The title of the 2015 edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial will be The State of the Art of Architecture.
What is The State of the Art of Architecture today? More than a profession or a repertoire of built artifacts, architecture is a dynamic cultural practice that permeates fundamental registers of everyday life—from housing to education, from environmental awareness to economic growth, from local communities to global networks. In an age of accelerated change, today’s architects, artists, designers, planners, and activists are developing an extraordinary range of visionary ideas that test the limits of these realms of everyday life. As a platform for the creative breakthroughs that are reimagining the ways we inhabit and shape the world around us, the Chicago Architecture Biennial will bring an international and intergenerational network of architectural talent together to explore the ambitions, challenges and possibilities that are fueling the architectural imagination today and steering the future of the field.
The State of the Art of Architecture will offer an opportunity to take stock of architectural projects and experiments from around the world, establishing a broad foundation for future editions of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. With an incredible breadth of design approaches, research interests, and cultural perspectives, it will offer a global stage for debate and the exchange of ideas.
The inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial takes its title, The State of the Art of Architecture, from a 1977 conference organized by architect Stanley Tigerman, which invited leading American designers to Chicago to discuss the current state of the field. The Chicago Architecture Biennial will expand the spirit and scope of this event. It will invite both emerging and established practices from across the world to Chicago to demonstrate how groundbreaking advances in architectural design are tackling the most pressing issues of today. In this way it will enrich Chicago’s unique role in history as a crucible of architectural innovation. The setting for a succession of pivotal episodes in modern architecture and urbanism, and a context in which architects such as Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Mies van der Rohe developed revolutionary projects, Chicago will operate as a nexus for the ideas and practices that are driving global architectural culture in the 21st century.
Digital technologies are driving important changes in archaeology. Despite the increasing acceptance of digital technology in daily life, however, determining how to assess digital scholarship has proved difficult: many universities remain unsure about how to evaluate digital work along side more traditional forms of print publication when faced with tenure and promotion decisions. Recognizing the value of digital scholarship, and aiming to encourage its practice, the AIA offers this award to honor projects, groups, and individuals that deploy digital technology in innovative ways in the realms of excavation, research, teaching, publishing, or outreach.
For nomination criteria and form, go to https://archaeological.org/awards/digitalarch
We are delighted to announce the launch of Journal18 – a new digital publication entirely dedicated to eighteenth-century art and material culture.
Journal18 is a digital, open access, peer-reviewed journal devoted to art and culture of the long eighteenth century from around the globe.
Inspired by the rich and exciting state of the field of eighteenth-century art history and the current lack of a journal that truly supports that richness, Journal18 has been founded to provide that space. Taking form as a digital, flexible, open-access publication, Journal18 seeks the widest possible engagement with the latest research in the field.
Appearing twice a year, Journal18 will publish thematic issues of articles investigating all aspects of eighteenth-century social and cultural history with a strong emphasis on visual and material culture.
Throughout the year, Journal18 will also offer a forum for intellectual exchange in the “Notes & Queries” section: a space for short notes, reviews, archival discoveries, or scholarly musings.
Journal18 will launch in Spring 2016 with Issue #1 – Multilayered. This inaugural issue of Journal18 will explore the multilayered nature of eighteenth-century art. Contributions will focus on artworks that bear traces of multiple hands as a result of workshop production, cross-cultural exchange, re-use, restoration, vandalism, or other factors. We are currently accepting submissions for Notes & Queries, but we are not accepting submissions for #1 Multilayered.
For all inquiries including proposals for contributions to “Notes & Queries” please contact the editors at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep up to date with Journal18 by following us on Twitter @Journal18_ and Facebook.
Noémie Etienne (Getty Research Institute) Meredith Martin (Institute of Fine Arts-NYU) Hannah Williams (University of Oxford)
Nebahat Avcioglu (Hunter College/CUNY); Finbarr Barry Flood (Institute of Fine Arts, New York); Esther Bell (Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco); Daniela Bleichmar (University of Southern California); Jeffrey Collins (Bard Graduate Center, New York); Thomas Crow (Institute of Fine Arts, New York); Craig Hanson (Calvin College); Anne Higonnet (Barnard College/Columbia University); Kristina Kleutghen (Washington University, St Louis); Anne Lafont (INHA, Paris); Ewa Lajer-Burcharth (Harvard University); Mark Ledbury (University of Sydney); Katie Scott (Courtauld Institute of Art); Charlotte Vignon (Frick Collection); Michael Yonan (University of Missouri
The Marion Dean Ross Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historian's 2015 conference program has been published! This year, the conference will be based in Ashland, Oregon, October 23-25, 2015. The program and registration information can be found here:
The theme is "Artifice and Authenticity in Architecture! To Play or Not To Play?" The conference will be based in Ashland, but we will also be spending time in nearby Medford and Jacksonville.
