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  • Entangled Histories, Multiple Geographies

    Dates: 31 – 31 Jan, 2015
    The European Architectural History Network (EAHN) announces the call for papers for its 2015 regional thematic conference in Belgrade, entitled "Entangled Histories, Multiple Geographies." The conference will take place at the University of Belgrade - Faculty of Architecture from 14-17 October 2015.
  • A City for Children: Women, Architecture, and the Charitable Landscapes of Oakland, 1850-1950

    New York | Dates: 18 – 18 Nov, 2014
    Marta Gutman, Coordinator, History & Theory, Spitzer School of Architecture City College of New York American cities are constantly being built and rebuilt, resulting in ever-changing skylines and neighborhoods. While the dynamic urban landscapes of New York, Boston, and Chicago have been widely studied, there is much to be gleaned from West Coast cities, especially in California, where the migration boom at the end of the nineteenth century permanently changed the urban fabric of these newly diverse, plural metropolises. In A City for Children Marta Gutman focuses on the use and reuse of everyday buildings in Oakland, California, to make the city a better place for children. She introduces us to the women who were determined to mitigate the burdens placed on working-class families by an indifferent industrial capitalist economy. Often without the financial means to build from scratch, women did not tend to conceive of urban land as a blank slate to be wiped clean for development. Gutman shows how, over and over, women instead turned private houses and even a saloon in Oakland into orphanages, kindergartens, settlement houses, and day care centers, and in the process built the charitable landscape—a network of places that was critical for the betterment of children, families, and public life. The industrial landscape of Oakland, riddled with the effects of social inequality and racial prejudice, is not a neutral backdrop in Gutman’s story but an active player. Spanning one hundred years of history, A City for Children provides a compelling model for building urban institutions, and it demonstrates that children, women, reform, and charity, along with incremental construction, renovations, alterations, additions, and repurposed structures, are central to the understanding of modern cities.
  • Lecture by David Schalliol

    Chicago | Dates: 02 Dec, 2014
    Tuesday December 2, 2014. Doors open at 6 pm.
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    A demolition in The Area, 2012, Chicago, IL. © David Schalliol

    The fourth and last talk of the MAS Context fall series is by David Schalliol. The lecture will take place on Tuesday, December 2, at the International Museum of Surgical Science.

    David Schalliol is a PhD candidate in the University of Chicago’s Department of Sociology who explores the transformation of urban centers through hybrid ethnographic, filmic, and photographic projects. His writing and photographs have appeared in such publications as the American SociologistDesign ObserverRevue Gest, and MAS Context (here and here), as well as in numerous exhibitions, including the inaugural Belfast, Northern Ireland Photo Festival and the Museum of Contemporary Photography’s Midwest Photographers Project. The Japanese publisher Utakatado released his first book Isolated Building Studies, in February 2014. Schalliol contributed to Highrise: Out My Window, an interactive documentary that won the 2011 International Digital Emmy for Non-Fiction. His current film project is supported by the Graham Foundation, the Driehaus Foundation, and the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. It was additionally included in the Kartemquin Films/Tribeca Film Institute Tribeca Hacks Program.

    In his talk, titled “The Area,” David will discuss the documentary film he is currently developing that focuses on a portion of Englewood where 400 families are being displaced by the expansion of the Norfolk Southern South Side 47th Street Terminal. The documentary investigates the tangible tensions between residents and the pressures of contemporary transportation policy by following neighbors living on borrowed time, maintaining friendships and traditions while struggling with new problems in their vanishing community.

     

    The event will take place at the International Museum of Surgical Science, located in a historic lakeside mansion constructed in 1917 under the careful direction of Eleanor Robinson Countiss to house her family. Her father, an executive of the Diamond Match Company, generously provided the home building fund. One of the few remaining lakefront mansions, and the only one open to the public, the building received historic status in 1988, and is listed in the National Register and the Illinois Register of Historic Places and is a City of Chicago Landmark.

    This talk is done in collaboration with the Society of Architectural Historians.

    What: Lecture by David Schalliol
    When: Tuesday December 2, 2014. Doors open at 6 pm. Lecture starts at 6:30 pm.
    Where: International Museum of Surgical Science – 1524 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60610(Clark/Division Stop Red Line)(151 Bus)
    Cost: $10 suggested donation at the door. Includes wine.
    Registration: Yes as space is limited.

