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  • Genius Loci: The Public Art of Raymond Kaskey

    Washington | Dates: 01 May, 2014

    DC-based sculptor Raymond Kaskey, whose work includes architectural sculptures for the National World War II Memorial and the 38-foot Portlandia sculpture in Portland, Oregon reinterprets classical themes and formal strategies in his work to make them relevant for today’s society. After an introduction by Museum curator Sarah Leavitt, Kaskey will discuss his artistic process and the collaborative nature of large scale public projects with the Museum’s executive director Chase Rynd. This lecture complements the exhibition Cool & Collected, which is open to attendees before the talk.

    1.5 LU (AIA) | 1.5 CM (AICP) | 1.5 PDH (LA CES)

    $12 Member | $12 Student | $20 Non-member

    Prepaid registration required. Walk-in registration based on availability.

    Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Registration is for event planning purposes only and does not guarantee a seat. Online registration for Museum programs closes at midnight the day before the scheduled program.

    The Museum's award-winning Shop and Firehook Café are open for one hour prior to the start of the program. Shop and Café hours are subject to change.

    Date: Thursday, May 1, 2014 
    Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

  • Smart Growth: Bigger than a Building: Swedish Urban Scale Sustainability

    Washington | Dates: 15 Apr, 2014

    Walker Wells, green urbanism program director at Global Green, discusses neighborhood and district-scale sustainable planning in Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Malmo, Sweden and how those innovative strategies could be replicated in the U.S.

    1.0 LU HSW (AIA) / 1.0 CM (AICP) / 1.0 LA CES (ASLA)

    FREE. Pre-Registration required. Walk in registration based on availability.

    Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Registration is for event planning purposes only and does not guarantee a seat. Online registration for Museum programs closes at midnight the day before the scheduled program.

    The Museum's award-winning Shop and Firehook Café are open for one hour prior to the start of the program. Shop and Café hours are subject to change.

    Smart Growth is generously supported by the National Association of Realtors. Additional support is provided by Smart Growth America.

    Date: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 
    Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

  • Current Work: Yung Ho Chang

    New York | Dates: 02 Apr, 2014

    This lecture is co-sponsored by the Architectural League of New York.

    Yung Ho Chang is a founding principal of the Beijing-based Atelier Feichang Jianzhu (FCJZ), established in 1993. Since its inception FCJZ has pursued a multi-disciplinary practice, emphasizing the craft of design, whether through research or realized projects from large-scale urban design to decorative arts, creating work described as “witty, thoughtful, and universal…inspired by distinctly Chinese problems and concepts,” by Beijing museum director Philip Tinari.  Current and recent projects include the Vertical Glass House, Beijing; Audi House, Shanghai; Kings Joy Restaurant, Beijing; the 1966-1976 Major Events Pavilion (also known as the Museum-Bridge) in Anren, China; The Bay residential complex, Shanghai; and the Shanghai Corporate Pavilion for the World Expo.

    The firm’s work has been featured in numerous publications and exhibitions, and in 2012 was the subject of the exhibition, YUNG HO CHANG + FCJZ: MATERIAL-ISM at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing. The installation featured six courtyard-like modules, reminiscent of an updated hutong neighborhood, organized thematically to address different theoretical and pragmatic aspects of the firm’s work within the contemporary landscape. As Chang describes,  ”The rapid change in China presents a group of conditions; some are problems and others are conditions that can be made good use of … I always study these conditions and see whether I can come up with something that really belongs to this land.”

    Moderated by Calvin Tsao


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  • 30th National Conference on the Beginning Design Student

    Chicago | Dates: 03 – 05 Apr, 2014


    Statement of Theme
    From the master/apprentice paradigm of learning building craft to the hallowed halls of formalized education, the historical trajectory of architectural study presents a challenge to integrating materiality within the conception and delineation of the built environment. Today representational tools and techniques are often compromised substitutes for the physicality of architectural works. Consequently, architecture’s pedagogical structures struggle to infuse tactility, material assembly, and making into the representational methodology of design education today.

    After generations of architectural work being decoupled from the pressure of local resources, contemporary concerns for sustainability and material sourcing have shed new light on the need for architects, and thus architecture students, to comprehend the materiality of building in new ways.  While design/build studios and material investigations embedded into the educational process attempt to bridge this divide, digital fabrication tools and highly engineered materials further challenge traditional means and methods.

