Dates: 09 Aug, 2014
Class: Introduction to Bronze Casting at the Barbey Maritime Center
Instructor: Sam Johnson
Duration: Two days
Date: August 9-10
Time: 9:00 – 5:00 each day
Tuition: $35 for CRMM members/ $65 for non-members
Materials cost: $85
Class size: 10
Description: Learn how to make patterns of simple boat parts, sculptures, door handles or other architectural elements. Then mold them in sand, and cast them in molten bronze. Students will learn how to make their own basic furnace and foundry tools, pour hot metal, and finish off the castings using a variety of hand and power tools.
Skill level: Beginner
Tools needed: Basic hand woodworking tools (if a pattern needs to be made.)
Dates: 17 – 18 Oct, 2014
53rd Annual Seminar on Glass
René Lalique: Enchanted by Glass
October 17–18, 2014
This year's Annual Seminar on Glass focuses on the life, works, and legacy of the master French artist and designer, René Lalique.
Seminar will feature lectures and live demonstrations focused around the topics represented in the Museum's 2014 major exhibitions, René Lalique: Enchanted by Glass and Designing for a New Century: Works on Paper by Lalique and his Contemporaries, May 17, 2014 — December 4, 2015. These unique exhibitions will bring together over 200 objects, jewelry, production molds, period photographs, trade catalogs, and design drawings by René Lalique (French, 1860 — 1945) and his contemporaries, dating from about 1893 to Lalique’s death in 1945. The exhibitions will explore how Lalique’s aesthetic choices in his designs informed the styles of Art Nouveau and Art Deco in France and how the objects that he created have become iconic reflections of these periods.
Seminar speakers include: Gail Bardhan, Dr. Lennart Booij, Regan Brumagen, Véronique Brumm, Nicholas Dawes, Kelley Elliott, Elizabeth Everton, Stephen Harrison, Christie Mayer Lefkowith, Amie McNeel, Anne-Marie Quette, Dr. Stefanie Walker, and Dr. Karol Wright.
Seminarians will have an opportunity to create their own memento by pressing their own glass medallion (included in price of Seminar).
Laguna Beach |
Dates: 26 Jul, 2014
Architect as Patron is heading to the beach! The series—which focuses on issues and opportunities that designers face when building their own homes—goes to Laguna Beach on July 26th. Join us to experience stunning views from the lyrical home created by L. Paul Zajfen, FAIA, RIBA. Nestled in a hillside, this sustainable house blurs the line between inside and outside, lifts one’s spirits, and connects you to nature, the ocean, and the sky.
Zajfen, a design principal at LA-based CO Architects, took a simple, volumetric approach to the design, exploring the transparency of the volumes, and how the building elements frame space and views that exploit the potential of the site. The steel-framed, multi-level home is broken into two masses, with the living room element pulled apart as a pavilion connected by a bridge to the kitchen/dining room element. Separating these two creates an outdoor courtyard surrounded by living spaces. The living room seen from the courtyard appears to be floating in space.
Designed to minimize energy consumption, the home’s large glass walls enable both natural lighting and ventilation, eliminating the need for artificial lighting (during the day) and cooling. All the west-facing window walls have sensor-controlled motorized exterior sunshades that block 86% of solar radiation, while maintaining views. Photovoltaic and solar hot water panels are located at the highest roof. The flat roofs are planted with succulents in a design pattern that connects them to the hillside contours when viewed from within.
