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  • Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft, and Design, Midcentury and Today

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Wilkinsburg | Dates: 17 Jan, 2015

    Managing maintenance of your property.

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

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

    This workshop is free to PHLF Members. Click here for more information about PHLF membership and please join!
    Non-members: $5

    RSVPs are appreciated. Contact Mary Lu Denny at 412-471-5808 ext. 527

  • Preservation Lecture: National Register and Local Historic District Designations

    Wilkinsburg | Dates: 15 Jan, 2015

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

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

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

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

  • Lecture: Red House and Kelmscott Manor

    Chicago | Dates: 24 Feb, 2015

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

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

  • Frank Lloyd Wright and the Challenge to Historic Preservation

    Oak Park | Dates: 26 Mar, 2015

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

    About the speakers

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

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

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


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

    Oak Park | Dates: 12 Mar, 2015

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

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

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

    About the speakers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Jose Sanchez: Gamescapes

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

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

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

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

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


  • Tod Williams & Billie Tsien: Being Specific

    Los Angeles | Dates: 14 Jan, 2015
    Wed, Jan 14, 7pm
    W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
    Intro by Eric Owen Moss

    Architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien founded their studio in New York in 1986. The firm focuses on work for institutions—museums, schools and non-profits; organizations that value issues of aspiration and meaning, timelessness and beauty. Their buildings are carefully made and useful in ways that speak to both efficiency and the spirit. A sense of rootedness, light, texture, detail, and most of all experience are at the heart of what they build.

    The firm’s compelling body of work includes the Natatorium at the Cranbrook School, the Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla, California, the Phoenix Art Museum in Arizona, the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, the Asia Society Center in Hong Kong, the Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, and the LeFrak Center at Lakeside in Brooklyn's Prospect Park. They have won numerous awards including ten national honor awards from the American Institute of Architects, as well as the 2014 National Medal for the Arts from the United States government, and the 2013 Architecture Firm Award.

    Parallel to their practice, the partners maintain active teaching careers and lecture worldwide. As educators and practitioners, they are committed to making a better world through architecture.
  • Craig Dykers: Snøhetta Works lecture

    Los Angeles | Dates: 28 Jan, 2015
    Wednesday, Jan 28, 7pm
    W.M. Keck Lecture Hall

    As one of the Founding Partners of Snøhetta, Craig Dykers has led many of the office’s prominent projects, including the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Norway, the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion, the Redesign of Times Square, and the SFMOMA Expansion in San Francisco. His interest in design as a promoter of social and physical well-being is supported by ongoing observation and development of an innovative design process. Snøhetta often works to create contemporary architecture seeking to avoid segregation and disassociation.

    Dykers’ lecture will describe how this can be a considered value and how some of Snøhetta’s projects have addressed this way of thinking. Whether or not a project focuses upon an individual or groups of persons, the architecture engages physically and therefore intellectually with the body.

    Dykers will present the firm’s most recent projects including the Redesign of Times Square, the SFMOMA Expansion in San Francisco, the James B. Hunt, Jr. Memorial Library at North Carolina State University, and the Ryerson University Student Learning Centre in Toronto, Ontario.


  • Unconventional Practice Forum - Architecture + Software

    Atlanta | Dates: 09 Jan, 2015

    Title: Architectural Design through Software Collaboration

    Pascale Sablan, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP, Associate, FXFOWLE Architects will discuss the design process and integration of architectural software–Ecotect, 3DMaxx, Rhino, Revit and AutoCAD–that was used to design the Museum of the Built Environment, one of eleven projects designed by FXFOWLE Architects (New York, Washington DC) within the King Abdullah Financial District, a new 55 million-square-foot mixed-use urban development currently under construction in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She will also focus on the rational use of technology by the project’s diverse design team to advance architectural and environmental goals as well as lessons learned during the design development.

    Presented by the Georgia Tech School of Architecture and NOMA - Atlanta.

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

    Dates: 27 – 27 Jan, 2015
    A Lecture and Book Signing by Victoria M. Young, PhD Tuesday, January 27, 2015 The First Congregational United Church of Christ 945 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20001 6:30 pm – reception and book signing, 7:00 pm – lecture
  • Chicago's Heroic Architecture

    Chicago | Dates: 21 Jan, 2015
    Though famous for its landmark architecture and design, some of Chicago's most pivotal social, political and economic achievements took shape in the shadows of our city's major monuments. Terry Tatum, former Director of Research of the City of Chicago's Landmarks Division, offers an enticing look at the obscure, unexpected or overlooked landmarks of Chicago, where heroism swept to the fore but left few recognizable traces.

