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  • The Midlife Crisis of Midcentury Modern

    Palm Beach | Dates: 28 Mar, 2015

    Part of the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture + Design Center Lecture Series - A+D 101 Lecture and Site Visit.

    Speaker: Leo Marmol, Marmol Radziner Architects

    Uneven surfaces, poor circulation, leaks, lack of a sense of purpose.  Despite increased recognition of Modern architecture’s cultural significance, our midcentury heritage seems to have reached that all too familiar midlife crisis.  Leo Marmol, FAIA, will present the conservation strategies and particular challenges that arise when restoring these architectural icons.  How do we determine what to preserve, while providing for current lifestyle needs and expectations?

    Lecture will be held in the Annenberg Theater and will be followed by a site visit beginning at 11 a.m.

    For tickets and other details, click here.

  • The Timeless Dimension in Architecture

    College Station | Dates: 23 Mar, 2015

    World renowned architect Abdel-Wahed El-Wakil is to speak at Texas A&M University on March 23, 2015 at the Preston Geren Auditorium at 5:45pm.

    El-Wakil is considered by many as the foremost contemporary authority in Islamic architecture. His work was described by Leon Krier, as the “light after a long, dark tunnel, the shining tip of an iceberg, the precious trickle of an underground stream which has at last broken to the surface. In his Vision of Britain, A Personal View of Architecture, Prince Charles describes El-Wakil as an architect of “considerable skills,” and as one of Hassan Fathy’s “most gifted students”.

    El-Wakil has received the Aga Khan Award for Architecture twice and most recently he was named the 2009 Richard H. Driehaus Prize laureate.
    Join us in this remarkable event on March 23 at 5:45pm.

  • A Walk Through Time: Annual Tour of Prairie Avenue Mansions

    Chicago | Dates: 14 Jun, 2015

    Sunday June 14, 2015 from 1:00 to 4:00pm
    $50 per person / $45 for museum members
    Reservations recommended to 312-326-1480

    This very special tour, the annual benefit for Glessner House Museum, presents attendees with the rare opportunity to visit the interiors of several landmarked homes along Prairie Avenue.  Visitors will be treated to a breath-taking array of beautifully carved wood moldings, leaded glass windows, and fireplaces in elaborate tile, mosaic, and marble.

    Abbreviated tours of the Glessner and Clarke House Museums are also included on the tour as well as historic Second Presbyterian Church, with its important Arts & Crafts interior and collection of windows, including nine by Tiffany and two by Morris & Co.
    Following the tour, attendees are invited to return to the coach house of Glessner House Museum for a reception and silent auction, featuring theatre tickets, Chicago memorabilia, collectibles, architectural fragments, and other items of interest.

  • Dwell on Design LA

    Los Angeles | Dates: 29 – 31 May, 2015

    Dwell on Design Los Angeles, curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center May 29-31, 2015. With three full days of dynamic exhibitions, unparalleled educational opportunities, cutting-edge technologies, 90 onstage programs, 250+ speakers, and more than 2,000 innovative modern furnishings and products, Dwell on Design Los Angeles is America’s largest design event.

    See thousands of the best modern products

    - Hear from hundreds of design industry experts

    - Walk through prefab homes and living landscapes

    - Connect with your favorite of brands

    - Engage with architects and designers in a free consultation

    - Explore stunning residences with Dwell Home Tours

    - Learn with a variety of Continuing Education Sessions

    And more!

  • The Stories You Are About to Hear Are True: Preserving Parker Center

    Los Angeles | Dates: 22 Mar, 2015

    FREE Panel Discussion and Reception
    Sunday, March 22, 3:30 p.m.
    LAPD Police Administration Building, Ronald F. Deaton Civic Auditorium
    100 West First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

    For details and reservations, visit

    Join the Conservancy and community stakeholders for a conversation about the many layers of history at Parker Center (originally the Police Facilities Building, Welton Becket & Associates and J. E. Stanton, 1955). While many know it from the hit 1950s television police drama Dragnet, this building has a deeper and sometimes controversial history.

    The City of Los Angeles, through its Bureau of Engineering, is pressing for a rede­velopment project that will demolish and replace Parker Center. The Conservancy believes that Parker Center can and should be preserved and integrated into new construction. At this panel discussion, you will hear about the viable preservation alternatives, and through the conversation with the panelists, you will learn why it is important from a historic and cultural perspective to preserve this building.

