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  • Baumgartner + Uriu: Apertures

    Los Angeles | Dates: 11 Apr – 18 May, 2014

    Apertures reflects a current architectural discourse of digital ecologies, emphasizing the relationship between the natural world and advances in digital technology, which leads to a new type of interactive, organic buildings. The installation focuses on a symbiotic relationship between nature, building morphologies, and material expression.

    Rooted in B+U’s work and ongoing research, Apertures challenges the notion of an architectural opening as a static object. Moreover, it aims to redefine the DNA of a window both in terms of its appearance and materiality, as well as its nature as an object in continuous flux, responding to its environment through movement or sound. The pavilion and its apertures are designed to physically engage the visitor with the architectural work through sensors and sound feedback loops creating an immersive spatial environment in which the visitor can experience their own biorhythms.

    Apertures are the architectural catalysts for the installation design, being defined as objects within a larger building object that differ from its host in terms of morphology and performance. They are disruptive features to the overall building mass, but are able to interact with their environment, focusing on a symbiotic relationship between nature, building morphologies, and material expression.

    Baumgartner + Uriu challenge the notion of an architectural opening as a static object by re-defining the DNA of a window, both in terms of its appearance and materiality, as well as its nature as an object in continuous flux, responding to its environment through movement or sound.

    The 16-foot-tall, thin shell structure was designed to solely rely on its extremely thin surface (1/8”) as support, requiring no additional structural elements. Structure and surface are collapsed into a single component supported through its shape, creased surfaces and material strength only. Each one of the 172 panels is unique in terms of its shape. They are CNC milled from polyurethane foam, heat formed out of thermoplastic polymer resin, and then laminated together into a single object.

    Unique to this project is the proposal of building as organism, challenging how architecture can interface with its users and its environment in a much more intuitive way. This entails both the use of technology to augment its performance and a design aesthetic that is incongruous and can incorporate analog features into a digital design process.

    The project also offers a radically new design approach to sustainable design, emphasizing an Architecture in-between nature and technology that can operate as an interactive building organism where multiple discrete features operate simultaneously and independently. In this case sound is used to bridge the gap between the natural and the artificial, allowing the visitor to experience their own biorhythms.

    Download the exhibition poster

    About Baumgartner+Uriu (B+U) Herwig Baumgartner and Scott Uriu, the founders of Baumgartner+Uriu (B+U), are an internationally recognized design duo operating at the forefront of contemporary design. Their design process can be described as driven by digital techniques and advanced computation that utilizes new technologies and material resources. B+U’s work consistently pushes the boundaries of architecture and urban design, experimenting with new spatial concepts, and intensifying existing urban landscapes in pursuit of a visionary aesthetic that encompasses all fields of design.

    B+U recently exhibited at the FRAC Center in Orleans, France; the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France; the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles, California; and the 12th Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy. Two monographs have been published on Baumgartner and Uriu’s work. It has also been widely published and discussed in books, magazines and newspapers. The firm was recently awarded with the Maxine Frankel Award for design research, the AIA national award for emerging professionals and the Architizer A+Award for sustainability. www.bplusu.com

  • Colloquium on Pre-Columbian Architecture & Urbanism in Mexico

    Austin | Dates: 25 Apr, 2014
    The colloquium will provide an overview of contemporary developments in the study and conservation of these monumental sites in southern Mexico. Archaeologists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico, who are responsible of sites, projects, and archaeological sites in Oaxaca and Yucatán will present the findings on architecture and urbanism on important pre-Columbian sites. The visiting archeologist to UT Austin will share their academic progress on the more recent projects and will reflect on the major challenges to perform actions for conservation for three World Heritage sites such as Monte Albán, Mitla-Yagul, Ruta Puuc and Uxmal. The presentations will also include other sites that have been recently explored such as Atzompa and Yucundaa in the region of Oaxaca. 

    Please notice that some presentations will be given in Spanish with slides in English. This event will be held in LLILAS-Benson Conference room.


