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  • Iowa Country School Preservation Conference

    Kalona | Dates: 10 – 11 Oct, 2014

    Join us for the 15th Annual Iowa Country School Preservation Conference in a location where the one-room school is not just a memory of the past. The largest Amish settlement west of the Mississippi, Kalona’s countryside has nearly a dozen Amish schools still operating.

    Tours will not only visit both historic and modern school houses, but will also showcase the beauty of the area’s slow moving countryside, featuring barn quilts, Amish gardens, horse and buggies and several good old-fashioned Amish meals.

    Your registration also allows you to take in the 15 historic buildings, quilt galleries, & museums at the restored 1800s village that is our host.

    Contact: Bill Sherman at wsherman41@gmail.com 515-278-2242

  • CFP: The Art History of Architectural History (Norwich 9-11 April 2015)

    Norwich | Dates: 30 Jun – 10 Nov, 2014

    Paper proposals, to be sent to the session convenor in accordance with proposal guidelines. Paper proposal deadline: 10 November 2014

    Session Convenors:

    Mark Crinson, University of Manchester, mark.crinson@manchester.ac.uk 
    Richard Williams, University of Edinburgh, r.j.williams@ed.ac.uk

    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?

  • Biennale Interieur 2014

    Kortrijk | Dates: 17 – 26 Oct, 2014
    Design as both a commercial and cultural entity is a concept that stood at the basis of this event held every two years in Kortrijk, Belgium: “Since 1968, the Biennale Interieur is internationally recognized as the only event in its kind to balance the need for commercial performance with the significance of a convivial cultural happening. The Biennale Interieur has become an important meeting place to experience trends, tastes, avant-garde and movements that define design today“. 84 000 visitors are expected in 2014- mostly professionals and design enthusiasts from France, The Netherlands and Germany.
  • London Design Festival 2014

    London | Dates: 13 – 21 Sep, 2014
    London will take center stage in the world of design again in mid-September, when hundreds of events are expected to light up the creative skies of the city. According to the organizers, the London Design Festival was conceived by Sir John Sorrell and Ben Evans: “Building on London’s existing design activity, their concept was to create an annual event that would promote the city’s creativity, drawing in the country’s greatest thinkers, practitioners, retailers and educators to a deliver an unmissable celebration of design“. Important trade shows like 100% Design and Decorex are also associated with the festival.
  • Furniture China 2014

    Shanghai | Dates: 10 – 14 Sep, 2014
    The five day exhibitions at Furniture China in Shanghai are known for promoting design creativity not just in Asia, but all over the world. Besides the key Chinese furniture players, around 292 overseas companies participated as exhibitors in 2013, including pavilions from France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Sweden and Thailand. From what it seems, this event is not just an opportunity to exchange design ideas, but a cultural experience altogether.
  • River Cities/ Dumbarton Oaks Symposium 2015

    Dates: 01 Jul – 14 Sep, 2014
    River Cities: Historical and Contemporary 
    2015 Dumbarton Oaks Symposium, Garden and Landscape Studies 
    Call for Papers 

     
    Resilience and adaptability are key elements of viable urbanism. But how have these concepts been understood historically? And how do they shape the design and stewardship of urban landscapes today? The dynamic relationships between cities and their rivers, a landscape of potentially critical adaptability and resilience, is the focus of the 2015 Garden and Landscape Studies Symposium at Dumbarton Oaks. Building on the emergence of urban humanities and urban landscape history, we propose to consider the urban river as a city-making landscape deserving of careful reading and analysis: past, present, and future.

    The subject of this symposium builds on a new multi-year initiative in urban landscape studies, which Dumbarton Oaks is launching in 2015 with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Its principal goal is to create a dialogue between designers and scholars to address the landscape consequences of advancing urbanization. With this task in mind, the 2015 symposium aims to bring together the work of contemporary designers with the historical perspectives of scholars, encouraging practitioners and historians to bridge the gaps between their modes of thinking. We would particularly welcome proposals for collaborative or paired presentations by designers and historians working on similar topics or the same city.

