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  • Friends of ASOR Connects Members with the Ancient Near East

    Dates: 23 May, 2014
    Friends of ASOR are people who are interested in archaeological and historical research in the eastern Mediterranean. Founded in 1900, ASOR supports and encourages the study of the cultures and history of the Near East, from the earliest times to the present. We invite you to register today so that you can join our team and receive exclusive benefits (The Ancient Near East Today and theResource Page).

    The Ancient Near East Today
    This monthly e-newsletter disseminates ideas, insights and discoveries to Friends of ASOR. You can become a Friend for FREE, you only need register. The ANE Today appears on the third Tuesday of each month and features contributions from diverse academics, a forum featuring debates of current developments from the field, and links to news and resources. The ANE Today covers the entire Near East, and each issue presents discussions ranging from the state of biblical archaeology to archaeology after the Arab Spring. Sign up today for free and be a part of this community of discovery!

    ASOR Resources
    The Friends of ASOR Resource Page is an online resource for all things ancient Near Eastern. The FOA Resource Page brings together far-flung links to libraries, publications, museums, exhibitions, projects and much more. This page will be a prime destination for scholars, students and lay people who want a master portal into the world of the Ancient Near East. The page is still under development, so take the opportunity to tell us what kind of online resources would be useful to you. In the meanwhile, please explore the videos compiled on the Multimedia Resources page.

  • Architecture 101: Bio-architecture

    Washington | Dates: 23 Jul, 2014

    Though modern Western buildings are often designed in geometric forms, bio-architecture demonstrates the growing influence of nature through the predominance of organic, nature-inspired patterns and shapes. Learn about this unusual style of architecture, which is exemplified by the work of architects like Antoni Gaudí and Santiago Calatrava.

    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, July 26, 2014 
    Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Jason Reblando: New Deal Utopias

    Chicago | Dates: 26 Apr – 22 Sep, 2014
    During the Great Depression, the U.S. government built three planned communities of Greenbelt, Maryland; Greenhills, Ohio; and Greendale, Wisconsin. In photographing these "Greenbelt Towns," I explore the New Deal vision to resettle displaced farmers and poor urban dwellers in model cities which unified the best elements of "town" and country." I create an evocation of utopia as a place and idea in the American mind, while examining how this vision plays out in the contemporary moment. I draw inspiration for my work from my curiosity in power structures and urban planning, in order to explore the complex relationship between humans, nature and the built environment. -Jason Reblando

    Saturday, April 26 - Monday, September 22, 2014

    Daily, 10 am - 6:30 pm (7 days a week); Holidays 10 am - 4 pm

    City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower
    806 N. Michigan Ave. 
    Chicago, IL 60611


    For more information, visit www.jasonreblando.com

  • The Rose Garden Celebration

    Bronx | Dates: 07 – 08 Jun, 2014
    Come June, the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden is a sea of warm color, flush with the reds, whites, yellows, and pinks of more than 4,000 blooming plants. In celebration of the delicate beauty that defines this collection, as well as the peak of its seasonal color, stop by for two days of live music, plant care demonstrations and tours with expert rosarians, and light summer refreshments in the shade of the garden's overlooks. In connection with the Groundbreakers exhibition which runs concurrently, the Rose Garden Festival will feature music from the Jazz Age.

    The period around the Rose Garden Festival includes a variety of rose-related educational programs, including Adult Education courses and a special one-day intensive program, A Day of Roses: Great Rosarians of the World™ East 2014. Get more information.

    View the full list of programs and events happening at the Garden during the Rose Garden Festival.
    Festival Ticket Pricing

    Adults: $30 
    Children 2–12: $15 
    Children under 2: Free 
    Members: Free

    Ticket includes all Festival activities plus All-Garden Pass admission, which includes access to special exhibitions in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, Tram Tour, and more.

    All adults 21 and older who intend to consume alcohol will be required to show valid photo ID as proof of age upon entry to the festival. All Festival activities are rain or shine.

