Recent Opportunities

  • From 'Soft' to 'Hard' Power? Changing Visions of Diplomacy by Design From 1945 Onwards

    Brighton and Hove | Dates: 27 – 27 Nov, 2015
    This one-day symposium will consider design, in its broadest definition, as a tool of government diplomacy from the early Cold War to the present day. Combining a range of interdisciplinary perspectives, speakers will consider how design has been used as an object of transnational diplomacy from 1945 to the present day – from buildings, to interiors, to objects, to fashion and beyond. Speakers include Susan Reid (University of Sheffield), Cammie McAtee (Harvard), Sonnet Stanfill (V&A), Tom Wilson (Design Museum), Claire Wintle (University of Brighton), Katarina Serulus (University of Antwerp) and Michael Thomson (Design Connect).
  • Fall Tour of “Anthracite Architecture” Features Victorian Gems

    Scranton | Dates: 15 – 18 Oct, 2015
    Fall Tour of “Anthracite Architecture” Features Victorian Gems

     Buildings designed by many of the leading Victorian-era architects from New York and Philadelphia, including Frank Furness, James Renwick, Richard Upjohn, and Bruce Price, will be featured in a three-part tour organized by The Victorian Society in America and taking place from October 15 to 18. The tour features Victorian buildings rarely on view in three northeastern Pennsylvania towns: Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, and Jim Thorpe.

    In the 1800s, Pennsylvania was a center of anthracite coal extraction in the United States, and the region prospered. During this period, property owners could afford to hire the best architects in the country and spend lavishly to build their homes, clubs and houses of worship, and they did. Wilkes-Barre was at the center of the lucrative mining industry. Jim Thorpe is a mountain town where a pioneering gravity railroad was created in 1817 to bring the coal across the Pocono Mountains to the Delaware River. Scranton became the railroad hub of the coal industry and home of the powerful DL&W Railroad. As a result, the towns today are filled with Victorian gems, including houses designed by Wilson Eyre, C. P. H. Gilbert, Frank Furness, F. C. Withers, Edmund Gilchrist and Bruce Price, and churches designed by such major architects as James Renwick, Richard Upjohn, Charles M. Burns, Edward Kendall, J. C. Cady, and William Schickel. Many are equal in quality to better known examples by the same designers in larger cities. Because the region hasn’t been subject to intense development pressure in recent years, many of the buildings are close to their original condition, while institutions such as Wilkes University have restored others for new uses.

    The Anthracite Cities Study Tour, as the event is called, will be led by Williams College American art and architecture Professor Michael J. Lewis is leading the tour and broadened it to include Jim Thorpe and Scranton.

     The first full day of the tour, Friday, will be devoted to buildings in Wilkes-Barre, the heart of the Wyoming Valley. Originally claimed by settlers from Connecticut, Wilkes-Barre was laid out like a typical New England town with a central town green and an active riverfront. Once large-scale coal mining began in the middle of the nineteenth century, the valley was undermined, literally, by shafts and tunnels Bruce Price, the father of etiquette expert Emily Post, is especially prominent in Wilkes-Barre, where his wife was born and where he began his independent career. Price is buried in Wilkes-Barre’s Hollenback Cemetery, which has a wide range of funeral monuments that he designed and is considered one of America’s most picturesque cemeteries, overlooking the banks of the Susquehanna River. Wilkes-Barre is also the original base of a prominent contemporary firm, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Architects.

    The second day will focus on Scranton, which became a rail center starting in the 1840s. Its character is more firmly industrial and stamped by the railroad as much as Wilkes-Barre’s character is influenced by the nearby river. The tour includes buildings by Richard Upjohn, Russell Sturgis, Raymond Hood, Isaac G. Perry, J. C. Cady, Green & Wicks, and Kenneth Murchison, who designed the town’s railroad station with its faience panels showing all the towns linked by the DL&W Railroad. Scranton contains the railroad history complex known as Steamtown, a collection of railroad buildings from the 1850s through the early twentieth century. It is also possible to tour an anthracite coal mine and descend 300 feet.

    Sunday will focus on a more pastoral setting known as the “Switzerland of America.” Jim Thorpe is not so much a town but one intact Victorian street in a narrow valley, arranged like a Victorian charm bracelet. At one end of the street is one of the best preserved antebellum houses in America, the 1860 Asa Packer Mansion, whose furnishings are intact to a surprising degree, down to the wooden toilet seat. Alongside it is the 1874 Harry Packer Mansion, designed by Addison Hutton and now a bed-and-breakfast.

