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  • INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY, School of Historical Studies, Opportunities for Scholars 2016-2017

    Princeton | Dates: 01 Jun – 01 Nov, 2015
    The Institute is an independent private institution founded in 1930 to create a community of scholars focused on intellectual inquiry, free from teaching and other university obligations. The history of art and architecture is among the School’s principal interests, but the program is open to all fields of historical research. Scholars from around the world come to the Institute to pursue their own research. Candidates of any nationality may apply for a single term or a full academic year. Scholars may apply for a stipend, but those with sabbatical funding, other grants, retirement funding or other means are also invited to apply for a non-stipendiary membership. The Institute provides access to extensive resources including offices, libraries, subsidized restaurant and housing facilities, and some secretarial services. Residence in Princeton during term time is required. The only other obligation of Members is to pursue their own research. The Ph.D. (or equivalent) and substantial publications are required. Information and application forms may be found on the School's web site, www.hs.ias.edu, or contact the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Einstein Dr., Princeton, N.J. 08540 (E-mail address: mzelazny@ias.edu). Deadline: November 1 2015.
  • Design-Specific: Lectures by Leaders in Design

    Katonah | Dates: 23 Apr – 04 Jun, 2015

    DESIGN -SPECIFIC: Lectures by Leaders in Design

    Architect, curator, graphic designer – three powerful people who profoundly influence our appreciation of contemporary design.
     
    Toshiko Mori, Architect
    Thursday, April 23, 7:00 pm
    Mori’s architectural designs integrate historical context, ecologically sensitive siting strategies, and the innovative use and technological invention of materials. Her clever renovations of iconic modernist homes maintain the integrity of the original design while updating and preserving aging structures.
     
    Paola Antonelli, Curator of Architecture and Design, MoMA
    Thursday, May 21, 7:00 pm
    As a writer and curator, Antonelli’s work investigates design’s influence on our everyday experience, from objects as prosaic as the paperclip to the complex and constantly changing relationship of design and technology. Antonelli is the Senior Curator in the Department of Architecture & Design, and the founding Director of Research & Development at MoMA.

    Ivan Chermayeff, Graphic Designer
    Thursday, June 4, 7:00 pm
    Chermayeff created iconic images for hundreds of clients, including NBC, PBS, and the Smithsonian. Creator of the emblematic KMA logo, Chermayeff’s designs have received nearly every award bestowed by the profession, including the Smithsonian’s National Design Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Industrial Art Medal from the American Institute of Architects.
     
    Tickets $15 members. $20 non-members, $10 students with ID
     
    Support for Design-Specific: Lectures by Leaders in Design is generously provided by Pat and Nick Ohnell.
  • MDR/Pacific Northwest Chapter Call for Papers

    Ashland | Dates: 02 Apr – 12 May, 2015
    Abstracts or proposals for papers or work-in-progress reports are solicited for the 2015 annual meeting of the Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. The meeting this year will be held in Ashland, Oregon, home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, on October 23rd to 25th. This year’s theme is “Artifice and Authenticity in Architecture! To Play or Not To Play?” “…the play’s the thing / Wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the King.” Hamlet: Act 2, Scene 2 From festivals to farms, ranches to resorts, mining towns to ghost towns, the American west is replete with attractions and destinations that celebrate its legacy. Submissions for the conference may address the conference theme, broadly conceived, or explore the ways in which our historic resource-based economy is being translated into a tourism-based economy in southern Oregon and beyond. Topics germane to the theme will be given first priority; other proposals are also welcome. Abstracts will be blind peer-reviewed by the SAHMDR Review Committee with a select number chosen for oral presentation or a poster session opportunity. Membership in the SAHMDR is not required for abstract submission, although those chosen for presentation will be asked to contribute chapter dues for the current year. Graduate students and advanced undergraduates in fields related to the built environment are particularly welcome. Submission Guidelines: The abstract should be no more than 500 words, and should fit onto a single-sided page. A single separate page should include the author’s name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address with a brief, 100-200 word paragraph biography or one-page curriculum vitae. Indicate in your abstract whether you intend to deliver a twenty-minute paper or a ten-minute work-in-progress report. Ideally, submissions should be analytical or critical in nature, rather than descriptive, and aim to make an original contribution. Electronic submission of proposals is preferred. Abstracts are due on or before May 12, 2015, and authors of papers chosen for presentation will be notified by June 11, 2015. Completed manuscripts of accepted papers must be submitted in full to conference organizers by August 11, 2015. Authors shall retain copyright, but will agree that the paper can be deposited for scholarly use in the chapter archive in the Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Email submissions as a Word attachment with the subject heading SAHMDR 2015 on or before May 12, 2015, to Amanda Clark at amanda.c.r.clark (at) gmail.com.
  • Wanted: Co-editor, Nineteenth Century Studies (journal)

