Date: Saturday September 20, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Subject: Downtown Kent Redevelopment Tour
Speaker: Douglas Fuller of David Sommers Associates, Kent, OH
Place: Meet at 138 East Main Street in downtown Kent, on the second floor, Helen Dix Conference Room
We will meet and get a general overview and then take a walking tour. Douglas has been involved in the new design guidelines for development and in new and renovation work.
The Historic Downtown Kent Revitalization, taken as a whole, is a collaboration that truly represents a "partnering and leveraging of resources to complete a project with a positive, lasting impact in the community." With $106 million (and growing) in public and private investment, the project has transformed the downtown into a pedestrian friendly, dynamic, economically viable city center.
On the public side, the City of Kent, in addition to creating the vision for a revitalized downtown, was crucial in the process of land acquisition, developer identification, project design concepts and overall project oversight.
Kent State University, under the leadership of President Lester Lefton, was the driver of the idea of creating a more complete college town. They worked alongside the city to promote the Kent State Hotel and Conference Center (owned by the Kent State Foundation), an anchor project for the downtown development. They also extended the University Esplanade, a physical connector, joining the campus to the downtown.
Please RSVP with your reservation to Sarah Klann at (216) 226-2820 by Wednesday, September 17.
This year, SAH/SCC celebrates our members with a very special visit to the Village Green (Reginald D. Johnson and Wilson, Merrill, & Alexander—architects; Fred Barlow, Jr.—landscape architect; Clarence S. Stein—site planner; 1941-42) in Baldwin Hills. If you haven’t been to the Village Green, this is the time to see it!
Architectural historians and SAH/SCC members Steven Keylon and Holly Kane will be on hand to share the history and architectural significance of this beautiful post-war housing community. The Village Green was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2001, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993, and became Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #174 in 1977.
Formerly known as Baldwin Hills Village, the site is considered the best and most fully developed example of Clarence S. Stein’s “Radburn Idea” of neighborhood community planning, which calls for decentralized, self-contained plans that conserve open space, separate vehicular from pedestrian traffic, promote environmentalism, and encourage community life. The buildings and the site plan are largely unchanged, and constitute one of the finest examples of progressive idealism directed toward providing high-quality urban housing.
According to the Historic Structures Report prepared by Architectural Resources Group in 2010: “The style of the buildings, now characterized as Vernacular Modern, was called ‘contemporary California architecture’ in theLos Angeles Times. The simplicity of the style was typical of the era, but it also illustrated the designers’ goal of creating cost-efficient housing that focused more on spatial layout than on high style architectural design. Eight building types were created. Variety was found in the placement of buildings, the unique landscaping of each garden court, and the paint colors of the buildings. The earliest paint scheme included vibrant green, blue, salmon, and canary yellow on building exteriors; these changed to muted earth tones such as brown, green, blue and gray around 1946. The sleekness of the façades was reinforced by their long spans of stucco finish and wide eaves as the sun cast shadows according to the time of day. Balconies and ground floor patios broke up the flat look of the façades, and the placement of steel casement windows and wood doors provided a differing visual rhythm.”
“Baldwin Hills Village had an advantage over other large-scale, multiple housing projects of the era in that the designers were afforded vast open land at the then Los Angeles city limits rather than in dense urban locations. Baldwin Hills Village was also innovative in its inclusion of private outdoor living spaces (patios and balconies), which, according to urban planner and author Catherine Bauer, was the first time these amenities were included in large-scale rental housing. In addition, the apartments themselves were noteworthy for their size and thoughtfully designed interiors.”
The report continues: “The Village Green represents the work of a collection of highly talented individuals who sought to solve the physical and social problems of cities through new ideas in planning and design. Such solutions included reducing population density, designing open spaces for recreation and community activities, providing well-designed cost-efficient housing, encouraging positive social interaction, and incorporating the automobile without compromising the quality of life for a community.”
After the presentation, members will have the opportunity to enjoy refreshments and socialize, as well as tour the grounds and selected residential units. Come see one of the most unexpected oases in urban Los Angeles. And let us thank you for your support in 2014!
