Thursday September 15, 2016. Event starts at 6:00 pm.
$10 RSVP HERE
Architect Matthias Hollwich, co-founder and principal of Hollwich Kushner, and Wojtek Jan Chodzko-Zajko, Ph.D., Head of the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will lecture on Thursday, September 15, as part of MAS Context’s 2016 Fall Talks series. The lecture is organized in collaboration with the Society of Architectural Historians and will take place at the International Museum of Surgical Science (1524 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60610).
This event will explore the topic of aging with presentations and a conversation between Matthias Hollwich, author of the book New Aging
, and Wojtek Jan Chodzko-Zajko whose primary research interests are in the area of aging and health. For the past twenty-five years, Chodzko-Zajko has focused on the effect of exercise and physical activity on health and quality of life in old age.
In New Aging
, Matthias Hollwich outlines smart, simple ideas to help us experience aging as a gift that we receive with life. New Aging
invites us to take everything we associate with aging—the loss of freedom and vitality, the cold and sterile nursing homes, the boredom—and throw it out the window. As an architect, Hollwich is devoted to finding ways in which we can shape our living spaces and communities to make aging a graceful and fulfilling aspect of our lives. He began his research into aging as part of a collaboration between HWKN, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Bauhaus Foundation Dessau. Now he has distilled his research into a collection of simple, visionary principles that will inspire us to think creatively about how we can change our habits and environments to suit our evolving needs as we age. The book New Aging
has been designed by Bruce Mau Design and published by Penguin Random House. You can find more information about the book at new-aging.com
Copies of the latest issues of MAS Context
will be available for purchase.
MAS Context is supported by a grant by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and by private donations. For information about how to support MAS Context, please visit: www.mascontext.com/support Matthias Hollwich
is the co-founding principal of progressive New York architecture firm Hollwich Kushner (HWKN) and Architizer, the largest platform for architecture online. Having previously led design teams within internationally acclaimed firms such as Rem Koolhaas’ Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), Eisenman Architects, and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Matthias has established himself at the forefront of a new generation of ground-and rule-breaking international architects. Combining his understanding of how architecture and cities can perform better with his research as a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Matthias has developed a new line of thinking about how to make aging an empowering process. He has since shared this message at events for TEDx, PICNIC, the World Health Organization, and the New Aging conference at University of Pennsylvania. www.hwkn.com
| @hollwich Wojtek Jan Chodzko-Zajko
, Ph.D. earned a bachelors degree in Exercise Science from the University of London and a Ph.D. degree from Purdue University, also in Exercise Science. Chodzko-Zajkoâ€™s primary research interests are in the area of aging and health. For the past twenty-five years he has focused on the effect of exercise and physical activity on health and quality of life in old age. Chodzko-Zajko is the Shahid and Ann Carlson Khan Professor in Applied Health Sciences and Head of the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. http://labs.kch.illinois.edu/Faculty/Bios/ChodzkoZajko.aspx
El Cañaveral development at the eastern periphery of Madrid looking towards the southwest. Europe’s largest informal settlement, La Cañada Real Galiana can be seen in the foreground. © Photo courtesy of the author Tuesday October 25, 2016. Lecture starts at 6:00 pm.
$10 RSVP HERE
Architect Christopher Marcinkoski will lecture on Tuesday, October 25, as part of MAS Context’s 2016 Fall Talks series. The lecture is organized in collaboration with the Society of Architectural Historians and will take place at the historic Charnley Persky-House (1365 N Astor St, Chicago, IL 60610).
