Recent Opportunities

  • CAADRIA 2016 - Living Systems and Micro-Utopias: Towards Continuous Designing

    Melbourne | Dates: 15 – 25 Sep, 2015
    Today, human activities constitute the primary environmental impact on the planet. In this context, commitments to sustainability, or minimization of damage, prove insufficient. To develop regenerative, capabilities, architectural design needs to extend beyond the form and function of things in contained projects and engage with the management of complex systems. Such systems involve multiple types of dynamic phenomena biotic and abiotic, technical and cultural and can be understood as living. Engagement with such living systems implies manipulation of pervasive and unceasing change, irrespective of whether it is accepted by design stakeholders or actively managed towards homeostatic or homeorhetic conditions. Responding to this challenge, CAADRIA 2016 seeks to interrogate the notion of continuity and the applicable architectural toolsets in order to map and discover opportunities for innovation. For the full version of the call and further information, see the PDF version: And the conference website: 30 March - 2 April 2016 Melbourne, Australia
  • YCBA Graduate Symposium: A Beautiful Role: Architecture and the Display of Art

    New Haven | Dates: 15 Sep, 2015 – 29 Jan, 2016
    Call for Papers A Beautiful Role: Architecture and the Display of Art Graduate Student Symposium Saturday, April 9, 2016 Painting and sculpture play a beautiful role in the realm of architecture, as architecture plays a beautiful role in the realms of painting and sculpture. —Louis I. Kahn (1960) The Yale Center for British Art—designed by Louis Kahn and completed in 1975—has recently undergone an extensive program of conservation. To mark the reopening of the building, and the complete reinstallation of the collection, the Center will be hosting a conference to investigate the role that buildings play in the display of art. Our experience of objects is greatly influenced by their setting, whether in the home of a collector, in a museum display, in a storage rack, or on a computer screen. This conference will focus on museum architecture and explore where it has been and where it is going. Seeking to inspire fresh thinking about the relationship between works of art and the buildings that contain them, the conference will address the ways in which architecture can enhance, limit, and transform our encounters with art. Graduate students of all disciplines—including art, design, architecture and architectural history, and museum studies—are invited to submit proposals for papers that examine the ways in which architecture influences our experience of art. Topics could include, but are not limited to: The museums of Louis Kahn; the advantages and/or limitations of the modernist museum concept; the role of architectural setting in the understanding of art; the history of museum design; the role of the museum building in the university; the translation of personal collections from domestic space to museum displays; the relationships between patrons, architects, and curators; contrasting needs in the display of collections and in the curating of exhibitions; the renovation/conservation of historic museum spaces; and the current fashion for museum extensions. We particularly welcome topics related to the historical moment of the Center’s building and to the challenges and opportunities faced by museums working to conserve their existing buildings. We are accepting proposals for twenty-five-minute papers from graduate students working in any discipline. Travel and accommodation costs will be covered by the organizers. Please e-mail abstracts of no more than three hundred words along with a one-page CV to by January 29, 2016.
  • CFP: Material Processes and Making In Medieval Art (Kalamazoo, 12-15 May 2016)

    Kalamazoo | Dates: 12 – 18 Sep, 2015
    The International Congress on Medieval Studies (ICMS) at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 12 - 15, 2016 Deadline: Sep 15, 2015 Art historians traditionally focus on the finished work, yet attention to the creative process of making allows us to consider how medieval builders and artisans constructed monuments, made objects, and planned workflow for large-scale projects. Furthermore, this line of inquiry allows us to consider spatial planning and haptic encounters. The use of new technologies such as digital reconstructions, laser scans, 3D printing, and other imaging tools provides scholars with the opportunity to understand the conceptual processes of art making in the Middle Ages as never before through reverse engineering. Recent art-historical scholarship has reintroduced interest in the materiality/object-ness of medieval art and architecture and attendant somatic responses. Analysis of the processes of making is fundamental to this renewed interest in the relationship between materiality and human experience of the art object. Together, these inquiries will yield new insights into the social, economic, political, and practical conditions of production. For this session we are interested in presentations that investigate the process of making medieval art and architecture and what these processes tell us about medieval artistic production. We welcome papers that explore questions such as: • What can art historians learn from studying creative processes? • What are the methods of design to finished product? • How did masons and artisans revise work in progress or finished work? • Why are some materials selected over others? DEADLINE FOR PAPER PROPOSALS: 15 September 2015 Paper proposals should consist of the following: • Abstract of proposed paper (300 words maximum) • Completed Participation Information Form available at: • CV with mailing information and email address. PLEASE DIRECT INQUIRIES/SUBMISSIONS TO THE ORGANIZERS: Meredith Cohen: Kristine Tanton: Information about the conference, including proposal submission forms, may be found at
  • 2016 Dulux Study Tour Competition