    The tour also includes the 1867 St. Mark’s Episcopal Church by Richard Upjohn and the 1888 New Jersey Central Depot by Philadelphia’s well-known engineer-architects, the Wilson Brothers. At the time of the tour, the autumn foliage will be at the peak of changing colors, providing an ideal backdrop for viewing the architecture produced by America’s anthracite coal aristocracy.

     The cost is $425 for Victorian Society members. A block of hotel rooms has been reserved in Scranton for tour participants. More information is available on the Society’s website at; or email
  • The Site of Discourse: Thinking architecture through publication

    Lisbon | Dates: 28 – 30 Sep, 2015
    An International Conference dedicated to the subject of architectural magazines and architectural history seen through their published material.
  • Request for Proposals, Guest Curator, Buffalo Architecture Center

    Dates: 26 Sep – 19 Oct, 2015
    The Richardson Olmsted Complex is being rehabilitated by the Richardson Center Corporation and adaptively reused as a hospitality venue and cultural amenity for the city. Alongside and intertwined with Hotel Henry Urban Resort and Conference Center will be the Buffalo Architecture Center (BAC), an integral component of the renovation project. Hotel Henry and the BAC are the first phase - and about 1/3 of - the redevelopment of the Richardson Olmsted Complex and are expected to open in Fall 2016. The Richardson Olmsted Complex, formerly known as Buffalo State Hospital, was designed in 1870 by the notable American architect H. H. Richardson. This expansive group of buildings was originally constructed on a site of 200 acres. It is set within a landscape designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux and planned in collaboration with Thomas Story Kirkbride – a doctor from Philadelphia whose work focused on the treatment and care of mental health patients. The complex consisted of ten one and a half to three story high pavilions built of Medina sandstone or brick that are disposed symmetrically on either side of a twin towered administration building. The complex was completed in 1896 and is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark. The Richardson Olmsted Complex is located in the city of Buffalo and is adjacent to existing residential neighborhoods, alongside the campus of SUNY Buffalo State and close to the Burchfield Penney Art Gallery, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Buffalo History Museum. The BAC’s mission statement follows here: The Buffalo Architecture Center (BAC) explores the excellence in architecture and city planning as demonstrated by Buffalo’s outstanding architectural heritage. Located in the Richardson Olmsted Complex, the Center will provide orientation, prompt inspiration, and serve as a gathering place launch new ideas related to architecture, landscape and design. Through exhibitions, tours, programs, and outreach, the BAC engages the public in Buffalo’s architecture, landscape design, and urban planning, and its role in culture and design literacy. The BAC fosters collaboration with organizations with the similar goal of activating Buffalo’s architecture, planning, and landscape. By providing a center to host exhibitions, events, and programs, the BAC actively collaborates with aligned groups in dialogue and shared programming. This call for proposals seeks responses from architects, journalists, designers, critics, historians, photographers, artists, and other scholars and professionals, all of whom are eligible for this program. Applicants should submit a detailed proposal for a temporary exhibition for the BAC to open in 2017. The submission should be developed to ensure an opening in March or September of that year and the proposed date clearly noted. The exhibition will be staged alongside two other permanent exhibitions focusing on the city of Buffalo and the Richardson Olmsted Complex. The successful candidate will work with the Buffalo Architecture Center Coordinator to execute the project. Proposals should reflect the BAC’s mission statement as well as its primary curatorial theme of “design literacy,” a rubric which intends to promote a toolkit of ways for informed and general audiences to understand the social, political, and artistic impact of design on all aspects of life. The content of the proposal is at the discretion of the applicant and need not have a direct relationship to the permanent exhibition of the BAC, which will address the city of Buffalo. Ideas for projects that take innovative curatorial approaches and experimental formats are especially sought. Potential themes might include, but are not limited to, architectural history, contemporary debates in architecture, urban issues, and landscape design. The BAC encourages a wide range of proposals for curatorial projects with a broad scope. The BAC seeks proposals that use the curatorial project as a tool to foster ideas, to question relevant positions, and to introduce new research themes with the ultimate goal to advance new thinking for architecture and the built environment. The output of the proposal must have a spatial component that engages a roughly 1500 square foot space within the Buffalo Architecture Center. The recipient will receive a $10,000 honorarium for the project and will have a $50,000 budget towards production and installation. The scope of the project and specific timing of the project will be coordinated in consultation with the BAC Coordinator, Peter Christensen. No more than one project per applicant will be accepted. Collective or collaborative projects are welcome. All submissions must be new projects, never presented, published, or realized before. Application Requirements Five (5) sealed copies of the application should be submitted by mail to the BAC Coordinator at the address listed below no later than 5 PM EST on Monday, October 19, 2015. Applications should also be sent electronically to the BAC Coordinator at File sharing programs like WeTransfer or Dropbox may be used for this purpose. Applications should consist of the following documents and information): A curatorial statement (1,500 to 2,000 words, with no more than 10 images), including the description of the project and strategic justification. The document must also include a plan and a working schedule. A curriculum vitae detailing education, research and professional experience, and any other relevant information. A representative selection of a few realized projects that convey an impression of the candidate’s distinctive approach. Contact information for 2 academic or professional references who are familiar with the candidate and his/her work. Additional Details of the RFP Process Questions about the project or proposal submission requirements should be addressed to the BAC Coordinator at
  • Chicago Architecture Biennial Tours of the National Public Housing Museum (NPHM)

