“I Am Love” at the Cincinnati Art Museum

The Young Architects and Interns Forum in conjunction with the Cincinnati Art Museum will be screening ” I Am Love”. The eloquent synopsis below offers a glimpse of a film that seeks to reveal a bit about our own human nature. Perhaps the only thing missing is a mention of the Villa Necchi Campiglio acting in a supporting role as a beautiful back drop for this amazing film. The film screens Sunday, October 16th at 1pm in the CAM Auditorium. Admission to the film is free and you can enter through the DeWitt entrance.

The grand architecture of Milan and the icy rhythms of composer John Adams set the tone for this elegant Italian drama about the suffocating power of family, wealth, and tradition. Tilda Swinton stars as a Russian immigrant, long married into a filthy-rich clan of Milanese industrialists, who has surrendered not only her cultural but her personal identity. Pictorial studies of the family’s beautifully ornate mansion eventually give way to simpler images of earth and sky as the repressed woman ventures into the mountains for a emotionally liberating affair with her grown son’s best friend. The film has been compared to those of Luchino Visconti, which makes sense, though Visconti’s socialist subtext has been replaced here by more contemporary gender concerns. Luca Guadagnino directed; with Marisa Berenson. In Italian with subtitles, rated R.

USGBC Tour of Sands Montessori School

Photo by SHP Leading Design

In 1975 Cincinnati Public Schools took a big step in education and opened Sands Montessori,  the first public Montessori school in the nation. It proved to be a successful step and now 35 years later the school hosts 700 students in grades pre-kindergarten through 6th. It does not happen often in the history of a school that they have an opportunity to develop a new facility, so when it does happen it is important to make the most out of it. Sands Montessori recently had that rare opportunity. The school worked with the architecture firm SHP Leading Design to develop an educational environment that would enhance the students learning experience by creating spaces that reflected the unique Montessori curriculum and incorporated the best practices in sustainable school design.

You are invited to have a learning experience of your own as Cincinnati’s chapter of the United States Green Building Council hosts a presentation and tour of this LEED certified school on Wednesday, October 19th. From 5pm to 530pm there will be time for socializing and networking followed by a presentation of the design of the school at 530pm. The building tour will begin at 6pm led by SHP Leading Design.


Registration Information:

$10 – USGBC, AIA(S) & ArchiNATI attendees
$20 – Non-USGBC Members
No charge for CPS parents, staff & administrators

To register: http://www.usgbc-cincinnati.org/ click on Events Calendar

Old Building New Life: The Old Art Academy Building at the Cincinnati Art Museum

James McLauglin, 1887 Art Academy. from the Cincinnati Historical Society Library

How do we build on the past while accommodating for the future?  How does an architectural design incorporate history and time, including its own evolution over time?  If cultural institutions are civic buildings then how do the design strategies relate to the public and engage the city?  How do civic buildings represent our attitude towards history and the value of preservation?  How can something new be incorporated with something old?  How do such efforts represent Cincinnati to ourselves and to the world?

Hake and Hake, 1940 Renovation of the Art Academy, from the Mary R. Schiff Library at the CAM

Organized by the Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati, “Old Building New Life” will address these issues by showcasing the architectural evolution of the old Art Academy building at the Cincinnati Art Museum.  Originally constructed to house an art school that was part of the Cincinnati Art Museum, the building has changed significantly over time due to fire, ownership, and changes in use.  Vacant for several years since the Art Academy moved downtown the museum is now starting construction on another major architectural redesign of this building.

perspective, image by AEC emersion Joint Venture

The show will focus on three major phases of the Art Academy building’s life.  The original 1887 design of James McLaughlin is a picturesque Romanesque pavilion sitting on a distant hillside.  A 1940s renovation by Hake and Hake significantly reshaped the roofline and interior spaces after a major fire.  The current 2011 design proposal by AEC emersion Joint Venture, a partner of emersionDESIGN will reshape the roofline once again and give the interior spaces new life as offices and support spaces for museum staff.  The exhibition will use design documentation, presentation boards, drawings from historical records, and archival photographs to illustrate how the building has changed over time and how architects from different eras have responded to the challenge of building upon the past while designing for the future.


Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati

811 Race Street

Hours: Tuesday – Thursday, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Opening Reception: Tuesday, October 18th, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Architect’s Talk, Jim Cheng, 6:30-ish


More details to come. Visit the AFC’s website for updates, details, and other programs. http://www.architecturecincy.org/


Come for the Steel, Stay for a Tour – The Union Terminal Rotunda

Photo by N.M. Cristofaro

Now that you have been behind the scenes with the High Steel Tour, stick around and explore the space that this feat of engineering has made possible. The Rotunda Tour description from the Museum Center‘s site:

Union Terminal Rotunda Tour – Come for the Steel, Stay for a Tour
Learn more about this National Historic Landmark during a 45-minute Union Terminal Rotunda Tour.  Cincinnati Heritage Programs docents explain the construction, architecture and art of one the finest examples of the Art Deco style. Hear details about the world-famous mosaic murals and visit the Cincinnati Union Terminal President’s Office, today’s Amtrak waiting room and Rookwood Tea Room. Tours are held Saturdays at noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. and Sundays at 1, 2 and 3 p.m
Price: FREE

Union Terminal’s High Steel Tour

Union Terminal, photograph by N.M. Cristofaro

If you have ever stood inside (or outside) Union Terminal looking up at the dome and wondered “How did they do that!?”, we have the answer to your question! The Museum Center at Union Terminal has partnered with ArchiNATI and AIA Cincinnati’s Young Architects & Interns Forum to offer a tour that takes you where only the workers that built the Terminal were ever intended to set foot. The following is the description of the tour from the Museum Center’s Heritage Program Event Page:

Heritage Programs invites you to explore the arched steel structure of the city’s most recognized landmark, Union Terminal. After a presentation on its construction, climb to the High Steel trusses supporting one of the largest half-dome rotundas in the world.
The tour lasts about two hours, ascends 300 steps and has ladders in dimly lit areas. No cameras or carried personal items are permitted. Sturdy shoes required. Must be at least 12 years or age; under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Not handicap accessible. Release form will be emailed with the confirmation letter.
Fee: $20 Members, $25 non-Members

The tour will take place Sunday October 16th from 10am-11am. This event is being made available to ArchiNATI before it is being offered to the public and the tour is limited to 20 spaces. To make a reservation call the Museum Center at (513) 287-7031 and tell them that you are interested in the High Steel Tour on the 16th.