Recent Opportunities

  • Japan in Architecture: Genealogies of Its Transformation

    Tokyo | Dates: 25 Apr – 17 Sep, 2018

    Japanese architecture today attracts attention from all over the world. Numerous architects, from Tange Kenzo to Taniguchi Yoshio, Ando Tadao, Kuma Kengo, Sejima Kazuyo and other young upcoming architects have received great international acclaim. Founded on rich traditions that have stretch back to ancient times, contemporary Japanese architecture encompasses exceptionally creative and original ideas and expressions.

    In the 150 years following the Meiji Restoration of 1868, architecture presented immense opportunities for experimentation in Japan. How did the long and rich Japanese tradition of wooden architecture evolve, among a great number of practices? What did the West find attractive about architecture in Japan, and how did Japanese architecture then respond to this interest? The transitions of such things invisible to the eye as everyday life and views of nature also provide important elements for understanding Japanese architecture.

    Structured around nine sections based on key concepts for interpreting architecture in Japan today, this exhibition traces the lineage of architecture from ancient times until the present, and explores the elements of genealogy undermined by modernism and concealed beneath, yet undeniably vital still. Featuring important architectural materials, models, and interactive exhibits, the wide-ranging exhibits will illuminate not only the state of Japanese architecture in the past and present but also a vision of the future.

    Organizer Mori Art Museum
    In Association with Architectural Institute of Japan
    The Japan Institute of Architects
    ARCASIA ACA18 Tokyo
    Japanese Society for the Science of Design

    Advisor Fujimori Terunobu (Architect; Architectural Historian; Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo)

    Curatorial Team Nanjo Fumio (Director, Mori Art Museum)
    Maeda Naotake (Manager, Architecture and Design Programs, Mori Art Museum)
    Tokuyama Hirokazu (Associate Curator, Mori Art Museum)
    Kurakata Shunsuke (Architectural Historian; Associate Professor, Graduate School of Engineering Urban Engineering [Architecture], Osaka City University)
    Ken Tadashi Oshima (Architectural Historian; Professor, Department of Architecture, University of Washington
  • ASLA 2018 Communications Internship

    Washington | Dates: 08 – 30 Mar, 2018

    The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) seeks a full-time summer communications intern. The intern will research and update ASLA’s sustainable design resource guides and write weekly posts on landscape architecture and related topics for The Dirt blog.


    • The internship is full-time Monday through Friday for 10 weeks, from June through August.
    • The intern will research and update resource guides on climate change, sustainable transportation, and other topics.
    • The intern will provide communications support for the upcoming Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change report launch.
    • The intern will also create original weekly content for The Dirt, covering projects, events, and new publications.
    • The intern will also have the opportunity to attend educational and networking events at the National Building Museum, Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks, and other museums and think tanks in Washington, D.C.
    • Other communications projects may come up as well.


    • Current enrollment in a Master’s program in landscape architecture.
    • Excellent writing skills. The intern must be able to write clearly for a general audience.
    • Excellent photographic composition and editing skills.
    • Proven research skills and ability to quickly evaluate the quality and relevance of many different types of Web resources.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact graciously with busy staff members and outside experts.
    • Working knowledge of Photoshop, Google Maps, and Microsoft Office suite.

    How to Apply:

    Please send cover letter, CV, two writing samples (no more than 2 pages each) to by end of day, Friday, March 30.

    Phone interviews will be conducted with finalists the week of April 2 and selection will be made the following week.

    The 10-week internship offers a $4,000 stipend. ASLA can also work with the interns to attain academic credit for the internship.

    The internship is in-house located at ASLA’s national headquarters, which is conveniently located in downtown Washington, D.C., one block north of the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro Station on the Red, Yellow, and Green Lines. Learn more about ASLA’s Center for Landscape Architecture.

  • ASLA 2018 Education Programs Internship

    Washington | Dates: 08 Mar – 02 Apr, 2018

    The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) seeks a full-time 10 week summer intern working in the Education Programs department. The intern will analyze and identify trends in accredited landscape architecture education, research current community college and unaccredited programs affiliated with landscape architecture, and participate in the Diversity Summit for the purposes of developing resources to support the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB) and ASLA’s career discovery and diversity program.


    • The intern will be expected to work 10 weeks full-time from June through August.
    • Analyze current community college programs affiliated with accredited landscape architecture programs and propose case study resources.
    • Research unaccredited landscape architecture programs to understand the potential for future growth and develop a report.
    • Attend ASLA’s annual Diversity Summit, write a report on the proceedings, and assist in creating Summit resources.
    • Evaluate the current Study Landscape Architecture webpage, research design revisions, and design a draft framework for revisions to the webpage.
    • Review and analyze LAAB accreditation actions (recommendations affecting accreditation) from the previous five years and develop a report.
    • Create an original written piece for publication in one of ASLA’s outlets showcasing resources and/or reports established during the internship.


