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  • VAF Chicago: Call for Papers

    Chicago | Dates: 16 Jun – 01 Nov, 2014
    The Vernacular Architecture Forum (VAF) invites paper proposals for its Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, June 3-7, 2015. Iconic tall buildings are Chicago’s hallmark, yet it is the bungalow belts, bascule bridges, and “L” train lines that beckon vernacular analysis. Chicago is a network of neighborhoods with ubiquitous building forms, but a closer analysis reveals constant change and a diverse tapestry of communities frayed by the legacies of segregation. For the 2015 conference, the theme Neighborhoods in Transition will guide VAF as we go “Out of the Loop” and into the city’s vast grid to reflect on the regeneration or dissolution of community. Buildings, streetscapes, and neighborhoods will be VAF’s point of departure for its investigation of Chicago’s spatial and social patterns, material evidence and existential boundaries, and communal and cultural identities. Papers for VAF Chicago may address vernacular and everyday buildings, sites, or cultural landscapes worldwide. Submissions on all vernacular topics are welcome, and for the 2015 Conference, we encourage papers that ask questions of the built environment and engineered ecologies for which Chicago represents a seminal model or serves as case study for trends occurring nationally and internationally. Trends include those in the architectural and building trades, in industrial and commercial sectors and for the workers in those arenas, in urban and city planning, and in models for societal restructuring that include urban renewal, relocation, and public housing. Submitting an Abstract Papers should be analytical rather than descriptive, and no more than twenty-minutes in length. Proposals for complete sessions, roundtable discussions or other innovative means that facilitate scholarly discourse are especially encouraged. Proposals must be one-page, fewer than 400 words, and include the paper title, author’s name, and email address. You may include up to two images with your submission. Please clearly state the argument of the paper and explain the methodology and content. Attach a one-page CV to your proposal submission. Presenters must deliver their papers in person and be VAF members at the time of the conference. Speakers who do not register for the conference by March 1, 2015, will be withdrawn. Please do not submit an abstract if you are not committed to attending the papers session on Saturday, June 6th. There may be limited financial assistance, in the form of Pamela H. Simpson Presenter’s Fellowships, to offset registration costs to students and recent graduates. The deadline for proposals is November 1, 2014, and submissions should be emailed to the VAF Papers Committee Chair at papers@vafweb.org. For general information about the Chicago conference, please see www.vafchicago.org.
  • Call for Nominations: SESAH Publication Awards

    Dates: 16 Jun – 31 Jul, 2014
    CALL FOR NOMINATIONS 2014 SESAH Publication Awards The Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians is seeking nominations for the 2014 Publication Awards. The awards honor outstanding scholarship about the architecture of the South or by authors who reside in the South (defined as SESAH member states). Three categories of publication that are recognized: books, journal articles, and essays published in book format. The copyright should be no earlier than 2013. An article or essay should be copied in triplicate and include complete bibliographic information. Book titles must include full bibliographical information. Please submit books to be reviewed (or nominations) to the Publications Award Committee by July 31, 2014. For more information, please contact the 2014 Committee Chair, Virginia Price at va.price@yahoo.com.
  • Madison Historic Barn Tour Weekend

    Madison | Dates: 11 – 12 Jul, 2014

    The Madison Historic Barn Tour weekend, July 11 & 12, 2014 is fast approaching. With 7 wonderful old 18th and 19th century barns on the Saturday Tour, including E.E. Cummings’ Joy Farm,  and a wonderful and informative speaker Friday night, interest is quickly growing.

    A list of the other forty plus Madison barns over 100 years old will be available for those who want to do more independent exploring. Directions to the numerous fascinating cemeteries and graveyards of Madison may lead you to find the resting places of former barn owners, or ancestors of your own. Pick up a copy of Mary Lucy’s book from the Madison Historical Society. 

    Browse the Barn themed Art Show, purchase barn notecards and photo sketches, or place a bid on a photo or professional work of art in oil or watercolor at our Silent Auction.

    Don’t miss Bob Cottrell’s entertaining talk and discussion of 18th and 19th century New England Barns on Friday night at 7pm at the Madison Library. Bob’s talk is included in the price of the Barn Tour.

    The Barn Tour starts at the Madison Library, 1895 Village Road and runs from 10am to 4pm on Saturday July 12th.

    At the southern end of the Mount Washington Valley, the village of Madison is just minutes away from numerous hotels, picturesque B&Bs, wonderful restaurants and the tranquility of our natural setting around Silver Lake.

    Bring a blanket and buy a Barn Tour Bag Lunch to enjoy at one of our Town Beaches or in the garden at the Library.