    Dates: 12 Oct – 05 Nov, 2015
    This is your opportunity to be part of an exciting and coveted program that inspires and fosters Australia's next generation of emerging architectural talent ? the 2016 Dulux Study Tour. Winners will embark on an exciting architectural tour of Istanbul, London and Madrid where they can experience firsthand some of the best architectural sites and practices. Simply click here to enter. Entry into the 2016 Dulux Study Tour is a two stage process: Stage 1 To enter, entrants are required to submit their answers to four nominated questions, their contact details and details of their employer via the online entry system. Stage 1 submissions must be lodged by no later than AEST 4pm Thursday 17 September 2015. Late submissions will not be accepted. Entrants? answers to the nominated questions will be judged, and shortlisted entrants will be notified to enter into Stage 2. Stage 2 Shortlisted entrants must upload via the online entry system an A4 document that includes; one written employer reference, resume (maximum two pages), portfolio of works (maximum of four pages). Submissions for stage 2 must be lodged between AEST 9.00am Monday 12 October 2015 to AEST 4.00pm Thursday 5 November 2015. 2016 Dulux Study Tour Terms and Conditions
  • The Official Architect: Missing Chapters in the History of the Profession - 21 May, 2016

    London | Dates: 12 Sep – 31 Oct, 2015
    2016 Annual Symposium of the Society of Architectural Historians (Great Britain) Saturday 21 May 2016 To be held at the Royal Institute of British Architects, London The Official Architect; missing chapters in the history of the profession Official architects, if considered at all, are now most readily associated with the work of the once powerful local authority architects departments of the post-war era. However they have an earlier and more varied history. During the eighteenth, nineteenth and for much of the twentieth century in Britain the title applied to any architect in salaried employment, often working for the state in departments such as the Office of Works, the Admiralty, or the Post Office. Yet such posts were also relied on in bodies as varied as the Miners Welfare Association, the Imperial War Graves Commission, and large private companies such as Boots, Woolworths, the Co-Operative Wholesale Society, and major railway companies such as the L.M.S. Responsible for the design of large swathes of the built environment the work of such architects was as often referred to derogatively as ‘departmental architecture’ and attacked for its poor quality or gone unnoticed due to the culture of bureaucratic anonymity. This annual symposium of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, held in partnership with the Royal Institute of British Architects, aims to explore the history of salaried official architects and their work - from Borough Surveyors to County, City or Chief Architects and others - including those in the state and public sectors, major companies and international corporations. Contributions are welcome which highlight individual careers, institutions, working methods, major buildings/projects, and the political and professional debates surrounding Official architecture in this country and beyond over the last two hundred years or more the better to understand this strand in the history of practice. Please send initial 300 word proposal, or enquiries, to the organiser, Dr. Julian Holder, at by 31 October 2015. Review of papers will be finalised by December 31 2015. Papers should present original research and should be of 20 minutes in duration. Draft papers will be welcomed by 31 March 2016. Publication of suitable quality papers is envisaged. Speakers are not charged the Symposium fee and are invited to an informal dinner as guests of the Society the night preceding the Symposium. All other associated costs such as travel and accommodation must be met by the speakers.
  • Making Place: The Architecture of David Adjaye (exhibition)

