Recent Opportunities

  • Save the Date: Richard H. Driehaus Foundation 2015 Built Environment Symposium

    Chicago | Dates: 09 – 10 Oct, 2015

    Where is the legacy of Chicago’s great building tradition in today’s Chicago architecture? What aspects of this tradition are still relevant and how should we use them?

    In Chicago a strong tradition of building well developed from outside influences as well as home-grown innovation. Here appeared the first modern tall office buildings, in the Loop, as well as the first American ensemble of European Beaux-Arts classical architecture, at the World's Columbian Exposition. The Chicago tradition of building well is therefore a complex one, with multiple, sometimes-separate strands. This symposium will consider a few of these separate strands—individual Chicago traditions—before inviting some prominent thinkers and designers to comment on how past achievements should bear on today’s Chicago architecture.

    Along the way we will consider the relative merits of tradition and innovation as points of departure for design, weigh the need for distinctive landmarks against that for ordinary urban fabric, and consider claims for personal architectural expression against a desire to represent the community as a whole.

    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9

    Keynote Address 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.Reception 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

    The Friday evening keynote address will discuss the context and development of Chicago architectural traditions and venture some conclusions about how contemporary architecture fits, or fails to fit into those traditions.

    Robert Bruegmann, Professor Emeritus of Art History, University of Illinois, Chicago

    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10

    8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

    Speakers will stake out various critical positions in Chicago’s architectural traditions through “polemics,” other speakers will draw on specific examples from their own work as guidelines for new design.

    • ROSTER OF SPEAKERS
    • Robert Adam, Director, Adam Architecture
    • Tom Beeby, Chairman Emeritus, HBRA Architects
    • Stuart Cohen, Partner, Stuart Cohen & Julie Hacker Architects
    • Mark Sexton, Principal, Krueck + Sexton Architects
    • Steven W. Semes, Associate Professor and Director, Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, University of Notre Dame School of Architecture
    • Robert Somol, Director, School of Architecture, University of Illinois, Chicago
    • John Vinci, Principal, Vinci-Hamp Architects
    PANEL CONVERSATION

    A concluding discussion will explore the implications of problems and proposed solutions. Moderated by Kim Coventry, Executive Director, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.


  • Josep Lluís Sert / A Nomadic Dream film screening

    Chicago | Dates: 20 May, 2015

    MAS Context, in collaboration with the Graham Foundation, is pleased to present the screening of the filmJosep Lluís Sert / A Nomadic Dream.

    The documentary, written and directed by Pablo Bujosa Rodríguez, tells the story of Josep Lluís Sert, a talented architect, city planner, and contemporary of Miró, Calder, and Picasso, and his indelible impact on the course of American architecture. Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design from 1953 to 1969, Sert fled Spain during the Civil War and immigrated to the United States where he lived for almost forty years. Sert had a connection to Chicago as he was part of the Graham Foundation Advisory Board when the institution was founded in 1956.

    The film features never before seen archival footage as well as interviews with contemporaries of Sert including Rafael Moneo (architect and former Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design), Robert Campbell (architect, journalist, 1996 Pulitzer Prize winner, and former colleague of Sert), Robert Gardner (filmmaker, former Director of the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts at Harvard University, and personal friend of Sert), and Gerald & Nina Holton (personal friends of Sert and current owners of the Sert home in Cambridge). For more information about the film, please visit www.jlsertfilm.com.

    The event is free but donations to support our public program are welcome. For more information about how to support MAS Context, please visit: www.mascontext.com/support

  • Design Intelligence Conference

    New York | Dates: 25 Apr, 2015

    The Design Intelligence conference at the New School will feature a panel discussion, skill-based workshops, and networking opportunities for both New School students and the greater design community. This year’s conference will be driven by the question: What Can Design Intelligence Do? Through the immersive day-long experience we will explore these questions from various perspectives and sectors and through the course of the day have the opportunity to talk about design in the context of new economics, new models, and new work.

    10 - 11:00: Registration, Greetings and Light Breakfast

    11:30 - 12:30: Panel Discussion

    Design Intelligence: What can it do? Exploring the power of design thinking approaches across multiple sectors.
    Overview: The session will focus on a discussion about design thinking and industry specific applications. There will be multiple panelists, each from a different sector and one to two student voices to have a conversation about how design thinking touches their work and the power of using this design intelligence when tackling complex issues across industries.

