Recent Opportunities

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  • Art/Housing Publics: Conversations on Art and Social Justice

    Berkeley | Dates: 21 Nov, 2014

    Renowned Houston artist and community developer Rick Lowe of Project Rowhouses fame will join Elena Serrano of Oakland's Eastside Arts Alliance, Aubra Levine from Satellite Affordable Housing Associates, Jordan Simmons of Richmond's East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, famed landscape architect Walter Hood and more to look at solutions to the twin crises in arts and housing this Friday at UC Berkeley.

    They'll be examining ways that affordable housing developers and arts organizations have partnered to create sustainable spaces for grass-roots arts for youth and adults, along with housing that meets the needs of local communities.

    Lowe was recently recognized with a MacArthur "genius" grant for his groundbreaking Project Rowhouses work revitalizing one of Houston's oldest African American neighborhoods by creating arts-centered development one house at a time. We'll compare his model to Bay Area examples.

  • Southern Oregon Historical Society Presents Christmas Past

    Medford | Dates: 01 Dec, 2014
    December 1 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    History & Discovery Center
    106 N. Central Avenue, Medford, OR

    On December 1 Southern Oregon Historical Society will unveil its Christmas Past window display at the Historical Center located in downtown Medford. Daniel Perry, ASID Designer, and local artist, Jake Hillman, have created an old-fashioned Christmas display window from the 1930s and 1940s. You are invited to attend this free event and enjoy Holiday carolers and refreshments as a guest of SOHS.

  • Future Care: Design for Health

    San Francisco | Dates: 21 Nov, 2014

    AIA San Francisco in partnership with AIA Los Angeles presents the 2nd annual Future Care: Design for Health on Friday, November 21 at the UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center. Gathering the top minds in healthcare planning, design and construction, this one-day conference will address the rapidly changing healthcare environment and how these changes impact what healthcare providers need from the design and construction community.

    “Future Care is an excellent opportunity, with leaders of California’s largest healthcare providers and the builders and designers of our healthcare facilities assembled, to consider the impact of a changing healthcare environment– not only in the places we seek medical care, but also in our homes and communities,” explains John Kouletsis, AIA San Francisco Board Ex Officio President and Vice President, Facilities Planning and Design at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.

    Throughout the day attendees will have the unique opportunity to meet industry leaders and discover best practices in change management– not only in the healthcare industry but also in other industries that have faced sudden or unexpected change or growth due to external forces. This conference aims to prepare architects, engineers, hospital owners, developers, general contractors and innovators from other fields to respond to today’s changing environment and collaboratively and effectively design and build the next generation of healthcare.

    The conference will open with comments from Chris Raker, AIA, Managing Principal of Raker Architects, who has forty years’ experience in the management of interdisciplinary project teams. Richard Joseph Jackson, MD, MPH, FAAP, Hon ASLA, Hon AIA, Professor and Chair of Environmental Health Sciences, Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles will deliver the keynote address. Dr. Jackson is credited with pioneering the field of wellness design. His keynote address will explain how the built environment can help or hinder our ability to lead healthy lives.

    Other participating leaders include Chris Arkenberg, Strategy and Research Lead for Orange Silicon Valley; Veenu Aulakh, Executive Director at the Center for Care Innovations (CCI); David Butler, Founder of Natural Pools; Deborah Cullinan, Executive Director for Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; Chris Downey, AIA, Architecture for the Blind; Tiffany Figoni, Director of Product Development for Health Net of CA: Salud y Mas; Michael W. Folonis, FAIA, Principal of Michael W. Folonis Architects; Scott Foral, Managing Principal - HC Planning at HDR; Barbara Garcia, MPA, Director of Health at San Francisco Departent of Public Health; Frances Ridlehoover, Managing Partner of Jensen + Partners (TBC); Katie Rovere, Senior Consultant of Organizational Effectiveness for Kaiser Permanente; Surbhi Sarna, Founder of nVision Medical; Matthew Shaffer, Division Marketing Director at The Trust for Public Land; Michael Willis, AIA, Principal at MWA Architects.

    A new paradigm in healthcare is emerging. Healthcare leaders will discuss the way designing for health should evolve, and groundbreaking designers will share ideas and inventions that address community, innovation and design in a Pecha Kucha-style series of presentations. Attendees will also have the opportunity to draw from the many sources of inspiration delivered during the day and share their ideas during break-out sessions.