    Make plans now to spend a day or two before or after the Barn Tour.
    Tickets on the weekend of the Tour will be $20 per person. Advanced “will call” tickets may be purchased before July 1, 2014 for $15 per person, payable by check to Friends of Madison Library at PO Box 240, Madison, NH 03849.

    All proceeds of Barn Tour events benefit the non-profit Friends of Madison Library.

    For more information send an email to FOMLibrary.NH@gmail.com.

  • Film Screening—The Rise and Fall of Penn Station

    Wilkinsburg | Dates: 22 Jul, 2014

    6:00 p.m.— 8:00 p.m.

    Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
    744 Rebecca Avenue
    Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

    Map and driving directions

    About the Movie: 

    In 1910, the Pennsylvania Railroad successfully accomplished the enormous engineering feat of building tunnels under New York City’s Hudson and East Rivers, connecting the railroad to New York and New England, knitting together the entire eastern half of the United States. The tunnels terminated in what was one of the greatest architectural achievements of its time, Pennsylvania Station. Penn Station covered nearly eight acres, extended two city blocks, and housed one of the largest public spaces in the world. But just 53 years after the station’s opening, the monumental building that was supposed to last forever, to herald and represent the American Empire, was slated to be destroyed.

    RSVPs are appreciated. Contact Mary Lu Denny at marylu@phlf.org or 412-471-5808 ext. 527.

  • Workshop: Green Building Materials

    Wilkinsburg | Dates: 24 Jul, 2014

    Concerned about what materials you’re putting into your largest investment? Ian Miller will present time tested and leading construction products for green building, chemical sensitivity, and sustainability. Everyday is Earth Day – make a difference!

    This workshop is free and open to the public.

    Thursday, July 24

    6:00 p.m.—7:30 p.m.

    Landmarks Preservation Resource Center

    744 Rebecca Avenue

    Wilkinsburg, Pa 15221

    Map and driving directions

    This lecture is free and open to the public. RSVPs are appreciated. Contact Mary Lu Denny at marylu@phlf.org or 412-471-5808 ext. 527.

  • Call for Contributions: Display Architecture: Department Stores and Modern Retail

    Dates: 15 Jul, 2014

    The opening in the mid-nineteenth century of the first cathedrals of
    consumption that were the department stores gave birth to an array of
    strategies meant to enhance the presentation of merchandize. From new
    materials (glass and iron) and new lighting techniques (electricity) to
    new technologies of mobility (the elevator) and new spaces for
    socializing (art galleries, writing rooms, or dressing chambers), nothing
    was spared that could turn the heads of even the most adamant enemies of
    shopping. The store was for display and display made the store.

    This volume seeks to explore the interior and exterior architecture of
    department stores in new ways. It departs from the premise that the
    presentation of merchandize cannot be separated from modern materials and
    building techniques that have been the preferred topics of art and
    architectural historians so far. Consequently, the volume proposes to
    challenge the traditional hierarchy of materials and to replace brick and
    mortar, paint and stone with artificial flowers, theatrical props,
    tantalizing fabrics and wax mannequins ­ which, together, form a real
    architecture of display. By asking scholars to engage with new materials
    and new media, the panel proposes to redefine commercial display design
    as an essential component of modern art and architecture.

    We invite innovative, previously unpublished essays that attend to retail
    design and display strategies, model rooms and homes, window displays, as
    well as department store architecture and interiors. The essay should
    have a final word count of 6,500 words (including footnotes and
    bibliography) and a maximum of 4 images, for which the author will have
    to clear copyright and permission fees, if needed. We ask that you submit
    a one-page abstract, detailing the topic to be explored and your
    methodological approach as well as a short CV. Please submit these
    materials no later than July 15, 2014.

    Submission of final essays will be December 15, 2014.

    Co-editors 'Display Architecture':

    Anca I. Lasc - Pratt Institute - alasc@pratt.edu

    Margaret Maile Petty - Victoria University of Wellington -

    Patricia Lara-Betancourt - Kingston University -

  • Spotlight on Design: Tod Williams Billie Tsien

    Washington | Dates: 24 Jul, 2014

    The built work of Tod Williams and Billie Tsien is grounded in Modernism, but tempered by a rich sense of materiality. The founding principals of New York-based Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (TWBTA) discuss their notable work, which includes the recently demolished American Folk Art Museum in New York City, and the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. TWBTA won the 2013 Firm Award by the American Institute of Architects. For Corinthian members and up, join us before the program in the Corinthian Lounge at 6 pm to enjoy coffee and light snacks.   

    1.5 LU (AIA)

    $25 Members; $15 Students; $35 Non-members. Prepaid registration required. Walk-in registration based on availability.