    Panthea Lee: Founder + Principal, Reboot
    Chelsea Mauldin: Executive Director, Public Policy Lab
    Dr. Edward Rogoff: Lawrence N. Field Professor of Entrepreneurship and Department Chair; Academic Director, Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneruship and Small Business, CUNY-Baruch
    Randy Plemel, Design Lead, IDEO

    12:30 - 1:15: Lunch

    1:30 - 3:00: Workshop Sessions

    Workshop 1: Cultural Design

    Facilitated by Andrew Hutton, SDM ‘14

    Workshop 2: Design Intelligence for New Venture Design

    Facilitated by Victor Angel, Co-founder N8 Innovation Studio, SDM ‘14

    Workshop 3: Role of Design Thinking in Technology

    How do we converge the creativity of design with its functional role in enhancing business strategy? Technology enacts as the medium in which the role of design thinking impacts the process, providing business solutions that will innovate our global economy. Through the workshop, we will explore how to position client’s business challenges and how creative technology is used to unravel its complexities and build financially sustainable solutions.

    Facilitated by Esther Ahn, SDM ‘14

    Workshop 4: Beyond the Brainstorm

    The brainstorm is a heavily leaned upon “creative method” for soliciting ideas from groups. Often, however, once the brainstorm is finished the group does not have the tools, tactics, and methodologies to move beyond ideas. Using design thinking methodologies, we will practice ways to prioritize information, combine and build ideas, and have teams adopt a shared vision so that they can move toward action.

    Facilitated by Karen Jackson, SDM ‘15

    3:00 - 3:30: Refreshments and Workshop recapitulations and displays

    3:30 - 4:00 Keynote Speaker

    Shawn Nelson Founder LoveSac, SDM ‘15

    4:00 - 4:30 Closing Statement by Program Director

    4:30 - 5:30 Champagne Toast & Networking

  • Dwell Brooklyn Home Tours

    Brooklyn | Dates: 09 May, 2015

    On May 7, 2015 from 7 PM - 9 PM, Dwell hosts Meet the Architects night.  Always a standing-room-only event, located at FREEHOLD, 45 South 3rd Street, Brooklyn, Meet the Architects is a chance to hear from the brilliant minds behind the innovative homes featured on the Brooklyn Home Tours. The designers and architects present and discuss methods of design, renovation, and preservation taking place on the storied streets of Brooklyn.

    On May 9, 2015 from 10 AM - 4 PM, Dwell will showcase five of the best homes in Brooklyn with the Brooklyn Home Tours. Each modern residence will highlight the work of some of New York’s brightest architects and designers changing the landscape of Brooklyn’s historic neighborhoods. Ticket includes entry to Meet the Architects Night on Thursday, May 7, from 7 PM - 9 PM.

    Event Page:  http://www.dwellondesign.com/home-tours/brooklyn-home-tour-2015

    Eventbrite Page for Ticket Purchase:  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/dwell-brooklyn-home-tours-meet-the-architects-night-tickets-16242383406

  • Film Screening: Detropia

    Boston | Dates: 01 May, 2015

    Explore the devastating effects that the collapse of Detroit’s automobile industry had on its residents and urban infrastructure. Directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, Detropia is a documentary about the tough reality of this post-industrial city.

    This screening will be held at 6:00 pm on Friday, May 1 at BSA Space (290 Congress Street, Boston) and is the last film in Keeping it Reel, a six-part BSA Space Film Series covering various design topics. Complimentary refreshments and popcorn will be served. All proceeds from the BSA Space Film Series support the BSA Foundation

    Synopsis
    Detroit’s story has encapsulated the iconic narrative of America over the last century—the Great Migration of African Americans escaping Jim Crow; the rise of manufacturing and the middle class; the love affair with automobiles; the flowering of the American dream; and now...the collapse of the economy and the fading American mythos. With its vivid, painterly palette and haunting score, Detropia sculpts a dreamlike collage of a grand city teetering on the brink of dissolution. These soulful pragmatists and stalwart philosophers strive to make ends meet and make sense of it all, refusing to abandon hope or resistance. Their grit and pluck embody the spirit of the Motor City as it struggles to survive post-industrial America and begins to envision a radically different future.

