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  • Hellstrip Gardening: Paradise at the Curb

    Boston | Dates: 21 May, 2014
    Evelyn Hadden, Author and Landscape Designer
    1 Session: Wednesday, May 21, 6:30–8:30pm
    Location: Hunnewell Building

    From coast to coast, overlooked landscapes languish in parking strips and alongside driveways and alleys. These semi-public spaces don't often support healthy lawns, but they can host thriving gardens that add beauty and provide ecological services, dramatically improving their surroundings. Though curbside gardens present many challenges, their potential rewards can tempt you to give that leftover a make-over. Evelyn Hadden will address issues such as car, foot, and paw traffic; utility and maintenance equipment; restricted root zones, contaminated soil; covenants and city regulations and present dozens of plants and ideas for increasing the green in your neighborhood. For discussion purposes, send images of successful hellstrips that you have seen, or alternatively, plantings that haven’t lived up to the challenges in advance of the class.

    Fee $15 member, $25 nonmember

  • Mariana Griswold van Rensselaer: A Landscape Critic in the Gilded Age

    Boston | Dates: 19 May, 2014
    Judith Major, PhD, Professor of Landscape Architecture, Kansas State University
    1 Session: Monday, May 19, 7:00–8:30pm
    Location: Hunnewell Building

    Mariana Griswold Van Rensselaer (1851-1934) was one of the premier figures in landscape writing and design at the turn of the twentieth century, at a moment when the amateur pursuit of gardening and the increasingly professionalized landscape design field were beginning to diverge. Her close relationship with Frederick Law Olmsted influenced her ideas on landscape gardening, and her interest in botany and geology shaped the ideas upon which her philosophy and art criticism were based. Judith Major presents the first in-depth study of the versatile critic and author, revealing Van Rensselaer’s vital role in this moment in the history of landscape architecture.

    Fee $10 member, $15 nonmember
    Offered in collaboration with the Friends of Fairsted
  • 2014 Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour

    Atlanta | Dates: 10 – 11 May, 2014
    Tour Atlanta’s Finest Private Gardens

    Saturday - Sunday, May 10 - 11
    10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Celebrating 30 years of beauty, the 2014 Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour showcases eleven spectacular private gardens representing the finest in garden design. Delight in exploring exquisite design and enchanting planting ideas.

    The Tour is an annual Mother’s Day Weekend tradition since 1984 with proceeds benefitting the Garden.

    Garden Tour Descriptions
    Learn About the Tour
    Ticket FAQs

    Know Before You Go

    Member Tickets
    Non-Member Tickets

    $20 Member Advance Ticket (April 8 – May 9)
    $25 Advance Ticket (April 1 – May 9)
    $30 Day of Tour (cash or check only)
    Children Under 12 Free

    Tickets available at Garden Admissions until May 9, at Select Retailers or directly at the Tour Locations the day of Tour.

    Online tickets purchased between May 1 and May 8 will be held for pick-up at Will-Call. Convenience fee of $1.00 added to each ticket purchased online. Online purchasing available until May 8.

  • Step inside SCADpad, next generation urban housing at SCAD Atlanta

    Atlanta | Dates: 26 – 27 Apr, 2014

    Explore SCADpad, next generation urban housing created by SCAD students and professors, at this free exhibition open to the public.

    Three experimental micro housing units will be on display noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 26, and 1-3 p.m., Sunday, April 27.

    Learn more about SCADpad.

  • School of Constructed Environments Exhibition

    New York | Dates: 20 – 23 May, 2014

    his exhibition presents drawings, models, and prototypes created by graduating students of the Architecture, Interior Design, Lighting Design, and Product Design programs in the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons. The thesis show takes place in the studio space created by the Parsons Design Workshop -- the school's signature design-build program -- where work desks and adjacent spaces convert to exhibition space.

    Opening Reception: Tuesday, May 20, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

    This event is part of Parsons Festival 2014: www.newschool.edu/parsonsfestival.

    Free; No tickets or reservations required.

  • Parsons Festival 2014

    New York | Dates: 25 Apr – 24 May, 2014

    Established to showcase the creativity, innovation, and scholarship of Parsons students in a diverse range of disciplines, the Parsons Festival offers an array of exciting thesis exhibitions, presentations, installations, workshops, symposia, gallery openings, and special events.

    Parsons Festival 2014 continues a tradition of presenting our students' visual work and the depth of their learning, but it also highlights the collaborative, cross-disciplinary interaction and social engagement that characterize our programs. This year's festival is once again part of NYCxDESIGN, a citywide initiative to celebrate New York City's contributions to and embrace of design.