    • Current enrollment entering final year of Bachelor’s program or in a Master’s program in landscape architecture.
    • Passion to grow the knowledge base for landscape architecture and support ASLA’s vision, mission, and commitment to diversity.
    • Excellent writing skills with the ability to write clearly for a general audience.
    • Great data analytic, research, and design skills and an interest to present results effectively through graphic communication.
    • Excellent organizational skills, good judgement, and attention to detail. The intern will set, track, and complete goals in a timely manner.
    • Be an effective collaborator with excellent professional interpersonal skills to successfully interact with busy staff members and outside experts.
    • Working knowledge of Adobe Creative suite and Microsoft Office suite. Knowledge of web-based design is a plus.

    How to Apply:

    Please send cover letter, resume, two writing samples (no more than two pages each), and names and contact information of two references to sbalon@asla.orgby end of day, Monday, April 2. Up to three examples of graphic communications skills including an infographic is a desirable additional sample. Please submit all materials as one 8 ½ x 11 PDF file (8.0mb maximum).

    Phone interviews will be conducted with finalists the week of April 9 and selection will be made the following week.

    The 10-week internship offers a $4,000 stipend. ASLA can also work with the interns to attain academic credit for the internship.

  • MAS Context: Couplings

    Chicago | Dates: 27 Mar, 2018

    MAS Context is organizing the second edition of its Couplings series as part of MAS Context’s 2018 Spring Talks series. The event will take place on Tuesday, March 27, at the offices of Leo Burnett Chicago (35 West Wacker, 21st floor, Chicago, IL 60601).

    The event explores the influence of past projects, realized or unrealized, in shaping contemporary thinking in a design discipline. In this edition, each of the eight Chicago-based graphic designers participating in the event will share a project by another graphic designer that they consider relevant for their practice today. This framework establishes conceptual connections between projects while providing a snapshot of the opportunities and issues at stake in graphic design.

    The event features the following graphic designers:

    – Pouya Ahmadi (Pouya Ahmadi)
    – Amir Berbić (Amir Berbić)
    – Renata Graw (Normal)
    – Jim Misener (50000feet)
    – Ashley Ryann (JNL Graphic Design)
    – Cheryl Towler Weese (Studio Blue)
    – Enric Turull (Niu)
    – Alisa Wolfson (Leo Burnett Chicago)

  • Edgar Miller Legacy | A Lost Chapter Read Anew: The Visionary Art & Design of Edgar Miller

    Chicago | Dates: 09 Mar – 16 Apr, 2018

    A Lost Chapter Read Anew The Visionary Art & Design of Edgar Miller

    Dates: October 4th, October 25th, November 29th
    Location: DePaul Art Museum

    Theme and Objectives

    For a series of public lecture programs to be held in fall 2018 (presentation dates will be on 10/4, 10/25, and 11/29), Edgar Miller Legacy is inviting researchers to submit proposals for public presentations and corresponding research papers for publication. The purpose of this series is to delve deeper into the overlooked history of the 20th century American artist, craftsman, and creative spirit, Edgar Miller. We formally announce a call for proposals for presentations and papers as part of this public program series. This program is part of Art Design Chicago, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art exploring Chicago’s art and design legacy, with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. Please visit our website for submission guidelines and more information at:

    Edgar Miller

    Edgar Miller (1899-1993) was a modern “Renaissance man.” Embracing old-world craftwork in an increasingly mechanical age, he honed his skills as an expert painter; mastered wood carving and sculpting; became one of the nation’s foremost stained glass designers by his mid-twenties; and pioneered techniques of graphic art in modern advertising.

    There still remain large gaps in our understanding of Miller’s life and prolific output. This series asks researchers to explore Miller’s presence, contributions, and remarkable legacy—as an artist, architect, craftsman, and designer—in Chicago’s culture of art and design, and in the context of other international art movements, from the Bauhaus school, to French cubism and fauvism, to Mexican social populism. Miller’s comprehensive approach to creating habitable spaces as complete works of art has its parallels in the creations of artists working around the world in his time and beyond. In the spirit of Miller’s boundless creativity, we encourage proposals from a diverse set of candidates working across disciplines. We will prioritize proposals that shed new light on Miller’s achievements and that examine his relationship to the art historical canon.

    Selected participants will develop a lecture presentation for the fall 2018 series, following which they will draft an article based on the presentation topic, for publication by Edgar Miller Legacy in summer 2019. Presenters are also encouraged to use research resources at other local institutions such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago History Museum, and the Newberry Library. All public lecture presentations will be held at the DePaul Art Museum in Chicago.

