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  • The BIG Maze

    Washington | Dates: 02 Jul – 01 Sep, 2014

    The Museum, in partnership with BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, will create a never-before-seen large-scale maze for the Museum's historic home. Soaring approximately 18 feet high and measuring 60 feet by 60 feet, the maple plywood structure will boast a series of twists and turns for visitors to weave through and explore. The "BIG Maze" will be open July 4 to September 1, 2014.

    Inspired by ancient labyrinths, garden and hedge mazes of 17th and 18th-century Europe, and modern American corn mazes, this contemporary maze will be located in the West Court of the Museum's historic Great Hall. In addition to viewing the maze from the ground floor, visitors will also be able to get an unexpected aerial perspective from the Museum’s second- and third-floor balconies.

    Bjarke Ingels said of his design: "The concept is simple: as you travel deeper into a maze, your path typically becomes more convoluted. What if we invert this scenario and create a maze that brings clarity and visual understanding upon reaching the heart of the labyrinth?" From outside, the maze's cube-like form hides the final reveal behind its 18-foot-tall walls. On the inside, the walls slowly descend towards the center which concludes with a grand reveal—a 360 degree understanding of your path in and how to get out.

    The BIG Maze is part of our annual Summer Block Party, a slate of programming, exhibitions, concerts, late nights, and Hill Country's Backyard Barbecue pop-up on the West Lawn.

  • Streets of St. Louis

    St. Louis | Dates: 14 Feb – 13 Jul, 2014
    Streets of St. Louis
    February 14, 2014 - July 13, 2014

    Find out about Group Programs for this exhibit

    See St. Louis streets from a different angle in this installation, which features some of our favorite images from the Museum's photography and prints collection. In the Streets of St. Louis, visitors will also get an up-close view of some of the details in the photographs that provide interesting perspectives on the city's past.

  • Home: The Longfellow House & the Emergence of Portland

    Portland | Dates: 27 Jun, 2014

    Home: The Longfellow House & the Emergence of Portland uses the Wadsworth-Longfellow House as a prism to explore how Portland has grown and changed over more than 230 years. When Peleg Wadsworth built the House on Back Street in 1785, it was on the rural outskirts of Portland. By the early 1800s, the House was at the center of a bustling, modern New England city. Since then, Portland has boomed, burned, boomed again, busted, and reemerged as a vibrant, forward-looking city. Through it all, the Wadsworth-Longfellow House has been a constant, and witness to the life of an emerging community.

    The exhibition will feature family belongings that tell the personal and yet universal story of how people live in their homes—including ways of heating, cooking, and plumbing—and how those functions evolved within Portland. The stories of the Wadsworth and Longfellow families and an ever-changing cast of neighbors on their block—families, hotels, businesses, tenements, etc.—help explain how Portland has become the beloved, livable city we know today.

    Adults: $8.00; Students with ID, Seniors & AAA members: $7.00; Children 5–17: $2.00
    Free for MHS members.

    Exhibition opens June 27.

  • The Barns of Maine: Our History, Our Stories

    Wiscasset | Dates: 19 Jun, 2014
    Thursday, June 19, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. 
    Nickels-Sortwell House, 121 Main Street, Wiscasset, Maine 

    $5 Historic New England members, $10 nonmembers

    From modest English to grand Victorian, author Don Perkins examines the structures, origins, and evolution of Maine's barns, demonstrating the vital and unique role they play in the lives of their owners. A former carpenter and woodworker with a passion for barns and longtime interest in timber framing, Perkins discusses his new book, telling the stories of iconic Maine barns including Dan Sortwell's Big Red Barn in Wiscasset. 

    Sponsored by Ames T rue Value Hardware Supply and Big Barn Coffee

    Registration is recommended. Please call 207-882-7169 for more information. Purchase tickets now

  • A Rich and Varied Culture: The Material World of the Early South

    Williamsburg | Dates: 14 Feb – 31 Dec, 2014
    This wide-ranging new exhibition celebrates the remarkable objects that were created in or imported to the Chesapeake, the Carolina low country, and southern backcountry.

    Created in conjunction with several sister institutions, the exhibition will highlight the aesthetic diversity brought to the region by the varied cultures and ethnic groups that ultimately defined a unique, early southern style.

    The exhibition was made possible by Carolyn and Michael McNamara.

