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  • New York Botanical Garden Winter Lecture Series: Le Jardin Français

    Bronx | Dates: 29 Jan – 19 Mar, 2015
    Three Thursdays: 10-11:30 a.m., January 29, February 19, and March 19, 2015

    Join The New York Botanical Garden as French garden designers and stewards Louis Benech, Alexandre de Vogüé, and Robert Mallet share how they are reinterpreting classic and contemporary landscapes across France and beyond with a sensibility and sense of style that is decidedly French. $32 NYBG Member, $35 Non-Member. Each lecture is approved for 1.5 LA CES, AIA, and APLD credit hours. Register at
  • The Future of Architecture: Restorative, Sustainable, Net Zero

    Los Angeles | Dates: 29 Jan, 2015
    Ted Hyman shares his experiences from his 35-year career designing some of the firm’s most sustainable buildings, including the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Headquarters in Agoura Hills and the J. Craig Venter Institute in La Jolla.

    Ted Hyman is Managing Partner of ZGF and has served as Managing Partner of the firm’s Los Angeles and New York offices. For over two decades, he has led teams for many of the firm’s most challenging and technologically complex projects, taking responsibility for the programming, management, coordination, production and construction administration.
  • Urban Design: Quick Hits, Designing with Water

    Boston | Dates: 15 Jan, 2015

    Join Boston Living with Water at ​BSA Space for a “Pecha Kucha”-style event on “living with water” and resilient design ideas.

    T​his ​public ​event is another in a series associated with the ​Boston Living with Water design competition: an international call for design solutions envisioning a more resilient, more sustainable, and more beautiful Boston adapted for end-of-the-century climate conditions and rising sea levels.

    The evening will include a dozen four-minute slide presentations that will feature highlights from the ABX 2014 Living with Water Design Charrette, illustrate “living with water” design ​principles, ​show case best practices, ​and encourage energetic discussion.

    Learn more about ​Boston Living with Water: International Design Competition

  • Arts and Crafts Architecture, a talk with Maureen Meister

    Boston | Dates: 23 Jan, 2015

    Come hear Maureen Meister, PhD, lecture (with accompanying visuals) on her new book, Arts and Crafts Architecture: History and Heritage in New England (UPNE, 2014), the first in-depth study of this topic to date.

    When the Society of Arts and Crafts was founded in Boston in 1897, the city’s architects became a driving force and turned into fierce advocates for their fellow craftsmen’s mission. Unlike popular architects of the time, such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Greene and Greene, the Bostonian design community—whose most active members included Ralph Adams Cram; Lois Howe; A.W. Longfellow, Jr.; Charles Maginnis; and H. Langford Warren—was closely aligned with colleagues in England, where the Arts and Crafts movement originated. Today the century-old town halls, churches, and schools those like-minded Bostonian architects created are landmarks reflecting the Arts and Crafts movement in New England. 

    Attendees will gain an insight into how the English Arts and Crafts movement spread throughout New England at the turn of the 20th century.

    Maureen Meister, is the author of Architecture and the Arts and Crafts Movement in Boston: Harvard’s H. Langford Warren (UPNE, 2003) and was volume editor of H. H. Richardson: The Architect, His Peers, and Their Era (The MIT Press, 1999).

    Books will be on sale at the event.

  • Call for Panels for 25th International Sculpture Conference: New Frontiers in Sculpture

    Dates: 13 Jan – 01 Mar, 2015
    The International Sculpture Center (ISC) is seeking panel proposals for the 25th International Sculpture Conference: New Frontiers in Sculpture in Phoenix, Arizona. Over 300 sculpture enthusiasts from around the world will gather this November 4-7, 2015 for engaging panel discussions, peer networking, and exciting cultural events surrounding topics in contemporary sculpture.
  • Slave Labor in the Capital: Building Washington’s Iconic Federal Landmarks

    Washington | Dates: 21 Feb, 2015

    Based on meticulous research, author and NPR commentator Bob Arnebeck’s new book, Slave Labor in the Capital, chronicles the work of the slave laborers who were instrumental in building two iconic landmarks in Washington, D.C.—the White House and the Capitol. A book signing follows the talk.