    Who Should Apply

    We welcome proposals from researchers from across the fields of art history and art production, American history and culture studies, interior design and architecture, design history, and related disciplines. Graduate students, mature and emerging scholars, as well as professional practitioners are all eligible to apply. Those with prior knowledge of Edgar Miller or who have already undertaken research on related artists and projects will have an advantage in developing successful proposals.

    Due Dates

    April 16: Proposal submissions
    April 16–27: Follow-up interviews
    April 30: Notification of selected scholars
    September 7: Completed final drafts of lecture presentations
    October 4th, 25th, and November 5th: Presentation Series Dates
    May 31, 2019: Completed final papers


    To facilitate research for presenters, the extensive archives of Edgar Miller Legacy will be made readily available through multiple media channels—via web, mail, and in-person access to the organization’s archives and database at the Glasner Studio, a unique, Miller-designed home. The Glasner Studio is home to the most comprehensive archive of Edgar Miller’s writings, art, and recorded media. Our archives consist of extensive original artworks by Miller, manuscripts, articles, books, audio recordings, and video interviews. We will also assist researchers in locating graphics and multi-media pieces and obtaining permissions for their use in presentations and papers. Located within the heart of Old Town, a Chicago neighborhood adjacent to Lincoln Park and the lakefront, the Glasner Studio is easily accessible to other research institutions in Chicago, including the Chicago History Museum, the Newberry Library, and the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at the Art Institute of Chicago. We highly encourage scholars to use our archives to further their own research and to help open the field of study of Edgar Miller’s rich history and creative achievements.

    Submission Guidelines 

    Proposal Requirements:
    · Cover letter outlining interest and background in the topics of study
    · Please indicate within cover letter all dates available for presentation out of: 10/4, 10/25, and 11/5
    · 500-word statement of intent describing a specific topic or theme for the presentation and essay
    · CV

    Proposals, including all materials listed above, should be emailed as attached Word or PDF documents to Zac Bleicher, Executive Director, Edgar Miller Legacy, at Due date for proposal submissions is 4/16/2018. Following review of submissions, selected applicants will be asked for interviews. If you live in or near Chicago, an in-person interview will be requested.

    Presentation Requirements: Presentations are required to include a slideshow or multi-media arrangement. Each presentation is expected to run approximately 40 to 50 minutes, to be followed by a reception with members of Edgar Miller Legacy as well as the program audience.

    Paper Requirements: Based on their research and presentation, each presenter will draft a scholarly article for publication in 2019, with the assistance of Edgar Miller Legacy. Drafts are subject to review by an editorial committee and revision based on their feedback.

    Honorarium and stipends:
    * Research and speaking honorarium: $1500 · $500 to be awarded following presentation · $1000 to be awarded upon submission of revised, final draft of paper
    * Negotiable reimbursement for travel and per diem expenses
  • Bauder Lecture: Unpacking Frank Lloyd Wright's Archive and Career

    Bloomfield Hills | Dates: 08 – 08 Apr, 2018

    Sunday, April 8th, 2018 | 3:00pm - 4:30pm

    Cranbrook Schools Performing Arts Center
    550 Lone Pine Road
    Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

    Second Annual Center Bauder Lecture

    Unpacking Frank Lloyd Wright’s Archive and Career: From Taliesin to Detroit and New York

    Lecture and Conversation with Architectural Historian and Curator Barry Bergdoll

    The Lecture will be followed by a Reception and Book Signing in Page Hall Common Room

    Admission is Free but Reservations are Required
  • Book Talk: Buildings of New Orleans

    New Orleans | Dates: 03 Apr, 2018

    Buildings of New Orleans

    On Tuesday, April 3, authors Karen Kingsley (Professor Emerita, Tulane University) and Lake Douglas (Professor, Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture, LSU) will give a presentation on their just-published Buildings of New Orleans. This is the second city guide to appear in the Society of Architectural Historians’ prize-winning Buildings of the United States series.

    Buildings of New Orleans, the definitive and most up-to-date guide to the architecture and landscapes of New Orleans, and its publication coincides with the city’s tri-centenary. It traces the story of the city’s urban fabric through descriptions of nearly 300 buildings, parks, open spaces, and lesser-known places that date from the oldest examples to the most recent. Organized into thirteen neighborhood tours, the guidebook also highlights buildings in neighboring parishes and includes three excursions up and down the Mississippi River. The book, illustrated with 175 photographs (most are by the authors) and 23 maps, features buildings both typical and unique that make up the variety and character of the city’s built and natural environments.

    Kingsley is Professor Emerita at Tulane University’s School of Architecture, and Douglas is Associate Dean and Professor in Louisiana State University’s Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture; both have published extensively on the history of Louisiana’s built and natural environments. They will discuss the book’s overall scope, the process of selecting and writing about the buildings and landscapes included, and talk about some individual buildings (with slides).

    Questions from the audience and discussion are encouraged.

