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Oculus Book Talk with Michael Bell, Dr. William F. Carroll, Jr., Billie Faircloth, Sylvia Lavin, and George Middleton
July 1, 6 - 8 p.m.
The Center for Architecture
Free for AIA members and students, $10 for non-members

Permanent Change: Plastics in Architecture and Engineering is available now!

Big congratulations to Andrea Cochran—she has been honored with the 2014 Design Medal, presented by the American Society of Landscape Architects. The Design Medal recognizes an individual landscape architect who has produced a body of exceptional design work at a sustained level for a period of at least ten years. Also, a belated congrats for winning the 2014 National Design Award for Landscape Architecture, presented by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. In 2009, Princeton Architectural Press published the monograph Andrea Cochran: Landscapes.

Book Talk and Signing with John Comazzi
Tuesday, June 24 at 5:30pm
The Cliff Dwellers Club, Chicago

In conjunction with the new exhibit Inflected Modernism: The Architecture Photography of Balthazar Korab, John Comazzi will be speaking at the Cliff Dwellers Club. He will sign copies of Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography. This event is free and open to the public.

Call for Entries: ‘Pamphlet Architecture 35’

With renewed support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Pamphlet Architecture announces its 2014 competition.

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To promote and foster the development and circulation of architectural ideas, Pamphlet Architecture is again offering an opportunity for architects, designers, theorists, urbanists, and landscape architects to publish their projects, manifestos, ideas, theories, ruminations, insights, and hopes for the future of the designed and built world. With far-ranging topics including the alphabet, algorithms, machines, and music, each Pamphlet is unique to the individual or group who authors it. This call for ideas seeks projects that possess the rigor and excitement found throughout the rich history of Pamphlet Architecture.

More information and submission guidelines at pamphletarchitecture.org

Great article over at Metropolis Mag by Alexandra Lange: “Why Charles Moore (Still) Matters”. The Moonraker Athletic Center (above), completed by MLTW/Moore-Turnbull in 1966, was as much landscape as architecture, protecting the pool from sea breezes and containing small, skylit changing rooms. Barbara Stauffacher Solomon painted highly influential supergraphics inside the Swim Club, further altering perceptions of its small scale. Moore is one of the architects profiled in The Sea Ranch, a new revised edition was released in 2013.

Some nice words for our book: Manhattan Classic

“If you’re a real estate hound, Manhattan Classic: New York’s Finest Prewar Apartments is either a twist of the knife or a handy resource, depending on your point of view and your bank account.”
New York Times

“A whirlwind tour of more than 80 of the most lavish homes in the city.” 
FastCoDesign 

“In Manhattan Classic: New York’s Finest Prewar Apartments, New York City architect Geoffrey Lynch presents photo-heavy histories on 84 of Manhattan’s ritziest apartment buildings. His lens is a historic one; Lynch is looking to tell the story of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century golden age of New York architecture and the architects that shaped it.”
Curbed

“Geoffrey Lynch has tracked down the best examples of New York’s very particular breed of stately homes, with sumptuous photography and plans for the armchair snooper to peruse.”
Wallpaper.com

“The residential buildings Geoffrey Lynch has chosen for this beautifully laid-out book meet the definition of ‘classic’ in every way. Of enduring worth, they have stood the test of time. Here’s to the architects and builders, and to the lucky New Yorkers who get to live within those gracious walls.”
Charles Osgood, CBS News

Over the course of 18 years, Robert Dawson has photographed hundreds of public libraries across the United States, from the monumental to the modest. Check out more portraits of the vibrant but threatened American institution in The Public Library: A Photographic Essay.

The Sea Ranch Audio Walking Tour:
Architecture, Landscape, Intentions

You can now tour The Sea Ranch in Sonoma County, California with an audio guide, written and narrated by Donlyn Lyndon, author of The Sea Ranch: Fifty Years of Architecture, Landscape, Place, and Community on the Northern California Coast.

To learn more or to listen to the audio tour (and even take a virtual tour!), visit The Sea Ranch Association website.

Beach Houses: Andrew Geller — back in print!

Geller’s inspired vacation homes fuse functional living, playful shapes, and an abiding love for sun and sand. Modest in scale but bursting with optimistic energy, they are icons of carefree leisure and breezy summer fun. Check out more in Beach Houses — now available in paperback.

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Brown University: The Campus Guide
Book and Photography Talk
Friday, May 2 at 4:00 p.m.
Rhode Island Hall on the College Green

Author Raymond P. Rhinehartand photographer Walter Smalling, Jr. will discuss this new Campus Guide, take questions from the audience, and sign books.

Farming Cuba — A new model for cities and countries facing threats to food security brought on by the end of cheap oil

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, Cuba found itself solely responsible for feeding a nation that had grown dependent on imports and trade subsidies. Citizens began growing their own organic produce anywhere they could find space, on rooftops, balconies, vacant lots, and even school playgrounds. By 1998 there were more than 8,000 urban farms in Havana producing nearly half of the country’s vegetables. What began as a grassroots initiative had, in less than a decade, grown into the largest sustainable agriculture initiative ever undertaken, making Cuba the world leader in urban farming. Learn more in Farming Cuba: Urban Agriculture from the Ground Up, by Carey Clouse, available now from PAPress.

This very cool infographic from Julie Torres Moskovitz just showed up. Here’s what she has to say about the Tighthouse that’s featured in her book, The Greenest Home.

We feel its important to talk about how the Passive House projects (or any project) is performing energy-wise so that we can improve upon it and share information so that ours or others future projects can be improved. Here is our summary of why looking at energy performance is important: 

This is a Brooklyn rowhouse constructed in 1899 and retrofitted to the Passive House standard—the strictest energy standard in the world. Energy monitoring this home allows us to record the building’s energy consumption over time. Monitoring systems can measure total energy consumption and consumption by end use (heating, cooling, lighting, hot water, appliances, etc). This monitoring serves several key benefits:

— Allows the occupants to understand how their behavior directly influences energy consumption.
— Serves as a diagnostic tool if the energy use is higher than predicted.
— Allows architects, engineers, and builders to understand how their designs are performing. The data provides a clear picture of what is and isn’t working and helps strategize for energy-efficiency improvements on future projects.

Diagram design: WSDIA | WeShouldDoItAll

Fabrica718 and ZeroEnergy Design commissioned WSDIA to create these infographics from our 12 months of performance data on the Tighthouse project.

Released just in time for National Library Week, our new book The Public Library presents an inspiring selection of libraries both monumental and modest — an impassioned tribute to a vibrant but threatened American institution. 
Above: Interior dome, Central Library, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2012, photograph by Robert Dawson.

Released just in time for National Library Week, our new book The Public Library presents an inspiring selection of libraries both monumental and modest — an impassioned tribute to a vibrant but threatened American institution. 

Above: Interior dome, Central Library, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2012, photograph by Robert Dawson.

Happy Birthday Jorn Utzon!

Pritzker Prize winning architect Utzon (1918-2008) is the celebrated designer of the Sydney Opera House among other stunning works. Here  he is with his family in his house in Denmark, along with his most famous building, as seen in our recently published monograph Jorn Utzon: Drawings and Buildings.