Understanding Fair Use

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Oct 252011

Fair Use is a often misunderstood area of copyrights.  Yes your work can be used without your permission, understand how and why in a FREE one hour webinar.

November 15, 2011
1:00pm – 2:00pm ET
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This webinar can accomodate 1300 attendees. Please log on early to ensure your ability to view the event live. All registrants will receive a recording of the event once it is completed.

The Fair Use Doctrine, which provides for the use of copyrighted materials without permission from the creator under limited circumstances, may be one of the most misunderstood aspects of copyright. This program provides and in-depth overview of how the Fair Use Doctrine is applied in the United States including the factors considered when determining if a specific instance qualifies as fair use as well as case studies illustrating how the courts interpret this doctrine.

Victor PerlmanVictor Perlman has served as General Counsel to ASMP since 1995. A practicing attorney since receiving his law degree from University of Pennsylvania in 1972, he has served on the Boards of Directors of the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), the Media Photographers Copyright Agency, Inc., and the Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. He has filed amicus curaie briefs in landmark cases in the Supreme Court as well as other federal appellate courts and has testified before members of Congress, the U.S. Copyright Office and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The co-author of Licensing Photography (Allworth Press), he writes a monthly column for Rangefinder magazine and frequently lectures on copyright law and other issues relating to photography.[email protected]

Frederic Haber
Fred is Vice President and General Counsel of Copyright Clearance Center, a not-for-profit corporation whose primary line of business is the granting of permissions and licenses for the use of the copyrighted works.
As the principal member of CCC’s legal department, Fred is responsible for all legal affairs of the company, including the legal aspects of its copyright licensing businesses. He has participated in the development of each of the company’s licensing programs and counsels senior management in the development of new programs and products, as well as in the regular business affairs of a 230-employee organization. Fred is also a frequent speaker and panelist on copyright and other intellectual property issues.www.copyright.com
 Upon completion of your registration, you will receive a confirmation email from Copyright Clearance Center. The day before the event you will receive an email with log-in instructions for the audio and visual portions of the online seminar.

Presentation Matters

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Oct 182011

Discussing the importance of  presentations is a priority for a website and blog dedicated to promoting the specialists who provide their clients great architectural presentations.  The concept of how presentation matters and impacts of both winning and losing presentations is sure to be the subject of many blogs and discussions on the site.  I had intended the initial blog on Presenting Architecture to be on this topic but am happy I waited as the presentation I am starting off with has much to discuss.

A recent article I found through Archnewsnow.com was a criticism of Frank Gehry’s proposed Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial on the National Mall in Washington DC. Avoiding everything related to the design of what was presented, the proposal has not gone over well and actually spurred a public competition sponsored by the National Civic Art Society (skewed towards conservative design) of alternative ideas for what the Memorial should be. The juxtaposition of how Gehry’s office presented and what the public threw out there in the competition highlights what I view as cold presentations verses warm presentations.

Let’s take a look at what was presented from both Gehry’s office and some of the competition entries.

First a video from Todd C Wiggins showing the Gehry presentation.


The Gehry presentation showing the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission studying the model and some presentation images onscreen.  This picture really shows why models are still used, they facilitate a discussion at which everyone can see, point and talk about the project.

While the model clearly helped Gehry present the design to an audience, the photos of it that were used seem cold and the scale of the project is difficult to understand.  Almost no information about building materials or even clues were given.  Although still early on in the design, a hint of materials not just a child’s building blocks and better pedestrian level views would help viewers understand the pedestrian experience.


Was it a surprise that the reaction to the presentation was bad?  No, this concept was simply not presented in its best light.

Here are a few of the competition entries, most well presented, put together with substantially fewer resources than Gehry most likely had.  They present a warm feel that is easily understandable to the general public.

 Sylvester Bartos and Whitley Esteban

 Scott Collison

In contrast, to the Gehry proposal above, below is an early concept illustration by Presenting Architecture member Chris Grubbs of the recently dedicated Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial. The completed Memorial is close to what Chris illustrated in such a wonderful way which was presented and approved early on.

        REUTERS/Jason Reed

What I view as the good and bad of each presentation are of course my opinion, you are invited to add your own observations in the comment area at the bottom.  Please try and focus on the presentations, not the designs.

The Architecture of Los Angeles – Through the Lens of Luke Gibson

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Oct 182011

From the AIA Los Angeles

Artist's Reception: The Architecture of Los Angeles - Through the Lens of Luke Gibson

The Architecture of Los Angeles – Through the Lens of Luke Gibson

Architectural photographer Luke Gibson shares images of some of his favorite buildings that make Los Angeles a world-class showcase of architecture – from historic to contemporary, day to night, downtown to the beach. In a city overrun with billboards, mini-malls, and cookie-cutter housing , this exhibit of imagery attempts to showcase the beauty that architecture can contribute to the City of Angels. This is the idealized world of this architectural photographer. “Los Angeles is an ever-changing cityscape,” says the LA-based photographer, “and there’s always something new to capture with one’s lens and imagination.”

About the photographer:

Luke’s work is the result of a lifelong interest in both photography and architecture. Growing up, he’d return from family vacations with rolls of film filled with skyscraper and cityscape images. After deciding documenting buildings was a better fit than designing them, Luke studied photography at Santa Monica College, graduating with an Associate Degree.

Meeting architects, hearing their vision and the story of their buildings, and helping share that through imagery, Luke enjoys shooting a diverse range of styles; commercial, residential, hospitality, educational, among others.

The Exhibition will be displayed at the AIA|LA Chapter offices from Tuesday 10/11/11 to Friday 10/28/11 and is open for the public during business hours.

