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  • Banking On History: Five Incentives for Preservation Projects

    Pasadena | Dates: 11 Dec, 2014

    An intermediate-to-advanced look at five types of financial incentive: Federal Historic Tax Credits, Community Development Block Grants, The Mills Act, Grants and Easements. You will dig into the financial and legal aspects of historic preservation incentives early in the day. After lunch you’ll engage with case studies from the Pasadena area to see which projects are best suited for each incentive. Case studies will also address the complexities and process of application and implementation. Determine how to calculate the amount of the potential cost off-set and understand which expenses are eligible under each program. Participants will be asked to complete sample calculations using example projects.

    The day concludes with two special access tours to hotel projects, one in the conception phase and one completed:

    1. The Julia Morgan-designed Pasadena YWCA, a stunning example of Morgan’s fusion of Spanish Colonial Revival with Beaux Arts undertones
    2. The Constance Hotel, a seven-story, 1926 Mission Revival built during Pasadena’s booming years. The project, now completed, took advantage of federal rehabilitation tax credits.
  • Art Glass Done Wright at the Bartlett Public Library

    Bartlett | Dates: 22 Nov, 2014

    Frank Lloyd Wright designed art glass windows and doors for his Prairie style buildings. After a presentation on Wright’s art glass designs, children will be guided in creating their own art glass designs using tracing paper, colored pencils, construction paper, and examples of Wright’s patterns.

    This program is appropriate for children in Grades 3-8. 

    Registration begins September 1. Pre-registration is required. Register by calling 630-837-2855, by going to the library’s website.

  • Wright in the City - Holiday Open House

    Chicago | Dates: 04 Dec, 2014

    Ring in the holiday season with a special shopping event at The Rookery. Bring a friend. Find great gifts.

    Join the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust for:

    • Complimentary champagne while you shop
    • Product Giveaways
    • Guided tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Rookery Lobby.
    • Free gift wrapping


  • Call for Contributors: Sir Banister Fletcher's A History of Architecture 21st Edition

    Dates: 04 Nov, 2014 – 01 Mar, 2015
    Call for Contributors: Sir Banister Fletcher’s A History of Architecture 21st edition The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the University of London are collaborating on an exciting project to bring Sir Banister Fletcher’s renowned book, A History of Architecture, into the 21st century. Edited by architectural historian and broadcaster, Tom Dyckhoff, the 21st edition will be completely restructured, expanded and rewritten, and is to be published both in print and online (as part of a digital hub for architectural history). We are currently seeking experts in the field of architectural history to author a number of chapters in the new edition, listed below. The deadline for first drafts is Spring/Summer 2015 and scholars are invited to express an interest in contributing to the new edition. Co-authoring is welcome and expressions of interest in parts of chapters will also be considered. Our aim is simple, exciting and hugely ambitious: to create the finest history of architecture in the English-speaking world. Our readers are students (of architecture, design, art history, archaeology, anthropology, but also other disciplines such as sociology or history); they are professionals (architects, engineers, city planners etc); but they are also interested, intelligent non-professionals. So Banister Fletcher’s new history of architecture must be scholarly, enlightening and accurate, challenging and opinionated, but also accessible and enjoyable. We want our readers to be as fascinated by the architecture of ancient Mesopotamia or 15th century Japan as they are by that of Frank Gehry or Zaha Hadid. Chapters have a common overall structure, but we want our authors to create their own history within this, to take fully credited ownership of their chapters, and to let their own interpretation of the period or place sing from the page. The new Banister Fletcher will contain a kaleidoscope of diverse voices, and many different approaches to architectural history. To express an interest in writing any of the chapters listed below, please email catherine.gregg@riba.org stating the chapter title, your affiliation and references to published works. While there is no deadline for expressions of interest, scholars should note that the very latest deadline for first drafts will be September 2015. Any questions should be directed to Catherine Gregg at the above email address or by telephone on +44 (0)207 307 3802. Chapters available are: Early Medieval Europe, 500 – c. 1000 • Central and Northern Europe and Scandinavia (4,000 words) • Eastern Europe, the Bulgars and Early Russia (4,000 words) Late Medieval Europe, c. 1000 - 1400 • The Holy Roman Empire, Central and Eastern Europe (4,500 words) • Scandinavia and Russia (2,000 words) N.B. this chapter may be split and we welcome expressions of interest in either area 1400 – 1830 Europe • The Holy Roman Empire, Germany, Austria and Central Europe (8,000 words) • Russia and Scandinavia (8,000 words) N.B. this chapter may be split and we welcome expressions of interest in either area 1400 – 1830 non-Europe • The Ottoman Empire (10,000 words) • Iran and the Safavid Dynasty (10,000 words) • Japan 1334 – 1868 (4,000 words) • Africa (4,000 words) 1830 – 1914 Europe • France (11,000 words) • Austro-Hungary, Prussia, Germany and Central Europe (9,000 words) • The Italian Peninsula (4,000 words) • Russia and Scandinavia (4,000 words) N.B. this chapter may be split and we welcome expressions of interest in either area 1830 – 1914 non-Europe • The Middle East (4,000 words) • Africa (5,000 words)
  • 2014 Acanthus Awards

