Objects matter. Material culture scholars use artifactual evidence such as consumer goods, architecture, clothing, landscape, decorative arts, and many other types of material.
The Bard Graduate Center will host a four-week NEH Summer Institute on American Material Culture. The institute will focus on the material culture of the nineteenth century and use New York as its case study because of its role as a national center for fashioning cultural commodities and promoting consumer tastes. We will study significant texts in the scholarship of material culture together as well as in tandem with visiting some of the wonderful collections in and around New York City for our hands-on work with artifacts. The city will be our laboratory to explore some of the important issues of broad impact that go well beyond New York.
We welcome applications from college teachers and other scholars with some experience doing object-based work, as well as those who have never taught or studied material culture. Application materials and other information about content, qualifications, stipends, housing, etc. is available at http://www.bgc.bard.edu/neh-institute.
Deadline March 2, 2015
AIA CES 1 LU | 1 HSW
When: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25
Where: Offsite Committee Events
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum: Historic Preservation Tour | 2 East 91st Street, New York, NY 10128
The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum has recently re-opened following a major restoration and rehabilitation. Designed by Babb, Cook, and Willard in 1902, the museum occupies the former home of Andrew Carnegie on Fifth Avenue and East 91st Street and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Our special and unique HBC tour focusing on the historic preservation aspects of the project, including areas not normally accessible to the public, will be led by Joe Gall, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Associate at Beyer Blinder Belle (BBB), who has served as the project architect for the townhouse and mansion phases of the project since 2007.
After a facility development and a master planning effort that began in 2004, Beyer Blinder Belle developed a master plan to address the museum’s needs and support its strategic plan and goals. Since 2007, BBB has been working in association with Gluckman Mayner Architects to implement the key elements of this plan. It has resulted in an expansion of exhibition space by 7,000 SF by converting the third floor of the Mansion, previously the design library, to new contemporary galleries, moving the library to two adjacent townhouses and improving gallery spaces and infrastructure at the Mansion and townhouses.
The Mansion project includes new freight and passenger elevators, new registrar offices, and new art conservation labs. Important public spaces such as the main stair accessing all the gallery floors, the Café, and the restrooms have been renovated and expanded to enhance the visitor experience. New mechanical/ electrical systems, fire egress stairs, ADA accessible routes and fire detection and suppression systems were sensitively integrated into the historic fabric. A three-phased construction allowed the museum to remain open as long as possible. The project is expected to achieve a LEED Silver rating from the United States Green Building Council.
Joe Gall, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Associate at Beyer Blinder Belle (BBB) has served as the project architect for the townhouse and mansion phases of the project since 2007. Joe received his Master of Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and has been with BBB since 1998.
Organized by: AIA NY Chapter Historic Buildings Committee
Price: $20 for Members; $30 for non-members.
Registration fee includes museum admission.
Capacity is limited to 25. Advance registration required.
The Center for Architecture will open Prague Functionalism: Tradition and Contemporary Echoes on February 12th, 2015. This will be the exhibition’s US premiere, and the first major exhibition at the Center for Architecture to focus on Eastern European design.
The exhibition presents photographs of Prague’s functionalist buildings, projects, and drawings. The first section of the exhibition is focused on functionalist projects from the 1920s and 1930s, and the second section presents contemporary projects influenced by Czech Functionalist tradition. Texts by architectural scholars and researchers accompany the photographs.
Originally presented at Jaroslav Fragner Gallery in Prague, the New York presentation will include models of historic and contemporary buildings, Czech furniture and industrial design from the era, and a to-scale reproduction of a 1930s Czech minimal housing unit.
From Kuwait City to Singapore, US architecture firms are realizing an increasing share of their commissions from projects abroad. This raises immediate, sometimes delicate questions: What is the responsibility of US architects to sustainability, to the local workforce, to a country’s design aesthetic? What can we learn from the developing world? Join 2015 AIA Gold Medal winner Moshe Safdie FAIA and other Boston-area architects for a wide-ranging discussion. The event will be followed by a reception.
For those who qualify, 2.0 LUs are available.