Speculative Urbanization and The City That Never Was
This lecture will explore the phenomenon of speculative urbanization, and the implications of its recent proliferation on the urban design disciplines. The lecture will draw from Mr. Marcinkoski’s recently published book, The City That Never Was
(Princeton Architectural Press, 2016), as well as his current research Africa 2040: An Atlas of Speculative Urbanization
. The recently published book positions speculative building within a longer arc, arguing that it is a recurrent phenomenon seen throughout history, yet one rarely acknowledged or engaged by urban design, architectural or planning theory. The book explores the radical urbanization activities seen in Spain between 1998 and 2008 as the basis for exploring the motivations of the phenomenon, as well as the complicity of the urban design professions in producing the severe consequences—environmental, social, political—that often accompany these activities. Mr. Marcinkoski’s current research follows on this trajectory by exploring the boom in speculative urbanization activities across the African continent over the last decade. Despite the urgent demand for urbanistic upgrades throughout much of the continent, the myriad proposals for new towns and vanity infrastructures that characterize the urbanization activities currently being pursued in this context are rarely oriented toward those populations actually in need. Rather, exogenous models of “proven” urban growth strategies are being imported into wholly incongruous contexts with little regard for the realities of their destination. Mr. Marcinkoski’s lecture will offer a critical look at what happens when urbanization activities become wildly out of sync with economic and demographic realities.
Copies of the latest issues of MAS Context
will be available for purchase.
MAS Context is supported by a grant by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and by private donations. For information about how to support MAS Context, please visit: www.mascontext.com/support Christopher Marcinkoski
is an associate professor of landscape architecture and urban design at the University of Pennsylvania and author of The City That Never Was
(Princeton Architectural Press, 2016). He is a licensed architect and director of PORT, a leading edge urban design and public realm consultancy with offices in Philadelphia and Chicago. In 2015, he was awarded the Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture from the American Academy in Rome. www.porturbanism.com/
The Urban Informatics Research Lab @ QUT Design Lab is calling for expressions of interest from prospective PhD students to apply for candidature and/or scholarship. QUT's annual scholarship round closes on 30 September 2016, for entry at the start of 2017.
URBAN INFORMATICS RESEARCH ALB
We are an internationally recognised research and development lab. As a key part of the QUT Design Lab, our vision is to go beyond disciplinary boundaries to generate and harness actionable knowledge focusing on urban contexts. As such, our team consists of researchers and practitioners from a wide range of backgrounds across people, places, technologies: humanities and social sciences; design, planning, and architecture; human-computer interaction, information technology and computer science. We are always keen to connect with individuals and organisations who share the passion for transdisciplinary research and development to together create better urban futures. For more information, see www.urbaninformatics.net
PHD SCHOLARSHIPS @ QUT
QUT offers a limited number of scholarships to research students of exceptional research potential. To be eligible, you need to have a minimum first-class honours (H1) or equivalent and be undertaking a PhD, masters by research, or professional doctorate project that is closely aligned with our current key research areas. For more information about the current scholarship offerings at QUT, see www.qut.edu.au/research/scholarships-grants-and-funding/annual-scholarship-round
In the Urban Informatics Lab, we are looking for curious and passionate people with excellent track records in academic research.
- Co-creative urban futures
- Civic participation & hacking
- Social entrepreneurship & urban change
- Self care & mutual aid
- Community engagement & placemaking
- Enabling smart cities & smart citizens
- Participatory urban data
- Media architecture
- Playful cities
- [One blank slot: Do you have a radical idea you'd like to propose? Insert here]
Please note that more broadly, the QUT Design Lab has five priority research areas:
- Social Entrepreneurship
- Design, Health, and Wellbeing
- Design & Community
- Design and Sustainability
- Design, Culture, and Environment
INTERESTED? NEXT STEPS
- Check if you are eligible and other requirements for application: www.qut.edu.au/research/scholarships-grants-and-funding/annual-scholarship-round
- Email Dr. Jaz Hee-jeong Choi (h.choi[at]qut.edu.au.au), Director of the Urban
--- Informatics Lab with the following:
--- Your cv
--- A brief outline of your proposed project in the format outlined here: https://www.qut.edu.au/study/applying/phd-and-research-degree-applications/step-7-write-your-research-proposal
- We will then review your submission and contact with you to further discuss the next steps.