  • CFP 2015: SACRPH (Society for American City and Regional Planning History)

    Los Angeles | Dates: 05 – 08 Nov, 2015
    The Society for American City and Regional Planning History (SACRPH) presents THE 16TH NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PLANNING HISTORY Los Angeles, California, November 5-8, 2015 SACRPH cordially invites papers on all aspects of the history of urban, regional, and community planning, worldwide. Particularly welcome are papers or complete sessions addressing: • planning and the built environment in the U.S. Sunbelt • comparative and global studies of planning, especially of the U.S. West/Pacific Rim, or U.S. Southwest/Latin America • preservation planning in 20th-century cities • disaster and urban resiliency • the ethics of planning • planning and the law We also encourage papers that examine planning before the 19th century and SACPRH awards the de Montequin Prize for the best paper presented at the conference in colonial planning history. A Thursday afternoon program will be dedicated to the legacy of urban renewal in L.A. after the demise of redevelopment authorities in California in 2012, and SACRPH wishes to extend a special welcome to practitioners. Sunday morning will offer a range of tours exploring the planning of Los Angeles. SACRPH is an interdisciplinary organization dedicated to promoting humanistic scholarship on the planning of metropolitan regions. Its members include historians, practicing planners, geographers, environmentalists, architects, landscape designers, public policy makers, preservationists, community organizers, students, and scholars from across the world. SACRPH publishes a quarterly journal, The Journal of Planning History (, hosts a biennial conference, and sponsors awards for research and publication in the field of planning history. For further information please consult our website: The Program Committee welcomes proposals for complete sessions of three or four papers, and for individual papers. We also encourage submissions that propose innovative formats and that engage questions of teaching and learning, digital information, and publishing. Submissions should be formatted as a single PDF (preferred) or as a single Word document. Please format the proposal with a standard 12-point font and 1.25-inch side margins. Do not include illustrations. Each proposal must include the following: • a one-page abstract for each paper, clearly marked with title and participant's name • a one-page CV for each participant, including address, telephone, and e-mail • for individual papers, four key words identifying the thematic emphases of the topic • for session proposals, a cover page indicating lead contact, with telephone and email; the names of the session Chair and Commentator (if available), a one-paragraph overview of the session's themes and significance, and a description of the format (regular panel, roundtable, workshop) Proposals must be received by February 15, 2015 via email attachment to Inquiries may be directed to Program Committee co-chairs: Matthew Lasner, Assistant Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning, Hunter College Paula Lupkin, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of North Texas
  • Footprint #17 "The ‘Bread & Butter’ of Architecture"

