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  • The Historic House Museum Symposium

    Lorton | Dates: 15 Mar, 2014
    March 15, 2014 
    9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Registration opens at 8:00 a.m.

    The Historic House Museum Symposium 
    Presented alongside the 2014 VAM conference

    How are historic house museums adapting to the future?

    $15 per person Includes symposium admission, 
    boxed lunch, & a special tour of 
    Gunston Hall. Parking is free. 

  • Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation Introduces Built By Women: New York City

    Dates: 21 Feb, 2014

    Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation announces the launch of a unique project this month called Built By Women (BxW): New York City.  Initial funding for research has been made possible through a generous grant from the New York Building Foundation.  Additional support for the project is derived from a partnership with the Roger Williams University School of Architecture, Art and Architectural Preservation and a Planning Grant from the New York Council for the Humanities.

    Built by Women: NYC will include 100 outstanding structures, or environments in the City designed by women. The purpose of this project is to provide members of the public, ranging from students to adults, and residents to visitors with a unique “collection” through which they can explore the complex and fascinating built environment in which they live, play, learn, work, worship, shop, and manage all aspects of their lives in the dense urban landscape of New York City.

    The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF) works to ensure that the contributions of women to the building industry are acknowledged and recognized. Women, in almost all fields of endeavor, tend to fall out of history books. By focusing on the work of women, the Foundation does not draw a comparison with the contributions of men, but rather, sheds light on work by women in fields that have traditionally been dominated by male practitioners.

    James T. Hanley, executive director of BWAF says, “Built by Women: New York City presents the Foundation with an exciting opportunity to focus public awareness on some of the finest projects designed by women in the City.  These feats of engineering, landscape design and architecture will serve as a means to expand knowledge of the wide array of issues facing all practitioners in these fields.  Our goal is to foster a deep appreciation of the built environment through the work of women who devote their careers to shaping our world.”

    During its first phase, criteria for the selection of works to be included in the project will result in a collection of buildings that will be tied to women who are part of the Foundation’s Dynamic National Archive. Based on this material, maps and tours will be developed for the public. When available, these resources will be accompanied by recorded audio information that may include interviews with designers. The New York Humanities Council Planning Grant, will be employed in working with museum staff members with expertise in education and exhibition design, to formulate downloadable materials that will enable individuals, along with educators and community groups to “mount an exhibition” of Built by Women: NYC. This will include study materials and questions designed to engage people in discourse about why and how buildings, or other aspects of the environment shaped by human hands, are designed. Raising awareness of the many practical, economic and societal factors that have an impact on our built environment is an important goal of the project.

    For more information about this project, contact us at:

    Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation
    6 Barclay St, 6 Fl
    New York, NY 10007
    E-mail: info@bwaf.org
    Phone: 212.577.1200

  • The Ames-Webster Mansion: History & Restoration of a Gilded Age Boston Landmark

    Boston | Dates: 07 – 08 Mar, 2014
    Join the ICAA for a two-day exploration of one of Boston’s most storied residences. Soon to undergo a large-scale renovation, the Ames-Webster mansion was designed in 1871 by the firm of Peabody and Stearns. The Ames’ fascination with European art and fine craftsmanship led to an expansion 10 years later that included the addition of ornate carving work, murals by Beaux-Arts painter Jean-Joseph Benjamin Constant, and an intricate glass skylight by American artist John LaFarge. ICAA Board of Directors member Kahlil Hamady presents a two-day course on the mansion’s history, relevance to the city of Boston, and impending restoration by his firm of Hamady Architects. The first day will include lectures by restoration experts and architectural historians and demonstrations by one of the city’s finest craftsman. Day two will be composed of a series of instructor-led drawing sessions of the exterior, interior, and architectural details. By the end of the program, participants will have gained a practical perspective on the philosophical design approach required to address the challenges of preserving and restoring a significant historical property.
  • Architecture & Design Film Festival: Chicago 2014

    Chicago | Dates: 24 – 28 Apr, 2014
    The Architecture & Design Film Festival is the nation's largest film festival celebrating the creative spirit of architecture and design is returning to Chicago’s magnificent Music Box Theatre. ADFF showcase more than 30 films, and many panel discussions, book signings and Q&A's with design leaders and film makers from around the world.

