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  • Redefining Preservation for the 21st Century

    New York | Dates: 20 Apr, 2015

    On the eve of the opening of Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks, the Museum of the City of New York will celebrate its newest exhibition with a multi-disciplinary symposium. Please join a panel of distinguished speakers to explore the challenges and opportunities of the preservation movement today and in the future. What role will preservation play in keeping New York a dynamic global city? How will preservation law and practice continue to adapt over time? Tickets to this event include admission to the opening reception for the exhibition.

    Vishaan Chakrabarti, AIA, Director, Columbia University Center for Urban Real Estate
    Roberta Brandes Gratz, Urban Critic and Journalist
    Michael Kimmelman, Architecture Critic,The New York Times
    Steven Spinola, President, Real Estate Board of New York
    Robert A. M. Stern, FAIA, Dean, School of Architecture, Yale University

    Moderated by Adele Chatfield-Taylor, Former CEO, American Academy in Rome

    Tickets: $20 and up

    This event takes place at the New York Academy of Medicine; reception to follow across the street at the City Museum.

  • Preservation and Progress: Cuba in the New Era of Normalized Relations with the United States

    New York | Dates: 10 Apr, 2015

    When: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM FRIDAY, APRIL 10

    Where: At The Center   

    "Preservation and Progress Cuba in the New Era of Normalized Relations with the United States,” through addresses by Eduardo Luis and Victor Marin, will showcase the unique challenges to preserving Cuban architecture. Brunch will be served following the lecture.

    Keynote Speakers:
    Eduardo Luis Rodriguez, Architect, Architectural Historian, Editor, and Exhibition Curator 
    Victor Marin, Former Program Officer for UNESCO

    Moderator:
    Dr. Margaret Crosby-Arnold, Board Member of Fundación Amistad

    Price: $125 Entrance, Breakfast Included.

    RSVP: Please RSVP to Fundación Amistad Program Director, Faye Miller, at Fmiller@fundacionamistad.org or call (646) 723-1416. Checks, made payable to Fundación Amistad, can be mailed to:

    Fundación Amistad
    419 Lafayette St. 6th Fl
    New York, New York 10003

    Payment can also be made easily via PAYPAL. Please send payment to Lduke@fundacionamistad.org

    Organized by: Fundación Amistad and the AIA New York Chapter Historic Buildings Committee 

  • Jane Jacobs, Then and Now

    Chicago | Dates: 29 Apr, 2015

    Who was Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) and why are we talking about her today? Yes, the journalist, activist and author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961), among other works, holds iconic status among writers about cities and planning, but have you actually read her work? And what is the story behind her writing? How did her childhood in Scranton, PA, inform her views of what urban neighborhoods could and should be? What were her politics (hint: possibly not what you expect)? Why does her work continue to be influential today, and should it be so?

    Tim Mennel points out that Jane Jacobs has never been much associated with Chicago, but he  believes there is a lot of value in thinking through her work, even with its limitations. Doing so can help us to consider (1) what we mean to each other in our urban communities; (2) how we share an economy; (3) how we negotiate with spectacle; (4) how we relate to normative values; and (5) how we relate to the state, both in Jane Jacobs’s neighborhoods and in global cities.

    This talk is a prelude to the third annual 
    Jane’s Walk CHICAGO on May 2-3, 2015, hosted by Friends of DowntownJane's Walks are neighborhood tours coordinated and lead by local people. Jane’s Walks value local knowledge and community building. Part of the innovation of Jane’s Walk is acknowledging that everyone has a perspective on their neighborhood – no matter how long they have lived there. Starting in 2007 with 27 tours in Toronto, Jane’s Walk now takes place in 75 cities in 15 countries – including Chicago.

    Speaker: Timothy Mennel, senior editor at the University of Chicago Press since 2013, focuses on works of American history and Chicago and other regional publishing. He previously held editorial positions at the American Planning Association, Random House Adult Trade, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Artforum/Bookforum, and Princeton University Press.  He has a BA in English from Carleton College and a PhD in Geography from the University of Minnesota.

