Recent Opportunities

  • DEMHIST 2018 Conference - Chicago

    Chicago | Dates: 14 – 18 Oct, 2018


    Modernity Meets History: Historic House Museums of Today for Tomorrow

    The 20th anniversary meeting of the International DEMHIST Committee, to be held in Chicago, October 14-18, 2018 will explore concepts of modernism and modernity as a paradigm for how we explore the collections, narratives, buildings, and public engagement strategies of historic house museums. This theme follows from the 2017 DEMHIST conference in London which met around the theme of “relevance.” 

    The conference will include a public lectures, and general sessions, a poster session, a key-note address, workshops, tours, receptions and excursions. 

     Attendees may arrive several days early and attend the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago, Saturday and Sunday, October 13- 14, 2018.

    Call for proposals, including papers, sessions, posters, as well as hotel, lodging, and transportation information, will be made available on the  Chicago DEMHIST 2018 conference website at the end of January.  

    Sign up for updates HERE
  • Impressions 2.0, Leh Art+Design Program

    Leh | Dates: 15 – 24 Jun, 2018

    The Summer Program “Impressions 2.0” is a continuation of what was started in the summer of 2017. With a group of 12 people from across India, we travelled to Leh and 8 other sites around which has historical, social and cultural value, documenting, recording and experiencing Ladakh. We experienced the place and printed a zine called “What about Ladakh?” 

    in 2018, we are diving deeper into Leh, not looking it objectively only as a “beautiful place”, but rather trying to understand what are the issues of this “beautiful place”. What are the forgotten stories of Leh, which are buried under veils of modernism and beautification? 

    We plan to dwell in baazars, homes, shops, monasteries and mosques to reveal what was Leh? Our quest to find Leh will lead us to numerous oral stories and material memories. The childhood memory of a 70-year-old playing in Leh Bazar or letter from a long forgotten relative is important stories which we will seek. 

    We plan to create stories around “Found Objects” or “Fabricate 

    Objects” to tell a story. The participants will be encouraged to go out and meet numerous people in Leh, collect stories and objects which will be stitched together to create artworks. 

    The final output of the Summer program is planned to be in forms of printed documents like Zines, video recordings, sound, installations and public performance-based artworks.


  • Rock & Stone: Cultures of Making in Northern Italy

    Los Angeles | Dates: 01 – 28 Jul, 2018

    “Rock and Stone: Cultures of Making in Northern Italy” is a multidisciplinary field course, located in the alpine ecosystem of the Val Taleggio. The field school is aimed at emphasizing the resilient nature-culture continuum through an approach that combines methods of anthropological fieldwork and architectural investigation. Through conversations with professional and local specialists, practical activities, local arts and crafts, theory and design, students will explore the ecology and the local resources in order to develop a new design methodology based on the relationship between nature and culture.

    This 4 weeks course will analyze the landscape and its geological formations, the natural and socio-cultural environment, as well as the architectural design of the region. Participants will observe and study how locally available resources can become a source of inspiration for sustainable practices. The program includes trips to small villages, significant heritage sites including the world famous San Pellegrino Terme and Bergamo. It also offers treks in the natural environment, through historical paths along streams, rivers, and canyons visiting medieval settlements. Students will live in a cozy residence in Sottochiesa a charming village, north of Bergamo. The final project proposes to identify cultural uses of local resources, specifically of rocks and stones, in the processes of creation, construction and transformation of the local environment. The observation and documentation of territorial adaptation and spatial configuration will extend insights to the larger contemporary socio-economic and cultural context of the region.

    This course is offered through the Institute for Field Research (, a non-profit academic organization specializing in field-based, original research-driven programs around the globe. IFR field schools are annually peer-reviewed by an academic board and are held to the highest standards for research output, pedagogy, and student safety. The Institute is partnered with Connecticut College, from which students may earn 8 semester credits for their successful completion of a field school. To apply to this course you should go to this link:

     If you have any questions about the program or enrollment, please direct them to 


  • Learning from Nature to Design Sustainable Environments

    Los Angeles | Dates: 01 – 28 Jul, 2018

    The unique ecology of the Taleggio Valley, set in the mountainous Italian PreAlps, lends itself to the study of an array of natural systems that will serve as the backdrop for a course on bio-inspired design. Through the observation and analysis of the pre-alpine ecology students will translate the learned principles to develop architectural projects that incorporate sustainable design elements stemming from biological inspiration. The course will be taught by long-term collaborators Dr. Shauna Price, a biologist specializing in insect ecology and evolution, and architect Ilaria Mazzoleni, who develops conceptual design projects focused on sustainability and biomimicry. The program includes treks in nature, including historical paths along streams and canyons, visits to heritage sites, such as medieval settlements, historical villages, and the world-famous San Pellegrino Terme, as well as the Bergamo Science Museum. Students will live in a cozy residence in Sottochiesa, a charming village north of Bergamo. The expertise of the instructors, in combination with the ecology of the field site and the local community, will serve to provide a model for conducting integrative research and producing sustainable bio-inspired designs for the students.