  • Architecture & Design Film Festival: Los Angeles 2014

    Los Angeles | Dates: 12 – 16 Mar, 2014
    The Architecture & Design Film Festival is the nation's largest film festival celebrating the creative spirit of architecture and design. This year the festival will come to downtown Los Angeles to the beautiful Los Angeles Theatre Center. ADFF showcase more than 30 films, and many panel discussions, book signings and Q&A's with design leaders and film makers from around the world.

    How this festival works:

    • 30 Films - ranging in length from 2 minutes to 95 minutes.
    • Each of the individual films has been curated into 15 programs.
    • Tickets are sold by program and each program presents 1-3 films of varying lengths.
    • Programs have a total running time of approximately 90 minutes.
    • To purchase tickets or see the full schedule click here.
  • Millionaires and Military Men: The Seventh Regiment Armory Commission and Design

    New York | Dates: 11 Mar, 2014

    Speaker: Chelsea Bruner
    Tuesday, March 11, 2014 
    6:00 p.m. 
    Meet-the-Speaker reception to follow

    Completed in 1881, Manhattan's Seventh Regiment Armory is now recognized as one of the most important surviving collections of late 19th-century high-style interiors. It served as headquarters for the country's most elite volunteer militia, with spaces designed by the leading firms of the period, including Herter Brothers, Pottier & Stymus and a young Stanford White. This talk byChelsea Bruner, PhD CUNY Graduate Center and Victorian Society in America Summer School student, Newport 2010, will explore the Armory's remarkable interiors while connecting changes in aesthetic discourse and professional design practice of the 1870s and '80s to larger issues of immigration and industrialization that transformed New York City during that tumultuous period.

    Location: Dominican Academy, 44 East 68th Street, New York, NY 10065
    Admission: Free; no reservations required. Seating is limited and early arrival is recommended. The VSNY cannot guarantee seating after 6:15 p.m.

  • Anova Lecture for Landscape Architecture: Chris Reed

    St. Louis | Dates: 24 Feb, 2014
    6p Reception, 6:30p Lecture
    Steinberg Auditorium

    Chris Reed, the founding principal of Stoss, will deliver the Anova Lecture for Landscape Architecture. Reed's innovative, hybridized approach to public space has been recognized internationally, and he has been invited to participate in competitions and installations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Israel, the Middle East, Taiwan, and China. His research interests include the impact of ecological sciences on design thinking, and city-making strategies informed by landscape systems and dynamics; he is co-editor of an upcoming volume of research and drawing titled Projective Ecologies. Reed earned a Master in Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and an AB in Urban Studies from Harvard College. He is currently Associate Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

    This series of lectures in landscape architecture is sponsored by Anova, previously Landscape Brands, an innovator in the manufacturing of site furnishings for more than forty years. Previous lecturers in the series have included Adriaan Geuze and Kate Orff.

  • 2014 National Humanities Alliance Annual Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day

    Washington | Dates: 10 – 11 Mar, 2014

    Register today for the 2014 National Humanities Alliance Annual Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day! 

    March 10-11
    George Washington University’s Marvin Center and Capitol Hill
    Washington, D.C. 

    Advocating Locally for National Impact
    The 2014 NHA Annual Meeting will look beyond broad arguments for the value of the humanities to make the case that fostering and demonstrating impact in local communities is critical to increasing support for the humanities among elected officials and the general public. The meeting will feature a series of speakers who will explore: ways to engage local communities in humanities research, teaching, preservation, and programming; the benefits of publicly-engaged work to institutions, students, and communities; the role that the humanities can play in the lives of students as they pursue a variety of career paths and goals; and ways to involve elected officials in this work.

    Over the last five years, the humanities have faced particular challenges on the state level, as governors and state legislatures have sought to direct funding and students to other courses of study.  This year’s annual meeting will feature two speakers from Texas who can speak to the importance of expanding the role of the humanities in their communities amid the challenging state context.

