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  • CFP: Images of the Other: Istanbul, Vienna, Venice (Istanbul, 2-4 Sep 2014)

    Istanbul | Dates: 14 May – 20 Jun, 2014

    Call for Papers: Images of the Other: Istanbul, Vienna, Venice (Istanbul, 2-4 Sep 2014)

    Deadline: Jun 20, 2014

    IMAGES IV – Images of the Other: Istanbul – Vienna – Venice A 2-3-days international and interdisciplinary conference

    Call for Papers

    After the conferences IMAGES (I) – Films as Spaces of Cultural Encounters (2011), IMAGES (II) – Images of the Poor (2012) and IMAGES

    (III) – Images of the City (2013), the IMAGES project is planning to focus on Images of the Other as documented in the images/ representations of Istanbul, Vienna and Venice in its 2014 conference.

    Starting from the Middle Ages all three cities have been (culturally) mythologized as points of cultural intersection in works of literature, arts and film; be it as the spaces where East meets West, where lines blur between the conscious and the subconscious, between life and death, between the visible/ the seen and the invisible/ the unseen, or as spaces identified with the evil, as the Moloch luring – all these mythologizations being part both of the self-perception documented in the native cultural production and of the perception from the (cultural) “outside”.

    Regarding this fact the IMAGES project has decided to discuss the (historically) changing representation and perception of the three cities in its 2014 conference IMAGES (IV) – Images of the Other:

    Istanbul – Vienna – Venice; the representations being seen as documentations of cultural approaches and also of cultural concepts.

    Hence, the historically grown mythologizations of the three cities create a sheer unlimited number of potential cases of both cultural encounters and conflicts, including most of the socially relevant fields in the academic discourse on the topic, like politics, communication, culture, and migration.

    In order to discuss issues like the above mentioned IMAGES (IV) – Images of the Other: Istanbul – Vienna - Venice invites scholars, but also architects, photographers, writers, artists and filmmakers to propose papers in the following fields of research and interest:

    •    The Making of a Myth (theoretical approaches with special reference to the three cities Istanbul, Vienna, Venice)

    •    The psychology of feeling Istanbulite, Viennese and Venetian

    •    The psychology of attraction (theoretical approaches with special

    reference to the three cities Istanbul, Vienna, Venice)

    •    Istanbul’s, Vienna’s, Venice’s cityscape as a (mythologized) statement

    •    The impact of the media (news, internet, daily soaps) on the perception of Istanbul, Vienna, Venice

    •    Images of Istanbul, Vienna, Venice in feature films (present and past)

    •    Images of Istanbul, Vienna, Venice in the Arts (present and past)

    •    Images of Istanbul, Vienna, Venice as seen by photographers (present and past)

    •    Images of Istanbul, Vienna, Venice in literature (present and past)

    The conference IMAGES (IV) – Images of the Other: Istanbul – Vienna - Venice is planned as a 2-3 days interdisciplinary international conference.

    It will bring together senior scholars with PhD students, postdoctoral academics, and members of the artistic community without following the classical keynote speaker pattern but rather inviting all speakers either to present their research findings in 20 minute (paper) presentations plus 10 minutes for discussion or in 120-150 minute panels (4-5 panelists).

    There will be no parallel sessions. All sessions will be plenary sessions.

    The conference language is English.

    Selected articles of each session/ field of research will be published as a volume of conference proceedings. Münster, Berlin, Vienna and New York based LIT Verlag has already declared strong interest in publishing the conference proceedings. The publication will provide

    (limited) space for black-and-white illustrations.

    Conference site and date:

    Istanbul, Austrian Cultural Forum, 02-04 September 2014

    Deadline for paper proposals:

    20 June 2014 (24.00 MET)

    Please, send paper proposals to images-1@gmx.at and cc them to veronika.bernard@uibk.ac.at and otuzun@hotmail.com and gonul.ucele@bahcesehir.edu.tr

    Deadline for paper submission (for publication in conference


    1 month after conference

    Planned date of publication of conference proceedings: July 2015

    IMAGES project director: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Veronika Bernard (University of Innsbruck)

  • New England Archivists Announces Collaboration with Yale University Library

    Dates: 05 May, 2014
    New England Archivists (NEA) is proud to announce a significant development – a collaboration with Yale University Library to establish the Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies (JCAS). Led by Michael Lotstein, Managing Editor, JCAS's mission is to further awareness of issues and developments in the work of professional archivists, curators, and historians, as well as to serve as a locus for graduate students and professionals in library science, archival science, and public history to contribute works of research and inquiry for peer review and publication.Yale University Library, which includes the Manuscripts and Archives department at Sterling Memorial Library and the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, is making the JCAS freely accessible through an open-source platform, Yale's institutional repository, EliScholar <http://www.elischolar.library.yale.edu/>. Articles will be published as content is submitted, reviewed, and edited. JCAS will be a resource for students, those new to the archives profession, and established professionals alike.