    Presented in partnership with Landmarks Illinois.

  • This Was Tomorrow: London 1956, Geoffrey Holroyd, Santa Barbara

    Santa Barbara | Dates: 17 Jan – 01 May, 2015

    On view: January 17–May 1, 2015

    Opening Reception: January 16, 2015; 5:30-7:30pm

    After World War II, a generation of young, London-based architects, artists, and writers rethought the art and architecture of a culture fascinated with American consumerism, pop culture, mass communication, and visions of a better tomorrow. In 1956, several of these architects, painters, and sculptors collaborated on This is Tomorrow. This exhibition at London's Whitechapel Art Gallery presented twelve group exhibits drawn from the everyday, which questioned the tenets of traditional and modernist art.

    Recently, Geoffrey Holroyd, formerly of London and now of Santa Barbara, donated to the Museum's Architecture and Design Collection the artwork that he, Lawrence Alloway, and Toni del Renzio created as Group 12 for the 1956 exhibition. This was Tomorrow explores Group 12's contribution to the This is Tomorrow exhibition, and the architecture and design works of Geoffrey and June Holroyd.

  • Newport-Chicago Architectural Connections

    New York | Dates: 07 Jan – 07 Feb, 2015
    The architectural links between Newport and Chicago in the 19th-early 20th century will be explored by Richard Guy Wilson
  • Sewing a Small Town: The Renaissance of a Historical Center - Architecture Summer School 2015 (July 20-August 01, 2015)

    Gassino Torinese (TO) | Dates: 04 Jan – 31 Mar, 2015
    Located 15 km from Turin, in the center of Piedmont, a region internationally known for prestigious wine (such as Barbera, Moscato, Barolo and many others) and the slow food concept, one hour by train from Milan (host of Expo 2015), three hours from the town of Genoa, in Liguria, and only an hour and a half by plane from Paris, Gassino Torinese is characterized by a medieval historic center waiting for a new reuse.

    The design themes developed during the summer school (July 20-August 01, 2015) will focus on the renovation, reuse and re- utilization of old and valuable buildings, now in disuse, and the rethinking of public places (streets, squares and gardens) to be integrated into the urban context, now partly in ruins and without an active identity to enhance the past of the town. Addressing the new buildings within the residual spaces, the re-utilization of buildings (public and private) and interventions at the seam between the old core and the peripheral parts are the main goals of the projects developed by the participants during the two-week workshop. In fact, the summer school will explore the possibilities of conscious interventions in the historic center of Gassino Torinese through contemporary sustainable architecture. The activities consist of theoretical evening courses and a design workshop for 20 participants, selected through the evaluation of portfolios and curriculum vitae by a scientific committee.

    The meanings of the historic center, given today in Italy and in Europe, and consequent problems related to the integration of today’s needs and lifestyles within a core of ancient origins, impose certain reflections. One challenge that the summer school addresses is sensitization of participants to an ideal modern and sustainable architecture as a solution to the qualitative reuse of the existing heritage. The urban context of the historic center of Gassino Torinese, strongly consolidated and characterized by a precise identity as compared to other municipalities of the periphery of Turin, represents the ideal place for experimental studies on the quality of modern living in historic context. The theory courses organized within the summer school also address issues related to the European significance of historical centre, sustainable design,history of the construction and design of new buildings made in a city center. The historic core of Gassino Torinese becomes an open-air laboratory in which experimentation suggests new and innovative ways to reconsider the built environment, re- evaluating the physical memory of the regionn’s past.

    Apply by March 31, 2015.
  • This Thing Called Theory 12th AHRA International Conference

    Leeds, LS2 9EN | Dates: 04 Jan – 04 May, 2015
    CALL FOR PAPERS This Thing Called Theory 12th AHRA International Conference 19th-21st November 2015 This conference proposes Theory as a form of architectural practice which opposes the instrumentalization of its use. It aims to explore the status of Theory in architecture through an examination of instances in current practice, and invites critical reconsiderations of the role of Theory in architecture, its successes and shortcomings. It seeks to trigger discussions, arguments and polemics around this thing called Theory.