  • Perspectives on Place: Dwelling in Landscape

    Brookline | Dates: 11 Dec, 2014

    “Dwelling in Landscape” 
    Daniel Bluestone, Director, Preservation Studies Program, Boston University

    6:00pm Reception, 7:00pm Lecture
    Wheelock College
    43 Hawes Street, Brookline, MA

    Professor Bluestone will explore the changing theories and practices that have guided designers in building residences within the broader landscape and in shaping landscapes surrounding residences. He frames the changing theories of prospect and aspect as they guided ideas about the appropriate relationship between residence and site in constituting a domestic landscape, focused primarily on the United States from the late 18th century to the early 21st century.

    Seating is limited and reservations are required: email friendsoffairsted@gmail.com. Limited street parking is available. Public parking is not allowed in the Wheelock parking lot. Venue is easily accessible by MBTA Green Line “C” (Hawes Street) or “D” (Longwood) trains.

  • Celebrating Roxbury's Historic Meetinghouse: Past, Present, and Future

    Roxbury | Dates: 16 Nov, 2014

    The Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry cordially invites you to attend Celebrating Roxbury's Historic Meetinghouse: Past, Present, and Future. This program will be held in the 1804 Meetinghouse in Roxbury's John Eliot Square. Special guest speakers will explore the Meetinghouse's architectural and cultural importance and overview the planning underway for an extensive rehabilitation to preserve it as an historic landmark and transform it into an active center and cultural life in Roxbury. A festive reception will follow in Putnam Chapel. Please RSVP to Annie Stubbs at astubbs@uuum.org or 617-318-6010 x205.

    Special guest speakers will be:

    The Rev. F. Washington Jarvis, Roxbury Latin School Headmaster Emeritus
    Andrea Gilmore, Building Conservation Associates
    Don Mills, Mills Whitaker Associates

  • 42nd Noel Night at Mack House

    Detroit | Dates: 06 Dec, 2014
    Saturday, December 6, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    David Mackenzie House, 4735 Cass Avenue

    Mackenzie House will be full of preservation excitement! See cinematographer and photographer Geoff George’s first ever in-person show of his “Troubled Assets” Instagram photo series depicting Detroit’s repurposed bank structures from pre-1949 (and buy prints for holiday gifts). We’re hosting an encore of  the “My Neighborhood, My Heritage” Jefferson-Chalmers exhibitwith photos through the eyes of its youth and its fascinating history. Special thanks go to the Michigan Historic Preservation Network, producers of the exhibit.

    We’ll also have visioning dream boards to give some love to your favorite vacant landmarks, and we’re having a postcard-writing party so we can let city and state officials know that preservation matters. We’ll top it off with a DJ playing Detroit sounds and local holiday munchies and cider. Join us for a fun evening among friends!

     

  • Call for Papers: 2015 Conference on Illinois History

    Springfield | Dates: 24 – 25 Sep, 2015
    Proposal deadline: March 11, 2015 Proposals for papers, panels, or teacher workshops on any aspect of Illinois' history, architecture, culture, politics, geography, literature, and archaeology are requested.
  • CFP: Entangled Histories, Multiple Geographies (EAHN, Belgrade, October 2015)

    Belgrade | Dates: 13 Nov, 2014 – 31 Jan, 2015

    The European Architectural History Network (EAHN) is pleased to announce the call for papers for its 2015 regional thematic conference, "Entangled Histories, Multiple Geographies," in Belgrade, Serbia, presented in cooperation with the University of Belgrade - Faculty of Architecture. Visit the conference website for complete information about venue, keynote speakers, and other conference details: http://www.eahn2015belgrade.org/

    ENTANGLED HISTORIES, MULTIPLE GEOGRAPHIES Belgrade, Serbia

    Conference dates: 14-17 October 2015
    Paper proposal deadline: 31 January 2015

    CALL FOR PAPERS 

    The EAHN 2015 Belgrade Conference "Entangled Histories, Multiple Geographies" aims to explore how different discourses emerged within architectural historiography and have both constructed and reproduced multiple identities, histories and perspectives on culture, nature and society. It also aims to apprehend the complex hierarchic articulation of these discourses, in terms of dominancy and peripherality, normativity and transfers.