    The 2014 festival lineup represents the breadth of Parsons graduate, undergraduate, and pre-college offerings in architecture, art and design history and theory, communication and graphic design, design strategies and management, design and technology, fashion design, fine arts, interior design, integrated and transdisciplinary design, lighting design, photography, product design, and urban design.

    For a full schedule of events, visit our website: www.newschool.edu/parsonsfestival.

  • Maureen Footer: George Stacey and the Creation of American Chic

    New York | Dates: 30 Apr, 2014

    George Stacey rose to prominence in the 1930s with projects for fashion high-priestess Diana Vreeland and commissions for socialites with last names such as Astor, Paley, Harriman, and Whitney.  His work—avidly covered at the time by Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, House & Garden and Town & Country—defined American chic.  This is the first book to chronicle the life, far reaching aesthetic legacy, and historical context of the groundbreaking American designer. The author, interior designer Maureen Footer, will give a lecture and sign books at a reception immediately following the lecture. 

    NYSID Auditorium, 170 East 70th Street, NYC. 
    $12 General Admission
    $10 Seniors and Non-NYSID Students
    NYSID Students are Free

    Register for this event

    Or call 212-472-1500 x405

  • Two Generations of Design: Vladimir Kagan and Amy Lau

    New York | Dates: 14 May, 2014

    The celebrated furniture designer Vladimir Kagan recalls his 60-year career in a discussion about the timelessness of good modern design, comparing notes with Amy Lau, one of today’s leading interior designers – and one of his biggest fans.

    NYSID Auditorium, 170 East 70th Street, NYC. 
    $12 General Admission
    $10 Seniors and Non-NYSID Students
    NYSID Students are Free

    Register for this event

    Or call 212-472-1500 x405

  • Art & the Urban Garden 2014

    Chicago | Dates: 25 Apr – 01 Jun, 2014

    Art & the Urban Garden
    Lillstreet Gallery
    April 25 – June 1

    Reception: Friday, April 25, 6-8pm

    After the success of its first two years, Lillstreet Gallery is pleased to announce the third annual “Art & the Urban Garden” exhibition. With last year’s show spanning planters, pots, birdhouses, lanterns, flags, sculptures and photographs, Lillstreet is excited to welcome another series of innovative, ecologically- minded art into the gallery.

    This year’s arists include: Marion Angelica, Janet Austin, Karen Avery, Alisa Banks, Christina Boy, Jessica Brandl, Meredith Brickell, Eva Champagne, Chris Chaney, Clay Cunningham, Heather Mae Erickson, Paul Eshelman, Daniel Farnum, Adam Field, Brett Freund, Rachel K. Garceau, Barbara Grunewald, Rain Harris, Linda Hoffhines, Meredith Host, Sarah Kaiser, Ann Marie Kennedy, Kristen Kieffer, TaeHoon Kim, Karin Kittelson, Justin Lambert, Martina Lantin, Deborah Lecce, Melissa Lee, Tammy Marinuzzi, Susan McBride, Karen McPherson, CJ Niehaus, Sean O’Connell, Justin Rothshank, Stacy Snyder, Josh Stover, Kyla Toomey, and Christy Wetzig.

  • Lecture: Christopher Baker

    Chicago | Dates: 06 May, 2014

    Tuesday May 6, 2014. Doors open at 6 pm.

    Chicago-based artist Christopher Baker will lecture on Tuesday, May 6, as part of our 2014 Spring Talks series. Christopher’s work became the cover and back cover of our Conflict issue (work shown above) and we are really happy to have him speak about his recent work.

    Christopher Baker is an artist whose work engages the rich collection of social, technological and ideological networks present in the urban landscape. He creates artifacts and situations that reveal and generate relationships within and between these networks. Baker’s award-winning work has been featured extensively online, in print and internationally in festivals, galleries and museums. Since completing a Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Media Arts at the University of Minnesota, Baker has held visiting artist positions at Kitchen Budapest, an experimental media lab in Hungary, and Minneapolis college of Art and Design. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Art and Technology Studies department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

    The event will be hosted by The Logan Share, a co-working space in Logan Square run by George and Sarah Aye from the Greater Good Studio. Housed in a former furniture warehouse, this building benefits from 3,500 sq ft of lofted workspace, with white washed floors and ceiling, 45′ of north facing windows and 14′ ceilings. For more information about The Logan Share, please visit www.loganshare.com.

