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  • Knud Lonberg-Holm: The Invisible Architect

    New York | Dates: 06 May – 01 Aug, 2014

    Ubu Gallery is pleased to present Knud Lonberg-Holm: The Invisible Architect, a debut exhibition devoted to this overlooked, yet highly influential, 20th Century modernist. Never-before-seen photographs, architectural drawings, letters, graphic design, and ephemera from Lonberg-Holm’s remarkably diverse career will be on view through August 1, 2014. The exhibition, which consists of selections from the extensive archive assembled by architectural historian Marc Dessauce, will solidify the importance of this emblematic figure in early 20th Century cultural and architectural history. Metropolis Magazine, the national publication of architecture and design, will publish an article on Knud Lonberg-Holm to coincide with this groundbreaking exhibition.

    Born in Denmark, Knud Lonberg-Holm (January 15, 1895–January 2, 1972), was an architect, photographer, author, designer, researcher, and teacher. Lonberg-Holm’s early work in Denmark and Germany initially associated him with the Berlin Constructivist and Dutch De Stijl groups. An émigré to America in 1923, Lonberg-Holm was a fundamental correspondent with prominent European architects and their modernist counterparts in the U.S. The exhibition will feature a selection of letters to Lonberg-Holm from a pantheon of the European avant-garde including László Moholy-Nagy, Walter Gropius, Theo Van Doesburg, Buckminster Fuller, Hannes Meyer, J.J.P. Oud, El Lissitzky, and Richard Neutra.

  • Tales of Two Cities: New York & Beijing Art Exhibition

    Greenwich | Dates: 03 May – 31 Aug, 2014

    This exhibition focuses on two of the world’s leading centers of art -- New York and Beijing -- and offers a visual pairing of five New York-based artists with five Beijing-based artists. The ten artists have been engaged in five different global, cross-cultural, artistic dialogues over the course of two years via email, Skype, in person, sometimes with translators, about issues ranging from political and social upheaval, the concept of global culture, and questions about materials and techniques. Some of the artists are creating new works for the exhibition including two site-specific works being created at the Museum, others are represented by existing or historic works.

    Click here for programs related to the exhibition.

    Click here for ongoing information in the Tales of Two Cities Exhibition and Artist Blog.

    The concept for this show grew out of an earlier collaboration curated by Pan Qing at Columbia University’s Studio X in Beijing in 2010 between New York-based artist Michelle Fornabai and Beijing-based artist Qin Feng, both of whom are featured in the present show.

    “Watching Michelle Fornabai and Qin Feng communicate silently through the brush helped to open my mind to the myriad possibilities of visual dialogues between artists from very different artistic backgrounds,” Qing explains. “After discussing this idea with the other curators and advisors of this exhibition — Michelle Y. Loh, John Rajchman and Sarah McNaughton — a decision was made to expand on this theme by seeking out more opportunities to pair artists from disparate cultures.”

    The curators matched the pairs based partly on the kind of work that they do and their artistic processes, but more importantly on the type of dialogue in which they suspected the artists might engage within the context of their respective urban environments. Many of the ten artists are themselves peripatetic, on the move between global art centers, not only New York and Beijing, but also in Latin America and Europe.

    Paired artists include:

    • Michelle Fornabai(NYC) and Qin Feng (Beijing)
    • Joan Snyder (NYC) and Wei Jia (Beijing)
    • Alois Kronschlaeger (NYC) and Lin Yan (Beijing)
    • Jorge Tacla (NYC) and Li Taihuan (Beijing)
    • Simon Lee (NYC) and Chen Shaoxiong (Beijing)

    Selected artworks illustrate parallels between the pairs’ work and themes that arose during their conversations. Some of the artists are represented by existing or historic artworks, some have created new pieces, and some have collaborated to create site-specific work. The works range from Joan Snyder’s My Pain Is No More Than Being’s Pain, which dates from 1983 and is in the Bruce Museum’s collection, to pieces created specifically for this exhibition.

    The exhibition is generously supported by The Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund and a Committee of Honor.

  • Postcard Identities | Esoteric Landmarks

    New York | Dates: 19 Jun, 2014

    When: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM THURSDAY, JUNE 19

    Where: At The Center   

    In the age of social media and information, what are the iconic images of a city and the buildings that populate it? Does the propagation of architectural imagery, the collective image of a place, affect the conceptualization of a building and play a role in urban planning? What are the esoteric and the iconic landmarks of our times? How has the architectural travel journal evolved through the use of social media to record our findings, explorations, and experiences? Has the civic identity of a city, its planning, and its architecture evolved through a changing lens?