Applications for 2017 Japan Study Grants opened on 1 July and close 30 September 2016
The National Library offers annual Japan Study Grants supported by the Harold S. Williams Trust Fund. The Grants were established to support scholars and researchers resident in Australia whose work would benefit from access to the rich Japanese language and Japan-related collections of the National Library. Grants are offered for periods of up to four weeks.
The Department of Historic Preservation in the College of Design at the University of Kentucky is pleased to announce a new online graduate certificate in Historic Preservation beginning the fall 2016 semester. The 12-credit certificate has been distilled to provide practitioners in a broad range of fields with an understanding of historic preservation that will enhance existing careers and open new doors for all those with an interest in the built environment.
Two courses are required and two courses can be selected from the list of electives to serve the needs of people with a wide variety of backgrounds. A brief description of the certificate courses and when they will be offered is listed below. One feature of the new certificate is Field Methods in Historic Preservation, an optional course that provides 5-day, intensive hands-on experience using different types of preservation technology and producing professional reports.
Through a grant from the University of Kentucky eLearning, we are providing a limited number of scholarships to people taking the first course this fall.
Because we are offering this certificate at short notice, the UK Graduate School will process applications in time for fall enrollment. Interested students should apply immediately. The Graduate Certificate Program does not require GRE scores or official transcripts.
Please apply at: https://app.applyyourself.com/AYApplicantLogin/fl_ApplicantConnectLogin.asp?id=ukgrad
For more information, contact Dr. Allison Carll White, Chair of the Department of Preservation, at 859-257-7663 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We want to see you in Houston this November 15-18 for PastForward ... and we want you to save by registering by September 15! Your participation at PastForward is important to the success of the conference. Questions you raise during the more than 40 unique educational sessions, discussions you have after the marquee TrustLive presentations, and the collaboration and sharing of experiences with fellow attendees at networking events such as the Opening Reception at Sam Houston Park, make for an overall successful conference and a stronger preservation movement. Registration rates increase after September 15 – register today and save! Full conference details can be found at www.PastForwardConference.org
Interested in the issue of livability within our cities? Learn about the PastForward livability track
, which features a keynote presentation by Rick Lowe, activist-artist and founder of Project Row Houses, a community-based and culture non-profit organization in Houston’s Third Ward.
Visit 9 antique houses in Hingham Massachusetts at the Hingham Historical Society's 92nd Annual Historic Homes tour October 2, 2016. Farmhouse capes and Victorian beachside getaway cottages are featured in this year's tour along with a variety of lovingly restored vintage cars. Hingham's tour houses date from the 1740s through the 1920s. The tour explores the early history of Hingham as a small working community of farmers, tradesmen and mariners to its heyday in the late 1800s as a summer resort community and home to Melville Garden. As an early amusement park, Melville Garden boasted restaurants, zoo animals, bowling alleys, ice cream pavilions and other amusements all nestled in a garden like setting that afforded sweeping views of Boston Harbor. The Garden attracted thousands of visitors from Boston who came by steamship and railroad to escape the crowds and pollution of city summers. Also featured on this year's tour is the childhood home of artist Polly Thayer Starr, handsomely restored by the Norwell Visiting Nurse Association, which is also in the process of restoring the gardens, originally designed by Henrietta Marquis Pope.
Date: Sunday, October 2, 2016
cost $35; $40 day of tour
Harry Seidler: Painting Toward Architecture is a traveling exhibition tracing the work of Australia’s most prominent architect of the 20th century, Harry Seidler; it examines his distinctive place and hand within and beyond modernist design methodology. Dozens of featured projects—from single family houses to multi-story residential and office towers to civic, sports, and cultural centers, as well as important government commissions realized in Australia, Austria, France, Israel, Italy, Mexico, and Hong Kong—bring to focus Seidler’s 12 long-lasting creative collaborations with progressive artistic visionaries: architects Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, and Oscar Niemeyer; engineer Pier Luigi Nervi; artists Josef Albers, Alexander Calder, Norman Carlberg, Sol LeWitt, Charles Perry, Frank Stella, and Lin Utzon; and photographer Max Dupain. The exhibition was developed by New York-based Vladimir Belogolovsky of non-profit Intercontinental Curatorial Project in collaboration with Penelope Seidler.
