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  • 04 Oct 2016 7:00 PM | Christine R Henry (Administrator)

    The International Architectural Paint Research (APR) Conference will be held from March 15 - 17, 2017 in New York City on the historic campus of Columbia University. APR is a multi-disciplinary field, and this conference promises to bring together many members of this vibrant, creative community that includes historic paint analysts, scholars of historic interiors, art and architecture conservators, material scientists, decorative painters, preservation architects, and heritage managers.

    The 2017 APR conference will be the sixth in a series of increasingly influential and groundbreaking conferences that brings together professionals from around the world to share their latest findings related to the study, analysis, conservation, and replication of historic finishes in the built environment. With over 30 speakers from 14 different countries, conference topics are not limited to paints, and include architecturally engaged finishes such as wallpaper, gilding, plasterwork, and wood finishes.

    Previous APR conferences have been held in Stockholm, Sweden (2014, hosted by the Swedish National Heritage Board); Lincoln, England (2010, hosted by the University of Lincoln); and New York City (2008, hosted by Columbia University). Each conference has resulted in an illustrated volume of peer-reviewed papers published by Archetype Publications Ltd., one of the world’s leading publishers in the conservation of art and antiquities and technical art history.

    Registration is now open on the conference website

  • 04 Oct 2016 6:55 PM | Christine R Henry (Administrator)

    Does your work contribute to the study of vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes?  Have you published a scholarly article on the subject in the last two years? You may be eligible for the Bishir Prize.

    The Bishir Prize, named for longtime member and influential scholar Catherine W. Bishir, is awarded annually to the scholarly article from a juried North American publication that has made the most significant contribution to the study of vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes. They should be based on primary research, break new ground in interpretation or methodology, and contribute to the intellectual vitality of these fields. Entries may come from any discipline concerned with vernacular architecture studies.

    Please note that essays published as chapters in a book are also eligible if the volume is peer-reviewed, published within the time parameters specified, and the research presented in the essay is new. Anthologized collections are not eligible.

    The deadline for nominations for the 2017 Bishir Prize is December 20, 2016.

    To nominate an article please submit the following:

    • MS Word document providing contact information, publication data (name of book publishing company or title of journal, and date of publication), and a brief statement contextualizing the author(s) and article.
    • PDF copy of the article.

    Nomination materials should be submitted to Arijit Sen at bishirprize@vafweb.org

    For more detailed information please see the awards section VAF website.

  • 04 Oct 2016 6:46 PM | Christine R Henry (Administrator)

    The White Stag Block in Old Town Portland, new home of the University of Oregon’s Historic Preservation Program. (Image Visitor7 Wikimedia Commons Public Domain)The Historic Preservation Program at the University of Oregon has a brand new home in Portland!  With the help of a significant private gift, the graduate program has moved from UO’s Eugene campus to newly-renovated classrooms and offices in the White Stag Block, an award-winning renovation of historic commercial buildings along the Willamette River in Portland’s historic Old Town.  The HP program joins UO’s existing architecture, law, and business programs in the expanding Portland nucleus.

    The HP Program also has a new director, as James Buckley has taken over from the retiring long-time head, Kingston Heath.  Heath, who guided the program for 13 years, worked with the donor to plan the new space and provide an endowed chair for the program.  Buckley, whose background includes both development of historic properties and academic roles at UC Berkeley and MIT, expressed excitement about the opportunity that the move to Portland presents: “Our students will have state-of-the-art facilities from which to explore one of the most dynamic cities in the country, where intense development pressure threatens a remarkable physical and cultural heritage.”  As part of the bequest, the program will be able to add another full-time tenure-track faculty position, with the search to commence in the Fall of 2016.

    The program will continue to emphasize hands-on experience in preservation, offering Master’s degree students the chance to work with local professionals on actual sites and policies in the Portland Metro area and throughout the West.  This summer, for example, students in UO’s flagship Field School joined National Park Service experts in a variety of restoration projects in Mt. Rainier National Park.  Both Heath and Buckley are long-time members and former board members of the VAF, ensuring that vernacular perspectives will continue to be at the core of UO’s preservation program.

    More information on the program is available at http://hp.uoregon.edu/historic-preservation-program.

  • 04 Oct 2016 6:10 PM | Christine R Henry (Administrator)
    Longtime VAF member and board member Dr. Annmarie Adams has been appointed to a professorship at McGill University's Faculty of Medicine.  With degrees in art history and architecture, her research interest is in the intersection of medicine and architecture including work on hospitals, surgical environments, end-of-life care and gendered space.  Follow these links to read the full announcement in English or en Francais.
  • 04 Oct 2016 12:40 PM | Christine R Henry (Administrator)

    Are you interested in the overlap between vernacular architecture and data science? Need a unpaid part-time assistant? My name is Afiya Webb and I am an independent researcher in the greater Boston area. I am looking to gain experience with BIM, data science techniques (using Python or R), and/or using the Faro laser scanner to investigate topics in vernacular architecture. If interested, please contact me at afiyawebb@gmail.com.