    The first Editors-At-Large, appointed by Yale and NEA, include three NEA members: William Ross (Professor and Head of Milne Special Collections & Archives, University of New Hampshire), James Roth (Deputy Director of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum), and Sarah Shoemaker (Director of University Archives & Special Collections, Brandeis University).

    Every day, dynamic and thought-provoking advances are being made in the information sciences, with active participation from NEA members. This is an exciting opportunity to share new and innovative research with a broad audience in a peer-reviewed journal. The first call for articles was announced on March 25, 2014. NEA Immediate Past President Alyssa Pacy notes that "partnering with Yale University Library on JCAS is exactly the kind of innovative programming that NEA seeks to offer to its members. We are thrilled to be involved with such an important project."
  • CFP: 61st Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America (RSA) (Berlin, 26-28 Mar 15)

    Berlin | Dates: 31 May, 2014
    Call for Papers RSA Conference (Berlin, 26-28 Mar 15)

    61st Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America (RSA), Berlin, March 26-28, 2015

    The past two decades have seen growing interest in early modern funerary monuments and the religious and socio-political contexts in which they emerged. Nevertheless, the monuments of the diverse and numerous members of the Habsburg dynasty — found all over modern-day Northern and Southern Europe — have not yet received the investigation they deserve. Brigitta Lauro’s 2007 catalogue “Die Grabstätten der Habsburger” lays the foundations for such research, but these monuments should be (re-)examined in greater depth, as key objects for both historians and art historians, to better understand the practices of commissioning funerary sculpture in general and their importance within early modern society. This panel therefore intends to investigate, from a broader view, early modern Habsburg funerary monuments, larger funerary chapels, their settings and the ephemeral aspects around their installation, such as funeral processions and temporary architectural structures. Areas to be addressed include temporality, materiality, memoria and fama, dynastic identity, framing and viewership, as well as whether or not these “objects of memory” can be understood as a cohesive group within the wider context of funerary monument production in early modern Europe.

    We are seeking papers addressing specific Habsburg funerary monuments or the development of these artworks more broadly after about 1500. 

    Please send a paper title, abstract (max. 150 words), a short biography (max. 300 words) and a full CV to Ivo Raband (ivo.raband@ikg.unibe.ch) and Léon Lock (leon.lock@asro.kuleuven.be). The submission deadline is
    31 May 2014.

  • Cocktails & Conversations: Massimiliano Fuksas, Gregg Pasquarelli, and Paul Goldberger

    New York | Dates: 16 May, 2014

    AIA CES 1 LU

    When: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM FRIDAY, MAY 16

    Where: At The Center   

    Join us for a conversation with architect Massimiliano Fuksas Hon. FAIA, Studio Fuksas, Gregg Pasquarelli, AIA, Principal, SHoP Architects, and Paul Goldberger, Hon. AIA

    How do you spend Friday evening? Do you join those who jam NYC’s cultural institutions or those crowds over populating film theaters? When it hosts a pair of NYC's most interesting and provocatively creative thinkers, the AIA Center for Architecture—one of NYC's premiere cultural institutions—can certainly lift your spirits. This series of dialogues about design joins an architect with a critic, journalist, curator or architectural historian to discuss current architecture design issues. Friday night is not “Friday Night” without the appropriate beverage. We’ll provide a custom-crafted cocktail—one inspired by the architect's work and created especially for this event. Join us in growing the tradition of Delight Night in New York's Weekend Cultural Scene—Blight Night it is not.

    Massimiliano Fuksas Hon. FAIA, Co-Founder Studio Fuksas
    Of Lithuanian descent, Massimiliano Fuksas was born in Rome in 1944. He graduated in Architecture from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 1969. Since the eighties he has been one of the main protagonists of the contemporary architectural scene. He has been Visiting Professor at a number of universities such as: Columbia University in New York, the École Spéciale d'Architecture in Paris, the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Wien, the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart. From 1998 to 2000 he directed the “VII Mostra Internazionale di Architettura di Venezia”: “Less Aesthetics, More Ethics”. Since 2000 he has been the author of the architecture column - founded by Bruno Zevi - in the Italian news magazine "L'Espresso".

    He is the recipient of several prizes and awards, including the "Medaglia della Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri" in 2012; the “Légion d’Honneur” given by the President of the French Republic in 2010, and the “Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de la République Française” in 2000. He won the “Grand Prix National d'Architecture Française“, in 1999 and the career prize "Vitruvio International a la Trayectoria", in 1998, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    He is a member of RIBA - Royal Institute of British Architects, London, UK -, AIA - American Institute of Architects, Washington D.C., USA -, the Académie d'Architecture, Paris, France, and the Accademia di San Luca, Italy.

    Gregg Pasquarelli, AIA, Principal, SHoP Architects
    Gregg Pasquarelli is a Founding Principal of SHoP Architects and SHoP Construction. Pasquarelli received his architecture degree from Columbia University and a Bachelors of Science from Villanova’s School of Business. He has taught at Yale, The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation Columbia University, the University of Virginia, and the University of Florida, and has lectured internationally.