    Chicago | Dates: 03 Oct – 15 Nov, 2015
    The opening of the National Public Housing Museum for the Chicago Architecture Biennial is an opportunity to see a cultural diamond in the rough. When you visit, you will experience a museum-in-the-making, featuring three interesting and insightful exhibits against the backdrop of an abandoned public housing building. As a visitor, you are a participant in the history of this building as it unfolds. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience the building in a unique way, unlike how the residents of the past experienced it, and distinct from the visitors who will follow when we officially open our doors in 2017. The anchoring exhibit for the Biennial is entitled, "House Housing," an exhibition first presented by the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture in the third-floor apartment of Columbia University’s Casa Muraro in June 2014, to coincide with the opening of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice. After the exhibition in Chicago, House Housing will also appear as a part of the Wohnungsfrage (“The Housing Question”) exhibition at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, and then again in the spring at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture’s Schindler House location in West Hollywood, CA. In 23 brief, historical episodes, running from 1910 to 2014, Housing Housing presents a critical analysis of architecture's engagement with real estate development, particularly in the design of housing. The second exhibition, entitled "We, Next Door," is organized by NPHM with its “Youth Advisory Council” (YAC) to respond creatively and critically to the House Housing exhibition’s episodes curated by the Buell Center —situating the issues it addresses specifically in Chicago, and in the teens’ lived experience of public housing. The third exhibition, entitled "Collection, Building, Action." Through artifacts and media the Collection, Building, Action exhibition illuminates the activist mission of the NPHM and the work of NPHM staff, volunteers and advisors in oral history and material culture collections and programming around public housing history, practice and policy since 2007. The exhibit invites visitors to engage NPHM’s ongoing efforts to shed new light on the history of public housing, to envision its future, and to draw renewed attention to the meaning of “the public good” in civic discourse. We would like to emphasize that this a unique opportunity to experience three outstanding exhibitions within an ABANDONED PUBLIC HOUSING BUILDING. You will be experiencing a cultural diamond in the rough. Therefore, we cannot guarantee you all the conveniences of a fully-restored museum. What you need to know: There are no bathroom facilities. We have permission from local establishments for our visitors to use their bathroom facilities. Due to the fact that we are not a fully-restored building, there is no disabled access to the building at this time. The flooring is old and can be tricky- please watch your step and wear appropriate footwear (we recommend well-fitted, close-toed shoes)! There is no climate control in the building. It could be chilly inside. Dress appropriately.
  • Inside the Four Seasons and other New York Landmark Interiors

    New York | Dates: 20 – 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 (The Monacelli Press; September 29, 2015) 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 January 3.

    Book signing to follow. 

    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

    The event is co-presented by the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID). 

    $10 tickets (regularly $16) using the code SAVE50
  • Inventing Preservation

    New York | Dates: 08 – 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.This program delves into the themes of our exhibition Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks, on view through January 3.

