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  • 24th International Sculpture Conference: Sculpture, Culture, and Community

    New Orleans | Dates: 01 – 04 Oct, 2014

    The International Sculpture Center returns ten years later to the culturally vibrant city of New Orleans for the 24th International Sculpture Conference: Sculpture, Culture, and Community from October 1-4, 2014. This conference will feature panel discussions, keynote speakers Alice Aycock and Fairfax Dorn, ARTSlams, optional tours, networking events, and workshops, and will explore how sculpture and the arts can rejuvenate communities and economies.

    Registration is open now! Registration includes admission to all panels, keynote speakers, opening reception at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, gallery hop at the Art for Arts’ Sake street party, the littleSCULPTURE show, Friday Nights at NOMA, ARTSlams, and networking events, among other activities. Registrants may also register for optional fee-based tours and workshops. Visit http://www.sculpture.org/nola2014 for more information.

    The 24th International Sculpture Conference is hosted in collaboration with the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, Creative Alliance of New Orleans, New Orleans Arts District, New Orleans Museum of Art, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel, and Sculpture for New Orleans.

  • Royal Women, the Court and the British Couture Industry in the 20th-Century

    Chicago | Dates: 28 Sep, 2014

    September 28, 2014 
    Lecture 2:00 p.m. Reception following 3:00 p.m. 
    Complimentary for Museum members.

    For information about becoming a member or to make a reservation contact Jessica Applebee at japplebee@driehausmuseum.org or 312.482.8933, ext. 45  

    The relationship between the court and London’s great couture houses was extremely close during the 20th century. Historically, members of the royal family, from Queens Mary and Elizabeth, to the Queen Mother and reigning Queen Elizabeth II, have been patrons of British design. They purchased wardrobes from London-based designers such as Madame Elizabeth Handley-Seymour, Reville and Norman Hartnell, whose royal connections enhanced their reputations in Britain and abroad.

    In this illustrated lecture, Dierdre Murphy will explore the relationship between the court and the couture industry in Britain. She will demonstrate how royal women supported the British fashion industry by attending fashion shows and encouraging aristocratic women to wear British dresses at formal court ceremonies. Couturiers had much to gain from aristocratic women and their debutante daughters, for whom a court dress might be a single purchase in a whole new wardrobe for the London Season. The lecture will include images of court fashion in the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection at Kensington Palace and will provide insight into what these historic collections can tell us about the close ties between the court and industry.

    ABOUT HISTORIC ROYAL PALACES
    Historic Royal Palaces is an independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace. Each of the five royal palaces has survived for hundreds of years and has witnessed many defining historical moments, not only of Great Britain but for the entire world. The HRP mission is two-fold; we protect the historic palaces and help all explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society.  We reflect this story to the people of Britain, and project it to the people of the world.  We give these palaces continuing life.  Learn more at Historic Royal Palaces.

  • 2015 John Wesley Powell Prize Applications (Historical Exhibit or Display Projects)

    Dates: 30 Nov, 2014

    Call for Nominations: SHFG Powell Prize 
    Society for History in the Federal Government Invites Nominations For the 2015 John Wesley Powell Prize  (Historic Exhibit or Display Projects)

    The John Wesley Powell Prize commemorates the explorer and federal administrator whose work demonstrated early recognition of the importance of historic preservation and historical display.

    The Powell Prize alternates annually in recognizing excellence in the fields of historic preservation and historical displays. In 2015, the prize will be awarded to either an individual or to principal collaborators for a single major historical display or exhibit project completed in 2013 or 2014. The award for historical display is given for any form of interpretive historical presentation including, but not limited to, museum exhibits, historical films, CD/DVDs, websites, or multi-media displays. The winner will be announced in the spring of 2015 at the annual meeting of the SHFG.