  • Mark Hertzberg Lecture - Frank Lloyd Wright's SC Johnson Research Tower

    Chicago | Dates: 02 Jul, 2014

    Suggested donation: $10 at the door. 
    Reservations are limited. 
    Reserve at:  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/mark-hertzberg-on-frank-lloyd-wrights-sc-johnson-research-tower-tickets-11978741739

    HertzbergMark Hertzberg is the author and photographer of Wright in Racine (Pomegranate, 2004), Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hardy House (Pomegranate, 2006), and Frank Lloyd Wright's SC Johnson Research Tower (Pomegranate, 2010). Hertzberg, who is director of photography of The Journal Times in Racine and has won numerous awards for his work. He has lectured extensively about Wright’s work in Racine. Hertzberg also serves on the board of the Frank Lloyd Wright ® Wisconsin Tourism Heritage Program (“Wright in Wisconsin”).  Hertzberg will speak about the renovation of the Research Tower, which recently opened to the public for the first time. Reservations are scarce for this tour, so we have brought Hertzberg to the Charnley-Persky House for a taste of this newest restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work at SC Johnson.  

    6:00 PM                 Refreshments

    6:30 PM                 Lecture by Mark Hertzberg

    7:30 PM                 Meet the Speaker

    8:00 PM                 Conclusion of Program

  • Weston Garden Tour

    Weston | Dates: 20 Jun, 2014
    Friday, June 20, 2014, 9A – 4P EDT

    The 5th bi-annual Cottage Gardeners of Weston garden tour will feature four private gardens and a rain garden. In addition there are several walk-by gardens to enjoy. This year the garden tour features gardens in the town of Weston.  Tour held rain or shine.
  • FOCUS: Lower Richland

    Hopkins | Dates: 19 – 21 Jun, 2014

    FOCUS: Lower Richland, is a unique event presented to promote South Carolina’s Lower Richland County Heritage Corridor, relative to historical preservation/conservation, tourism, and agri-education.  While the event is FREE to the public, registration is requested.

    The 3-day event begins with a Juneteenth  Reception, held at the Historic Harriet Barber House (June 19th, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm). This restored home was originally owned by ex-slaves and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    On Friday, June 20th – 9:00 a.m., Gems of the Lower Richland Heritage Corridor features five tour options FOCUS: Lower Richland is a unique 3-day event designed to promote the Lower Richland County, SC: Historic Sites, Congaree National Park, Equestrian Outing, Plantation & Farms, or Historic Cemeteries. The day’s culminating activity is a Farm-to-Table Feast  on the grounds of the historic Wavering Place Plantation (12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.), offering locally grown/raised foods.

    Saturday, June 21 – presents opportunities for two group activities in rural Lower Richland County (9:00 a.m. – 12 Noon). Youth Education Field Day – Youth and accompanying educators will convene at the Harriet Barber House in Hopkins, SC, and travel to the Congaree National Park for experiences on the park’s boardwalk, storytelling, and film viewing (Congaree Tales). Youth will return to the Harriet Barber House which is the setting of what was once an active farm.  Activities will include a local history skit; hayrides; exploring historical inventions and a display of farming tools from the past; hands on experiences in soap making, corn grinding, potato banking, and a take-away agriculture project. Workshops & Expo, to be held at the St. John Baptist Church Wellness Center, Hopkins, SC,  brings together tourists, local historians, preservation/conservation entities, and organizations for discussions on promoting the Lower Richland Heritage Corridor, and also features displays and demonstrations. At 12:30 p.m., all will convene for Lunch on Historic Grounds (Harriet Barber House).

  • Learning from Life: The Biologically Informed City

    Chicago | Dates: 26 Jun, 2014
    The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)-USA will have its annual lecture on June 26th, Thursday at the Doubletree Hotel Chicago. This year's Keynote Speaker is Melissa Sterry.

    11:00 a.m., - Doubletree Hotel (Superior Rooms), 300 East Ohio
    Sponsor: RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) USA
    Free event
    AIA CE credits

    Lecture by design scientist and futurist Melissa Sterry. How can biology potentially inform and inspire the cities of the now, near and far future? What insights into tackling urban challenges including resource shortages, pollution, waste, inequality and extreme weather might we gain from mimicking the physiology and behaviour of flora and fauna species? What are the very latest developments in Biomimetics, Biotechnology and Biomorphic Design, and where might these take architecture and related disciplines? How might cities play a critical role in biodiversity conservation in the coming century and beyond? Sterry will present answers to these questions and more, as she discusses both her own research and development projects, and those of her peers in bio-informed design and technology worldwide.
  • Design + Dining: PechaKucha at Martyrs

    Chicago | Dates: 26 Jun, 2014

    7:00 - 10:00 p.m., - Martyrs' Pub, 3855 North Lincoln 
    Sponsor: AIA Chicago, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

    Enjoy the internationally established PechaKucha experience at Martyrs, an authentic neighborhood pub/music venue on the North Side of Chicago. Attendees can take the Chicago Transit Authority’s Brown Line, one of Chicago’s oldest “L” lines, to the venue. The Brown Line, with its elevated views, and twists and turns along the city, offers one of the best tours of the city. Includes food and drinks.