    SPONSORED BY

    Regional & Urban Design KC, Jane's Walk, Friends of Downtown

    LEARNING UNITS

    1 LU

    MEMBER PRICE

    Free

    NON MEMBER PRICE

    Free

     

  • Volunteer with Rebuilding Together

    Maywood | Dates: 25 Apr, 2015

    National Rebuilding Together Day is an annual event in which volunteers work together to renovate homes belonging to elderly, disabled, and low-income homeowners in order to make them warm, safe, and dry, improve accessibility, and provide improvements that will leave the home a healthier, brighter, more pleasant place to live. 

    Join AIA Chicago and Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago for a day of home repairs in Maywood. This year we will be updating the home of family of three by replacing tile, countertops and appliances in the kitchen. We will also add grab bars and railings around the home, paint four rooms and exterior trim, repair damaged joists, and install columns in the basement. 

    Transportation will be provided. More information on what to wear and bring will be provided to those individuals who sign up. All skill levels are welcome.  

    IDP and community service hours are available.

    If you have further questions, please email Allison Freedland at afreedland@aiachicago.org.

  • Folly 2015: Torqueing Spheres

    Long Island City | Dates: 17 May – 30 Aug, 2015

    Folly 2015
    Torqueing Spheres
    A project by
     Mariana Ibañez and Simon Kim of IK Studio

    On view
    May 17 – August 30, 2015, For more information on the opening, click here.

    Socrates Sculpture Park
    32-01 Vernon Boulevard at Broadway
    Long Island City
    The park is open 365 days a year from 10 a.m. until sunset. Admission is free. For more information about visiting, click here.

    Opening
    May 17, 2014, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

    The Architectural League and Socrates Sculpture Park present the winning proposal for the 2015 Folly Program—an annual juried competition targeted to early career architects and designers. Socrates Sculpture Park and The Architectural League launched the annual Folly Program in 2012 to explore the intersections and divergences between architecture and sculpture.

    Cambridge and Philadelphia-based firm IK Studio won this year’s competition with their proposal, Torqueing Spheres, which transforms a series of intertwining, sculpted forms into a meandering curved folly that encourages social interaction. IK Studio’s proposal was selected from 126 submissions from around the world and reviewed by a jury of five architects and artists, including David Benjamin (The Living); Leslie Gill (Architect); Sheila Kennedy (Kennedy & Violich Architecture); Alyson Shotz (Artist); and Socrates Sculpture Park Executive Director John Hatfield.

    Torqueing Spheres combines a simple concept—a straight line—with complex spherical pods which become deep, self-supporting chambers to create experiences for both the collective and the individual. To construct the voluminous curves of Torqueing Spheres, IK Studio has implemented a material technique that uses a cost-effective method of bending plywood while maintaining a system of control and delivery. By blending folly formalism with innovative material techniques, IK Studio plays off of traditional architectural geometries to create new construction spaces that allow for exploration.

    About the Designers
    IK Studio is a young design and research practice that engages material performance, adaptable tectonics, spatial interaction, and robotics within architecture and urbanism. The practice was established by Mariana Ibañez and Simon Kim in parallel with their academic pursuits and teaching at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania. In every project, IK Studio engages with multiple scales, establishing new forms of organization among immersive technologies and their relationships to design.

    About Socrates Sculpture Park
    For over 25 years Socrates Sculpture Park has been a model of public art production, community activism, and socially inspired place-making. Known for fostering experimental and visionary artworks, the park has exhibited more than 900 artists on its five waterfront acres, providing them financial and material resources and outdoor studio facilities to create large-scale artworks on-site. Open 365 days a year, the park also offers a full season of dynamic public programming – all free and open to the public

    Support
    Folly is a partnership of Socrates Sculpture Park and The Architectural League of New York. This program is funded, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. Socrates Sculpture Park’s Exhibition Program is also supported by the generosity of Bloomberg Philanthropies, Charina Endowment Fund, Mark di Suvero, Sidney E. Frank Foundation, Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation, Agnes Gund, Lambent Foundation, Ivana Mestrovic, Plant Specialists, Shelley and Donald Rubin, Spacetime C. C., and Robert and Christine Stiller.

    And special thanks goes to our public partners, including the City of New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Queens Borough President Melinda R. Katz, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, City Council Members Jimmy Van Bramer and Costa Constantinides, the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Commissioner Mitchell Silver, and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl.

