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  • Reminder! Apply for the 2015 ARLIS/NA Research Awards

    Dates: 04 Dec, 2014 – 04 Feb, 2015
    The Research Awards Sub-Committee is accepting applications for the H. W. Wilson Foundation Research Award, the Worldwide Books Award for Publications, and the Worldwide Books Award for Electronic Resources!
  • The 64th Attingham Summer School

    Dates: 13 – 20 Jul, 2015
    Call for Applications: Applications are now being accepted for the 64th Attingham Summer School (July 3–20, 2015), an intensive eighteen-day residential course devoted to the study of British historic houses. The purpose of the course is to examine the architectural and social history of the historic house in Britain, study the contents of these buildings – their paintings, sculpture, furniture, ceramics, silver, textiles and other applied arts – as well as the planning, decorative treatment and use of the interiors, and to stimulate debate on problems relating to the conservation and presentation of the country house and its contents.
  • Design Shanghai 2015

    Shanghai | Dates: 27 – 30 Mar, 2015

    Dates are set for the second edition of Design Shanghai, which will take place 27 – 30 March 2015 at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre, following a major launch in February 2014.

    With more than 47,000 visitors to the inaugural show in 2014, Design Shanghai was the most successful design trade event launched in China to date. To build on its immense success, 2015 will see the show double in size, occupying every square metre of the stunning Shanghai Exhibition Centre to accommodate 60,000 expected visitors in March. Jaguar Land Rover will return as the headline sponsor of Design Shanghai in 2015.

    The show will feature more than 300 exhibitors across the three halls; Contemporary Design, Classic Design and Collectible Design. World-renowned design brands have confirmed their presence, including Moroso, Foscarini, Vitra, Seletti, Ibride, HAY and Fritz Hansen. In addition to showcasing some of the world’s most celebrated designers and manufacturers, interactive features alongside a seminar programme led by acclaimed architects and designers will be presented, whilst cafes and a champagne bar will cater for visitors.

    Among the confirmed installations is Bally’s Jean Prouvé 6x9 house. The house by the famous mid-century architect will be furnished with Pierre Jeanneret’s iconic furniture, as well as the work of a promising young Chinese artist, selected by Jérôme Sans. After exhibiting elements at Art Basel and Miami, Bally’s travelling installation will be finally brought together in its entirety and make its way to Design Shanghai 2015.

    The design industry in China grew by 11% in 2013, with revenue totalling £76 billion in Shanghai, which was awarded a UNESCO City of Design in 2010. It is projected that China will have built 10 new cities - each the size of New York - by 2025, securing the region as an exciting place for those within the design community.

    Visitors to the exhibition can see some of the newest products from participating Design Shanghai 2015 brands including Vitra, HAY and Fritz Hansen. Additionally, John C Taylor, designer of the famous Corpus Clock at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, will also be showcasing a live projection of the 24-carat gold-plated stainless steel disc Chronophage during the exhibition. Visitors to Design Shanghai will have the chance to see one of John C Taylor’s one-off Chronophages in person at the Collectible Design hall in March, featuring a special dragon escapement.

    Design Shanghai is organised by Media 10 Limited and supported by the Shanghai Promotion Centre for City of Design and Shanghai Design Week.

    Design Shanghai 
    27 – 30 March 2015 
    Shanghai Exhibition Centre 
    Jingan District, Shanghai, China 

  • Olafur Eliasson: Contact

    Paris | Dates: 17 Dec, 2014 – 16 Jan, 2015

    Fondation Louis Vuitton is launching the second phase of its inaugural program with an expansive exhibition by Olafur Eliasson, from 17 December 2014 to 16 February 2015.

    Entitled Contact, Olafur Eliasson’s exhibition explores “the relations between self, space, and universe” by creating a cosmos within the Fondation.

    Eliasson’s first solo show in France since his 2002 exhibition at the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Contact envelops visitors in a choreography of moving light and shadows, seemingly transporting them into the darkness of outer space. A number of smaller optical devices distributed throughout specially built passageways continue the artist’s on-going investigations into the mechanisms of perception and the construction of space.

