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  • Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize, Dec. 15

    Dates: 15 – 15 Dec, 2014
    The Vernacular Architecture Forum's Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize is awarded annually to the publication that has made the most significant contribution to the study of vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes. In judging the nominated books, the jurors look for a publication that is based on primary research, emphasizes fieldwork, breaks new ground in interpretation or methodology, and contributes generally to the intellectual vitality of vernacular studies. Entries may come from any discipline concerned with vernacular architecture studies. Books published in the two calendar years prior to the conference year are eligible for consideration. Edited collections are not eligible. The nomination deadline is December 15, 2014. For instructions see
  • ETH Zurich: The Future of Open Building

    Zurich | Dates: 09 – 11 Sep, 2015
    Overview Comparatively no longer a radical alternative to many approaches emerging to analyze and organize the design and construction processes which shape the built environment, THE FUTURE OF OPEN BUILDING conference asks participants to critically consider what the notion of 'open building' continues to offer. The aim of this provocation is to encourage participants to challenge how collaborative synergies amongst the design professions and those impacted by design choices, are often made, unmade and transformed within every scale of the built environment. Structure Designed to be relevant and accessible to both academics and practicing design professionals, the conference is organized around keynote speakers and panelists in the morning sessions and academic paper sessions in the afternoon. Speakers Details coming soon...
  • 2015 Midwest Art History Society Conference

    Minneapolis and St. Paul | Dates: 26 – 28 Mar, 2015
    Annual Art History Conference in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
  • EAHN: Fourth International Meeting

    Dublin | Dates: 05 – 05 Jan, 2015
    Although the scope of the meeting is European, members of the larger scholarly community are invited to submit proposals related not only to European architecture but also to that of the rest of the world. The main purpose of the meeting is to map the general state of research in disciplines related to the built environment, to promote discussion of current themes and concerns, and to foster new directions for research in the field. Session proposals are intended to cover different periods in the history of architecture and different approaches to the built environment including landscape and urban history. Parallel sessions will consist of either five papers or four papers and a respondent, with time for dialogue and questions at the end. In addition, a limited number of roundtable debates addressing key issues in the field will also take place at the meeting. Proposals for these should re-map, re-define, or outline the current state of the discipline. They will typically consist of a discussion between panel members and encourage debate with the audience. The goal is to create a forum in which different scholars can present and discuss their ideas, research materials and methodologies.

    Scholars who wish to chair a session or roundtable at the 2016 meeting are invited to submit proposals by 5 January 2015 to Prof. Kathleen James-Chakraborty (, General Chair of the Fourth EAHN International Meeting, UCD School of Art History and Cultural Policy, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.  The conference website address is

    Duties of the session and roundtable chairs include selecting who shall present from the proposals submitted to them by the agreed deadline, communicating the list of speakers and titles to the conference organizers by the agreed deadline, and submitting material for the proceedings to the conference organizers by the agreed deadline.  Chairs will not be able to act as speakers in their own or any other session or round table at the conference.  Although there will be some editorial help available for non-native English speakers, ensuring that the intellectual content is publishable is the responsibility of the chair.  Sessions should be unique to EAHN.  Should a similar proposal be found for a different conference, the Scientific Committee will withdraw the session from the EAHN programme.
  • Lecture by Alison Fisher

    Dates: 11 Nov, 2014

    The Contextual Megastructure: Design after Urban Renewal

    Alvin Boyarsky, Chicago à la Carte: The City as Energy System, Architectural Design, December 1970. Courtesy of the Alvin Boyarsky Archive, London. © Wiley/Architectural Design

    Tuesday November 11, 2014. Doors open at 6 pm.

    The third talk of the MAS Context fall series is by Alison Fisher. The lecture will take place on Tuesday, November 11 at the International Museum of Surgical Science.