    Paul Goldberger, who the Huffington Post has called “the leading figure in architecture criticism,” is now a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair. From 1997 through 2011 he served as the Architecture Critic for The New Yorker, where he wrote the magazine’s celebrated “Sky Line” column. He also holds the Joseph Urban Chair in Design and Architecture at The New School in New York City. He was formerly Dean of the Parsons school of design, a division of The New School. He began his career at The New York Times, where in 1984 his architecture criticism was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism, the highest award in journalism.

    He is the author of several books, most recently Why Architecture Matters, published in 2009 by Yale University Press; Building Up and Tearing DownReflections on the Age of Architecture, a collection of his architecture essays published in 2009 by Monacelli Press, and Christo and Jeanne-Claude, published in 2010 by Taschen. He is now at work on a full-length biography of the architect Frank Gehry, to be published by Alfred A. Knopf. In 2008 Monacelli published Beyond the Dunes: A Portrait of the Hamptons, which he produced in association with the photographer Jake Rajs. Goldberger’s chronicle of the process of rebuilding Ground Zero, entitled UP FROM ZERO: Politics, Architecture, and the Rebuilding of New York, which was published by Random House in the fall of 2004, and brought out in a new, updated paperback edition in 2005, was named one of The New York Times Notable Books for 2004. Goldberger has also writtenThe City Observed: New YorkThe SkyscraperOn the Rise: Architecture and Design in a Post-Modern AgeAbove New York, and The World Trade Center Remembered.

    Toby Cecchini
    Toby is a writer and bartender based in New York City. He has written on food, wine and spirits for GQ, Food and Wine, and The New York Times. His first book, Cosmopolitan: A Bartender's Life, was published in 2003. He is currently at work on his second book, a travelogue of spirits based on his travels for The New York Times' Living and travel magazines. He began bartending at the Odeon in 1987, where he is credited with creating the internationally recognized version of the Cosmopolitan cocktail in New York. He followed that with stints in several bars including Passersby, which he owned until 2008.

    Price: One drink included: $15 for AIA members; $20 for non-members

    Register Here

    Organized bycultureNOW and the AIANY Architecture Dialogue Committee

    This program is presented as a part of NYCxDESIGN 2014.

  • Architecture Under Attack: Destruction and Renewal in and after World War I

    London WC1H 0PD | Dates: 30 May, 2014
    A symposium exploring the spatial dimensions of siege, destruction, renewal and commemoration during and in the aftermath of the First World War. Organised by the Architecture, Space and Society Network, Birkbeck. Volker Welter, University of California Santa Barbara 'Open Order' - 'Open Plan': On a Possible Root of Modernist Architecture in the Battlefields of the Great War Leslie Topp, Birkbeck Utopia Under Siege: Habsburg Psychiatric Hospitals in World War I Roger Bowdler, English Heritage The Urge to Remember: English Commemorative Responses to the First World War Tim Skelton, Independent Scholar and author (with G. Gliddon), of Lutyens and the Great War (2009), The Cenotaph - Architectural Journalism or Something More? This event is free and all are welcome. For a booking link and more information on the ASSN: http://assnbbk.blogspot.co.uk/
  • CFP: Expanding the Modern Debate: Architects’ Writings in Latin America

    Dates: 12 May – 15 Jun, 2014

    Call for Papers for SAH-Sponsored Session of College Art Association 2015 Annual Conference
    New York, February 11-14
    Expanding the Modern Debate: Architects’ Writings in Latin America
    Deadline: June 15, 2014

    Manifestos, polemical tracts, architect’s books and theoretical essays have long been considered central artifacts in the study of twentieth-century architecture and design. As they were in multiple other contexts, writings of these and many other kinds were integral to the practice of architects and designers active in centers of architectural production in twentieth-century Latin America. The writings of some of the most canonical figures active in some of these contexts, like Lúcio Costa and Luis Barragán, only some of which have been translated into English, have begun to receive scholarly attention in recent years. However, the vast majority of architectural writings produced in conjunction with key episodes in architectural and urbanistic production in this vast and diverse region, many of which are fundamental components of the transnational histories of modern architecture, planning and design, still remain marginal to the purview of most studies.

    This session invites proposals that examine the multiple ways in which writings by architects, planners and designers based in Latin America participated in significant cultural, historical, and political transformations. Some of these texts, for instance, took center stage in fundamental social, political and economic debates that transcended the boundaries of these disciplinary realms in light of the profound interrelation between modernist architectural production and the practices of government in many Latin American contexts. In some cases, like those of Peru-born architect Fernando Belaúnde’s two periods of presidential rule (1963-1968 and 1980-1985), architects’ and planners’ direct participation in state apparatuses blurred the boundaries between technical expertise and political action. In other cases, like the many scenarios of countercultural and dissent operations where architects were centrally involved, architectural and design writings became central aspects of oppositional practices.

