SAH Newsletter

March 2015 Newsletter

by SAH News | Mar 16, 2015

March 2015 Volume LIX, No. 3 / Society of Architectural Historians Newsletter
    SAH Field Seminar - Argentina & Uruguay
The custom itinerary taking SAH members through the cities and countryside around the Rio de la Plata continues to be developed with more visits to building interiors. In Montevideo, travelers will have access to the Teatro Solis, the oldest theater in Uruguay; the Church of Christ Obrero, designed by Eladio Dieste; several buildings in Buenos Aires, including the Palacio Barolo, with its breathtaking 360-degree rooftop panorama and its allegorical journey through Dante's Divine Journey; Corbusier's Curuchet House, from 1953; the Jesuit residential complex, begun in the 17th century, near Córdoba; and many others. Architects can earn 45 AIA/CES LU/HSW.

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    Conference Hosts Needed to Serve as Ambassadors to New Attendees
As you may remember, last year we piloted a new program at the SAH Annual Conference, pairing more experienced SAH members with newcomers. The idea was to mitigate the challenge of socializing when one attends a conference for the first time and knows nobody. This is especially important now that SAH is expanding its horizon globally with the arrival of the first SAH International Travel Grant recipients, whose trip is supported with a generous grant from the Getty Foundation.

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  SAH Presents Architectural Tours and Public Events at Chicago Conference
Leading scholars from around the world will convene in Chicago, April 15–19, to present new research on the history of the built environment at the 68th Annual International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians. But the conference isn’t just for academics. SAH aims to engage two important audiences—conference attendees and the local community—with public programs that include the SAH 75th International Anniversary Celebration at The Rookery, over 30 architectural tours, the SAH Chicago Seminar and the conference plenary talk.

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  2016 Call for Papers Opens April 1
The call for papers for the SAH 69th Annual International Conference to be held in Pasadena/Los Angeles will open on April 1. An email communication will be sent to all SAH members and the full call for papers will be available online. There will be 42 sessions offered in 2016.

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  New SAH Archipedia Content: Buildings of Delaware, Buildings of Virginia
We're pleased to announce the addition of the 1,680 entries and 1,047 illustrations from Buildings of Delaware and Buildings of Virginia: Valley, Piedmont, Southside, and Southwest to SAH Archipedia, with additional photos to be added over the coming months.

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  Simpler, Faster, Better SAHARA Re-launches
SAHARA, the online image library for SAH members, debuted a new interface on Monday, March 9th, a milestone that represents its first significant improvement in five years. Initially developed with a grant from the Mellon Foundation in collaboration with Artstor, this new system uses Artstor’s Shared Shelf platform to give users more flexibility with image contribution and documentation, and to enable wider sharing of digital content.

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    Black Lives Matter
The Black Lives Matter dossier, published by the Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative, is edited by SAH members Jonathan Massey and Meredith TenHoor and includes essays from members Amber Wiley, Michael Abrahamson, Dianne Harris, and Charles David II. ... What does it mean to put black lives at the center of our thinking about architecture and its history? On the Aggregate website, thirteen new essays by scholars, designers, students, and citizens address the Black Lives Matter movement through architectural and urban research. The edited collection diagnoses sources of violence, identifies forms of resistance, and reimagines Black aesthetics.

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  Mighty Mumbai: Urbs Primus in Indus
SAH Blog post by Amber N. Wiley, 2013 H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellow
Palimpsest. Microcosm. Hybrid. Pluralist. Diasporic. Cosmopolitan. Third world. Postindustrial. Postcolonial. Post-Independence. Global. Hypermodern. Slum. Polynuclear. Agglomeration. (Con)fusion. Bombay. Mumbai.
“Mombay.” I kept typing it. “Mombay.” When I was looking for articles on Mumbai and had little luck typing “Mumbai” I decided to search instead for “Bombay.” The city only officially changed its name in 1996 after the Hindu nationalist party Shiv Sena won elections in the state of Maharashtra.

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  Washington State Slept Here: SAH Archipedia and the Question of Significance
SAH Blog post by J. Philip Gruen
A couple of months ago I was asked what seemed, to me, an interesting question. As many readers of this blog likely know, SAH is well on its way to completing the first major stage of its SAH Archipedia project, SAH Archipedia Classic Buildings, where all fifty states will feature online entries of its 100 most “representative” buildings.

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2015 SAH Annual International Conference - Hotel Update
The Hilton Garden Inn (March 20 deadline) still has rooms available at the SAH rate. Be sure to book by the deadline in order to receive the SAH rate.
Wright Society Virtual Summit, March 25 & 26
The Wright Society Virtual Summit is an opportunity for geographically dispersed Frank Lloyd Wright enthusiasts to gather online and watch FREE daily expert interviews with well-known scholars. SAH Executive Director Pauline Saliga is scheduled to appear in the second summit on March 26, at 10 am CT. She'll address the question, "Who had the most design influence over the Charnley-Persky House—Louis Sullivan or Frank Lloyd Wright?"
ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship Recipients
The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Collaborative Research Fellowships. The ten teams of scholars selected for funding cross boundaries of discipline, methodology, and geography to undertake new research projects that will result in joint publications.
Current SAH Opportunities
SAH/Mellon Author Awards: Designed to provide financial support to scholars publishing their first monograph on the history of the built environment and who are responsible for paying for rights and permissions for images. Deadline June 1.
SAH Chapter and Partner News
In October, Meg Nagle and President Glen Umberger of SAH's James Oglethorpe Chapter presented papers at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Southeast Chapter of SAH. On February 5-7, VP Katharine Williams and Umberger presented papers at the Ninth Savannah Symposium: The Architecture of Trade, sponsored by the Architectural History Department at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Also at the symposium, the Oglethorpe Chapter hosted a graduate student roundtable event "Perspectives on Academia," moderated by Umberger.

The annual conference of the Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter of SAH will be held in Ashland, Oregon, October 23-25, 2015. The theme of this year's conference will be "Artifice and Authenticity in Architecture: To Play or not to Play?" The call for papers goes out in March. Visit for more information.

The New England Chapter of SAH is now on Instagram: @NESAH_ARCHITECTURE

Registration is now open for the 2015 Docomomo US National SymposiumModernism on the Prairie: Rural to Metro Regional Interpretations of the Modern Movement, which takes place in Minneapolis, Minn., from June 4-7. The symposium will feature four days of programming and draw speakers and attendees from across Minnesota, the United States, and internationally.

The Society of Historians of Eastern European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture (SHERA) sponsored three sessions at the 2015 CAA conference, hosted scholars from Hungary, Russia, and Ukraine, and, during the membership meeting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Watson Library, introduced rare books collection on Russian, East European, and Eurasian art and architecture. SHERA’s new institutional member, ARTINRUSSIA of the School of Russian and Asian Studies, organizes study abroad programs and travel assistance.
Members in the News
Obituary: Architect Michael Graves, 1934-2015 (New York Times)
Diane Favro: Advanced Modeling Software & Caesar's Rome
Christopher Monkhouse: Exhibition - Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690-1840
Diane Favro: Advanced Modeling Software & Caesar's Rome
Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation: Exhibition - BxW NYC
Alina Payne: New Director of Villa I Tatti, Florence, Italy
Barbara Opar: 2015 AASL Distinguished Service Award
SAH March Booklist
Read the March Booklist of recently published architecture books and related works. Booklists and exhibition catalog lists are selected by Barbara Opar, architecture librarian, Syracuse University Library.

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