    Dates: 01 Apr – 01 May, 2015
    WANTED: Co-editor to join the editorial team of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association’s journal, Nineteenth Century Studies. Duties may include soliciting and corresponding with readers (from the NCSA and NCS boards as well as from the broader scholarly community) for vetting submissions to the journal; editing accepted submissions for substance and fact-checking as needed (not copyediting); and participating in other decisions about journal business with the editorial team. The position is unpaid and voluntary but will enable the right candidate to gain further editorial experience and expertise along with the pleasure of seeing exceptional scholarship into print. Applicants should be established scholars in their field of nineteenth-century studies; all disciplines considered, but interdisciplinary commitment necessary. Editorial experience preferred but not essential. Please submit a letter of interest and vita to ncs@selu.edu by 1 May 2015. All applications will be acknowledged.
  • Workplace Design That Respects Human Nature

    New York | Dates: 30 Apr, 2015

    Designing workplaces is a complicated endeavor. We’re social creatures that benefit from mingling with each other, but distractions can keep us from doing our best work. Join us as Christina Bodin Danielsson, PhD, researcher at School of Architecture, the Royal Institute of Technology, and the Stress Research Institute, Stockholm University, presents her research on the sorts of spaces where people do their best work and feel good, mentally and physically. A panel discussion featuring Bodin Danielsson; Sally Augustin, PhD, principal, Design With Science; and Leigh Stringer, director of innovation and research, HOK, will follow.

    NYSID Auditorium, 170 East 70th Street, NYC. 
    $12 General Admission
    $10 Seniors and Non-NYSID Students
    NYSID Students are Free

  • Redefining Preservation for the 21st Century

    New York | Dates: 20 Apr, 2015

    On the eve of the opening of Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks, the Museum of the City of New York will celebrate its newest exhibition with a multi-disciplinary symposium. Please join a panel of distinguished speakers to explore the challenges and opportunities of the preservation movement today and in the future. What role will preservation play in keeping New York a dynamic global city? How will preservation law and practice continue to adapt over time? Tickets to this event include admission to the opening reception for the exhibition.

    Vishaan Chakrabarti, AIA, Director, Columbia University Center for Urban Real Estate
    Roberta Brandes Gratz, Urban Critic and Journalist
    Michael Kimmelman, Architecture Critic,The New York Times
    Steven Spinola, President, Real Estate Board of New York
    Robert A. M. Stern, FAIA, Dean, School of Architecture, Yale University

    Moderated by Adele Chatfield-Taylor, Former CEO, American Academy in Rome

    Tickets: $20 and up

    This event takes place at the New York Academy of Medicine; reception to follow across the street at the City Museum.

  • Preservation and Progress: Cuba in the New Era of Normalized Relations with the United States

    New York | Dates: 10 Apr, 2015

    When: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM FRIDAY, APRIL 10

    Where: At The Center   

    "Preservation and Progress Cuba in the New Era of Normalized Relations with the United States,” through addresses by Eduardo Luis and Victor Marin, will showcase the unique challenges to preserving Cuban architecture. Brunch will be served following the lecture.

    Keynote Speakers:
    Eduardo Luis Rodriguez, Architect, Architectural Historian, Editor, and Exhibition Curator 
    Victor Marin, Former Program Officer for UNESCO

    Moderator:
    Dr. Margaret Crosby-Arnold, Board Member of Fundación Amistad

    Price: $125 Entrance, Breakfast Included.