The key dates are as follows:
September 22, 2015 - Deadline for conference hotel rate
October 7, 2015 - Registration deadline without a late fee
October 20, 2015 - Deadline for off-site registration
October 23-25, 2015 - Conference in Ashland
For updates and breaking news, go to the SAH MDR website:
As always, check out our SAH MDR blog for news about historic architecture in the Pacific Northwest:
Announcement for the new book series: Critical Studies in Architecture of the Middle East
Critical Studies in Architecture of the Middle East is devoted to the most recent scholarship concerning historic and contemporary architecture, landscape, and urban design of the Middle East and of regions shaped by diasporic communities more globally. We invite interdisciplinary studies from diverse perspectives that address the visual characteristics of the built environment, ranging from architectural case studies to urban analysis. The series will illustrate a range of approaches to the commission, design, construction, use, and reception of buildings and landscapes throughout the region; concurrently, it will illuminate the region’s diverse architectural cultures and traditions. The series intends to present the history, theory, practice, and critical analyses of historical and contemporary architecture, landscape, and urban design, as well as the interpretation and conservation of the region’s existing cultural heritage. It will include surveys, monographs, and edited volumes.
Series editors: Mohammad Gharipour & Christiane Gruber
Please submit your book proposals to the series editors. The following is the link to the book proposal template: http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/repository/index/
This RFP is a call for an immersive, participatory, location-based “adventure” (for you to define!). (re)Newport’s goal is to expose Newport, Rhode Island's cultural treasures, its buildings and landscape, and its histories and myths in an effort to build community, invigorate connections between and beyond the cultural sector, and spark curiosity and wonder.
(re)Newport is the inaugural pilot project of the Catalyzing Newport initiative. As such, we are
looking for a team of three entrepreneurial scholars, artists and techies to help us develop a proof-of-concept that we can then scale out with more dedicated resources. You may apply as a team;
however, we are happy to create the team from among the applicant pool. A good model for this
work is “One week, One tool” – where expansive thinkers come together for a concentrated time to
solve a challenge. Intrigued? Great! Keep reading below to learn more about the creators’ hopes for
this project and the RFP’s parameters.
Successful projects will create a tool and/or a prototype to:
• Creatively engage the collections and networks of all of the Catalyzing Newport institutions
• Incorporate diverse locations across Newport including a mix of public, private and semi-public
places, indoor and outdoor spaces and the waterfront
• Engage Newport’s diverse communities, classes, races and subcultures to promote civic
• Allow participants to shape their own experiences through physical and digital interactions
• Acknowledge real or perceived loss and/or contested spaces or narratives
• Produce tangible traces or artifacts that outlive the experience
Submissions will be reviewed by a Catalyzing Newport committee (comprised of selected steering committee members, project team and advisors, and past catalysts). The committee will award three individuals with stipends ($1000 each), plus room and board, to come to Newport, RI, for four days to create a (re)Newport prototype.
• Interested individuals are encouraged to submit 1) up to a 2-page CV or resume, 2) a short bio,
and, 3) bulleted list of relevant collaborative work/project/work samples.
• All proposals should be submitted with a Letter of Intent that outlines 1) how your past work and
future plans address the aims of the project, 2) your experience working on collaborative projects,
and 3) your idea for what the “adventure” could be – or some model projects that would inspire
your adventure idea.
Outside Design, a collateral event of the first Chicago Architecture Biennial, will explore the turn in art and design toward biotechnology and ecological systems. Curated by Jonathan Solomon, SAIC’s Director of the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects, this show will bring together five firms whose research-based work develops new knowledge at the edges of design practice. The practices—Analog Media Lab (Urbana-Champaign, IL), Ants of the Prairie (Buffalo, NY), The Living (New York City), Species of Space (Chicago), and Sweet Water Foundation (Chicago)—pursue projects that move outside of their core of expertise and into the center of other fields. Responding to these dialogic practices, the exhibition will be organized as a series of laboratories installed across the galleries, engaged throughout the fall by students, faculty, and visiting artists and designers. This mode of collaborative experimentation and exchange will continuously transform the gallery space, resulting in new projects and installations and pushing the boundaries of disciplinarity. An ambitious schedule of programs will further activate the space, and connect to local arts and design institutions.