    This event is one of a series of "Dining + Design" events hosted by AIA Chicago in conjunction with the 2014 AIA National Convention. If you plan to register for the National Convention, you can find this event in the official convention schedule by using the code EV217. Non-convention attendees are welcome to RSVP and purchase tickets through AIA Chicago’s website.

    Information and registration online.

  • Heritage Barn Workshop

    Central Point | Dates: 27 Sep, 2014
    September 27 @ 10:00 am  - 4:00 pm

    Join Restore Oregon and the Barns Taskforce for the 2014 Heritage Barn Workshop at Southern Oregon’s Hanley Farm. This day-long hands-on education program will teach participants about barn styles and types, introduce basic concepts of barn documentation, and demonstrate the types of tools used to build (and restore) historic barns. The 2013 workshop was featured in the National Barn Alliance’s Journal.

    The Hanley Farm barn was built of hewn construction in about 1854. Twelve inch sills support the main barn and mortise and tenon joinery, pinned with wood, exists throughout. Only about a dozen barns across Oregon predate the Hanley barn and it is the oldest barn in Southern Oregon.

    Workshop presentations will include a history of the Hanley Farm, visual presentation about barn types and construction methods, infromation about Southern Oregon’s agricultural history, best practice guides for barn rehabilitation (and funding), and field sessions on identifying barn features. The keynote presentation by David Rogers of Logs & Timbers, Inc., will teach participants how timber-frame barns were constructed and allow hands-on experience hewing timbers.

    Whether you’re a barn owner, a preservation professional, or just an admirer of rural heritage, this workshop will provide the basics of what it takes to document and preserve Oregon’s historic barns.

    Saturday September 27, 2014
    Hanley Farm
    1053 Hanley Road
    Central Point, OR 97502

    Tickets: $35 members; $45 non-members (includes lunch and snacks)

  • Historic Mining Town Interpretive Tour

    Opal Creek | Dates: 16 Aug, 2014
    August 16 @ 9:00 am  - 4:00 pm
    Cost: $45 per member, $55 per non-member Tickets on sale Tuesday, June 10

    Restore Oregon invites you to tour the company mining town, Jawbone Flats, which has been repurposed into an environmental learning site by Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. See how the miners’ cabins survived the ravages of harsh winters. You will break up into three groups of ten people and be led by Tom, Leslie or George Atiyeh on a 6 ½ mile round-trip, moderate level hike into the ancient forest. During the walk in and at the mining camp you will:

    • Cross the historic “Half Bridges” which are tied into a cliff. • See mining tunnels. • Visit the remains of a steam-powered sawmill. • Learn the history of the Native Americans and the miners who claimed the area in 1859. • Have pre-paid lunch in the lodge included. • Experience how electricity was produced from the late 1800s to the present. • Explore surviving and repurposed buildings. • Learn the origins of the names Jawbone Flats and Opal Creek. • Be awed at Opal Pool.

    For an intimate experience and to comply with US Wilderness rules, this day-tour is limited to 27 people. As an optional thrill, take a dip in the creek and zip down the natural rock slide. Just two hours from Portland, we will meet at the trailhead at 9:00 am. You will need a valid USFS Northwest Forest parking pass or purchase a $5 day pass at the gate.

  • A Look Back: Chicago and the World in 1874

    Chicago | Dates: 19 Jun, 2014
    Tours 5:30 p.m., Lecture 6:00 p.m., followed by reception; Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 South Michigan
    Sponsor: Friends of Historic Second Church
    Open to the public 

    A Look Back: Chicago and the World in 1874”  Join Friends as we celebrate the 140th anniversary of Second Presbyterian Church on Michigan Avenue.  Lecture by William Tyre, Executive Director and Curator of Glessner House Museum.