    RSVP: Please RSVP to Fundación Amistad Program Director, Faye Miller, at Fmiller@fundacionamistad.org or call (646) 723-1416. Checks, made payable to Fundación Amistad, can be mailed to:

    Fundación Amistad
    419 Lafayette St. 6th Fl
    New York, New York 10003

    Payment can also be made easily via PAYPAL. Please send payment to Lduke@fundacionamistad.org

    Organized by: Fundación Amistad and the AIA New York Chapter Historic Buildings Committee 

  • Call for Papers for the SESAH Annual Conference

    San Antonio | Dates: 30 Mar – 01 May, 2015
    The SESAH 2015 conference in San Antonio (October 14-17th) seeks to provide a forum for exploration of the cultural diversity of the architecture of Texas and the Southeastern United States. Therefore papers are encouraged that address the following themes: Indigenous and Native American architecture; Tejano, Hispanic, and Mexican architectural heritage; 19th century vernacular; Spanish Revivalism; architecture of the New Deal; 20th century Regional Modernism; military architecture; historic preservation and heritage tourism. In addition to seeking papers that address these issues we also welcome papers that address other aspects of archi- tectural history. The conference committee is well aware of the rich diversity of scholarship in the southeast and this annual conference always highlights this fact. We also encourage graduate students to submit abstracts – this conference offers a unique regional venue to present graduate work, to receive feedback on work-in-progress, to meet other graduate students, and to meet scholars working in the southeast. Paper abstracts must include (1) a paper title, (2) a 300-500-word abstract, (3) a 300-word biography of the author and (4) contact information (authors name, affiliation, email address, and phone number). Note: paper presentations are limited to 20 minutes in length.
  • Jane Jacobs, Then and Now

    Chicago | Dates: 29 Apr, 2015

    Who was Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) and why are we talking about her today? Yes, the journalist, activist and author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961), among other works, holds iconic status among writers about cities and planning, but have you actually read her work? And what is the story behind her writing? How did her childhood in Scranton, PA, inform her views of what urban neighborhoods could and should be? What were her politics (hint: possibly not what you expect)? Why does her work continue to be influential today, and should it be so?

    Tim Mennel points out that Jane Jacobs has never been much associated with Chicago, but he  believes there is a lot of value in thinking through her work, even with its limitations. Doing so can help us to consider (1) what we mean to each other in our urban communities; (2) how we share an economy; (3) how we negotiate with spectacle; (4) how we relate to normative values; and (5) how we relate to the state, both in Jane Jacobs’s neighborhoods and in global cities.

    This talk is a prelude to the third annual 
    Jane’s Walk CHICAGO on May 2-3, 2015, hosted by Friends of DowntownJane's Walks are neighborhood tours coordinated and lead by local people. Jane’s Walks value local knowledge and community building. Part of the innovation of Jane’s Walk is acknowledging that everyone has a perspective on their neighborhood – no matter how long they have lived there. Starting in 2007 with 27 tours in Toronto, Jane’s Walk now takes place in 75 cities in 15 countries – including Chicago.

    Speaker: Timothy Mennel, senior editor at the University of Chicago Press since 2013, focuses on works of American history and Chicago and other regional publishing. He previously held editorial positions at the American Planning Association, Random House Adult Trade, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Artforum/Bookforum, and Princeton University Press.  He has a BA in English from Carleton College and a PhD in Geography from the University of Minnesota.

    SPONSORED BY

    Regional & Urban Design KC, Jane's Walk, Friends of Downtown

    LEARNING UNITS

    1 LU

    MEMBER PRICE

    Free

    NON MEMBER PRICE

    Free

     

  • Volunteer with Rebuilding Together

    Maywood | Dates: 25 Apr, 2015

    National Rebuilding Together Day is an annual event in which volunteers work together to renovate homes belonging to elderly, disabled, and low-income homeowners in order to make them warm, safe, and dry, improve accessibility, and provide improvements that will leave the home a healthier, brighter, more pleasant place to live. 

    Join AIA Chicago and Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago for a day of home repairs in Maywood. This year we will be updating the home of family of three by replacing tile, countertops and appliances in the kitchen. We will also add grab bars and railings around the home, paint four rooms and exterior trim, repair damaged joists, and install columns in the basement. 

    Transportation will be provided. More information on what to wear and bring will be provided to those individuals who sign up. All skill levels are welcome.  

    IDP and community service hours are available.

    If you have further questions, please email Allison Freedland at afreedland@aiachicago.org.

  • Folly 2015: Torqueing Spheres

    Long Island City | Dates: 17 May – 30 Aug, 2015

    Folly 2015
    Torqueing Spheres
    A project by
     Mariana Ibañez and Simon Kim of IK Studio

    On view
    May 17 – August 30, 2015, For more information on the opening, click here.