    This course is offered through the Institute for Field Research (, a non-profit academic organization specializing in field-based, original research-driven programs around the globe. IFR field schools are annually peer-reviewed by an academic board and are held to the highest standards for research output, pedagogy, and student safety. The Institute is partnered with Connecticut College, from which students may earn 8 semester credits for their successful completion of a field school. To apply to this course you should go to this link:

     If you have any questions about the program or enrollment, please direct them to 

  • Urbanism at Borders - Trans-disciplinary Research Conference

    Aberdeen | Dates: 05 – 08 Sep, 2018

    Border research emphases on the discourse analysis on critical issues and connotation of separation - demarcation – segregation and conflicts and translated and theorizing these issues in various patterns of urbanism. Borders determine the degree of how regions are positioned in the global maps with the condition with which regions are valued, categorised and marked by its capacity to create individual geographical identities and unique settlement patterns. Borders define socially and economically incompatible systems that influence the nature of mobility of goods, human traffic, and economic transactions that suggest temporal, subdued, blurring socio-cultural entities defined by urban orders. Borders create these blurring urban orders along its boundaries defined by lack of cohesiveness with either sides of a border. 

    Borders are more than geographically defined separations, but accounts of metamorphoses and metaphors that two neighbouring states are defined by the economy, politics, culture, and religion – manifested by its typological entities.

    Borders Research Issues 

    Typologies under investigations 

    Mapping Borders reflecting on the following issues: 

    • Characteristics of social displacement at the borders 

    • Transient/temporal settlement 

    • Typologies and Form of Settlement 

    • Conflict and Cultural hybridity 

    • The architecture of weak forms on borderlines 

    • Regenerative architecture as a socio-cultural policy 

    • A phenomenology of generic places 

    • Borders invoke centres: is there a new foundation? 

    • The occupation of place: between reality and authorities 

    • Crisis communication and the ‘architecture’ of media 

    • Quick solutions: the printed habitat 

    • New Social formation/Social Capital 


    Registration for the Forum: 

    1. Early Bird registration: £200 on or before 30 January 2018 

    2. Student registration: £100 on or before 30 January 2018 

    3. Student late registration: £150 after 30 January 2018 

    4. Late registration: £250 after 30 January 2018 

    5. Registration includes attendance in opening dinner, lunch/snacks for sessions, papers from the conference 

    6. Tour on 8 September 2018 (optional): City centre and Castle in Aberdeen (Coordinated and narrated by Professor William Alvis Brogden, author of ‘A City's Architecture: Aberdeen as 'Designed City'’) 

    7. Registration for the tour is mandatory on or before 5 September 2018 with £25 deposit that includes bus and snacks 

    Urbanism at Border Secretariat: 

    Helen Aggasild 

    Scott Sutherland School of Architecture & Built Environment 

    Robert Gordon University 

    Sir Ian Wood Building, Riverside East 

    Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7GJ, Scotland, UK 


    Urbanism at Border Convenors & Editors: 

    Dr Quazi Mahtab Zaman, Aberdeen. 

    Dr Igea Troiani, Oxford,

  • American Association for Italian Studies

    Sorrento | Dates: 14 – 17 Jun, 2018

    The American Association for Italian Studies is now accepting session and roundtable proposals for their next conference, which will take place from 14-17 June 2018 at the Sant’Anna Institute in Sorrento, Italy. 



    The genesis of architectural ornament derives from ritual and a human instinct for imitation (Gottfried Semper, 2004). Early architectural ‘enclosures’, or ‘space dividers’ were first plant fiber woven mats and then woven tapestries. Woven patterns used as edging for Roman tapestry walls are replicated in Pompeiian fresco designs. The ritual uses of tapestries and relics in religious ceremonies of the Sorrentine peninsula are memorialized and transformed as decorative and structural motifs on walls, in mosaics, liturgical elements, and building facades.  Interdisciplinary papers exploring the relationship of ornament to ritual and sacrament from ancient to modern times are welcome.

