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  • ARLIS/NA+VRA 2016 Joint Conference Call for Proposals

    Seattle | Dates: 19 May – 26 Jun, 2015
    Call for Proposals for ARLIS/NA-VRA 2016 Joint Conference in Seattle, WA, March 8-12. Click the link to read the full CFP.
  • Preserve Iowa Summit 2015: The Power of Preservation

    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. Attendees will learn how to discover, preserve, and enhance our communities’ unique history and sense of place.

    The 2015 Summit will feature more than 25 educational sessions held on or near the historic Winterset Courthouse Square. Ed McMahon of the Urban Land Institute in Washington, DC, Bonnie McDonald, President of Illinois Landmarks and Underground Railroad authority Dr. Matthew Pinsker will deliver keynote addresses throughout the summit. 

    Preservation Iowa will present their “Preservation at its Best” awards and preservationists from across the state will share “Three-Minute Success Stories” in an energetic session sure to inspire! 
    The conference will also include an exhibit hall and opportunities to network with other preservationists at several special events. You won’t want to miss the Mayor’s Reception “Meet Me at Cedar Bridge” which will take place at one of Madison County’s iconic covered bridges.

    Tours of historic preservation successes, downtown Winterset, and significant outlying areas will also be offered. An all-day Underground Railroad workshop with educational sessions, and a tour of related historic sites in southwest Iowa is also planned.

    Who should attend?
    • Historic property owners
    • Members of historic preservation commissions
    • Main Street staff and board members
    • Preservation professionals, consultants and enthusiasts
    • Developers
    • Planning professionals
    • Local government officials
    • Community leaders and civic organizations
    • Architects 
    • Citizens interested in their community’s quality of life

    The Summit is a coordinated effort of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs’ State Historic Preservation Office and the Madison County Historic Preservation Commission; in partnership with Preservation Iowa, Madison County, the City of Winterset, Madison County Development Group, Madison County Chamber of Commerce and the community of Winterset. It is funded in part with Federal funds from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.

    Sponsor: State Historic Preservation Office and the Madison County Historic Preservation Commission

    Contact: Paula Mohr

  • The Past Retooled; The Present Rebooted

    Los Angeles | Dates: 30 Apr – 12 Jun, 2015

    The exhibit surveys 50 years of Carlton Davis’s art.  The 28 works in the show trace his interests in drawing, his experiments manipulating light and shadow through painted wire to create two-sided images, his homage to the long tradition of artists who worked in a variety of media and his use of print media and other ephemera.

    In a recent interview, Davis said, “My art is the residue from the collision of concepts changed by knowledge, means, material, and action.  I love to explore visual thinking – to draw, to study the past masters, to play with ideas and different media — and to write and see what surprising results develop.  Old work is altered by new ideas.  New work is informed by old concepts.”

    The earliest piece, a pastel drawing of the 6th Street Bridge in Downtown Los Angeles, shows Davis’s admiration for forms he found in the city, where he lived and worked during the 1980s and 1990s and developed his work approach.

    The latest piece, “The Very Last Lunch,” is a reboot of the first art work by the artist 50 years ago when, while a student at Yale, he and another student, spoofing contemporary art, invented organic art – nailing a raw fish to a piece of plywood — which they submit to a college art show, only to be rejected. They then created the Salon de Refuse outside the exhibit hall, and discovered that their display of garbage was more popular than the accepted show.  The rebels’ exhibit was reported in the newspaper. An art historian said the students might be onto something avant garde; and for Davis, this began a life journey making art.

    Other pieces in the show include two columns of painted window screens that depict palm trees in Davis’s characteristic style of paint daubs on both sides of screening and a composition in homage to Alfred Bierstadt, great 19th Century painter of the West, comprising five drawings mounted on burnt-wood boxes, updating the contemporary landscape.  The show includes three hangings that are re-worked traditional Chinese scrolls altered with over-drawing and the addition of contemporary images and poetry.

