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  • Forensis: Architecture at the Threshold of Detectability

    Cambridge | Dates: 19 Mar, 2015

    The Work for Forensic Architecture uses contemporary architectural and media tools to investigate and present (as evidence in courts and the UN) incidents across the various battlefields of contemporary conflict and look at the limit condition of architecture, media and climate change. 

    Hosted by the HTC Forum (History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art) & Center for Advanced Urbanism

  • Designing People

    Berkeley | Dates: 11 Feb – 19 May, 2015

    Environmental Design Library (210 Wurster Hall)

    Library information, hours, and directions:
    (510) 642-4818

    The figures that inhabit architectural and landscape renderings are not the actual focus of the drawings. Homeowners, children, pets, shoppers, and condo-dwellers are included to convey the scale and functionality of a proposed design. They humanize and create an emotional appeal in what might otherwise appear to be sterile environments and allow the client to imagine how a space will be used. From the watercolor Victorian to the scalie hipster, this exhibit features more than a century of designers’ representations of people from the Environmental Design Archives.

  • John Nolen Research Fund, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University

    Ithaca | Dates: 11 Mar – 30 Apr, 2015
    The John Nolen Research Fund, established through the generosity of the Nolen family, provides assistance to scholars to conduct research in the John Nolen Papers and allied collections in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections of the Cornell University Library. Any qualified researcher interested in the history of city and regional planning before 1950 with a project that can be augmented by using the Nolen Papers is eligible to apply. For fellowship information and application requirements, please visit
  • Exhibition Opening: Scaling Washington: Photographs by Colin Winterbottom

    Washington | Dates: 21 Mar, 2015

    Scaling Washington, photographer Colin Winterbottom's debut museum exhibition, features stunning large-scale images of the post-earthquake restoration of the Washington Monument and Washington National Cathedral. Winterbottom's images highlight the technical insights shared by the engineers and architects central to the restorations, giving visitors new perspectives on these symbolic icons.

    Over twenty years ago, Winterbottom began taking dramatic, highly textured photographs of Washington, D.C.'s many architectural masterpieces. Always determined to create imagery unlike any he'd seen before, he quickly recognized the power of scaffolding to provide up-close—and high altitude—access to these historic structures. 

    As sole photographer for restoration efforts at the Washington Monument and National Cathedral following the August 2011 earthquake that shook the nation's capital, Winterbottom blends documentation with artistic expressions, crafting photographs that share his unusual access to remarkable, fleeting vantage points.

    Composed in close proximity to generally inaccessible parts of these two landmarks, many of the photographs provide sensitive appreciation of their beauty and fragility. Surprisingly, they also transform scaffolding from an industrial workhorse to rhythmically compelling geometry that complements the historic structures they seem to engulf. 

    In Winterbottom's own words: "I took very seriously my obligations to bring the viewer with me to those narrow, scaffolded platforms and show them what that was like. The series is a mix of fine art, documentary and technical photographs; I hope that chorus helps viewers experience these events on several levels."

  • Emerging Voices: Gabriela Etchegaray and Jorge Ambrosi; Neri Oxman

    New York | Dates: 26 Mar, 2015

    Emerging Voices
    Gabriela Etchegaray and Jorge Ambrosi, AMBROSI | ETCHEGARAY, Mexico City
    Neri Oxman, Mediated Matter Group, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge
    Introduced by Billie Tsien

    1.5 AIA and New York State CEUs

    The final evening of the annual Emerging Voices lecture series features Gabriela Etchegaray and Jorge Ambrosi of AMBROSI | ETCHEGARAY and Neri Oxman of Mediated Matter Group, MIT Media Lab. Emerging Voices spotlights individuals and firms based in the United States, Canada, or Mexico with distinct design voices and the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, and urbanism.

    Jorge Ambrosi and Gabriela Etchegaray founded Mexico City-based AMBROSI | ETCHEGARAY in 2011. The firm considers “architecture in harmony with nature, where earth, gravity and light must be present.” Current projects include Papalote Museo del Niño, an outdoor “museography-landscape,” as well as a collaboration with GMexico Mine Company to build cultural plazas and sports infrastructure in local communities. For more on AMBROSI | ETCHEGARAY, click here.