    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

    $10 tickets (regularly $16) using the code SAVE50
  • I Tatti Fellowships

    Florence | Dates: 24 Sep – 15 Oct, 2015
    Fifteen I Tatti Fellowships, each for twelve months, are available 
    annually for post-doctoral research in any aspect of the Italian 
    Renaissance broadly understood historically to include the period from 
    the 14th to the 17th century, and geographically to include 
    transnational dialogues between Italy and other cultures (e.g. Latin 
    American, Mediterranean, African, Asian etc.).

    Deadline Oct 15, 2015

    Wallace Fellowships, for four or six months, are available for scholars 
    who explore the historiography and impact of the Italian Renaissance in 
    the Modern Era (19th-21st centuries). Projects could address a range of 
    topics from historiography to the reaction to, transformation of, and 
    commentary on the Italian Renaissance and its ties to modernity. Also 
    welcome are projects on museum and collecting history, and on the 
    survival of the Renaissance in modern art and architecture, in 
    literature and music, and in philosophy and political thought.

    Berenson Fellowships, for four or six months, are available for 
    scholars who explore "Italy in the World". Projects should address the 
    transnational dialogues between Italy and other cultures (e.g. Latin 
    American, Mediterranean, African, Asian etc.) during the Renaissance, 
    broadly understood historically to include the period from the 14th to 
    the 17th century.

    Mellon Fellowships in the Digitial Humanities, for four or six months, 
    are available for projects that cut across traditional disciplinary 
    boundaries and actively employ digital technology. Applicants can be 
    scholars in the humanities or social sciences, librarians, archivists, 
    and data science professionals. Projects should apply digital 
    technologies such as mapping, textual analysis, visualization, or the 
    semantic web to topics on any aspect of the Italian Renaissance

    Deadline December 14, 2015

    See website for details about these and other grants, including:

    Craig Hugh Smyth Fellowships, for three months, are available for 
    curators and conservators. Projects can address any aspect of the 
    Italian Renaissance art or architecture, including landscape 

    David and Julie Tobey Fellowship, for three months, is awarded to 
    support research on drawings, prints, and illustrated manuscripts from 
    the Italian Renaissance, and especially the role that these works 
    played in the creative process, the history of taste and collecting, 
    and questions of connoisseurship.
  • Architecture in Time: The Temporal Conditions of Design

    London | Dates: 23 – 23 Oct, 2015
    A One-day colloquium, co-organised by the Architecture, Space and Society Network and Birkbeck Institute for Social Research Friday 23 October 2015, 10am-5pm. The concept of architectural design is accounted for on separate terms to the world in which it emerges – it is not socially dependent. Yet, there are building projects where the past plays a creative part in the design process. In archaeology, an exploration of temporal details can unsettle the sequence of design followed by occupation and instead reveal how people design with living. In between these two disciplines, ethnographic accounts of making demonstrate how design emerges through routine practices of reiteration and alteration. Architecture in time considers the social complexity of buildings, it brings to the fore time as a creative force in design, and makes architecture depend on society. Architecture in Time is an interdisciplinary colloquium that considers the social complexity of buildings, brings to the fore time as a creative force in design, and makes architecture depend on society. Key themes: the production of architecture, architecture and participation, the temporality involved in the mediation between matter and form, and the relation between design and occupation.
  • CFP: Spaces and Places of Leisure, Recreation and Sociability in Early Modernity (c. 1500-1800) (London, 19-21 May 16)

    London | Dates: 24 Sep – 08 Nov, 2015
    This conference looks at practices of leisure, recreation and sociability in pre-modern societies and how these were reflected in and shaped by spatial practices. As is the case today, sociable, leisure and recreational practices and events were important means for strengthening associations and social bonds, creating local and regional identities, and maintaining distinctions. While the role and practices of sociability in clubs, societies and guilds have been well explored in recent decades, their connections with leisure and recreation have been neglected. Sociability has in recent years featured prominently in histories of consumer societies and material culture. A new interest in spatiality has also led to an intensive investigation of sociable public places such as coffee houses, clubs, salons, shops, and taverns and their connection with the emergence of a (political) public sphere. (Spatial) practices and modes of sociable leisure and recreation in early modern society, however, have received much less attention. The main research undertaken in this area is largely concerned with English urban developments in commercial leisure in the eighteenth century, while practices and spaces of recreation, diversion and sociability before 1660 and beyond Europe have only very recently come into clearer focus.