    With this history and these challenges, how might the materiality of representational artifacts align with both the design intent and the physical manifestation of buildings? How do foundational studies in design thoughtfully and effectively incorporate materiality and its inherent challenges and opportunities?

    About NCBDS:
    The National Conference on the Beginning Design Student (NCBDS) is a national scholarly gathering dedicated to the study and practice of beginning design education. NCBDS has a dedicated community of educators whose interest in the challenges and attendant pedagogies and curricular strategies associated with beginning design propel the conference. For 30 years, the NCBDS has provided a forum for design educators to present papers and hold discussions related to introductory design issues.

    Further information about NCBDS and past conferences:http://www.beginningdesign.org

  • Helen Pashgian: Light Invisible

    Los Angeles | Dates: 30 Mar – 29 Jun, 2014
    Helen Pashgian: Light Invisible features the first large-scale sculptural installation by this pioneer of the Light and Space movement. After taking up sculpture in the late 1960s, Pashgian became one of a group of artists in the Los Angeles to experiment with new materials such as fiberglass, resin, plastic, and coated glass. For the current exhibition, Pashgian has created 12 molded-acrylic columns that fill an entire gallery. The sculpture creates an immersive viewing experience that invites meditations on the nature of material and light. 
  • Spring 2014 Feltman Lecture by Natalie Jeremijenko

    New York | Dates: 01 Apr, 2014

    Natalie Jeremijenko will present the 2014 Feltman Lecture.

    Natalie Jeremijenko was awarded the 2013 Most Innovative People award, named one of the most influential women in technology 2011, and was named as one of the inaugural top young innovators by MIT Technology Review and 40 most influential designers.  Jeremijenko directs the Environmental Health Clinic, and is an Associate Professor in the Visual Art Department, NYU and affiliated with the Computer Science Dept and Environmental Studies program.  Previously she was on the Visual Arts faculty at UCSD, Faculty of Engineering at Yale University, a visiting professor at Royal College of Art in London, and a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Public Understanding of Science at Michigan State University. Her degrees are in biochemistry, engineering, neuroscience and History and Philosophy of Science. 

    The Feltman lectures are made possible by the Ellen and Sidney Feltman Fund established at The Cooper Union to advance the principles and benefits of lighting design through the exploration of the practical, philosophical and aesthetic attributes of light and illumination.

    The 2013-2014 Feltman Chair in Lighting is held by Lydia Kallipoliti

    This event is presented by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture and The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design.


    Located in The Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, at 41 Cooper Square (on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets)

  • The National Building Museum’s 2014 Honor Award Gala

    Washington | Dates: 01 Apr, 2014
    Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 7 pm
    National Building Museum

    On April 1, 2014, the National Building Museum will host the 2014 Honor Award Gala to recognize two worthy recipients, Mrs. Laura Bush and theNational Trust for Historic Preservation, for their work to preserve our nation's architectural and cultural heritage.

    Mrs. Bush has demonstrated a strong commitment to historic preservation through her active participation in initiatives such as Taking Care of Texas, the Texas Courthouse Preservation Initiative, the White House restoration, and her leadership with organizations such as the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Park Foundation, and the Trust for the National Mall.

    Chartered by Congress in 1949, the National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's diverse historic places and revitalize our communities by providing leadership, education, advocacy, and resources. As an organization, the National Trust strives to create a cultural legacy that is as diverse as the nation itself so that all of us can take pride in our part of the American story. The National Trust's work has inspired millions of Americans to save the places where history happens, transforming communities from the places where we live into the places that we love. The National Trust's many historic sites include Phillip Johnson's Glass House in New Caanan, CT; President Lincoln's Cottage in Washington, D.C.; and Villa Finale in San Antonio, TX.

    John L. Nau III, president and CEO of Silver Eagle Distributors, L.P., and Michael Beschloss, presidential historian for NBC News and commentator for PBS NewsHour, will serve as tribute speakers.

  • The Practice of Teaching Architecture: A Series of Workshops and Sharing of Best Practices in Architectural Education

    Boston | Dates: 03 Apr, 2014

    The aim of this evening is to bring together in conversation various educators to share best practices and to discuss the challenges and opportunities of incorporating online tools into the instruction of architectural history. The format of the evening is designed to encourage discussion rather than presentation, with a focus on sharing knowledge and discussing both specific and general ideas about how best to capitalize on the advantages offered by online teaching. Among the goals of this session is to establish a framework that will be published online and made available as a reference for those teaching architectural history in the digital age.