  • The Wendy Evans Joseph Lecture on Art and Architecture: Ursula von Rydingsvard

    New York | Dates: 12 May, 2015

    The Wendy Evans Joseph Lecture on Art and Architecture
    Ursula von Rydingsvard
    Introduced by Billie Tsien

    1.5 AIA and New York State CEUs

    This lecture is hosted by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union.

    The Wendy Evans Joseph Lecture on Art and Architecture presents the work of an artist whose work is inspired by the built environment. On May 12, artist Ursula von Rydingsvard will present her recent work in this public lecture.

    Ursula von Rydingsvard is a sculptor based in Brooklyn. As noted by Galerie Lelong, the meaning behind her work is rooted in personal experience. “She creates large-scale sculpture from cedar beams which she cuts, assembles, and laminates, finally rubbing powdered graphite into the work’s textured, faceted surfaces. Born in Germany in 1942, von Rydingsvard and her family were among the dispossessed that, after the war, were forced to move from one refugee camp for displaced Poles to another, eventually settling in the United States in 1950. The artist’s respect for organic materials and the dignity of labor, sense of loss and pain, and the persistent memories that inform her work may be traced back to these formative experiences.”

    Her sculpture is included in numerous permanent collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art; Whitney Museum of American Art; Brooklyn Museum; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Detroit Institute of Arts; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville, Arkansas; and National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. Recent exhibitions include Ursula von Rydingsvard: Sculpture 1991-2009 at Sculpture Center, New York; as well as the installation of Ona, a bronze, outdoor sculpture installed at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn.

    Von Rydingsvard is the recipient of two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1983, the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture in 2011, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Sculpture Center in 2014. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the National Academy in New York, and is a current MFA Faculty member at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

    Billie Tsien is co-founder and principal of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects. She is president of The Architectural League of New York.

  • Revisiting CASE

    Cambridge | Dates: 02 May, 2015

    Participants: CASE members Stanford Anderson, Anthony (Tony) Eardley, Peter Eisenman, Kenneth Frampton, Robert Kliment, Donlyn Lyndon, Michael McKinnell, Henry (Hank) Millon, Jaquelin (Jaque) Robertson, and Thomas (Tim) Vreeland, plus Robert Goodman, K. Michael Hays, Sylvia Lavin, Reinhold Martin, Joan Ockman, Felicity Scott, Anthony Vidler, and faculty and students from the History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art program at MIT.

    Michael Graves, a member of CASE, passed away on March 12, 2015. His life, and his contributions to architecture, will be long remembered.

    In 1964, a group of young architects got together to form CASE, the Conference of Architects for the Study of the Environment. Instigated by a young, recent doctorate from the University of Cambridge, Peter Eisenman, the group contained a swath of architectural intellects then newly stepping into American universities, many of whom would become formative institutional and intellectual forces in their own right: Kenneth Frampton, Michael Graves, Richard Meier, John Hejduk, Stanford Anderson, Hank Millon, and the older, redoubtable Colin Rowe. Their discussions included issues from pedagogy to practice, from the relevance of the discipline to the necessity of interdisciplinarity. They organized meetings and conferences at several east coast universities, and broadcast their work through an exhibition at MoMA and a teach-in at the University of Oregon. These events produced the impetus for later developments in the field, both in terms of collaborations and conflicts. The conflicts include Robert Venturi’s snub to the group, setting up the ground for the later “Whites and Grays” debate; the collaborations would find fruition in the formation of the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York and the Museum of Modern Art events leading to the publication of the New York Five. Less known are CASE’s interest in community engagement, their entanglements with the politics and counter-culture of the late 1960s, and their relationship to the formation of history curricula and doctoral programs within American schools of architecture.

    Fifty years after the formation of the group, Stanford Anderson’s essay “CASE and MIT: Engagement,” included in the compendium titled A Second Modernism: MIT, Architecture and the ‘Techno-Social’ Moment (MIT, 2013), produced a rich memoir of the group’s meetings and discussions. Our conference Revisiting CASE follows up on this initial research to revisit the group’s discussions and conversations in the 1960s and early 1970s. Participants will include the original CASE members as well as noted scholars of the history of modern architecture in North America. In their initial meeting, Colin Rowe talked about the prospects of the group as best realized in a state of ‘productive disunity.’ Revisiting CASE will revisit this disunity through the key issues that sparked debate within the group—inspiring collegiality as well as discord. The conference positions these events as a key chapter in the evolution of contemporary architectural discourse.

