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  • A+D 101 Lecture - Midcentury Italian Glass and American Studio Glass

    Palm Springs | Dates: 18 – 18 Apr, 2015
    Speakers: Joan and Gary Gand Patchwork….swirls….stripes…..bended and twisted into sculptural shapes. The art of glass-blowing was once confined and the process kept secret on the island of Murano. How did the art of glass-blowing evolve from the Italian masters to the American studio glass movement? How did blown glass change from goblets and vases to abstract sculpture? Midcentury Italian glass collectors Gary and Joan Gand will trace the fascinating history of this Midcentury collectible and how it inspired the glass artists of today. Lecture will be held in the Annenberg Theater and will be followed by a site visit beginning at 11 a.m. Joan and Gary Gand, also known as the Gand Band, are musicians by trade, but they are also collectors with an avid appreciation of all things Midcentury. Experts on vintage furniture, art, architecture, they created and maintain the only definitive information website for Italian Glass collectors. Their collection of over 250 pieces of Italian glass from 1927-1975 resides at their Illinois home.
  • A+D 101 Lecture and Site Visit - The Midlife Crisis of Midcentury Modern

    Palm Springs | Dates: 28 – 28 Mar, 2015
    Speaker: Leo Marmol, Marmol Radziner Architects Uneven surfaces, poor circulation, leaks, lack of a sense of purpose. Despite increased recognition of Modern architecture’s cultural significance, our midcentury heritage seems to have reached that all too familiar midlife crisis. Leo Marmol, FAIA, will present the conservation strategies and particular challenges that arise when restoring these architectural icons. How do we determine what to preserve, while providing for current lifestyle needs and expectations? Lecture will be held in the Annenberg Theater and will be followed by a site visit beginning at 11 a.m. Leo Marmol, Managing Principal of Marmol Radziner, established the Los Angeles-based architectural firm with his business partner Ron Radziner in 1989. Marmol Radziner is a unique design-build practice that includes architecture, construction, landscape, interiors, furniture, and jewelry. The firm has completed restorations of important buildings in the Coachella Valley and beyond, including Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann House (1946), Erle Webster and Adrian Wilson’s Ship of the Desert (1937), Albert Frey’s Loewy House (1946), and Santa Fe Federal Savings and Loan Association (1961), now the site of the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion.
  • Friends of Fairsted 2015 Beveridge Research Fellowship

    Brookline | Dates: 09 Jan – 01 Apr, 2015
    Friends of Fairsted 2015 Beveridge Research Fellowship This fellowship supports research in the Olmsted archives at the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site. It provides a $1,500 stipend that may be used to defray living or travel expenses. Students, developing Olmsted scholars, and emerging professionals are encouraged to apply. Applications are due April 1, 2015; research must be completed within one year. For more information, including past recipients and the application form and guidelines, please visit www.friendsoffairsted.org.
  • Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft, and Design, Midcentury and Today

    New York | Dates: 28 Apr – 27 Sep, 2015

    Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft and Design, Midcentury and Today considers the important contributions of women to modernism in postwar visual culture. In the 1950s and 60s, an era when painting, sculpture, and architecture were dominated by men, women had considerable impact in alternative materials such as textiles, ceramics, and metals. Largely unexamined in major art historical surveys, either due to their gender or choice of materials, these pioneering women achieved success and international recognition, laying the ground for the feminist movement that followed.

    Featuring more than 80 works, Pathmakers focuses on a core cadre of women—including Ruth Asawa, Edith Heath, Sheila Hicks, Karen Karnes, Dorothy Liebes, Alice Kagawa Parrott, Lenore Tawney, and Eva Zeisel—who had impact and influence as designers, artists, and teachers, using materials such as clay, fiber, and metals in innovative ways. Significantly, the group came to maturity along with the Museum of Arts and Design itself, which was founded in 1956 as the center of the emerging American modern craft movement.

    The exhibition also highlights contributions of European émigrés, including Anni Albers and Maija Grotell, who brought with them a conviction that craft could serve as a pathway to modernist innovation. Parallels between women creating work in Scandinavia and the United States are emphasized by the inclusion of important Scandinavian designers such as Rut Bryk, Vuokko Nurmesniemi, Mariana Richter and Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe.

    The legacy of these women is conveyed through a section of the exhibition that presents works by contemporary female artists and designers that reflect and expand upon the work of the earlier generation. International and United States-based artists and designers featured in this section include Polly Apfelbaum, Vivian Beer, Front Design, Hella Jongerius, and Magdalene Odundo, among others. 

    Pathmakers is organized by guest curators Jennifer Scanlan and Ezra Shales, along with Barbara Paris Gifford, Curatorial Assistant and Project Manager. The exhibition will be accompanied by a special issue of the Journal of Modern Craft, guest edited by MAD’s Windgate Research Curator Elissa Auther. The issue will serve as an in-depth exploration of subjects raised in the exhibition, and will feature articles by international scholars including Helena Kaberg, Professor and Curator at the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, Sweden; Dr. Sarah Lichtman, Assistant Professor of Art & Design Studies and Director of the Cooper Hewitt’s Masters in Decorative Arts and Design; and  Dr. Simon Olding, Professor and Director of the Crafts Study Centre at the University of Creative Arts in Surrey, UK.

    Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft and Design, Midcentury and Today is supported by Hans and Jayne Hufschmid, the Tapio Wirkkala Rut Bryk Foundation, and the Consulate General of Finland in New York. Research was supported by a Craft Research Fund grant from The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, Inc.

  • Frank Lloyd Wright and the Challenge to Historic Preservation

    Oak Park | Dates: 26 Mar, 2015

    The buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright are not immune to the social and environmental forces that affect all architecture. Because of the popular recognition and historical significance of his work, however, the stakes are unusually high when his buildings are modified in any way. Any additions or changes must meet the highest standards; how exactly this can be achieved is an ongoing debate. Daniel Bluestone, Professor and Director of Historic Preservation Program, University of Virginia and Richard Longstreth, Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, George Washington University, will discuss the challenges and rewards of restoring Wright’s historic buildings.

    About the speakers

    Daniel Bluestone is a specialist in 19th century American architecture and urbanism. Mr. Bluestone’s Buildings, Landscapes, and Memory: Case Studies in Historic Preservation (W.W. Norton, 2011) received the Society of Architectural Historians 2013 Antoinette Forrester Downing Book Award for “the most outstanding publication devoted to historical topics in the preservation field that enhances the understanding and protection of the built environment.”  The book surveys the changing history, nature and politics of historic preservation in the United States between the early 19th century and today.  Mr. Bluestone’s book, Constructing Chicago (1991), was awarded the American Institute of Architects International Book Award and the National Historic Preservation book prize.

    Richard Longstreth has served as president of the Society of Architectural Historians (1998-2000); first vice president of the Vernacular Architecture Forum (1989-91); trustee of the National Building Museum (1988-94); board member of Preservation Action (1980-95), Adirondack Architectural Heritage (1998-2010) and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. (1994-98); and a member of the National Historic Landmarks Advisory Group (1989-1994). Currently he chairs the Maryland Governor's Consulting Committee on the National Register of Historic Places, and is a member of the boards of the Fort Ticonderoga Association and the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy.

    Date: Thursday, March 26, 2015
    Time: 7 pm
    Location: Unity Temple, 875 Lake St, Oak Park, IL
    Admission: Free to members and volunteers, $8 general public

     

  • 100 Years Later: Rehabilitating Bach House and the Ravine Bluffs Development

    Oak Park | Dates: 12 Mar, 2015

    Join the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust at Unity Temple as two of Chicago’s leading preservation architects discuss their restoration of work by Wright in the Chicago area.

    John Eifler, FAIA, will present on the history and rehabilitation of Ravine Bluffs, a housing development consisting of six houses and three poured concrete sculptures designed by Wright and located in Glencoe, IL. The project was commissioned by Wright’s attorney, Sherman J. Booth, and built in 1915. 2015 marks its centennial year.

    Gunny Harboe, FAIA, will discuss his restoration of Wright’s Emil Bach House. Built in 1915 and located on Chicago’s North Side, the house combines the vocabulary of Wright’s earlier Prairie buildings with stylistic innovations that anticipate his later work. Harboe Architects was responsible for the recent restoration of the Bach House and the replication of its missing leaded glass windows.

    About the speakers

    John Eifler is principal of Eifler & Associates Architects, an architectural firm that concentrates on both new design and restoration work. The firm was founded in 1990 and enjoys a variety of commercial, institutional and residential projects. Eifler has contributed to the restoration of a number of Wright-designed houses, including the Bradley House (Kankakee, IL) and The Darwin D. Martin House (Buffalo, NY), among others. His firm is also responsible for the restoration of buildings designed by Louis Sullivan, George Maher, Walter Burley Griffin, Schmidt Garden & Martin, Tallmadge & Watson, Pond and Pond and E.E. Roberts.

    Gunny Harboe is an award-winning architect who started his own firm, Harboe Architects, in 2006. Over the last 25 years, he has restored some of the Chicago area’s most cherished landmarks including The Rookery Building, Reliance Building (now the Hotel Burnham) and Carson Pirie Scott (now the Sullivan Center). His current projects include several Frank Lloyd Wright-designed sites, such as Unity Temple, Robie House and Taliesin West.

    Date: Thursday, March 12, 2015
    Time: 7 pm
    Location: Unity Temple, 875 Lake St, Oak Park, IL
    Admission: Free to members and volunteers, $8 general public
  • This Was Tomorrow: London 1956, Geoffrey Holroyd, Santa Barbara

    Santa Barbara | Dates: 17 Jan – 01 May, 2015

    On view: January 17–May 1, 2015

    Opening Reception: January 16, 2015; 5:30-7:30pm

    After World War II, a generation of young, London-based architects, artists, and writers rethought the art and architecture of a culture fascinated with American consumerism, pop culture, mass communication, and visions of a better tomorrow. In 1956, several of these architects, painters, and sculptors collaborated on This is Tomorrow. This exhibition at London's Whitechapel Art Gallery presented twelve group exhibits drawn from the everyday, which questioned the tenets of traditional and modernist art.

    Recently, Geoffrey Holroyd, formerly of London and now of Santa Barbara, donated to the Museum's Architecture and Design Collection the artwork that he, Lawrence Alloway, and Toni del Renzio created as Group 12 for the 1956 exhibition. This was Tomorrow explores Group 12's contribution to the This is Tomorrow exhibition, and the architecture and design works of Geoffrey and June Holroyd.

