RIBA-USA Annual General Meeting Minutes. Click here to read.
The 2011 RIBA-USA Annual General MeetingThe RIBA-USA AGM took place this year on Friday May 13th at the Audubon Center in New Orleans (see attached minutes <LINK>) at t with a PowerPoint Presentation showing a “Decade of RIBA-USA Events”; competitions, lectures, symposiums, delegations abroad (China and the UK) from all chapters in the RIBA-USA Region; Los Angeles, San Francisco, Phoenix, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, New York & Washington DC
RIBA-USA Board President, Jonathan Wimpenny, called the meeting to order, requesting the Secretary’s Report, read by Cynthia Fischer (RIBA-USA Hon Secretary) and the RIBA-USA Treasurer’s Report, read by Phil Allsopp (RIBA-USA Vice President) on behalf of Philip Frasier-Andrews (RIBA-USA Treasurer).
Jonathan then offered the podium to those RIBA members standing for election (see below) before speaking on behalf of the RIBA-USA Board.
RIBA-USA Board Member, Dr James Karl Fischer, gave his address (as RIBA Council Member standing for reelection) and introduced them, offering the podium to Goh Chong Chia (standing for President of the UIA) and Nela De Zoysa (Sri-Lanka also standing for RIBA Council)
RIBA RIBA President, Ruth Reed, made her last address to the attendees, bringing members up to date on the recent changes in Portland Place and the reasons for the demise of the RIBA Trust.
Dr James Karl Fischer then introduced the all-day Program of Continuing Education Lectures which included:
Cynthia Fischer (RIBA-USA Hon Sec) presentation entitled:
“Keep it Legal, Protected & Profitable”
Christine Sheppard gave an address on behalf of the American Bird Conservancy entitled “Birds & Architecture”
Mechoshade gave a presentation on the importance of shading sunlight with examples of their work installed in Renzo Piano’s NY Times Building.
Paul Herbert (Rooflight Company UK) presentation “Light from Above” - the history of glass in architecture putting into perspective methods of production and how its technical progress gave new opportunities of introducing daylight into buildings.
Val King (Rooflight Company UK) followed with samples of their current projects showing how intuitive and conscious design by the architect can introduce daylight into both conservation projects and contemporary design, showing here a sample of their work in a recent project by Zaha Hadid.
Attendees gather for a group shot after the candle-lit dinner in The New Orleans Aquarium
Visit to Make It right Lower Ninth Ward Image
Patrick Edwards explains politics of rebuilding - The levee beyond the homes
Leyla Hilmi & Ruth Reid - Selma Harrington and Leyla Hilmi from Common Ground Relief
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Friday 10th to Sunaday 12th June 2011
RIBA Exhibit - "Palladio's Legacy: A Transatlantic Journey,"
Opens at Notre Dame
On June 10-12, 2011 the School of Architecture at Notre Dame will host two exhibits and a conference (From Vernacular to Classical: The Perpetual Modernity of Palladio). One exhibit will be the Royal Institute of British Architects' (RIBA) travelling exhibit, "Palladio's Legacy: A Transatlantic Journey," and the other will be "New Palladians: Modernity and Sustainability in the 21st Century Architecture." The conference will address the synergies and dialectics across vernacular and classical architecture and discuss their relevance in a broader Palladian tradition in the 21st Century.
Framing the venue of two important exhibitions (the Royal Institute of British Architects’ traveling exhibit “Palladio and his Legacy: A Transatlantic Journey” and “New Palladians: Modernity and Sustainability in 21st Century Architecture”), the University of Notre Dame will host a conference addressing synergies and dialectics across vernacular and classical architecture, discussing the possibilities of a broader Palladian tradition in the 21st century. It will bring together scholars, practitioners, educators and students from a variety of disciplines related to the built environment to explore and discuss Palladio as an inspiring master whose works forms a vital foundation – and a revitalizing platform – from which an evolutionary process of Tradition and Classicism that intelligently integrates the vernacular and classical is made possible.
The conference will address a complex range of ideas, work and proposals that encompass, consolidate and emulate the Palladian paradigm and/or explore sustainable architectural and urban design endeavors of the 21st century articulated by various threads in New Classicism, New Urbanism and recent “New Palladian” arguments and designs.
Palladio is often mentioned restrictively for a few of his exquisite villas, and caricatured for adding temple-fronts on his villas in the Veneto on the presumption that he was giving undue monumentality and sacred status to the private country residences of local landed aristocracy. The legacy of the built and un-built work of Palladio, however, merits a more sophisticated analysis and a more comprehensive contemporary assessment. It requires a revised appreciation of how the combined art and intelligence of vernacular craftsmanship, local building traditions and precedents, as well as the “ archaeological” study of Roman Antiquity, sensitization to Classical principles and expertise in humanist theories, among others, have achieved a generous, unique and original collection of masterworks that continue to resonate, inspire and fascinate the architectural world.
Traditional cultures typically evolve a rich memory of types and models, developing elaborate expressions of art and knowledge on the one hand, and sophisticated expression of crafts and know-how on the other. Classical and vernacular cultures interact and emulate one another in complex and subtle dialogues, inspiring, borrowing and learning from each other. Since their common origin in the “mythical hut,” the temple, the house and the palace have evolved into a rich genealogy of refined types that continue to foster inventive dialectics and synergies. Neither the Classical nor the Vernacular should be considered mere stylistic categories, as they function as proposals of the most appropriate, beautiful, safe, and comfortable dwellings and public spaces. Though style emerges as an expression of particular cultures, Classicism itself is not a style, nor is the Vernacular; both foster refined foundations of stylistic appropriateness, excellence, integrity, sound and sustainable construction, elegant tectonics and composition, durability, comfort and enlightenment. As such, numerous possible connections for innovative contemporary practice and education exist.
For further information see: http://architecture.nd.edu/palladioconferebce.aspx
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