The transparent layers of interior and exterior space create an atmosphere that evokes a sensation of spatial generosity, visual stimulus, and peace. “The house establishes a precedent in Laguna Beach for designing an appropriate, contextual, and sustainable dwelling,” says Zajfen. “Quite simply, it feels wonderful to be in this house.” Join us, and find out for yourself
Architect as Patron: Zajfen in Laguna Beach—July 26, 2014; 2-4PM; $15 each for SAH/SCC Life and Patron Members; reservations required; space is limited; seating will be made available to general membership should the opportunity arise, on a first-come first-served basis; registration—see order form on Page 6, call 800.972.4722, or waiting list—email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Los Angeles |
Dates: 19 Jun – 02 Aug, 2014
June 19 – August 2, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 19, 7 to 10 pm (free and open to the public)
LA Forum Events @ WUHO Gallery
6518 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Gallery Hours: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, noon to 5 pm
The LA Forum’s summer exhibition features the work of Lane Barden
and Benedikt Groß
& Joseph K. Lee
to illustrate two distinct ways of seeing our sun-drenched metropolis through infrastructure, water resources, and habitat. Linear City
and The Big Atlas of L.A. Pools
will be on view at WUHO Gallery in Hollywood June 19 through August 3, 2014 with an opening reception on Thursday, June 19.
Los Angeles-based photographer Lane Barden captures the entire length of the L.A. River, the Alameda Corridor railroad trench, and Wilshire Boulevard in Linear City. The fifty-foot-long aerial image operates as evidence of an alternate urbanism. His photographic fieldwork records the dynamic qualities of the city’s infrastructure as it cuts through the urban fabric.
Speculative and computational designer Benedikt Groß (Stuttgart, Germany) in collaboration with cartographer/geographer Joseph K. Lee (San Francisco Bay Area) deploy geo-mapping techniques in The Big Atlas of L.A. Pools to remotely document the synthetic oasis of backyard swimming pools. Their work utilizes databases and digitally generated images from secondhand sources. By bringing a crowdsourced publicness to the domestic sphere, the self-proclaimed “army of two” tests the emerging role of non-domain research to display Angelino’s perverse resistance to native ecologies.
Each crafts a remarkable visual survey that juxtaposes the generally unremarkable and often overlooked with the overwhelming and too-big-to-figure-out spatial qualities of this illusive metropolis’s domestic and urban landscapes.
Paired in the gallery, the work by these artists through entirely different methodologies and representation provokes questions about the role of design in relationship to urbanity, infrastructure, and ecology.
The Friends of the Los Angeles River
Linear City Development LLC
Weldon Color Lab
Dates: 03 Jun – 07 Sep, 2014
Photography and Modern Architecture in Spain, 1925-1965.
This exhibition, staged at the Museo ICO and included on the Official Section of the PHotoEspaña Festival, reappraises the disciplinary role of photography in the context of Spanish modern architecture.
Dates: 08 Jun, 2014
Sunday June 8, 2014
1:00 to 4:00pm
Tour begins in the Glessner House Museum coach house
$50 per person / $45 for museum members
Reservations suggested to 312.326.1480
This very special tour, the annual benefit for Glessner House Museum, presents attendees with the rare opportunity to visit the interiors of several historic homes along Prairie Avenue. Visitors will be treated to a breath-taking array of beautifully carved wood moldings, leaded glass windows, and fireplaces in elaborate tile, mosaic, and marble. The Glessner and Clarke House Museums are also included on the tour as well as historic Second Presbyterian Church, with its important arts and crafts interior and collection of windows including nine by Tiffany and two by William Morris. Following the tour, attendees are invited to return to the coach house of the museum for a reception and silent auction, featuring theatre tickets, Chicago memorabilia, collectibles, architectural fragments, and other items of interest.
New York |
Dates: 03 Feb – 20 Jul, 2014
William Morris (1834–1896) is acknowledged as the leader of the British Arts and Crafts movement of the second half of the nineteenth century. His enterprise, originally founded as Morris, Marshall, Faulkner, and Company in 1861, became Morris & Company in 1875. They produced a variety of decorative arts, with textiles and wallpapers comprising a large portion of their artistic output. In 1923, the Metropolitan acquired the institution's first examples from the oeuvre of Morris & Company, and a selection of these are shown in this installation. According to the printed company logo on the selvages, the printed textiles bought that year were produced after Morris & Company moved to Hanover Square, London, in 1917. Like the printed textiles, the wallpapers and the woven fabrics were probably produced later than their original design date, attesting to their perennial appeal.