  • Trailing Louis Sullivan: The Restoration of Ganz Hall

    Chicago | Dates: 19 Jun, 2014

    Date: Thursday, June 19
    Time: 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Admission: Free
    Place: The Auditorium Building, Roosevelt University’s Ganz Hall, 430 S. Michigan Avenue, 7th floor, Chicago
    Speaker: Laurence Booth, principal/director, Booth Hansen

    Ganz Hall, housed in the Auditorium Building on Roosevelt University’s Chicago campus, was originally designed by Louis Sullivan and constructed in 1890. The once grand 4,000 square foot recital hall featured intricate plaster and carved wood ornaments, lavish stained glass windows, and cast iron electric chandeliers, all of which ultimately fell into disrepair. Laurence Booth, Booth Hansen, principal/director, will discuss the award-winning restoration of one of Chicago’s most stunning interior spaces.


  • Women Building Change: Chicago Women in Architecture Celebrates 40 Years

    Chicago | Dates: 12 Jun – 01 Dec, 2014

    COST Free and open to the public
    HOURS June 12 – December 2014; 7 days a week from 9am-6:30pm

    The Chicago Architecture Foundation is pleased to partner with Chicago Women in Architecture (CWA) for its 40th anniversary by hosting a special exhibition, Women Building Change: Chicago Women in Architecture Celebrates 40 Years. The exhibition is both a historical retrospective, and a modern reflection, on the process of design and the changing roles of women in architecture. It will focus on the design process, people and the profession of architecture, and highlight the impact of CWA members through Chicago case studies. Themes including process and profession, pursuing equality, building community, creating home and preserving significance will shed light on the work of women in the organization. Visitors to the exhibition will also have the opportunity to see the range of architectural drawings, photos and documents created in the design of a building.

  • Lecture: The AIA Guide to Chicago, Third Edition: What's Old, What's New

    Chicago | Dates: 10 Sep, 2014

    Wednesday September 10, 2014
    Glessner House Museum coach house
    $10 per person / $8 for members
    Reservations requested to 312.326.1480

    Laurie Petersen, editor of the newly published third edition of the AIA Guide to Chicago (and associate editor of the first two editions), will discuss what makes this book different from other tomes about local architecture.  She will show images of some of the 1,600 landmarks and hidden gems featured in the book, with an emphasis on those buildings (both old and new) that are new to this edition.  Books will be available for purchase and signing.

  • The Art History of Architectural History

    Norwich | Dates: 09 – 11 Apr, 2015
    Call for Papers for this session in the Association of Art Historians (UK) 41st Annual Conference & Bookfair
    Sainsbury Centre for Art, UEA, Norwich 9 - 11 April 2015
    Deadline for submission of papers - 10 November 2014

     Art history and architectural history are sister disciplines… or are they? How many art history departments regard architectural history as a core component of their provision? What might art history students miss if architectural history were not part of their curricula? Perhaps art objects and architectural objects are so radically different their study cannot be shared. Or perhaps there are modes of enquiry that can be developed to mutual benefit. This session reviews the art history/architectural history relationship in several ways. One way is to excavate those moments when art and architectural history were tightly bound together: in the very formation of art history as a discipline, for example, when both art and architecture were natural objects of study. Other ways might be: investigations of the parallel developments of formalism in art and architectural history; of architectural history’s relation to the ‘new art history’; of the ways in which architectural history might adopt recent developments in object studies, global art history, and art writing. Academics dealing with contemporary architecture find themselves wrestling with debates that in other disciplines may be more abstract or indirect: How does money or power represent itself in visual form? How does the general public (whoever they may be) understand form? How does government use aesthetics to communicate? All of these things are, and always have been, live in architecture. Perhaps this might be part of a case for making architectural history more central to art history. If so, what implications would it have for our curricula and our pedagogy?
  • SAH MDR Elisabeth Walton Potter Research Award 2014

    Dates: 15 Jun – 31 Jul, 2014
    The Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter is an affiliated regional chapter of the international Society of Architectural Historians. Our regional chapter encompasses the states of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, USA and the province of British Columbia, Canada.

    Our mission is:
    * To support and further the objectives of the international Society of Architectural Historians;
    * To hold meetings for the study and discussion of historically significant architectural sites in the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere;
    * To increase awareness and knowledge of the region's architectural heritage and of the history of architecture worldwide

    In accordance with our mission, we are inviting applications for the 2014 Elisabeth Walton Potter Research Award.

    Awards range from $500 to $2000 for research that furthers awareness and knowledge of architectural heritage in the Pacific Northwest. More information on the award, including an application form, is available at our website at http://www.sahmdr.org/awards.html
  • Photography and Modern Architecture in Spain, 1925-1965

    Madrid | Dates: 14 Jun – 07 Sep, 2014
    This exhibition, staged at the Museo ICO in Madrid (Spain), reappraises the disciplinary role of photography in the context of Spanish architectural modernism
  • Computing the City (Lüneburg, July 9-10, 2014)

    Lüneburg | Dates: 09 – 10 Jul, 2014

    CONFERENCE: Computing the City
    Lüneburg, July 9 - 10, 2014
    Computing the City - Ubiquitous Computing and Logistical Cities

    Ubiquitous computing is often referred to as a prime example not only of a new mode of computing, but of a new paradigm of mediation itself.