    Alison Fisher is an assistant curator of architecture and design at the Art Institute of Chicago. Since joining the museum, she has curated many exhibitions including the retrospective Bertrand Goldberg: Architecture of Invention (2011–12), and the current exhibition The City Lost and Found: Capturing New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, which will travel to the Princeton University Art Museum in 2015. She completed her PhD in Art and Architectural History at Northwestern University and her research often focuses on issues of late modern architecture, housing, and urbanism in the United States and Europe. She is the local chair for the 2015 national conference of the Society of Architectural Historians in Chicago.

    In her talk, titled “The Contextual Megastructure: Design after Urban Renewal,” Alison will discuss the architectural and planning implications of the return to the historical street and neighborhood as critical models during the 1960s and 1970s, as explored in the Art Institute exhibition The City Lost and Found. Through case studies in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, she will discuss the work of architects who attempted to repair the city and correct earlier models of urban planning and design using an unlikely model, the megastructure. Although contemporary criticism, like Reyner Banham’s 1976 bookMegastructure, often dismissed the genre as bombastic and retrograde, she argues for a new understanding of these late megastructural developments as bold refusals to abandon the political and social project of cities.

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

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

    What: Lecture by Alison Fisher
    When: Tuesday November 11, 2014. Doors open at 6 pm. Lecture starts at 6:30 pm.
    Where: International Museum of Surgical Science – 1524 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60610(Clark/Division Stop Red Line)(151 Bus)
    Cost: $10 suggested donation at the door. Includes wine.
    Registration: Yes as space is limited.

  • Harry Ransom Center Research Fellowships in the Humanities

    Austin | Dates: 22 Oct, 2014 – 15 Jan, 2015
    The Harry Ransom Center, an internationally renowned humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, annually awards more than 50 fellowships to support projects that require substantial on-site use of its collections. The fellowships support research in all areas of the humanities, including literature, photography, film, art, the performing arts, music, and cultural history. The fellowships range from one to three months, with stipends of $3,000 per month. Also available are $1,200 to $1,700 travel stipends and dissertation fellowships with a $1,500 stipend. The Ransom Center invites applications for its 2015-2016 fellowships, which will support research visits that will take place between June 1, 2015, and August 31, 2016. Applications must be submitted through the Center’s website by January 15, 2015, 5 p.m. CST. More information about the fellowships and the Ransom Center’s collections is available at
  • Tom Kundig Lecture at Tulane University School of Architecture

    New Orleans | Dates: 27 Oct, 2014
    Tom Kundig, FAIA, founding principal of Olson Kundig Architects in Seattle, will discuss his background and influences and how they have shaped his work. The lecture will focus on his work with buildings and landscape, the nature of community, and the craft of building.

    There will be a reception at 5pm in the Favrot Lobby and the lecture will begin at 6pm. This lecture is free and open to the public. AIA continuing education credits will be offered.

  • Towanda: An American Town Pictured

    New York | Dates: 29 Oct – 13 Nov, 2014

    October 29 - November 13, 2014
    Opening reception: Wednesday, October 29. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

    During the fall of 2013, 15 students from Parsons The New School for Design collaborated with Documentary Strategies instructor, Vincent Cianni, in an effort to document the town of Towanda, PA through photography, interviews, and video. The resulting body of work, including a series of photographs by Towanda High School students, formed a portrait of a community that expands received notions of documentation, subject, and observation. The project was further developed by a team of graphic designers led by Parsons Graphic Design professor Jeanne Verdoux. The 16 designers collaborated to produce a printed poster-catalog of the project, a live website, and an overall graphic identity that complemented and broadened the scope of the work of the photography students.

    This exhibition which includes photography, video, and posters continues the project: it highlights the works produced by both photographers and designers while renewing an engagement with the town of Towanda, PA. It thereby forges a new link between rural Pennsylvania and the New York galleries at SJDC/Parsons The New School for Design.