    Moderator :
    Joseph Giovannini, 
    New York Architectural Critic and founder of Giovannini Associates

    Matthias Hollwich, SBA, 
    Principal, HWKN, Co-founder of ARCHITIZER
    Kurt Kohlstedt, 
    Founder, WebUrbanist, blogger – http://weburbanist.com/about-weburbanist/
    Thomas de Zengotita,  Professor, Draper Graduate Program, NYU, and the Dalton School 
    Albert Vecerka, Photographer, ESTO group 

    Mr. Giovannini heads his own design practice and has written on architecture and design for three decades for such publications asThe New York TimesArchitectural RecordArt in AmericaArt Forum and Architecture Magazine. He has also served as the architecture critic for New York Magazine and the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. Published design projects have appeared in Architectural Digest, the Los Angeles Times MagazineThe New York TimesA + U, DomusHouse and GardenGA HousesArchitekur und Wohnen, Sites, and Interior Design. He holds a Masters in Architecture from Harvard's Graduate School of Design. Giovannini has taught advanced and graduate studios at Columbia University‘ s Graduate School of Architecture, UCLAs Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning, the University of Southern California School of Architecture, and at the University of Innsbruck. His projects have ranged from the adaptive reuse of a large trucking facility into lofts to house additions and apartment interiors. A graduate of Yale University, where he did his B.A. in English, he also holds a Master of Arts degree in French Language and Literature from La Sorbonne, Paris, Middlebury College Program.

    Matthias Hollwich is a registered European Architect and co-founder of HWKN. As Principal in Charge, Matthias leads the creative design process and oversees all design development firm wide. 
    Under his leadership, HWKN has grown from a 2-person firm to a high-design architectural office of 25. As an architectural visionary, the most iconic projects realized to-date include Wendy, the design that won the prestigious MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program in 2012, and the Fire Island Pines Pavilion - both of which received overwhelming responses from the communities and the media.
    Before cofounding HWKN, Matthias worked at OMA in Rotterdam, Eisenman Architects and Diller+Scofidio in New York City. He is currently a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has been the creator of an international conference on aging and architecture: New Aging, held in the fall of 2010 at UPENN. His work has been featured in Wallpaper*The New York Times,BauweltDwell, and Architectural Digest. He has been a speaker at TEDx East, TEDx Atlanta and the PICNIC conference in Amsterdam.

    Kurt Kohlstedt is the founder and executive editor of WebUrbanist, a popular online publication covering both conceptual and realized urban art, architecture and design with over 65,000,000 visitors to date. Much of its content addresses the intersection of built environments and new technologies. After graduating from Carleton College in 2002 with a B.A. in Philosophy, Kurt worked in a variety of design-related fields – including graphic, industrial, architectural and theatrical – before pursuing a M.Arch degree from the University of Washington, completed in 2007 with a focus on urban design.
    Interested in new forms of digital communication and fresh design concepts, Kurt started WebUrbanist while finishing his thesis on urban abandonments and adaptive reuse. He subsequently founded a series of web publications including WebEcoist, Dornob and Gajitz.
    Currently based in Minneapolis, Kurt frequently travels to attend events and speak on topics ranging from contemporary urbanism to web journalism. He has previously lived in Germany and Australia with recent trips taking him to cities and conferences in Mexico, China and New Zealand. In 2012, he gave the keynote address at the IAA Highlands & Islands Awards for Architecture near Inverness, Scotland, and has just returned from the 2014 MacroCity conference on urban infrastructure in San Francisco.

