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  • Art Deco Symposium: French World’s Fairs and Ocean Liners by Pascal Laurent and The Houses of Tomorrow by Keith Bringe

    Chicago | Dates: 23 May, 2014

    Please join us! Chicago Art Deco Society and Chicago Chapter SAH’s exploration will include a special reception afterwards in the Eleanor Wood-Prince Salon. 

    The years 1931-4 marked the construction of the brilliant Art Deco Exposition Coloniale in Paris, and of Chicago’s Century of Progress International Exposition at the lakefront between 12th and 39th Streets, organized by a commission including East Coast architects Ray Hood and Paul Cret, and Chicagoans Hubert Burnham, John Holabird, and Andrew Rebori. 

    Please join us for an illustrated lecture by architect Pascal Laurent, instructor of history and design at the Ecole Supérieur d’Architecture Paris-Malaquais (ENSAPM) of the Ecole des Beaux Arts. He will present a slide lecture on the 1931 Exposition Coloniale Internationale, erected in the Bois de Vincennes, Paris, and its impact on architecture, industrial design and ocean liner interiors. Art Deco fans know the Paris 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Moderne, and the spread of the style in all areas of design, with work from noted designers. The 1930-31 ocean liners “SS Atlantique” and “SS Paris” are examples. Later, the 1935 “SS Normandie” and the 1937 Paris Exposition announced a new step in the evolution of Art Deco. His slide lecture is co-sponsored by CADS and CCSAH; Mr. Laurent will discuss Art Deco’s dramatic evolution from the late 1920s to its later elaboration in the 1930s. 

    Keith Bringe will also speak briefly on subsequent designs for the 1933 Century of Progress International Exposition in Chicago, including the Houses of Tomorrow. 

    Reception is to follow.

    Space is limited to 150 persons. Replies are due by Thursday, May 22, reservation deadline. RSVP, questions: Judy Freeman at (773) 929-0329; Email:jrfree3500@aol.com.

    $15.00 Members of CADS, CCSAH, or AFC

    $20.00 Non-Members

  • Replicating Mount Vernon

    Washington | Dates: 03 Jun, 2014
    A Lecture by Lydia Mattice Brandt, PhD - Tuesday, June 3, 2014

    Mount Vernon is the most replicated building in the United States. Americans slap those spindly white columns onto funeral homes, dry-cleaners, motels, and McMansions. But how and why did George Washington's eccentrically vernacular mansion get translated onto such a wide range of commercial and residential buildings? Over the past 200 years, Mount Vernon has become an iconic architectural image that is flexible enough to serve an astonishing range of building types and functions, political points of view, and understandings of the American past.

    Lydia Mattice Brandt is an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina, where she teaches architectural history; the history of American art; and the theory, methods, and practice of historic preservation. This summer, she is a fellow at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, where she is finishing her book on the image of Mount Vernon in popular American architecture and culture.

    The First Congregational United Church of Christ
    945 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
    6:30 pm – reception; 7:00 pm – lecture

    $10.00 for Latrobe Chapter members, student members (full time) free with ID, $18.00 for non-members.
  • A “Brand” New Library Awaits: Panel Discussion and Tour

    Glendale | Dates: 13 Jul, 2014

    A “Brand” New Library Awaits
    Panel Discussion and Tour, Glendale
    Sunday, July 13,2014, 01:30 PM

    Join SAH/SCC for a tour and panel discussion on the restoration of Glendale’s Brand Library & Art Center. This program is sponsored by the Brand Library and Art Center. 

    The original home of Leslie C. Brand was designed by Nathaniel Dryden in 1904, and has just enjoyed an exterior and interior renovation by Gruen Associates. Headed by Debra Gerod, FAIA, the restoration included uncovering and rehabilitating the original hand-painted ceilings, recreating original door and window openings, and bringing back into prominence the Mansion’s original character. 