    Books will be available at the event for purchase.

    Free and open to the public. Register HERE.
  • The Making of the Humanities VII

    Amsterdam | Dates: 01 Mar – 01 Jun, 2018

    University of Amsterdam, CREA, November 15 - 17, 2018

    Deadline: Jun 1, 2018

    The Making of the Humanities’ conference returns to Amsterdam! This is the place where the conference series started in 2008, 10 years ago. The University of Amsterdam will host the 7th Making of the Humanities conference at its CREA facilities, from 15 till 17 November 2018.

    The MoH conferences are organized by the Society for the History of the Humanities and bring together scholars and historians interested in the global history of the humanities disciplines, including art history, historiography, linguistics, literary studies, media studies, musicology, and philology, tracing these fields from their earliest developments to the modern day.

    We welcome panels and papers on any period or region. We are especially interested in work that compares scholarly practices across civilizations and disciplines.

    Please note that the Making of the Humanities conferences are not concerned with the history of art, the history of music or the history of literature, and so on, but instead with the history of art history, the history of musicology, the history of literary studies, etc.

    Keynote Speakers

    Arianna Betti, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands Irina Podgorny, National University of La Plata, Argentinia Third speaker: to be announced

    Paper Submissions

    Abstracts of single papers (30 minutes including discussion) should contain the name of the speaker, full contact address (including email address), the title and a summary of the paper of maximally 250 words.

    Deadline for abstracts: 1 June 2018

    Notification of acceptance: July 2018

    Panel Submissions

    Panels last 1.5 to 2 hours and can consist of 3-4 papers and possibly a commentary on a coherent theme including discussion. Panel proposals should contain respectively the name of the chair, the names of the speakers and commentator, full contact addresses (including email addresses), the title of the panel, a short (150 words) description of the panel’s content and for each paper an abstract of maximally 250 words.

    Deadline for panel proposals: 1 June 2018 Notification of acceptance: July 2018

  • Dumbarton Oaks Garden and Landscape Studies Symposium, "Military Landscapes"

    Washington | Dates: 04 – 05 May, 2018

    Among various human interventions in the landscape, war has left one of the most lasting and eloquent records, literally inscribed in the face of the earth. Military landscapes can assume different forms and functions: vertical, as the Great Wall of China, or horizontal, as the Federal Interstate Highway System; overground and geometrically controlled, as the earthworks of the Renaissance trace italienne, or sunken and disguised by local topography, as the trenches of the First World War. They can be high-security sites, as the Pentagon, or tourist attractions, as Himeji Castle in Japan; curated, as the Gettysburg Battlefield, or neglected, as the outskirts of the Savannah River nuclear reservation site. In their most familiar form, they are national memorials as sites of remembrance and commemoration, which continue to have powerful emotional, political, and cultural resonance as places where historical memory is translated into myth.

    This symposium aims to reevaluate the role of war as a fundamental form of human interaction with the land and a decisive factor in the ongoing transformation of the natural environment. What are the challenges and theoretical implications of understanding military infrastructure as a landscape from the disciplinary perspectives of cultural geography, architectural history, and environmental studies? And what is the role of the practice of landscape architecture in shaping, curating, and giving meaning to such landscapes?


    • Anatole Tchikine, Dumbarton Oaks
    • John Davis, Harvard Graduate School of Design


    • John Davis, Harvard Graduate School of Design, "Olmsted in the South, Olmsted at War"
    • Astrid M. Eckert, Emory University, "Transboundary Natures: The Consequences of the Iron Curtain for Landscape"
    • Gert Gröning, Berlin University of the Arts, and Joachim Wolschke-Bulmahn, Leibniz University, Hannover, "On the Defense Landscape ("Wehrlandschaft") Concept in National Socialist Landscape Planning"
    • Kenneth Helphand, University of Oregon, and Henk Wildschut, Amsterdam, "Displaced Persons Gardens"
    • John Dixon Hunt, University of Pennsylvania, "The Fortifications of Uncle Toby & other peaceful uses of military landscapes"
    • Patrick Jennings, National Museum of the United States Army, "Smashed to the Earth: Documenting, Remembering & Returning to the 9/11 World Trade Center Attack Site"
    • Zhang Jie, Tsinghua University, "The Ancient Regional Defense System in Fenghuang, China"
    • Scott Kirsch, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, "War on landscape"
    • Pamela McElwee, Rutgers University, "An Environmental History of the Ho Chi Minh Trail"
    • Chandra Mukerji, University of California, San Diego, "The Wars of Religion and the Canal du Midi"
    • Finola O’Kane Crimmins, University College Dublin, "Military Landscapes at the Edge of Empire; Design Strategies for the Irish Borderlands"
    • Antoine Picon, Harvard Graduate School of Design, "Military Landscapes: Landscapes of Events"
    • Christine Ruane, University of Tulsa, "Kitchen Gardening in World War I Russia"
    Daniel Volmar, Harvard University, “Bureaucracy and the Bomb: In Search of America’s Nuclear Battlefield”
  • PastForward Diversity Scholarship Program

    San Francisco | Dates: 01 Mar – 01 May, 2018

    The Diversity Scholarship Program provides support for attendance to PastForward, being held this year in San Francisco, November 13-16. If you are an emerging preservation professional representing or working in, or with, an underrepresented community, apply today!