    8:45am Welcome
    9:00 - 9:30 The architecture of Monte Alban and its long path to integral conservation.
    Nelly M. Robles García. Presentation in English
    9:30 - 10:00 The Archeological Project of the Monumental Site of Atzompa, Oaxaca.
    Jaime Vera Estrada y Leobardo Pacheco Arias. Presentation in Spanish with slides in English
    10:00 - 10:15 Break
    10:15 - 10:45 Yagul & Mitla in Oaxaca, New UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
    Jorge Ríos Allier y Guillermo Ramón Celis. Presentation in Spanish with slides in English
    10:45 - 11:15 Yucundaa. “Cacicazgo’s” Architecture in the Mixteca Alta of Oaxaca.
    Olga Landa Alarcón. Presentation in Spanish with slides in English
    11:15 - 11:45 Uxmal & Route Puuc. Investigation and Conservation Development
    José Huchim Herrera y Lourdes Toscano. Presentation in Spanish with slides in English
    11:45 - 12:00 Conclusions and Closing Remarks
    Benjamin Ibarra & Logan Wagner
    12:00 - 1:00 Snacks and refreshments
  • Nic Clear: 15x15: Fifteen Years of Unit 15

    Ithaca | Dates: 28 Apr, 2014

    "After the age of architecture-sculpture we are now in the time of cinematographic factitiousness; literally as well as figuratively, from now on architecture is only a movie." — Paul Virilio, The Aesthetics of Disappearance

    For 15 years Nic Clear has been using the moving image in the construction of new architectural possibilities through the work of a postgraduate design unit, Unit 15, that uses the moving image to generate, develop, and represent architectural projects.

    Students in Unit 15 do not make films of their projects, the film is the project; however, film does not simply mean linear narrative-based work of conventional cinema, the moving image can also be used in installations, performance-based work, and incorporated into computer games and augmented reality. Students are encouraged to use the most appropriate means to effectively describe their ideas.

    The exhibition features 100 films and animations produced over the last 15 years as a way of exploring new modes of architectural space, representation, and practice. The films encompass a wide variety of techniques, from stop-frame animation, performance, and motion graphics, to sophisticated computer-generated imagery. The work demonstrates a unique approach to both content and form, and suggests new possibilities for architectural production.

    Having previously taught and directed programs at the Bartlett School of Architecture, Clear is currently the head of the Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Greenwich.

  • Adaptive Precedents

    Ithaca | Dates: 21 – 27 Apr, 2014

    "It is not the strongest species that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change." — Charles Darwin

    Adaptation is not just a tool or technique, it is a necessary aspect of architectural development through time.

    The concept of adaptation in architecture is not a new one, rather it is one of the oldest. A survey of global architecture turns up a wide variety and curious convergences of innovative design strategies, material practicalities, and environmental intrigues that combine to bring about architectures grounded — sometimes quite literally — to their site, their environment, and their function.

    Through a series of research investigations, analytical drawings, and careful observations, a selection of these architectures, which span the globe from hot and humid jungles to dry cold windswept tundras are presented, each demonstrating their particularities of material, site, atmosphere, and use.

    Under the guidance of Associate Professor Val Warke and Visiting Assistant Professor Iñaqui Carnicero, and the teaching associates, Deborah Chang (M.Arch. '13), Vivian Shao Chen (M.Arch. '13), Caio Barboza (B.Arch. '13), Kyle Shumman (B.Arch. '13), and Andrew Hart (M.Arch.II '13), this exhibition presents the assembled analytical research of the freshman design studio, which will be presented in the form of a publication later this semester.

  • Prescriptions for Urban Ailments: Planning Solutions of the 1920s–40s

    Ithaca | Dates: 20 Apr – 08 Jun, 2014

    From the Roaring Twenties to the New Deal era, planners, civic leaders, and other reformers diagnosed urban ailments and prescribed new interventions to treat them. The young profession of city planning pointed to the debilitating effects of congestion and sprawl, as large metropolitan areas grew up and out. The negative aspects of automobiles were already becoming noticeable in urban areas. Planning as a profession evolved alongside a growing demand for improvements to urban mobility, safety, and parking.

    This exhibition explores these planning approaches through items drawn from the architecture and city planning collections in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections of the Cornell University Library.

    The exhibition is organized by Assistant Professor Jennifer Minner, CRP, and Liz Muller, assistant director and curator of Media and Digital Collections, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections.

  • Hellstrip Gardening: Paradise at the Curb

    Boston | Dates: 21 May, 2014
    Evelyn Hadden, Author and Landscape Designer
    1 Session: Wednesday, May 21, 6:30–8:30pm
    Location: Hunnewell Building

    From coast to coast, overlooked landscapes languish in parking strips and alongside driveways and alleys. These semi-public spaces don't often support healthy lawns, but they can host thriving gardens that add beauty and provide ecological services, dramatically improving their surroundings. Though curbside gardens present many challenges, their potential rewards can tempt you to give that leftover a make-over. Evelyn Hadden will address issues such as car, foot, and paw traffic; utility and maintenance equipment; restricted root zones, contaminated soil; covenants and city regulations and present dozens of plants and ideas for increasing the green in your neighborhood. For discussion purposes, send images of successful hellstrips that you have seen, or alternatively, plantings that haven’t lived up to the challenges in advance of the class.

