Recent Opportunities

  • Oakland Walking Tour: Mellon Institute, Central Catholic, and More

    Pittsburgh | Dates: 25 Jul, 2015

    Based on the request of several PHLF members, we are leading a walking tour of the Oakland Civic Center that will include tours of Mellon Institute, Central Catholic, and several other notable landmarks. Conceived as part of the City Beautiful movement and a center for education and culture for more than a century, the Oakland Civic Center is a place of big gifts and big dreams. Mary Schenley, Andrew Carnegie, Henry Phipps, and the Mellon and Heinz families were among the donors who helped make the dreams of City Public Works Director Edward Manning Bigelow, University of Pittsburgh Chancellor John Bowman, and Developer Franklin Nicola come to life.

    2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Meeting Location: Steps of Mellon Institute, 4400 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
    Advance paid reservations required.
    This tour is limited to 30 people.
    $10 PHLF members
    $35 Non-members includes one-year complimentary membership in PHLF.

    For reservations or further information contact:; 412-471-5808, ext. 527

  • World Architecture Festival 2015

    Singapore | Dates: 04 – 06 Nov, 2015

    The gateway to global recognition, WAF is where the world architecture community meets to celebrate, learn, exchange and be inspired.

    World Architecture Festival is the world’s largest international architectural event. It includes the biggest architectural awards programme in the world, dedicated to celebrating excellence via live presentations to delegates and international juries.

    WAF 2015 will take place in Suntec in central Singapore. Following a $180 million modernisation programme, the redesigned space will host WAF’s soundproofed crit rooms, auditorium and Festival Hall Stage. WAF’s layercake of content includes three thematic conference streams, a gallery of WAF Award entries and an exhibition of products and services. And of course there’s a social programme with parties, PechaKucha, visits and Gala Awards Dinner.

    Entries for WAF 2015 are now open.

    What’s waiting for you at WAF?

    Hundreds of live Award Crits

    Every shortlisted architect will present their designs to a WAF international judging panel, and you can see as many as you can fit into three days! Hear the inside story on hundreds of projects, from schools to cinemas, museums to mosques. Plus find out what the WAF judges think about finalist schemes, including yours.

    Seminar and Keynote Programme

    Be inspired by some of the world’s most influential architects and commentators. The Festival’s industry-shaping lectures, discussions and debates give fresh insights into key issues affecting today’s built environment. Sign up for updates and keep updated on the latest WAF speakers and programme developments.

    Festival Gallery

    Experience the breadth of international architectural excellence in the WAF Festival Gallery. Enter the WAF awards and your work is guaranteed to be available on WAF’s free to view website (21,000 visits per month).

    Architect-led city tours

    Experience Singapore through the eyes of local architects in exclusive architect-led city tour and site visits. Get away from the guidebook routes and see the hidden gems that make the city what it is. Make new connections with a truly unique experience only at WAF.

    Gala Dinner

    The Festival culminates with a our celebratory Gala Dinner revealing the best of show winners.

    Media Partners

    WAF’s global partners, including The Architectural Review and Dezeen, will all be at the festival. Meet leading critics and taste-makers on the international scene. See and be seen by the people that could inspire new opportunities for you.

    Festival Hall

    The Festival Hall is the hub location of WAF where you can network and engage face-to-face with leading suppliers and manufacturers from around the world. Exclusive installations and product showcases enable you to experience the latest in product design. Festival Hall Stage talks are where you can receive updates on working globally, cutting-edge technology and innovative materials.

    Live Student Charrettes in the WAF Student Competition

    Witness the next generation of design talent flex their creative muscles in WAF’s live student charrette. See how the architects of tomorrow are tackling the challenges of today.

    The WAF Bars

    Especially commissioned for WAF, the Festival’s two bars are a meeting point and aesthetic highlight .


    WAF has a host of parties, receptions and dinners in some of Singapore’s hottest design destinations so you can celebrate and socialise in style! Network with the WAF community - architects, clients, judges, sponsors and the world’s design media.

    Networking on a global scale

    WAF is the annual meeting point for international architects, clients and suppliers. Be inspired by architecture’s leading lights and the community as a whole. By seeing architecture from around the globe, and hearing from the architects themselves, you will find new inspiration to tackle today’s design challenges. Meet, share, collaborate and stay in touch using our online portals on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

  • Urban Growth Boundary

    Portland | Dates: 04 Jun – 18 Jul, 2015

    Urban Growth Boundary, exhibiting at Upfor in Portland, OR, features work by artists Gregory Euclide, Alex Lukas and Laura Vandenburgh. These three artists adapt unorthodox mediums in divergent ways, building on tensions between pastoral and urban traditions and exploring how humans situate themselves within natural and built environments.