    5:45 PM 

    6:00 PM
    Introductory Remarks: Amanda Reeser Lawrence Lucy M. Maulsby

    6:10–7:00 PM

    7:00–7:30 PM
    Moderated Discussion

    7:30–8:00 PM
    Informal conversation and refreshments

    Conveners and Moderators:
    Assistant Professor Amanda Reeser Lawrence
    Assistant Professor Lucy M. Maulsby 

    RSVP to Jessie Brandon at j.brandon@neu.edu
    (Reservations suggested though not required)

    Sponsored by Northeastern University School of Architecture 
    Co-sponsor NESAH (New England Society of Architectural Historians)

  • Use Matters: An Alternative History of Architecture Book Launch

    Austin | Dates: 11 Apr, 2014

    Use Matters: An Alternative History of Architecture


    in conjunction with the Society of Architectural Historians annual conference in Austin, 9-13 April 2014

    Friday 11 April from 5.30 to 7.30pm

    Snack Bar Austin
    1224 South Congress Avenue

    Please join us for drinks and hors d'oeuvres to celebrate Use Matters.

    Directions from the conference hotel

    More about the book can be found here: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415637343/

  • 2014 SAHGB Graduate Student Research Forum

    Cambridge | Dates: 31 Mar – 02 May, 2014
    The SAHGB is pleased to announce that the second annual Graduate Student Research Forum will be held on Friday, 2 May 2014. This is a student-led event that offers post-graduate students in architectural history an opportunity to present their research while engaging with others studying and working in the field. The aim of the Forum is to break away from more traditional conference models by creating a dynamic and friendly event where students, established academicians and professionals can exchange knowledge, skills and experiences. To meet these aims, the day is structured to include sixteen ten-minute ‘Lightning Round’ talks that cover a wide range of topics. Sessions of four presentations will be followed by a brief discussion period. Lightning rounds will be interspersed with professional panels led by Alex Bremner, Ayla Lepine, Elizabeth Darling, Emily Guerry, Frank Salmon, and William Whyte; Deborah Howard will give the keynote speech. These speakers will discuss their personal experiences while providing useful insight for navigating research, publication, and career opportunities. While the Graduate Student Research Forum is free to attend, registration is compulsory and space is limited. Please note that this is a student-oriented event, and priority will be given to current graduate students. We may also have to limit the number of students attending from each institution to ensure a broad attendance. We have already received a great deal of interest in this event and recommend that you register as early as possible. An optional dinner will be held in St. John’s College Hall following the event; a limited number of spaces are available, which will be assigned on a first-come basis. There will be a £15 charge for the meal, to be collected on the day. This year’s student organisers are Richard Butler, Bridget Hembree and Otto Saumarez-Smith. Please submit inquiries to SAHGBforum2014@gmail.com.
  • CFP: Columbia Seminar in Modern Italian Studies, 2014-15

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

    CFP: Columbia Seminar in Modern Italian Studies, 2014-15
    New York City, September 12, 2014 - March 13, 2015
    Deadline: Apr 25, 2014
    Call for Abstracts
    Due: April 25, 2014

    For those interested in presenting a paper at the Columbia Seminar in Modern Italian Studies, please submit an abstract of what you propose by April 25, 2014. The abstract should be no more than 300 words. In your email please also include a copy of your CV, and two suggestions for a respondent to your paper with their email information. All materials should be emailed to modernitalianseminar@gmail.com.

    For your information, the mission statement of the Seminar is as follows:

    This seminar is concerned with political, social, cultural, and religious aspects of Italian life from 1815 to the present. In recent years, the seminar has stressed an interdisciplinary approach to Italian studies, increasing the participation of anthropologists and scholars of art, film, and literature. The seminar meets on the second Friday of the month during the academic year to discuss a paper presented by a member or an invited speaker. Papers cover a wide range of topics, approaches, and methodologies.