  • Breaking Ground: American Women Landscape Pioneers: A Talk on Beatrix Farrand

    Bronx | Dates: 04 Jun, 2014
    Wednesday, June 4
    10:00am - 12:00pm
    Judith B. Tankard 
    NYBG - Ross Lecture Hall

    The only female founding member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Farrand was born in New York City, and studied horticulture with Charles Sprague Sargent, director of the Arnold Arboretum. Through her social connections, she received major estate commissions and developed a reputation for an elegant style and rich architectural detail. While Farrand completed more than 110 gardens-including projects for the White House and The Morgan Library-her most notable surviving works are Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C.; the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Maine; and the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at NYBG. Includes a visit to the Rockefeller Rose Garden.
  • Intro to Landscape Design

    Bronx | Dates: 04 – 18 Jun, 2014
    3 Wednesdays, 6/4–6/18/14
    06:15pm - 09:15pm
    Instructor: Jeffrey Erb 

    Gain an introduction to the terminology, concepts, and basic principles of landscape design through lectures and simple two-dimensional exercises. This course is recommended for students with little or no background in design.
  • Introduction to Design Principles

    Glencoe | Dates: 10 Jun, 2014
    June 10, 2014
    7 – 9 p.m.
    Lakeside Room, Visitor Center
    Valerie Gerdes Lemme, landscape architect, ASLA
    $37 nonmember; members receive 20% discount

    This workshop introduces and reviews the landscape design process of site analysis, conceptual design, and evaluations, based on such landscape-design principles as balance, symmetry, proportion, scale, and unity. Looking at plant combinations and landscape features, you will learn about color, texture, line, form, and methods of creating garden spaces.
  • The American Cottage Garden

    Glencoe | Dates: 07 Jun, 2014
    June 7, 2014
    1 – 3 p.m.
    Linnaeus Room
    Nina Koziol, garden writer
    $37 nonmember; members receive 20% discount

    Exuberant gardens overflowing with old-fashioned flowers—that is the vision that comes to mind when we think of cottage gardens. Shrub roses, foxgloves, poppies, forget-me-nots, hollyhocks, vegetables, and herbs all have a place in this one-of-a-kind garden. Discover bed and border designs and plant combinations that can help you get the look of an English cottage garden.
  • Landscapes for Nature and Wildlife

    Glencoe | Dates: 29 May, 2014
    May 29, 2014
    1 – 3 p.m.
    Annex 2
    John Raffetto, horticulture educator 
    $37 nonmember; members receive 20% discount

    Learn to attract wildlife with design ideas and plants selected for use as food, shelter, and water for birds, butterflies, and small mammals. Discussion will include specific plants that may be introduced into a traditional landscape to attract and support wildlife in your garden. A Garden walk will be included, so please dress for the weather.
  • Landscape and Sculpture

    Bronx | Dates: 29 May, 2014
    Thursday, 5/29/14
    10:00am - 12:00pm

    Recently, greater attention to the role of public sculpture has translated into more clients wishing to include art in their landscape plans. Three innovative designed landscapes for contemporary sculpture are accessible from New York as design inspiration: LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton, Grounds for Sculpture in Trenton, and Storm King in the Lower Hudson Valley. Each garden presents a unique landscape vision and are models of careful placement and sensitive planting reflecting a rich collaboration between sculptor, horticulturist, and landscape architect. In some cases, the artist has constructed a site-specific sculpture or land form, working with nature and within the broader context of the garden or countryside. A brief introduction to earlier American sculpture gardens will complement these explorations.
  • Breaking Ground: American Women Landscape Pioneers: A Talk on Marian Coffin

    Bronx | Dates: 18 Jun, 2014
    Wednesday, June 18th

    After graduating from MIT with a degree in landscape architecture in 1904, Coffin established a successful landscape design practice in New York City. Her clients included some of America's most distinguished families, including the Fricks, Vanderbilts, Huttons, and du Ponts. An astute businesswoman who insisted on the same fees as her male counterparts, she designed over 50 significant estate gardens in the Northeast and was recognized for her refined and elegant work, including the gardens of Winterthur. Includes a visit to NYBG's Benenson Ornamental Conifers, designed by Coffin in the 1940s.
  • Women and the City- From a Landscape Perspective