    Dates: 18 Nov, 2014 – 26 Jan, 2015
    Call for Papers Footprint #17: The ‘Bread & Butter’ of Architecture: Investigating Everyday Practices In his 1942 essay ‘Bread & Butter and Architecture’, architectural historian John Summerson called on practicing architects to face ‘the real-life adventures which are looming ahead’ instead of trying ‘to fly level with the poet-innovator Le Corbusier.’ To render architecture ‘effective in English life’ once the war was over, he argued, would be the role of qualified teams of ‘salaried architects’ working for local and central authorities or commercial undertakings. Their ‘departmental architecture’ would be responsible for lifting the average quality of everyday building practice, for the benefit of all – while providing a profession chronically seeking to secure its place in society with ‘those three essential things for any born architect – bread, butter, and the opportunity to build.’ Coincidentally, the following year saw the publication of Ayn Rand’s novel The Fountainhead, whose protagonist-architect epitomises the ‘prime mover’, the individualistic creative hero who singlehandedly conquered his place in history. Seemingly following Rand’s drive, the canon of western contemporary architecture has overlooked Summerson’s everyday, ‘salaried’ architecture, however overwhelming it may have turned out to be in our built environment, praising instead the solo designer and his groundbreaking work. Since World War I, the social role of the architect (in terms both of his place in social hierarchies and of his contribution for social betterment) seems to have been primarily tested, and largely consolidated, in ‘departmental architecture’. Yet the work of county, city and ministerial architects, heads of department in welfare commissions, guilds and cooperatives, is seldom discussed as such: its specificity as the product of institutional initiatives and agents, as the outcome of negotiation between individual and collective agendas, remains little explored, even when authors celebrate the many public-designed projects that are part of the canon. On the ot her hand, commercially driven architecture and the business side of the profession are still anathemas for many, despite being essential factors in the discipline’s position in society. Henry-Russell Hitchcock’s ‘bureaucratic architecture’ of large practices has often had a bitter reception in architectural culture, and occupies an awkward place in architects’ collective conscience. Between artistry and subsistence, the former has consistently taken the upper hand. We welcome full papers (6000-8000 words) that address the architectural production of those who played their part in inconspicuous offices and unexciting departments, and that contribute insights to discuss the place of the architecture of ‘bread & butter’ in architectural history studies and in the politics of architectural design and theory. This issue of Footprint wants to reassess the significance of the architecture of ‘bread & butter’ in the dissemination and hampering of architectural trends, and of the architectural culture within institutions and agencies. We welcome papers exploring theoretical frameworks, research methods and analytical instruments that project the disciplinary focus further than the work of the ‘prime mover’, discussing the relevance of ‘salaried’ architects and institutional agency in shaping the spatial and social practices of the everyday. The full papers will be subjected to a double blind peer-review process. Shorter papers (‘review articles’ of 2000-4000 words) focusing on case studies can be submitted for a pre-review selection by the editors. In this case the authors of review articles should contact the editors with a short summary of their proposals in advance of the official deadline for complete papers. The editors of Footprint #17 are Nelson Mota (Delft University of Technology) and Ricardo Agarez (Ghent University). Please communicate with the editors of this issue via the emails and, and copy the message to The deadline for complete papers is 26 January 2015. More info here:
  • Lecture: Farshid Moussavi

    Ann Arbor | Dates: 18 Nov, 2014

    Farshid Moussavi is an architect, principal of Farshid Moussavi Architecture (FMA) and Professor in Practice of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She was previously co-founder of the London-based Foreign Office Architects (FOA), recognized as one of the world's most creative design firms, integrating architecture, urban design, and landscape architecture in a wide range of projects internationally. 

    Moussavi has served on key design and architectural advisory panels and international design juries and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. She has published extensively in professional magazines, is a columnist for the Architectural Review magazine and has published two books based on her research and teaching at Harvard, ‘The Function of Ornament’ and ‘The Function of Forms’. Her third book titled ‘the Function of Style’ will be release in autumn 2014.

  • Emergent Projects Exhibition

    Ann Arbor | Dates: 13 Nov – 12 Dec, 2014

    The Emergent Project Student Grant is designed to foster student research and encourage collaboration beyond Taubman College. This unique opportunity for continuing students, funded by the 2014 Class Gift, supports two juried projects. The goal is to recognize the outstanding efforts of Taubman students and provide financial backing for such projects.

    This year's winners:

    Graduate Projects:

    • “HIghTech, Low Tech” Eric Harman, John Larmor, Paul McBride, Luis Orozco, Shan Sutherland
    • “Animal House” Simon Alexander-Adam, Tim Dudas, Noel Hernandez, Andy Lin, Eric Sheffield

    Undergraduate Projects:

    • “Me, Myself, and My Garbage Disposal” Tyler Suomala “2D3D” Evan Breutsch, Patricia Hazel, Alyssa Kargi, Caroline Shaper

    This exhibition will run from November 13 - December 12​.

  • Detroit is No Dry Bones: The Eternal City of the Industrial Age Exhibition

    Ann Arbor | Dates: 04 Dec, 2014 – 11 Jan, 2015
    Photographs of Detroit by Camilo Jose Vergara, a packaged exhibition organized by the artist. He is a Chilean-born, New York-based writer, photographer and documentarian. Vergara has been compared to Jacob Riis for his photographic documentation of American slums and decaying urban environments. Beginning in the 1980s, Vergara applied the technique of “rephotography” to a series of American cities, photographing the same buildings and neighborhoods from the exact vantage point at regular intervals over many years to capture changes over time. Trained as a sociologist with a specialty in urbanism, Vergara turned to his systematic documentation at a moment of urban decay and he chose locales where that stress seemed highest: the housing projects of Chicago; the South Bronx; Camden, New Jersey; and Detroit, among others.
  • Institute for Public Architecture’s Second Annual Fall Fête

    Brooklyn | Dates: 14 Nov, 2014

    Join the Institute for Public Architecture for our 2nd Annual Fall Fête. A Benefactors Reception in the Brooklyn Historical Society’s Othmer Library, designated an Interior Landmark by the City of New York, will be followed by a Friends Party in the Society’s Great Hall.