    Participants will also learn about efforts to foster increased collaboration between academic institutions and public humanities organizations with the goal of increasing connections with the broader public.

    Click here to register today.  
    Registration:       $100     Deadline: March 1

    Featured Speakers:
    Francisco Cigarroa, Chancellor, University of Texas System and a member of the Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences
    One of ten children, Dr. Cigarroa is a third generation physician. He graduated from Yale University in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in biology and earned his medical degree in 1983 from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.  Dr. Cigarroa joined the faculty of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1995, where he served as director of pediatric surgery before serving as president of the institution from 2000 -2009. In 2003, President George W. Bush appointed him to serve on the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science.  In 2009, Dr. Cigarroa became the first Hispanic to be named chancellor of The University of Texas System. As chancellor, he oversees one of the largest public systems of higher education in the nation, which consists of nine universities and six health institutions.  President Barack Obama has appointed Dr. Cigarroa to serve as a commissioner on the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans.  A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he also serves on the Academy's Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences.  Dr. Cigarroa is a nationally renowned transplant surgeon and continues to perform liver and kidney transplant surgeries.

    Elva LeBlanc, President, Northwest Campus, Tarrant County College District
    Elva Concha LeBlanc is president of the Northwest Campus of Tarrant County College District (TCCD). Northwest Campus is one of five campuses of TCCD, a multi-campus, single college district of over 50,000 enrollments.  Previously, as President of Galveston College, she led the transformation of that institute into a “learning College” with a focus on student learning, assessment, and outcomes.  Prior to serving Galveston, Dr. LeBlanc was Executive Vice President for Instructional Affairs at Austin Community College.  A former Tarrant County College student and alumna of the University of North Texas, Dr. LeBlanc served TCCD as professor, faculty chair, director of institutional effectiveness, and dean of instruction. 

    Carol Muller, Professor of Music, University of Pennsylvania
    South African born Muller is Professor of Music and current Director of the Africa Center at the University of Pennsylvania.  She has published widely on South African music, at home and in exile; her intellectual interests are in issues of gender, religion, music, diaspora and post-colonial studies. Her most recent is a book co-authored with South African jazz singer, Sathima Bea Benjamin: Musical Echoes: South African Women Thinking in Jazz (Duke UP 2011) and Shembe Hymns (edited by Muller and translated by Bongani Mthethwa, University of KwaZulu Natal Press, 2011). Muller was topic director for the Penn Humanities Forum (2003-04) on subject of Belief.  She has done pioneering work in ethnomusicology on issues of civic engagement, community partner and student research in West Philadelphia, and has experimented with online learning over the last decade--her Coursera-Penn course Listening to World Music attracted 37,000 students in its first iteration--it was one of the first humanities courses offered as a MOOC.  Muller is also a gumboot dancer.

    David Scobey, Executive Dean, The New School for Public Engagement
    Scobey is a national leader in developing innovative methods to engage institutions of higher education with communities outside the academy. He was previously director of the Harward Center at Bates College in Maine, established to bring together community-based learning and research, co-curricular work, and environmental stewardship. He is the founder and former director of the University of Michigan's Arts of Citizenship program, an initiative to integrate civic engagement and the liberal arts. He serves on the boards of Project Pericles, an organization that encourages universities to include civic engagement as an element of undergraduate education, and Bringing Theory to Practice, a project that links education as a public good with civic engagement and concern for the well-being of individual students. 

    Click here for a preliminary program.
  • Inside the Palace of Fine Arts: Cosmopolitanism at the 1904 World’s Fair

    St. Louis | Dates: 09 May – 03 Aug, 2014

    As part of STL250, a regionwide celebration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Louis, Inside the Palace of Fine Arts: Cosmopolitanism at the 1904 World’s Fair gathers together a selection of artworks from the Museum’s permanent collection that were on view at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition along with related works. Featuring such artists as Jean Charles Cazin, Narcisse Virgile Diaz de la Peña, Joseph Pennell, and James McNeill Whistler, this exhibition explores the role of the World’s Fair in relation to local aspirations to turn the city into an international cultural center.