    SYNOPSIS Since the Architectural Humanities Research Association was created twelve years ago to promote and develop research in the architectural humanities, the practices of architecture have transformed and diversified, and so has the relationship between the designs, representations and makings of architecture and their surrounding discourses. After semiotics, psychoanalysis, deconstruction’s flirt with Derridean philosophy, and Deleuzian redefinitions of folds and diagrams, the impact of the digital in architecture seemed to have vanquished the ‘need’ for architecture to refer to discourses from the humanities. Whilst concerns of the humanities are converging with the sciences, they are also simultaneously diverging and dissipating with notions of network, apparatus and agency. The recent imperative in architecture to withdraw from claims of singular design visions has also been characterised by the gathering of individuated credits and subjecting to commodified distribution in the production of theory. Today, in an age of extreme specialization and thus far inconceivable intersections of fragmented strands of knowledge, architecture continues to reinvent itself. As architecture reconsiders its status as a discipline in relation to digital technologies, material sciences, biology and environmental transformations, it continues to resort to and introject thoughts and practices developed ‘outside’ architecture. It is indeed the very openness and connectedness of architecture that can offer a line of continuity in the ongoing process of self-definition and reinvention that has always characterized architecture as a practice of the multiple and of the critical. As a discipline that never simply makes physical environments, architecture will continue to act in and through all its intersections with its ‘other’ as a critical and cultural agent.

    CALL FOR PAPERS While architecture’s discourse seemed to have been muted with the shift from the alphabet to the algorithm (Mario Carpo, 2011), it has more recently emerged that even for the digital it is already not only possible but indeed necessary to construct an archaeology (Greg Lynn, 2013), and this has to be both historical and critical. Log’s ‘Stocktaking’ issue (summer 2013) borrowed Reyner Banham 1960’s instrumental opposition of tradition and technology to resume (or restart) a critical discourse on contemporary architectural practices, attempting to relate them to recent and not so recent disciplinary pasts, while the ‘Ways to Be Critical’ proposed by Volume 36 (Archis 2013, no. 2) seems to reduce the issue of criticality to a series of positions of militant criticism. Beyond the mediatory function of theory (Michael Hays, 2000) and its problematic tag of authorship and authority (Giorgio Agamben, in ‘What is a Paradigm’, 2002), this conference proposes that theory, far from dead, extinct or rejected, remains crucial to the discipline. In the age of post-digital architecture and digital materiality, This Thing Called Theory aims to explore current practices of theory. This conference proposes Theory as a form of architectural practice which opposes the instrumentalization of its use. It aims to explore the status of Theory in architecture through an examination of instances in current practice, and invites critical reconsiderations of the role of Theory in architecture, its successes and shortcomings. It seeks to trigger discussions, arguments and polemics around this thing called Theory. We have identified three main areas for discussion and argumentation: THIS THING CALLED THEORY THOUGHT Theory as Criticism Theory as Architecture Theory as History ACTION Theory as Politics Theory as Praxis Theory as Material SPECULATION Theory as Utopia Theory as Science Theory as Media

    We invite individual and group proposals for 20 minute papers and full sessions from architectural historians, theorists, designers and practitioners, as well as those working on the issues identified in the synopsis from other disciplines, including film-making, art practice and performance. We welcome contributions that explore contemporary developments and project future trends, as well as those that offer retrospective theoretical and critical interrogations. Please send a 500 word abstract, including title, and a 50 word biographical note to and Deadline for abstracts of papers: 4th May 2015
    Please note that full papers will be required prior to the conference for panel chairs and to begin the editorial process for publication in the This Thing Called Theory volume of the Routledge ‘Critiques’ series,and for a special conference issue of Architecture and Culture, the AHRA journal.

    CONFERENCE Thursday 19th - Saturday 21st November 2015 VENUES Rose Bowl Building, City Campus, Leeds Beckett University, and other venues in Leeds (UK) city centre.


    CONFERENCE COMMITTEE Professor Teresa Stoppani, Head of The Leeds School of Architecture, Leeds Beckett University Dr Doreen Bernath, Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Leader of the BA Architectural Studies course, Leeds Beckett University Braden Engel, Undergraduate History and Theory Coordinator, Academy of Art University, San Francisco and PhD Candidate, Leeds Beckett University George Themistocleous, Part Time Lecturer and PhD Candidate, Leeds Beckett University
  • Building Transformation

    Chicago | Dates: 11 – 11 Jan, 2015
    The University of Chicago is in the throes of a building boom. Not since its founding has its footprint undergone the kind of development currently underway. Join us for a lively discussion between Steve Wiesenthal, FAIA, University of Chicago Architect, and Hamza Walker, Associate Curator at the Renaissance Society, a contemporary art museum at the University of Chicago. They will discuss the history and transformation of various campus buildings as the structures reflect ever-changing attitudes and challenges inherent to institutional growth.