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  • The Art and History of the United States Botanic Garden Tour

    Washington | Dates: 04 Jun, 2014

    Ever wonder why the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory is located on its present site? What the architectural style of the building is? How Bartholdi's Fountain became part of the USBG? Where many of the first plants in the Conservatory originated? This walking tour will explore how historical currents, architecture, sculpture, and landscape architecture came together to create this grand building. 

    Please note: 
    This tour is held outdoors. We suggest bringing sunscreen, protective clothing and water. The program is canceled if it rains or during times of extreme heat (heat index of 95 degrees or higher/ Code Red weather alert).

    Date: Wednesday, June 4
    Time: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    Location: Tour meets in the front lobby of the Conservatory
    FREE: No pre-registration required

  • The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: An Urban History Screening

    St. Louis | Dates: 25 Jun, 2014
    Wednesday, June 25 2014 at 7:00 pm

    It began as a housing marvel. Two decaded later, it ended in rubble. This documentary tells the story of the transformation of the American city in the decades after WWII, through the lens of the infamous Pruitt-Igoe housing development and the St. Louis residents who called it home.
  • Green Jobs, Green Justice, and Building Capacity in Urban Communities

    St. Louis | Dates: 17 Jun, 2014

    In many U.S. cities, efforts at stimulating green economic development strategies are yielding promising results. In historically distressed communities, however, extreme economic distress and environmental injustice bring additional challenges to any sort of capacity building. Sarah Coffin, Ph.D., Saint Louis University urban planning professor, explores how urban planning and policy researchers uncover the barriers to green economic development and identify the missing community capacity elements that can help promote green jobs and green justice.

  • ICMEM 2014 - 3rd International Conference on Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics

    Prague | Dates: 15 – 16 Aug, 2014
    ICMEM is a comprehensive conference covering various topics of Mechanical Engineering (Fluid and Solid Mechanics), Robotics, Aerospace, and Mechatronics. We believe inclusive and wide-ranging conferences such as ICMEM can have significant impacts by bringing together experts from the different and often separated fields of Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics. By bringing together these fields, it helps create unique opportunities for collaborations and shaping new ideas for experts and researchers.

    The aim of the ICMEM’14 is to gather scholars from all over the world to present advances in the aforementioned fields and to foster an environment conducive to exchanging ideas and information. This conference will also provide an ideal environment to develop new collaborations and meet experts on the fundamentals, applications, and products of Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics.


  • IMMERSION - Vermont (Rick Joy, Tom Kundig, Marlon Blackwell)

    Wooodstock | Dates: 03 – 10 Aug, 2014

    The format for the course will be an mixture of tours, site visits, studio work, lectures and critique. Students and tutors will live and work (including sleeping, meeting, and eating) on-site for the week.

    Over the course of the week, students will work to develop a response to an architectural problem. Significant time will be spent exploring, drawing, and developing an understanding of the context for the project. Response will be developed in model and graphic form, with an emphasis on analog representation methods. The week will culminate in a formal presentation and critique of the work.

    This year’s studio will be held at the Woodstock Farm House and Barn by Rick Joy Architects in Wooodstock, Vermont. The project was selected by Architectural Record for its 2010 Record Houses Issue, and has been featured in numerous other publications.

    The house is sited at the base of a hill next to a spring-fed pond which forms the center of family activity on the 210-acre homestead. Woodstock displays so much of what makes this part of New England unique, with the rollling hills and everchanging forest backdrop serving as a constant marker of place and time. This will be our laboratory and canvas for the workshop.

    The program will be led by Immersion staff and three award winning architects: Rick Joy, Tom Kundig, and Marlon Blackwell.

    For more information and to apply visit 

  • Old Books New Cities

    Montréal | Dates: 12 Dec, 2013 – 15 Jun, 2014

    The pressing need to reconstruct cities after the Second World War and the sudden post-war rise in population led the public sector to assume an ever-increasing role in the design and construction of the urban environment. In different political contexts, large urban developments or the construction of entirely new towns were directed by municipal or state powers and became an integral part of policies, often influenced by strong ideologies. Such a tendency can be recognized in Western Europe, marked by a social democratic agenda in the United Kingdom or in the Scandinavian countries, which extended the notion of welfare to dwelling; in the countries of the Communist block and in Yugoslavia; in South America, as part of an attempt to modernize countries such as Argentina and Brazil; and within recently de-colonized nations, which recognized in these projects the possibility to shape their own development and sustain new identities.