SAH/SCC Members’ Celebration: Village Green—Saturday, September 6, 2014; 2:30PM-5:00PM; free for SAH/SCC Members in good standing; $10 for non-member guests, applicable to new membership; Community Room, 5300 Rodeo Road, LA; reservations are required; registration: email email@example.com, or call 800.972.4722.
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Colonel Palmer House, 660 E. Terra Cotta Rd, Crystal Lake
Ever wonder what the Crystal Lake area looked like 100 years ago? Join us on a bike tour of downtown Crystal Lake as we peddle our way through the past. This 7 mile round trip class will cover the village of Nunda (present day Crystal Lake) and its history, buildings, and the people who owned them. Participants must provide their own bikes and helmets (required). Tour begins and ends at the Colonel Palmer House.
Contact: Mary Ott
A symposium exploring the aesthetics and politics of height, skylines, and views from above, across periods and geographies.
New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) presents “McMillen Inc.: Nine Decades of Interior Design,” a celebration of the 90th anniversary of the oldest continuously operating interior design firm in America. The exhibition will be on view from September 17 – December 5, 2014 at the New York School of Interior Design, 161 East 69th Street, New York City.
This retrospective will survey McMillen’s accomplishments from the 1920s to the present day and showcase their designs for a roster of clients that includes titans of industry, celebrities, and families of distinction. The residences—including city apartments and country houses—will be illustrated with photographs, original renderings, watercolors, maquettes, and archival materials that reveal the fascinating background behind an exceptional body of work.
McMillen Inc.: Nine Decades of Interior Design
September 17 – December 5, 2014
161 East 69th Street, NYC
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm
For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212) 472-1500 x405
Much About McMillen
Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 6pm
New York School of Interior Design
170 East 70th Street, NYC
Learn more about what it was like to work at the first professional interior design firm from McMillen designers past and present: Ann Pyne and Luis Rey, presidents of McMillen Inc.; Tom Buckley, principal and founder of Brown Buckley Inc., who headed the design department at McMillen for more than 15 years; McMillen client Sarah E. Nash, a corporate director, private investor and philanthropist; and Elizabeth Pyne, who works in the McMillen Plus division, which caters to a younger clientele. It will be moderated by interior designer and McMillen alumna Maureen Footer.
oin the Contemporary Jewish Museum in celebrating Architecture in the City with adult and family programs throughout September.
Free with museum admission, youth 18 and under always free.
Inspired by midcentury modern architecture, create your own unique architectural model using a variety of art materials.
This event is a part of AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design’s Architecture and the City festival, which celebrates architecture and design each September.
Times Square today is bright and crowded - a tourist mecca, entertainment district, retail powerhouse, and pedestrianized precinct that matches in vitality any decade of its storied past. But thirty years ago, the future of Times Square was in limbo, caught between a series of false starts at clean-slate urban renewal by the City and State and an emerging philosophy of urbanism that favored history, preservationist values, electric signs and semiotics, and delirious diversity.This 1984 vision of Times Square as a matched set of mansard-topped mega-towers is not how the crossing of Broadway and Seventh Avenue looks today. The rendering - one of many phases of the design produced by the architects Philip Johnson and John Burgee for the developer George Klein of Park Tower Realty from 1983 to 1993 - represented a classic moment in architectural Postmodernism. But despite the fame of its architect and the vogue for historicism of the 1980s, the design sparked a civic controversy about the character of Times Square. Community-organizing efforts by the Municipal Art Society, architects, and diverse advocates altered the trajectory of the government-regulated plans and led to changes in new zoning regulations that incentivized high-rise development in West Midtown. Preserving the historic theaters, maintaining the bright lights of Broadway, and protecting the openness of the area's central "bowl of light" through setbacks at street level and acres of mandated electric signage were goals achieved by widespread civic engagement.Times Square today, with its costumed corporate towers and high-rise hotels, though designed and constructed in the late 1990s and the new millennium, had its genetic code written in the 1980s.