    Neri Oxman founded Mediated Matter Group at the MIT Media Lab in 2010. Concerned with how “digital design and fabrication technologies mediate between matter and environment to radically transform the design and construction of objects, buildings, and systems,” Mediated Matter Group’s research merges “computational form-finding strategies with biologically inspired fabrication.” For more on Mediated Matter Group, click here.

    Billie Tsien is the partner and founder of Tod Williams Billie Tsein Architects. She is the president of The Architectural League and served on this year’s Emerging Voices committee.

  • AIA Convention 2015

    Atlanta | Dates: 14 – 16 May, 2015

    AIA Convention 2015 is one of the largest and most exciting annual gatherings of architects and design professionals in the U.S. The people, the ideas, the environment, the setting—it all comes together for an experience that will supercharge your year.

    That’s the big picture. Now let’s break it down.

    The LUs

    Get the latest on energy efficiency, learn about LEED with behind-the-scenes tours of sites that turn innovation into practice, or immerse yourself in intensive ADA training. There are nearly 300 opportunities for high-quality, interesting, of-the-moment education. We’ve segmented the schedule so you can easily follow an education track or choose an area of focus.

    The innovations

    Get the first look at new materials and technology from nearly 800 exhibitors. Arrive early for an in-depth, hands-on preconvention workshop and pack your schedule with career-changing seminars. And get ahead, practically speaking: Register early to get the sessions you want. Book your hotel early and get the best choice at a discount. Get to seminars 15 minutes early and you’re guaranteed a seat.

    The people

    Let’s start with this year’s opening keynote speaker: President Bill Clinton. He leads an event filled with visionaries, grassroots champions, change agents, and rising stars—all giving dynamic presentations, offering insightful education, and answering your questions. And you can earn education credit for all of it—including your talks with exhibitors.

    The places

    You take space seriously—and so do we. We also like to have some fun with it. That’s why we’re turning the Georgia World Congress Center Expo floor into a temporary built environment with dynamic visuals, theaters, lounges, and even an award-winning structure built on the spot. Outside convention doors, we show you Atlanta, with insider tours and Design + Dining events that turn city highlights into a moveable feast. Plus, Atlanta offers plenty of downtime fun—sports palaces, exclusive shopping, velvet-rope nightlife, extraordinary architecture, and quirky picnic-table dining spots.

    The interactions

    Students and award winners, preservationists and data engineers, experts on disaster and art-world stars—it’s a potent setting where you can shake up the status quo, start a career change, and discover new collaborators. We guarantee surprises—and a memorable and valuable experience.

    Register now >

  • 103rd ACSA Annual Meeting: The Expanding Periphery and the Migrating Center

    Toronto | Dates: 19 – 21 Mar, 2015

    Co-Chairs: Lola Sheppard, Waterloo & David Ruy, Pratt Institute
    March 19-21, 2015 | Toronto, Ontario

    ACSA will be in Toronto for this year's Annual Meeting. The conference aims to simultaneously look out toward the expanding periphery of architecture and inward toward its migrating center. We are pleased to announce a fantastic group of keynote speakers. Also be sure the check out the schedule of events and tours that we have lined up.

  • Conference: Learning from/in Latin America

    New York and Princeton | Dates: 02 – 03 Apr, 2015

    n conjunction with the exhibition Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980, organized by The Museum of Modern Art, Learning from/in Latin America - taking place from April 2-3, 2015 - will expand on the exhibition’s curatorial framework and further explore key positions, debates, and architectural activity arising from Mexico, Cuba and the Southern Cone over three decades of architectural and urban development between 1955 and the early 1980s. Practitioners, planners, architecture and urban design historians, humanities scholars, curators and critics will contribute to a polyphonic conversation about architecture in Latin America, its social and political implications, and the persistent legacies of modernization.

    Full schedule and ticketing information can be found at

    Part One: Roundtable
    Thursday, April 2, 2015
    Musuem of Modern Art
    Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2
    *Tickets for this event are available via MoMA’s website

    This roundtable conversation brings together contemporary architects from Brazil, Mexico, and Colombia to reflect on their current activity in relation to the quarter-century of architectural and urban development featured in the exhibition.

    Part Two: Symposium
    Friday, April 3, 2015
    Princeton University
    School of Architecture, Betts Auditorium
    *Tickets for this event are available through Eventbrite

    Established and emerging scholars of architecture and urbanism will convene for a day-long symposium to discuss ideas central to the formulation of the exhibition: campuses as urban laboratories, the image and imaginary of the city, and the concept of the informal city.