    Thomas de Zengotita holds a BA, MA, and PhD in Anthropology from Columbia University. His interests include phenomenology, ethics, media theory, and modern intellectual history. He was contributing editor at Harper's magazine and has blogged for the Huffington Post. Recent publications include "Ethics and Limits of Evolutionary Psychology" in The Hedgehog Review, Spring 2013; “Modernism Revisited: Artistic Works, Academic Disciplines, Divided Minds” in Logos, Fall 2011; “On the Politics of Pastiche and Depthless Intensities: The Case of Barack Obama” in The Hedgehog Review, Spring 2011. “Reframing Your World” in Harper's, June 2009. “Believing Whatever” in The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 2005; “Watching Yourself Steal Cars” in Current, The Los Angeles Times, November 05; "Attack of the Superzeroes in Harper's, December 2004; "The Romance of Empire" in Harper's, July 2003; "Tune in, Turn on" in Harper's, November 2003; "Common Ground" in Harper's, December 2002 “On Wittgenstein's 'Remarks on Frazer's Golden Bough'" in Cultural Anthropology 4:4 1991.
    He is currently at work on two books called A History of Postmodernism and A Phenomenology of Human Rights.
    His book, Mediated, won the 2006 Marshall McLuhan Award.

    Albert Vecerka studied both architecture and photography and uses his strong understanding of each to portray space and light through the element of time in still imagery and video. A native of the former-Yugoslavia, Vecerka moved to New York in 1992. He received a BS in Architecture from City College in 1997. The following year, he began to concentrate on photography, working as an assistant and on his own. Albert taught photography at Parsons School of Design and The Cooper Union. Currently he teaches architectural photography at City College and is actively involved with documentation of the school’s Solar Decathlon Project. Several recent projects that Albert photographed have been widely published and distributed. Among these are Weiss/Manfredi's Visitors Center at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, their Hunters Point South Park and Rogers Architects' Henderson Hopkins School in Baltimore.
    About the ESTO group: Ezra Stoller (1915-2004), the dean of American architectural photographers, founded Esto to provide production and back-up services for his own work. He studied architecture in the 1930s and turned his attention to photography while he was still in school. For nearly 50 years, in the middle decades of the 20th Century, Stoller documented important Modern architecture. The strength of Esto grows from his understanding of space and light and his ability to translate three dimensional concepts into strong images.

    about Global Dialogues's (dis)covered Identities
    The AIANY Global Dialogues Committee's 2014 theme, (dis)covered Identities, aims to explore ways by which cultures, cities, and voices define or refine their identity through a global exchange of ideas and conversations covering multiple topics, perspectives, and trends of our time.


  • OBRA SEOUL: 2014 Kim Swoo Geun Preview Awards Exhibition

    Seoul | Dates: 14 – 21 Jun, 2014

    We’d like to inform you of an upcoming exhibition to be held at Samtoh Gallery, Seoul, on the occasion of the 2014 Kim Swoo Geun Preview Awards. Sanhe Kindergarten by OBRA Architects will be featured along with the works of four other selected Korean practices.

    Award Ceremony:
    June 14, 2014, Saturday 11am
    Arko Art Center 1st Floor

    June 14 - 21, 2014
    Samtoh Gallery 
    1-115 Dongsung-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea
    [116 Daehak-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul; Hyehwa Station Exit 2]

  • Wild Wallpapers

    Chicago | Dates: 19 Jun, 2014
    Thursday, June 19, 2014 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    Tonight, design a super-charged room for your house or apartment with colorful handmade wallpaper. Using cues from Judy Ledgerwood’s massive Chromatic Patterns painting in the Smart’s lobby, paint and print gorgeous crackpot wallpaper patterns to enliven any space.

    All materials provided. Open to adults of all skill levels.


  • Art Glass Done Wright at the Barrington Area Library

    Barrington | Dates: 19 Jun, 2014

    Thursday, June 19, 2014


    3:30 pm to 5:00 pm


    Barrington Area Library, 505 N. Northwest Highway, Barrington, IL 60010



    Frank Lloyd Wright designed art glass windows and doors for his Prairie style buildings. After a presentation on Wright’s art glass designs, children will be guided in creating their own art glass designs using tracing paper, colored pencils, construction paper, and examples of Wright’s patterns.

    This program is appropriate for children in grades 5-8. 

    Pre-registration is required and begins June 1st. Register through the library’s web calendar.

  • Froebel Block Workshop at the Barrington Area Library

    Barrington | Dates: 19 Jun, 2014

    Thursday, June 19, 2014


    2:00 pm to 3:00 pm


    Barrington Area Library, 505 N. Northwest Highway, Barrington, IL 60010



    Froebel blocks were developed in the 1830s by Friedrich Froebel, the father of kindergarten, who believed that children learn through play. His series of smooth wooden blocks present geometric shapes and patterns in increasing complexity. Frank Lloyd Wright, who played with the blocks extensively as a child, credited them with inspiring his innovative Prairie style.