    Socrates Sculpture Park
    32-01 Vernon Boulevard at Broadway
    Long Island City
    The park is open 365 days a year from 10 a.m. until sunset. Admission is free. For more information about visiting, click here.

    Opening
    May 17, 2014, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

    The Architectural League and Socrates Sculpture Park present the winning proposal for the 2015 Folly Program—an annual juried competition targeted to early career architects and designers. Socrates Sculpture Park and The Architectural League launched the annual Folly Program in 2012 to explore the intersections and divergences between architecture and sculpture.

    Cambridge and Philadelphia-based firm IK Studio won this year’s competition with their proposal, Torqueing Spheres, which transforms a series of intertwining, sculpted forms into a meandering curved folly that encourages social interaction. IK Studio’s proposal was selected from 126 submissions from around the world and reviewed by a jury of five architects and artists, including David Benjamin (The Living); Leslie Gill (Architect); Sheila Kennedy (Kennedy & Violich Architecture); Alyson Shotz (Artist); and Socrates Sculpture Park Executive Director John Hatfield.

    Torqueing Spheres combines a simple concept—a straight line—with complex spherical pods which become deep, self-supporting chambers to create experiences for both the collective and the individual. To construct the voluminous curves of Torqueing Spheres, IK Studio has implemented a material technique that uses a cost-effective method of bending plywood while maintaining a system of control and delivery. By blending folly formalism with innovative material techniques, IK Studio plays off of traditional architectural geometries to create new construction spaces that allow for exploration.

    About the Designers
    IK Studio is a young design and research practice that engages material performance, adaptable tectonics, spatial interaction, and robotics within architecture and urbanism. The practice was established by Mariana Ibañez and Simon Kim in parallel with their academic pursuits and teaching at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania. In every project, IK Studio engages with multiple scales, establishing new forms of organization among immersive technologies and their relationships to design.

    About Socrates Sculpture Park
    For over 25 years Socrates Sculpture Park has been a model of public art production, community activism, and socially inspired place-making. Known for fostering experimental and visionary artworks, the park has exhibited more than 900 artists on its five waterfront acres, providing them financial and material resources and outdoor studio facilities to create large-scale artworks on-site. Open 365 days a year, the park also offers a full season of dynamic public programming – all free and open to the public

    Support
    Folly is a partnership of Socrates Sculpture Park and The Architectural League of New York. This program is funded, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. Socrates Sculpture Park’s Exhibition Program is also supported by the generosity of Bloomberg Philanthropies, Charina Endowment Fund, Mark di Suvero, Sidney E. Frank Foundation, Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation, Agnes Gund, Lambent Foundation, Ivana Mestrovic, Plant Specialists, Shelley and Donald Rubin, Spacetime C. C., and Robert and Christine Stiller.

    And special thanks goes to our public partners, including the City of New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Queens Borough President Melinda R. Katz, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, City Council Members Jimmy Van Bramer and Costa Constantinides, the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Commissioner Mitchell Silver, and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl.

  • The Wendy Evans Joseph Lecture on Art and Architecture: Ursula von Rydingsvard

    New York | Dates: 12 May, 2015

    The Wendy Evans Joseph Lecture on Art and Architecture
    Ursula von Rydingsvard
    Introduced by Billie Tsien

    1.5 AIA and New York State CEUs

    This lecture is hosted by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union.

    The Wendy Evans Joseph Lecture on Art and Architecture presents the work of an artist whose work is inspired by the built environment. On May 12, artist Ursula von Rydingsvard will present her recent work in this public lecture.

    Ursula von Rydingsvard is a sculptor based in Brooklyn. As noted by Galerie Lelong, the meaning behind her work is rooted in personal experience. “She creates large-scale sculpture from cedar beams which she cuts, assembles, and laminates, finally rubbing powdered graphite into the work’s textured, faceted surfaces. Born in Germany in 1942, von Rydingsvard and her family were among the dispossessed that, after the war, were forced to move from one refugee camp for displaced Poles to another, eventually settling in the United States in 1950. The artist’s respect for organic materials and the dignity of labor, sense of loss and pain, and the persistent memories that inform her work may be traced back to these formative experiences.”

