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  • Call for Entries: Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World, 2nd Edition

    Dates: 21 May – 01 Oct, 2015
    Expressions of interest to contribute to the second revised edition of the Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World are now invited.

    The Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World will be a fully revised, updated and expanded edition of Paul Oliver’s classic 1997 publication. Featuring approximately 3,000 entries, the encyclopedia will contain over 30% entirely new material and will be available as a six volume printed work and as an interactive online encyclopedia. A major development in the field of vernacular architecture studies, this new edition, with its expanded, newly-comprehensive theoretical and geographical scope, will reflect the considerable growth in research in the field since the first edition. It will bring the encyclopedia, which has long been unavailable, back to prominence and to a new expanded readership, and will be the definitive and most up-to-date reference resource for the study of the world’s vernacular and traditional building cultures.

    The encyclopedia will be published by Bloomsbury Publishing in 2018. The Editor-in-Chief is Dr Marcel Vellinga at Oxford Brookes University. Details of the full editorial team can be found here.

  • Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day 2015

    Dates: 28 Jun, 2015

    Enjoy this special state-wide celebration of Connecticut’s stunning historic gardens. Member sites host special events and activities celebrating their gardens. Choose the gardens in your own backyard, or plan a daytrip to see those further afield.

    Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden

    Stroll through the circa 1915 formal garden and landscaped grounds of the Ferriday Garden. Guides will be on hand to share informative and often amusing excerpts from Caroline Ferriday’s garden notebooks that illustrate her interests and concerns about the plants she chose for the garden and their care. Check out the plants for sale and the art exhibit featured in the visitor center where  iced tea will be available as well. Grounds admission is free; regular admission applies for historic house tour.

    Florence Griswold Museum

    At the Florence Griswold Museum, outdoor activities are free from 12 to 4pm. Visitors are invited to enjoy light refreshments as they stroll through “Miss Florence’s” historic gardens and down to the Lieutenant River. Painting materials will be supplied so that visitors can try their hand at creating their own masterpieces. Museum admission applies to House and galleries.

    Harkness Memorial State Park

    Garden tours and talks about the history and Beatrix Farrand design of the Harkness gardens will be provided free of charge by Friends of Harkness volunteers and Park Staff. In addition to the garden tours, take a tour of the mansion from 10am to 2pm and enjoy spectacular views of Long Island Sound. Also on June 22, Historic Garden Day will be celebrated at 13 other historical sites throughout CT.

    Hill-Stead Museum

    Enjoy cookies and lemonade in the Sunken Garden at Hill-Stead Museum. Learn about the Walking Garden on the property: a talk will be given at 1:00 pm by Garden Manager Lea Anne Moran. Volunteers have been working on this one-acre garden for a few seasons, clearing the area, studying the century-old plantings that have sprung through the clearing, and planning the next steps. Come learn a little about the past and the present, while you enjoy a pleasant afternoon in the 1920s Sunken Garden, designed by Beatrix Farrand, America’s first female landscape architect. Bring your children: drawing and coloring materials will be provided.

    Promisek at Three Rivers Farm

    Enjoy a brief lecture on the Beatrix Farrand-designed garden and the history of the land.

    Roseland Cottage

    Enjoy a guided tour of the formal boxwood parterre garden at Roseland Cottage. Learn the history, significance, and theory behind the garden layout and design. Visitors are also invited to test their skill at croquet. Representatives of the US Croquet Association will be on hand to assist with the traditional game played by the Bowen family during their summer sojourns in Woodstock. Enjoy the gardens and play the game that nearly destroyed the presidency of Roseland guest Rutherford B. Hayes! Free guided garden tours on the hour. Free house tours to those dressed in white. 

    Haddam Historical Society and Thankful Arnold House Museum

    Visitors will learn how herbs, vegetables and plants were used by the Widow Thankful Arnold in the early 19thcentury.  The Wilhelmina Ann Arnold Barnhart Memorial Garden features over 50 varieties of herbs including those used in cooking, dyeing, fragrance and medicine.

    This year’s acitivity for both adults and children will be making a small magical grapevine wreath with dried flowers, herbs and ribbons. Light refreshments will also be served including our famous rhubarb tea.  Free admission and craft all afternoon. For further information visit www.haddamhistory.org or call 860-345-2400.

