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  • Ritualizing the City: Collective Performances as Aspects of Urban Construction, Brno 3-4 March 2016

    Brno | Dates: 17 Feb – 10 Sep, 2015
    Organizer:
Ivan Foletti, Masaryk University in Brno and University of Lausanne
- Centre for Cross-Disciplinary Research into Cultural Phenomena in Central European History: Image, Communication, Behaviour. The conference aims to reflect on the ways in which collective liturgies – religious as well as civic and totalitarian – contributed to the construction of urbanism from late Antiquity to the twentieth century and, on the other hand, how urban topography and the layout of the city influenced collective performances. The goal of such a reflection is to indicate how a collective ritual performance grows and develops in dialogue with the surrounding urban space. But especially how it participates in the determination of that same space. The purpose of the conference is thus to explore the dialectic relationship between the city and collective rituals, beginning with Late Antique Rome, marked out by stationary liturgy, through medieval and modern cities designed to celebrate sovereigns and bishops, up to Stalinist Moscow, constructed to embrace the manifestations of Soviet power. Participants are invited to reflect on such issues as: the methods used by the rituals to integrate the space of the cities; in what way collective performances are modified and adjusted to a specific urban situation; the manner in which urban space is reconstructed and modified to facilitate collective performances; how, with a change of regime, the new collective liturgies adapted themselves to the new situation. Papers presenting a historiographical and diachronic art historical and methodological perspective are especially welcomed. Paper proposals of no more than one page, accompanied by a short CV, can be submitted until 10 September 2015 to: ivan.foletti@gmail.com.
  • Papanek Symposium 2015, Émigré Design Culture: Histories of the Social in Design, University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria

    Vienna | Dates: 27 – 28 May, 2015
    This international symposium examines the significance of Austrian and Central European émigré and exile architects/designers in promoting a progressive culture of debate in the USA, around the needs of society and strategies for social inclusion. The culture of the social in design that emerged in the US from the 1920s to the 1960s was defined by collaboration. The symposium is the first to address the pivotal role played by émigré and exile networks, in New York, Boston, Chicago, Aspen, and L.A., in shaping a new social agenda within design. Cutting-edge research will bring to the fore the ways in which architects and designers utilized their Viennese and European schooling to confront political realities of World War II and beyond. The lessons adapted by prominent figures such as Josef Frank, Richard Neutra, Frederick Kiesler, Eva Zeisel, Bernard Rudofsky and Victor Papanek prompt the revisiting of discussions that originated on Vienna’s famous Ringstrasse; illuminating design’s role in the creation of progressive social communities. Leading scholars in the fields of architectural and design history, cultural history and anthropology consider the critical contribution of émigrés and exiles in forming new humanistic directions in design. This historical appraisal opens a new forum in which to debate the role of the social in design and its relevance for today's global perspective. Speakers include: Eve Blau (Harvard University, USA); Todd Cronan (Emory University, USA); Ruth Hanisch (TU Dortmund, Germany); Barnaby Haran (University of Hull, UK); Pat Kirkham (Bard Graduate Center, USA); Oliver Kühschelm (University of Vienna, Austria); Christopher Long (University of Texas at Austin, USA); Monica Penick (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA); Robin Schuldenfrei (Courtauld Institute of Art, UK); Felicity D. Scott (Columbia University, USA); Anna Vallye (Washington University in St. Louis, USA). Convened & Curated by: Dr. Elana Shapira Directed by: Prof. Dr. Alison J. Clarke Supported by: Bryleigh Morsink Organised as part of the FWF (Austrian Science Fund) research project award ‘Émigré Cultural Networks and the Founding of Social Design’, Department of Design History & Theory, University of Applied Arts, Vienna. Venue: University of Applied Arts Vienna, Exhibition Centre Heiligenkreuzer Hof, Schönlaterngasse 5, 1010, Vienna Austria Public event, free of charge, registration required. http://papanek.org/symposium/
  • Architectural Research Field School