  • 04 Oct 2016 12:31 PM | Christine R Henry (Administrator)

    After years of survey work, VAF member Boyd Pratt has worked with the 100 Friends of Old Island Barns to create a web site Historic Barns of the San Juan Islands that showcases the incredible variety in age, function, size, and form of barns located on the collection of islands in the waters north of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.  In addition a database that is searchable by location and roof type that provides concise histories and beautiful images,  there is technical information on preservation and reference material for delving into the historical context of the area. 

  • 04 Oct 2016 12:17 PM | Christine R Henry (Administrator)
    Compiled by Ian Stevenson and Zachary Violette

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    Buggeln, Gretchen Townsend. “Viewpoint: Teaching Buildings and Landscapes to Today’s Undergraduates: Beyond the Classroom.” Buildings & Landscapes: Journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum 23, no. 1 (Spring 2016): 1–15.

    Byrd, Dana E. “Motive Power: Fans, Punkahs, and Fly Brushes in the Antebellum South.” Buildings & Landscapes: Journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum 23, no. 1 (Spring 2016): 29–51.

    Campbell, Hugh. “The Façade Fills the Frame: The Uses and Meanings of the Elevational View.” The Journal of Architecture 21, no. 6 (August 17, 2016): 860–72. doi:10.1080/13602365.2016.1218906.

    Carr, Gilly, and Caroline Sturdy Colls. “Taboo and Sensitive Heritage: Labour Camps, Burials and the Role of Activism in the Channel Islands.” International Journal of Heritage Studies 22, no. 9 (October 20, 2016): 702–15. doi:10.1080/13527258.2016.1191524.

    Casella, Eleanor Conlin, and Katherine Fennelly. “Ghosts of Sorrow, Sin and Crime: Dark Tourism and Convict Heritage in Van Diemen’s Land, Australia.” International Journal of Historical Archaeology 20, no. 3 (September 2016): 506–20. doi:10.1007/s10761-016-0354-5.

    Castro, Mauricio F. “Object Lesson: ‘All the Help I Needed, I Got Here’: Miami’s Freedom Tower and the Freedom Tower’s Miami.” Buildings & Landscapes: Journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum 23, no. 1 (Spring 20016): 16–28.

    Cenac, Christopher Everette, Sr. Hardscrabble to Hallelujah, Volume 1: Bayou Terrebonne Legacies of Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2016.

    Chance, Helena. The Factory in a Garden: A History of Corporate Landscapes from the Industrial to the Digital Age. Manchester, England: Manchester University Press, 2017.

    Chang, Elizabeth Hope. “Hollow Earth Fiction and Environmental Form in the Late Nineteenth Century.” Nineteenth-Century Contexts 38, no. 5 (October 19, 2016): 387–97. doi:10.1080/08905495.2016.1219190.

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    Dodson, Heidi. “Race and Contested Rural Space in the Missouri Delta: African American Farm Workers and the Delmo Labor Homes, 1940–51.” Buildings & Landscapes: Journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum 23, no. 1 (Spring 2016): 78–101.

    Erby, Kelly. Restaurant Republic: The Rise of Public Dining in Boston. A Quadrant Book. Minneapolis, MN: University Of Minnesota Press, 2016.

    Finkelstein, Allison S. “A Female Sanctuary on the Former Western Front: The Gold Star Pilgrimage Rest Houses in France, 1930–33.” Buildings & Landscapes: Journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum 23, no. 1 (Spring 2016): 52–77.

    Geertse, M. “The International Garden City Campaign: Transnational Negotiations on Town Planning Methods 1913-1926.” Journal of Urban History 42, no. 4 (July 1, 2016): 733–52. doi:10.1177/0096144214566974.

    Gibb, James G., and Scott D. Lawrence. “Imposed and Home-Grown Colonial Institutions: The Jesuit Chapels of St. Mary’s City and St. Francis Xavier, Maryland.” International Journal of Historical Archaeology 20, no. 3 (September 2016): 536–47. doi:10.1007/s10761-016-0358-1.

    Gissen, David. “Exhaust and Territorialisation at the Washington Bridge Apartments, New York City, 1963–1973.” The Journal of Architecture 21, no. 5 (July 3, 2016): 734–46. doi:10.1080/13602365.2016.1207435.

    Havens, Mark, Jamer Hunt, and Joseph Giovannini. Out of Season: The Vanishing Architecture of the Wildwoods, 2016.

    Hill, Libby. The Chicago River: A Natural and Unnatural History. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2016.

    Johnson, Martin L. “The Well-Lighted Theater or the Semi-Darkened Room? Transparency, Opacity and Participation in the Institution of Cinema.” Early Popular Visual Culture 12, no. 2 (n.d.): 199–212.

    Ju tte, D. “Living Stones: The House as Actor in Early Modern Europe.” Journal of Urban History 42, no. 4 (July 1, 2016): 659–87. doi:10.1177/0096144214566979.