    The aim of this conference is to take stock of the current state of research in the field of spatial practices of leisure, recreation and sociability. It aims to bridge the gap between histories of recreation, leisure and sociability in the eighteenth century and earlier periods, and to facilitate conversations between historians working on different case studies in Europe and beyond in order to develop comparative perspectives. Contributions might investigate spatial practices or the creation and usage of public, economic, exclusive or private places and spaces for leisure and sociability in urban, courtly or rural contexts. Papers are also welcome to explore different forms of leisure and recreation (sport, games, performances, drinking and eating etc.) and sociability (for example, with family, friends, neighbours, status groups, work and religious associations etc.)

    Papers could address issues such as the following, but are not limited to this list:

    Topographies of places and spaces. What are the different places and spaces of leisure, recreation and sociability in early modern towns and villages? How are they connected? Are different spaces used by the same groups on different occasions or do they co-exist?

    Multi-functionality of spaces. What other purposes do sociable places serve and does the multi-functionality of places influence or reflect on the practices of leisure and sociability?

    Comparisons. How do practices and spaces differ between town and country, between different regions, between countries? Are there similarities?

    Transfer of practices from town to country and vice versa, between cities, between countries. Who are the agents of transfer? How are fashions created and transferred?

    Change over time. How did spatial practices of leisure and sociability change over time? Which spatial practices or places formerly in use were abandoned, and what replaced them? Who or what initiated these changes? Who opposed these changes and how?

    Social relations created in sociable places and spaces and modes of inclusion or exclusion (gender, status, age).

    The conference will be held at the German Historical Institute London on 19-21 May 2016. Proposals from scholars at any stage in their career are invited and papers with an interdisciplinary approach are particularly welcome.

    Standard travel expenses and the cost of accommodation for the duration of the conference will be reimbursed.

    If you are interested in presenting a paper, please submit an abstract of up to 300 words and a short CV by 8 November 2015.

    All enquiries and proposals should be sent to Angela Schattner:

    Contact Info: 
    German Historical Institute London
    Angela Schattner
    0207 309 2029
    Contact Email:
  • CFP: CHSA 5th Biennial Meeting on Construction History (Austin, 26-29 May 16)

    Austin | Dates: 24 Sep – 15 Nov, 2015
    We invite researchers and practitioners from all aspects of the history of construction to submit presentation and paper abstracts on subjects relating to the Americas for the 5th Biennial Meeting on Construction History, to be held in the city of Austin, Texas. The meeting will be hosted by the Construction History Society of America and the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin from May 26-29, 2016. The meeting follows successful meetings for the CHSA held in Minneapolis MN (2014), Cambridge MA (2012), Philadelphia PA (2010), and Atlanta GA (2008). 
  • Reorienting the City

    Chicago | Dates: 03 – 03 Oct, 2015
    How do architectural projects like The 606, the Riverwalk, Maggie Daley Park, and the Navy Pier redesign affect the greater city? Architecture sometimes affects not only the experience of users within the structure but reshapes a community’s infrastructure. In this discussion, a part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, we’ll look at how the work of a few designers is changing Chicago and other cities.

    Join Gina Ford (Riverwalk), Matthew Urbanski (The 606, Brooklyn Bridge Park), Andrew Vesselinovitch (The 606, Riverwalk), and Sarah Weidner Astheimer (Navy Pier) for a conversation on how architectural projects can redraw urban boundaries.

    After the discussion, we’ll take a walking tour of The 606 led by Jean Linsner and docents from The Trust for Public Land and gain a deeper understanding of how it’s reshaping the adjacent neighborhoods.

    Gina Ford, Principal, Sasaki’s Urban Studio
    Matthew Urbanski, Principal, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
    Andrew Vesselinovitch, Urban Designer, Ross Barney Architects
    Sarah Weidner Astheimer, Senior Associate, James Corner Field Operations

    Michelle Ha Tucker, IDEO 

    Free and open to the public.

    This program is presented as part of Chicago Public Library’s One Book, One Chicago.
  • SAHANZ Inaugural PhD Symposium on Architectural History Brisbane 2015

    Dates: 24 – 28 Sep, 2015
    SAHANZ invites proposals from current research higher degree students for
    contributions to its inaugural PhD Symposium on Architectural History,
    which will take place on Friday 27 November 2015, at The University of
    Queensland, Brisbane. Proposals for papers in any area of architectural
    history are welcome, including culture, theory and design. The symposium
    will offer students expert commentary on research was well as roundtable
    discussions on academic networking and publishing.
    Proposals for presented papers should be a maximum of 300 words, and
    should be sent by email (headed 'SAHANZ PhD Symposium') to Dr Antony Moulis
    at The University of Queensland, School of Architecture:

    The deadline for receipt of abstracts is 28 September 2015, and it is
    hoped that we will be able to advise successful candidates within three
    weeks from that date. A book of abstracts will be printed for the occasion.
    The symposium is supported by the Society of Architectural Historians
    Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) and hosted by the School of
    Architecture, The University of Queensland. Registration for the symposium
    is free.