Dates: 27 Sep, 2014
Join the Architecture & Design Society of the Art Institute of Chicago for its biennial black tie gala to benefit the Art Institute’s Department of Architecture and Design, an exclusive event honoring David C. Hilliard and Helmut Jahn.
Enjoy an evening in the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing immersed in a custom-designed lighting installation by new media collaborative Luftwerk. Exclusive architecture and design-related items and experiences will be offered to guests in a silent and live auction by Richard Wright. Cocktails, dinner, live music, and dancing will complete this unique experience.
Dates: 26 – 27 Jun, 2014
June 26 & 27, 2014
Thursday & Friday
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Gregory M. Pierceall, professor emeritus, Purdue Landscape Architecture
$199 nonmember; members receive 20% discount
The specific planted choices and selections within a landscape and garden are informed by the site, program, context, and story. This two-day program will outline, define, and communicate applications of planting design within comprehensive site and landscape design. The session will involve classroom discussion along with physical site landscape tours and observations of planted landscapes. The elements of site and client information, site observation, design process, and comprehension within the planted landscape and gardens, are keys to the performance and establishment of landscape and gardens. Lunch is on your own.
Dates: 16 Jun, 2014
Free; Please enter through Michigan Avenue Entrance, doors open at 5:45
Conceptual artist Jaume Plensa discusses his extensive body of artwork in public spaces around the world, including Chicago’s Crown Fountain.
Presented with the Millennium Park Foundation.
Dates: 26 Jun – 14 Sep, 2014
Thursday, June 26, 2014–Sunday, September 14, 2014
As concepts are developed and represented across a range of scales, an architect's work requires a variety of approaches, media, and outputs. Architecture to Scaledemonstrates the complex architectural processes from research to production through the work of two groundbreaking architects in adjacent installations: a selection of architectural models by Stanley Tigerman and Zago Architecture’s series of monumental films, XYT: Detroit Streets.
Since founding his architectural practice in 1962, Stanley Tigerman has been a major figure in Chicago’s postmodern architecture movement. Tigerman has covered vast territory while developing a multifaceted critique of history, the architectural profession, and even his own personal narrative. The diverse array of models in this exhibition—from single-family homes to religious institutions—illustrates his formal sophistication and conceptual rigor while showing how his ideas about irony, religion, and humor manifest themselves in architectural form.
Taking a much different and exponentially larger form is Zago Architecture’s film seriesXYT: Detroit Streets, created as a research project in 2008. Founded by Andrew Zago in 1991, Zago Architecture employs a rigorous practice of research and experimentation in parallel to its architecture projects. With XYT: Detroit Streets, the mechanics of representation have been expanded and exaggerated in order to capture the essence of the contemporary urban condition as seen in Detroit. This exhibition also highlights how the firm’s research on representation has influenced the development of its architecture projects.
From the micro to the macro, architects rely on scale in order to articulate and present their projects, and this exhibition demonstrates unique architectural approaches through the contrasting scales of Stanley Tigerman and Zago Architecture.
Dates: 15 Jul, 2014 – 15 Jul, 2016
Hartwick Memorial Hall is a large log structure (architect Ralph Herrick of Lansing, Mich., 1928) standing on the grounds of Hartwick Pines State Park near Grayling, Michigan. Since 1994 it has been on the National Register of Historic Sites. However, it has stood empty and in disuse since then. It desperately needs a thorough cleaning within and without, not to mention the necessary stabilization, preservation and restoration that it needs as well. It resembles the great log cabin hotel built in 1910-11 in Yellowstone National Park, and this rustic appearance nicely complements its setting of magnificent virgin white pines. In short, Hartwick Memorial Hall needs attention urgently if it is to survive.