    Eligible Entrants

    • Any agency or unit of the federal government
    • Nongovernmental organizations, including federal contractors, for eligible activities on behalf of a unit of the federal government
    • Members of the Society for History in the Federal Government

    Criteria for Evaluation

    • Exemplary model for future federal activity
    • Significant value in furthering history in and of the federal government
    • A high level of technical expertise in the design
    • Excellence and thoroughness of historical research
    • Appropriate application of historical research to the exhibit or product
    • Innovative strategies or techniques

    Submission Requirements

    The award is made solely on the basis of the materials submitted to the Powell Prize Committee. All nominations must be submitted in electronic format, using MS Word or PDF format that can be viewed on standard equipment.  Supplemental hard copies are acceptable.  Applications may be submitted via CD/DVD or thumb drive.  All submissions must include the following information:
     

    • Name of the nominated project or activity
    • Project contact person(s) name, address, telephone number, and e-mail
    • Name of the nominator, if different from the contact person, and the nominator's address, telephone number, and e-mail
    • A description of the project or activity, including discussion of its scope and purpose, an explanation of how the project addresses the evaluation criteria, and the names of any co-sponsors (1,500 words or less).
    • Supporting visual materials of key aspects of the activity or project, appropriately labeled. These materials may include:
      • o CDs, DVDs
      • o Photographs (digital or supplemental hard copies);
      • o Other media such as plans, elevations, brochures, or newsclips.
    • All submitted material becomes the property of SHFG.

    Submission of Entries and Deadline

    Please send a complete copy of each nomination to each of the committee members below no later than November 30, 2014.  Materials should be mailed via FedEx or similar courier so that submissions can be tracked by the sender and recipient if necessary.  Applicants may email questions to committee members but must not email application materials.

    1. Liz Petrella, National Park Service, Technical Preservation Services, 1201 Eye Street, NW, 6th floor, Washington, DC 20005, or liz_petrella@nps.gov

    2. Lou Ann Speulda-Drews, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1340 Financial Blvd, Suite 234, Reno, NV 89502 or louann_speulda-drews@fws.gov

    3. Virginia Parks, Cultural Resources Team, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 20555 SW Gerda Lane, Sherwood, OR 97140 or Virginia_parks@fws.gov

    Further information on awards presented by the Society for History in the Federal Government is available at http://shfg.org/shfg/awards/awards-requirements/

  • Detroit Design Festival 2014

    Detroit | Dates: 23 – 28 Sep, 2014

    The Detroit Design Festival (DDF), a citywide celebration of creativity and design, returns Sept. 23-28, 2014. The complete schedule is announced today.

    The fourth annual Detroit Design Festival will feature 30 design happenings and 500 designers, with an anticipated attendance of 25,000 over six days. This event includes workshops, shows, installations, lectures, studio tours and block parties.

    “The Detroit Design Festival helps punctuate Detroit’s place in the in the world of design, which is significant,” says Matt Clayson, festival director. “The goal is to share Detroit’s design prowess with the rest of the world.”

    The Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3) launched the festival in 2011 in an effort to develop the economic potential of the city’s design and creative talent.

    For more information, please visit www.detroitdesignfestival.com or find DDF on Facebook at www.facebook.com/detroitdesignfestival. Go to www.vimeo.com/105383255 to see the 2014 event video. A complete schedule for the 2014 Detroit Design Festival follows. #DDF2014

  • CFP: Survey Photography & Cultural Heritage (Warsaw, 14-15 Apr 15)

    Warsaw | Dates: 11 Sep – 15 Oct, 2014

    CFP: Survey Photography & Cultural Heritage (Warsaw, 14-15 Apr 15)

    Warsaw, Institute of Art, Polish Academy of Sciences, April 14 - 15, 2015

    Deadline: Oct 15, 2014

    Survey Photography and Cultural Heritage in Europe (1851-1945): Expanding the Field

    A workshop organized by Prof. Elizabeth Edwards and Dr. Ewa Manikowska Warsaw, Institute of Art, Polish Academy of Sciences

    The large-scale application of photography to the recording and preservation of cultural heritage is a transnational movement that appeared at a very particular cultural moment. This workshop focuses on the phenomenon of survey photography in the same historical period, from Britain in the age of High Empire across Europe to the multi-ethnic territories of the western borderlands of the former Russian Empire. While there are striking links between the survey images produced in such distinct cultural and political contexts, there are also similarities and differences in the patterns underlying their production, use, dissemination, impact and the networks of survey actors.  This workshop emerges from the conviction of a need to establish a new research agenda at the intersection of the cultural history, history of photography,  and the concept of national heritage.