    Bronx | Dates: 20 Jun, 2014
    Cities are the grand challenge of the 21st century, and for over 100 years, women have played a crucial, if under-celebrated, role in shaping and adapting our urban spaces. Award-winning author and landscape historian Thaisa Way, ASLA, leads a fascinating session with four experts in landscape scholarship and practice that examines the ways women have influenced how we look at – and live in – the modern city. 

    Photographing the City – As archivists and activists, photographers have been fascinated by the urban landscape since the camera was invented. Mary Woods (Michael A. McCarthy Professor of Architectural Theory at Cornell University) uses historical and contemporary images by Frances Benjamin Johnston, Mattie Edwards Hewitt, Margaret Morton and others to provoke questions about cityscapes, yesterday and today. 

    Designing the 'Shapely City' – Presenting her latest work, Sonja Dümpelmann (Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design) explores the lasting contributions of women pioneers to contemporary urban and suburban design around the world. 

    Sensuality in the City – Scale, detail, and material all contribute to the everyday pleasures of urban reality. ASLA award-winning scholar Linda Jewell (Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at the University of California), looks at legendary designers from Beatrix Farrand onward, who have given a high priority to creating an intimate and sensual experience, whether in private gardens or public spaces. 

    Transforming the City – Celebrated landscape architect Susannah C. Drake (Founding Principal, dlandstudio architecture + landscape architecture pllc in Brooklyn) presents her vision of beautiful, healthy, ecologically intelligent design that can transform the way we imagine and experience the urban landscape, looking at projects such as the Brooklyn Bridge Pop-up Park and the forthcoming Gowanus Canal Sponge Park™. 

    The symposium concludes with a self-guided exhibit tour of Great American Gardens & the Women who Photographed Them in the Rondina and Lo Faro Gallery. 

    Support provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • 7th International Urban Design Conference

    Adelaide | Dates: 01 – 03 Sep, 2014

    The conference “Designing Productive Cities” will explore the framework required for creating today’s cities, the process of designing and shaping our cities to make them more functional, attractive and sustainable.

    We will examine affordable housing and diversity for “Gen Y” who are interested in more compact design models. For the rapidly growing ageing population sector, we will discuss isolation, location, ease of transport, mobility and affordability. 

    Designing productive cities also has other considerations including Social Equity, Inclusion and developing meaningful relationships and interconnectivity between Cities and Regional Australia. - See more at: http://urbandesignaustralia.com.au/#sthash.Til85mj4.dpuf
  • Iron Designer Challenge

    New York | Dates: 05 Jun, 2014

    The upcoming Iron Designer competition, to raise money for the nonprofit Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction.  Every year, we attract a VIP list of industry professionals.

    This competition gives high school students the opportunity to work with architectural and engineering professionals, and learn the basics of good design. This year, there will be ten teams including those hosted by Gensler, Turner, Cerami, SOM, Parsons, Ennead, Sam Schwartz, a team sponsored by Omni and Thornton Tomasetti.


    Los Angeles | Dates: 09 – 14 Jun, 2014
    UCLA Architecture and Urban Design‘s end of the year all-school exposition engages students, faculty, and the international design community in a discourse on the forefront of contemporary design and innovation. With 20,000 square feet of studio and program installations, 240 projects on view and 90 leading critics and practitioners, RUMBLE redefines the provocative opportunities confronting the next generation of architects.