    Williamsburg | Dates: 01 Jun – 03 Jul, 2015
    The Colonial Williamsburg Architectural Research Department in conjunction with the College of William and Mary’s National Institute of American History and Democracy offers a five-week course this summer that is open to all undergraduate and graduate students as well as those with a special interest in early American architecture and historic preservation. The field school is intended to introduce students to the methods used in the investigation and recording of historic buildings. They will learn how to read construction technology and stylistic details to determine the age of various features, use period terminology to describe buildings, take field notes and measurements, and produce CAD drawings, which are the fundamental skills necessary to produce Historic Structure Reports. Following several introductory lectures on building technology and architectural features, students will study structures in the Historic Area of Williamsburg and visit buildings in the surrounding Tidewater region. During the fourth week, students will document farmsteads, churches, and other sites in Piedmont North Carolina in preparation for the Vernacular Architecture Forum’s Annual Conference to be held in Durham, N.C. in June 2016. Students will measure, record, and describe a variety of buildings that will be seen on the conference tours. During this time, they will be in residence in the region. Back in Williamsburg for the final week, they will convert their fieldwork into measured CAD drawings write reports on their sites. Except for the fourth week, the class will meet four days a week, Monday through Thursday, from 10:00 to 4:30 at Bruton Heights School, the Colonial Williamsburg research campus. Students must be enrolled for the course through the College of William and Mary. For more information about the nature of the course, please email Carl Lounsbury at clounsbury@cwf.org or call (757) 220-7654. Registration information is available at the William and Mary website: http://www.wm.edu/as/niahd/summerfieldschool/index.php
  • Frank Lloyd Wright in Glencoe

    Oak Park | Dates: 07 May, 2015

    A century ago a remarkable Glencoe couple hired two giants of design, Frank Lloyd Wright and Jens Jensen, to envision homes and a landscape for their rolling, ravine-cut property near the bluffs of Lake Michigan. The resulting enclave of “Ravine Bluffs” contains six Wright-designed houses. These are the majority of structures that make Glencoe the third highest concentration of Frank Lloyd Wright structures in the world. Join Gwen Sommers Yant, preservation consultant with Benjamin Historic Certifications, to learn about the riveting story behind this development. Architecture, ambition, nature, idealism, high society, love, politics, and even murder, intertwine and culminate in resurgent, early 20th century Glencoe.

    The Glencoe Historical Society will supplement with a brief overview of additional learning opportunities afforded through its year-long Ravine Bluffs Centennial Celebration.

    About the speaker

    Gwen Sommers Yant is an historic preservation planner with a broad spectrum of preservation experience and has been affiliated with Benjamin Historic Certifications, a historic preservation consulting firm, and its predecessor Historic Certification Consultants, since 1998. She holds a Master’s degree in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and her experience includes serving as an appointed member of the Oak Park Preservation Commission, directing the Evanston Historic Preservation Commission and on the staff of the Chicago Landmarks Commission.

  • Architecture of Independence: African Modernism

    Weil am Rhein | Dates: 10 Feb – 31 May, 2015
    Vitra Design Museum Gallery

    When many countries in Central and Sub-Saharan Africa gained their independence in the 1960s, experimental and futuristic architecture became a principal means by which the young nations expressed their national identities. The exhibition in the Vitra Design Museum Gallery is one of the first presentations of this remarkable period of our more recent architectural history. This exhibition was researched and curated by architect and author Manuel Herz, with a substantial contribution by photographer Iwan Baan. The exhibition documents more than 50 buildings in countries such as Kenya, Côte d’Ivoire, Zambia, Ghana and Senegal, which mirror the forward-looking spirit that was dominant in these countries at the time. Mehr
  • Urbanism From Within

    San Francisco | Dates: 20 Feb – 01 May, 2015

    In recent years, San Francisco has become emblematic of the difficulties of managing rapid urban growth in a culture entrenched in NIMBYism. The influx of jobs, primarily in the tech sector, and associated wealth from these industries, has caused rents and housing prices to soar to the highest in the country, widespread gentrification, and socio-economic homogenization as the lower and middle class continue to flee the city. One of the challenges in providing new density to the city is that the image of the city, which is associated with its civic identity and tourism industry, is closely linked to a romantic vision of Victorian housing. One of the inadvertent outcomes of the housing crisis is the widespread creation of secondary (in-law) units — smaller units embedded within or located upon one’s property. Currently, the city estimates that over 50,000 illegal secondary units exist within the interior; hidden in garages, attics, or the rear of homes. Because of their illegal status, these units are not regulated to comply with building, health, or fire codes. Recently, in March 2014, The Planning Commission of San Francisco gave unanimous support to legislation that would allow property owners in the Castro District to legally build secondary units. Viewed as a pilot program, the legalization of secondary units is a large part of the puzzle to address the current housing shortage in the city in a diffused manner. Operating in an anonymous and subversive manner, the secondary unit has the potential to create a new paradigm for density and affordability in cities.