    What: Lecture by Christopher Baker
    When: Tuesday May 6, 2014. Doors open at 6 pm. Lecture starts at 6:30 pm.
    Where: The Logan Share – 2864 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago (Logan Square Stop Blue Line)
    Cost: Free ($5 suggested donation at the door)
    Registration: Yes as space is limited.

  • Drawing on Architecture

    London | Dates: 04 – 25 May, 2014


    Throughout its forty year history, the Society of Architectural Illustration has had within its membership and council some of the world’s leading and respected topographical and perspective artists. Although the world’s oldest organisation of its kind, the society has continued to evolve and embrace the new, perhaps one of the reasons why it is still here – a true illustrator cannot be separated from the soul in their work.

    Collating this shared love of architectural illustration for the first time, the society has published ‘Drawing on Architecture’, a book that not only reinforces its impressive history and influence but also brings together a remarkable collection of work from a selection of the Society’s members. With insightful contributions from Lord Norman Foster and Ben Johnson, ‘Drawing on Architecture’ is set to become invaluable for enthusiasts from many fields.


  • Van Alen Institute Spring Party

    New York | Dates: 21 May, 2014
    Wednesday, May 21
    The High Line Hotel
    180 Tenth Avenue
    New York, NY

    To conclude our Spring 2014 Events season, please join us for the Van Alen Institute Spring Party on Wednesday, May 21 at The High Line Hotel. We’ll celebrate our 120-year legacy and the years to come with festive cocktails, light food, and great music by White Prism and Maria Chavez.

  • Outside In

    New York | Dates: 19 May, 2014
    Monday, May 19
    The Duke on 42nd Street
    229 West 42nd Street
    New York, NY

    What qualities of a place shape us, consciously and unconsciously?

    This film screening, presented with Times Square Arts, draws on a range of cinematic approaches to examine the links between environment, sensory experience, and well-being. The selected films take us on a journey through varied urban landscapes—from the density of Times Square to the sublime views of San Francisco, from digital mines in contemporary Ghana to the instant cities of contemporary China—offering poignant observations on the visual and sonic stimuli around us.

    The screening will be followed by a discussion with Paul Dallas, writer and curator; Jeff Risom, Partner, Head of Gehl Institute at Gehl Architects; Sukhdev Sandhu, Associate Professor of English, Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University; and Mabel Wilson, Associate Professor of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University’s GSAPP.

    Doors at 6:30 p.m. Drinks will be served prior to the screening.


    45 7 Broadway (Tomonari Nishikawa, 2013, 5 min): A mini city symphony that provides a visual analogue to the sensory overload of contemporary Times Square.

    A Cinematic Study of Fog in San Francisco (Andy Black and Sam Green, 2013, 13 min):A whimsical study of one of San Francisco’s defining features is an existential inquiry into the ways natural phenomena dramatically affect mood and our sense of place.

    Lettres du Voyant (Louis Henderson, 2013, 40 min): This documentary-fiction hybrid set in contemporary Ghana traverses the mining of underground mineral deposits and mining of data from electronic waste to uncover hidden geographies across post-colonial, digital, and urban space.

    The Human Scale (Andreas Dalsgaard, 2012, 56 min): Visiting cities in Europe, Asia, and the United States, this wide-ranging documentary explores the influential ideas of Danish architect and planner Jan Gehl, known for his study of human behavior in cities, to consider how design can account for our perception of scale and its profound influence on individual and collective well-being.

    Curated by Paul Dallas

  • What Is Well-Being, Really?

    Brooklyn | Dates: 14 May, 2014
    Wednesday, May 14
    ISSUE Project Room
    22 Boerum Place
    Brooklyn, NY

    The discussion of well-being is growing stronger across fields such as design, policy, business, and the sciences, but are we all talking about the same thing? With competing definitions, rubrics, and objective and subjective markers to measure well-being, how can we build a shared conversation about what it means to enhance the quality of urban life?

    Join us for a multidisciplinary exchange assembling a range of voices—including architects and planners, public health experts, sociologists, psychologists, philosophers and technologists—to interrogate the idea of well-being together. Drinks will be served after the conversation.

    Conversation participants: Robert Richardson, Senior Director of Strategy, Control Group and Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Pratt Institute; Susan Saegert, Professor of Environmental Psychology, CUNY Graduate Center; Claire Weisz, founding principal of WXY architecture + urban design; Beth C. Weitzman, Vice Dean and Professor of Health and Public Policy, NYU Steinhardt; Sharon Zukin, Professor of Sociology, Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center.