    On November 14 we will bring together a lively group of architects, developers, artists, public officials, designers, and writers to celebrate our honorees and the work of the IPA, recently featured in The New York Times.

    The Fall Fête is going to be fun evening and great way to support our emerging organization. We hope we can count on your support! Click here to purchase tickets.

  • Entangled Histories, Multiple Geographies

    Dates: 31 – 31 Jan, 2015
    The European Architectural History Network (EAHN) announces the call for papers for its 2015 regional thematic conference in Belgrade, entitled "Entangled Histories, Multiple Geographies." The conference will take place at the University of Belgrade - Faculty of Architecture from 14-17 October 2015.
  • A City for Children: Women, Architecture, and the Charitable Landscapes of Oakland, 1850-1950

    New York | Dates: 18 – 18 Nov, 2014
    Marta Gutman, Coordinator, History & Theory, Spitzer School of Architecture City College of New York American cities are constantly being built and rebuilt, resulting in ever-changing skylines and neighborhoods. While the dynamic urban landscapes of New York, Boston, and Chicago have been widely studied, there is much to be gleaned from West Coast cities, especially in California, where the migration boom at the end of the nineteenth century permanently changed the urban fabric of these newly diverse, plural metropolises. In A City for Children Marta Gutman focuses on the use and reuse of everyday buildings in Oakland, California, to make the city a better place for children. She introduces us to the women who were determined to mitigate the burdens placed on working-class families by an indifferent industrial capitalist economy. Often without the financial means to build from scratch, women did not tend to conceive of urban land as a blank slate to be wiped clean for development. Gutman shows how, over and over, women instead turned private houses and even a saloon in Oakland into orphanages, kindergartens, settlement houses, and day care centers, and in the process built the charitable landscape—a network of places that was critical for the betterment of children, families, and public life. The industrial landscape of Oakland, riddled with the effects of social inequality and racial prejudice, is not a neutral backdrop in Gutman’s story but an active player. Spanning one hundred years of history, A City for Children provides a compelling model for building urban institutions, and it demonstrates that children, women, reform, and charity, along with incremental construction, renovations, alterations, additions, and repurposed structures, are central to the understanding of modern cities.
  • Lecture by David Schalliol

    Chicago | Dates: 02 Dec, 2014
    Tuesday December 2, 2014. Doors open at 6 pm.

    A demolition in The Area, 2012, Chicago, IL. © David Schalliol

    The fourth and last talk of the MAS Context fall series is by David Schalliol. The lecture will take place on Tuesday, December 2, at the International Museum of Surgical Science.

    David Schalliol is a PhD candidate in the University of Chicago’s Department of Sociology who explores the transformation of urban centers through hybrid ethnographic, filmic, and photographic projects. His writing and photographs have appeared in such publications as the American SociologistDesign ObserverRevue Gest, and MAS Context (here and here), as well as in numerous exhibitions, including the inaugural Belfast, Northern Ireland Photo Festival and the Museum of Contemporary Photography’s Midwest Photographers Project. The Japanese publisher Utakatado released his first book Isolated Building Studies, in February 2014. Schalliol contributed to Highrise: Out My Window, an interactive documentary that won the 2011 International Digital Emmy for Non-Fiction. His current film project is supported by the Graham Foundation, the Driehaus Foundation, and the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. It was additionally included in the Kartemquin Films/Tribeca Film Institute Tribeca Hacks Program.

    In his talk, titled “The Area,” David will discuss the documentary film he is currently developing that focuses on a portion of Englewood where 400 families are being displaced by the expansion of the Norfolk Southern South Side 47th Street Terminal. The documentary investigates the tangible tensions between residents and the pressures of contemporary transportation policy by following neighbors living on borrowed time, maintaining friendships and traditions while struggling with new problems in their vanishing community.


