Despite his significant contributions to the Chicago skyline and groundbreaking early hotel design for the Las Vegas Strip, Milton Schwartz remains an under-recognized figure from an important period in American architecture. The son of an engineer, Schwartz studied at the University of Illinois, where he was inspired to become an architect by the lectures of Frank Lloyd Wright. After a few years in the construction industry during World War II, Schwartz founded his own Chicago architectural practice and soon completed his first project—a visionary co-op building, 320 Oakdale, combining passive solar technology with a dynamic aesthetic of glass, aluminum, and modern brise-soleil. Schwartz went on to specialize in high-rise apartment buildings and designs for leisure and hospitality, most notably his iconic tower and restaurants for the Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas.
With their modern forms, advanced engineering, and innovative materials, Schwartz’s award-winning hotels and motels reflect the attitude of the automobile and jet ages. For his work in Las Vegas, he paired this vocabulary of concrete, metal, and glass with fantastic new environments integrating water, color, lighting, and scenography. Among the first large resorts of the modern Las Vegas, the Dunes Hotel became a symbol of midcentury American decadence in both popular culture and the iconoclastic architectural theory of the postmodern era. Together, Schwartz’s beautifully rendered drawings of towers, hotels, signage, and interiors present images not only of heroic midcentury construction, but of the expanded languages of modern architecture in America.
We are delighted to invite submissions for
Arts, Humanities, and Complex Networks
— 6th Leonardo satellite symposium at NetSci2015
taking place at the World Trade Center Zaragoza (WTCZ) in Spain,
on Tuesday, June 2, 2015.
For submission instructions please go to:
Deadline for submission: March 29, 2015.
Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by April 6, 2015.
For the sixth time, it is our pleasure to bring together pioneer work in the overlap of arts, humanities, network research, data science, and information design. The 2015 symposium will again follow our established recipe, leveraging interaction between those areas by means of keynotes, a number of contributions, and a high-profile panel discussion. In our call, we are looking for a diversity of research contributions revolving around networks in culture, networks in art, networks in the humanities, art about networks, and research in network visualization. Focusing on these five pillars that have crystallized out of our previous meetings, the 2015 symposium again strives to make further impact in the arts, humanities, and natural sciences. Running parallel to the NetSci2015 conference, the symposium provides a unique opportunity to mingle with leading researchers in complex network science, potentially sparking fruitful collaborations. As in previous years, selected papers will be published in print, both in a Special Section of Leonardo Journal and in a dedicated Leonardo eBook MIT-Press: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007S0UA9Q
As in previous years, we will feature a high-profile keynote from the areas of cultural data science, network visualization, and/or network art.
The AHCN2015 organizers,
Maximilian Schich*, Roger Malina**, and Isabel Meirelles***
* Associate Professor, ATEC, The University of Texas at Dallas, USA
** Executive Editor at Leonardo Publications, France/USA
*** Professor, Professor, Faculty of Design, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada
The Noreen Stonor Drexel Cultural and Historic Preservation Program at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island will hold its annual conference Oct. 22-24, 2015. The conference will focus on the preservation and interpretation of pre-1820 buildings, objects, and sites in the Americas, particularly in the fields of architecture, archaeology, material culture, museum studies, and preservation planning/policy. As a key center of global trade, Newport occupied a principal place in the American landscape in the 17th and 18th centuries. Indeed, the social and economic relationships emanating from Newport spread out, linking Europeans, Africans, and Native Americans and shaping the histories of millions of people throughout the colonial and into the early national period. Today, the legacy of this shared American past is materialized in buildings, furnishings, curated objects, and archaeological sites. The preservation and interpretation of these treasured resources poses challenges, but also provides many opportunities to connect professionals and the public and to improve our understanding of the “forgotten” experiences of groups whose voices are keenly absent in current histories. This public conference will include presentations, tours, student lightning talks and networking opportunities. The conference is presented by Salve Regina University in partnership with the Newport Restoration Foundation. Information on the conference is available at: www.salve.edu/chp2015.
The Noreen Stonor Drexel Cultural and Historic Preservation Program at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island will hold its annual conference Oct. 22-24, 2015. The conference will focus on the preservation and interpretation of pre-1820 buildings, objects, and sites in the Americas, particularly in the fields of architecture, archaeology, material culture, museum studies, and preservation planning/policy. As a key center of global trade, Newport occupied a principal place in the American landscape in the 17th and 18th centuries. Indeed, the social and economic relationships emanating from Newport spread out, linking Europeans, Africans, and Native Americans and shaping the histories of millions of people throughout the colonial and into the early national period. Today, the legacy of this shared American past is materialized in buildings, furnishings, curated objects, and archaeological sites. The preservation and interpretation of these treasured resources poses challenges, but also provides many opportunities to connect professionals and the public and to improve our understanding of the “forgotten” experiences of groups whose voices are keenly absent in current histories. This public conference will include presentations, tours, student lightning talks and networking opportunities.
