SeattleWhichCraft in Seattle
AIA Seattle has set out to define the Pacific Northwest’s contribution to architecture in WhichCraft?, a year-long series of events centered on design traditions and regional identity. Event organizers have framed the discussion by looking at local craft-ways and design theory (dubbed “localtecture”) as they relate to sustainable practices and questions about reviving Washington’s economy.
Learn more at aiaseattle.org
Destination ArchitectureFrom October 6–10, the Virginia Center for Architecture will conduct a five-day tour of Columbus, Ind., and works by Cesar Pelli, FAIA; I.M. Pei, FAIA; Edward Larrabee Barnes; Richard Meier, AIA; Thomas Beeby, FAIA; Gwathmey, Siegel & Associates; SOM; and Eliel Saarinen. Led by architecture writer Sally Brown, the tour’s highlights include an insider’s view of Eero Saarinen’s J. Irwin Miller House (previously closed to the public). Side trips to Indianapolis and Cincinnati included.
Learn more at virginiaarchitecture.org
Hong Kong, ChinaHong Kong Explores Frank Gehry’s Designs
Hong Kong’s Marc & Chantal Design, with Swire Properties, has launched China’s first Frank Gehry, FAIA, exhibition, which highlights the 82-year-old’s career achievements as well as his progressive attitudes towards technology and computer-aided design. “Frank Gehry.Architect” coincides with the construction of the Santa Monica architect’s first residential project in Asia—a Hong Kong luxury high-rise.
Learn more at frankgehryarchitect.com
Dublin, IrelandSlowing Down for Contextual Design
Dublin, Ireland’s Slow Architecture Research Collective (SARC) will exhibit juried design proposals that address sustainability aboard a canal boat through June 2011. Now in its second year, the “Slow Architecture Exhibition” turns away from what organizers say is architecture’s “visual commercial commodity” and towards place-making and an awareness of local ecologies. SARC hopes to engage local schoolchildren about the environmental and ethical components of design practice.
Learn more at slowarchitecture.ie
and see two more barge initiatives at www.arch.virginia.edu/learningbarge