    Her sculpture is included in numerous permanent collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art; Whitney Museum of American Art; Brooklyn Museum; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Detroit Institute of Arts; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville, Arkansas; and National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. Recent exhibitions include Ursula von Rydingsvard: Sculpture 1991-2009 at Sculpture Center, New York; as well as the installation of Ona, a bronze, outdoor sculpture installed at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn.

    Von Rydingsvard is the recipient of two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1983, the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture in 2011, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Sculpture Center in 2014. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the National Academy in New York, and is a current MFA Faculty member at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

    Billie Tsien is co-founder and principal of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects. She is president of The Architectural League of New York.

  • Revisiting CASE

    Cambridge | Dates: 02 May, 2015

    Participants: CASE members Stanford Anderson, Anthony (Tony) Eardley, Peter Eisenman, Kenneth Frampton, Robert Kliment, Donlyn Lyndon, Michael McKinnell, Henry (Hank) Millon, Jaquelin (Jaque) Robertson, and Thomas (Tim) Vreeland, plus Robert Goodman, K. Michael Hays, Sylvia Lavin, Reinhold Martin, Joan Ockman, Felicity Scott, Anthony Vidler, and faculty and students from the History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art program at MIT.

    Michael Graves, a member of CASE, passed away on March 12, 2015. His life, and his contributions to architecture, will be long remembered.

    In 1964, a group of young architects got together to form CASE, the Conference of Architects for the Study of the Environment. Instigated by a young, recent doctorate from the University of Cambridge, Peter Eisenman, the group contained a swath of architectural intellects then newly stepping into American universities, many of whom would become formative institutional and intellectual forces in their own right: Kenneth Frampton, Michael Graves, Richard Meier, John Hejduk, Stanford Anderson, Hank Millon, and the older, redoubtable Colin Rowe. Their discussions included issues from pedagogy to practice, from the relevance of the discipline to the necessity of interdisciplinarity. They organized meetings and conferences at several east coast universities, and broadcast their work through an exhibition at MoMA and a teach-in at the University of Oregon. These events produced the impetus for later developments in the field, both in terms of collaborations and conflicts. The conflicts include Robert Venturi’s snub to the group, setting up the ground for the later “Whites and Grays” debate; the collaborations would find fruition in the formation of the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York and the Museum of Modern Art events leading to the publication of the New York Five. Less known are CASE’s interest in community engagement, their entanglements with the politics and counter-culture of the late 1960s, and their relationship to the formation of history curricula and doctoral programs within American schools of architecture.

    Fifty years after the formation of the group, Stanford Anderson’s essay “CASE and MIT: Engagement,” included in the compendium titled A Second Modernism: MIT, Architecture and the ‘Techno-Social’ Moment (MIT, 2013), produced a rich memoir of the group’s meetings and discussions. Our conference Revisiting CASE follows up on this initial research to revisit the group’s discussions and conversations in the 1960s and early 1970s. Participants will include the original CASE members as well as noted scholars of the history of modern architecture in North America. In their initial meeting, Colin Rowe talked about the prospects of the group as best realized in a state of ‘productive disunity.’ Revisiting CASE will revisit this disunity through the key issues that sparked debate within the group—inspiring collegiality as well as discord. The conference positions these events as a key chapter in the evolution of contemporary architectural discourse.

  • Latin American Incrementalism: From PREVI to the Present

    New York | Dates: 25 Apr, 2015

    A symposium exploring the contributions of Latin American progressive housing strategies and participatory design to architecture and urban development
    Speakers include: Barry Bergdoll, Lucía Calcagno, Rosalie Genevro, Catalina Justiniano, Peter Land, Manuel Llanos, Fernando Luíz Lara, Alejandro de Castro Mazarro, Patricio del Real, and Felicity Scott

    This program is presented by The Architectural League of New York, Columbia University Latin Lab, and The Museum of Modern Art in conjunction with the exhibition Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980.

    This day-long symposium will explore the contributions of Latin American progressive housing strategies and participatory design to architecture and urban development. Beginning with an analysis of the precedent-setting Proyecto Experimental de Vivienda (PREVI) developed in the late 1960s in Peru, the symposium will examine the spectrum of more recent strategies in Latin America, where architects and local communities use the intense need for housing and usable public space as premises for their “incrementalist” design solutions.