    Davis, author of “The Art Dockuments – Tales of the Drive-by Art Gallery” which traces the history of his alternative gallery located in the loading in the loading dock of his studio, is also an architect with projects throughout the western US.


    New York | Dates: 25 Feb – 13 Sep, 2015

    Distinctive tops that add extra height to high-rises have been characteristic of New York skyscrapers from the first tall office buildings in the 1870s. The word skyscraper, after all, evokes both aerial height and a slender silhouette. The romance of Manhattan's towers has been the inspiration and touchstone for a worldwide surge of signature tops. Stretched spires are also a strategy in the competition for the title of world's tallest building.

    Top Ten lists hold a perennial fascination, and debating definitions of height has spawned three official line- ups based on different metrics: 1) the architectural top; 2) the highest occupied floor; and 3) the tip (including added antennas, flagpoles, etc.). But measuring only vertical height succumbs to one-dimensional thinking that ignores important features of skyscraper design and history.

    TEN TOPS eschews rankings and focuses on one simple group of the world's tallest buildings: 100 stories and higher. The category begins with the 1931 Empire State Building and now includes nearly two dozen towers worldwide that are completed or under construction. Highlighting ten towers in their categorical context, TEN TOPS peers into their uppermost floors and analyzes the architectural features they share, including observation decks, luxury hotels and restaurants, distinctive crowns and night illumination, as well as the engineering and construction challenges of erecting such complex and astonishing structures.

  • Wright on the Park: Saving the City National Bank and Hotel

    Minneapolis | Dates: 13 Jun, 2015

    This year the MNSAH Spring Tour is a two-part event, right here in the Twin Cities. To start, we will tell the story of the efforts to save and restore Frank Lloyd Wright’s National City Bank and Hotel in Mason City, Iowa. MNSAH members Jane King Hession and Bill Olexy produced a documentary that describes the story of one of Wright’s most distinctive commissions, the efforts by the community to save it, and the 21st century restoration of the last remaining hotel by America’s foremost architect. Jane and Bill will discuss the creation of the documentary and we will then view the video.

    The presentation will be followed by a tour of Redeemer Missionary Baptist Church, originally known as Stewart Memorial Presbyterian. The church was designed by William Gray Purcell and George Feick. Completed just before Wright’s National City Bank and Hotel, the church provides an ideal Prairie style setting for MNSAH’s event.

    Where: Redeemer Missionary Baptist Church, 116 East 32nd Street, Minneapolis, MN.

    Park on the street or in the lot on the north side of the church, which may be accessed from the alley along the west side of the church off 32nd Street. 

  • CFP: The Spatial Politics of Architectural Barriers in Renaissance Europe (Boston, 31 Mar-2 Apr 16)

    Boston | Dates: 21 – 29 May, 2015
    Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting Boston, 31 March – 2 April 2016 CALL FOR PAPERS DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: 29 MAY 2015 The Spatial Politics of Architectural Barriers in Renaissance Europe Organizers: Joel Penning (Northwestern University); Maggie Bell (UC Santa Barbara); Morgan Ng (Harvard University) Architectural barriers such as walls and military defenses are never just innocent markers in the built environment, but instruments of socio-spatial exclusion and inclusion whose significance becomes especially pronounced in conditions of crisis or emergency. While scholarship on such structures in the early modern period has largely fallen within the purview of architectural and military history, it may be greatly enriched by insights from social and cultural history, and even the history of science and medicine. From this broad interdisciplinary perspective, then, we invite papers that consider two such categories of architectural boundaries situated physically or metaphorically at the limits of Renaissance civic life. For the first session, “Renaissance barriers I: between sickness and health,” we seek papers that tease out the spatial politics of early modern medical practices. How did Renaissance understandings of contagion or the effects of the natural environment on health affect the division of spaces in medical wards? How were the diverse charitable and salutary functions of hospitals physically organized along the lines of class or gender? How did hospital architecture negotiate between its functions as institutional symbols of religious or civic pride, and as spaces of bodily abjection? And how did public authorities physically contain diseased populations at the urban scale, as well as regulate entry into and exit from the city during periods of plague? In the second session, “Renaissance barriers II: city walls,” we extend the theme to the subject of urban fortifications. To what extent did fortifications serve to control the populace inside the walls, and to what extent did they guard against external intrusion? How did the physical thickness of early modern defensive systems, which were far more substantial than two-dimensional surfaces, change their effectiveness as spatial or conceptual barriers? In addition to serving military functions, how did these boundaries negotiate the movement of urban and rural populations? How did city walls reflect period conceptions of urban identity and citizenship, whether as codified in law, or as represented in the visual arts? Please send a paper title, a 150 word abstract, a list of keywords, and a brief CV (300 words max.) for consideration by MAY 29, 2015 to;;
  • Young Architects Program (YAP) 2015