    As Olafur Eliasson explains: “My exhibition addresses that which lies at the edge of our senses and knowledge, of our imagination and our expectations. It is about the horizon that divides, for each of us, the known from the unknown.”

    On the roof, Olafur Eliasson will install an apparatus that tracks the sun and, at certain hours of the day, directs light rays onto a multifaceted, geometric sculpture suspended within the building.

    The exhibition interacts with the newly unveiled site-specific commission Inside the horizon, a vibrant interplay of daylight, yellow light, shadows, and reflections that offers constantly changing perspectives of the Fondation’s architecture, the surroundings, and other visitors.

    Olafur Eliasson: Contact

    Chief Curator : Suzanne Pagé

    Curators: Laurence Bossé and Hans Ulrich Obrist, in close cooperation with Claire Staebler, together with Olafur Eliasson and his studio.

  • The Struggle for the Future of New Orleans

    Princeton | Dates: 08 Dec, 2014

    Dec 8, 2014  |  12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.  |  School of Architecture, N-107

    Nine years after failed levees produced catastrophic flooding following Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans is a changed city, with a population that is both smaller and whiter than it was before the storm. While many swaths of the city bear few traces of the devastation of 2005, other areas remain mired in a fitful recovery nearly a decade later. The dismantling of public housing, the privatization of public education, and the gentrification of residential neighborhoods have defined post-Katrina New Orleans for many residents. Meanwhile, southeast Louisiana loses the equivalent of about a football field worth of land to erosion every hour, virtually guaranteeing future environmental disaster in the Crescent City. Given this picture, how should residents and those who love the city respond? How can preparations for New Orleans’ future be guided by the tenets of racial, economic, and environmental justice? And how will what lies ahead for New Orleans impact people elsewhere?

    Malik Rahim is a native of the New Orleans’ West Bank. He was a founding member of the New Orleans chapter of the Black Panther Party, where he helped to organize a free breakfast program for children and a health clinic in the Desire neighborhood. He has been a public housing tenant organizer, an advocate for prisoners’ rights, and an outspoken opponent of the death penalty. He twice ran for public office as a member of the Green Party. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, he co-founded Common Ground Collective, a grassroots, all-volunteer relief organization that took as its motto “Solidarity Not Charity” and whose work included the provision of essential supplies, a free medical clinic, debris removal, home rebuilding, legal advocacy, bioremediation, and wetlands restoration. He will be in conversation with Prof. Joshua Guild, Associate Professor of History and African American Studies.

    Lunch will be served.

  • Art Basel Miami Beach

    Miami Beach | Dates: 04 – 07 Dec, 2014

    Welcome to the favorite winter meeting place for the international artworld. At the nexus of North America and Latin America, this Art Basel show presents artwork from across the globe. Over 250 of the world’s leading galleries participate, drawing over 70,000 visitors each year.

    With miles of sandy beaches dotted with classic Art Deco architecture, world-class art museums, and a glittering nightlife, Miami Beach ranks among America’s most iconic cities. During Art Basel, it embraces the artworld with special exhibitions at museums and galleries across the city, transforming the week into a dense and dynamic cultural event.

  • Veterans Memorial Coliseum Lecture and Tour

    Portland | Dates: 11 Dec, 2014

    Join DoCoMoMo_Oregon for a lively lecture and a behind the scenes tour of the historic Veterans Memorial Coliseum: Portland’s international architectural jewel. Lecture presented by Rick Potestio, and tour lead by VMC Assistant General Manager, Scott Sission.

    When completed in 1960, Memorial Coliseum was a technological feat of engineering and operation unrivaled by any other large civic structure, and a fully-articulated example of lnternational-Style Modernism. In addition to the glass curtain wall, Memorial Coliseum’s other features, such as the undulating concrete seating bowl, contribute to the significant social history of the building. The building is the only large-scale public arena glass-walled structure of the mid-century retaining its original design, materials, workmanship, highly urban context, and original relationship to nearby geographic features such as the Willamette River.

    TICKETS $5 for DoCoMoMo Members & Students (with valid student I.D.) / $10 for non-members.