    Proposals due to by December 30, 2017 should include title, brief abstract (200-250 words), and short biographical blurb.

    Chair: Eleanor D’Aponte, AIA, Associate Professor, Norwich University,

  • The Other City

    Naples | Dates: 25 – 27 Oct, 2018

    The Other City
    History and image of urban diversity:
    places and landscapes of privilege and well-being, of isolation, of poverty, and of multiculturalism

    In modern and contemporary history, the city has taken account of social otherities’, namely of privileged classes, minorities, foreigners and immigrants, and of resulting cultural and religious diversity. The urban community has structured some parts of its fabric as places of political, military or class power, other parts as spaces for arrivals, for production and trade, but also for isolation, marginalization or remedy for catastrophe.
    In the modern age, the image of the other' city is often falsified or even denied by rulers and powerful people for purposes of political appearance or propaganda; and if, between the eighteenth and twentieth century, new methods of representation can reveal the structure and the urban landscape in their objectivity, the city portrait still shows the contradictions of a community that sometimes includes or even enhances the diversities, other times rejects them, betraying the malaise of a difficult integration.

    Macrosession A
    Inclusion and exclusion policies: reflections on the communication of the image of cities from modern to contemporary ages
    Annunziata Berrino, Gilles Bertrand

    Macrosession B
    The portrait of city and urban historical landscape as an affirmation/denial of isolation, contrast and diversity
    Alfredo Buccaro, Fabio Mangone

    Macrosession C
    Representation of urban alterity in historical and peripheral contexts
    Antonella di Luggo, Ornella Zerlenga

    Macrosession D
    The “other city. Interpreting and transmitting the identity of places between restoration and urban redevelopment
    Aldo Aveta, Renata Picone
    more info

  • Architectural Aluminum - Design & Preservation/Restoration of Historic & Contemporary Architecture

    Cambridge | Dates: 24 – 25 Mar, 2018

    Conference will Examine the Design and the Conservation/Restoration of

    Traditional & Modern Aluminum Buildings/Building Components,

    Bridges & Other Structures, and Artistic Works

    ARCHITECTURAL ALUMINUM IN THE 21st CENTURY: Design & Preservation of Contemporary & Historic Architecture – an intensive conference to be held on the MIT Campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Saturday, March 24-Sunday, March 25, 2018 – will explore technical and practical issues involved in keeping new and existing aluminum facades, windows/other building components, structural elements, and artistic works in good condition and will probe the cost-benefits of procedures for preserving and protecting these building envelopes, components, bridges, ornamentation, and sculpture. The conference also will look at several innovative uses of aluminum/aluminum alloys in the design of new structures. 

    Organized by Technology & Conservation, the MIT Museum, and the Boston Society of Architects' Historic Resources Committee, this important symposium will feature informative, stimulation presentations by over 35 renowned architects, engineers, conservators, designers, scientists, and aluminum industry leaders on the use of aluminum in the construction and care of structures in the built environment and in the fabrication and conservation of works of art. Topics will include: structural, mechanical, corrosion-resistance, fire-resistance, and other properties of aluminum and its alloys and how these affect performance and durability new developments in fabrication and finishes case histories on the restoration/preservation of iconic aluminum buildings, including Alcoa's headquarters building and the USAF Academy's Cadet Chapel case histories detailing innovative design of several modern aluminum structures - in Europe,  the UK, Asia, the Middle East, and America. . . and much more. Continuing education credits will be available.

    The conference schedule, registration form, and other information is available on the website of the Boston Society of Architects' Historic Resources Committee:

    For additional information, contact Susan E. Schur, Hon. AIA, FAPT, Conference Chair, e-mail:

  • Defence Heritage 2018

    Dates: 18 – 20 Apr, 2018

    Defence Heritage 2018 - Call for Papers
    4th International Conference on Defence Sites: Heritage and Future
    18-20 April, 2018

    Conference website:

    Conference Topics:

    • Military heritage history
    • Castles and fortresses
    • Fortified cities
    • Transition from military to civilian life
    • Fortified heritage, culture and tourism
    • Conservation and restoration
    • Case studies
    • Community involvement
    • Simulation and modelling
    • Economic analysis

  • Digital Art History Summer Institute

    Dates: 04 – 04 Jun, 2018

    Advanced Topics in Digital Art History: 3D and (Geo)Spatial Networks


    June 4-16, 2018 in Venice, Italy


    Digital Technologies for Historical and Cultural visualization are transforming the ways that scholars can study and represent works of art, as well as growth and change in urban spaces and structures.


