Historical Archive

Programs Presented Across Alaska

The ADF has been presenting design-related programs to a geographically-dispersed Alaskan audience since 1992. Following is a list of the lectures, exhibitions, workshops, symposiums, installations, artists-in-residence, performances and tours we’ve presented.

2015-2016

FUTURE TENSE LECTURE SERIES

The imagining of possible future realities is an important part of what designers do. From the seemingly inevitable march of history to the fanciful to dire and dystopian, visions of the future are essential to guiding the development of human culture and built environments. FUTURE TENSE assembled visionary futurists, cultural historians and learned elders to explore where we are heading, what might have been and what may be yet to come.

  • 5468796 (Johanna Hurme & Sasa Radulovic) / Architect / Winnipeg
  • Synthesis Design & Architecture (Alvin Huang) / Architect & Educator / Los Angeles
  • Mary Mattingly / Visual Artist / NYC
  • Iwan Baan / Photographer / nomadic
  • Lava (Hans Wolbers) / Graphic Designer / Amsterdam
  • Bernard Khoury / Architect / Beirut

FLY BY DESIGN: Basel

Basel is known as the city of culture for connoisseurs, with historic landmarks and over 40 museums mixed in with small boutiques. Nestled along the Rhine river, Basel is tradition-conscious and open-minded at the same time, with modern buildings designed by renowned architects. The 3rd FLY BY DESIGN program toured Basel during July, 2015. The highlights of the itinerary were the Foundation Beyeler, Vitra Campus, Notre Dame du Haut, a walking tour of Basel’s Old Town, as well as studio tours.

FUTURE TENTS DESIGN CHALLENGE

In association with the Anchorage Museum, the Alaska Design Forum (ADF) hosted the FUTURE TENTS design challenge during winter of 2015-2016. FUTURE TENTS encouraged entrants to develop contemporary ‘tent’ designs which presented solutions to inhabiting our northern wilderness or re-thinking temporary outdoor structures. FUTURE TENTS was a thematic extension of ADF’s FUTURE TENSE lecture series. In order to support high-level designs, FUTURE TENTS included a lecture by outdoor living expert Mark Stasik and a hands-on workshop with Scott Coon of Alaska Dreams Inc.

DINE BY DESIGN

DINE BY DESIGN 2016 took place at the Bunker Annex inside Kincaid Park. It was an evening of interactive design and immersive entertainment, featuring the talents of chef Robert Lewis (Pangea Restaurant) and entertainment director Kevin Worrell (composer, producer, performer).

2014-2015

SIGNAL/NOISE LECTURE SERIES

SIGNAL/NOISE investigated how design confronts and responds to the current hyper-abundance of information in the world. To what extent does this bombardment of information (“Noise”) carry meaningful “Signals”? When clamorous complexity abounds, what is the role of simple silence?

  • Jakob Trollback / Designer / NYC
  • Harri Koskinen / Industrial Design / Helsinki
  • Lead Pencil Studio / Art & Architecture / Seattle
  • Mark Fox / Artist / NYC
  • Reed Kroloff / Architect, Designer, Editor, Educator / Bloomfield Hills, MI
  • Robert Wong / Chief Creative Officer, Google Creative Labs / NYC
  • Rok Oman, OFIS Architecture / Architect / Ljubljana, Slovenia

DINE BY DESIGN

DINE BY DESIGN 2015 was a sold-out evening of design intelligence, pop-up entertainment, and a uniquely curated dining experience at a spacious private home in Anchorage. Robert Wong (Google Creative Labs) presented the concept of the creativity quotient, an idea that suggests ideational fluency – or, creativity – can be both measured and cultivated.

CABIN FEVER DESIGN CHALLENGE

The CABIN FEVER DESIGN CHALLENGE encouraged Alaskans to develop contemporary ‘cabin’ designs which address the inherent difficulties and highlight the uniqueness of living in the frozen North. Submissions were exhibited at the International Gallery of Contemporary Art, and the design challenge culminated with an awards ceremony at the Anchorage Museum.