    Applications due May 1, 2018.

  • CFP: Shift Issue 11 Blood and Earth and Soil

    Dates: 01 Mar – 01 Apr, 2018

    Oppositional claims to land, heritage, and state have rapidly crescendoed in the last year of the Trumpian order. White supremacist overtures emerged last summer in Charlottesville with chants of “Blood and Soil,” the infamous Nazi slogan advocating racial purity located in the earth of the homeland. At the same time, political activists and environmentalists have made inherently anti-fascist counter-claims to land and ancestry, such as the Indigenous activists who opposed the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock and critiqued “Muslim ban” travel restrictions with the phrase “No Ban on Stolen Land.” Leftist intellectuals have also sought to deploy protests towards collective, and problematically assimilationist, approaches to environmental stewardship. While such thinkers approach the Earth’s maintenance in terms of the commons, techno-capitalist oligarchs are poised to abandon the planet to the forces of material extraction as they look to the oceans (as in “Seasteaders” seeking to colonize special economic zones), or to outer space (as in Elon Musk’s spectacularized extraterrestrial pollution with branded explorations into commercial space travel).

    Fascist and anti-fascist positions are thus coming to face each other via a politics of blood and soil, intimately linked by oppositional claims to and identifications with (the) E/earth. As precarity subtends the political spectrum, identification with soil, land, and place imbricates those who both espouse and resist hateful nationalisms in defense or protest of capitalist industry. Such ideologies are used to define borders and assert control over the movement of bodies, thus making it increasingly urgent to ask if language separating the Global North and South is still useful, or if there is greater need to identify how different centers and communities are positioned in this contest over bloodlines, labor, and the natural world.

    This special issue of Shift, BLOOD AND EARTH AND SOIL, seeks to take a broad view of the interaction and interrelation of these topics as they have been expressed in visual and material culture across time. We accept papers, as well as exhibition and book reviews from a range of visually-oriented disciplines that explore such issues/topics as:

    • Visualizing human activity and the environment
    • Sovereignty, land, and public monument
    • Geontologies and geopower
    • Heritage, genetics, and ancestry as method
    • Architectures of migration and immigration
    • Economics/politics of environmentalism
    • Future colonialisms and frontiers


    All submissions should be sent by email to by April 1, 2018. Issue 11 will launch in Fall 2018, and contributors will be invited to participate in the Shift conference in Spring 2019.

    Academic articles should be approximately 3000 to 6000 words; reviews of books/exhibitions should be approximately 1000 words.

    Style Guidelines:

    Please read the following points carefully before submitting to Shift. Submissions that do not follow these regulations will not be considered for publication.

    • Authors must be registered as graduate students at the time they submit their work.
    • All reviews must conform to the style guidelines as outlined in The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th or newer edition.
    • Images should be placed in-text throughout the document, not located together at the end. All images and figures should be properly captioned according to The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th or newer edition. Authors are responsible for securing rights to all images and figures used within their paper. Authors must produce evidence that these rights have been obtained before an image or figure will be published.
    • In order to ensure blind readings from the Editorial Committee, please remove all references to your identity as author(s) from the main text and footnotes. Submissions should include the title of the paper/review in the heading of each page, and pages should be numbered.
    • Please submit a separate document with the author’s name, title of paper/review, institutional affiliation, and email address.


    Shift is currently hosted by The Graduate Center, CUNY.

  • Docomomo US 2018 National Symposium

    Columbus | Dates: 26 – 29 Sep, 2018

    The 2018 National Symposium, Design, Community, and Progressive Preservation, will take place September 26–29 and feature four days of engaging programming, exclusive tours, evening keynote conversations with visionary leaders, and the American Institute of Architects’ Trade Show showcasing an array of new and innovative building products and services.

    Docomomo US is collaborating with Exhibit Columbus to create the theme of this year’s symposium, which will explore how investing in the value of good design can make communities better for everyone and how new approaches to preservation are positively incorporating our modern heritage into the future of cities.

    “Design and community are central to what makes Columbus a remarkable place to live and visit. We are thrilled to be exploring these topics while also showcasing preservation projects that are growing new communities that care about modern heritage,” said Richard McCoy, Director of Landmark Columbus. “Working with these excellent partners allows us to expand this conversation nationally, regionally, and locally.”