    Panelists will speak from a number of different points of view about Parker Center’s significance:

    · Innovative modern design by one of L.A.’s most prolific firms, Welton Becket & Associates, and its integration of public art and landscaping
    · Importance as the most modern and state-of-the-art police facility of its day
    · Construction as an early urban renewal project that demolished a major portion of Little Tokyo, as well as subsequently affecting the development of that neighbor­hood
    · Association with Chief William H. Parker, whose time as police chief reduced corruption in the force, but also resulted in strained relations with the African- American and Latino communities
    · Significance as a site of important historic events, such as the 1992 Los Angeles riots

    Panelists include: 
    · Cheryl Dorsey, retired LAPD Sergeant, community advocate, and author of The Creation of a Manifesto: Black and Blue
    · Michael Okamura, President of the Little Tokyo Historical Society
    · Glynn Martin, retired LAPD Sergeant and Executive Director of the Los Angeles Police Museum
    · Chris Nichols, Associate Editor at Los Angeles Magazine and former Chair of the Conservancy’s Modern Committee
    · Richard Barron, Chair of the City of Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission

    A reception with light refreshments will follow the panel discussion. For more information, and to reserve your seat at this free event, visit

  • From the Right to Light to the Right Lights

    New York | Dates: 13 Mar, 2015

    In a public event hosted by Parsons for the International Year of Light (IYL2015) and curated by Parsons professor and IES education columnistNathalie Rozot, speakers will present project initiatives of public interest. The premise of this program is that lighting design is not a field known for socially-engaged work, and that the importance of quality lighting in the constructed environment in daytime and after hours is under-recognized.

    In a panel following the presentation, speakers will debate the role that socially engaged lighting design practices play and how lighting education can support a stronger social culture in practice and discourse in the field of lighting design. 

    Presentations will include lighting projects in informal settlements in Haiti and in low-income housing environments, and examples of students’ work with underserved communities. Rozot is a longstanding advocate for more social activism in the lighting design professional  and educational communities. She is actively involved in several initiatives, and she has presented and published her research and projects on social issues in lighting internationally. 

    This is the first of two Parsons School of Constructed Environments events held at Parsons for the International Year of Light (IYL2015).

    This event is free, but RSVP is required by clicking on the top right register button.

  • Modern Highlights of the Hudson Valley Tour

    New York | Dates: 25 – 25 Apr, 2015
    Join DOCOMOMO New York/Tri-State for a full-day spring tour of the Modernism in the Hudson Valley . A tour of the Vassar College campus, led by architectural historian and Vassar professor Nicholas Adams, will include landmark works by Marcel Breuer and Eero Saarinen, among other examples of 20th-Century Modernism. That will be followed by a visit to architect John Johansen's one-of-a-kind Tent House, designed for his own use and carefully preserved by current residents. Johansen's son Christen will join us to share anecdotes about life in the house. Tour includes private transportation from Midtown Manhattan and lunch at a noted farm-to-table restaurant. $140; $120 DOCOMOMO members
  • Thresholds 44: Workspace (MIT Department of Architecture)

    Dates: 07 Mar – 01 May, 2015
    When an employee at Google’s Mexico City office takes a post-lunch plunge into the on-site ball pit, is she working or playing? And when an employee in one of Foxconn’s factory sites in China leaps from his eighth-floor dormitory, only to be cradled in recently installed “suicide” netting, is he fulfilling or transgressing the design of the workspace? Long hidden in museum basements, conservation labs and storage rooms now feature prominently in museum designs. Facing complicated visa programs and unsavory jobs, employers skirt bureaucracy to sustain the agricultural industry in the US and illegal workers stay undocumented in order to be easily employable. When and why are certain workspaces - and workers - hidden or revealed? What is the “work” that is supposed to happen in the workspace and how have transformations of the tools, economies, demographics, and technologies within the workspace shaped the notion of work? thresholds 44: workspace seeks to mine how the meanings of and locations for work have been historically and culturally defined, how work transposes earlier notions of labor and craft production, and how the work of artists, writers, architects, designers, and urban planners – alongside managers, psychologists, political leaders, and employees themselves – have been integral in construing the physical and mental conditions of work, rest, and play. Therefore, a central theme of this edition of thresholds will be the nexus between sociality and productivity in relation to changing technologies and instruments of work. Impresarios such as Henry T. Ford and Andy Warhol and corporations ranging from Yahoo to SOM have redefined workspaces, production techniques, and social relationships as they pursue “the bottom line.” Even farmers that have welcomed technologies developed for agribusiness onto their family-owned farms have reported both an increase in crop yield and a much-needed boost in leisure time. Resonating with the ideas of sociologist Emile Durkheim, who defined “the social worker” over a century ago as the person who feels solidarity within a team, thresholds asks why and for whom does the dream of a social workspace remain important? In an age of robust telecommuting technology, for example, must workspace persist as physical space? The journal also seeks submissions that parse issues of class and gender within workspaces. For Marx, a realm of freedom existed outside the sphere of material production. But, when and where is the workspace not? From America to Iran, home economics courses for women in the 1950s sought to transform the home into a workspace and the female into an efficient worker. The corridors of a large university exist as transit space for students between classes during the day, but become workspace for custodians at night. Is sweat equity too often masked by financial equity? Submissions are not limited to the above themes. We welcome contributions that engage the idea of workspace at a variety of scales and across historical moments and political geographies. We appreciate proposals that incorporate diverse theoretical approaches and unorthodox subject matter. Essay submissions should be in English, approx. 3,000 words, and formatted in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style. Submissions should include a brief cover letter, contact information and bio of under 50 words for each author. Text should be submitted in MS Word. All material should be submitted to More info can be found at Christianna Bonin & Nisa Ari, Editors
  • Naples at Compton Verney

