Faculty and Alumnus Honored with ICAA Acanthus Awards // News // School of Architecture // University of Notre Dame

The Acanthus Awards … honor exemplary student work in classical or traditional design from current students and recent graduates.  School of Architecture alumnus Christopher C. Miller, M. Arch ‘14, received recognition for his thesis project, Market Bridge for Bath:  Fitting Type to Local Character—Professor Richard Economakis was the thesis advisor.  Miller developed a plan for a mixed use neighborhood development in the area surrounding River Avon in the historic city of Bath in England. Source: Faculty and Alumnus Honored with ICAA Acanthus Awards // News // School of Architecture // University of Notre Dame See A Market for Bath:  Fitting Type to…

Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture: eNews – December 2015

What role does beauty play in the well-being of a city? A foundational one, according to Thriving Cities researchers Anna Marazuela Kim, Elizabeth Merrill, Christopher C. Miller, and Christopher S. Yates. Their full brief on “The Beautiful,” one of six endowments featured in the Thriving Cities Human Ecology framework, was featured by The Art of Change, a Ford Foundation project exploring the intersection of art and justice. Source: IASC: eNews – December 2015

Judson students found and lead CNU Illinois student chapter

Ben Glunz [JU M.Arch.’12], when a student member to the CNU-Illinois Board, conducted exploratory meetings for the first Illinois Students for the New Urbanism of the Congress for the New Urbanism-Illinois chapter. In the most recent academic year, Judson’s student government and the university approved the SNU as a student organization.  SNU-IL elections brought a slate of Judson students as officers of the student group.  Justin Palmer continued student representation to the CNU-IL. At an early meeting, Christopher C. Miller, professor at Judson University, presented “It’s Your World: Fix It!,” a challenge to make a difference in the world’s rapid…

The Space Between: A Christian Engagement with the Built Environment Eric O. Jacobsen | Baker Academic

“In The Space Between, Eric O. Jacobsen sets himself two goals: to get us to attend to urban space–the space between the buildings in a city or village–and to explain why Christians in particular should care about the quality of urban space. He succeeds admirably on both counts; cities will look different to you once you have read this book. Along the way he also introduces us to some of the most recent writings on urban space, and he offers a compelling explanation of why the urban space of our present-day American cities came to be as it is and…

Nashville Civic Design Center Welcomes Judson University Architecture Students

NCDC Welcomes Judson University Architecture Students and Guests to an Open House | News | Nashville Civic Design Center:  5:30 on Thursday, January 5. Brief presentations will begin at 5:45 followed by informal discussions.

Charleston morphology project

The junior Architecture of Cities class studied portions of Charleston’s morphology.  There were several pedagogical objectives.  First, it was important for students to work with M.R.G. Conzen’s premise that the character of place depends on change slowest in street and block patterns, then in lot shapes and building types, and affording change most easily in land use (cf. Conzen on Alnwick, 1960).  Second, the morphology project was an opportunity for students to engage in research using primary sources using a method that is being employed by contemporary townplanners. Students, in an introductory way, employed Karl S. Kropf’s morphological taxonomy (“The…

Andrés Duany: maybe the best program in the world

Mr. Duany, after making the public presentation at the City of Elgin’s Heritage Ballroom, visited Judson’s architecture program.  An exhibit had been prepared for the visit in the Harm A. Weber Academic Center.  Duany reviewed the work, primarily the inaugural work of the program’s concentration in Traditional Architecture and Urbanism.   Having been briefed on the variety of approaches to architecture hosted in Judson’s program, and on the strength of what he observed, Duany stated that the program may be the best in the country and perhaps in the world. Duany went on to make a presentation on the relation of…

A Good Sense of What is Appropriate

Recently, the renowned violinist, Midori, worked with local high school musicians and the Elgin Symphony in her Community Engagement program. While at Judson, Midori described seminars related to the upcoming Tokyo String Quartet residency at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.  In one joint session of musicians and athletes, both groups will reflect on how improvisational creativity impacts their play of set pieces.  Improvisational creativity might also be called circumstantial judgment, that is, making virtuosic judgments in the circumstances where absolute or theoretical principles cannot take into account the richness of those circumstances. The Renaissance humanist, Leon…

Courier-News: Elgin hosts symposium on building ‘green’

ELGIN — Past and present municipal leaders were in town Friday joined by engineers, planners, developers and concerned citizens to discuss ways of incorporating “greener” practices within their communities. The Centre of Elgin played host to the second annual Sustainable Cities Symposium, It was a daylong series of workshops where more than 200 participants heard from experts who spoke of how important it is for communities to do more to reduce their impact upon the environment. “We have to understand that we all have to work together on this mission,” said Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn, who gave the symposium’s keynote…

Christopher Miller Discusses Urban Housing At Two Sessions at Denison – Denison University

Urban Housing At Two Sessions at Denison – Denison University. Christopher Miller, professor in the department of architecture at Judson College, will present an illustrated lecture at Denison University titled “Home Projects for Street People: Danli, Honduras and Elgin, Illinois.” The lecture will be at 4 p.m. on Friday (Nov. 4) in room 104 of the Cleveland Hall Annex (201 N. Mulberry St.), on Denison’s lower campus. Miller also spoke at Denison last March on the movement to re-urbanize communities. Miller will give another public presentation and hold a question and answer session on “Visioning Urban Redevelopment: Case Studies from…