IMAG2566Thanks to everyone who came out to the screening of Microtopia and lecture by guest speaker Keith Moskow. This was a very popular event and are appreciative to all for accommodating the over sized crowd! We look forward to the second half of season two kicking off with First Person Singular: I.M. Pei in January. Also, thank you to Seven Days and Amy Lilly for their publication preceding the event. Click the image below to link to the article.

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GUEST | Keith Moskow, FAIA

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We are excited to announce that architect Keith Moskow, FAIA, of Moskow Linn Architects in Boston, MA will be a guest speaker at the upcoming screening of Microtopia on Tuesday December 16th. Keith creates finely detailed buildings attuned to their environment, envisions small scale urban interventions for better city living and writes books on architectural design to educate the profession and public at large.

Keith’s talk titled “Swamp Hut, Ice Chime and Rural Interventions” will focus on rural projects built as part of his Studio North program in Norwich, VT, as well as an 800 square foot home entirely heated and cooled by passive solar means and a two story tower built in downtown Boston for the sole purpose of making enormous icicles.

The reception will begin at 6:00, lecture at 6:30, and screening at 7:00.


CompiiledA big thanks to Patrick Branstetter from us and all who attended Tuesday night’s screening of Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037. Patrick shared interesting information about the history of the Steinway while exhibiting some old parts and tools from his practice at the Village Piano Shop. Guests were able to see first hand some of the intricately detailed and beautifully crafted pieces that were featured in the film.

GUEST | Patrick Branstetter

The Village Piano ShopWe are excited to announce that Patrick Branstetter will be a guest at next weeks upcoming screening of Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037. Patrick studied Piano Technology at the North Bennet Street School in Boston, the oldest trade school in the United States, and has restored seven Steinway Pianos ranging in age from 1887 to 1946. He is the proprietor of The Village Piano Shop in White River Junction, VT.

According to Patrick, “The Steinway Piano is under about 40,000 pounds of tension and has around 10,000 moving parts.” In addition to the screening, he will bring some parts of the piano to share during the reception such as tuning pins, bass strings, and moving action parts, and will share his knowledge of these complex instruments that continue to be built in Astoria, Queens, NY to this day.

LECTURE | Michael Wisniewski, AIA

2014_Roland Batten PosterWe’re excited to spread the word about the 15th annual Roland Batten Lecture on Architecture and Design. This event is sponsored by the Roland Batten Memorial Fund, TruexCullins Architecture + Interior Design, the UVM Visiting Artists Lecture Series and hosted by UVM.

A CLEAN, WELL-LIGHTED PLACE: Our Adventures In Architecture For The Not So Priveleged will be presented by local architect Michael Wisniewski, AIA, of Duncan Wisniewski Architecture in Burlington, VT.  About the lecture:

Page through the history of architecture and you will be thrilled and dazzled by public structures and spaces as well as palatial mansions for the privileged and powerful but you won’t find much about housing for regular people.

After a brief look at multifamily housing in recent history, we will tour a series of exceedingly modest buildings and neighborhoods completed or on the drawing boards. We will explore the economic and permitting forces that shape and constrain design in the non-profit world. We have slowly learned some things but that doesn’t mean there won’t be a lot of angst over not being able to do more.

The title is taken from a short story by Ernest Hemingway.

LECTURE | James Cutler, FAIA

James Cutler FlyerWe’re excited to spread the word about this year’s Doug Crowell Lecture organized by the Vermont Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and hosted by BCA:

Searching For True will be presented by James Cutler, FAIA, a principal of Cutler Anderson Architects based out of Washington state. From their website:

Since its founding in 1977, Cutler Anderson Architects has evolved to understand that the ultimate objective of any architectural design is to reveal what is true about all of the circumstances of a project. From place to program, from materials to shape, all components need to be understood and designed into a harmonious whole that reveals each component’s nature. This genuinely rigorous task has been both the focus and the intellectual stimulant of our practice and it is hoped will continue to be our passion in the future. Our ultimate goal on every project is to produce projects that are not only beautiful but also emotionally enlightening.

Thank You!


Thank You!

We’d like to extend our thanks to everyone for supporting the Architecture and Design Film Series! Since last fall this event has reached out to over 700 people ranging from interested community members to design professionals through the showings of beautiful films, engaging exhibits and thoughtful discussions. We welcome any suggestions you may have as we plan the second installment this summer and look forward to seeing you at the first film this September.

All the best,

Andrew Chardain
Lynda McIntyre
Karen Frost

Discussion – EAMES: The Architect & the Painter

Imagine if you had saved every laundry list of the days thoughts scribbled on the back of your receipts, or those loopy directions you sketched up on the back of your napkin at Sunday brunch – and never threw any of them away? We all might have an attachment to material ‘things’, but it’s this relationship to the ‘ideas’ of these things and the uncovering of their essence that reveal themselves on these crude and honest scribblings. Sometimes it’s the quick jot of an inspiration, an observation, a critique, or a revelation that may one day become the seed for a project or vision at some time that’s not then and there, a future blossom. Or maybe not?

As a hoarder of these little scribbles, I tuck them away but keep them close. Then I hide them again. Why? Though my shopping list of filone de renella (bread), prosciutto (meat) and formaggio acidino (cheese) may be of little importance upon my next viewing years down the road, it’s the warehouse of memories that flood my mind and take me down those narrowing streets to the morning’s market to buy fresh; it’s the uneven cobblestones tweaking my ankles that focus my sight on their beautiful moire; and it’s the beautiful rivers edge overlooking the Janiculum hill where I enjoyed that sandwich that later inspired a favorite painting. This is why I keep them – they awaken past experiences that inspire today’s wanderings. They become a time capsule for who I was to who I am now. And not to throw that shopping list under the bus, but I haven’t made a shopping list identical to that for years.. time to go back to Italy.

Do you keep your thoughts?

A Trio of Extras!

We are excited for the upcoming screening, Eames: The Architect and the Painter, next Tuesday as this one delves into the incredibly vibrant story of the husband-and-wife team that are widely regarded as America’s most important designers.

In addition to the scheduled film, we are thrilled to announce that during the reception from 6-6:30 we will be rolling the Eames’ short film ‘Powers of Ten’, a documentary written by the couple in 1968 that will “take us on an adventure of all magnitudes” from the outer edges of the universe to the inside of our very own DNA. A must see for all!


Accompanying the short documentary will be the iconic Eames Lounge Chair, circa 1956 Herman Miller. A special thanks goes out to James Kathary and his business modern*love for offering to display this beautiful piece. Be sure to check out James’ website HERE where they specialize in “Exceptional midcentury, Danish and designer modern furniture, art, lighting and decor”.  For the serious collectors out there, this chair is a first production type, Series 1 from the collection of Matthew Strauss and was purchased from the collection of world renowned “Futurist Designer”, Syd Mead.

And last but not least, we are excited to welcome Ross Atwood, the great-grandson of the Eames’ who shared some thoughts on Charles and Ray in a 2010 article in the Seven Days HERE that they “believed you’ve got to learn technique and not just become familiar with it but really have it sink in. That’s one of the main things that made them so great”.

And this is one of the great themes explored in this month’s film that delves into this duality between their personal and working lives, with emphasis on their attention to detail and really understanding the nature of how their spaces and products perform and would ultimately influence and change the world of design.

We look forward to seeing you next week!