    The symposium will begin with a kick-off keynote conversation produced in partnership with the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, and then sessions will continue for three days inside many of the iconic buildings throughout Columbus. Finalists in the 2018 J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize Competition will be introduced during the symposium, and participate in sessions. The symposium will also feature exclusive tours – including the Miller House and Garden – and offer rare glimpses inside some of the modern masterpieces of the city.   

    “Modern design has been and continues to be an integral part of Columbus’ community,” said Theodore Prudon, President of Docomomo US. “In its ability to move the modernity of its past forward into a modernity for its future, it offers Docomomo US an example of how design can play a role in preservation and achieve results that can be best called progressive.”

    Keynote speakers and registration details will be announced in late spring. 
  • Warhol: Flowers In the Factory

    Sarasota | Dates: 28 Feb – 30 Jun, 2018

    Consummately cosmopolitan and cool, Andy Warhol in the great outdoors seems like an oxymoron. Yet the groundbreaking artist known for his Pop Art multiples of celebrities and soup cans created more than 10,000 images of flowers over the course of his career. Warhol: Flowers in the Factory showcases the surprising, and little examined, role of nature in Warhol’s art and life. The spectacular 15-acre tropical setting of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens on Sarasota Bay will provide a matchless context for examining Warhol’s fascination with the natural world in this focused, immersive exhibition.

    Warhol: Flowers in the Factory is curated by Carol Ockman, Ph.D., curator-at-large of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and the Robert Sterling Clark Professor of Art History at Williams College. It will be on view exclusively at Selby Gardens in Sarasota, Florida, from Feb. 11 through June 30, 2018.


    Warhol consistently tested traditional boundaries between art and life, and thanks to his perpetual curiosity, the natural world offered a still underappreciated influence on his career.

    In the glass house, our horticultural designers have drawn inspiration from Warhol’s work, using the repetition of shapes and textures, along with bright pops of color, to create vivid scenes of  living art. Lead by the gravity-defying features that make epiphytes so versatile and resilient, plants on display such as bromeliads, ferns and orchids flout conventional presentations.

    As part of this exhibition, the grounds of Selby Gardens have become Warhol’s floral playground. Several outdoor plant scenes – or vignettes – capture the playful spirit of the artist using striking colors, modular planters that are ever-changing in their patterns and unexpected pop culture references.

    Also look for special signage that identifies living plants that are within the same plant families of the plants featured in our museum; Hibiscus comes from the Malvaceae, or mallow family, and the poinsettia is part of the Euphorbiaceae family.

    The Museum of Botany & the Arts
    Upon entering historic Payne Mansion, home to the Museum of Botany & the Arts, you will encounter:

    • Archival photographs of Warhol, his artist friends from The Factory, and images that capture the cultural context that propelled Warhol to fame during the time of the rise of “Flower Power;” The archival photography includes works by Alex Ferrone, Nat Finkelstein, Philippe Halsman, Dennis Hopper, Christopher Makos, David McCabe and Billy Name.

    • A selection of Warhol’s floral-inspired works, including the Polaroid Christmas Poinsettias (1982), which inspired the prints on view; lithographs Flower (1957) and Happy Bug Day (1954); and artist book In the Bottom of My Garden (1956); and

    • Six stunning paintings that capture Warhol’s fascination with flowers.

    About the prints:

    • Four of the artist’s silkscreens entitled Flowers, on generous loan from the Williams College Museum of Art.

    • Two prints entitled Poinsettias, on loan from the private collection of Sarasota art patron Flora Major.

  • Social Housing – New European Projects

    New York | Dates: 27 Feb – 19 May, 2018
    February 15, 2018 - May 19, 2018

    Across Europe, a new generation of architecture practices are transforming affordable housing. Responding to continued need, changing clients, and new funding methods, architects are once again addressing how homes can be delivered at scale while piloting new methods to achieve high standards of design.

    Based on a 2017 publication of the same nameSocial Housing captures some of the best and most innovative examples of not-for-profit housing at a critical juncture for the sector. Drawing together 25 European case studies by 20 practices, it looks at a range of building and dwelling typologies, emerging design approaches, and refurbishment strategies. Together, they offer a challenge to housing professionals and citizens in the US to rethink how we build and highlights the vital role of accessible, low-cost housing in the life and function of our cities.

    Across Europe there is no common definition of ‘social housing;’ the projects presented include public projects led by government or city authorities, philanthropic schemes led by charities, and collective schemes led by residents. Common to them all, however, is the idea that there are alternatives to purely market-orientated housing provision. Our brave new housing future will not be born out of siding with any single ideology or ethos, but rather through a variety of means and a shared determination by those willing and able to innovate, to improve, and to raise standards.

