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  • PhD Bursaries in Architecture/ Architectural Theory at the School of Art, Architecture and Design, Leeds Beckett University UK

    Leeds LS2 9EN | Dates: 05 – 14 Jul, 2014
    TWO Doctoral Bursaries in Architecture/ Architectural Theory at the School of Art, Architecture and Design, The Faculty of Arts, Environment and Technology, Leeds Beckett University United Kingdom

    The Faculty of Arts, Environment and Technology is currently offering TWO UK/EU fees only PhD bursaries in Architecture, at the School of Art, Architecture and Design, for entry in October 2014. The Faculty offers a unique environment for integrating research across a range of areas covering culture, creativity, design, sustainability and digital domains. This environment provides opportunities for developing exciting multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary research projects.

    The School of Art, Architecture and Design is interested in receiving applications in the field of architectural research addressing the relationship between architecture theory and the design process in the urban environment, and the influence on the specifically architectural of other spatial and critical practices. In particular, we welcome research proposals that aim to explore the state of theory in architecture, through critical reconsiderations and current practices.

    The closing date for bursary applications is midnight on Monday July 14th 2014.

    To apply: http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/research/aet-bursaries.htm
    PhD in Architecture information: http://cagd.leedsmet.ac.uk/public/architecture/phd/

    For further information and to discuss the research bursary scheme contact: Dr Rebekka Kill, Head of the School, Art, Architecture and Design at R.Kill@leedsmet.ac.uk and/or Prof Teresa Stoppani, Head of the Leeds School of Architecture at t.stoppani@leedsmet.ac.uk
  • CFP: Playthings in Early Modernity: Party Games, Word Games, Mind Games (edited collection)

    Dates: 03 Jul – 15 Sep, 2014
    Contributions are sought for an interdisciplinary collection of essays to be edited by Allison Levy and published by Ashgate Publishing Co. in the new book series, Cultures of Play, 1300-1700 (see http://www.ashgate.com/default.aspx?page=5166; series editor Bret Rothstein).

    Dedicated to early modern playfulness, this series serves two purposes. First, it recounts the history of wit, humor, and games, from jokes and sermons, for instance, to backgammon and blind man’s buff. Second, in addressing its topic – ludic culture – broadly, Cultures of Play also provides a forum for reconceptualizing the play elements of early modern economic, political, religious, and social life.
  • 2014-2015 VRA Foundation Professional Development Grant: Call for Applications

    Dates: 02 – 23 Jul, 2014

    The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for two VRAF Professional Development Grants, one to support the advancement of an emerging professional and the other to support the work of an established career professional.  These grants can be used to support conference attendance, enrollment in a workshop, or participation in research activities.  More information, including the application form, is included below. For consideration, please submit your application by Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 11:59 Pacific Time. If you have any questions about the VRAF Professional Development Grant or the application process, please contact Linda Callahan, lcallaha@mtholyoke.edu. The recipients of the VRAF Professional Development grants will be announced by Wednesday, September 10, 2014.

    Award Amount: Each of the two 2014-2015 awards will provide a grant of $850. The grant is for use between September 10, 2014 and September 9, 2015.

    Eligibility:  Applicants should be in the field of visual resources and image management, and may include retirees, the currently unemployed, or students seeking educational and training opportunities in support of broad access to cultural information.  Membership in the Visual Resources Association is not required.  Statements of financial need will be strongly considered.

    Acceptable Uses of Award Money:

    • Transportation costs to and from the event venue
    • Registration fees or tuition
    • Required course materials (e.g., work books, DVDs)
    • Lodging
    • Meals - including meals in transit to and from the educational event
    • Research expenses
      (Grant monies may not be used to cover indirect costs at institutions.)

    Application Deadline and Decision Announcement:
    Applications for the 2014-2015 are due Wednesday, July 23, 2014.
    The award decisions will be publically announced on Wednesday, September 10, 2014.