Dates: 30 May – 10 Aug, 2014
Forests play a complex role in our cultural imagination. Whether hosting archaic Bacchanals or advanced material research; when referred to as pristine natural sites or when organized as factories, they maintain the ambivalence of being both tangible environments, slowly developing over time, and abstract sites of production, shaped by the relentless cycles of the economy.
Forests are also the ultimate source of wood, and the flow of wooden materials, products, and things traces cyclic processes through which nature is being domesticated just to come back and conquer cities again, processes in which forests around the world disappear and then make a return, ones in which the objects we use on a daily basis simultaneously embody the extreme rationalization of forest environments and their hidden, often irrational ramifications.
The exhibition Wood: the cyclical nature of materials, sites, and ideas explores the cultural meanings of wood and forests on the spectrum that is drawn by cyclic histories of material, political and social dynamics. The exhibition opens by tracing the omnipresence of wood in our lives, from the smallest to the planetary scale; it then focuses on the recurring decline and return of forests around the world, and proceed by offering reflections on the myriad functions they play in the development of markets, the construction of identities, and the hosting of experiments. it concludes by offering an excursion into the inherently uncanny nature of forests.
With that, the exhibition also highlights the resonance and unexpected innovations invoked by forests, real and abstract, in design and architecture.
The exhibition showcases works by Aldo Bakker, Charles & Ray Eames, Ludwig Hilberseimer, Chris Kabel, Claus Mattheck, Lukas Oleniuk, Lex Pott, Cedric Price, SeARCH, Hendrik Wijdeveld, James Wines, Peter Zumthor, and others.
Wood: the cyclical nature of materials, sites, and ideas is curated by Dan Handel and designed by Jannetje in ’t Veld & Toon Koehorst. The exhibition includes works from the collections of Het Nieuwe Instituut, the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), Delft University of Technology, Rilksmusem, Tropenmuseum and Museum Boijmans van Beuningen.
The project benefited greatly from research that was conducted at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal as part of the Young Curator Program, which resulted in the CCA exhibition “First, the Forests” (4 October 2012 – 6 January 2013).
Dates: 17 Jul, 2014
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Pritzker Auditorium (Monroe Building), 104 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
Free, reservations required
Speaker: Christian Witt-Dörring
By 1910 Vienna's architectural avant-garde was deeply divided into two irreconcilable camps. In contrast to Josef Hoffmann and his Secessionist circle, which subscribed to the unity of the arts and consequently pursued the ideal of theGesamtkunstwerk or Total Work of Art, the lonely wolf Adolf Loos rejected this model as nothing more than a new type of corset and demanded a strict division of art and function. During Wright's visit to Vienna – and even while the father of modern Viennese architecture, Otto Wagner, was still active – a new generation of architects like Josef Frank andDagobert Peche began to enter upon the scene. In drawing from both approaches a new generation reached its own conclusions as to what the future role of architecture and design in society should be.
Christian Witt-Dörring is a leading expert on fin-de-siècle Viennese architecture and design. From 1974 to 2004 he was head of the furniture collection at MAK, the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna. He currently works as a free-lance art historian in Vienna and consulting curator at the Neue Galerie in New York. His specialist area is the history of furniture and interiors, concentrating in particular on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In addition to holding teaching positions and delivering numerous lectures on art and art-historical themes, he has curated a number of important exhibitions such as Dagobert Peche and the Wiener Werkstätte; Der Preis der Schönheit, 100 Jahre Wiener Werkstätte; and Viennese Silver: Modern Design 1780-1918.
Dates: 25 – 26 Aug, 2014
Grey to Green is at the cutting edge of design and policy practice, and will showcase more than 75 leading thinkers and doers across a diverse range of fields which reveal the intersection of health and living green infrastructure. The multi-disciplinary program is packed with fantastic project case studies, useful design and analytical tools, and cutting edge research.