    Thus, the core aims of the workshop are to explore the practices and politics of photographic survey and to indicate and delineate the topics, chronology and methodology of survey photography seen as a European phenomenon (both in its transnational and local aspects) closely linked to the Western concepts of culture, identity and memory.

    Photography’s affinities with the idea of record and survey date from the medium’s very beginnings. Indeed, the first state-funded, institutional photographic project – the 1851 Mission Héliographique in France – had already linked photography with travel, the emerging concepts of cultural patrimony and its preservation. In the next decades the use of photography to explore and record cultural landscapes, historic buildings, and folklore became a central and widespread application across Europe. It was both a tool of a scientific and popular discovery. It was used extensively, on the one hand, in the practice of the emerging disciplines dealing with various aspects of cultural heritage and national origin, such as archaeology and anthropology, On the other hand, it was applied by amateurs for whom travel, the surrounding cultural landscape and photography itself, formed both a leisure practice and a means of self-definition.

    This ‘recording impulse’ was also a collective effort, institutionalised both in official and state-founded institutions (museums, universities, preservation offices) and in voluntary associations (photo-clubs, local societies of various kind), defined geographically (restricted to visualise a local / state / imperial / transnational territory) and culturally (aimed at defining a given ethnic or national culture).  Its output was organized across Europe in a large number of survey archives, which followed similar recording and archiving patterns. These sprung from expansive notions of cultural patrimony, the  picturing conventions of which were established across the continent through scientific journals and amateur photography periodicals, and were popularised widely through the mean of newspaper illustrations, postcards or photographic exhibitions. Conversely, photographic surveys were undertaken in often radically different political and cultural contexts in the dramatic period which culminated successively in the outbreak of the First and Second World Wars and to the establishment of a new political order in Europe. Survey photography – in the hands of different actors – played an essential role in these processes as a tool of a visualised politics of land, of cultural heritage and of identity and as a function of historical imagination.

    We invite papers both general and based on specific case-studies from the period between 1851 and 1945, which consider survey and record photography in its wider European context and which contribute to an understanding of its wider definition, analysis and understanding.

    The workshop will discuss survey photography:

    -    as a response to specific historical moments;

    -    as a local and transnational phenomenon;

    -    as a codification of national heritages;

    -    as a scientific and an amateur practice;

    -    as a geographical practice;

    -    as a response to imperial expansion/consolidation;

    -    as definition of group identities through the visualisation of

    cultural heritage;

    -    through its institutions and actors;

    -    through its specific photographic practices;

    -    through the photographic survey Archive

    The workshop will take the form of pre-circulated papers (all papers to be submitted by the end of February 2015). Participants will be asked to use their papers as the basis of a 20 or 30 minute presentation (depending on final schedule) addressing the issues of the workshop.

    The number of speakers is limited to 20. Applicants will be notified of the chosen proposals by 30 November 2014. The workshop will take place on 14–15 April 2015 in the Insitute of Art, Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. Acoomodation costs can be covered when necessary.

    Abstract of no more than 300 words should be sent by 15 October 2014 to:

    Dr Manikowska: emanikowska@hotmail.com

    Professor Edwards: eedwards@dmu.ac.uk

  • PechaKucha San Francisco, vol. 57 - Architecture and the City

    San Francisco | Dates: 23 Sep, 2014

    Join the Architecture and the City festival and PechaKucha SF for a specially designed evening featuring architects, designers, planners and developers presenting work related to the 2014 Architecture and the City festival theme, “Home: My San Francisco.”

    PechaKucha 20×20 is a presentation format that shows 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically as speakers provide commentary. For this event, speakers explore the “Home: My San Francisco” theme.

    Register here.

    This event is a part of AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design’s Architecture and the City festival, which celebrates architecture and design each September.

    Related event: 2014 Architecture and the City festival.

    Learn more at www.archandcity.org.