    Now your kids can discover the fun and excitement of building with Froebel blocks at the Barrington Area Library in a workshop presented by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. The workshop is designed for children in grades 2-4.

    Pre-registration is required and begins June 1st. Register through the library’s web calendar.

  • Pentomino Workshop with The Wright 3 Virtual Tour at the Skokie Public Library

    Skokie | Dates: 13 Jun, 2014

    Friday, June 13, 2014


    4:00 pm to 5:00 pm


    Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL 60077



    Pentominoes have been popularized by the characters in The Wright 3, a popular novel by best-selling author Blue Balliett, who used three-dimensional pentominoes as their inspiration in solving the mystery. During the workshop, children build, design, solve problems and learn to think critically using these classic geometric puzzle pieces. Children will also enjoy The Wright 3 virtual tour, an interactive presentation focusing on The Wright 3 tour of Wright’s Robie House, the setting for the popular book.

    This workshop is appropriate for children in grades 4-8.

    Pre-registration is required and begins June 1st. Register by phone at 847-324-3149.

  • Froebel Block Workshop at the Eisenhower Public Library

    Harwood Heights | Dates: 11 Jun, 2014

    Froebel blocks were developed in the 1830s by Friedrich Froebel, the father of kindergarten, who believed that children learn through play. His series of smooth wooden blocks present geometric shapes and patterns in increasing complexity. Frank Lloyd Wright, who played with the blocks extensively as a child, credited them with inspiring his innovative Prairie style.

    Now your family can discover the fun and excitement of building with Froebel blocks at the Eisenhower Public Library in a workshop presented by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. The workshop is designed for children ages 6 and up. (6 and 7 year olds must be accompanied by an adult).

    Registration begins on April 14. Priority will be given to Harwood Heights and Norridge residents. Register by calling 708.867.2298, by going to the library’s website: eisenhowerlibrary.org, or in person at the library.

  • Origins and Influences: Traditional Japanese Art as a Means Toward Organic Architecture

    Chicago | Dates: 07 Aug, 2014
    Speaker: Kevin Nute, professor of architecture at the University of Oregon.

    From the opening of the twentieth century through to the present day, the relationship between the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and the traditional architecture of Japan has been a recurring source of discussion, and no little puzzlement. One of the principal factors in maintaining this interest has been the fact that whilst Wright freely acknowledged an important philosophical debt to Japanese art, and to the wood block print in particular, he consistently rejected suggestions that Japanese architecture had any direct impact on his work. Wright maintained that he found in Japanese culture not the inspiration which many suspected, but merely confirmation of many of his own ‘organic’ design principles. In his lecture, Kevin Nute examines Wright's interest in traditional Japanese pictorial art in the context of his philosophy of 'organic' architecture, and how the former contributed directly to its formal expression.

    Kevin Nute is a professor of architecture at the University of Oregon. He earned his doctorate at the Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies at Cambridge University. His thesis was published as Frank Lloyd Wright and Japan (Van Nostrand, 1993) and received the 1994 International Architectural Monograph Award from the American Institute of Architects.

    Professor Nute taught part-time at Cambridge until 1995, when he accepted a Japan Foundation Research Fellowship at the University of Tokyo. In 1996 he was appointed associate professor of architecture at another Japanese national university, where he directed a research laboratory for five years before joining the University of Oregon in October 2000.

    His research focuses on visual qualities of built environments that resonate directly with building users. He is the author of Place, Time and Being in Japanese Architecture (Routledge, 2004), and is about to publish his first electronic book, Vital: Using the Sun, Wind and Rain to Bring Buildings and Sustainability to Life, which illustrates how the natural movements of the weather can be harnessed to improve the habitability of indoor spaces and increase the visibility of sustainable practices in buildings.


    Thursday, August 7, 2014


    6 pm


    Pritzker Auditorium (Monroe Building), 104 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603


    Free, reservations required

  • 2014 Heritage Home Tour: “Made in Portland”

    Portland | Dates: 26 Jul, 2014
    Please join us on Saturday, July 26th for the Fifth Annual Heritage Home Tour benefiting the programs of the Architectural Heritage Center. This year’s tour will give you an opportunity for an inside view of five of Portland’s distinguished homes that highlight the innovation, adaptation, and artistic emergence unique to our dynamic city. Included are houses from the Arts and Crafts movement, including one with Prairie-style overtones, a unique Swiss Chalet, and a mid-century residence.