    Jütte, Daniel. “Smashed Panes and ‘Terrible Showers’: Windows, Violence, and Honor in the Early Modern City.” West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture 22, no. 2 (September 2015): 131–56. doi:10.1086/685867.

    Karjanen, David J. The Servant Class City: Urban Revitalization versus the Working Poor in San Diego. Globalization and Community 25. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016.

    Kiechle, M. “Navigating by Nose: Fresh Air, Stench Nuisance, and the Urban Environment, 1840-1880.” Journal of Urban History 42, no. 4 (July 1, 2016): 753–71. doi:10.1177/0096144214566981.

    Kinney, Rebecca J. Beautiful Wasteland: The Rise of Detroit as America’s Postindustrial Frontier. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016.

    Kryder-Reid, Elizabeth. California Mission Landscapes: Race, Memory, and the Politics of Heritage. Architecture, Landscape, and American Culture Series. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016.

    Kutzler, Evan. Ossabaw Island: A Sense of Place. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2016.

    Lewi, Hannah, and Andrew Peckham. “Building as Artefact: An Analytical Disposition.” The Journal of Architecture 21, no. 5 (July 3, 2016): 677–78. doi:10.1080/13602365.2016.1207858.

    Longhurst, Peta. “Quarantine Matters: Colonial Quarantine at North Head, Sydney and Its Material and Ideological Ruins.” International Journal of Historical Archaeology 20, no. 3 (September 2016): 589–600. doi:10.1007/s10761-016-0360-7.

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    Martin, Reinhold. The Urban Apparatus: Mediapolitics and the City. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016.

    Massey, Jonathan. “Buckminster Fuller’s Cybernetic Pastoral: The United States Pavilion at Expo 67.” The Journal of Architecture 21, no. 5 (July 3, 2016): 795–815. doi:10.1080/13602365.2016.1207433.

    Matthews, Glenna. “Toward the Rebirth of Downtown San Jose: Postwar Sprawl and Redevelopment in a Silicon Valley City.” Pacific Historical Review 83, no. 3 (August 2016): 354–78.

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    Merkel-Hess, Kate. The Rural Modern: Reconstructing the Self and State in Republican China. Chicago ; London: The University of Chicago Press, 2016.

    Millett, Larry. Heart of St. Paul: A History of the Pioneer and Endicott Buildings. First edition. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016.

    Peckham, Andrew. “Beyond Formalism: The Quiescent Art of Formal Analysis in Architecture.” The Journal of Architecture 21, no. 5 (July 3, 2016): 679–89. doi:10.1080/13602365.2016.1207441.

    Phalen, William J. Coney Island: 150 Years of Rides, Fires, Floods, the Rich, the Poor and Finally Robert Moses. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Books, 2016.

    Piddock, Susan. “A Place for Convicts: The Fremantle Lunatic Asylum, Western Australia and John Conolly’s ‘Ideal’ Asylum.” International Journal of Historical Archaeology 20, no. 3 (September 2016): 562–73. doi:10.1007/s10761-016-0361-6.

    Pluymers, Keith. “Atlantic Iron: Wood Scarcity and the Political Ecology of Early English Expansion.” William and Mary Quarterly 73, no. 3 (July 2016): 389–427.

    Rajagopalan, Mrinalini. Building Histories: The Archival and Affective Lives of Five Monuments in Modern Delhi. South Asia across the Disciplines. Chicago ; London: The University of Chicago Press, 2016.

    Reid, Jason. Get out of My Room!: A History of Teen Bedrooms in America. Chicago ; London: The University of Chicago Press, 2017.

    Roden, Christian T. “Henry Dreyfuss Designs the Postwar Ocean Liner.” Winterthur Portfolio 49, no. 4 (December 2015): 137–73. doi:10.1086/686143.

    Schober, Elisabeth. “Building a City: Korean Capitalists and Navy Nostalgia in ‘overheated’ Subic Bay.” History and Anthropology, September 2016, 1–16. doi:10.1080/02757206.2016.1222525.

    Schwieterman, Joseph P., Dana M. Caspall, and Jane Heron. The Politics of Place: A History of Zoning in Chicago. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2016.

    Sealy, Peter. “After a Photograph, before Photography (takes Command).” The Journal of Architecture 21, no. 6 (August 17, 2016): 911–37. doi:10.1080/13602365.2016.1220970.

    Searle, Llerena Guiu. Landscapes of Accumulation: Real Estate and the Neoliberal Imagination in Contemporary India. South Asia across the Disciplines. Chicago ; London: The University of Chicago Press, 2016.

    Spencer, Douglas. “Replicant Urbanism: The Architecture of Hadid’s Central Building at BMW, Leipzig.” The Journal of Architecture 21, no. 5 (July 3, 2016): 747–73. doi:10.1080/13602365.2016.1207429.

    Spencer-Wood, Suzanne M. “Feminist Theorizing of Patriarchal Colonialism, Power Dynamics, and Social Agency Materialized in Colonial Institutions.” International Journal of Historical Archaeology 20, no. 3 (September 2016): 477–91. doi:10.1007/s10761-016-0356-3.

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