    New York | Dates: 24 Jun – 05 Sep, 2015

    This exhibition features the five finalists’ proposals from the MoMA/MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program (YAP), and the five finalists from each of our affiliated programs—in Rome at the National Museum of XXI Century Arts (MAXXI), in Santiago, Chile (CONSTRUCTO), in Istanbul, Turkey (Istanbul Modern) and in Seoul, Korea (MMCA). Now in its 16th edition, the Young Architects Program at MoMA PS1 offers emerging architectural talent the opportunity to design and present creative projects, challenging each year’s winners to develop highly innovative designs for a temporary outdoor installation that provides shade, seating, and water. The architects must also work within guidelines that address environmental issues, including sustainability and recycling. The winning designs by Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation (New York, NY) in Long Island City; CORTE (Rome, Italy) in Rome; PATTU (Istanbul, Turkey) in Istanbul; and Society of Architecture (Seoul, Korea) in Seoul will be on view throughout the summer in the courtyards of the respective museums, and in Santiago, Chile, from March through May 2016.


    CONSTRUCTO, Santiago, Chile
    March 5–May 2016

    MAXXI, Rome, Italy
    June 26–September 21, 2015

    Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turkey
    June 10–November 15, 2015

    MMCA, Seoul, Korea
    July 1–September 30, 2015

  • Endless House: Intersections of Art and Architecture

    New York | Dates: 27 Jun, 2015 – 06 Mar, 2016
    Endless House considers the single-family home and archetypes of dwelling as themes for the creative endeavors of architects and artists. Through drawings, photographs, video, installations, and architectural models drawn from MoMA’s collection, the exhibition highlights how artists have used the house as a means to explore universal topics, and how architects have tackled the design of residences to expand their discipline in new ways. The exhibition also marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Austrian-Hungarian-born artist and architect Frederick Kiesler (1890–1965). Taking its name from an unrealized project by Kiesler, Endless House celebrates his legacy and the cross-pollination of art and architecture that made Kiesler's 15-year project a reference point for generations to come. Work by architects and artists spanning more than seven decades is exhibited alongside materials from Kiesler’s Endless House design and images of its presentation in MoMA’s 1960 Visionary Architecture exhibition. Intriguing house designs—ranging from historical projects by Mies van der Rohe, Frank Gehry, Peter Eisenman, and Rem Koolhaas, to new acquisitions from Smiljan Radi and Asymptote Architecture—are juxtaposed with visions from artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Bruce Nauman, Mario Merz, and Rachel Whiteread. Together these works demonstrate how the dwelling occupies a central place in a cultural exchange across generations and disciplines.
  • Landmark Legacy

    New York | Dates: 31 May, 2015

    Explore the exhibition Saving Place: Fifty Years of New York City Landmarks and discover the role of the Landmarks Law in preserving many of the city’s famous buildings and neighborhoods. Choose your favorite New York landmark and create a model of it. Then make a label for your landmark that explains when the building was built, when it was landmarked, and why it is architecturally or historically important.