The Forum for Architecture, Culture and Spirituality is hosting its 2016 International Symposium in the town of New Harmony, Indiana, whose origins can be traced to the religious and secular utopianism of Georg Rapp and Robert Owen. The central theme of ACS8 is utopia as an idea and ideal, real and imagined, in all of its ramifications for architecture and the built environment, culture, politics, and spirituality. We seek to reflect on utopias past, to explore utopia in the presence of reality, and to speculate on how designers can take up utopian ideas and action in the future.
This event will promote current scholarship concerning the social context, legacy, and preservation of the built environment at HBCUs like Morgan and others around the country. Seen as the first step of a larger academic initiative, the symposium will bring together scholars and professionals to discuss the history of HBCU’s architecture, their campus planning, and the landscape architecture which connected both. The tension between an institution’s architectural legacy and its vision for the future characterizes many places of higher learning in the United States; this symposium will, therefore, address specifically the competing roles of preservation, conservation, and new construction at today’s HBCUs. Our goal is to establish the topic in its own right and to attract participants from a wide range of institutions.
Symposium topics will include the unique characteristics of HBCU campuses, the special achievements of African-American architects on those campuses, and the significance of HBCU buildings listed or eligible for listing on the National Register. Special attention will be given to projects built during the watershed years of Modern Architecture in the three decades following World War II.
Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston book cover © over,under
Thursday November 12, 2015. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Lecture starts at 6:30 pm.
RSVP HERE Mark Pasnik and Chris Grimley, principals of the Boston-based over,under, will lecture about their Heroic project on Thursday, November 12, as part of MAS Context’s 2015 Fall Talks series. The lecture will take place at the Charnley-Persky House, headquarters of the Society of Architectural Historians. Heroism and Hubris
After decades of stagnancy, Boston initiated a radical transformation in the 1960s under the banner of the New Boston. Controversial urban renewal programs and monumental architectural works like Boston City Hall, the Christian Science Center, and the Government Service Center were used to change a “hopeless backwater” into a modern, thriving city. Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston presents the historical context, buildings, and architects—including luminaries such as Le Corbusier, I. M. Pei, Paul Rudolph, and Marcel Breuer—that defined Boston during this remarkable period. It outlines the compelling story of a city, a material, and a movement while considering anew this earlier generation’s legacies—both troubled and inspired. Many of the structures from this era have since suffered from neglect, misleading labels like “Brutalism,” and have fallen dramatically from public favor. Authors Mark Pasnik and Chris Grimley will discuss their original civic-minded aspirations as well as the cultural and aesthetic implications of preservation today. Chris Grimley
is a principal of over,under in Boston, Massachusetts. With expertise in architecture, urban design, graphic identity, and publications, the firm’s portfolio ranges in scale from books to cities. Chris is co-director of the pinkcomma gallery and has designed books for Rockport Publications and Rizzoli Press. Mark Pasnik
is a principal of over,under in Boston, Massachusetts. The firm’s portfolio includes buildings, exhibitions, urban designs, publications, and graphic projects for clients in the Middle East, Central America, and the United States. Mark is co-director of the pinkcomma gallery and an associate professor of architecture at Wentworth Institute of Technology. For more information about over,under, please visit www.overcommaunder.com
. You can read their contribution about Expo Boston ’76
from our Improbable
Copies of the book Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston will be available for purchase.
This talk is organized by MAS Context in collaboration with the Society of Architectural Historians and presented in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial.
Archifest, the annual architecture festival organised by Singapore Institute of Architects, returns with a thought-provoking theme 'What Future?'. The two-week-long festival features more than 30 events including special curated exhibitions, Architours to explore hidden architectural gems; Archifilms featuring quintessential architectural films and documentaries; interactive model-building installation We Build This City; forum WHY ARCHITECT? to share insights on how to realise your dream home; design workshops Scratch The Future for kids and an arresting series of photographs documenting Singapore's land spaces in digital art exhibition Plot, by celebrated photographer Caleb Ming.
Nov 5-8, 2015
The exceptional quality and quantity of noteworthy architecture in Columbus provides the architecture enthusiast a rare opportunity to see much in a relatively short period of time. This program will include: a private tour of the J. Irwin & Xenia Miller House, the jewel in the Columbus architectural crown; multiple guided coach and walking tours with access to numerous interiors, some by special arrangement; an introductory presentation by Anthony J. Costello, FAIA, Irving Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Architecture at Ball State University, and a tour led by T. Kelly Wilson, Director and Associate Professor at the Indiana University Center for Art and Design Columbus (IUCA+D). The trip will conclude with a tour of selected architectural highlights of Indianapolis.
