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  • Material Culture. Presence and Visibility of Artists, Guilds, Brotherhoods in the Pre-modern Era

    Dates: 03 Mar – 15 Apr, 2015
    In recent years, the material turn has led to stimulating new questions, new research areas and new research perspectives in numerous humanities and social science disciplines. The often quoted “thinking through things” is essential, especially in the area of the history of collections and museums. Nevertheless, it is astounding that numerous research themes have hardly been worked on despite the immanent connection of objects to the discipline of art history, for example, in comparison to archaeology and cultural anthropology – although such research themes form a major area of the pre-modern self-conception of the artist. Speaking of those objects of material culture representing the civic associations in crafts and business the conference seeks to make visible the system of guilds and brotherhoods in a townscape. All those objects making up this area of study play the major role here. At this conference, the term material culture of the guild and crafts system is to be understood in its broadest possible dimensions, from multi-panel altar to the simple guild cabinet storing the candles for the civic processions. Of interest are the form, effect and function of these objects in their sacred and profane surroundings. The most important players are primarily the civic guilds. In like manner, the guild-like brotherhoods play a role, associations which looked after the social and religious matters of their guilds. In addition, the official representatives of the town could have an influence on the design of their town hall or townscape to bring the social structure of their confraternity into focus. When did it come to competing projects among the different crafts groups? To what extent was individual space guaranteed for persons to found donations? The visual artist or even the architect played a major role in the public portrayal of the guilds, but also of individual persons, and generally in the design of public space. He was the one who designed and carried out the paintings, flags, glass windows, manuscripts etc. according to the guidelines of the patrons. The artist’s craftsmanship lent glory to the guilds; his visual offerings translated the group’s will to self-portrayal into concrete visual messages. Who was responsible for the decoration of the guild rooms? Which artists were called on for these commissions, and how did they deal with each task? The spaces where the group activities were played out could be of different kinds. The civic space formed the stage, so to speak, where the crafts associations acted on stage and where their realia were put on display. It could have been a centrally located square, the town hall, the church with various guild chapels or even the individual guild house. Along with these locatable spaces, the most diversified temporary spaces formed a major area as well: whether communal festive parades, church processions, festive ruler entrances or funeral ceremonies, the groups had to be visible as representatives of their rank. Realia such as guild candles, crafts-specific coats of arms and standards with guild motifs played an important role. The succession in which the respective group participated in a procession could also signify the status of the guild in the civic context. These were transitory processes which could be preserved in written or visual form. The guild chapels served as publically accessible areas where the confraternity could create its public image according to its own ideas. In addition to the different players and spaces, the conference is to work out the extent to which the specific object was put to use in the pre-modern era to display splendour, to secure power but also to transfer knowledge and the extent to which the object, often robbed completely of its context, can serve today to understand the guild and crafts system. This interdisciplinary conference wishes to integrate the visual and tactile dimensions of the object as well as the questions on this topic dealing with the history of science and technology. The conference is organised by the ERC Project artifex ( and takes place from 24-28 February 2016. We were able to secure the Central Institute for Art History in Munich as the ideal conference location. It is, after all, the seat of “Forschungsstelle Realienkunde”, which is devoted expressly to material culture in its manifold dimensions. Conference conditions: The organiser will pay for transport and accommodations for the speakers. More detailed information will be announced following the selection of the speakers and the arrangement of the programme. Participation requirements: A publication of the conference proceedings is planned for shortly after the conference ends. For this reason, the selected speakers are expected to have a text with footnotes, bibliography and images already prepared for publication at the time of the conference. Following the conference only a few alterations can be made to the text before the manuscript goes into print at Imhof Verlag Petersberg in the summer of 2016. Revised texts with printable images must therefore be available for the organisers at the latest on 31 March. The talks should be 30 minutes long. We request that abstracts, no longer than one page, plus a brief CV with the most important publications be submitted to: Organisation team: Prof. Dr. Dr. Andreas Tacke / Prof. Dr. Dagmar Eichberger / Dr. Birgit Ulrike Münch
  • Urban Development Now

    Ann Arbor | Dates: 13 – 14 Mar, 2015

    The 2nd Annual Urban Development Now symposium explores the relationship between urban development and capital, specifically projects in Chicago, Miami, New York, Detroit and London - cities that exhibit a paradox of significant high-end investment and simultaneous challenges in sustaining multi-class housing and cultural amenities. 