    Gregory Euclide incorporates organic elements (moss, seeds) alongside materials ranging from polymers to found packing materials, to produce his diorama-like relief works. Euclide holds an MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He was awarded three Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants through the National Endowment for the Arts, a Jerome Foundation Residency through the Blacklock Nature Sanctuary and a 2011-12 Jerome Foundation Fellowships for Emerging Artists.

    Alex Lukas creates elaborate drawings of fictional, decaying cities using materials that include screen print, acrylic, gouache, ink and spray paint. He has exhibited throughout the United States and internationally in Canada, Denmark, Sweden and the Philippines. Lukas lives in Chicago, IL, where he creates his drawings, sculptural installations, and books, produced through Cantab Publishing.

    Laura Vandenburgh makes paper-based works that explore what she calls subjective geographies. Driven by questions of how humans are situated within, and continuous with, natural systems and the physical environment, her intricate cut-out patterns reference contour map lines and networks. Recent exhibitions include Disjecta (Portland, OR), Ditch Projects (Springfield, OR) and Kunstverein Passau (Germany). Vandenburgh holds an MFA from Hunter College, NY and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Bachelor of Science in Zoology from University of California, Davis.

    About Upfor: Founded in 2013, Upfor presents contemporary art from emerging and established artists working in digital and other mediums. The 1,700-square-foot gallery offers a versatile exhibition and installation space in Portland’s visual arts district. The gallery is located at 929 NW Flanders Street, Portland, OR 97209. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm and by appointment. For information about upcoming exhibitions, please visit

  • The Architecture of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, 1867 through the 1940’s

    Baltimore | Dates: 25 May – 20 Jul, 2015
    The seventy-five years following the Civil War saw the founding and nurturing of America's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Their diverse institutional frameworks -- including Bible and Normal Schools, Morrill-Act Land Grant institutions, and full-fledged liberal arts colleges and universities – reflected African-Americans’ aspirations for technical training, intellectual and creative excellence, and the professions. With the diversity of these developments came diversity in physical form. Accordingly, HBCU’s built environments reflect uniquely African-American circumstances nestled among their basic American forms.

    This CFP solicits new scholarship concerning the planning, architecture, and environmental design of HBCUs founded and developed from 1867 through the 1940’s. Papers on a broad range of topics are welcome. Topics may include studies of individual buildings, of entire campus plans, or of the designers, builders, and patrons who created them. Especially welcome will be presentations concerning HBCUs that have been poorly documented in the literature until now.

    This CFP is for just one session of the larger symposium. Please submit abstracts for academic presentations of 20-30 minutes no later than July 20, 2015.

    Submissions should include your CV in PDF format, along with a single-page PDF including your name, paper title, and paper abstract. Submissions should be via e-mail to

    Submission Guidelines:
    1. Abstracts must be under 300 words
    2. The title cannot exceed 120 characters, including spaces and punctuation
    3. Abstracts must follow the Chicago Manual of Style
    Abstracts should define the subject and summarize the argument to be presented in the proposed paper. All abstracts will be held in confidence during the review and selection process, and only the symposium planning team and Session Chair (Dr. Ellen Weiss) will have access to them.

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    Event Dates: Thursday November 5th and Friday November 6th 2015. Event Location: School of Architecture and Planning, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD, USA

    Morgan's upcoming "The Architecture of HBCUs" symposium will promote discussion of the social context, legacy, and preservation of the built environment at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) around the country. Seen as the first step of a larger academic initiative, the symposium will bring together scholars and professionals to discuss the history of HBCUs' architecture, their campus planning, and the landscape architecture which connected both.
  • Contemporary Homes Benefit Architecture Tour

    St. Louis | Dates: 31 May, 2015

    Sunday, May 31, 2015 @ 1:00 PM
    Bus tours starting at 1:00, 1:30, 2:00 and 2:30 p.m.
    VIP Tour at 5 p.m. – tickets through The Sheldon at 314.533.9900

    This year's tour features three architecturally significant homes in the St. Louis area, all built within the last 10 years. Designed by Philip Durham, Adrian Luchini and Louis R. Saur, these homes represent some of the best examples of contemporary architecture in St. Louis. The event is chaired by Sheldon Art Galleries board member Ted Wight.

    Scheduled tours depart the Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries, 3648 Washington Blvd. Free first come, first served parking is available on The Sheldon's west parking lot. Street parking is also available.