    Columbia Seminar in Modern Italian Studies Link:

    Professor Ernest Ialongo
    Assistant Professor, Hostos Community College, CUNY, History eialongo@hostos.cuny.edu

  • Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America Symposium

    Grand Rapids | Dates: 19 – 21 Jun, 2014
    The Michigan State Historic Preservation Office in partnership with the Kendall College of Art and Design is continuing the discussion of Michigan's outstanding contribution to American modernism. Held in Grand Rapids,MI this three-day event will include: - a rare tour of Herman Miller's manufacturing and design facilities as well as talks by Herman Miller graphic designer Steve Frykholm and writer Clark Malcolm - a keynote address by designer Todd Oldham on the work of textile designer Alexander Girard - Debbie Millman of Design Matters will interview sculptor/designer Jim Miller Melberg whose playforms defined the 1960s - Mira Nakashima will discuss the work of her father, woodworker George Nakashima -Donald Albrecht on industrial designer Norman Bel Geddes' work for Michigan's automobile companies -Marilyn Moss on fabric artist Bill Moss and his revolutionary pop-up tent -Tours of the Marcel Breuer designed St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church and the Meyer May House by Frank Lloyd Wright The symposium is being held in conjunction with the exhibition Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America that will be at the Grand Rapids Art Museum May 25-August 24, 2014.
  • Urban Cemeteries and Stewardship

    New York | Dates: 03 Apr, 2014

    NYC Parks, Cypress Hills Cemetery, The New York Chapter of the Association for Gravestone Studies and The Evergreens Cemetery Preservation Foundation will present a series of three lectures in 2014 as part of the Uncommon Ground Series: Urban Cemeteries as Historic Landscapes Part II: Design, Topography/Geology and Stewardship. The subject of urban cemeteries, both private and public, will be explored with a view toward greater  understanding, appreciation and stewardship of these evocative landscapes.

    On Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 6:00 pm Lynn Rogers will speak on Urban Cemeteries and Stewardship: Reclaim, Restore and Maintain: Abandoned Cemeteries in Staten Island. Friends of Abandoned Cemeteries, Inc. (FACSI) was founded in 1981 by New York State Division of Cemeteries Director Pearce O’Callaghan. Over the last decade, under the guidance of its executive director, Lynn Rogers, the organization has restored 11 abandoned cemeteries. The cemeteries date from the year 1630 and include a Native American Lenape burial ground. Once dreaded blights, these sites have been converted into welcoming landscapes with unique historical and educational value. In this lecture, Ms. Rogers will explore the grass-roots efforts that led to their recover Learn more here.

  • Modern Landscape Architecture: Transition and Transformation

    Indianapolis | Dates: 29 May, 2014

    Thursday, May 29, 2014
    6 p.m. with book signing to follow
    The Toby, Indianapolis Museum of Art

    During the period following WWII, a great surge of collective energies -- the Modern movement -- redefined traditional values, beliefs, and artistic forms.
    Unfortunately, reasoned criticism did not follow, and until recently Modern landscapes slipped beyond even the peripheral vision of art historians.
    From America's first "park plaza" in Minneapolis to Dan Kiley's revolutionary design for the Miller Garden in Columbus, we must have a commitment to preserving and interpreting Modernist landscape architecture.
    In this program, Charles A. Birnbaum, president of the Cultural Landscape Foundation, offers recommendations and strategies to preserve these often "invisible" public and private places that represent a significant chapter in our nation's evolution.
    Presented by Indiana Modern, an affinity group of Indiana Landmarks, and sponsored by the Cornelius O'Brien Lecture Series Concerning Preservation, the lecture takes place at The Toby at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
    FREE but registration requested at https://modernistlecture.eventbrite.com, orc all Indiana Landmarks at 800-450-4534, 317-639-4534.
    This program is offered in conjunction with Indiana Landmarks' Back to the Future Mid-century Modern Home Tour on Saturday, May 31 in Indianapolis.
  • Back to the Future: A Mid-Century Modern Tour

    Indianapolis | Dates: 31 May, 2014
    Back to the Future: Mid-Century Modern Home Tour featuring five private homes in Indianapolis’s Avalon Hills and Devonshire neighborhoods, 1-6 pm. $15 in advance; $20 on day of tour. Tickets are on sale online, at Indiana Landmarks Center and at Form + Function.

    Tickets: Tour tickets are $15/person in advance, $20/person day of tour.

    Buy tickets in advance online at 

    Day of tour tickets can be purchased at The Church of the Saviour United Methodist Church, 6205 Rucker Road, Indianapolis, which serves as tour headquarters where tour attendees can park and ride a shuttle to tour homes.

    Contact: Mark Dollase, 800-450-4534, 317-639-4534 or mdollase@indianalandmarks.org

  • Preserving Historic Places: Indiana's Statewide Preservation Conference

    New Albany | Dates: 09 – 11 Apr, 2014

    The DHPA partners with Indiana University and Indiana Landmarks to host the annual Preserving Historic Places: Indiana's Statewide Preservation Conference. This statewide conference is the official forum for preservation issues in Indiana.