    Family Programs are geared to families with children ages 6-12 years old.

  • The Reach of the Landmarks Law: A Balancing Act

    New York | Dates: 18 Jun, 2015

    When New York's landmarks law took effect 50 years ago, it forever changed the course of the city's history. But has its proponents' full vision been realized this past half century? In some cases, the law may have in fact been surpassed by newer legislation in other cities. Could ours be strengthened, or are additional preservation tools needed to complement the law? At this panel, preservation experts will discuss these and other questions exploring the possibilities, limitations, and challenges of the landmarks law. This program delves into the themes of our exhibition Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks

    Reception to follow!

    Alison G. Greenberg, Partner, Calcagni & Kanefsky
    Paul W. Edmondson, Chief Legal Officer/General Counsel, National Trust for Historic Preservation
    Leonard Koerner, Chief Assistant Corporation Counsel, NYC Law Department, Office of the Corporation 
    Michael T. Sillerman, Partner, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel
    Meredith J. Kane (moderator), Partner at Paul Weiss 

  • Preserving the Fabric of Our Neighborhoods

    New York | Dates: 26 May, 2015

    Mayor Bill de Blasio has chosen to make affordable housing one of his administration’s chief policy initiatives. “As we invest in more affordable housing,” he said, “we will also work with communities to preserve the fabric of our neighborhoods and invest in things that great neighborhoods need.” Join a group of leading experts as they explore the intersections between historic preservation and affordable housing, portraying how preservation encourages sustainable development and helps to stabilize communities facing financial distress. This program accompanies the City Museum’s exhibition Saving Place: 50 years of New York City Landmarks, on view from April 21 through September 13, 2015.

    Reception to follow!

    Gale Brewer, Borough President of Manhattan
    Ingrid Gould Ellen, Paulette Goddard Professor of Urban Policy and Planning, Director of the Urban Planning Program at NYU Wagner
    Ellen Baxter, Executive Director of Broadway Housing Communities
    Michelle de la Uz, Executive Director of Fifth Avenue Committee 
    Simeon Bankoff (moderator), Executive Director, Historic Districts Council

  • Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks

    New York | Dates: 15 May – 13 Sep, 2015
    Exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the New york City landmarks law at the Museum of the City of New York through September 13, 2015. Co-curated by Andrew S. Dolkart and Donald Albrecht.
  • Transregional Movements in Early Modern Architecture

    Dates: 16 May – 05 Jun, 2015
    Panel sponsored by the European Architectural History Network for the 2016 Renaissance Society of America conference in Boston
  • [BxW NYC] Walking Tour: The High Line