AIA CES: 1.5 LU
When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
Where: At The Center
In the early ’70s, artists started to step outside their studios and make work in the street. As part of the Center for Architecture’s Open to the Public: Civic Space Now exhibition, the Center will host an evening panel moderated by artist/composer Christopher Janney. Invited guests include Vito Acconci, Bill Buchen, members of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and others. Each panelist will give a short introduction outlining their thoughts on the topic. Participants will then have a discussion of relevant issues, followed by a Q/A with the audience.
This program is related to Sonic Forest: Civic Celebrations, an interactive public art installation in LaGuardia Park by Christopher Janney and his firm PhenomenArts, Inc., on view from September 5 - September 11, 2014.
This program is an initiative of the Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, 2014 Presidential theme: ‘Civic Spirit:Civic Vision.’
Introduction: Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, 2014 President, AIA New York Chapter
Vito Acconci, Designer, Landscape Architect, Performance and Installation artist
Bill Buchen, Founder, Sonic Architecture
Moderator: Christopher Janney, Composer/Artist/Architect, PhenomenArts, Inc.
Center for Architecture
Friends of LaGuardia Place
NYC Department of Transportation
Manhattan Community Board 2
September 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Despite initiatives advanced by individual neighborhood associations or small groups of neighborhood associations that have resulted in a number of homes being spared from destruction, as well as modest reform from the Bureau of Development Services in the area of demolition notification, the demolition/development “epidemic” continues to roar along. The Comprehensive Plan Update is one avenue toward substantive, long-term reform, but the final product is months, maybe years away. Meanwhile, developers transform our neighborhoods, seemingly without regard to character and heritage. Given the immediacy and urgency of the problem, prompt building code reform is essential. A glimmer of hope came last July 31st, when Mayor Hales at a City Council hearing on the issue told a the packed chamber that he would take steps to address the problem “soon”—later clarified in an interview with Jim Redden as “weeks, not months”—but we’re still waiting. That said, this would seem to give us an opening to put forth a common proposal for reform to the Council, one that would have the support of neighborhood associations from around the city. To this end, the Beaumont-Wilshire Neighborhood Association (BWNA) invites representatives from Portland’s neighborhood associations to a “Summit II” meeting.
September 13 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
There will be ten beach dream homes, well-tended gardens, historic cottages and architectural wonders in Mid-Town Cannon Beach. The tour will feature one of Cannon Beach’s most iconic historic homes. The home is perches on a basalt precipice in the middle of Cannon Beach with one of the best views of Haystack Rock. Tickets are $30, $25 for Members.
External Faculty Fellowships
The Stanford Humanities Center provides a collegial environment for faculty who are undertaking innovative projects in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Fellows participate in the intellectual life of the Humanities Center and the broader Stanford community, sharing ideas and work in progress with a diverse cohort of scholars and benefitting from a wide variety of campus resources.
Fellowship term: September 2015 – June 2016 Application deadline: October 1, 2014
Applicants must have a PhD and be at least three years beyond receipt of the degree by the start of the fellowship term. The Center is open to projects employing information technology in humanities research.
For full eligibility requirements, see http://shc.stanford.edu/fellowships/non-stanford-faculty/
How to Apply
Detailed instructions and a link to the online application are available at: http://shc.stanford.edu/fellowships/non-stanford-faculty/
External Faculty inquiries: email@example.com
The Philadelphia Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians invites you to join us in celebrating our Golden Anniversary on Thursday, October 2, 2014. We will convene at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, site of the first gathering of the chapter, for a gala reception and lecture by Dr. David B. Brownlee, Frances Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Professor, University of Pennsylvania and Chair of the Graduate Group in the History of Art, entitled, “Making Architectural History Historic in Philadelphia.”
