SOCIETY OF ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIANS STRIVES FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN CHICAGO
Monday, February 16, 2015
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This April, the Society of Architectural Historians will hold its 68th Annual International Conference in Chicago. Leading scholars from around the world will convene to present new research on the history of the built environment. But the conference goes beyond an examination of the past by providing a forum for present-day discussions and firsthand experiences of the built environment. SAH aims to engage two important audiences—conference attendees and the local community—with public programs that include the SAH Chicago Seminar and guided architectural tours.
The SAH Chicago Seminar, “Magnitudes of Change: Local Sites and Global Concerns in Chicago’s Built Environment,” features local architects, architectural historians, and policy makers addressing issues surrounding the transformations of Chicago’s waterways and its neighborhoods. The half-day program is anchored by a keynote address by Harvard University landscape architecture professor Charles Waldheim.
More than 30 tours of the region’s architecture and landscapes will be led by an impressive group of Chicago-based architects, architectural historians, preservationists and nonprofit leaders. Chicago’s Pilsen, Uptown, Pullman and Chinatown neighborhoods will be featured, along with structures designed by Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Netsch, Studio Gang and JGMA, among others.
Tickets are on sale now at sah.org/2015.
These days it seems increasingly rare that we take a moment out of our busy schedules to pause and appreciate our surroundings: downtown skyscrapers, grand civic buildings, or the mundane background buildings along our streets. To many, those soaring steel towers are old news, but have you ever stopped to picture a Manhattan without skyscrapers, or a courthouse in Washington, DC that didn’t resemble a Greek or Roman temple, or how about an America without shopping malls? (Unimaginable. Right?)
Dan Protress, writer and producer of the new PBS television series 10 Buildings that Changed America, certainly has. The series, hosted by Emmy-award winning producer Geoffrey Baer, proves that architecture is the cultural back-bone of any society. The show was created to celebrate and explore ten of the most influential American buildings—and the architect’s that designed them—that dramatically altered the architectural landscape of this country.
The Southern California chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) recently capped off a Ray Kappe-focused weekend with a home tour around Kappe’s many Sherman Oaks homes. As part of the series, The Architect’s Newspaper got a chance to peek inside one of Kappe’s earliest works, the Dr. and Mrs. Robert Hayes House.