    Fee $15 member, $25 nonmember

  • Mariana Griswold van Rensselaer: A Landscape Critic in the Gilded Age

    Boston | Dates: 19 May, 2014
    Judith Major, PhD, Professor of Landscape Architecture, Kansas State University
    1 Session: Monday, May 19, 7:00–8:30pm
    Location: Hunnewell Building

    Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer (1851-1934) was one of the premier figures in landscape writing and design at the turn of the twentieth century, at a moment when the amateur pursuit of gardening and the increasingly professionalized landscape design field were beginning to diverge. Her close relationship with Frederick Law Olmsted influenced her ideas on landscape gardening, and her interest in botany and geology shaped the ideas upon which her philosophy and art criticism were based. Judith Major presents the first in-depth study of the versatile critic and author, revealing Van Rensselaer’s vital role in this moment in the history of landscape architecture.

    Fee $10 member, $15 nonmember
    Offered in collaboration with the Friends of Fairsted
  • 2014 Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour

    Atlanta | Dates: 10 – 11 May, 2014
    Tour Atlanta’s Finest Private Gardens

    Saturday - Sunday, May 10 - 11
    10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Celebrating 30 years of beauty, the 2014 Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour showcases eleven spectacular private gardens representing the finest in garden design. Delight in exploring exquisite design and enchanting planting ideas.

    The Tour is an annual Mother’s Day Weekend tradition since 1984 with proceeds benefitting the Garden.

    Garden Tour Descriptions
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    Member Tickets
    Non-Member Tickets

    $20 Member Advance Ticket (April 8 – May 9)
    $25 Advance Ticket (April 1 – May 9)
    $30 Day of Tour (cash or check only)
    Children Under 12 Free

    Tickets available at Garden Admissions until May 9, at Select Retailers or directly at the Tour Locations the day of Tour.

    Online tickets purchased between May 1 and May 8 will be held for pick-up at Will-Call. Convenience fee of $1.00 added to each ticket purchased online. Online purchasing available until May 8.

  • Step inside SCADpad, next generation urban housing at SCAD Atlanta

    Atlanta | Dates: 26 – 27 Apr, 2014

    Explore SCADpad, next generation urban housing created by SCAD students and professors, at this free exhibition open to the public.

    Three experimental micro housing units will be on display noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 26, and 1-3 p.m., Sunday, April 27.

    Learn more about SCADpad.

  • School of Constructed Environments Exhibition

    New York | Dates: 20 – 23 May, 2014

    his exhibition presents drawings, models, and prototypes created by graduating students of the Architecture, Interior Design, Lighting Design, and Product Design programs in the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons. The thesis show takes place in the studio space created by the Parsons Design Workshop -- the school's signature design-build program -- where work desks and adjacent spaces convert to exhibition space.

    Opening Reception: Tuesday, May 20, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

    This event is part of Parsons Festival 2014: www.newschool.edu/parsonsfestival.

    Free; No tickets or reservations required.

  • Parsons Festival 2014

    New York | Dates: 25 Apr – 24 May, 2014

    Established to showcase the creativity, innovation, and scholarship of Parsons students in a diverse range of disciplines, the Parsons Festival offers an array of exciting thesis exhibitions, presentations, installations, workshops, symposia, gallery openings, and special events.

    Parsons Festival 2014 continues a tradition of presenting our students' visual work and the depth of their learning, but it also highlights the collaborative, cross-disciplinary interaction and social engagement that characterize our programs. This year's festival is once again part of NYCxDESIGN, a citywide initiative to celebrate New York City's contributions to and embrace of design.

    The 2014 festival lineup represents the breadth of Parsons graduate, undergraduate, and pre-college offerings in architecture, art and design history and theory, communication and graphic design, design strategies and management, design and technology, fashion design, fine arts, interior design, integrated and transdisciplinary design, lighting design, photography, product design, and urban design.

    For a full schedule of events, visit our website: www.newschool.edu/parsonsfestival.

  • Maureen Footer: George Stacey and the Creation of American Chic

    New York | Dates: 30 Apr, 2014

    George Stacey rose to prominence in the 1930s with projects for fashion high-priestess Diana Vreeland and commissions for socialites with last names such as Astor, Paley, Harriman, and Whitney.  His work—avidly covered at the time by Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, House & Garden and Town & Country—defined American chic.  This is the first book to chronicle the life, far reaching aesthetic legacy, and historical context of the groundbreaking American designer. The author, interior designer Maureen Footer, will give a lecture and sign books at a reception immediately following the lecture. 