    Symposium attendees will have complimentary access to the exhibition Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980 in between the morning and afternoon sessions.

  • New approaches in Chinese garden history

    Sheffield | Dates: 18 – 19 Jun, 2015
    The aims of the conference are to celebrate Dr. Alison Hardie’s (University of Leeds) career upon her retirement this Summer 2015 and consequently to explore diverse innovative approaches to Chinese gardens studies. The papers will be delivered by both internationally known scholars, and PhD candidates in Landscape who worked closely with Dr. Hardie. It will be preceded by an optional guided tour of the Biddulph Grange garden in Staffordshire (National Trust) on Thursday 18 June, with an optional dinner in Sheffield on Thursday evening. Provisional programme: Thursday 18 June 2015: Visit to Biddulph Grange, Staffordshire, National Trust (optional) Conference dinner in Sheffield (optional) Friday 19 June 2015: Arrival address: Jan Woudstra (University of Sheffield) Alison Hardie (University of Leeds), ‘Reflections on how Chinese garden studies have changed over the course of my career’ Lucie Olivová (Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic), ‘A Boat-trip to a Yangzhou Garden on the 7th of the 7th, 1771’ Georges Métailié (CNRS/ MNHN- Paris), ‘Two scholar-gardeners and their plants, Gao Lian and Chao Han, at the end of Ming and beginning of Qing Dynasties’ Lei Gao (NMBU, Norway),‘A response to Alison Hardie’s quest after a Chinese grove’ Bianca Rinaldi (University of Camerino, Italy), ‘Translating the Chinese Garden: the Western Invention of a Canon’ Emile de Bruijn (The National Trust, Great Britain), ‘The changing significance of the Chinese taste in British gardens’ Landscape Department PhD candidates’ presentations: Fei Mo, ‘The evolution of Chinese public gardens in the concessional Shanghai 1840s-1940s’ Liyuan Gu, ‘A critical history of rockwork in Chinese gardens’ Josepha Richard, ‘Cantonese gardens in the 19th century'
  • Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association Exhibition

    Providence | Dates: 23 Apr – 02 Aug, 2015
    Opening Celebration for Drawing Ambience exhibition is Thursday, April 23rd, 2015. 5pm Introduction in galleries with Jan Howard, Houghton P. Metcalf, Jr. Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs (RISD Museum, Providence, RI) and Igor Manjanovic, Associate Professor of Architecture, Washington University in St. Louis, with architect Nicholas Boyarsky. Critical Encounters: Drawing in Architecture, April 24th 1-4pm in RISD Museum galleries. Some of the most provocative ideas in architecture have been expressed through drawing. Architectural drawing can be an activity where concepts are discovered, explored, and experienced and through which the discipline can be expanded. This was the role of drawing at the Architectural Association during Alvin Boyarsky’s remarkable tenure as chairman, and it is the role that will be examined in an afternoon of gallery conversations with architects, faculty, and students. Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities, April 24th and 25th - Two day symposium focuses on architectural/urban education in the context of liberal arts and arts programs. Leading thinkers discuss the nature of architectural education today and question curriculum development, emphasizing context and exploring methods for architecture to intersect with the humanities. 4/24 - Bernard Tschumi 6pm in RISD Auditorium. 4/25 - Talks and round table discussion 9am - 5pm Brown University, List Art Center Auditorium.
  • A Southern Sampler: Beaufort, SC, Savannah, GA and Charleston, SC