    The principal aim of the conference is to shed light on how different interpretations of architecture and the built environment have contributed to different readings of history, culture, nature and society, either simultaneously or in alternation.

    Special attention will be given to addressing conflicting and complementary views, explanatory systems and theories that stem from understanding and interpreting the past by means of architecture. By "entangled histories" we mean architecture as both a prerequisite to and an instrument in shaping and understanding different or even competing histories of the peoples and places, while "multiple geographies" refers to the roles of the built environment in constructing and interpreting time frames and spatial scales, as well as cultural and political entities in which these histories unfold.

    The conference will be structured according to three broad themes.

    The first theme is historicity. This includes architectural responses to the appropriation and interpretation of the past from antiquity to the recent past; the roles of architecture in constructing meaning; its roles in conceptualizing or negotiating historical time and time frames, as well as how the interpretation of the built environment deals with various regimes of historicity and produces conflicting identities.

    The second theme considers tradition/ innovation in architecture, which can be traced equally in modern, early modern, and pre-modern periods. The theme explores the roles of architectural history in addressing questions of center-periphery, globalization, and cultural, political, or religious propaganda in the built environment. Examples might include transfer of architectural traditions and/ or innovations within Europe or beyond; appropriation of traditions or imposition of innovations for cultural, political, or religious reasons; or hybrid traditional-innovative conditions. It also opens the question of architectural history and its role in the simultaneity of multiple modernities, ideological restructuring of cultural and political discourse and similar topics.

    Finally the third theme looks at the role of politics, both in terms of the direct interaction of (local) powers with the field of architecture and of the intermediate pressure of geopolitics. The topics treated here could range from ideological matters - such as the instrumentalisation of architectural historiography, etc. - to operative policies related to economic and social issues, including the role of the State (in early modern and modern times; as a specification, during the Cold War, it can treat both the socialist regimes and the welfare capitalist State). The geopolitical perspective could embrace a larger chronological span and explore, aside from the phenomenon of globalization (with all its aspects), mechanisms that led previously to shape networks of political influences.

    We invite papers that explore one of the three main themes listed above.

    These themes have been, and could be, addressed from different conceptual perspectives central to the topic of "entangled histories" and "multiple geographies". These perspectives might include, but are not limited to, those of conflict and change; ruptures and continuities; global entanglements and segregation; regional integration and disintegration; political and cultural homogenization, and standardization and heterogeneity.

    Proposal due date: 31 January 2015, noon CET (Central European Time)

    Please submit 300 word abstracts through the conference website submission portal: http://www.eahn2015belgrade.org/submission/

     

     

  • The Urban Land Institute Announces Call for Student Team Applications in the 2015 ULI Hines Competition

    Dates: 11 Nov – 08 Dec, 2014

    The ULI Hines Competition is an urban design and development challenge for graduate students.

    The competition challenges multidisciplinary student teams to devise a comprehensive development program for a real, large-scale site. Teams of five students representing at least three disciplines have two weeks to develop solutions that include drawings, site plans, tables, and market-feasible financial data.

    This is an ideas competition; there is no expectation that any of the submitted schemes will be applied to the site. The winning team will receive $50,000 and the finalist teams $10,000 each.

  • Senses of Place: Reflections on Preservation in Times Square

    New York | Dates: 18 Nov, 2014
    Tuesday, November 18, 2014 6:00-7:30PM
    Wood Auditorium, Avery Hall, Columbia University 

    Speakers include Laurie Beckelman, Cora Cahan, Jack Goldstein, Lee Harris Pomeroy, Judith Saltzman, and Kent Barwick.


    In conjunction with its exhibition TIMES SQUARE, 1984, The Skyscraper Museum presents a series of programs that reunite key actors in the transformation of Times Square over the past three decades. Each evening focuses on a set of issues and questions that ask the original authors, including government officials, planners, urban designers, developers, architects, preservationists, and activists, what really happened in the Eighties, and how do they assess their actions today?


    In the early 1980s, preservationists battled to save historic theaters in two areas called "Times Square." On 42nd Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenue, the urban renewal plans of the NYS Urban Development Corporation (UDC) sought to rescue derelict theaters and return the blighted block, plagued with high crime rates and pornography, to more populist entertainments.

