Recent Opportunities

  • Approaches to Architectural History

    Charlottesville | Dates: 10 – 10 Oct, 2015
    A day long symposium of distinguished lectures at the University of Virginia School of Architecture.
  • Eighteenth-Century Studies special issue CFP: The City in the Long Eighteenth Century

    Farmington, CT | Dates: 21 Jul, 2015 – 15 Jan, 2016
    Call for Submissions Eighteenth-Century Studies, a cross-disciplinary journal committed to publishing the best of current writing on all aspects of eighteenth-century culture, is planning an upcoming special issue dedicated to the theme of the city in the long eighteenth century. Cities were outward-facing centers of connection, through networks of trade, communication, and political authority, but they were also inward-facing communities with distinctive cultures and social lives. With increased urbanization came increased theorization about the effects of city life and new methods of policing and control. We invite submissions which reflect on topics related to these themes or on other ways in which contemporaries interpreted and understood the experiences of city life. Broadly speaking, how did societies in the long eighteenth-century physically and intellectually construct their cities and what were the consequences, real or perceived, of “the city”? What characteristics defined the eighteenth-century city, and to what extent might the eighteenth century be described as an urban one? Submissions may originate in any of the disciplines and research methodologies encompassed by eighteenth-century studies, broadly construed (history, philosophy, literature, social sciences, and the arts); those which focus on the Caribbean, Latin America, Asia, or Oceania are especially encouraged. Submissions should be 7,000–9,000 words, including notes, and may be sent to The deadline for consideration for this issue is January 15, 2016. Please contact the Managing Editor at with any questions.
  • East West Central 03: Re-framing Identities: Architecture's Turn to History, 1970-1990

    Zurich | Dates: 10 – 12 Sep, 2015
    The years between 1970 and 1990 were characterized by the rise of postmodernism in architecture in Western and Eastern Europe. During this period, the 1980s in particular, several socialist countries also witnessed processes of liberalization and economic reforms, and the overthrow of state leaderships in 1989/90, which would mark the end of Europe's political division. Architecture, in these processes, became a means through which to reframe identities, reconsider relationships to history, and thus call into question not only the modern project but also its wider political promises. The aim of this two-day international conference is to revisit this historic period, and to analyse and compare parallel developments in architecture and urban design on both sides of the Cold War divide against the backdrop of unfolding geopolitical transformations. While postmodernism’s impact could be felt across different disciplines, its origins can be traced most strongly in architecture and urban design. After all, the term and concept postmodernism first emerged in these disciplines. Since the mid-1960s, an increasingly critical attitude toward functionalist modernism developed within architecture that led to a spread of revisionist thinking and a growing concern for historicism, symbolism and meaning. This change was paralleled and sustained by a proliferation of architectural theory, influenced in particular by phenomenology and semiotics. During the 1970s and 1980s, the recognition of architecture’s capacity to reflect and ground identity reignited the search for ways to represent local, national and regional traditions through built form. The conference will address, among others, questions concerning: - the chronology of the turn to history in architecture and urban design in different European countries. - how terms and concepts such as modernism and postmodernism were discussed by architects and theorists in East and West. - the relationship between postmodern discourse and mainstream architectural culture during the 1970s and 1980s, asking how elements of critique and opposition manifested themselves. - role played by questions of heritage and identity in architectural practice, and the specific forms this took in various countries in Europe. - the impact of historicism and postmodernism on the development of cities in Eastern and Western Europe. - the mechanisms of international exchange and transfer that allowed postmodernism to become a global phenomenon. In recent years, postmodernism received growing attention though both scholarship and popular exhibitions such as "Postmodernism – Style and Subversion 1970—1990" at the V&A and the Landesmuseum Zürich (2012). However, the focus of academic research and public shows tended to be on Western Europe and North America, where postmodernism's conceptual basis was developed and where, arguably, its impact could be felt most strongly. Thus far, parallel developments and exchanges with Eastern Europe have played a marginal role. A complex comparative analysis of these developments that accounts for their heterogeneous nature is missing. The question whether and to what extent the term and concept postmodernism can be usefully applied to the Eastern European context remains insufficiently addressed. Our objective is to examine the historical turn in architecture in Eastern and Western Europe during the 1970s and 1980s as a common cultural legacy, situated in relation to fundamental and far-reaching socio-economic and political changes – the erosion of communist regimes, their eventual disintegration and the triumph of global neoliberal capitalism. We propose a framework that treats contemporaneous architectural phenomena in Western and Eastern Europe on equal terms and side by side, thus asking for mechanisms of interconnection, mutual exchange, transfer, and translation across the political divide. The conference will bring together an international group of established and younger academics and practitioners, including a number of former protagonists. Keynote lectures by Ákos Moravánszky, Stanislaus von Moos, Joan Ockman, and Karin Šerman. Attendance of the conference is free of charge. We kindly ask you to register your interest by sending an email to until 31 August 2015.
  • Barbara Kasten: Stages