The itinerary is patterned after the successful Arbuckle Architecture Tours 2014 Columbus tour. Once again, the goal has been to create the best, most thorough and enjoyable tour possible for a small group. We will stay at the only boutique hotel in Columbus, the welcoming Hotel Indigo Columbus Architectural Center, centrally located downtown within walking distance of the best restaurants, where we will dine. John S. Arbuckle will lead the group.
Here are comments from participants in the 2014 Columbus tour:
“I was thrilled with the tour. It was all perfect and I don’t know how it could have been better. I am looking forward to the next one.”
Jean-Luc Briguet - New York, NY
“Your tour was terrific. It was all beautifully planned and executed, with everything coming off without a single hitch, which I think is remarkable.”
George Sullivan - Alexandria, VA
“We thought it was great”
George Calderaro & William Megevick - New York, NY
“Very well organized and planned tour!”
Jim Heegeman - Arlington, VA
Full details and registration information:
Registration deadline: October 14, 2015
Nominations for the BxW DC competition are now OPEN! Anyone may submit a BxW DC Nomination by completing the online nomination form
or by downloading the PDF form
. If using the PDF form, please complete and mail with payment (if applicable) to:
Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation
Attn: Erin Sweeney, Program Manager
601 West 26th Street, #325-31
New York, NY 10001
Also, if you wish to submit images along with a printed form, please email them to BxWDC2015@gmail.com
, along with the completed Image Release Form
BxW DC Nominations will be accepted through October 31st, 2015. Our jury of experts will consider all eligible BxW DC Nominations to be honored as competition winners. Winners will be announced in December 2015.
Monuments are deliberate gestures—objects or structures created to commemorate an event, person or era. Their meaning is usually imposed, and they often serve as focal points for aspirational civic and political attributes like valor and sacrifice, or to underscore a foundational political narrative. But their meaning can transform, changing over time as the relevance of their symbolism ebbs and flows due to social and political shifts. Like monuments, architecture and photography are also inflected with a grace of intention, and both have the ability to commemorate or represent a nation, event, time or place. The act of photographing monuments and buildings transforms them, sometimes revealing some of the original qualities and more closely evoking the response that they were originally intended to have. And photographs have an inherent memorial quality. This group exhibition examines the work of international artists, some of whose work addresses actual monuments, some whom look at architecture and its relationship to memory and how its importance and symbolism can shift over time, and others approach the idea of the future monument.
This exhibition is generously supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.
The 2015-2016 season is sponsored by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
Vertical Urban Factory book cover © Courtesy of the author Thursday October 22, 2015. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Lecture starts at 6:30 pm.
$10 suggested donation at the door (includes wine)
Nina Rappaport will lecture about her project Vertical Urban Factory on Thursday, October 22, as part of MAS Context’s 2015 Fall Talks series. The lecture will take place at the Charnley-Persky House, headquarters of the Society of Architectural Historians.
Vertical Urban Factory
, a traveling exhibition and book with Actar publishers, focuses on the spaces of production in cities—both Modernist and contemporary—and incorporates the architectural, technological, and economic factors that shape their design, function, and social impact. In the project, Nina addresses the history of the urban factory in its vertical typology while looking forward, provoking new concepts for the future of urban manufacturing. She underscores the necessity of creating new paradigms for sustainable, hybrid, and transparent urban industries that also take into account the worker in the city and the new economy. For more information about the project, you can visit www.verticalurbanfactory.org
. Nina Rappaport
is an architectural critic, curator, historian, and educator. For eighteen years she has been publications director at Yale School of Architecture, for which she edits the bi-annual magazine Constructs, exhibition catalogs, and the school’s book series. She directs the project Vertical Urban Factory, which includes a traveling exhibition (Detroit, New York, Toronto, London, Lausanne), public programs, and a book published in 2015 by Actar. She curated exhibitions on Ezra Stoller in Washington, D.C., The Swiss Section at the Van Alen Institute, and Saving Corporate Modernism, at Yale. She authored the book Support and Resist: Structural Engineers and Design Innovation (Monacelli Press, 2007) and co-edited the books Ezra Stoller: Photographer (Yale University Press, 2012) and Long Island City: Connecting the Arts (Design Trust for Public Space and Episode Books, 2008). She has taught at Parsons School of Design, Syracuse School of Architecture in New York, and Barnard College, among others. Her projects have received grants from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and New York State Council on the Arts. She has written numerous essays on structural design, architecture, and global industrial landscapes. She is a founding board member of Docomomo US and NY/Tri-State. For more information about her, please visit www.ninarappaport.com
. You can also read her article about Vertical Urban Factory
from our Production issue
This talk is organized by MAS Context in collaboration with the Society of Architectural Historians and presented in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Funding for this talk is provided by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP.