    Cities have emerged on the banks of rivers throughout history. Rivers are multi-faceted ecological, cultural, economic, and political agents, providing resources such as food, water, irrigation, sanitation, and transportation—and liabilities including flooding, drought, and occasional changes in their locations. While many cities share the history of rivers running through their cores, the relationships between rivers and cities are shaped by unique circumstances. New Orleans and Cairo, for example, were both located on the silt deposited by floods; yet, as these cities grew, one used a dam and the other levees to harness their rivers. While describing the river as part of urban infrastructure, how can we read the river landscape as a dynamic catalyst in the urban process? What is the role of the river, beyond its performance as a transportation corridor and a water source? How do its place, its flow, its speed, and its dynamic character shape the development of cities and the experience of the urban landscape spatially, geographically, and temporally? What landscape elements are distinctive to these urban river contexts—bridges, parks, ports, weirs, mills, various defensive structures—and how might the landscapes of inland river cities differ from those in deltas and on estuaries?

    Another aspect of the relationship between cities and rivers that this symposium will explore concerns its representation in human experience, practice, and imagination. How do rivers frame the urban experience? Do they offer a connection to nature in the city as so many have claimed we need? What are their cultural and ritual uses? What can we discover by investigating the historical role of the river and city-making that might offer an alternative perspective on contemporary issues of access to clean water, public space, transportation, and the challenges of climate change are addressed? How might a historical investigation offer a means to re-imagine the way we think about and use our urban rivers today? Conversely, how can the spatial thinking of designers today revise our historical understandings of rivers and cities?

    The 2015 symposium seeks papers that consider river cities from the earliest settlements to contemporary metropolitan regions around the globe. Just as rivers flow across continents, we are looking broadly to engage in a discussion of urban rivers, past and present, nationally and internationally.

    Please submit a 300 word abstract to Thaisa Way (tway@uw.edu) by September 14, 2014 to be considered for the 2015 Dumbarton Oaks Garden and Landscape Studies symposium: River Cities: Historical and Contemporary. If accepted, full papers will be due on March 1, 2015 for presentation in May 2015. For more information, contact Thaisa Way, University of Washington / tway@uw.edu / 206 685 2523.
  • Architecture of Trade 9th Savannah Symposium

    Savannah | Dates: 05 – 07 Feb, 2015
    This year, the Savannah Symposium investigates the Architecture of Trade and features keynote presentations from Nasser Rabbat, Ph.D, director of the Aga Khan Program in Islamic Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Michael Hudson, Ph.D., president of the Institute for the Study of Long-term Economic Trends and professor of economics, University of Missouri, Kansas City. We are seeking a diverse array of papers to cover such real or imagined topics as port cities; trade routes and their building cultures; merchant dwellings; ore mines; trends in urbanization; housing; philosophies of capital, global warming and land use; post-industrial narratives; ancient, mercantile and colonial landscapes; food as commodity; renaissance financing systems; artifacts as collateral; the art collection as wealth; affluence and inequality as avant-gardism; gentrification as asset allocation; rentier capitalism; and the space and traces of the consumables that have shaped the global world.
  • Ford's Theatre--Scale Model--Museum Exhibit

    Kent | Dates: 01 Jul, 2014 – 14 Apr, 2015
    I am building a finely detailed scale model (1/2" = 1'-0") of Ford's Theatre, the site of President Lincoln's assassination on 14 iv 1865. I intend to equip it with the latest electronic devices (audio and visual) so that visitors can hear a narrative description of the events leading up to and culminating in the assassination of President Lincoln within the theatre.
  • Behind the Scenes: Thalia Hall

    Chicago | Dates: 30 Jul, 2014
    Be one of the first to explore the newly renovated Thalia Hall. This Pilsen landmark was founded by John Dusek in 1892 and was modeled after the Prague Opera House. The hall served as a multi-purpose property offering commercial storefronts, residential housing, and a hall for the community until it was closed to the public in the 1960's. In October of 1989, Thalia Hall was granted landmark status. In 2013, the landmark building was re- established when Dusek’s Board & Beer, a beer inspired restaurant on the first floor and Punch House, a punch focused cocktail bar in the basement, opened under the helm of Michelin starred Chef Jared Wentworth. In May of 2014, Thalia Hall's doors re-opened welcoming the first crowd of music lovers into history. 

    PRICE: Adults- $35, Members- $30
    TIME/DATE: July 30, 6-8pm 
    MEET: 1807 S. Allport St.