    Chicago | Dates: 19 Sep, 2015 – 03 Jan, 2016
    With over 50 built projects across the world, David Adjaye is rapidly emerging as a major international figure in architecture and design. Rather than advancing a signature architectural style, Adjaye’s structures address local concerns and conditions through both a historical understanding of context and a global understanding of modernism. The first comprehensive museum survey devoted to Adjaye, this exhibition offers an in-depth overview of the architect’s distinct approach and visual language with a dynamic installation design conceived by Adjaye Associates.

    Of African ancestry and raised in Ghana, the Middle East, and England, Adjaye now has offices in London, New York, Berlin, and Accra. Like many international architects, he is itinerant, and his practices defy cultural borders and geopolitical categories. However, Adjaye is unique in being an African-born architect working in a global landscape. Having traveled the world studying buildings and architectural styles, most recently and extensively in Africa, he is acutely sensitive to the effects of location. A proponent for architecture from beyond the Western canon, he brings a distinctive contemporary “Afropolitan” view to his various projects.

    While Adjaye has never adhered to a discrete style, his projects coalesce around certain ideas. Often set in cities struggling with diversity and difference, his public buildings provide spaces that foster links among people and explore how neighborhoods evolve, how new communities are created, and how unexpected junctures weave diverse urban identities and experiences into the tapestry of multiculturalism. Rethinking conventions, his designs speak to the specific time and place in which they were made. These ideas are expressed in important recent projects, such as the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., a building that faces history head-on, bringing together references from across Africa and America in a visually and physically evocative design.

    This exhibition, comprising furniture, housing, public buildings, and master plans, fills the first-floor Abbott Galleries and the second-floor architecture and design galleries in the Modern Wing. In addition to drawings, sketches, models, and building mock-ups, a specially commissioned film featuring Adjaye’s collaborators—an international roster of artists, the exhibition curators, and other influential figures in the art world—helps bring his projects to life and makes clear the important role that Adjaye plays in contemporary architecture today.
  • As Seen: Exhibitions That Made Architecture and Design History

    Chicago | Dates: 01 Oct, 2015 – 01 May, 2016
    Exhibitions have long played a crucial role in defining disciplinary histories, as they mark pivotal moments in time and document the environment in which new narratives or arguments unfolded. At a moment when the fields of architecture and design, spurred by a multitude of cross-cultural and global conversations, are opening up to new definitions, ways of working, and design and production processes, this research highlights how an exhibition can help to both concretize and critique ongoing technological and cultural shifts. As Seen is an ongoing research project that looks at the influence of architecture and design exhibitions years after their closing.

    The selection presented in As Seen focuses on eleven group exhibitions from 1956 to 2006, organized by a wide range of architecture and design professionals. Through varied approaches these exhibitions reflected on then-current dilemmas, identified alternatives to prevailing practices, and reasserted design’s implications for everyday life. Since their debut, many of these exhibitions have grown in influence through the spread of their ideas and the rising popularity of the designers involved. As Seen features a range of materials—installation images, posters, invitation cards, catalogues, correspondence, and floor plans—that are more than residual and provide glimpses into the concepts driving the exhibitions as well as the physical spaces they once occupied. Critical discourse from the media and scholars presented alongside these materials illuminates and helps to vivify the discussions surrounding these events at the time. These presentations show how the tools of curators, graphic designers, industrial designers, architects, and others can be catalyzed toward new ends, which often resonate beyond the temporal duration of the exhibition itself, ultimately making history.

    Initiated as part of the Istanbul Design Biennial 2014, the research has been brought to Chicago with the aim of continuing the dialogue and illustrating a cross section of creative output to be seen through new eyes. Although it presents only a small sampling of exhibitions—by no means global in scope—the hope is that this installation reignites conversations about the influence of exhibitions on the practice and perception of architecture and design.

