Newsletter | February 2018
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Open House Worldwide Conference Wrap-Up

Open House Worldwide Conference Attendees
Earlier this month, representatives from 30 Open House programs (architecture festivals) from around the globe gathered in London for the third Open House Worldwide Conference. Eric Allix Rogers, the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Manager of Open House Chicago and Community Outreach, attended and reported back for AAO members.

Read Eric's notes about which innovators from government, tech, and psychology sectors are effectively engaging the public in city planning and design. Also of interest are the practical programming tips from Open House organizations, many of which are expanding into year-round programming.

Member News

  • The National Building Museum hosts DC's first Architecture and Design Film Festival. ADFF, which started ten years ago in New York, has expanded to many cities and worked with other AAO Members, including the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture and the Louisiana Architectural Foundation.
  • The American Society of Landscape Architects will host the 2018 Diversity Summit from June 22-24 at the ASLA Center for Landscape Architecture in Washington, D.C. Those interested in participating are encouraged to submit letters of interest by March 7.
  • The exhibition Social Housing – New European Projects is on view now at the Center for Architecture in New York. Based on a book and exhibition commissioned by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), its installation in New York is timely as the city grapples with how to provide more affordable housing.
  • SPUR recently asked leading urbanists: what's your favorite book about cities? If you're looking for some new reading material, the answers are compiled in Reading the City.

Design Ed: Makerspaces, Starchitects, and Enrollment Stats

Lego Makerspace
  • Montour Elementary School in Pittsburgh opened a Brick Makerspace supported by LEGO Education, whose website has lesson plans and other resources for teaching with LEGO bricks.
  • The Thom Mayne Young Architects program, an initiative by the Pritzker-Prize winning founder of Morphosis, is extended for a third semester. 6th grade students at Hall Elementary School in Bridgeport, CT will receive new Pixelbook laptops donated by Google and instruction from architecture students at Pratt Institute.
  • The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) reported a 10% decline in enrollment in architecture degree programs over the last five years. In Why Architecture?Architect Magazine takes a look at what can be done to attract more interest from the K-12 set, with examples from RISD, AIA K-12 Initiatives, and NOMA.

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