    Chicago | Dates: 15 – 15 Nov, 2014
    Awards presentation by the Chicago Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art

    LOS ANGELES | Dates: 07 – 09 Nov, 2014
    Architect Ben-Ami Shulman (1907-1986) recognized posthumously as one of the significant White City modernists, emigrated to L.A. & practiced there from 1960 until his death. The video is part of the Architecture Shorts Screenings of the NEW URBANISM FILM FESTIVAL in L.A.
  • Preservation Resource Center 39th Annual Holiday Home Tour

    New Orleans | Dates: 13 – 14 Dec, 2014

    Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 13 and 14

    Boutique:  9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Home Tour:  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Café:  11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Tour Headquarters

    Trinity Episcopal Church - Bishop Polk Hall

    1329 Jackson Ave., New Orleans, LA  70130

    The tour is self-guided through the Garden District.


    Tour private historic homes in the Garden District, in all their holiday glory. Visit the tour headquarters for regional cuisine and holiday shopping among dozens of local artists, craftsmen and retailers. Enjoy the fascinating history and incredible architecture of a cherished neighborhood, with the tunes of talented New Orleans musicians at each destination on the tour.

  • Building Creative Communities Conference

    Santa Fe | Dates: 12 – 14 Nov, 2014

    The Building Creative Communities Conference is founded on a collaborative approach to the economic challenges our urban and rural communities face, bringing together practitioners representing the diverse fields of community building, arts, culture and redevelopment. Local and state efforts in commercial district revitalization, arts, cultural and heritage tourism and preservation are fostered though this engagement. 

    Doug Borwick, Phd., one of the county’s leading advocates for the arts and community engagement, will present one of one of four conference keynotes. Borwick will focus on the potential of arts/community partnerships to impact economic development, education, community building, and creative placemaking.

    Littleglobe, a New Mexico community arts organization, will directly engage participants in the session “Art at the Heart: Artists Drive Community Development” and share their experience of creating and sustaining a large-scale community project with multiple partners.
    They will be joined by more than thirty-seven other area specialists from New Mexico and beyond through a variety of sessions and activities over the three days.

  • Market Street Prototyping Festival

    San Francisco | Dates: 09 – 11 Apr, 2015

    The Festival
    This April, for the first time ever, Market Street will transform into a public platform, showcasing exciting ideas for improving the famed thoroughfare and how we use it. Winning entries, as diverse and exciting as the people of San Francisco themselves, will be brought to life for three days along Market Street, where millions of pedestrians from all walks of life will have the chance to experience, explore, and interact with the prototypes.

    The Goal
    The goal of the Prototyping Festival is to unite diverse neighborhoods along Market Street, encouraging these vibrant communities to work together in building a more connected, beautiful San Francisco. This unique collaboration is a partnership between the San Francisco Planning Department, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the Knight Foundation.

    We invite you to push the limits of your creativity and submit groundbreaking ideas to the Market Street Prototyping Festival. Winning entries will be given the funding, workspace, and mentorship necessary to make their visions and reality.

    And who knows? Your idea may become San Francisco’s newest icon.

  • Charles E. “Chick” Herbert Lecture in Architecture: Tom Kundig

    Ames | Dates: 03 – 03 Dec, 2014
    Award-winning architect Tom Kundig, of Seattle-based Olson Kundig Architects will present his work at 5:30pm on December 3 at the Iowa State University, Department of Architecture in Ames, IA.
  • Construction SuperConference

    Las Vegas | Dates: 01 – 03 Dec, 2014

    The Construction SuperConference, now in its 29th year, is recognized as the preeminent construction conference developed for mid- to senior-level professionals who work in any of the legal and commercial construction markets.  Impactful plenary sessions and compelling panel discussions from top legal, consulting, and leaders of construction companies bring to the forefront challenging issues and new insights into the legal, business, and economic challenges and opportunities in today’s construction industry.  Participants will walk away with invaluable information and resources to assist them in meeting today’s challenges. 