    Join us to see the renovated hall, have some refreshments and hear about the Hall’s storied past from Chicago’s Cultural Historian, Tim Samuelson. Doors open at 6pm. 
  • Design Dialogues: Elizabeth Diller with Reed Kroloff

    Chicago | Dates: 17 Jul, 2014

    Elizabeth Diller is a founding partner of Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R), an interdisciplinary design studio that integrates architecture, the visual arts and the performing arts. DS+R has received numerous accolades including the first MacArthur Genius grant awarded to an architecture firm, a retrospective of their work at the Whitney Museum of American Art, inclusion in Time magazine's 100 most influential people and selection as Fast Company'smost innovative design firm. Diller will discuss her work and the firm’s creative processes in architecture and art with Reed Kroloff, Immediate Past Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art & Art Museum, and a nationally known commentator in the world of architecture and urban design.

    This program is co-sponsored by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Women in Architecture, and the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

    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: Celebrating 40 Years of Chicago Women in Architecture. The exhibition runs from June 12, 2014 – December 2014 at CAF.

    TIME: 6:00pm - 8:00pm  
    COST: $10/ $8 MCA/CAF/CWA members
    LOCATION: 220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago IL 60611

  • Drinks and Design in the Studio: Chicago Model City

    Chicago | Dates: 16 Jul, 2014
    Drinks + Design in the Studio is a bimonthly, hands-on program for adults. Participants will meet in the ArcelorMittal Design Studio @ CAF to explore the playful side of architecture and engineering. Volunteers from the Chicago Women in Architecture will lead a creative exercise, check back for more details.

    PRICE: Adults- $20, Members- $15
    TIME/DATE: July 16, 6-8pm 
    MEET: ArcelorMittal Design Studio at CAF, 224 S. Michigan Avenue


  • Book Presentation | Behind the Green Door: A Critical Look at Sustainable Architecture through 600 Objects

    New York | Dates: 07 Jul, 2014

    When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM MONDAY, JULY 7

    Where: At The Center   

    Please join us for a book presentation on Behind the Green Door: A Critical Look at Sustainable Architecture through 600 Objects by Rotor, a Brussels-based collective of architects, designers, and researchers.

    Behind the Green Door: A Critical Look at Sustainable Architecture through 600 Objects is a richly illustrated critical portrait of the concrete consequences and paradoxes of sustainability as a dominating paradigm in architecture and urban planning. Drawing on a year-long investigation for the Oslo Architecture Triennale, Rotor presents and contextualizes the 600 objects gathered for its main exhibition (building models, samples, specialized construction tools, campaign posters, footage of lobbyist gatherings, etc.).

    The book also contains 300 short comments by prominent architects, critics, and scholars from around the world. The publication is presented in an accessible, visually compelling, and thought-provoking manner, and will interest engaged citizens, experts, practitioners, activists, and politicians alike.

    Co-author Maarten Gielen, a co-founder of Rotor, will present the book. Rotor is a group of people who share a common interest in material flows in industry and construction. Rotor handles the conception and realization of design and architectural projects. On a theoretical level, Rotor develops critical positions on design, material resources, and waste through research, exhibitions, writings, and conferences. The group recently curated OMA/Progress, a large exhibition on the work of OMA, at the Barbican in London. Together with Rotor's Lionel Devlieger, Maarten Gielen curated Behind the Green Door – architecture and the desire for sustainability at the 2013 Oslo Architecture Triennale.

    This program is an initiative of the Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, 2014 Presidential theme: ‘Civic Spirit:Civic Vision.’

    Organized by: Center for Architecture

    Sponsor: The reception is provided by the Government of Flanders, through Flanders House New York

  • Public Space: Community and Privacy

    New York | Dates: 02 Jul, 2104

    AIA CES: 1.5 LU | HSW

    When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM WEDNESDAY, JULY 2

    Where: At The Center   

    With the Mayor’s affordable housing plan in mind, this panel will bring together architects, government officials, and housing advocates to address the intersection of civic space and housing in New York City. Speakers will touch on the future of large NYCHA housing sites and their potential modifications, community centers in NYCHA housing developments, open spaces between apartment buildings that could become social spaces, the relationship between housing, housing precincts, and the sidewalks and spaces beyond and between neighboring communities as well as other examples of public places that form within and alongside integrated housing developments.

    This panel will be presented in conjunction with the Open to the Public: Civic Space Now exhibition at the Center for Architecture, on view from June 12 - September 6, 2014 and is an initiative of the Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, 2014 Presidential theme: ‘Civic Spirit:Civic Vision.’