    With the support of The Getty Foundation as part of its Digital Art History initiative, The Wired! Lab for Digital Art History & Visual Culture at Duke University, the University of Padua's Architecture and Engineering program and Venice International University are collaborating on a Summer Workshop that will support interdisciplinary teams focused on the hard questions of Digital Art History as a discipline, a set of methods, and a host of technical and institutional challenges and opportunities.


    After five editions of two-weeks summer workshops introducing concepts and methods for digital art and architectural history through hands-on tutorials and collaborative project development, the program for 2018 will shift to focus on advancing the field of digital art and architectural history through a combination of project-sharing, technology exploration, and academic discussion. After the initial two-week gathering in Venice, we still stay in touch as a community over the course of the next year, reconvening for one week in 2019 to write up and assess our work.


    This workshop is different than our earlier Visualizing Venice workshop iterations in that we are asking people to apply as teams of 2 or 3, and with a Digital Art History Mapping and/or Modeling project already in place, and which they hope to develop further in conversation with the group. The focus of applicant projects does not need to be on Venice or Visualizing Cities, though projects related to those themes are welcome. We will expect participants to share their working projects files with the group, and will work with selected participating teams in advance of the meeting to customize the curriculum to fit the needs and interests of the group.


    Alums of our previous introductory workshops are welcome to apply, as are new participants, from the US and abroad. Thanks to the generosity of the Getty Foundation, we are able to offer support for tuition, travel, board and accommodation expenses.


    More Info and Application at 

    Deadline: January 5, 2018

  • Sites of Transit in Italy from WW2 to the present: History, Politics, Topography

    Dates: 14 – 17 Jun, 2018

    CALL FOR PAPERS: AAIS Conference

    The American Association for Italian Studies

    14-17 June 2018

    Sant’Anna Institute, Sorrento Italy

    Session: Sites of Transit in Italy from WW2 to the present: History, Politics, Topography

    The former POW, concentration and refugee camp at Fossoli is a key example in the complex 20th-century history of peoples and prisoners in transit. Proposals are welcome on the reconstruction of the history, politics and topography of this and other sites of transit in the European and Mediterranean context from WW2 to the present.

    Please send a 200-300 word abstract and a brief biographical note to and by December 30, 2017.


    Fondazione ex Campo Fossoli - via Giulio Rovighi, 57 41012 Carpi – MO -

    Matteo Cassani Simonetti – Dipartimento di Architettura - Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna –

    Roberta Mira – Dipartimento di Storia Culture Civiltà - Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna -

    Daniele Salerno – Scuola Superiore di Studi Umanistici - Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna -
  • Townscapes in transition. Transformation and reorganization of Italian cities and their architecture in the interwar period.

    Sorrento | Dates: 14 – 17 Jun, 2018

    38th annual conference of the American Association for Italian Studies
    Sant'Anna Institute, Sorrento (Italy), June 14-17, 2018
    Conference deadline: December 30, 2017

    Session 24:
    Townscapes in transition. Transformation and reorganization of Italian cities and their architecture in the interwar period.

    Social change after WWI led to an accelerated change in the built environment. Within a broad stylistic scope of architectural and urban design projects, the structural ‘DNA‘ of Italian historic cities offered a basic planning guideline. Historic paradigms determined not only trends in conservation but guided new approaches to architecture as well as urban and landscape design. The result was not a single strategy to ensure continuity in urban planning and architecture, but a multiplicity of formal principles and trends. The session proposes to clarify what methods Italian architects and urban planners used to take possession of a ‘Roman’ or ‘Italian’ building and planning tradition, and how they accommodated it to the modernization of their country.

    Please submit via email a 200-250-word abstract of the presentation, a brief biographical note and affiliation to Luigi Monzo ( by December 30, 2017. Please comply with conference guidelines: 

    The conference languages are Italian and English.

    Session organizers and chairs: 

    Luigi Monzo, University of Innsbruck (Austria) Email: 

    Carmen M. Enss, University of Bamberg (Germany) Email:
  • Announcing the Publication of the SAHANZ 2017 Annual Conference Proceedings

    Dates: 01 Dec, 2017 – 01 Dec, 2018

    Gevork Hartoonian and John Ting would like to announce the publication of the SAHANZ 2017 annual conference proceedings. The conference was hosted by the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra, and held at the Shine Dome in July.

