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  • Saint John's Abbey Church: Breuer, the Benedictines and Minnesota's Religious Architecture

    Minneapolis | Dates: 16 – 16 Nov, 2014
    Book reading and lecture for Victoria Young's new book Saint John's Abbey Church: Marcel Breuer and the Creation of a Modern Sacred Space
  • Jared Goss – Décor à la Mode: Decorators and Clients in Art Deco France

    New York | Dates: 20 Nov, 2014

    This lecture derives from research undertaken for Jared Goss’s latest book, French Art Deco  (Yale University Press, Oct. 2014), which examines about 100 pieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s modern design collection. The talk will focus on some of the most colorful figures from the roster of international clients who commissioned high-style French Art Deco interiors during the 1910s, ‘20s, and ‘30s, including silent movie stars, stage actresses, fashion designers, industrialists, explorers, courtesans, and even royalty.

    Jared Goss is an independent art historian. Formerly an associate curator in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, during his 20-year career there he specialized in post-1900 design and architecture, helping organize exhibitions including Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1996), Cartier: 1900-1939 (1997), and American Modern, 1925-1940: Design for a New Age (2000). His 2009 exhibition, Masterpieces of French Art Deco, which drew over 600,000 visitors, serves as the basis for the book.

    There will be a reception and book signing for French Art Decoimmediately following the lecture.

    NYSID Auditorium, 170 East 70th Street, NYC
    Tickets: $12 general public, $10 seniors and non-NYSID students

    NYSID students, faculty, and staff are free.

  • Krista Ninivaggi: 20/20/Future/Focus

    New York | Dates: 19 Nov, 2014

    Krista Ninivaggi, named Contract Magazine’s 2014 “Designer of the Year” and a “Young Gun” by Curbed.com, has worked at three influential firms in the first 12 years of her career: The Rockwell GroupAvroKoand SHoP Architects, where she was the first director of the Interior Design Group. Each experience has profoundly influenced her opinions and methodologies of design. In this lecture, Ninivaggi will distill the lessons learned at each firm and how these created a road map in the founding of her own practice and newest venture, K & Co.

    NYSID Auditorium, 170 East 70th Street, NYC
    Tickets: $12 general public, $10 seniors and non-NYSID students

    NYSID students, faculty, and staff are free.

  • Barry Bergdoll – At Home in the Museum?: On the History and Actuality of Architecture on Display

    New York | Dates: 13 Nov, 2014

    Barry Bergdoll is Meyer Schapiro professor of art history at Columbia University.  He was from 2007 to 2013 the Philip Johnson chief curator of architecture and design at the Museum of Modern Art, where he continues to serve as a curator of architecture. This lecture will examine the historical evolution of the modern practice of displaying architecture out of its original setting to create public debate and then look at some of the experiments Bergdoll undertook during his seven year tenure at MoMA, from projects on architecture and climate change to others on new models of providing housing in changing urban and financial landscapes.

    There will be a reception immediately following the lecture.

    NYSID Auditorium, 170 East 70th Street, NYC
    This event is FREE and open to the public. 
    Reservations are encouraged.

  • The Building

    New York | Dates: 15 Nov, 2014

    The Building symposium
    Saturday 15 November, 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
    Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Wood Auditorium

    Ever since the theoretical turn of the 1960s, right through to the present, the status of the architectural object in the sphere of history, theory and criticism keeps taking on 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 pertaining to 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 our field. Within this tendency, however, the object 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 suggests that discussions taking the object as their primary concern can today extend the bounds of possibility for the production of discursive knowledge in a substantial fashion. In order to do so, it invokes the architectural object par excellence—the building. A number of historians, theorists, architects and PhD candidates, from both Europe and the US, have been asked to choose a building, built or designed within the last 25 years, which they can show embodies a historically substantial contribution in terms of a particular design aspect or a concept relevant to the reading of buildings in general. In addition, they have been invited to speculate on the possibility for such a design technique or concept to become the seed of a metadisciplinary theoretical framework. The first installment of this event took place at the Architectural Association on June 2, 2014.

    http://events.gsapp.org/event/the-building
    http://thebuildingatgsapp.wordpress.com

    This event is made possible through support from the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

