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  • You Are Here: Creating a New Approach to Civic Participation in the World’s Park

    New York | Dates: 12 Apr – 03 May, 2015

    Join us on Sunday, April 12, 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the Queens Museum for the opening of You Are Here: Creating a New Approach to Civic Participation in the World’s Park, an exhibition featuring community-driven design concepts to improve access and circulation around and within Flushing Meadows Corona Park (FMCP). The opening event will also include presentations by the designers, project partners, and local elected officials, followed by a public feedback session.

    As the culmination of the first phase of The World’s Park: Reconnecting a Regional Park with Its Neighbors, a partnership between the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, the Queens Museum, and the Design Trust for Public Space, the exhibition illustrates current connectivity challenges within FMCP, and highlights the creative opportunities for the Park’s future. A group of Community Advisors, residents of the neighboring communities who have volunteered to be part of a four-month long ‘community design school’, will present their design concepts, including innovative information kiosks, art installations for park entrances, wayfinding landmarks, sensory play areas for children with special needs, and more.

    Anyone interested in the future of Flushing Meadows Corona Park is invited and encouraged to attend this event. Guests will have a chance to engage with the Community Advisors regarding their proposed design concepts and help refine the concepts towards actionable ideas that can enhance the connectivity of the park with its surrounding neighborhoods.

    Exhibition on view: April 12 - May 3, 2015*

    Opening Program: Sunday, April 12
    2 - 3 p.m.: Presentations by Community Advisors, Project Partners, and Elected Officials
    3 - 4 p.m.: Public feedback session
    4 - 5 p.m.: Opening reception

    * Simultaneous Spanish and Mandarin interpretation will be offered.  If you know of anyone who needs assistance in another language, please get in touch with us: Jose Serrano-McClain, Community Organizer, jserrano@queensmuseum.org.

    http://www.queensmuseum.org/2015/03/you-are-here

  • Lecture: Celebrating Pittsburgh: Its Character and Significance

    Wilkinsburg | Dates: 16 Jun, 2015

    Louise Sturgess
    Executive Director, Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation
    Tuesday, June 16, 2015
    6:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m.

    Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
    744 Rebecca Avenue, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

    This presentation of 72 images, so rich in detail, was created in 2008 for the Frick Art & Historical Center’s exhibition, “A Panorama of Pittsburgh: Nineteenth-Century Printed Views.” Following an overview of Pittsburgh’s physical development, the presentation concentrates on a series of 19th-century lithographs, watercolors, prints, and even a letter that were made to describe, publicize, and promote the city. It concludes with a fast-paced tour of 21st-century Pittsburgh, showing how the 19th-century lives on in notable landmarks. Memorable quotations from David McCullough (author/historian), Walter C. Kidney (author), David Lewis (urban planner), and Clyde Hare (photographer), among others, help define Pittsburgh’s unique character and significance.

    About the presenter: Louise Sturgess is the Executive Director of PHLF. Louise works with fellow staff members, docents, and many trustees to raise funds for, create, and implement various educational programs––school tours, architectural design challenges, lectures, membership tours, and publications featuring regional history and architecture. Louise is a fifth generation Pittsburgher, a graduate of Bucknell University (English and Economics), and an employee of PHLF since 1981.

    This lecture is free to PHLF Members. Click here for more information about PHLF membership and please join!
    Non-members: $5

    RSVPs are appreciated. Contact Mary Lu Denny at 412-471-5808 ext. 527

  • Lecture: Recycling Space: New Architecture for Old Places

    Wilkinsburg | Dates: 07 May, 2014

    Eric Fisher
    Principal, Fisher ARCHitecture
    Thursday, May 7, 2015
    6:00 p.m. — 7:30 p.m.

    Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
    744 Rebecca Avenue, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

    Architects do not create the world as we design; we respond to it. However, despite the fact that our designs become richer as they begin to express the conditions of their surroundings, more often than not new Pittsburgh buildings do not reflect the character of the city we love. In this lecture, we focus on demonstrations of how new and old may come together as friendly neighbors without pretending to be exactly alike.

    About the presenter: Eric Fisher AIA, LEED AP, is the Principal at Fisher ARCHitecture, a Pittsburgh firm he founded in 2006. A fourth generation Pittsburgher, Eric has more than 25 years of experience as an architect, working in Europe and the United States, including a four-year stint apprenticing with Richard Meier, the “King of Rigor” detailing the Los Angeles Getty Museum. Locally, he was project architect for Perfido Weiskopf Architects of the Whole Foods Market building in East Liberty, among many other significant large and small-scale projects. He holds Engineering, Visual Arts, and Architecture degrees from Dartmouth College and Harvard University.