  • This Thing Called Theory 12th AHRA International Conference

    Leeds, LS2 9EN | Dates: 04 Jan – 04 May, 2015
    CALL FOR PAPERS This Thing Called Theory 12th AHRA International Conference 19th-21st November 2015 This conference proposes Theory as a form of architectural practice which opposes the instrumentalization of its use. It aims to explore the status of Theory in architecture through an examination of instances in current practice, and invites critical reconsiderations of the role of Theory in architecture, its successes and shortcomings. It seeks to trigger discussions, arguments and polemics around this thing called Theory.

    SYNOPSIS Since the Architectural Humanities Research Association was created twelve years ago to promote and develop research in the architectural humanities, the practices of architecture have transformed and diversified, and so has the relationship between the designs, representations and makings of architecture and their surrounding discourses. After semiotics, psychoanalysis, deconstruction’s flirt with Derridean philosophy, and Deleuzian redefinitions of folds and diagrams, the impact of the digital in architecture seemed to have vanquished the ‘need’ for architecture to refer to discourses from the humanities. Whilst concerns of the humanities are converging with the sciences, they are also simultaneously diverging and dissipating with notions of network, apparatus and agency. The recent imperative in architecture to withdraw from claims of singular design visions has also been characterised by the gathering of individuated credits and subjecting to commodified distribution in the production of theory. Today, in an age of extreme specialization and thus far inconceivable intersections of fragmented strands of knowledge, architecture continues to reinvent itself. As architecture reconsiders its status as a discipline in relation to digital technologies, material sciences, biology and environmental transformations, it continues to resort to and introject thoughts and practices developed ‘outside’ architecture. It is indeed the very openness and connectedness of architecture that can offer a line of continuity in the ongoing process of self-definition and reinvention that has always characterized architecture as a practice of the multiple and of the critical. As a discipline that never simply makes physical environments, architecture will continue to act in and through all its intersections with its ‘other’ as a critical and cultural agent.

    CALL FOR PAPERS While architecture’s discourse seemed to have been muted with the shift from the alphabet to the algorithm (Mario Carpo, 2011), it has more recently emerged that even for the digital it is already not only possible but indeed necessary to construct an archaeology (Greg Lynn, 2013), and this has to be both historical and critical. Log’s ‘Stocktaking’ issue (summer 2013) borrowed Reyner Banham 1960’s instrumental opposition of tradition and technology to resume (or restart) a critical discourse on contemporary architectural practices, attempting to relate them to recent and not so recent disciplinary pasts, while the ‘Ways to Be Critical’ proposed by Volume 36 (Archis 2013, no. 2) seems to reduce the issue of criticality to a series of positions of militant criticism. Beyond the mediatory function of theory (Michael Hays, 2000) and its problematic tag of authorship and authority (Giorgio Agamben, in ‘What is a Paradigm’, 2002), this conference proposes that theory, far from dead, extinct or rejected, remains crucial to the discipline. In the age of post-digital architecture and digital materiality, This Thing Called Theory aims to explore current practices of theory. This conference proposes Theory as a form of architectural practice which opposes the instrumentalization of its use. It aims to explore the status of Theory in architecture through an examination of instances in current practice, and invites critical reconsiderations of the role of Theory in architecture, its successes and shortcomings. It seeks to trigger discussions, arguments and polemics around this thing called Theory. We have identified three main areas for discussion and argumentation: THIS THING CALLED THEORY THOUGHT Theory as Criticism Theory as Architecture Theory as History ACTION Theory as Politics Theory as Praxis Theory as Material SPECULATION Theory as Utopia Theory as Science Theory as Media

    We invite individual and group proposals for 20 minute papers and full sessions from architectural historians, theorists, designers and practitioners, as well as those working on the issues identified in the synopsis from other disciplines, including film-making, art practice and performance. We welcome contributions that explore contemporary developments and project future trends, as well as those that offer retrospective theoretical and critical interrogations. Please send a 500 word abstract, including title, and a 50 word biographical note to T.Stoppani@leedsbeckett.ac.uk and D.Bernath@leedsbeckett.ac.uk Deadline for abstracts of papers: 4th May 2015
     
    Please note that full papers will be required prior to the conference for panel chairs and to begin the editorial process for publication in the This Thing Called Theory volume of the Routledge ‘Critiques’ series,and for a special conference issue of Architecture and Culture, the AHRA journal.

    CONFERENCE Thursday 19th - Saturday 21st November 2015 VENUES Rose Bowl Building, City Campus, Leeds Beckett University, and other venues in Leeds (UK) city centre.

    WEBSITE http://www.thisthingcalledtheory.org/ http://cagd.co.uk/public/research/design_and_creativity.php

    CONFERENCE COMMITTEE Professor Teresa Stoppani, Head of The Leeds School of Architecture, Leeds Beckett University Dr Doreen Bernath, Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Leader of the BA Architectural Studies course, Leeds Beckett University Braden Engel, Undergraduate History and Theory Coordinator, Academy of Art University, San Francisco and PhD Candidate, Leeds Beckett University George Themistocleous, Part Time Lecturer and PhD Candidate, Leeds Beckett University
  • New Brutalist Image 1949-1955