    The books, pamphlets, magazines, maps and publications presented in this small display represent an initial selection of primary sources one can find in the CCA library. These materials testify to the intensity of production of this period (1945—1989) and governments’ strong belief that the public sector should take an active role in the design of environments for their citizens.

    Presented in conjunction with the exhibition How architects, experts, politicians, international agencies and citizens negotiate modern planning: Casablanca Chandigarh, a study of two cities that have played a paramount role in the evolution of urbanism in the 20th century.

  • Buncom Day

    Little Applegate | Dates: 31 May, 2014

    Sponsored by the Buncom Historical Society for 12 years on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend,
    though this year’s event will be May 31st, the Saturday following Memorial Day.

    Buncom Day is an all-day affair with live music, craft and food booths, a barbecue, parade, children’s activities, a petting zoo, a chicken-splat contest, door-prize drawings, and other fun events for the whole family. Admission is free. About 500 people usually attend. The event raises money for the Society’s continuing program to preserve the buildings and the history of Buncom and the Little Applegate Valley.

  • The Gordon House Celebrates Frank Lloyd Wright’s Birthday & 50 Years of Wright in Oregon

    Silverton | Dates: 21 Jun, 2014
    The Gordon House Celebrates Frank Lloyd Wright’s Birthday & 50 Years of Wright in Oregon
    Saturday, June 21, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    The Gordon House, designed by world renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, will host a special celebration on Saturday, June 21, to commemorate Wright’s birthday. You’re invited to tour and enjoy his only building in Oregon 50 years after it was built as Wright’s demonstration of the only truly American architectural style.

    The Gordon House was designed in 1957 by Frank Lloyd Wright for Conrad and Evelyn Gordon and built on their Wilsonville farm on the banks of the Willamette River in 1964. The house is an “affordable” Usonian style home designed as part of Wright’s vision of the Usonian Community that was an original idea of suburbia in America for families of moderate means.

    Self-guided tours of the house are available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the special birthday celebration price of $5 per person. Knowledgeable tour guides will be on hand to answer questions and tell engaging stories about this unique house that was saved from demolition and brought to Silverton in 2002 for public exhibition. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a true Oregon treasure. Gordon and Wright exhibits will be on display in the house for this event. Birthday refreshments will be served.

  • Stanley Myers: A Modernist Architect

    Boston | Dates: 26 Jun – 30 Sep, 2014

    This summer, BSA Space is proud to present a collection of architectural drawings of the early work of Boston architect Stanley Myers (1923–2010). Myers was a graduate of Harvard College (AB, 1948) and the Harvard Graduate School of Design (MArch, 1953), and designed many homes and commercial buildings in and around Boston as well as in New England, Nigeria, and Ireland.

    This exhibition is organized by Historic New England with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the generous support of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf.

    Don't miss the opening reception:
    Thursday, June 26
    BSA Space, Harbor Room
    5:00pm to 7:00 pm
    RSVP to rsvp@architects.org with "Myers 6/26" in the subject line.
    Light refreshments will be provided.

  • Urban Timber: From Seed to City

    Boston | Dates: 26 Jun – 30 Sep, 2014

    New England was built in timber. Were it not for the Great Fire of Boston in 1872, the urban landscape of glass, steel, and concrete that we know today might have been very different.

    This exhibition will celebrate wood as the region’s most sensible and abundant choice of material for urban building while highlighting its flexibility and technical qualities.

    Yugon Kim, founding owner/partner of IKD and co-curator of the exhibition explains “We now know that timber is a superior structural building material that should be considered alongside steel and concrete. The carbon offset and sustainability benefits of wood make it an ever-relevant and timely building material in the urban landscape." 

    Urban Timber: From Seed to City will show that recent developments—including numerous successful implementations of timber as primary structural for midrise buildings in Europe—point to a different future.

    The exhibition will include a number of case studies, examples of existing wood technology and recent material innovations in the many kinds of engineered timber available to the building industry today.

    Also on display, and the result of an open competition, will be four winning projects proposed by emerging architects featuring innovative structural uses of timber. The winners collaborated with mentor architects, engineers, and material suppliers to install their unseen installations in the gallery.

    The public program will include a series of collaborative public workshops and lectures will accompany the exhibition to provide extra platforms for dialogue and knowledge-sharing between key players in the industry.

    Don't miss the opening reception June 26th.