    In the northern section of Times Square along the spine of Broadway, allied forces of actors and producers, including Joseph Papp, preservationists, architects, and civic groups fought on several fronts against the demolition of historic theaters still in active use. Although the beloved Helen Hayes and Morosco were ultimately razed in 1982 to make way for the Portman Marriott Marquis Hotel, the political action of these groups united to give impetus to the eventual landmark designation of 28 Broadway theaters.

    Further, the issue of a broad, but subjective preservation value of a "sense of place" became a special focus for many architects and activists dedicated to saving Times Square. Many argued that new high-rise development encouraged by zoning would obliterate the "bowl of light"- the open sky above the bright electric advertising signs in the "bow-tie" area of Times Square from 42nd to 46th Street. Their protests created a constituency that moved the Department of City Planning to adopt revised zoning amendments that required setbacks from the street and mandated large areas of illuminated signs to be incorporated on new skyscrapers.

    Thirty years ago, preservationists acted effectively to protect the physical fabric and the essential character of at least two Times Squares. Were they successful? A panel of key players in the drama of the preservation of Times Square will reflect on the legacy and evolution of today's Times Square. 

    SPEAKERS

    LAURIE BECKELMAN was the Executive Director of the New York Landmarks Conservancy in the 1980s before serving as Chair of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission from 1990 to 1994. In 1995, she became the Executive Director of The Joseph Papp Public Theater. Laurie is one of the founding partners at the strategic advisory firm Beckelman + Capalino that focuses on working with arts, cultural, educational, and historic preservation organizations.

    CORA CAHAN has served, since 1990, as the President of The New 42nd Street, a non-profit formed by the City and State to address the future of seven theaters on the block between Broadway and Eighth Avenue. Before her work at The New 42nd Street, Cora founded the Feld Ballet, transformed the Elgin Cinema into the Joyce Theater, and developed the Lawrence A. Wien Center for Dance.

    JACK GOLDSTEIN was a founding member and then Executive Director of Save the Theaters, Inc., working on the campaign to prevent demolition of the Helen Hayes and Morosco Theaters, and then spearheading the successful effort to Landmark Broadway's remaining theaters. He is a longtime official at Actors' Equity and the former executive director of the Theater Development Fund, and is writing a book on the 1980s battles to save Broadway's historic theaters

    LEE HARRIS POMEROY founded his architecture firm in 1964. His involvement with Broadway Theater preservation and planning began in the 1980's as a member of midtown Community Board 5, when he crated an alternative build over scheme for the Portman Hotel, which led to a Theater District preservation plan and the landmarking of other historic Times Square theaters.

    JUDITH SALTZMAN, a founding principal at Li/Saltzmam, is an active member of the Preservation Committee of the Municipal Arts Society and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Early in her career, worked for the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.

    Introduction by CAROL WILLIS, Founding Director, The Skyscraper Museum. 

    Comments by ANDREW S. DOLKART, Director of the Historic Preservation Program and Professor of Historic Preservation at Columbia University.


    The event is free, but to ensure admittance, guests must RSVP to programs[at]skyscraper[dot]org.
    Reservation priority is given to Members of The Skyscraper Museum and Columbia University students.

    1.5 CEU's available.

    Click HERE for more on the TIMES SQUARE, 1984 Program series. 
  • Saul Steinberg Drawings | Architecture Public Space

    New York | Dates: 10 Nov, 2014 – 03 Jan, 2015

    In association with The Saul Steinberg Foundation and in celebration of the centennial of Steinberg's birth the Center for Architecture presents a selection of Steinberg drawings that explore the themes of architecture and public space.

    Steinberg was trained as an architect in Milan though he never practiced. Reflecting on his training he remarked “I began with architecture and I continued with drawing.”

    In addition to the drawings the exhibition includes selections from “Drawings for the Children’s Labyrinth” (2014)  published by Nieves Books, and an introduction by Karen Van Lengen, FAIA, Kenan Professor of Architecture, University of Virginia.

  • Structure and Event

    New York | Dates: 06 Nov – 03 Dec, 2014

    Structure and Event, an exhibition of work by Belgian architect-artist Koen Deprez (b. 1961, Kortrijk), explores the state of architecture today while interrogating, and complicating, its enduring monumentality. Paying special attention to his drawings, collages and interventions, the installation is conceived as a visual essay: a constellation of ideas that can be read from many different angles and that defy the constraints of a chronological survey.