    London | Dates: 19 Dec, 2014 – 04 Oct, 2015
    In 1953 the sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi, the artist-photographer Nigel Henderson, and the architects Alison and Peter Smithson joined up with the pioneering structural engineer Ronald Jenkins to create the radical and influential exhibition Parallel of Life and Art. This historic collaboration was first forged during the design and building of the Hunstanton School in Suffolk which was conceived by the Smithsons in 1949. Capturing the time and process of the building of Hunstanton, this display brings together an extensive range of previously unseen photographs by Henderson, drawings and proposals by the Smithsons, engineering milestones by Jenkins, and sculptures by Paolozzi. Curated with direct reference to the innovative design and commissioning process of Jenkins’s office at Ove Arup & Partners in 1951, the display highlights how this office project became the test-bed of ideas for the group’s design and installation of Parallel of Life and Art, which underpinned the creative and intellectual sensibility and culture that the critic Reyner Banham would infamously label ‘New Brutalism’ in 1955. This display has been curated by Victoria Walsh and Claire Zimmerman, assisted by Helen Little, Elena Crippa, and Ricky Bowtell. Installation design and execution: RVTR and Westby and Jones, Ltd. This project was made possible with generous support from Arup and The University of Michigan (College of Literature, Science and the Arts, and Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning).
  • 2015 Arizona Historic Preservation Conference

    Flagstaff | Dates: 13 – 15 May, 2015

    The Arizona State Historic Preservation Office, the Arizona Preservation Foundation, and the City of Flagstaff invite you to join them at the 13th Annual Arizona Historic Preservation Conference. This year’s conference, “Paths to Preservation” is being held in Flagstaff on May 13th-15th, 2015. The goal of the Conference is to bring together preservationists from around the state to exchange ideas and success stories, to share perspectives and solutions to preservation issues, and to foster cooperation between the diverse Arizona preservation communities.

    At this year’s conference we will analyze the different paths to preservation. Although these paths are not always defined, they still convey a direction or process to follow.  Whether a literal path, such as a historic highway, roadway or trail, or a procedural path, such as rehabilitation, adaptive re-use or the process of listing a site or property on the National Register, these paths are there to guide us to our desired location or result.  Through examples from businesses, communities, and even government agencies, we will share the pathways that guide preservationists in their efforts to save our historic and cultural heritage.

    The Preservation Awards will be the focal event of the Conference. The 33rd Annual Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Awards, presented by the State Historic Preservation Office and the Arizona Preservation Foundation, recognize people, organizations, and projects that represent outstanding achievements in preserving Arizona’s prehistoric and historic resources. The 29th Annual Governor’s Awards in Public Archaeology are also presented at the event. These awards, selected by the Governor’s Archaeology Advisory Commission, recognize excellence in archaeological awareness, conservation and education. The awards make the conference more than a venue to learn, debate and network, but also a celebration of outstanding historic preservation efforts and achievements.

    As we move forward, it is imperative that we work together to build a path for the future of our valuable historic resources.

  • Science for Parks, Parks for Science: The Next Century Summit

    Berkeley | Dates: 25 – 27 Mar, 2015

    NCPTT invites you to participate in “Science for Parks, Parks for Science: the Next Century,” a unique science and technology summit organized and hosted by the University of California, Berkeley. The two-and-a-half day summit will focus on state-of-the-science research conducted by natural and cultural resources scientist, managers, and practitioners. The summit will be held on March 25-27, 2015 at UC Berkeley. The unique partnership between UC Berkeley, the National Park Service and the National Geographic Society to bring you this summit grows out of a meeting 100 years earlier that helped launch the National Park Service.

    The focus of the meeting is to bring together visionary scientists to envision and contribute to strategies for science in parks and science using parks for the coming decades. Distinguished plenary speakers and panelists include David Ackerly, Jill Baron, Steven Beissinger, Joel Berger, Ruth DeFries, Thomas Dietz, Josh Donlan, Holly Doremus, Ernesto Enkerlin-Hoeflich, Denis Galvin, David Graber, Jane Lubchenco, Gary Machlis, George Miller, Hugh Possingham, Jedediah Purdy, Nina Roberts, Mark Schwartz, Daniel Simberloff, Monica Turner, & Jennifer Wolch.

    It is critical to the future of preservation science in the National Park Service to be represented and NCPTT encourages you to submit to the contributed oral presentations and poster sessions. The deadline for abstracts is November 1, 2014. Click here to submit an abstract.

    More information, key dates, and ways to submit presentations for the summit click here.

  • Mid-Century Modern Structures: Materials and Preservation 2015 Symposium

    St. Louis | Dates: 13 – 16 Apr, 2015

    The Friends of NCPTT, the World Monument Fund, the American Institute for Architects St. Louis, Washington University in St. Louis, and the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial are partnering for a jointly organized symposium on the preservation of Mid-Century Modern Structures. The meeting will be held at the Drury Plaza Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri, April 14-16, 2015. A public lecture will precede the meeting on Monday evening, April 13 at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Focusing primarily on the history, use, and preservation of materials found in Mid-Century modern architecture, the 2015 three-day symposium will provide in-depth understanding of the complex issues associated with the preservation of these structures. Special emphasis will be on modern architectural metals, but presentations on other materials, such as concrete and curtain wall structures, will be included.

    Mid-Century Modern Structures: Materials and Preservation 2015 Symposium Schedule

  • Greater & Greener 2015: Innovative Parks, Vibrant Cities

    San Francisco | Dates: 11 – 14 Apr, 2015

    City Parks Alliance and the San Francisco Recreation & Park Department are excited to be partnering to present Greater & Greener 2015: Innovative Parks, Vibrant Cities. 