    Chicago | Dates: 02 Oct, 2015 – 09 Jan, 2016

    The Graham Foundation, in partnership with the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial, is pleased to present Barbara Kasten: Stages, the first major survey of the work of Chicago artist Barbara Kasten. Organized in conversation with the artist and with full access to her extensive archive, the exhibition will include works spanning her nearly five-decade engagement with abstraction, light, and architectural form. Since the 1970s Kasten has developed her expansive photographic practice through the lens of many different disciplines, including sculpture, painting, theater, textile, architecture, and installation. Well known within photographic discourse, more recently she has begun to be reconsidered within the broader contexts of architectural theory and contemporary art.

    Barbara Kasten: Stages is organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania and is curated by ICA Curator Alex Klein.

    The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue co-published by the Institute of Contemporary Art and JRP|Ringier that includes a biography of the artist a conversation between Kasten and artist Liz Deschenes, and new scholarly essays by the curator Alex Klein, art historian Jenni Sorkin, and architectural historian and Graham grantee Alex Kitnick. Copies of the exhibition catalogue are available for purchase in the Graham Foundation Bookshop.

    Additionally, the Graham Foundation and Distributed Art Publishers will co-publishBarbara Kasten: The Diazotypes, a special small-run artist book of Kasten’s early diazotypes which will be released at the exhibition opening on October 1, 2015, and will be available for purchase at the Graham Foundation Bookshop.

    Barbara Kasten (born 1936, Chicago; lives Chicago) trained as a painter and textile artist, receiving her MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts (CCAC) in Oakland in 1970. There she studied with pioneering fiber artist Trude Guermonprez, a former teacher at Black Mountain College and an associate of Anni Albers. In 1971 Kasten received a Fulbright to travel to Poznań, Poland, to work with noted sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz. During the 1980s she embarked on her Constructs series, which incorporates life-size elements such as metal, wire, mesh, and mirrors into installations produced specifically for the camera. Kasten was one of the first artists to be invited by Polaroid to use its new large format cameras, and it was with these that she made many of her best known works, her palette becoming bolder in response to the lush, saturated quality of the medium.

    In the mid-1980s Kasten stepped out of the studio and began working with large architectural spaces. Institutions such as the High Museum of Art in Atlanta designed by Richard Meier and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles designed by Arata Isozaki, as well as the World Financial Center in New York designed by César Pelli, were eager to showcase their new postmodern buildings via the cinematic lighting, mirrors, and fabrications that were part of her monumental productions. Following her architectural projects she continued working on a large scale, creating dramatic displays in the midst of ancient ruins. In the intervening years she shifted her focus to talismanic objects and artifacts, returning to the cyanotype process she had embraced at the beginning of her career. Her most recent work has taken Kasten back to the studio, exploring a more minimal palette with many of the same materials that shaped her early constructed photographs. Over the years her vocabulary and interests, including her ongoing experimentation with constructions, sets, and installations at the human scale, have provided a through-line and given a unity to her artwork, even as she has experimented with multiple processes, from cyanotypes and Polaroids to Cibachromes and video installations.