  • Holiday Open House at the Sutter-Meyer Farmhouse

    University City | Dates: 06 Dec, 2014

    Holiday Open House at the Sutter-Meyer Farmhouse
    Saturday, December 6, 2014
    1 to 4 pm
    Free and Open to All

    Sponsored by the Sutter-Meyer Society and Gargoyles Chapter #1322 of the MO State Questers

    The house will be decorated in festive Victorian style. Tea and cider will be served, along with cookies. Members of the Sutter-Meyer Society will be on hand to tell tales of holidays past at the oldest house in University City.

    Gargoyles members are making small hand-decorated holiday trees to be sold at the open house, with all proceeds benefiting the preservation and restoration of the Sutter-Meyer Farmhouse.

    For further information call Jen Jensen at 314-862-4569.

  • Architectural Histories - special issue on Travel, Dec. 15 deadline

    Dates: 01 – 15 Dec, 2014
    Architectural Histories: The Open Access Journal of the EAHN Call for Papers for 2015 special issue Theme: Travel Guest Editors: Davide Deriu, Edoardo Piccoli, Belgin Turan Özkaya
  • DEADLINE EXTENDED: Creative Conflict, The 31st Annual Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art & Architecture

    Boston | Dates: 10 – 10 Dec, 2014
    Creative Conflict: The 31st Annual Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Art & Architecture Call for Papers Submissions Due: December 10, 2014 (DEADLINE EXTENDED!) Symposium Dates: February 27-28, 2015 Conflict generates and transforms many works of art and architecture, both inspiring their creation and shaping their legacies. We invite submissions that explore visual and material manifestations of discord among individuals, groups, nations, or ideologies. Possible subjects include: works directly addressing disagreement, violence, and war; political persuasion and ideological dissent; inner turmoil; protective structures and objects (armor, weaponry, fortifications, etc.); damage inflicted by riot or unrest, and disputes over the ownership and display of artworks. A paper title, abstract (300 words) and CV should be sent to the Symposium Coordinator, Sarah Parrish, at Papers should be 20 minutes in length and selected speakers will be notified before January 1st. The Symposium will be held Friday, February 27 – Saturday, February 28, 2015, with a keynote lecture by Dr. Richard M. Leventhal, Executive Director of the Penn Cultural Heritage Center, at the Boston University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery on Friday evening and graduate presentations on Saturday in the Riley Seminar Room of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
  • Bricks, Barrel Vaults & Beer: The Architectural Legacy of Cincinnati Breweries

    Cincinnati | Dates: 10 Jan – 07 May, 2015

    Returning to the Betts House from January 10 through May 7, 2015

    Come celebrate Cincinnati’s unique beer history at The Betts House! The Betts House is pleased to announce the return its 2013 exhibit, Bricks, Barrel Vaults, & Beer: The Architectural Legacy of Cincinnati Breweries, on view from January 10 through May 7, 2015. Bricks, Barrel Vaults, & Beer is the first exhibit to explore the tunnels, breweries, buildings and people that made Cincinnati a leader in the 19th-century brewing industry. Through photos, charts and detailed narrative, the exhibit explains the technology and construction of Cincinnati’s breweries. Bricks, Barrel Vaults, & Beer also highlights the social and cultural influences that made Cincinnati a brewing destination, such as immigration and labor.

    Why a beer exhibit? In the late 1890s, beer consumption in Cincinnati was two-and-a-half times the national average. To satisfy such a significant beer drinking community, the Cincinnati brewery industry grew to meet the demands, resulting in one of the largest collections of pre-Prohibition brewery buildings in the United States.

    This exhibit was researched, written and curated by local experts, Steve Hampton, architect and executive director of the Cincinnati Brewery District Urban Redevelopment Corporation, and Michael Morgan, historian and author, “Over-the- Rhine, When Beer was King”.

    Bricks, Barrel Vaults & Beer is created in partnership with The Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation and sponsored by the Josephine Schell Russell Charitable Trust, PNC Bank, Trustee; the John Hauck Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, John W. Hauck, E. Allen Elliot, and Narley L. Haley, Co-Trustees; and the Ohio Humanities Council.

