The Second Wave of Modernism III: Making and Managing Toronto’s 21st Century Landscape, the centerpiece of four days of related events and activities, will examine the role of landscape architecture in the City’s current and ambitious phase of urban development along its waterfront, in its diverse neighborhoods, and the international implications of this planning and development strategy; and, it will also look at the City’s extant park system and how public/private partnerships could aid in effective, long-term stewardship. Speakers from Canada, the Netherlands, and the United States.
It follows in form and structure the enormously successful sold out conferences organized by TCLF with The Chicago Architecture Foundation (2008), and the Museum of Modern Art in New York (2011), each of which drew an international audience.
Conference registration is now available and an “early bird” rate of $225 is in effect until April 1, 2015; from April 1 onward the standard rate of $275 will apply.
In addition to the daylong conference, the What’s Out There Weekend Toronto, May 23-24, will feature two days of free, expert-led tours of the City’s diverse body of new and heritage-designed landscapes (in tandem with the City’s Doors Open architecture tours).
On Thursday, May 21, a reception at the Gardiner Museum will launch the conference, What's Out There Weekend Toronto, and the free, online What's Out There Toronto Guide. The evening will also honor the tremendous efforts by students and faculty at Ryerson University, who conducted extensive research and produced entries for the What's Out There database on Toronto, the inaugural site outside of the US. Finally, the evening will culminate in the presentation of TCLF’s Stewardship Excellence Award to an individual, group and/or organization that embodies and promotes sound stewardship of the City’s landscape legacy.
On Saturday, May 23, there will be a late afternoon tour and twilight reception - featuring creative, local cuisine paired with Ontario’s top wines and craft beers - in the BMO Atrium at Evergreen Brick Works. The former Don Valley Pressed Brick Works Company, which produced the bricks that built many of Toronto’s landmark buildings, is now a global showcase for green design and urban sustainability - and it was named one of the world’s top ten geotourism sites by National Geographic.
The events are being organized by TCLF in cooperation with a broad coalition of stakeholders including the City of Toronto’s Department of Planning and its Executive Director Jennifer Keesmaat, a featured conference participant, the University of Toronto and Ryerson University, the Ontario chapter of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, and Presenting Sponsors, TD Bank, Great Gulf, the City of Toronto and the W. Garfield Weston Foundation.
Designed for an audience that is local, national, and international, the conference will address:
• What does it mean for a 21st-century city to be historic and modern at the same time?
• Can the 21st-century city be both regional and global?
• Can we use landscape as an engine to meet market demands while cultivating a sustainable urbanism?
• What new models for public/private financing and management are emerging?
• How are existing parks and open spaces adapted to accommodate contemporary and future needs and expectations?
• How do innovative landscape planning and design techniques developed in Toronto apply to other cities, and vice versa - what is the impact of imported ideas on local conditions?
Making and Managing Toronto’s 21st Century Landscape will feature internationally significant private-sector practitioners working on current and proposed projects in Toronto, municipal leaders, leading critics and thinkers, and academics; it is expected to draw 500 people, with approximately 25% of the seats set aside for reduced-priced tickets for students.
Numerous globally significant, innovative, and influential practitioners are confirmed to participate including:
• Adriaan Gueze, Principal, West 8, Rotterdam, The Netherlands;
• Thomas Woltz, Principal, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, New York, New York and Charlottesville, Virginia;
• Claude Cormier, Principal, Claude Cormier + Associates, Montreal (Quebec);
• Marc Ryan, Principal, Public Work, Toronto;
• Geoff Cape, CEO, Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto;
• Elizabeth Silver, Senior Associate, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, New York, New York and Cambridge, Massachusetts;
• Nina-Marie Lister, Associate Professor & Associate Director, School of Urban + Regional Planning, Ryerson University, Toronto;
• Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner & Executive Director, City Planning Division, City of Toronto.
The genesis of the conference stemmed from a May 2013 trip to Toronto by TCLF’s President and CEO, Charles A. Birnbaum, an internationally recognized expert on landscape architecture. The trip was organized by Toronto-based practitioners Janet Rosenberg, Founding Principal, Janet Rosenberg & Studio, Inc., and Michael McClelland, Principal, ERA Architects, Inc. Birnbaum subsequently wrote a Huffington Post article about the new waterfront development and the legacy parks and open spaces he toured.