    The conference will showcase many notable and expert in-house and outside construction counselors and consultants who will take up the many challenges of advising construction industry participants in a challenging economy.

    The program design of the conference allows ample opportunity to meet and network with representatives from the leading construction firms and the industry’s top construction attorneys.

  • Michael Graves: Past as Prologue

    New York | Dates: 22 Nov, 2014

    A symposium in honor of Michael Graves on the occasion of his fiftieth year in practice.

    Speakers include: Glenn Adamson, Adele Chatfield-Taylor, Peter Eisenman, Paul Goldberger, Michael Graves, Steven Holl, Ron Johnson, Dean Kamen, David Mohney, Nicholas Olsberg, Monica Ponce de Leon, Mary-Ann Ray, Francisco Sanin, Karen Stein, Joel Towers, Billie Tsien, and Anthony Vidler

    7.0 AIA and New York State CEUs

    This symposium is organized by The Architectural League of New York and hosted by Parsons The New School for Design

    In fifty years of practice, architect Michael Graves has deeply influenced the disciplines of architecture and design.  From intense participation in theoretical debates in architecture and the creation of now-iconic buildings, to designing everyday objects for mass retail, to important contributions to the often-overlooked field of health care design, Graves has produced a remarkable and distinctive body of work. The symposium Past as Prologue honors Graves’ fiftieth anniversary in practice. Opening with an overview of his work and design career by Francisco Sanin, and closing with a discussion among Michael Graves, Peter Eisenman, and Adele Chatfield-Taylor, the symposium will include sessions focusing on three areas profoundly influenced by Graves: architectural pedagogy, drawing, and the design of objects.

  • Symposium: The Changing Nature of Nature in Cities

    Bronx | Dates: 07 Nov, 2014

    When: 9:30 AM FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7

    Where:The New York Botanical Garden 2900 Southern Blvd. Bronx, NY 10458

    From rampant urbanization to the alarming spread of invasive species and the rapidly increasing concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, human activities are impacting natural systems on a global scale. Nowhere is the impact of mankind on nature more evident than in cities, where forests have been razed, wetlands paved, shorelines bulwarked, and nature has been relegated to patches of parkland and isolated remnants of woodlands and wetlands. These urban refuges retain only a fraction of their historic biodiversity, but they do provide opportunity for the more than 50% of the global population that lives in cities to engage with the wonders and mysteries of nature. The Changing Nature of Nature in Cities symposium will explore the concept of novel ecosystems that are the result of urban development, and ask if these much-maligned accidents of unbridled growth could ultimately mitigate the impacts of environmental change and re-introduce the wonder of nature in cities. CEUS available!

    Peter Del Tredici, Adjunct Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Harvard School of Design
    Richard J. Hobbs, School of Plant Biology, The University of Western Australia
    Emma Marris, author/journalist
    Kate Orff, Founder of Scape/Landscape Architecture, and Associate Professor of Architecture at Columbia School of Architecture

    Sponsored by: NYBG Humanities Institute

    Organized by: NYBG Adult Education

    Event website: http://nybg.org/humanities

    Cost per member: $10.00

    Cost for each guest: $20.00

  • Cocktails & Conversations: Deborah Berke, FAIA, LEED AP, and Cathleen McGuigan, Editor-in-Chief, AR

    New York | Dates: 07 Nov, 2014

    When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7

    Where: At The Center   

    Join us for a conversation with architect Deborah Berke, FAIA, LEED AP andCathleen McGuigan, Editor-in-Chief, Architectural Record

    How do you spend Friday evening? Do you join those who jam NYC’s cultural institutions or those crowds over populating film theaters? When it hosts a pair of NYC's most interesting and provocatively creative thinkers, the AIA Center for Architecture—one of NYC's premiere cultural institutions—can certainly lift your spirits. This series of dialogues about design joins an architect with a critic, journalist, curator or architectural historian to discuss current architecture design issues. Friday night is not “Friday Night” without the appropriate beverage. We’ll provide a custom-crafted cocktail—one inspired by the architect's work and created especially for this event. Join us in growing the tradition of Delight Night in New York's Weekend Cultural Scene—Blight Night it is not.