    Moderator:
    David Resnick, AIA, 
    Deputy Commissioner, NYC Department of Design and Construction

    Speakers:
    Sara Caples, AIA, Principal, Caples Jefferson Architects
    Mark Ginsberg, FAIA, LEED AP, Founding Partner, Curtis + Ginsberg Architects 
    Richard Plunz, Director, Urban Design Program, GSAPP, Columbia University and Director, Urban Design Lab, The Earth Institute

    Price: Free for AIA members and students with valid student ID; $10 for non-members

    Co-Sponsored by: AIANY Housing Committee

  • Permanent Change: Plastics in Architecture and Engineering

    New York | Dates: 01 Jul, 2014

    AIA CES: 1.5 LU

    When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM TUESDAY, JULY 1

    Where: At The Center   

    Michael BellDr. William Carroll, Jr.Billie Faircloth,Sylvia Lavin, and George Middleton will present Permanent Change: Plastics in Architecture and Engineering, published by Princeton Architectural Press.

    Almost every industry in the world has benefited from the invention of plastics, but it is only in the recent past that they have begun to be appreciated as architectural materials in their own right. Plastics are quickly becoming one of the most ubiquitous materials in construction and have the potential to reshape the roles of architects and engineers, as well as the construction industry at large. As a building material, plastic allows for easily molded and formed shapes, leading to increasingly malleable design processes. Despite being the most deeply engineered building materials today, plastics are still in the nascent stages of understanding in terms of their potential applications and uses. In Permanent Change an interdisciplinary group of architects, historians, theorists, and engineers collectively explore the past, present, and future possibilities of this innovative building material.

    Michael Bell is Professor of Architecture at Columbia University. Bell chairs the Columbia Conference on Architecture, Engineering and Materials and is also Director of the Master of Architecture Program Core Design Studios. Bell’s design work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Venice Biennale; The Yale School of Architecture; The University Art Museum, Berkeley; and at Arci-Lab, France. Bell has received four Progressive Architecture Awards, and his is also included in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Books by Michael Bell include Engineered Transparency: The Technical, Visual, and Spatial Effects of Glass16 Houses: Designing the Public’s Private HouseMichael Bell: Space Replaces Us: Essays and Projects on the City; and Slow Space. Bell has taught at Berkeley, Rice University, MIT and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He has also been a visiting professor at University of Michigan as the Saarinen Professor of Architecture. His recently completed Binocular House is featured in MetropolisCasabella, and in Kenneth Frampton’s American Masterwork Houses.

    Dr. William F. Carroll, Jr. holds a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. He received an M.S. from Tulane University in New Orleans, and a B.A. in chemistry and physics from DePauw University in Greencastle, IN. He is currently Vice President, Industry Issues for Occidental Chemical Corporation and also Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at Indiana. Carroll is Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Chemical Society, and also a Past President (2005). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and a member of the advisory board for the Tulane School of Science and Engineering. In 2009 he was chair of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents. On behalf of OxyChem, he has chaired numerous committees for industry associations, and has served on expert groups commissioned by the United Nations Environment Programme, the US Environmental Protection Agency and three states - most recently the California Green Ribbon Science Panel.

    Billie Faircloth is the Research Director at KieranTimberlake, a prominent architecture firm established in 1984 and a leader in practice-based architectural research and innovative buildings. She leads a transdisciplinary group of professionals leveraging research, design, and problem solving processes from fields as diverse as environmental management, chemical physics, materials science, and architecture. As director, Faircloth fosters collaboration between disciplines, trades, academies and industries in order to define a relevant problem solving boundary for the built environment. In her professional and academic research Billie pursues an answer to the question: “Why do we build the way that we do?” In addition to her practice, she teaches at the University of Pennsylvania and lectures on design research worldwide. Her forthcoming book, Architecture and Plastics, will be published by Routledge in 2015. Billie received a Bachelor of Architecture from North Carolina State University and a Master of Architecture with Distinction from Harvard University.