    What is the appropriate level of public investment in private development? What are the most critical infrastructure needs occurring alongside rampant urban development? How do resources flow from profitable development to partially subsidized development such as affordable housing, public space and cultural institutions and event space?

    The symposium will explore these issues through the lens of leaders in architecture, real estate and urban development who are on the front lines of large-scale developments that engage multiple constituencies, political bodies and capital providers. The symposium will open up dialogue on the scale and pace of development in inner-cities, the role of urban infill, and the role of temporal events (art bienniales, sports events such as the World Cup and Olympics) to spur economic development. Case studies of specific urban precincts and mixed-use projects - some developed over long periods of time - will provide both an historical and contemporary perspective on new and innovative mixed-use and mixed-class development paradigms. Participants will discuss the centrality of design (architectural and urban design) in creating long-term value and in providing high-quality design using innovative financing mechanisms.

  • Tennis Hall of Fame Architectural Sympoisum: Horace Trumbauer, Residential Architecture

    Newport | Dates: 05 May, 2015

    A prominent American architect of the Gilded Age, Horace Trumbauer was a native of Philadelphia. During his career, he produced more than 1,000 buildings ranging from hotels and commercial buildings to private homes, libraries, and museums. Known as a classical revivalist, his styles included Tudor, Regency, Georgian, and French Classical. Today, he is best remembered for his residential design.

    Notable projects included the Harry Elkins Widener Library at Harvard University, Whitemarsh Hall, the Free Library of Philadelphia, The James B. Duke mansion (now the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University), and much of Duke University. In Newport, Trumbauer designed The Elms and Clarendon Court.
    Horace Trumbauer: Residential Architecture will offer a unique opportunity to examine the architect and his influence on Newport’s landscape. This third annual one-day symposium will feature lectures by architectural historians and tours of three magnificent Trumbauer buildings –Miramar and Seaweed, still both private homes, and Rough Point, the former home of heiress Doris Duke.

    Click here to register now. For additional information, please contact Charles Kehres at 401-324-4072 or
  • Call for Abstracts: Facing Post-War Urban Heritage in Central-Eastern Europe

    Budapest | Dates: 02 Mar – 30 Apr, 2015

    9 October 2015, Budapest, Hungary

    The first doctoral conference organised by the Department of Urban Planning and Design, Faculty of Architecture, Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME).

    Throughout Europe, current urban challenges are posed by large-scale ensembles of modernity as a result of post-war development on both sides of the Iron Curtain. The urb/doconf 2015 is the first in a series of a doctoral conference, to be organised on a yearly basis, which will provide a comparative overview of current doctoral research into the physical (built and natural) environment within Central-Eastern Europe (CEE).

    Those invited include doctoral researchers, PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers (maximum five years after obtaining the doctorate degree) specializing in architecture, urban design, urban planning or landscape architecture. The BME Department of Urban Planning and Design wishes to promote cooperation among CEE doctoral institutions, building up a network for future generations of scholars through their specific fields of research.

