Recent Opportunities

  • 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.

  • 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

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