Newsletter | October 2019
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Design Matters Conference: Next Week in Chicago

The 2019 Design Matters Conference (Chicago, November 6-9) is fast approaching and we're pleased to announce two additions to the speaker line-up:
  • Maurice Cox, Chicago's incoming planning commissioner, will be speaking at the Conference's opening reception.
  • Billy Spitzer, VP of Programs, Exhibits and Planning at the New England Aquarium, will join the panel on how cultural institutions can effectively communicate about climate change.
See you in Chicago next week! It's not too late to register.
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Who's Attending the 2019 Design Matters Conference?

A Bird on a Wire
AD EX, Architecture and Design Exchange
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill
AIA Austin
AIA Austin / Austin Foundation for Architecture
AIA Minnesota
AIA New York / Center for Architecture
AIA Orlando
AIA Philadelphia / Center for Architecture + Design
Architects Foundation
Architectural Heritage Center
Architecture Center Houston
Architecture is Fun
Art Institute of Chicago
Art Omi
Baltimore Architecture Foundation
Benefield Richters
Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation
Boston Green Ribbon Commission
Boston Society of Architects / BSA Space
Bruner Foundation
Building Matters Ann Arbor
Carnegie Museum of Art
Center for Architecture and Design
Center for Architecture and Metropolitan Planning
Chicago Architecture Biennial
Chicago Architecture Center
City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development
City Visions
Community Design Collaborative
Community Design Solutions UW-Milwaukee
Dallas Architecture Forum
Danish Architecture Center
Denver Architecture Foundation
Design Museum Boston
Doors Open RI
Exhibit Columbus
Farnsworth House
Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design
Ferraro Choi And Associates, Ltd.
Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Hawaii Architectural Foundation
Hayward Unified School District
Hector Design Service
io spark communications llc
Landmark Columbus Foundation
Landon Bone Baker Architects
Materials & Applications
Michigan Architectural Foundation
Museum of Finnish Architecture
National Building Museum
New England Aquarium
New London Architecture
Open House New York
Patricia Berry Consulting
Perkins & Will
Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking
Prague Institute of Planning and Development
Project for Public Spaces
Rice Design Alliance
Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
School of Architecture/University of Hawaii Community Design Center
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Schweikher House Preservation Trust
SHED Studio/City Productive
Skender Construction
Spitzer School of Architecture at City College of New York
Studio Zewde
Sweet Water Foundation
Taliesin Preservation, Inc.
UC Berkeley Center for Cities + Schools Y-PLAN
University of Colorado Denver
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Virginia
Westcott House
YouthBuild Boston
Conference Details

New Resources and Programming Inspiration

  • All content on SAH Archipedia is now open access and mobile-friendly. This includes histories, photographs, and maps for over 20,000 structures and places organized by the Society of Architectural Historians and the University of Virginia Press.
  • The National Design Guide released earlier this month by the U.K. Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is an attempt to provide "planning practice guidance for beautiful, enduring, and successful places" for local officials and the general public.
  • If you need ideas for your next exhibition or program topic, browse the 7 Architectural Considerations that are Shaping Future Cities that came out of the recent Architecture of the Future Conference in Kyiv, Ukraine and includes everything from big data on human behavior (pictured above) to extraterrestrial architecture.

Member News Roundup

General News Briefs

  • Territory Urban Design Team's latest project, "Walk in Our Shoes," was a youth-led tour of Washington Park in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Meet Rashmi Ramaswany, one of Territory's founders, at the 2019 AAO Design Matters Conference.
  • The New York Times Magazine selected architect Shigeru Ban as one of "The Greats" and highlighted his work designing shelters for the displaced.
  • London's mayor published a call to action for architects and developers to embrace circular economy principles to reduce building waste.
  • Crystal Bennes shares her thoughts in Metropolis with "At the Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Wondering 'Can Architects Curate?'"
  • Colin Marshall makes the case for "the rise of the city critic," arguing that traditional architecture criticism doesn't capture the broader issues related to increasing urbanization.

Design Museum in Transition

In 2016, the Design Museum in London moved into it's current space, three times the size of the former museum. Now, after three years, attendance and revenue are much lower than anticipated. According to Dezeen, "Design Museum rescued by £3 million loan after financial position deemed 'not sustainable.'

Even as consultants work to revise business plan, the Museum continues to put on interesting exhibitions. The latest, Moving to Mars, presents innovative designs for inhabiting the Red Planet. It's the last show organized by Deyan Sudjic and Alice Black before their departure and the appointment of Tim Marlow as director and CEO.

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