Cocktail Napkin Sketch Contest – 2011

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Oct 122011

Back for a second year and in my opinion, an new annual event is the Architecture Record Cocktail Napkin Sketch Contest.  More than 1,200 entries from 400 entrants is a great showing for just the second year and this years winners are a definite step up from last years.  Award winners are in two categories, professional architects and nonprofessionals (including students and designers).  While I do feel that the designers need to be lumped into the professional category, I am sure many parts of the competition will be refined in years to come.

Here are the winners directly from the Architectural Record web page.

Sponsored by  CENTRIA           Prizes sponsored by  Pentel Arts


Winner, Professional
Winner Winner, Professional
The prize for the best-in-show cocktail napkin sketch by a professional goes to Zeljko Toncic for his drawing of Antonio Gaudi’s Casa Milà, in Barcelona. The jury found it to be quirkily evocative of the 1910 landmark. Toncic, who has practiced for 33 years, says he has sketched the building before but this was the first time he dealt with the difficult medium of the cocktail napkin. “The paper is so soft and absorbs ink readily that maintaining control is tricky,” he notes. “I was trying to capture the essence of the structure without going into extreme detail.”
Runners-up Winner, Non-professional
The winning cocktail napkin sketch by a nonprofessional was drawn by Amanda Prosser, who received her M.Arch. from Kansas State University. With jobs in architecture so scarce, she currently works for a life insurance firm. The jury found Prosser’s sketch of Notre Dame du Haut, Le Corbusier’s famous chapel at Ronchamp, France (1954), to exhibit a startling economy and elegance of line. When Prosser visited Ronchamp as a student, she drew the building in a sketchbook with her eyes closed. “Back in Topeka, I decided to see if I could do it on a cocktail napkin with an extra-fine black ballpoint pen,” she says. “I did it again without opening my eyes.”
Merit Runners-Up, Professional

Gregory L. Klosowski, Architect, Ellipsis A+D, Alameda, CA-pictured

Hirotaka Hayakawa, Architect, Cooper, Robertson & Partners, New York, NY

Tony Costello, Architect, Costello + Associates, Muncie, IN

The jury awarded cocktail napkin sketches that reflect the spontaneous act of creativity underlyling this ephemeral art form. While a number of entrants treated the cocktail napkin sketch as an exercise in more time-consuming rendering, the jurors admired the artistry of these exercises and included several runners-up that belong to this category.

Off-Beat Entries Runners-Up, Non-professional

Brodie Stephens, General Counsel, Perkins + Will, San Francisco, CA-pictured

Kyle Reis, Planner, Cooper Carry, Atlanta, GA
The jury awarded cocktail napkin sketches that reflect the spontaneous act of creativity underlyling this ephemeral art form. While a number of entrants treated the cocktail napkin sketch as an exercise in more time-consuming rendering, the jurors admired the artistry of these exercises and included several runners-up that belong to this category.

Hors de Concour
Hors de Concour


Scott Grove, Creative Director, Smith + Associates, Rochester, NY-pictured

Contestants were asked to submit sketches on a 5-inch-square cocktail napkin, a stipulation that many blithely ignored. But Record’s jury stuck by the rules—with one exception: a tiny, delicate model of a church by Scott Grove (an artist) in which the cocktail napkin was made to act like balsa wood. Record created an “hors de concour” (out of the running) award. We couldn’t resist it.


Off Beat

Carol Hsiung, Architect, FWFOWLE Architects, New York, NY-pictured

John E. Quinton, Jr., Vice President, BRR Architecture, Merriam, KS

Vlad Zadneprianski, Project Manager, TPG Architecture, New York, NY
Madcap entries from this year’s contest included a series of plays-on-words, portraits, and new conceptualizations of notable monuments. A series of highlights from those submissions follows.



Tanya Davis, Designer, Fennell Design, Rapid City, SD-pictured
We received a number of sketches of Le Corbusier’s acclaimed Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp, France (1954). Here is a selection of those napkins, all of which shed new light on this classic Modern landmark.


Architecture & Design Film Festival

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Oct 102011

While not originally in the Presenting Architecture plan, I will be doing my best to add film makers to the membership and Directory as well as film related blogs into the mix.  This added dimension should not be overlooked as films are a way to bring in a more diverse audience to the conversation of Presenting Architecture. The amount of work on so many levels need to make a film work is a tremendous undertaking.  Going to see some of these films should be on your to do list, you will come away with a different way of looking at things architecturally related and that is always good!

from the adfilmfest.com web site


The festival will return to the Tribeca Cinemas in New York this October with a completely new selection of feature length films, documentaries and shorts. Plus, there will be lively discussions with filmmakers, architects, designers and other industry leaders on a variety of topics about the design process, architecture in film, and the brilliant designs we see and use every day.

After last year’s festival, The New Yorker’s Architecture Critic, Paul Goldberger, had this to say, “Now that the Architecture & Design Film Festival has come into being, none of us in the architecture and design community can imagine how we ever did without it. It went from being a new idea to becoming an essential event in the annual calendar. I can’t wait to see what is on tap for next year”.

How this festival works:

  • 31 Films – ranging in length from a three minutes to 93 minutes.
  • Each of the individual films have been curated into 15 programs.
  • Tickets are sold by program; each program presents 1-4 films of varying lengths.
  • Programs have a total running time of approximately 90 minutes.

To purchase tickets or see the full schedule click here.

Not going to be in NYC? This festival has traveled before, stay tuned to their web site for possible new venues!

Going Global

Passion for design is global and the Architecture & Design Film Festival has been invited to participate in design events around the world with films from ADFF’s curated program lineup.

Here’s a look at some of the places we’ve traveled to in the past year: 

            Sofia Architecture Week

Festival Sponsors