    Exhibition curated by Karakusevic Carson Architects featuring projects and contributions by:
    Adam Khan Architects (UK), Assemble (UK), Avenier & Cornejo Architectes (France), Chartier Dalix (France), Hans van der Heijden (The Netherlands), Einszueins (Austria), Hawkins\Brown (UK), Haworth Tompkins Architects (UK), Karakusevic Carson Architects (UK), Lacaton & Vassal (France), LAN architecture (France), Mae (UK), Mecanoo (The Netherlands), Mikhail Riches Architects (UK), Mole (UK), muf architecture/art (UK), Niall McLaughlin Architects (UK), s333 architecture + Urbanism (UK), Sergison Bates architects (UK and CH), TVK (France), Witherford Watson Mann (UK) and zanderroth architeckten (Germany).

    • Supported by

      This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

  • SAH Saint Paul Seminar - Confluences: Place, Change, and Meaning on the Mississippi

    Saint Paul | Dates: 21 – 22 Apr, 2018

    Over the past several decades, river cities throughout the world have faced the challenge of reconceiving and reconnecting with their postindustrial riverfronts. The SAH Saint Paul Seminar will focus on the rapidly changing postindustrial landscapes along the Twin Cities Mississippi River corridor. For millennia this region was—as it still is—Mni Sota Makoce, the Dakota people’s homeland. During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Euro-Americans transformed the riverine landscape to facilitate colonization, commerce, industry, and connections with regional and global systems. Today, the Twin Cities’ riverfronts have been transformed. Multiple stakeholders—from the National Park Service, historical societies, and government agencies, to Dakota people, designers, and developers—are invested in a new wave of redevelopment initiatives that engage the past and look to the future. These raise questions about accessibility and equity; about recognizing multiple forms of heritage, tangible and intangible; and about sustaining connections between the changing riverfront and the culturally diverse communities that form the Twin Cities. This seminar will give voice to varied perspectives by convening people who are reshaping the riverfront—planners, designers, historians, and community activists—to discuss the ways priorities conflict and converge as they reconceive the river’s multilayered—and multi-vocal—landscapes. Presentations and discussion will focus on three sets of sites: B’Dote and Fort Snelling, St. Paul’s proposed River Balcony project, and Minneapolis’s mill district and proposed Waterworks Park.


    • Thomas Fisher, Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation and University of Minnesota
    • Bruce Chamberlain, ASLA, LOAM, LLC
    • Mary deLaittre, Great River Passage Initiative, Saint Paul
    • Greg Donofrio, University of Minnesota
    • Patrick Nunnally, University of Minnesota
    • Iyekiyapiwin Darlene St. Clair, St. Cloud State University
    SAH members can purchase tickets for this event when registering for the Saint Paul conference. Eventbrite ticket sales are open to the general public.
  • Strategies for Oral and Video Histories: “Modern Masters” and the Minnesota State Capitol

    Saint Paul | Dates: 18 Apr, 2018

    Tangible forms of evidence—buildings, landscapes, images, and documents—are integral to architectural and landscape history, but what of the memories of those who have shaped these environments and the experiences of those who have engaged and reshaped them? Oral and video histories have the potential to broaden the range of voices involved in the production of historical knowledge. This workshop presents methods for producing oral and video histories that you can adapt to your own projects. Specialists in videography and the use of smartphones for photography and recording will present various tools and techniques, and an oral historian will discuss best practices and ethical issues. To illustrate these methods, the workshop will feature clips from the “Modern Masters” video oral history series, which documents “the architects, landscape architects, designers, historians, educators, critics, clients, and patrons who have made significant contributions to modernism in Minnesota.” To demonstrate these methods, the workshop will conclude with the production of short video interviews with people involved in the recent (and controversial) restoration of the Minnesota State Capitol.

    Water, coffee, and tea will be provided. Please bring your smartphone or other comparable device.

    SAH members can purchase tickets for this event through the member portal when registering for the Saint Paul conference. Eventbrite ticket sales are open to the general public.
  • CFP: Architectural Theory Review 23:1, The Architecture Exhibition as Environment

    Dates: 22 Feb – 01 Jun, 2018
    The Architecture Exhibition as Environment

    A special issue of Architectural Theory Review, edited by Alexandra Brown & L?a-Catherine Szacka

    The rise and professionalization, around the 1960s, of the figure of the ?curator? marked an important point in the configuration of an exhibition?s authorship and process, including artist-curator overlaps, restaging or reframing of exhibitions, and questioning processes of instruction versus creation. The exhibitions of Harald Szeemann, Lucy Lippard, Seth Siegelaub, Pontus Hult?n and others gave form to these new problems, as did the disciplinary provocations of conceptual art. Together, these changes contributed to the transformation of the very idea of the exhibition, from a display of discrete and primarily representational objects to more immersive and experiential environments.