Surprise and Delight—these are the two key feelings that strike anyone who experiences Seidler’s architecture, no matter how familiar one might be with his work. His forms are never illogical, yet they are always remarkable and beautiful, so much more so as they are achieved through the economy of means. The architect’s houses and towers are thoroughly referential in their sources of inspiration and yet they are unmistakably Seidleresque. Above all, Seidler’s architecture has become an integral part of the Australian identity.
Since October 2012 the exhibition has shown in over a dozen world cities, including Berlin, Madrid, Moscow, Vienna, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, and Sydney.
7 September – 4 November 2016
Open Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
Australian Embassy to Paris (designed by Seidler himself from 1973-77 with his former mentor Marcel Breuer's firm as the French project architect)
4 rue Jean Rey
Metro station Bir Hakeim (line 6)
RER Station Champs de Mars-Tour Eiffel (RER c)
The annual Conference on Illinois History is scheduled for October 6-7, 2016, at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in downtown Springfield and is the state's largest meeting devoted to the history of the Prairie State. The conference includes 24 sessions that feature topics such as politics, Abraham Lincoln, labor, archaeology, baseball, historic preservation, race, immigration, and the Civil War. Teachers will benefit from workshops on a variety of topics. TEACHERS: For information about earning CPDUs, please contact the ALPLM Education Department at 217-558-8935.
The program can be viewed at: http://www.illinois.gov/ihpa/Involved/Pages/Conference.aspx
Questions? Contact Sabrina Manci at 217-558-9014 or email@example.com.
For a printed copy, contact Shanta.firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-524-6045.
The Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Association for Preservation Technology International (APT) invites interested parties to submit proposals for presentations to be considered for the symposium, "Mesa to Mountain: Preservation in the American West", taking place March 23-25, 2017, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The central theme of the symposium is “western sites, materials and conditions”. The theme will highlight the regional contexts that are unique to the American West, namely the climatological, geological, and historical aspects that shape the cultural resources and conservation approaches in this region.
The two-day symposium will include paper sessions, tours, and a keynote address. Paper sessions will consist of three, 30-minute presentations followed by 20 minutes of Q&A and discussion.
Potential Topics of Interest
• Seismic challenges: changing requirements, novel approaches and lessons learned
• Regional approaches to controlling deterioration mechanisms: moisture, temperature fluctuation, wind, salts, pollution
• Local materials and methods of construction: earthen architecture, logs and timbers, stone, mortars
• Mining, industry, ranching and transportation or farming heritage
• Cultural site stewardship: religious, government, private, traditional cultural properties
• Please submit abstracts by email with the subject line, “Proposal – Mesa to Mountain 2017”
• Along with the Abstract, please provide the following in a MSWord.doc or pdf file as an attachment:
> Name and contact information
> Title of presentation
> Abstract, under 400 words
> Biographical statement, under 200 words
• Submit proposals to: Kristen Olson, email@example.com
• Submittals deadline: Friday, September 9, 2016
• Notification of acceptance of abstracts will be made by Friday, October 21, 2016. Confirmation of speaker acceptance will be required by Friday, November 18, 2016.
• Presenters will receive a discounted conference registration.
For more information, please contact: Kent Diebolt, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Don Hartley, email@example.com
For More Information, go to:
Western Chapter: www.wcapt.org/
Rocky Mountain Chapter: www.rockymountainapt.com
Northwest Chapter: www.aptnw.org/
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
The Cliff Dwellers
Cliff Dwellers, in co-sponsorship with the Friends of Downtown and the Chicago Chapter of the AIA, are pleased to present another in a series of lectures at the Cliff Dwellers on Projects by Chicago Architects: Friends of Downtown Presents South Grant Park Charrette
Friends of Downtown, Perkins + Will and Site Design Group convened a charrette July 13th 2016 at The Cliff Dwellers in Chicago to assemble and engage local stakeholders and begin a conversation about the future of South Grant Park.