    Compton Verney, Warwickshire | Dates: 17 Jun – 17 May, 2015
    An interdisciplinary symposium to rethink aspects of the Neapolitan collection at Compton Verney, Warwickshire.
  • 2015 Best of the South Award

    Dates: 05 Mar – 01 Jul, 2015
    CALL FOR NOMINATIONS 2015 Best of the South Award Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) The Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians seeks nominations for the Best of the South: Preserving Southern Architecture Award. This annual award honors a project that preserves or restores an historic building, or complex of buildings, in an outstanding manner and that demonstrates excellence in research, technique, and documentation. Projects in the twelve-state (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia) region of SESAH that were completed in 2013 or 2014 are eligible. Nominations should consist of no more than two typed pages of description and be accompanied by hard copy illustrations and any other supporting material. A cover letter should identify the owner of the project, the use of the building(s), and the names of all the major participants of the project. Send three (3) copies to Paige Wagoner Claassen 2608 Chesterfield Avenue Charlotte, NC 28205 Questions: Deadline: July 1, 2015 For more information about the award and SESAH, visit
  • Lecture: The Artist’s Garden—American Impressionism and the Garden Movement

    Chicago | Dates: 26 Mar, 2015
    March 26, 2015
    Fullerton Hall
    Free with museum admission

    Anna Marley, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, intertwines stories of American artists, Impressionism, and the growing popularity of gardening as a middle-class leisure pursuit at the turn of the 20th century.

    Registration is not required for this program.
    Presented with the Terra Foundation for American Art

  • Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital

    Washington | Dates: 17 – 29 Mar, 2015
    The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital is the world’s premiere showcase of environmentally themed films. Through the annual festival, year-round events, and online resources, they seek to advance public understanding of the environment through the power of film. March 17 – 29 the Festival presents more than 150 films to an audience of over 33,000. Often combined with thematic discussions and social events, the films screening are held at museums, embassies, libraries, universities and local theaters. Many of the screenings are free, and all are open to the public.

    More information can be found online and in the printed program.
  • Elena Manferdini: Building the Picture

    Chicago | Dates: 07 Mar – 12 Jul, 2015

    Italian-born, Los Angeles-based architect Elena Manferdini has become adept at creating vibrant architectural installations that employ complex patterns, luscious colors, and rich textures to introduce new spatial and visual narratives to challenge the clean lines and abstract forms of architectural modernism. For this new work for the Art Institute, Manferdini drew inspiration from the iconic orthogonal geometries of the design of Mies van der Rohe, including his 860–880 Lake Shore Drive apartments in Chicago. By digitally manipulating images of this internationally recognized building, whose structure is an ode to Chicago’s strict urban grid, Manferdini has created an immersive environment that builds off this design. Although the image is rendered in two dimensions, the play of light, color, depth, and perspective invites the user to experience the work up close as well as from a distance.  

    This exhibition is part of a series in which the Department of Architecture and Design enlists contemporary architects and designers to organize installations that investigate critical issues within their practices. Using history as a starting point, Manferdini developed new visual and spatial narratives that challenge perceptions of architectural environments through the use of decoration and ornamentation. She began with Mies’s simple gridded facade treatments. After tracing an image of his facades to create digital drawings of the grid, she developed multiple versions of unique patterns by multiplying the grid, weaving the lines, and infusing a range of colors and line weights. This installation at the Art Institute is comprised of a series of small-scale, intimate studies printed on both vinyl and metal; a large-scale landscape—composed of these smaller studies—that covers half of the gallery; a video that animates these studies; and in the center of the gallery, three-dimensional forms that show how these patterns can take shape from their two-dimensional origin. In each of these manifestations, Manferdini’s manipulation of the grid blurs lines between fashion and pattern in an architectural context and introduces a new contemporary landscape that has strong ties to the past.

