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Grace of Intention: Photography, Architecture and the Monument

Monuments are deliberate gestures—objects or structures created to commemorate an event, person or era. Their meaning is usually imposed, and they often serve as focal points for aspirational civic and political attributes like valor and sacrifice, or to underscore a foundational political narrative. But their meaning can transform, changing over time as the relevance of their symbolism ebbs and flows due to social and political shifts. Like monuments, architecture and photography are also inflected with a grace of intention, and both have the ability to commemorate or represent a nation, event, time or place. The act of photographing monuments and buildings transforms them, sometimes revealing some of the original qualities and more closely evoking the response that they were originally intended to have. And photographs have an inherent memorial quality. This group exhibition examines the work of international artists, some of whose work addresses actual monuments, some whom look at architecture and its relationship to memory and how its importance and symbolism can shift over time, and others approach the idea of the future monument.

'A New Charter of Athens': a lecture by Professor Richard Sennett

'Next year sees the opening of Habitat III, the environmental congress held every twenty years by the United Nations. For this event, a manifesto is being prepared about the design of cities. It aims to replace the guidance given by Le Corbusier and others nearly a century ago, in document they called "The Charter of Athens." The new Charter of Athens addresses issues emerging in the 21st Century about environmental crises, the uses of technology and big data, and the challenge of social inclusion. The lecture serves as an introduction to this modest proposal.'

Spotlight: Alejandro Zaera-Polo

Alejandro Zaera-Polo (born October 17th 1963) is an internationally recognized architect and scholar and founder of LondonZurich and Princeton based firm Alejandro Zaera-Polo & Maider Llaguno Architecture (AZPML). First rising to prominence in the 1980s with his writings for publications such as El Croquis, Zaera-Polo has had a prolific career in both the academic and professional realms of architecture.

Transforming “Made in China” to “Created in China” Conference

China Design Week (CDW) supported by the China Britain Business Council (CBBC) is pleased to host this timely conference to discuss the possibility of increasing creative links between China and the UK.

Exhibition: Russia on the Road. 1920 – 1990

Institute of Russian Realist Art in participation with the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, the “Academia Arco” International Fund, The Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism of the Italian Republic, the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the Italian Embassy in Moscow, the Ingosstrakh insurance company, Promsvyazbank and Lomonosov Moscow State University present the exhibition Russia on the Road. 1920 – 1990, which is dedicated to theme of transport, one of the most important themes for the artists of XX century.

Panel Discussion: “Drawn to Build: Architectural Representation in the Digital Age”

Sergei Tchoban, managing partner of the architectural firm nps tchoban voss with offices in Berlin, Dresden, and Hamburg, SPEECH in Moscow and founder of the Tchoban Foundation – Museum for Architectural Drawing in Berlin and Andrew Zago, partner and founder of the firm Zago Architecture in Los Angeles will talk about the architectural hand- and computer generated drawings in architectural practice today. The importance of a drawing as an official language of an architect, as well as collecting and displaying it.

The panel will be moderated by Wim de Wit, Adjunct Curator of Architecture and Design at the Cantor.

China Design Week 2015 UK-China Year Of Cultural Exchange Exhibition

Even though China has become the world’s second largest economy and the world’s largest manufacturing base, the term ‘made in China’ still has negative connotations.

Transforming “Made in China” to “Created in China” is a key challenge for Chinese enterprises urgently in need of world-class creative design. What are the best methods, models and practices of designing? What is the value and the role of creativity in emerging markets? What are the contemporary ideas in design thinking? Are they appropriate in the Chinese context? What is “good design?”

Danish Modernity: Jacob Riis and Vilhelm Hammershøi in 1900

Jacob A. Riis and Vilhelm Hammershøi were Danes of the same generation who took up the challenge of understanding modernity in radically different ways. Riis left Denmark for America to become the nation's leading advocate for the urban poor. He was a media-savvy journalist who used words and pictures to make a compelling case for reform. Hammershøi, by contrast, was a Copenhagen-based aesthete whose mysterious paintings of bourgeois domestic interiors suggested the psychological experience of modern life. Join two art historians and experts on Riis and Hammershøi, Bonnie Yochelson and Thor Mednick, for an exploration of their work. After their presentations, Ambassador Anne Dorte Riggelson will lead a conversation about Riis and Hammershoi's contrasting lives and perspectives.