    Free. Drop-in program.
    PC Suite.

    Questions? Contact the Museum Shop.

    Date: Saturday, February 21, 2015 
    Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

  • The Nature of the Image: Architecture, Humans, and History in the Anthropocene

    London | Dates: 17 Feb, 2015

    Terra Foundation for American Art Visiting Professor Lecture

    The Nature of the Image: Architecture, Humans, and History in the Anthropocene

    Tuesday, 17 February 2015

    17.30 - 18.45, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

    Speaker(s): Dr Daniel A Barber (Assistant Professor of Architectural Theory and History, University of Pennsylvania School of Design; Terra Foundation for American Art Visiting Professor, The Courtauld)

    Ticket/entry details: Open to all , free admission

    Organised by: Professor Caroline Arscott 

    In his landmark 1966 essay, ‘The Economics of the Coming Spaceship Earth’, Kenneth Boulding wrote: “we are in the long process of a transition in the nature of the image which man has of himself and of his environment”. The way in which we imagine and represent the relationship between humans and natural systems, Boulding proposed, is central to changing aspects of that relationship. 

    Though not directed at architects, Boulding’s assertion resonates with the emergence of a new kind of architectural drawing: eco-diagrams focused on both representing and operating upon the changing relationship between “man” and “environment”. In many of these diagrams, the figure of the human is central – literally, drawn in the middle, and conceptually, expressive of the new kinds of living that these architectures were seen to allow. Part of the renewed interest in humanism that pervaded architectural discussions in the post-war period, the architectural eco-diagram became an important site for reconsidering the parameters for social transformation amidst rapidly increasing knowledge of the fragility of the global ecological system. Of especial interest in these drawings, in other words, even more than the methods they propose, are the futures that they imagine. 

    Daniel A. Barber is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, where he teaches courses in the history of modern architecture. His research explores the relationship between the design fields and the emergence of global environmental culture across the 20th century. He received his PhD from Columbia University, and was recently a post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard University Center for the Environment. He has recently published articles in Grey Room and Technology and Culture, as well as in the edited volumes A Second Modernism: MIT, Architecture, and the ‘Techno-Social’ Moment (MIT Press 2013), Architecture and Energy: Questions about Performance and Style (Routledge, 2013) – many of these can be downloaded at Professor Barber’s first book, A House in the Sun: Modern Architecture and Solar Energy in the Cold War will be published by Oxford University Press in 2015; a second book, on the importance of climate and diagrammatic knowledge to the modern architecture of the 1950s, is forthcoming from Princeton University Press in 2016.

    This Visiting Professorship has been made possible by the Terra Foundation for American Art 

  • Panel Discussion: Ethics in the Design World: When To Say No

    Washington | Dates: 03 Feb, 2015

    Should there be a kind of Hippocratic Oath for design professionals? Architects, landscape architects, planners, and engineers sometimes find themselves involved in projects that pose challenging ethical questions. From the construction of major infrastructure projects that result in the displacement of indigenous populations, to the design of execution chambers within prisons, to labor issues on construction sites, where do design professionals draw an ethical line? Raphael SperryAIALEED AP, president, Architects / Designers / Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR); Kathryn Prigmore, chief operations officer, STUDIOS architecture; and Arvind Ganesan, Human Rights Watch, discuss ethics in design and when it might be time to say “no” to a project. The program is moderated by architecture professor and Museum curator Susan Piedmont-Palladino.

    1.5 LU HSW (AIA) / 1.5 CM (AICP) / 1.5 PDH (LA CES)

    FREE. Pre-registration required.

    Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Registration is for event planning purposes only and does not guarantee a seat. Online registration for Museum programs closes at midnight the day before the scheduled program.

    Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2015 
    Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

    If you'd like to attend this event you can RSVP online.

  • Association of Architecture School Librarians Conference 2015

    Toronto | Dates: 17 – 19 Mar, 2015
    The AASL conference is aimed at those working in architectural libraries but also provides an excellent opportunity for faculty, students and independent scholars to learn more about altmetrics, physical materials collections in architecture schools and the challenges of researching women in architecture. Short lightning rounds will cover topics like digital archiving and new ideas for engaging patrons in library collections.
  • Friends of Fairsted 2015 Beveridge Research Fellowship

    Brookline | Dates: 09 Jan – 01 Apr, 2015
    Friends of Fairsted 2015 Beveridge Research Fellowship This fellowship supports research in the Olmsted archives at the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site. It provides a $1,500 stipend that may be used to defray living or travel expenses. Students, developing Olmsted scholars, and emerging professionals are encouraged to apply. Applications are due April 1, 2015; research must be completed within one year. For more information, including past recipients and the application form and guidelines, please visit
  • Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft, and Design, Midcentury and Today

    New York | Dates: 28 Apr – 27 Sep, 2015

    Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft and Design, Midcentury and Today considers the important contributions of women to modernism in postwar visual culture. In the 1950s and 60s, an era when painting, sculpture, and architecture were dominated by men, women had considerable impact in alternative materials such as textiles, ceramics, and metals. Largely unexamined in major art historical surveys, either due to their gender or choice of materials, these pioneering women achieved success and international recognition, laying the ground for the feminist movement that followed.

    Featuring more than 80 works, Pathmakers focuses on a core cadre of women—including Ruth Asawa, Edith Heath, Sheila Hicks, Karen Karnes, Dorothy Liebes, Alice Kagawa Parrott, Lenore Tawney, and Eva Zeisel—who had impact and influence as designers, artists, and teachers, using materials such as clay, fiber, and metals in innovative ways. Significantly, the group came to maturity along with the Museum of Arts and Design itself, which was founded in 1956 as the center of the emerging American modern craft movement.

    The exhibition also highlights contributions of European émigrés, including Anni Albers and Maija Grotell, who brought with them a conviction that craft could serve as a pathway to modernist innovation. Parallels between women creating work in Scandinavia and the United States are emphasized by the inclusion of important Scandinavian designers such as Rut Bryk, Vuokko Nurmesniemi, Mariana Richter and Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe.

    The legacy of these women is conveyed through a section of the exhibition that presents works by contemporary female artists and designers that reflect and expand upon the work of the earlier generation. International and United States-based artists and designers featured in this section include Polly Apfelbaum, Vivian Beer, Front Design, Hella Jongerius, and Magdalene Odundo, among others. 

    Pathmakers is organized by guest curators Jennifer Scanlan and Ezra Shales, along with Barbara Paris Gifford, Curatorial Assistant and Project Manager. The exhibition will be accompanied by a special issue of the Journal of Modern Craft, guest edited by MAD’s Windgate Research Curator Elissa Auther. The issue will serve as an in-depth exploration of subjects raised in the exhibition, and will feature articles by international scholars including Helena Kaberg, Professor and Curator at the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, Sweden; Dr. Sarah Lichtman, Assistant Professor of Art & Design Studies and Director of the Cooper Hewitt’s Masters in Decorative Arts and Design; and  Dr. Simon Olding, Professor and Director of the Crafts Study Centre at the University of Creative Arts in Surrey, UK.

    Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft and Design, Midcentury and Today is supported by Hans and Jayne Hufschmid, the Tapio Wirkkala Rut Bryk Foundation, and the Consulate General of Finland in New York. Research was supported by a Craft Research Fund grant from The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, Inc.