In addition to celebrating our 50th this event will be inaugurating an annual campaign to support the George B. Tatum Fellowship. In January 2014, the membership voted to recognize Dr. Tatum (1917-2008) as a leader in the Society at both the national and local levels, his role as a founding member of our chapter and, most importantly, his scholarly contributions, particularly his published works on Philadelphia, including Penn's Great Town: 250 Years of Philadelphia Architecture (1961). The Tatum Fellowship provides support for a graduate student, or senior undergraduate with faculty recommendation, who is enrolled in a college or university in the greater Philadelphia region, to attend the Annual Meeting of the Society. An announcement calling for submissions will be made in October and an award made by January. Our first Tatum Fellow will attend the 2015 Annual Meeting in Chicago.
The cost to attend the event is $50.00 per person. For those who cannot attend, contributions to support the fellowship are encouraged.
The Athenaeum of Philadelphia is located at 219 S 6th St. on the east side of Washington Square. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m., the program will start at 6:00 p.m. Reservations are required no later than Monday, September 22. Please mail your name, address, telephone number and email address along with your check payable to Phila Chapter SAH to William V. Kriebel, Treasurer, 1923 Manning Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-5728. No tickets will be mailed, your name and your guest’s names will be on a check-in sheet at the Athenaeum.
For more information about the event or the Tatum Fellowship, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Bill Whitaker at 215-898-8323.
The Philadelphia Chapter of The Society of Architectural Historians is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; contributions are deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. Half of the ticket price, $25.00, represents the food and beverage cost at the reception and as such is not tax deductible. Therefore, $25 of your ticket price plus any additional donation made toward the Tatum Fellowship is fully deductible as a charitable donation.
From XIX century onwards the effervescence produced by technological development made itself clear in Western culture. The creation of new theories, devises, systems and artifacts, all of them illuminated by the light of Science, redefined collective imaginary, with a new perspective of society’s environment and reality. In this context, light –always present in Human Kind’s history–was theorized, manipulated and rethought as one of the main subjects of the formal discourse of western culture. Representations and social forms, along with its architecture and cities, were never the same again. Under the light of such ideas as progress, welfare, hygiene, security –sometimes used correctly, sometimes manipulated for the worse, but always present throughout modernity– architecture, city planning and design have played a decisive part in this development. This and other issues will be discussed in Bitácora’s next edition.
This year is the 60th Anniversary of the Marion Dean Ross Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. In organizing this conference, we realized that Seattle has recently opened an unparalleled number of museums devoted to history in historic buildings, thus the theme for this year's conference became obvious. To celebrate our anniversary year, we have three paper sessions instead of the standard two. And for our final day on Sunday, we have reserved the whole day for Bainbridge Island. We hope you can join us for a conference to remember in Seattle! Go to http://www.sahmdr.org/conference.html for the full program, visit our blog at http://sahmdr.wordpress.com/ or friend us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/102523171987/
The Second Euroacademia International Conference
‘Identities and Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities’
Villa Victoria – Palazzo dei Congressi
17 – 18 October 2014
CALL FOR PAPERS
Deadline for Paper Proposals: 12 September 2014
Using the history of urban development in Baghdad as a reference point, this conference examines the extent to which interventions intended to modernize and integrate different populations in the city were part of a larger process of negotiating competing visions of political economy, sovereignty, and identity in post-WWII Iraq. By gathering political scientists, architectural and urban historians, and scholars of Iraq and the larger Arab world, the conference engages theoretical and empirical questions about the ruptures and continuities of Baghdad’s urban and political history, using the built environment of the city as a canvas for understanding struggles over Iraq’s position in a global context shaped by ongoing war tensions (from the Cold War to the Gulf War and beyond) to more recent Middle East conflicts
Broadly defined, urban planning is today a process one might describe as half design and half social engineering. One engaged in this process considers not only the aesthetic and visual product, but also the economic, political, and social implications, not to mention the underlying or over-arching environmental impact of any given plan.
While it appears that this sort of broad, multifaceted planning did not take place in the middle ages because we do not have left to us the tangible evidence—the maps, the drawings, the reports--recent scholarship employing the methodological lens of Cultural Geography seems to suggest otherwise. Monastic historians, archaeologists, and art historians have long demonstrated, based on the famous plan of St. Gall, that monasteries, particularly those of the Cistercian order, were very much concerned with planning in the rural sense. From the intricacies of the water infrastructure, to the ordered logic of the space, to the esoteric qualities of metaphysical light, to the seasonal inter-dependence of pigs and pollarded oak trees, there is ample evidence to support a claim that the various components of an “urban plan” were understood within the monastic realm during the Middle Ages.
