1. Dallas Duo
The Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, designed by Peter Walker, and the Dallas Museum of Art, designed by Renzo Piano, Hon. FAIA, have been cited as transformational projects by scores of art institutions during the great museum boom of the last 20 years. The Nasher continues to hold collaboration as the basis of its public programming, and in its current installment, “Design Dialogue at the Nasher,” the museum hosts Brent Brown, AIA, and Dallas-based designer Noah Jeppson, who will talk about the importance of community engagement in urban environments. The talk is slated for May 9 at 6:30 p.m.
Learn more at dallascfa.com.
2. The Devil Is in the Details
Steve Badanes, AIA, is a busy guy. He co-founded the groundbreaking (and still active) design/build collective Jersey Devil 41 years ago, and he continues to teach at the University of Washington (UW), all while lecturing widely, directing the Neighborhood Design/Build Studio in Seattle (through UW), and running design studios in Canada, Cuba, Finland, Ghana, India, and Mexico. Badanes will recount some of his adventures in “Architect as Artisan and World Citizen,” a lecture for the Wright Design Series in Madison, Wisc., on May 7, sponsored in part by AIA Southwest Wisconsin.
Learn more at aiawi.org.
3. Building Trust
Where are you likely to find an architect if not in their studio or on site at one of their projects? On site at someone else’s project, naturally—and if it happens to be one of the Historic Sites of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, there’s a new twist this year. AIA members can obtain continuing education credits for taking both general tours and special building tours at participating sites. "We have a lot of truly amazing properties that architects, and a lot of other people, love to tour, such as the Farnsworth House, the Glass House, and Drayton Hall," says Ashley R. Wilson, AIA, Graham Gund Architect for the National Trust. "And the tours can go a long way toward fulfilling an AIA member’s yearly obligation."
4. Tiny Furniture
It’s the little things that drive you crazy. But the tiny-spaces craze that has dominated blogs for the last two years may center on a rather sane idea, in fact—what the Denver Architectural League (DAL) is calling "thriveability," which combines "natural ecologies" and "human modes of life." This month DAL announces the winners of its Micro House Ideas Competition for an eight-unit, prefabricated, affordable development on a semi-industrial site adjacent to the Mile High City’s TAXI community. Submissions are due May 9 and winners will be announced on May 17.
Learn more at sites.google.com/site/microhousingcompetition.
5. Hitting the Pavement
Architecture tours by boat, a live/work design contest, textiles-as-space-makers, rugs designed by architects, AIA New York’s Fit City 7 conference (co-sponsored with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene), and lots of cubed cheese and white wine. What’s not to like about Design Week NYC? With 123 events (some of which offer discounts for AIA members) at dozens of venues across New York City, there’s something for every architect (and designer). Design Week NYC will be held May 18–22.
Learn more at designweeknyc.org.
Image: Max Ernst, The King Playing with the Queen, 1944. Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas. Photo: David Heald.© ARS NY/ADAGP, Paris