    Built in 1804, Ohio’s oldest brick house is located in the Betts-Longworth Historic District near downtown Cincinnati.  The Betts House is a museum of the built environment, offering exhibits and programs exploring architecture, historic preservation, building trades, construction technologies, and building materials.  Located two blocks west of Music Hall, at 416 Clark Street, the house is open Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, 12:30 – 5 p.m. Other days and times are available by appointment.  Admission is $2 per person. Visit for more information.

    The Betts House is owned by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Ohio (NSCDA-OH), a non-profit organization, founded in 1896, which promotes our national heritage through historic preservation and education.  In 2000, the National Trust for Historic Preservation presented their prestigious Trustee Emeritus Award for Excellence in the Stewardship of Historic Sites to The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America “for acquiring, restoring, and interpreting a collection of historic properties that offer invaluable opportunities to experience the rich variety of America’s heritage.”

  • Getty Conservation Institute’s From the Field: Conserving Southern California’s Modern Architecture

    Los Angeles | Dates: 09 Dec, 2014
    December 9, 2014
    7:00 PM
    Museum Lecture Hall, Getty Center

    Southern California boasts an unparalleled legacy of Modern architecture. Throughout the twentieth century, the region served as a veritable laboratory for new architectural ideas and forms, expressed in everything from small-scale residential architecture to commercial and monumental civic buildings. These aging structures, so integral to the region's landscape, now present architectural and conservation practitioners with a range of challenges—such as adapting obsolete buildings to modern uses, meeting energy efficiency needs while preserving character-defining features, or sensitively restoring features and finishes that have been lost over time—which demand the development of innovative solutions.

    This evening's program will showcase six recent projects by Los Angeles-area practitioners, each highlighting a different preservation challenge and building type, and presented by the practitioners themselves. 

    The event will be "Powered by PechaKucha," a simple presentation format in which speakers show 20 images, each for 20 seconds, making for a fast-paced and lively evening. 

    This event is presented in conjunction with Getty Conservation Institute's Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative, which seeks to advance the practice of conserving twentieth-century heritage.
  • CFP: Street & Urban Creativity Scientific Journal

    Dates: 25 Nov, 2014 – 01 Feb, 2015
    In the aftermath of the Lisbon Street Art & Urban Creativity International Conference, it became clear due to the large number of contributions from distinctive disciplinary fields that the research methodologies while tackling with ‘Street & Urban Creativity’ – are in fact unique. For this open call we are inviting contributions from once again all disciplines to discuss topics, research tools and methodologies used in advanced studies of the theme Street & Urban Creativity. For instance, interdisciplinary and transnational approaches are “topographies” that we are welcoming in order to further advance this already expanded field for research. Abstracts of 700 words for issue #1 of the "Street & Urban Creativity Scientific Journal" under the thematic line of "Methodologies of Research" should be sent to until February 1, 2015.
  • CFP: At Home in the Space Between (June 19-21, 2015)

    Notre Dame | Dates: 24 Nov, 2014 – 15 Jan, 2015

    The 2015 conference of The Space Between society, “At Home in the Space Between,” focuses on the concept of home during the period 1914-1945.  “Home” as a space invites discussions of interiority, belonging, and family.  It also conjures alternate conceptions of haunting, anxiety, and alienation.  From notions of the Great War’s “home front” to the interwar period’s “back to home and duty,” politicized notions of home are especially rich during this period.  The innovative design and lifestyle experimentation of this period also invite studies of a domestic modernity.  The conference “At Home in the Space Between” requests papers from all disciplines that consider “home” in the broadest sense as both space and concept.

     Possible topics include:

    •  Dwelling (as a modern practice as well as a domestic space)
    • Interiors and Interiority
    • Modern Architecture and Interior Design
    • Home Front
    • Homeland
    • Home Life
    • Feeling at Home; Belonging
    • Anxiety and the Home; Claustrophobia
    • Homelessness
    • Domestic Modernity
    • Labor and the Home; Domestic Service
    • Technology and the Home
    • Home and Abroad

    Submissions should include an abstract of no more than 300 words and a short biographical statement.