    Panelists include Debra Gerod, Partner, Gruen Associates; Fran Offenhauser, Principal, Offenhauser/Mekeel Architects; Cindy Cleary, Director of Library, Arts & Culture, City of Glendale; Carolyn Flemming, Library Services Administrator, Cindy of Glendale; and Tom Bilisoly, Senior Artisan-Conservation, Spectra Company. The discussion will be moderated by SAH/SCC Board Member, Jay Platt.

    The panel discussion will be followed by a self-guided tour of the building and light refreshments. This event is free but limited capacity requires an RSVP. Please send your name and the number of seats you would like reserved to info@sahscc.org. A confirmation email will be sent to you.

    A Brand New Library—July 13, 2014; 1:30-4:30PM; FREE. Reservations required; space is limited. Email us your RSVP info@sahscc.org.

  • John Parkinson’s Iconic Vision: SAH/SCC Lecture & Walking Tour

    Los Angeles | Dates: 14 Jun, 2014

    John Parkinson’s Iconic Vision
    SAH/SCC Lecture & Walking Tour, Downtown LA
    Saturday, June 14,2014, 01:30 PM

    Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 14th, as SAH/SCC explores architect John Parkinson’s legacy in downtown Los Angeles. Stephen Gee, author of the book Iconic Vision: John Parkinson, Architect of Los Angeles (Angel City Press, 2013), will share his research on this important, yet little known, contributor to our built environment. The lecture and book signing will be held at the current home of the Los Angeles Theater Center (LATC), better known historically as the Security National Bank (John Parkinson, 1916).

    Attendees will be provided with a four-color self-guided walking tour brochure and will be encouraged to visit the locations on foot after the lecture. Attendees will also be encouraged to visit the exhibit, “No Further West: The Story of Los Angeles Union Station” at the Los Angeles Central Library. Marilyn Musicant, SAH/SCC member and an organizer of the exhibit, will be on hand to answer questions.

    Our hope is for those who are interested to meet up informally at a no-host cocktail hour event at a downtown watering hole at the end of the day to discuss their adventures and observations. 

    Although Parkinson is best known for his design of Los Angeles City Hall (Parkinson & Parkinson, with John C. Austin and Albert C. Martin, 1926-8) and Bullock’s Wilshire (Parkinson & Parkinson, 1928), he designed dozens of important buildings in downtown Los Angeles. There are still several major intersections where all four (or nearly all) of the corner buildings were designed by this seminal figure.

    Participants will also be encouraged to visit the Central Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library (Bertram G. Goodhue and Carleton M. Winslow, 1922-26) for a viewing of a new exhibit on Union Station (1934-9), another Los Angeles icon by Parkinson & Parkinson. Joined in practice by his son Donald to form Parkinson & Parkinson (during which time he was most prolific), he also had an earlier partnership with Edwin Bergstrom. After Parkinson’s death in 1935, his son continued to carry on the firm’s architectural traditions and name for 10 more years. 

    John Parkinson: Downtown—June 14, 2014; 1:30-5:30PM; $17.50 each for SAH/SCC members; $22.50 for Non-members. Reservations required; space is limited. Public transportation is encouraged. Nearby parking information will be supplied once tickets are purchased.

  • IIDA NY Healthcare Forum: Spring Cleaning

    New York | Dates: 21 May, 2014
    WEDNESDAY, MAY 21 20146:00 PM — 9:00 PM

    Buffing, waxing and bleaching oh my!

    Healthcare facilities invest a significant amount of capital creating aesthetically appealing facilities to enhance and advance the health of patients and employees. The protection of this investment is paramount. A designer’s reputation hinges as much on the beauty and function of the space as it does on the facility’s ability to withstand abuse and be maintained. Our panel discussion will focus on maximizing the value of these spaces by facilitating a dialogue between the various stakeholders. We will address the challenges that designers and facility personnel face in specifying and maintaining materials. Representatives from a hospital facility program, installation/maintenance company, and interior design will discuss the topic. There will be ample time for an open dialogue to share personal experiences and ask questions. Come see if your latest specification will stand up.