Designers, engineers, policy makers, developers, utility managers, conservationists, healthcare professionals, horticulturalists, contractors, urban farmers, and academics, all share important opportunities to advance the social, economic and ecosystem health of our communities by utilizing living green infrastructure. Urban forests, green roofs and walls, bioswales, rain gardens, meadowlands, and wetlands all provide fundamental human, ecosystem and economic health benefits. Grey to Green will bring to light many of the important scientific, design, economic and policy advancements in the living green infrastructure field. Learn from project case studies and research from across North America from Atlanta to Jacksonville to Seattle and more. Many featured projects are in Toronto, from the new Corktown Commons and the research facilities at the University of Toronto to the developing Toronto Pan Am Games Athlete’s Village. These projects are pushing the boundaries of integrating green infrastructure design for multiple benefits.
Designing with nature or biophilic design, is a rapidly evolving practice that is proving to pay for itself, in many more ways than we had previously imagined. Bill Browning, a world leader on biophilic design will share his latest research findings on the bottom line from better human health and productivity and emerging best design practices. Many US jurisdictions are recognizing the multiple benefits of green infrastructure and investing billions of dollars on incentives, regulations and investments. Learn more about what jurisdictions like Washington DC and Chicago, Illinois are doing. Don’t miss the keynote by Dr. Kathleen Wolf, University of Washington on her latest research on the economics of improved health resulting from green infrastructure investment. Leading private sector developers are realizing that the design and development of buildings and sites with green infrastructure can have a dramatic impact on the bottom line. Check out BILD’s panel on infrastructure and flooding
The growing body of knowledge presented at Grey to Green will help to break down the artificial barriers between planning and design and human health and well being. Important advancements have occurred recently in our scientific understanding of the important role that these technologies play, particularly in urban regions, regarding the maintenance of our physical and mental health. Designing without nature can have serious and long lasting negative impacts on human and ecosystem health, and our local and regional economy. Click here to find out more on how green infrastructure can positively impact your health and the health of your community in a positive way.
Grey to Green, located in the heart of downtown Toronto this summer, featuring unbelievable tours, training courses and fantastic networking opportunities is an event not to be missed.
San Francisco |
Dates: 02 – 06 Aug, 2014
The 2014 Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) International Conference heads to San Francisco August 2-6, presenting this year's best opportunity to explore innovative transportation demand management (TDM) solutions needed to succeed. You'll join your TDM colleagues in intensive professional development training sessions, pertinent education sessions, and educational and recreational tours, and meet with industry suppliers featured in our Exhibit Hall.
This conference provides three and a half days of education and training, along with best practice sharing and networking with TDM professionals, delivering tremendous value to more than 400 attendees. It brings together the TDM community with many industry experts and is an extremely cost-effective way to ensure you are getting the most from your professional development investment.
Dates: 08 – 11 Aug, 2014
Join us August 8 – 11, 2014 in Pittsburgh to celebrate the 66th GWA Annual Symposium.
Get Ready for Pittsburgh 2014!
Courtesy of Denise Schreiber
As a born and bred Pittsburgher, I have heard it all when it comes to what people say about Pittsburgh. I can tell you that almost none of it is true. We are a crazy sports city that bleeds black and gold, but we are so much more than that.
We have world-class museums including the Hunt Institute for Botanic Illustration. We’ve cleaned up our rivers, so much so that Bald eagles now make their homes along our riverbanks for fishing with their young. Peregrine falcons roost in our skyscrapers feeding on pigeons and other delicacies. We’ve hosted the Bassmasters tournaments. Our three rivers, also known as the Point, are the “Gateway to the West” and was the beginning point for the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Our third river is the Ohio that feeds into the mighty Mississippi.
The steel mills are gone except for a few, and this is now a city of high tech and groundbreaking medical breakthroughs. Yes, we have four seasons, and there’s something to love about each one of them. There’s nothing more breathtaking than a spring morning or a fall afternoon in Western Pennsylvania. It’s so beautiful it makes your heart cry. And when it snows, and it does snow, when we wake up the next morning our homes are still in the same place!