    Date: Thursday, July 24, 2014 
    Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

  • Reconsidering Ian McHarg: The Future of Urban Ecology

    Washington | Dates: 17 Jul, 2014

    Landscape architect Ian McHarg advanced the integration of ecology into land planning and design. Ignacio Bunster-Ossa, A principal in the firm that McHarg founded, discusses the precepts of a new urban ecology involving the integration of green infrastructure and public art as a way to render compact development the most appealing and sensible choice. Bunster-Ossa signs copies of his book,Reconsidering Ian McHarg: The Future of Urban Ecology, after the talk.

    1.0 LU HSW-SD (AIA) / 1.0 CM (AICP) / 1.0 PDH (LA CES)

    FREE. Pre-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.

    Smart Growth is generously supported by the National Association of Realtors. Additional support is provided by Smart Growth America.

    Photo: Philadelphia has adopted the comprehensive application of green infrastructure in pursuit of ‘triple bottom line’ sustainability objectives—both on private and public lands. Such integration is key towards a healthy urban ecology.  Image courtesy of Wallace Roberts & Todd.

    Date: Thursday, July 17, 2014 
    Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

  • The BIG Maze

    Washington | Dates: 02 Jul – 01 Sep, 2014

    The Museum, in partnership with BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, will create a never-before-seen large-scale maze for the Museum's historic home. Soaring approximately 18 feet high and measuring 60 feet by 60 feet, the maple plywood structure will boast a series of twists and turns for visitors to weave through and explore. The "BIG Maze" will be open July 4 to September 1, 2014.

    Inspired by ancient labyrinths, garden and hedge mazes of 17th and 18th-century Europe, and modern American corn mazes, this contemporary maze will be located in the West Court of the Museum's historic Great Hall. In addition to viewing the maze from the ground floor, visitors will also be able to get an unexpected aerial perspective from the Museum’s second- and third-floor balconies.

    Bjarke Ingels said of his design: "The concept is simple: as you travel deeper into a maze, your path typically becomes more convoluted. What if we invert this scenario and create a maze that brings clarity and visual understanding upon reaching the heart of the labyrinth?" From outside, the maze's cube-like form hides the final reveal behind its 18-foot-tall walls. On the inside, the walls slowly descend towards the center which concludes with a grand reveal—a 360 degree understanding of your path in and how to get out.

    The BIG Maze is part of our annual Summer Block Party, a slate of programming, exhibitions, concerts, late nights, and Hill Country's Backyard Barbecue pop-up on the West Lawn.

  • Streets of St. Louis

    St. Louis | Dates: 14 Feb – 13 Jul, 2014
    Streets of St. Louis
    February 14, 2014 - July 13, 2014

    Find out about Group Programs for this exhibit

    See St. Louis streets from a different angle in this installation, which features some of our favorite images from the Museum's photography and prints collection. In the Streets of St. Louis, visitors will also get an up-close view of some of the details in the photographs that provide interesting perspectives on the city's past.

  • Home: The Longfellow House & the Emergence of Portland

    Portland | Dates: 27 Jun, 2014

    Home: The Longfellow House & the Emergence of Portland uses the Wadsworth-Longfellow House as a prism to explore how Portland has grown and changed over more than 230 years. When Peleg Wadsworth built the House on Back Street in 1785, it was on the rural outskirts of Portland. By the early 1800s, the House was at the center of a bustling, modern New England city. Since then, Portland has boomed, burned, boomed again, busted, and reemerged as a vibrant, forward-looking city. Through it all, the Wadsworth-Longfellow House has been a constant, and witness to the life of an emerging community.

    The exhibition will feature family belongings that tell the personal and yet universal story of how people live in their homes—including ways of heating, cooking, and plumbing—and how those functions evolved within Portland. The stories of the Wadsworth and Longfellow families and an ever-changing cast of neighbors on their block—families, hotels, businesses, tenements, etc.—help explain how Portland has become the beloved, livable city we know today.

    Adults: $8.00; Students with ID, Seniors & AAA members: $7.00; Children 5–17: $2.00
    Free for MHS members.

    Exhibition opens June 27.

  • The Barns of Maine: Our History, Our Stories

    Wiscasset | Dates: 19 Jun, 2014
    Thursday, June 19, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. 
    Nickels-Sortwell House, 121 Main Street, Wiscasset, Maine 

    $5 Historic New England members, $10 nonmembers

    From modest English to grand Victorian, author Don Perkins examines the structures, origins, and evolution of Maine's barns, demonstrating the vital and unique role they play in the lives of their owners. A former carpenter and woodworker with a passion for barns and longtime interest in timber framing, Perkins discusses his new book, telling the stories of iconic Maine barns including Dan Sortwell's Big Red Barn in Wiscasset. 