  • Urban Mindfulness

    New York | Dates: 17 May, 2014
    Saturday, May 17
    Van Alen Institute
    30 West 22nd Street, Ground Floor
    New York, NY

    The technique of “mindfulness” is on the rise via an industry of self-help manuals, mobile apps, and private classes—but is it substance or fluff? Originally rooted in eastern philosophy, mindfulness has been popularized as a remedy for everything from anxiety and stress to overstimulation and lack of focus. Could “urban mindfulness” be a meaningful tool for harried city-dwellers?

    Join us for a workshop and walking tour with Dr. Jonathan S. Kaplan, clinical psychologist and author of Urban Mindfulness: Cultivating Peace, Presence, and Purpose in the Middle of It All, where we’ll get a taste of what it really means to apply the technique of mindfulness to everyday experiences in the city, and see for ourselves if it can focus our attention and heighten our awareness of the urban environment around us.

    Tours at 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. and 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Tours will depart from Van Alen Institute, 30 West 22nd Street. Please wear comfortable shoes.

  • Letters to the Mayor

    New York | Dates: 29 Apr – 24 May, 2014

    Letters to the Mayor
    April 30 - May 24, 2014
    Opening: April 29, 7pm

    As a civic figure, the architect has the privilege and responsibility to articulate and translate the collective aspirations of society, and specifically of those not able to sit at the decision-making tables. 

    Throughout history, architects have engaged with this responsibility and the structures of economic, political and cultural power in different ways and with varying degrees of success. With the rise of globalization and the homogenization of the contemporary city, the role of the architect in the political arena has often been relegated to answering questions that others have asked. While designing the next economically driven cultural-iconic-touristic object, an increasing amount of both architects and with them, politicians, have forgotten the ethics that should be associated with architectural practice and the potential of design in the construction of public life. 

    Letters to the Mayor presents fifty letters written by international architects to the political leaders of more than 20 cities around the world. Each letter provides a space of reflection for the architect to present ideas and methodologies and express some of the concerns and desires that might contribute to action within political spheres. 

    Letters to the Mayor also presents the eighteen finalists of the Competition of Competitions, a project launched in 2013 that invited interdisciplinary teams of architects, artists, economists, philosophers, writers, and citizens at large to formulate their visions of the future of architecture and cities in the form of a competition brief. With the intention to provoke long-standing conventions of the architecture competition, the first edition of the Competition of Competitions drew more than 100 entries, which were reviewed by a jury of professionals and visionaries including Amale Andraos (Architect, Work AC), Paola Antonelli (Architecture Curator, MoMA), and Michael Sorkin (Architect and architecture critic).  

    Letters to the Mayor is thus a compilation of briefs, facts, desires and dreams for the construction of our cities foundations and horizons. All competition briefs and letters will be sent to each respective City Mayor after being presented at the Storefront gallery.  

    The winners of the Competition of Competitions will be announced at the public opening of the exhibition on April 29 at 7pm.

    Participating Architects
    Ellie Abrons, Emily Abruzzo, Nora Akawi, Azra Akšamija, Zahra Ali Baba, Suad Amiry, Arielle Assouline-Lichten, Ana Dana Beros, Browyn Breitner, Alessandra Cianchetta, Odile Decq, Sonja Duempelmann, Keller Easterling, Pia Ednie-Brown, Frida Escobedo, Daniela Fabricius, Yvonne Farrell, Daisy Froud, Rosalie Genevro, Cristina Goberna, Selva Gürdoğan, Greta Hansen, Roisin Heneghan, Joyce Hwang, Catherine Ingraham, Catherine Johnson, Julia King, María Langarita, Alexandra Lange, Ana María León Crespo, Ariane Lourie Harrison, Jing Liu, Yeoryia Manolopoulou, Mpho Matsipa, Mitch McEwen, Shelley McNamara, Meredith Miller, Elizabeth O'Donnell, Marina Otero, Mariana Pestana, Rocío Pina, Anna Puigjaner, Danielle Rago, Suchi Reddy, Dagmar Richter, Florencia Rodríguez, Rebecca Rudolph, Saskia Sassen, Deborah Schneiderman and Scott Lizama, Annabelle Selldorf, Maria Smith, Michael Sorkin, Esther Sperber, Martha Thorne, Nathalie de Vries, Marion Weiss, Sarah Whiting, Mabel Wilson, Kim Yao, Marisa Yiu, Alejandro Zaera Polo, Mimi Zeiger, Zoka Zola, and more.