FLY BY DESIGN: Stockholm & Helsinki

ADF’s second FLY BY DESIGN tour visited Stockholm and Helsinki in September, 2014. This tour provided an opportunity to connect with Scandinavian architects, artists and designers, visit respected museums, and take in Helsinki Design Week events. The tour was highlighted by a personal studio tour and dinner with Harri Koskinen.

2013-2014

BLING LECTURE SERIES

BLING explored the role of ornamentation in contemporary design. Is it “less is more” or “less is a bore?” Many of the world’s current leading designers manipulate materials and the laws of physics to bring beauty to an object or building. Perhaps it is the materiality of the thing itself – it’s expression and articulation – that signifies culture and meaning.

  • Steinunn Sigurðardóttir / Fashion Designer / Reykjavik (ANC/FBX/JNU)
  • Fuhrimann Hächler / Architects / Zurich (ANC/FBX/JNU)
  • Ball-Nogues Studio / Integrated Design / Los Angeles (ANC/FBX/JNU)
  • Jessica Hische / Letterer & Illustrator / San Francisco (ANC/FBX/JNU)
  • Supermachine / Multi-Disciplinary Design / Bangkok, Thailand (ANC/FBX/JNU)
  • Solid Objectives / Architects / New York (ANC/FBX/JNU)

FLY BY DESIGN: ICELAND

ADF’s first FLY BY DESIGN tour visited Reykjavik, Iceland in October, 2013. Tour participants visited galleries and museums, met artists of the Arctic in their studio settings, and experienced the architecture that defines Iceland as a place that inspires.

OBJECT RUNWAY

Object Runway 5 (January 2014) featured 54 designers who showcased 70 designs merging the world of fashion and contemporary art. Designs emphasized experimentation and the development of “objects” for a performance. A collaboration with the International Gallery of Contemporary Art.

Other

  • Presented lecture/workshop sessions in 3D printing, by Nervous System (Boston). (ANC, FBX & JNU).
  • Presented a fabricator focus on architectural art glass & mosaics featuring Franz Mayer of Munich, Inc., and visual stories from Artists Pat Shelton and Sheila Wyne presented visual stories of related mosaic works. (ANC).
  • Sponsored a screening of Passive House: A Building Revolution , as part of the Anchorage International Film Festival. (ANC).

2012-2013

HERE LECTURE SERIES

HERE: From Global to Hyper Local looked at the meanings of “place” and ways of affecting it. We were interested in a multidisciplinary look at design for communities and innovative ways of approaching challenges, in ways that might then be applied to the challenges facing urban and rural Alaska (erosion, climate, economics, language, subsistence and change).

  • Tezuka / Architect / Tokyo (ANC/FBX/JNU)
  • Carlo Ratti / Landscape, Urbanism Design / Cambridge, MA (ANC/FBX/JNU)
  • Plasma Studio / Architects / London (ANC/FBX/JNU)
  • LUST / Multidisciplinary Graphic Design / The Hague, Netherlands (ANC/FBX/JNU)
  • Lateral Office / Architect / Toronto (ANC/FBX/JNU)
  • Olson Kundig / Architect / Seattle (ANC/FBX/JNU)

RELOCATE SPECIAL PROJECT

Using social arts methods and online media, ReLOCATE focused on building platforms to make the social, political, and environmental issues related to remote village relocation visible to both regional and global audiences. During August to September of 2012, artist-participants WochenKlauser, Sharon Daniel, Jen Marlow, and California College of the Arts traveled to Kivalina, Alaska to learn from and work with local residents.

2011-2012

CHANGING LANDSCAPES LECTURE SERIES

Any act of construction, development or habitation by man inevitably changes the land it sits on. CHANGING LANDSCAPES was an investigation of how we build, look at, understand and interact with our surroundings which are changing as a result of new technologies, the global economy, climate change, the rapid development in Asia and India, and the swelling sustainable design movement.