  • Jeremy Till on "Thick Time", and Launch of Birkbeck's Architecture Space and Society Centre

    London WC1H 0PD | Dates: 13 – 13 Mar, 2015
    We are pleased to announce the launch of Birkbeck's Architecture, Space and Society Centre with Jeremy Till, Central Saint Martins speaking about 'Thick Time' Followed by a drinks reception Friday 13 March 2015, 6-9pm, Keynes Library, Gordon Square 'Thick Time' This lecture will present a reading of space and time that Jeremy Till has developed in his writings. Starting with the premise that architects tend to situate their work out of time in an effort to shake off the terrors of time, the lecture will propose an alternative model. Thick time both critically gathers the past and projects the future, allowing each to loop into the other. The result is an understanding of architecture as a dynamic and contingent act. Jeremy Till is an architect, educator and writer. He is Head of Central Saint Martins, widely considered one of the world’s leading centres for art and design education, and Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of the Arts London. His extensive written work includes the books Flexible Housing, Architecture Depends and Spatial Agency, all three of which won the RIBA President’s Award for Research. His teaching and research concentrates on the social and political aspects of architecture and spatial production. As an architect, he worked with Sarah Wigglesworth Architects on their pioneering building, 9 Stock Orchard Street, recently flagged by the Architects Journal as the most influential house of a generation. He curated the UK Pavilion at the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale and also at the 2013 Shenzhen Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism. To book your place: The Architecture Space and Society Centre is a multi-disciplinary research centre of Birkbeck College. Our dual mission is to think about architecture in wider spatial and social contexts, and to reach across time and geography to explore compelling issues concerning architecture and space from a variety of angles. The Centre has its roots in the Architecture Space and Society Network, which has organised termly symposia since 2012 on themes such as audiences, display, dissent, pain, domes and skylines. For more information on our launch and on past events see:
  • Save the Date: Small Projects Awards & Exhibit

    Chicago | Dates: 01 – 01 May, 2015
    Celebrate small projects in a big way at AIA Chicago’s annual SMALL PROJECTS AWARDS & EXHIBIT at Architectural Artifacts. This lively event aims to raise public awareness of the value that architects bring to small projects and to promote small practitioners as a resource for design excellence.
  • Gender Studies: Feminist Technologies Signature Event: Wangechi Mutu

    New York | Dates: 23 Apr, 2015
    The Gender Studies program at The New School presents the signature event for its yearlong theme of Feminist Technologies.
  • Designer Makers Panel

    New York | Dates: 02 Apr, 2015

    A presentation and discussion hosted by the School of Constructed Environments with design entrepreneurs who choose the autonomy of designing, producing and marketing their own designs.

    New York City design studio KleinReid stands at the forefront of porcelain design. The firm's founders James Klein and David Reid, who will participate in the panel, began collaborating in 1993, creating refined vases, lighting and serveware, jewelry and limited-edition prints. Their influential atelier helped pioneer the designer/maker movement in the US and is renown for its elegant forms, dense, translucent porcelain, artisanal glazes, and fine “from scratch” craftsmanship.


    Free; No tickets or reservations required.

  • Docomomo US 2015 National Symposium

    Minneapolis | Dates: 04 – 07 Jun, 2015

    Modernism on the Prairie: Rural to Metro Regional Interpretations of the Modern Movement

    June 4-7, 2015
    Minneapolis, Minnesota 

    Full Member Registration: $180.00 (through 4/4)
    Full Non-member Registration: $230.00 (through 4/4)
    Full Student Registration: $55.00 (limited to first 25 students)
    Single day passes and tour/event registration also available.

    AIA CEU credits will be offered.

    Registration is now open for the third annual Docomomo US National Symposium taking place in Minneapolis, Minnesota from June 4-7, 2015. The 2015 Symposium entitled Modernism on the Prairie: Rural to Metro Regional Interpretations of the Modern Movement will feature four days of programming and draw speakers and attendees from across Minnesota, the United States, and internationally. This Symposium will explore Minnesota’s rural and urban Modern history, threats and opportunities for the preservation and reuse of these Modern works, and current challenges facing the conservation of Modern building materials.

    Unique to the 2015 symposium is a two-day technology seminar focusing on concrete restoration with panelists from the United States, the Netherlands, Brazil and France; a special 20 year anniversary roundtable entitled Changing Landscape of Modern Preservation and 20 Years of Docomomo US; and presentation of the second annual Modernism in America Awards during a special cocktail reception on the 50th floor of the IDS Building designed by Philip Johnson in downtown Minneapolis.