    The event will take place at the International Museum of Surgical Science, located in a historic lakeside mansion constructed in 1917 under the careful direction of Eleanor Robinson Countiss to house her family. Her father, an executive of the Diamond Match Company, generously provided the home building fund. One of the few remaining lakefront mansions, and the only one open to the public, the building received historic status in 1988, and is listed in the National Register and the Illinois Register of Historic Places and is a City of Chicago Landmark.

    This talk is done in collaboration with the Society of Architectural Historians.

    What: Lecture by David Schalliol
    When: Tuesday December 2, 2014. Doors open at 6 pm. Lecture starts at 6:30 pm.
    Where: International Museum of Surgical Science – 1524 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60610(Clark/Division Stop Red Line)(151 Bus)
    Cost: $10 suggested donation at the door. Includes wine.
    Registration: Yes as space is limited.

  • Perspectives on Place: Dwelling in Landscape

    Brookline | Dates: 11 Dec, 2014

    “Dwelling in Landscape” 
    Daniel Bluestone, Director, Preservation Studies Program, Boston University

    6:00pm Reception, 7:00pm Lecture
    Wheelock College
    43 Hawes Street, Brookline, MA

    Professor Bluestone will explore the changing theories and practices that have guided designers in building residences within the broader landscape and in shaping landscapes surrounding residences. He frames the changing theories of prospect and aspect as they guided ideas about the appropriate relationship between residence and site in constituting a domestic landscape, focused primarily on the United States from the late 18th century to the early 21st century.

    Seating is limited and reservations are required: email Limited street parking is available. Public parking is not allowed in the Wheelock parking lot. Venue is easily accessible by MBTA Green Line “C” (Hawes Street) or “D” (Longwood) trains.

  • Celebrating Roxbury's Historic Meetinghouse: Past, Present, and Future

    Roxbury | Dates: 16 Nov, 2014

    The Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry cordially invites you to attend Celebrating Roxbury's Historic Meetinghouse: Past, Present, and Future. This program will be held in the 1804 Meetinghouse in Roxbury's John Eliot Square. Special guest speakers will explore the Meetinghouse's architectural and cultural importance and overview the planning underway for an extensive rehabilitation to preserve it as an historic landmark and transform it into an active center and cultural life in Roxbury. A festive reception will follow in Putnam Chapel. Please RSVP to Annie Stubbs at or 617-318-6010 x205.

    Special guest speakers will be:

    The Rev. F. Washington Jarvis, Roxbury Latin School Headmaster Emeritus
    Andrea Gilmore, Building Conservation Associates
    Don Mills, Mills Whitaker Associates

  • 42nd Noel Night at Mack House

    Detroit | Dates: 06 Dec, 2014
    Saturday, December 6, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    David Mackenzie House, 4735 Cass Avenue

    Mackenzie House will be full of preservation excitement! See cinematographer and photographer Geoff George’s first ever in-person show of his “Troubled Assets” Instagram photo series depicting Detroit’s repurposed bank structures from pre-1949 (and buy prints for holiday gifts). We’re hosting an encore of  the “My Neighborhood, My Heritage” Jefferson-Chalmers exhibitwith photos through the eyes of its youth and its fascinating history. Special thanks go to the Michigan Historic Preservation Network, producers of the exhibit.

    We’ll also have visioning dream boards to give some love to your favorite vacant landmarks, and we’re having a postcard-writing party so we can let city and state officials know that preservation matters. We’ll top it off with a DJ playing Detroit sounds and local holiday munchies and cider. Join us for a fun evening among friends!


  • Call for Papers: 2015 Conference on Illinois History

    Springfield | Dates: 24 – 25 Sep, 2015
    Proposal deadline: March 11, 2015 Proposals for papers, panels, or teacher workshops on any aspect of Illinois' history, architecture, culture, politics, geography, literature, and archaeology are requested.
  • CFP: Entangled Histories, Multiple Geographies (EAHN, Belgrade, October 2015)

    Belgrade | Dates: 13 Nov, 2014 – 31 Jan, 2015

    The European Architectural History Network (EAHN) is pleased to announce the call for papers for its 2015 regional thematic conference, "Entangled Histories, Multiple Geographies," in Belgrade, Serbia, presented in cooperation with the University of Belgrade - Faculty of Architecture. Visit the conference website for complete information about venue, keynote speakers, and other conference details:


    Conference dates: 14-17 October 2015
    Paper proposal deadline: 31 January 2015


    The EAHN 2015 Belgrade Conference "Entangled Histories, Multiple Geographies" aims to explore how different discourses emerged within architectural historiography and have both constructed and reproduced multiple identities, histories and perspectives on culture, nature and society. It also aims to apprehend the complex hierarchic articulation of these discourses, in terms of dominancy and peripherality, normativity and transfers.