    Artists: Vincent Cianni, Luke Clerkin, Jordan Jablon, Abigail Nicolas, Carson Russell, Daniel Evan Rodriguez, Lior Tamim, Sarah Uriarte, Olivia Zimmerman

    Designers: Kathryn Carissimi, Ariel Chan, Jessica Chen, Thando Hadebe, Kelin Handville, Genevieve Howe, Anri Kang, Na Youn “Jenny” Kim, Nicholas Lee, Carmen McLeod, Anna Meininger, Audrey Melick, Christopher Rodriguez, Jenna Saraco, Youshin Song, Annette Wong

    Curator: Carmen McLeod

  • Columbus Indiana Architecture Tour

    Columbus & Indianapolis | Dates: 16 – 19 Oct, 2014
    Itinerary, details and registration information:
  • Spotlight on Design: Robert A.M. Stern

    Washington | Dates: 07 Oct, 2014

    RAMSA Founder and Senior Partner Robert A.M. Stern will present a history of the planned garden suburb in conjunction with the recent publication of Paradise Planned: The Garden Suburb and the Modern City, of which he was co-author along with David Fishman and Jacob Tilove. The book is the definitive history of the garden suburb from its origin in late-eighteenth-century England to the onset of the Second World War, and suggests how the principles of traditional town planning can inform efforts to remedy fraying urban fabric and suburban sprawl in our own time. For Corinthian members, join us before the program in the Corinthian Lounge at 5:30 pm to enjoy light refreshments. A book signing will take place after the talk.

    1.5 LU HSW (AIA) | 1.5 CM (AICP) | 1.5 PDH (LA CES)

    $12 NBM and Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) Members; $12 Students; $20 Non-members. Prepaid registration required. Walk-in registration based on availability.

  • Mediated City Los Angeles Education Conference

    Burbank | Dates: 01 – 04 Oct, 2014

    The Mediated City Los Angeles conference – officially endorsed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti – is the second part of a two-stage gathering that began at London’s Ravensbourne University earlier this year. Marking the 50th anniversary of Marshall McLuhan’s book Understanding Media, the event will bring together leading intellectuals and practitioners from various disciplines to explore how their work, ideas and practices complement and inform each other.  Among those in attendance: architects, urban designers, filmmakers, animators, theorists, academics, artists, web designers and programmers. The conference was organized by Woodbury University in collaboration with Architecture_MPS and its Amps Journal.

    Shaping the agenda will be some 40 presentations – culled from more than 100 abstracts submitted—and 22 guest speakers from around the globe.  The conference will welcome theoretical examinations of the cinematic city; practical debates on the architect’s role in filmic production; conversations on the use of apps to navigate “metropolis”; considerations on the simulation of the urban environment; debates about the nature of the “virtual” building; and discussions on the digital mapping of the world by companies like Google – and much more.

    Among the speakers:
    Mike Gatto – Member of the California State Assembly, 43rd District
    Wil Cashen – Chairman, Tesla Foundation Group
    Frances Anderton – Host, “DNA” on KCRW-FM
    Eames Demetrios – Charles Eames Historian and filmmaker
    Paul Debevec – Chief Visual Officer, Institute for Creative Technologies, USC
    Dr. Richard Jackson – Chair, Environmental Health Science, UCLA
    Mia Lehrer -  Landscape architect, Los Angeles River revitalization projects
    Mear One -  Street mural artist
    Marc Cucco – Gensler
    Joe Flores – Public Information Officer, Burbank Water and Power

    Select abstracts and conference presentations will be published online and in print.

    To learn more, visit

  • The North American Passive House Network 2014: Conference & Expo

    Portland | Dates: 22 – 23 Sep, 2014

    The North American Passive House Network 2014: Conference & Expo will gather Passive House leaders from across the continent and around the world to share new developments in the future of low carbon construction.  With over 40 speakers ranging from Dr. Wolfgang Feist to Marc Rosenbaum, and Rena and Gernot Vallentin, it will be the most comprehensive Passive House conference held outside of Europe. See program here.

    There will be workshops preceding and tours of Passive House buildings the day after. The Expo will showcase over 30 industry leaders of Passive House components and services. GET BEST PRICE, don’t wait, register today.

    For very best price, become a New York Passive House member. More info about New York Passive House membership here.