     

  • Historic New England's Quincy House: Old House, New Discoveries

    Quincy | Dates: 09 Jun, 2015
    Free

    Join Historic New England Senior Curator of Collections Nancy Carlisle for an illustrated lecture focusing on recent discoveries and changes at the historic Quincy House. Built as a country estate in 1770, Quincy House, a National Historic Landmark, was originally surrounded by hundreds of acres of fields and pastures overlooking Quincy Bay. 

    For generations, the Quincys, like their relatives the Adamses, played important roles in the social and political life of Massachusetts. In the nineteenth century, Eliza Susan Quincy collected extensive information about her family and home. She kept journals and persuaded relatives to return heirlooms so that the house would remain a repository of Quincy family history. The interiors of the house have recently undergone radical changes resulting from the study of Eliza Susan Quincy's materials, including the addition of wallpaper, floor coverings, textiles, and furniture. 

    Cosponsored with the Thomas Crane Public Library and the Quincy Park Department Environmental Treasures Program.
  • By the Light of Day: The impact of natural and electric light on human health

    New York | Dates: 03 Jun, 2015

    Join Building Energy Exchange for a wide-ranging discussion of the impact of daylight and electric lighting on human health.  Access to daylight as well as the amount and type of electric light we are exposed to significantly effect our circadian cycle, task productivity, behavior, and overall well-being. Our distinguished panel will review the most current research on the relationship between lighting, daylighting and human health, and discuss how this knowledge base is impacting the design of buildings. 

    The dynamism of daylight provides visual and thermal comfort, but is also central to the regulation of human circadian rhythms. Daylight enhances our mood and focus, improves immune system function, and can even suppress drowsiness. In the workplace, offices with more access to daylight typically report broader employee satisfaction, increased productivity, and reduced absenteeism. As our understanding of this relationship deepens, and as LED technology becomes commonplace, providers of artificial lighting have endeavored to provide systems with subtle color tuning that mimic the dynamic nature of natural lighting.  

    Our esteemed panel features a leading academic researcher in the field, Joan Roberts, a highly respected consultant, Chad Groshart, with extensive experience applying these concepts projects, and Nathan Stodola, responsible for incorporating these issues into the new WELL building standard, which certifies buildings that promote human health.

    MODERATOR
    Scott Baillie-Hinojosa, Lighting Designer, Tillotson Design Associates

    PANELISTS
    Chad Groshart, Associate Director, Lighting Design Practice, Atelier Ten
    Joan Roberts, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry, Dept. of Natural Science, Fordham University
    Nathan Stodola, Director, WELL Building Standard

    SCHEDULE
    8:30    Registration & Coffee
    9:00     Welcome
    9:05     Moderated Discussion
    10:10   Audience Discussion
    10:30   Close

    This program is available for 1.5 AIA CEUs. 

  • Passivhaus: Lessons from Europe

    New York | Dates: 02 Jun, 2015

    Join the Building Energy Exchange for this discussion of two major Passive House events in Europe; the International Passive House conference in Leipzig and a carefully planned fact finding mission to Brussels, where Passive House is now mandated by law.

    Passive House is having a breakout year in New York City.  The high-comfort, low-energy building standard was featured prominently in De Blasio’s climate action plan,One City: Built to Last, and interest is growing across the sector, in both public and private circles.  Several events stand out in the Passive House calendar this season.  In April, the International Passive House Conference convened in Leipzig, Germany, with our Managing Director, Yetsuh Frank, on hand to connect with the creators of the Passive House standard and learn about their new standard for building retrofits,EnerPHit.  In a similar vein, a mid-May fact finding mission to Brussels has been organized to connect NYC professionals and policy makers with the stakeholders in Brussels responsible for mandating Passive House certification for all buildings.  And here in NYC, New York Passive House is holding their highly anticipated 2015 conference in June 11th.  

    Our June 2nd event will include reflections on the trips to Leipzig and Brussels from folks that took part in them, as well as a short primer on the upcoming NYPH 2015conference on June 11th.

