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  • Crystal Lake Architectural Bike Tour

    Crystal Lake | Dates: 21 Sep, 2014

    Date: 9/21/2014
    Time: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Location: Colonel Palmer House, 660 E. Terra Cotta Rd, Crystal Lake

    Ever wonder what the Crystal Lake area looked like 100 years ago? Join us on a bike tour of downtown Crystal Lake as we peddle our way through the past. This 7 mile round trip class will cover the village of Nunda (present day Crystal Lake) and its history, buildings, and the people who owned them. Participants must provide their own bikes and helmets (required). Tour begins and ends at the Colonel Palmer House.

    Contact: Mary Ott
    Phone: 815-477-5873

  • Skylines: The Aesthetics of Ascension

    London WC1H 0PD | Dates: 23 – 23 Oct, 2014
    A symposium exploring the aesthetics and politics of height, skylines, and views from above, across periods and geographies.
  • McMillen Inc.: Nine Decades of Interior Design

    New York | Dates: 17 Sep – 05 Dec, 2014

    New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) presents “McMillen Inc.: Nine Decades of Interior Design,” a celebration of the 90th anniversary of the oldest continuously operating interior design firm in America. The exhibition will be on view from September 17 – December 5, 2014 at the New York School of Interior Design, 161 East 69th Street, New York City.

    This retrospective will survey McMillen’s accomplishments from the 1920s to the present day and showcase their designs for a roster of clients that includes titans of industry, celebrities, and families of distinction. The residences—including city apartments and country houses—will be illustrated with photographs, original renderings, watercolors, maquettes, and archival materials that reveal the fascinating background behind an exceptional body of work. 

    McMillen Inc.: Nine Decades of Interior Design
    September 17 – December 5, 2014
    NYSID Gallery
    161 East 69th Street, NYC
    Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm
    For more information e-mail or call (212) 472-1500 x405

    Much About McMillen
    Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 6pm
    New York School of Interior Design 
    170 East 70th Street, NYC

    Learn more about what it was like to work at the first professional interior design firm from McMillen designers past and present: Ann Pyne and Luis Rey, presidents of McMillen Inc.; Tom Buckley, principal and founder of Brown Buckley Inc., who headed the design department at McMillen for more than 15 years; McMillen client Sarah E. Nash, a corporate director, private investor and philanthropist; and Elizabeth Pyne, who works in the McMillen Plus division, which caters to a younger clientele. It will be moderated by interior designer and McMillen alumna Maureen Footer.

  • Young Architects Workshop at the Contemporary Jewish Museum

    San Francisco | Dates: 07 Sep, 2014

    oin the Contemporary Jewish Museum in celebrating Architecture in the City with adult and family programs throughout September.

    Free with museum admission, youth 18 and under always free.

    Inspired by midcentury modern architecture, create your own unique architectural model using a variety of art materials.

    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.

  • TIMES SQUARE, 1984: The Postmodern Moment

    New York | Dates: 18 Jun, 2014 – 18 Jan, 2015
    Times Square today is bright and crowded - a tourist mecca, entertainment district, retail powerhouse, and pedestrianized precinct that matches in vitality any decade of its storied past. But thirty years ago, the future of Times Square was in limbo, caught between a series of false starts at clean-slate urban renewal by the City and State and an emerging philosophy of urbanism that favored history, preservationist values, electric signs and semiotics, and delirious diversity.This 1984 vision of Times Square as a matched set of mansard-topped mega-towers is not how the crossing of Broadway and Seventh Avenue looks today. The rendering - one of many phases of the design produced by the architects Philip Johnson and John Burgee for the developer George Klein of Park Tower Realty from 1983 to 1993 - represented a classic moment in architectural Postmodernism. But despite the fame of its architect and the vogue for historicism of the 1980s, the design sparked a civic controversy about the character of Times Square. Community-organizing efforts by the Municipal Art Society, architects, and diverse advocates altered the trajectory of the government-regulated plans and led to changes in new zoning regulations that incentivized high-rise development in West Midtown. Preserving the historic theaters, maintaining the bright lights of Broadway, and protecting the openness of the area's central "bowl of light" through setbacks at street level and acres of mandated electric signage were goals achieved by widespread civic engagement.Times Square today, with its costumed corporate towers and high-rise hotels, though designed and constructed in the late 1990s and the new millennium, had its genetic code written in the 1980s.
  • Artists and the City

    New York | Dates: 08 Sep, 2014

    AIA CES: 1.5 LU

    When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

    Where: At The Center   

    In the early ’70s, artists started to step outside their studios and make work in the street. As part of the Center for Architecture’s Open to the Public: Civic Space Now exhibition, the Center will host an evening panel moderated by artist/composer Christopher Janney. Invited guests include Vito Acconci, Bill Buchen, members of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and others. Each panelist will give a short introduction outlining their thoughts on the topic. Participants will then have a discussion of relevant issues, followed by a Q/A with the audience.