  • The SUM: Creative Conference

    San Francisco | Dates: 06 – 07 Nov, 2014

    The Sum is a two-day conference in San Francisco designed to help guests reimagine the creative possibilities for themselves and their cities.

    The Bold Italic inspires people to think differently about San Francisco. and with our first design conference, we’re encouraging people to think differently about creativity. The Sum will empower guests to see themselves, their work, their free time, and their city from fresh angles, giving them the tools and the inspiration to collectively boost their creative output. Through interactive activities, engaging experiments, multidisciplinary panel speakers, and multiple opportunities to spark ideas with people from diverse backgrounds, The Sum will help guests re-imagine the possibilities for themselves and their cities.

    Get more details on speakers and workshops.

  • Florencia Pita + Jackilin Bloom: #colorforming

    Los Angeles | Dates: 05 Nov, 2014

    Pita & Bloom is an architectural design studio focused on producing new ways of engaging with the built environment by challenging formal and material conventions. Started in 2010 by Florencia Pita and Jackilin Hah Bloom as a research collaborative, Pita & Bloom’s current investigations include the methodologies of two-dimensional contouring, developing hyper-digitized building tiles, and studying applications of chromatic color in architecture.

    The work of Pita & Bloom to date includes competition proposals for cultural buildings such as the Taichung City Cultural Center in Taiwan, an urban housing ideas project in Maribor, Slovenia and an urban park scheme in San Francisco, California. In January of 2014, Pita & Bloom were called “two female visionaries” in Architecture Magazine‘s Next Progressives. They were one of five finalists of the prestigious MoMA PS1 YAP competition in 2014 and will exhibit their proposal at MoMA in an upcoming show.

  • Taking Stock: A Morphology - Documentation of historic agricultural buildings in the Gallatin Valley, MT

    Bozeman | Dates: 30 Oct, 2014 – 30 Jun, 2018
    This drawing project was directed by Maire O’Neill, Associate Professor in the School of Architecture. Approximately 80 buildings were recorded for the project involving hundreds of hours of fieldwork and studio work with architecture student research assistants. The exhibit presents extant historic buildings on early farmsteads in the Gallatin Valley, which are rendered in pen and ink in precise plan, section, and elevation drawings. The drawings are the basis for interpretation of early agricultural building construction in the Gallatin Valley, Montana. The evolving building practices of livestock producers and farmers settling the inter-mountain west reflect a wide range of influences over time. Prior farming experience, available resources, the development of agricultural practices, an evolving understanding of climatic variability, the infusion of construction knowledge from the Midwest, availability of promotional literature, and evolving markets are a few of the major influences on the structure and form of the buildings. However, there are a wide variety of motives for the adoption and adaptation of building forms and construction techniques. Local growers and livestock producers learned to diversify and these trends are reflected in the wide variety of storage buildings and shelters they built. The drawings illustrate a cross-section of building scale, form, use, and construction type. The exhibit includes a comparative analysis of floor plans and building sections in which the structure, form, and proportions of the spaces are diagrammed, leading to a graphic typology and structural morphology. Included in the exhibit is a brief narrative chronology which highlights four eras of agricultural building and the building types and methods associated with them.
  • Design Knowledge: Making Urban Humanities

    Los Angeles | Dates: 14 – 15 Nov, 2014

    Can an action-oriented methodology at the nexus of the humanities, design, and urbanism transform our ability to comprehend contemporary culture and urban space? A two-day symposium will be convened to explore the possibility of a field called “Urban Humanities.” We seek not only to forge new disciplinary alliances between design and the humanities, but also to propose the imperative of designing knowledge, of critical reflection on the methods behind our knowledge production. This symposium seeks to investigate epistemologies of making and action, to reclaim the empty terms “urban” and “interdisciplinary,” and to recuperate the status of method. A set of six provisional methodological models that might orient this nascent field have been identified whose merits and potentials will be debated: critical cartography, artistic research, speculative literature, transgressing media, reconfigured participation, and operative history.