  • International Multidiciplinary Symposium on the Origins of Monumental Architecture

    to be determined | Dates: 07 Nov, 2014 – 06 Nov, 2015
    The OTS Foundation is seeking collaborators in the fields of Architectural History and Neuroscience to help organize a Multi-Disciplinary event to consider new scientific information, define further research, and develop public educational outreach.
  • LunchTalks@CAF: Their Final Place: A Guide to the Graves of Notable American Architects

    Chicago | Dates: 19 Nov, 2014

    While giants in the field of American architecture have left their important works across the breadth of America, little attention has been paid to where and how these architects have been laid to rest. In this quest, previously unknown and important information has been uncovered on over 200 of the country’s greatest architects. Henry Kuehn will share insights on this topic and sign copies of his new book, Their Final Place, A Guide to the Graves of Notable American Architects.

    TIME: 12:15 - 1pm 
    COST: FREE
    LOCATION: Lecture Hall, 224 S. Michigan Ave.
    AIA CES:  1

  • Behind-the-Scenes: NEIU's El Centro Campus

    Chicago | Dates: 10 Nov, 2014

    Join us for an exclusive tour of the brand new Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) El Centro urban campus with architect Juan Moreno of JGMA. Since opening its doors in September 2014, this striking building near the Kennedy Expressway and Belmont blue line station has offered convenience to commuter students and a heightened visibility for the University, in addition to providing an anchor for outreach to the Latino community in Chicago and neighbors in Avondale.

    Moreno will speak to the group about designing this new anchor for NEIU, then small group tours led by members of the JGMA design team and NEIU student and faculty members will guide you through the classrooms, computer labs, a multi-media resource center, conference rooms, community and study rooms, and double-height reception lobby.

    Moreno will present his talk in Spanish at 6:00pm then in English at 6:30pm. Please reserve your ticket based on language preference.

    TIME: 6pm-8pm
    COST: $15/$10 Members
    LOCATION: El Centro, 3390 N. Avondale Avenue
    AIA CES: 1





    Behind the Scenes: NEIU's El Centro Campus
    Join us for an exclusive tour of the brand new Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) El Centro urban campus with architect Juan Moreno of JGMA. Since opening its doors in September 2014, this striking building near the Kennedy Expressway and Belmont blue line station has offered convenience to commuter students and a heightened visibility for the University, in addition to providing an anchor for outreach to the Latino community in Chicago and neighbors in Avondale. 
    Moreno will present his talk in Spanish at 6:00pm then in English at 6:30pm. Please reserve your ticket based on language preference. 

    PRICE: Adults- $15, Members- $10 
    DATE/TIME: November 10th, 6-8pm 
    MEET: El Centro, 3390 N. Avondale Ave.
    Behind the Scenes: NEIU's El Centro Campus
    Join us for an exclusive tour of the brand new Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) El Centro urban campus with architect Juan Moreno of JGMA. Since opening its doors in September 2014, this striking building near the Kennedy Expressway and Belmont blue line station has offered convenience to commuter students and a heightened visibility for the University, in addition to providing an anchor for outreach to the Latino community in Chicago and neighbors in Avondale. 
    Moreno will present his talk in Spanish at 6:00pm then in English at 6:30pm. Please reserve your ticket based on language preference. 

    PRICE: Adults- $15, Members- $10 
    DATE/TIME: November 10th, 6-8pm 
    MEET: El Centro, 3390 N. Avondale Ave.
    Behind the Scenes: NEIU's El Centro Campus
    Join us for an exclusive tour of the brand new Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) El Centro urban campus with architect Juan Moreno of JGMA. Since opening its doors in September 2014, this striking building near the Kennedy Expressway and Belmont blue line station has offered convenience to commuter students and a heightened visibility for the University, in addition to providing an anchor for outreach to the Latino community in Chicago and neighbors in Avondale. 
    Moreno will present his talk in Spanish at 6:00pm then in English at 6:30pm. Please reserve your ticket based on language preference. 

