1. Hey, Hon.
Mondo Trasho, Pink Flamingos, Polyester, Hairspray, Cecil B. DeMented—a few of the cult films created by John Waters, whose stated intention has always been “to make movies about weird people.” Weirdos aside, he’s also said that Baltimore is the real star of the show. Waters will join AIA Baltimore on Nov. 20 in a conversation about architecture’s impact on his creative process. Learn more at aiabaltimore.org.
2. Bending the Rules.
Who needs armatures or fasteners? One Fold, a single sheet of stainless steel shelter, and the recipient of a prestigious R+D Award from architect this year, is more than a Patkau Architects project; it’s a manifesto for modern life. John Patkau, Hon. FAIA, will talk about One Fold and other recent work at the Yale School of Architecture on Nov. 20. Learn more at architecture.yale.edu.
3. Pop Palette.
The interior designer George Stacey is known as a devoted Classicist. But the label belies his use of bright colors and bold patterns to create eclectic (if formal) environments well beyond the berm of bone-white, stoic symmetry that Classicism usually suggests. Maureen Footer will read from her recent book George Stacey and the Creation of American Chic, on Nov. 18, sponsored by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art in New York. Learn more at classicist.org.
4. Cubits and Crowns.
Human proportions have long been guides for composition and form in architecture. Verticality, in nature and buildings, is a matter of hierarchy; foundations perform a vastly different function than cornices, just as tree roots do a different job than the stipules of a leaf. Get the full story with Towers and Trees, AIA Houston’s newest downtown walking tour, on Nov. 20. Learn more at aiahouston.org.
5. Replace Toner Cartridge.
DUS Architects’ 3D Print Canal House confirmed that it is, indeed, possible to print the parts of a house—albeit a small house. The possibilities are endless and Hedwig Heinsman, a founding principal at DUS, will talk about a few of them at the Berlage Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design in Delft, the Netherlands, on Nov. 28. Learn more at theberlage.nl/events.