    Architectural writings are also closely interrelated with broader histories of Latin American avant-garde thought and practice. This, for instance, is the case of writings produced by figures like the Chilean-born painter Roberto Matta, trained as an architect, or the Uruguayan-born Joaquín Torres García, whose contributions are as highly significant to the development of twentieth-century painting and sculpture as they are to urban and architectural debates during the early decades of the twentieth century. Other figures like the German-born, and Caracas-based Gertrude Goldschmitt, or Gego, also trained as an architect, wrote compellingly about architectural and urban questions while crafting a sculptural practice that engaged architectural and urban space.

    This session invites proposals that examine architectural and design writings in similarly expansive ways and highlight the multiple histories to which they belong. It especially invites contributions that highlight the intellectual production of figures positioned in understudied areas of architectural production in the Americas and by underrepresented groups.

    Session chairs:

    Luis M. Castañeda
    Assistant Professor of Art History
    Department of Art and Music Histories
    Syracuse University 308 Bowne Hall
    Syracuse, NY 13244-1200
    email: lmcastan@syr.edu

    Patricio del Real
    Curatorial Assistant Department of Architecture & Design
    The Museum of Modern Art
    11 W. 53rd St. New York , NY 10019
    t. 212-708-9545 f. 212-708-9419
    email: patricio_delreal@moma.org

  • CFP: 5th Congress on Construction History (Chicago, 3-7 Jun 15)

    Chicago | Dates: 15 Jun, 2014

    CFP: 5th Congress on Construction History (Chicago, 3-7 Jun 15)

    Chicago, IL, USA, June 3 - 07, 2015

    Deadline: Jun 15, 2014

    We invite researchers and practitioners from all aspects of the history of construction to submit paper abstracts for the 5th International Congress on Construction History, to be held in Chicago and hosted by the Construction History Society of America June 3-7, 2015. The congress follows on successful interdisciplinary congresses held in Madrid (2003), Cambridge UK (2006), Cottbus (2009), and Paris (2012).

    Paper and Presentation Proposals: Papers will be published in the Congress proceedings and will be presented by the authors at the Congress. Each paper proposal must include:

    - a title,

    - authors’ names and institutional affiliations,

    - an abstract of 400 words,

    - key words (selected, if possible, from the list of topics and


    - a one-page curriculum vitae indicating contact information, status,

      laboratory affiliation if relevant, and publications or other

      relevant work for each author.

    Papers presented at the congress will be published in both electronic and paper versions. All papers and presentations must be in English.

    Please contact 5icch.chicago@gmail.com with any questions.

    Submission: Submit proposals to


    by June 15, 2014.

    Paper topics may include:

    - History and construction of specific projects

    - History of the building trades or specific builders

    - Organization of construction work

    - Wages and the economics of construction

    - The development of building codes and regulations

    - Trade unions and guilds

    - Structural analysis and the development of structural forms

    - Development of construction tools, cranes, scaffolding, etc

    - Building techniques in response to their environments

    - Building materials, their history, production and use

    - History of services (heating, lighting etc.) in buildings

    - The changing role of the professions in construction

    - Building archaeology

    - Computer simulation, experimentation and reconstruction

    - Use of construction history for dating of historic fabric

    - Recording, preservation and conservation

    - Construction in architectural writing

    - The role of construction history in education

    - The bibliography of construction history

    - The theory and practice of construction history

    Important Dates:

    Deadline for abstracts: June 15, 2014

    Abstract decision notification: August 15, 2014 Deadline for paper submission: February 1, 2015 Deadline for final papers: March 31, 2015

  • Preservation Month Fair in Salem!

    Salem | Dates: 29 May, 2014

    Celebrate National Historic Preservation Month with over 18 heritage organizations displaying historic military vehicles, artifacts, and engaging exhibits that tell Oregon’s story and highlight the contributions of individuals and organizations to local preservation projects.

    May is National Historic Preservation Month and for Oregon communities throughout the state it’s an opportunity to reflect on significant places, artifacts, and collections that help tell the stories of our past as well as to recognize contributions that individuals and organizations have made to local preservation projects.

    On Thursday, May 29th, Heritage Programs, a division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, will host the 6th Annual Preservation Month Fair at the State Capitol State Park in Salem. Community organizations from around the area and several state agencies will provide information about their efforts to help preserve Oregon’s history.

    Admission is free. The event will be held from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on the grounds of the State Capitol on the north side of Court Street, opposite the Capitol building.

    Eighteen participating organizations will highlight the history of their institutions and their local and statewide work to preserve important sites related to Oregon’s historic events, persons, and places.

    Participating exhibitors include the Salem Landmarks Commission, Historic Deepwood Estate, Bush House Museum, Salem Pioneer Cemetery, Oregon Military Museum and Historical Outreach Foundation, Daughters of the American Revolution, Oregon State Parks with friends groups from Silver Falls and Champoeg State Parks, Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon State Capitol Foundation, Oregon State Archives, Oregon State Library, Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Council, and Oregon Historic Cemetery and National Register of Historic Places programs. On display a World War II M3A1 Stuart Light Tank and a Korean War Jeep.