Jay Wickersham FAIA
Moshe Safdie FAIA
Peter Kuttner FAIA
Deborah Bentley, RIBA
Sponsored by the BSA in association with ArchitectureBoston magazine’s winter 2014 issue, Global.
Watch filmmaker Chad Freidrichs unravel the reasons behind the failure of the Pruitt-Igoe public-housing complex, an iconic model for public housing built in St. Louis in the late 1950s. The documentary traces the personal stories of some of its residents while arguing that the tragic ending of this urban experiment was not rooted in the demographic composition of its inhabitants.
This screening will be held at 6:00 pm on Friday, March 6, at BSA Space (290 Congress Street, Boston) and is the fourth film in Reeling It In, a six-part BSA Space Film Series covering various design topics. Complimentary refreshments and popcorn will be served.
Built in 1956 and then destroyed in a dramatic and highly publicized implosion, the Pruitt-Igoe public-housing complex has become a widespread symbol of failure among architects, politicians, and policymakers. What began as a housing marvel, Pruitt-Igoe was heralded as the model public-housing project of the future, “the poor man’s penthouse.” Two decades later, it ended in rubble—its razing an iconic event that the architectural theorist Charles Jencks famously called, the death of Modernism.
This event was rescheduled from its originally scheduled date of February 9.
Join us for our next Designing Boston conversation, this time on the U.S. Olympic Committee’s decision to back Boston as the host for the 2024 Olympics.
As former Boston city councilor Mike Ross said during a recent interview with WBUR’s Radio Boston, “[The Big Dig] changed the shape and face of Boston and... the Olympics will do the same thing.”
Focusing on the role that architecture has (or has not) played in making previous Olympics successful, Ross will moderate this panel discussion and dive into lessons learned by architects and planners with past Olympic experience in such cities as Barcelona, Beijing, Sydney, and London. This event launches a series of conversations and debates related to potential roles, responsibilities, and opportunities available to architects, planners, and developers as this huge and exciting undertaking unfolds.
Michael P. Ross, attorney, Prince Lobel Tye
Panelists will include
Dennis Pieprz Assoc. AIA, Principal, Sasaki Associates
Gavin McMillan, Senior Principal, Hargreaves Associates
Kyu Sung Woo FAIA, Kyu Sung Woo Architects
The BSA Urban Design Committee is co-hosting this event.
For those who qualify, 2.0 LUs are available
Design your Dream Room – have you always dreamed of designing your own space to do everything you love to do? In March, families will think about how design – shape, color, size, materials, and character – can influence how a space is used and enjoyed. Then design their own room to suit their needs, personality and activities, with one catch, space is not unlimited. Designers will be challenged to create the perfect personal space in a defined amount of square footage – sometimes bigger is not always better!
This Family Program is designed for parents and children 6 – 14 years old, a maximum ratio of 1 adult per 3 children will be required. Tickets are $8 per person, children and adults. BSA Space is one block from South Station. Enter through the BSA Space entrance and come up the Green Stairs. Program begins promptly at start time.
Philip Oldfield, Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture and the Built Environment at Nottingham University, delivers a Cloud Talk on "Rethinking the Tall Building: Opportunities in the 21st Century" on Friday, February 20th at 2 p.m. in S. R. Crown Hall.
Oldfield coordinates the Masters Course in Sustainable Tall Buildings and the associated high-rise architecture design studios and seminars at the University of Nottingham. He is an active member of the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) where he is co-chair of the CTBUH Research , Academic and Postgraduate Working Group and a member of the Competitions Committee. He also sits on the editorial board for the quarterly CTBUH Journal.
Join us at Oregon's Central Coast, April 22-24 for the 2015 Oregon Heritage Conference! The Coos Bay/North Bend area is filled with historic buildings and homes, downtown shopping and dining experiences, and surrounded by recreational opportunities, you’ll want to extend your visit beyond the conference to get the most out of what the area offers! The Mill, our conference location and hotel is situated perfectly to experience it all.