  • How Things Don’t Work - The Dreamspace of Victor Papanek

    New York | Dates: 25 Sep – 15 Dec, 2014

    Featuring rich and previously unexplored materials from the Victor Papanek archive in dialogue with the work of emerging designers from Vienna, London, and New York City, this exhibition challenges Victor Papanek’s legacy of socially committed design by bringing it into conversation with contemporary work by a new generation of speculative and critical designers.

    In the four decades since How Things Don’t Work (1977) was written by controversial design critic Victor Papanek and his co- author James Hennessey, the context for design has grown ever more complex. Globalization and the rise of information technologies have created both opportunities and challenges that did not exist when Papanek, an out-spoken advocate for social design, was first practicing. Innovations in computer, biological, and financial systems have collided with a looming environmental catastrophe to deeply challenge the core presumption of design as a social good. The rise of interconnected information networks has created unprecedented communication and collaborative possibilities while also inundating us with more information than we can reasonably process.

    This tension - between awareness and paralysis and between too much and too little - has intensified exponentially since the 1970s when Papanek’s ideas were most influential. Moreover, design culture over the past decade has seen a dramatic shift from the designing of products to that of systems that support social change and speculation. This has challenged designers to reimagine how they design and for which contexts.

    The exhibition’s four sections feature video, digitized slides, and print that juxtapose contemporary, speculative projects from emerging designers with visionary excerpts from the Papanek archive. Together, they create a kaleidoscopic “dreamspace” built out of fragments of our social imaginary and challenging the viewer to consider how we might design ourselves out of our dystopian present.

    Curated by Alison Clarke, Director of the Victor Papanek Foundation (University of Applied Arts, Vienna), Jamer Hunt (Director, Transdisciplinary Design graduate program, Parsons The New School for Design), and Fiona Raby (Professor, Industrial Design, University of Applied Arts, Vienna and Reader, Design Interactions, Royal College of Art, London).

    The exhibition is a collaboration between Parsons The New School for Design and theUniversity of Applied Arts, Vienna.

  • Apply Now! Fitch Mid-Career Fellow and Samuel H. Kress Fellow

    Dates: 10 Sep – 15 Oct, 2014
    Available Fellowships for 2015:

    The James Marston Fitch Mid-Career Fellowship 
    Research grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded to one or two mid-career professionals who have an academic background, professional experience and an established identity in one or more of the following fields: historic preservation, architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, environmental planning, architectural history and the decorative arts. The James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation will consider proposals for the research and/or the execution of the preservation-related projects in any of these fields. 

    The Samuel H. Kress Mid-Career Fellowship
    Research grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded to one mid-career professional whose research project relates to the appreciation, interpretation, preservation, study and teaching of European art, architecture and related disciplines from antiquity to the early 19th century, in the context of historic preservation in the United States. Potential Kress Fellow projects could include the exploration of shared European and American influences in style, design, materials, construction techniques, building types, conservation and interpretation methodologies, philosophical and theoretical attitudes, and other factors applicable to preservation in both Europe and America.

    Criteria for Evaluation
    Applications are reviewed by the Fitch Trustees. Projects will be evaluated on the following criteria:
    • The project will make a meaningful contribution to the academic and/or professional field of historic preservation in the United States 
    • The applicant has a realistic plan for the dissemination of research and/or final work product 
    • The project has a clear and realistic goals, timeframe, work plan, and budget 
    • The project demonstrates innovative thinking, original research and creative problem solving and/or design

    Eligibility
    • Grants are awarded only to individuals, not organizations. The Foundation does not fund university-sponsored research projects or dissertation research. 
    • Applicants must be mid-career professionals with at least 10 years experience in historic preservation or related fields, including architecture, landscape architecture, architectural conservation, urban design, environmental planning, archaeology, architectural history, and the decorative arts.
    • Applicants must be legal residents or citizens of the United States. 

    Please email sworden@fitchfoundation.org with any questions concerning criteria for evaluation or project eligibility.