  • Built Heritage and Cultural Landscapes Summer Field School

    Gaspé, Québec | Dates: 26 May – 13 Jun, 2014
    This year our study site is Forillon National Park of Canada. We will work with the communities adjacent to the park, namely Cap-aux-Os, Cap-des-Rosiers and l’Anse-au-Griffon, to explore the ways in which complementarity and synergy can be generated between private enterprises, the public sector, and community initiatives to stimulate the development of both the villages and the Park. An economic motor of the region, the creation of Forillon National Park of Canada in 1970 promised generous economic spinoffs. With the aim of preserving and interpreting the heritage elements in the park, a number of buildings and houses, that had been requisitioned during the expropriation were restored, notably St. Peter’s Church, the Hyman General Store, the Blanchette House and more recently, the Dolbel-Roberts House. Other buildings, however, remain closed. The state of the three Gavey Houses and Bartlett House as well as adjoining secondary structures including barns, sheds and ‘backhouses’, though reinforced and repaired, are falling into disrepair. The villages bordering the Park, such as Cap-des-Rosiers, whose harbour and half of its territory is actually within park boundaries, and Cap-aux-Os, which is actually surrounded by two of the Parks’ sectors (the South and Penouille or Peninsula) are struggling to survive. Tourism seems to have become the only possible development avenue for these villages. The owners of the motels, restaurants, hostels, souvenir shops and adventure tourism companies (sea kayaking etc.) depend to a large extent on the park. In the meantime, a great number of services in the area have disappeared. More specifically, starting from an examination of houses that have yet to be interpreted and preserved and their sites, field school participants will propose a variety of strategies (commercial and community-based activities, etc.) whose aim is to augment and diversify the activities offered in the park, and in so doing, increase the number of visitors to the Park without neglecting the local commercial and community initiatives. How might these projects stimulate the viability of the otherwise fragile businesses and services situated on the perimeter of the Forillon Peninsula in ways that consider the needs of the residents? What mutually profitable projects could the Park and the neighbouring villages develop together?
  • Breaking Ground: American Women Landscape Pioneers: A Talk on Ellen Shipman

    Bronx | Dates: 21 May, 2014
    "The Dean of Women Landscape Architects" spent her youth on frontier outposts before her family moved East. After her marriage to Louis Shipman, she took up residence at the Cornish Art Colony (N.H.) and began creating Colonial Revival gardens. By 1920, Shipman had established a thriving practice in New York City. Among her 600 gardens, her notable projects are Longue Vue House and Gardens in New Orleans, and the Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham. Includes a visit to NYBG's Ladies' Border, designed by Shipman in the 1930s and re-designed by Lynden Miller in 2001.

  • Groundbreakers: Great American Gardens and The Women Who Designed Them

    Bronx | Dates: 17 May – 07 Sep, 2014
    This Garden-wide exhibition celebrates early 20th-century America's most influential women in landscape architecture and design as well as garden photography and writing. Experience an exquisite evocation of an American estate garden inspired by the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Maine, and through the many exhibition components offered that embrace poetrymusic, and photography, discover the innovative work and significant contributions of these women to American history and culture.
  • 2014 Green Homes Festival

    St. Louis | Dates: 07 Jun, 2014

    Saturday, June 7, 2014
    9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Help your family live green! Join us for a hands-on, day-long festival of learning, playing, and engaging with people of all ages and backgrounds with an interest in sustainable, healthy lifestyles.

    For the first time, the event will be held in the William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening, Cohen Amphitheater, and its surrounding gardens and grounds.

    Explore the links between sustainability, energy efficiency, conservation at home and a healthy environment. Talk with over 70 green product and service exhibitors, learning more about home improvement and healthy homes in the beautiful environment of the Kemper Center, itself a beacon of green living.

    The festival features and highlights local foods and spirits, live music and sustainable and handmade shopping at the Green Marketplace. Presentations and demonstrations throughout the day share the many ways that plants, air, water, soil and energy sustain our homes, our health and our living Earth.

    Children and families can enjoy solar car building and races, storytelling, puppet shows, making art from recycled materials and additional hands-on activities in a “Make It and Take It” do-it-yourself area.

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    Presented by Ameren Missouri.

    Thank you to our 2014 Sponsors and Exhibitors!

    For information on Sponsorship, Exhibitor and Vendor opportunities, please email greenhomesfest@mobot.orgor call (314) 577-0220.