    The legitimization of secondary units within the interior of the domestic fabric will require micro-transformations to the architecture of the city— small artifacts that mediate from the interior to the urban environment. As the domestic fabric continues to re-organize and parse its interior, its aim is to increase the number of housing units, thereby decreasing the cost of housing and ultimately allow for larger amounts of socio-economic diversity. This design-research exhibition explores the typology of the secondary unit and its interaction with the larger systems of a city to test how a diffused form of individual interiors creates new connections, power structures, cross-pollinization of public and private realms, and formal architectural mutations, in an attempt to understand the feedback systems between the individual unit of the interior and the collective framework of the city — in essence, how the interior can reformat urbanism from within.

    Co-presented by California College of the Arts, The Urban Works Agency, the San Francisco Planning Department and OpenScope Studio

    Opening Party: February 20th, 2015
    Diffuse Density: Making Housing Affordable Symposium: March 12th, 2015
    Exhibition: February 20th – May 1st, 2015

  • Cool & Collected: Recent Acquisitions

    Washington | Dates: 08 Mar, 2014 – 25 May, 2015

    What do a designer doll house and a sheet metal bending brake have in common? These and many other extraordinary objects in the National Building Museum's collection illustrate the varied ways we can learn from architecture and design. These physical pieces of the world we design and build—from the tools that help create it to the toys that help explain it—inspire new perspectives on the built environment and how to improve it.

    Cool & Collected features a wide range of recent additions to the Museum's extensive collection. In addition to the dollhouse and bending brake, we're displaying a complete salesman's kit from the Underground Homes company. In the 1960s and 70s, Jay Swayze tried to convince Americans to invest in their luxury dugouts, arguing that the Cold War and other security threats warranted the move. The kit includes photographs of the few underground homes that were indeed built, as well as suggested floor plans.

    The exhibition also includes pieces of decorative terra cotta—a lightweight, fireproof building material—from several important buildings in Chicago and New York City, including the Audubon Ballroom where Malcom X was killed in 1965 and the Helen Hayes, an old-time Broadway theater that was demolished in 1982 to make room for a luxury hotel.

    An in-depth look at the work of local sculptor Raymond Kaskey rounds out the show. Kaskey is most famous for his work  in Washington, D.C. at the World War II Memorial, where he sculpted, among other pieces, 24 panels illustrating the history of the conflict both abroad and on the home front. His work across the country also includes the Portlandia statue in Oregon, a pediment for the Nashville Symphony hall, and the figure of Queen Charlotte who welcomes visitors to an airport in North Carolina. Maquettes, or scale models, of all of these projects, along with pieces that explain the sculptor’s artistic process such as drawings and molds, are also displayed.

    The National Building Museum collects all sorts of things you might not expect. Materials in storage include approximately 75,000 photographic images, 68,000 architectural prints and drawings, 100 linear feet of documents and 4,500 objects, including material samples, architectural fragments, and building toys. Join us as we open up our storage room and display some special objects. Learn more about the National Building Museum's collections.

  • Lecture: Jeanne Gang

    Ann Arbor | Dates: 13 Mar, 2015

    Visionary architect and MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang is the founder and principal of Studio Gang Architects, a Chicago-based collective of architects, designers, and thinkers whose projects confront pressing contemporary issues. Driven by curiosity, intelligence, and radical creativity, Jeanne has produced some of today’s most innovative and award-winning architecture. The transformative potential of her work is exemplified by such recent projects as the Aqua Tower (named the 2009 Emporis Skyscraper of the Year), Northerly Island framework plan, Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo, and Columbia College Chicago’s Media Production Center.

    Jeanne seeks to answer questions that lie locally (site, culture, people) and resound globally (density, climate, sustainability) through her architecture. Her designs are rooted in both architectural form and idea-driven content to make a compelling whole, and she often arrives at design solutions through investigations and collaborations across disciplines.

    Jeanne’s work has been honored and exhibited widely, most notably at the International Venice Biennale, MoMA, the National Building Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago. A distinguished graduate of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, she has taught at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and IIT, where her studios have focused on cities, ecologies, materials, and technologies. Reveal, her first volume on Studio Gang’s work and working process, was released in 2011 from Princeton Architectural Press.