    This lecture is free to PHLF Members. Click here for more information about PHLF membership and please join!
    Non-members: $5

    RSVPs are appreciated. Contact Mary Lu Denny at 412-471-5808 ext. 527

  • Preservation Pub® in Oakland

    Oakland | Dates: 21 May, 2015
    Join Restore Oregon for a  Preservation Pub in Oakland! This event is one of a series of programs intended to connect Oregonians to the stories behind the still-to-be discovered gems of Oregon history. Topics include the local campaign to save the 1865 Mildred Kanipe house, restoration and reuse of Pioneer-era properties, and answers to your historic preservation questions. No RSVP or historic preservation background is required to have a good time!
  • Current Work: Shigeru Ban

    New York | Dates: 17 Jun, 2015

    Current Work
    Shigeru Ban
    Shigeru Ban Architects
    “Works and Humanitarian Activities”

    1.5 AIA and New York State CEUs

    This lecture is co-sponsored by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union.

    Each year, The Architectural League’s Current Work series presents the work of significant international figures, who powerfully influence contemporary architectural practice and shape the future of the built environment. Shigeru Ban of Shigeru Ban Architects will present his work in a public lecture.

    With a portfolio that spans diverse scales, from refugee housing and other temporary structures, to houses, commercial structures, and cultural facilities, Shigeru Ban’s work is united by structural innovation, creative use of unconventional building materials, and environmental sensitivity. The 2014 winner of the Pritzker Prize, Ban was lauded by the jury for “his respect for the people who inhabit his buildings, whether victims of natural disaster or private clients or the public…always revealed through his thoughtful approach, functional plans, carefully selected appropriate materials, and the richness of the spaces he creates.”

    Shigeru Ban founded Tokyo-based Shigeru Ban Architects in 1982. The firm has since expanded to New York and Paris. He became a consultant to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 1995 and founded the NGO Voluntary Architects’ Network in the same year to support disaster relief. Notable projects include: Japan Pavilion, Expo 2000, Hannover; Nomadic Museum, New York; Seikei University Library and Nicolas G Hayek Center, both in Tokyo; Paper Temporary School/Hualin Elementary School, Chengdu; Centre Pompidou-Metz; Container Temporary Housing, Onagawa, Japan; Paper Partition System 4 for Evacuation Facilities, East Japan; Cardboard Cathedral, Christchurch, New Zealand; Aspen Art Museum; and Oita Prefectural Art Museum, Oita, Japan.

    Ban was a professor at Keio University from 2001 to 2008. He is an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada; Honorary Member of the Japan Institute of Architects; le grade commandeur of l’Ordre des Arts at des Letters in France; and recipient of the International Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

    Shigeru Ban has also been recognized internationally for his architectural design and relief efforts. He is a recipient of this year’s World Economic Forum Crystal Award; the Asahi Prize in 2014; and the Arnold Brunner Memorial Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2005.

  • Dialectic IV: Architecture at Service – A Profession between Luxury Provision, Public Agency and Counter-Culture