  • TypeCast: Twelve quick talks on type

    Boston | Dates: 30 Apr, 2015

    Join master of ceremonies Clif Stoltze of Stoltze Design and twelve of Boston’s finest creative minds for a fun, fast-paced Pecha Kucha–style event. Discover the typographic explorations and passions of some of Boston’s top designers, illustrators, and artists while enjoying libations and snacks. And don’t miss the opportunity to explore the current exhibition at BSA Space, StereoType: New directions in typography. This event is free and open to the public.

    PechaKucha is an informal presentation format where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, and thoughts using only 20 images that are shown for 20 seconds each. Join the fun and get inspired!

    This event is sponsored by the BSA Foundation with support from AIGA Boston.

    Presenters include:

  • Michael Graves Memorial Service

    Princeton | Dates: 12 Apr, 2015

    Following the incredibly sad news that Michael Graves has passed away, Michael Graves Architecture & Design (MGA&D) announces his memorial service will be held at Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University on April 12, 2015 at 1 pm.

    For more information and to RSVP, please visit michaelgraves.com/memorial/

  • Lecture: Celebrating Pittsburgh: Its Character and Significance

    Wilkinsburg | Dates: 16 Jun, 2015

    Louise Sturgess
    Executive Director, Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation
    Tuesday, June 16, 2015
    6:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m.

    Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
    744 Rebecca Avenue, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

    This presentation of 72 images, so rich in detail, was created in 2008 for the Frick Art & Historical Center’s exhibition, “A Panorama of Pittsburgh: Nineteenth-Century Printed Views.” Following an overview of Pittsburgh’s physical development, the presentation concentrates on a series of 19th-century lithographs, watercolors, prints, and even a letter that were made to describe, publicize, and promote the city. It concludes with a fast-paced tour of 21st-century Pittsburgh, showing how the 19th-century lives on in notable landmarks. Memorable quotations from David McCullough (author/historian), Walter C. Kidney (author), David Lewis (urban planner), and Clyde Hare (photographer), among others, help define Pittsburgh’s unique character and significance.

    About the presenter: Louise Sturgess is the Executive Director of PHLF. Louise works with fellow staff members, docents, and many trustees to raise funds for, create, and implement various educational programs––school tours, architectural design challenges, lectures, membership tours, and publications featuring regional history and architecture. Louise is a fifth generation Pittsburgher, a graduate of Bucknell University (English and Economics), and an employee of PHLF since 1981.

    This lecture is free to PHLF Members. Click here for more information about PHLF membership and please join!
    Non-members: $5

    RSVPs are appreciated. Contact Mary Lu Denny at 412-471-5808 ext. 527

  • Lecture: Recycling Space: New Architecture for Old Places

    Wilkinsburg | Dates: 07 May, 2014

    Eric Fisher
    Principal, Fisher ARCHitecture
    Thursday, May 7, 2015
    6:00 p.m. — 7:30 p.m.

    Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
    744 Rebecca Avenue, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

    Architects do not create the world as we design; we respond to it. However, despite the fact that our designs become richer as they begin to express the conditions of their surroundings, more often than not new Pittsburgh buildings do not reflect the character of the city we love. In this lecture, we focus on demonstrations of how new and old may come together as friendly neighbors without pretending to be exactly alike.

    About the presenter: Eric Fisher AIA, LEED AP, is the Principal at Fisher ARCHitecture, a Pittsburgh firm he founded in 2006. A fourth generation Pittsburgher, Eric has more than 25 years of experience as an architect, working in Europe and the United States, including a four-year stint apprenticing with Richard Meier, the “King of Rigor” detailing the Los Angeles Getty Museum. Locally, he was project architect for Perfido Weiskopf Architects of the Whole Foods Market building in East Liberty, among many other significant large and small-scale projects. He holds Engineering, Visual Arts, and Architecture degrees from Dartmouth College and Harvard University.

    This lecture is free to PHLF Members. Click here for more information about PHLF membership and please join!
    Non-members: $5

    RSVPs are appreciated. Contact Mary Lu Denny at 412-471-5808 ext. 527

  • Preservation Pub® in Oakland

    Oakland | Dates: 21 May, 2015
    Join Restore Oregon for a  Preservation Pub in Oakland! This event is one of a series of programs intended to connect Oregonians to the stories behind the still-to-be discovered gems of Oregon history. Topics include the local campaign to save the 1865 Mildred Kanipe house, restoration and reuse of Pioneer-era properties, and answers to your historic preservation questions. No RSVP or historic preservation background is required to have a good time!
  • Current Work: Shigeru Ban

    New York | Dates: 17 Jun, 2015

    Current Work
    Shigeru Ban
    Shigeru Ban Architects
    “Works and Humanitarian Activities”

    1.5 AIA and New York State CEUs

    This lecture is co-sponsored by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union.