The Oregon Heritage Conference brings together people who love and work with Oregon's heritage. Designed to be interdisciplinary, the conference focuses on all sectors of heritage, such as historic preservation, museums, archives, libraries, and local and state government. By bringing everyone together in one place, we can begin to realize that our work in heritage is all interconnected, that we have similar problems, and, together, can create better solutions.
The Heritage Conference will offer workshops, tours, and breakout sessions that are equal parts innovation and practical advice. Topics will include:
- The National Register
- Disaster Preparedness
- Underwater Heritage
- Archive Digitization
- many many more!
Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards Banquet
Make sure to join us for the annual Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards banquet the evening of April 23. The banquet recognizes individuals, businesses, and organizations for outstanding efforts on behalf of Oregon’s heritage. The event always includes excellent speakers, food, and time for recognition of the people who work to make Oregon’s heritage vibrant. Tickets are required and may be purchased in advance or on-site. View past Excellence Award recipients at www.oregonheritage.org
Registration will open in late February. The full conference rate including several meals and the Oregon Heritage Excellence Award Banquet will be $85.00. There will be a student rate.
After re-reading Despina Stratigakos's Places essay, "Unforgetting Women Architects: From the Pritzker to Wikipedia," and a friend's experience this past summer linguistically wrestling with Wikipedia editing trolls who were doing their utmost to un-write women out of a certain section of activism, we realized it is time to take action.
ArchiteXX would like to invite as many people as possible to help write into wikipedia women designers, architects and all those involved in the creation of our built environment on International Women's Day, March 8. We are seeking to create a global effort in order to have the most diverse and wide ranging of women written in on this day. Because there are so many women to write about, we see this as the inaugural of what we hope will become an annual event.
We have created a help sheet including wiki entry protocol and citing criteria that is attached. You can begin to develop a list of women you would like to write in, their information and references you will be citing as well as any images you would like to include. We have a sign up list so we can know who and how many women will be written about:http://goo.gl/forms/xIf4cUOPaH. Please let us know if you are interested in hosting a wiki writing party!
We hope you will participate and please encourage everyone you know to join us. We want this to be a truly global event!
Ivan Foletti, Masaryk University in Brno and University of Lausanne
- Centre for Cross-Disciplinary Research into Cultural Phenomena in Central European History: Image, Communication, Behaviour.
The conference aims to reflect on the ways in which collective liturgies – religious as well as civic and totalitarian – contributed to the construction of urbanism from late Antiquity to the twentieth century and, on the other hand, how urban topography and the layout of the city influenced collective performances.
The goal of such a reflection is to indicate how a collective ritual performance grows and develops in dialogue with the surrounding urban space. But especially how it participates in the determination of that same space.
The purpose of the conference is thus to explore the dialectic relationship between the city and collective rituals, beginning with Late Antique Rome, marked out by stationary liturgy, through medieval and modern cities designed to celebrate sovereigns and bishops, up to Stalinist Moscow, constructed to embrace the manifestations of Soviet power.
Participants are invited to reflect on such issues as: the methods used by the rituals to integrate the space of the cities; in what way collective performances are modified and adjusted to a specific urban situation; the manner in which urban space is reconstructed and modified to facilitate collective performances; how, with a change of regime, the new collective liturgies adapted themselves to the new situation.
Papers presenting a historiographical and diachronic art historical and methodological perspective are especially welcomed.
Paper proposals of no more than one page, accompanied by a short CV, can be submitted until 10 September 2015 to: email@example.com.
An interdisciplinary symposium on waste and the production of urban space organized by Mariana Mogilevich (Princeton Mellon Inititaive) and Curt Gambetta (Architecture PhD Student).
INTERIORS: DESIGN, ARCHITECTURE, CULTURE – Bloomsbury Journals
Call for articles – Special Issue (Volume 6 Issue 3 – 2015)
SPACES OF FAITH
Alice T Friedman (Wellesley College) and Anne Massey (Middlesex University) invite contributions to the journal’s 2015 special issue, Spaces of Faith.