    Savannah | Dates: 06 – 10 May, 2015
    The Victorian Society in America organizes a "A Southern Sampler" tour of three U.S. cities. The Victorian Society in America is accepting reservations for a five-day tour of historic private homes, house museums, churches, and other landmarks in three Southern cities: Beaufort, S.C.,Charleston, S.C. and Savannah, Ga., from Wednesday, May 6, 2015, to Sunday, May 10, 2015. The first day of the tour, May 6, will take visitors to Beaufort, for a walking tour of historic and private homes, with local guides. Beaufort is the second oldest city in South Carolina and is known for its natural vistas and well preserved architecture from the Colonial and Antebellum eras. A luncheon will be served in a private residence, sponsored by the Beaufort County Open Land Trust. Visitors will tour the Parish Church of St. Helena, considered one of the oldest churches in North America. The present church building, dating to 1724, has been enlarged three times and looks today as it did in 1842. Following the church tour, a reception and tour will be held at the Telfair Academy Museum of Art, a mansion-turned museum designed by British architectural prodigy William Jay in the Regency style and built from 1818-1819 for Alexander Telfair, son of Revolutionary War patriot and former Georgia governor Edward Telfair. May 7th will feature landmarks of Savannah, including the Isaiah Davenport House; a talk by historian Christopher E. Hendricks at the Kennedy Pharmacy; a two hour trolley tour providing an overview of Savannah, and lunch at Vic’s on the River, located inside a 19th century warehouse and featuring classic Southern cooking. In the afternoon, visitors will tour three historic house museums: the 1816-1819 Owens-Thomas House by William Jay, considered by historians to be one of the finest examples of English Regency design in America; the 1848 Andrew Low House, designed with an Italianate exterior by New York architect John Norris, who also designed Savannah’s Custom House, and the Green-Meldrim House, also by Norris, one of the South’s finest examples of Gothic Revival architecture. Union General William T. Sherman’s army occupied the house in 1865 and it is now used as the Parish House for St. John’s Episcopal Church. May 8 will bring more stops in Savannah, starting with a morning talk by Savannah College of Art and Design professor and department chairman Robin B. Williams, entitled “Understanding Savannah’s Urban Plan and Architectural Traditions. Visitors will then take a walking tour of Savannah’s famous squares, including a stop at Congregation Mickve Israel, the only purely Gothic revival synagogue in the United States and then a bus tour of the Savannah College of Art and Design campus. In the evening, visitors will have an option to go to the Victorian Society’s Summer Schools Alumni Association Annual Meeting and Dinner or take part in the Savannah Preservation Festival. Saturday May 9 will be a third day of Savannah based tours, starting with private homes around Monterey Square and lunch at the private Oglethorpe Club, whose current quarters were built in 1857 as a private residence for Edmund Molyneux, British counsel at Savannah. In the afternoon, visitors will tour churches in the area, including The First Baptist Church of Savannah, the city’s oldest standing house of worship, completed in 1833 in a Greek Revival style; the Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah, and the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, rebuilt following an 1898 fire that destroyed everything but the outside walls and two spires. In the evening, visitors will be able to attend The Victorian Society’s closing banquet and awards presentations at the De Soto Hilton Hotel. Sunday May 10 will be devoted to Charleston, S. C., including a walking tour through downtown Charleston, from the Market through the old walled city to the Battery, and lunch at Magnolias Restaurant in the historic district Additional information about the tour, including prices and hotel reservation details, is available at http://www.victoriansociety.org/images/stories/pdf/savbroch.pdf
  • 35th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference “Always Seeking Modern”

    Midland | Dates: 13 May, 2015 – 16 May, 2016
    The Michigan Historic Preservation Network is pleased to bring its 35th annual statewide preservation conference to the City of Midland for the first time. The conference offers five tracks of educational sessions including community and themed tours. Track One showcases all sizes of Michigan communities and inspirational projects representing the conference theme. Track Two features information communities need to move their historic preservation efforts forward. Overseen by the MHPN’s Historic Resource Council, Track Three looks at techniques for restoring historic properties. Track Four includes the efforts of our partners including the Michigan State Housing Development Authority’s State Historic Preservation Office, State Archaeologist, Sense of Place Council, and Michigan Main Street Program; the Michigan Barn Preservation Network; and organizations focused on Mid-Century architect and on cultural landscapes. Track Five offers tours highlighting our host community’s historic treasures and projects influenced by its commitment to preservation, especially of Mid-Century Modern resources. The conference kicks off Wednesday with two different day-long MHPN “Great Michigan Road Trips” - “Tradition and Innovation: Cities of the Bay Region” and “Preserving Heritage, Accommodating Change: Barns of Gladwin, Clare, and Isabella Counties” - during which you will get a real feel for Midland and the surrounding communities. Saturday programming includes either a half-day workshop for Historic District Commissioners or the Symposium “Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America.” Presented by the State Historic Preservation Office, the daylong Symposium features presentations focusing on Midland’s role in modernism. Among the sessions are an interview of Charles Breed, teacher and modern arts innovator; a discussion on Alden B. Dow; and the “Technical and Design Challenges of Working with Twentieth-Century Materials and Assemblies.” Additionally, symposium participants are invited to visit the 1964 Robert and Barbara Schwartz House/The “Dome House” built of Styrofoam and enjoy an evening reception at the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio. Several events and sessions during the conference are free and open to the public - Thursday evening’s All Conference Reception which includes the Vendor Showcase and Third Annual Preservation Film Festival, Michigan’s Placemaking Initiative session Friday morning, and Friday afternoon’s keynote address “American Modernism and Michigan’s Distinct Role in It” by architect and historian Alan Hess. Additionally, tickets are available for purchase for individual sessions or events like lunch with “Town and Gown Welcome,” individual tours, and the Annual Preservation Awards Reception and Ceremony. Throughout the conference, guests can bid on auction items, vie for a great raffle prize, pick up must-have books at the “Half Ton Used Book Sale,” or bid on the always popular silent auction offerings. To learn about the conference, download the brochure at www.mhpn.org, request a copy at admin@mhpn.org or call (517) 371-8080. Conference costs range from $65-$390 for MHPN members; you too can enjoy immediately discounted conference fees and support MHPN year round when you join while registering. Most sessions and tours are approved for MCP, AICP, and AIA credits.
  • Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks

    New York | Dates: 21 Apr – 13 Sep, 2015
    Many believe New York’s pioneering Landmarks Law, enacted in April 1965, was the key factor in the rebirth of New York in the final quarter of the 20th century. It fostered pride in neighborhoods and resulted in neighborhood preservation in every borough, connecting and motivating residents and bringing new economic life to older communities. It ensured that huge swaths of the city remain a rich complex of new and old. It also ensured the creative re-use of countless buildings. At the same time, a new body of important architecture has emerged as architects, clients, and the Landmarks Preservation Commission devised innovative solutions for the renovation of landmark buildings and for new buildings in historic districts. The law spawned creativity in architects’ responses to building preservation that has enhanced the cityscape in all five boroughs. Presented to celebrate the law's 50th anniversary, Saving Place will be organized by Donald Albrecht, the City Museum's Curator of Architecture and Design and Andrew S. Dolkart, the Director of the Historic Preservation Program at Columbia University, with consulting curator Seri Worden, currently a consultant with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Exhibition Co-chairs: Frederick Bland, Jim Hanley, Hugh Hardy, William Higgins, John J. Kerr, Esq., Richard Olcott, Raymond Pepi, Frank Sciame, Michael Sillerman Honorary Chairs: Kent Barwick, Laurie Beckelman, Gene Norman, Sherida Paulsen, Jennifer Raab, Beverly Moss Spatt, Meenakshi Srinivasan, Robert B. Tierney.
  • Evening Talk: Van Evera Bailey and Regional Modernism

    Irvington | Dates: 08 May, 2015

    Van Evera Bailey was one of the architects who developed the Northwest Regional Style of architecture popularized in the Pacific Northwest, along with Pietro BelluschiJohn Yeon and Saul Zaik. Born in Portland in 1903, Bailey apprenticed locally and then traveled the world working in New Zealand and Southern California before returning to Portland in 1936. in 1940, California architect Richard Neutra hired him as the local supervising architect for the Jan de Graaff house in Dunthorpe, a Portland suburb. The house, which included some of Bailey’s ideas, received national exposure and gave him his first big break.

    Bailey’s modern homes include large windows and deep overhanges. He designed a new and beautiful type of stilt system to deal with the challenges of hillside construction.

    Our program will provide insights on Bailey and the scope of his career, along with disucussions on interior design & preservation of Modern architecture and it all takes place in the beautiful Pietro Belluschi designed Central Lutheran Church. Featured speakers will include:

    • Anthony Belluschi, FAIA, – Central Lutheran Church and its design and restoration;
    • Becca Cavell, FAIA – Bailey’s Life and Work;
    • Jack Bookwalter, freelance writer and architectural historian onBailey’s work in Pasadena and Palm Springs;
    •  21st Century Interpretations of Modern Interiors
    • Peggy Moretti, Executive Director of Restore Oregon on the Preservation of Mid-Century Buildings;

    Those interested in personally experiencing Van Evera Bailey’s residential designs may want to participate in our Mid-Century Modern Home Tour the following day, featuring several Portland area homes by Van Evera Bailey, many of which have never been open to the public before. This is the first time such a collection of his residential work has been available for viewing.