    This exhibition was made possible by the generous support of the Architecture & Design Society. Exhibition design by Project Projects.
  • Materials Inside and Out

    Chicago | Dates: 26 Sep, 2015 – 01 Apr, 2016
    Inspired by the working process of international architect David Adjaye, this installation in the Ryan Education Center interactive gallery invites visitors of all ages to discover how architects use building materials like wood, fabric, ceramic tiles, laminates, paint, stone, and plastics to create form and atmosphere. Visitors can arrange material samples and sketches to create a “mood board” (just like the professionals do) and consider how color, texture, and cultural context create a specific feel as well as how materials affect the way we experience architecture inside and out—from personal spaces to museum galleries to buildings in Chicago.
  • Chicago Architecture Biennial: The State of the Art of Architecture

    Chicago | Dates: 03 Oct, 2015 – 03 Jan, 2016
    The title of the 2015 edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial will be The State of the Art of Architecture.

    What is The State of the Art of Architecture today? More than a profession or a repertoire of built artifacts, architecture is a dynamic cultural practice that permeates fundamental registers of everyday life—from housing to education, from environmental awareness to economic growth, from local communities to global networks. In an age of accelerated change, today’s architects, artists, designers, planners, and activists are developing an extraordinary range of visionary ideas that test the limits of these realms of everyday life. As a platform for the creative breakthroughs that are reimagining the ways we inhabit and shape the world around us, the Chicago Architecture Biennial will bring an international and intergenerational network of architectural talent together to explore the ambitions, challenges and possibilities that are fueling the architectural imagination today and steering the future of the field.

    The State of the Art of Architecture will offer an opportunity to take stock of architectural projects and experiments from around the world, establishing a broad foundation for future editions of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. With an incredible breadth of design approaches, research interests, and cultural perspectives, it will offer a global stage for debate and the exchange of ideas.

    The inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial takes its title, The State of the Art of Architecture, from a 1977 conference organized by architect Stanley Tigerman, which invited leading American designers to Chicago to discuss the current state of the field. The Chicago Architecture Biennial will expand the spirit and scope of this event. It will invite both emerging and established practices from across the world to Chicago to demonstrate how groundbreaking advances in architectural design are tackling the most pressing issues of today. In this way it will enrich Chicago’s unique role in history as a crucible of architectural innovation. The setting for a succession of pivotal episodes in modern architecture and urbanism, and a context in which architects such as Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Mies van der Rohe developed revolutionary projects, Chicago will operate as a nexus for the ideas and practices that are driving global architectural culture in the 21st century.
  • Award for Outstanding Work in Digital Archaeology

    Boston | Dates: 11 Sep – 01 Oct, 2015
    Digital technologies are driving important changes in archaeology. Despite the increasing acceptance of digital technology in daily life, however, determining how to assess digital scholarship has proved difficult: many universities remain unsure about how to evaluate digital work along side more traditional forms of print publication when faced with tenure and promotion decisions. Recognizing the value of digital scholarship, and aiming to encourage its practice, the AIA offers this award to honor projects, groups, and individuals that deploy digital technology in innovative ways in the realms of excavation, research, teaching, publishing, or outreach. For nomination criteria and form, go to
  • Chicago River Bridge Tours on Wendella Boats

    Chicago | Dates: 15 – 15 Sep, 2015
    Offered exclusively by Wendella Boats the Chicago River Bridges Tour with award winning author Patrick McBriarty, who is docent for this 2-hour architectural tour of Chicago’s fantastic bridges, past and present. With more drawbridges than any city in North America, see 20+ bridges and learn all about the history, architecture, engineering, human dramas, and stories of floods, fire, bridge jumps, or the homeless man living in the bridge. There is no better way to see why Chicago is the Drawbridge Capital of the World! Ticket are available online at for these once per month tours (June – October). These tours leave from the Trump Tower Docks at river level between the Wrigley Building and Trump Tower. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to allow time for boarding.