    Inside the Palace of Fine Arts is curated by Mia Laufer and Orin Zahra, PhD students in the Department of Art History & Archaeology in Arts & Sciences.

  • On the Thresholds of Space-Making: Shinohara Kazuo and His Legacy

    St. Louis | Dates: 31 Jan – 20 Apr, 2014

    On the Thresholds of Space-Making surveys the work of Shinohara Kazuo (1925–2006), one of Japan’s most influential architects of the postwar generation. A mathematician turned architect, Shinohara achieved cult-figure status with his series of sublimely beautiful, purist houses designed over a thirty-year period, from the mid-1950s to the 1980s. Shinohara was also a rigorous polemicist, and through both writings and architecture he scrutinized and reframed fundamental architectural conventions, such as public / private, body / space, and openness / enclosure. His slogan “A house is a work of art” encapsulates his belief in the potential of quotidian design. His resistance to a technological approach to architectural design, one that had dominated Japan’s architectural profession since the 1920s, caused him to break away from established forms of the single-family house ubiquitous in Japan’s postwar suburbia.

    The exhibition includes original drawings and sketches rarely seen outside of Japan. These items are augmented by period photographs of Shinohara’s building projects as well as by reproductions of select models of his houses. A featured work is his House in White (1964–66), one of his most iconic, in which he rearranges a familiar design palette—a square plan, a pointed roof, white walls, and a symbolic pillar—to give the main room almost oceanic spaciousness through abstraction. The architect’s formalism—his basic explorations of geometry and color—lend his work a poetic quality that fuses simplicity and surprise, the ordered and the unexpected.

    Also showcased in the exhibition is the enduring legacy of Shinohara’s work through projects by younger Japanese architects whom he influenced: Ito Toyo (b. 1941); Nishizawa Ryue (b. 1966) of the firm SANAA; and Ishigami Junya (b. 1974). By juxtaposing Shinohara’s work with that of subsequent generations of architects, we see a clear lineage that constitutes a highly energized collective of creative talent. These architects pushed the frontiers of architectural design, unrivaled in their intellectual rigor and stylistic coherence in contemporary global practice.

    This exhibition is curated by Seng Kuan, assistant professor of architectural history at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts.

    Support for the exhibition is provided by the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts and College of Architecture; the Japan Foundation; the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts; and members of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.

  • Cannon Design Lecture: Yoshiharu Tsukamoto

    St. Louis | Dates: 28 Mar, 2014
    6p Reception, 6:30p Lecture
    Steinberg Auditorium

    Architect Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, co-founder of Atelier Bow-Wow, will deliver the Cannon Design Lecture for Excellence in Architecture and Engineering as part of the Sam Fox School Public Lecture Series.

    Atelier Bow-Wow is a Tokyo-based firm founded by Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kaijima in 1992. The pair's interest lies in diverse fields ranging from architectural design to urban research and the creation of public artworks, which are produced based on a theory called "architectural behaviorology." The word "behavior" includes human behavior inside and outside of the building; physical phenomena produced by different environmental elements such as light, air, heat, wind, and water in architecture; and the building's behavior in its surroundings. "Architectural behaviorology" aims to understand the behaviors of those different elements, and to synthesize them to optimize their performance in a specific context.

    Atelier Bow-Wow has designed and built houses, public, and commercial buildings primarily in Tokyo, as well as in Europe and the United States. The practice's urban research studies have led to the experimental project "micro-public-space," a new concept of the public space that has been exhibited across the world.

    Tsukamoto and Kaijima were awarded RIBA International Fellowships in 2012. Tsukamoto is an associate professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology, and also has held visiting faculty appointments at numerous other institutions, including the Harvard Graduate School of Design, UCLA, the Architecture School at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, the Barcelona Institute of Architecture, Kyoto Seika University, and Cornell University.

  • 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.