    Kasten’s photographs of studio constructions and cinematic stagings are included in major museum collections such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

    Alex Klein is the Dorothy and Stephen R. Weber (CHE’60) Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania. Selected exhibitions and initiatives at ICA include Barbara Kasten: Stages (2015), the first major survey of the artist's work; Consider the Belvedere: Tamara Henderson and Julia Feyrer (2015); AVANT-GARDEner: Ian Hamilton Finlay (2014, co-curated with Lynne Farrington); Vishal Jugdeo: An Education in the Logic of Leaves (2014); Excursus I-IV featuring Reference Library, East of Borneo, Ooga Booga, and Primary Information (2011­–2013); and First Among Equals (2012, co-curated with Kate Kraczon). Most recently she has served as an agent in the Carnegie Museum of Art's Hillman Photography Initiative where she co-curated with Tina Kukielski the exhibition Antoine Catala: Distant Feel (2015) in association with the New Museum Triennial, Surround Audience. Her writing has been published in collections including How Soon Is Now? (LUMA, 2012) and The Human Snapshot (Sternberg Press / CCS Bard, 2013), and she is the editor of the critical volume on photography, Words Without Pictures(LACMA/Aperture, 2010). Previously she held positions in the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Roski School of Fine Arts at the University of Southern California, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is the co-founder of the editorial project and publishing imprint Oslo Editions.

    Major support for Barbara Kasten: Stages has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from the Nancy E. and Leonard M. Amoroso Exhibition Fund, Pamela Toub Berkman & David J. Berkman, Bortolami, the Carol T. & John G. Finley Fund, Kadel Willborn Gallery, the Marjorie E. and Michael J. Levine Fund, Toby Devan Lewis, Amanda & Andrew Megibow, Stephanie B. & David E. Simon, Babette L. & Harvey A. Snyder, and Meredith L. & Bryan S.Verona.

  • Patient-Centered Design Innovation Summit, Sept 27- 29, 2015

    Charleston | Dates: 27 – 29 Sep, 2015
    The Institute for Patient-Centered Design has opened registration for its inaugural Patient-Centered Design Innovation Summit. The Summit will take place from Sunday, September 27 until Tuesday, September 29, 2015 in Charleston, SC. Its events will be held at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), a leading medical research institution. A multidisciplinary group of leaders in the health facility design profession will converge on the Summit, along with researchers, clinicians and patients. "This event has been designed with limited seats to allow our participants to collaborate in small groups, form business relationships and for each person to contribute to patient-centered design solutions," says Tammy Thompson, the Institute's president. "Using the state of the art Simulation Center at MUSC, we will be able to conduct multiple simulation labs during the program." The Institute will also build a pediatric oncology model as its newest Patient Experience Simulation Lab. Inspired by ERDMAN's winning design submission selected for the 2014 Family-Centered Cancer Care Design Competition, this model will be unveiled at MUSC's Hollings Cancer Center, the largest academic cancer center and only National Cancer Institute in South Carolina. It will be on exhibit there for three days during the Summit. "This will create an educational opportunity that is not available at most institutions and hopefully have a lasting effect on those involved," says Dr. Rozanne Wille, the mother of little "Hendo" whose battle with childhood cancer inspired the design competition. As a juror of the competition, Dr. Wille continues to advise the project, and she serves on the Summit's faculty to share her experience as a parent and a physician with attendees. About the Institute for Patient-Centered Design The Institute for Patient-Centered Design, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that educates health facility designers and stakeholders on the needs of patients, families and clinicians in the health care environment. It is the first design related organization to bring patients into live simulation activities at educational events to inspire better accommodations for patients and families. The Institute demonstrates its commitment to improve the patient experience by capturing actual stories from patients and families, reminding designers of the impact their creations have on real life experiences. In an effort to improve patient outcomes, the Institute has designated part of the proceeds from the Patient-Centered Design Innovation Summit to be contributed to the pediatric oncology programs at MUSC.
  • The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley - Baton Rouge, LA