    Deadline:  January 15, 2015

  • The Big Idea: Experience Data

    Chicago | Dates: 09 Dec, 2014

    Access to data is shaping the future of the built environment. Join us for a conversation on how emerging technologies will change what we can see and know, how we elect to design and build, and what new applications mean for city building, city services, and urban policy.


    • John Tolva, Former Chief Technology Officer for the City of Chicago, and President, PositivEnergy Practice
    • Charlie Catlett, Director, Urban Center for Computation and Data (a join initiative of the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory)
    • Euro Beinat, Vice President of Platform Technologies at Zebra Technologies
    • Petra Stieninger, PhD, Director, Smart City Projects at CCJM

    Presented in partnership with Built Worlds, a platform for the exchange of ideas about technology innovation in the built environment.

    TIME: 6pm reception and tours of Built Worlds, 6:45pm program
    COST: $12/$7 CAF Members
    LOCATION: Built Worlds (formerly Burnham Works), 1130 W. Monroe St.

  • SAH 68th Annual International Conference

    Dates: 15 – 19 Apr, 2015
    Visit for information on the SAH 2015 Annual International Conference in Chicago, April 15-19.
  • Medford (MA) Historical Commission

    Medford | Dates: 08 Dec, 2014 – 30 Jun, 2015
    The Medford Historical Commission is seeking qualified individuals from the Medford community to serve on its board. The Medford Historical Commission, along with the Medford Historic District Commission, is entrusted with the preservation and protection of the City's historic character and heritage. The Commission was established under Section 8d of Chapter 40 of the Massachusetts General Laws and Chapter 48 of the Medford Municipal Ordinances. The Commission is the official City body charged with the identification of properties and sites of historical significance and is the principal advisor to the City on matters relating to historic preservation. The Commission reviews all requests for the demolition of buildings constructed before 1900 or listed on the National and Massachusetts Registers of Historic Places, in accordance with the City's demolition delay ordinance. The board holds regular monthly meetings and occasional special hearings at City Hall, conducts site visits as necessary, oversees historic property surveys and grants, and engages with Medford property owners on issues of preservation. Applicants should have interest, knowledge, and experience in fields related to architectural history, historic preservation, and/or Medford history. Applicants should contact the Commission by submitting a letter of interest outlining their qualifications. Please include name and contact information, as well as relevant supporting material. Candidates may be contacted for an interview. The Commission shall then present nominees to the Mayor for final selection and appointment. Those selected to serve on the board volunteer for three-year terms as Special Employees of the City. Please submit letters & materials to: Medford Historical Commission c/o Office of Planning and Community Development Medford City Hall 85 George P. Hassett Drive Medford, MA 02155 or by email to
  • The University of Wisconsin, Madison libraries are pleased to announce the launch of a new digital project: The Dominy Craftsmen Collection.

    Dates: 11 Nov, 2014

    The University of Wisconsin, Madison libraries are pleased to announce the launch of a new digital project: The Dominy Craftsmen Collection.

    Three generations of the Dominy family of East Hampton, New York functioned as craftsmen from ca. 1760 to ca. 1850.  Working in wood and metal, they produced clocks and furniture and repaired thousands of pocket watches.  Direct descendants of the Dominy craftsmen kept together the shop equipment, tools, and manuscript material on their original site until 1946, thus preserving the only complete record of craftsmen working in colonial America and the New Republic.  Much of this material is now relocated to the Winterthur Museum.

    UW-Madison's Digital Collections Center, in collaboration with Winterthur Museum and Libraries, the Chipstone Foundation, and Dominy scholar Charles F. Hummel, is now making these archival materials and related resources publicly available online.

    Phase One of the project is now live.  Currently you can find manuscript materials, images of watchpapers, a video-taped lecture by Charles Hummel about the Dominy craftsmen, articles by Carl Bopp and Charles Hummel, and more.

    A future addition to the project will be an enlarged digital edition of With Hammer in Hand, the major scholarly publication on the Dominy craftsmen by Charles F. Hummel.