    The multi-day symposium serves to bring together a diverse group of people, ranging from the general public to preservation specialists, and offers attendees a variety of educational sessions supplemented with regional tours, receptions, and networking activities. Rapson Hall at the University of Minnesota will serve as the primary event site and tour base with one full-day being held at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, home to seven Marcel Breuer buildings. In addition to the full-day tour and lectures at St. John's University, seven exclusive tours will highlight Minnesota's Modern masterpieces.

    Additional details including an updated schedule, tour descriptions and sponsorship opportunities can be found on the event website:

    The Docomomo US National Symposium is the primary event in the United States for those interested in the preservation of modern architecture to gather, discuss, share, and explore the preservation of the structures and sites during the mid-20th century, its legacy, and its importance today. Resources developed for, and presented at the Symposium will be permanently archived in Minnesota for the benefit of future students, design professionals, preservationists, and other Modernism enthusiasts. For questions about the Symposium including sponsorship opportunities please email

  • SMALL BUILDINGS: built, unbuilt, unbuildable

    St. Louis | Dates: 13 Mar – 10 May, 2015

    Opening Reception: 
    Friday, March 13, 6-8pm

    Jurors’ Talk in the gallery
    Tuesday, March 31, 6pm 
    Free and open to the public
    Reception starts at 6pm, talk begins at 6:30pm
    6640 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63130

    Architects today don’t build buildings, they make drawings and models. Similarly, a number of contemporary artists make works resembling architectural models, both in terms of scale and concept, while other artists working with site-specific installation make literal models of projects subsequently built. This exhibition will explore the craft of the architectural model through three themes: built, unbuilt, unbuildable, from the book of the same title by Robert Harbison.

    Bruce Lindsey and Buzz Spector have selected the best works in all craft media from emerging and established artists and architects. Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design invited architects and artists nationwide with interest in showing their models, Marquette, sculptures, and drawings in the context of craft.

    About the Jurors
    Buzz Spector’s art makes frequent use of the book, both as subject and object, exploring relationships between public history, individual memory, and perception. He has exhibited his artwork internationally and has also published numerous essays about art, design, and visual culture. He is professor of art in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University. In 2013 he received the Distinguished Teaching of Art Award from the College Art Association.

    Bruce Lindsey, the E. Desmond Lee Professor for Community Collaboration, is dean of the College of Architecture and the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. Lindsey has made significant contributions to beginning design, sustainable design, and community design education. Design Intelligence named him one of the Most Admired Educators in 2009 and 2010 and in 2014 he was awarded the American Collegiate Schools of Architecture Distinguished Professor Award.

  • Paula Scher at The New School

    New York | Dates: 30 Mar, 2015

    The New School is pleased to welcome Paula Scher, partner at the renowned design firm Pentagram, to unveil and discuss the work of a year-long collaboration with The New School.

    The evening will begin with a feature presentation by Scher about her recent work with The New School, and will be followed by a discussion in which Scher and her collaborators at the New School respond to questions from the audience.


    Paula Scher: Partner, Pentagram

    David Van Zandt: President, The New School

    Tim Marshall: Provost, The New School

    Anne Adriance: Chief Marketing Officer, The New School

    Fred Dust: Partner, IDEO and member of the Board of Trustees of The New School

    Moderated by Joel Towers: Executive Dean, Parsons The New School for Design.

    Paula Scher is one of the world’s most acclaimed graphic designers. She began her design career as a record cover art director at Atlantic Records and CBS Records in the 1970s and 1980s. She has been a principal in the New York office of the distinguished international design consultancy Pentagram since 1991. She has designed identity and branding systems for a wide range of clients including the Public Theater, Citibank, the Museum of Modern Art, Microsoft, the Metropolitan Opera, the High Line, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Scher has served on the Design Commission of the City of New York since 2006. She is an established artist exhibiting worldwide, and her work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and other institutions. In 2013 she was honored with the National Design Award for Communication Design. She is the author of “Make It Bigger” (Princeton Architectural Press, 2002) and “MAPS” (Princeton Architectural Press, 2011).