    Sponsored by Ames T rue Value Hardware Supply and Big Barn Coffee

    Registration is recommended. Please call 207-882-7169 for more information. Purchase tickets now

  • A Rich and Varied Culture: The Material World of the Early South

    Williamsburg | Dates: 14 Feb – 31 Dec, 2014
    This wide-ranging new exhibition celebrates the remarkable objects that were created in or imported to the Chesapeake, the Carolina low country, and southern backcountry.

    Created in conjunction with several sister institutions, the exhibition will highlight the aesthetic diversity brought to the region by the varied cultures and ethnic groups that ultimately defined a unique, early southern style.

    The exhibition was made possible by Carolyn and Michael McNamara.

  • Mark Hertzberg Lecture - Frank Lloyd Wright's SC Johnson Research Tower

    Chicago | Dates: 02 Jul, 2014

    Suggested donation: $10 at the door. 
    Reservations are limited. 
    Reserve at:  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/mark-hertzberg-on-frank-lloyd-wrights-sc-johnson-research-tower-tickets-11978741739

    HertzbergMark Hertzberg is the author and photographer of Wright in Racine (Pomegranate, 2004), Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hardy House (Pomegranate, 2006), and Frank Lloyd Wright's SC Johnson Research Tower (Pomegranate, 2010). Hertzberg, who is director of photography of The Journal Times in Racine and has won numerous awards for his work. He has lectured extensively about Wright’s work in Racine. Hertzberg also serves on the board of the Frank Lloyd Wright ® Wisconsin Tourism Heritage Program (“Wright in Wisconsin”).  Hertzberg will speak about the renovation of the Research Tower, which recently opened to the public for the first time. Reservations are scarce for this tour, so we have brought Hertzberg to the Charnley-Persky House for a taste of this newest restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work at SC Johnson.  

    6:00 PM                 Refreshments

    6:30 PM                 Lecture by Mark Hertzberg

    7:30 PM                 Meet the Speaker

    8:00 PM                 Conclusion of Program

  • Weston Garden Tour

    Weston | Dates: 20 Jun, 2014
    Friday, June 20, 2014, 9A – 4P EDT

    The 5th bi-annual Cottage Gardeners of Weston garden tour will feature four private gardens and a rain garden. In addition there are several walk-by gardens to enjoy. This year the garden tour features gardens in the town of Weston.  Tour held rain or shine.
  • FOCUS: Lower Richland

    Hopkins | Dates: 19 – 21 Jun, 2014

    FOCUS: Lower Richland, is a unique event presented to promote South Carolina’s Lower Richland County Heritage Corridor, relative to historical preservation/conservation, tourism, and agri-education.  While the event is FREE to the public, registration is requested.

    The 3-day event begins with a Juneteenth  Reception, held at the Historic Harriet Barber House (June 19th, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm). This restored home was originally owned by ex-slaves and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    On Friday, June 20th – 9:00 a.m., Gems of the Lower Richland Heritage Corridor features five tour options FOCUS: Lower Richland is a unique 3-day event designed to promote the Lower Richland County, SC: Historic Sites, Congaree National Park, Equestrian Outing, Plantation & Farms, or Historic Cemeteries. The day’s culminating activity is a Farm-to-Table Feast  on the grounds of the historic Wavering Place Plantation (12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.), offering locally grown/raised foods.

    Saturday, June 21 – presents opportunities for two group activities in rural Lower Richland County (9:00 a.m. – 12 Noon). Youth Education Field Day – Youth and accompanying educators will convene at the Harriet Barber House in Hopkins, SC, and travel to the Congaree National Park for experiences on the park’s boardwalk, storytelling, and film viewing (Congaree Tales). Youth will return to the Harriet Barber House which is the setting of what was once an active farm.  Activities will include a local history skit; hayrides; exploring historical inventions and a display of farming tools from the past; hands on experiences in soap making, corn grinding, potato banking, and a take-away agriculture project. Workshops & Expo, to be held at the St. John Baptist Church Wellness Center, Hopkins, SC,  brings together tourists, local historians, preservation/conservation entities, and organizations for discussions on promoting the Lower Richland Heritage Corridor, and also features displays and demonstrations. At 12:30 p.m., all will convene for Lunch on Historic Grounds (Harriet Barber House).

  • Learning from Life: The Biologically Informed City

    Chicago | Dates: 26 Jun, 2014
    The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)-USA will have its annual lecture on June 26th, Thursday at the Doubletree Hotel Chicago. This year's Keynote Speaker is Melissa Sterry.