  • Joe Gerhardt (Semiconducter) / Filmmaker, Artist / Brighton, UK (ANC/FBX/JNU)
  • Brendan Dawes / Data & Technology Artist / Manchester, UK (ANC/FBX/JNU)
  • Wendell Burnette / Architect / Phoenix (ANC/FBX/JNU)
  • Reiulf Ramstad / Architect / Oslo (ANC/FBX/JNU)
  • Marko Peljhan / Communications, Digital Media Artist / Santa Barbara (ANC/FBX/JNU)
  • Jerry van Eyck (!melk) / Landscape Designer / New York City (ANC/FBX/JNU)

2010-2011

UN/COMMON LECTURE SERIES

The UN/COMMON lecture series looked at design inspiration from unusual sources and the impact of design on the common and uncommon spaces in our rural and urban communities.

  • Lincoln Shatz / New Media Artist / Chicago (ANC/FBX/JNU)
  • James Victore / Graphic Designer / New York (ANC/FBX/JNU)
  • Faythe Levine / Artist, Filmmaker, Author / Milwaukee (ANC/FBX/JNU)
  • Ana Dzokic and Marc Neelen of STEALTH.unlimited / Architects / Rotterdam  & Belgrade (ANC/FBX/JNU)
  • Nader Tehrani of Office dA / Architect & Designer / Boston (ANC/FBX/JNU)

COMMON SPACE SPECIAL PROJECT

COMMON SPACE was a series of programs – a statewide design challenge, a symposium, and featured artists working concurrently in five Alaskan cities – that looked at rethinking urbanization, community infrastructure, local development, the role of activism, reactivating common spaces large and small, and the formal and informal. The following artists collaborated with ADF board members to carry out projects and installations in five cities across Alaska:

  • Pezo von Ellrichshausen (Concepcion, Chile). Project: Soft Pavilion, in Anchorage.
  • Candy Chang (New Orleans). Project: Looking For Love Again, in Fairbanks.
  • Hasan Elahi (Washington, D.C.). Project: Community Video Portrait, in Homer.
  • Spurse (New Jersey) – Iain Kerr & Petia Morozov. Project: Niġġivik / Eating Place, in Nome.
  • Rebar (San Francisco) – Blaine Merker & Adam Green. Project: Sho-Globe, in Juneau.

2009-2010

LATITUDE LECTURE SERIES

The LATITUDE lecture series aimed to explore other high latitude environments similar to Alaska, to further a dialogue dealing with design issues unique to Alaska and northern environments. Our goal was to explore building and design in the circumpolar regions in a practical way that does not romanticize the setting. With global awareness of climate change and melting icecaps, understanding the implications of design decisions in the far north is crucial.

  • Frost Produkt / Product Design / Oslo, Norway (ANC/FBX/JNU)
  • PK arkitektar / Architect / Reykjavik, Iceland (ANC/FBX/JNU)
  • Marian Bantjes / Graphic Design / Bowen Island, Canada (ANC/FBX/JNU)
  • Florian Maurer / Architect / Penticton, Canada (ANC/FBX/JNU)
  • Pezo von Ellrichshausen / Architects / Concepcion, Chile (ANC/FBX/JNU)

TOUR

SITE/SIGHT Architecture Tour

2008-2009

XGRN LECTURE SERIES

  • Cameron Sinclair, Activist, San Francisco (ANC/FBX/JNU)
  • Fritz Haeg, Eco-Activist, Los Angeles (ANC/FBX/JNU)
  • R & SIE, Architects, Paris, France (ANC/FBX)
  • Futurefarmers, Artists/Designers, San Francisco (ANC/FBX)
  • Ana Rewakowicz, Artist, Montreal (ANC/FBX/JNU)
  • Barry Bergdoll, Curator, MOMA, New York (ANC/FBX)
  • Mads Hagstrom, Graphic and Product Designer, Oslo, Norway (ANC/FBX/JNU)

FREEZE EXHIBITION

FREEZE was an outdoor winter exhibition, with a coordinating series of public lectures and programs, featuring designers (architects, artists, landscape architects, lighting designers, graphic designers and others) from around the globe working in collaboration to create installations that feature, as primary materials, snow, ice and light – elements that characterize winter in the north.

