During April, May, and June, several architecture and design events—including exhibitions, lectures, and conferences—get under way.
April 24–26, Washington, D.C.—6th Annual National Sustainable Design Expo. Bringing together professional scientists, engineers, and business leaders, the National Sustainable Design Expo focuses on innovations designed to advance economic growth while reducing environmental impact. During the expo, the winning designs of the EPA's People, Prosperity, and the Planet (P3) Awards competition will be showcased. The expo takes place on the National Mall beginning April 23, and will open to the public on Saturday, April 24. Click here for the complete program schedule.
April 28, Washington, D.C.—"A Modernist Suburb" lecture. The National Building Museum will host architect John Burns, FAIA, and landscape architect Dennis Carmichael, FASLA, as they discuss the history, growth, and influence of Hollin Hills, a Modernist suburban development in Northern Virginia built in the middle of the last century. The lecture runs from 6:30–8 p.m. The program is presented in collaboration with the Civic Association of Hollin Hills, which will hold its annual House + Garden tour on May 1. Register for the lecture. Also visit www.hollinhills.org.
May 5, Washington, D.C.—"Revealing the Ordinary Extraordinary" lecture. As part of the National Building Museum's Spotlight on Design lecture series, Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA, of AIA 2010 Architecture Firm Award–winning Pugh + Scarpa Architects, will speak on the Santa Monica, Calif.–based firm's sustainable and socially progressive work. The program runs 6:30–8 p.m. Register for the lecture.
May 6–July 31, New York City—Bruno Cals Horizons photography exhibit. 1500 Gallery, which specializes in Brazilian photography, will host the Horizons exhibition , featuring a series of architectural photographs by Brazilian photographer Bruno Cals. The six photographs showcased, depicting buildings in São Paulo, Tokyo, and Buenos Aires, explore the limits of two-dimensionality and invoke contrasting themes, among them possibility versus impossibility and presence versus emptiness. For exhibit details and gallery information, visit www.1500gallery.com.
May 13–14, Flagstaff, Ariz.—"Preservation at a Higher Elevation" 2010 Arizona Historic Preservation Partnership Conference. This annual conference brings together preservationists, architects, archaeologists, real estate developers, general contractors, and tribal, state, and local government organizations from around the state of Arizona to discuss current topics in preservation. "Preservation at a Higher Elevation" will be held on the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Visit www.azpreservation.com for registration, program, and travel information.
May 14–June 2, Chicago—4th Annual ChicagoCANstruction competition. Benefiting local food banks, Chicago's fourth annual CANstruction design-build competition calls on local architects, engineers, and construction firms to build structures using canned goods. All canned goods used will be donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. The event will be held at The Merchandise Mart and will be open to the public May 13 through June 2. Purchase tickets for the May 13 Gala Reception. CANstruction competitions are held around the United States throughout the year. Find an event in your city.
May 17, New York—Opening Night at the Architects & Designers Building. Four new showrooms will debut during this building-wide event of parties and new product introductions by 35 luxury kitchen, bath, appliance, home furnishings, and building products showrooms. Architects, designers, and other industry professionals wishing to attend should register via firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 646.746.7229. The A&D Building is located at 150 E. 58th St. www.adbuilding.com.
May 25–27, New York—Eco Friendly Expo 2010. Offering lectures and educational programs, as well as an exhibition of high-end design, architecture, transportation, travel, art, and fashion, the Eco Friendly Expo brings together public- and private-sector environmental experts in a variety of fields and offers interactive sessions, demonstrations, book signings, and networking opportunities. The expo will be held at the 7 W building in Manhattan. The first two days are for industry professionals, and the last day will be open to the general public. Visit www.ecofriendlyexpo.com to register and purchase tickets.
June 2–6, Washington, D.C.—EDRA 41, the Environmental Design and Research Association 2010 Conference. Architects, interior designers, landscape architects, urban planners, psychologists, sociologists, and others interested in how physical environments affect human experience and behavior are invited to attend EDRA's annual meeting at the Washington Court Hotel. Discussion and session topics will include new place-focused research findings and tools; the demographic, social, and cultural forces in 2020 that designers need to plan for; and diverse design contexts. AIA, ASID, APA, IIDA, and ALSA members can earn CEUs for session attendance. For a complete program and to register, visit www.edra41.org.
June 10–12, Miami—2010 AIA National Convention and Design Expo. The AIA's annual conference will gather together about 20,000 architects, designers, and construction professionals, along with product vendors. Attendees can choose from among more than 200 educational opportunities, as well as 75 special events, and more than 100 tours of architecture and homes. "Design for the New Decade" will focus on how the modern global economy is redefining the architecture profession. Visit www.aiaconvention.com for details.
June 17–Aug. 29, Richmond, Va.—Off the Wall: Intersections of Art and Architecture exhibition.The Virginia Center for Architecture will exhibit Off the Wall, which investigates the interaction between art and architecture and the way in which the two disciplines intersect to create an integrated experience. The exhibition explores the relationship between art and place, and how the relationship has evolved over the past 40 years. Visit www.virginiaarchitecture.org for further details.