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Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality Forum’s 2019 Symposium

The Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality Forum is hosting its 2019 Symposium in Taliesin West (Scottsdale, AZ), an internationally recognized icon and destination for most architects, landscape architects, and designers. Illuminated by the visionary and mystical figure of Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the most influential architects of the 20th Century, Taliesin West offers participants a place that is naturally and architecturally beautiful and inspiring. It is the perfect context where to meditate, sense, discuss, and even plan how to best harness the continuous interactions between nature, design, and spirituality. It also permits attendees to consider the little-addressed yet important legacy of FLW’s spiritual sensibility, belief, and practices vis-à-vis his work. Spending time within and without the remarkable Taliesin West will surely make participants better understand this contribution (60 years after his passing) in light of the mission of ACSF and the huge challenges facing the world today.

Although the Eleventh Annual Meeting will be held at Taliesin West (May 16-19, 2019), conference accomodations will be at the Franciscan Renewal Center, a peaceful, confortable, and friendly place only a few miles away from the symposium venue.

As in previous symposia, ACSF 11 is structured around a main topic (in this case “Continuity in/of Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality”) but also open to ideas, works, and proposals relevant to the Forum’s areas of interest. The number of attendees will be kept small to secure an atmosphere conducive to personal connections and in-depth dialogue. Optional meditation will be offered each morning and there will free time for connecting to oneself, the surrounding desert, and, of course, Taliesin West. The three keynote speakers will be:  renowned architect Will Bruder, Frank Lloyd Wright scholar Michael Desmond, and internaiontally recognized Finnish architect Juhani Pallasmaa, the recipient of the 2019 ACSF Award for Outstanding Achievement. Part of the symposium activities will include a elective visit to Arcosanti.

Established in 2007, the Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality Forum provides an international forum for scholarship, education, practice, and advocacy regarding the cultural and spiritual significance of the built environment. ACSF believes that the design and experience of the built environment can assist the spiritual development of humanity in service of addressing the world’s most pressing issues.

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November 2018 Webinar – “Designing and Specifying New Stained Glass Windows”, presented by Bovard Studio Inc.

This month’s webinar will be focused more on the technical aspects of stained glass windows than the artistic aspects. Ron Bovard, founder of Bovard Studio Inc. in Fairfield, Iowa will cover the following learning objectives:
1. Review historic to modern styles of stained glass windows
2. Review architectural settings of stained glass windows, light sources and environment of installation
3. Review materials, types of glass, glass painting, etc.
4. Review design process and structure of a well-designed stained glass window
5. Review properly designed and engineered glazing and framing systems for the conservation of new stained glass windows
6. Review safety and environmental procedures for working with lead in stained glass windows.

About the presenter:

Ron Bovard started in 1971 as an independent artist and had his first art show at Carnegie Museum in 1972. He enjoyed a career as an independent artist and art director for 14 years before starting Bovard Studio Stained Glass in 1985. Since then, he has grown his company to a staff of over 70 employees, including artists, painters and designers from around the world as well as fabricators, restoration staff and installers. Their engineering staff has designed and tested their glazing systems at the National Testing Laboratories and they are now approved by the state of Florida for the maximum hurricane wind load and impact codes. They manufacture their US patented wood, aluminum and steel frames designed for the conservation of stained glass windows in their studio’s frame shops. They restore and create stained glass windows and glazing systems for about 150 churches, courthouses, hospitals, libraries, state capitols, and other public buildings per year.

This webinar will be held on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 1:00 PM ET. To register, please click here.