    Learning from/in Latin America is co-organized by The Museum of Modern Art and the Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism & the Humanities at Princeton University.

  • IIT Presidential Lecture Series: Dean Wiel Arets “Towards a Hybrid Metropolis”

    Chicago | Dates: 30 Mar, 2015

    IIT Presidential Lecture Series
    Mon, March 30 @ 3:30 pm
    Hermann Hall Ballroom

    Wiel Arets
    Towards A Hybrid Metropolis
    John W. Rowe, IIT Regent, Former Chairman of the Board, and Chairman Emeritus of Exelon Corporation, will introduce and moderate.

    RSVP here no later than March 23

    Wiel Arets, an internationally acclaimed architect, educator, industrial designer, theorist, and urbanist known for progressive academic research and hybrid design solutions, has been dean of IIT College of Architecture since 2012. He also holds the Rowe Family College of Architecture Dean Endowed Chair at IIT.

    Discourse around the metropolis is the prime challenge within Arets’s research. His vision as dean is focused on seeking out the boundaries and challenges currently facing us: How will architecture, as part of the metropolis, develop within our extremely exciting and complex world? The hybrid metropolis should be based on an awareness of both risk and tension, and the creation of a new urban dream.

  • The Midlife Crisis of Midcentury Modern

    Palm Beach | Dates: 28 Mar, 2015

    Part of the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture + Design Center Lecture Series - A+D 101 Lecture and Site Visit.

    Speaker: Leo Marmol, Marmol Radziner Architects

    Uneven surfaces, poor circulation, leaks, lack of a sense of purpose.  Despite increased recognition of Modern architecture’s cultural significance, our midcentury heritage seems to have reached that all too familiar midlife crisis.  Leo Marmol, FAIA, will present the conservation strategies and particular challenges that arise when restoring these architectural icons.  How do we determine what to preserve, while providing for current lifestyle needs and expectations?

    Lecture will be held in the Annenberg Theater and will be followed by a site visit beginning at 11 a.m.

    For tickets and other details, click here.

  • The Timeless Dimension in Architecture

    College Station | Dates: 23 Mar, 2015

    World renowned architect Abdel-Wahed El-Wakil is to speak at Texas A&M University on March 23, 2015 at the Preston Geren Auditorium at 5:45pm.

    El-Wakil is considered by many as the foremost contemporary authority in Islamic architecture. His work was described by Leon Krier, as the “light after a long, dark tunnel, the shining tip of an iceberg, the precious trickle of an underground stream which has at last broken to the surface. In his Vision of Britain, A Personal View of Architecture, Prince Charles describes El-Wakil as an architect of “considerable skills,” and as one of Hassan Fathy’s “most gifted students”.

    El-Wakil has received the Aga Khan Award for Architecture twice and most recently he was named the 2009 Richard H. Driehaus Prize laureate.
    Join us in this remarkable event on March 23 at 5:45pm.

  • A Walk Through Time: Annual Tour of Prairie Avenue Mansions

    Chicago | Dates: 14 Jun, 2015

    Sunday June 14, 2015 from 1:00 to 4:00pm
    $50 per person / $45 for museum members
    Reservations recommended to 312-326-1480

    This very special tour, the annual benefit for Glessner House Museum, presents attendees with the rare opportunity to visit the interiors of several landmarked homes along Prairie Avenue.  Visitors will be treated to a breath-taking array of beautifully carved wood moldings, leaded glass windows, and fireplaces in elaborate tile, mosaic, and marble.

    Abbreviated tours of the Glessner and Clarke House Museums are also included on the tour as well as historic Second Presbyterian Church, with its important Arts & Crafts interior and collection of windows, including nine by Tiffany and two by Morris & Co.
    Following the tour, attendees are invited to return to the coach house of Glessner House Museum for a reception and silent auction, featuring theatre tickets, Chicago memorabilia, collectibles, architectural fragments, and other items of interest.

  • Dwell on Design LA

    Los Angeles | Dates: 29 – 31 May, 2015

    Dwell on Design Los Angeles, curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center May 29-31, 2015. With three full days of dynamic exhibitions, unparalleled educational opportunities, cutting-edge technologies, 90 onstage programs, 250+ speakers, and more than 2,000 innovative modern furnishings and products, Dwell on Design Los Angeles is America’s largest design event.