    New York | Dates: 29 – 29 May, 2015
    Tour The High Line with the Built By Women NYC winning design firms, Diller Scofidio + Renfro and James Corner Field Operations. The transformation of the High Line from out-of-use freight rail structure to an extraordinary public park would not have been possible without the vision of the design team of James Corner Field Operations, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Piet Oudolf. Tour with Lisa: Join Lisa Switkin, Principal at James Corner Field Operations, the project lead and landscape architects for the High Line to get a behind-the-scenes look at the park’s unique design. Tour with Matthew: Walk along the High Line with Matthew Johnson, Associate Principal at Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the design architects of the High Line as he narrates the experience and details the park’s design from conception to completion. We will be staggering the start time of each tour to help control the size of the groups. The tour with Lisa will begin at 11am. The tour with Matthew will begin at 11:15am. Each tour will last approximately 1 to 1.5 hours. Each tour is capped at 15 guests each. Read more about Built By Women NYC here: Tickets are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend, the full price of the unused ticket may be treated as a tax-deductible donation to BWAF. The High Line is a 1.5-mile long public park built on an abandoned elevated railroad stretching from the Meatpacking District to the Hudson Rail Yards in Manhattan. Inspired by the melancholic, unruly beauty of this postindustrial ruin, where nature has reclaimed a once vital piece of urban infrastructure, the new park interprets its inheritance. It translates the biodiversity that took root after it fell into ruin in a string of site-specific urban microclimates along the stretch of railway that include sunny, shady, wet, dry, windy, and sheltered spaces. Through a strategy of agri-tecture—part agriculture, part architecture—the High Line surface is digitized into discrete units of paving and planting which are assembled along the 1.5 miles into a variety of gradients from 100% paving to 100% soft, richly vegetated biotopes. The paving system consists of individual pre-cast concrete planks with open joints to encourage emergent growth like wild grass through cracks in the sidewalk. The long paving units have tapered ends that comb into planting beds creating a textured, “pathless” landscape where the public can meander in unscripted ways. The park accommodates the wild, the cultivated, the intimate, and the social. Access points are durational experiences designed to prolong the transition from the frenetic pace of city streets to the slow otherworldly landscape above. Tour Guides Matthew Johnson joined the studio in 1999 and was promoted to Associate Principal in 2014. He attended University of Michigan Ann Arbor and received a Master of Architecture from Princeton School of Architecture. He has been practicing architecture for over 15 years. Matthew has extensive experience in the design and realization of new media and public art projects. He has historically led the independent art projects at DS+R, including Musings on a Glass Box, an immersive installation at the Fondation Cartier; Facsimile, a multi-media public art installation in San Francisco; Living Room, a public art installation in Trafalgar Square, London; Pure Mix: The Snow Show, a temporary public art project in Finland; and Travelogues, an installation at New York’s JFK Airport. Matthew has been the Project Architect of the High Line since the competition in 2004. He has served as the Lead Designer for the Stanford McMurtry Art and Art History Building as well as for the re-design of the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. He was intimately involved in Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Redevelopment Project, serving as Project Leader for the 65th Street Infoscape; early technical design of the Eyebeam Museum Art and Technology; the interactive media design of the Blur pavilion, and the Media Cut project for the Swiss Expo. Prior to DS+R, Johnson worked at Studio Daniel Libeskind in Berlin. Lisa Switkin is Principal at James Corner Field Operations, a leading-edge landscape architecture, urban design and public realm practice based in New York City. As the principal-in-charge of many of the practice’s complex public realm projects, Lisa led the design of the High Line in New York, Tongva Park in Santa Monica, and the Race Street Pier in Philadelphia. She is currently overseeing the South Street Seaport, Domino Sugar Waterfront, and Greenpoint Landing in New York; Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis and the Master Plans for the Lincoln Road District and The Underline in Miami. She also worked on the Navy Yards Central Green in Philadelphia, Shelby Farms Park in Memphis, and the Master Plans for Freshkills Park and Seattle’s Central Waterfront. Lisa was a Rome Prize fellow from 2007-2008. Lisa has a BA in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught graduate level design studios and has lectured at universities, symposiums, foundations and institutions around the world.
  • Turner Prize 2015 Exhibition

    Glasgow | Dates: 01 Oct, 2015 – 17 Jan, 2016

    Arguably Europe's most prestigious visual art award is coming to Tramway and Scotland for the first time this Autumn.

    The Turner Prize is awarded to a British artist under the age of 50 for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the preceding year.  The Turner Prize award is £40,000 with £25,000 going to the winner and £5,000 each for the other shorlisted artists.

    The four shortlisted artists for Turner Prize 2015 are:

    Bonnie Camplin
    Janice Kerbel
    Nicole Wermers​

    ​​​​​​​Join in with the discussion on Twitter using #TurnerPrize​

    In addition to the exhibition, there will be an extensive programme of workshops, talks, tours and activites for people of all ages to get involved and be inspired by the creativity on show. 