“Chicago’s Front Lawn”, a local and national treasure and a central focus of Daniel Burnham and Edward H. Bennett’s 1909 master plan for the city, has seen major projects completed in the last decade, guided by the Grant Park 2002 framework plan. Improvements to the South end of grant park have been few compared to the north edge comprised of Millennium Park and Maggie Daley Park.
Proposed development in the south loop area over the next decade brings an opportunity to engage the community and local stakeholders on improvements to keep Grant Park a local, national and international destination. Major stakeholders and facilitators proposed several projects for the future which seek to balance neighborhood and regional use, increase circulation and wayfinding and create a unique identity for South Grant Park.
Adam Lund is President of the Friends of Downtown and an Architect and Urban Designer at Perkins + Will. Adam’s work focuses on creating sustainable, beautiful and socially equitable projects across a variety of scales from individual buildings to neighborhoods. He received the AIA Illinois John Wellborn Root Young Architect award in 2014 and is a member of the Cliff Dwellers.
Committed to transformative place-making, Andrew Broderick is a Senior Planner focused on helping neighborhood, campuses, and cities make important decisions that impact their future built environment. As a certified urban planner, he thinks comprehensively about issues such as demographics, capital investment, land/space use, sustainability, public open space, transportation, and infrastructure.
Brad McCauley is the Managing Principal at site design group, ltd., who specializes in construction detailing and contract documentation. Through Brad’s extensive knowledge in transforming design into buildable projects, he has helped facilitate numerous award-winning public spaces for site design group, ltd. Brad is actively involved in a number of professional and service organizations, including serving as the President-Elect of the American Society of Landscape Architects Illinois Chapter.
The Garden and Landscape Studies annual fall colloquium is a collaboration between Dumbarton Oaks and the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery of Art. In conjunction with the exhibition Hubert Robert, 1733–1808, on view at the National Gallery of Art from June 26 to October 2, 2016, Dumbarton Oaks will host a one-day colloquium in the Oak Room of the Fellowship House, 1700 Wisconsin Avenue NW. The colloquium will include a series of presentations on Robert’s work and its artistic and cultural contexts. We are particularly interested in highlighting Robert’s contributions to landscape architecture and garden design in the second half of the eighteenth century, important aspects of his activities that are often overlooked in discussions of his other artistic output.
Please note there are limited seats available. Registration by September 15 is required and is first come, first served.
Thursday, September 29, 2016. 6:00 p.m.
FREE and open to the public but reservations are required
MAS Context, in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago and the Society of Architectural Historians, is pleased to present the screening of the film Unfinished Spaces
. The screening is part of MAS Context’s 2016 Fall Talks series and it will take place at the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago (31 West Ohio Street, Chicago, Illinois 60654
“Cuba will count as having the most beautiful academy of arts in the world.”
Fidel Castro (1961)
In 1961, three young, visionary architects were commissioned by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to create Cuba’s National Art Schools on the grounds of a former golf course in Havana. Construction of their radical designs began immediately, and the school’s first classes soon followed. Dancers, musicians, and artists from all over the country reveled in the beauty of the schools, but as the dream of the Revolution quickly became a reality, construction was abruptly halted and the architects and their designs were deemed irrelevant in the prevailing political climate. Forty years later, the schools are in use, but remain unfinished and in decay. Castro has invited the exiled architects back to finish their unrealized dream. Unfinished Spaces
, a film directed by Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray, features intimate footage of Fidel Castro, showing his devotion to creating a worldwide showcase for art, and it also documents the struggle and passion of three revolutionary artists.
In 2014, Unfinished Spaces
won the inaugural SAH Award for Film and Video
, established by the Society of Architectural Historians to recognize annually the most distinguished work of film or video on the history of the built environment.
The screening of this documentary is organized by MAS Context in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago and the Society of Architectural Historians.