Tectonic Poetry: A Photographic Exhibition

From photographer Bob Munro comes a new project called Tectonic Poetry. Resulting from an ongoing interest in urban scenes, architecture and the built environment, it focuses on the architectural surrounds of Melbourne’s Federation Square Atrium.

Call for Submissions: CityLife Project

The Urban Development Institute of Australia NSW office wants to create more affordable, connected and livable cities and it wants your help. The CityLife Project competition presents the opportunity for three organisations or research teams to partner with the UDIA NSW on research projects in exchange for cash and promotional opportunities worth up to $145,000 AUD each.

Happy Hour Design Studio: LEGO® Challenge

Let your inner designer out and explore the playful side of architecture at this hands-on program for adults. Join other kids at heart and build amazing structures with BSA Space’s LEGO® collection, while enjoying beer, wine, snacks, and conversation. This month’s session is inspired by Canstruction’s 2015 theme: get inspired by Boston!

Call for Submissions: The BOLD Awards to Honor Green Building Leaders

A consortium of innovative companies in the built environment – Aquicore, Building Robotics, Enlighted, and View – announced a call for entries for the inaugural 2015 BOLD Awards, recognizing Building Optimizers, Leaders and Disruptors who are pushing boundaries and facilitating the adoption of new technologies in the green building industry.

Call for Applications: Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant

The Center for Architecture is currently accepting applications for the Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant! Proposed travel plans should demonstrate a focused course of study engaging the applicant’s interests and concerns and occur outside of the academy. The travel scholarship was originally based on the idea of the Grand Tour in which recent architectural graduates would travel through Europe experiencing art, architecture and culture first-hand. The scholarship focus is less on academic projects than on self-directed education.

Film Screening: Eames: The Architect and the Painter

Watch an intimate film celebrating the creative genius of husband-and-wife team Charles and Ray Eames, a couple widely regarded as America’s most influential designers. Best remembered for their Mid-Century Modern furniture, this documentary shows the influence that Charles and Ray had on other significant events and movements in American life, from the development of Modernism to the rise of the computer age.

Call for Submissions: Festival des Architectures Vives 2016

In 2015 the Festival was visited by not less than 15,000 visitors and was committed to raising awareness in schools and in 2015 it was 31 kindergarten and primary classes that took part in this new program. For its 11th edition the Festival des Architectures Vives will take place in Montpellier from June 15th to 19th 2016, the FAV La Grande Motte will take place from June the 18th to 26th 2016. Innovate is the key word for this edition.

AIASF NEXT Conference and Placemaking DeepDive

Hosted in San Francisco, a city recognized as a leading hub for innovative design leaders and thinkers, AIASF NEXT is a great opportunity to explore cutting-edge ideas, projects, and practices that will impact the next generation of the architecture and design profession as well as the future of the built environment. Gathering the best and brightest in AEC for information sharing, conversation, and networking, AIASF NEXT will be the platform to help you generate new clients, relationships, and business.

Critical Halloween 2015: DEMO

Critical Halloween is a party, an intellectual debate, a costume competition, and a space for the expression of radical thought. Over the past few years, it has become a referential event that brings people together through music, dance, and costume design to engage in critical discussion in New York City.

MONU Magazine #23: Participatory Urbanism

From the publisher. In order to avoid participation in architecture and urban design becoming merely a politically required token of democratic involvement - a kind of fake participation that does not actually engage the participants in any meaningful way - architects, planners, and designers need to commit themselves and relinquish control, as Jeremy Till claims in an interview with us entitled "Distributing Power." With this new issue of MONU on the topic of "Participatory Urbanism" we aim to find out and reassess to what extent individual citizens really can and should become proactive in the production and development of cities and in the shaping of neighbourhoods, and where the limits of such Participatory Urbanism really lie.