    You can read Yetsuh Frank’s reflections on the Passive House Conference in Leipzig on our blog, Insight, here

    SPEAKERS
    LEIPZIG, GERMANY
    Yetsuh Frank, Building Energy Exchange
    Stas Zakrzewski, Zakrzewski + Hyde Architects

    BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
    Lois Arena, Steven Winter Associates
    Richard Yancey, Building Energy Exchange

    NEW YORK CITY, USA
    Ken Levenson, 475 Building Supply

    SCHEDULE
    8:30   Registration & Coffee
    9:00   Welcome
    9:05   Moderated Discussion
    10:10  Audience Discussion
    10:30  Close

    This program is available for 1.5 AIA CEUs. 

  • In the Future There Will be No Waste...

    New York | Dates: 30 May, 2015

    AIA CES: 1.5 LU | HSW
    5:30 PM - 7:30 PM SATURDAY, MAY 30

    The IDEAS CITY Festival theme for 2015, 
    Invisible Cities, borrows from Italo Calvino’s classic novel that explores the constructs that invisibly rig cities together. Two panels continue this theme by asking, "What cultural practices define the future smart city and where can we chart the boundaries between design methodology and ethical practice?" The first panel explores how can material cycles and waste management be further integrated into design practice. The second panel asks, "How invisible ecologies can be represented and made visible and urgent?" 

    Panel 1: "In the Future There Will be No Waste...," 5:30 p.m.

    Dirk Hebel, Assistant Professor, ETH Zurich
    Phillippe Block, Associate Professor, ETH Zurich
    David Benjamin, Assistant Professor, Columbia GSAPP
    Moderator: Mark Wasiuta, Adjunct Assistant professor, Columbia GSAPP

    Panel 2: Invisible Ecologies, 6:30 p.m.

    Melanie Gilligan, Artist
    Tom Ackers, Artist
    Bradley Samuels, Partner, SITU Studio
    Leah Beeferman, Artist
    Moderator: Leah Kelly, Research Associate, Rockefeller University

    This program is part of the New Museum's Ideas City Festival. Additional programming can be found here.

    Organized by: Center for Architecture with ETH Zurich

    Price: Free

    Please RSVP here.

  • 2015 Monterey Design Conference

    Pacific Grove | Dates: 16 – 18 Oct, 2015
    MDC 2015 is headlined by an impressive panel of internationally recognized architects whose insights will spark your creative energy and rekindle your passion for design. Frank Barkow and Regine Leibinger of Barkow Leibinger, Junya Ishigami of Junya Ishigami + Associates, and Carme Pinós of Estudio Carme Pinós are set to join you in Monterey alongside acclaimed U.S. architects such as Clive Wilkinson, FAIA of Clive Wilkinson architects. Sprinkled among the headliners are imaginative presentations from some of California’s finest emerging talent and an array of continuing education options which will round out the weekend. This conference will inspire participants and remind you of why you got into architecture in the first place.
  • SARDINIA 2015 / 15th International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium

    Cagliari | Dates: 05 – 09 Oct, 2015
    Following the great success of the fourteenth edition held in 2013, which saw the participation of more than 700 delegates from a wide variety of countries worldwide, Sardinia 2015 promises to be the largest event of the year in the field of Waste Management and Landfilling.

    The Sardinia Symposia were established in 1987 and rapidly became the Reference Forum in the field of Waste Management for the international community, where state of the art concepts, strategies and technologies are presented and experiences shared by leading scientists, administrators and practitioners. The Symposia favoured the development of innovation in the field: all new ideas and approaches applied worldwide in the last two decades were thoroughly debated and reviewed during the numerous workshop sessions in the Symposia, some of them purposely organized in cooperation with IWWG Task Groups. 

    The 2015 edition of the conference will be held in the traditional venue of the Forte Village Resort at S. Margherita di Pula (Cagliari, Italy) and is expected to register the participation of up to 1000 delegates from dozens of different countries worldwide. In line with tradition, the 15th edition of the conference will focus on advances in the field of Waste Management science and technologies, presenting case studies and discussing key controversial subjects, sharing experiences from different countries, and assesing social and economical balances.

    The Symposium will include general oral presentations, specialized sessions and specialist workshops for a total of eight parallel tracks, poster sessions and a number of parallel events. One session will be held entirely in Italian. 
    Furthermore a number of industry sessions will be included in the main conference programme.

    IWWG Training Courses will be arranged under the supervision of leading international experts prior to opening of the Symposium. 