  • That Kodak Moment: Picturing the New York Fairs

    Queens | Dates: 05 Oct, 2014 – 08 Feb, 2015

    From Weegee to Margaret Bourke-White, the New York World’s Fairs proved to be an irresistible subject for photographers. Professionals were sent on assignment for magazines and newspapers to document the advances in science and technology, art and fashion. At the same time, there was an even larger wave of camera enthusiasts coming to the fairs in droves armed with new technologies in cameras and film. Both these amateurs and the professionals captured compelling memories being made before right before the viewers’ eyes.

    One popular stop in both fairs was, of course, the Eastman Kodak Pavilion. In the 1939-40 fair, anyone could pose in their “Photo-Garden” where a series of unusual tableaux provided unrivaled souvenir picture taking opportunities — in front of a map of the grounds highlighted by a child-sized Trylon and Perisphere, the iconic symbols imprinted on everything from “manly” rubber and glass ashtrays to ladies’ enameled metal powder compacts or the immensely popular painted panorama of the fairgrounds that simulated the impression that one was riding in a balloon. Here two visitors could sit side-by-side and appear to be gently floating high above the scenery creating an unforgettable moment.

    In the 1964-64 fair, Kodak’s unusual building design featured the “Moondeck,” an undulating rooftop floating thirty feet above the fair distinctive for its highly dramatic vantage points for both the professional and amateur shutterbug. Strangely articulated mounds and peaks presented photographers with distinctive shadows and angles compelling both as backdrops or subjects in and of themselves. One of the ten largest buildings in the fair, the Kodak pavilion was crowned by the world’s most massive photographs ever produced for outdoor display mounted on an eighty foot tower. Magazines such as LIFE, LOOK, Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue all took advantage of this otherworldly attraction for extraordinary images.

    Inspired by the generous donation of over 1,200 medium format color slides taken by fashion photographer Jerry Kean and theater photographer Van Williams at the 1964-54 Fair, That Kodak Moment: Picturing the New York Fairs will reveal materials from the museum’s permanent collection never seen before by the public such as vintage photographs, albums and scrapbooks, ephemera and books such as “How to Make Good Pictures,” a Kodak publication from the ‘30s. Other artifacts to be included in the exhibition will be on loan from local and national collections.

    That Kodak Moment: Picturing the New York Fairs has been organized by Louise Weinberg, Registrar, Archives Manager and Curator.

  • 24th International Sculpture Conference: Sculpture, Culture, and Community

    New Orleans | Dates: 01 – 04 Oct, 2014

    The International Sculpture Center returns ten years later to the culturally vibrant city of New Orleans for the 24th International Sculpture Conference: Sculpture, Culture, and Community from October 1-4, 2014. This conference will feature panel discussions, keynote speakers Alice Aycock and Fairfax Dorn, ARTSlams, optional tours, networking events, and workshops, and will explore how sculpture and the arts can rejuvenate communities and economies.

    Registration is open now! Registration includes admission to all panels, keynote speakers, opening reception at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, gallery hop at the Art for Arts’ Sake street party, the littleSCULPTURE show, Friday Nights at NOMA, ARTSlams, and networking events, among other activities. Registrants may also register for optional fee-based tours and workshops. Visit for more information.

    The 24th International Sculpture Conference is hosted in collaboration with the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, Creative Alliance of New Orleans, New Orleans Arts District, New Orleans Museum of Art, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel, and Sculpture for New Orleans.

  • Royal Women, the Court and the British Couture Industry in the 20th-Century

    Chicago | Dates: 28 Sep, 2014

    September 28, 2014 
    Lecture 2:00 p.m. Reception following 3:00 p.m. 
    Complimentary for Museum members.

    For information about becoming a member or to make a reservation contact Jessica Applebee at or 312.482.8933, ext. 45  

    The relationship between the court and London’s great couture houses was extremely close during the 20th century. Historically, members of the royal family, from Queens Mary and Elizabeth, to the Queen Mother and reigning Queen Elizabeth II, have been patrons of British design. They purchased wardrobes from London-based designers such as Madame Elizabeth Handley-Seymour, Reville and Norman Hartnell, whose royal connections enhanced their reputations in Britain and abroad.