    Training and basic principles

    Koen Deprez graduated in 1984, from what was then the St. Lukas School of Art and Architecture in Brussels. He subsequently collaborated with OMA (Rotterdam) and Studio Alchimia (Milan). Enriched by these academic and professional experiences, he began developing his passion for landscapes, interiors and urban spaces – a preoccupation of his since the early 1980s. Deprez explores these dislocated and imposing environments via drawings, collages, architecture, isometries and interventions, and even through an educational curriculum.

    Structure and event

    Architects are occupied with structure. But what happens when people start to turn indifferent, or natural and uncorrupted sites, into habitable spaces? Fuelled by this question, Koen Deprez analyses the actions that occur within his architectural creations, or those he has sketched. While he initially wanted to add events to his structures, his later works are only conceived as platforms for such action. As a result, his desolate landscapes are under constant threat from the future i.e. the disorganizing potential of unknown and unpredictable events. It is the moment between suspense and chaos that, for Deprez, harbours the greatest creative potential: the gaps within the officially regulated space. These can be stages for grassroots, tactical events that destabilise, if only for a fleeting moment, the accepted context. Influenced by the deconstructivist mind-set of the 1980s, Deprez believes in the necessity of disruptive events. Even when extreme, they are a way of dissolving the persistent architectural dichotomy between structure and event, and between form and function.

    By tolerating, even facilitating, such events in his structures, Koen Deprez is able to scrutinize human interaction in the built environment. Yet his position towards the scope and impact of human actions is clearly ambiguous. Deprez often returns to a quote by Curzio Malapartes (1898-1957): ‘Man is not meant to live freely in freedom, but to be free inside a prison.’ Belief in mankind’s subjugation is not, however, an excuse for fatalism, resignation or surrender. On the contrary: recognising the constraints enables one to creatively exploit the cracks and holes within the existing urban fabric.

    Websites

    www.hanstheys.be/artists/koen_deprez/index.htm
    www.galeriezwarthuis.be/

  • Airports as Civic Space

    New York | Dates: 14 Nov, 2014

    AIA CES 1.5 LU | 1.5 HSW

    When: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14

    Where: At The Center    

    Airports now rank amongst the most visible public infrastructure projects, and are the “front door” to the cities and regions they serve. They are major economic drivers, and have become far more than simply processors of goods and people. Many airports have become “campuses” or “mini-cities” that include hotels, conference facilities, retail opportunities, and attractions such as golf courses, performance venues, and visitor centers. This will be a lively presentation on the role of airports as civic space. It will review, from a design practitioner’s perspective, the stature that contemporary airports have assumed in the 21st century and the trends that are influencing their planning and design.

    Speaker: Stanis Smith, FRAIC, AIA, LEED AP, Executive Vice President for Buildings, Sector Leader, Airports, Stantec

    Smith is an architect with over 30 years of experience and is Stantec's Executive Vice President for Buildings. In that capacity he is responsible for Stantec’s 3,000 architects and engineers in over 40 offices across North America and internationally. In addition, he is Stantec’s Airport Leader, having spent the past 20 years of his career designing airport terminals, and is an acknowledged expert and frequent speaker on airport design. One out of every three passengers travelling in North America today goes through an airport where Stantec has completed a major project, and on any given day Smith can usually be found travelling through one of those airports.

    Introduction: Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, 2014 AIA New York Chapter President

    Organized by: AIANY Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
    Price
    : Free for AIA members; $10 for non-members

    Register

    This pro­gram is presented in conjunction with the Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, AIANY Chapter 2014 pres­i­den­tial theme “Civic Spirit: Civic Vision” 

  • The Sea Ranch

    Chicago | Dates: 02 Dec, 2014
    DEC 02, 2014, 6PM
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    Donlyn Lyndon, one of the original architects of The Sea Ranch coastal community in Northern California, will discuss the history and legacy of one of the most influential landscape architecture projects of the 1960s. With a master plan designed by Lawrence Halprin, The Sea Ranch served as one of the main sites of Lawrence and Anna Halprin’s cross-disciplinary workshops from the late 1960s, which are explored in the Graham Foundation’s current exhibition, Experiments in Environment: The Halprin Workshops, 1966-1971.

