Traveling in Kyrgyzstan, photographer Margaret Morton became captivated by the otherworldly grandeur of these cemeteries. Cities of the Dead: The Ancestral Cemeteries of Kyrgyzstanexhibits the photographs she took on several visits to the area and is an important contribution to the architectural and cultural record of this region.
A Kyrgyz cemetery seen from a distance is astonishing. The ornate domes and minarets, tightly clustered behind stone walls, seem at odds with this desolate mountain region. Architecturally unique, Kyrgyzstan’s dramatically sited cemeteries reveal the complex nature of the Kyrgyz people’s religious and cultural identities. Elaborate Kyrgyz tombs combine earlier nomadic customs with Muslim architectural forms. After the territory was formally incorporated into the Russian Empire in 1876, enamel portraits for the deceased were attached to the Muslim monuments. Yet everything within the walls is overgrown with weeds, for it is not Kyrgyz tradition for the living to frequent the graves of the dead.
Margaret Morton is professor of art at The Cooper Union. She is the author of four previous photography books exploring alternative built environments: Fragile Dwelling; The Tunnel: The Underground Homeless of New York City; Transitory Gardens, Uprooted Lives (with Diana Balmori); and Glass House. The publication Cities of the Dead: The Ancestral Cemeteries of Kyrgyzstan is being released by the University of Washington Press in November, 2014.
January 27 – February 28, 2015: Wednesday – Friday 2-7pm; Saturday – Sunday 12-7pm
Save the Date: Friday, February 20, 6:30pm – A lecture and conversation with Margaret Morton and Nasser Rabbat
Presented by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union
Located in the Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery, 7 East 7th Street, 2nd Floor, between Third and Fourth Avenues
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
The 11th Biennial Symposium organized by the Latrobe Chapter focuses on the relationship between art and architecture as it pertains to the built environment of greater Washington DC. How does architecture interact with other artistic media, such as painting, sculpture, drawing, posters, film, and performance? The presented research attends to close observation and analysis of images, objects, structures, and buildings within specific social, economic, political, and technological contexts. Through individual case studies drawn from the city of Washington DC, the symposium aims to provide a better theoretical understanding of the complex interactions between art and architecture.
On Saturday, March 21, twelve scholars present their research proposing diverse approaches to framing the relationship between art and architecture. The papers are grouped in three thematic sessions, focusing respectively on artworks created for specific architectural settings, on architectural structures as objects of art, and on the representation and imagination of architecture through artistic means. On Sunday, March 22, participants will take a bus tour to visit murals and other local sites related to the symposium theme.
Organized in collaboration with the DC Preservation League and the Catholic University of America, School of Architecture and Planning
Registration deadline: March 8, 2015
For additional information and registration visit www.latrobechaptersah.org.
Over the past five years PALATIUM has studied European court residences in the period 1400-1700. The world of courts constituted a network of truly European scale and international character, and various aspects of its architecture have been studied in their connectivity during several conferences and workshops. This final symposium aims at bringing together the results of these past meetings and will draw some conclusions about the project’s central themes.
The symposium will compare the solutions created in different European court circles concerning three main areas of courtly life and symbolism: the layout of the rooms, the role of sacred spaces, and the visual iconography of the buildings. The aim is to see which common patterns in architectural design existed within the international court network of the early modern period, and to what extent we can identify more regional or local solutions in residential architecture.
Speakers: Barbara Arciszewska, Birgitte Bøggild Johannsen, Monique Chatenet, Paolo Cornaglia, Krista De Jonge, Alexandre Gady, Sara Galletti, Renate Holzschuh-Hofer, Stephan Hoppe, José Eloy Hortal Muñoz, Herbert Karner, Heiko Laß, Ivan Prokop Muchka, Matthias Müller, Konrad Ottenheym, Fabian Persson, Nuno Senos, Christina Strunck, Simon Thurley.
The full programme is available here:
Participation is free, but registration is required.
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.
Four decades after launching educational programs in London, England, and Newport, Rhode Island, The Victorian Society in America is heading west.
Starting in 2015, the nonprofit preservation and teaching organization will add a third location for its summertime studies: Chicago, Illinois.
The society has set June 11 to 17, 2015, as the dates for its first annual Chicago School. The new program will supplement Victorian Society in America schools in London, England (June 27 to July 12, 2015, with a separate tour of the Midlands from July 3 to 7, 2015), and Newport, Rhode Island (May 29 to June 7, 2015). Directors say it will be the start of an annual study program in Chicago.
“We’re moving west,” said John Simonelli, President of The Victorian Society in America. “We’re doubling down on the American aspect of our program. We have a very active membership in the Midwest, and we want to build on that.”
Founded in 1966, the organization is the only national nonprofit committed to historic preservation, protection, understanding, education and enjoyment of America’s nineteenth-century heritage.
Its schools provide an opportunity for in depth study of the architecture and culture of the nineteenth century and feature lectures by leading experts, site visits, and guided tours. The London program started in 1974, followed by the Newport program in 1976. More than 1,200 people have participated in its courses.