Papers in the fields of architecture, archaeology, material culture, museum studies, and preservation planning/policy are especially encouraged. Proposals will be accepted for individual papers, complete panels and student lightning talks. The deadline to submit proposals is March 1, 2015. Notice of acceptance will be made on a rolling basis and no later than May 15, 2015.The conference is presented by Salve Regina University in partnership with the Newport Restoration Foundation. Information on the conference is available at: www.salve.edu/chp2015.
This illustrated lecture at the National Arts Club will explore a remarkable building from its construction in 1818 to its demolition in 1973. The Shakers built hundreds of buildings, each uniquely suited to its geography and function. While the village meetinghouse was revered as the architectural center of Shaker faith and practice, the family dwelling house was the building to which individuals felt most attached – their Shaker home. It was where they slept, ate, kept their clothing, and worshiped together as a family in daily religious exercises. The Mount Lebanon North Family Dwelling, often called simply “the North House,” was one such Shaker home. An interior room is preserved in the American Wing of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Technical design assistance for public-private partnership teams who are working on conceptually designed projects that advance the sustainability goals for the neighborhoods / municipalities / regions where they are located.
Registration Now Open for VAF Chicago 2015!
Please join us for the Vernacular Architecture Forum's 35th Annual Conference in Chicago from June 3 – 7, 2015.
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We will go “Out of the Loop” to explore new dimensions of Chicago’s built environment. Our tours will go to unexpected places, including the sprawling industrial Calumet region, the ethnic crossroads of Devon Avenue, and the community building efforts of the Dorchester Project.
Our special events will take place in remarkable but relatively unknown vernacular venues, including Salvage One, Jazz Showcase, Miller Bathouse, and Boni Vino.
For more, please visit the VAF Chicago 2015 website and subscribe to our Blog.
Over the years, Pittsburgh and its industries have played host to
several key photographic surveys. Beginning in 1907 as part of the
pioneering Pittsburgh Survey, documentary photographer Lewis Hine
recorded the complex relationship between the city's factories and its
citizens. Roughly forty years later, W. Eugene Smith made nearly twenty
thousand images of Pittsburgh, creating what he considered his finest
work. In keeping with the spirit of these important projects, this panel
seeks papers exploring the rich and complicated relationship between
photography and industry. Topics of exploration may reflect the broad
range of the subject, from the Industrial Revolution to the Information
Age. The panel welcomes papers examining not only art and documentary,
but also casual and vernacular photographic records of industry.
Session chairs: Emily Morgan, Iowa State University, and James Swensen,
Brigham Young University. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Central Indiana holds a trove of architectural treasures. Some, like Frank Lloyd Wright’s Richard Davis House (1950) and John E. Christian
House–Samara (1954) are tucked away in leafy enclaves, and some, like the midcentury modern wonders of Columbus, hide in plain sight. On the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy’s annual Out and
About Wright tour, you’ll get to see both of Wright’s distinctive central Indiana works as well as several highlights around Indianapolis. We’ll depart from the Omni Severin Hotel starting at 8:30 a.m. to tour
the local landmark Christian Theological Seminary (Edward Larrabee Barnes, 1966) and the 2012 AIA Honor Award-winning Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion (Marlon Blackwell Architects, 2010) in the 100 Acres Art &
Nature Park at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. After a brief stop at local
icon The Pyramids (Roche Dinkeloo and Associates, 1967), we’ll head out to Wright’s Samara house in West Lafayette, a copper fascia-adorned Usonian still occupied by its original owner, and Davis House in Marion, with its unique 38-foot central octagonal teepee (we are one of the very few groups to tour this unique Wright work!). All transportation and a seated lunch is included. We’ll return to the hotel around 6:30 p.m.
Lecture on the Art Deco Architecture of Camaguey, Cuba
Date: March 7, 2015
Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Address: Roosevelt University, Wabash Building, 425 S. Wabash, Room 611
What does it take to design a brand-new zoo habitat? More than just manpower and money, creating a new exhibit also involves intensive training for zookeepers who will care for the animals and time for educators to develop a suite of enriching programs. In the case of Regenstein Macaque Forest—the zoo’s new home for Japanese snow monkeys—it also means hiring a specialized scientist to study the behavior and cognition of the resident monkeys. Learn how this amazing exhibit took shape from concept to construction and beyond.
$17 ($14 for Lincoln Park Zoo members)
18 and older
Café at Wild Things
Cash bar on site, light hors d’oeuvres served
Register for Wine & Wildlife: Designing a Home for Snow Monkeys
For more information, please email email@example.com or call 312-742-2056.
To look at most architecture today is to be left wanting. Normalized forms smooth over cultural differences, seemingly intent on vacating the practices of everyday life. Interiors, once hidden worlds supporting our particular needs, have suffered a similar fate. An unshakable feeling of emptiness, a deep void, is all that returns one’s gaze.
Rooms You May Have Missed reclaims the significance of inhabitation and is for that reason a collection of domestic spaces—entry porticos, kitchens, bedrooms, closets, dining rooms, courtyards, gardens, vestibules, living rooms, offices, dens and washrooms—as reinvented in the work of two very different architects: Umberto Riva in Milan and Bijoy Jain in Mumbai. Common to their practices is a genuine concern for the details that support living in and our common rituals of waking, bathing, eating, entertaining and sleeping.