TOUR

SITE/SIGHT Architecture Tour

2007 – 2008

ATTACHMENTS LECTURE SERIES

ATTACHMENTS EXHIBITION

ATTACHMENTS was an exhibition organized at the International Gallery of Contemporary Art and the Alaska Design Forum.

Featured artists: Annie Aube, Chelsea Bailey, Lisa Ballard, Christina Barber, Kathryn Carovano, Don Decker, Hal Gage, Lisa Gray, Stephen Gray, Jessie Hedden, Denise Heimel, Ted Herlinger, Garry Kaulitz, Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Keren Lowell, Les Matz, Garry Mealor, Scott McDonald, Baggs McKelvey, Brenda Roper, Wanda Seamster, Michele Suchland, Sheila Wyne and an installation by Klaus Mayer and Petra Sattler-Smith.

TOUR

Shades of Green Architecture Tour. Part of the Site/Sight Series sponsored by the International Gallery of Contemporary Art and the Alaska Design Forum

WORKSHOP

Interactive Media, Multimedia Installations, Sound & Video:

2006 – 2007

PROCESS LECTURE SERIES

2005 – 2006

ROOTS LECTURE SERIES

  • Lucy Lippard cultural critic, New Mexico (ANC/FBX/JNU)
  • Ed Fella graphic designer, California (ANC/FBX)
  • Goro Hirata artist, Japan (ANC/FBX/JNU)
  • Marlon Blackwell architect, arkansas (ANC/FBX)
  • Ed Crittenden architect, anchorage (ANC)
  • Robert France landscape planner, boston (ANC/FBX/JNU)
  • Angelo Bucci architect, brazil (ANC/FBX)
  • David Adjaye architect, london (ANC/FBX/JNU)

QUONSET BOOK & EXHIBITION

QUONSET: Metal Living For A Modern Age explored the impact of a prefabricated building system on the built environment and culture of post-World War II Alaska. The project consisted of a traveling exhibition, a website, and a book published by Princeton Architectural Press.

Recognition

ADF is recognized as a recipient of Mayor’s Arts Awards 2006

2004 – 2005

24/7 LECTURE SERIES

  • Ben Rubin, multimedia artist, New York City (ANC/FBX/JNU)
  • Matthias Loebermann, architect, Nuernberg Germany (ANC/FBX)
  • LOT-EK, architects, New York City (ANC/FBX)
  • Tom Henaghan, art critic, Sydney Australia (ANC/FBX/JNU)
  • Stefan Sagmeister, Graphic Designer, New York City
  • Jennifer Siegal, Architect, Venice, California
  • Richard Horden, Architect, London, United Kingdom
  • Third Tuesday – “Museum Expansion”, presentation/discussion
  • Yves Behar, Product / Industrial Designer, San Francisco, California

2003 – 2004

SKIN LECTURE SERIES

  • Bill Morrison (ANC/FBX/JUN)
  • Julie Bargmann, landscape architect, Charlottesville VA (ANC/FBX/JNU)
  • Pierre Thibault, architect, Quebec City Canada (ANC/FBX/JNU)
  • Christopher Sharples (ANC/FBX/JNU)
  • Dave Ellis, graphic design, London (ANC/FBX)
  • Karim Rashid, product design, New York City (ANC/FBX)
  • David Chipperfield, architect, London (ANC/FBX)
  • Werner Sobek, structural engineer, Stuttgart Germany (ANC/FBX)

WORKSHOPS

Fran Reed, Sonya Kelliher-Combs

2002 – 2003

LECTURE SERIES

  • Peter Zumthor (ANC/FBX)
  • Shigeru Ban (ANC/FBX)
  • Steve Badanes (KTN)
  • Jennifer Sterling (ANC/FBX)
  • Casagrande & Rintala (ANC/FBX/JNU)
  • Shim & Sutcliffe (ANC/FBX/JNU)
  • Jessica Stockholder (ANC/FBX/JNU)

INSTALLATION

REDRUM. A site-specific installation by Marco Casagrande & Sami Rintala, commissioned by ADF in collaboration with the Anchorage Museum and UAA Sculpture Department.