    Guidelines and Application Form: http://vrafoundation.org.s119319.gridserver.com/index.php/grants/professional_development_grant/

    Application Form:

  • Machiya - The Delicate Townhouses of Kyoto

    Honolulu | Dates: 15 Jul, 2014
    Machiya townhouses are found mainly in central Kyoto, the old capital of Japan. This very visual lecture will cover a variety of different types of Machiya as well as provide an overview of the unique architectural features specific to these charming homes. This type of house also provided insight as to the lifestyle of Kyotoites from the past to the present.  

    These houses were and sometimes still are a combination of residence and business spaces for the merchants of Kyoto and amongst some of the charming characteristics and features unique to them, includes stunning indoor gardens and private client rooms to entertain guests. Machiya display thousands of years of Japanese craftsmanship but are slowly disappearing in favor of modernization.  

    Presenter: Pauline Chakmakjian, Japan-America Society of Hawaii
    Ms. Pauline Chakmakjian will give a discussion on Machiya - the delicate townhouses of Kyoto. She is a Trustee of the Japan Society of the UK and a Governor of the English-Speaking Union and she has previously lived in a Machiya in Kyoto. 

    AIA/CES: AIA Honolulu will register credits for this event.

    Cost: $10 for members and $20 for non-members. Bring your own lunch.

    Online registration:  Stay tuned for more information and online registration.

  • Stories from an Architect: Brian Szymanik, AIA, LEED AP

    Philadelphia | Dates: 14 Jul, 2014

    The AIA Philadelphia Associate Committee welcomes BrianSzymanik AIA, LEED AP to share his career, work, and advice for emerging architecture professionals.  Brian is a 2013 AIAPhiladelphia Young Architect Award winner and principal of MAKE. llc.  

    Brian Szymanik is a practicing architect and educator based in Philadelphia. He holds a Master of Architecture from the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University.

    Brian's work has been published in numerous venues including The ARCC (Architectural Research Centers Consortium) Journal, AIArchitect, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and CBS Philly Evening News. He has served on the faculties of the Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia University, and Marywood University where he was the School of Architecture's first Assistant Professor of Practice. Brian has worked withAIA National to help prepare the organization for the NAAB's Accreditation Review Conference and is a visiting team member representing the AIA on NAAB Accreditation Visits.

    Brian is currently a principal at MAKE., a full-service architecture, design, planning, and fabrication firm in Northern Liberties that seeks to equally engage the practical, theoretical, material, and experiential realms of the field of architecture. 

  • Traffic Advisory, The Future of Transportation: A practical approach

    Boston | Dates: 17 Jul, 2014

    Gabe Klein (http://gabeklein.com/bio), former Transportation Commissioner for Chicago and former Transportation Director for Washington, DC, will speak about how American cities can plan for the future of urban transportation. Pulling from his experiences in both cities and the private sector, he will examine new mobility ideas and concepts as well as discussing how he's engaged key stakeholder groups to accomplish large scale change in complex environments.  Klein's talk will also highlight several real life examples that demonstrate how DC and Chicago achieved these changes from conception to completion.

    The Traffic Advisory speaker series is part of Overhaul: The 2013-2014 Transportation Series, sponsored by the Barr Foundation and organized by the Boston Society of Architects and the Boston Foundation for Architecture, is bringing together leaders from across North America and Europe to talk to us about the role that 21st century transportation can and should play in adapting to a new period of transformative change. 

    To attend this lecture RSVP to rsvp@architects.org with "Traffic 7/17" in the subject line.

    1.5 LU

  • Conversations on Architecture: “Beyond the Building”

    Boston | Dates: 08 Jul, 2014

    July 8: “Beyond the Building”
    With Michael Murphy, MASS Design Group

    In the five years since it was founded, MASS Design Group has learned that a building is much more than the sum of its parts; a building is a vehicle for social change, fostering dignity, the fulfillment of purpose, and the provision of opportunity. The firm also knows the immense value of the building process and the unique opportunity it provides for training and research. Buildings must be supportive of the human networks and infrastructure systems they complement. As its reach has expanded to three continents, MASS understands that to truly deliver a good building, you must also go “beyond the building.” Join MASS Design Group as they discuss what that really means.