    As usual with a newly launched project, we appreciate your feedback and notice of any glitches you might encounter.  And we hope you will help pass the word about the existence of this new resource to your researchers.


  • CFP: Urban Culture (Dubrovnik, 14-18 Sep 2015)

    Dubrovnik | Dates: 19 Nov, 2014 – 15 May, 2015

    Dubrovnik, Croatia, Inter University Center, September 14 - 18, 2015
    Deadline: May 15, 2015

    International conference on Urban Culture

    Urban cultures are increasingly constituted at the crossroads of cultures, religions, and ideologies at the local, regional, national and global level. Conflicting ideas of development, conservation and urban planning bring attention to the importance of broadening the understanding of the socio-cultural, political, economic and environmental problems we are faced with today.

    Different groups of interest have for a long time sought to influence the planning of city space in various directions in response to the challenges of a rapidly increasing urbanization. As an example researchers and activists have in urban habitats observed a developmental agenda shared by big city governments and corporate players alike myopically focusing on a city´s marketability, leading to a commodification of cultural representation, expressions and cultural memories.

    Recognizing the danger inherent in this agenda of excluding democratic participation from below, citizenship groups and NGO´s seeking common ground have succeeded in exploring and finding alternative and creative solutions to urban challenges that have found resonance and support among city managers and meeting the aspirations of the general public. In some research environments in cities like Bangkok, Osaka, Zagreb and Dubrovnik the cultural sectors of art and music have been able to contribute to such explorations in a fruitful way.

    Various media for researching as well as spheres for interventions – tangible and intangible – are conceivable. For music, e.g., what does a soundscape of a concrete city reveal about its social reality? About different dimensions of image construction? About activities of various social groups?" For arts, e.g., which artistic practices and initiatives can contribute to double reading of urban and cultural memory in urban spaces, and relate it to lived and living expressions? How can art counteract the dominant urban trend of aestheticization and the function of culture in urban contexts that has become „image-based“ and commodified ?

    There seems to be consensus about the way ahead: In order to address the pressing challenges of a rapidly globalizing world we need to reopen our cities as living, communicative spaces, bringing into our lives a sense of living together in shared and living spaces. We need to re-envision the urban fabric as a living, thriving and sustainable community. The UN Post-2015 Agenda calls for a new participatory and collaborative effort in studying and consequently making informed recommendations and decisions about our future course. Recognizing these pressing needs the organizer invite researchers, practicioners, politicians, students, activists and artists to collaborate in our quest for a sustainable urban future by participating in our conference. In accord with the leadership of the Inter-university Cenre Dubrovnik conferences focusing on urban culture studies are being planned as annual occurrences.

    Deadline for abstract submission: May 15th, 2015. We invite abstracts of no more than 500 words (including an indicative reference list).

    Presentations in the form of papers, visual presentations and panels are especially welcome but not obligatory for registration and attendance, as are also contributions to the peer reviewed Journal of Urban Culture Research.

    Administration and organizational costs, working materials, and coffee breaks during conference are covered by the organizers.

  • Frank Lloyd Wright's Walter Davidson House Tour

    Buffalo | Dates: 22 Nov, 2014

    This is the only time this year that the Davidson House will be open to the public! The Davidson House, built in 1908, was designed for Walter Davidson, who worked at the Larkin Company. The Davidson House reveals prairie style principles similar to those seen in the Darwin D. Martin House. The owner has graciously granted us access to this spectacular home for just one day. Master Docent Marla Bujnicki will guide visitors through the first floor of this private home as well as give an overall look at the history of the beautiful Parkside neighborhood. 

    The tour will be held on Saturday, November 22nd from 10am- noon. Walk- ups are welcome and tours will be given every 15-20 minutes throughout that time with the last being given at 11:30. Guests that day can also purchase a variety of Buffalo themed gifts for the Buffalover on their Christmas list. Cash or check are preferred for payment. Tickets are $15 for general admission or $10 for PBN members. If you have a membership, please call us at (716) 852-3300 for your reduced ticket purchase code. Tickets can be ordered online here. The Davidson House is located at 57 Tillinghast Place in Buffalo. Street parking is available.