    During the Symposium a commercial exhibition will be held in the Foyer adjacent to the conference where companies may advertise new concepts and technologies. Organizations, associations and companies are traditionally welcome to have their internal meetings during the event, with the support of the Symposium Secretariat. A wide range of networking opportunities will be available for companies and organisations wishing to take part in this edition of the conference. 
  • International Workshop on Waste Architecture

    Cagliari | Dates: 06 – 07 Oct, 2015

    The Workshop on Waste Architecture represents the first of a series of thematic seminars on environmental design and interventions focussing on waste collection, disposal and management. Waste Architecture is a new and relatively unexplored conceptual and design topic which promises to give rise to a lively debate between environmental professionals, and architecture and urban design experts. This first appointment, which will be held at Forte Village Resort on 6-7 October 2015, will focus mainly on the architectural, functional and landscape rehabilitation of old landfills.
    The Workshop is a parallel event of SARDINIA 2015 / 15th International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium, to be held at Forte Village Resort from 5-9 October 2015 with an expected attendance of 800 participants from dozens of different countries worldwide.

    The event is coordinated by ARCOPLAN / Studio associato di ingegneria e architettura with the scientific support of the Department of Industrial Engineering / University of Padova.

    This initiative is the result of the activity of ‘Waste Architecture Platform‘, a complex project conceived as a container of initiatives devoted to environmental architecture in connection with interventions concerning the collection, disposal and management of waste.

  • 8th International Urban Design Conference

    Brisbane | Dates: 16 – 18 Nov, 2015

    The 8th International Urban Design Conference will be held at the Sofitel Brisbane from Monday 16 November to Wednesday 18 November 2015. Wednesday 18 being optional walking tours.

    This years’ theme titled Empowering Change: Transformative Innovations and Projects will focus on inspirational changes in urban environments. 

    Across the globe cities are forming and re-forming rapidly.  Progressive projects in cities around the world are addressing pressing issues of Climate Change, economic stability, social equality and sustainable resource use.  This conference will showcase these innovations and projects which embrace and create transformational change in urban environments, ranging from the modest but high impact idea to the new Eco-city, from technological experimentation to multicultural cities, from the use of big data to physical city making.

    The Conference program will also include presentations on the operation of an urban design practice, industry standards and the Urban Design Profession.

    This years’ Conference streams to include:

    • Building inclusive multicultural cities
    • Eco cities
    • Health & urban design
    • Higher density urbanism
    • Spatial / temporal changes in Chinese cities 
    • Rapid urban development in South East Asia, China & India 
    • Balancing the quick and slow formation of cities
    • Using technology to change how cities work
    • How will big data change the future of cities?
    • Urban Design Practice

    Confirmed Keynotes

    • The Hon. Ms Jacklyn (Jackie) Trad MP- Deputy Premier, Minister for Transport, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade
    • Adj. Prof Penelope Coombes - The People for Places and Spaces, NSW
    • Mr Paul Scott - Make Architects, London, UK 
    • Mr Michael Dixon - General Manager, IBM's Global Smarter Cities Business

  • Call for submissions--NCSA 2016 Emerging Scholar Prize

    Dates: 01 – 01 Jul, 2015
    The Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA) is pleased to announce the 2016 Emerging Scholars Award. The work of emerging scholars represents the promise and long-term future of interdisciplinary scholarship in 19th-century studies. In recognition of the excellent publications of this constituency of emerging scholars, this award will be given to an outstanding article or essay published within five years of the author's doctorate. Entries can be from any discipline focusing on any aspect of the long 19th century (the French Revolution to World War I); they must be published in English or be accompanied by an English translation, and must be by a single author. Submission of essays that are interdisciplinary is especially encouraged. Entrants must be within five years of having received a doctorate or other terminal professional degree, and must have less than seven years of experience either in an academic career, or as a post-terminal-degree independent scholar or practicing professional. Only articles physically published between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014 (even if the citation date of the journal is different) are eligible for the 2016 Emerging Scholar Award. Articles published in any scholarly journal, including on-line journals, or in edited volumes of essays are eligible and may be submitted either by the author or the publisher of a journal, anthology, or volume containing independent essays. In any given year, an applicant may submit more than one article for this award. The winning article will be selected by a committee of nineteenth-century scholars representing diverse disciplines. Articles submitted to the NCSA Article Prize competition are ineligible for the Emerging Scholars Award. The winner will receive $500 to be presented at the annual NCSA Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska, April 13-16, 2016. Prize recipients need not be members of the NCSA but are encouraged to attend the conference to receive the award. Deadline for submission is July 1, 2015. Send electronic PDF submissions to: Professor Jill Marie Murphy, Chair of the Emerging Scholars Award murphyj@union.edu Please note that applicants must verify date of actual publication for eligibility and provide an email address so that receipt of their submissions may be acknowledged. [Apologies--the names of the Emerging Scholar Prize and Article Prize were reversed in an earlier version.]
  • Call for submissions: NCSA 2016 Article Prize