  • Viral Voices III: Globalization

    New York | Dates: 14 Jul, 2014

    The AIANY Global Dialogues Committee has dedicated this year to “(dis)Covered Identities.” The theme aims to explore ways by which cultures, cities, and voices define or refine their identities through a global exchange of ideas and conversations covering multiple topics, perspectives and trends of our time. Viral Voices will specifically explore the impact that social media, technology and device culture are having on our design process, and ultimately the way we practice. How do we shape a global conversation?

    Greg Lindsay, contributing writer for Fast Company and co-author of Aerotropolis, and David Basulto with David Assael of ArchDaily will come together for a lecture discussing the relationships between social media and the profession. Following the lecture, Robyn Peterson from Mashable, Jaime Derringer from Design Milk, Diana Jou from the Wall Street Journal, Rafi Segal from MIT Architecture / Architect/Blogger, Mark Collins from The Morpholio Project /the GSAPP CloudLab, and Kyle May from Clog will join the speakers for a panel discussion.

    1.5 LUs

    http://aianyglobaldialogues.blogspot.com/ for further information

  • West Side Story: The Evolution of Lincoln Center

    New York | Dates: 19 Jul, 2014

    AIA CES: 1.5 LU | 1.5 HSW

    When: 10:00 AM - 11:30 PM SATURDAY, JULY 19

    Where: AIANY Tours   

    Discover the evolution of this pioneering cultural complex of the mid-20th Century. Explore its origins as a Robert Moses urban renewal project announced in 1956, through its design and construction by some of our most iconic Modern architects in the turbulent 60s, to its reimagining by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in this past decade for the New York of the 21st Century.

    Guide: John Kriskiewicz, Assoc. AIA

    Meet at the fountain in the plaza of Lincoln Center at 9:45 AM. The tour will begin promptly at 10:00 AM, rain or shine.

    $10 for Members
    $20 for Non-Members
    Please Purchase a ticket HERE
    Tour is Limited to 20 (waiting list available)

    Organized by: AIANY Architecture Tour Committee

    Walk ups cannot be guaranteed a spot on tours – please use the sign up link above for waitlist if the tour is sold out

    AIANY Chapter and the AIANY Architecture Tour Committee and its tour guides will not be held liable and assume no responsibility for any injury or loss incurred by participants in these programs.

    This program is related to the exhibition Open to the Public: Civic Space Now, on view from June 12 through September 6, 2014. 

  • AIA|LA Tour: The Elysian, An Architectural Gem is Born

    Los Angeles | Dates: 15 Jul, 2014
    When: Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
    Where: The Elysian,
    1115 W. Sunset Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90012

    Guided tour by David Lawrence Gray Architects & LINEAR CITY DEVELOPMENT, LLC


    Originally conceived as the headquarters of the Metropolitan Water District, The Elysian was designed by internationally acclaimed architect William Pereira, whose other noteworthy projects include the TransAmerica Building in San Francisco, the County Museum of Art and CBS Studio Center in Los Angeles, and the Library at the University of California in San Diego. One of only three architects to be featured on the cover of Time Magazine (along with Frank Lloyd Wright and I.M. Pei), Pereira is internationally acknowledged as a pioneer of Mid-century Modernism.

    The MWD complex was originally designed by Pereira in 1961. The low rise component was completed in 1963 and the eight story tower that has now been transformed into 96 remarkable residential units, was erected in 1973. Perched on a hill overlooking Sunset Blvd, the iconic tower is strategically located between Chinatown and Echo Park with easy access to both the 101 and 110 Freeways.