  • Latin American Incrementalism: From PREVI to the Present

    New York | Dates: 25 Apr, 2015

    A symposium exploring the contributions of Latin American progressive housing strategies and participatory design to architecture and urban development
    Speakers include: Barry Bergdoll, Lucía Calcagno, Rosalie Genevro, Catalina Justiniano, Peter Land, Manuel Llanos, Fernando Luíz Lara, Alejandro de Castro Mazarro, Patricio del Real, and Felicity Scott

    This program is presented by The Architectural League of New York, Columbia University Latin Lab, and The Museum of Modern Art in conjunction with the exhibition Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980.

    This day-long symposium will explore the contributions of Latin American progressive housing strategies and participatory design to architecture and urban development. Beginning with an analysis of the precedent-setting Proyecto Experimental de Vivienda (PREVI) developed in the late 1960s in Peru, the symposium will examine the spectrum of more recent strategies in Latin America, where architects and local communities use the intense need for housing and usable public space as premises for their “incrementalist” design solutions.

    Symposium attendees will have complimentary access to the exhibition Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980 in between the morning and afternoon sessions.

  • Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association Exhibition

    Providence | Dates: 23 Apr – 02 Aug, 2015
    Opening Celebration for Drawing Ambience exhibition is Thursday, April 23rd, 2015. 5pm Introduction in galleries with Jan Howard, Houghton P. Metcalf, Jr. Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs (RISD Museum, Providence, RI) and Igor Manjanovic, Associate Professor of Architecture, Washington University in St. Louis, with architect Nicholas Boyarsky. Critical Encounters: Drawing in Architecture, April 24th 1-4pm in RISD Museum galleries. Some of the most provocative ideas in architecture have been expressed through drawing. Architectural drawing can be an activity where concepts are discovered, explored, and experienced and through which the discipline can be expanded. This was the role of drawing at the Architectural Association during Alvin Boyarsky’s remarkable tenure as chairman, and it is the role that will be examined in an afternoon of gallery conversations with architects, faculty, and students. Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities, April 24th and 25th - Two day symposium focuses on architectural/urban education in the context of liberal arts and arts programs. Leading thinkers discuss the nature of architectural education today and question curriculum development, emphasizing context and exploring methods for architecture to intersect with the humanities. 4/24 - Bernard Tschumi 6pm in RISD Auditorium. 4/25 - Talks and round table discussion 9am - 5pm Brown University, List Art Center Auditorium.
  • 35th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference “Always Seeking Modern”

    Midland | Dates: 13 May, 2015 – 16 May, 2016
    The Michigan Historic Preservation Network is pleased to bring its 35th annual statewide preservation conference to the City of Midland for the first time. The conference offers five tracks of educational sessions including community and themed tours. Track One showcases all sizes of Michigan communities and inspirational projects representing the conference theme. Track Two features information communities need to move their historic preservation efforts forward. Overseen by the MHPN’s Historic Resource Council, Track Three looks at techniques for restoring historic properties. Track Four includes the efforts of our partners including the Michigan State Housing Development Authority’s State Historic Preservation Office, State Archaeologist, Sense of Place Council, and Michigan Main Street Program; the Michigan Barn Preservation Network; and organizations focused on Mid-Century architect and on cultural landscapes. Track Five offers tours highlighting our host community’s historic treasures and projects influenced by its commitment to preservation, especially of Mid-Century Modern resources. The conference kicks off Wednesday with two different day-long MHPN “Great Michigan Road Trips” - “Tradition and Innovation: Cities of the Bay Region” and “Preserving Heritage, Accommodating Change: Barns of Gladwin, Clare, and Isabella Counties” - during which you will get a real feel for Midland and the surrounding communities. Saturday programming includes either a half-day workshop for Historic District Commissioners or the Symposium “Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America.” Presented by the State Historic Preservation Office, the daylong Symposium features presentations focusing on Midland’s role in modernism. Among the sessions are an interview of Charles Breed, teacher and modern arts innovator; a discussion on Alden B. Dow; and the “Technical and Design Challenges of Working with Twentieth-Century Materials and Assemblies.” Additionally, symposium participants are invited to visit the 1964 Robert and Barbara Schwartz House/The “Dome House” built of Styrofoam and enjoy an evening reception at the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio. Several events and sessions during the conference are free and open to the public - Thursday evening’s All Conference Reception which includes the Vendor Showcase and Third Annual Preservation Film Festival, Michigan’s Placemaking Initiative session Friday morning, and Friday afternoon’s keynote address “American Modernism and Michigan’s Distinct Role in It” by architect and historian Alan Hess. Additionally, tickets are available for purchase for individual sessions or events like lunch with “Town and Gown Welcome,” individual tours, and the Annual Preservation Awards Reception and Ceremony. Throughout the conference, guests can bid on auction items, vie for a great raffle prize, pick up must-have books at the “Half Ton Used Book Sale,” or bid on the always popular silent auction offerings. To learn about the conference, download the brochure at www.mhpn.org, request a copy at admin@mhpn.org or call (517) 371-8080. Conference costs range from $65-$390 for MHPN members; you too can enjoy immediately discounted conference fees and support MHPN year round when you join while registering. Most sessions and tours are approved for MCP, AICP, and AIA credits.
  • Evening Talk: Van Evera Bailey and Regional Modernism