WORKSHOP

Peter Zumthor

ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

Casagrande & Rintala

2001 – 2002

LECTURE SERIES

  • Perimetre-Flux (ANC/FBX)
  • Vincent James (ANC/FBX)
  • James Carpenter (ANC/FBX/JNU)
  • Diavolo Dance Theater (ANC/FBX)
  • Rick Joy (ANC/FBX)
  • James Wines – SITE (ANC/FBX/JNU)
  • Bill Johnson (ANC/FBX/JNU)

INSTALLATION

Urban Memory Forest. A site-specific installation by Klaus Mayer and Petra Sattler-Smith, produced by ADF in collaboration with the UAA Look Again project.

CONSULTING SESSION

QUONSET: The Ongoing History of Quonset Huts in Alaska. Donald Albrecht, Trevor Boddy, Chris Chiei, Julie Decker, Charles Mobley, Shelah Shanks, Louis Santoro, Clark Yerrington

SYMPOSIUM

NEA Design Talk with Mark Robbins

2000 – 2001

LECTURE SERIES

  • Karen Finley, performance artist, New York (ANC/FBX)
  • Dissing & Weitling, architect, Denmark (ANC/FBX/JNU)
  • Juhani Pallasmaa, architect, Finland (ANC/FBX/JNU)
  • Moriyama & Teshima, architect, Toronto (ANC/FBX)
  • Robert Murase, landscape architect, Oregon (ANC/FBX)
  • Susan Joy Share, artist, Alaska/New York (ANC/FBX)
  • Asymptote Architecture (ANC/FBX)
  • Shawn Skabelund, sculptor, Arizona (ANC/FBX/JNU)

WORKSHOPS

Juhani Pallasmaaz, Susan Joy Share

EXHIBITIONS

Alvar Aalto Exhibition: Timeless Expressions, in conjunction with the Alvar Aalto Foundation in Helsinki, at the Loussac Library, Anchorage.

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

Shawn Skabelund in conjunction with Bunnell Street Gallery, Homer, Alaska.

1999 – 2000

LECTURE SERIES

  • Hamish Fulton, British photographer, writer, artist (ANC/FBX)
  • Peter Cardew, architect, Vancouver (ANC/FBX)
  • Tod Williams / Billie Tsien, architects, New York (ANC/FBX)
  • Amy Knoles, California performance artist (ANC/FBX)
  • Studio Granda, architects, Iceland (ANC/FBX/YVR)
  • Kathryn Gustafson, landscape architect, France (ANC/FBX)

WORKSHOPS

Amy Knoles, Peter Cardew

EXHIBITIONS

  • Hamish Fulton: Changes, in conjunction with the Anchorage Museum of History and Art
  • Peter Cardew: Ordinary Buildings, in conjunction with the UAA Canadian Studies Program

1998 – 1999

LECTURE SERIES

  • Glenn Murcutt, Australian architect (ANC/FBX/SEA)
  • Jan Henriksson, Swedish architect and professor (ANC/FBX/SEA)
  • MASS Ensemble, Chicago musicians, dancers, visual artists (ANC/FBX)
  • The Art Guys (ANC/FBX)
  • Cornelia Oberlander, Canadian landscape architect (ANC/FBX)
  • Steven Erlich, California architect (ANC/FBX/SEA)

WORKSHOPS

Glenn Murcutt, Jan Henriksson, Mass Ensemble, Cornelia Oberlander

1997 – 1998

LECTURE SERIES

  • Antoine Predock, Architect (ANC/FBX)
  • XSIGHT!, Performance Troupe (ANC/FBX)
  • Brian MacKay-Lyons, Architect (ANC/FBX)
  • James Cutler, Architect (ANC/FBX)
  • frogdesign (ANC/FBX)
  • Ackerman & Raff, Architects (ANC/FBX/SEA)