    MODERATOR: Amy Mays, Design Principal, HDR Architecture

    Maria Mediago, Vice President Facilities Management, The Valley Hospital
    Cathy Dolan, Senior Project Manager, Stamford Hospital, Founder, Health Well Done
    Randall Weis, President and Founder, RD Weis

    0.2 IDCEC CEU and AIA LU 2.0 will be provided for this course.
    IIDA Professional and Associate Members are required to complete and report 1.0 CEU (10 hours) of Continuing Education prior to December 31, 2015. All Professional and Associate Members (active and inactive) including Educators, IIDA Fellows and Chapter Officers must adhere to IIDA compliance requirements.

    The current compliance period applies if you became a Professional or an Associate Member prior to January 1, 2014. This allows you two years to complete the 1.0 CEU requirements. If you became a Professional or Associate Member after January 1, 2014 your first compliance period begins January 1, 2016.

    Event Sponsors:
    LP Ciminelli

  • TALL DC: New Monumentalism

    Washington | Dates: 22 May – 10 Jun, 2014

    Since it was enacted by Congress, the Height of Buildings Act of 1910 has restricted how tall buildings can be designed in the District of Columbia.

    TALL DC: New Monumentalism features student work from the Catholic University of America’s School of Architecture and Planning (CUA) that provocatively explores what Washington could look like in the absence of this law.

    Working within CUA’s Emerging Technologies and Media graduate concentration, students analyzed two of Washington’s most recognizable structures, the U.S. Capitol and the Washington Monument, and questioned the definition of “monument” in the contemporary context of global commercial markets, residential migration, and iconic skylines.

    Three distinct proposals for a mixed-use ‘skyscraper’ were created for the Department of Commerce site located near the National Mall. Using radically different design strategies, each concept offers a creative and controversial idea for building a TALL DC.

    The studio was led by Associate Professor Lavinia Fici Pasquina with Daniel Gillen, Founding Principle of DGD. Participating students include John Abowd, Elizabeth Esposito, Brittany Fernald, Rayan Hakeem, Marie Hunnell, Mani Kordestani, Ryan Nugent, Azita Soltani Far, and Nina Tatic.


  • Guastavino from the Depths to the Heights: A Walking Tour

    New York | Dates: 29 Jun, 2014
    Sunday, June 29, 12:30 to 2:30pm

    Take a tour of Guastavino projects in upper Manhattan with historian John Simko, who will highlight those developed in collaboration with architects Heins and LaFarge, engineer William Barclay Parsons, and subway developer August Belmont Jr. The tour begins in the 116th Street subway station, continues across Columbia University’s campus, and ends inside the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

    $25 for Museum members; $35 general public.

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

  • Green Roof Tutorial

    Somerville | Dates: 30 May, 2014
    • 05/30/2014

    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    • Green Roof Recovery
      9 Olive Square, Somerville, MA 02143

    • pce@the-bac.edu

    • Free and Open to the Public

    This tutorial will meet at a specialty green roof company, Green Roof Recovery, in Somerville, MA. Gain insight into planting media, construction materials and products. Get answers to questions that have been perplexing you. Co-Founder, Mark Winterer will give a tour of his facility during the seminar at Fringe in Union Square.
  • Conference: Baroque and Neobaroque (Einsiedeln, 16-19 Jun 14)

    Einsiedeln | Dates: 16 – 19 Jun, 2014

    CONFERENCE: Baroque and Neobaroque (Einsiedeln, 16-19 Jun 14) 15th International Baroque Summer Course Werner Oechslin Library Foundation, Einsiedeln, Switzerland Baroque and Neobaroque in the Spanish and Portuguese World



    2014 Program Directors: Jens Baumgarten, Felix Vogel, Tristan Weddigen

    Die Veranstaltung ist öffentlich. Gasthörer sind herzlich willkommen.

    Aus organisatorischen Gründen wird um Anmeldung gebeten an:


    The 15th Baroque Summer Course is generously supported by the Getty Foundation in the framework of the Connecting Art Histories initiative, the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (SAGW) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF).