    See for further

    Julia Gatley (Deputy Head, School of Architecture and Planning, University
    of Auckland)

    Andrew Leach (Professor of Architectural History, Griffith University)

    Inger Mewburn (Director of Research Training, Australian National

    Charles Rice (Professor of Architecture, University of Technology Sydney)

    Symposium Convenors
    Antony Moulis (School of Architecture, The University of Queensland)
    Alexandra Brown (School of Environment, Griffith University)

    Academic Committee
    Alexandra Brown (Griffith University)
    Leonie Matthews (The University of Queensland)
    Karen Burns (University of Melbourne)
    Julia Gatley (University of Auckland)
    Stuart King (University of Tasmania)
    Christoph Schnoor (Unitec Institute of Technology)
  • House Housing: An Untimely History of Architecture and Real Estate in 23 Episodes

    Chicago | Dates: 01 Oct – 15 Nov, 2015
    House Housing: An Untimely History of Architecture and Real Estate in Twenty-three Episodes at the National Public Housing Museum's future site in the historic Jane Addams Homes invites visitors to experience history as ever-present, circulating in and through the built environment that surrounds us. Throughout the now-crumbling rooms of the once-pioneering public housing project in Chicago’s Near West Side, the Buell Center has narrated exhibition episodes that the visitor will experience through a mixture of domestic media from across the century—from phonograph to television, answering machine to iPad—converting the former apartments into a whispering, humming history machine. Presented in partnership with the NPHM and the Chicago Architecture Biennial.
  • French Roof Mania: The Rise and Fall of the Second Empire Style in America

    Dates: 30 – 30 Sep, 2015
    The Second Empire style has come to epitomize Victorian architecture, and often in a negative setting. Everyone from Charles Addams to Alfred Hitchcock has worked to cement the image of a house with a mansard roof representing age, decay, and obsolescence, if not murder and mayhem. Yet this style (as historians have defined it) was extraordinarily popular in the third quarter of the nineteenth century. Architects and taste-makers generally despaired at its universal popularity for all classes of society and all types of buildings (except churches). Yet the public was infatuated, as the perceptive critic Mariana Griswold van Rensselaer observed in 1886: None too pleasing, it seems to me, even in its proper size and station, this so-called ‘French roof’ was ludicrous indeed when set on top of our flimsy little wooden walls in a greatly diminished but still all-too-massive form. It was supremely ludicrous and supremely ugly, yet no feature we have ever made our own has been more universally beloved. Why was this style so popular and why did it lose popularity? A common assumption that it found favor is that there was a widespread infatuation with France during the Second Empire. While there is truth in that, especially for the grand public buildings, it does not fully explain the popularity of the “French roof” from Maine to California. Its popularity grew during and shortly after the Civil War, well before many of the iconic buildings such as the State, War, and Navy Building in Washington and the Philadelphia City Hall were under construction. This lecture is national in scope and based upon an investigation of the extensive listings in the National Register of Historic Places. It will look at the origins of the style in America and explore the spread of its popularity across the country. Many sources for the spread of its popularity are investigated, including literary journals, early architectural journals, style books, agricultural journals, and pattern books. By 1870, and during the decade that followed, the Second Empire style was arguably the most popular architectural style in America. It demise, unlamented by most architects, rapidly followed despite the continued use of the “French roof” is ways no longer recognizable to the country of its origin. Roger G. Reed is an historian for the National Register and National Historic Landmark Programs. He is the author of Building Victorian Boston, The Architecture of Gridley J. F. Bryant. The First Congregational United Church of Christ 945 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20001 6:30 pm – reception and book signing, 7:00 pm – lecture Reservations are not required. $10.00 for Latrobe Chapter members, student members (full time) free with ID, $18.00 for non-members.
  • Latrobe Chapter Tour