WORKSHOPS

Designing with Latitude: Brian MacKay-Lyons, Hellmut Raff with Petra Sattler-Smith and Klaus Mayer

1996 – 1997

LECTURE SERIES

  • Will Bruder, architect, Phoenix (ANC)
  • Mary-Ann Ray, architect, Los Angeles (ANC)
  • Fernau & Hartman, architects, Berkeley (ANC)
  • Peter Eisenman, architect, New York (ANC)
  • Rinde Eckert, performance artist, Los Angeles (ANC)
  • Jenny Holzer, visual artist, New York (ANC)

WORKSHOPS

To House Alaska: Will Bruder, Mary-Ann Ray, Fernau & Hartman, Mike Mense, Elise Huggins

1995 – 1996

LECTURE SERIES: CHANGING PERSPECTIVE

  • Merrill Elam, architect, Atlanta (ANC)
  • John Patkau, architect, Vancouver (ANC)
  • James Burnett, landscape architect, Houston (ANC)
  • Jet Construction, architects, installation artist, Seattle (ANC)
  • Andy Goldsworthy, environmental artist, Britain (ANC)

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

Andy Goldsworthy

EXHIBITIONS

  • Andy Goldsworthy in Alaska, in conjunction with the Anchorage Museum of History and Art
  • Hot Plate Cold Plate Mud Map Snow Blind Bladder-Bladder by Jet Construction, commissioned by the Alaska Design Forum and presented with Out North.

PUBLICATION

Alaska Works by Andy Goldsworthy, collaboration with the Anchorage Museum and Alaska Design Forum.

1994 – 1995

LECTURE SERIES: INTERNATIONAL SOLUTIONS

  • Robert Magne, architect, Montreal (ANC)
  • George Kunihiro, architect, Japan (ANC)
  • Chris Burden, visual artist, performance artist (ANC)
  • Mary Miss, visual artist, New York (ANC)
  • California E.A.R. Unit, performance artist, Los Angeles (ANC)

WORKSHOP

Mary Miss

COMPETITION & EXHIBITION

Imagine Anchorage. An open competition to present visions of Anchorage. Exhibited at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art.

LECTURE/ PERFORMANCE

California E.A.R. Unit, at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts

1993 – 1994

LECTURE SERIES: A MULTI-DISCIPLINARY APPROACH TO THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

  • Steve Badanes, designer builder, New Jersey (ANC)
  • Ned Vaivoda, architect, Portland (ANC)
  • James Turell, environmental artist, Flagstaff (ANC)
  • David Ireland, artist, San Francisco (ANC)
  • Carol Johnson landscape architect, Boston (in conjunction with the International Winter Cities Conference) (ANC)
  • Mehmet Sander performance artist, Los Angeles (ANC)

WORKSHOPS

James Turell, David Ireland

PERFORMANCE

Mehmet Sanders Dance Company, at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts

1992 – 1993

LECTURE SERIES: CONTEMPORARY WEST COAST DESIGN

  • William Turnbull, architect, San Francisco (ANC)
  • Craig Hodgetts & Ming Fung, architects, Los Angeles (ANC)
  • Aaron Betsky, architectural curator, writer, critic, The Netherlands (ANC)
  • Holt Hinshaw Jones, architects, San Francisco (ANC)
  • Eric Owen Moss, architect, Los Angeles (ANC)
  • Thom Mayne, architect, Los Angeles (ANC)

EXHIBITIONS

  • Frank Gehry Furniture at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art
  • Shelter at Stonington Gallery. The built shelter and competition entries

COMPETITION

Shelter, a one-day charrette to design and build a homeless shelter. Jurors: Thom Mayne and Ed Crittenden

FILM

The World of Charles and Ray Eames, Film night at Cyrano’s

Key to lecture locations:

ANC=Anchorage
FBX=Fairbanks
JNU=Juneau
KTN=Ketchikan
SEA=Seattle
YVR=Vancouver