    THE REBIRTH: 2014

    Since 1993, after the MWD’s move, the tower stood vacant for nearly 20 years. Under new ownership by Linear City Development in 2011, they began to repurpose Pereira’s landmark building. David Lawrence Gray was hired as the project architect. MWD General Counsel, John Clairday, was able to provide the design team with the original plans and construction details. The Elysian is a remarkable achievement. Linear City is proud to have engineered the rebirth of one of the most significant mid-century buildings in Southern California, an iconic structure that will quickly become home to a diverse and sophisticated community of very fortunate residents.

    More information: http://theelysian.la/the-elysian/

  • AIA|LA Breakfast with the Architect Tour: Koning Eizenberg's "The Sobieski House"

    South Pasadena | Dates: 13 Jul, 2014
    When: Sunday, July 13, 2014 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    Where: South Pasadena, CA
    Who: Koning Eizenberg w/Julie Eizenberg, AIA & Hank Koning, FAIA

    Our second "Breakfast with the Architect" tour takes us to South Pasadena with an AIA|LA Design Award winning project, Sobieski House.

    A family of four pictured a sustainable indoor/outdoor lifestyle that capitalizes on the potential of their large 25,900 sf flag lot in South Pasadena; existing features include an encircling 16' high hedge, a recently remodeled studio/garage (by other architect), mature shade trees, orchard, pool and a large house that didn't prove to be worth saving. A poolhouse was built first to accommodate the family while the new 3,700 sq ft house was built. 

    The compound of interconnected indoor and outdoor rooms is a study in informality, employing modest materials and anticipating changes in use and ongoing improvisation by the family over time. Low wood-clad bars (with roof gardens above) house storage, utilities and bathrooms while the high-ceilinged white boxes enclose living/sleeping spaces. All living/sleeping spaces spill to the outside relying on exterior circulation through outdoor rooms to get from one indoor space to the next. The idea was not to blur the distinction from indoor to outdoor with big walls of glass (a la mid-century modern) but to intensify the quality of each by relying on smaller framed views and daily circulation between. The constant inside to outside traffic required an alternate approach to air-conditioning to responsibly provide indoor comfort over the extended hot summer months. Cooling is achieved by a combination of passive strategies including orientation, passive shading and cross ventilation, as well as fan-assisted earth tubes.

    For more information and an image gallery, please visit the Koning Eizenberg website.
  • Shifting Behavior

    New York | Dates: 16 Jul, 2014

    AIA CES: 1.5 LU | 1.5 HSW

    When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM WEDNESDAY, JULY 16

    Where: At The Center   

    Buildings are dynamic systems with complex interdependencies between building design, climate conditions, building operation, and user behavior. Design and technological solutions alone are not sufficient to reach the energy and comfort goals set at the inception of a project. Some estimates suggest that the impact of occupant behavior can influence energy use by as much as 30% to 50%. Is it possible to positively influence occupant behavior through design? What has worked and what hasn’t in our efforts to change occupant behavior? Is this even something architects can hope to achieve? By using collaborative tools such as integrative design, are we able to make headway in this realm? Pratik Raval will speak about parameters affecting occupant comfort and their implications for building design. John Petersen will focus on ways to engage and educate building occupants in order to bring about positive change in building energy consumption and occupant experience.

    Long term stability and resilience are key aspects that guide the way we design new communities today. What have we learnt about the psychological impact on victims of natural calamities like Sandy? How can we use these findings to design more resilient communities? Our third expert, John McIlwain will address occupant behavior from housing and planning perspectives.

    John McIlwain, Senior Resident Fellow, Urban Land Institute
    Pratik Raval
    , Project Leader, Transsolar
    John Petersen, Program Chair, Oberlin College

    Jenny Carney, Principal, YR&G

    John K. McIlwain
    John K. McIlwain is the Senior Resident Fellow/J. Ronald Terwilliger Chair for Housing at the Urban Land Institute (ULI) in Washington, D.C. An author, speaker, and former lawyer, McIlwain brings more than 35 years of experience in the fields of housing, housing investment, and the development of sustainable urban environments. As the Senior Resident Fellow for Housing, McIlwain is responsible for leading ULI’s research efforts to seek and promote affordable housing solutions in the United States and other nations, including development and housing patterns designed to create sustainable future environments for urban areas. Also, he is the author of Housing in America: The Next Decade and Housing in America: The Boomers Turn 65.