    PRICE: Adults- $15, Members- $10 
    DATE/TIME: November 10th, 6-8pm 
    MEET: El Centro, 3390 N. Avondale Ave.
  • Bishir Prize

    N/A | Dates: 05 Nov – 15 Dec, 2014
    The Vernacular Architecture Forum awards this prize annually to the scholarly article from a juried North American publication that has made the most significant contribution to the study of vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes.
  • Architectural Theory Review 20.1 Terra Firma

    Sydney | Dates: 05 Nov – 31 Dec, 2014

    180 million years ago, Australia was once enmeshed as part of the Gondwanaland supercontinent, which included Africa, South America, and Antarctica. Early antiquarian maps drawn by maritime explorers envisioned the earth as a flat, infinite surface that unfurled seamlessly into interconnected continents and oceans. A Genovese chart named after Christopher Columbus depicted the Mediterranean region including Portuguese discoveries encased into a perfect circle (1488). The Earth as an object ofstudy has long symbolized both physical ground and more fluid cosmological conceptions of the world across cultures.

    Beyond methods of cartographic writing, the earth summons intellectual forays into topographic descriptions, natural landscapes, and scientific theories. In observing the geological state of the Earth, Charles Lyell’s uniformitarianism, which used the Great Flood as the basis of catastrophic development, signaled an important precursor to Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. In this sense, slow-acting processes such as erosion and sediment deposition, have been proposed agents of geological change. Even John Ruskin and Viollet le Duc delineated the physical outlines of mountain ranges such as the Alps as perceptible signs of the forces underlying nature. Later twentieth-century writers such as John McPhee in Annals of the Former World mapped the American landscape through his road journeys across the country in the company of famed geologists. More recently, architectural history and theory as well as other humanities fields have explored geology, ecology, and landscape studies in diverse forms – one such notable trend is “landform building” where buildings have begun to emulate natural formations. Moving away from a human-centred world, approaches to deep history (Andrew Shyrock and Daniel Smail) and big history (David Christian and Cynthia Stokes Brown) evoke the immense scale of the past by beginning with the birth of the universe. Continental drift and plate tectonics not only begin to re-position human beings against the age of the earth butalso summon global theories as attempts to explain the presence of mountains, valleys, volcanoes, and earthquakes.

    Architectural Theory Review special issue 20.1 will address a wide spectrum of historical and contemporary topics dealing with the earth and its attendant representations throughout time. How have humanities fields in architecture, art history, history, and literature redefined the earth as point of polemics in light of cultural, scientific, political and social revolutions? We invite submissions that examine the earth, including but not limited to the following themes: cartography; architectural design in relation to volatiledisasters; energy and matter; geological thought in architecture; interior and external environments; mining and industry; natural history; scales of history in relation to the anthropocene era such as deep time; underground spaces.

    The deadline for completed manuscripts is 31 December 2014. Please send all enquiries to editor Jennifer Ferng at jennifer.ferng@sydney.edu.au.

  • AIA|LA Interior Architecture Tour: State Bar of California

    Los Angeles | Dates: 11 Nov, 2014
    When: November 11, 2014 to November 11, 2014
    Where: 845 S. Figueroa St., Downtown Los Angeles
     
    Description: Join the AIA|LA Interiors Committee at the State Bar of California.          
  • Design on the Delaware

    Philadelphia | Dates: 12 Nov, 2014
    Charles Birnbaum will speak at the AIA Philadelphia's Design on the Delaware , a collaborative conference that examines the issue and opportunities of the built environment.

    In its 12th year, Design on the Delaware is the only yearly conference in the region that brings together design and building professionals from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and New York for education, cross-discipline exploration, social events, and networking.  Participants who attend Design on the Delaware can expect to gain new perspectives from related fields, a deeper knowledge of their own profession, news from industry suppliers, a view into the public realm and new friends.

    The conference features 45 continuing education programs and tours offering multi-discipline perspectives on projects, processes, technologies and important issues facing the design and building industries. 

  • The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley - Pittsburgh, PA

    Pittsburgh | Dates: 07 Nov – 31 Dec, 2014

    In conjunction with the 2013 Landslide® the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust in partnership with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy will host the Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley, a traveling photographic exhibition celebrating the life and career of Dan Kiley, one of the most important and influential Modernist landscape architects of the 20th century. The exhibition features 45 vibrant photographs documenting the current state of some of Kiley's most significant designs.