    Dates: 01 – 01 Jul, 2015
    The Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA) is pleased to announce the 2016 Article Prize, which recognizes excellence in scholarly studies from any discipline focusing on any aspect of the long 19th century (French Revolution to World War I). The winner will receive a cash award of $500 to be presented at the Thirty-seventh Annual NCSA Conference, Lincoln, Nebraska, April 13-16, 2016. Articles published between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014 are eligible for consideration for the 2016 prize and may be submitted by the author or the publisher of a journal, anthology, or volume containing independent essays. The submission of essays that take an interdisciplinary approach is especially encouraged. The winning article will be selected by a committee of nineteenth-century scholars representing diverse disciplines. Applicants are encouraged to attend the conference at which the prize will be awarded. Send one PDF file electronically of published articles/essays, including the publication’s name/volume/date etc. to the chair of the committee at the following email address: Grenierk@citadel.edu. Queries and submissions should be addressed to Professor Katherine Haldane Grenier. Applicants must verify date of actual publication for eligibility, and one entry per scholar or publisher is allowed annually. Essays written in part or entirely in a language other than English must be accompanied by English translations. Deadline for submission is July 1, 2015.
  • CFP: The New and the Novel in the 19th Century (NCSA 2016)

    Omaha | Dates: 21 May – 30 Sep, 2015
    The New and the Novel in the 19th Century/New Directions in 19th-Century Studies April 13-16, 2016, Lincoln, Nebraska

    Call for Papers - Deadline September 30, 2015

    We invite papers and panels that investigate any aspect of the new and the novel in the long 19th century, including forms and genres (song cycles, photography, “loose baggy monsters”), fashions and roles (the dandy, crinoline, Berlin wool work), aesthetics (Pater, panoramas), the old made new (Graecophilia, dinosaurs), crimes and vices (serial murder, racial science), faiths (Mormons, Positivists), geographies (frontiers, the source of the Nile), models of heroism (Custer, Byron, F. Nightingale), times (railroad tables, the eight-hour-day), psychologies (phrenology, chirology, Freud), attractions (the Great Exhibition, sensation fiction, Yellowstone), and anxieties (Chartism, empire). Recent methods in 19th-century studies (digital humanist approaches and editing, “surface,” “suspicious,” and “deep” reading) are invited, as are theorizations of novelty itself or epistemologies of the new, and alternate, interdisciplinary, and trans-Atlantic interpretations of the theme.

    Please email 250-word abstracts for 20-minute papers along with one-page CVs to the program chairs by September 30, 2015, to ncsanebraska2016@gmail.com. Abstracts should include author’s name, institutional affiliation if any, and paper title. We welcome panel proposals with three panelists and a moderator, or alternative formats with pre-circulated papers and discussion. Please note that submission of a proposal constitutes a commitment to attend the conference if the proposal is accepted. All proposals will be acknowledged, and presenters will be notified in December 2015. Graduate students whose proposals are accepted may submit complete papers in competition for a travel grant to help cover transportation and lodging. Scholars who live outside the North American continent, whose proposals have been accepted, may submit a full paper to be considered for the International Scholar Travel Grant.
  • D.C. Builds: Restoring our Rivers

    Washington | Dates: 18 Jun, 2015

    The Potomac and Anacostia rivers have suffered years of raw sewage contamination due to combined sewer overflows. In order to address the issue, the city has begun constructing the first of two massive underground tunnels that will contain and transfer the contaminated runoff to the Blue Plains water treatment plant. Panelists discuss the planning and engineering challenges of the tunnel projects, which is the largest tunneling effort in the District since the Metrorail system was built, as well as city-wide efforts to install green infrastructure projects, such as rain gardens and green roofs. Panelists include: Carlton Ray, director, Clean Rivers Project, DC Water, and Tommy Wells, director, District Department of the Environment.