    Jeanne Gang’s lecture will serve as the kick off for the 2nd Annual Urban Development Now Symposium, which will focus on the changing economic and development landscape of cities, and the distinct role of the capital markets in realizing large-scale urban projects.

    5pm reception at the UMMA Forum
    The symposium will continue on Saturday, March 14 with panel conversations and a networking lunch.

  • Architectural History Field School

    Lynchburg | Dates: 01 – 13 Jun, 2015
    Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest announces its 2015 Architectural Restoration Field School. The intensive two week program will be held from June 1-June 13. The program provides an overview of the philosophy, process, and techniques for museum-quality architectural restoration and conservation. People from any background and discipline may qualify. The program is limited to 10 participants each year. Application deadline: April 17. Components include: the history of Thomas Jefferson and his villa retreat; architectural investigation and documentation, and restoration techniques and materials. Behind-the-scenes visits to other museum properties are included. A key part of the program is investigating and documenting an historic structure and producing an historic structures report. More detailed information and a typical schedule can be found on the web site: http://www.poplarforest.org/programs/restoration-field-school or contact Travis McDonald (434) 534-8123, travis@poplarforest.org. Scholarships are available.
  • Stepping into the Yards: A Mega Project on the Hudson

    New York | Dates: 03 Mar, 3015

    A dramatic transformation of Manhattan’s West Side is underway at Hudson Yards, the largest private real estate development in American history and the largest development in New York City since Rockefeller Center. New Yorkers, this is your chance to learn all about this 28-acre, emergent neighborhood wrapped by the final section of the High Line, and soon to feature new housing, office space, parkland, cultural and public spaces. Join our distinguished speakers as they discuss the thinking behind the Hudson Yards development process, and the questions that the mega project raises for the city’s future.

    Jay Cross, President of Related Hudson Yards
    Sarah Goldhagen, Architecture Critic
    William Pedersen, FAIA, Founding Design Partner of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
    Thomas Woltz, FASLA, Principal and owner of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects
    Suzanne Stephens (moderator), Deputy Editor of Architectural Record

    Co-sponsored by the AIA New York Chapter | Center for Architecture and the ASLA-NY (New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects)

    Free for Museum members; $12 students/seniors; $16 general public.

  • Brutal! Paul Rudolph’s Postwar New York Interiors: A Conversation with Timothy M. Rohan & Donald Albrecht

    New York | Dates: 26 Feb, 2015

    Though best known for brutalist structures like the Jewett Center and the University of Massachussets Dartmouth campus, architect Paul Rudolph (1918-1997) also designed some of New York’s most remarkable apartment interiors of the late twentieth century. Rudolph’s unconventional use of multiple levels, photomurals, and reflective surfaces elicited reactions of both delight and dismay. Drawing upon his new monograph The Architecture of Paul Rudolph, University of Massachusetts Professor Timothy M. Rohan will discuss the architect’s brutalist interiors, including Rudolph’s own Beekman Place residence, the townhouse of 1970s fashion designer Halston and numerous Fifth Avenue apartments. Donald Albrecht, our Curator of Architecture and Design, will join Dr. Rohan following his presentation for a conversation.

    Book signing and reception to follow. 

    Co-sponsored by DOCOMOMO New York/Tri-State and the AIA New York Chapter | Center for Architecture. 

    Free for Museum and DOCOMOMO members; $12 students/seniors; $16 general public.

  • Soundscape New York

    New York | Dates: 10 Mar – 07 Jun, 2015
    A collaboration between archictecture professor Karen Van Lengen of the University of Virginia and artist James Welty, this immersive audiovisual installation combines the actual sounds of iconic New York interiors, such as Grand Central Terminal and the Seagram Building lobby, with visual animations projected on a panoramic screen. Grand Central Terminal’s soundscape, for example, features an oceanic-style animation with clangs, echoes, and quick crescendos of intensity, transporting the listener to the midst of the station’s daily bustle, and amplifying its status as a primary transportation portal to and from New York City. Visitors can also experience the soundscapes of Rockefeller Center, the New York Public Library Reading Room, and the Guggenheim Museum.
  • Everything is Design: The Work of Paul Rand

    New York | Dates: 25 Feb – 19 Jul, 2015

    A Visionary of Modern Branding—for IBM and other Icons—Rand’s Work Reshaped American Design.