    Generous support has been provided by Presenting Sponsors, The Davey Tree Expert Company and Victor Stanley, Inc., with additional support from the American Society of Landscape Architects, Landscape Architecture magazine and the Hubbard Educational Foundation.

    Learn more about The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley and future exhibition venues.

  • What’s Out There Weekend Los Angeles – The Public Landscapes of Ralph Cornell

    Los Angeles | Dates: 08 – 09 Nov, 2014

    This What’s Out There Weekend focuses on the built legacy of Los Angeles-based landscape architect Ralph Cornell, who studied at Pomona College and Harvard University, and opened one of the city’s first landscape architecture practices in 1919. Considered by some "the Olmsted of Los Angeles," Cornell is known for his design restraint and thoughtful use of indigenous plantings. His work can be seen throughout Southern California, including Beverly Gardens Park, the UCLA campus, Hillside Memorial Park, downtown LA’s Civic Center, and the restoration of the historic grounds at the National Historic Landmark-designated Rancho Los Cerritos. This What's Out There Weekend features free, expert-led tours of more than a dozen significant Cornell-designed landscapes in greater Los Angeles. Read more about Cornell and his legacy. 

    Please join us for the launch event on Friday evening.

    The Weekend kicks off with an event co-sponsored by California Garden and Landscape History Society and UCLA Library Special Collections including a  lecture by Brian Tichenor, professor at USC’s School of Architecture, and the opening of an exhibit in the UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library, “Ralph D. Cornell: Dean of Southern California Landscape Architecture.” This retrospective of Cornell’s life and career, on view November 7 through December 23, 2014, features a diverse array of drawings, renderings, photographs, and artifacts, many of which have never been publicly displayed. Steven Keylon, Curator, with Kelly Comras. Curatorial assistance from Sam Watters and Genie Guerard. Installation by Octavio Olvera. 

    The What’s Out There Weekend program dovetails with the Web-based What’s Out There, the nation’s most comprehensive searchable database of historic designed landscapes. The database currently features more than 1,700 sites, 10,000 images and 900 designer profiles. And, What's Out There is optimized for iPhones and similar handheld devices, and includes What's Nearby - a GPS-enabled function that locates all landscapes in the database within a 25-mile radius of any given location.

  • CFP: Architecture's Turn to History 1970-1990 (Zurich, 11-12 Sep 15)

    Zurich | Dates: 10 Dec, 2014
    East West Central 03: 
    Re-framing Identities
    Architecture's Turn to History 1970-1990 


    The year 1990 marked the end of Europe's political division. Looking back at the two decades before this event, this conference seeks to investigate the significance of the „historical turn“ in urban design and architecture in both East and West Europe since the beginning of the 1970s in relation to the political and socio-economic transformations of this period. Moreover, we intend to reflect on the emergence of the third category of Central Europe at that time, creating a new cultural entity in order to bridge the political divide. "Re-framing Identities" follows the two previous East West Central conferences "Re-Humanizing Architecture" in May 2014 and "Re-Scaling the Environment" in November 2014.

    Our aim is to discuss the growing interest in theory, phenomenology and meaning in architecture and urban design as well as revisionist thinking and the rise of antimodernism. This radical intellectual shift that originated in discourse of Postmodernism affected East and West equally, encouraging, for example, many East European architects to reassess attempts to engage national and regional traditions under Socialist Realism in the 1950s. During the 1970s and 1980s, the recognition of architecture’s capacity to reflect and ground identity reignited the search for local, national and regional languages. At the same time, an expanded understanding of history, freed from the notion of progressive tradition, allowed for integrating regional differences and multiple histories into a wider spectrum of "heritage". In this process alternative spatial identities were developed, which questioned the ideological and territorial divide between East and West. 

    We seek contributions that: 
    - test political concepts and terminologies such as late capitalism and late socialism, addressing the notion of crisis with regard to the post-1968 cultural landscape in East and West. 
    - investigate the mutual impact of the critique of functionalism and the „historic turn“ on urban as well as architectural developments in East and West. For example, the conflict between the intended mobilization of history for critical ends and its subsequent utilization for preserving the status quo would deserve interest. 
    - examine the fabrication of identities and the will to expression by producing mythical, national or transnational, pasts – at times valorizing history in processes of urban regeneration, preservation and commercial (e.g. touristic) image-making. 

