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  • CFP: Building Practices in the Pre-Industrial World (Philadelphia, 20-22 Mar 15)

    Philadelphia | Dates: 10 Sep – 15 Nov, 2014

    Following on the success of “Masons at Work”(held in spring 2012, and published as http://www.sas.upenn.edu/ancient/publications.html), the symposium aims to assemble specialists to examine building practices in the pre-industrial world, with an emphasis on Greek, Roman, Byzantine, medieval, and pre-modern Islamic architecture. In addition to invited speakers, we are soliciting 20-minute papers that examine the problems which pre-modern masons commonly encountered - and the solutions they developed - in the process of design and construction.  Evidence may be drawn from a variety of sources, but we encourage studies based on the analysis of well-preserved buildings.

    Those wishing to speak should submit by email a letter to the organizing committee, including name, title, institutional affiliation, paper title, plus a summary of 200 words or fewer.  Graduate students should include a note of support from their adviser. Deadline: 15 November 2014.  The final program will be announced immediately thereafter.  Submit proposals to ancient@sas.upenn.edu with “Against Gravity” in the subject line.

    Organizing Committee: Lothar Haselberger, Renata Holod, Robert Ousterhout

  • Richard Meier Model Museum

    Jersey City | Dates: 12 – 26 Sep, 2014
    The Richard Meier Model Museum has been designed and curated by Richard Meier, and it includes a large model exhibition area, a sculpture exhibition area, an archive and a library that is open to students and scholars. The space occupies 15,000-square feet and features architectural projects from the 1960’s to the present, sculptures and collages by Richard Meier, and 1,000 books and magazines from Richard Meier’s personal library. Most prominent in the museum are large scale presentation models and study models of the Getty Center in Los Angeles, an institution widely regarded as Mr. Meier’s most ambitious project and one that required fifteen years to complete.
  • Crystal Bridges Architecture Tour

    Bentonville | Dates: 13 Sep, 2014
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Learn more about the architecture of Crystal Bridges. This hour-long Architecture Tour will introduce you to the unique architectural features of Moshe Safdie’s design, and provide insights into some of the special challenges the Museum’s site posed to engineers. Meet in the lower lobby. Note: This is an indoor/outdoor tour, weather permitting. An alternate indoor route is offered in case of inclement weather. No tickets necessary. Each tour accommodates a maximum of 15 participants. Tour begins in the lower lobby. Please arrive five minutes in advance.
  • Building a Space for Learning and Play

    Bentonville | Dates: 24 Sep, 2014
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    This lecture on exhibition design is presented by Amazeum Executive Director Sam Dean, the museum’s architect Reb Haizlip, and his partner Mary Haizlip. The talk will discuss the development of Amazeum’s architecture to support learning and play.  The presentation will include architectural drawings, photographic examples, and models. The museum, which is currently under construction, will be located on NE J street and Museum Way.  Haizlip’s design includes 44,500 square feet of exhibit space with approximately one acre of outdoor space which will accommodate year-round learning and provide a backdrop for experiences inspired by the seasons.

    $10 (Free for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.  
  • Friends of Historic Forest Grove 2014 Tour of Historic Homes

    Portland | Dates: 28 Sep, 2014

    September 28, 2014 | 1:00pm – 5:00pm

    Tickets sold day of tour 12:45am – 3:00pm

    Admission: $15 adults; $12 seniors; $7 members & students; children under 12 free

    Purchase advance tickets for $12 online

  • Lecture by Molly Wright Steenson

    Chicago | Dates: 07 Oct, 2014

    Tuesday, October 7, 2014. Doors open at 6 p.m. Lecture starts at 6:30 p.m.
    $10 suggested donation at the door. Includes light snacks.

    The second talk of the MAS Context fall series is by Molly Wright Steenson. The lecture will take place on Tuesday, October 7 at the International Museum of Surgical Science, 1524 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. The program will be held on the second floor.

    Molly Wright Steenson is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she focuses on digital media studies. Her research focuses on the nexus of architecture, urbanism, infrastructure, design, technology, and communication from the 19th to the 21st centuries. She researches architectures of information, the implications of big data, pneumatic tube systems, postal services, and mobile phone and social media use. She holds a PhD (2014) from Princeton University’s School of Architecture, and her dissertation was titled “Architectures of Information: Christopher Alexander, Cedric Price, Nicholas Negroponte and MIT’s Architecture Machine Group.” She has also taught interaction design for a decade and was a professor at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea in Italy, where she led the Connected Communities research group, and was an adjunct professor at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California in the GradMedia Studies Program.

    In her talk, she will discuss her research about Architectures of Information.

  • Art, Planning and Politics: The Work of the Commission of Fine Arts

    Washington | Dates: 23 – 23 Sep, 2014
    A Lecture by Thomas Luebke, FAIA Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Sponsored by the Latrobe Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians Washington, DC
  • Alfredo Brillembourg + Hubert Klumpner: Rio Bravo

    Los Angeles | Dates: 17 Sep, 2014
    Wed, Sept 17, 7pm
    W.M. Keck Lecture Hall

    Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner are founders and directors ofUrban-Think Tank, an interdisciplinary design practice based in Caracas, Venezuela and Zurich, Switzerland.

    The two hold the Chair of Architecture and Urbanism at the Swiss Institute of Technology in Zurich, where they teach in the Institute of Urban Design, Network City Landscape (NSL). Since 2007, they have also been teaching at Columbia University, where they founded the Sustainable Living Urban Model Laboratory (S.L.U.M.).