    The principal aim of the conference is to shed light on how different interpretations of architecture and the built environment have contributed to different readings of history, culture, nature and society, either simultaneously or in alternation.

    Special attention will be given to addressing conflicting and complementary views, explanatory systems and theories that stem from understanding and interpreting the past by means of architecture. By "entangled histories" we mean architecture as both a prerequisite to and an instrument in shaping and understanding different or even competing histories of the peoples and places, while "multiple geographies" refers to the roles of the built environment in constructing and interpreting time frames and spatial scales, as well as cultural and political entities in which these histories unfold.

    The conference will be structured according to three broad themes.

    The first theme is historicity. This includes architectural responses to the appropriation and interpretation of the past from antiquity to the recent past; the roles of architecture in constructing meaning; its roles in conceptualizing or negotiating historical time and time frames, as well as how the interpretation of the built environment deals with various regimes of historicity and produces conflicting identities.

    The second theme considers tradition/ innovation in architecture, which can be traced equally in modern, early modern, and pre-modern periods. The theme explores the roles of architectural history in addressing questions of center-periphery, globalization, and cultural, political, or religious propaganda in the built environment. Examples might include transfer of architectural traditions and/ or innovations within Europe or beyond; appropriation of traditions or imposition of innovations for cultural, political, or religious reasons; or hybrid traditional-innovative conditions. It also opens the question of architectural history and its role in the simultaneity of multiple modernities, ideological restructuring of cultural and political discourse and similar topics.

    Finally the third theme looks at the role of politics, both in terms of the direct interaction of (local) powers with the field of architecture and of the intermediate pressure of geopolitics. The topics treated here could range from ideological matters - such as the instrumentalisation of architectural historiography, etc. - to operative policies related to economic and social issues, including the role of the State (in early modern and modern times; as a specification, during the Cold War, it can treat both the socialist regimes and the welfare capitalist State). The geopolitical perspective could embrace a larger chronological span and explore, aside from the phenomenon of globalization (with all its aspects), mechanisms that led previously to shape networks of political influences.

    We invite papers that explore one of the three main themes listed above.

    These themes have been, and could be, addressed from different conceptual perspectives central to the topic of "entangled histories" and "multiple geographies". These perspectives might include, but are not limited to, those of conflict and change; ruptures and continuities; global entanglements and segregation; regional integration and disintegration; political and cultural homogenization, and standardization and heterogeneity.

    Proposal due date: 31 January 2015, noon CET (Central European Time)

    Please submit 300 word abstracts through the conference website submission portal:



  • The Urban Land Institute Announces Call for Student Team Applications in the 2015 ULI Hines Competition

    Dates: 11 Nov – 08 Dec, 2014

    The ULI Hines Competition is an urban design and development challenge for graduate students.

    The competition challenges multidisciplinary student teams to devise a comprehensive development program for a real, large-scale site. Teams of five students representing at least three disciplines have two weeks to develop solutions that include drawings, site plans, tables, and market-feasible financial data.

    This is an ideas competition; there is no expectation that any of the submitted schemes will be applied to the site. The winning team will receive $50,000 and the finalist teams $10,000 each.

  • Senses of Place: Reflections on Preservation in Times Square

    New York | Dates: 18 Nov, 2014
    Tuesday, November 18, 2014 6:00-7:30PM
    Wood Auditorium, Avery Hall, Columbia University 

    Speakers include Laurie Beckelman, Cora Cahan, Jack Goldstein, Lee Harris Pomeroy, Judith Saltzman, and Kent Barwick.

    In conjunction with its exhibition TIMES SQUARE, 1984, The Skyscraper Museum presents a series of programs that reunite key actors in the transformation of Times Square over the past three decades. Each evening focuses on a set of issues and questions that ask the original authors, including government officials, planners, urban designers, developers, architects, preservationists, and activists, what really happened in the Eighties, and how do they assess their actions today?