    Dates: 01 Mar, 2016 – 01 Mar, 2017
    We are delighted to announce the launch of Journal18 – a new digital publication entirely dedicated to eighteenth-century art and material culture. Journal18 is a digital, open access, peer-reviewed journal devoted to art and culture of the long eighteenth century from around the globe. Inspired by the rich and exciting state of the field of eighteenth-century art history and the current lack of a journal that truly supports that richness, Journal18 has been founded to provide that space. Taking form as a digital, flexible, open-access publication, Journal18 seeks the widest possible engagement with the latest research in the field. Appearing twice a year, Journal18 will publish thematic issues of articles investigating all aspects of eighteenth-century social and cultural history with a strong emphasis on visual and material culture. Throughout the year, Journal18 will also offer a forum for intellectual exchange in the “Notes & Queries” section: a space for short notes, reviews, archival discoveries, or scholarly musings. Journal18 will launch in Spring 2016 with Issue #1 – Multilayered. This inaugural issue of Journal18 will explore the multilayered nature of eighteenth-century art. Contributions will focus on artworks that bear traces of multiple hands as a result of workshop production, cross-cultural exchange, re-use, restoration, vandalism, or other factors. We are currently accepting submissions for Notes & Queries, but we are not accepting submissions for #1 Multilayered. For all inquiries including proposals for contributions to “Notes & Queries” please contact the editors at: Keep up to date with Journal18 by following us on Twitter @Journal18_ and Facebook. EDITORIAL BOARD Founding Editors: Noémie Etienne (Getty Research Institute) Meredith Martin (Institute of Fine Arts-NYU) Hannah Williams (University of Oxford) Scientific Committee: Nebahat Avcioglu (Hunter College/CUNY); Finbarr Barry Flood (Institute of Fine Arts, New York); Esther Bell (Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco); Daniela Bleichmar (University of Southern California); Jeffrey Collins (Bard Graduate Center, New York); Thomas Crow (Institute of Fine Arts, New York); Craig Hanson (Calvin College); Anne Higonnet (Barnard College/Columbia University); Kristina Kleutghen (Washington University, St Louis); Anne Lafont (INHA, Paris); Ewa Lajer-Burcharth (Harvard University); Mark Ledbury (University of Sydney); Katie Scott (Courtauld Institute of Art); Charlotte Vignon (Frick Collection); Michael Yonan (University of Missouri
  • SAH MDR Conference

    Ashland | Dates: 23 – 25 Oct, 2015
    The Marion Dean Ross Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historian's 2015 conference program has been published! This year, the conference will be based in Ashland, Oregon, October 23-25, 2015. The program and registration information can be found here: The theme is "Artifice and Authenticity in Architecture! To Play or Not To Play?" The conference will be based in Ashland, but we will also be spending time in nearby Medford and Jacksonville. The key dates are as follows: September 22, 2015 - Deadline for conference hotel rate October 7, 2015 - Registration deadline without a late fee October 20, 2015 - Deadline for off-site registration October 23-25, 2015 - Conference in Ashland For updates and breaking news, go to the SAH MDR website: As always, check out our SAH MDR blog for news about historic architecture in the Pacific Northwest:
  • Announcement for the new book series: Critical Studies in Architecture of the Middle East

    Dates: 30 Sep, 2015 – 01 Jul, 2016
    Announcement for the new book series: Critical Studies in Architecture of the Middle East Critical Studies in Architecture of the Middle East is devoted to the most recent scholarship concerning historic and contemporary architecture, landscape, and urban design of the Middle East and of regions shaped by diasporic communities more globally. We invite interdisciplinary studies from diverse perspectives that address the visual characteristics of the built environment, ranging from architectural case studies to urban analysis. The series will illustrate a range of approaches to the commission, design, construction, use, and reception of buildings and landscapes throughout the region; concurrently, it will illuminate the region’s diverse architectural cultures and traditions. The series intends to present the history, theory, practice, and critical analyses of historical and contemporary architecture, landscape, and urban design, as well as the interpretation and conservation of the region’s existing cultural heritage. It will include surveys, monographs, and edited volumes. Series editors: Mohammad Gharipour & Christiane Gruber Please submit your book proposals to the series editors. The following is the link to the book proposal template:
  • Request for Proposals: (re)Newport - Paid opportunity for scholars