    Pratik Raval
    Pratik Raval helps lead Transsolar New York team and spearheads high-comfort low-environmental impact design for a diverse range of projects. His focus on human-centric solutions and appreciation for architectural vision generate synergies between engineered concepts and experiential qualities that enhance overall architecture design. Many of his projects feature first ever low-energy solutions in modern architecture and are celebrated for their architecturally integrated sustainable designs. Raval frequently speaks at international conferences, has lectured at universities including University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University, and is an advisory board member of the New York City College of Technology’s Department of Architectural Technology.

    John Petersen 
    John Petersen is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Program Chair at Oberlin College. A systems ecologist by training, Petersen's research focuses on understanding flows of energy, cycles of materia,l and feedback control mechanisms operating in environmental and social systems. He has been instrumental in developing real-time feedback display technologies for cities, organizations and individual buildings with the goal of engaging, educating, motivating, and empowering community members to conserve resources and develop pro-environmental attitudes. With support from the U.S. and Ohio EPA, the Great Lakes Protection Fund, and others, he and his colleagues are developing “Environmental Dashboard” as a technology and approach for accomplishing these goals. A co-founder of Lucid Design, the “Building Dashboard” technology Lucid developed is now installed in thousands of buildings across the U.S. and Canada.

    Jenny Carney
    Jenny Carney, is a Principal at YR&G. She heads up YR&G’s Performance & Operations Team and manages the Chicago office. Carney has extensive experience helping clients engage key stakeholders, gaining their support while also developing meaningful sustainability goals and strategies based on technical analysis. Carney has been deeply involved in the development of the LEED-EBOM Rating System, dating back to the initial pilot phase in 2004. She has served as a primary author of the v2.0, v2008, v2009, and v4 Reference Guides, and helps shape the evolution of the program through her work on USGBC various committees. Carney frequently delivers presentations and trainings pertaining to green buildings, sustainability, and LEED to local, regional, national, and international audiences.

    Organized by: AIANY Committee on The Environment (COTE) 

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

    Register Here

  • A Conversation with Cory Brugger of Morphosis

    New York | Dates: 08 Jul, 2014

    When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM TUESDAY, JULY 8

    Where: At The Center   

    Join the AIANY Techonolgy Committee for a conversation with Cory Brugger, Director of Design Technology, Morphosis, who will discuss his innovative design process.

    Cory Brugger’s diverse background and education supports the collaborative and multidisciplinary approach towards design that distinguishes Morphosis as an industry leader in technological innovation and integration in architecture. As the Director of Design Technology, Brugger manages the development and implementation of advanced design technology in the office. He provides day-to-day oversight of BIM integration and CAD production for Morphosis and its multidisciplinary project teams. For over ten years he has successfully managed the integration of CAD and BIM technologies on projects ranging from residential design-build to high-rise office towers. At Morphosis, Brugger’s primary focus has been the integration of virtual building models into design and delivery processes. He directs Morphosis' computational and parametric design initiatives and the integration of analysis models for environmental and structural design. In addition, he provides oversight of the firm-wide IT infrastructure.

    Brugger has taught and lectured on environmental analysis, parametric design, and digital fabrication in architecture at numerous institutions including Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation (GSAPP), the University of Pennsylvania, and Dalhousie University, as well as professional conferences such as SmartGeometry, Facades +, BIMForum, and the Philadelphia and New York Chapters of the AIA. Brugger received a Bachelor of Architecture from Philadelphia University and a Master of Engineering from the Product Architecture and Engineering Lab at Stevens Institute of Technology. He is a LEED BD+C accredited professional.