    NYSID Auditorium, 170 East 70th Street, NYC. 
    $12 General Admission
    $10 Seniors and Non-NYSID Students
    NYSID Students are Free

    Register for this event

    Or call 212-472-1500 x405

  • Two Generations of Design: Vladimir Kagan and Amy Lau

    New York | Dates: 14 May, 2014

    The celebrated furniture designer Vladimir Kagan recalls his 60-year career in a discussion about the timelessness of good modern design, comparing notes with Amy Lau, one of today’s leading interior designers – and one of his biggest fans.

    NYSID Auditorium, 170 East 70th Street, NYC. 
    $12 General Admission
    $10 Seniors and Non-NYSID Students
    NYSID Students are Free

    Register for this event

    Or call 212-472-1500 x405

  • Art & the Urban Garden 2014

    Chicago | Dates: 25 Apr – 01 Jun, 2014

    Art & the Urban Garden
    Lillstreet Gallery
    April 25 – June 1

    Reception: Friday, April 25, 6-8pm

    After the success of its first two years, Lillstreet Gallery is pleased to announce the third annual “Art & the Urban Garden” exhibition. With last year’s show spanning planters, pots, birdhouses, lanterns, flags, sculptures and photographs, Lillstreet is excited to welcome another series of innovative, ecologically- minded art into the gallery.

    This year’s arists include: Marion Angelica, Janet Austin, Karen Avery, Alisa Banks, Christina Boy, Jessica Brandl, Meredith Brickell, Eva Champagne, Chris Chaney, Clay Cunningham, Heather Mae Erickson, Paul Eshelman, Daniel Farnum, Adam Field, Brett Freund, Rachel K. Garceau, Barbara Grunewald, Rain Harris, Linda Hoffhines, Meredith Host, Sarah Kaiser, Ann Marie Kennedy, Kristen Kieffer, TaeHoon Kim, Karin Kittelson, Justin Lambert, Martina Lantin, Deborah Lecce, Melissa Lee, Tammy Marinuzzi, Susan McBride, Karen McPherson, CJ Niehaus, Sean O’Connell, Justin Rothshank, Stacy Snyder, Josh Stover, Kyla Toomey, and Christy Wetzig.

  • Lecture: Christopher Baker

    Chicago | Dates: 06 May, 2014

    Tuesday May 6, 2014. Doors open at 6 pm.

    Chicago-based artist Christopher Baker will lecture on Tuesday, May 6, as part of our 2014 Spring Talks series. Christopher’s work became the cover and back cover of our Conflict issue (work shown above) and we are really happy to have him speak about his recent work.

    Christopher Baker is an artist whose work engages the rich collection of social, technological and ideological networks present in the urban landscape. He creates artifacts and situations that reveal and generate relationships within and between these networks. Baker’s award-winning work has been featured extensively online, in print and internationally in festivals, galleries and museums. Since completing a Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Media Arts at the University of Minnesota, Baker has held visiting artist positions at Kitchen Budapest, an experimental media lab in Hungary, and Minneapolis college of Art and Design. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Art and Technology Studies department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

    The event will be hosted by The Logan Share, a co-working space in Logan Square run by George and Sarah Aye from the Greater Good Studio. Housed in a former furniture warehouse, this building benefits from 3,500 sq ft of lofted workspace, with white washed floors and ceiling, 45′ of north facing windows and 14′ ceilings. For more information about The Logan Share, please visit www.loganshare.com.

    What: Lecture by Christopher Baker
    When: Tuesday May 6, 2014. Doors open at 6 pm. Lecture starts at 6:30 pm.
    Where: The Logan Share – 2864 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago (Logan Square Stop Blue Line)
    Cost: Free ($5 suggested donation at the door)
    Registration: Yes as space is limited.

  • Drawing on Architecture

    London | Dates: 04 – 25 May, 2014


    Throughout its forty year history, the Society of Architectural Illustration has had within its membership and council some of the world’s leading and respected topographical and perspective artists. Although the world’s oldest organisation of its kind, the society has continued to evolve and embrace the new, perhaps one of the reasons why it is still here – a true illustrator cannot be separated from the soul in their work.

    Collating this shared love of architectural illustration for the first time, the society has published ‘Drawing on Architecture’, a book that not only reinforces its impressive history and influence but also brings together a remarkable collection of work from a selection of the Society’s members. With insightful contributions from Lord Norman Foster and Ben Johnson, ‘Drawing on Architecture’ is set to become invaluable for enthusiasts from many fields.