We’re the 8th greenest city in the United States. Our convention center is Gold LEED certified in new construction and Platinum in existing construction. We have more than 50,000 acres of green space within the metropolitan Pittsburgh region including a four-acre state park in the middle of downtown Pittsburgh! The Phipps Conservatory Center’s new Center for Sustainable Landscapes is expected to meet or exceed the world’s three highest green standards: The Living Building Challenge™ and Sustainable Sites Initiative™; SITES™ certification for landscapes; and LEED® Platinum. One of the world’s most famous homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Fallingwater, is near Pittsburgh. This Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece is a timeless monument to organic architecture at its best.
We were named one of the “best places to visit” in 2012 by National Geographic Traveler. We've been named “best place to live” more than once, most romantic city, best place to raise children, and more. We have more bridges than Venice, Italy. You can take a ride on a riverboat or a bike tour around the perimeter of the city.
There's plenty of nightlife with restaurants, galleries, clubs and more. There's also plenty of daylight life, too! Visit the Strip District, home to the famous Primanti brothers sandwich, as well as food purveyors who will tempt you with cheeses from all over the world and meats that are hand cut and cured. Visit a craft brewer or a pottery shop.
If you want panoramic views, you've come to the right place. The view from Mt. Washington is so spectacular that it was ranked second in 2003 as "one of the most beautiful places" because of the scenery. And we have our own language too!
Learn from Experts
Our Symposium Program Chair for this year is GWA Vice President Kirk Brown who is putting together a program that will best address our objectives. We invite all garden communicators to take advantage of everything this meeting and its host city have to offer. If you have a program topic you wish to present, visit our Call for Presentations page.
Gather Story Ideas
The Local Arrangements Committee is working to establish the best possible story tour schedule. You will be delighted with the beautiful public and private gardens of Pittsburgh.
Stay for Optional Tours
Those of you interested in more garden tour opportunities are invited to attend the optional tours on Tuesday morning, August 12th. There is much to do and learn; so, sign up early and make sure you take advantage of everything this year’s meeting offers.
Plan Ahead for Pasadena, California in 2015.
Save the date for the 67th Annual Symposium. Join us September 18 - 21, 2015 at the Pasadena Convention Center along with the Sheraton Pasadena Hotel and the Hilton Pasadena.
Dates: 21 Jun, 2014
Shelburne Museum and the Creation of Colonial Revival Landscapes examines landscape architecture and history at mid-twentieth-century. Speakers will explore how landscapes, both public and private, were intentionally shaped by Shelburne Museum founder Electra Havemeyer Webb and others.
Topics include an exploration of the influence of the Colonial Revival, the establishment of museum village settings, and how the Museum’s landscape places it in the larger cultural and landscape design movements of the era. Speakers will explore the work of pioneering and influential landscape architects and designers including Charles Eliot, Arthur A. Shurcliff, Ellen Shipman, Beatrix Farrand.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, June 21, Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education
Registration: Members $65; Non-members $75, including lunch. Register before April 30 and receive a 10% early bird discount!
Please click here to register.
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Approved by the Association of Professional Landscape Designers for continuing education credit.
Lucinda Brockway, Director of Cultural Resources for the Trustees of Reservations Ms. Brockway will speak on: “Preserve the Past, Inspire the Future” addressing approaches to preserving, planning, rejuvenating and maintaining historic landscapes of various scales and time periods, including developing master plans and collaborative partnerships for historic sites, museums, parks and estates. Ms. Brockway is responsible for cultural landscapes, collections, archives and other cultural resources throughout The Trustees’ 25,000 acres and 112 properties across Massachusetts. She and her staff have recently supervised the restoration of Castle Hill’s Grand Allee & Casino and the Fletcher Steele gardens at Naumkeag. She serves as an instructor of landscape preservation for the National Preservation Institute and is the author of two books,Gardens of the New Republic: Fashioning the Landscapes of High Street, Newburyport, Massachusetts and A Favorite Place of Resort for Strangers: The Kings Garden at Fort Ticonderoga.