  • Family Design Day: From Bricks to Bridges: Kids Design along the Waterfront

    Boston | Dates: 14 Jun, 2014

    JUNE 14
    10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    Join Learning By Design in Massachusetts as we close out our spring series of Family Design Day Programs at BSA Space with an investigation of our wonderful Fort Point neighborhood. First explore the architecture of the Waterfront with a hands-on walking tour to learn about building types, structure, materials and the elements of architecture. Come back to BSA Space and create a model of your design for a new building for the Boston Waterfront. Program begins promptly at start time. *Note, the program this month is 2.5 hours.

    This Family Day Program is designed for children 5 – 13 years old, accompanied by an adult – a maximum ratio of 3 children per 1 adult will be required. Tickets are $8 per person, children and adults. BSA Space is one block from South Station. Enter through Main Lobby and meet in the 1st floor BSA Info Center. Program begins promptly at start time.

    Family Design Day Programs encourage children and adults to observe, explore and design together. In these hands-on workshops, families are introduced to architecture and design through exhibit tours, walking tours or slide shows, and then complete a hands-on design activity. Architects and Design Educators lead the activities focused on the Built Environment of Boston and the world. 

    Your registration includes acceptance of our photo release and consent policy.

  • Urban Agriculture and the Form of the City

    Cambridge | Dates: 19 – 20 Jun, 2014

    This course explores a wide range of innovative projects in the U.S. and abroad that are transforming sites, buildings, and urban districts by adding viable urban agriculture. The course looks beyond the compelling images and provides specific practical and technical information for professionals as resources for new projects and initiatives in the future. The course will employ a combination of presentations, discussion with practitioners and leaders in urban agriculture, and a local field trip taking advantage of Boston’s model approaches.

    Day one begins with an overview of urban agriculture and current trends, including the social, environmental, and economic factors leading to its emergence as a major component of future city-building. Participants will then discuss a series of case studies that investigate emerging best practices, and reveal the technical and regulatory challenges that projects have encountered and overcome. These examples will describe farming in urban open spaces that is being accomplished in urban districts on surprisingly small lots. Other case studies will focus on the relationship between architecture and urban agriculture, considering examples of farming within and on top of buildings--and new systems to incorporate agriculture into building facades. The design opportunities will be linked to the need to solve many technical and regulatory issues, ranging from roof loading, insulation, soil safety, the use of pesticides, storage, and transportation of materials and food.  The discussions will also consider the urban design and urban planning opportunities associated with urban agriculture to help transform communities.

    Key Topics:

    • From vision to reality: Trends, inspirations, and project opportunities
    • Urban agriculture and site design: best practices and environmental implications
    • Buildings as farms: Opportunities inside, outside, and on top of buildings
    • New systems and technologies: comprehensive, integrated approaches
    • Urban design for agriculture: design standards, reviews, and zoning

    Class Activities

    The course will be conducted through a sequence of presentations and interactive seminar sessions exploring the course's major topics. Each segment will be accompanied with summaries and links or references to programs, technical information, and projects. The course will include a field trip to two operating farms in urban neighborhoods of Boston, one which is a for-profit organization and one with a non-profit structure. The field trip will set the context for a presentation and discussion of how the City of Boston is advancing new zoning rules and design standards so that urban agriculture blooms in the dense, New England environment.

    Audience and Applications

    This session is appropriate for architects, landscape architects, urban designers and planners, urban developers and landowners, and community advocates. Attendees will develop and understanding of the technical issues in each field related to urban agriculture and apply that information to help implement urban agriculture projects.

    Learning Objectives

    • Understand the range of emerging projects incorporating urban agriculture and how design is needed to integrate aesthetics and support economically viable operations.
    • Assess and apply technical information about innovations in site, building, and environmental design associated with urban farming.
    • Evaluate the potential benefits of urban agriculture to meet LEED and the new LEED-ND standards.
    • Understand key regulatory issues and approaches needed to achieve permits and approvals.
    • Use a wide number of local, national and international case studies as precedents for consideration in project planning, programming and design.
    Registration Expire Date: 
    June 19, 2014 - 9:00am
  • Architecture Explorations

    Pittsburgh | Dates: 09 Jun – 11 Aug, 2014
    Drop into the Heinz Architectural Center and take in the collection’s inspiring works for budding architects. 

    Each summer, Carnegie Museum of Art presents architecture camps and workshops in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture. Alongside these camps, the Heinz Architectural Center’s gallery space also hosts a public exhibition of objects drawn from the department’s collection of drawings, models, photographs, rare books, games, and other material. 