    How to Apply
    Applicants are required to submit the following materials:
    1. Cover page, including Project Title; Name of Applicant(s), including primary contact person; Applicant Address; Phone; Email. Also, please specify whether you are applying for the Fitch Mid-Career Grant or the Richard L. Blinder Award; and specify the amount of grant money requested.
    2. Brief description of project, including how the final work product will be disseminated. Applicants are encouraged to be succinct and the description is not to exceed three (3) pages.
    3. Detailed work schedule and project budget, showing the grant amount requested from the Fitch Foundation and how this money will be spent.
    4. Curriculum Vita, including professional and academic background, and past and present grants received. 
    5. Two (2) letters of support for the project to be included with the application.

    Applications must be submitted in PDF format. 
    The next deadline is October 15, 2014
  • Du Moulin Pop-up “HAMMER”

    Berlin | Dates: 10 Sep – 17 Oct, 2014

    Opening: September 10 at 7 pm
    Exhibition Hours: daily from 10 am - 3 pm
    Opening times during abc and Berlin Art Week: daily from 10 am - 7 pm

    Isabelle Du Moulin presents three important contemporary voices who reposition our urban spaces.

    Following on from Du Moulin’s first Pop-up in Bikini in Berlin as part of the Gallery Weekend in 2014, this second Du Moulin Pop-up will feature works which challenge city life by placing practised experiences within a renewed context. The works on show use architecture and artistic interventions as the possibility for rethinking the conventions of public spaces as a platform for cultural life. The boundaries and barriers of public spaces are presented with minimally invasive techniques, but with powerful effect. The exhibition ‘HAMMER - artistic strategies, architectural interventions and spatial politics in our cities’ will be at Du Moulin Pop-up @ Lempertz Berlin.

    For Wermke/Leinkauf from Berlin, this exhibition in Du Moulin Pop-up is the first public contact their work has had since the exchange of the American flags on the New York Brooklyn Bridge. Whilst the artist duo grants us a bird’s eye view of a city in the Pop-up exhibition, Boris Tellegen takes a look behind the urban facades. His works reveal how chaos and city structure can be characterised solely through viewpoints. The architect Jürgen Mayer H. most visibly collides with the conventions of spatial politics: through additional functionality, his buildings break these conventions by blowing up the barriers of the space. Isabelle Du Moulin places these three positions in an exciting dialogue and intentionally united them in an environment which would also surprise the art business connoisseur - the auction house. The complete unfamiliarity of such an exhibition at such a venue would particularly shake up the conventional thinking viewer and therefore sharpen their view from all directions.

    Matthias Wermke and Mischa Leinkauf
    , born in East Berlin in 1978 and 1977 respectively, have known each other since childhood. They work predominantly in public urban spaces. Their process-orientated art happenings are planned over a long period of time in which they place common behavioural patterns in alternative contexts. ‘We reveal the hidden by questioning the barriers and limits of public spaces’ (Leinkauf). In Du Moulin Pop-ups ‘HAMMER’ the video work ‘Die neonorangene Kuh’ from 2005 will be shown. For this work Wermke/Leinkauf installed a transportable swing in various places in Berlin. The viewer is taken on an expedition through Berlin at night, allowing them to experience the public, hectic space from a new perspective, where one can watch the figures swaying over the underground platforms and next to the television tower. As well as this, the artist duo has created three flags by sewing safety jackets together, which will be hung on the outer facade of the Lempertz building.

    The Berlin architect and artist Jürgen Mayer H. works with his office J. MAYER H. producing interfaces for architecture, communication design and new technologies. Jürgen Mayer H., born in 1965 in Stuttgart, has been a practising architect since the mid-1990s. A recurring component of his architecture and objects are data protection designs. The layers of printed numbers and letters, such as used by banks to conceal confidential information on the inside of envelopes, serve as the graphic source for many of his constructions and design objects. In the Du Moulin Pop-up J. MAYER H. will be exhibiting his model of the Metropol Parasol in Seville. Completed in 2011, it is the largest wooden construction in the world, made up of interlocking mushroom-shaped platforms, providing shade and a meeting place in the middle of the city. Two photographs printed on lorry tarpaulins will also be on display, one showing how the Metropol Parasol is integrated in the old town of Seville. The other shows the Georgian border checkpoint at Sarpi, designed by J. MAYER H. and completed in 2011. Alongside the customs facilities, the flowing organic tower with viewing terraces offers a cafeteria, staff rooms and a conference room. ‘This isn’t a place that separates, but rather brings both lands together’ (J. MAYER H.)