  • The Sacred Modernist: Marcel Breuer and the Design for Saint John's Abbey Church

    Washington | Dates: 27 – 27 Jan, 2015
    Victoria Young will speak about her new book, Saint John's Abbey Church: Marcel Breuer and the Creation of a Modern Sacred Space. In the 1950s the brethren at the Benedictine Abbey of Saint John the Baptist in Collegeville, Minnesota decided to expand their campus, including building a new church. This talk will share insights into the design process, showcasing the importance of modernism in the design of sacred space and of architect Marcel Breuer’s role in setting the standard.
  • The Shopping Centre, 1943-2013: The Rise and Demise of a Ubiquitous Collective Architecture

    Delft | Dates: 11 Jun – 01 Mar, 2015
    In the sixty years that have passed since Victor Gruen and Elsie Krummeck first published their essay ‘Shopping Center’ in Architectural Forum, much has been written about this peculiar commercial typology; commonly depicting the shopping centre as a capitalist, consumerist shopping machine, depleted of any of the social or communal rewards that Gruen and Krummeck had originally envisioned. As a result, shopping centres have rarely entered the canonical histories of architecture, while the North American dumbbell mall has become the paradigmatic pars pro toto. This symposium aims for a more fine-grained, region-specific reading of the shopping centre, as well for a reassessment of its vital characteristics and crucial contributions to post-war built environments and architectural culture. We invite contributions that focus on one of the following four themes: > From Node to Stitch: Shopping centres and urban (re-)development Victor Gruen’s initial shopping centre proposals had clear urban ambitions. He envisaged the shopping centre to become a ‘suburban crystallization point’ or ‘satellite downtown’, which would not only conserve the viability of the (traditional) city centres by reducing the pressure inflicted by increased motorized traffic, but which would – when combined on a large scale – also develop into a network of nodes, able to protect the American population in the event of nuclear attack. Conversely, when the shopping centre was introduced to Western Europe in the post-war period, it was not only used as an urban expansion model (or a model for structuring suburbanisation), but it was also employed as a tool to stitch war-torn urban fabrics back together – as exemplified in De Lijnbaan by van den Broek and Bakema in the Netherlands. This theme invites papers that address the role that the shopping centre has played in urban planning from 1943 to today; connecting its development to urban reconstruction and revitalization efforts on the one hand and exploring the role that this commercial typology assumed in (post-war) urban expansion and structured suburbanization on the other. > Acculturating the Shopping Centre: Timeless global phenomenon or local (time- and place bound) idiom? Shopping centres vary enormously; from small urban entities made up of a cluster of retail stores to intensely fortified suburban big-box leviathans. However, despite their differences, scholars have qualified shopping centres as if they are essentially the same: enclosed spaces characterized by comprehensive surveillance, security and social segregation. Much of the literature seems to suggest that this typology of the shopping centre has hovered over geographies and cultures, without losing its prime characteristics. Can shopping centres therefore be treated as a global phenomenon? Or should they rather be understood as geographically-bound expressions of a negotiation between mall developers (representatives of a global logic of capitalist accumulation) on the one hand and local actors (architects/ governments/ citizens) on the other? The question then becomes: Did ‘hybrids’ develop as the shopping centre concept encountered radically different socio-cultural climates, and if so, what region-specific typologies of this assumed ‘ubiquitous’ commercial paradigm can be identified? Finally, as societies changed over the course of six decades, did the concept – in a true Darwinistic fashion – also evolve over time? > Building Collectives and Communities: Shopping centres and the reform of the masses When the American-born shopping centre concept washed ashore in Western Europe, it encountered a peculiar socio-political climate. In the decades following the Second World War, and in part in response to the Cold War, governments across Western Europe had set out ambitious programmes for social welfare that aimed at improving the everyday lives of their citizens, thus facilitating the formation of a modern, socially responsible, culturally educated and politically responsive community. The construction of schools, cultural centres, sports facilities, holiday infrastructure, etc. was an important building block of this project. All these facilities provided spatial centrality, public focus and human density; characteristic that the shopping centre typology also possessed. This theme departs from the hypothesis that when Gruen’s commercial typology – the quintessential modern environment – was introduced to Western Europe, its underlying design principles were often consciously oriented towards eliciting a specific type of modern behaviour and building a modern community. Contrary to common belief – also in mid-century America, the shopping centre succeeded in creating such a reformative, modern environment. In an article published in June 2014, the Guardian posited that ‘for mid-century Americans, these gleaming marketplaces provided an almost utopian alternative to the urban commercial district, an artificial downtown with less crime and fewer vermin … they were a place to see and be seen, something shoppers have craved since the days of the Greek agora .… it used to be where [the] young, middle-class[es] …, wearing their Sunday best, would come for weekend outings.’ This theme invites contributions that study the reformist underpinnings (or reality?) and socio-cultural ambitions (or functioning?) of shopping centres. It aims to question the role of shopping centres as new figures of collectivity in the post-war urban realm. > The Afterlife of Post-war Shopping Centres: From tumorous growth to the dawn of the dead In 1977, George A. Romero shot sequences of ‘Dawn of the Dead’, a film that would soon become one of the great cult horror zombie movie, in a deserted mall. Shorn of life and light, the shopping centre’s great echoing chambers of commerce took on a very eerie tone. Curiously, Romero’s set design has much in common with the steadily growing number of photographs of abandoned malls strewn across the United States. As Americans return downtown and online shopping popularizes, they leave behind well over a hundred lifeless concrete and steel leviathans; relics of the post-war era, when Americans with cars and fat wallets fled to the suburbs. Thus far, this phenomenon oddly enough seems limited to the United States alone. The situation that many shopping centres (built in the 1960s and 1970s) appear to be facing elsewhere, is tumorous growth. The need to compete has led many shopping centres to expand beyond recognition, adding wings, floors, entries and exits without much consideration for the overall legibility of the complex. The result: an amorphous shopping maze. This theme seeks to set out strategies for (contemporary) shopping centre redevelopment, identify ‘best practices’ and explore if for the American shopping centres – like for the zombies in Romero’s film – there is (a new) life after death?
  • Workshop: Maintenance is Preservation