    The online version of the proceedings is  available at:

    Printed versions of the proceedings are available on a print-on-demand basis - please email John Ting at

  • GLI 2018 - Executive Education for Museum Leaders

    Claremont | Dates: 14 May – 23 Jun, 2018

    The renowned Getty Leadership Institute for executive leaders is entering its 39th year. The program is designed to help experienced top-level executives become better leaders to strengthen their institutions’ capabilities and advance the field.

    This intensive management program is for CEOs, Directors, COOs, and senior-level museum executives who influence policy, effect change, and are in the first two to seven years of their position. Program participants take four weeks of intensive courses that address current trends and challenges in the museum field. The program blends two weeks online and two weeks of residency at CGU, and includes practicum sessions at Los Angeles area institutions. Academically rigorous, the program emphasizes leadership, strategy, organizational culture, and change management.

    The selection process aims at creating a class of participants that fosters the best peer learning experience for all. GLI strives to include participants with a range of specializations, sizes, budgets, and geographical locations. We actively seek the participation of museum professionals from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds. Selection preference will be given to qualified candidates from art institutions.

    Have questions about GLI 2018 and the application process? Join us for an informational webinar. Click here to learn more.

    Applications due January 24, 2018.
  • NextGen2018 - Executive Education for the Next Generation of Museum Leaders

    Claremont | Dates: 05 – 31 Mar, 2018

    NextGen 2018 is a blended-learning experience for the museum field’s emerging top talent. The program is designed for mid-level staff with three to five years of museum management experience and extraordinary leadership potential as recognized by senior-level executives.

    The program blends one week of online learning and one week of residency in a collegial environment at CGU. The curriculum is intensive, while also offering time for self-reflection and practical application of materials and concepts. Participants examine their individual leadership styles, team dynamics, institutional needs and perspectives, and the future of the museum field. Course modules focus on leadership assessment and development, design thinking and strategy, team leadership, negotiation and influence, fundraising, audience engagement and development, and innovation.

    The selection process aims at creating a class of participants that fosters the best peer learning experience for all. GLI strives to include participants with a range of specializations, sizes, budgets, and geographical locations. We actively seek the participation of museum professionals from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds. Selection preference will be given to qualified candidates from art institutions.

    Applications due January 3, 2018.
  • Workshop on Vernacular Balkan Architecture: Rhodope Mountains

    Dolen | Dates: 25 – 25 May, 2018

    Dates: 14 - 28 July 2018 

    Southeastern Europe, also known as the Balkans, has been a crossroads of human migration and a pivot point of civilizations since the dawn of time. Here, central and eastern Europe have met the Mediterranean and western Asia for many millennia, sometimes resulting in conflict, but above all bringing together a unique blending of cultures, religions, languages, folklore, traditions and crafts. Traditional architecture in Bulgaria is part of the common Balkan heritage. More preserved in the mountain areas, it’s characterized by its harmonic connection with nature, fascinating interior features and picturesque settlement configurations. Bulgarian traditional architecture stems from ancient Thracian and Roman tradition, and has evolved through the centuries within the Byzantine, medieval Bulgarian and later the Ottoman world, coming in contact with many influences in these vast and diverse empires. From the Middle Ages onward, itinerant Bulgarian builders and craftsmen have crisscrossed the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean, spreading their work throughout three continents, but also gathering and exchanging knowledge and techniques as far as Italy to the west, Armenia to the east, Vienna to the north and Egypt to the south. Closely and sustainably interacting with nature, combining functional simplicity, comfort of use and delicate and harmonious aesthetics perfected through the ages, Bulgarian traditional architecture is not only interesting to discover and study, but also very compatible with modern building practices tending toward a sustainable, ecological way of life.

    Today, the Rhodope Mountains mark the border between Bulgaria and Greece, but have also acted as an interface as well as a boundary throughout the ages. Here, in Orpheus’ homeland, all the influences that have swept the Balkans over the centuries have accumulated and interwoven rather than wiping away one another, giving birth to a unique amalgamation of architectural traditions and techniques, but also of cultures and beliefs. Here, coexisting with their modern lifestyle, the sturdy mountain people still preserve knowledge and ways of life that have long been forgotten elsewhere. The village of Dolen, an architectural reserve with remarkable authenticity, is a particularly interesting illustration of the rich, multi-layered history of the Rhodopes and the Balkans in general. Within the tiny boundaries of this village, one can discover key elements and processes that have shaped the Bulgarian and Balkan traditional architecture, approach traditions and folklore still carrying the echo of ancient times and feel the magic of the Rhodope Mountains.