    11:00 a.m., - Doubletree Hotel (Superior Rooms), 300 East Ohio
    Sponsor: RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) USA
    Free event
    AIA CE credits

    Lecture by design scientist and futurist Melissa Sterry. How can biology potentially inform and inspire the cities of the now, near and far future? What insights into tackling urban challenges including resource shortages, pollution, waste, inequality and extreme weather might we gain from mimicking the physiology and behaviour of flora and fauna species? What are the very latest developments in Biomimetics, Biotechnology and Biomorphic Design, and where might these take architecture and related disciplines? How might cities play a critical role in biodiversity conservation in the coming century and beyond? Sterry will present answers to these questions and more, as she discusses both her own research and development projects, and those of her peers in bio-informed design and technology worldwide.
  • Design + Dining: PechaKucha at Martyrs

    Chicago | Dates: 26 Jun, 2014

    7:00 - 10:00 p.m., - Martyrs' Pub, 3855 North Lincoln 
    Sponsor: AIA Chicago, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

    Enjoy the internationally established PechaKucha experience at Martyrs, an authentic neighborhood pub/music venue on the North Side of Chicago. Attendees can take the Chicago Transit Authority’s Brown Line, one of Chicago’s oldest “L” lines, to the venue. The Brown Line, with its elevated views, and twists and turns along the city, offers one of the best tours of the city. Includes food and drinks.

    This event is one of a series of "Dining + Design" events hosted by AIA Chicago in conjunction with the 2014 AIA National Convention. If you plan to register for the National Convention, you can find this event in the official convention schedule by using the code EV217. Non-convention attendees are welcome to RSVP and purchase tickets through AIA Chicago’s website.

    Information and registration online.

  • Heritage Barn Workshop

    Central Point | Dates: 27 Sep, 2014
    September 27 @ 10:00 am  - 4:00 pm

    Join Restore Oregon and the Barns Taskforce for the 2014 Heritage Barn Workshop at Southern Oregon’s Hanley Farm. This day-long hands-on education program will teach participants about barn styles and types, introduce basic concepts of barn documentation, and demonstrate the types of tools used to build (and restore) historic barns. The 2013 workshop was featured in the National Barn Alliance’s Journal.

    The Hanley Farm barn was built of hewn construction in about 1854. Twelve inch sills support the main barn and mortise and tenon joinery, pinned with wood, exists throughout. Only about a dozen barns across Oregon predate the Hanley barn and it is the oldest barn in Southern Oregon.

    Workshop presentations will include a history of the Hanley Farm, visual presentation about barn types and construction methods, infromation about Southern Oregon’s agricultural history, best practice guides for barn rehabilitation (and funding), and field sessions on identifying barn features. The keynote presentation by David Rogers of Logs & Timbers, Inc., will teach participants how timber-frame barns were constructed and allow hands-on experience hewing timbers.

    Whether you’re a barn owner, a preservation professional, or just an admirer of rural heritage, this workshop will provide the basics of what it takes to document and preserve Oregon’s historic barns.

    Saturday September 27, 2014
    Hanley Farm
    1053 Hanley Road
    Central Point, OR 97502

    Tickets: $35 members; $45 non-members (includes lunch and snacks)

  • Historic Mining Town Interpretive Tour

    Opal Creek | Dates: 16 Aug, 2014
    August 16 @ 9:00 am  - 4:00 pm
    Cost: $45 per member, $55 per non-member Tickets on sale Tuesday, June 10

    Restore Oregon invites you to tour the company mining town, Jawbone Flats, which has been repurposed into an environmental learning site by Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. See how the miners’ cabins survived the ravages of harsh winters. You will break up into three groups of ten people and be led by Tom, Leslie or George Atiyeh on a 6 ½ mile round-trip, moderate level hike into the ancient forest. During the walk in and at the mining camp you will:

    • Cross the historic “Half Bridges” which are tied into a cliff. • See mining tunnels. • Visit the remains of a steam-powered sawmill. • Learn the history of the Native Americans and the miners who claimed the area in 1859. • Have pre-paid lunch in the lodge included. • Experience how electricity was produced from the late 1800s to the present. • Explore surviving and repurposed buildings. • Learn the origins of the names Jawbone Flats and Opal Creek. • Be awed at Opal Pool.

    For an intimate experience and to comply with US Wilderness rules, this day-tour is limited to 27 people. As an optional thrill, take a dip in the creek and zip down the natural rock slide. Just two hours from Portland, we will meet at the trailhead at 9:00 am. You will need a valid USFS Northwest Forest parking pass or purchase a $5 day pass at the gate.