A round-up of trending stories relevant to architectural organizations and AAO Member Spotlights. Plus, you make the news! Timely posts by and for AAO Members.

Key Takeaways from Museums and the Web 2014

Presenter using Google Glass to photograph the audience, then tweet it

(Photo: Neal Stimler from The Metropolitan Museum of Art photographs the audience, displays it on the screen, and tweets it with the conference hashtag, all using Google Glass.)

Interview with Matthew Miller: Revisiting the "If You Build It" Documentary

The completed Windsor Farmers Market at dusk. From IF YOU BUILD IT, a Long Shot Factory Release 2013. Courtesy of Brad Feinknopf.

By now you've probably heard of "If You Build It" and you might have already seen the documentary. Since debuting in 2013, the feature-length film about design education has become a staple of the film festival circuit, bringing publicity to the design-build curriculum of Studio H co-founded by Emily Pilloton and Matt Miller. AAO spoke with Miller about his experience teaching ten teenagers in rural North Carolina while being filmed. When you cut 200 hours of footage down to 82 minutes, some parts of the story don't make the cut. Hear his thoughts on what was left out as the film chronicles an early stage of his design education career, and how he's currently working to transform high school shop class into a home for design education.

Rice Design Alliance Hometown Tour of Santiago, Chile

Skyline of Santiago, Chile

Join the Rice Design Alliance this June 8 through June 14 as we travel south to take in the architecture of Santiago, Chile. Rice School of Architecture Professor Carlos Jiménez and noted architectural historian Stephen Fox will be our guides for a one-week journey to the country's capital and cultural, political, and financial center, as well as nearby Valparaíso and Viña del Mar.

Member Spotlight: Seattle Design Organization Sparks Ideas Competition

Seattle-based Design in Public recently unveiled the winners to its latest ideas competition, "Redesigning the School Lunch Experience." In this interview with DiP Associate Director Katherine Wimble, we cover a few of the ins and outs of competition management, and share some helpful resources for fellow AAO Members.

Making Architecture Public

With the Association of Architecture Organizations 2013 conference taking place in Boston (26-28 September) and the Yale School of Architecture symposium Exhibiting Architecture: A Paradox following in New Haven (3-5 October), it seems like an apt time to look at how institutions exhibit architecture and what directions they are heading. This short survey asks some international institutions a handful of questions to get a sense of the present and future of creating exhibitions and making architecture public. Useful reading for all AAO Members engaged in exhibition curation.

Urban Gaming: The Future of Planning?

The Festival for Urban Play, running until the 29th September 2013 in Den Bosch, Netherlands is attempting to open the discussion about how games can engage stakeholders in urban planning practices.

95 Theses for Contemporary Curation

Opinion: in the first of his monthly columns for Dezeen, V&A senior curator Kieran Long argues that today's obsession with authorship and celebrity "leads to serious imbalances in the way we see design in the world" and calls for an overhaul of the way design is curated in the twenty-first century.

Welcome to the new website! Log-In instructions for Members

We're excited to launch this new website! AAO Members, this is your place to share your work and ideas. Please follow these easy steps to get set up, so that you can edit your profile, post items, view resources, and participate in discussions.


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