What are the special challenges presented by designing spaces for the purposes of shared religious worship or private reflection? What impact does ritual and rhythm have on these interior spaces? How have private places for spiritual regeneration been incorporated into domestic spaces? How have potential users been incorporated into the design process? Papers could explore the theme of Spaces of Faith from the perspective of one particular faith, or from that of multi-faith interiors. From airports to universities, ocean liners to hospitals, the unique challenges of designing for a variety of faiths, of meeting disparate requirements in one interior have characterised this subject over recent years. What has been provided for shared worship? How have the designers met these challenges? How successful have they been? Alternatively, the theme of changed usage may be explored, with church interiors being converted into cafes and monasteries into hotels.
Submissions reflecting the latest research on the interior from historians, practitioners and theorists are particularly welcomed. Principal articles of 5,000 to 7,000 words, including notes and references, with 4–8 illustrations are invited. Alternatively, submissions which include more images with accompanying critical commentary of 2,000–3,000 words are also encouraged.
Submissions should be sent as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10th April, 2015. Please insert “SPECIAL ISSUE 6:3” into the subject line.
Further details of the Journal, including Notes for Contributors, are available at http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/journal/interiors/
For further information or for advice as to the suitability of your proposed subject and approach, authors are invited to contact the editors on email@example.com with a 300-word précis of your work.
This international symposium examines the significance of Austrian and Central European émigré and exile architects/designers in promoting a progressive culture of debate in the USA, around the needs of society and strategies for social inclusion. The culture of the social in design that emerged in the US from the 1920s to the 1960s was defined by collaboration. The symposium is the first to address the pivotal role played by émigré and exile networks, in New York, Boston, Chicago, Aspen, and L.A., in shaping a new social agenda within design.
Cutting-edge research will bring to the fore the ways in which architects and designers utilized their Viennese and European schooling to confront political realities of World War II and beyond. The lessons adapted by prominent figures such as Josef Frank, Richard Neutra, Frederick Kiesler, Eva Zeisel, Bernard Rudofsky and Victor Papanek prompt the revisiting of discussions that originated on Vienna’s famous Ringstrasse; illuminating design’s role in the creation of progressive social communities.
Leading scholars in the fields of architectural and design history, cultural history and anthropology consider the critical contribution of émigrés and exiles in forming new humanistic directions in design. This historical appraisal opens a new forum in which to debate the role of the social in design and its relevance for today's global perspective.
Speakers include: Eve Blau (Harvard University, USA); Todd Cronan (Emory University, USA); Ruth Hanisch (TU Dortmund, Germany); Barnaby Haran (University of Hull, UK); Pat Kirkham (Bard Graduate Center, USA); Oliver Kühschelm (University of Vienna, Austria); Christopher Long (University of Texas at Austin, USA); Monica Penick (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA); Robin Schuldenfrei (Courtauld Institute of Art, UK); Felicity D. Scott (Columbia University, USA); Anna Vallye (Washington University in St. Louis, USA).
Convened & Curated by: Dr. Elana Shapira
Directed by: Prof. Dr. Alison J. Clarke
Supported by: Bryleigh Morsink
Organised as part of the FWF (Austrian Science Fund) research project award ‘Émigré Cultural Networks and the Founding of Social Design’, Department of Design History & Theory, University of Applied Arts, Vienna.
Venue: University of Applied Arts Vienna, Exhibition Centre Heiligenkreuzer Hof, Schönlaterngasse 5, 1010, Vienna Austria
Public event, free of charge, registration required.
The Colonial Williamsburg Architectural Research Department in conjunction with the College of William and Mary’s National Institute of American History and Democracy offers a five-week course this summer that is open to all undergraduate and graduate students as well as those with a special interest in early American architecture and historic preservation. The field school is intended to introduce students to the methods used in the investigation and recording of historic buildings. They will learn how to read construction technology and stylistic details to determine the age of various features, use period terminology to describe buildings, take field notes and measurements, and produce CAD drawings, which are the fundamental skills necessary to produce Historic Structure Reports.