    Each year, The Architectural League’s Current Work series presents the work of significant international figures, who powerfully influence contemporary architectural practice and shape the future of the built environment. Shigeru Ban of Shigeru Ban Architects will present his work in a public lecture.

    With a portfolio that spans diverse scales, from refugee housing and other temporary structures, to houses, commercial structures, and cultural facilities, Shigeru Ban’s work is united by structural innovation, creative use of unconventional building materials, and environmental sensitivity. The 2014 winner of the Pritzker Prize, Ban was lauded by the jury for “his respect for the people who inhabit his buildings, whether victims of natural disaster or private clients or the public…always revealed through his thoughtful approach, functional plans, carefully selected appropriate materials, and the richness of the spaces he creates.”

    Shigeru Ban founded Tokyo-based Shigeru Ban Architects in 1982. The firm has since expanded to New York and Paris. He became a consultant to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 1995 and founded the NGO Voluntary Architects’ Network in the same year to support disaster relief. Notable projects include: Japan Pavilion, Expo 2000, Hannover; Nomadic Museum, New York; Seikei University Library and Nicolas G Hayek Center, both in Tokyo; Paper Temporary School/Hualin Elementary School, Chengdu; Centre Pompidou-Metz; Container Temporary Housing, Onagawa, Japan; Paper Partition System 4 for Evacuation Facilities, East Japan; Cardboard Cathedral, Christchurch, New Zealand; Aspen Art Museum; and Oita Prefectural Art Museum, Oita, Japan.

    Ban was a professor at Keio University from 2001 to 2008. He is an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada; Honorary Member of the Japan Institute of Architects; le grade commandeur of l’Ordre des Arts at des Letters in France; and recipient of the International Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

    Shigeru Ban has also been recognized internationally for his architectural design and relief efforts. He is a recipient of this year’s World Economic Forum Crystal Award; the Asahi Prize in 2014; and the Arnold Brunner Memorial Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2005.

  • Fifth Annual Mother-Daughter Tea at the Glessner House

    Chicago | Dates: 02 May, 2015

    Saturday May 2, 2015 at 11:30am
    $35 per person / $30 for museum members
    Glessner House dining room
    Prepaid reservations required to 312-326-1480

    We are pleased to offer this rare opportunity to dine in our historic dining room.  Surrounded by beautiful oak paneling, a gilt ceiling, and a fireplace clad in exotic Persian tiles, attendees will be treated to a traditional high tea with fine china, silver, and an assortment of delicious treats.  Curator William Tyre will share beautiful examples of jewelry worn by Frances Glessner and her daughter, not normally on public display.  Invite your mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, or good friend for what promises to be a most memorable experience.  Tickets sell quickly, don't delay!

  • Lina Bo Bardi: Together

    Chicago | Dates: 24 Apr – 25 Jul, 2015

    The Graham Foundation is pleased to announce the first U.S. presentation of Lina Bo Bardi: Together—an exhibition that pays tribute to the work and legacy of twentieth-century, Italian-Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi. Featuring new works by artist Madelon Vriesendorp, filmmaker Tapio Snellman, and photographer Ioana Marinescu, this exhibition endeavors to inspire new conversations around Lina Bo Bardi’s work. It brings to life the experience of Bo Bardi’s buildings and inclusive approach to design, which aimed to dispel aesthetic and social hierarchies and embraced the texture and diversity of her adopted Brazil. Curated by Noemi Blager and designed by London-based architecture and design firm Assemble, Lina Bo Bardi: Together will open to the public with a reception at the Graham Foundation’s Madlener House on April 24, 2015.

    Noemi Blager is an architect and curator from Buenos Aires, Argentina, who is now based in London. She is former acting director of the Architecture Foundation in London and member of the Design Museum's curatorial committee. Blager is advisor of the Lina Bo Bardi Fellowship, a project initiated by the British Council to create long-term connections between British and Brazilian artists, designers, and architects. In 2003, Blager collaborated with OMA on the exhibition Content,presented in Germany and the Netherlands. She is the culture and development consultant at the Italian design company Arper. She has been a guest lecturer at the Institut für Kunst und Architektur, Vienna; Kingston College, London; and ESADE, Barcelona; as well as tutor of architectural design at the University of Buenos Aires.