    Baton Rouge | Dates: 09 Oct – 16 Dec, 2015

    In conjunction with the 2013 Landslide® the Louisiana State University's Alfred C. Glassell Jr. Exhibition Gallery will host the Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley, a traveling photographic exhibition celebrating the life and career of Dan Kiley, one of the most important and influential Modernist landscape architects of the 20th century. The exhibition features 45 vibrant photographs documenting the current state of some of Kiley's most significant designs.

    Generous support has been provided by Presenting Sponsors, The Davey Tree Expert Company and Victor Stanley, Inc., with additional support from the American Society of Landscape Architects, Landscape Architecture magazine and the Hubbard Educational Foundation.

    Learn more about The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley and future exhibition venues.

  • Garden Dialogues: Vancouver

    Vancouver | Dates: 22 Aug, 2015
    In August, get exclusive access to private gardens in Vancouver and hear directly from the designers and their clients about their collaborative process.

    How do clients and designers work together? What makes for a great, enduring collaboration? Garden Dialogues provides unique opportunities for small groups to visit some of today’s most beautiful gardens created by some of the most accomplished designers currently in practice.

    Saturday August 22, 9:30am to 5:30pm | Vancouver
  • Garden Dialogues: Denver and Aspen

    Denver and Aspen | Dates: 08 – 22 Aug, 2015
    In August, get exclusive access to private gardens in Denver and Aspen and hear directly from the designers and their clients about their collaborative process.

    How do clients and designers work together? What makes for a great, enduring collaboration? Garden Dialogues provides unique opportunities for small groups to visit some of today’s most beautiful gardens created by some of the most accomplished designers currently in practice.

    Saturday August 8, 9:00 to 10:30am | Denver
    Saturday August 8, 9:00 to 10:30am | Aspen
    Saturday August 8, 11:00am to 12:30pm | Englewood
    Saturday August 22, 9:00 to 10:30am | Aspen
    Saturday August 22, 10:00 to 11:30am | Boulder
  • Garden Dialogues: Chicago

    Chicago | Dates: 26 – 27 Sep, 2015
    In September, get exclusive access to private gardens in the Chicago area and hear directly from the designers and their clients about their collaborative process.

    How do clients and designers work together? What makes for a great, enduring collaboration? Garden Dialogues provides unique opportunities for small groups to visit some of today’s most beautiful gardens created by some of the most accomplished designers currently in practice.

    Saturday, September 26, 10:00 to 11:30am | Winnetka
    Saturday, September 26, 1:00 to 2:30pm | Highland Park
    Sunday, September 27, 11:00am to 12:30pm | Chicago
    Sunday, September 27, 2:00 to 3:30pm | Lake Forest
  • Garden Dialogues: Boston Metro Area

    Boston | Dates: 18 Jul, 2015

    The BSA Foundation is sponsoring an opportunity to get exclusive access to private gardens in the Boston Metro Area and hear directly from the designers and their clients about their collaborative process through The Cultural Landscape Foundation's Garden Dialogues.

    Attendees will have an opportunity to tour Lowder Brook, The Macallen Building and Court Square Press Courtyard, and an empty lot turned pocket garden in Beacon Hill. Read more about the tour locations and times here.