    A reception will follow in the lower level of the University Center at 8PM.

    This event is free, but please register at the link provided below.

  • Judith Paine McBrien and John DeSalvo on the Pocket Guide to Chicago Architecture

    Chicago | Dates: 11 Apr, 2015

    Join us at the Robie House for a conversation with Judith Paine McBrien and John DeSalvo, author and illustrator of the acclaimed Pocket Guide to Chicago Architecture. The popular, beautifully illustrated handbook was recently updated to reflect Chicago’s changing urban landscape, as well as to incorporate a section on the city’s rich campus architecture. Original drawings by Mr. DeSalvo will be on display. 

    A Q&A and book signing will follow the discussion. Books will be available for purchase.

    About the authors

    Architectural historian Judith Paine McBrien directs the Archimedia Workshop, which produces films and media about architecture, development and urban design. She is the recipient of the Society of Architectural Historians 2013 Award for Excellence in Architectural Media for a lifetime of documentary and interpretive filmmaking, including her PBS film, Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham and the American City. She lives in Wilmette, Illinois.
    John DeSalvo received his Masters of Architecture in Urban Design from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. He is a full time professor at Illinois Institute of Technology where he teaches both design and free and rendering techniques. He founded his firm John DeSalvo Design in 2008.

  • Urban Habitat Corridors: Integrating Human Systems

    Seattle | Dates: 25 Mar, 2015

    Join the AIA Seattle Urban Design Forum for an in-depth exploration about integrating human systems with natural systems.

    Speakers include:

    Presented in collaboration with International Living Future Institute and Living Future 2015

  • PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh, Vol. 20

    Pittsburgh | Dates: 09 Apr, 2015

    7:00 p.m.: Cash Bar opens
    7:20 p.m.: Presentations begin

    Three times per year, AIA Pittsburgh and AIGA Pittsburgh partner to bring you PechaKucha Night Pittsburgh. PechaKucha Night is based on a simple, dynamic presentation style: 20 images x 20 seconds per image. The evening is focused on artistic and creative celebration, and the promotion of local talent.

    PechaKucha Night, devised in Tokyo as an event for young people to meet, network, and show their work, has turned into a worldwide celebration, with events taking place all over the world, including right here in Pittsburgh! Drawing from its name, which is derived from the Japanese word for “chit-chat,” PechaKucha features a dynamic presentation style where presenters have a total of six minutes and forty seconds to pair words and images. 

    To submit a presentation for consideration, please email the following information by March 19: 

    •3-4 images that best represent the content of your proposed presentation. 
     It can be on absolutely anything!
    •Your name, the title of your presentation, and a brief outline.
    •A brief artist statement, or bio, to be used for promotional purposes. 

    This event is presented by AIA Pittsburgh and AIGA Pittsburgh, in partnership with The Heinz Architectural Center, Carnegie Museum of Art. 

  • SoArch Spring 2015 Lecture Series: Bernard Tschumi

    Pittsburgh | Dates: 27 Feb, 2015
    Bernard Tschumi will retrace key moments in the architect’s practice, arguing two fundamental points. First, architecture must be made out of ideas and concepts before becoming form. Second, it cannot be dissociated from the events and movement of the bodies that inhabit it. In consequence, architecture demands new modes of notation to construct an architectural language capable of embodying the interactions between space, event, and movement.