    Greater & Greener is a four-day indoor and outdoor conference designed to equip you with the tools you need to create innovative, vibrant, and sustainable parks in your city, district, community or neighborhood.

    You’ll be joining more than 1,000 global park leaders, city planning and design professionals, civic officials, and other urban park advocates at Greater & Greener in San Francisco — an inspiring network of peers from cities across the world. 

    Through outdoor workshops and tours, engaging speaker and panel discussions, volunteer opportunities and exclusive events, we’ll highlight the people and programs having a positive impact across urban park creation, management and stewardship – in the San Francisco Bay Area and globally.

    For more information, review our Schedule-At-A-Glance or the Full Schedule.


  • 2015 IDEA Journal: Call for Submissions

    Dates: 18 Dec, 2014 – 01 Mar, 2015

    EDITORS

    • Suzie Attiwill (RMIT University, Australia)
    • Luciano Crespi (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
    • Davide Fassi (Politecnico di Milano, Italy; Tongji University, China)
    • Elena Enrica Giunta (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
    • Belén Hermida (Universidad CEU San Pablo, Spain)

    CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
    Academics, research students and practitioners are invited to submit design research papers and critical project works that make a contribution to the discipline of interior design/interior architecture through an engagement with the provocation of  URBAN + INTERIOR for the IDEA JOURNAL 2015.

    PROVOCATION
    Unprecedented movements of people, growth in population density and forces of capitalism and globalism shape the twenty-first century urban environment and transform how people live in the world – spatially, temporally and subjectively. In the disciplines of interior design, interior architecture, architecture, spatial design and urban design, one encounters the coupling of the conditions of ‘urban’ and ‘interior’ with increasing frequency. Urban interior, interior urbanization, urban interiority and urban interior design are used as provocations for designing, teaching and writing – researching and thinking – in cities and cultures as diverse as Milan, Madrid, Melbourne, Jakarta, Austin, London, Stockholm, Bangkok, Singapore and Bogotá.

    While some might see this as the bringing together of vastly distinct conditions and scales, the conjunction – urban and interior – seeks to engage the potential of practices and techniques of disciplines concerned with interior and urbanism in new ways involving multi-scalar, multi-cultural, multi-discipline approaches. A rethinking of the concept of interior is invited where the defining characteristics of enclosure, form and structure are opened to other possibilities than an equation with the inside of a building. ‘Interior’ is introduced here in an expanded sense. A thinking differently about urbanism and the concept of ‘urban’ is also invoked.

    The question of, and conjunction of, urban + interior is a critical one in the contemporary context where the inhabitation of urban environments and cities has exceeded the population living in rural areas; . We are keen to explore this condition through actual proposals, scenarios and solutions that address the challenges, as well as historical, anthropological, sociological and epistemological reflections.

    The aspiration for this forthcoming issue of the IDEA JOURNAL is to gather this emerging trajectory composed of practices, techniques, and genealogies for future practice. With our call for submissions, we have not specified research questions or positioned in advance what, how, when or why ‘urban’ and ‘interior’ are/might be connected. Our strategy is to be open to what comes in and from this make an arrangement of connections where the potential of urban + interior can be grasped, offered up and discussed.

    The conjunctions, conversations and debates have already begun. The editorial approach for this issue of the IDEA JOURNAL is different to the individual guest editor of previous issues. Five people from three cities are already in discussion about this emerging trajectory of urban + interior: Suzie Attiwill from Melbourne and the research group Urban Interior Laboratory; Davide Fassi, Luciano Crespi and Elena Enrica Giunta from Politecnico di Milano – Design Department and Belén Hermida from University CEU San Pablo in Madrid – who are co-directors and co-coordinators of [MUID] the International Master in Urban Interior Design, a program that is offered between POLI.Design in Milano and University CEU San Pablo in Madrid. And now we would like to invite others who are researching urban + interior – through design and projects, through historical and theoretical research, through teaching – to contribute and participate!

    THE IDEA JOURNAL ACCEPTS:

    DESIGN RESEARCH PAPERS
    that demonstrate development and engagement with interior design/interior architecture history, theory, education and practice through critique and synthesis. The focus is on the documentation and critical review of both speculative research and practice-based research

    REFEREED STUDIOS
    that present the nature and outcomes of refereed design studios which have either been previously peer reviewed in situ and/or critically discussed through text and imagery for the IDEA JOURNAL.

    PROJECT REVIEWS
    that critically evaluate design-based works which seek to expand the nature of spatial, temporal and theoretical practice in interior design/interior architecture and associated disciplines.

    VISUAL ESSAYS
    that demonstrate and present speculative research and practice-based researchthrough visual media. For examples of visual essays please refer to previous issues of the IDEA JOURNAL – for example, the visual essay by Sara Bomans and Remco Roes ‘Nothing will come of nothing, speak again’ (http://idea-edu.com/journal/2013-idea-journal/).

    BOOK & EXHIBITION REVIEWS
    to encourage debate into the emerging literature dedicated to the expression and expansion of the theory and practice of interior design/interior architecture. 