  • Dining With Design: The Sinclair

    Boston | Dates: 17 Aug, 2015

    A restaurant/rock-club hybrid in the heart of Cambridge designed around and inspired by music

    Dine with designer Stephen Martyak Assoc. AIA, owner of studioTYAK, and Josh Bhatti, general manager of The Bowery Presents: Boston, as they talk about the music-infused design process that led to Harvard Square’s groundbreaking restaurant/rock-club hybrid, The Sinclair. Tour the space, sip a cocktail, sample the menu, and learn how a photograph of folksinger Justin Townes Earle, a playlist created by Bhatti, and an existing concrete ceiling became the inspiration for a design concept that transformed an office building into a 140-seat restaurant and a 525-person rock club.

  • Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UCSB, Fall Exhibitions

    Santa Barbara | Dates: 12 Sep – 06 Dec, 2015
    Walter S. White: Inventions in Midcentury Architecture On view: September 12–December 6, 2015 Opening reception: September 25, 2015; 5:30–7:30pm The Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UC Santa Barbara is pleased to present the first exhibition to examine the work of an ingenious inventor, builder, and architect, Walter S. White (1919–2002). White’s designs for the Coachella Valley desert cities of Palm Desert, Indio, La Quinta, and Palm Springs in the 1940s and 1950s addressed the extreme climate with thrilling, expressionistic forms that took inspiration from the natural landscape, while proposing new, ecologically sensitive, and inexpensive construction methods. White’s inventive roof designs—he received a patent for his All Steel Hypar roof and wood roof construction methods—make his desert projects especially distinctive. His roofs swoop and curve to match the forms of the mountains in the distance, while providing protection for their inhabitants.
  • Fall Book Club: Remembering Marshall Field's

    Chicago | Dates: 19 Sep, 2015

    Historian and author, Dr. Leslie Goddard, takes us back in time over 150 years ago when Marshall Field’s reigned as Chicago’s premiere department store.  Learn how a small dry goods business turned into a world-class retail destination with the latest fashions and memorable courteous service, and then the next time you shop at the flagship location you can see how far the store has come over the years. 

    The Driehaus Museum presents our annual Fall Book Club.  Discuss Gilded Age fiction, biography, and history with the authors and historians.  The books are available at the Museum Store.  Light refreshments will be provided.  A welcome email will introduce the book, the discussion leaders, and discussion topics.  Participants should arrive to each book club having read the book.  Tickets include Museum admission.

  • Nickerson Lecture: Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room

    Chicago | Dates: 15 Oct, 2015

    The second in our 2015 Nickerson Lecture Series we will look at the ways in which the Peacock Room, James McNeill Whistler’s famed decorative interior, has intersected with the history of collecting Asian ceramics in the West. Since 1923, this room has been on display as one of the great treasures of the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. From being a static icon of Victorian aestheticism the Peacock Room has a dynamic history and can tell many stories about how Asian ceramics shifting between East and West.

    This lecture is part of the Driehaus Museum’s 2015 Samuel M. Nickerson Lecture Series, a program which serves to situate the Nickerson Mansion within the context of social artistic developments of the period and against the wider background of America’s Gilded Age.

    Doors open at 5 p.m. for any attendees who would like to explore the Museum and its collections. The lecture begins at 6 p.m. As space is limited, advance reservations are highly recommended. 

  • Journal of Interior Design Special Issue on Healthcare

    Dates: 01 Oct, 2015 – 01 Mar, 2016
    The first deadline is Registration of Interest on October 1, 2015. Please see link for full call.

    Healthcare delivery and the environments that support it are changing. Driven by multiple social, technological and health service reforms, design opportunities for improving healthcare no longer reside exclusively in the hospital setting, but begin at the bedside and extend to outpatient care and to the community. Meaningful healthcare reform will require deep transformation of the healthcare delivery system to ensure a value-based delivery system that improves the patient and family experience, eliminates medical errors, protects and enhances caregiver well-being, and facilitates a value-added approach to the design of healthcare processes and places.