    We will discuss attempts to establish transnational networks and institutions, publish journals and pursue projects with the participation of architects from state socialist and capitalist countries, and we plan to invite some of the protagonists. This will allow considering for the first time the complex and at times contradicting dimensions of architectural culture of the recent past in East, West and Central Europe. 

    Please send an abstract of up to 300 words and a brief biography (max. 150 words) to: professur.moravanszky@gta.arch.ethz.ch 

    Abstracts can be submitted until Wednesday, December 10th, 2014. The selected participants will be informed by January 12th, 2015. Drafts to be submitted by August 2015.

    A limited number of travel allowances might be available for successful applicants. 

    For further details and updates please visit: http://www.moravanszky.arch.ethz.ch/veranstaltungen/eastwestcentral03

    Prof. Dr. Ákos Moravánszky (chair)
    Torsten Lange (coordinator)

    Kontakt

    Torsten Lange
  • REVEAL (Reconstruction and Exploratory Visualization: Engineering meets ArchaeoLogy)

    Dates: 03 Nov – 03 Dec, 2014

    REVEAL ( Reconstruction and Exploratory Visualization: Engineering meets ArchaeoLogy)

    REVEAL is a free and open-source software toolkit for fieldwork recording, documentation, and automated 3D model generation.

    There are many computer-based data collection systems for architectural history and archaeology; many databases, many digital archives, and many digital publications for the disciplines.  REVEAL is special, because it's a single piece of software that coordinates all data types (e.g., plans, photos, 3D models, tabular information) with semi-automated tools to ease the process of documenting sites, trenches and objects, of recording architectural research documentation and excavation progress, of researching and analyzing the collected evidence, and even of automatically creating 3D models and virtual worlds.  Search and retrieval, visualization, and thus testing hypotheses against the excavated material, happen in real time, as the excavation proceeds.  That's an important advance.

    Since the past happened in 3D, in color, and as a continuous set of actions, that's the way it should be studied and understood.  What's needed for fieldwork is a single complete package that keeps things digital from acquisition to publication, integrates all datatypes together, can be used at different types of sites with minimal modification, and places interactive 3D contexts at the heart of the matter.  That is what REVEAL does.

    REVEAL is already being used at dozens of sites around the world. 

    Remember, it's free and open-source !

    REVEAL has just been updated and improved (see version 1.0.6.1)--your tool of choice for recording archaeological excavations, is now ready for downloading. The current release updates REVEAL to work with the latest version of WAMP (2.5), fixes some bugs, and adds a feature for uploading a 3D model with its texture files so they stay together and display correctly in the REVEAL Analyzer module.

    We want to hear from you.  Please tell us if you are using REVEAL, or are thinking about using REVEAL, or have comments and suggested upgrades that would help us improve it for everyone's fieldwork. 

    Contact VIZIN at info@vizin.org !!

    To download your copy of the latest version and learn more visit:

       http://sourceforge.net/projects/revealanalyze/

    and

       http://www.vizin.org/projects/reveal/project.html#

    To download your copy or view the video overview or read more about it:                                    http://www.vizin.org/projects/reveal/research.html

    REVEAL has been co-developed by the Institute for the Visualization of History, Brown University's Division of Engineering, Laboratory for Man/Machine Systems, and the University of North Carolina's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  REVEAL is a unique, exciting, and continually expanding resource for archaeologists, architectural historians, and others working in related heritage fields.  REVEAL was created with funding from National Science Foundation Grant No.0808718, Promoting Paradigm Shifts in Archaeology.

    New Features Coming to REVEAL 

    Sherd Reassembly Package

    Overview: The Sherd Reassembly Package is a computer-based system for automatically reassembling an unorganized group of thin-wall sherds into a digital simulation of the vessel that broke into the collected sherds.  The assumption is that the original vessel(s) was axially symmetric, i.e., made on a wheel.  The original sherd grouping may contain only a subset of the fragments belonging to an original vessel, and the grouping may contain sherds from more than one vessel.  