Tuesday May 5, 2015 at 7:00pm
$10 per person / $8 for museum members
Reservations requested to 312-326-1480
Architect Stuart Cohen offers a new look at one of the best-known architects of the early 20th century, who built homes for the leading industrialists of his era. A traditionalist who incorporated English and Italian precedents, Shaw also created Market Square - America's first shopping center (in Lake Forest), the interior of Second Presbyterian Church, and R. R. Donnelley's massive printing plant on nearby Calumet Avenue. Copies of Cohen's new book of the same title will be available for purchase and signing.
9:00am - 5:00pm
$30 per person / $25 for students, docents, and Illinois Dames
(Price includes breakfast and lunch)
Glessner House Museum coach house
Prepaid reservations required to 312-326-1480
Fugitive slaves and freemen established Chicago's first black community in the 1840s, with the population nearing 1,000 by 1860. Although hindered by discrimination through both state and federal laws, these men and women of color thrived in the growing city and sought to help others do the same. Learn about their challenges and triumphs during turbulent times with presentations by four noted historians. Optional tours of Clarke House Museum will be offered at the conclusion of the program. Don't miss this fascinating glimpse into the African American experience in early Chicago.
Tuesday April 14, 2015 at 7:00pm
$10 per person / $8 for museum members
Reservations requested to 312-326-1480
Anyone who has visitied the New England states will recognize the century-old buildings that Maureen Meister will discuss in a slide lecture that draws upon her new book, Arts and Crafts Architecture: History and Heritage in New England. In the 1870s, the architect H. H. Richardson and craftsmen including John Evans began collaborating, laying the groundwork for an Arts and Crafts movement in Boston. Two decades later, several alumni of Richardson's office helped establish Boston's Society of Arts and Crafts. Prof. Meister will explain how these individuals were influenced by English Arts and Crafts theories and produced exquisite buildings, recognized today as landmarks. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.
The Avery Review
seeks out reviews and critical essays on books, buildings, and other architectural media, broadly defined. We envision a typical length of 1,500-3,000 words. We like stylish, concise, and accessible writing, and we invite our contributors to experiment with tone and format as suits their topic. Most of all, we hope to publish pieces that are consequential and earnestly felt. We also welcome responses to the essays that have already been published.
Whether a pitch for a review or a long-form think piece, we welcome your thoughts—with the simple request that they critically engage the work of someone else. Please send all submissions, queries, and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
This Earth Day, get inspired to take action with this award-winning film celebrating Danish-born Jens Jensen (1860-1951), who rose from street sweeper to "dean of landscape architects" and pioneering conservationist. When he arrived penniless in Chicago in 1885, it was a fast-growing city teeming with urban squalor. Rejecting the neo- classical vision of the 1893 Columbian Exposition, Jensen joined Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan in taking the prairie as inspiration for a new city design. In his parks, workers' children enjoyed playgrounds and grew food in community gardens, and Jensen became known as "The Vexing Thorn" for his passionate battles with Chicago's political bosses over the city's future.
As designer of landscapes for scions of industry such as Henry Ford, J.O. Armour, and Julius Rosenwald, Jensen leveraged powerful relationships to block the steel industry from developing the entire Lake Michigan shoreline; Indiana Dunes is now a National Lakeshore. His legacy also includes Chicago's Humboldt, Douglas, and Columbus Parks, and the stunning Garfield Park Conservatory.
Half a century after his death, Jensen is now hailed as a pioneer of sustainable design, an early champion of native species, and an unsung American hero. Immediately after the screening, a panel will explore Jensen's work and its relevance to today's urban environmental issues.
Lecture by Karen Hudson
Saturday, April 18, 2015 • Lecture: 11:00 a.m.
Scottish Rite Temple
150 N Madison Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101
FoGH Members: $25 | Non-Members: $30
Karen Hudson will discuss the groundbreaking career of Paul R. Williams, spanning 50 years and some 3,000 projects. Williams became know for his elegantly stylized designs and had a list of such celebrity clients as Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Tyrone Power, Lon Chaney, Bert Lahr and Zsa Zsa Gabor. The Los Angeles Times observed, “If you have a picture in your mind of Southern California in the 1950s and early 1960s, you are quite likely picturing a building created by Paul Williams.” Williams designed such iconic public buildings as the futuristic Theme Building at LAX, LA County Courthouse, Saks Fifth Avenue Beverly Hills, and the 1940s redesign of the Beverly Hills Hotel.
As the granddaughter of the legendary architect, Hudson will give us a historical and uniquely personal view of the man who was the first black architect to become a member of the American Institute of Architects, in 1923, and in 1957 was inducted as the AIA’s first black fellow.