    Everything is Design: The Work of Paul Rand features more than 150 advertisements, posters, corporate brochures, and books by this master of American design. It was Rand who most creatively brought European avant-garde art movements such as Cubism and Constructivism to graphic design in the United States. His philosophy, as expressed in his work and writings, including the recently republished 1947 Thoughts on Design, argued that visual language should integrate form and function. Born in Brooklyn in humble circumstances, Rand (1914-1996) launched his career in the 1930s with magazine cover design and, starting in the early 1940s, he worked as an art director on Madison Avenue, where he helped revolutionize the advertising profession.

    He later served as design consultant to leading corporations like IBM, ABC, UPS, and Steve Jobs’s NeXT, for whom he conceived comprehensive visual communications systems, ranging from packaging to building signage, all grounded in recognizable logos, many of which are still in use today. Rand’s influence was extended by students he taught at Yale University. His visually stimulating, yet problem-solving, approach to graphic design attracted devoted admirers during his own lifetime and he remains influential today.

    Exhibition co-chairs: Dana Arnett, Michael Bierut, Steven Heller, Curt Schreiber, Willy Wong, Keith Yamashita

  • EXCHANGES ABOUT DISCOVERY AND EXPLORATION

    Dates: 11 Feb, 2015 – 03 Sep, 2017
    CALL FOR PAPERS: EXCHANGES ABOUT DISCOVERY AND EXPLORATION Terrae Incognitae 47.2 (2015), 48.1/2 (2016), and 49.1/2 (2017) Columbus’s contemporary, Oviedo, credited the man for being the “first discoverer” of the Americas; Columbus had “found” “new” lands, cities, and peoples (Historia general de las Indias [Seville: Cromberger, 1535], fol. 1v). Las Casas later linked this attribution to his own criticism that Columbus “had made taxpayers of the Indians there” (Brevíssima relación [Seville: Trugillo, 1552], fol. 192r). The verbs associated with Columbus’s conduct evolved away from ones that either celebrated or affirmed Spanish possession of the New World to include ones like destroyed, devastated, exterminated, and ruined in the subsequent tomes authored by William Robertson, Abbé Raynal, and Washington Irving. By the twentieth century, important works by Tzvetan Todorov and José Rabasa—to name just two of deep field of scholars—prefer “invention” rather than “discovery,” “the other” rather than “the savage,” and so on. As this example demonstrates scholars writing in any period reconsider past historical events according to the paradigms of the age; the approach to and conclusions drawn from research into the history of discovery and exploration vary remarkably depending upon the timeframe and the socio-cultural perspective in which that scholarship is conducted. Is contemporary scholarship moving away from an establishment of the facts concerning the European exploration of the world—how they traveled, where, and when, and what they encountered—and toward an interest in the variety of narratives and perspectives afforded by an entire world that at one point or another discovered other parts of itself? How do we navigate the realities and dystopias, ethnocentricities and lack of understandings, inherent to the act of discovery conducted by men such as Columbus upon whose narratives and the history books they have engendered we rely for our own research? Do we answer these specific challenges by identifying and asserting new voices as well as counter-perspectives? What new consciousness might we possess today that requires us to revisit past scholarship so that we can reap new knowledge from these historical contexts? And, finally, what is the state of our discipline today; how and why does it remain relevant? Essays and position papers are invited for a special series devoted to reflecting upon the scholarship of discovery and exploration. Early- and late-career scholars, graduate students, collectors as well as members of our association are encouraged to prepare article-length contributions (4000-6000 words) that will be peer reviewed about the state of our discipline. Specific topics might also include examples of new directions, epistemological and theoretical approaches, and trends in scholarship. Proposals for innovative ways of answering this Call for Papers are also welcome.
  • Stenton’s Landscape, and the Quaker Roots of Philadelphia’s Rural Cemetery Movement

