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  • TEN TOPS

    New York | Dates: 14 Mar – 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.
  • Princes of the Church and their Palaces

    Bishop Auckland | Dates: 30 Jun – 04 Jul, 2015
    An international conference and series of public lectures exploring bishops' and popes' palaces across Britain and Europe.
  • 2015 South Carolina Historic Preservation Conference

    Columbia | Dates: 23 Apr, 2015

    The 2015 Statewide Historic Preservation Conference will be held in Columbia at the Archives & History Center on Thursday, April 23, 2015! Join us for an informative and fast-paced conference with a wide range of topics about South Carolina history, historic structures, archaeology, and
    preservation how-tos.

    Registration and Conference Program (PDF)

    Early Registration Discount Ends April 9

  • Paul Rudolph Open House in NYC

    New York | Dates: 03 Apr – 04 Dec, 2015
    A series of open houses at the only publicly viewable and fully intact Paul Rudolph residential interior in NYC
  • Exhibition Opening: Scaling Washington: Photographs by Colin Winterbottom

    Washington | Dates: 21 Mar, 2015

    Scaling Washington, photographer Colin Winterbottom's debut museum exhibition, features stunning large-scale images of the post-earthquake restoration of the Washington Monument and Washington National Cathedral. Winterbottom's images highlight the technical insights shared by the engineers and architects central to the restorations, giving visitors new perspectives on these symbolic icons.

    Over twenty years ago, Winterbottom began taking dramatic, highly textured photographs of Washington, D.C.'s many architectural masterpieces. Always determined to create imagery unlike any he'd seen before, he quickly recognized the power of scaffolding to provide up-close—and high altitude—access to these historic structures. 

    As sole photographer for restoration efforts at the Washington Monument and National Cathedral following the August 2011 earthquake that shook the nation's capital, Winterbottom blends documentation with artistic expressions, crafting photographs that share his unusual access to remarkable, fleeting vantage points.

    Composed in close proximity to generally inaccessible parts of these two landmarks, many of the photographs provide sensitive appreciation of their beauty and fragility. Surprisingly, they also transform scaffolding from an industrial workhorse to rhythmically compelling geometry that complements the historic structures they seem to engulf. 

    In Winterbottom's own words: "I took very seriously my obligations to bring the viewer with me to those narrow, scaffolded platforms and show them what that was like. The series is a mix of fine art, documentary and technical photographs; I hope that chorus helps viewers experience these events on several levels."

  • A Walk Through Time: Annual Tour of Prairie Avenue Mansions

    Chicago | Dates: 14 Jun, 2015

    Sunday June 14, 2015 from 1:00 to 4:00pm
    $50 per person / $45 for museum members
    Reservations recommended to 312-326-1480

    This very special tour, the annual benefit for Glessner House Museum, presents attendees with the rare opportunity to visit the interiors of several landmarked homes along Prairie Avenue.  Visitors will be treated to a breath-taking array of beautifully carved wood moldings, leaded glass windows, and fireplaces in elaborate tile, mosaic, and marble.

    Abbreviated tours of the Glessner and Clarke House Museums are also included on the tour as well as historic Second Presbyterian Church, with its important Arts & Crafts interior and collection of windows, including nine by Tiffany and two by Morris & Co.
    Following the tour, attendees are invited to return to the coach house of Glessner House Museum for a reception and silent auction, featuring theatre tickets, Chicago memorabilia, collectibles, architectural fragments, and other items of interest.

  • Dwell on Design LA

    Los Angeles | Dates: 29 – 31 May, 2015

    Dwell on Design Los Angeles, curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center May 29-31, 2015. With three full days of dynamic exhibitions, unparalleled educational opportunities, cutting-edge technologies, 90 onstage programs, 250+ speakers, and more than 2,000 innovative modern furnishings and products, Dwell on Design Los Angeles is America’s largest design event.

    See thousands of the best modern products

    - Hear from hundreds of design industry experts

    - Walk through prefab homes and living landscapes

    - Connect with your favorite of brands

    - Engage with architects and designers in a free consultation

    - Explore stunning residences with Dwell Home Tours

    - Learn with a variety of Continuing Education Sessions

    And more!

  • 2015 Best of the South Award

    Dates: 05 Mar – 01 Jul, 2015
    CALL FOR NOMINATIONS 2015 Best of the South Award Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) The Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians seeks nominations for the Best of the South: Preserving Southern Architecture Award. This annual award honors a project that preserves or restores an historic building, or complex of buildings, in an outstanding manner and that demonstrates excellence in research, technique, and documentation. Projects in the twelve-state (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia) region of SESAH that were completed in 2013 or 2014 are eligible. Nominations should consist of no more than two typed pages of description and be accompanied by hard copy illustrations and any other supporting material. A cover letter should identify the owner of the project, the use of the building(s), and the names of all the major participants of the project. Send three (3) copies to Paige Wagoner Claassen 2608 Chesterfield Avenue Charlotte, NC 28205 Questions: paigewagoner@gmail.com Deadline: July 1, 2015 For more information about the award and SESAH, visit http://www.sesah.org
  • Elena Manferdini: Building the Picture

    Chicago | Dates: 07 Mar – 12 Jul, 2015

    Italian-born, Los Angeles-based architect Elena Manferdini has become adept at creating vibrant architectural installations that employ complex patterns, luscious colors, and rich textures to introduce new spatial and visual narratives to challenge the clean lines and abstract forms of architectural modernism. For this new work for the Art Institute, Manferdini drew inspiration from the iconic orthogonal geometries of the design of Mies van der Rohe, including his 860–880 Lake Shore Drive apartments in Chicago. By digitally manipulating images of this internationally recognized building, whose structure is an ode to Chicago’s strict urban grid, Manferdini has created an immersive environment that builds off this design. Although the image is rendered in two dimensions, the play of light, color, depth, and perspective invites the user to experience the work up close as well as from a distance.  