    This program is related to Sonic Forest: Civic Celebrations, an interactive public art installation in LaGuardia Park by Christopher Janney and his firm PhenomenArts, Inc., on view from September 5 - September 11, 2014.

    This program is an initiative of the Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, 2014 Presidential theme: ‘Civic Spirit:Civic Vision.’

    Introduction: Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, 2014 President, AIA New York Chapter

    Invited Speakers:
    Vito Acconci, Designer, Landscape Architect, Performance and Installation artist
    Bill Buchen, Founder, Sonic Architecture

    Moderator: Christopher Janney, Composer/Artist/Architect, PhenomenArts, Inc.

    Co-organized by:
    Center for Architecture
    Friends of LaGuardia Place
    NYC Department of Transportation
    Manhattan Community Board 2

  • Demolition/Development Summit II: United Neighborhood Associations for Reform

    Portland | Dates: 09 Sep, 2014
    September 9 @ 7:00 pm  - 9:00 pm

    Despite initiatives advanced by individual neighborhood associations or small groups of neighborhood associations that have resulted in a number of homes being spared from destruction, as well as modest reform from the Bureau of Development Services in the area of demolition notification, the demolition/development “epidemic” continues to roar along. The Comprehensive Plan Update is one avenue toward substantive, long-term reform, but the final product is months, maybe years away. Meanwhile, developers transform our neighborhoods, seemingly without regard to character and heritage. Given the immediacy and urgency of the problem, prompt building code reform is essential. A glimmer of hope came last July 31st, when Mayor Hales at a City Council hearing on the issue told a the packed chamber that he would take steps to address the problem “soon”—later clarified in an interview with Jim Redden as “weeks, not months”—but we’re still waiting. That said, this would seem to give us an opening to put forth a common proposal for reform to the Council, one that would have the support of neighborhood associations from around the city. To this end, the Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood Association (BWNA) invites representatives from Portland’s neighborhood associations to a “Summit II” meeting.    

  • Cannon Beach History Center’s Cottage & Garden Tour

    Cannon Beach | Dates: 13 Sep, 2014
    September 13 @ 1:00 pm  - 5:00 pm

    There will be ten beach dream homes, well-tended gardens, historic cottages and architectural wonders in Mid-Town Cannon Beach. The tour will feature one of Cannon Beach’s most iconic historic homes. The home is perches on a basalt precipice in the middle of Cannon Beach with one of the best views of Haystack Rock. Tickets are $30, $25 for Members.

  • Stanford Humanities Center 2015-16 External Faculty Fellowships

    Dates: 01 Oct, 2014

    External Faculty Fellowships

    The Stanford Humanities Center provides a collegial environment for faculty who are undertaking innovative projects in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.  Fellows participate in the intellectual life of the Humanities Center and the broader Stanford community, sharing ideas and work in progress with a diverse cohort of scholars and benefitting from a wide variety of campus resources.

    Fellowship term: September 2015 – June 2016 Application deadline: October 1, 2014


    Applicants must have a PhD and be at least three years beyond receipt of the degree by the start of the fellowship term. The Center is open to projects employing information technology in humanities research.

    For full eligibility requirements, see

    How to Apply

    Detailed instructions and a link to the online application are available at:

    External Faculty inquiries:

  • Philadelphia Chapter of SAH 50th Anniversary Celebration

    Philadelphia | Dates: 02 Oct, 2014

    The Philadelphia Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians invites you to join us in celebrating our Golden Anniversary on Thursday, October 2, 2014. We will convene at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, site of the first gathering of the chapter, for a gala reception and lecture by Dr. David B. Brownlee, Frances Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Professor, University of Pennsylvania and Chair of the Graduate Group in the History of Art, entitled, “Making Architectural History Historic in Philadelphia.”