About the Lecturer: Karen Hudson is director of the Paul R. Williams Architectural Collection. A third-generation Angeleno, Hudson chronicles the history of blacks in Los Angeles through photography and writing. Hudson is the author of Paul R. Williams — Architect: A Legacy of Style; The Will and the Way: Paul R. Williams Architect; Basic Black: Home Training for Modern Times; and Paul R. Williams, Classic Hollywood Style. Hudson is currently writing a book on her two grandfathers, Paul R. Williams and Dr. H. Claude Hudson, which will look at early black Los Angeles through the eyes of these two remarkable men.
About the Venue: Scottish Rite Cathedral in Pasadena, California was built in 1925, by Joseph J. Blick and W. C. Crowell, in a Moderne and/or Zig-Zag Moderne style.
Architecturally significant in greater Los Angeles as a pre-PWA Classical Moderne building with distinctive decorative guardian sphinxes. The Scottish Rite Cathedral is associated strongly with the social history of Pasadena, in particular with the Scottish Rite, an appendant body associated with Freemasonry.
Hosted by the Construction Society of America (CHSA), a non-profit organization dedicated to the study of the history and evolution of all aspects of the built environment. This is the first time the Congress has been held outside Europe, with up to 400 delegates expected to attend from all over the world. Architects, engineers, contractors, preservationists, academics and a wide variety of trades, professions and interests associated with the Construction Industry would find interest in session topics.
Discover how drawing by hand underpins any creative practice from Los Angeles-based architect Lorcan O’Herlihy, as he discusses his award-winning buildings, his views on architecture as a catalyst for change, and his passion for drawing.
O’Herlihy will then lead participants in inventive drawing exercises held throughout the museum designed to stimulate the imagination. This workshop is designed for all skill levels; beginning and advanced participants are welcome. Drawing materials are provided.
This event is co-sponsored by the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University.
Sketch to Structure unfolds the architectural design process to show how buildings take shape. With sketches, plans, blueprints, renderings, and models from the Heinz Architectural Center collection, this exhibition reveals that architectural design, from initial concept to client presentation, isn’t straightforward.
Beautiful hand-drawn sketches by Lorcan O’Herlihy show an architect quickly capturing ideas about shapes and color. Pencil drawings of the Los Angeles County Hall of Records by Richard Neutra show a master draftsman at work. And watercolors by Steven Holl of a client’s home render in beautiful detail, on a single sheet of paper, the planned building’s exterior, floor plan, and elevation. Through these and other objects from every stage of the design process, Sketch to Structure presents the ingenious ways that architects and firms accumulate ideas and whittle them down, ultimately solving design challenges for their clients.
Visitor Note: Sketch to Structure will close temporarily on May 25, 2015. The exhibition reopens on June 6, 2015, to serve as an inspiration for Carnegie Museum of Art's summer art and architecture camps. Visit us again to explore seven case studies of design thinking from the collection and see the campers at work.
Sketch to Structure is organized by Alyssum Skjeie, curatorial assistant at the Heinz Architectural Center, Carnegie Museum of Art.
Raimund Abraham Lecture: Eric Owen Moss + Frank Gehry: You Can’t Rehearse Something You Haven’t Invented Yet
Wed, March 4, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
SCI-Arc will host a conversation with Frank Gehry and Director Eric Owen Moss to mark the school’s 5th Annual Raimund Abraham Lecture.
Raised in Toronto, Canada, Frank Gehry moved with his family to Los Angeles in 1947. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California in 1954, and he studied City Planning at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. In subsequent years, Gehry built an architectural career that has spanned five decades and produced public and private buildings in America, Europe and Asia. His work has earned him several of the most significant awards in the architectural field, including the Pritzker Architecture Prize. Notable projects include the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California.
Eric Owen Moss was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Los Angeles, and holds Masters Degrees in Architecture from both the University of California at Berkeley and Harvard University. Eric Owen Moss Architects was founded in 1973 and throughout the years has garnered over 100 local, national, and international design awards. Moss was honored with the Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1999. He received the AIA/LA Gold Medal in 2001. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architecture and was a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of California, Berkeley in 2003. In 2004 Conjunctive Points was awarded the Dedalo Minosse International Prize in Milan. In 2007, he received the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize, recognizing a distinguished history of architectural design. In 2011 he again was awarded the Dedalo Minosse International Prize for Samitaur Tower in Los Angeles. Also in 2011 he was awarded the Jencks Award by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). In 2012 Moss received the International Design Award for Samitaur Tower, and the AIA|LA 25 Year Award for the Petal House. In 2014, he was awarded a P/A Award for the Albuquerque Rail Yards Master Plan, featured as a “Game Changer” in Metropolis Magazine, and inducted into the National Academy.