    Click Here to order Individual Tickets

    Click Here to order Companion Tickets

  • Providence Preservation Society's 35th Festival of Historic Houses

    Providence | Dates: 13 – 15 Jun, 2014

    The 35th Annual Festival of Historic Houses will take place this year on June 13-15, inviting attendees to explore the Cooke Street neighborhood on Providence's East Side, along with the Pearl Street Lofts mill complex in South Providence. The 2014 Festival starts on Saturday in an enclave of homes within the College Hill neighborhood, between Brown University and the Fox Point neighborhood. Approximately ten houses will be open for touring in this area, which includes Cooke, Manning and Hope Streets.

    The tour continues on Sunday across town on the edge of Providence’s South Side at Pearl Street Lofts, the location is an old industrial mill complex converted into live, work and retail space. Built between 1842 and 1857, the complex underwent an adaptive reuse development from 2002 to 2004 and today houses 55 units of rentable, buyable and affordable residences and work spaces. Also open will be Studio Dunn, the Anchor Providence arts and business incubator, and Keeseh Woodshop, DWRI Letterpress, and KITE Architects - one of Rhode Island’s leading architectural firms.

    The weekend event will also include a ticketed kick-off cocktail party on Friday evening at the Joseph Cooke House on Hope Street. The Friday evening event is a special fundraiser for PPS, and opens the weekend of tours with cocktails, hors d’oeurves and celebration. Please call our office at 401-831-7440 for more details.

    On Sunday, KITE Architects will host a special open house reception from 3:00 – 6:00 pm as an extension to the Festival tour.


    Saturday, June 14 (College Hill): 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
    Sunday, June 15 (Pearl Street Lofts): Noon – 4:00 pm.


    Tickets purchased in advance are $35 per day for PPS members/$40 per day for non-members. Advance two-day tickets are $75. Day-of tickets are $45. The Friday evening cocktail event is $125. 

    Guests can pick up their tickets at the Registration center on the day of the tour. The Saturday tour Registration center is located at the Aldrich House, at 110 Benevolent Street. The Sunday tour Registration center is located in the central courtyard of the Pearl Street Lofts, at 304 Pearl Street.

    Thrusday, June 5, 6:00 pm: Tripp Evans, Professor of Art History at Wheaton College, will discuss the historic development of the Pearl Street Lofts buildings and the surrounding neighborhood - a gateway between Downtown and South Providence. This three acre site will be the subject of Professor Evans’ next book, which will explore the geological, Native American, Colonial and Industrial history of the area. Location: Anchor Providence, 42 Rice Street; free for PPS members, $10 to the public. Click here for more information. 

    For more information, call Angela Kondon at PPS at 401-831-7440, or email akondon@ppsri.org .

  • Old House & Garden Festival

    Portsmouth | Dates: 07 Jun, 2014
    Saturday, June 07, 2014, 12:30pm - 04:30pm

    The gorgeous garden and the many treasures of the outstanding National Historic Landmark Georgian mansion will be highlighted at this year's festival. Featured presentations on garden flora and fauna, garden care, and garden activities of all kinds, as well games and activities for children will take place throughout the site. Watch a flower arranging demonstration, make your own sachet, and purchase wonderful hierloom plants from our garden at the annual Plant Sale. Then enjoy a self-guided tour of the Moffatt-Ladd House where you can talk with experts on object conservation, Portsmouth history, cooking and recipes, hand-loom weaving, and "dressing the 18th century woman."
  • Forum 2014: A Keystone Connection

    Philadelphia | Dates: 16 – 20 Jul, 2014
    FORUM 2014 will bring together the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions’ biennial training program for local preservation boards and commissions with the Statewide Conference on Heritage/Byways to the Past, presented annually by Preservation Pennsylvania and PennDOT.  This unique partnership will offer tours, workshops, and educational sessions about a variety of topics related to design review, cultural resource management, legal issues, and historic preservation planning in urban, suburban and rural settings throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
  • CFP: Building with Light: The Legacy of Robert Elwall (13-14 Nov 2014)

    London | Dates: 31 Jul, 2014

    Call for Papers:  Building with Light: The Legacy of Robert Elwall An International Symposium on Architectural Photography

    13-14 Nov 2014

    Royal Institute of British Architects, 66 Portland Place, W1B 1AD, London

    The RIBA announces an international symposium on architectural photography in conjunction with the first major retrospective of the British architectural photographer Edwin Smith (1912-1971), whose prolific work helped redefine the notion of post-WWII Britishness.

