As part of the 2016 Design Matters Conference, Adrian Fine from the Los Angeles Conservancy described his organization's new initiative to tell the story of LGBTQ heritage sites in the city.
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Lyla Catellier, the Coordinator of Public Engagement at the Chicago Archtecture Foundation, presented a snapshot of the annual CAF Scavenger Hunt at the 2015 Design Matters Conference in Chicago, IL. These slides provide an overview of the audience statistics and number of sites, as well as a high level look at the outcomes from the event.
As part of the closing panel discussion on the State of the Art of Architecture Organizations, Jason Robbins, board chair of Storefront MB, presented on the work of his organization. This photo slideshow offers a glimpse into their innovative programming and highlights their collaborations with architects and designers.
During the 2015 Design Matters Conference, Dinu Bumbaru (Policy Director, Heritage Montreal) presented as part of the panel discussion "The State of the Art of Architecture Organizations." This slideshow summarizes the principles that Heritage Montreal applies for its policy and programs, and considers the various forces that contribute to the creation and protection of cultural heritage.
This resource includes an audio archive from the April 2015 AAO Webinar case study of the Market Street Prototyping Festival in San Francisco. Host for this webinar was Neil Hrushowy, Manager of the City Design Group within the San Francisco Planning Department. This webinar focuses on the benefits of private-public partnerships to help municipal government improve their public engagement efforts concerning projects for the built environment. The webinar is 54 minutes long – a great primer for organizations interested in spearheading local design festivals or design competitions (or both, as was the case with the Market Street Prototyping Festival!).
For her keynote address delivered at the 2014 Design Matters Conference in Washington, DC (November 12-15), Mary Rowe shared an insider look at the strategies and organizing principles driving The Municipal Art Society of New York and its efforts to take up a strong local leadership position in post-Sandy New York City and throughout the Tri-State region, in addition to developing an international partnership network that help sharpen the thinking of MAS staff members. For any organization wondering how it might better mobilize its constituents, this is a fine presentation stocked with clear learning points.
AAO Networks Webinar addressing "The Pros and Cons of Thematic Programming." This 30-minute webinar from June 2014 by Van Alen Institute's David van der Leer (Executive Director) and Sarah Farwell (Program Manager) explores the topic by using VAI's "ELSEWHERE: Escape and the Urban Environment" initiative as the relevant case study. Over the course of a ten day period in May 2014, VAI assembled a festival-like cluster of public programs - a strategy to draw increased audiences, funding, media coverage, and reap more planning efficiencies for its staff.
For organizations new to arranging design competitions, this list compiles a solid (but not comprehensive) list of media sources that publish design competitions.
Part of the closing session at the 2013 AAO Conference, current architecture school student Adalene Tan presented about her summer internship with CultureNOW in Boston. As a capstone event, CultureNOW interns in Boston, Los Angeles, and New York City orchestrated a 30-presenter virtual Pecha Kucha event connecting audiences in a three-city live internet broadcast. A future leaning event format that may soon become standard fair for those architectural organizations eager to expand their programming and audience reach.
Sample postcard for a DesignWeek film screening event (call for entries) by AIA Columbus/Center for Architecture and Design.