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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.

Natural History Museum Design Competition Shortlist Revealed

The Natural History Museum today announced the shortlist for the competition to find an inspired team to redesign and re-imagine its grounds.

The five teams − given by team-lead −and comprising architects in collaboration with landscape architects and other sub-consultants (not listed here) are:

BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) with Martha Schwartz Partners 

Grant Associates with Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios 

Niall McLaughlin Architects with Kim Wilkie 

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.

Save the date for 2014 AAO Events!

At the 2013 AAO Conference last week in Boston, the Association of Architecture Organizations announced dates and locations for three learning and networking events for the coming year. Mark your calendars now! More details to be released over the coming months. Space is limited for certain events, so Contact Us if you wish to reserve your spot today.
 

Member Spotlight: Harbourfront's Newest Venue, The Exhibition Common

Exhibition Night time photo of Exhibition Common at Harbourfront Centre. Photo credit: Riley Wallace.

The Harbourfront Center may attract 17 million visitors annually, but according to Patrick Macaulay, Head of Visual Arts at the Harbourfront Centre on Toronto’s waterfront, this not-for-profit never stops dreaming. AAO interviews Macaulay to learn about the Centre’s newest experiment in visitor engagement, its open air Exhibition Common.

Fall Festival Round-up

Check out these events hosted by our members this fall. Kick off the season by visiting an architecture festival in a city near you!

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