    Input from health design research continues to be a critical factor in informing the design of appropriate healing environments. However, we have only begun to develop a knowledge base. We invite healthcare professionals from every perspective in the system – health administrators, designers, facilities managers, ergonomists, engineers – to explore the myriad of forces shaping reforms and to examine what these changes will mean for facilities and delivery systems in the future including:

    How might interior design foster new levels of integrative communication and service including cross-functional care teams to reduce errors and enhance quality of care?
    What new evidence-based design strategies and methods can be used to reveal critical links between human-centered design and quality of care—such as designing to reduce infections, reduce patient falls, and shorten length of stay?
    How can designers support staff and caregiver health through ergonomic design, space planning, and the behavioral and psychological considerations that impact high stress, clinical professionals?
    What are the new and evolving roles for design as patient care moves away from episodic care within hospitals to a broader spectrum of delivery systems and places within the community?
    How can design help reduce costs and add value to current systems and approaches of delivery?
    What is the role of interior design in health specialties, such as behavioral health and global health design?
    Various paper types are welcome including structured literature reviews, qualitative and quantitative studies, and rigorous theory and methods papers. Studies that demonstrate the link to practice are of particular interest and collaborations between academics and practitioners are encouraged.
  • Preservation in Global Cities: New York/ Mexico City/ Paris/ Shanghai

    New York | Dates: 10 Sep, 2015

    Every global city today faces the challenge of protecting their unique urban architectural heritage  (often a core component of their tourist brand) while encouraging continuing economic development and growth.  But the theory and practice of preservation can differ greatly on different continents and according to different cultures.  While in older world cities like Paris and New York preservation laws have tended to guard historic districts for decades, Asian and Latin American global cities of more recent vintage face a different set of issues.  Join an international panel of architects, planners, and academics to explore the contrasting approaches and strategies faced by global cities in Europe, Asia, and America. This program delves into the themes of our exhibition Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks.

    Reception to follow!

    Calvin Tsao, FAIA, Partner, Tsao & McKown
    Jorge Otero-Pailos, Architect, Associate Professor of Historic Preservation, Columbia University, & Founder and Editor, Future Anterior Journal
    Budd Mishkin (moderator), NY1 News Correspondent, "One on 1 with Budd Mishkin"

    The event is co-sponsored by NY1.

  • Tales of the City: New York’s Landmark Interiors

    New York | Dates: 20 Oct, 2015

    We enjoy looking at historic interiors, but there’s more to them than meets the eye. Behind the walls, below the floors, and underneath the painted surfaces are the back-stories few people have heard about the city’s known and not-so-known landmarks. The authors of Interior Landmarks: Treasures of New York will take us behind the scenes of some of the City’s most interesting spaces. They will tell little-known and fascinating stories about places like City Hall and the Tweed Courthouse, Loew’s Paradise Theater, the Four Seasons Restaurant, the Dime Savings, and Manufacturers Trust bank buildings. They will share stories of the political wrangling, financial skullduggery, design competitions, preservation challenges, and restoration problems that designers and builders dealt with to provide insight into why these venues are so special and how even being a landmark doesn’t guarantee that a great space will remain safe from damage, or change. This program delves into the themes of our exhibition Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks, on view through September 13.

    Judith Gura, Design Historian and Exhibitions and Public Programs Consultant at the New York School of Interior Design
    Kate Wood, President at LANDMARK WEST! 
    Larry Lederman, Photographer

    Free for MCNY members; $12 for students/seniors; $16 for general public.
  • On the Shoulders of Giants: Lessons for Tomorrow from Our Preservation Pioneers

    New York | Dates: 08 Oct, 2015

    Historic preservation activism in New York City did not begin in the 1960s with the fight to save Penn Station and the effort to pass the Landmarks Law—it began in the late 19th century. Little-remembered preservation pioneers like Andrew H. Green and Albert Bard, as well as various women's garden clubs, and patriotic and civic organizations laid the groundwork for the generations of preservationists that would follow. Join us to recount the triumphs, failures, and tactics of these early preservationists, and discuss what they might teach us moving forward.