    1.5 LU HSW (AIA) / 1.5 CM (AICP) / PDH (LA CES)
    $12 Museum | $12 Student | $20 Non-member.

  • CFP: Int|AR Journal of Adaptive Reuse, Rhode Island School of Design

    Dates: 18 May – 15 Jul, 2015
    In Volume 07 of IntAR we seek essays, built or unbuilt projects, and ideas that investigate the relationship of art and building reuse. We seek proposals of no more than 250 words interpreting and investigating art and its intersection with the existing built environment. How does the scale of an artwork uniquely relate to existing buildings and structures? How can art transform the economics of a built context? How an when is art influenced by the existing built environment? When and how is material from an existing building/ structure the catalyst for art? When does art create function and program within adaptive reuse projects? In adaptive reuse, when and where does art become building and building become art?

    Submission requirements
    Send a Word document of 250 words and images/ captions by deadline: July 15th 2015 Notification of abstract acceptances: August 17th 2015 Full paper 1000-3000 words: October 12th 2015 Articles will only be accepted with ages of minimum 3000dpi at 8.5" x 11" Email to intarjournal@risd.edu Selection based upon the submission’s relationship to a specific question of inquiry and how it relates to Building Reuse Contact Editors Markus Berger, Associate Professor, Co-Editor in Chief Liliane Wong, Professor, Co-Editor in Chief Patricia Phillips, Dean, Graduate Studies, Special Editor Department of Interior Architecture, Rhode Island School of Design http://intar.risd.edu See online CFP here: http://intar-journal.risd.edu/2015/05/04/call-for-papers_volume-07/
  • ARLIS/NA+VRA 2016 Joint Conference Call for Proposals

    Seattle | Dates: 19 May – 26 Jun, 2015
    Call for Proposals for ARLIS/NA-VRA 2016 Joint Conference in Seattle, WA, March 8-12. Click the link to read the full CFP.
  • Preserve Iowa Summit 2015: The Power of Preservation

    Winterset | Dates: 25 – 27 Jun, 2015

    The third annual Preserve Iowa Summit is the premier statewide annual conference for professionals and volunteers involved in historic preservation in Iowa. Attendees will learn how to discover, preserve, and enhance our communities’ unique history and sense of place.

    The 2015 Summit will feature more than 25 educational sessions held on or near the historic Winterset Courthouse Square. Ed McMahon of the Urban Land Institute in Washington, DC, Bonnie McDonald, President of Illinois Landmarks and Underground Railroad authority Dr. Matthew Pinsker will deliver keynote addresses throughout the summit. 

    Preservation Iowa will present their “Preservation at its Best” awards and preservationists from across the state will share “Three-Minute Success Stories” in an energetic session sure to inspire! 
    The conference will also include an exhibit hall and opportunities to network with other preservationists at several special events. You won’t want to miss the Mayor’s Reception “Meet Me at Cedar Bridge” which will take place at one of Madison County’s iconic covered bridges.

    Tours of historic preservation successes, downtown Winterset, and significant outlying areas will also be offered. An all-day Underground Railroad workshop with educational sessions, and a tour of related historic sites in southwest Iowa is also planned.

    Who should attend?
    • Historic property owners
    • Members of historic preservation commissions
    • Main Street staff and board members
    • Preservation professionals, consultants and enthusiasts
    • Developers
    • Planning professionals
    • Local government officials
    • Community leaders and civic organizations
    • Architects 
    • Citizens interested in their community’s quality of life

    The Summit is a coordinated effort of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs’ State Historic Preservation Office and the Madison County Historic Preservation Commission; in partnership with Preservation Iowa, Madison County, the City of Winterset, Madison County Development Group, Madison County Chamber of Commerce and the community of Winterset. It is funded in part with Federal funds from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.

    Sponsor: State Historic Preservation Office and the Madison County Historic Preservation Commission

    Contact: Paula Mohr paula.mohr@iowa.gov

  • The Past Retooled; The Present Rebooted

    Los Angeles | Dates: 30 Apr – 12 Jun, 2015

    The exhibit surveys 50 years of Carlton Davis’s art.  The 28 works in the show trace his interests in drawing, his experiments manipulating light and shadow through painted wire to create two-sided images, his homage to the long tradition of artists who worked in a variety of media and his use of print media and other ephemera.

