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.
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Presented during the 2014 Design Matters Conference in Washington, DC (November 12-15), National Building Museum curator Chrysanthe Broikos shared an overview of the museum recent exhibition on climate change and disaster preparedness, "Designing for Disaster." This presentations offers highlights of the exhibition, as well as the context driving its development (i.e., learning goals, target audiences). This is a helpful resource for understanding the planning and delivery of a large-scale architecture exhibition.
Presented during an AAO members breakfast round table at the 2014 Design Matters Conference, Berit Hoff and Cynthia Kracauer (AIA NY / Center for Architecture) share notes on the opportunities and challenges in stewarding an unusual exhibition format carried out each year by their organization. This novel exhibition format is hosted inside a NYC subway terminal; the format may serve as inspiration to those seeking new programming ideas, while the fundraising challenges addressed in the presentation can be applied to most any public program.
This presentation by Mark Levin, BAI Leadership, offers a number of practical insights on the challenges of developing and sustaining an effective membership program for AAO member organizations. A veteran presenter, Levin also has the unique perspective of running a member-based association, so he literally practices what he preaches. This is a great primer for newcomers to our field and veterans alike, packed with information on membership trends and communications strategies to help you get the most out of your own membership cultivation efforts.
This compendium of 10 presentations by AAO members was delivered during the 2014 Design Matters Conference in Washington, DC (November 12-15). The group came together to share speculative ideas each had for the development of future design exhibitions and public programs; all sought the chance to gain feedback from the group, identify potential program collaborators, and generally see what new thinking was catching on with their peers. It's a great sampling of the ideas and talents at work across the AAO Network.
Senior Curator with the Getty Research Institute Christopher Alexander participated as a panelist in the 2013 AAO Conference session entitled "Architecture Exhibitions: New Models for Collaboration." The core of Alexander's remarks revolved around the Getty's recent exhibition, "Overdrive: LA Constructs the Future, 1940-1990" and its extensive programming partnership with LA arts and culture outlets through the Pacific Standard Time Presents initiative. Rights issues preclude the sharing of his slides, but here is a good online resource to get you started.
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.
Part of the closing session at the 2013 AAO Conference, recent architecture school graduate and AAO Member Diana Kichler presented a brief overview of her time spent with Dallas-based bcWORKSHOP establishing its public lecture series SHOPFRONT. This presentation highlighted an initiative by Rick Lowe to use design to bring together a diverse set of densely packed ethnic communities through a pop-up marketplace of food and culture. An inspiring story of public programming snowballing into a community-based design intervention.
Part of the closing session at the 2013 AAO Conference, Boston-based art gallery Pinkcomma and architecture firm Over, Under presented a brief overview of its strategies to help the newly created BSA Space engage a broad audience through the interdisciplinary design exhibit, Let's Talk About Bikes. Interesting tips on reaching and engaging multiple audiences through accessible exhibition content.
Featured presentation during the 2013 AAO Conference delivered by Kent Martinussen, CEO of the Danish Architecture Centre. Slides reveal some of the top-line public programs run by DAC, plans for building its new home (to open in 2016), and take-aways/trends analysis from an international meeting of architecture centers held at the DAC in spring 2013.