    RUMBLE takes place in Perloff Hall on the UCLA campus and at IDEAS on the Hercules campus in Playa Vista.
    Perloff Hall is located on the UCLA Campus.
    Perloff Hall, M-S, 9am – 5pm
    Info: 310.267.4704
    Parking is available in Lot 3 for $12, purchase parking at the Westholme Ave and Hilgard Ave kiosk.
    Alternative parking is available at Self-Service Parking Pay Stations 
    Check the website for confirmation of all programs at www.aud.ucla.edu
    The campus map is available at www.maps.ucla.edu/campus/

    IDEAS at the Hercules Campus, 5865 S. Campus Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90094
    Information: 310.267.4704
    Parking is available on site.


  • Conversations in Place: The Past in the 21st Century

    Long Beach | Dates: 10 Aug, 2014

    Rancho Los Alamitos hosts The Past in the 21st Century, a panel of nationally renowned directors and preservationists who will explore the evolving role of museums and historic sites and how they are being re-imagined for next generation audiences in an ever-changing, multi-cultural world on August 10 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

    Presenters include Richard West of the Autry National Center of the American West; Wayne Donaldson, Chairman of the U.S. Advisory Council on Historic Preservation; and Pamela Seager, Executive Director of Rancho Los Alamitos. 

    Rancho Los Alamitos is located at 6400 Bixby Hill Road in Long Beach. Tickets may be obtained online at http://www.rancholosalamitos.org or by calling 562.431.3541.

    The event is sponsored in part by Metabolic Studio and IMPRINT Culture Lab.

  • Norwegian Icons: Important Norwegian Design

    New York | Dates: 23 May – 01 Jun, 2014

    After successful exhibitions in Oslo and Tokyo, Norwegian Icons: Important Norwegian Design comes to New York this May. Drawing attention to the country’s contribution to mid-century Scandinavian design, the exhibition presents fine and rare decorative arts and furniture created in Norway between 1940 and 1975, in conversation with artwork by acclaimed Norwegian artists, including multiple works by modern master Edvard Munch. The exhibition will be on view from May 23 – June 1, 2014 at Openhouse Gallery in Soho.

    The exhibition features over 500 works of high-end decorative arts and furniture from this significant part of Norwegian design heritage: tables and chairs by iconic Norwegian designers such as Torbjørn Afdal, Fredrik Kayser, and Sven Ivar Dysthe; glassware and ceramics from Benny Motzfeldt, Herman Bongard; and decorative arts and jewelry treasures from Grete Prytz Kittelsen, Tone Vigeland, and Arne Tjomsland are among the objects that will be featured in this selling exhibition of 44 Norwegian designers.

    Works will be presented by a select group of artists who played various roles in developing the traditions of Norwegian design and architecture during the twentieth century. One of the featured artists, Edvard Munch, paved the way for other Post-War artists with his innovative work, marking a breakthrough in Norwegian art history.

    The intention behind Norwegian Icons: Important Norwegian Design is to raise international awareness of Norway’s significant contribution to Scandinavian mid-century modern design, alongside those of Denmark, Sweden, and Finland. Norwegian Icons tells the story of Norway’s design history through a series of exhibitions and catalogues. The catalogue accompanying the New York exhibition features a selection of works by important mid-century Norwegian designers and highlights their role in shaping this unique period in Norwegian design history.

    Of the 92 objects presented in the Oslo catalogue, 34 have won international gold design medals. In the Tokyo catalog, 36 designers and their objects were portrayed—22 of whom have won international gold design medals in competition with renowned designers such as Arne Jacobsen (Denmark), Hans Wegner (Denmark), and Charles and Ray Eames.

  • Design + Dining: Chicago's Gold Coast (AIA Convention Event)

    Dates: 26 Jun, 2014
    • Time: 4:00-6:30 p.m.
    • Location: Charnley Persky House and Madlener House
    • Tickets: $50
    This event is part of the 2014 AIA National Convention program. For more information and to register, visit convention.aia.org.

    Astor Street is the heart of Chicago’s prestigious and architecturally-rich Gold Coast neighborhood. Attendees can explore the area on their own with a provided guide map or by joining available docents to augment the experience. Stop in for refreshments at two remarkable neighborhood treasures: the National Landmark Adler & Sullivan 1892 Charnley–Persky House, now home to the Society of Architectural Historians, and at the Prairie Style 1901 Madlener House, designed by Richard E. Schmidt and Hugh M. G. Garden, and home to Chicago’s Graham Foundation since 1963.