    In the early 1980s, preservationists battled to save historic theaters in two areas called "Times Square." On 42nd Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenue, the urban renewal plans of the NYS Urban Development Corporation (UDC) sought to rescue derelict theaters and return the blighted block, plagued with high crime rates and pornography, to more populist entertainments.

    In the northern section of Times Square along the spine of Broadway, allied forces of actors and producers, including Joseph Papp, preservationists, architects, and civic groups fought on several fronts against the demolition of historic theaters still in active use. Although the beloved Helen Hayes and Morosco were ultimately razed in 1982 to make way for the Portman Marriott Marquis Hotel, the political action of these groups united to give impetus to the eventual landmark designation of 28 Broadway theaters.

    Further, the issue of a broad, but subjective preservation value of a "sense of place" became a special focus for many architects and activists dedicated to saving Times Square. Many argued that new high-rise development encouraged by zoning would obliterate the "bowl of light"- the open sky above the bright electric advertising signs in the "bow-tie" area of Times Square from 42nd to 46th Street. Their protests created a constituency that moved the Department of City Planning to adopt revised zoning amendments that required setbacks from the street and mandated large areas of illuminated signs to be incorporated on new skyscrapers.

    Thirty years ago, preservationists acted effectively to protect the physical fabric and the essential character of at least two Times Squares. Were they successful? A panel of key players in the drama of the preservation of Times Square will reflect on the legacy and evolution of today's Times Square. 


    LAURIE BECKELMAN was the Executive Director of the New York Landmarks Conservancy in the 1980s before serving as Chair of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission from 1990 to 1994. In 1995, she became the Executive Director of The Joseph Papp Public Theater. Laurie is one of the founding partners at the strategic advisory firm Beckelman + Capalino that focuses on working with arts, cultural, educational, and historic preservation organizations.

    CORA CAHAN has served, since 1990, as the President of The New 42nd Street, a non-profit formed by the City and State to address the future of seven theaters on the block between Broadway and Eighth Avenue. Before her work at The New 42nd Street, Cora founded the Feld Ballet, transformed the Elgin Cinema into the Joyce Theater, and developed the Lawrence A. Wien Center for Dance.

    JACK GOLDSTEIN was a founding member and then Executive Director of Save the Theaters, Inc., working on the campaign to prevent demolition of the Helen Hayes and Morosco Theaters, and then spearheading the successful effort to Landmark Broadway's remaining theaters. He is a longtime official at Actors' Equity and the former executive director of the Theater Development Fund, and is writing a book on the 1980s battles to save Broadway's historic theaters

    LEE HARRIS POMEROY founded his architecture firm in 1964. His involvement with Broadway Theater preservation and planning began in the 1980's as a member of midtown Community Board 5, when he crated an alternative build over scheme for the Portman Hotel, which led to a Theater District preservation plan and the landmarking of other historic Times Square theaters.

    JUDITH SALTZMAN, a founding principal at Li/Saltzmam, is an active member of the Preservation Committee of the Municipal Arts Society and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Early in her career, worked for the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.

    Introduction by CAROL WILLIS, Founding Director, The Skyscraper Museum. 

    Comments by ANDREW S. DOLKART, Director of the Historic Preservation Program and Professor of Historic Preservation at Columbia University.

    The event is free, but to ensure admittance, guests must RSVP to programs[at]skyscraper[dot]org.
    Reservation priority is given to Members of The Skyscraper Museum and Columbia University students.

    1.5 CEU's available.

    Click HERE for more on the TIMES SQUARE, 1984 Program series. 
  • Saul Steinberg Drawings | Architecture Public Space

    New York | Dates: 10 Nov, 2014 – 03 Jan, 2015

    In association with The Saul Steinberg Foundation and in celebration of the centennial of Steinberg's birth the Center for Architecture presents a selection of Steinberg drawings that explore the themes of architecture and public space.

    Steinberg was trained as an architect in Milan though he never practiced. Reflecting on his training he remarked “I began with architecture and I continued with drawing.”

    In addition to the drawings the exhibition includes selections from “Drawings for the Children’s Labyrinth” (2014)  published by Nieves Books, and an introduction by Karen Van Lengen, FAIA, Kenan Professor of Architecture, University of Virginia.