• deep-frozen design in alaska: Through Feb. 2, 2009, the city of Anchorage, Ala. celebrates the arctic lifestyle, the Northern spirit, and the opening of the new David Chipperfield-designed Anchorage Museum with Freeze, a series of large-scale outdoor installations created in ice and snow by an international group of artists, architects, and designers. There will be several Freeze lectures, movies, and workshops presented during the month of January. Freeze is organized and hosted by the Alaska Design Forum with the International Gallery of Contemporary Art and the Anchorage Museum, and is curated by author, artist, independent curator and gallery director Julie Decker, Ph.D., in association with architect and author Brian Carter, dean of the University at Buffalo's School of Architecture and Planning. Visit freezeproject.org for a full listing of events and to view details of each installation. Hurry, they're melting!

  • connecting architects and community: On Jan. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m., the AIA Austin Chapter and Real Community Austin will host the kick-off event of a new chapter initiative, Design Voice. Design Voice's goal is to provide a forum for local architects and designers to connect and collaborate with those in the Austin, Texas, community interested in or involved in housing-related issues and community building as a way to offer an additional creative resource to the community. For details and to RSVP, visit AIA Austin's Web site.

  • portable emergency studios:Paul Villinski: Emergency Response Studio, an exhibition by artist Paul Villinski, opens Jan. 29 at the Rice University Art Gallery in Houston. Wishing he could take his studio with him to post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, Villinski decided to create a healthier, renewable energy-powered, portable art studio from a salvaged 30-foot FEMA-style Gulfstream trailer. The resulting self-sufficient prototype is the Emergency Response Studio. Exhibition closes March 1, 2009. For more information, visit ricegallery.org or click here.

  • one-day seminars and study tours: Registration is open for several upcoming one-day lectures and onsite study tours offered by the UCLA Extension's department of Architecture and Interior Design. Upcoming offerings include: "Paul Williams: Architect to the Stars," Feb. 7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; "Design in Venice: A Walking Tour" seminar, Feb. 20, 7 to 9 p.m., followed by tour on Feb. 21; "On Broadway: Exploring Downtown L.A.'s Past and Future" seminar, March 20, 7 to 10 p.m., followed by tour on March 21; "Stories in Ceramics: A Thousand Years of Decorative Tiles," March 21, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For full course details and fees, visit www.uclaextension.edu/arc_id.

  • celebrating chicago's bold planning: Beginning in January and continuing throughout 2009, several architecture, planning, community, and arts organizations in Chicago will celebrate the centennial of the Burnham Plan—created in 1909 as an overarching plan for the greater Chicago region—with a series of lectures, exhibitions, and other events. For information on all upcoming Burnham Plan Centennial events, visit burnhamplan100.uchicago.edu/events. A highlight of the celebration will be the Chicago Architecture Foundation's 34th annual gala, The Burnham Centennial Ball, on March 21 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, complete with a silent auction, dinner, and dancing. For ticket information, visit www.architecture.org/gala09.html.

  • architects' other work: On Feb. 14, the A+D Museum Los Angeles opens Other Works 1-134: Jones/Kahn/Paige, an exhibition featuring the non-architectural work of architects Wes Jones of Jones, Partners: Architecture; Eric Kahn of the Central Office of Architecture; and Gary Paige of Gary Paige Studio. The architects' personal art work—among them paintings, drawings, collages, mappings, and exercises in atmospherics—offer a glimpse into their creative and experimental processes and perspectives. The exhibition runs through March 14, 2009. For more information visit www.aplusd.org.