    Philadelphia | Dates: 05 Mar, 2015
    Please bring a bag lunch and join us for a special Lunch-and-Learn Lecture, in which we will relate Deborah Norris Logan’s Quaker-inflected views of death, family, and historical change to the wider Philadelphia Quaker community’s responses to urbanization and shifting norms surrounding burial and graveyard design in the early 19th Century. Local Quakers, including Deborah’s relatives, led the movement to establish “rural” cemeteries, such as Laurel Hill. Leery of innovation, Deborah disliked newly established Quaker burial grounds, and was ambivalent toward non-sectarian alternatives. Her family’s private burial ground at Stenton became a focus of her own attention and rumination. Presented by Aaron Wunsch, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the University of Pennsylvania’s Historic Preservation Program. Lecture is free, please RSVP by calling 215-329-7312 or email programs@stenton.org.
  • Texas Medical Center Walking Tour

    Houston | Dates: 14 Mar, 2015

    The Texas Medical Center is the largest medical center in the world. Equivalent to the 12th largest business district in the United States, TMC has over 33.8 million square feet of patient care, education, and research space. 160,000+ individuals visit the Texas Medical Center each day with more than 6 million patients treated annually. The 1000+ acres is approximately the size of Chicago inside the "Loop" with over 160 buildings on the main campus alone. Join our ArCH docents on this introductory architectural tour of Houston's own modern marvel of medicine. Sites on our tour will include Baylor College of Medicine, the new Texas Children's Hospital Maternity Center, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Methodist Research Center, and a short ride on Houston's Metro Rail.

    Meet in the ground floor lobby of the John P McGovern Commons Building, 6550 Bertner Ave, 77030. Texas Medical Center Entrance 4. $10 parking available in the TMC Commons parking garage.

  • The Second Wave of Modernism III: Making and Managing Toronto’s 21st-Century Landscape

    Toronto | Dates: 22 – 22 May, 2015
    The Second Wave of Modernism III: Making and Managing Toronto’s 21st Century Landscape, the centerpiece of four days of related events and activities, will examine the role of landscape architecture in the City’s current and ambitious phase of urban development along its waterfront, in its diverse neighborhoods, and the international implications of this planning and development strategy; and, it will also look at the City’s extant park system and how public/private partnerships could aid in effective, long-term stewardship. Speakers from Canada, the Netherlands, and the United States. It follows in form and structure the enormously successful sold out conferences organized by TCLF with The Chicago Architecture Foundation (2008), and the Museum of Modern Art in New York (2011), each of which drew an international audience. Conference registration is now available and an “early bird” rate of $225 is in effect until April 1, 2015; from April 1 onward the standard rate of $275 will apply. In addition to the daylong conference, the What’s Out There Weekend Toronto, May 23-24, will feature two days of free, expert-led tours of the City’s diverse body of new and heritage-designed landscapes (in tandem with the City’s Doors Open architecture tours). On Thursday, May 21, a reception at the Gardiner Museum will launch the conference, What's Out There Weekend Toronto, and the free, online What's Out There Toronto Guide. The evening will also honor the tremendous efforts by students and faculty at Ryerson University, who conducted extensive research and produced entries for the What's Out There database on Toronto, the inaugural site outside of the US. Finally, the evening will culminate in the presentation of TCLF’s Stewardship Excellence Award to an individual, group and/or organization that embodies and promotes sound stewardship of the City’s landscape legacy. On Saturday, May 23, there will be a late afternoon tour and twilight reception - featuring creative, local cuisine paired with Ontario’s top wines and craft beers - in the BMO Atrium at Evergreen Brick Works. The former Don Valley Pressed Brick Works Company, which produced the bricks that built many of Toronto’s landmark buildings, is now a global showcase for green design and urban sustainability - and it was named one of the world’s top ten geotourism sites by National Geographic. The events are being organized by TCLF in cooperation with a broad coalition of stakeholders including the City of Toronto’s Department of Planning and its Executive Director Jennifer Keesmaat, a featured conference participant, the University of Toronto and Ryerson University, the Ontario chapter of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, and Presenting Sponsors, TD Bank, Great Gulf, the City of Toronto and the W. Garfield Weston Foundation. Designed for an audience that is local, national, and international, the conference will address: • What does it mean for a 21st-century city to be historic and modern at the same time? • Can the 21st-century city be both regional and global? • Can we use landscape as an engine to meet market demands while cultivating a sustainable urbanism? • What new models for public/private financing and management are emerging? • How are existing parks and open spaces adapted to accommodate contemporary and future needs and expectations? • How do innovative landscape planning and design techniques developed in Toronto apply to other cities, and vice versa - what is the impact of imported ideas on local conditions? Making and Managing Toronto’s 21st Century Landscape will feature internationally significant private-sector practitioners working on current and proposed projects in Toronto, municipal leaders, leading critics and thinkers, and academics; it is expected to draw 500 people, with approximately 25% of the seats set aside for reduced-priced tickets for students. Numerous globally significant, innovative, and influential practitioners are confirmed to participate including: • Adriaan Gueze, Principal, West 8, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; • Thomas Woltz, Principal, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, New York, New York and Charlottesville, Virginia; • Claude Cormier, Principal, Claude Cormier + Associates, Montreal (Quebec); • Marc Ryan, Principal, Public Work, Toronto; • Geoff Cape, CEO, Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto; • Elizabeth Silver, Senior Associate, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, New York, New York and Cambridge, Massachusetts; • Nina-Marie Lister, Associate Professor & Associate Director, School of Urban + Regional Planning, Ryerson University, Toronto; • Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner & Executive Director, City Planning Division, City of Toronto. The genesis of the conference stemmed from a May 2013 trip to Toronto by TCLF’s President and CEO, Charles A. Birnbaum, an internationally recognized expert on landscape architecture. The trip was organized by Toronto-based practitioners Janet Rosenberg, Founding Principal, Janet Rosenberg & Studio, Inc., and Michael McClelland, Principal, ERA Architects, Inc. Birnbaum subsequently wrote a Huffington Post article about the new waterfront development and the legacy parks and open spaces he toured.
  • ARCHAEOACOUSTICS II - The Archaeology of Sound