Celebrating 50 Years of Preservation
Many view the loss of Louis Sullivan's Stock Exchange Building in 1971 as the launch of the preservation movement in Chicago. But in 1966, a small group of individuals formed the Chicago School of Architecture Foundation to save H. H. Richardson's epochal Glessner House from demolition. That same year, Congress passed the National Historic Preservation Act and a new historic preservation movement gained traction in cities from coat to coast, including Chicago.
Looking Toward the Future
Join Glessner House Museum, in partnership with Landmarks Illinois, AIA Chicago, and Friends of Historic Second Church as we present Historic Preservation at 50: Chicago and the Future of the Movement. This day-long symposium event will celebrate one of the first great preservation success stories in Chicago, explore why we continue to save old buildings in the 21st century, and generate broad input into the future of historic preservation, its role in society now and for generations to come.
Tickets and Fees
Members of Glessner House Museum, Landmarks Illinois, AIA Chicago, and Friends of Historic Second Church receive reduced admission. Please select at time of purchase.
Pre-paid reservations required.
Full Day Package - $30 / $24 members
Keynote & Afternoon Panel - $20 / $16 members
Keynote Address Only - $10
Optional Box Lunch - $10
In 1934, the City of Dubuque was awarded $200,000 from the Works Progress Administration (WPA) to complete landscapes and shelters at Eagle Point Park in Dubuque, Iowa. They turned to the young Prairie School landscape architect, Alfred Caldwell, to design and then supervise the construction of landscapes and shelters at Eagle Point Park. Caldwell executed the first phases of his vision on the north side of Eagle Point Park in less than 18 months. He was let go in 1936 and returned to Chicago where he went on to become one of the last great masters of Prairie School landscape design.
This year’s Dubuque Heritage Festival will focus on Caldwell’s work at Eagle Point Park leading to a deeper understanding of its history and design. There will be events and sessions for all ages and all levels of interest. Please join us!
The School of Architecture - Department dArTe - at the Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria is currently offering 6 fully funded PhD Scholarships in
"Architecture and Territory"
The goal of this International Doctorate is a postgraduate training and research framework that has the objective of enriching "the necessary skills for carrying out highly qualified research activities at public and private entities, liberal professions, paying contribute to the European Higher Education and Research'.
The training course aims to provide the PhD students innovative tools in architectural research and the ability to manage the project at various scales: the territory, landscape, city and building.
The program is designed to develop the ability to control on issues of environmental and economic sustainability, energy efficiency, maintenance and management of the current questions of representation and architectural language.
The project is conceived as a theoretical and operational spot integrating the contributions of the various scientific areas, in a complex vision that combines the most innovative research paths with layering of the territory and of the Italian and European cities. The exchange, interdisciplinary dialogue and international experiences are the necessary complement to achieve a research that is oriented to the city, territory, design, arts and architecture.
These results in the research thesis with original contributions oriented to investigate and develop operational control capacity regarding the issues of sustainability, energy efficiency, structural safety, restoration and regeneration intersecting with current questions of knowledge and advanced representation of built heritage.
contact: "Angela Crucitti" <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Professor Marina Tornatora (email@example.com);
CFP: American Association of Geographers, 5 - 10 April, 2017, Boston (Massachusetts)
Reconstructing Urban Natures?: Building Engagements between Green Urbanism, the Resilient City, and Urban Political Ecology.
Hannah Teicher, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT & Damian White, History, Philosophy and Social Science, RISD.
At first glance, the on-going debates about possible forms of an ecological urbanism in architecture and design studies, the rise of urban political ecology in geography and related fields, and literatures on “the resilient city” in planning would seem to have created a promising terrain of engagement for thinking about urban ecological futures. The fields of architecture, landscape and design studies are littered with numerous iconic proponents of urban ecological interventions from Ebenezer Howard’s Garden Cities to Ian McHarg’s layered “design with nature”, from James Corner’s infrastructural parks as evolving fields to Mohsen Mostafavi’s optimistic atlas of “bright green” design proposals dubbed “ecological urbanism”. These proposals have served as inspiration to generations of ambitious designers. Urban planning scholars advocating “the just city” (Fainstein, 2011, 2015; Agyeman, 2013) and the resilient city (Vale, 2014; Jabareen, 2013) propose uneven development and distributive justice as lenses to frame planning interventions. Extending this, Wendy Steele (2012, 2015) argues that the climate-just city must account for marginalized human and non-human actors in the urban assemblage. Urban political ecologists from Matthew Gandy, Maria Kaika to Erik Swyngedouw, Alex Loftus and their cohort have exposed urban nature as a false binary, revealing how infrastructure mediates urban metabolism over space and time and explicating the structural power relations embedded in these processes.