    Newport | Dates: 09 Sep – 31 Oct, 2015
    This RFP is a call for an immersive, participatory, location-based “adventure” (for you to define!). (re)Newport’s goal is to expose Newport, Rhode Island's cultural treasures, its buildings and landscape, and its histories and myths in an effort to build community, invigorate connections between and beyond the cultural sector, and spark curiosity and wonder. (re)Newport is the inaugural pilot project of the Catalyzing Newport initiative. As such, we are looking for a team of three entrepreneurial scholars, artists and techies to help us develop a proof-of-concept that we can then scale out with more dedicated resources. You may apply as a team; however, we are happy to create the team from among the applicant pool. A good model for this work is “One week, One tool” – where expansive thinkers come together for a concentrated time to solve a challenge. Intrigued? Great! Keep reading below to learn more about the creators’ hopes for this project and the RFP’s parameters. Successful projects will create a tool and/or a prototype to: • Creatively engage the collections and networks of all of the Catalyzing Newport institutions • Incorporate diverse locations across Newport including a mix of public, private and semi-public places, indoor and outdoor spaces and the waterfront • Engage Newport’s diverse communities, classes, races and subcultures to promote civic engagement • Allow participants to shape their own experiences through physical and digital interactions • Acknowledge real or perceived loss and/or contested spaces or narratives • Produce tangible traces or artifacts that outlive the experience Submissions will be reviewed by a Catalyzing Newport committee (comprised of selected steering committee members, project team and advisors, and past catalysts). The committee will award three individuals with stipends ($1000 each), plus room and board, to come to Newport, RI, for four days to create a (re)Newport prototype. • Interested individuals are encouraged to submit 1) up to a 2-page CV or resume, 2) a short bio, and, 3) bulleted list of relevant collaborative work/project/work samples. • All proposals should be submitted with a Letter of Intent that outlines 1) how your past work and future plans address the aims of the project, 2) your experience working on collaborative projects, and 3) your idea for what the “adventure” could be – or some model projects that would inspire your adventure idea.
  • Outside Design

    Chicago | Dates: 11 Sep – 19 Dec, 2015
    Outside Design, a collateral event of the first Chicago Architecture Biennial, will explore the turn in art and design toward biotechnology and ecological systems. Curated by Jonathan Solomon, SAIC’s Director of the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects, this show will bring together five firms whose research-based work develops new knowledge at the edges of design practice. The practices—Analog Media Lab (Urbana-Champaign, IL), Ants of the Prairie (Buffalo, NY), The Living (New York City), Species of Space (Chicago), and Sweet Water Foundation (Chicago)—pursue projects that move outside of their core of expertise and into the center of other fields. Responding to these dialogic practices, the exhibition will be organized as a series of laboratories installed across the galleries, engaged throughout the fall by students, faculty, and visiting artists and designers. This mode of collaborative experimentation and exchange will continuously transform the gallery space, resulting in new projects and installations and pushing the boundaries of disciplinarity. An ambitious schedule of programs will further activate the space, and connect to local arts and design institutions.
  • Utopia, Architecture, & Spirituality JUNE 23-26, 2016

    New Harmony | Dates: 09 – 09 Sep, 2015
    The Forum for Architecture, Culture and Spirituality is hosting its 2016 International Symposium in the town of New Harmony, Indiana, whose origins can be traced to the religious and secular utopianism of Georg Rapp and Robert Owen. The central theme of ACS8 is utopia as an idea and ideal, real and imagined, in all of its ramifications for architecture and the built environment, culture, politics, and spirituality. We seek to reflect on utopias past, to explore utopia in the presence of reality, and to speculate on how designers can take up utopian ideas and action in the future.
  • The Architecture of HBCUs: Principles, Legacy, and Preservation