    Salt Lake City | Dates: 05 Apr – 01 Jun, 2015
    When defining architecture, the debate codified in mid-nineteenth century as “Architecture: Art or Profession” is far from dead. The face-off between arts and crafts architects and neo-classicists at Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) persists on partly similar and partly modified terms. The emphasis on the primacy of the program, function, and technological problem solving is still robust; though there is no consensus among its champions about the addressee of architectural design. There is little agreement if architecture should be serving the interests of the client, the users, or the vision of the architect. Should its primary duty be to the profession, the debates in the media, or the symbolic client, namely the public at large? The opponents of this faction, in turn, insist on artistic freedom from such constraints and call for the autonomy of the discipline. Art-architects as well as practitioners of architectural history, aesthetic philosophy, and semiotics dominate this faction. These questions are highly charged with political and ideological leaning, full of consequences for teaching, practice, and society, and therefore in need of dialectical interrogation. A materialist reading of history frames architecture both as part of the superstructure (intellectual culture) and the productive base of the society. Architects are involved in matter-of-fact processes of production and organization of labor. They have a say in the distribution of goods, products, and services, and they are complicit in the reproduction of labor forces. A neo-liberal society could only create a neo-liberal architecture. There is no room for artistic agency in this position. Critical theorists of a slightly different persuasion, however, argue for a more dialectical relationship between culture and base. They allow vanguard architecture a degree of agency or semi-autonomy, if you will. They point to the ‘soft critique’ of Mies van der Rohe or John Hejduk, erect the worth of the ‘esoteric musings’ of Kenzo Tange or Jeffrey Bawa, and most recently, hold sacred the ‘gorilla tactics’ of rebel architects in Israel, the occupied West Bank, Pakistan, Spain, Nigeria, and elsewhere. These concrete examples create faith in the possibility of brave comment and critical practice. They enact meaningful effects in the world beyond representation and artistic intention, within the stranglehold of existing societal forces. And then, of course, we are reminded that there might be room for counter-culture practices within everyday spaces. The literature taught in architectural schools abounds with theories and practices of appropriation, poaching, and tactics within the city by the ubiquitous woman without qualities. Dialectic IV invites papers with new takes on the long-held proposition that architects are providers of design services. They service everyone from the status quo all the way to the subaltern. We know well how architects have historically fashioned themselves to be able to procure the most valued building commissions a people have to offer. There are temples, churches and shrines, palaces and private villas, and surely monuments, state institutions and corporate headquarters. But how have the members of the same profession managed to fashion themselves as the custodians of the public good? Are the career paths of luxury providers and community supporters mutually exclusive or mutually beneficial? Does one make the other possible? How are the careers of community architects and activist-designers sustained? What about those who traverse these boundaries? What kind of a dialogue exists or should exist between agents of the elite, public agents and producers of counter culture? Do Marxist thinkers regard these as impossible questions? Architects are also at the service of specific expectations – that of their peers, academia, and the media. We need to consider the kind of career choices, aspirations, and skills professional training and professional bodies (such as AIA, NCARB or RIBA) offer? Historians tell us that most of the socially and artistically progressive buildings are historical accidents. Only where the paths of talented architects have crossed the tracts of “enlightened” affluent clients, have we had progressive departures from “business as usual.” Are progressive-minded architects operating in the luxury market restricted to mute representations and subject to the whims of chance? Following the thematic issues of Dialectic II on architecture and economy and Dialectic III on design-build, the fourth issue of our peer-review journal will explore architecture at service – of whom, for whom, service to what ideals and realized how.

    Deadline: 
    June 1st, 2015

    Requirements:
    Abstract (350 words)
    Short CV

    The editors value critical statements and alternative practices. We hope to include instructive case studies and exciting models for professional practice. Possible contributions may also include mapping of ongoing debates across the world, book, journal, exhibition and new media reviews. Please send abstracts of 350 words and short CVs to Ole W. Fischer fischer@arch.utah.edu and Shundana Yusaf shundana@arch.utah.edu by June 1st, 2015.

    Accepted authors will be notified by June 15th. Photo essays with 6-8 images and full papers of 2500-3500 words must be submitted by August 15, 2015, (including visual material, endnotes, and permissions for illustrations) to undergo an external peer-review process. This issue of Dialectic is expected to be out in print by spring 2016.

    DIALECTIC a refereed journal of the School of Architecture, CA+P, University of Utah
    ISSN: 2333-5440 (print)
    ISSN: 2333-5459 (electronic)
  • 2015 Preserve Iowa Summit

    Winterset | Dates: 25 – 27 Jun, 2015
    The third annual Preserve Iowa Summit is the premier statewide annual conference for professionals and volunteers involved in historic preservation in Iowa. The Summit will feature 25 educational sessions held on or near the historic Winterset Courthouse Square. Ed McMahon of the Urban Land Institute in Washington, D.C., Bonnie McDonald, President of Landmarks Illinois, and Underground Railroad authority Dr. Matthew Pinsker will deliver keynote addresses. Sessions on historic tax credits, placemaking, board development, preservation trades and other preservation topics round out the conference.
  • Fifth Annual Mother-Daughter Tea at the Glessner House

    Chicago | Dates: 02 May, 2015

    Saturday May 2, 2015 at 11:30am
    $35 per person / $30 for museum members
    Glessner House dining room
    Prepaid reservations required to 312-326-1480

    We are pleased to offer this rare opportunity to dine in our historic dining room.  Surrounded by beautiful oak paneling, a gilt ceiling, and a fireplace clad in exotic Persian tiles, attendees will be treated to a traditional high tea with fine china, silver, and an assortment of delicious treats.  Curator William Tyre will share beautiful examples of jewelry worn by Frances Glessner and her daughter, not normally on public display.  Invite your mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, or good friend for what promises to be a most memorable experience.  Tickets sell quickly, don't delay!