    In this illustrated lecture, Dierdre Murphy will explore the relationship between the court and the couture industry in Britain. She will demonstrate how royal women supported the British fashion industry by attending fashion shows and encouraging aristocratic women to wear British dresses at formal court ceremonies. Couturiers had much to gain from aristocratic women and their debutante daughters, for whom a court dress might be a single purchase in a whole new wardrobe for the London Season. The lecture will include images of court fashion in the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection at Kensington Palace and will provide insight into what these historic collections can tell us about the close ties between the court and industry.

    Historic Royal Palaces is an independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace. Each of the five royal palaces has survived for hundreds of years and has witnessed many defining historical moments, not only of Great Britain but for the entire world. The HRP mission is two-fold; we protect the historic palaces and help all explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society.  We reflect this story to the people of Britain, and project it to the people of the world.  We give these palaces continuing life.  Learn more at Historic Royal Palaces.

  • 2015 John Wesley Powell Prize Applications (Historical Exhibit or Display Projects)

    Dates: 30 Nov, 2014

    Call for Nominations: SHFG Powell Prize 
    Society for History in the Federal Government Invites Nominations For the 2015 John Wesley Powell Prize  (Historic Exhibit or Display Projects)

    The John Wesley Powell Prize commemorates the explorer and federal administrator whose work demonstrated early recognition of the importance of historic preservation and historical display.

    The Powell Prize alternates annually in recognizing excellence in the fields of historic preservation and historical displays. In 2015, the prize will be awarded to either an individual or to principal collaborators for a single major historical display or exhibit project completed in 2013 or 2014. The award for historical display is given for any form of interpretive historical presentation including, but not limited to, museum exhibits, historical films, CD/DVDs, websites, or multi-media displays. The winner will be announced in the spring of 2015 at the annual meeting of the SHFG.

    Eligible Entrants

    • Any agency or unit of the federal government
    • Nongovernmental organizations, including federal contractors, for eligible activities on behalf of a unit of the federal government
    • Members of the Society for History in the Federal Government

    Criteria for Evaluation

    • Exemplary model for future federal activity
    • Significant value in furthering history in and of the federal government
    • A high level of technical expertise in the design
    • Excellence and thoroughness of historical research
    • Appropriate application of historical research to the exhibit or product
    • Innovative strategies or techniques

    Submission Requirements

    The award is made solely on the basis of the materials submitted to the Powell Prize Committee. All nominations must be submitted in electronic format, using MS Word or PDF format that can be viewed on standard equipment.  Supplemental hard copies are acceptable.  Applications may be submitted via CD/DVD or thumb drive.  All submissions must include the following information:

    • Name of the nominated project or activity
    • Project contact person(s) name, address, telephone number, and e-mail
    • Name of the nominator, if different from the contact person, and the nominator's address, telephone number, and e-mail
    • A description of the project or activity, including discussion of its scope and purpose, an explanation of how the project addresses the evaluation criteria, and the names of any co-sponsors (1,500 words or less).
    • Supporting visual materials of key aspects of the activity or project, appropriately labeled. These materials may include:
      • o CDs, DVDs
      • o Photographs (digital or supplemental hard copies);
      • o Other media such as plans, elevations, brochures, or newsclips.
    • All submitted material becomes the property of SHFG.

    Submission of Entries and Deadline

    Please send a complete copy of each nomination to each of the committee members below no later than November 30, 2014.  Materials should be mailed via FedEx or similar courier so that submissions can be tracked by the sender and recipient if necessary.  Applicants may email questions to committee members but must not email application materials.

    1. Liz Petrella, National Park Service, Technical Preservation Services, 1201 Eye Street, NW, 6th floor, Washington, DC 20005, or

    2. Lou Ann Speulda-Drews, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1340 Financial Blvd, Suite 234, Reno, NV 89502 or

    3. Virginia Parks, Cultural Resources Team, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 20555 SW Gerda Lane, Sherwood, OR 97140 or

    Further information on awards presented by the Society for History in the Federal Government is available at

  • Detroit Design Festival 2014

    Detroit | Dates: 23 – 28 Sep, 2014

    The Detroit Design Festival (DDF), a citywide celebration of creativity and design, returns Sept. 23-28, 2014. The complete schedule is announced today.