    Bernard Tschumi is an architect based in New York and Paris. First known as a theorist, he exhibited and published The Manhattan Transcripts and wrote Architecture and Disjunction, a series of theoretical essays. Major built works include the Parc de la Villette, the new Acropolis Museum, Le Fresnoy Center for the Contemporary Arts, MuséoParc Alésia and the Paris Zoo. His most recent book is Architecture Concepts: Red is Not a Color, a comprehensive collection of his conceptual and built projects. His drawings and models are in the collections of several major museums, including MoMA in New York and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

    This event is co-sponsored by Heinz Architectural Center, Carnegie Museum of Art, and Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture. Read more about CMU's SoArch Spring 2015 Lecture Series here
  • Building Philadelphia: Architecture, History, + Politics

    Philadelphia | Dates: 10 Mar – 19 May, 2015

    Ever wonder how Philadelphia became the city it is today? This engaging 10-part series investigates the social, political, economic, and design trends that contributed to Philadelphia’s development. Taught by renowned local architects, urban planners, archaeologists, and historians, lecture topics include: major urban planning projects such as the Benjamin Franklin Parkway & Society Hill, our impressive palette of architectural styles, and Philadelphia’s immigrant history.

    Tickets to individual lectures available. Discounted tickets available for those who purchase the full series.

    Train To Be A Tour Guide!
    Individuals who attend eight or more lectures in this 10-part series are invited to attend three additional training sessions (on three Tuesday evenings after the series ends) to become certified as a volunteer tour guide for the Philadelphia Center for Architecture and the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia. Leading tours is not only fun, but gives you greater insight into and appreciation for the city we and our ancestors have built. Information about this opportunity will be shared at the lectures.

  • The Engaged Practice: Craig Steely and Mark Jensen in Conversation with SFC&G Editor Alisa Carroll

    San Francisco | Dates: 04 Mar, 2015

    Join us for a panel conversation with lauded architects Mark Jensen and Craig Steely that explores how to meet the needs of the client while maintaining an engagement with theory and contemporary culture. Moderated by SFC&G Editor-in-Chief Alisa Carroll.

    Mark Jensen, AIA Principal - Jensen Architects
    As the founder of Jensen Architects, Mark Jensen cultivated his view of the art and science of architecture into an award-winning design practice that celebrates inquisitiveness, craftsmanship, and partnership. These values came naturally to Mark, who grew up among artisans and designers, and deepened through his academic and early experience in the United States and Italy. After earning a Bachelor of Architecture at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, a program recognized for its emphasis on building science, he worked with renowned architects Superstudio, Jim Jennings and Mark Mack, as well as noted fashion designer Enrico Coveri. An active member of the San Francisco Bay Area arts and design community, Mark is a former chair of the California College of the Arts (CCA) Interior Architecture Department and the Headlands Center for the Arts Board of Trustees. Mark’s work is noted for bridging culture and construction: His recent notable projects include SFMOMA’s sculpture garden, offices for Goodby Silverstein and Partners and IDEO, graduate studios for CCA, and SHED, a modern grange in Healdsburg. He is a licensed architect in California.

    Craig Steely, Principal - Craig Steely Architecture
    Craig Steely is principal of Craig Steely Architecture. With studios in Hawaii and San Francisco his buildings have been described as true and unique hybrids of these two environments. His work explores the boundaries of integration as well as emancipation from nature. They embrace the realities of the environment and our connection/separation to it over the subjugation of it, all the while focusing on developing a singular architecture rooted in its context. Active projects include work on the Big Island of Hawaii and Maui, as well as several along the coast of California — from Sea Ranch to San Francisco to Big Sur. He received his architecture degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. His work has been awarded recognition by the American Institute of Architects and published widely in books and periodicals. In 2009 he was selected as an “Emerging Talent” by the AIA California Council. His office was chosen top firm in the 2013 Residential Architect Magazine leadership awards.

    Alisa Carroll, Editor in Chief - San Francisco Cottages & Gardens
    Alisa Carroll is Editor-in-Chief of SFC&G (San Francisco Cottages & Gardens), a new magazine showcasing the finest in Bay Area interiors, architecture and landscape. Carroll has written about design and visual art for over fifteen years, contributing to Elle Décor, Interior Design, 3D and many other publications, and co-authored the monograph Jay Jeffers: Collected Cool, published by Rizzoli in March 2014. Carroll founded the panel series Sheltering Art, which explores the design of residences tailored to housing major art collections, and is a speaker and moderator at design conferences and art fairs including Art Market, ArtPoint and the Fall Antiques Show. She studied English and Art History at Berkeley and Oxford.