The Chicago Summer School is the latest of several recent initiatives launched to strengthen Chicago as a destination for architecture related tourism and education. Last year, the city and the Graham Foundation disclosed plans to hold an international forum called the Chicago Architectural Biennial starting in October, 2015, and moviemaker George Lucas announced plans to build his Lucas Museum of Narrative Art on Chicago’s lakefront.
The Victorian Society in America was founded in 1966, as a sister organization to the Victorian Society in the United Kingdom, by preservationists including Brendan Gill, Henry-Russell Hitchcock, and Margot Gayle. Based in Philadelphia, it has had a Greater Chicago chapter since 2003.
The Victorian Society in America is planning its Chicago Summer School in collaboration with the Chicago Architecture Foundation and the Historic Preservation program of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Organizers say the program will be limited to 36 participants. Lecturers will include: Richard Guy Wilson, Commonwealth Professor’s Chair, Architectural History, at the University of Virginia and Director of the Victorian Society’s Newport Summer School; Anne Sullivan, restoration architect and head of the Masters program in Historic Preservation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; architect Warren Ashworth, an instructor at the New York School of Interior Design; and historian John H. Waters, A.I.A., who along with Tina Strauss is a co-director of the program.
“It’s designed to be a mid career program” for professionals, said Warren Ashworth, an instructor at the New York School of Interior Design, “We believe six to seven days is a manageable amount of time for people to be away from their jobs and yet a good amount of time to learn about Chicago’s Victorian heritage.”
Tuition for the Chicago School will be $1750. Participants will stay in the University Center, a dormitory and conference center at 525 South State Street.
Those who complete the course will be eligible to receive continuing education credits from the American Institute of Architects.
Applications are due March 1, 2015.
For more information about the Victorian Society in America and its summer schools, contact:
James Russiello, VSA Summer Schools Administrator
Or visit the website atwww.vsasummerschools.org
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. Scholarships are available.
The 49th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA) will be hosted by the Melbourne School of Design, The University of Melbourne, Australia from 2-4 December 2015.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Call for Papers
Christopher Dresser Symposium- July 3rd 2015
Christopher Dresser Society/ Teesside University/The Dorman Museum - Middlesbrough
Recent scholarship on the Victorian designer Christopher Dresser has focused on the practices of collecting and curating his work, the identification of relationships with manufacturers and the locations and inspirations for his products and designs. Dresser is a specific example of a designer influenced by the technological advances of the nineteenth century. He is also representative of the ways in which cultural and scientific forces shaped Victorian values and behaviours. How can a greater awareness of these contexts help us to understand both Dresser’s and other designers’ work more easily?
The aim of this symposium is to consider new research which may serve to contextualise Victorian design generally, and the work of Dresser specifically. Notably,
• The influence of Japanese, Chinese and Asian travels, writings and artefacts.
• The nature and impact of scientific writings and studies.
• The role of the art and design schools and museums
• The role of pattern books and ‘artistic’ publications.
The Christopher Dresser Society is keen to receive submissions from scholars and connoisseurs working in areas within and beyond art and design history. Submissions from historians of science (botany), travel, museology, collecting, pedagogy, connoisseurship and publishing are actively encouraged to contribute.
The Society will distribute the symposium proceedings via the Christopher Dresser Society website. Discussion is also under way for select papers to be published in an appropriate publication.
Organisation of submissions
• All papers will be subject to the scrutiny of the selection panel
• Each selected presenter will commit to deliver a ready-for-print paper in word format (.doc or .docx) and a PowerPoint (or similar) presentation.
• The title and abstract in English (500 words) of your paper to be sent in to the Symposium administrator email@example.com by February 28th 2015
• Notification of the results of the selection panel will be published on March 10th 2015
• Papers to be published (3,000 words in English) should be sent to the Symposium administrator for proofing and advice before 27th April firstname.lastname@example.org
• Feedback from the reading panel will be made available before end of May 2015
• Full Papers with amendments for publication should be sent to Symposium administrator by June 15th 2015
• For the Symposium presenters should present their work in PowerPoint (or similar format)
• Presentations are limited to 30 minutes with 10 minutes for questions.
The Symposium will take place at Teesside University as part of a 3 day Christopher Dresser Festival which will run in conjunction with The Christopher Dresser Gallery at the Dorman Museum in Middlesbrough.
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 email@example.com.
Praeger Publishing is seeking authors, with publishing experience in architectural history or material culture studies, for a book series entitled History of Human Spaces. Available titles include: the Restaurant; Factory; Bar/Saloon; Bathroom (domestic); and Bedroom. I
Each brief (40-50K word) book in the series will explore the particular space and its contents. North America from the seventeenth century forward is the place and time frame. Emphasis of books will be on both explaining the spaces and contents, while placing them in their historical context. The idea is to use these spaces and their contents as a lens on the economic, social, and cultural history of North American in the early modern and modern ages.
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 time for “Do less harm” has passed. It’s time for the beginning of being; the beginning of a Living Future. Join us next April for Living Future 2015. We’ll explore a genuine sense of place and community as the bellwether of truly restorative design.
We invite you to join us at Living Future 2015, the “must attend” event for today’s most innovative and influential leaders in the green building community.
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.