    Stiftung Bibliothek Werner Oechslin

    Luegetenstrasse 11

    CH 8840 Einsiedeln


  • CFP: 19th Century Studies Association (Boston, 26-28 Mar 15)

    Boston | Dates: 30 – 30 Sep, 2014

    CFP: 19th Century Studies Association (Boston, 26-28 Mar 15)

    Boston, MA, March 26 - 28, 2015

    Deadline: Sep 30, 2014

    Call for Papers

    36th Annual Conference of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association March 26-28, 2015 – Boston, MA

    Material Cultures/Material Worlds

    We seek papers and panels that investigate elements of the material world belonging to the long nineteenth century. Topics may include collecting, possession(s), things and thing theories, realism, hoarding, bric-a-brac, souvenirs, historic houses (interiors and rooms), buildings and “truth to materials,” collecting folklore and songs, Atlantic trade, colonial objects, commodity fetishism, animals as things (taxidermy, zoos, taxonomies), people as things (slavery, human zoos, relics, death masks), cabinets of curiosity, closets, antiquities, museum displays, theatrical stages and sets, textures, books and manuscripts as objects, the materiality of texts, art materials, food, fraudulent items or the luxury trade. We invite alternate interpretations of the theme as well.

    Please email 250-word abstracts for 20-minute papers along with one-page CVs to the program chairs by September 30, 2014 to ncsaboston2015@gmail.com. Paper abstracts should include author's name, institutional affiliation, and paper title in the heading. We welcome panel proposals with three panelists and a moderator or alternative formats with pre-circulated papers and discussion.

    Please note that submission of a proposal constitutes a commitment to attend the conference if the proposal is accepted. All proposals received will be acknowledged, and presenters will be notified in November 2014. Graduate students whose proposals are accepted may, at that point, submit complete papers in competition for a travel grant to help cover transportation and lodging expenses. Scholars who live outside the North American continent, whose proposals have been accepted, may submit a full paper to be considered for the International Scholar Travel Grant (see NCSA website for additional requirements http://www.ncsaweb.net).

  • Guastavino and the Art of Structural Tile: Gallery Tour

    New York | Dates: 22 Jun, 2014
    Sunday, June 22, 1:30pm

    Many of New York's grandest interior spaces of the early 20th century feature elegant structural tile vaults and domes built by the Guastavino Fireproof Construction Company—including the Municipal Building, St John the Divine, Temple Emmanuel, and Grand Central Terminal. Learn what makes this marriage of artistic beauty and engineering innovation so remarkable from guest curator Martin Moeller.

    Free, but registration is required.

  • New York Transformed: The Architecture of Cross & Cross

    New York | Dates: 03 Jun, 2014
    June 3, 2014 at 6:30pm

    Architect Peter Pennoyer and architectural historian Anne Walker, authors of New York Transformed (The Monacelli Press, 2014), will speak about two of the 20th century’s most important, yet largely forgotten, architects, brothers John and Eliot Cross, in a conversation moderated by Donald Albrecht. Cross & Cross’s work included such iconic buildings as the General Electric Building, Tiffany’s, and luxurious apartment buildings 720 Park Avenue and One Sutton Place South—these latter two in collaboration with Rosario Candela. Pennoyer and Walker, who will sign books, will also discuss the Cross brothers’ real estate ventures, including the development of Sutton Place.

    Co-sponsored by the Institute of Classical Art & Architecture and The Monacelli Press.

    Reservations recommended.
    Free for Museum members; $12 for students/seniors; $16 for general public.

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

  • Innovators: The Uses of Tiles Today

    New York | Dates: 07 Jul, 2014

    Time: 6:30 pm

    Please note this event was rescheduled from Tuesday April 29th.

    Suzanne Stephens, writer, critic, and deputy editor of Architectural Record, will moderate a conversation about the latest innovations in the use, design, and manufacture of ceramics and tiles. Panelists include: Architect Daniel Libeskind, who is currently partnering with Italian tile manufacturer Casalgrande Padana on two projects—Fiera Milano and Pinnacle Installation; Ingeborg Rocker, Associate Professor of Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and co-founder and co-director of Rocker-Lange Architects; and Matthew Karlin, third-generation president of the Nemo Tile Company.