    The symposium will honour the legacy of Robert Elwall (1953-2012), an acclaimed British historian of architectural photography and curator, since 1976, of the RIBA's Photographs Collection that now bears his name. With some million and a half architectural images, the Robert Elwall Photographs Collection is one of the most extensive resources for the study of the influence of photography on architecture and the creative process.

    Interested participants are invited to submit a 300-word abstract, brief biography and a presentation title by no later than 31 July 2014 .

    Please see the website for further details http://www.architecture.com/WhatsOn/November2014/BuildingWithLightTheLegacyOfRobertElwall.aspx

  • Architecture 101: Art Nouveau

    Washington | Dates: 02 Aug, 2014

    Learn about the organic, dynamic forms and curving lines characteristic of the Art Nouveau movement of the 1880s–1920s.

    1.5 LU (AIA)

    $12 Member | $10 Student | $20 Non-member.
    Special Series Pricing for all three lectures: $30 Member | $25 Student | $50 Non-member.

    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.

    Date: Saturday, August 2, 2014 
    Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Happy Birthday Green Mount! Celebrate 175 years of quiet wonder with Wayne Schaumburg

    Baltimore | Dates: 07 Jun, 2014

    Dedicated in 1839, Green Mount Cemetery has served the burial ground for Baltimore’s most famous residents (or in the case of John Wilkes Booth, the most infamous) for 175 years this summer. Join our tour with Baltimore historian and Green Mount expert Wayne Schaumburg this spring. Wayne has been giving tours of Green Mount since 1985 so be prepared to learn a lot about the cemetery and a lot about Baltimore!

    Located on the former estate of merchant Robert Oliver, the cemetery boasts a design and collection of monuments shaped by some of the most talented architects and artists in Baltimore history. Architect Benjamin Latrobe (Baltimore Basilica and U.S. Capitol) designed the early layout of the cemetery, Robert Carey Long, Jr. (Davidge Hall and Lloyd Street Synagogue) designed the entrance gateway, and John Rudolph Niernsee and James Crawford Neilson (Evergreen House) designed the chapel. Memorial sculptures include works by William Henry Rinehart, Hans Schuler, and J. Maxwell Miller. Many famous Baltimorean’s call Green Mount their final resting place: governors Thomas Swan and Theodore McKeldin, philanthropists Johns Hopkins and Enoch Pratt, debutante Betsy Patterson Bonaparte, Generals Henry Warfield and Richard Bowerman, newspaperman Arunah S. Abell, and circus performer Johnny Eck to name but a few. Learn these stories and more on our walking tour!

    Date: June 7, 2014
    Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Cost: $15

  • IFAC International Festival of Art & Construction 2014

    Covarrubia | Dates: 11 – 20 Aug, 2014


    It is the acronym of InternatioNal Festival of Art and Construction, it takes place from 11 to 20 August 2014 in Covarrubias, Burgos, (Spain) a medieval village of 627 people. 
    IFAC is a space where exchange creative work and party atmosphere.  300 youngsters from all around the world with some relation to art and architecture whom will live together for 10 days, where debate, work and interchange experiences in a context of analysis and recovery of rural areas.

    IFAC is an initiative which’s aim is to:
    -Support avant-garde artistic and technological creations.
    -Reverse aggressive over-consumption tendencies.
    -Spread and encourage self-sufficient practices.
    -Experience alternative building methods.
    -Exploring and research of ways towards self-sufficiency.
    The working dynamic has three basic principles:
    -Practical education: We don’t believe in the knowledge lineal transmision.
    The participants rotation througth the workshops allows them to attend as much as they want,.
    Combining the workshops allow to overcome the barriers of time, place or prejudice.
    -Creative freedom: free expression is encouraged by the free access to all the material and tools.
    This became into espontaneous creations and initiatives, uniques and unpredictables.
    -Collective enrichment: IFAC is an exchange of knowledge and experience.
    In a horizontal atmosphere, each one takes active parto in the workshops decissions, so this build the basics fofr a collective thinking througt the principles of cooperation, integration and dialogue.