    Madelon Vriesendorp co-founded the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) with Rem Koolhaas and Elia and Zoe Zenghelis. Her paintings have been used for numerous book and magazine covers, notably Delirious New York (1978) by Rem Koolhaas. Her work has been exhibited at the Serpentine Gallery (London), Guggenheim Museum and Max Protetch galleries (New York), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Aedes Gallery (Berlin), Gallery Ma (Tokyo), Architectural Association (London), and the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale. Vriesendorp’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Canadian Center for Architecture, and Frac Lorraine, France. Since the mid-1980s, she has taught art and design at the Architectural Association, London, and Edinburgh School of Art.

    Tapio Snellman is a filmmaker, artist, and architect engaged in architectural and urban discourse. His work includes film installations, commercial moving images, experimental 3D animation, and site-specific projections for museums, theater, and dance. He has had long-term collaborations with creators, such as Herzog & de Meuron, Zaha Hadid, OMA, David Adjaye, and Sasha Waltz on film, animation, and performance projects. Snellman received degrees in Architecture and City Planning from the University of North London and Universität Stuttgart, and currently holds a lecturing position at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. His films and installations have been exhibited at numerous venues, including The Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate Modern, The Hayward Gallery, and The Design Museum, London; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki; and at several iterations of the Venice Architecture Biennale.

    Ioana Marinescu is a London-based artist working with photography. She studied architecture in Romania and the UK before turning to photography. Her work has been shown at the Architectural Association and RIBA, London; the Cité du patrimoine et de l’architecture, Paris; the Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna; and the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal. Marinescu teaches architecture at Kingston University in London and runs regular workshops and lectures on photography and architecture. Her PhD at the Slade School of Fine Art is concerned with the relationship between cities and memory.

    Assemble is a young architecture and design practice based in London. Founded by a collective of 18 members, its work covers a broad range of disciplines, mediums and interests. Through a collaborative working practice Assemble explores design ideas, testing unexpected and imaginative uses of materials and construction. Previous projects range from an experimental theatre space to affordable housing development. Assemble has exhibited internationally, and numerous awards include the Bauwelt international architecture prize (2013) and the New London Architecture Awards (2012). The setting for this exhibition has been designed by Assemble to be a re-enactment of the experience of Lin Bo Bardi’s work.

    Arper is a furniture design company based in Treviso, Italy, and is the main sponsor of Lina Bo Bardi: Together.

    Instituto Lina Bo e P. M. Bardi in São Paulo, Brazil, is open to the public and holds the archives of Lina Bo Bardi and Pietro Maria Bardi.

  • INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY, School of Historical Studies, Opportunities for Scholars 2016-2017

    Princeton | Dates: 01 Jun – 01 Nov, 2015
    The Institute is an independent private institution founded in 1930 to create a community of scholars focused on intellectual inquiry, free from teaching and other university obligations. The history of art and architecture is among the School’s principal interests, but the program is open to all fields of historical research. Scholars from around the world come to the Institute to pursue their own research. Candidates of any nationality may apply for a single term or a full academic year. Scholars may apply for a stipend, but those with sabbatical funding, other grants, retirement funding or other means are also invited to apply for a non-stipendiary membership. The Institute provides access to extensive resources including offices, libraries, subsidized restaurant and housing facilities, and some secretarial services. Residence in Princeton during term time is required. The only other obligation of Members is to pursue their own research. The Ph.D. (or equivalent) and substantial publications are required. Information and application forms may be found on the School's web site, www.hs.ias.edu, or contact the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Einstein Dr., Princeton, N.J. 08540 (E-mail address: mzelazny@ias.edu). Deadline: November 1 2015.
  • Workplace Design That Respects Human Nature

    New York | Dates: 30 Apr, 2015

    Designing workplaces is a complicated endeavor. We’re social creatures that benefit from mingling with each other, but distractions can keep us from doing our best work. Join us as Christina Bodin Danielsson, PhD, researcher at School of Architecture, the Royal Institute of Technology, and the Stress Research Institute, Stockholm University, presents her research on the sorts of spaces where people do their best work and feel good, mentally and physically. A panel discussion featuring Bodin Danielsson; Sally Augustin, PhD, principal, Design With Science; and Leigh Stringer, director of innovation and research, HOK, will follow.

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

  • 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.

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