    Organized by: AIANY Technology Committee 
    Price: Free

    Sponsored by: ABC Imaging

  • Green Your Historic Home

    Austin | Dates: 24 Jul, 2014

    Thursday, July 24
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm,
    Doors open at 5:30 pm & light refreshments will be served
    Habitat for Humanity ReStore
    310 Comal Street

    Tickets: $10 for non-members 
    FREE for members - Please RSVP

    Considering the current 
    state of drought in Austin and conservation measures enacted by water providers, now is a great time to learn more about water conservation strategies for historic homes. Dick Peterson, water conservation specialist, will about talk about how water conservation can be incorporated into your historic restoration project. Dick served the City of Austin, Texas for 14 years - first, as the Coordinator of the Xeriscape and Rainwater Programs with Austin Water Utility, and more recently as an Environmental Program Coordinator with the Austin Energy Green Building. Now retired, Dick continues to offer rainwater workshops and seminars. He also consults on rainwater projects, landscaping, new green construction, and green remodeling.

    Rainwater harvesting has been practiced for hundreds of years, so come learn more about this historic process and figure out how you can take part in this green tradition!

  • Power to the Pedals: Wenzday Jane and the Culture of Change

    New York | Dates: 08 Jul, 2014

    AIA CES 1.5 LU | 1.5 HSW

    When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM TUESDAY, JULY 8

    Where: At The Center   

    “Power to the Pedals” is a 30-minute documentary that follows the transformative vision and extraordinary efforts of Wenzday Jane, a woman whose mechanical skills and innovative actions are reshaping her community. Wenzday goes to the heart of the sustainability issue by offering solutions, and suggests that things don’t have to be the way they are. As an innovator and revolutionary community leader, she heads an urban movement – and functioning green business -- to replace trucks with cargo bicycles for local freight delivery, municipal waste-hauling, and agricultural distribution.

    Raised in public housing, Wenzday discovered the bicycle. To her, it meant personal freedom and self-determination. She would later develop a passion for mechanics and welding, and learned she could reshape the world around her. Now she’s creating a more sustainable future by helping others discover the power of the pedal.

    A panel discussion will follow.

    Bob Nesson, Filmmaker, adjunct professor at Emerson College
    Alison Conway, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, City College of New York
    Beth Heyde, Bikes New York
    Gregg Zuman, Revolution Rickshaws

    Organized by: AIANY Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

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

    Register Here

    Sponsored by: Bike New York

  • Wade Hampton Pipes, Architect

    Portland | Dates: 22 Jul, 2014

    With a career spanning nearly 50 years, Wade Hampton Pipes (1877-1961) was one of Oregon’s most notable architects during the first half of the 20th century. Pipes’ home designs were so outstanding that his work has long been imitated by others.

    Primarily a residential architect, Wade Hampton Pipes was a native Oregonian who trained in England. His designs displayed a thorough interest in the Arts & Crafts movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but with a style that was all his own. From cottages to country estates, there are dozens of Pipes-designed homes remaining today, scattered throughout the Portland area and the Willamette Valley. Architectural historian Eric Wheeler will outline the life and work of Wade Hampton Pipes in this image-filled presentation.

  • Charles Ertz: Architect, Builder, Entrepreneur

    Portland | Dates: 15 Jul, 2014

    Many of Charles W. Ertz' (1887-1979) contributions to Portland still exist, hidden in plain view, in commercial districts around the city. While he is responsible for a number of National Register properties including the Jantzen House in Lake Oswego (1935) and the Parkview Apartments in northeast Portland (1940), one of his most interesting buildings is now Whole Foods in the Pearl District.

    With a career that began around 1906, Ertz worked in a number of architectural styles. A prime English Tudor example is the former Lloyd Golf Club building (1930), now a credit union near Benson High School. Ertz differed from other architects of his time with his entrepreneurial bent, engaging in everything from land speculation and design to building and financing.