  • 2015 Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures Summer Field School

    Milwaukee | Dates: 08 Jun – 10 Jul, 2015
    Class Dates: June 8 - July 10, 2015; Final exhibit: July 24, 2015 Preparatory Workshop (attendance required), June 1, 2015, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Room 191, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, UWM You will need to apply in order to be admitted. We will be accepting a maximum of 15 students. You may take a maximum of 6 credits. Choose from the list below. ARCH 190 Special Topics: Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures Field School. –3 cr. ARCH 534 Field Study. –3 cr. ARCH 561 Measured Drawing for Architects. –3 cr. ARCH 562 Preservation Technology Laboratory. –3 cr. Arch 391/791: Independent studies for undergraduate/graduate students. –3 cr. This summer we will study a variety of homes in Milwaukee's Washington Park—everyday residences, boarded up homes, refabricated and reused homes, homes transformed into stores and workplaces, homes as works of art, homes remembered in family histories and homes as domestic worlds. As cultural resources, saturated with diverse values, memories, stories and imaginations, our homes matter, because they represent how we feel about our community and how we value our environment. This project seeks to employ the enduring creativity of storytelling, the power of digital humanities, and depth of local knowledge in order to galvanize Milwaukee residents to talk about their homes as repositories of community memory, spaces of caring and markers of civic pride. The five-week course calendar covers a broad array of academic skills. Workshops during Week 1 will focus on photography, measured drawings, documentation and technical drawings; no prior experience is necessary. Week 2 will include workshops on oral history interviewing and digital ethnography. Week 3 is centered on mapping and archival research. Week 4 and 5 will be devoted to producing final reports and multi-media documentaries. Students will learn how to “read” buildings within their urban material, social, ecological and cultural contexts, create reports on historic buildings and cultural landscapes and produce multimedia documentaries. Nationally recognized faculty directing portions of this school include Jeffrey E. Klee, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Anna Andrzejewski, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Michael H. Frisch, Professor and Senior Research Scholar, University at Buffalo, Jasmine Alinder, Associate Professor of History, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Steve Wetzel, Assistant Professor of Film, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Arijit Sen, Associate Professor of Architecture, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and Matthew Jarosz, Associate Adjunct Professor of Architecture and Historic Preservation, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. For more information or for a copy of an application form, please contact Prof. Arijit Sen at or go to​​
  • The Architects and Architecture of Portland's Fraternal Lodges and Secret Societies

    Portland | Dates: 10 Mar, 2015

    Throughout the Portland area dozens of current and former buildings associated with organizations like the Masons, Odd FellowsWoodmen of the World, and a variety of women’s and immigrant groups dot the built landscape. While some of these lodge buildings are very well-known, others are but modest remnants of a “golden age of fraternalism” that began in the Victorian era and continued until the Great Depression.

    In this follow-up program to the introductory Fraternal Lodge program last fall, 
    Eric Wheeler will discuss, in more detail, the architecture of several Portland area lodge buildings and the architects behind the buildings. This presentation is filled with historic and current photos, where you’ll learn about the work of architects such as William C. Knighton, and the firms of Houghtaling & Dougan and Sutton & Whitney—all of whom are responsible for significant lodge buildings in Portland and surrounding communities. We’re sure you’ll come away from this talk with a broader understanding of how important fraternal lodge buildings were a century ago, and how they remain so in 2015, even as many have been adapted for other functions.

  • CFP: bfo-Journal Edition 2015

    Dates: 27 Feb – 01 Jun, 2015
    New online bfo-Journal Call for Publications for 2015 issue Copy – Paste. The Reuse of Material and Visual Culture in Architecture