    The lecture will present Brillembourg and Klumpner's idea of integrated infrastructure, which they call Urban–Tool Box, a method and system of thinking designed to empower citizens and city building. Their lecture will highlight, among many projects, the recently developed Metro-Cable San Agustin, an urban cable car system featuring music, sports, and educational programs, developed for the city of Caracas in partnership with Austrian Company Doppelmayr Ropeways. The project was also recently featured in the MoMA exhibition, “Small Scale–Big Change.”

    Brillembourg and Klumpner are currently shortlisted for the Zumtobel Group Award 2014 for innovation, sustainability and humanity in the built environment category. In 2012, they were awarded the Golden Lion at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale, in 2011 the Latin America Gold Holcim Award for sustainable construction, and in 2010 the Ralph Erskine Award from the Swedish Association of Architects for their innovation in architecture and urban design with regards to social, ecological and aesthetic aspects. Their work defining informal design and social capital has primarily benefited less privileged members of the society in various socio-cultural contexts.

  • Vicente Guallart: The Self-Sufficient City

    Los Angeles | Dates: 24 Sep, 2014

    Vicente Guallart has been serving as Chief Architect of Barcelona City Council since 2011, with the responsibility of developing the strategic vision of the transformation of the city and its major development projects. He was also the first manager of Urban Habitat, a new department encompassing the areas of urban planning, housing, environment, infrastructures and information technologies.

    Previously, Guallart founded the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), where he led projects such as the Media Houseproject (with MIT’s CBA), HyperCatalunya, and the Fab Lab House. His professional office, Guallart Architects has developed projects such as the ports of Fugee and Keelung in Taiwan, the Sociopolis neighborhood in Valencia, and Gandia Sharing Blocks. His work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Museum of Modern Art and the AIA Washington.

    Guallart’s recently published book The Self-Sufficient City outlines a blueprint for the world to come, a world built around cities and their renewed capabilities to become productive again, based on principles of local self-sufficiency and global connectivity.

    More at http://sciarc.edu/lectures.php?id=2341

  • 2014 Architecture and the City - Leo Marmol: Modernism and the Bay Area

    San Francisco | Dates: 11 Sep, 2014

    Leo Marmol, FAIA: Modernism and the Bay Area
    Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
    $15 AIA Member | $25 General Admission

    Leo Marmol, FAIA, principal at the design-build firm Marmol Radziner, explores what makes a home modern and how modern living applies to the climate and culture of the San Francisco Bay Area.

    To register, click here

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

    Related event: 2014 Architecture and the City festival.

    Learn more at www.archandcity.org.

  • Schools, Colleges & Universities: A Construction Report Card

    New York | Dates: 11 Sep, 2014

    As they head into a new academic year, decision makers from New York’s leading academic institutions will convene to discuss their future capital plans and strategies for meeting changing student demographics, faculty expectations and research needs at a special forum, Schools, Colleges & Universities: A Construction Report Card, on Thursday, September 11 from 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM at Club 101, 101 Park Avenue at 40th Street.

    Hosted by JLL and Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, in association with The New York Building Congress, Real Estate Weekly and the Society for College & University Planning, the forum will bring together experts from New York’s foremost universities and the largest school construction authority in the country to consider best practices for building world-class academic facilities in a vigorous environment. A Construction Report Card will allow attendees to better identify new business opportunities as well as become more aware of the important trends affecting educational facility construction.

    “As evidenced by the current volume of projects underway right here in New York, construction in higher education is occurring at an intense pace,” said Michael Zetlin, Senior Partner and Co-founder, Zetlin & De Chiara, who will moderate the session. “Many institutions have decided that New York is a great place to be. Meanwhile, the SCA has substantial budget in its capital planning to support its significant building projects.”

    “Universities are meant to be a place for sharing ideas collaboratively. Optimal return on investment is found in a versatile building or campus that will be a sustaining place for teaching, learning and social interactions, now and in the future,” said Jack Tenanty, Managing Director, JLL. “Flexibility is an essential component for constructing educational facilities.”

    The session will include presentations from several educational leaders: Joseph Ienuso, Executive Vice President of Facilities at Columbia University; Lia Gartner, Vice President of Design at The New School; Lorraine Grillo, President of New York City School Construction Authority; Judy Bergtraum, Interim Vice Chancellor of Facilities, Planning, Construction and Management of City University of New York; and Lynne Brown, Senior Vice President for University Relations and Public Affairs of New York University.  This will be followed by a panel discussion of these education professionals and several construction industry experts: Jack Tenanty, Managing Director of JLL, Thomas Hoban, Senior Vice President of Tishman Construction, an AECOM Company; Brad Perkins, CEO of Perkins Eastman.

    Registration is complimentary; space is very limited. For additional information regarding this event or to register, please visit: http://zdlaw.com/educationalfacilities/


    Dates: 19 Sep, 2014

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

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

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

  • AIANY Featured Guide Boat Tour: Eric Sanderson

    New York | Dates: 14 Sep, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

    For tickets and location information please visit: 

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

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

    St. Paul | Dates: 11 Oct, 2014

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

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

  • Downtown Kent Redevelopment Tour

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

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

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

    Los Angeles | Dates: 06 Sep, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Crystal Lake Architectural Bike Tour

    Crystal Lake | Dates: 21 Sep, 2014

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

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

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

  • Skylines: The Aesthetics of Ascension

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

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

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

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

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

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

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