Great Architects and Architecture in Milwaukee

It has been 10 years since Santiago Calatrava designed a spectacular addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum, created by Eero Saarinen. To celebrate, the museum has compiled a series of architecture shows for 2011, including 33 drawings by Frank Lloyd Wright that have never before been exhibited publicly. Both “Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century” (through May 15) and “Building a Masterpiece: Santiago Calatrava and the Milwaukee Art Museum” (Sept. 8–Jan. 1, 2012) will help make Milwaukee “an important destination for architecture in 2011,” says Daniel T. Keegan, the museum’s director.

Learn more at mam.org.


Michigan Architects Need CE Credits

Starting Nov. 1, all architects registered in Michigan must meet the same continuing education requirements as those set by 42 other states. For the year ending October 2012, Michigan architects must take 12 credits of Health, Safety and Welfare courses. Then starting Nov. 1, 2012, the requirements will be 24 HSW credits for the regular two-year licensing renewal period. AIA Michigan plans to help out its members by offering low-cost programs and distance learning, and making available CE courses from outside the state.

Washington, D.C.

Building, Block by Block

Fifteen structures from around the world recreated in Lego blocks are on display at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., through Sept. 5. Some of the most recognized structures have been rendered in tiny Lego blocks by Chicago-area architect Adam Reed Tucker, one of only a handful of Lego-certified professionals in the world. Each sculpture in “Lego Architecture: Towering Ambition” is a study in detail. In recognizing that the blocks are toys for the imagination, the museum has set aside a play area for children of all ages to create their own Lego structures.

Learn more at nbm.org.


Sunshine Architecture

Read about the fascinating history of Florida architecture, from its Colonial past to the New Deal, in a book created by Vivian Young for the Florida Foundation for Architecture. Florida Treasures: Celebrating Florida’s Historic Architecture (1996) touches on buildings ranging from the simplistic vernacular to the fantastical landmarks recognized around the world, all shaped in response to the local climate.Download the book for free at aiafla.org.

Compiled by Elena Marcheso-Moreno