But what of the integration of these various parts? This session seeks to explore and expand our comprehension of how those in roles of authority—both within the monastic confines and the more secular enviorns--saw the big picture. Was there a plan or a planning process? What can we say by way of an analysis of architectural complexes beyond the monastic enclosure about this planning process? Are there hints in literary sources that indicate sensitivity to the correlation between climate, architectural orientation and positive social interaction, or indications in religious documents to illustrate a planned confluence between visual or aural stimulation, water features and physical well-being? In the broader context of the secular built environment, where historians frequently demonstrate the economic and political interaction between monastic leadership and the local or regional authorities, can we detect a specific replication or modeling of the integrated concern with materials and aesthetics seen in the monastic complex? Similarly, where philosophic and religious scholars highlight the mirrored nature of heaven and earth in medieval texts, can we find evidence of this theoretical “ordering” being planned or integrated into the secular world in the same way we can see it in the monastic enclosure? What can we learn by bringing together the views of the architect, the archaeologist of infrastructure, and the environmental biologist with those scholars of literature, sculptural ornamentation and liturgy? With these questions in mind, we seek papers from the broadest interdisciplinary point of view, where we can identify glimpses of a plan or, in the modern sense of the term, a planner.
Send 300 word abstracts along with completed Participant Information Form (http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/)
Professor Mickey Abel (Mickey.email@example.com)
University of North Texas
1155 Union Circle, #305100
Denton, TX 76203-5017
After "Re-humanizing Architecture. New Forms of Community, 1950-1970" our second East West Central symposium focuses on the expansion of the territory of architecture between 1960 and 1980. The aim of this symposium is to analyze how architects in East and West reacted to such contradicting pressures, questioning the disciplinary confines of architecture as well as basic tenets of modernism.
The presentations of this conference will trace the development of novel approaches and strategies for a systemic and comprehensive design of the built environment and for architectural and territorial planning since the 1960s. Transdisciplinary encounters with new subjects such as cybernetics but also with established disciplines such as economic planning and sociology had a profound influence on architecture and urbanism. New ideas of scale, efficiency and centrality were fostered by new means of traffic, programming and production in all parts of Europe. We ask to what extent these innovations and shifts in both scale and method within the practices of architecture and urbanism were symptoms of convergence and/or outcomes of the competition between different economic and political systems. The conference will examine strategies behind the material, conceptual and design-oriented changes that have fundamentally transformed the European landscapes across the East-West dichotomy. It also seeks to trace exchanges and knowledge transfer between agents across the political divide through international professional networks.
Conference participation is open to everyone. As the number of seats is limited timely reservation is requested.
Prof. Dr. Ákos Moravánszky (chair), Dr. Karl R. Kegler (coordinator)
Department of Architecture
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Chair for the Theory of Architecture
Prof. Dr. Ákos Moravánszky
ETH Zurich, Hönggerberg
Like rings in a tree, our gardens have stories to tell. How do we give voice to our gardens’ histories? Join historic landscape and garden professionals as we explore, learn, and share strategies for interpreting our gardens:
• To new audiences
• In the digital age
• While honoring layers of history
• While caring for our aging plant collections
• While building core support within the organization
This symposium will provide a forum for networking, information sharing, and inspirational garden visits for those working with and studying historic landscapes.
Future Anterior invites essays that explore the relationship between copyright and preservation from a historical, theoretical and critical perspective. Both copyright and preservation laws are aimed at protecting unique human achievements, but they point to different, even opposing threats. Whereas copyright is meant to protect private interests from public encroachments, preservation mostly aims to safeguard the public interest against private forces. But as the categories of private and public are redrawn under the pressures of globalization, what challenges and opportunities lay ahead for preservation?