    The Process: The input data supplied to the system consists of a 3D dense-data scan of each sherd, where the scan covers the outer surface and break surface.  The input data may also be a meshed set of 3D points.  The package can work with the commonly used file formats for these data sets.  The REVEAL software kit's photomodeling feature can provide such data.

    For each scanned or modeled sherd, the package then automatically extracts the points on the outer surface of the sherd and the break-curve for the sherd (the curve on the outer surface along which the sherd broke from its neighbors).  The method first processes the scanned sherds having significant surface curvature and distinctive surface shape.  It measures an axis and a profile curve for each such sherd, and does a preliminary reassembly of these sherds based on aligning their axes and then fitting together their profile curves.  The process then completes these reassembled configurations based on how well the sherds' break-curves fit together.   The system then tries to add to the achieved configurations those sherds that do not have significant outer surface curvature.  This addition is based on how well the break-curves of the additional sherds fit the break-curves of the sherds in the reassembled configurations.

    There may be sets of sherds which are all roughly flat, that is, have no usable outer-surface curvature.  For these sets, the system tries to reassemble configurations based only on how the sherd boundary curves fit together.

    The Results: The package may not be able to fit all appropriate sherds together because of (a) a lack of distinctive 3D outer surface shape, (b) a lack of sufficient sherd neighbors, or (c) because of gaps (due to chipping or erosion) in appropriate pairs of break-curves. Nevertheless, the process can reconstruct complete vessels or significant portions of vessels.  The output is a 3D model of a vessel or portions of a vessel, that can be viewed interactively from arbitrary directions to see how the individual sherds fit together.  Our reassembly system involves 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional puzzle-solving systems that include algorithms uniquely developed for the REVEAL platform.

    Semi-Automated Architectural Model Generator

    Overview: The Semi-Automated Architectural Model Generator module facilitates visualization and exploration of buildings and related archaeological site data by providing tools to automatically generate 3D models of architecture that survives only partially.  The package uses a shape program to describe the organization of the architectural elements and shape generator software to run specialized programs to generate the resulting 3D models.

    The Process: Users specify shapes that describe how major elements of the structure are organized.  The package processes the user-specified attributes of the shapes and generates the 3D model of the architecture. New and different models can be generated by modifying the shape program, thus allowing users to efficiently explore alternative completions of architectural features that may be missing or unexcavated.

    Thus, the package is a procedural model building.  Buildings are built from basic solids that stem from cylinders, spheres, cones, rectangular solids, and ramps/tetrahedrons. These base geometries can be altered by using boolean operators to make more sophisticated geometry (such as Gothic arches or vaults).  Each of the controlling shape parameters are controlled via external "attribute" files, which in turn control generation of aspects like texture, size, and position.

    Attributes of the Output 3D Models:

    *  The resulting 3D models are constructed hierarchically and include labels that can endow the model with a sequence of semantically-meaningful sub-structures, e.g., entrance structure -> gateway -> portcullis -> ashlar blocks.

    *  Feature attributes can be queried and extracted from the hierarchy, e.g., "give me all ashlar blocks that are part of the entrance structure or gateway."

    *  Field data and 3D models of the excavated architectural remains can be visualized together with automatically generated 3D architecture models.

    Potential Applications:

    *  Quickly creating digitally reconstructed complete 3D visualizations of fragmentary architectural structures.

    *  Results from queries on the geometry can be used to answer holistic questions; e.g., "if the wall of the gateway is 10m high, then how much volume in wall debris should exist and what proportion of that debris should be made of ashlar?"

    *  Reconstructions can provide visualizations of potential completions of damaged and/or partially excavated structures which in turn may influence future excavation strategies.

  • Call for Proposals: 2015 AASL Conference Lightning Rounds (March 17-19, 2015)

    Toronto | Dates: 14 Nov, 2014

    The Association of Architecture School Librarians is seeking proposals for its Lightning Round session to be held during its annual conference in Toronto, March 17-19, 2015.

    Lightning Rounds have become a popular feature of our annual conference. A typical lightning round presentation lasts no more than 6 minutes. If a PowerPoint presentation accompanies the talk, presenters are limited to the use of 12 slides.