    The Dutch artist Boris Tellegen was born in Amsterdam in 1965 and is also known by the name he gave himself at the age of 14, ‘Delta’. Since the mid-1980s he has been considered the most well-known pioneer of the European graffiti movement and has influenced artists worldwide with his three-dimensional writing. Tellegen studied industry design and today cleverly experiments with a variety of materials such as wood, paper, metal and card for his collages, sculptures, installations and pictures. ‘The recurrent themes in my work are walls and the traversing of the resulting barriers. They are the framework of my artistic development’ (Tellegen). In the current Du Moulin Pop-up ‘HAMMER’, Boris Tellegen will be showing five wall pieces from 2012-14.

  • Beaux Arts Ball 2014: Craft

    New York | Dates: 20 Sep, 2014

    Beaux Arts Ball 2014
    Craft

    Saturday, September 20, 2014
    9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

    Weylin B. Seymour’s
    175 Broadway

    Williamsburg, Brooklyn 

    Projection installation created by Nuit Blanche New York (NBNY)
    With content developed by 2×4, Aranda\Lasch, The Bittertang Farm, CASE, INABA, Jenny Sabin Studio, LAB at Rockwell Group, Norman Kelley, and PellOverton Architects
    Music by pazel
    Graphics by Pentagram

    Drinks and dessert
    Festive dress

    #BAB14

    A benefit for the programs of The Architectural League
    CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS

    In 1875, George B. Post and Peter B. Wight designed a Williamsburgh Savings Bank in Brooklyn with exquisite interior decorations of tiling and mosaics, patterned wallpapers, frescoed domes, carved wood and stone, and bronze and gilt work. After years of decay and decline, the building has been magnificently restored. Craft, the theme of this year’s Beaux Arts Ball, celebrates the importance of artisanship and the concert of allied disciplines in creating great works of architecture. The building’s interiors will serve as inspiration for nine architects and designers, who with Nuit Blanche New York will project digital interpretations of its motifs and details, celebrating the craft and art of architecture.

  • CivicLab All Chicago Politics Presentation

    Chicago | Dates: 17 Sep, 2014
    Join Forgotten Chicago on Wednesday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. for an all-new, ninety minute presentation and discussion at CivicLab on Chicago’s political and governmental historic sites, both known and forgotten. We will take a look at everything from Chicago’s largest memorial to mayor Richard J. Daley, the former Daley Bicentennial Plaza, mostly demolished in 2012 and shown above, to the 11 Democratic and 14 Republican National Conventions held in Chicago between 1860 and 1996. We will also discuss long-vanished government buildings, along with the still standing Shoreline Motel where President Obama made his first announcement for public office in 1995.
  • Vernacular Architecture Forum: Call for Papers and Nominations (Chicago, June 3-7, 2015)

    Chicago | Dates: 10 Sep – 01 Nov, 2014

    Call for Papers: Deadline – November 1, 2014

    Iconic tall buildings are Chicago’s hallmark, yet it is the bungalow belts, bascule bridges, and “L” train lines that beckon vernacular analysis. Chicago is a network of neighborhoods with ubiquitous building forms, but a closer analysis reveals constant change and a diverse tapestry of communities frayed by the legacies of segregation. For the 2015 conference, the theme Neighborhoods in Transition will guide VAF as we go “Out of the Loop” and into the city’s vast grid to reflect on the regeneration or dissolution of community. Buildings, streetscapes, and neighborhoods will be VAF’s point of departure for its investigation of Chicago’s spatial and social patterns, material evidence and existential boundaries, and communal and cultural identities.