    Co-sponsored by the AIA New York Chapter and presented in conjunction with the Palaces for the People exhibition.

    Free for Museum members; $10 general public, students, and seniors. To purchase tickets by phone, please call 917.492.3395

    For more info, click here.

  • MUJI Meets Southern California

    Los Angeles | Dates: 28 May, 2014

    On Wednesday, May 28, MUJI will hold an open talk event between its president Masaaki Kanai and UCLA professor Hitoshi Abe at Venice Arts in Los Angeles.

    The talk will be a chance to hear the thoughts of two speakers who were raised in the context of Japanese aesthetics but who are currently operating on the international stage: Abe, an architect active for many years in Los Angeles, and MUJI (represented by Kanai), which has been active globally for many years but is a recent arrival to southern California.

    Kanai is president of Ryohin Keikaku (MUJI). He has worked there since its founding. His work primarily involved product development and merchandising in the company’s housewares division, one of MUJI’s three main product divisions. He entered Ryohin Keikaku in 1993 but was involved with the brand earlier through his work at Seiyu Stores, as MUJI was originally a private label company of Seiyu. He was appointed president in 2008.

    Abe is chair of UCLA’s Department of Architecture and Urban Design. As an architect, he worked at the Los Angeles office of Coop Himmelblau from 1988 and founded his own firm in 1992. His projects span small homes, bars and restaurants to museums and stadiums. He was the subject of two monographs, published by Toto in 2005 and Phaidon in 2009. As an educator he was appointed professor and chair of the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design in 2007. In 2010, he was appointed the Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Chair in the Study of Contemporary Japan as well as Director of the UCLA Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies.

    Attendees will receive a Santa Monica-themed “my bag” tote and travel mug with specially designed graphic insert.

    Talk: MUJI Meets Southern California
    A Talk with MUJI President Masaaki Kanai and UCLA Professor Hitoshi Abe
    Moderator: Brooke Hodge, Director of Exhibitions and Publications, Hammer Museum
    Date: May 28, 2014 (Wednesday)
    6:30 - 8:00pm (doors open at 6:00)
    Location: Venice Arts, 1702 Lincoln Boulevard
    Tickets: Free, advance reservation required
    Reservations can be at: http://mujitalk.eventbrite.com

  • Existing High-Rise Buildings – Refurbish, Repurpose or Replace?

    Chicago | Dates: 12 Jun, 2014

    Existing High-Rise Buildings – Refurbish, Repurpose or Replace?

    Thursday, June 12, 7:15 am-  12:00 pm

    Millions of square feet of high rise residential and commercial office buildings were built in Chicago during the post war boom. Most of these buildings were built with single-glazed curtain walls and provided with building services systems that were sized to compensate for their inefficient thermal envelopes. Designed in an era when energy resources were cheap and plentiful, these first-generation glass buildings were optimized to the standards and ideals of their day, however that day is now long gone. 

    We are now more sensitive to the demands buildings place on energy infrastructure, as well as their impacts on the environment. Additionally, many of these early curtain-walled commercial buildings in Chicago are no longer desirable as modern Class A office space. They tend to have lower floor-to-floor heights, tighter column spacing and shorter lease spans. Many still have their original, highly inefficient mechanical systems that provide sub-par regulation of temperature and outside air. Even basic code requirements for handicap accessibility, life safety measures and wind loads are difficult to rectify. This segment of Chicago’s building stock needs to be overhauled. The question is how best to approach the task, and at what cost and speed. 

    The strategy of retrofitting existing buildings with more efficient lighting, mechanical systems, and even façade upgrades will play a critical role in meeting the sustainability challenges facing the 21st century American city. For their fourth annual spring seminar, the Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings is organizing a half day of presentations to help focus attention on the issue. 


