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What’s Happening This Week 2.9.09

A round up of this week’s events, openings and last chance warnings on exhibits that are closing.


What: Vertical Cities: Hong Kong/New York
When: Through Monday, February 9
Where: The Skyscraper Museum
New York, NY
Why: Hong Kong and New York are the world’s iconic vertical metropolises. Both are island cities with perfect harbors, they evolved from colonial ports into dominant centers of international finance and commerce. As they grew, each embraced the skyscraper as the principal instrument of modern urbanism. The exhibition showcases New York’s emergence in the twenties as the preeminent skyscraper city and Hong Kong in the mid-1980s-1990s and today.


What: AIA NY, Not Business as Usual: Advocacy Update
When: Wednesday, February 11, 12:00-2:00pm
Where: Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place
Why: This luncheon will focus on federal and local government efforts to stimulate the economy, and how these efforts affect the design professions. Special reports will be given by AIA NY staff and Board members on the AIA’s Grassroots Advocacy conference in Washington DC, and lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill to bring funding to building projects around the country. We look forward to hearing from YOU, as well, about how the AIA, elected officials and city agencies can support design professionals in this economic climate. Laura Manville,

What: Symposium “Sustainable Energy Technology in Germany and the U.S.”
When: Wednesday, February 11
Where: 111 S. Wacker Drive, 29th Floor
Chicago, IL
Why: A delegation of experts from the state of Baden Wuerttemberg will come to the U.S. and participate in a half-day conference where current topics about sustainable energy technology will be discussed.

What: SolidWorks World 2009
When: Through Wednesday, February 11
Where: Orlando, FL
Why: SolidWorks Corporation’s annual user conference and exposition takes place over 4 days with over 150 technical breakout sessions led by industry experts and will feature the latest 3D CAD technology offered by more than 100 exhibitors.


What: AIA New Practices NY: David Wallance Architects
When: Thursday, February 12 6:00pm
Where: Hafele NY Showroom
25 East 26th Street
New York, NY

What: AIANY Films and Conversations with Architects, Peter Eisenman: University of Phoenix Stadium for the Arizona Cardinals Seminal
When: Thursday, February 12, 6:30-9:00pm
Where: Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place
Why: Theoretician and influential architect, Peter Eisenman is also an irrepressible sports fanatic. In this revealing look into his design for the iconic new home for the Arizona Cardinals football team, Eisenman takes us on a tour of the stadium that represents the culmination of nearly a decade of his work on this visionary sports facility. Spectacular footage, along with Eisenman’s explanation of his intentions as he walks through the stadium’s spaces, provides a compelling presentation of this singular work of architecture by one of today’s leading practitioners.

What: Nathan Thomas at Design Within Reach
When: Thursday, February 12, 7:30-9:00pm
Where: Design Within Reach, Upper West Side
341 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY
Why: Nathan Thomas, winner of Bravo’s Top Design Season 2, will be faced with a new design challenge at Design Within Reach’s Upper West Side location. His brief? Create a warm and welcoming personal work space using the items on hand. The twist? DWR will throw in a few curve ball pieces sourced from Housing Works. After Nathan presents the results of his inspired choosing and combining, there will be time for questions and to meet the designer; nibbles and drinks will be served.


What: Gilbert Rohde: Modern Design for Modern Living
When: Friday, February 10
Where: Museum of the City of New York
New York, NY
Why: Gilbert Rohde helped bring modern design to America in the years before World War II with his modular office furniture, boomerang coffee tables, a plastic chair, and other innovations—some stunning examples of which are featured in the exhibition Paris/New York: Design Fashion Culture 1925-1940. Phyllis Ross, author of Gilbert Rohde: Modern Design for Modern Living (Yale University Press, 2009), will offer an insightful overview of this first monograph on one of New York’s least known, but highly influential, designers. Reservations required.

What: Ambiente
When: Friday, February 13-Tuesday, February 17
Where: Frankfurt, Germany
Why: More than 4,600 exhibitors from around 90 different countries will be presenting fresh ideas, high-quality products, successful trends and pure creativity at Ambiente, the largest consumer goods fair in the world.

What: Philadelphia Buyers Market of American Craft
When: Friday, February 13-Monday, February 16
Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA
Why: The Buyers Market of American Craft (BMAC) is a wholesale show that offers the world’s largest venue for artists to meet qualified buyers. This show provides a professional setting for the development of wholesale contacts and generates new business for both buyers and sellers of American craft art.


What: Hospitality Educators Leadership and Development Conference
When: Saturday, February 14-Tuesday, February 17
Where: University of Nevada
Las Vegas, NV
Why: Facilitated in cooperation with the University of Nevada, this program offers inspiring sessions, networking opportunities, and valuable tools for success in the burgeoning Hospitality industry.


What: Fashionable Luxuries: French and Italian Textiles
When: Through Sunday, February 15
Where: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Kansas City, MO
Why: Even 200 years ago, fashion changed quickly, often radically. To make their fabrics more alluring to a wealthy clientele, designers created innovative patterns that reflected the latest trends by incorporating sumptuous metallic threads, brilliant colors, exotic influences and elaborate weaving processes. This exhibition displays silk fragments spanning the 16th-18th centuries which once adorned the elite and their furnishings.

Posted February 9th, 2009 by xhtmlized

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