    Papers for VAF Chicago may address vernacular and everyday buildings, sites, or cultural landscapes worldwide. Submissions on all vernacular topics are welcome, and for the 2015 Conference, we encourage papers that ask questions of the built environment andengineered ecologies for which Chicago represents a seminal model or serves as case study for trends occurring nationally and internationally. Trends include those in the architectural and building trades, in industrial and commercial sectors and for the workers in those arenas, in urban and city planning, and in models for societal restructuring that include urban renewal, relocation, and public housing.

    SUBMITTING AN ABSTRACT

    Papers should be analytical rather than descriptive, and no more than twenty-minutes in length. Proposals for complete sessions, roundtable discussions or other innovative means that facilitate scholarly discourse are especially encouraged. Proposals must be one-page, fewer than 400 words, and include the paper title, author’s name, and email address. You may include up to two images with your submission. Please clearly state the argument of the paper and explain the methodology and content. Attach a one-page CV to your proposal submission. Presenters must deliver their papers in person and be VAF members at the time of the conference. Speakers who do not register for the conference by March 1, 2015, will be withdrawn. Please do not submit an abstract if you are not committed to attending the papers session on Saturday, June 6th. There may be limited financial assistance, in the form of Pamela H. Simpson Presenter’s Fellowships, to offset registration costs to students and recent graduates.

    THE DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS IS NOVEMBER 1, 2014. Submissions should be emailed at that time to the VAF Papers Committee Chair at papers@vafweb.org. For general information about the Chicago conference, please contact Virginia Price at va.price@yahoo.com.

  • CFP: Building Practices in the Pre-Industrial World (Philadelphia, 20-22 Mar 15)

    Philadelphia | Dates: 10 Sep – 15 Nov, 2014

    Following on the success of “Masons at Work”(held in spring 2012, and published as http://www.sas.upenn.edu/ancient/publications.html), the symposium aims to assemble specialists to examine building practices in the pre-industrial world, with an emphasis on Greek, Roman, Byzantine, medieval, and pre-modern Islamic architecture. In addition to invited speakers, we are soliciting 20-minute papers that examine the problems which pre-modern masons commonly encountered - and the solutions they developed - in the process of design and construction.  Evidence may be drawn from a variety of sources, but we encourage studies based on the analysis of well-preserved buildings.

    Those wishing to speak should submit by email a letter to the organizing committee, including name, title, institutional affiliation, paper title, plus a summary of 200 words or fewer.  Graduate students should include a note of support from their adviser. Deadline: 15 November 2014.  The final program will be announced immediately thereafter.  Submit proposals to ancient@sas.upenn.edu with “Against Gravity” in the subject line.

    Organizing Committee: Lothar Haselberger, Renata Holod, Robert Ousterhout

  • Richard Meier Model Museum

    Jersey City | Dates: 12 – 26 Sep, 2014
    The Richard Meier Model Museum has been designed and curated by Richard Meier, and it includes a large model exhibition area, a sculpture exhibition area, an archive and a library that is open to students and scholars. The space occupies 15,000-square feet and features architectural projects from the 1960’s to the present, sculptures and collages by Richard Meier, and 1,000 books and magazines from Richard Meier’s personal library. Most prominent in the museum are large scale presentation models and study models of the Getty Center in Los Angeles, an institution widely regarded as Mr. Meier’s most ambitious project and one that required fifteen years to complete.
  • Crystal Bridges Architecture Tour

    Bentonville | Dates: 13 Sep, 2014
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Learn more about the architecture of Crystal Bridges. This hour-long Architecture Tour will introduce you to the unique architectural features of Moshe Safdie’s design, and provide insights into some of the special challenges the Museum’s site posed to engineers. Meet in the lower lobby. Note: This is an indoor/outdoor tour, weather permitting. An alternate indoor route is offered in case of inclement weather. No tickets necessary. Each tour accommodates a maximum of 15 participants. Tour begins in the lower lobby. Please arrive five minutes in advance.
  • Building a Space for Learning and Play

    Bentonville | Dates: 24 Sep, 2014
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    This lecture on exhibition design is presented by Amazeum Executive Director Sam Dean, the museum’s architect Reb Haizlip, and his partner Mary Haizlip. The talk will discuss the development of Amazeum’s architecture to support learning and play.  The presentation will include architectural drawings, photographic examples, and models. The museum, which is currently under construction, will be located on NE J street and Museum Way.  Haizlip’s design includes 44,500 square feet of exhibit space with approximately one acre of outdoor space which will accommodate year-round learning and provide a backdrop for experiences inspired by the seasons.