    The Field School is comprised of:

    • - Fieldwork in surveying & recording of vernacular architecture. In the course of the Workshop, participants will have the opportunity to work on the analytical architectural documentation of Rhodopean architecture in the village of Dolen. They will be able to acquire skills in architectural documentation, material and historical research and analysis.
    • - Specialized lectures on southeast European late medieval history, architectural typology, traditional building techniques and natural materials
    • - Study visits to significant historical and natural sites in the Rhodopes and the Pirin mountains      
    • - Workshops in conservation and restoration of vernacular architecture - Building techniques and the specific use of materials in the Balkans have been developed by generations of craftsmen. Large bands of builders (called “tayfi”) used to travel across the Ottoman Empire, trading their craft. These groups applied their knowledge wherever they went, but they had to also conform to the wishes of their clients. Still, improving structural efficiency and spatial functionality were the main vectors of development for the building principles. During the workshops supervised by local craftsmen, specialized in the restoration of traditional architecture participants will be able to try working with different traditional building techniques and materials, characteristic to the region – wood, stone and clay   

  • MILLENNIUM: Lower Manhattan in the 1990s

    New York | Dates: 18 Nov, 2017 – 01 Apr, 2018

    Today, the southern tip of Manhattan is one of the fastest growing urban districts in the country: a bustling mixed-use area that has combined its traditional role as America’s financial capital—and third-largest business district in the country—with a skyrocketing residential population, massive media companies and tech start-ups, nearly fifteen million tourists a year, and an impressive collection of cultural attractions, parks, and pedestrian enclaves. In many ways lower Manhattan has become a model of a 21s-century environment of living, work, and play – a dense urban fabric with rich history and innovative architecture, as well as expansive waterfront landscapes. 
    This new diversity of Downtown's economy and populations is surprising, not just because it follows the catastrophe of 9/11, but because not long ago—just twenty years, in fact—lower Manhattan was a different and far more troubled place, one whose very future seemed in doubt, buffeted by profound economic change, and wrenched by complex, often contradictory forces that seemed at once to be accelerating the area’s long decline, even as they nurtured sprouts of renewal and growth.
    new multimedia exhibition at The Skyscraper Museum, Millennium: Lower Manhattan in the 1990s, running through April 2018, vividly recaptures this strange and formative time in the history of New York’s historic commercial hub, through a striking combination of architectural drawings and models, archival and contemporary photographs, original posters, maps, sketches, renderings, and other documents of the era.  Together they offer a portrait of a time and place that, though recent in historic terms, seems oddly remote—due in large part, of course, to the tragic, world-changing event that brought the period to a sudden, unexpected close: the destruction of the World Trade Center, and loss of nearly three thousand lives, on September 11th, 2001. 

    Focusing on the years just before that unimaginable moment, the exhibition tells a fascinating, sometimes poignant story of decline and rebirth.  It is a story framed by the area’s decades-long losing battle against the gleaming postwar power of midtown Manhattan, which, through the 1990s, continued to siphon away lower Manhattan’s major corporations and financial institutions, leaving its inventory of older buildings more than one-quarter empty, and many of its once-grand banking halls and storefronts hauntingly silent.
    But Millennium also recounts another side to the story, presenting the variety of intriguing, often provocative projects—large and small, built and unbuilt—advanced by architects, planners, developers, and civic-minded activists. Aware that the century and millennium wound down and a new era beckoned, these projects began to rethink downtown Manhattan and plant the seeds for its resurgence in the decades to follow.  

    These include a host of major efforts by government agencies and established practitioners—ranging from the build-out of Battery Park City’s 92 acres of new and reclaimed Hudson River waterfront and the East River development of South Street Seaport and the Fulton Fish Market, to sweeping city initiatives for the rezoning and landmarking of historic skyscrapers of the Financial District (today’s FiDi). A model and renderings show Skidmore Owing & Merrill’s startling unrealized proposal for a new New York Stock Exchange trading floor and tower. Beyer Blinder Belle’s work on a restored 19th century Stone Street, reclaimed from crack dealers, shows one of the areas most successful transformations to a pedestrian enclave. Plans for Frank Gehry’s post-Bilbao proposal for a vast new structure for the Guggenheim Museum above several East River piers illustrate exaggerated ambitions of the moment.