    Sylvia Lavin, who was chair of the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA from 1996-2006, is a leading figure in contemporary architectural history, theory, and criticism. Lavin is the recipient of a 2011 Arts and Letters Award, as well as previous awards from the Getty Center, the Kress Foundation and the Social Science Research Council. In addition to her most recent book,Kissing Architecture, (Princeton University Press 2011) Lavin is the author of Quatremere de Quincy and the Invention of a Modern Language of Architecture (MIT, 1992), Form Follows Libido: Architecture and Richard Neutra in a Psychoanalytic Culture (MIT, 2005), and the forthcoming The Flash in the Pan and Other Forms of Architectural Contemporaneity. She initiated a series of architectural projects for the Hammer Museum, has been a guest curator for the CCA and Ace Galleries, and is currently working on a large-scale exhibition,Fin-de-Sixties LA: From Pop to Postmodernism. Lavin is the Director of Critical Studies in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA, has been a Visiting Professor at Princeton University, the Havard Graduate School of Design and other international schools of architecture, and is the Director of Hi-C, a design/research group that supports architecture in the public realm.

    George Middleton, AIA, CSI, is President of George Middleton & Associates, Inc., construction industry consulting firm based in Chicago. His work is focused primarily on the technical, marketing and training needs of the firm’s building product manufacturer, industry trade association and publisher clients. His firm has Fortune 500 product and materials experience. He serves as the chair of CSI's GreenFormat™ Task Team. Before founding his firm, he was responsible for publishing electronic content for the AEC markets for Autodesk. Prior to that he was Director of Technical Marketing at USG Corporation and has been involved in development, testing and marketing of construction products and systems for projects in North America, Europe and Asia. He also previously served as a Research Architect with the U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory. George is a licensed architect, a member of AIA and CSI. He is a USGBC LEED® Accredited Professional and a Green Globes® Assessor through The Green Building Initiative.

    Price: Free for AIA members and students with valid student ID - RSVP using the form to the right 
    $10 for non-members - PURCHASE A TICKET

    Organized by: AIANY Oculus Committee

  • A Celebration of the Life and Work of Fred Schwartz, FAIA

    New York | Dates: 30 Jun, 2014

    When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM MONDAY, JUNE 30

    Where: At The Center   

    Join the AIA New York Chapter in celebrating the life and achievements of Fred Schwartz, FAIA.

    The Staten Island Ferry Terminal and September 11th memorials in New Jersey and Westchester County endure as powerful public works, but Fred's legacy will continue to be reflected in his advocacy and activism on behalf of the profession and the NY Chapter. He played an essential and pivotal role in post-9/11 planning starting with New York New Visions and most recently, helped change the guidelines for the AIA Gold Medal, allowing it to recognize collaborative teams as well as individuals.

  • Schroeder Area Historical Society Lundie Tour

    Dates: 12 Jul, 2014
    Once again, the Schroeder Area Historical Society is sponsoring its fundraiser and tour of historical and architecturally significant cabins along the North Shore on July 12, 2014. Dale Mulfinger, Scott Berry and Ron Ankeny will all be part of the tour with Dale giving a talk on his new book, “Back to the Cabin” in the morning. This year’s 10th anniversary tour will feature All-Lundies with stops at 6 sites and including 13 structures, all timber frames designed by Edwin Lundie. The main feature will be the historic Slade Mansion which is featured in Dale’s book on Lundie, a most rare opportunity.

    For more information, contact Steven Lukas, slukas221@comcast.net or 612-886-3095.

  • Exploring the Covert Capital

    Washington | Dates: 16 Jul, 2014
    Wednesday, July 16 - 6:30 pm

    $8.00 for Latrobe Chapter members, $10.00 for non-members.

    Washington, DC, may be the United States’ official capital, but the northern Virginia area is the covert capital of a secret empire. Anchored at one end on the Pentagon and at the other on CIA headquarters, the area has been profoundly affected in its architecture, culture, and politics by the covert business done there, business which touches every part of the globe.

    Join Professor Andrew Friedman of Haverford College for a fascinating discussion of an aspect of the secret world of espionage that you probably never considered: architecture. Afterwards, Professor Friedman will sign his book Covert Capital: Landscapes of Denial and the Making of U.S. Empire in the Suburbs of Northern Virginia, and you can examine photographs from the secret files of the International Spy Museum showing long-gone classified CIA facilities around the Washington area.

    Co-sponsored by Historical Society of Fairfax County and Latrobe Chapter, SAH.

  • Garden Dialogues: Chicago/Lake Forest

    Lake Forest | Dates: 02 – 03 Aug, 2014
    On August 2nd and 3rd, get exclusive access to private gardens and landscapes in Lake Forest, IL and hear directly from the designers and their clients about their collaborative process.