    • Jamie Ponce, Chicago City Director, C40 – Clinton Climate Initiative
    • Gordon Gill, FAIA, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
    • Craig Burton, PE, PositivEnergy Practice
    • Matthew Herman, Buro Happold
    • Panav Seth, AIA, Gensler
    • Leah B. Guzowski, Argonne National Laboratory
    • Scott Mellema, PE, SE, Permasteelisa North America

    Check-in and continental breakfast begins at 7:15am; the program begins at 8am. Please bring a photo I.D. and allow adequate time to pass through building security. Members of sponsoring organizations receive a discount on registration. Firm discount of five tickets for the price of four is available.

    Click here for registration and information about the CCHRB.

    This event is sponsored by Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings; co-sponsors: AIA Chicago, ALA, ASHRAE, BOMA Chicago, CSI Chicago, CTBUH, USGBC Illinois, SEAOI, ULI

    Learning units: 4 LU/HSW

    Location: Harris Bank Auditorium, 115 South LaSalle Street, 3rd Floor, Chicago

    Member price: $125.00   Non-member price: $150.00

  • Laterite Monuments of Malabar, Western India

    Chicago | Dates: 21 May, 2014

    Laterite Monuments of Malabar, Western India

    Wednesday, May 21, 12 pm-  12:45 pm

    Despite the wide use of laterite in the monumental architecture of India, very little is known about its engineering properties and protection strategies. Historical monuments of international and national value listed by Archaeological Survey of India along the west coast of India include forts, temples, palaces, churches, mosques and civic buildings were made using laterite ashlars. A study of these archaeological monuments and traditional construction practices will help to understand the potentials and problems of this material. The weathering of laterite stone in different environment was studied to evolve appropriate strategies for the conservation of valuable architectural heritage.

    Dr. Kasthurba A K
    Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, National Institute of Technology, Calicut, India
    Visiting Research Fellow, UIC, Chicago

    Bring your lunch; beverages provided. Click here to learn more about APT WGL.

    This event is sponsored by Association for Preservation Technology, Western Great Lakes chapter, and Historic Resources KC

    Learning units: Not Available

    Location: AIA Chicago, 35 East Wacker Drive, #250

    Member price: 0   Non-member price: 0

  • Howell & James of London - Retailing the Aesthetic Movement

    Chicago | Dates: 22 Jun, 2014

    Lecture:  Howell & James of London - Retailing the Aesthetic Movement
    Sunday June 22, 2014 at 2:00pm

    Glessner House Museum coach house

    $10 per person / $8 for museum members

    Reservations requested to 312.326.1480

    The period from 1860 to the early 1890s witnessed the flourishing of the Aesthetic Movement, a cult of beauty that emphasized art in the production of ceramics, furniture, textiles, wallpaper, and other furnishings.  Magazines, exhibitions and new retail venues, including department stores, spread Aesthetic Movement ideas and furnishings to a wide public in both Britain and the United States.  This presentation, by independent scholar and design historian Joan Maria Hansen, will explore the activities of the prominent London emporium Howell & James, which played a vital role in spreading Aesthetic Movement ideals, particularly by extensively marketing art pottery and through their classes and exhibitions of china painting.  Although the Glessners did not shop at the Howell & James store, they were vitally interested in ceramics.  After the lecture, Ms. Hansen will take attendees through the museum to look at some pieces that the Glessners collected during the period that reflect this surge of interest in the creation and collection of ceramic objects.

  • Smart Growth: Reconsidering Ian McHarg: The Future of Urban Ecology

    Washington | Dates: 17 Jul, 2014

    Ian McHarg advanced the integration of ecology into land planning and design, a matter that is all the more pressing in today’s densifying urban world. A principal in the firm McHarg founded, Ignacio Bunster-Ossa discusses the precepts of a new urban ecology, one involving the integration of green infrastructure, localism, and public art as a way to render compact development the environments of choice. Bunster-Ossa signs copies of his book, Reconsidering Ian McHarg: The Future of Urban Ecology, after the talk.