    REGISTRATION OF INTEREST:
    Authors are invited to register their interest in making a submission via an online form (please see link below). Registrations of interest will be received until beginning of March 2015. It is important to note that the registration of interest is not refereed; acknowledgement of registration facilitates development of a proposal to full research paper, refereed studio, visual essay or project review by providing formatting guidelines and publication standards to registrants. Registrations of interest will be responded to within one week of receipt. Authors are encouraged to register sooner than later.

    link to REGISTRATION OF INTEREST FORM
    link to PDF of 2015 Call for Submissions

    For any queries please contact Suzie Attiwill (executive editor) via emailIDEAJournal2015@gmail.com or phone +61 3 9925 3498

    Important deadlines/dates:

    • Call for contributions: November 2014 to March 2015.
    • Registration of interest including 50 words and image will be acknowledged
      within one week of sending.
    • Submission of full draft for review by April 30 2015.
    • Peer review process: May to June 2015.
    • Notification to authors of acceptance late July 2015.
    • Revisions by author(s) returned to Executive Editor by 30 September 2015.
    • Journal published early 2016.

    2015 IDEA JOURNAL EDITORS:

    Suzie Attiwill practises interior design using curatorial and exhibition techniques. She is the current executive editor of the IDEA JOURNAL; associate professor in the discipline of Interior Design and deputy dean of Learning + Teaching, RMIT University’s School of Architecture and Design, Melbourne, Australia. Her research has been published nationally and internationally. Publications include: ‘interiorizt’, Brooker, G & L, Weinthal (eds), The Handbook of Interior Architecture and Design, 2014 and ‘Urban and Interior: techniques for an urban interiorist’, Hinkel, R (ed), Urban Interior. Informal explorations, interventions and occupations, 2011. Suzie is a founding member of the Urban Interior Laboratory. From 2006 to 2012, she was chair of IDEA (Interior Design/Interior Architecture Educators Association). She holds a PhD (Interior Design, RMIT), Master of Arts (Design, RMIT), Bachelor of Arts Hons (Interior Design, RMIT), Bachelor of Arts Hons (Art History / Indian Studies, Uni Melb) and a Certificate in Applied Arts (Textiles).

    Luciano Crespi is an architect and full professor of design at the School of Design of Politecnico di Milano and President of the Interior Design Study Course. Luciano has been teaching at the Architecture Faculty of Politecnico di Milano since 2000; he is a member of the PhD Professor Board of Design; co-director of [MUID] the International Master in Urban Interior Design (Universidad CEU San Pablo in Madrid and Politecnico di Milano); head of Postgraduate Master ‘Exhibition Design’, Politecnico di Milano; and coordinator of DHOC, Interior Design for Hospitable Cities, Politecnico di Milano, a research group that deals with the design of interior and exterior urban spaces, aimed to set up new forms of hospitable places in the contemporary city through temporary, diffused services, new quality for public areas, and innovative models of re-use for disused buildings. Recent books include: Luciano Crespi, Da spazio nasce spazio. L’interior design nella trasformazione degli ambienti contemporanei, (Milan: Postmedia books, 2013)

    Davide Fassi, PhD, is an architect and he is currently teaching and researching in interior and product service system design both at Politecnico di Milano and at Tongji University (College of Design and Innovation). He joined DHOC (Interior Design for Hospitable Cities research group) in 2009. He is coordinator of double degree programs with universities in China and the School of Design – Politecnico di Milano, coordinator of GIDE (Group of International Design Education), co-coordinator of [MUID], the International Master in Urban Interior Design (Universidad CEU San Pablo in Madrid and Politecnico di Milano) and member of the International Coordination Committee of the DESIS Network (Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability). He has published and edited several books including: In-Trattenere (2010) and Temporary Urban Solutions (2012). His research focus is the relationship between space and service with a community-centred approach: Coltivando, the convivial garden at the Politecnico di Milano (2011) and campUS (2014) are the most recent applied research projects.

    Elena Enrica Giunta, PhD, is a designer. She has a Bachelor of Science in Interior design, and a Masters in Interior Architecture (Exhibit Design for Cultural Heritage. Elena is a research fellow and contract professor at School of Design, Politecnico di Milano; member of GIDE (Group of International Design Education) and co-coordinator of [MUID] the International Master in Urban Interior Design (Universidad CEU San Pablo in Madrid and Politecnico di Milano). Since 2003 she has been involved in research programs, both national and international, on topics addressing interior design at urban scale and design strategies for cultural heritage enhancement; she joined DHOC in 2007. Her research interest is focused on specific implications of intangible assets arising from places and artifacts. She holds a PhD in Multimedia Communication (Design, Politecnico di Milano) and a Certificate in Art-Therapy (Artea). Publications include: ‘Cities * society = scenarios of changing. Urban micro-environment between Art and Design’, PRO-OCCUPANCY. Design dei microambienti urbani contemporanei: tra performatività dell’allestimento e appartenenze, (Milan: 2012).

    Belén Hermida is a licensed architect in Spain since 1990. She holds an Artium Baccalaureate in Studio Art and Architecture, Wellesley College (1986) and a Master of Architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT (1988). She is currently a PhD candidate at Universidad de Zaragoza with a thesis on the Prado Museum Extension. Her PhD research is based on her extensive experience in museum design in collaboration with Rafael Moneo with whom she worked between 1989 and 2007. Since 2005 Belén has taught Form Analysis and Architectural Design and researches in the group Re-Thinking Cities at Universidad CEU San Pablo in Madrid, Spain. She is coordinator of International Relations, coordinator of the Bilingual Program in Architecture and co-director of [MUID] the International Master in Urban Interior Design: Design of the Public Realm in Contemporary Cities taught at University CEU San Pablo in Madrid and Politecnico di Milano, where she is also visiting faculty. Since 2013, she is a partner at Urban Networks in Madrid, a firm specialized in the conceptual design of urban and architectural initiatives. Urban Networks main task is the creative transformation of cities.