    In a recent interview, Davis said, “My art is the residue from the collision of concepts changed by knowledge, means, material, and action.  I love to explore visual thinking – to draw, to study the past masters, to play with ideas and different media — and to write and see what surprising results develop.  Old work is altered by new ideas.  New work is informed by old concepts.”

    The earliest piece, a pastel drawing of the 6th Street Bridge in Downtown Los Angeles, shows Davis’s admiration for forms he found in the city, where he lived and worked during the 1980s and 1990s and developed his work approach.

    The latest piece, “The Very Last Lunch,” is a reboot of the first art work by the artist 50 years ago when, while a student at Yale, he and another student, spoofing contemporary art, invented organic art – nailing a raw fish to a piece of plywood — which they submit to a college art show, only to be rejected. They then created the Salon de Refuse outside the exhibit hall, and discovered that their display of garbage was more popular than the accepted show.  The rebels’ exhibit was reported in the newspaper. An art historian said the students might be onto something avant garde; and for Davis, this began a life journey making art.

    Other pieces in the show include two columns of painted window screens that depict palm trees in Davis’s characteristic style of paint daubs on both sides of screening and a composition in homage to Alfred Bierstadt, great 19th Century painter of the West, comprising five drawings mounted on burnt-wood boxes, updating the contemporary landscape.  The show includes three hangings that are re-worked traditional Chinese scrolls altered with over-drawing and the addition of contemporary images and poetry.

    Davis, author of “The Art Dockuments – Tales of the Drive-by Art Gallery” which traces the history of his alternative gallery located in the loading in the loading dock of his studio, is also an architect with projects throughout the western US.

  • TEN TOPS

    New York | Dates: 25 Feb – 13 Sep, 2015

    Distinctive tops that add extra height to high-rises have been characteristic of New York skyscrapers from the first tall office buildings in the 1870s. The word skyscraper, after all, evokes both aerial height and a slender silhouette. The romance of Manhattan's towers has been the inspiration and touchstone for a worldwide surge of signature tops. Stretched spires are also a strategy in the competition for the title of world's tallest building.

    Top Ten lists hold a perennial fascination, and debating definitions of height has spawned three official line- ups based on different metrics: 1) the architectural top; 2) the highest occupied floor; and 3) the tip (including added antennas, flagpoles, etc.). But measuring only vertical height succumbs to one-dimensional thinking that ignores important features of skyscraper design and history.

    TEN TOPS eschews rankings and focuses on one simple group of the world's tallest buildings: 100 stories and higher. The category begins with the 1931 Empire State Building and now includes nearly two dozen towers worldwide that are completed or under construction. Highlighting ten towers in their categorical context, TEN TOPS peers into their uppermost floors and analyzes the architectural features they share, including observation decks, luxury hotels and restaurants, distinctive crowns and night illumination, as well as the engineering and construction challenges of erecting such complex and astonishing structures.

  • Wright on the Park: Saving the City National Bank and Hotel

    Minneapolis | Dates: 13 Jun, 2015

    This year the MNSAH Spring Tour is a two-part event, right here in the Twin Cities. To start, we will tell the story of the efforts to save and restore Frank Lloyd Wright’s National City Bank and Hotel in Mason City, Iowa. MNSAH members Jane King Hession and Bill Olexy produced a documentary that describes the story of one of Wright’s most distinctive commissions, the efforts by the community to save it, and the 21st century restoration of the last remaining hotel by America’s foremost architect. Jane and Bill will discuss the creation of the documentary and we will then view the video.

    The presentation will be followed by a tour of Redeemer Missionary Baptist Church, originally known as Stewart Memorial Presbyterian. The church was designed by William Gray Purcell and George Feick. Completed just before Wright’s National City Bank and Hotel, the church provides an ideal Prairie style setting for MNSAH’s event.

    Where: Redeemer Missionary Baptist Church, 116 East 32nd Street, Minneapolis, MN.

    Park on the street or in the lot on the north side of the church, which may be accessed from the alley along the west side of the church off 32nd Street.