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

    FREE. Pre-Registration required. Walk in registration based on availability.

    Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Registration is for event planning purposes only and does not guarantee a seat. Online registration for Museum programs closes at midnight the day before the scheduled program.

    The Museum's award-winning Shop and Firehook Café are open for one hour prior to the start of the program. Shop and Café hours are subject to change.

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

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

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


    Pafos | Dates: 27 Jul – 10 Aug, 2014

    YARCH-WORKSHOP is in the delightful position to invite architects, students, designers and artists from around the world to take part in the YARCH 2014 X-Change Competition. The annual YArch competition recognizes outstanding ideas that redefine architectural design and construction through the implementation of new technologies, construction techniques, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations along with studies on globalization and adaptability. It is a forum that examines the relationship between architecture and the city, the built-environment and the un-built-environment, and the new-city and the old-city.

    The participants should take into consideration the advances in materials and construction techniques, and the establishment of new urban and architectural methods to solve economic, social, and cultural problems of the contemporary city.The competition is an investigation on the cultural exchange within a space and the role of the individual and the community in the creation of a dynamic and adaptive city.

    There are no restrictions in regards to site, program or size. The objective is to provide freedom to the participants to engage the project with the only constraints of the structure to be able to be constructed in the duration of two-weeks. What is a spatial cultural exchange? What are the historical, contextual, social, urban, and environmental responsibilities of these structures?

    YARCH-WORKSHOP is committed to continue stimulating the imagination of Young Architects around the world – thinkers that initiate a new architectural discourse of economic, environmental, intellectual, and perceptual responsibility that could ultimately modify what we understand as a spatial cultural exchange, furthermore its impact on urban planning and on the improvement of our way of life.


    Supported by: Cyprus Architects Assiociation

    For more information: http://yarchworkshop.com/upcoming/

  • CFP: ´Wilderness´: Creativity and Disorientation in Renaissance Landscape Representations

    Berlin | Dates: 10 Jun, 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

    Call for Papers for the sessions:

    Simone Westerman, simone.westermann@uzh.ch

    Subject: CFP: ´Wilderness´: Creativity and Disorientation in Renaissance Landscape Representations

    Deadline: June 10, 2014

    This panel seeks a more subtle understanding of artistic creation in relation to landscape and wilderness depictions in Late Medieval and Early Modern art (1300-1600). As in Dante’s "Divine Comedy", where the protagonist’s miraculous journey finds a starting point in a dark, disorientating forest (selva oscura), artistic creation often commences from undefined and disharmonic matter that gives rise to and finds its form within the artistic process. Leonardo’s "macchia" (stain,

    undergrowth) is the epitome of such a concept of creation and creativity, where a metamorphic mass not only inspires the vision of “un bel paese”, but also embodies creative invention itself – the potentiality for form and content. Moving beyond the concept of wilderness as an antipode to the idea of a civilized environment, this panel welcomes contributions that investigate landscape or wilderness depictions and descriptions that invite psychological and phenomenological modes of analysis.

    We are looking for art historical as well as interdisciplinary contributions that may relate to, but can go beyond the following


    - The interrelation between landscape and human creativity might call for an ecocritical approach: How does the wilderness relate to the human and how human is wilderness (anthropomorphic, living, even fleshy)?

    - Is a depicted wilderness an atemporal place or does it constitute a concrete place and time in human history?

    - What spiritual and imaginative powers lie in forest and landscape depictions?

    - To what extent do art-theoretical works reflect contemporary and local concepts of wilderness or landscape?

    - How might notions of forests or plants from non-European countries have inspired the production and the perception of landscape painting in the Renaissance?

    - What role do the natural properties of materials, color, and texture play in furthering the significance of landscape and wilderness?

    Please send a 150-word abstract of your paper, a brief curriculum vitae and full contact information to Filine Wagner (filine.wagner@uzh.ch) and Simone Westermann (simone.westermann@uzh.ch) by Tuesday, June 10th 2014.