    In addition to celebrating our 50th this event will be inaugurating an annual campaign to support the George B. Tatum Fellowship. In January 2014, the membership voted to recognize Dr. Tatum (1917-2008) as a leader in the Society at both the national and local levels, his role as a founding member of our chapter and, most importantly, his scholarly contributions, particularly his published works on Philadelphia, including Penn's Great Town: 250 Years of Philadelphia Architecture (1961). The Tatum Fellowship provides support for a graduate student, or senior undergraduate with faculty recommendation, who is enrolled in a college or university in the greater Philadelphia region, to attend the Annual Meeting of the Society. An announcement calling for submissions will be made in October and an award made by January. Our first Tatum Fellow will attend the 2015 Annual Meeting in Chicago.

    The cost to attend the event is $50.00 per person. For those who cannot attend, contributions to support the fellowship are encouraged.

    The Athenaeum of Philadelphia is located at 219 S 6th St. on the east side of Washington Square.  The reception begins at 5:30 p.m., the program will start at 6:00 p.m. Reservations are required no later than Monday, September 22.  Please mail your name, address, telephone number and email address along with your check payable to Phila Chapter SAH to William V. Kriebel, Treasurer, 1923 Manning Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-5728.  No tickets will be mailed, your name and your guest’s names will be on a check-in sheet at the Athenaeum.  

    For more information about the event or the Tatum Fellowship, please email or phone Bill Whitaker at 215-898-8323.

    The Philadelphia Chapter of The Society of Architectural Historians is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; contributions are deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.  Half of the ticket price, $25.00, represents the food and beverage cost at the reception and as such is not tax deductible.  Therefore, $25 of your ticket price plus any additional donation made toward the Tatum Fellowship is fully deductible as a charitable donation.


    Dates: 01 – 15 Sep, 2014
    From XIX century onwards the effervescence produced by technological development made itself clear in Western culture. The creation of new theories, devises, systems and artifacts, all of them illuminated by the light of Science, redefined collective imaginary, with a new perspective of society’s environment and reality. In this context, light –always present in Human Kind’s history–was theorized, manipulated and rethought as one of the main subjects of the formal discourse of western culture. Representations and social forms, along with its architecture and cities, were never the same again. Under the light of such ideas as progress, welfare, hygiene, security –sometimes used correctly, sometimes manipulated for the worse, but always present throughout modernity– architecture, city planning and design have played a decisive part in this development. This and other issues will be discussed in Bitácora’s next edition.
  • Museums: Building Collections, Building Community

    Seattle | Dates: 03 – 05 Oct, 2014
    This year is the 60th Anniversary of the Marion Dean Ross Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. In organizing this conference, we realized that Seattle has recently opened an unparalleled number of museums devoted to history in historic buildings, thus the theme for this year's conference became obvious. To celebrate our anniversary year, we have three paper sessions instead of the standard two. And for our final day on Sunday, we have reserved the whole day for Bainbridge Island. We hope you can join us for a conference to remember in Seattle! Go to for the full program, visit our blog at or friend us on Facebook
  • CFP. The Second Euroacademia International Conference ‘Identities and Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities‘, Florence, 17 – 18 October 2014

    Florence | Dates: 17 – 18 Oct, 2014
    The Second Euroacademia International Conference ‘Identities and Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities’ Florence, Italy Villa Victoria – Palazzo dei Congressi 17 – 18 October 2014 CALL FOR PAPERS Deadline for Paper Proposals: 12 September 2014
  • Conference, "Identity, Sovereignty, and Global Politics in the Building of Baghdad: From Revolution to the Gulf War and Beyond"

    Cambridge | Dates: 18 – 20 Sep, 2014
    Using the history of urban development in Baghdad as a reference point, this conference examines the extent to which interventions intended to modernize and integrate different populations in the city were part of a larger process of negotiating competing visions of political economy, sovereignty, and identity in post-WWII Iraq. By gathering political scientists, architectural and urban historians, and scholars of Iraq and the larger Arab world, the conference engages theoretical and empirical questions about the ruptures and continuities of Baghdad’s urban and political history, using the built environment of the city as a canvas for understanding struggles over Iraq’s position in a global context shaped by ongoing war tensions (from the Cold War to the Gulf War and beyond) to more recent Middle East conflicts
  • Medieval Urban Planning: Beyond the Monastery??

    Kalamazoo | Dates: 30 Aug – 15 Sep, 2014
    Broadly defined, urban planning is today a process one might describe as half design and half social engineering.  One engaged in this process considers not only the aesthetic and visual product, but also the economic, political, and social implications, not to mention the underlying or over-arching environmental impact of any given plan.