    $10 (Free for Members), register online or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.  
  • Friends of Historic Forest Grove 2014 Tour of Historic Homes

    Portland | Dates: 28 Sep, 2014

    September 28, 2014 | 1:00pm – 5:00pm

    Tickets sold day of tour 12:45am – 3:00pm

    Admission: $15 adults; $12 seniors; $7 members & students; children under 12 free

    Purchase advance tickets for $12 online

  • Lecture by Molly Wright Steenson

    Chicago | Dates: 07 Oct, 2014


    Tuesday, October 7, 2014. Doors open at 6 p.m. Lecture starts at 6:30 p.m.
    $10 suggested donation at the door. Includes light snacks.
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    The second talk of the MAS Context fall series is by Molly Wright Steenson. The lecture will take place on Tuesday, October 7 at the Charnley-Persky House, headquarters of the Society of Architectural Historians.

    Molly Wright Steenson is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she focuses on digital media studies. Her research focuses on the nexus of architecture, urbanism, infrastructure, design, technology, and communication from the 19th to the 21st centuries. She researches architectures of information, the implications of big data, pneumatic tube systems, postal services, and mobile phone and social media use. She holds a PhD (2014) from Princeton University’s School of Architecture, and her dissertation was titled “Architectures of Information: Christopher Alexander, Cedric Price, Nicholas Negroponte and MIT’s Architecture Machine Group.” She has also taught interaction design for a decade and was a professor at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea in Italy, where she led the Connected Communities research group, and was an adjunct professor at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California in the GradMedia Studies Program.

    In her talk, she will discuss her research about Architectures of Information.

    The event will take place at the Charnley-Persky House, the international headquarters of the Society of Architectural Historians. The National Historic Landmark, designed by Adler and Sullivan at the time that Frank Lloyd Wright was a draftsman in their office, is internationally recognized as a turning point in modern residential architecture.

  • Art, Planning and Politics: The Work of the Commission of Fine Arts

    Washington | Dates: 23 – 23 Sep, 2014
    A Lecture by Thomas Luebke, FAIA Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Sponsored by the Latrobe Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians Washington, DC
  • Alfredo Brillembourg + Hubert Klumpner: Rio Bravo

    Los Angeles | Dates: 17 Sep, 2014
    Wed, Sept 17, 7pm
    W.M. Keck Lecture Hall

    Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner are founders and directors ofUrban-Think Tank, an interdisciplinary design practice based in Caracas, Venezuela and Zurich, Switzerland.

    The two hold the Chair of Architecture and Urbanism at the Swiss Institute of Technology in Zurich, where they teach in the Institute of Urban Design, Network City Landscape (NSL). Since 2007, they have also been teaching at Columbia University, where they founded the Sustainable Living Urban Model Laboratory (S.L.U.M.).

    The lecture will present Brillembourg and Klumpner's idea of integrated infrastructure, which they call Urban–Tool Box, a method and system of thinking designed to empower citizens and city building. Their lecture will highlight, among many projects, the recently developed Metro-Cable San Agustin, an urban cable car system featuring music, sports, and educational programs, developed for the city of Caracas in partnership with Austrian Company Doppelmayr Ropeways. The project was also recently featured in the MoMA exhibition, “Small Scale–Big Change.”

    Brillembourg and Klumpner are currently shortlisted for the Zumtobel Group Award 2014 for innovation, sustainability and humanity in the built environment category. In 2012, they were awarded the Golden Lion at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale, in 2011 the Latin America Gold Holcim Award for sustainable construction, and in 2010 the Ralph Erskine Award from the Swedish Association of Architects for their innovation in architecture and urban design with regards to social, ecological and aesthetic aspects. Their work defining informal design and social capital has primarily benefited less privileged members of the society in various socio-cultural contexts.