    Provider: AIA Chicago
  • CFP: Architectural Design Research Symposium VENICE 2014

    Venice | Dates: 23 Jun, 2014


    VENICE  19th - 20th NOVEMBER 2014

    REVISED CALL FOR PROPOSALS  NEW SUBMISSION DATE OF 23RD JUNE http://www.victoria.ac.nz/fad/research/architectural-research-through-design


    This symposium provides a forum to reflect on the emergence of research through design in the context of Architectural Education and Critical Practice. As articulated in recent publications and on the evidence of postgraduate activity around the globe, design as the primary vehicle for research innovation has entered a confident and mature stage. What are the themes that emerge from this body of work? What tactics have evolved through conceiving design as the core research method? What are the "unique national features and mentalities that continue to exist and flourish"? (Koolhaas, 2013)


    The 2014 Venice Biennale and its theme of Fundamentals, provides a stimulating space in which to address these questions. This event is associated with the New Zealand exhibition at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale.<http://www.nzia.co.nz/news--media/new-zealand-at-the-2014-venice-architecture-biennale.aspx> The symposium will be held at the venue of the NZ exhibition, the Palazzo Pisani Santa Marina, Calle de le Erbe, Cannaregio.<http://maps.google.co.nz/maps/ms?msid=203523385005704610577.0004f36e8660a25b07694&msa=0>


    The intent of the symposium is to maximise opportunities for discussion and debate over an intense 24 hour period: Evening reception  Morning keynote (TBC) - morning PechaKucha style presentations, lunch, afternoon round table sessions in small groups  -  final panel discussion based on roundtable sessions  evening dinner.

    To facilitate the discussion we intend to have a soft bound book of presentations available at the symposium. Each presenter(s) has 1000 words and up to 6 images available for this ?first edition?. Subsequently, there will be opportunity to submit extended chapters for the final edition research book that will document the symposium.

    All proposals and book chapters will be subject to double blind international peer review.

  • Special Movie Showing at The Cliff Dwellers: William Le Baron Jenney: Boston, Paris, Chicago

    Chicago | Dates: 07 Jun, 2014

    Special Movie Showings at The Cliff Dwellers

    Saturday, June 7, at 10:30

    Preview Showing on Wednesday, June 4 at 6:30

    Cliff Dwellers and their friends are invited to this special showing of:William Le Baron Jenney: Boston, Paris, Chicago has been organized by Cliff Dwellers John Notz and Walker Johnson and is co-sponsored by the Alliance Francaise of Chicago and by The Chicago Literary Club. 

    While both showings at the Club will be in French, copies of a competent translation of the script into English will be available, on site, and are, now, available in the Web Site of The Alliance Francaise of Chicago, via its Library Page.

     This film was written and filmed at the direction of the Alumni Association of the Paris university (The Ecole Centrale des Arts et Manufactures) attended by William Le Baron Jenney in connection with Jenney's being named by it as "Centralien" of the Year 2012.  Just as Jenney followed Gustave Eiffel through the Ecole Centrale, Jenney's designation, as Centralien of the Year followed that designation of Eiffe.

    You are invited to make reservations prior to the showing on June 4. 

    John Notz will provide an introduction at each showing

    Remarks by Walker Johnson will precede the June 7 showing. 

    Attendees are invited to stay for lunch after the showing on Saturday, June 7.  A discussion of Jenney's life and his career will continue over lunch.

    Make reservations by e-mail to reservations@cliff-chicago.org or by calling 312-922-8080.  

    Both showings will be in the Sullivan Room, for which there is irony, as Mr. Sullivan did not care for or admire Mr. Jenney.  Space is limited somake reservations right away.  The April showing at the Alliance Francasise sold out.  See you at the movies.