    Donlyn Lyndon is an architect, author and educator whose work concerning the design of places has been widely recognized. He is Eva Li Professor Emeritus of Architecture and Urban Design in the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the Editor of PLACES, a journal of environmental design, and is the author of numerous books, including The Sea Ranch (with Jim Alinder; Princeton Architectural Press, 2nd edition, 2013) and The City Observed: Boston (Vintage, 1982). He has co-authored Chambers for a Memory Palace and The Place of Houses. Lyndon’s architectural and urban design practice includes a continuing series of works at The Sea Ranch. In 1965, with the firm Moore Lyndon Turnbull Whitaker, he designed Condominium One, which received the distinguished AIA 25 Year Award and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. He has been the architect for projects throughout the US.  His urban design practice has included plans for Pasadena, Menlo Park and Berkeley, including the Bayer Bio tech campus and the Downtown Public Improvements Master Plan for Berkeley. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, has received numerous design awards and serves regularly on architectural competition juries. His work as an educator was honored in 1997 with the AIA-ACSA's Topaz Award, the highest award in architectural education.

  • Making the Modern Landscape

    Chicago | Dates: 19 Nov, 2014

    TALK
    NOV 19, 2014, 6PM

    On November 19, Graham Foundation grantee Susan Herrington will discuss her new book, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander: Making the Modern Landscape--the first biography of Canadian landscape architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, one of the most influential landscape architects of the twentieth century. We are also pleased to welcome Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, who will be joining Herrington for the presentation of the new book.

    Cornelia Hahn Oberlander is a landscape architect who has been a pioneer in the fields of sustainability and ecologically-sensitive planning for more than sixty years. Born in 1921, Oberlander fled Nazi Germany at the age of eighteen with her family, and went on to become one of the few women to graduate from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design in the late 1940s, where she briefly overlapped with American landscape architect Lawrence Halprin. She spent her early years working with modern architects such as Louis Kahn and Dan Kiley, and has continued to collaborate with preeminent architects across Canada and the United States. Her landscape projects include the Robson Square Provincial Government complex and Courthouse in Vancouver (Architect: Arthur Erickson, 1974-1983); the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia (Architect: Arthur Erickson, 1976); and the Vancouver Public Library (Architects: Moshe Safdie Architects, 1995), among others. She is the recipient of many honors and awards, including the International Federation of Landscape Architects Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award (2011) and the American Society of Landscape Architects Medal (2012).  

    Susan Herrington's research concerns the history and theory of designed landscapes. She is the author of On Landscapes (Routledge, 2009) and Schoolyard Park: 13-Acres International Design Competition (University of British Columbia Centre for Landscape Research, 2002), and has published articles in Architecture and Ideas, Footprint, Landscape Journal, and Landscape Research, as well as numerous chapters in books. She was awarded a Graham Foundation grant for her recent book, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander: Making the Modern Landscape (University of Virginia Press, 2014). Currently, she is writing Landscape Theory in Design to be published by Routledge, and is conducting research on the architect Oskar Stonorov and Walter Reuther, former president of the United Auto Workers Union. Herrington is professor of landscape architecture and architecture at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

  • A Preview of the Future

    Chicago | Dates: 17 Nov, 2014

    MON, NOV 17, 6PM 
    TALK

    Under the overarching title, The Future is Not What it Used to Be, the 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial explores the potential of the design manifesto to envision and interrogate the future, now. In our contemporary context of rapid social and political change, how might design manifestos address larger issues while remaining grounded in everyday life? Could the manifesto move beyond its Western origins and incorporate ideas from across cultures? Are new forms of media generating new forms of manifestos? Zoë Ryan, John H. Bryan Chair and Curator of Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago, and curator of the 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial, will discuss its making, which is on view through December 14, 2014.

    Zoë Ryan is a curator and writer. She is the John H. Bryan Chair and Curator of Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago where she is building the museum’s first collection of contemporary design and expanding its architecture collection. Her recent exhibitions includeBuilding: Inside Studio Gang Architects (2012); Fashioning the Object: Bless, Boudicca, and Sandra Backlund (2012); Bertrand Goldberg: Architecture of Invention (2011); and Hyperlinks: Architecture and Design (2010). Prior to working at the museum, Ryan was Senior Curator at the Van Alen Institute in New York. Ryan has authored and edited numerous publications, including,Building with Water: Designs, Concepts, Visions (Birkhauser Press, 2010). Ryan is often called upon as a juror and critic and has lectured on her work internationally. She has served on the advisory committee of the Experimenta Design Biennial in Lisbon, and has been a juror for the National Design Awards, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and the Wheelwright Fellowship, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. Ryan is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a lecturer in the Art History Department of the School of the Art Institute.