    While it appears that this sort of broad, multifaceted planning did not take place in the middle ages because we do not have left to us the tangible evidence—the maps, the drawings, the reports--recent scholarship employing the methodological lens of Cultural Geography seems to suggest otherwise.  Monastic historians, archaeologists, and art historians have long demonstrated, based on the famous plan of St. Gall, that monasteries, particularly those of the Cistercian order, were very much concerned with planning in the rural sense. From the intricacies of the water infrastructure, to the ordered logic of the space, to the esoteric qualities of metaphysical light, to the seasonal inter-dependence of pigs and pollarded oak trees, there is ample evidence to support a claim that the various components of an “urban plan” were understood within the monastic realm during the Middle Ages.   

    But what of the integration of these various parts? This session seeks to explore and expand our comprehension of how those in roles of authority—both within the monastic confines and the more secular enviorns--saw the big picture.  Was there a plan or a planning process?  What can we say by way of an analysis of architectural complexes beyond the monastic enclosure about this planning process?  Are there hints in literary sources that indicate sensitivity to the correlation between climate, architectural orientation and positive social interaction, or indications in religious documents to illustrate a planned confluence between visual or aural stimulation, water features and physical well-being?  In the broader context of the secular built environment, where historians frequently demonstrate the economic and political interaction between monastic leadership and the local or regional authorities, can we detect a specific replication or modeling of the integrated concern with materials and aesthetics seen in the monastic complex?  Similarly, where philosophic and religious scholars highlight the mirrored nature of heaven and earth in medieval texts, can we find evidence of this theoretical “ordering” being planned or integrated into the secular world in the same way we can see it in the monastic enclosure?   What can we learn by bringing together the views of the architect, the archaeologist of infrastructure, and the environmental biologist with those scholars of literature, sculptural ornamentation and liturgy?  With these questions in mind, we seek papers from the broadest interdisciplinary point of view, where we can identify glimpses of a plan or, in the modern sense of the term, a planner.

    Send 300 word abstracts along with completed Participant Information Form (
    Professor Mickey Abel (
    Art History
    University of North Texas
    1155 Union Circle, #305100
    Denton, TX 76203-5017
  • Re-scaling the Environment: New Landscapes of Design, 1960-1980

    Zurich | Dates: 29 – 30 Nov, 2014
    After "Re-humanizing Architecture. New Forms of Community, 1950-1970" our second East West Central symposium focuses on the expansion of the territory of architecture between 1960 and 1980. The aim of this symposium is to analyze how architects in East and West reacted to such contradicting pressures, questioning the disciplinary confines of architecture as well as basic tenets of modernism.

    The presentations of this conference will trace the development of novel approaches and strategies for a systemic and comprehensive design of the built environment and for architectural and territorial planning since the 1960s. Transdisciplinary encounters with new subjects such as cybernetics but also with established disciplines such as economic planning and sociology had a profound influence on architecture and urbanism. New ideas of scale, efficiency and centrality were fostered by new means of traffic, programming and production in all parts of Europe. We ask to what extent these innovations and shifts in both scale and method within the practices of architecture and urbanism were symptoms of convergence and/or outcomes of the competition between different economic and political systems. The conference will examine strategies behind the material, conceptual and design-oriented changes that have fundamentally transformed the European landscapes across the East-West dichotomy. It also seeks to trace exchanges and knowledge transfer between agents across the political divide through international professional networks.

    Conference participation is open to everyone. As the number of seats is limited timely reservation is requested.

    Prof. Dr. Ákos Moravánszky (chair), Dr. Karl R. Kegler (coordinator)

    Department of Architecture 
    Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture gta 
    Chair for the Theory of Architecture
    Prof. Dr. Ákos Moravánszky
    ETH Zurich, Hönggerberg
  • Historic Landscapes Symposium

    Wilmington | Dates: 15 – 17 Oct, 2014
    Like rings in a tree, our gardens have stories to tell. How do we give voice to our gardens’ histories? Join historic landscape and garden professionals as we explore, learn, and share strategies for interpreting our gardens:

    • To new audiences
    • In the digital age
    • While honoring layers of history
    • While caring for our aging plant collections
    • While building core support within the organization

    This symposium will provide a forum for networking, information sharing, and inspirational garden visits for those working with and studying historic landscapes.
  • Call for Papers: Copies, Copyright, & Preservation (Future Anterior Journal)

    New York | Dates: 29 Aug – 15 Sep, 2014
    Future Anterior invites essays that explore the relationship between copyright and preservation from a historical, theoretical and critical perspective. Both copyright and preservation laws are aimed at protecting unique human achievements, but they point to different, even opposing threats. Whereas copyright is meant to protect private interests from public encroachments, preservation mostly aims to safeguard the public interest against private forces. But as the categories of private and public are redrawn under the pressures of globalization, what challenges and opportunities lay ahead for preservation?
  • CFP: 52nd International Making Cities Livable Conference on Achieving Green Healthy Cities

    Bristol | Dates: 31 Oct, 2014

    By 2050, 70% of the world’s population will live in urban areas. The largest migration of people in human history is taking place, from rural areas to cities – cities must provide the solutions that will make us more resilient, healthy and sustainable.

