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Leslie Van Duzer

Professor, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of British Columbia in Vancouver

Whether a landscape, a building, a practice or a person, Leslie Van Duzer’s projects always begin with a fascinating encounter. Hear those stories as you walk down the West Coast of Denmark, visit Loos’s Villa Müller in Prague and his interiors in Pilsen, witness artists Serra and LeWitt respond to Mies’s architecture in Germany, enter the world of Atelier Nishikata in Tokyo, meet Rudolf Arnheim in Michigan, and tour a Vancouver treasure, all in 6 minutes 40 seconds.

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The Pattern Language of Taos Architecture

@ VOL 3 ON JUN 29, 2011

A city's architecture tends to tell you a lot about that city, and in this presentation, Rachel Preston Prinz highlights various architectural trends that you'll find in the city of Taos, New Mexico -- for example, the ornate bars that you'll see in one of the image are a reaction to the city's proximity to the "frontier." (in English)
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The Mind of the Architect

@ AIA 2014 CONVENTION ON JUN 26, 2014

Professor Linda Nelson Keane AIA leverages the mind of the architect and advocates for a curriculum supporting participatory design opportunities for schoolchildren.

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Evolution of Architectural Visualization

@ VOL 31 ON DEC 04, 2014

Invent Dev's CEO, David Payne, explores the history, present and future of architectural visualization, which has been used to communicate the art and function of architecture and design over the ages.

"Presentation of the Day" on January 20, 2015.

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A (brief) History of US Ballparks

@ VOL 14 ON OCT 14, 2014

Josh Gruner gives a brief history of eastern US ballparks designs. He explores the evolution of the architecture of the American baseball stadium.

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Formative Beginnings

@ AIA 2013 CONVENTION (JUNE 21) ON JUN 21, 2013

Ryan Gann explores the history of AIA in his independent research project. He was able to dig up some fascinating history on the AIA's founders and many of its former members. Ryan also explains his vision to engage more students with AIA by listening to the voices of today's architecture students.

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Designing for Historic Context

@ VOL 14 ON OCT 16, 2014

David Mayo, architect at De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop, discusses the need to respect the characteristics of historic neighborhoods when designing projects and continue the story while being unapologetic to our place in history.

"Presentation of the Day" on February 18, 2015.

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The Architectural and Sculptural Heritage of Galashiels

@ VOL 1 ON OCT 16, 2015

Ronald Boydell examines the architectural heritage and country setting of Galashiels after being inspired by the view from his office window.

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Building Black Utopias: Modeling the Architectural Principles of African American Literature, 1960-1975

@ VOL 17 ON SEP 15, 2016

"We started with several books that looked at the brownstone as a site of intervention."

In Building Black Utopias: Modeling the Architectural Principles of African American Literature, 1960-1975 from PechaKucha Buffalo vol. 17, Charles L. Davis, II, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, shows works from his recent exhibition project, Building Black Utopias, and discusses the literature that served as inspiration. 

The Building Black Utopias project combines the tools of the architect, the historian and the literary critic to recover the historical contributions of African American writers to architectural utopian thought. It specifically examines the role of literary depictions of place in June Jordan, Amiri Baraka, Paule Marshall and Angela Davis’ writings. Davis argues that each authors’ rhetorical manipulations of the built environment operates on the same level as architectural utopian thought insofar as both mediums created rich, alternative depictions of modernist space to liberate the architect’s imagination. The final exhibit translates the spatial ideas of literature into drawings, models and other ephemera.

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The Tavern Club

@ VOL 0 ON OCT 31, 2018

Architect Tom Zurowski ponders the history of Chicago's famed and former Tavern Club where his office now makes its home.