"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has"

Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
(used with permission)

"If you don't like the news .... go out and make some of your own !!"

Wes "Scoop" Nisker, Newscaster


Government is a slow and tedious process. While it often includes citizen and neighborhood involvement, non-governmental, private organizations have created movements and interesting groups which can create positive change in our cities and towns.

I am fascinated by the way groups are created and how they influence public decision making. This blog merely recognizes them and forwards the description of these groups from their own websites.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Modesto International Architecture Festival

Location: Modesto, CA

Website: www.modestoarchfest.com

The mission of the Modesto International Architecture Festival is to celebrate architecture and the architectural profession as both an art and a science, and to heighten public awareness of architecture and the value of architects.

The Modesto International Architecture Festival is a series of events and activities for people to learn about, discuss, and research architecture, landscape, and urban design and how they can contribute to a more livable city. It is one of only a handful of such festivals worldwide.

The Modesto International Architecture Festival is hosted by the Sierra Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Modesto Art Museum.

The host city, Modesto, has a metro population of 525,000. We are located 90 miles east of San Francisco and 300 miles northwest of Los Angeles. For decades through the 20th century, Modesto was on the cutting edge of architecture in California and the United States. Modesto's landscape, commercial, residential, and government architecture was held up as a model for others and major architects designed buildings and landscapes in the city. Among them are John Funk, William Wurster, Julia Morgan, Frank Lloyd Wright, Gardner Dailey, Milton Pflueger, Thomas Church, Lawrence Halprin, Russell Guerne Lappe, and John McLaren. For a background on architecture in Modesto, read Modernism in Modesto 1937 - 1972, available from the Modesto Art Museum.

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