Virtual City Walks: International Edition

 

Travel overseas this winter without your passport! 
 

Join six of the world’s leading architecture organizations in Copenhagen, Chicago, Boston, Prague, New York, and Los Angeles as they team up to bring you a virtual glimpse into surprising historic and contemporary icons. Tour a different city each Saturday (January 30 - February 27) and meet some of the architectural experts and local guides who know their cities best.

This six-part series is sponsored by the Association of Architecture Organizations (AAO), in collaboration with program partners the Danish Architecture Center, Chicago Architecture Center, Boston By Foot, CAMP (Prague), AIA New York/Center for Architecture, and the Los Angeles Conservancy.

All sessions will be held via Zoom, and are available for purchase as a six-session package only. All sessions meet from 12:00pmEST-1:00pmEST.

AAO and Partner Members: $48
General Public: $60

SERIES SCHEDULE:
 

Photo by Steve Hall, copyright Hall + Merrick

Photo by Steve Hall, copyright Hall + Merrick

January 30, 2021
Chicago: City of Architecture
Chicago Architecture Center

Chicago is the quintessential city of modern architecture and home to a stunning collection of skyscrapers. Take a stroll around just one block and you’ll discover a century of architectural innovation. Join the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC) for a glimpse inside their tall buildings exhibition before venturing outside for a virtual walk along the Chicago River with CAC Docent Mary Jo Hoag. We’ll visit St. Regis Tower (Studio Gang, 2020); Trump Tower (Skidmore Owings & Merrill, 2009); AMA Building, formerly IBM Building (Office of Mies van der Rohe, 1971); Marina City (Bertrand Goldberg, 1967); and the famed Tribune Tower (Howells & Hood, 1925) whose international design competition shaped the look of modern cities worldwide.

Tour hosted by CAC docent Mary Jo Hoag.

Photo by Anton Grassl, Esto

Photo by Anton Grassl, Esto

February 6, 2021
Boston: Reinvented
Boston By Foot

Boston has been changing and remaking itself, district by district, since it was founded in 1630. Join guides from Boston By Foot for this virtual tour as they uncover some of the city’s most surprising layers of architectural change. We’ll visit a lively new linear park where an elevated highway once cut through the city. Explore new commercial and residential districts that replaced maritime buildings along the waterfront. And in this city of prestigious universities, we’ll see a new collection of striking academic and research buildings. It’s a glimpse into Boston’s past, present and future in the making. Sites include Boston City Hall (Kallmann McKinnell & Knowles, 1968), John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse (Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, 1999), and the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building (Mecanoo and Sasaki Associates, 2015).

Tour hosted by Boston By Foot guides.

View links provided during the program and additional information here.

Photo courtesy of BoysPlayNice

Photo courtesy of BoysPlayNice

February 13, 2021
Prague: Old Meets New
Center for Architecture and Metropolitan Planning (CAMP)

In Prague, Renaissance and Baroque landmarks effortlessly shake hands with Modernist, Brutalist, and contemporary architecture. Join the Center for Architecture and Metropolitan Planning (CAMP) architecture critic Adam Gebrian for this virtual exploration into Prague’s surprising layers. We begin at Spork, an 18th century Baroque palace with two radical reconstructions (Josef Gocar, 1920s and Stanislav Fiala, 2017). We’ll visit the Federal Assembly National Museum, originally a stock exchange (Jaroslav Rössler, 1928) and later home to the communist-era parliament. Along the riverfront, explore galleries and cafes tucked inside old circular ice vaults (Petr Janda, 2019). The tour ends at CAMP’s headquarters housed in a modernist cube within the shadow of a Gothic monastery.

Tour hosted by CAMP staff member Adam Gebrian.

View links provided during the program and additional information here.

Photo courtesy of Joshua White © Judd Foundation

Photo courtesy of Joshua White © Judd Foundation

February 20, 2021
New York City: SoHo Cast Iron Historic District
AIA New York | Center for Architecture

New York's SoHo neighborhood (an acronym for South of Houston Street) has a long history of inspiring New York’s creative communities. Today, the same lofts that used to house manufacturing factories in the 1950s are home to photo studios, fashion houses, and art galleries. This virtual tour focuses on breakthroughs in nineteenth century building prefabrication, hard-fought preservation campaigns, the adaptation of manufacturing “lofts” into artists’ space, and SoHo’s current allure for luxury dwelling and retail. Tour sites include the Haughwout Building (an 1857 cast iron masterpiece by John P. Gaynor and Daniel D. Badger), the Little Singer Building (Ernest Flagg, 1904), 101 Spring Street (Donald Judd residence and studio, designed by Nicholas Whyte in 1870; renovation by Architecture Research Office, 2010) and XOCO 325 (DDG, 2016), a notable modern intervention approved within the landmark district.

Tour hosted by Arthur Platt, AIA.

View links provided during the program and additional information here.

Photo by Berger Conser Photography

Photo by Berger Conser Photography

February 27, 2021
Los Angeles: Vintage Cool
Los Angeles Conservancy

Pink hotels and swimming pools. Convertibles and Googie diners. Palm trees and endless freeways. Citrus and celebrities. But Los Angeles’s urban fabric is much richer and more varied than the stereotypes. Throughout its history, LA has encouraged architectural innovation, creative design, and lavish development, creating stunning—if polarizing—results. Discover a different side of Tinseltown on this virtual tour led by Los Angeles Conservancy staff members Sana Ahmed, Alex Inshishian, and Bruce Scottow. We’ll explore some rebellious icons, including: the Pacific Design Center (Cesar Pelli and Norma Merrick Sklarek, 1975, 1988, 2011); Los Angeles Theatre (S. Charles Lee, S. Tilden Norton, 1931); Bradbury Building (Sumner P. Hunt and George H. Wyman, 1893); and the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites (John Portman & Associates, 1976).

Tour hosted by LA Conservancy staff members Sana Ahmed, Alex Inshishian, and Bruce Scottow.

View links provided during the program and additional information here.

Photo by Daniel Rasmussen

Photo by Daniel Rasmussen

Date TBD
Copenhagen: Scandinavian Cool
Danish Architecture Center

Join the Danish Architecture Center (DAC) as we virtually explore four of Copenhagen’s most exciting new buildings and public spaces. Often ranked high among the world’s most livable cities, we’ll discover what makes this Nordic capital so special and surprising: sustainability, biking, playgrounds, and a revitalized harborfront. With our DAC Guides, we’ll visit Copenhill, a waste-to-energy power plant topped with an urban ski slope (BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group, 2018); Nørreport Station with parking for 2,500 bicycles (Cobe, 2015); Park ‘n’ Play, the playground/fitness course high atop a parking garage (JAJA Architects, 2016); and BLOX, DAC’s home along the harbor (OMA, 2018).

Tour hosted by DAC guides.

IMPORTANT CALENDAR UPDATE:

Thanks to everyone who “traveled” with AAO this winter to Chicago, Boston, Prague, New York, and Los Angeles. Our weekly explorations with local guides gave viewers from all over the world an insider’s look at surprising historic and contemporary icons in each of these destinations.

As announced, our final adventure to Copenhagen has been postponed due to its recent COVID lockdown and accompanying government-mandated programming restrictions on its museums and cultural venues. We are awaiting more information and will contact all registrants when we have more information. The rescheduled date will be posted here as well (and with at least 10 days advance notice before the program date), so please check back soon for updates. As of late March, this program is projected to take place in early May, but no specific date has yet been established.

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