.).

    The book also contains 300 short comments by prominent architects, critics, and scholars from around the world. The publication is presented in an accessible, visually compelling, and thought-provoking manner, and will interest engaged citizens, experts, practitioners, activists, and politicians alike.

    Co-author Maarten Gielen, a co-founder of Rotor, will present the book. Rotor is a group of people who share a common interest in material flows in industry and construction. Rotor handles the conception and realization of design and architectural projects. On a theoretical level, Rotor develops critical positions on design, material resources, and waste through research, exhibitions, writings, and conferences. The group recently curated OMA/Progress, a large exhibition on the work of OMA, at the Barbican in London. Together with Rotor's Lionel Devlieger, Maarten Gielen curated Behind the Green Door – architecture and the desire for sustainability at the 2013 Oslo Architecture Triennale.

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

    Organized by: Center for Architecture

    Sponsor: The reception is provided by the Government of Flanders, through Flanders House New York

  • Public Space: Community and Privacy

    New York | Dates: 02 Jul, 2104

    AIA CES: 1.5 LU | HSW

    When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM WEDNESDAY, JULY 2

    Where: At The Center   

    With the Mayor’s affordable housing plan in mind, this panel will bring together architects, government officials, and housing advocates to address the intersection of civic space and housing in New York City. Speakers will touch on the future of large NYCHA housing sites and their potential modifications, community centers in NYCHA housing developments, open spaces between apartment buildings that could become social spaces, the relationship between housing, housing precincts, and the sidewalks and spaces beyond and between neighboring communities as well as other examples of public places that form within and alongside integrated housing developments.

    This panel will be presented in conjunction with the Open to the Public: Civic Space Now exhibition at the Center for Architecture, on view from June 12 - September 6, 2014 and is an initiative of the Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, 2014 Presidential theme: ‘Civic Spirit:Civic Vision.’

    David Resnick, AIA, 
    Deputy Commissioner, NYC Department of Design and Construction

    Sara Caples, AIA, Principal, Caples Jefferson Architects
    Mark Ginsberg, FAIA, LEED AP, Founding Partner, Curtis + Ginsberg Architects 
    Richard Plunz, Director, Urban Design Program, GSAPP, Columbia University and Director, Urban Design Lab, The Earth Institute

    Price: Free for AIA members and students with valid student ID; $10 for non-members

    Co-Sponsored by: AIANY Housing Committee