Despite a certain commonality of topical focus and an eagerness to diagnose the impasse (Swyngedouw & Kaika, 2014), it is also striking how discussions between these areas remain uneven and sporadic at best. There would seem to be growing awareness of the deficiencies and aporias of each subfield but attempts at more reconstructive forms of critical appropriation and synthesis have been less apparent. These three approaches, one rooted in pragmatic intervention, one in ethical framing, and the other in political critique, largely talk past each other while all seeking remedies for the socio-environmental crises that threaten the urban natures of the Anthropocene. The most radical currents of urban political ecology offer stinging post-political critiques of all these literatures but then gesture towards alternative horizons which offer largely rhetorical resolutions to political questions. Assessing the state of design and planning oriented “sustainable cities” literature, Bruce Braun (2005) rightly notes a “limited understanding of the political projects necessary for change.” However, urban political ecology to date has shown a limited capacity to creatively appropriate the better insights emerging from planning and design literatures to move the debate forward.
In this session, we would like to invite a wide variety of contributions from colleagues who are seeking to think about the design-politics of green urbanism, planning and urban political ecology. We would like to consider:
· Interventions which account for the intellectual/political and strategic impasses reached by green urbanism design/green urban planning/urban political ecology;
· Papers which investigate ongoing pathologies and problems (from green gentrification to green governmentality) that are emerging with the materialization of green urban strategies across the planet;
· Conceptual and political interventions which might point to more robust modes of integrating urban political ecology, green urban design and architecture, and planning for resilience;
· Explorations of the utopian and dystopian geographies of historical and contemporary modes of eco-design and design activism –from counterculture ventures to contemporary forms of community design and architecture;
· Examples and discussions of urban social movements and eco-urban social movements and other design activist movements that might help us productively rethink the design politics of urban ecological futures;
· Ways of developing a more political and strategic design politics of urban sustainability.
Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words via email to Hannah Teicher firstname.lastname@example.org and Damian White
email@example.com by 14 October 2016.
Call for Papers: Vernacular Architecture Forum 2017 Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, May 31-June 3, 2017
Deadline – October 30, 2016
The Vernacular Architecture Forum (www.vafweb.org) invites paper proposals for its 36th Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, May 31-June 3, 2017. Papers may address vernacular and everyday buildings, sites, or cultural landscapes worldwide. Submissions on all relevant topics are welcome but we encourage papers exploring western American themes, including ethnic settlement, landscapes of ranching, mining, and agriculture, urbanization, religious expression, Native American identity, and the creation of vacation and recreation landscapes. Additionally, the VAF is launching a multi-year program of inquiry into the distinctiveness of the VAF and the vernacular architecture movement. To this end, we encourage papers that consider this field over time. How does the wide range of VAF projects (tours, guidebooks, book and article awards, field schools, annual conference papers, publications, etc.) demonstrate how our questions, concerns, and methods have changed and evolved? Where do we see evidence of that history in our current work, and what might our future look like? Proposals might focus on a particular building type (i.e. houses, barns), a research strategy (fieldwork), political or theoretical convictions (Gender, Marxism, the Everyday, etc), or particular approaches to presenting our work and engaging colleagues and the public.
Students and young professionals may also apply for the Pamela H. Simpson Presenter’s Fellowships offering support of up to $500 to presenting papers at VAF’s annual conference.