    No less intriguing are the series of smaller projects—sometimes built, sometimes not—by then-emerging architectural and urbanist figures such as Smith-Miller + Hawkinson, Machado Silvetti, Studio Asymptote (Hani Rashid and Lise Anne Couture), Peterson Littenberg, and James Sanders, which sought to radically reimagine existing downtown spaces—from Battery Park City, to Liberty Plaza, to the trading floor of the Stock Exchange – or introduce new institutions to the area’s mix.

    Two lower Manhattan cultural efforts, making their debut in these same years, round out the exhibition’s displays.  One is The Skyscraper Museum itself, which opened for business in 1997 with a series of pop-up exhibitions in the grand, but then-empty banking halls of Wall Street.  The other is an interpretive project that inspired the Museum’s entire Millennium project: Heritage Trails New York, a program of forty site markers and printed map, implemented in the late 1990s by the architect Richard D. Kaplan.  Heritage Trails New York was intended to encourage tourism in one of America’s most historic urban districts.  This important early public history project is represented not only through original materials on display, but through the Museum’s digital re-creation of the tours as they were in 1997, and as they would appear in 2017—thus allowing viewers to make a powerful and often moving comparison between downtown as it appeared in the last years before September 11th, and downtown today.  The Heritage Trails website and walking tour can be viewed at
    Millennium: Lower Manhattan in the 1990s will be on view at the Skyscraper Museum’s main gallery
     through April 2018. The companion website can be visited

  • Generosity: an international conference at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff, UK

    Cardiff | Dates: 27 – 29 Jun, 2018

    GENEROSITY An international conference to be held at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff, Wales, UK, from 27-29 June 2018

    GENEROSITY is associated with the act of giving or sharing more than is necessary, with gifting, with bravery, with notions of a benefactor and a recipient, and with a quality of being plentiful or expansive. From an architectural perspective, interpretations are many and various.  Alberto Perez Gomez writes of poïesis in architecture as ‘signifying the sort of technical making proper to humans: a poetic making in the sense that it always aimed at more than preserving life.’ Eileen Grey is more explicit, stating that ‘a house is not a machine-à-habiter. It is man’s […] continuation, his spreading out, his spiritual emanation.’  George Bataille, meanwhile, suggests that ‘everything conspires to obscure the basic movement that tends to restore wealth to its function, to gift-giving, to squandering without reciprocation…’

    From a stance of celebrating and questioning architecture’s potential for generosity, this call for papers invites academics and creative practitioners to explore ways in which architecture aspires to, or may be expected to, give more than is necessary. This could be considered within the current economic context of austerity or within the broader historic context of a discipline often working in frameworks focused on cost and quantitative measurement. Reflections are welcomed which critically examine themes of GENEROSITY as related to architecture and related fields, whether they be from a conceptual or theoretical position, embedded in everyday processes and expectations of practice, or from considerations of procurement, regulation, and policy. Possible themes include, but are not limited to:

    Generosity and Delight

    Architects have long argued that good design demands qualitative as well as quantitative appreciation, and goes beyond the scale of a space or materials specifications etc. With time, attitudes to measuring value and good practice are re-articulated and new forms of generosity arise. This theme calls for papers that explore how the concept of generosity is achieved and how it changes in the built environment, whether this be through an exploration of new forms of communicative value, design of ornament, or other, alternative means of measuring such a construct.

    Generosity and Procurement

    The Artistic Directors for the 16th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice (2018) have announced that the festival will be concerned with ‘generosity, thoughtfulness and a desire to engage’. Meanwhile, the British Council call for proposals (2017) questioned: “How can British architecture demonstrate ‘generosity and thoughtfulness’ towards its users, citizens and the public?” If the state of the built environment is governed by developer’ appetites and procurement processes, how might generosity be better embedded in the commissioning, delivery or ownership of architecture and public space?

    Generosity and Participation

    In the vacuum of public sector inactivity, architects (among others) have been called upon to support community-led development, regeneration and invention. Such projects often follow unconventional programmes, and redefine the role of the architect – as facilitator, mediator or advisor. Papers are invited which critique the opportunities, risks and implications of generosity in co-production and participatory design.