    The fourth annual Detroit Design Festival will feature 30 design happenings and 500 designers, with an anticipated attendance of 25,000 over six days. This event includes workshops, shows, installations, lectures, studio tours and block parties.

    “The Detroit Design Festival helps punctuate Detroit’s place in the in the world of design, which is significant,” says Matt Clayson, festival director. “The goal is to share Detroit’s design prowess with the rest of the world.”

    The Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3) launched the festival in 2011 in an effort to develop the economic potential of the city’s design and creative talent.

    For more information, please visit or find DDF on Facebook at Go to to see the 2014 event video. A complete schedule for the 2014 Detroit Design Festival follows. #DDF2014

  • CFP: Survey Photography & Cultural Heritage (Warsaw, 14-15 Apr 15)

    Warsaw | Dates: 11 Sep – 15 Oct, 2014

    CFP: Survey Photography & Cultural Heritage (Warsaw, 14-15 Apr 15)

    Warsaw, Institute of Art, Polish Academy of Sciences, April 14 - 15, 2015

    Deadline: Oct 15, 2014

    Survey Photography and Cultural Heritage in Europe (1851-1945): Expanding the Field

    A workshop organized by Prof. Elizabeth Edwards and Dr. Ewa Manikowska Warsaw, Institute of Art, Polish Academy of Sciences

    The large-scale application of photography to the recording and preservation of cultural heritage is a transnational movement that appeared at a very particular cultural moment. This workshop focuses on the phenomenon of survey photography in the same historical period, from Britain in the age of High Empire across Europe to the multi-ethnic territories of the western borderlands of the former Russian Empire. While there are striking links between the survey images produced in such distinct cultural and political contexts, there are also similarities and differences in the patterns underlying their production, use, dissemination, impact and the networks of survey actors.  This workshop emerges from the conviction of a need to establish a new research agenda at the intersection of the cultural history, history of photography,  and the concept of national heritage.

    Thus, the core aims of the workshop are to explore the practices and politics of photographic survey and to indicate and delineate the topics, chronology and methodology of survey photography seen as a European phenomenon (both in its transnational and local aspects) closely linked to the Western concepts of culture, identity and memory.

    Photography’s affinities with the idea of record and survey date from the medium’s very beginnings. Indeed, the first state-funded, institutional photographic project – the 1851 Mission Héliographique in France – had already linked photography with travel, the emerging concepts of cultural patrimony and its preservation. In the next decades the use of photography to explore and record cultural landscapes, historic buildings, and folklore became a central and widespread application across Europe. It was both a tool of a scientific and popular discovery. It was used extensively, on the one hand, in the practice of the emerging disciplines dealing with various aspects of cultural heritage and national origin, such as archaeology and anthropology, On the other hand, it was applied by amateurs for whom travel, the surrounding cultural landscape and photography itself, formed both a leisure practice and a means of self-definition.

    This ‘recording impulse’ was also a collective effort, institutionalised both in official and state-founded institutions (museums, universities, preservation offices) and in voluntary associations (photo-clubs, local societies of various kind), defined geographically (restricted to visualise a local / state / imperial / transnational territory) and culturally (aimed at defining a given ethnic or national culture).  Its output was organized across Europe in a large number of survey archives, which followed similar recording and archiving patterns. These sprung from expansive notions of cultural patrimony, the  picturing conventions of which were established across the continent through scientific journals and amateur photography periodicals, and were popularised widely through the mean of newspaper illustrations, postcards or photographic exhibitions. Conversely, photographic surveys were undertaken in often radically different political and cultural contexts in the dramatic period which culminated successively in the outbreak of the First and Second World Wars and to the establishment of a new political order in Europe. Survey photography – in the hands of different actors – played an essential role in these processes as a tool of a visualised politics of land, of cultural heritage and of identity and as a function of historical imagination.

