Several events centered on architecture, design, and building are scheduled to take place in the next several weeks.
February 11 – April 8, New York City—Sciame Spring Lecture Series. The
Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at The City College of New York (CCNY) will hold its spring lecture series, "Crossing Boundaries: Explorations and Expressions," on eight consecutive Thursdays beginning February 11 and continuing through April 8. The lecture series, sponsored by F. J. Sciame Construction Co., presents talks by prominent, award-winning architects from around the United States and elsewhere. Upcoming lectures are:
Feb. 18—"Energy Sub-structure, Supra-structure, Infra-structure" by Michelle Addington, associate professor of architecture at the Yale School of Architecture.
Feb. 25—"The Sustainable Built Environment: Initiating Architectural and Technical Innovation" by Stefan Behnisch, principal of Behnisch Architekten.
March 4—"State Change: Mobility, Infrastructure, and Design for Decentralized Energy" by Sheila Kennedy, professor of the practice of architecture at MIT and principal of Kennedy & Violich Architecture.
March 11—"Convergence" by Andrew Whalley, partner in charge of Grimshaw Architects' New York office.
March 18—"The Mannahatta Project: Sustainability and Original Ecology" by Eric Sanderson, senior conservation ecologist at the Wildlife Conservation Society.
March 25—"Transparent Constructions" by Brian Healy, principal of Brian Healy Architects and a Spring 2010 distinguished visiting professor in the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture's graduate program.
April 8—"It's Enough: Beyond Autonomy" by Teddy Cruz, principal of Estudio Teddy Cruz and a Spring 2010 distinguished visiting professor in the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture's Master of Urban Design graduate program.
Each lecture begins at 6 p.m. in the Spitzer School's Sciame Auditorium, located at 141 Convent Avenue at 138th Street.
February 17, New York City—Exhibition openings: Modernism At Risk: Modern Solutions for Saving Our Modern Landmarks and Back on the Map: Revisiting the New York State Pavilion at the 1964/65 World's Fair. The New York Center for Architecture will launch two exhibitions featuring modernist architectural history and the future of our modernist icons with an opening on February 17, running 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Modernism At Risk, organized by the World Monuments Fund, focuses on the importance of saving endangered modern landmarks and the work today's practitioners are doing to demonstrate the ongoing economic and functional viability of these buildings. It runs through May 1, 2010. Back on the Map, part of the Helfand Spotlight Series, explores the significance of Philip Johnson's 1964/65 World's Fair Pavilion and its main exhibit. This exhibition runs through March 31, 2010. For more details on each exhibition, visit cfa.aiany.org/index/php?section=upcoming.
February 25, Washington, D.C.—"Beyond Green High-Performance Building Awards" presentation and educational briefing. The Sustainable Building Industries Council (SBIC) will hold an educational briefing for lawmakers and the public along with a presentation of selected projects from among the winners of the 2009 "Building Green High-Performance Building Awards." The event will be held at the U.S. House of Representatives Rayburn House Office Building. Project presentations will be given by several organizations and architectural firms, including Pill-Maharam Architects, SERA Architects & Interface Engineering, and Centerbrook Architects and Planners. Visit www.sbicouncil.org for details.
March 1 and 2, Atlanta—Greenprints Sustainable Communities by Design Conference and Tradeshow. Southface and the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority will host the 12th annual Greenprints conference and tradeshow for design and construction professionals, designers, specifiers, developers, and residential and commercial building owners. The curriculum will feature tracks focusing on residential and commercial buildings, as well as the economics and politics of sustainable communities. To register and make travel plans, visit www.greenprints.org.
March 3 – 5, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.—Better Buildings: Better Business Conference. This annual conference on energy efficiency and green building strategies for builders and remodelers, expected to draw more than 900 professionals from around the country, will feature more than 60 workshops and 70-plus speakers. An educational track for architects, eligible for AIA learning units, has been added and will include sessions on Passive House design, Wisconsin's first LEED Platinum-rated home, applying biomimicry to building design and engineering, green design for the mainstream, and more. For the complete program and to register visit www.ecw.org/betterbuildings.