    Ifac’14 looks for the integration of disciplines and creative approaches in order to generate participatory experiences of non-formal learning processes, breaking the traditional lineal teaching and learning methods. For this purpose, critical thought, praxis and party environments are combined with a blury border delimiting these fields. Acordingly, there are no student-teachers relationship with rigid schedules, nor preset days to choose a workshop based on the last ID number. This allows participants to attend as many workshops as they want, choose one or several. They are able to rotate, according to their interests..


    Among all the Ifac’14 activities, workshops occupy most of the time. They are the core of the work and learning experience. The workshops have participatory methodologies, each one proposes a course of actions that engages participants in decision-making.
    There are four workshops categories with different nature and working dynamics.
    -Constructive ws: Self-sufficient constructions out of natural and traditional techniques with new visions about design and technical implementation.
    -Prototyping: Material and technique explorations knowing the starting point but not always the result.
    -Plastic & audiovisual: They are prototypes which emphasize more plastic or visual aspects.
    -Theoretical: Related to the identity exploitation and the contemporary role of rural areas, they explore and locate the aspects that make up the identity and generated by the operation.
    The participant can choose to attend as many workshops as they want, combine or hybridize to their will. Then each participant makes his own ifac experience. If the number of participants is considerably less than 300, the workshops will be reduced proportionally.

    ▼ EVENTS

    Art instalations, night music concerts, lectures, pechacuchas, yoga, debates, tours & trips, parties, final exhibition…
    There will be at least three parties in order to create a warm atmosphere beyond the purely didactic program. It is a great opportunity for networking and linking between people with similar interests, it will serve us to relax from the long workshops days.

    more info at:  http://www.ifac.me

  • The 29th International Horticultural Congress: Sustaining Lives, Livelihoods and Landscapes

    Brisbane | Dates: 17 – 22 Aug, 2014

    The congress is being hosted by the Australian Society of Horticultural Science, the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science, and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, under the auspices of the International Society for Horticultural Science.

    • Scientific contribution of more than AUD$10.6 billion to the GDP of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific region.
    • Impact on global export markets for selected products such as kiwifruit, apples, wine, ginger and macadamias.
    • Substantial investment in research, development and marketing by growers and horticultural industry groups.
    • Development of world-class cultivars in apples, grapes, blueberries and kiwifruit.
    • Improved water use efficiency through partial root zone drying technology.
    • Increased export market access through non-chemical disinfestations protocols.
    • Advanced sustainable production systems through Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Integrated Fruit Production (IFP).
    • World-class industry best practice through computerised decision support systems.
    • Innovative application of DNA technologies to horticultural management.
    • Extensive climatic and horticultural diversity.
    • Contributions to the quality of life and lifestyle by providing educational, environmental, economic, social and health benefit

    Horticulture in Australasia has a powerful export focus, which, by necessity, draws on specialist skills such as novel crop development, post-harvest storage and transport, supply chain modelling, marketing, and low-chemical pest and disease control. In addition, proximity to Asia and increasing dependence on Asian markets has led to continuing innovation as growers switch to tropical fruit or Asian vegetable production. The unique Australasian flora provides new species to world markets hungry for novelty. The region has a sizeable investment in research on sustainable production systems. Our products have long been regarded as ‘clean and green’; well before the growing emphasis on food safety and nutritional composition.

  • 2014 World Green Infrastructure Congress

    Sydney | Dates: 07 – 10 Oct, 2014

    The World Green Infrastructure Network(WGIN) has an international membership of 17 countries, holding bi-annual Congresses to promote urban greening, greenroofs & living facades as one solution to mitigating the impacts of climate change, improving building energy efficiency and reconnecting urban populations with nature.

    Green Roofs Australasia(GRA) will host the Congress at the Australian Technology Park in the heart of beautiful Sydney. The Congress will present the latest global research; best practice projects; Green Infrastructure Technology Expo; USA training workshops by accredited lecturers; Sydney eco-tours and post congress travel packages in Australia and New Zealand.

    Green Infrastructure incorporating vegetation technologies is a rapidly expanding industry and GRA will present global leaders to share experience, research data, technology developments; future direction, policy incentives and education during the four day congress.

    Join our free membership to stay informed about the Congress details via the newsletter.


    Matthew Dillon (GRA President; WGIN Board member)