    This exhibition is part of a series in which the Department of Architecture and Design enlists contemporary architects and designers to organize installations that investigate critical issues within their practices. Using history as a starting point, Manferdini developed new visual and spatial narratives that challenge perceptions of architectural environments through the use of decoration and ornamentation. She began with Mies’s simple gridded facade treatments. After tracing an image of his facades to create digital drawings of the grid, she developed multiple versions of unique patterns by multiplying the grid, weaving the lines, and infusing a range of colors and line weights. This installation at the Art Institute is comprised of a series of small-scale, intimate studies printed on both vinyl and metal; a large-scale landscape—composed of these smaller studies—that covers half of the gallery; a video that animates these studies; and in the center of the gallery, three-dimensional forms that show how these patterns can take shape from their two-dimensional origin. In each of these manifestations, Manferdini’s manipulation of the grid blurs lines between fashion and pattern in an architectural context and introduces a new contemporary landscape that has strong ties to the past.

    Elena Manferdini: Building the Picture is part one of a two-part series of special commissions generously supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

  • Youth Architecture Workshop Level 1

    Oak Park | Dates: 22 – 25 Jun, 2015

    Youth Architecture Workshops give students entering 7th through 12th grade an opportunity to practice design, drawing, and model-building in the inspiring drafting room of Frank Lloyd Wright's Oak Park studio. In each of three innovative workshops, students create their own designs for a "client," build a 3-dimensional model, and participate in an architectural critique.

    Level I
    In Level I, students explore the influence of geometry on Wright’s architecture, learn to use drafting tools, interpret architectural plans and draw to scale, study Wright’s Usonian style, and create their own design for a “client.” They tour Wright’s Home and Studio with a special emphasis on his innovative use of space.  Parents and friends are welcome to attend the culminating architectural critique where participants present their projects. A professional architect provides instruction and guidance.

    Maximum capacity for each session is 12 students.

    To reserve a seat, call 708.725.3828 or email educate@flwright.org.

  • Wright Plus 2015 Architectural Housewalk

    Oak Park and Riverside | Dates: 16 May, 2015

    Join us for the 41st annual Wright Plus, an internationally renowned architectural housewalk featuring rare interior tours of private homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and his contemporaries, plus entry to landmark Wright buildings. Celebrate architecture, design, Frank Lloyd Wright’s innovative vision and the talents of his fellow architects in historic Oak Park and Riverside, Illinois. Experience extraordinary living spaces and share an enjoyable day with visitors from around the world.

    Want even more Wright? The Wright Plus Friday and Sunday Excursions are daylong trips to Wright-designed sites beyond Chicago. Luxury coach will transport guests to the B. Harley Bradley House in Kankakee, Illinois and the S.C. Johnson Administration Building and Research Tower in Racine, Wisconsin. Both tours are offered Friday, May 15 and Sunday, May 17.

    The Ultimate Plus Package offers an extended weekend of one-of-a-kind architectural experiences and includes accommodation.

  • 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.
  • 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: www.docomomo-us-symposium.com

    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 info@docomomo-us.org.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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 senA@uwm.edu or go to http://www.TheFieldSchool.weebly.com.​​
  • 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
  • Architecture on Stage Bus Tour

    Chicago | Dates: 09 May, 2015

    Saturday, May 9th at 9:00 a.m.

    Join art historian and author Rolf Achilles on a bus tour of theatrical sites throughout the city. Find out more about Chicago’s cultural heritage, including lavish art and architecture designed to enrich onstage experiences. Stops include a backstage tour of the Civic Opera House, home to the world-renowned Lyric Opera.

    Logistics: Tour runs 3.5 to 4 hours and makes three to four stops along the way.
    Meeting Location: Chicago History Museum
    Cost: $55, $45 members

  • Creating Beauport's Historic Landscape

    Gloucester | Dates: 21 May, 2015
    Thursday, May 21, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
    Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, 75 Eastern Point Boulevard, Gloucester, Mass. 

    $15 Garden and Landscape and Ogden Codman Design Group members, $20 Historic New England members, $35 nonmembers 


    The gardens at Beauport are extensions of Henry Sleeper's decorative interior rooms. Join Ben Haavik, team leader for property care at Historic New England, for a tour of Beauport's historic landscape. Learn how the landscape evolved over time, the philosophy behind the 2011 landscape restoration, and how the exterior of the house and the landscape play together. Dave Wagner of Jeffreys Creek Land Contractors is available to answer questions about plants. Light refreshments are provided, followed by an optional tour of the house. Sunhats are recommended. Rain or shine. 

    Registration is required. Please call 978-283-0800 for more information. Purchase tickets now.
  • Introduction to New England Architecture

    Waltham | Dates: 26 Apr, 2015

    Sunday, April 26, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Lyman Estate, 185 Lyman Street, Waltham, Mass.
    $45 Historic New England members, $60 nonmembers

    Want to know how to tell a real Colonial-era house from a Colonial Revival? Learn about New England architecture from Historic New England's experts with this in-depth workshop on architectural style and structure from the 170ss to the beginning of the twentieth century. Preservation staff lecture on regional architectural tradisions and styles, influential New England architects, and changing building technologies. Historic New England properties and other iconic regional buildings are highlighted.


    The program concludes with a tour of the Lyman Estate mansion and nearby Stonehurst, the Robert Treat Paine Estate, a nineteenth-century masterpiece designed by H.H. Richardson and located on land that was once owned by the Lyman family.

     

    Box lunch is included. Registration is required. Please call 617-994-5912 for more information. Purchase tickets now