    Istanbul | Dates: 07 Feb – 30 Apr, 2015
    Second International Multi-disciplinary Conference 29 OCT – 02 NOV 2015 Istanbul, Turkey Focus is the ancient use of sound in sacred and contemplative spaces, and a timeless continuity of human behavior that includes vocalization and acute aural sensitivity. CONFERENCE PROGRAM The conference program will include selected peer-reviewed individual papers and poster sessions as well as an anticipated satellite program of events. (Details to be advised.) Sessions will bring together scholars and practitioners representing different cultural perspectives. Presentations and subsequent publication will be in English. (Registration details will be posted to website when finalized.) CALL FOR PAPERS and PROPOSALS ARCHAEOACOUSTICS II welcomes contributions from researchers, scholars and technologists working across diverse disciplines, sites and practices. 250-300 word abstracts of papers, presentations and posters should be submitted in English, in either Text, Word or PDF formats. The DEADLINE for submissions is April 30, 2015. Submitters will be informed by mid May 2015. Email to: Conference@OTSF.org International Academic Review Committee includes: Fernando COIMBRA, Ezra ZUBROW, Paolo DEBERTOLIS, Iegor REZNIKOFF Website: http://www.otsf.org/2015-conference.html
  • Lecture: Inventing the New American House - Howard Van Doren Shaw, Architect

    Chicago | Dates: 05 May, 2015

    Tuesday May 5, 2015 at 7:00pm
    $10 per person / $8 for museum members
    Reservations requested to 312-326-1480

    Architect Stuart Cohen offers a new look at one of the best-known architects of the early 20th century, who built homes for the leading industrialists of his era.  A traditionalist who incorporated English and Italian precedents, Shaw also created Market Square - America's first shopping center (in Lake Forest), the interior of Second Presbyterian Church, and R. R. Donnelley's massive printing plant on nearby Calumet Avenue.  Copies of Cohen's new book of the same title will be available for purchase and signing.

  • Fifth Annual Clarke House History Symposium: Fugitves & Freeman - The African American Experience in Early Chicago

    Chicago | Dates: 25 Apr, 2015

    9:00am - 5:00pm
    $30 per person / $25 for students, docents, and Illinois Dames
    (Price includes breakfast and lunch)
    Glessner House Museum coach house
    Prepaid reservations required to 312-326-1480

    Fugitive slaves and freemen established Chicago's first black community in the 1840s, with the population nearing 1,000 by 1860.  Although hindered by discrimination through both state and federal laws, these men and women of color thrived in the growing city and sought to help others do the same.  Learn about their challenges and triumphs during turbulent times with presentations by four noted historians.  Optional tours of Clarke House Museum will be offered at the conclusion of the program.  Don't miss this fascinating glimpse into the African American experience in early Chicago.