    Bowie | Dates: 03 – 03 Oct, 2015
    Described from the outset as Levitt and Sons’s “most de luxe venture,” Belair at Bowie, Maryland (1960‐70), grew out of more than a decade’s experience in mass housing design, construction, and marketing by a firm whose name and identity was synonymous with postwar residential construction. For the company, which started in 1958 at Levittown (later Willingboro), New Jersey, Belair provided their initial product and marketing redirection away from what had previously been a largely working‐class base. With ground broken two years later at Belair, Levitt and Sons made the final turn from minimum houses created mainly for the middle‐income working class to those designed expressly for middle‐class consumption. The Latrobe Chapter will visit this significant development with Jamie Jacobs, author of the recently published Detached America: Building Houses in Postwar Suburbia. The 2‐2 ½ hour tour will allow members to experience first‐hand the significant architecture and landscape of Belair at Bowie, Maryland. Tour participants will meet at Belair Mansion, 12207 Tulip Grove Drive, Bowie at 10:30 a.m. Reservations are required. See attached for registration information.
  • CFP: Rule & Form: Confronting the Spatial Transactions and Logistics of Capital (Ann Arbor, 5-6 Feb 16)

    Ann Arbor | Dates: 22 Sep – 16 Nov, 2015
    The doctoral students of the Planning + Architecture Research Group (P+ARG) at the University of Michigan's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning are pleased to announce a graduate student conference, “Rule & Form: Confronting the Spatial Transactions and Logistics of Capital,” which will take place February 5-6, 2016.  

    Cities are increasingly dominated by commodified spatial forms that are built and governed by exceptional rules. Across the continent of Africa, corporations are building privately owned company towns modeled after successful New Urbanist developments on other continents. Wealthy cities are collaborating with famous architects to develop self-sustaining research and technology zones, like Masdar City in Abu Dhabi and Barcelona’s architecturally iconic Innovation District. Designs for the “entertainment city” continue through stadium development, museums, parks, and other consumer experiences whose success is evident from the immediate popularity of New York City’s High Line. Free zones, ports, and distribution hubs are emerging as spaces of exception and demonstrating a strategic infrastructural architecture to purposely expedite transactions and evade local responsibilities. These forms are being built and governed privately or quasi-privately in cities competing for investment capital, separate from the ordinary politics of the city and responsive primarily to an elite demographic and the needs of global capital. This produces cities with profit and business logistics foremost in mind rather than local culture and aesthetics or social equity. As architects and urban planners, are we complicit in these processes that produce homogenous city forms and limit democratic control of urban space? Can we challenge them?

    How have the spatial forms and rules of the neoliberal city developed historically? Can we identify historical antecedents to neoliberal city building? How were these projects contested, and what can we learn from those disputes? What theoretical and methodological innovations can scholars employ in the study of neoliberal spatial forms and rules? In particular, does emerging work on the geography of infrastructure and logistics change how we conceptualize this field of study? How can planners and architects intervene today to produce cities that are responsive to local place and culture and socioeconomically just?

    We aim to bring together doctoral students at different phases of study from institutions across the U.S. and internationally to foster dialogue on a pressing topic that impacts the fields of both architecture and urban planning. This day-and-a-half conference includes a keynote speaker, graduate student panels, break-out sessions and informal social events. This conference is open to all doctoral students whose research concerns the built environment, particularly architecture and urban planning, but also across related disciplines.

    We seek twenty-minute paper presentations from researchers whose work reflects on questions related to the theme. Doctoral students are invited to submit an abstract (300 words max.) of their proposed presentation to by November 16, 2015. Applicants will be notified of the status of their submission by December 4, 2015. While no travel stipend can be offered to accepted presenters, Taubman College extends free registration for this event to presenters and all attendees.
  • 2016 NCPH/SHFG Call for Posters

    Dates: 22 Sep – 01 Oct, 2015
    Call for Posters 2016 NCPH/SHFG ANNUAL MEETING Challenging the Exclusive Past March 16-19 Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel – Baltimore, Maryland The Poster Session is a format for public history presentations about projects that use visual evidence. It offers an alternative for presenters eager to share their work through one-on-one discussion, can be especially useful for works-in-progress, and may be a particularly appropriate format for presentations where visual or material evidence represents a central component of the project. The poster session will be held on Thursday, March 17, 2016 from 5:00-7:00pm at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland. Set-up will start an hour before the Poster Session begins. Proposals must be submitted electronically (in ONE PDF document). See for more details. Deadline: OCTOBER 1, 2015. Email your proposal to with the subject line “2016 Poster.” National Council on Public History
  • The Sistine Chapel - International Study Day at Florence and Rome-Vatican