    See thousands of the best modern products

    - Hear from hundreds of design industry experts

    - Walk through prefab homes and living landscapes

    - Connect with your favorite of brands

    - Engage with architects and designers in a free consultation

    - Explore stunning residences with Dwell Home Tours

    - Learn with a variety of Continuing Education Sessions

    And more!

  • The Stories You Are About to Hear Are True: Preserving Parker Center

    Los Angeles | Dates: 22 Mar, 2015

    FREE Panel Discussion and Reception
    Sunday, March 22, 3:30 p.m.
    LAPD Police Administration Building, Ronald F. Deaton Civic Auditorium
    100 West First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

    For details and reservations, visit

    Join the Conservancy and community stakeholders for a conversation about the many layers of history at Parker Center (originally the Police Facilities Building, Welton Becket & Associates and J. E. Stanton, 1955). While many know it from the hit 1950s television police drama Dragnet, this building has a deeper and sometimes controversial history.

    The City of Los Angeles, through its Bureau of Engineering, is pressing for a rede­velopment project that will demolish and replace Parker Center. The Conservancy believes that Parker Center can and should be preserved and integrated into new construction. At this panel discussion, you will hear about the viable preservation alternatives, and through the conversation with the panelists, you will learn why it is important from a historic and cultural perspective to preserve this building.

    Panelists will speak from a number of different points of view about Parker Center’s significance:

    · Innovative modern design by one of L.A.’s most prolific firms, Welton Becket & Associates, and its integration of public art and landscaping
    · Importance as the most modern and state-of-the-art police facility of its day
    · Construction as an early urban renewal project that demolished a major portion of Little Tokyo, as well as subsequently affecting the development of that neighbor­hood
    · Association with Chief William H. Parker, whose time as police chief reduced corruption in the force, but also resulted in strained relations with the African- American and Latino communities
    · Significance as a site of important historic events, such as the 1992 Los Angeles riots

    Panelists include: 
    · Cheryl Dorsey, retired LAPD Sergeant, community advocate, and author of The Creation of a Manifesto: Black and Blue
    · Michael Okamura, President of the Little Tokyo Historical Society
    · Glynn Martin, retired LAPD Sergeant and Executive Director of the Los Angeles Police Museum
    · Chris Nichols, Associate Editor at Los Angeles Magazine and former Chair of the Conservancy’s Modern Committee
    · Richard Barron, Chair of the City of Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission

    A reception with light refreshments will follow the panel discussion. For more information, and to reserve your seat at this free event, visit

  • From the Right to Light to the Right Lights

    New York | Dates: 13 Mar, 2015

    In a public event hosted by Parsons for the International Year of Light (IYL2015) and curated by Parsons professor and IES education columnistNathalie Rozot, speakers will present project initiatives of public interest. The premise of this program is that lighting design is not a field known for socially-engaged work, and that the importance of quality lighting in the constructed environment in daytime and after hours is under-recognized.

    In a panel following the presentation, speakers will debate the role that socially engaged lighting design practices play and how lighting education can support a stronger social culture in practice and discourse in the field of lighting design. 

    Presentations will include lighting projects in informal settlements in Haiti and in low-income housing environments, and examples of students’ work with underserved communities. Rozot is a longstanding advocate for more social activism in the lighting design professional  and educational communities. She is actively involved in several initiatives, and she has presented and published her research and projects on social issues in lighting internationally. 

    This is the first of two Parsons School of Constructed Environments events held at Parsons for the International Year of Light (IYL2015).

    This event is free, but RSVP is required by clicking on the top right register button.

  • Modern Highlights of the Hudson Valley Tour

    New York | Dates: 25 – 25 Apr, 2015
    Join DOCOMOMO New York/Tri-State for a full-day spring tour of the Modernism in the Hudson Valley . A tour of the Vassar College campus, led by architectural historian and Vassar professor Nicholas Adams, will include landmark works by Marcel Breuer and Eero Saarinen, among other examples of 20th-Century Modernism. That will be followed by a visit to architect John Johansen's one-of-a-kind Tent House, designed for his own use and carefully preserved by current residents. Johansen's son Christen will join us to share anecdotes about life in the house. Tour includes private transportation from Midtown Manhattan and lunch at a noted farm-to-table restaurant. $140; $120 DOCOMOMO members
  • Thresholds 44: Workspace (MIT Department of Architecture)