  • Lina Bo Bardi: Together

    Chicago | Dates: 24 Apr – 25 Jul, 2015

    The Graham Foundation is pleased to announce the first U.S. presentation of Lina Bo Bardi: Together—an exhibition that pays tribute to the work and legacy of twentieth-century, Italian-Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi. Featuring new works by artist Madelon Vriesendorp, filmmaker Tapio Snellman, and photographer Ioana Marinescu, this exhibition endeavors to inspire new conversations around Lina Bo Bardi’s work. It brings to life the experience of Bo Bardi’s buildings and inclusive approach to design, which aimed to dispel aesthetic and social hierarchies and embraced the texture and diversity of her adopted Brazil. Curated by Noemi Blager and designed by London-based architecture and design firm Assemble, Lina Bo Bardi: Together will open to the public with a reception at the Graham Foundation’s Madlener House on April 24, 2015.

    Noemi Blager is an architect and curator from Buenos Aires, Argentina, who is now based in London. She is former acting director of the Architecture Foundation in London and member of the Design Museum's curatorial committee. Blager is advisor of the Lina Bo Bardi Fellowship, a project initiated by the British Council to create long-term connections between British and Brazilian artists, designers, and architects. In 2003, Blager collaborated with OMA on the exhibition Content,presented in Germany and the Netherlands. She is the culture and development consultant at the Italian design company Arper. She has been a guest lecturer at the Institut für Kunst und Architektur, Vienna; Kingston College, London; and ESADE, Barcelona; as well as tutor of architectural design at the University of Buenos Aires.

    Madelon Vriesendorp co-founded the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) with Rem Koolhaas and Elia and Zoe Zenghelis. Her paintings have been used for numerous book and magazine covers, notably Delirious New York (1978) by Rem Koolhaas. Her work has been exhibited at the Serpentine Gallery (London), Guggenheim Museum and Max Protetch galleries (New York), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Aedes Gallery (Berlin), Gallery Ma (Tokyo), Architectural Association (London), and the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale. Vriesendorp’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Canadian Center for Architecture, and Frac Lorraine, France. Since the mid-1980s, she has taught art and design at the Architectural Association, London, and Edinburgh School of Art.

    Tapio Snellman is a filmmaker, artist, and architect engaged in architectural and urban discourse. His work includes film installations, commercial moving images, experimental 3D animation, and site-specific projections for museums, theater, and dance. He has had long-term collaborations with creators, such as Herzog & de Meuron, Zaha Hadid, OMA, David Adjaye, and Sasha Waltz on film, animation, and performance projects. Snellman received degrees in Architecture and City Planning from the University of North London and Universität Stuttgart, and currently holds a lecturing position at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. His films and installations have been exhibited at numerous venues, including The Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate Modern, The Hayward Gallery, and The Design Museum, London; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki; and at several iterations of the Venice Architecture Biennale.

    Ioana Marinescu is a London-based artist working with photography. She studied architecture in Romania and the UK before turning to photography. Her work has been shown at the Architectural Association and RIBA, London; the Cité du patrimoine et de l’architecture, Paris; the Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna; and the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal. Marinescu teaches architecture at Kingston University in London and runs regular workshops and lectures on photography and architecture. Her PhD at the Slade School of Fine Art is concerned with the relationship between cities and memory.

    Assemble is a young architecture and design practice based in London. Founded by a collective of 18 members, its work covers a broad range of disciplines, mediums and interests. Through a collaborative working practice Assemble explores design ideas, testing unexpected and imaginative uses of materials and construction. Previous projects range from an experimental theatre space to affordable housing development. Assemble has exhibited internationally, and numerous awards include the Bauwelt international architecture prize (2013) and the New London Architecture Awards (2012). The setting for this exhibition has been designed by Assemble to be a re-enactment of the experience of Lin Bo Bardi’s work.

    Arper is a furniture design company based in Treviso, Italy, and is the main sponsor of Lina Bo Bardi: Together.

    Instituto Lina Bo e P. M. Bardi in São Paulo, Brazil, is open to the public and holds the archives of Lina Bo Bardi and Pietro Maria Bardi.

  • 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.