    This talk is presented in partnership with the Architecture & Design Society of the Art Institute of Chicago.

  • Opening of the John J. 'Jack' Simmerling Gallery of Prairie Avenue History

    Chicago | Dates: 01 Dec, 2014

    Monday December 1, 2014
    Reception at 6:30pm, program at 7:00pm
    $10 per person/$8 for museum members
    Reservations suggested to 312-326-1480

    Jack Simmerling (1935-2013) had a passion for Prairie Avenue that began as a young boy when his grandfather first brought him there to visit a friend living in the coach house of the old Marshall Field mansion.  As a teenager, Simmerling started amassing a collection of architectural fragments from the grand homes of Prairie Avenue as he sadly watched them fall to the wreckers ball.  A talented and nationally-recognized artist, he preserved these homes in numerous artworks that captured the glory days of the "sunny street that held the sifted few."  Simmerling's huge collection of Prairie Avenue artifacts and artworks were gifted to Glessner House to create a permanent gallery showcasing the history of Prairie Avenue.  Join us on what would have been Jack's 79th birthday as we officially open the Simmerling Gallery and marvel in the rich legacy he left for all of us to enjoy.

  • Lecture: Exploring the Lives of the Glessners' Servants

    Chicago | Dates: 09 Dec, 2014
    Tuesday December 9, 2014 at 7:00pm
    $10 per person/$8 for museum members
    Reservations suggested to 312-326-1480

    The Glessners left a rich archive of materials documenting their lives and the creation of the landmark home designed by architect H. H. Richardson.  They also left behind a wealth of material about the servants who lived and worked at 1800 S. Prairie Avenue over a period of nearly 50 years.  Join Executive Director and Curator William Tyre as he presents this lecture on the lives of the Glessners' servants, exploring who they were, how they lived, and what a typical day in their lives would have looked like.  A special treat will be a brief presentation by the granddaughter of one of the Glessner family maids, who will share photos and stories of her grandmother's years with the family in the 1910s. 
  • Fred G. Meyer, the Claussen Brothers, and the Architecture of “One-Stop Shopping”

    Portland | Dates: 22 Nov, 2014

    Perhaps no other entrepreneur had such an impact on 20th century Portland as Fred G. Meyer. In the 1920s, Meyer began building his “One-Stop Shopping” stores around the Portland area. This program takes a close look at the life and work of Meyer as well as the work of the architectural firm of Claussen & Claussen, with whom Meyer frequently worked.

    Please join us as Bosco-Milligan Foundation President Fred Leeson, presents the story of Fred Meyer, putting his life and work in context with the stores he built. Portland architects Fred and William Claussen play an important role in the story, as they designed some of Meyer’s first stores, along with several other notable Portland buildings including the Roosevelt Hotel and Laurelhurst School.

    In addition to his volunteer work with the Bosco-Milligan Foundation/Architectural Heritage Center, Leeson is also the author of the recent biography of Fred G. Meyer, My-Te-Fine Merchant: Fred Meyer’s Retail Revolution. He will have copies of his book on hand to purchase.

  • Portland's Architectural One-Hit Wonders

    Portland | Dates: 15 Nov, 2014

    Singular works of individual architects and firms from around the country light up our skyline, parade down our avenues and help define our architectural heritage. From Pioneer Courthouse to the new Apple Store, out-of-town architects have come and gone, never to return. Yet, what do we know of the professional lives and works of Cass GilbertCharles Luckman, or Alfred Mullett, to name just a few?

    Join us as we go behind the facades and meet up with, among others, the 1930s "Boy Wonder" of industry who later, as an architect, became the target of preservationists; the 19th century church designer who created (unbeknownst to him!) a future Hard Rock Cafe; and the "preposterous little humbug" with a penchant for Second Empire French designs. Expect some surprises and maybe a scandal or two along the way!

    Ellen Shapley, in a former life, was a corporate research director and, in her spare time, a docent for the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Today, she is a member of the AHC's Education Committee and its dedicated docent team.