    Dates: 07 Mar – 01 May, 2015
    When an employee at Google’s Mexico City office takes a post-lunch plunge into the on-site ball pit, is she working or playing? And when an employee in one of Foxconn’s factory sites in China leaps from his eighth-floor dormitory, only to be cradled in recently installed “suicide” netting, is he fulfilling or transgressing the design of the workspace? Long hidden in museum basements, conservation labs and storage rooms now feature prominently in museum designs. Facing complicated visa programs and unsavory jobs, employers skirt bureaucracy to sustain the agricultural industry in the US and illegal workers stay undocumented in order to be easily employable. When and why are certain workspaces - and workers - hidden or revealed? What is the “work” that is supposed to happen in the workspace and how have transformations of the tools, economies, demographics, and technologies within the workspace shaped the notion of work? thresholds 44: workspace seeks to mine how the meanings of and locations for work have been historically and culturally defined, how work transposes earlier notions of labor and craft production, and how the work of artists, writers, architects, designers, and urban planners – alongside managers, psychologists, political leaders, and employees themselves – have been integral in construing the physical and mental conditions of work, rest, and play. Therefore, a central theme of this edition of thresholds will be the nexus between sociality and productivity in relation to changing technologies and instruments of work. Impresarios such as Henry T. Ford and Andy Warhol and corporations ranging from Yahoo to SOM have redefined workspaces, production techniques, and social relationships as they pursue “the bottom line.” Even farmers that have welcomed technologies developed for agribusiness onto their family-owned farms have reported both an increase in crop yield and a much-needed boost in leisure time. Resonating with the ideas of sociologist Emile Durkheim, who defined “the social worker” over a century ago as the person who feels solidarity within a team, thresholds asks why and for whom does the dream of a social workspace remain important? In an age of robust telecommuting technology, for example, must workspace persist as physical space? The journal also seeks submissions that parse issues of class and gender within workspaces. For Marx, a realm of freedom existed outside the sphere of material production. But, when and where is the workspace not? From America to Iran, home economics courses for women in the 1950s sought to transform the home into a workspace and the female into an efficient worker. The corridors of a large university exist as transit space for students between classes during the day, but become workspace for custodians at night. Is sweat equity too often masked by financial equity? Submissions are not limited to the above themes. We welcome contributions that engage the idea of workspace at a variety of scales and across historical moments and political geographies. We appreciate proposals that incorporate diverse theoretical approaches and unorthodox subject matter. Essay submissions should be in English, approx. 3,000 words, and formatted in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style. Submissions should include a brief cover letter, contact information and bio of under 50 words for each author. Text should be submitted in MS Word. All material should be submitted to More info can be found at Christianna Bonin & Nisa Ari, Editors
  • Naples at Compton Verney

    Compton Verney, Warwickshire | Dates: 17 Jun – 17 May, 2015
    An interdisciplinary symposium to rethink aspects of the Neapolitan collection at Compton Verney, Warwickshire.
  • 2015 Best of the South Award

    Dates: 05 Mar – 01 Jul, 2015
    CALL FOR NOMINATIONS 2015 Best of the South Award Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) The Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians seeks nominations for the Best of the South: Preserving Southern Architecture Award. This annual award honors a project that preserves or restores an historic building, or complex of buildings, in an outstanding manner and that demonstrates excellence in research, technique, and documentation. Projects in the twelve-state (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia) region of SESAH that were completed in 2013 or 2014 are eligible. Nominations should consist of no more than two typed pages of description and be accompanied by hard copy illustrations and any other supporting material. A cover letter should identify the owner of the project, the use of the building(s), and the names of all the major participants of the project. Send three (3) copies to Paige Wagoner Claassen 2608 Chesterfield Avenue Charlotte, NC 28205 Questions: Deadline: July 1, 2015 For more information about the award and SESAH, visit
  • Lecture: The Artist’s Garden—American Impressionism and the Garden Movement

    Chicago | Dates: 26 Mar, 2015
    March 26, 2015
    Fullerton Hall
    Free with museum admission

    Anna Marley, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, intertwines stories of American artists, Impressionism, and the growing popularity of gardening as a middle-class leisure pursuit at the turn of the 20th century.

    Registration is not required for this program.
    Presented with the Terra Foundation for American Art