John Shearer of Shearer Painting centers his discussion on the frequently asked questions regarding restoring old buildings and best practices. He will highlight the pitfalls and mistakes he is often called in to repair. He has a paint color blog, www.wonderfulcolors.org, that he will touch on briefly.
The well-illustrated presentation is drawn from a number of local projects and John will provide an accompanying document with relevant links for future reference.
Photo: Norvell House, Seattle / Source: Shearer Painting
Cost: $15 general public / $10 members / $5 students
Film screening and panel discussion will take place in the Seattle Art Museum’s Plestcheeff Auditorium.
What could be more appropriate than a discussion of terra cotta within the walls of the terra cotta clad building that the renowned Post- Modernist firm of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown designed for the Seattle Art Museum downtown?
Carol Gregory has produced a short documentary, America’s Hometown: Terra Cotta directed by Brian Moratti and edited by Chris Martin. The film was presented at the 2013 Vancouver International Film Festival. It explores the use of terra cotta in architecture and art from 1890 to 1940. Through interviews, archival images, and film, the documentary looks at the work life of the mostly unknown men who covered and decorated America’s high rises in terra cotta. It questions what you do with the art attached to 100-year-old buildings. America’s Hometown: Terra Cottaencourages understanding of the artistic gifts left to us by earlier generations and urgency in preserving it for the enrichment of future generations. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with an expert in terra cotta restoration, an architect involved in saving and reconstructing a terra cotta showroom façade, the editor of an important work on Seattle’s iconic terra cotta buildings with an introduction by Robert Venturi, and museum and university staff who are preserving valuable terra cotta business records. Photographs, drawings, and samples will be on display.
Mark Morden, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.: Creating new Arctic Club walruses
Rhoda A.R. Lawrence, Principal, BOLA Architecture + Planning: Saving and reconstructing the Lincoln-Mercury showroom facade
Lydia Aldredge, Archetype: The making of Impressions of Imagination: Terra Cotta Seattle
Hilary Pittenger, Curator of Collections, White River Museum: The Northern Clay Company archives, photographs, and fragments
Nicolette Bromberg, Special Collections, Univ. of Washington Libraries: John W. Elliot, Gladding McBean, and campus building ornamentation
Co-sponsored by the Seattle Art Museum.
Photo: Seattle Art Museum / Credit: Benjamin Benschneider
$35 general public / $25 members / $10 students
From Architecture to Conservation:
Nestled between theory and practice, the study of architecture in Canada has been nurtured over the years
by professionals and enthusiasts, scholars and practitioners, and was expanded through the developments
of traditional fields such as history, architectural history, landscape architecture and urban planning, but
also through the organization of recent fields of study such as heritage conservation. As the Society for the
Study of Architecture in Canada has roots in the heritage awakening of the 1970s and was put together as
a call for understanding our built environment, we invite sessions that explore the evolution of related
spheres of study that poured into it.
As the venue for the 2015 conference, Annapolis Royal hosts a rich architectural and conservation history.
If we had a longitudinal section of it, we would probably see a series of historical events, starting with the
first European settlement and its relations with the First Nations, to its fascinating history of transport in the
19th century, the establishment of Fort Anne--Canada’s first National Historic Site--and the reconstruction
of Champlain’s Port Royal, and the extensive conservation and development projects of the 1970s and 1980s.
The exhibit documents and interprets the use of a variety of metals found in and on late 19th and early 20th century buildings in Portland, Oregon. While Portland is well-known for its collection of standing cast-iron front buildings, other metals commonly used for various purposes were bronze, lead, tin, cooper, bras, and zinc. The Architectural Heritage Center is open 10 am - 4:30 pm Wednesday through Saturday.
Portraits in Design is a lecture series that takes a biographical look at the iconic designers whose past work has had a lasting impact on our contemporary built world. The series delves into the life stories of important architects, landscape architects, and planners to better understand how their personal lives had an influence on their professional careers. Portraits in Design continues in 2015 with lectures on Le Corbusier on January 11; Julia Morgan, FAIA, on February 22; and Beatrix Farrand on March 15.