    Eric Cazdyn
    Lev Manovich
    Christian Philipp Müller
    John Pickles
    Sarah Whiting
    Karen Tei Yamashita

    Anthony Cascardi
    Jon Christensen
    Michael Dear
    Ursula Heise
    Miwon Kwon
    Peter Lunenfeld
    Jennifer Wolch
    Maite Zubiaurre

    Robert Chi
    Jonathan Crisman
    Dana Cuff
    Yoh Kawano
    Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris
    William Marotti
    Todd Presner
    Sarah Walsh

    To be held November 14-15 at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA. For more information, visithttp://www.urbanhumanities.ucla.edu/?/event/design-knowledge/ or register athttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/design-knowledge-making-urban-humanities-registration-12375089225

  • East West Central 03: Re-framing Identities: Architecture's Turn to History 1970-1990

    Zurich | Dates: 10 – 10 Dec, 2014
    Call for Papers Conference at ETH Zurich, 11/12 September 2015 Institute gta, Theory of Architecture, Prof. Dr. Ákos Moravánszky

    Re-framing Identities
    Architecture's Turn to History 1970-1990

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Prof. Dr. Ákos Moravánszky (chair)
    Torsten Lange (coordinator)
  • New Urbanism Film Festival

    Los Angeles | Dates: 06 – 09 Nov, 2014
    New Urbanism Film Festival returns to the heart of the city for four days of illuminating documentary films, interactive events, tours and workshops.  Set in the thriving La Brea district the festival debuts its second year November 6-9, 2014.

    Launched in 2013 the New Urbanism Film Festival is an immersive experience of documentary films, events, tours, workshops and conversations that opens a meaningful dialogue about revitalizing traditional neighborhoods and cities that are walkable, healthy, diverse, thriving places between planners, developers, architects, engineers, public officials, investors, community activists and the movie-going public audiences.

    This year’s Festival will be held over four days on November 6-9th  at Acme Theater on La Brea.  Returning with an even stronger schedule of 5-fold the film submissions over last year, the Festival is set to engage a wide-audience into participating in creating and influencing our built environment. 

    The real-life stories documented through the Festival’s films connect regular people, planners, architects, designers, artists, developers, investors and city officials in creating a better urban world for today.  The films act as moving-postcards of real-world places where children play unsupervised on narrower streets, shared with slow-moving cars and cyclists; where parks and tree-lined neighborhoods are a permanently shared presence; where the freeway is abandoned for a far more efficient public transportation system; where cities cleverly grow inside their limits maintaining the surrounding farmlands; where people of all ethnicities and social status amiably join into voicing their needs and band together until the most thriving solution is found.  From architects, designers, city officials, mayors, urban planners and urban developers to the every-day citizen, the stories showcased at the New Urbanism Film Festival showcase create a powerful merging of forces resulting into better communities, healthier cities and a livelier, far more meaningful every-day life.

    The New Urbanism Film Festival’s creators are Josh Paget and Joel Karahadian.  Paget, a comedian, and Karahadian, a musician, have produced events together before.  They discovered they are both avid fans of bicycling and public transit, and are deeply passionate by the idea of “back-to-basics” neighborhoods and cities.  The Festival sprung from a monthly meet-up they initially created, called Noodles and New Urbanism, where people discussed local issues and current events on urban planning.  Once they started a blog people began to share articles, books and video materials which led the two to create the Festival.  A simple desire for better living, through a healthy, well-knit community and city, led two people to create a Film Festival on New Urbanism where the conversation can include all types in celebrating, explaining, and inspiring quality urban design.

    In its second year, the New Urbanism Film Festival is corralling an ever increasing attention from filmmakers, civic leaders and urban thinkers.  The Festival has received more than 5 (five) times submissions than the previous year, showing that change is not just wanted, but actually happening, in many cities, around the world.

    A full schedule, complete with film introductions, is to be announced in the coming weeks.

    About New Urbanism Film Festival
    The New Urbanism Film Festival is a four day immersive experience of documentary films, events, tours, workshops and conversations that opens a meaningful dialogue, about revitalizing neighborhoods and cities into walkable, healthy, diverse, thriving places, between planners, developers, architects, engineers, public officials, investors, community activists and the general public.  The films are worldwide submissions, documenting improved urban shifts from city-wide projects to individual-sized ones.  The best films go on to win the New Urbanism Film Festival competition and are screened around the country by the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU).  This year the New Urbanism Film Festival will return to Los Angeles, November 6th through 9th, at the ACME Theater.  www.newurbanismfilmfestival.com