    Wilkinsburg | Dates: 17 Jan, 2015

    Managing maintenance of your property.

    Maintaining an old or historic house can sometimes be overwhelming, especially if it has been put off for a while. Come learn how to determine urgent needs and what can wait, when to hire a contractor, and when to Do-it-Yourself.  Learn how to create a maintenance schedule to keep your property on track and reduce maintenance costs.

    About the presenter: Regis Will is a woodworker, craftsman, and owner of Vesta Home Services, a consulting firm on house restoration and Do-it-Yourself projects. He blogs about his work at The New Yinzer Workshop.

    This workshop 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 Lecture: National Register and Local Historic District Designations

    Wilkinsburg | Dates: 15 Jan, 2015

    Have you ever wondered about what it would take to get your house or a building listed on the National Register of Historic Places? Do you know the requirements and implications of a City-designated Historic Landmark or district? And what’s with the Historic Landmark Plaque you see on so many buildings, bridges, and landmarks? What does it mean?

    If you have an interest in learning more about these designations and their implications, then join us at the Landmarks Preservation Resource Center for a comprehensive lecture on National Register and Local Historic Designations.

    This lecture will include presentations by experts who will discuss what these designations mean, the advantages and distinctions of each, and the process of nominating buildings and neighborhoods for listing on the National Register of Historic Places or City of Pittsburgh- designation of historic buildings and districts.

    This lecture is free and open to the public. RSVPs are appreciated. Contact Mary Lu Denny a 412-471-5808 ext. 527.