    Elena Manferdini: Building the Picture is part one of a two-part series of special commissions generously supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

  • “SAINTS AND SINNERS” Symposium, Ohio River Valley Chapter of the Victorian Society in America

    Covington | Dates: 14 – 14 Mar, 2015
    Ohio River Valley Chapter of the Victorian Society in America Symposium on “SAINTS AND SINNERS” DATE: Saturday, March 14, 2015, 8:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. PLACE: Trinity Episcopal Church, 326 Madison Ave. Covington KY CONTACT: Jim Schwartz ( The Ohio River Chapter of the Victorian Society in America (ORVC) announces its annual all-day seminar, “Saints and Sinners,” featuring six speakers who will entertain and inform its members and the general public on local figures of renown and notoriety: Andrew Manning Ph.D., cultural anthropologist, P&G’s corporate archives, on William Cooper Proctor, P&G president 1907-1930 and grandson of the founder, and his historic encounter with Princeton president Woodrow Wilson: “The Queen City and Princeton: A Royal Relationship” Phil Nuxhall, Historian and docent trainer, Spring Grove Cemetery, will bring us, from his second book, stories of “saints” and “sinners” entombed there: “Stories in the Grove” Ginny Tonic, Tonic Tours, will present Victorian drinking habits by class and economics, and will craft a vintage punch for us! “A nice drink at day’s end can make the world seem better.” LUNCH: An annual highlight, luncheon prepared by board members will be served 11 a.m. - noon. Sr. Judith Metz, S.C., Ph.D., will talk about Sister Blandina Segale, 1850-1941, whose extraordinary life of service has inspired a movement toward her canonization. “There was nothing bland about Sister Blandina.” Judith Spraul-Schmidt, Ph.D., professor of history, University of Cincinnati, will present the issue of Boss Cox’s actual rôle in Cincinnati politics 1891-1916—saint or sinner?—George B. Cox, The Boss is Not Necessarily a Public Enemy.” Richard O. Jones, Hamilton newspaperman turned crime writer, will present the indictment in a 1903 murder as part of serial wife murders in Hamilton. After the Calm: Hamilton’s Bluebeards. Cost for seminar and lunch: $35 ORVC members, $40 guests. Checks payable to ORVC to Jim Schwartz, 5791 Leslie Drive, Fairfield OH 41011 by REGISTRATION DEADLINE, Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Please include phone and/or e-mail contact info.
  • The Architecture of Scotland in its European Setting 1660-1750

    Edinburgh | Dates: 22 – 25 Apr, 2015
    THE ARCHITECTURE OF SCOTLAND IN ITS EUROPEAN SETTING 1660-1750 22-25 April 2015, University of Edinburgh This conference will review the architecture of Scotland’s early classical period, 1660-1750, set against the backdrop of European sister cultures. It will re-examine the work of major Scottish architects including Sir William Bruce, Mr James Smith, the Mylne family, William Adam and their contemporaries: clients, garden designers and craftsmen. Topics explored will include country houses and their landscaped settings, urban civic and domestic buildings, and the building trade. The nature and value of Scotland’s international connections, particularly with England and mainland Europe, provide the main contexts for this period during which Scottish architects fully embraced classicism for the first time and became strongly influential in shaping taste elsewhere. Booking information is available at
  • Learning from/in Latin America

    Princeton | Dates: 02 – 03 Apr, 2015
    In conjunction with the exhibition Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980, organized by The Museum of Modern Art, Learning from/in Latin America will expand on the exhibition’s curatorial framework and further explore key positions, debates, and architectural activity arising from Mexico, Cuba and the Southern Cone spanning over three decades of architectural and urban development from 1955 to the early 1980s. Taking place from April 2-3, 2015, practitioners, planners, architecture and urban design historians, humanities scholars, curators and critics will contribute to a polyphonic conversation about architecture in Latin America, its social and political implications, and the persistent legacies of modernization.
  • Affordable Housing and Historic Preservation