    We invite papers both general and based on specific case-studies from the period between 1851 and 1945, which consider survey and record photography in its wider European context and which contribute to an understanding of its wider definition, analysis and understanding.

    The workshop will discuss survey photography:

    -    as a response to specific historical moments;

    -    as a local and transnational phenomenon;

    -    as a codification of national heritages;

    -    as a scientific and an amateur practice;

    -    as a geographical practice;

    -    as a response to imperial expansion/consolidation;

    -    as definition of group identities through the visualisation of

    cultural heritage;

    -    through its institutions and actors;

    -    through its specific photographic practices;

    -    through the photographic survey Archive

    The workshop will take the form of pre-circulated papers (all papers to be submitted by the end of February 2015). Participants will be asked to use their papers as the basis of a 20 or 30 minute presentation (depending on final schedule) addressing the issues of the workshop.

    The number of speakers is limited to 20. Applicants will be notified of the chosen proposals by 30 November 2014. The workshop will take place on 14–15 April 2015 in the Insitute of Art, Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. Acoomodation costs can be covered when necessary.

    Abstract of no more than 300 words should be sent by 15 October 2014 to:

    Dr Manikowska:

    Professor Edwards:

  • PechaKucha San Francisco, vol. 57 - Architecture and the City

    San Francisco | Dates: 23 Sep, 2014

    Join the Architecture and the City festival and PechaKucha SF for a specially designed evening featuring architects, designers, planners and developers presenting work related to the 2014 Architecture and the City festival theme, “Home: My San Francisco.”

    PechaKucha 20×20 is a presentation format that shows 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically as speakers provide commentary. For this event, speakers explore the “Home: My San Francisco” theme.

    Register here.

    This event is a part of AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design’s Architecture and the City festival, which celebrates architecture and design each September.

    Related event: 2014 Architecture and the City festival.

    Learn more at

  • How Things Don’t Work - The Dreamspace of Victor Papanek

    New York | Dates: 25 Sep – 15 Dec, 2014

    Featuring rich and previously unexplored materials from the Victor Papanek archive in dialogue with the work of emerging designers from Vienna, London, and New York City, this exhibition challenges Victor Papanek’s legacy of socially committed design by bringing it into conversation with contemporary work by a new generation of speculative and critical designers.

    In the four decades since How Things Don’t Work (1977) was written by controversial design critic Victor Papanek and his co- author James Hennessey, the context for design has grown ever more complex. Globalization and the rise of information technologies have created both opportunities and challenges that did not exist when Papanek, an out-spoken advocate for social design, was first practicing. Innovations in computer, biological, and financial systems have collided with a looming environmental catastrophe to deeply challenge the core presumption of design as a social good. The rise of interconnected information networks has created unprecedented communication and collaborative possibilities while also inundating us with more information than we can reasonably process.

    This tension - between awareness and paralysis and between too much and too little - has intensified exponentially since the 1970s when Papanek’s ideas were most influential. Moreover, design culture over the past decade has seen a dramatic shift from the designing of products to that of systems that support social change and speculation. This has challenged designers to reimagine how they design and for which contexts.

    The exhibition’s four sections feature video, digitized slides, and print that juxtapose contemporary, speculative projects from emerging designers with visionary excerpts from the Papanek archive. Together, they create a kaleidoscopic “dreamspace” built out of fragments of our social imaginary and challenging the viewer to consider how we might design ourselves out of our dystopian present.

    Curated by Alison Clarke, Director of the Victor Papanek Foundation (University of Applied Arts, Vienna), Jamer Hunt (Director, Transdisciplinary Design graduate program, Parsons The New School for Design), and Fiona Raby (Professor, Industrial Design, University of Applied Arts, Vienna and Reader, Design Interactions, Royal College of Art, London).

    The exhibition is a collaboration between Parsons The New School for Design and theUniversity of Applied Arts, Vienna.