    IDEA JOURNAL is published by IDEA (Interior Design / Interior Architecture Educators Association)

  • Dumbarton Oaks Garden and Landscape Studies Symposium - River Cities: Historical and Contemporary

    Washington | Dates: 08 – 09 May, 2015

    Resilience and adaptability are key elements of viable urbanism. But how have these concepts been understood historically? And how do they shape the design and stewardship of urban landscapes today? The dynamic relationships between cities and their rivers, a landscape of potentially critical adaptability and resilience, is the focus of the 2015 Garden and Landscape Studies Symposium at Dumbarton Oaks.  Building on the emergence of urban humanities and urban landscape history, we propose to consider the urban river as a city-making landscape deserving of careful reading and analysis: past, present, and future.

    The subject of this symposium builds on a new multi-year initiative in urban landscape studies, which Dumbarton Oaks is launching in 2015 with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Its principal goal is to create a dialogue between designers and scholars to address the landscape consequences of advancing urbanization. With this task in mind, the 2015 symposium aims to bring together the work of contemporary designers with the historical perspectives of scholars, encouraging practitioners and historians to bridge the gaps between their modes of thinking.

    Cities have emerged on the banks of rivers throughout history. Rivers are multi-faceted ecological, cultural, economic, and political agents, providing resources such as food, water, irrigation, sanitation, and transportation—and liabilities including flooding, drought, and occasional changes in their locations. While many cities share the history of rivers running through their cores, the relationships between rivers and cities are shaped by unique circumstances. New Orleans and Cairo, for example, were both located on the silt deposited by floods; yet, as these cities grew, one used a dam and the other levees to harness their rivers. While describing the river as part of urban infrastructure, how can we read the river landscape as a dynamic catalyst in the urban process? What is the role of the river, beyond its performance as a transportation corridor and a water source? How do its place, its flow, its speed, and its dynamic character shape the development of cities and the experience of the urban landscape spatially, geographically, and temporally? What landscape elements are distinctive to these urban river contexts—bridges, parks, ports, weirs, mills, various defensive structures—and how might the landscapes of inland river cities differ from those in deltas and on estuaries?

    Another aspect of the relationship between cities and rivers that this symposium will explore concerns its representation in human experience, practice, and imagination. How do rivers frame the urban experience? Do they offer a connection to nature in the city as so many have claimed we need? What are their cultural and ritual uses? What can we discover by investigating the historical role of the river and city-making that might offer an alternative perspective on contemporary issues of access to clean water, public space, transportation, and the challenges of climate change are addressed? How might a historical investigation offer a means to re-imagine the way we think about and use our urban rivers today? Conversely, how can the spatial thinking of designers today revise our historical understandings of rivers and cities?

    The 2015 symposium will consider river cities from the earliest settlements to contemporary metropolitan regions around the globe. Just as rivers flow across continents, we are looking broadly to engage in a discussion of urban rivers, past and present, nationally and internationally.

     

     

  • 2015 Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference

    Detroit | Dates: 19 – 21 May, 2015
    The sixth national Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference will come to Detroit, Michigan, May 19-21, 2015. The conference will be held at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center and is expected to draw 700-1,000 professionals to the city.

    Through the Reclaiming Vacant Properties (RVP) Conference, Community Progress educates, energizes, and empowers community revitalization professionals and stakeholders from across the country to tackle one of the most pressing issues facing our cities and towns.  

    Themed “Beyond Blight: Building a Bold Movement,” the conference will explore the latest tools to combat vacancy and move beyond neighborhood blight, as well as how government officials, community leaders, and others in the field can join forces across departments, cities, and even states to achieve wide-scale positive change. Conference sessions will highlight work from around the country, including efforts in Michigan.  

    Held every eighteen months, the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference is the sole national conference dedicated to helping communities overcome vacant, blighted properties. It attracts and connects professionals from many interrelated fields, including community development, urban policy, code enforcement, affordable housing, urban planning, economic development, and public safety.  

    Who should attend?  

    RVP is a great opportunity for government, nonprofit and private sector leaders  who are interested in exploring the challenges and opportunities presented by vacant and abandoned properties and learning the latest strategies and tools to revitalize America’s cities and towns.  

    What will I get out of it?  

    With in-depth sessions, field workshops extensive networking, and knowledge-sharing opportunities, attendees will leave with practical tools and ideas for their communities.  
    About the Center for Community Progress:

    Founded in 2010, the Center for Community Progress is the only national 501(c)3 nonprofit organization solely dedicated to building a future in which entrenched, systemic blight no longer exists in American communities. The mission of Community Progress is to ensure that communities have the vision, knowledge, and systems to transform blighted, vacant, and other problem properties into assets supporting neighborhood vitality. As a national leader on solutions for blight and vacancy, Community Progress serves as the leading resource for local, state and federal policies and best practices that address the full cycle of property revitalization. Major support for Community Progress is generously provided by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the Ford Foundation.  
  • The Artist's Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887-1920

    Philadelphia | Dates: 15 Mar, 2015

    Speaker: Anna O. Marley, Curator of Historical American

    SUNDAY, MARCH 15 | 2:00pm
    Free; pre-registration required.