    Saturday, August 2nd, 5:00 to 6:30pm | Lake Forest

    Lake Forest Garden
    Peter Schaudt, Steve Gierke, and Jayson De Geeter, Hoerr Schaudt, withThomas Norman Rajkovich, Architect and Jeanne Nolan and Jacqueline Kotz, The Organic Gardener Ltd.

    This charming, English country style home was designed in the early 20th century and is nestled quietly into enchanting woodland. The garden’s focal point is a placid lap pool, where a classical fountain and masonry walls establish a serene sense of enclosure. Adjoining the pool court, a foursquare cutting garden and organic vegetable garden are bordered by a tool house at the ravine’s edge. The garden’s structure dissolves into a natural wood that blends with the surrounding neighborhood.

    Sunday, August 3rd, 10:00 to 11:30am | Lake Forest

    The Walled Garden at Little Orchard
    Craig Bergmann, Craig Bergmann Landscape Design, Inc.

    On a 5.4-acre bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, landscape architect Craig Bergmann has skillfully and respectfully brought new life to Little Orchard, a garden designed by one of the profession’s great practitioners, Ellen Biddle Shipman. The site is part of the historic Howard VanDoren Shaw estate built in 1896. The estate’s owners engaged Bergmann in 1999, and the resultant garden, finished in 2000, is a nod to Shipman's elegant spatial approach. An extensive collection of woody and herbaceous plantings is featured in symmetrically configured planting beds centered on the view to Lake Michigan. The owner's passion for plants and gardens is reflected in the numerous intimate vignettes set within this expansive space.


  • Exhibition: What Models Can Do

    Siegen | Dates: 29 Jun – 12 Oct, 2014
    A new  in Germany looks at the history of the architectural model in contemporary art. It begins with a legendary model by Charles Simonds, covers the 1990s with Ludger Gerdes, Hermann Pitz and Thomas Schütte, and ends up in the present day with Alicia Framis, Hinrich Sachs and Carlos Garaicoa.

    In the field of architecture and urban planning, the three-dimensional architectural model – on a reduced scale -- continues to function as a tool when communicating planned or realised architecture. The model can efficiently provide information about larger spatial contexts, which are either experienced very differently in their original dimensions or may even be impossible to experience at all. Through its reduction in size, the model also facilitates a reduction in spatial complexity. Suddenly, it is possible to grasp things at a glance that can only be understood in their original size through the time-consuming process of a physical inspection.

    It is noticeable that contemporary art frequently adopts the architectural and urban model, removing it from its tightly framed functional context, adapting its phenomenological qualities and giving it a fresh function in the context of artistic questions. In the conceptually dominated art of the last 40 years, the architectural model is opened up poetically and employed in a metaphorical and theatrical fashion. Another important aspect in this context is the mysterious aura of the miniature (Gaston Bachelard), which the eye can penetrate – without the body, so to speak, but without forgetting the physical experience.

    On the one hand, reference to the architectural model helps to develop issues concerning the sculpture; on the other hand, the architectural model can serve – precisely because of its interim state between concept and realisation – as an instrument of criticism and utopia. It is this not-only-but-also, this simultaneity of direct sensory presence and yet suggestive distance to the viewer’s sphere of experience, which constitutes the fascination of the model.

    The exhibition writes a brief history of the architectural model in contemporary art. It begins with the legendary model by Charles Simonds, covers the 1990s with Ludger Gerdes, Hermann Pitz and Thomas Schütte, and weaves the thread further, up to the present day, with Alicia Framis, Hinrich Sachs and Carlos Garaicoa.


    Participating artists: Absalon, Michael Ashkin, Thomas Bayrle, Peter Downsbrough, Jean-Pascal Flavien, Alicia Framis, Carlos Garaicoa, Ludger Gerdes, Christian Haake, Gabu Heindl & Drehli Robnik, Matthew Day Jackson, Friederike Klotz, Langlands & Bell, Rita McBride, Isa Melsheimer, Stephan Mörsch, Sirous Namazi, Hermann Pitz, Hinrich Sachs, Michel Sauer, Thomas Schütte, Laurie Simmons & Peter Wheelwright, Charles Simonds, Stephen Willats, Elizabeth Wright und Yin Xiuzhen.

  • Call for Applications: Editorial Board, Architectural Histories

    Dates: 27 Jun – 31 Aug, 2014
    Architectural Histories, the open access journal of the European Architectural History Network, is issuing a call for applications for its editorial board. Application deadline is 31 August 2014. http://journal.eahn.org/announcement/view/5