    Generosity of Spirit

    Architecture is regularly criticised for being elitist, and overly focussed on a tiny fraction of the global population. Architects like Dominic Stevens and Alejandro Aravena have exploited the facility to share open-access information over the internet, providing housing designs or templates as freely available, open-source resources. While it is unclear what impact these ‘gifts’ will have on the global housing crisis, they are indicative of a generosity of spirit that has potential to reach the furthest corners of the planet. We invite papers that explore issues of ownership in design, or that identify and evaluate architecture or designers working outside of established boundaries or conventional definitions.

     Generation Generosity

    Against a backdrop of socio-political uncertainty, many young practitioners are responding directly to civic and social issues through self-initiated projects and research. Debates around architectural education, the value of practice based learning and the impact of tuition fees have contributed to a surge in self-directed projects amongst young practitioners. Such projects are often nimble, independently instigated and exploratory. We invite papers from postgraduates, young creative practitioners, tutors, and early career academics, to celebrate ideas that represent communality, reciprocal care and giving.

    Confirmed keynote speakers are:

    Professor Martin Bressani, Sir William C. MacDonald Chair and Director of McGill University’s School of Architecture, Montreal


    Daisy Froud

    Architects of Change (AOC), London, UK


    Alastair Parvin

    Co-founder of WikiHouse Foundation, and a member of strategic design group 00


    Dr Chris L. Smith

    Associate Professor in Architectural Design and Technê, University of Sydney


    Nathalie Weadick

    Director, Irish Architecture Foundation


    Opening address at drinks reception: Sophie Howe Wales' Future Generations Commissioner for the The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act


    Abstracts of 300 words for a 20 minute presentation, a 3-minute film, or a workshop are invited on any topic related to themes of Generosity in architecture or related fields, and should be submitted for refereeing by 15 January 2018 to the email, using the template provided on the website.  We invite contributions from academics and creative practitioners. Authors will be notified of selection by 12 February 2018.  Following previous WSA conference publications Primitive, Quality, and Economy, we aim to publish an edited book of selected papers following the conference.

    A drinks reception will be held on the night of Wednesday 27 June and a conference dinner on Thursday 28 June. These will be included in the conference fee of £295 sterling. A reduced fee of £260 applies if payment is received by 31 March 2018. 


    Generosity is the fourth in a series of academic conferences held at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, following Primitive, Quality and Economy, and is organised by Dr Mhairi McVicar, Dr Ed Green, Dr Charles Drozynski, Michael Corr, Professor Stephen Kite, and Zoe Berman. For more information, contact Helen Monks at 300 word abstracts should be submitted by 15 January 2018 to using the template on the website.  Registration will open on 12th February 2018 and additional information can be found on the conference website

  • HILT: June 4-8, 2018

    Philadelphia | Dates: 04 – 08 Jun, 2018
    The HILT (Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching) Institute is excited to announce that our 6th annual meeting will be held June 4-8, 2018, on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    HILT is a 5-day training institute that includes keynotes, ignite talks, and local cultural heritage excursions for researchers, students, early career scholars and cultural heritage professionals who seek to learn more about Digital Humanities theory, practice, and culture. In addition to the conference’s day-time sessions, participants can enjoy opportunities to explore the city through local dining and special events.

    Registration begins on November 20. Please visit our website ( for more information.
  • VRA Greater New York Chapter Travel Award

    Philadelphia | Dates: 27 – 30 Mar, 2018
    The Greater New York Chapter is pleased to offer a travel award to support attendance to the 2018 Visual Resources Association Annual Conference, to be held in Philadelphia, PA from March 27-30, 2018. One award of $500 will be granted to a conference attendee residing, working, or studying in the Tri-State area of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.  Awards will be made in person at the conference in Philadelphia. Applicants are not required to be current members of VRA or the Greater NY Chapter.

    To apply for this award please fill out the online form (, which includes the following information:
    Contact Information
    Short description of your interest in attending the VRA conference (1-3 paragraphs) including information regarding any participation in the conference
    An estimated budget of conference costs, including institutional funding you will receive
    Preference will be given to those who do not receive full institutional funding, first-time attendees, or those who are participating in the conference as a speaker, moderator, committee member, or chapter officer.

    Deadline December 15, 2017. Award notification January 15, 2018.

    Please direct any questions to Zoe Waldron (

    Sincerely yours,
    Zoe Waldron
    VRA Greater NY Chapter
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