Following several introductory lectures on building technology and architectural features, students will study structures in the Historic Area of Williamsburg and visit buildings in the surrounding Tidewater region. During the fourth week, students will document farmsteads, churches, and other sites in Piedmont North Carolina in preparation for the Vernacular Architecture Forum’s Annual Conference to be held in Durham, N.C. in June 2016. Students will measure, record, and describe a variety of buildings that will be seen on the conference tours. During this time, they will be in residence in the region. Back in Williamsburg for the final week, they will convert their fieldwork into measured CAD drawings write reports on their sites.
Except for the fourth week, the class will meet four days a week, Monday through Thursday, from 10:00 to 4:30 at Bruton Heights School, the Colonial Williamsburg research campus. Students must be enrolled for the course through the College of William and Mary. For more information about the nature of the course, please email Carl Lounsbury at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (757) 220-7654. Registration information is available at the William and Mary website: http://www.wm.edu/as/niahd/summerfieldschool/index.php
"Teaching the History of Modern Design: The Canon and Beyond"
NEH Summer Institute
July 6-July 31, 2015
Deadline for applications March 2, 2015
Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
"Teaching the History of Modern Design: The Canon and Beyond" is an exciting four-week NEH Summer Institute that will prepare twenty-five college faculty from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to meet the increasing demand for, as well as interest in, courses on modern design history. In-depth seminars will focus upon three interdependent thematic units: 1 taste and popular culture, 2 women as consumers and producers of design, and 3 political and global interpretations of design after World War II.
The director's and visiting scholars' complementary approaches to "The Canon and Beyond" will build upon and reinforce participants' familiarity with standard material, while simultaneously introducing new material and critical perspectives. Field trips to regional museums and collections such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Hagley Museum in Delaware will provide participants direct experience with objects, and suggest ways to use local collections in their own teaching. Group presentations by our participants will take place during the final week of the institute.
Application deadline: March 2, 2015 / notification date March 30, 2015
Visiting Scholars: Regina Lee Blaszczyk (University of Leeds, England); Maria Elena Buszek (University of Colorado Denver); Catharine Rossi (Kingston University, England); Sarah Teasley (Royal College of Art, London); Vladimir Kulic (Florida Atlantic University)
Project Faculty: Carma R. Gorman (University of Texas at Austin)
Institute Director: David Raizman, Drexel University
Look for additional information at: http://drexel.edu/westphal/historyofmoderndesign/
NEH Summer Institute, "Teaching the History of Modern Design: The Canon and Beyond"
The Heritage Documentation Programs seeks applications from qualified students for 2015 summer employment documenting historic sites and structures of architectural, landscape and technological significance throughout the country. Duties involve on-site field work and preparation of measured and interpretive drawings or written historical reports for the HABS/HAER/HALS Collections at the Prints and Photographs Division of The Library of Congress. Projects last 12 weeks, beginning in late May or early June. Project teams will be based in our Washington, DC office.
A century ago a remarkable Glencoe couple hired two giants of design, Frank Lloyd Wright and Jens Jensen, to envision homes and a landscape for their rolling, ravine-cut property near the bluffs of Lake Michigan. The resulting enclave of “Ravine Bluffs” contains six Wright-designed houses. These are the majority of structures that make Glencoe the third highest concentration of Frank Lloyd Wright structures in the world. Join Gwen Sommers Yant, preservation consultant with Benjamin Historic Certifications, to learn about the riveting story behind this development. Architecture, ambition, nature, idealism, high society, love, politics, and even murder, intertwine and culminate in resurgent, early 20th century Glencoe.
The Glencoe Historical Society will supplement with a brief overview of additional learning opportunities afforded through its year-long Ravine Bluffs Centennial Celebration.
About the speaker
Gwen Sommers Yant is an historic preservation planner with a broad spectrum of preservation experience and has been affiliated with Benjamin Historic Certifications, a historic preservation consulting firm, and its predecessor Historic Certification Consultants, since 1998. She holds a Master’s degree in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and her experience includes serving as an appointed member of the Oak Park Preservation Commission, directing the Evanston Historic Preservation Commission and on the staff of the Chicago Landmarks Commission.