Left, Carrie Norman drawing on the American Academy in Rome. Right, Thomas Kelley drawing on the Architectural League of New York. © Photos courtesy of NK. Tuesday September 22, 2015. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Lecture starts at 6:30 pm.
RSVP HERE Thomas Kelley, who operates an architecture collaborative with Carrie Norman under the pseudonym Norman Kelley, will lecture about their latest work on Tuesday, September 22, as part of MAS Context’s 2015 Fall Talks series. The lecture will take place at the Charnley-Persky House, headquarters of the Society of Architectural Historians. Norman Kelley
is a draftsman who likes to draw on buildings. Most recently, NK has projected their line work onto the walls of four prestigious institutions: The American Academy in Rome, The Architectural League of New York, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and most recently, the Chicago Architecture Biennial. At each venue, the act of drawing was the event and the drawing itself is the architecture. A closer look reveals NK’s interest in context – the drawing a visual essay on the history of the site. Like a Bridget Riley painting, the drawings are designed to mask their precise beginnings and confound the observer into collapsing the gap between the analog and the digital. Thomas Kelley
(M. Arch Princeton University, B.Arch University of Virginia) was raised in Canberra, Berlin, Warsaw, Tegucigalpa, Oxford, Lima, and Washington D.C. Thomas is the recipient of the Peter Reyner Banham Fellowship from SUNY Buffalo and the Rome Prize in Architecture from the American Academy in Rome. He is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor at the UIC School of Architecture and operates an architecture collaborative with Carrie Norman under the pseudonym Norman Kelley. The practice has been awarded the 2014 Young Architect’s Prize by the Architectural League of New York and their design work is currently represented by Volume Gallery in Chicago. For more information about Thomas Kelley, you can visit www.normankelley.us/
. You can also read his article about Wrong Chairs
from our Ordinary issue
This talk is organized by MAS Context in collaboration with the Society of Architectural Historians and presented in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial.
Thursday, September 10
Emil Bach House After Hours
5:30 to 8 pm
Emil Bach House
7415 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago
Experience Frank Lloyd Wright's Emil Bach House in the evening. Watch this beautifully restored home come to life at sundown as you enjoy live music, drinks and snacks.
Trust Members: $10
Architect John Ronan, the 2015 Thinking Into the Future speaker, will discuss his views on Chicago architecture and practicing within its building culture in Transcending Pragmatism: Searching for a New Chicago.
Ronan's presentation will take place during the Chicago Architecture Biennial opening weekend.
Program partners: UChicagoArts, AIA Chicago and Chicago Architecture Biennial.
FREE Admission. Reservations required.
Reserve a seat at flwright.org or call 312.994.4000.
Lecture and reception featuring celebrated author and curator Giles Waterfield.
CREAte, the research centre for architecture and the humanities at the Kent School of University, University of Kent, is holding a conference in collaboration with the Architectural Review which will bring together quite different traditions of writing about historic buildings. The special character of this conference is that speakers will be drawn from both academic and non-academic fields, and from a range of disciplines that touch on architectural experience and history. In this way we aim to offer a new experience for writers on architecture, interior design and urban space.
We are inviting papers from those in Architecture, English, History, Sociology, Film and Drama, Landscape Studies and related disciplines with a specialist interest in writing about buildings and urban spaces or experiences across different time periods. The common theme of the papers will be the uses of a variety of voices in creating architecture culture.
Writing Buildings will be a two-day conference on the subject of alternative ways of writing architectural history which will encourage experimentation in criticism through breaking disciplinary barriers. The programme will include papers from both academic disciplines and non-academic professions which engage with the built environment, for example, journalism, interior design and construction. We will organise at least one project-based writing event outside the conference hall. We are currently planning to hold this in collaboration with Turner Contemporary as part of their innovative Waste Land project. We will update news about the conference, including information about events, talks and activities on this website:
Dr Timothy Brittain-Catlin, Kent School of Architecture, University of Kent
Dr Catherine Richardson, School of English, University of Kent
Tom Wilkinson, History Editor, The Architectural Review.