Beatrix Farrand (1872–1959) was an American landscape architect whose career included commissions to design nearly 110 gardens for private residences, estates and country homes, public parks, botanic gardens, and college campuses. Few of these projects survive, including Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C.; the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden, on Mount Desert, Maine; and elements of the campuses of Princeton, Yale, and Occidental. Lynden B. Miller, a public garden designer in New York City and director of The Conservatory Garden in Central Park, will speak about the life and work of Farrand, who was the only woman among the founders of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Miller is the author of Parks, Plants, & People: Beautifying the Urban Landscape (W. W. Norton & Company, 2009) and will sign books after the talk.
1.5 LU (AIA)
$12 Member | $12 Student | $20 Non-member.
Prepaid registration required. Walk-in registration based on availability.
Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Registration is for event planning purposes only and does not guarantee a seat. Online registration for Museum programs closes at midnight the day before the scheduled program.
Date: Sunday, March 15, 2015
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Frank Lloyd Wright is deservedly prominent in American architectural education. Consequently, Froebel blocks, a type of building block toy fundamental to Wright's youthful development, are widely known to architectural graduates. Little recognized though is that these geometric toys that Friedrich Froebel designed in Germany in the 1830s, were merely a small part of the educational system he invented and called kindergarten. And that in direct, and unprecedented fashion, they were the vehicle that first exposed not only Wright, but the likes of Le Corbusier, Vassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, and everyone at the Bauhaus to the viability of geometric abstraction. Cubism may have been a common thread through modern art and modern architecture, but kindergarten began casting its crystalline spell over Western art years before the Cubists were born.
About the speaker
Architect and collector Norman Brosterman first became interested in the history of kindergarten while assembling the world's finest collection of antique building block and construction toys. In 1989, Brosterman's collection was acquired by the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal. Discovering that the famed "Froebel Blocks," which are well-known to all students of Frank Lloyd Wright, were merely part of a much larger system of elegant, nature-based design toys, Brosterman embarked on years of research into the history of this lost world, culminating in the publication in 1997 of his award-winning book,Inventing Kindergarten. Brosterman recently co-founded Kaleidograph Design LLC, makers of the Kaleidograph paper kaleidoscope, pattern design toys, to create and manufacture nature-based toys in the spirit of Friedrich Froebel.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of New York’s landmark legislation, this exhibition will feature more than a dozen public spaces, known and little-known, that have been designated as interior landmarks. In archival and new photography, it will highlight the importance of public interiors as the spaces in which we conduct our daily lives. Clarifying the different approaches to preserving and restoring interiors, it will point out the challenges and controversies in maintaining the integrity of these spaces in the face of changing needs and popular taste, and the achievements in keeping them accessible to the public. All new photography is by Larry Lederman © All rights reserved.
This exhibition is in conjuction with NYC Landmarks 50, a city-wide celebration of the the 50th anniversary of New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission, with many events, exhibitions and programs staged by public and private organizations around the city. Most of these will focus on architecture and exteriors — which, though the most visible, are not where people conduct their day-to-day activities. That function is served by interiors, which are not only integral to any structure, but are often more distinctive and historically significant.
Read the full press release here.
This exhibition is made possible by the generous support of:
The Achelis Foundation
The Felicia Fund
Ina Mae Kaplan Historic Preservation Grant from the IFDA Educational Foundation
The challenges of preserving New York’s landmark interiors doesn’t end with their designation. Changing circumstances that mandate their conversion to different functions may bring about alterations that change the appearance and may compromise the integrity of the site. Hugh Hardy, H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture; Kitty Hawks, interior designer; and Justin Davidson, architectural critic, will join New Yorkmagazine design editor Wendy Goodman in a provocative discussion, introduced by Judith Gura, about the problems faced in preserving landmark interiors in an era of changing needs and a city committed to the pursuit of the new.
NYSID Auditorium, 170 East 70th Street, NYC
Tickets: $12 general public, $10 seniors and non-NYSID students
NYSID students, faculty, and staff are free.
Tuesday March 31, 2015 at 7:00pm
Glessner House Museum coach house
Reservations requested to 312-326-1480
Have you ever wondered what remnants of Chicago history lie buried right beneath your feet? Join Eric Nordstrom, owner of Urban Remains, for this exciting, fast-paced review of recent digs at several locations throughout the city including the former site of the John Kent Russell house (c. 1855), a near west side parking lot, and Wolf's Point. Erick will share discoveries he has made in long-abandoned privy pits and explain what layers of prior generations' trash reveal about the developement of the city we know and love today.