  • Against Gravity: Building Practices in the Pre-Industrial World

    Philadelphia | Dates: 11 May – 15 Nov, 2014
    20-22 March 2015 University of Pennsylvania Call for Papers Following on the success of "Masons at Work" (held in spring 2012, and published as http://www.sas.upenn.edu/ancient/publications.html), the symposium aims to assemble specialists to examine building practices in the pre-industrial world, with an emphasis on Greek, Roman, Byzantine, medieval, and pre-modern Islamic architecture. In addition to invited speakers, we are soliciting 20-minute papers that examine the problems which pre-modern masons commonly encountered - and the solutions they developed - in the process of design and construction. Evidence may be drawn from a variety of sources, but we encourage studies based on the analysis of well-preserved buildings. Those wishing to speak should submit by email a letter to the organizing committee, including name, title, institutional affiliation, paper title, plus a summary of 200 words or fewer. Graduate students should include a note of support from their adviser. Deadline: 15 November 2014. The final program will be announced immediately thereafter. Submit proposals to ancient@sas.upenn.edu with "Against Gravity" in the subject line.
  • CityVision Spring 2014 Final Presentation

    Washington | Dates: 16 May, 2014

    During the spring 2014 CityVision semester, students from Cesar Chavez Parkside Middle School and Stuart-Hobson Middle School explored the city and learned about urban design. In collaboration with design professionals from the D.C. metro area, students learned about how to reuse existing structures and adapt them to new purposes. Students will present their plans for developing the Franklin School, the Uline Arena, and the Old Post Office.

    CityVision teaches students that they can change the world around them and enact positive change through good design. As students explore neighborhoods, brainstorm solutions, and accomplish projects together, they learn the importance of teamwork, creative problem solving, and advocacy skills.

    For more information, please contact Teen Programs at teenprograms@nbm.org or 202.272.2448.

    CityVision is generously supported by The William Randolph Hearst Foundation; the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts; and the MARPAT Foundation, Inc. Additional support for teen outreach programs is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Hattie M. Strong Foundation, Clark Charitable Foundation, McGraw Hill Financial, The Butz Foundation, The Tower Companies, and an anonymous donor. Geppetto Catering, Inc. is the official Meal Provider for Teen Programs at the National Building Museum.

    Date: Friday, May 16, 2014 
    Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM 
    401 F Street NW
    Great Hall
    Washington, DC 20001 
    United States

  • Spotlight on Design: SHoP Architects

    Washington | Dates: 04 Jun, 2014

    Over the past two decades, New York-based SHoP Architects has set the standard of creative innovation in the field and modeled a new way forward with its unconventional approach to design.Coren SharplesAIA, presents the firm's recent work, which includes Brooklyn's new Barclays Center arena and the Botswana Innovation Hub in Gabarone. Signed copies of the firm’s latest monograph SHoP: Out of Practice (Monacelli, 2012), will be available for sale in the Museum’s Shop.   

    1.5 LU HSW (AIA)

    $12 Members; $12 Students; $20 Non-members. Prepaid 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.

    Photo: 111 West 57th Street, New York City. Rendering courtesy SHoP Architects.

    Date: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 
    Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

  • CFP: 2014 Creating_Making Forum

    Norman | Dates: 30 May, 2014

    The University of Oklahoma College of Architecture invites paper proposals for its 2014 Creating_Making Forum, which will be held in Norman, Okla. Nov. 5-7, 2014.  Abstracts are due May 30. To engender a broad range of discussions, we encourage paper proposals from graduate and undergraduate students, professionals at all stages within their careers, and scholars from a variety of disciplines.  Papers may address contemporary or historical issues of creating and making within the realms of architecture, interior design, construction science, city and regional planning, landscape architecture, industrial design, engineering, and other creative disciplines such as fine arts that have impact on our everyday lives.


    Notification of abstract acceptance will be emailed on July 11.  Accepted papers must be submitted in full to the session chairs by Sept. 12.  Presenters must deliver their papers in person at the conference to be published in the digital conference proceedings. Additionally, presentation of your paper at the conference ensures that it will be considered for inclusion in the University of Oklahoma College of Architecture’s forthcoming peer-reviewed publication.

    All presenters must pre-register for the conference by Oct. 10.  Those who have not registered will have their papers withdrawn.  Conference registration will remain open for non-presenters through the opening of the conference.

    Click here to download the call for papers!

  • Call for Proposals, VRA 33 Denver 2015

    Denver | Dates: 14 May – 03 Jul, 2014

    The Visual Resources Association’s 33rd Annual Conference will be held in Denver, Colorado, from Wednesday, March 11th, through Saturday, March 14th, 2015, in the Westin Denver Downtown hotel.  Please mark your calendars.