  • Lecture: Red House and Kelmscott Manor

    Chicago | Dates: 24 Feb, 2015

    Tuesday February 24, 2015 at 7:00pm
    $10 per person / $8 for museum members
    Reservations requested to 312-326-1480

    William Morris's two houses, Red House and Kelmscott Manor, are icons of the Arts and Crafts movement.  These two houses provided settings which inspired Morris to create designs that have had influence around the world, including at Glessner House Museum.  Join restoration architect John Waters for a visual tour of the houses and a discussion of contemporary issues raised by their restoration and interpretation to the public.

  • Frank Lloyd Wright and the Challenge to Historic Preservation

    Oak Park | Dates: 26 Mar, 2015

    The buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright are not immune to the social and environmental forces that affect all architecture. Because of the popular recognition and historical significance of his work, however, the stakes are unusually high when his buildings are modified in any way. Any additions or changes must meet the highest standards; how exactly this can be achieved is an ongoing debate. Daniel Bluestone, Professor and Director of Historic Preservation Program, University of Virginia and Richard Longstreth, Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, George Washington University, will discuss the challenges and rewards of restoring Wright’s historic buildings.

    About the speakers

    Daniel Bluestone is a specialist in 19th century American architecture and urbanism. Mr. Bluestone’s Buildings, Landscapes, and Memory: Case Studies in Historic Preservation (W.W. Norton, 2011) received the Society of Architectural Historians 2013 Antoinette Forrester Downing Book Award for “the most outstanding publication devoted to historical topics in the preservation field that enhances the understanding and protection of the built environment.”  The book surveys the changing history, nature and politics of historic preservation in the United States between the early 19th century and today.  Mr. Bluestone’s book, Constructing Chicago (1991), was awarded the American Institute of Architects International Book Award and the National Historic Preservation book prize.

    Richard Longstreth has served as president of the Society of Architectural Historians (1998-2000); first vice president of the Vernacular Architecture Forum (1989-91); trustee of the National Building Museum (1988-94); board member of Preservation Action (1980-95), Adirondack Architectural Heritage (1998-2010) and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. (1994-98); and a member of the National Historic Landmarks Advisory Group (1989-1994). Currently he chairs the Maryland Governor's Consulting Committee on the National Register of Historic Places, and is a member of the boards of the Fort Ticonderoga Association and the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy.

    Date: Thursday, March 26, 2015
    Time: 7 pm
    Location: Unity Temple, 875 Lake St, Oak Park, IL
    Admission: Free to members and volunteers, $8 general public


  • 100 Years Later: Rehabilitating Bach House and the Ravine Bluffs Development

    Oak Park | Dates: 12 Mar, 2015

    Join the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust at Unity Temple as two of Chicago’s leading preservation architects discuss their restoration of work by Wright in the Chicago area.

    John Eifler, FAIA, will present on the history and rehabilitation of Ravine Bluffs, a housing development consisting of six houses and three poured concrete sculptures designed by Wright and located in Glencoe, IL. The project was commissioned by Wright’s attorney, Sherman J. Booth, and built in 1915. 2015 marks its centennial year.

    Gunny Harboe, FAIA, will discuss his restoration of Wright’s Emil Bach House. Built in 1915 and located on Chicago’s North Side, the house combines the vocabulary of Wright’s earlier Prairie buildings with stylistic innovations that anticipate his later work. Harboe Architects was responsible for the recent restoration of the Bach House and the replication of its missing leaded glass windows.

    About the speakers

    John Eifler is principal of Eifler & Associates Architects, an architectural firm that concentrates on both new design and restoration work. The firm was founded in 1990 and enjoys a variety of commercial, institutional and residential projects. Eifler has contributed to the restoration of a number of Wright-designed houses, including the Bradley House (Kankakee, IL) and The Darwin D. Martin House (Buffalo, NY), among others. His firm is also responsible for the restoration of buildings designed by Louis Sullivan, George Maher, Walter Burley Griffin, Schmidt Garden & Martin, Tallmadge & Watson, Pond and Pond and E.E. Roberts.