    Dates: 05 – 06 Oct, 2015
    Florence / Rome-Vatican, October 5 - 06, 2015 The Sistine Chapel International Study Day Institut für Kunstgeschichte der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte Munich in collaboration with Musei Vaticani, Gabinetto Disegni & Stampe degli Uffizi and Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz - Max-Planck-Institut PROGRAM Monday, 5 October 2015 FLORENCE: Kunsthistorisches Institut - Max-Planck-Institut, Palazzo Grifoni Budini Gattai, Via dei Servi 51 10.00 Welcome & Introduction (Arnold Nesselrath, Musei Vaticani & Ulrich Pfisterer, LMU Munich) 10.30 Stefano Pierguidi (Sapienza, Rome): "The Rivalry of the Quattrocento Painters" 11.10 Ulrich Pfisterer (LMU, Munich): "Speed! On the chronology of the Quattrocento frescoes" 11.50 Tristan Weddigen (University of Zürich): "Raphael's Tapestries for the Sistine Chapel" FLORENCE: Gabinetto dei Disegni e delle Stampe degli Uffizi, Via della Ninna 5 13.30 – 15.30 Introduction Marzia Faietti (Uffizi; Gabinetto Disegni & Stampe): "The 'Piermatteo d'Amelia'-drawing of the ceiling" ROME-VATICAN: Musei Vaticani, Viale Vaticano 19.30 – 22.00 Visit Sistine Chapel Introduction Chiara Franceschini (Italian Academy, Columbia Univ./EHESS Paris): "Movement in the Sistine Chapel" Tuesday, 6 October ROME-VATICAN: Musei Vaticani, Lecture Room, Viale Vaticano 9.30 Peter Howard (Monash University): "The Visual Art of Preaching in the Frescoes of the Sistine Chapel" 10.10 Giovanni Careri (EHESS Paris): "The Ancestors of Christ" 11.30 David Summers (University of Virginia): "The Great Sabbath. Michelangelo, Pico, and the Sistine Chapel Ceiling" 12.10 Kim Butler (American University, Washington DC): "Im/maculate Bodies in the Sistine Chapel" 14.00 Vitale Zanchettin (Musei Vaticani): "L'architettura dipinta della volta" 14.40 Peter Gillgren (Stockholm University): "Being in the Sistine Chapel: The Wennerberg Experience" 15.20 Bernadine Barnes (Wake Forest University): "Viewing the Last Judgment from within and outside the Sistine Chapel" 16.40 Peter Lukehart (CASVA Washington): "The Afterlife of Nude Saints in Michelangelo's Last Judgment" 17.20 Massimiliano Rossi (Università del Salento): "L''età dell'oro': la maniera moderna nella Sistina come paradigma epocale" Discussants Carmen Bambach (Metropolitan Museum NYC) Matteo Burioni (LMU Munich) Michael Cole (Columbia University NYC) Tobias Daniels (Bibliotheca Hertziana / Max-Planck-Institute Rome) Ana Debenedetti (Victoria & Albert Museum, London) Sybille Ebert-Schifferer (Bibliotheca Hertziana / Max-Planck-Institute Rome) Thomas Ertl (University of Vienna) Marc Evans (Victoria & Albert Museum, London) Fabian Jonietz (KHI, Florence) Klaus Krüger (FU Berlin) Florian Métral (Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne) Philippe Morel (INHA Paris) Cristina Ruggero (LMU Munich) Andreas Schumacher (Alte Pinakothek Munich) Gerhard Wolf (KHI, Florence) Organization: Arnold Nesselrath (Musei Vaticani and Humboldt University, Berlin) & Ulrich Pfisterer (LMU Munich)
  • Kunlé Adeyemi

    Chicago | Dates: 05 – 05 Oct, 2015
    Kunlé Adeyemi is an architect, urbanist, and designer. His recent work includes Makoko Floating School, an innovative, prototype, floating structure located on the lagoon in the heart of Nigeria's largest city, Lagos. Monday, October 5, 6:00 p.m. The Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium, 230 S. Columbus Dr.
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