    Proposals are now being solicited for the 2015 program case studies, papers, posters, sessions, special interest/user groups, and workshops.  All proposals are welcome.  Click here to go to the conference proposal form.   

    • A session is a maximum 90 minute moderated session with 3 to 4 speakers at 15 to 20 minutes each followed by a facilitated brief question and answer period.
    • A workshop is a 2, 3 or 4 hour workshop to develop skills and experience in the field of visual resources, preferably with hands-on activities.
    • A paper is an individual idea submission, which will be reviewed for possible grouping into a session.
    • A special interest/user group is a 60 to 90-minute informal facilitated group discussion on topics related to a specific community within VRA.
    • A case study is detailed information about an individual, small group, or project, generally including the accounts of subjects themselves.  Moderators are encouraged to submit proposals.  Individual case study proposals will be reviewed for possible groupings similar to the session format.

    The quality of conference content depends upon YOUR ideas and contributions, so let those creative juices flow.   Use suggested topics compiled from post-conference survey responses (see below) or your imagination to propose ideas which expand our outlooks beyond that which is familiar.  If there is an area of concern or interest that you feel has not been adequately addressed in previous programs, do consider participating in this process by submitting a proposal.  Moderators may put out calls for presenters within a proposed topic before or after submission of proposal.  The VRA Executive Board will be looking for articulate and concise submissions with lists of presenters, when applicable.  Specificity regarding audio-visual needs including live internet connectivity is recommended.

    Some suggested topics:

    • Digital preservation
      • Digital stewardship
      • Digital curation / data curation
      • Workflow management and documentation
      • Visualization
      • Visual Literacy
      • Digital Humanities
        • VR professionals as bridges for digital humanities research
    • Digital mapping
    • Image use across disciplines and the curriculum
    • Analog media
    • Legacy slide collections
    • New technology
    • Copyright
    • Linked Open Data
    • Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH)
    • Museums and Libraries: similarities and differences
    • New spaces, repurposing as collaborative learning environments
    • Expanding professional roles
    • Alternative careers
    • Institution-wide involvement
    • International issues
    • Museum imaging workflow
    • Marketing, outreach
    • Social media
    • Crosswalking & interoperability between metadata standards
    • Uses of embedded metadata

    Workshop ideas:

    • Project management
    • WordPress blogging
    • Leadership
    • Staff development, general management skills
    • Copyright permissions for publishing
    • Shared Shelf drop-in clinic

    Questions about the proposal process and the various presentation formats included in the VRA Conference program can be directed to me at <stevenk.vra@gmail.com>.

    The proposal deadline is July 3, 2014.  I look forward to hearing from you!


    Steven Kowalik

  • Second Call for Papers: VRAlocal Mini-Conference: Nashville 2014 on October 16-17

    Nashville | Dates: 15 May, 2014

    We would like to extend an invitation to submit proposals for papers focused on Visual Resources and the Digital Humanities.  Possible topics or workshops could include: Workflow, Special Projects, GIS, Cross-Discipline Collaboration, Case-Study in Digital Humanities, and  New Technology. All proposals must be 250 words or less and submitted by May 15, 2014.  Presenters will be notified of their selection by June 3, 2014.

    Submit paper proposals at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/137MeAHuRN9vokYxeHHSPUHZ-M_S2lg_-y3VHI6_J_SA/viewform

    With Nashville, Tennessee being on the border of four VRA chapters (Great Lakes, Midwest, Southeast, and Mid-Atlantic), Vanderbilt University’s History of Art Department would like to extend an invitation to all of our neighboring chapters to the fall VRAlocal Mini-Conference: Nashville 2014 on October 16-17 on the beautiful campus of Vanderbilt University.  With the success of the CaVraCon format in the west, this conference provides a less expensive way to meet with other curators that are close, exchange ideas, build collaborations, and enjoy the south in the fall.  The theme for the conference will be the Visual Resources and the Digital Humanities.

    Conference Location: 

    Cohen Memorial Hall on Vanderbilt University

    1220 21st Ave South

    Nashville, TN 37212

    Other important tidbits


    Holiday Inn Vanderbilt

    Room Rate (includes free parking, wifi, and shuttle to Vanderbilt): $134/night for King or Standard Double using the group Visual Resources Association.

    Holiday Inn Vanderbilt is the accommodations for a trip to Vanderbilt.  Not only is it in close walking proximity to a number of dining choices, it is a close walk or shuttle ride to the conference  location and directly across the street from the Nashville Parthenon (yes, Nashville has a scale replica of the Parthenon including Athena herself). During the fall, temperatures will be in the mid to low 70’s and the trees across Vanderbilts campus, a national arboretum, will be showing their colors.

    Conference Fee: 

    Early bird, online registration from April 15, 2014 – June 30, 2014: $25.00

    Full, online registration from July 1, 2014 – September 30, 2014: $35.00

    Conference Website: https://my.vanderbilt.edu/vralocal2014/

    Registration: http://www.eventzilla.net/web/event?eventid=2139014448

    Thank you very much and hope to see many of you this fall in Music City!