    Baltimore | Dates: 05 – 06 Nov, 2015
    This event will promote current scholarship concerning the social context, legacy, and preservation of the built environment at HBCUs like Morgan and others around the country. Seen as the first step of a larger academic initiative, the symposium will bring together scholars and professionals to discuss the history of HBCU’s architecture, their campus planning, and the landscape architecture which connected both. The tension between an institution’s architectural legacy and its vision for the future characterizes many places of higher learning in the United States; this symposium will, therefore, address specifically the competing roles of preservation, conservation, and new construction at today’s HBCUs. Our goal is to establish the topic in its own right and to attract participants from a wide range of institutions. . Symposium topics will include the unique characteristics of HBCU campuses, the special achievements of African-American architects on those campuses, and the significance of HBCU buildings listed or eligible for listing on the National Register. Special attention will be given to projects built during the watershed years of Modern Architecture in the three decades following World War II. .
  • Lecture by Mark Pasnik and Chris Grimley

    Chicago | Dates: 12 Nov, 2015
    Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston book cover © over,under

    Thursday November 12, 2015. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Lecture starts at 6:30 pm.

    Mark Pasnik and Chris Grimley, principals of the Boston-based over,under, will lecture about their Heroic project on Thursday, November 12, as part of MAS Context’s 2015 Fall Talks series. The lecture will take place at the Charnley-Persky House, headquarters of the Society of Architectural Historians.

    Heroism and Hubris

    After decades of stagnancy, Boston initiated a radical transformation in the 1960s under the banner of the New Boston. Controversial urban renewal programs and monumental architectural works like Boston City Hall, the Christian Science Center, and the Government Service Center were used to change a “hopeless backwater” into a modern, thriving city. Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston presents the historical context, buildings, and architects—including luminaries such as Le Corbusier, I. M. Pei, Paul Rudolph, and Marcel Breuer—that defined Boston during this remarkable period. It outlines the compelling story of a city, a material, and a movement while considering anew this earlier generation’s legacies—both troubled and inspired. Many of the structures from this era have since suffered from neglect, misleading labels like “Brutalism,” and have fallen dramatically from public favor. Authors Mark Pasnik and Chris Grimley will discuss their original civic-minded aspirations as well as the cultural and aesthetic implications of preservation today.

    Chris Grimley is a principal of over,under in Boston, Massachusetts. With expertise in architecture, urban design, graphic identity, and publications, the firm’s portfolio ranges in scale from books to cities. Chris is co-director of the pinkcomma gallery and has designed books for Rockport Publications and Rizzoli Press.

    Mark Pasnik is a principal of over,under in Boston, Massachusetts. The firm’s portfolio includes buildings, exhibitions, urban designs, publications, and graphic projects for clients in the Middle East, Central America, and the United States. Mark is co-director of the pinkcomma gallery and an associate professor of architecture at Wentworth Institute of Technology. For more information about over,under, please visit You can read their contribution about Expo Boston ’76 from our Improbable issue.

    Copies of the book Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston will be available for purchase.

    This talk is organized by MAS Context in collaboration with the Society of Architectural Historians and presented in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial.
  • Archifest 2015 | Singapore's Annual Architecture Festival Returns With New Theme "What Future?"

    Dates: 26 Sep – 10 Oct, 2015
    Archifest, the annual architecture festival organised by Singapore Institute of Architects, returns with a thought-provoking theme 'What Future?'. The two-week-long festival features more than 30 events including special curated exhibitions, Architours to explore hidden architectural gems; Archifilms featuring quintessential architectural films and documentaries; interactive model-building installation We Build This City; forum WHY ARCHITECT? to share insights on how to realise your dream home; design workshops Scratch The Future for kids and an arresting series of photographs documenting Singapore's land spaces in digital art exhibition Plot, by celebrated photographer Caleb Ming.
SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation for its operating support.
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