    Relevant session topics are chosen based on the host community. Speakers include nationally known preservationists. The conference features plenary and concurrent sessions, keynote speakers and tours of preservation highlights in the host community.

    The 2014 Preserving Historic Places conference is in New Albany, April 9 - 11, 2014. Situated on the Ohio River, the 200-year-old city welcomes you to Indiana’s statewide preservation conference. The city’s diverse history features opulent 19th-century mansions, humble shotgun houses, stunning churches and a vibrant downtown featuring locally owned restaurants, shops and bars. Make reservations today for a conference guaranteed to engage, enlighten and entertain.

  • Aspen Film Screening: Archiculture

    Aspen | Dates: 04 Apr, 2014
    Archiculture takes a thoughtful, yet critical look at the architectural studio. The film offers a unique glimpse into the world of studio-based, design education through the eyes of a group of students finishing their final design projects. Interviews with leading professionals, historians and educators help create crucial dialog around the key issues faced by this unique teaching methodology and the built environment these future architects will create. 

    The free film screening will take place on Friday, April 4, at noon, at the Wheeler Opera House (320 E. Hyman Ave., Aspen, CO 81611). RSVPs are not necessary. Open to the public.
  • Funding for US students MSc Sustainable Building Conservation

    Cardiff | Dates: 25 Mar – 30 May, 2014
    Scholarships are now available for international students interested in the MSc Sustainable Building Conservation at Cardiff University, UK http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/for/prospective/international/funding/international-scholarship-fund.html
  • Design and Violence debates at MoMA, NY

    New York | Dates: 27 Mar – 17 Apr, 2014
    Open Source: Design and Violence Debate I Thursday, March 27, 2014, 6:30 p.m. Bartos Theater, The Museum of Modern Art, 4 West 54 Street Moderated by Paola Antonelli, the first debate centers upon The Liberator, the world’s first 3-D printed gun. The gun’s designer Cody Wilson and author and journalist Rob Walker (Yahoo Tech, The New York Times, Design Observer, Slate,) will deliver debate motions, after which will follow a discussion focused on open-source design and our assumptions about the ethics of design. Designing Empathy: Design and Violence Debate II Thursday, April 10, 2014, 6:30 p.m. Bartos Theater, The Museum of Modern Art, 4 West 54 Street The second debate focuses on the Menstruation Machine (2010), designed by Sputniko! (aka Hiromi Ozaki) to allow its wearer to experience the pain and tribulation of menstruation, regardless of his or her age or gender. Chris Bobel (author, New Blood: Third-wave Feminism and the Politics of Menstruation) and Mickey Boardman (Editorial Director, Paper magazine,) will deliver debate motions, moderated by Jamer Hunt. Eating Animals: Design and Violence Debate III Thursday, April 17, 2014, 6:30 p.m. Bartos Theater, The Museum of Modern Art, 4 West 54 Street The third debate will center upon Temple Grandin’s “serpentine ramp,” a slaughterhouse design modification that attempts stress reduction and a more humane death for animals. Gary L. Francione (Distinguished Professor of Law, Rutgers, and author, Eat Like You Care: An Examination of the Morality of Eating Animals) and Nicola Twilley (editor/author of Edible Geography.com, co-founder of the Foodprint Project, and director of Studio-X NYC) will deliver debate motions, moderated by Paola Antonelli.
  • CFP: Modernizing the Modern: The Conundrum and Challenge of Preserving and Restoring Modern Architecture

    Sarasota | Dates: 28 Mar – 20 Apr, 2014
    Paper session at the 2014 Southeastern College Art Conference to be held in Sarasota, Florida, USA, 8-11 October 2014.

    This session aims to highlight the conundrum and challenge of 'modernizing' modern architecture.  Preserving and restoring Modern architecture is, in itself, a conundrum: at the time that such buildings were designed and built, they were meant to be new and contemporary, turning their backs on the past.  Preserving and restoring such architecture means freezing 'the new' and making a museum piece out of it.  Preserving and restoring Modern architecture also presents many technical challenges, given that such buildings often utilized innovative and/or untested materials, detailing and methods of constructions. This session welcomes papers that either treat the topic in a generalized manner or are in-depth case studies of a particular preservation and restoration of a Modern building.  
    Session to be chaired by Christopher Wilson, Ringling College of Art + Design.  

    Paper proposals due by 20 April 2014.  Submit proposals at https://secac.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_159813