  • Tour of Barry Byrne’s St. Thomas the Apostle Church

    Chicago | Dates: 12 Jul, 2014

    Join the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust for a tour of St. Thomas the Apostle church, designed in 1922 by Wright’s former employee Barry Byrne. Byrne joined Wright’s Studio as an untrained novice in 1902. His first experience with ecclesiastical architecture was Wright’s Unity Temple, designed at the Oak Park Studio in 1905.

    Byrne’s St. Thomas the Apostle church is widely recognized as the first modern Catholic church. The building represents a radical departure from traditional Catholic church architecture. In place of the cruciform plan, Byrne implemented a wide, open, column-free plan that brought the congregation closer to the center of the ceremony. Sculptural ornamentation of Alfonso Iannelli, bronze relief panels by Alfeo Faggi, and stained glass by Valentine d'Ogries, contribute to the church’s modern aesthetic.

    Byrne’s vision for the church was never fully realized. As the building neared completion in 1923, a dispute with the pastor resulted in his and Iannelli's removal from the project. A new architect was hired and Byrne’s designs reworked. Despite these compromises, St. Thomas the Apostle stands today as a powerful work of modern architecture.

    Date: Saturday, July 12, 2014

    Time: 11 am – 12 noon

    Location: St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 5472 S. Kimbark Ave, Chicago, IL 60615

    Admission: Free to members and volunteers; $10 general public

  • Guastavino Vaults New York: Innovation, Structure, and Splendor

    New York | Dates: 02 Jun, 2014

    Join MIT professor John Ochsendorf for a book signing and talk about the work of the Guastavino Fireproof Construction Company. When the Guastavinos arrived in New York from Spain in the late 19th century, they brought with them an innovative building technique—thin tile structural vaulting—that was lightweight, loadbearing, and incredibly beautiful. These vaults grace some 250 structures in New York City. A MacArthur “genius awardee," Ochsensdorf is the author of Guastavino Vaulting: The Art of Structural Tile (Princeton Architectural Press, 2010).

    Co-sponsored by the AIA New York Chapter and the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York.

    $15 for Museum members; $25 general public.

    For more information, or to order tickets by phone, please call 917.492.3395.

  • Social Housing in Spain

    New York | Dates: 29 May, 2014

    AIA CES 1.5 LU
    When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM THURSDAY, MAY 29
    Where: At The Center   

    This event is intended to be the first of a series of international programs by the AIANY Housing Committee, highlighting exemplary housing design around the world.

    The first decade of the XXI century has been a landmark of quality and diversity in social housing in Spain.

    During those years, Spain built more collective housing than the production of England, France & Germany combined. Approximately 4 million of units were built between 2000 and 2008. The municipal housing companies promoted, by means of open design competitions, a large number of significant works that championed research to new ways of living, hybrid typologies, construction systems linked to prefabrication and industrialization methods, and towards finding new explorations of shared space for new communities. The right to housing is guaranteed by the Spanish Constitution. Publicly protected housing in Spain represents a peculiarity compared to social housing models in other EU countries, in that it is housing provided almost entirely for owner-occupation.

    For the first program of the series, we have invited three leading architects from Spain who are currently teaching in the tri-state area. The panelists will present and comment upon innovative projects that follow the country’s strong social commitment to housing.

    From 6:00-6:30 PM

    Lance Jay Brown, 2014 AIANY President 
    Rick Bell, Executive Director, AIANY Chapter
    Consulate of Spain in NYC
    Fernando Villa, AIA, LEED AP BD+C , Co-chair AIANY Housing Committee

    ModeratorDavid Burney, FAIA
    David Burney is Associate Professor of Planning and Placemaking at the Pratt Institute School of Architecture and the Chair of the Center for Active Design. 
    Burney was Commissioner of the New York City Department of Design and Construction (“DDC”) from 2004 to 2014, where he launched a City-wide “Design and Construction Excellence Initiative” with the goal of raising the quality of design and construction of public works throughout New York City.

    Carmen Espegel (espegel- fisac arquitectos) www.espegel-fisac.org
    Carmen Espegel is Doctor Architect and Full Professor at the Design Department of the School of Architecture, Polytechnic University of Madrid and has lectured in Italy, USA, Belgium, Holland, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina and Portugal. She has written several books and numerous articles. Espegel leads the Research Group "Collective Housing" (GIVCO), directs and teaches the Projects Design Module “Housing Projects” at the Master of Collective Housing (MCH), imparts Doctoral Dissertations on Housing in the School of Architecture of Porto, and lectures Master Courses at the Master Housing (MH) in the University Roma Tre.

    Iñaqui Carnicero www.inaquicarnicero.com
    Active in both the academic field and a professional practice, Iñaqui Carnicero has been an Associate Professor of design at the School of Architecture, Polytechnic University of Madrid since 2000 and currently he is a Visiting Assistant Professor at School of Architecture, Cornell University. Carnicero is Co-founder of the architecture platform “Symmetries,” which compares Roman and contemporary procedures.