SUBMITTING AN ABSTRACT
Papers should be analytical rather than descriptive, and no more than twenty minutes in length. Proposals for complete sessions, roundtable discussions or other innovative means that facilitate scholarly discourse are especially encouraged. At least one session will be devoted to Field Notes – shorter papers (five to eight minutes in length) that introduce new techniques, innovations, and discoveries in documenting vernacular buildings and landscapes. Proposals should clearly state the argument of the paper and explain the methodology and content in fewer than 400 words. Make sure to indicate if it is a regular paper proposal or a shorter fieldwork proposal. Please include the paper title, author’s name, email address, a one-page c.v. You may include up to two images with your submission. Note that presenters must deliver their papers in person and be VAF members at the time of the conference. Speakers who do not register for the conference by March 1, 2017, will be withdrawn. Please do not submit an abstract if you are not committed to attending the papers session on Saturday, June 3rd.
THE DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS IS OCTOBER 30, 2016.
The abstracts and c.v. should be emailed as a PDF attachment to the VAF Papers Committee Chair, Daves Rossell, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For general information about the Salt Lake City conference, please visit the conference website at the www.vafweb.org/saltlakecity-2017 or contact Alison Flanders at email@example.com.
Pamela H. Simpson Presenter’s Fellowships:
VAF’s Pamela H. Simpson Presenter’s Fellowships offer a limited amount of financial assistance to students and young professionals presenting papers at VAF’s annual conference. Awards are intended to offset travel and registration costs for students, and to attract developing scholars to the organization. Any person presenting a paper who is currently enrolled in a degree-granting program, or who has received a degree within one year of the annual conference is eligible to apply. Awards cannot exceed $500. Previous awardees are ineligible, even if their status has changed. Recipients are expected to participate fully in the conference, including tours and workshops.
To apply, submit with your abstract a one-page attachment with "Simpson Presenter’s Fellowship" at the top and the following information: 1) name, 2) institution or former institution, 3) degree program, 4) date of degree (received or anticipated), 5) mailing address, 6) permanent email address, 7) telephone number, and 8) paper title.
Louis Sullivan Reconsidered
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
5:30 p.m. Reception, 6:30 p.m. Lecture
The Richard H. Driehaus Museum
40 E Erie St, Chicago, IL
New York Architect Steve Bass puts the practical and theoretical work of early Twentieth Century American architect Louis Sullivan in the context of the Platonic tradition. We consider the famous maxim 'Form follows Function' to understand it does not necessarily mean what is has typically been taken to mean, but is rather a contemporary restatement of a Platonic cosmological vision. We will additionally look at Sullivan's book on ornament and find that far from hardheaded reductionism and functionalism, Sullivan calls overtly for a magical approach familiar to ancient and Renaissance esotericism. This presentation relocates Sullivan within the classical tradition rather than modernism, to which he is presently associated.
$15 ICAA & Driehaus Museum Members
$25 General Public
James Strickland of Historical Concepts LLC, Atlanta will speak about the work of his firm, Thursday, September 22 at the Pella Crafted Luxury Showroom Suite 100 at the Merchandise Mart. The lecture is cosponsored by the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art. Reception at 5:30, Lecture at 6:00. RSVPs required at www.pellacraftedluxury.com /events
James L. Strickland founded Historical Concepts in 1982. A graduate of Yale University’s Graduate School of Architecture, he began his career with real estate development in Florida, later moving back home to Georgia to establish a design build firm that built over 200 traditionally inspired homes in the Atlanta area. Looking to both the vernacular architecture of the region with its links to craftsmanship and available materials, and America’s Greco-Roman architectural heritage, the work of Historical Concepts adapts the forms of historic houses for contemporary living, preserving their traditional spirit and their idiosyncrasies. Strickland and his firm are among the most inventive architects designing traditional architecture today. Sharing his knowledge, experience, and passion for architecture, Jim has taught at Georgia Institute of Technology, and served as guest critic at the Universities of Miami and Notre Dame. The work of Historical Concepts is the subject of Coming Home: The Southern Vernacular House, published by Rizzoli in 2012.