Keith Morgan, Director of Architectural Studies, Boston University; Mr. Morgan plans to speak about Charles Eliot, a pioneer of regional planning who played a central role in shaping the Boston Metropolitan Park System and who laid the conceptual and political groundwork for the first statewide land conservancy in the country.
Judith Tankard, landscape historian, author, and preservation consultant; Ms. Tankard’s talk is entitled: Designing Women, the work of Ellen Shipman and Beatrix Farrand. Ms. Tankard’s publications include Gertrude Jekyll and the Country House Garden; Beatrix Farrand: Private Gardens, Public Landscapes (Honor Book for the 2010 Historic New England Book Prize); A Place of Beauty: The Artists and Gardens of the Cornish Colony (Quill and Trowell Award from the Garden Writers Association in 2001); The Gardens of Ellen Biddle Shipman (1998 book award from the American Horticultural Society)
Nancy Taylor, Landscape Architect, Innocenti & Webel, Locust Valley, NY;Ms. Taylor, a member of the renowned landscape architecture firm that Shelburne Museum founder Electra Havemeyer Webb consulted when planning the museum, will serve on a panel and speak about the firm’s history with Mrs. Webb.
Dates: 05 – 16 Jun, 2014
An exhibition on architecture's economic fundamentals by Columbia University's Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, curated by Jacob Moore and Susanne Schindler with Reinhold Martin, Director.
House Housing: An Untimely History of Architecture and Real Estate in Nineteen Episodes is the first public presentation of a multi-year research project conducted by the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University. Installed in the second-floor apartment of Columbia’s Casa Muraro in Venice and staged as an open house, the exhibition responds unsolicited to the proposal by Rem Koolhaas, curator of the 14th International Architecture exhibition, that architecture focus on its “fundamentals.” House Housing replies by considering architecture’s economic fundamentals, which locate housing at the center of the current economic regime, with the United States as an influential node in a transnational network.
In architecture, economic fundamentals are built from the ground up. The laws of real estate—relating to the acquisition of land, the financing of construction, the cost of building maintenance and services, profit from rent or resale, the value of equity, or the price of credit—inexorably shape any building component (like a window) and any building type (like a house). They are visible even in the residential work of such singular figures as Frank Lloyd Wright, not least because the Greek oikos, or household, forms the root of the word “economy” itself. But look closely and you will see that what seems fundamental, basic, or natural is, like any other law, a historical artifact permanently under construction and subject to change.
House Housing narrates nineteen brief episodes from across the last one hundred years in a mixture of domestic media, from phonograph to television, answering machine to iPad, converting the apartment into a whispering, humming history machine. Though they mainly focus on the continental United States, the discrete episodes are excerpts from global processes. Their artifacts range from houses designed by figures as well-known as Frank O. Gehry to seemingly ordinary gated communities in Florida. Their untimeliness is twofold. First, these episodes return us to financial matters widely discussed in the immediate aftermath of the 2008 foreclosure crisis but now largely abandoned by mainstream discourse. Second, the historical episodes disclose surprising repetitions of themes, tendencies, and actions. This reminds us that the economic infrastructures on which architecture rests are the outcome of such repetitions, rather than an a priori, natural ground.
Dates: 04 Jun, 2014
Ever wonder why the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory is located on its present site? What the architectural style of the building is? How Bartholdi's Fountain became part of the USBG? Where many of the first plants in the Conservatory originated? This walking tour will explore how historical currents, architecture, sculpture, and landscape architecture came together to create this grand building.
Please note: This tour is held outdoors. We suggest bringing sunscreen, protective clothing and water. The program is canceled if it rains or during times of extreme heat (heat index of 95 degrees or higher/ Code Red weather alert).
Date: Wednesday, June 4
Time: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Tour meets in the front lobby of the Conservatory
FREE: No pre-registration required