    In architecture, however, shifts in curatorial processes and exhibition environments trailed behind experiments in the visual arts (painting, sculpture, conceptual art). And while the practice of discussing exhibitions in terms of curators and the architectural objects they curate may appear to carve out clearly defined roles for those involved, it can often conceal more complex negotiations and overlaps in the practice of exhibition-making and the display of architecturally informed work. In the case of architecture, exhibitions that seek to display process alongside products or outcomes through forms of commissioned content invariably ask the curator to assume multiple roles in the development of the exhibition: those of the curator, the client, the critic, the advisor, and the designer. Likewise, the more totalised experience of the exhibition as environment can recast visitors or audiences as users, clients and participants, as well as embedded spectators.

    Such broader shifts in exhibition practices coincided with the emergence of a wide range of architecture exhibitions conceived as, or concerned with, environments. For example, at the 1976 Venice Art Biennale, architecture entered the renowned multidisciplinary institution through an exhibition entitled Ambiente Arte (Environment Art). And by directly addressing or challenging the architectural dimension of the notion of environment, the exhibition suggested new terms on which architecture and design could be practiced, prepared and presented in both institutional and extra-institutional settings. Reflecting growing uncertainty over architecture?s capacity to meaningfully engage with the expanding networks and systems responsible for re-ordering the urban environment in unprecedented (and often intangible) ways, architecture is no longer just the object of the exhibition. Instead, the exhibition itself has emerged as an important site for reframing and representing the disci!
    pline of architecture in response to these new challenges.

    This issue of Architectural Theory Review seeks to discuss the often overlooked and yet productive negotiations and tensions embedded in the postmodern and contemporary architecture exhibition as form of production. Specifically reflecting on the conflation of the architecture exhibition with environments, to what extent can the productive and problematic aspects of display be considered either as distinct from, o??r as extensions of, those encountered within the art exhibition? In which ways does the architecture exhibition, considered thus, challenge more traditional and unidirectional curator-artist relationships and outcomes? How might the notion of environment (as media, physical settings or systems) in relation to architecture be used a lens through which to understand new forms of exhibition making?

    We are particularly interested in papers reflecting on the conceptualisation and curation of architecture exhibitions, as well as other kinds of exhibitions in which architecture or architectural (or environmental) thinking may be at stake, from the middle of the twentieth century onwards. We also welcome papers addressing biennial and/or triennial exhibitions as forms of display that particularly challenge the temporality of the exhibition as a singular event.

    Full papers may be submitted to the ATR Manuscript Central site<> by June 1, 2018.

    Instructions for authors may be found here<>.

    This issue of ATR (23, no. 1) will be published in April 2019.

    Informal inquiries may be made to<> or<>
  • Revival after the Great War: Repair, Rebuild, Remember

    Leuven | Dates: 08 – 09 May, 2018

    In 2018, in order to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, the City of Leuven and the University of Leuven are organising the international colloquium 'Revival after the Great War: Repair, Rebuild, Remember'.

    On 8 and 9 May we welcome experts from all over the world to present their latest research. Several sessions will look into different aspects of reconstruction and recovery in the 1920’s from an international perspective: human war damage and post-war recovery, the international reception of the reconstruction effort in Belgium, the transformation and modernisation of cities and the countryside, and the role of the arts in the re-establishment of society after the Great War.

    One century later public debates frequently refer to “the coming of the new 20’s”, in recollection of the 1920’s. This colloquium is an attempt to answer the challenging question as to what history of the Great War and its aftermath we actually need. In other words, how and why do we want to remember what about the First World War and its far-reaching consequences?

  • PastForward 2018

    San Francisco | Dates: 13 – 16 Nov, 2018

    PastForward is the premier educational and networking event for those in the business of saving places.

    At the PastForward 2018 conference, we'll feature iconic San Francisco, but also show you a progressive city that is tackling climate change and urban density while maintaining its cultural landscape and intangible heritage—issues that will resonate with preservation practitioners across the country.

  • How do you solve a problem like the Chicago grid: Burnham, Wright, Mahon

    Oak Park | Dates: 29 – 29 Mar, 2018

    For civic leaders in early 20th century Chicago, few issues seemed as vexing for designers as the city's grid, including the era’s groundbreaking architects Daniel Burnham, Frank Lloyd Wright and Marion Mahony Griffin.

     The newly restored Unity Temple provides an inspiring setting for How do you solve a problem like the Chicago grid: Burnham, Wright, Mahony, a free lecture presented by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, 7 p.m., Thursday, March 29 at Unity Temple, 875 Lake St., Oak Park, Ill.

    Author and Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Shiben Banerji will examine how Burnham, Wright and Mahony each defined the problem of the Chicago grid. He will reveal how reflecting on theories developed in the first half of the 20th century can shape contemporary urban planning. 

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