    The ‘smart city’ is promoted as its primary site of materialisation: the integration of computational systems with architectural design turns inefficient urban settings into smart cities that manifest as the penultimate value-extraction machines. Yet the contested history of this transformation, and much of its politics, remains largely unwritten. This workshop investigates the urban dimensions of ubiquitous computing and infrastructural organization at different scales – the home, the neighbourhood, the city, the region – which merge in a common, exchangeable currency of data. The workshop focuses specifically on the pre-history of ubiquitous computing, its status as media infrastructure, its complicity with logistics, as well as its virtual futures.

    Such an approach to smart urban environments is embedded in a theoretical trajectory which questions the accustomed self-descriptions of a mediated society – as a new infrastructure of living and dwelling.

    Town-planning has, since the early 20th century, relied on ecological concepts of environmental transformations. By drawing a line from these early urban development plans to todays digital infrastructures, it becomes evident that the current condition of smart cities has to be understood as part of a transition of environments from natural habitats to objects of planning, management and control.

    Yet what are the operational logics of this infrastructure? Pervaded by visible and invisible networks, the city becomes a playground for global corporations to play and experiment with technologies of surveillance, big data and endless feedback loops, continuously improving the passageways of commerce. The smartness here is that of technical systems that render urbanites into subjects of cybernetic management, supposedly empowered by their involvement in perfectly organised urban environments, whether it be in terms of efficiency or sustainability. Logistics is what defines not only the internal flows of the city but what links them up. Where the smart city expands, is duplicated and traded in a protocological fashion, logistical infrastructure - transport and software - connects the smart cities in an intelligent web that only knows its own protocological rules and limits. Logistics reveals the logic of smart cities as that of trade and circulation: of data, things and people.

    The coincidence between the smart city and logistics implies a certain foreclosure of its possibilities and virtual futures. Many accounts of smart cities recognise the historical coincidence of cybernetic control and neoliberal capital. Even where it is machines which process the vast amounts of data produced by the city so much so that the ruling and managerial classes disappear from view, it is usually the logic of capital that steers the flows of data, people and things. Yet what other futures of the city may be possible within the smart city, what collective intelligence may it bring forth? Can one fathom the possible others of the logistical city e.g. in the visions of the cybernetic revolutionaries of Project Cybersyn or the cyberpunks of the 1990s?

    What other historical or contemporary examples of resistances to or alternative visions of ubiquitous computing in city could one draw on?


    Wednesday 9th July

    10:00 Welcome and introduction


    Orit Halpern

    Test-bed Urbanism: The Zonal logic of the Smart City


    Florian Sprenger

    From well-tempered Environments to Environmental Media - Reyner Banham, Urban Infrastructures and architecture autre

    12:45-14:30 Lunch


    Jussi Parikka

    Ubiquitous Computing and Cultural Techniques of Cognitive Capitalism


    Clemens Apprich

    New Babylonian Dream: InfoCities and the well informed citizen


    Movie screening (&drinks): Urban Mapping Experience followed by discussion with director Violeta Burckhardt Razeto, led by Paula Bialski

    Venue: Mondbasis (http://mondbasis.co)

    19:30-21:30 Informal dinner 


    Thursday 10th July

    9:30-10:00 Reflections on previous day


    Christoph Neubert

    The city as extension and environment. Historical views on urban eco-logistics


    Ned Rossiter

    Coordinating Life in Predictive Cities

    12:45-13:15 Concluding discussion & next steps

    13.15-14.30 Informal wrap-up lunch

    Venue: Osteria del Teatro (http://www.osteriadelteatro.de)


    Venue and Further Information

    The event will be held at the Centre for Digital Cultures, Sülztorstr.

    21-25, 21335 Lüneburg. The entrance to the CDC, which you find on the 2nd floor of the building, is through the entrance on the very left of the building (in the same building but around the corner from the post office). The venue can be reached via a 20min walk from Lüneburg Station or a short bus or taxi ride. The closest airports are Hamburg and Hanover.

    For any further information please contact Armin Beverungen on armin.beverungen AT leuphana.de or for emergencies on 01709102328.