    This year's Turner Prize Jury are:

    - Mr Alistair Hudson, Director, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
    - Jan Verwoert, Critic and Curator
    - Ms Joanna Mytkowska, Director, Warsaw Museum of Modern Art
    - Ms Kyla McDonald, Artistic Director, Glasgow Sculpture Studios

    The Jury is chaired by Dr Penelope Curtis, Director of Tate Britain.​​​

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Modernization

    Washington | Dates: 18 Jun, 2015

    The DC Public Library has hired the award-winning architect team of D.C.-based Martinez & Johnson and the Dutch firm Mecanoo Architecten to design the modernization of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. The team will present preliminary renderings of plans to transform this historic Ludwig Mies van der Rohe building into an amazing center for education, entrepreneurship and entertainment for the residents of the District of Columbia. Learn more about the plans at

    1.0 LU HSW (AIA) .
    Free. Pre-registration required.

  • The SAGA of Continuous Architecture

    Tokyo | Dates: 06 – 07 Jun, 2015

    The occasion of the Yokohama Port Terminal competition in 1995 was a watershed for the discipline in many respects. A new generation of architects and theorists across the globe seized it as a platform to explore emerging modalities in design, design technology, and delivery which would in the ensuing decades become the medium through which and against which much of contemporary practice plays out. To understand this shift is to recognize that Yokohama elicited changes not simply in one architectural register but across almost all of the disciplinary and sub-disciplinary categories that involve the conception and practice of design.

    This symposium will reengage Yokohama with neither nostalgia nor negativity. The symposium is designed to trace the birth, development of the notion of Continuous Architecture which became a basis for the design of Yokohama, and finally discuss the influence on the contemporaneous condition and its possibility in the future.

    June 6 (Sat) 17:00-20:00
    Arata Isozaki Keynote Lecture: System and Structure of “Wa” Spaces
    The University of Tokyo Engineer Bldg.1 Lecture room 15
    (Opens from 16:30, 100 seats maximum, Free admission)
    – Arata Isozaki (Arata Isozaki & Associates)
    – Eric Owen Moss (SCI-Arc, Eric Owen Moss Architects)
    – Jeffrey Kipnis (The Ohio State University)
    – Kengo Kuma (The University of Tokyo, Kengo Kuma & Associates)
    – Yusuke Obuchi (The University of Tokyo)

    June 7 (Sun) 10:00-16:30
    Symposium: The Saga of Continuous Architecture
    Yokohama International Port Terminal Osanbashi Hall
    (Opens from 09:30, 800 seats maximum, Free admission)

    Session 1:  “Agile Topologies: bringing the ground to life”
    – Alejandro Zaera-Polo (Princeton University, AZPML)
    – Kunio Watanabe (Structural Design Group)
    – Jesse Reiser (Princeton University, Reiser+Umemoto RUR Architecture)
    – Nanako Umemoto (Columbia University, Reiser+Umemoto RUR Architecture)
    – Jeffrey Kipnis (The Ohio State University)

    Session 2:  “The generalized calculated surface: The incredible, Lightness and Being”
    – Kazuyo Sejima (SANAA)
    – Mutsuro Sasaki (Hosei University, Sasaki and Partners)
    – Hernan Diaz Alonso (SCI-Arc, XEFIROTARCH)
    – Liam Young (Princeton University, Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today)
    – Yusuke Obuchi (The University of Tokyo)
    – Arata Isozaki (Arata Isozaki & Associates)

  • Film Screening: Take Shelter

    Silver Spring | Dates: 16 May, 2015

    “[A] frightening thriller based not on special effects gimmicks but on a dread that seems quietly spreading in the land…” — Roger Ebert

    “…Nichols has a genius for making landscapes and everyday objects resonate like crazy, for nailing the texture of dread.” — David Edelstein, New York Magazine

    Arkansas-native Jeff Nichols (MUD, SHOTGUN STORIES) directs this exquisite study in the unsettling power of fear. A working class Ohio father (Michael Shannon) grows increasingly anxious about the safety of his wife (Jessica Chastain) and deaf daughter (Tova Stewart) as his grasp on reality breaks down. Terrifying visions compel him to take actions that put family and friends at risk, in this slow-to-unwind but impossible to shake parable about the instability of modern life.