    Irvington | Dates: 08 May, 2015

    Van Evera Bailey was one of the architects who developed the Northwest Regional Style of architecture popularized in the Pacific Northwest, along with Pietro BelluschiJohn Yeon and Saul Zaik. Born in Portland in 1903, Bailey apprenticed locally and then traveled the world working in New Zealand and Southern California before returning to Portland in 1936. in 1940, California architect Richard Neutra hired him as the local supervising architect for the Jan de Graaff house in Dunthorpe, a Portland suburb. The house, which included some of Bailey’s ideas, received national exposure and gave him his first big break.

    Bailey’s modern homes include large windows and deep overhanges. He designed a new and beautiful type of stilt system to deal with the challenges of hillside construction.

    Our program will provide insights on Bailey and the scope of his career, along with disucussions on interior design & preservation of Modern architecture and it all takes place in the beautiful Pietro Belluschi designed Central Lutheran Church. Featured speakers will include:

    • Anthony Belluschi, FAIA, – Central Lutheran Church and its design and restoration;
    • Becca Cavell, FAIA – Bailey’s Life and Work;
    • Jack Bookwalter, freelance writer and architectural historian onBailey’s work in Pasadena and Palm Springs;
    •  21st Century Interpretations of Modern Interiors
    • Peggy Moretti, Executive Director of Restore Oregon on the Preservation of Mid-Century Buildings;

    Those interested in personally experiencing Van Evera Bailey’s residential designs may want to participate in our Mid-Century Modern Home Tour the following day, featuring several Portland area homes by Van Evera Bailey, many of which have never been open to the public before. This is the first time such a collection of his residential work has been available for viewing.

  • Nimble Spaces Ways to Live Together: New Cultures of Housing

    Carlow, Ireland | Dates: 01 May, 2015

    An international conference exploring participative design, spatial justice, social housing, co- housing and new ways to imagine housing in the 21st Century.

    Speakers: 
    Rory Hearne, Dept. Geography NUI Maynooth, social justice and housing advocate; Teddy Cruz (via Skype), Architect, Estudio Teddy Cruz, and activist, San Diego; Andrea Phillips, Goldsmiths University, London; LiD Architecture, architects Donegal/Berlin; Studio Weave, architects London; Jo Gooding, UK Cohousing Network, Co-ordinator; Emma Geoghegan, Meme Architecture and DIT Architecture; Susanne Hofmann, Baupiloten, Berlin; Aaron Kauffman, Hudson, New York; Cllr. Ciarán Cuffe, Urban Regeneration and Development Dept. DIT

    Call for ideas:
    We are now accepting proposals. Our conference will include talks, panel discussions and smaller active workshops. Are you someone with particular housing needs? Are you an architect/designer, researcher, artist, student, activist? Are you a group or an association of people who are tackling a particular housing issue? We are looking for innovative thinking, projects and lived experience to contribute to the breadth of this conference. If you would like to contribute please submit a 250 word outline of your proposal toinfo@nimblespaces.org / Deadline March 24th at 5pm.