    Maria Hurtado de Mendoza, Co-founder (estudio entresitio) www.entresitio.com
    Architect and educator, Hurtado de Mendoza is Co-founder of estudio.entresitio,an international, award-winning practice with offices in Madrid and New York. She is an Associate Professor in the College of Architecture and Design at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Faculty member of the School of Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Madrid (ETSAM) for 15 years, she has also been visiting critic at the School of Architecture, Cornell University.

    6:00PM - 6:30 PM with musical performance by the group:
     courtesy from the Consulate of Spain NYC

    Organized by: AIANY Housing Committee

    Co-Sponsored by:

    Price: Free for AIA members; $10 for non-members

    Register Here

  • SAH MDR Call for Papers 2014 REMINDER

    Seattle | Dates: 31 May, 2014

    Planning for the 2014 conference is now underway! It will be the 60th anniversary of the founding of our chapter and we are putting together a conference worthy of the milestone. The conference will be held in Seattle, October 3-5, 2014. This year's theme is "Museums: Building Collections, Building Community."

    The Call for Papers for the 2014 conference is now available. Please consider submitting a proposal for a paper presentation. Deadline is May 31, 2014.

  • The Griffins' Canberra: The Ambition and Reach of Chicago Progressive Architecture

    Chicago | Dates: 05 Jun, 2014

    David Van Zanten, Mary Jane Crowe Professor in Art and Art History, Northwestern University

    In square miles (and there were many in this case), the largest production of Wright and his Studio before the First World War was the entire capital city of Australia, Canberra, won in competition and laid out by Wright's two former Studio assistants, Walter Burley and Marion Mahony Griffin in 1912-1914.  

    Their first task after Walter's being named Supervising Architect [of the Australian capital] was to manage a competition for the design of the new Parliament Building, which sent them around Europe in March, 1914, put them in contact with leading modernist designers, among them Otto Wagner, Tony Garnier and the Paris city architect Louis Bonnier.  Two 1914 exhibitions of their work in Europe resulted: one of their Canberra competition designs at the Exposition Internationale Urbaine in Lyon, the other of Marion's famous colored silk renderings of Walter's house designs at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. (The outbreak of the War prevented that exhibition going on to Vienna as had been planned.)

    Far away Canberra has only recently come to be written into the history of Prairie architecture, but remains an important project folding Wright's innovations into Burnham's urbanistic theatrics. The lecture will explore this remarkable, exotic story.

    David Van Zanten (Ph.D. 1970, Harvard) has contributed to the exhibition catalogues The Architecture of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts (1975) and The Second Empire (1979-1980). His Designing Paris: The Architecture of Duban, Labrouste, Duc, and Vaudoyer won the 1988 Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award from the Society of Architectural Historians. He extended this work in Building Paris: Architectural Institutions and the Transformation of the French Capital, 1830-1870 (Cambridge University Press, 1994). His book Sullivan's City: The Meaning of Ornament for Louis Sullivan was published by W. W. Norton in 2000. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2001-02 to study the development of Paris, London, Vienna and Hamburg. Recently he held appointments at the Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art (2006) at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (2008), both in Paris.  He helped mount the 2013 exhibition "Drawing the Future" pivoting on the Canberra project at the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University and edited and contributed to the catalog.

    June 5, 2014

    Thursday, June 5, 2014


    12 noon


    Gratz Center, 4th Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611


    Free to members and volunteers; $10 general public

  • Influences on Frank Lloyd Wright: Blanche Ostertag and Marion Mahony

    Oak Park | Dates: 08 May, 2014

    Wilbert R. Hasbrouck, FAIA

    Frank Lloyd Wright was the acknowledged leader of the development of the Prairie School of Architecture. However, a school of architecture demands more than a single practitioner, and several of Wright’s contemporaries also were active in establishing the new design aesthetic. None of them, including Wright, worked without the assistance of unsung draftsmen and designers, some of whom were women. An exception is Marion Mahony, who enjoyed recognition in her lifetime and beyond, particularly for her presentation work with Wright. But Blanche Ostertag, a designer who had considerable influence on Mahony, remains elusive. Ostertag, who worked in Wright’s office during the last year or so of the nineteenth century, deserves credit for defining the drawing techniques used in the architectural presentations that had a major impact on the development of the Prairie School.

    Wilbert R. Hasbrouck, FAIA, is a retired architect/engineer who studied architectural history at the University of Chicago. From 1964 to 1978 he was editor and publisher of the Prairie School Review, and he has published widely on architecture. Hasbrouck is a founding member of the Chicago Architecture Foundation and a former board member of the Society of Architectural Historians. 

    May 8, 2014

    Thursday, May 8, 2014


    6:30 pm – 7:30 pm


    Unity Temple, 875 Lake St, Oak Park, IL 60301


    Free to members and volunteers; $10 general public