    Business historian Ron Savitt is a member of the AHC Education Committee. His interest in Ertz has come about as a result of Ertz's business acumen and his ability to design aesthetically-pleasing and economically-effective buildings of all shapes and sizes.

    Thanks to Gary Smith, the owner of an original Ertz photo portfolio, we are able to share many never before seen period images of Ertz projects from around the city. This program promises to bring long-needed recognition to one of Portland’s most prolific and successful 20th century architects.

  • Museum of Science Fiction, Preview Museum

    Washington | Dates: 01 Jul – 31 Aug, 2014
    The Museum of Science Fiction today announced an architectural design competition for its 2015 preview museum, which is to be located in the Washington, D.C. metro area. The competition is open to students, architects and designers around the world, and will accept entries through Aug. 31.

    The museum plans to construct a preview space in 2015 as an intermediary step in its efforts toward establishing a permanent museum dedicated to science fiction’s history across the arts. Both the preview museum and the permanent installation will provide a narrative on science fiction’s relationship with the real world.

    “Science fiction has inspired countless artists and scientists across the world,” said Greg Viggiano, executive director for the Museum of Science Fiction. “Opening this landmark project’s architectural planning to the design community will ensure it is infused with the same imagination.”

    The chosen entry will be awarded $1,000, and the entry’s designer or team of designers will receive special recognition. For a detailed list of project requirements, please visit the contest page museumofsciencefiction.org/contest.

    As the next step toward creating a permanent home for the Museum of Science Fiction, the preview space will give visitors an advance opportunity to experience the unique programming and exhibits the museum will offer, as well as providing a social hub for the science fiction community. To learn more about the Museum of Science Fiction and its mission, please visit museumofsciencefiction.org/preview-museum.

    About the Museum of Science Fiction

    The nonprofit Museum of Science Fiction (MoSF) will be the world’s first comprehensive science fiction museum, covering the history of the genre across the arts and providing a narrative on its relationship to the real world. MoSF will show how science fiction continually inspires individuals, influences cultures and impacts societies. Also serving as an educational opportunity to expand interest in the science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) areas, MoSF uses tools such as mobile applications and wi-fi-enabled display objects to engage and entertain. For a full press packet on the Museum of Science Fiction’s vision and other information, visitmuseumofsciencefiction.org/presspacket.
  • The Voronezh Sea

    Voronezh | Dates: 01 – 24 Jul, 2014

    Voronezh is a city of over 1.000.000 inhabitants is situated 500 km south of Moscow. It is located on the banks of the Voronezh River that in 1972 was transformed into the Voronezh Reservoir or "The Voronezh Sea" as it is called by the inhabitants – a huge lake of 30 km long and 2 km wide. It is met with joy by the population that uses the cool water during the hot Voronezh summer. Alas this joy only lasts for a limited period: in 1992 the authorities announce that it is not fit for swimming as a result of the increasingly polluted water.

    The Department of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Voronezh region decided to organize a competition in order to develop a strategy for the future of the Voronezh Reservoir. The competition consists of two parts:

    An Open Ideas competition meant to gather ideas that show the potential of the lake for urban and nature development.

    A Closed Competition for teams of landscape architects, urbanists and ecologists that should combine ideas about possible future uses of the lake with technologies for cleaning it up. The strategy should include both a project and proposals for implementation.

  • Open Agenda

    Dates: 01 – 27 Jul, 2014

    Open Agenda is an annual competition aimed at supporting a new generation of experimental architecture. Open to recent graduates, Open Agenda is focused on developing the possibilities of design research in architecture and the built environment.

    This national competition is intentionally broad in its scope, and dedicated to fostering new discussions on architecture in the public realm. An initiative of the School of Architecture at UTS, past winners have been graduates from Australian and New Zealand universities including, Sydney University, RMIT, Canberra University, UTS and Victoria University in Wellington, exploring a broad range of topics relevant to current Architecture discourse in Australia.