    Open to all area students age six through high school, these lively programs investigate all kinds of structures—houses, bridges, office buildings, and museums, to name a few—and their changing use, design, and construction across history. During the program, half of the Heinz Architectural Center galleries transform into design studios for the campers. Chosen for their relationship to the camps’ themes, the objects in Architecture Explorations enlighten and inspire participants, while offering visitors insights on fundamental architectural ideas and strategies. 
  • critic|all I International Conference on Architectural Design And Criticism

    Madrid | Dates: 13 – 15 Jun, 2014

    Dear colleagues,

    We want to inform you about the launchment of critic|all I International Conference on Architectural Design And Criticism (#utopian-pragmatism #pragmatic-utopianism), organized by the School of Architecture of Madrid, within the framework of its Master’s Degree in Advance Architectural Design (MPAA-Departamento de Proyectos Arquitectónicos directed by Federico Soriano), to be held from 12 to 14 June 2014.

    We invite you to take part in the call for abstracts (deadline 15.11.2013) and share this announcement.

    Find more information on http://www.criticall.es

    Other updates on our facebook page and twitter @criticallconfer #criticall.

  • PhD Conversations: The Building

    London | Dates: 02 Jun, 2014

    Ever since the theoretical turn of the 1960s, the status of the building as main architectural object keeps taking more and more forms. Whether as the reification of power structures, as a facilitator of participatory processes, as the locus of phenomenological content, as the hypostatization of terms from other systems of thought, as a vehicle to reflect upon unmediated practices, as a catalyst to investigate the psychology of perception, as amenable to mirror processes in the natural world — its increasing epistemological diversification is an index for the growing sophistication of the field of architectural history and theory. Within this tendency, however, the building emerges more often as a medium through which to tap into another domain —if not as altogether absent— than it does as the ultimate realm of research in its own right.

    This event will pose the question whether projects that take the building as their primary concern can today extend the bounds of possibility for the production of discursive knowledge in a substantial fashion. In a day-long series of conversations, PhD candidates, historians, theorists and architects from London and United States will discuss a number of case studies in terms of how they embody design concepts that are historically significant, and how those might be turned into theoretical frameworks beyond the boundaries of architecture.

    With Mark Cousins (AA), Francisco Gonzalez de Canales (AA), Mark Cambpell (AA), Thomas Weaver (AA), Marina Lathouri (AA), Adrian Forty (UCL), John McMorrough (U. Michigan), Rafi Segal (Columbia), Penelope Dean (UIC), Sylvia Lavin (UCLA/Princeton), Mario Carpo (Yale), AA PhD candidates Aldo Urbinati, Manolis Stavrakakis, Alexandra Vougia, Costandis Kizis and Gabriela García de Cortázar, and US PhD candidates Aaron White (Columbia), Bryan Norwood and Etien Santiago (Harvard) and José Aragüez (Princeton).

    Open event. With the support of the PhD Programme.

  • Exhibition of the 2014 AAI Awards

    Dublin | Dates: 28 May – 06 Jun, 2014

    Date: 28.05.14 – 06.06.14

    Time: 10:00 – 17:00, Tuesday to Friday

    Venue: Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion Square, Dublin 2

    The Architectural Association of Ireland are pleased to announce the launch of the 2014 Annual AAI Awards exhibition, on Tuesday 27th May from 6pm – 8pm, in the Irish Architectural Archive.

    Winners of the awards will be officially announced at the launch of the exhibition, which features a showcase of this years Downes Medal winner, the highest AAI award attainable, alongside other winning entries and special mentions.

    The AAI Awards are the only peer reviewed architecture awards in Ireland that publish the critical discourse which takes place among the assessors adjudicating the awards.

    The intention of the AAI awards is to encourage higher standards of architecture throughout the country, to recognise projects that make a contribution to Irish architecture, and to inform the public of emerging directions in contemporary architecture.

    Since 2000, a 5-person jury comprising of an architectural critic, a foreign architect, two Irish architects and a distinguished non-architect have judged the awards.  The composition of the jury ensures a balance between an international perspective and an understanding of the particular context in which Irish architects work.