    Curator of Historical American Art Anna O. Marley will lecture on Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Art's 2015 exhibition and catalogue The Artist's Garden, which intertwines stories of American artists, Impressionism, and the growing popularity of gardening as a middle-class leisure pursuit at the turn of the 20th century. Diverse fine art and material culture - including paintings, sculpture, books, and gardening ephemera - will be illustrated, revealing how the horticultural and visual arts in this period were manifestations of an emerging national Progressive era middle-class American identity. Represented will be gardens across the United States and Europe, with special emphasis on the importance of the Philadelphia area, which served as the originator of the Colonial Revival Garden movement with the Centennial Exhibition in 1876. Moreover, the Philadelphia area was the center of the publishing industry in the early 20th century, which led to the creation of magazines aimed at middle class suburban gardeners like House and Garden (founded here in 1901). By employing the interdisciplinary perspectives of horticultural history and art history, The Artist's Gardenwill reveal the far-reaching effects of the ideas of Impressionism on not just painting, but American culture at large.

    Anna O. Marley is a nationally-recognized authority on American art and material culture from the colonial era to 1945. She and holds a B.A. in Art History from Vassar College, an M.A. in Museum Studies from the University of Southern California and a Ph.D. from the University of Delaware. Since joining PAFA in March 2009, Dr. Marley has curated more than 10 exhibitions. Currently, Dr. Marley is organizing the nationally touring exhibitionThe Artist's Garden, with an accompanying catalog to be published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. She is also working on exhibitions on Thomas Eakins photography and nineteenth-century history painting in the Americas. Prior to PAFA, she worked for the National Gallery of Art and the National Park Service, and held research fellowships at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Winterthur Museum, the Maryland Historical Society, and Colonial Williamsburg. Dr. Marley's professional affiliations include serving as Co-Chair of the Association of Historians of American Art, and as a member of the Association of Art Museum Curators, the College Art Association, and the Society of Early Americanists. She is also a member of the Morris Arboretum and an avid gardener!

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  • NEH Summer Institute in Granada

    Granada | Dates: 15 Jun – 10 Jul, 2015
    “The Alhambra and Spain’s Islamic Past” uses the magnificent 13th-14th-century Alhambra palace complex in Granada to study Spain’s engagement with its diverse cultural and religious history. The Institute begins with the palaces, gardens, and courtyards remaining from the Islamic period and proceeds to observe how over time the Alhambra was variously represented in traveler’s accounts, prints, paintings, and photographs as Orientalist fantasy, picturesque playground, and most recently as celebrated national monument. Through the specific history of the Alhambra, the Institute explores the culturally complex history of Muslim-Christian relations in Europe. More broadly, it considers the relationship between nationalism and memory—how a nation like Spain frames its Islamic past—and the importance of architectural monuments in the making of community identity. Application deadline: March 2, 2015.
  • Sustainable Shelter: Dwelling Within the Forces of Nature

    Atlanta | Dates: 18 Jan – 05 Apr, 2015

    Sustainable Shelter: Dwelling Within the Forces of Nature discusses the techniques through which animals and humans have adapted to differing environments through an amazing diversity of structures. The exhibition investigates the ways that human dwellings extract, use, and discard energy, water and other precious natural resources and reveals innovative new design solutions that can help restore the health and viability of Earth’s natural environment.

    Sustainable Shelters is organized by the Bell Museum of Natural History at the University of Minnesota.

  • The Architectural Image, 1920-1950: Prints, Drawings, and Paintings from a Private Collection

    Washington | Dates: 08 Nov, 2014 – 03 May, 2015

    Between 1920 and 1950, architecture changed more profoundly and more rapidly than during any similar timespan in history. At the beginning of the period, an ornate form of neoclassicism—as promoted by the centuries-old École des Beaux Arts in Paris—was still prevalent in the U.S. and much of Europe. But that tradition was soon challenged by the newly established Bauhaus school in Germany, which advocated functional design free of unnecessary ornament. By the end of the period, International Style modernism, which was largely based on Bauhaus principles, was by far the predominant force in architectural education and practice.

    The changing tastes, theories, and obsessions of that era were often documented by prominent artists who found architecture and construction to be compelling subject matter. Some of these artists saw beauty in the inherent geometries of buildings, which they crisply captured via woodcuts or similar high-contrast media. Some celebrated the workers who built soaring skyscrapers or who toiled in modern factories. Others were simply fascinated by the burgeoning skylines and great works of infrastructure that distinguished the modern metropolis.

    This exhibition presents 70 prints, original drawings, and paintings from the period, all drawn from a single private collection in Washington, D.C. Included are works by such noteworthy printmakers as Howard Cook, Louis Lozowick, and Charles Turzak. Collectively, these works not only shed light on the dramatic emergence of modernism, but also reveal a certain optimistic spirit that seemed to persist amid the ongoing political, economic, and social upheaval of the era. By virtue of their bold patterns, intriguing perspectives, and masterful execution, these images invite the viewer into the captivating realm that lies at the intersection of art and architecture.