    Bristol joins the roll-call of cities across the world working hard to find the solutions and I am very pleased to announce that the 52nd International Making Cities Livable Conference will take place in Bristol on June 29 – July 3, 2015.

    Having been awarded European Green Capital 2015, the theme of this year’s conference ‘Achieving Green Healthy Cities’ is an important one for Bristol. This award was a momentous achievement for Bristol and together as a city we are working to change the way people think about what we value.

    Bristol is already a byword for ‘green city’; it has the highest rate of commuting on foot and by bike of any local authority in England and Wales, one third of Bristol is ‘green and blue’ open space, waste produced by citizens has reduced by 27%, recycling and composting has gone from 13% to 50%, and over 50,000 residents each year are involved in green initiatives and groups, and growing.

    The ideas and innovations of Achieving Green Healthy Cities are essential for making our cities ‘fit for life’ and sustainable for the future. Bristol is a living laboratory for green ideas and I’m delighted that we have the chance to host the IMCL Conference. I welcome you to Bristol and invite everyone to take part in a unique opportunity to inspire us all to innovate, grow and improve the quality of life, in the UK and worldwide.

    George Ferguson, CBE
    Mayor of Bristol

  • Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) (Sydney, 7-10 July 15)

    Sydney | Dates: 07 – 10 Jul, 2015
    The 32nd Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ), will be held in Sydney, Australia, from the 7-10 July 2015. It will be devoted to an exploration of the theme ‘Architecture, Institutions and Change’. We warmly welcome paper abstract submissions from members of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH).

    For the Call for Papers, please see the SAHANZ website:
    Deadline for abstracts October 6, 2014
    Dr Paul Hogben ( and Dr Judith O’Callaghan ( SAHANZ 2015 Conference Convenors

    During the 1960s and 1970s, the probity and relevance of the institutional model in most areas of life were called into question. Of particular significance were Michel Foucault’s studies of forms of institutionalised care and organised supervision which he associated with the exercise of dominance, surveillance and control – famously represented in physical form by the Panopticon (Discipline and Punish, 1975). While alternative models were and have been sought, few institutions were totally disassembled or abandoned. In fact, many of those that weathered the storm, especially within the financial sector, appear to have become larger, more dominant and more powerful.

    Recent scrutiny of the abuses of power by religious clergy, politicians and corporate bodies has however lent impetus to the ongoing historical and theoretical investigation of institutions and how they operate. Old concepts such as ideology and the agency-structure dialectic continue to inform discussion, as does the consideration of new forces such as the internet which has complicated our conception of the social domain.

    It is timely therefore to renew the discussion of the role and status of architecture in its relationship to the institutional realm, especially around questions of change and transformation. What ideals, principles and values have underpinned the architecture of institutional organisations and constructions in the past and have these changed in recent times? How has the role of architecture in the consolidation and exercise of institutionalised power and authority changed? What role can architecture play in the reconceptualisation of institutions? As was the case with Foucault, there will be conceptions of historical continuity and discontinuity as well as historical method that need to be considered.

    The 32nd Annual SAHANZ Conference to be held in Sydney in July 2015 will be devoted to the exploration of architecture and institutions. Papers are invited that examine and reflect on various aspects and examples of this theme within different cultural contexts. There are many ways that this can be approached through a focus on the history of institutional building types and collectives, organisations, practices, customs, pedagogy and critique as suggested by the following sub-themes:

    • Architecture and large institutional complexes, for example, architecture and the State, architecture and religious organisations
    • Building types and building collectives, for example, educational buildings, hospitals, prisons, government buildings, art galleries, university campuses, military campuses, sacred buildings
    • Professional organisations, for example, institutes of architects and their history
    • The history of architectural and design education
    • Intellectual and disciplinary histories, including architectural history and its institutional underpinnings
    • Architecture and the concept of the public good
    • The reform and/or reconceptualisation of the institution and its implications for architecture
    • Alternatives to the institutional model
    • The anti-institutional, for example, the counter-cultural movements of the 1960s and 1970s