    The 29th AAI awards jury consisted of:
    Justin McGuirk – Architectural Critic – www.justinmcguirk.com
    Adam Khan – UK Assessor – Adam Kahn Architects
    Mary Laheen – Irish Assessor – (2013 AAI Award winner), Mary Laheen Architects
    Andrew Clancy – Irish Assessor – (2013 AAI Downes Medal winner) Clancy Moore Architects
    Karen Hennessy – Distinguished non-architect – CEO Design & Crafts Council of Ireland

    A book accompanying these AAI Awards will be published later on in the year and will have a separate book launch.

    This exhibition is open to the public, from the 28th May to the 6th June, in the Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion Square, 10am to 5pm, Tuesday until Friday.

    The exhibition has been curated by young emerging talents:
    Steven McNamara (Roji Designs)
    Darragh Breathnach (VAV Architects)
    Michael Hayes (2ha magazine)
    Donn Holohan
    Elspeth Lee

    A part of this exhibition documenting the design process, construction and inhabitation of this years Downes Medal Award Winning building was funded by the Arts Council of Ireland’s Engaging with Architecture Scheme.

  • The Living Landscape: A Conversation with Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy

    Bronx | Dates: 25 Jun, 2014
    6:30pm - 8:00pm

    Member : $22.00
    Non-Member : $25.00

    Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy, two of America's leading voices in sustainability and horticulture, are on a mission to inspire home gardens that are full of life and integrated with their surrounding environments. Don't miss this in-depth conversation tied to their new book The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden, as they share their insights on beauty and biodiversity, plants and pollinators, and new design strategies for personal gardens large and small.

    An audience Q&A session follows the presentation, and copies of the book will be available for sale and signing by the co-authors. 

  • Satellite Magazine Cities + Speaker Series

    Brooklyn | Dates: 10 Jun, 2014

    We’re back at the Way Station on Tuesday, June 10 for another night of short talks about cities, followed by live music. This month we’ll hear about:

    Kite-mappingUrban Solutions, a civic-minded group whose members hold day jobs in fields ranging from urban planning and design to law and policy, will talk about documenting Arverne East, an undeveloped parcel of land in the Rockaways, with a camera and a kite. Speakers will include Jennifer Sta. Ines, Renata Silberblatt, and Ben Rosenblatt.

    Karachi. New York-based architect Muhammad Ahmad Khan will speak about his hometown of Karachi, whose population has doubled to around 20 million over the past decade and a half. When Pakistanis from other parts of the country face floods, earthquakes, war, and unemployment, they flock to Karachi, adding to the city’s chaotic complexity.

    The Gowanus. Journalist Joseph Alexiou, who is writing a book about Brooklyn’s favorite sewage-filled Superfund site, will discuss the canal’s history and future.

    Neighborhood activism. Crown Heights resident Valerie Fleming will speak about her long experience working in her neighborhood.


    Music from Sami and Sarah.

    Entrance is free; donations (to the musicians) are suggested.

    The Way Station is located at 683 Washington Avenue (between Prospect and St. Marks) in Prospect Heights. The event will run from 7:30 to 9PM.

  • Tezuka Architects Lecture

    Manchester | Dates: 03 Jun, 2014

    Tezuka architects blend critical dialogues with the city and society while demonstrating a playful open mindedness that appeals even to young children. Their projects articulate a sensibility in engaging with the environment seldom observed today. Their award winning projects include museums, houses and community centres, testing a path for future architecture that is intelligent, innovative and ego-less.

    This is a FREE lecture organised by the Manchester School of Architecture. It is an open lecture for both students and members of the public.


    Visit: http://tezuka-architects.eventbrite.co.uk

    Ticket registration is required in advance due to limited spaces and building security. Please bring proof of your booking with you and arrive 10 minutes in advance.

    3rd JUNE 2014, 18:00 - 20:00

    NEW BUSINESS SCHOOL (Ground Floor) 

    This event has been made possible due to the kindness of The Bradshaw Gass Trust.

  • MacroCity

    San Francisco | Dates: 30 – 31 May, 2014

    MacroCity is a day-long, whirlwind tour of this bigger picture of urban life. It brings together a diverse set of panelists, speakers and participants to explore the vast, often overlooked networks of infrastructure that surround us. In doing so, the conference aims to celebrate the numerous people whose countless efforts shape the built landscape every day.

    The conference will be held on May 30-May 31, 2014 at SPUR and the Brava Theater in San Francisco, CA. Registration is now open. Limited amounts of complimentary tickets are available, compcode is: warofcurrents

    MacroCity is a project of the Bay Area Infrastructure Observatory. For more information, please contact xiaowei@infraobservatory.com.