    DIR/SCR Jeff Nichols; PROD Sophia Lin, Tyler Davidson. US, 2011, color, 121 min. RATED R

    Show times subject to change. Go to  to view the complete schedule.

    Co-presented by the AFI Silver Theatre and the National Building Museum. Special thanks to the AFI Silver Theatre for its collaboration, including director of programming Todd Hitchcock, and associate programmer Josh Gardner. For more information visit

    Ticket Information:

    Tickets may be purchased online at or at the AFI box office, located at 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, Maryland (opens 30 minutes before the first show of the day). Please note that tickets are not available for purchase through the National Building Museum. Metro: Red Line to Silver Spring.

    $8.50 AFI and NBM members | $12 General Admission | $10 Seniors (65+), Students (with valid ID), and Military | $7 Children (12 and under).

    AFI Members who show their membership card will receive the member rate to National Building Museum exhibitions, including "Designing for Disaster".

    Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015 
    Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    This event does not require an RSVP. Registered users can request event reminders.

  • Scaling Washington

    Washington | Dates: 21 Mar, 2015 – 03 Jan, 2016

    "Winterbottom smartly turns to time-lapse photography, packaged in a high-quality video format, to show how light travels through the cathedral’s stained-glass windows and across its neutral stone walls—a journey as slow as flowing lava and as mesmerizing as a kaleidoscope." - Washington City Paper

    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."

  • HOT TO COLD: an odyssey of architectural adaptation

    Washington | Dates: 24 Jan – 30 Aug, 2015

    "HOT TO COLD is obligatory for anyone who cares about architecture and museums."—The Washington Post

    On the heels of its summer blockbuster BIG Maze, the international design firm BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) returns to the National Building Museum with a behind-the-scenes look at its creative process. The exhibition, HOT TO COLD: an odyssey of architectural adaptation, takes visitors from the hottest to the coldest parts of our planet and explores how BIG's design solutions are shaped by their cultural and climatic contexts. More than 60 three-dimensional models will be suspended at the second-floor balconies of the Museum's historic Great Hall in an unprecedented use of this public space.

    Founded in 2005 by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, BIG has taken the world by storm with its seductive, sustainable, and community-driven designs. Ingels, named by WSJ Magazine in 2011 as Innovator of the Year in Architecture, has coined the phrase "hedonistic sustainability" to reflect his philosophy that environmentally responsible buildings and neighborhoods need not be defined by pain and sacrifice. Ingels says that architecture is not just about decorating a box, but also about reconfiguring things for the better. He explains, "If we're extremely successful we can maybe build 50 structures in our life span. But if we can make something that inspires others, it might be the beginning of a new species that can evolve and migrate, and we can make a much more substantial impact on the world we play a role in creating."

    BIG's projects are currently taking shape from Copenhagen to Manhattan, from Shenzhen to Paris, and soon in Calgary and Vancouver. Now, with a major part of the practice located in New York—and a major stake in Washington, D.C.'s infrastructure as the designer of a $2 billion National Mall and Smithsonian refurbishment—a BIG influence on American architecture and urbanism has begun.

    HOT TO COLD premieres 20 of the studio's latest projects, interpreted through Iwan Baan's masterful photography of BIG's built work, films by Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine, and the Grammy Award-winning graphic artist Stefan Sagmeister’s design for the accompanying catalog by Taschen.

    Start your visit on the ground floor, with a stop at the firm's enormous model for a new Danish LEGO museum made (made of LEGO bricks of course!). On the second floor, follow the path around the entire balcony to explore all the firm's projects, organized by hottest to the coldest parts of our planet and showcasing how BIG's solutions are shaped by cultural and climatic contexts.

    Read our complete staff-recommended walkthrough to get the most out of your vist.