  • Authors on Architecture: Arenson on Sheets

    Santa Monica | Dates: 14 Jun, 2015

    Join SAH/SCC for a look at the work of artist and designer Millard Sheets (1907-1989). Adam Arenson, Huntington Library 2014-2015 scholar-in-residence, will preview his forthcoming book, Privately Sponsored Public Art: The Millard Sheets Studio, Home Savings and Loan, and the Corporate Creation of a New American Urban History (projected title).

    For more than three decades, Sheets and his studio of artists designed Home Savings and Loan branches throughout California, studding their iconic projects with mosaics, murals, stained glass, and sculptures that celebrated both family life and the history of the Golden State. The collaboration between the Millard Sheets Studio and Howard Ahmanson, Home Savings’ executive, resulted in more than 40 branches designed and built between the completion of the first collaboration in 1955 and Ahmanson’s death in 1968. It set the course for more than 100 additional branches that bore the Home Savings name until the institution was sold to Washington Mutual in 1998.

    This first book-length study of these Home Savings buildings recovers Sheets’ and Ahmanson’s visions for these institutions as they shaped the corporate and cultural landscape of Southern California. It explores the mystery of why Home Savings and Loan—a financial institution that rose to lead the nation in deposits—commissioned hundreds of murals and paintings. It advances contemporary urban history by connecting this corporate investment in public memory with the long history of commercial patronage dating to the Renaissance, as well as to the recent history of percent-for-art regulations

    Arenson, an associate professor of history and the director of Urban Studies at Manhattan College in the Bronx, NY, has created a richly illustrated book that is the first published monograph on Sheets.

    Combining private investment and public art, championing historical themes in a period of dramatic cultural and political change, the Home Savings and Loan buildings are signature structures of Midcentury Modern architecture, and their story deserves to be known before it is too late to save these remarkable works.

    Authors on Architecture: Arenson—Sunday, June 14, 2015; 2-4PM; Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium at the Santa Monica Central Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica; free; seating is available on a first-come, first served basis; 310.458.8600.

  • Bubeshko Apartments Reborn

    Los Angeles | Dates: 13 Jun, 2015

    SAH/SCC Life Members and Patrons are invited to a rare visit to R.M. Schindler’s Bubeshko Apartments in Silver Lake, whose award-winning restoration was done by DSH//architecture. We’ll tour the owners’ unit with the architects who brought the property back to life, Chava Danielson, AIA, and Eric Haas, AIA, and hear about their research, challenges, and process. The afternoon visit will end with a wine-and-cheese reception on the patio.

    Schindler designed and built the two neighboring apartment buildings between 1938 and 1941 for mother-and-daughter clients. The clients’ vision of a Silver Lake salon for artists, architects, and musicians was met by Schindler’s concept of a “Greek hillside” of five units, each different in size, configuration, orientation, and finishes.

    The project to rehabilitate these buildings from years of benign neglect was one of probing their history by engaging a deep understanding of Schindler’s formative theories, his architectural intentions, and their ultimate material realization. Not wanting to freeze the project in time, yet at the same time respecting its origins, the architects and new owners focused on the project’s DNA: its generative ideas, theories of spatial configuration, and employment of color and material.

    The team concentrated on material systems throughout the project; stained plywood, painted wood, and colored plaster were used systematically to produce a matrix of individuated dwelling spaces. The use of color is integral to how these systems form space and shape environments. Schindler’s concern with these effects stood in contrast to the reductive esthetic of the International Style.

    His muted, translucent palette was restored using environmentally sound stains and pigments, with the new owners deeply involved in the process. Fixtures, appliances, and building systems were upgraded in line with contemporary standards.

    The rebirth of these important buildings acts as a model for future sensitive restoration work. Careful study, open to revision, undertaken with economy, environmental sensitivity, and integrity, respects the past and responds to the present. DSH//architecture’s restoration has received numerous awards, including those from AIA/LA, AIA/CC, Los Angeles Conservancy, California Preservation Foundation, and State of California.

    Bubeshko Apartments Reborn—Saturday, June 13, 2015; 2-4PM; $20 each for SAH/SCC Life and Patron Members; reservations required; space is limited; tickets will be made available to general membership at $35 each should the opportunity arise, on a first-come first-served basis; registration—see order form on Page 6, call 800.972.4722, or go to; waiting list—email

  • 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 or call 860-345-2400.


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

    Quincy | Dates: 09 Jun, 2015

    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.

    Scott Baillie-Hinojosa, Lighting Designer, Tillotson Design Associates

    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

    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

    Yetsuh Frank, Building Energy Exchange
    Stas Zakrzewski, Zakrzewski + Hyde Architects

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

    Ken Levenson, 475 Building Supply

    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

  • 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 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.


    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.

SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation for its operating support.
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