    New York | Dates: 10 – 10 Mar, 2015
    Victorian Society New York Panel Discussion on "Affordable Housing and Historic Preservation" Moderator: Tenzing Chadotsang; Panelists: Annie Polland, Harvey Epstein, and Edward Gunts LOCATION: Dominican Academy, 44 East 68th Street, New York, NY 10065 ADMISSION: Free; no reservations required. Seating is limited and early arrival is recommended. This program is part of NYC Landmarks50 Alliance, the multi-year celebration of the 50th anniversary of New York City's Landmarks Law. Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 6:30 p.m. Meet-the-Speakers Reception to follow How can New York meet its goal of creating fit and affordable housing for all without sacrificing or disrupting historic neighborhoods and landmark buildings? That’s the central question behind a panel discussion on “Affordable Housing and Historic Preservation,” sponsored by the New York Metropolitan Chapter of the Victorian Society in America. The discussion will be held starting at 6:30 p.m. March 10 at the Dominican Academy, 44 East 68th Street in New York. The event is free and open to the public and is part of the NYC Landmarks50 Alliance, a multiyear celebration of the 50th anniversary of the April 19, 1965 signing of the New York Landmarks Law and the creation of the Landmarks Preservation Commission. The panel will be moderated by Tenzing Chadotsang, a former staff member of the Landmakrs Preservation Committee and current interim executive director of Chhava CDC in Jackson Heights, N. Y., a community-based non-profit organization. Panel members will include: Annie Polland, Senior Vice President of Education & Programs at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York City since 2009. She is responsible for developing the museum’s tour content and other interpretive and educational programs. Harvey Epstein, Project Director of the Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center, which represents dozens of community-based organizations in a variety of matters and assists their members in litigating employment, housing, health and consumer issues. Edward Gunts is a journalist who focuses on architecture, design, real estate development and preservation. A former architecture critic for The Baltimore Sun, he studied architecture at Cornell University and now writes for a variety of national design publications and journals. The panel discussion is part of a lecture series sponsored by the Metropolitan Chapter of Victorian Society and hosted by the Dominican Academy. The idea of this panel, organizers say, grew out of the criticism from some real estate interests that historic preservation limits the creation of affordable housing throughout the city. The idea for this panel is to discuss how the city’s preservation districts and stock of older buildings can help address the need for affordable housing. Panelists will focus on centuries-old issues that continue to be relevant today: financial constraints, maintaining architectural standards and negotiating bureaucratic systems. Contact for more details.
  • Youth Architecture Workshop Level 1

    Oak Park | Dates: 22 – 25 Jun, 2015

    Youth Architecture Workshops give students entering 7th through 12th grade an opportunity to practice design, drawing, and model-building in the inspiring drafting room of Frank Lloyd Wright's Oak Park studio. In each of three innovative workshops, students create their own designs for a "client," build a 3-dimensional model, and participate in an architectural critique.

    Level I
    In Level I, students explore the influence of geometry on Wright’s architecture, learn to use drafting tools, interpret architectural plans and draw to scale, study Wright’s Usonian style, and create their own design for a “client.” They tour Wright’s Home and Studio with a special emphasis on his innovative use of space.  Parents and friends are welcome to attend the culminating architectural critique where participants present their projects. A professional architect provides instruction and guidance.

    Maximum capacity for each session is 12 students.

    To reserve a seat, call 708.725.3828 or email

  • Wright Plus 2015 Architectural Housewalk

    Oak Park and Riverside | Dates: 16 May, 2015

    Join us for the 41st annual Wright Plus, an internationally renowned architectural housewalk featuring rare interior tours of private homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and his contemporaries, plus entry to landmark Wright buildings. Celebrate architecture, design, Frank Lloyd Wright’s innovative vision and the talents of his fellow architects in historic Oak Park and Riverside, Illinois. Experience extraordinary living spaces and share an enjoyable day with visitors from around the world.

    Want even more Wright? The Wright Plus Friday and Sunday Excursions are daylong trips to Wright-designed sites beyond Chicago. Luxury coach will transport guests to the B. Harley Bradley House in Kankakee, Illinois and the S.C. Johnson Administration Building and Research Tower in Racine, Wisconsin. Both tours are offered Friday, May 15 and Sunday, May 17.

    The Ultimate Plus Package offers an extended weekend of one-of-a-kind architectural experiences and includes accommodation.

  • Home Base: The Architecture of Jim Olson, 1959-2015

    Seattle | Dates: 04 Mar – 01 May, 2015

    “Home Base” will be open to the public from March 4 to May 1. Exhibits are free and open noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and until 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. Gould Pavilion is located at 3950 University Way, Seattle, WA 98195.

    Exhibition opening and conversation with Jim Olson
    Olson, the founding principal of Olson Kundig Architects, will speak about his career and cabin on Wednesday, March 4, at 6 p.m. in Gould Pavilion.  Joining Olson for the Q&A portion of the presentation will be Alan Maskin, a principal with Olson Kundig.

    Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri 12pm-5pm (until 7pm on Wed)
    Exhibition is free and open to the public