International conference, 6-7 March, 2015, Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich
Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture, ETH Zurich, in cooperation with the Institute of Art History, University of Zurich and the Center History of Knowledge. Supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation.
Concept and Organization:
Dr. Andri Gerber, Institute for the History and Theory
of Architecture, ETH Zurich
Prof. Dr. Martino Stierli, Institute of Art History, University of Zurich
Against the background of a general revision and critical reflection of the history of architecture in its relation to theory and criticism, this conference aims at opening up a space of discussion on the contemporary nature and condition of architectural history. We propose to do so by referring to the legacy of Italian historian and theoretician Manfredo Tafuri (1935–1994), who may be seen as one of the most influential thinkers of the relationship between the history and theory of architecture of the contemporary period.
Architecture is a shifting and elusive object whose nature remains difficult to define. It relates not only to buildings and projects, but also to written and oral sources, and is deeply embedded in social, economical and political contexts. For this reason, architectural history seems to be predestinated to be interdisciplinary and calls for a multitude of historical narratives. Furthermore, the relatively weak disciplinary condition of architectural history leans on a long tradition of partial and subjective histories that have often been written by architects themselves, a situation criticized by Tafuri as "operative". This leads to the question whether an "objective" history of architecture is possible, and to what extent architectural history is fundamentally linked to changing architectural trends. But while both “general” history and the history of art have performed a critical reframing of their claim for objectivity and have underscored the implicit theory and ideology beyond every form of historical narrative, architectural history, by contrast, , has widely escaped such a critical reframing. And while in particular art history has reflected upon the history of theories that framed its discourse – the history of style, iconology, phenomenology, to name but a few – which in turn also influenced the history of architecture, this kind of reflection seems to be yet missing for the history of architecture.
The work of Manfredo Tafuri is an interesting starting point for such a reflection on the nature of the history of architecture. Celebrated not only by architects, but also by architecture historians, the myth surrounding Tafuri is worth questioning. His position was mainly based on a questioning of what he called “operational critique”, which was put in the service of a particular architectural tendency. By contrast, he defined his own critical take as progetto storico, as a performative and self-reflexive questioning of the history of architecture. His work was strongly influenced by historical materialism – yet without being a militant marxist –, thus highlighting the socio-economic and political conditions in which architecture is embedded.
We propose to understand Tafuri as a critical agent, for questioning both his own theory of history and the nature of architectural history today, in particular in reference to cultural models underlying our current position, in particular the resurgence of Marxism and historical materialism in contemporary architecture and urbanism. By undertaking a critical reevaluation of Tafuri's legacy from a contemporary perspective, we not only aim to point at the inherent aporias in the Italian historian's thinking, but also want to contribute toward a theoretical framing of the discipline of architectural history.
DATE: March 19, 2015 @ 07:00 PM
Mitchell Joachim, PhD, Assoc. AIA, [jo-ak-um] - Dr. Joachim is a Co-Founder of Terreform ONE and an Associate Professor at NYU. He was formerly an architect at Gehry Partners, and Pei Cobb Freed. He is a TED Senior Fellow and has been awarded fellowships with Moshe Safdie and Martin Society for Sustainability, MIT. He was chosen by Wired magazine for "The Smart List: 15 People the Next President Should Listen To". Rolling Stone magazine honored Mitchell in "The 100 People Who Are Changing America". Mitchell won many awards including; AIA New York Urban Design Merit Award, Victor Papanek Social Design Award, Zumtobel Award for Sustainability, History Channel Infiniti Award for City of the Future, and Time Magazine Best Invention with MIT Smart Cities Car. Dwell magazine featured him as "The NOW 99" in 2012. He co-authored the books, “Super Cells: Building with Biology” and “Global Design: Elsewhere Envisioned”. His work has been exhibited at MoMA and the Venice Biennale. He earned a Ph.D. at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MAUD Harvard University, M.Arch. Columbia University.
The Taliesin West Lecture Series showcases innovators discussing the newest trends in architecture and design. The series is generously sponsored by the Rio Salado Architecture Foundation.