    Gunny Harboe is an award-winning architect who started his own firm, Harboe Architects, in 2006. Over the last 25 years, he has restored some of the Chicago area’s most cherished landmarks including The Rookery Building, Reliance Building (now the Hotel Burnham) and Carson Pirie Scott (now the Sullivan Center). His current projects include several Frank Lloyd Wright-designed sites, such as Unity Temple, Robie House and Taliesin West.

    Date: Thursday, March 12, 2015
    Time: 7 pm
    Location: Unity Temple, 875 Lake St, Oak Park, IL
    Admission: Free to members and volunteers, $8 general public
  • What’s a Guggenheim? Symposium

    Los Angeles | Dates: 30 Jan, 2015
    Fri, Jan 30, 7pm
    W.M. Keck Lecture Hall

    Moderated by SCI-Arc Cultural Studies Coordinator Todd Gannon, the symposium presents several design proposals by SCI-Arc faculty, including Eric Owen Moss Architects, Griffin Enright Architects, Hodgetts + Fung, IDEA Office, Jones: Partners; Architecture, Oyler Wu Collaborative, Pita & Bloom and Xefirotarch

    The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation continually re-invents the contemporary museum experience through their commitment to architecture. Architectural masterpieces such as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim New York and Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Bilbao not only speculate on new ways of organizing art and space, but they create alternative worlds. At the close of the era of mega-projects and the globalization of the art world, the question is: what’s next?

    After foiled attempts to build in Vilnius in 2008 (with architect Zaha Hadid), and then in Helsinki in 2012, the Guggenheim Foundation has once again set out to build. The socio-political climate has changed since Bilbao, and architecture, too, seems to be at a crossroads. What will this new attempt do for art? What new worlds will it construct?

    How will architects respond differently in this century than in the last? Will a contemporary sense of austerity and local culture transform the architectural icon?

    Hosted in conjunction with an eponymous exhibition on view January 30-March 1, 2015 in the SCI-Arc Library, the symposium will address some of these questions through discussing competition proposals submitted by SCI-Arc directors and faculty.

  • Jose Sanchez: Gamescapes

    Los Angeles | Dates: 21 Jan, 2015
    Wed, Jan 21, 7pm
    W.M. Keck Lecture Hall

    While parametrics and form finding techniques focus on design as an idea of 'search,' it is inevitable to wonder if the field is becoming stagnated, converging on similar 'solutions' in an ever-shrinking design search-space. Initiatives like Minecraft, coming from video game design, re-open the creative desires of players by providing a rigorous algorithmic set of rules and a fully open world coupling algorithmic design and intuition; what J.C.R. Licklider would call 'Man-Computer Symbiosis.'

    In his lecture, Jose Sanchez presents how game mechanics suggest a radically different ethos for computational design thinking, presenting among others, the BLOOM project, commissioned for the London Olympics in 2012, which combines the use of industrially produced identical components with game mechanics, breaking the idea of serialized outcomes and suggesting that within the search-space of possible formations, there are unforeseeable assemblies and creative outcomes. The project has initiated his research unit 'Gamescapes,' coupling notions of digital modular materials and crowd-sourcing, positioning 'gaming' as a design heuristics to open the field of architectural design.

    Jose Sanchez
     is an Architect/Programmer/Game Designer based in Los Angeles. He is partner at Bloom Games, a start-up built upon the BLOOM project, winner of the WONDER SERIES hosted by the City of London for the London 2012 Olympics. He is the director of the Plethora Project, a research and learning project investing in the future of online open-source knowledge. The project has more than 180 videos and an open-source library of code session since 2011.

    Sanchez has taught and guest lectured in several renowned institutions across the world, including the Architectural Association in London, the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, ETH Zurich, The Bartlett, University College London, and the École Nationale Supérieure D'Architecture, Paris. He currently is an Assistant Professor at USC School of Architecture. His research 'Gamescapes,' explores generative interfaces in the form of video games, speculating in modes of intelligence augmentation, combinatorics and open systems as a design medium.