    Featured topics tend to reflect innovative, “local” solutions to current work-related challenges of common interest to our members. The Conference Planning Committee would like Lightening Round presentations to align with the theme of the ACSA conference: The Expanding Periphery and the Migrating Center. For instance:

    ·           What is still core to library operations in terms of serving a profession with a migrating center?  How has maintaining and developing the core helped the library to remain relevant? Please elaborate.

    ·           What new services and/or collections have enabled you to attract and maintain your existing audience? 

    ·           What services and/or collections have you “appropriated “from other fields? For instance, materials collections have long been important to interior design. The librarian working in the actual studio might parallel the work of the medical profession in its clinical approach. What else has been “migrated” or is possible to appropriate and use in a new way to benefit the architecture library? What issues have or are arising as a result this migrating center? What gaps are you seeing in services and/or collections?

    ·           How are you collaborating in new ways with other librarians at your institution?

    ·           How do you define the new terrain in terms of the library? Has the perception of the library changed ? How is the library more or less relevant than it was?

    ·           How has the globalization of architecture impacted the library in terms of the nature and scope of resources as well as the depth of information needed about other parts of the world?

    ·           How has the composition of the “new” student body and the internationalism of the recruitment of students and faculty impacted resources? What language considerations have changed?  Are the resources needed different- e.g. information about the climate of arid regions? Do the “new” international students and faculty require different levels of instruction and/or exposure to “ western” library resources? Are you able to leverage this in terms of funding?

    ·           Propose your topic that ties in with the overall conference theme.

    Submit your Lightning Round proposal via this online form. Proposal descriptions should not exceed 400-words. 

    The deadline for submission is: November, 14, 2014.

  • Save the Date: 2015 Association of Architecture School Librarians' (AASL) Annual Conference

    Toronto | Dates: 17 – 19 Mar, 2015

    Building on the core concepts of this year’s ACSA theme, The Expanding Periphery and the Migrating Center, the Conference Planning Committee has been working hard to develop a suite of programs, tours, talks, and social events designed to address AASL members’ interests.

    In addition to hearing from local experts about the architecture of Toronto, attendees will have the opportunity to—during Lightning Rounds—share ideas with their colleagues about potential solutions to common concerns pertaining to contemporary architecture librarianship and we will experiment with a new type of unconference session entitled Venture and Vexation. Stay tuned for announcements about additional conference programming that is currently under development.

    Please plan to join us at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, March 17 – 19, 2015.

    We are planning to activate our conference website in November, complete with registration information.

  • Holiday Thorne Rooms

    Chicago | Dates: 22 Nov, 2014 – 06 Jan, 2015

    The beloved decorating tradition is back—and more festive than ever—with the addition this year of the traditional Chinese interior set to ring in the Chinese New Year! Plus, a new long-term loan, a miniature replica of a Pullman Observation Car that was exhibited at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, is unveiled for the first time.

    Several other rooms once again get their seasonal trimmings. Among the most elaborate is the English Drawing Room of the Victorian Period, the only room with a Christmas tree. Now a ubiquitous feature of the season, the Christmas tree ortannenbaum, was only brought to England from Germany in 1840 with the marriage of Prince Albert to Queen Victoria. The Thorne Room tree and accoutrements are based on a famous engraving of the royal couple and their children surrounding a trimmed and toy-bedecked tree, an image that would forever popularize this holiday fixture. Other ornamented rooms include:

    • The English Great Hall of the Tudor period with a wassailing bowl, yule log, and an essential part of the costuming for that period’s singing-dancing revelers—a mummer’s mask
    • The Virginia Entrance Hall with mistletoe, wreath, and garland
    • The French Provincial Bedroom with shoes, or sabots, lined up before the fireplace, a crèche, and puzzle
    • The modern-era California Hallway with an Otto Natzler mid-century menorah and box with a dreidel
    • The New Orleans, New Mexico, and the Pennsylvania Dutch (German) rooms filled with regional treats of the season
    • The 1930s French Library joins with a tiny taste of Art Deco holiday glamour
  • Many Faces, Many Voices: Intersecting Borders in Popular and American Culture, Southwest Popular/American Culture Association 36th Annual Conference

    Albuquerque | Dates: 04 – 15 Nov, 2014
    Deadline Extended to 15 November 2014 for submissions to present at the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association