    Michael Miscione, Manhattan Borough Historian
    Anthony Wood, Founder and Chair, New York Preservation Archive Project
    Amy Freitag, Executive Director at JM Kaplan Fund 
    Seri Worden, Field Services at National Trust for Historic Preservation

    Free for MCNY members; $12 for students/seniors; $16 for general public.
  • The Politics of Preservation

    New York | Dates: 06 Aug, 2015

    The New York City Landmarks Law establishes a system for the designation, protection, and preservation of the city's most important architectural and historic properties. The law is implemented by the Landmarks Commission, which is mandated to work with the City Council in carrying out its mission of designating new landmarks. Its work is also impacted by various individuals and groups that have a direct stake in the process: property owners and developers, advocacy groups representing a wide spectrum of beliefs and positions, architects, media outlets, and government agencies. Out of necessity, the political process plays a part in all these interactions. This panel will explore the broad issues that bring the political process to bear on the operations and execution of the Landmarks Law. This program delves into the themes of our exhibition Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarkson view through September 13th. 

    Reception to follow!

    Morris Adjmi, FAIA, Founder and Principal of Morris Adjmi Architects
    Peg Breen, President, The New York Landmarks Conservancy
    Kenneth K. Fisher, Member, Cozen O'Connor
    Robert Tierney (moderator), Former Chair of the Landmarks Preservation Commission

    Free for Museum members; $12 for students/seniors; $16 for general public.

    1.5 LU AIA CES will be offered for attending this event.

  • Gruen Day 2015

    San Leandro | Dates: 18 Jul, 2015

    Victor Gruen (July 18, 1903 - Feb 14, 1980) was an Austrian-born visionary architect most remembered for his pioneering work popularizing the enclosed, climate-controlled shopping center in the United States. 

    On July 18, the Bay Area Infrastructure Observatory (BAIO) invites you to celebrate the lofty aspirations and historical legacy of the suburban shopping center at Gruen Day 2015. 

    Festivities will include an afternoon of talks, tours, and hanging out in the food court at Bay Fair Center, which opened in 1957 as one of the first Gruen designed shopping centers in the country. Speakers to include:

    • Pam White: Pam is Vice President of Development for Madison Marquette, which purchased the Bayfair Center in 2003 and coordinated a massive overhaul of its facilities. Pam has over 25 years of design, retail, leasing and real estate experience across a range of different properties throughout California. She will be discussing the history and design of the Bay Fair Mall, and the thinking that guided its renovation in the 2000s. 
    • Mathias Crawford: Mathias is a PhD Candidate and Graduate Fellow in the Department of Communication at Stanford University, where he studies the intersection of architecture and ICT design. During his graduate studies he has worked for Herman Miller on the future of office design, taught game design at Stanford, and led design thinking workshops around the world. Mathias will be talking about the role that shopping centers played in re-shaping contemporary conceptions of the public sphere. Specifically, he will explore the way in which these centers were conceived with respect to another mid-century architectural phenomena: the community center.

    All attendees will also receive a beautiful set of limited edition Victor Gruen lapel pins and a commemorative poster, designed by our friends Helen Tseng and Justin Carder (depicted below). 

    While it's easy nowadays to dismiss enclosed shopping centers as boring eyesores, Gruen Day celebrates the important role they were originally intended to play in civic life. As Gruen wrote in 1960:

    By affording opportunities for social life and recreation in a protected pedestrian environment, by incorporating civic and educational facilities, shopping centers can fill an existing void. They can provide the needed place and opportunity for participation in modern community life that the ancient Greek Agora, the Medieval Market Place and our own Town Squares provided in the past.

    We hope you'll join us for a day to enjoy San Leandro's very own modern Agora. 

    Gruen Day 2015 is a production of Tim Hwang and Avery Trufelman, and is co-sponsored by SPUR.

    Give us a shout if you have any questions - and

SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation for its operating support.
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