Riva, who has operated for the past fifty years almost exclusively within his native city and country, dismantles the traditional organization of space as a sequence of individually defined rooms in order to achieve a fluid interior landscape. Jain, conscious of local customs and the ever-present Indian climate, shapes the volumes that characterize his work by considering their relationships with the courtyard, where inhabitants gather under open sky.
Whereas Riva works within the artisanal culture of craft production for which Italy was known in the 60s and 70s, Jain, who returned to India in the mid-90s having studied in the United States, has slowly absorbed the tacit knowledge of local materials and traditional construction methods left unclaimed by rampant industrialization. Riva is preoccupied with designing every detail of the spaces he creates, from lamps and doorknobs to pergolas and skylights, conferring dignity to even the poorest of materials. Jain surrounds himself with a wealth of resources both human and material, inserting his work into existing economies and systems of architectural production.
These “rooms,” located in Milan, Mumbai, Otranto or Ahmedabad and evoked in Riva and Jain’s installations at theCCA, are glimpses of thoughtful efforts to negotiate the intricacies of the everyday. Even if these interiors alone cannot redeem our private life, more and more in danger of disappearing, they offer holds on which to hang our most human practices, individual identities and desires.
Celebrated worldwide, Charles Rennie Mackintosh is one of the leading figures of late 19th and early 20th Century architecture. Mackintosh Architecture charts a career marked as much by its difficulties as by its successes. It is the first substantial exhibition to be devoted to his architecture and features over 60 original drawings and watercolours, as well as models, films and portraits.Seen together they reveal the evolution of his style from his early apprenticeship to his later projects as an individual architect and designer.
Landmarks Illinois' Preservation Snapshots lecture presents: Wright’s Dana House and the Preservation of Houses Created as
Complete Works of Art
In his richly illustrated book Total Design: Architecture and Interiors of Iconic Modern Houses, George H. Marcus writes: “More than any other modern architect, Frank Lloyd Wright created his houses as complete works of art.” In talking about his new book, Professor Marcus will discuss how Wright realized his vision by unifying all aspects of design at the Dana House in Springfield—architecture, furnishings, decorative objects, materials, and color—and reflect on the importance of considering the integrity of the complete work of art when these houses are preserved.
Last Is More: Mies, IBM and the Transformation of Chicago
On the eve of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s 129th birthday, writer Robert Sharoff and photographer William Zbaren will discuss Mies’s final commission, the IBM Building, as well as his Chicago legacy. “Mies spent the last three decades of his life living and working in Chicago and his style eventually came to define the city in much the same way Baron Haussmann’s does Paris and Bernini’s does Rome,” said Sharoff.
The 52-story IBM Building, the drawings for which were completed several weeks before Mies’s death in 1969, was the most expensive office building in the city’s history. It also represented the culmination of a half-century spent exploring the possibilities of steel and glass design.
During its construction, New York Times critic Ada Louise Huxtable posited that the IBM Building “may well be the most important skyscraper in the country.”
The IBM Building came midway through a legendary period in Chicago architecture – the decade-long building boom between 1965 and 1975 when Mies’s influence was at its most pervasive and his students and acolytes produced such enduring landmarks as McCormick Place, Lake Point Tower and the John Hancock Center.
These buildings continue to dominate the city’s skyline and are at the heart of Chicago’s claim to be the founding city of American modernism. More:http://www.landmarks.org/snapshots.htm
Join the Virginia Center for Architecture for an architectural tour of its historic home, the Branch House. See rooms rarely opened to the public and discover the distinctive architectural features that make this Tudor-Revival home, designed by renowned architect John Russell Pope, an important historic and cultural landmark. The tour may last up to 90 minutes.
Spaces are limited and tours sell out quickly. Reservations are strongly recommended.
Register online. $12; $10 for members
Richmond Auf Deutsch explores surviving Germanic heritage which began to take shape in Richmond in the early 19th Century. Revisit the lasting legacy of art and architecture through this exhibition of photography and research.
AIA Columbus, a chapter of the American Institute of Architects, recognizes excellence in local architecture through its annual Architecture Awards Program. The program recognizes achievements for a broad range of architectural activity in order to elevate, to establish, to inform and to honor the general quality of architectural practice, establish a standard of excellence against which all architects can measure performance, inform the public of the breadth and value of architectural practice, and honor the architects, clients and consultants who work together to improve the built environment. Since its inception in 1975, the AIA Columbus Architecture Awards have recognized more than 240 projects. The awards are juried by esteemed architects from outside our area. Projects range over a broad spectrum of architectural disciplines, from contemporary design to historic preservation, sustainable design, interiors and even to “un-built” projects. The projects displayed here are the recipients of the AIA Columbus 2014 Architecture Awards.
The awards are a testament to collaboration – to teams of architects, engineers, planners, landscape architects, interior designers, and contractors – who worked together to create great design.
These awards are also a testament to our clients who place great trust in architects to realize their vision.
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.