  • Van Alen Institute Spring Party

    New York | Dates: 21 May, 2014
    Wednesday, May 21
    The High Line Hotel
    180 Tenth Avenue
    New York, NY

    To conclude our Spring 2014 Events season, please join us for the Van Alen Institute Spring Party on Wednesday, May 21 at The High Line Hotel. We’ll celebrate our 120-year legacy and the years to come with festive cocktails, light food, and great music by White Prism and Maria Chavez.

  • Outside In

    New York | Dates: 19 May, 2014
    Monday, May 19
    The Duke on 42nd Street
    229 West 42nd Street
    New York, NY

    What qualities of a place shape us, consciously and unconsciously?

    This film screening, presented with Times Square Arts, draws on a range of cinematic approaches to examine the links between environment, sensory experience, and well-being. The selected films take us on a journey through varied urban landscapes—from the density of Times Square to the sublime views of San Francisco, from digital mines in contemporary Ghana to the instant cities of contemporary China—offering poignant observations on the visual and sonic stimuli around us.

    The screening will be followed by a discussion with Paul Dallas, writer and curator; Jeff Risom, Partner, Head of Gehl Institute at Gehl Architects; Sukhdev Sandhu, Associate Professor of English, Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University; and Mabel Wilson, Associate Professor of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University’s GSAPP.

    Doors at 6:30 p.m. Drinks will be served prior to the screening.


    45 7 Broadway (Tomonari Nishikawa, 2013, 5 min): A mini city symphony that provides a visual analogue to the sensory overload of contemporary Times Square.

    A Cinematic Study of Fog in San Francisco (Andy Black and Sam Green, 2013, 13 min):A whimsical study of one of San Francisco’s defining features is an existential inquiry into the ways natural phenomena dramatically affect mood and our sense of place.

    Lettres du Voyant (Louis Henderson, 2013, 40 min): This documentary-fiction hybrid set in contemporary Ghana traverses the mining of underground mineral deposits and mining of data from electronic waste to uncover hidden geographies across post-colonial, digital, and urban space.

    The Human Scale (Andreas Dalsgaard, 2012, 56 min): Visiting cities in Europe, Asia, and the United States, this wide-ranging documentary explores the influential ideas of Danish architect and planner Jan Gehl, known for his study of human behavior in cities, to consider how design can account for our perception of scale and its profound influence on individual and collective well-being.

    Curated by Paul Dallas

  • What Is Well-Being, Really?

    Brooklyn | Dates: 14 May, 2014
    Wednesday, May 14
    ISSUE Project Room
    22 Boerum Place
    Brooklyn, NY

    The discussion of well-being is growing stronger across fields such as design, policy, business, and the sciences, but are we all talking about the same thing? With competing definitions, rubrics, and objective and subjective markers to measure well-being, how can we build a shared conversation about what it means to enhance the quality of urban life?

    Join us for a multidisciplinary exchange assembling a range of voices—including architects and planners, public health experts, sociologists, psychologists, philosophers and technologists—to interrogate the idea of well-being together. Drinks will be served after the conversation.

    Conversation participants: Robert Richardson, Senior Director of Strategy, Control Group and Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Pratt Institute; Susan Saegert, Professor of Environmental Psychology, CUNY Graduate Center; Claire Weisz, founding principal of WXY architecture + urban design; Beth C. Weitzman, Vice Dean and Professor of Health and Public Policy, NYU Steinhardt; Sharon Zukin, Professor of Sociology, Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center.

  • Urban Mindfulness

    New York | Dates: 17 May, 2014
    Saturday, May 17
    Van Alen Institute
    30 West 22nd Street, Ground Floor
    New York, NY

    The technique of “mindfulness” is on the rise via an industry of self-help manuals, mobile apps, and private classes—but is it substance or fluff? Originally rooted in eastern philosophy, mindfulness has been popularized as a remedy for everything from anxiety and stress to overstimulation and lack of focus. Could “urban mindfulness” be a meaningful tool for harried city-dwellers?

    Join us for a workshop and walking tour with Dr. Jonathan S. Kaplan, clinical psychologist and author of Urban Mindfulness: Cultivating Peace, Presence, and Purpose in the Middle of It All, where we’ll get a taste of what it really means to apply the technique of mindfulness to everyday experiences in the city, and see for ourselves if it can focus our attention and heighten our awareness of the urban environment around us.

    Tours at 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. and 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Tours will depart from Van Alen Institute, 30 West 22nd Street. Please wear comfortable shoes.