    Conference coincides with a presentation of films, images, and research materials from Nimble Spaces: Enabling Design, documenting long term collaborations between artists, architects and adults with a disability, considering ‘home’ and shared living. Process Space, VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, 13 April to 03 May 2015.

    Date: 1st May 2015
    Time: 9.30 – 5.30pm
    Tickets: €60 full price / €20 reduced price (Lunch included in tickets) Venue: VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow
    Booking: visit visualcarlow.ie or call 059 9172400

  • Public Lives: Preserving New York’s Landmark Interiors

    New York | Dates: 16 Apr, 2015

    Many of New York’s best interiors survive for a reason: people. In challenging the forces that nearly led to the destruction of such places as Grand Central Terminal and Radio City Music Hall, preservation advocates secured a future for an extraordinary interior design legacy that enriches our lives today. Kent Barwick, civic leader and former NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission Chair;Roberta Brandes Gratz, journalist and urban critic; and Francis Morrone, architectural historian, join preservation historian Anthony C. Wood for a checkup on the interior preservation movement, with an introductory overview byKate Wood, co-curator of NYSID’s exhibition, “Rescued, Restored, Reimagined: New York’s Landmark Interiors.”

    Presented in collaboration with the New York Preservation Archive Project

    NYSID Auditorium, 170 East 70th Street, NYC. 
    $12 General Admission
    $10 Seniors and Non-NYSID Students
    NYSID Students are Free

  • Eileen Gray: Why Now?

    New York | Dates: 13 Apr, 2015

    Eileen Gray, the Irish-born designer who was active in France during the 1910s and ‘20s, is considered one of the more talented figures in the history of modern design. She was the first European artist to adapt Asian lacquer techniques to furniture, a talented interior designer, and an avant-gardist whose house E1027, built in the French Riviera, is considered a masterpiece of Modernist domestic architecture. In a panel discussion — which includes Cloé Pitiot, curator at Centre Pompidou in Paris; Jennifer Goff, curator at the National Museum of Ireland; Adriana Friedman, DeLorenzo Gallery; and Sandra Gering, founder of the Friends of E1027 — design historian and educator Daniella Ohad will moderate and address the question: “Eileen Gray: Why Now?”

    NYSID Auditorium, 170 East 70th Street, NYC. 
    $12 General Admission
    $10 Seniors and Non-NYSID Students
    NYSID Students are Free

  • TEN TOPS

    New York | Dates: 14 Mar – 13 Sep, 2015
    Distinctive tops that add extra height to high-rises have been characteristic of New York skyscrapers from the first tall office buildings in the 1870s. The word skyscraper, after all, evokes both aerial height and a slender silhouette. The romance of Manhattan's towers has been the inspiration and touchstone for a worldwide surge of signature tops. Stretched spires are also a strategy in the competition for the title of world's tallest building. Top Ten lists hold a perennial fascination, and debating definitions of height has spawned three official line- ups based on different metrics: 1) the architectural top; 2) the highest occupied floor; and 3) the tip (including added antennas, flagpoles, etc.). But measuring only vertical height succumbs to one-dimensional thinking that ignores important features of skyscraper design and history. TEN TOPS eschews rankings and focuses on one simple group of the world's tallest buildings: 100 stories and higher. The category begins with the 1931 Empire State Building and now includes nearly two dozen towers worldwide that are completed or under construction. Highlighting ten towers in their categorical context, TEN TOPS peers into their uppermost floors and analyzes the architectural features they share, including observation decks, luxury hotels and restaurants, distinctive crowns and night illumination, as well as the engineering and construction challenges of erecting such complex and astonishing structures.
  • 2015 South Carolina Historic Preservation Conference

    Columbia | Dates: 23 Apr, 2015

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

    Registration and Conference Program (PDF)

    Early Registration Discount Ends April 9

  • Paul Rudolph Open House in NYC

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

    Washington | Dates: 21 Mar, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Chicago | Dates: 14 Jun, 2015

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

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

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

  • Wright Plus 2015 Architectural Housewalk

    Oak Park and Riverside | Dates: 16 May, 2015

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

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

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

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