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Events 2007:

» Rethinking Boundaries, Liverpool
» Geometrical Objects, Oxford
» Contestations, Belfast
» Rural and Urban, London
» Density Inside Out, Edinburgh
» Architecture in the space of flows, Newcastle
» IN THEORY?, Leicester
» Quality, Cardiff
» Modernism on Sea, Bexhill
» Liveable Environments, Turkey
» InEvidence, Cambridge
» Social Context of Death, Bath
» Identity in the Designed Environment
» Between the Human and the Posthuman
» Reflections on Practice, RIBA
» Landscape and Health, Edinburgh
» Panorama to Paradise (SAHANZ)
» Techniques and Technologies, Sydney
» Defining Space, Dublin
» Past in the Present, Glasgow
» Architecture, Technology and.., Paris
» Regional Architecture and Identity, Tunis
» Humanities in Design, Lincoln
» Alternate Currents, Sheffield
» Power and Space, Cambridge

AHRA Events 2007:

4th Annual AHRA International Conference:
Architecture, Urbanism & Curatorship
Kingston University, London
17-18 November 2007

CONFERENCE WEBSITE: www.ahra2007.org.uk

Call for Papers


4th Annual AHRA Research Student Symposium:
University of East London
21 September 2007

Call for Papers


Other events:

Rethinking Boundaries: Architecture, Culture and Socio-Political Change in the 21st Century
Centre for Architecture and the Visual Arts (CAVA)
Launch Conference
School of Architecture, The University of Liverpool
10 February 2007

The continuous expansion of the European Economic Area along with the pressures that such an expansion effects on the continent’s cities, its national governments and societies have brought the question about boundaries - physical and intangible -to public prominence. In the United Kingdom such a question has permeated into the most recent debates about nationhood, identity and governance. This conference will address the effects that the continual expansion of the European Economic Area will have on cities in the United Kingdom and the ways in which visual art and architecture can respond to such a complex set of changing circumstances.

While many of the issues that arise from the continually changing boundaries of Europe are relatively new to artists, architects and the general public in the United Kingdom, they have affected people and professionals in other contexts for many years. That is why this conference will assemble an outstanding group of artists, architects and scholars who have worked extensively on the question of boundaries in other critical contexts in order to illuminate emergent debates in this country. Rethinking Boundaries will provide an exceptional opportunity to explore the way we understand the frontiers of the nation in an increasingly globalising era.

Keynote Speakers:
Teddy Cruz, University of California, San Diego (USA)
Jennifer Beningfield, The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL
Juan Herreros, School of Architecture, Princeton University (USA)
Jane Rendell, The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL
Eyal Weizman, Royal College of Art, London

Jonathan Harris CAVA-School of Architecture, University of Liverpool
Felipe Hernández (Chair) CAVA-School of Architecture, University of Liverpool
Judith Walsh CAVA-School of Architecture, University of Liverpool

For further information please visit our website: www.liv.ac.uk/abe/cava/conf_07.html

or contact Felipe Hernández E-mail: felipehm@liv.ac.uk
phone ++(0)151 794 3336



Geometrical Objects
Architecture and the Mathematical Sciences 1400-1800

Museum of the History of Science
and Worcester College, University of Oxford
19-20 March 2007

Recent scholarship in the history of science has underscored the mutually reinforcing relationship between “high” and “low,” or theoretical and practical, forms of early modern mathematics. As many historians have shown, mathematicians of the period were deeply involved in problems of instrument making, surveying, engineering, gunnery, and navigation. At the same time, the practitioners of these arts were increasingly concerned with questions of higher mathematics and natural philosophy as they pertained to the advancement of their craft. In fact, practitioners appear to have provided an important intellectual and technical context for many of the period’s mathematical discoveries – an essential development, historians now maintain, in the larger history of the “scientific revolution.”

Architecture, too, was a “mathematical” art, almost wholly dependent on geometrical or arithmetic operations of some form or another. The process of design itself – insofar as it required the application of consistent proportional rules – was largely defined by them, as were many other basic tasks. Surveying, cost estimates, bookkeeping, and even the use of routine graphic techniques – perspective, scaled orthogonal drawing, and stereotomic diagrams – all entailed a certain amount of mathematical training. Nor were these skills limited to the design of buildings. Architects also used calculations in mapping cities, laying out fortifications, and planning hydraulic projects for gardens, dams, and canals. Military and civil engineering had long been part of the Vitruvian tradition.

This symposium seeks to explore issues and questions raised by this situation. To what extent can the architect be considered a “mathematical practitioner”? What role did architectural practice and building technologies play in the broader evolution of mathematics? How did architects see themselves in relation to mathematicians and scientists? What are the documented cases of contact or conflict between these groups?

For further information see:


Anthony Gerbino
Scott Opler Fellow
Worcester College
University of Oxford

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33rd AAH Annual Conference and Bookfair 2007
12-14 April 2007, University of Ulster, Belfast

Call for papers: The second call for papers has appeared in the October edition of Bulletin, along with the session abstracts. Session convenors are inviting paper proposals from art historians, artists, theorists, architects, curators, and cultural and media analysts. Deadline for submission of papers is 10th November 2006.
For more information about the AAH Conference, please visit:


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Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain
Venue: The Artworkers' Guild, London
19 May 2007

Call for Papers
The city has always been dependent on the countryside as the source of its food and the other resources that it consumes, but urban and rural cultures from early times had different things to recommend them, even when there was a strong link between the two. Virgil's poetry could be sentimentally detached from the hardships of rural life, and it is perhaps the tradition of Arcadian or Georgic imagery that has found its way across the boundaries between the popular cultures of city and countryside to the elite cultures of the libraries and drawing rooms in palazzi and cottages ornées.

The Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain Symposium 2007 takes as its theme cultural exchanges between rural and urban milieux, as evidenced in architecture in any part of the world at any time.

Topics might include the acting out of urban sophistication in rural settings, or bringing rural charm into the city, whether in wallpaper designs or public parks. Marie-Antoinette's hamlet at Versailles, is placed in a garden whose geometric layout anticipated the subsequent urban design of the ruler's capital city. The bucolic imagery on fine china tea-cups might indicate something about the aspirations of the setting in which they would be used. The country villa, mountain eyrie or seaside pavilion could inform the life of a household as part of its annual cycle of activities, or as a weekend retreat. Perhaps the garden-city fuses the cultures seamlessly together, or perhaps it produces neurotic architectural gestures all its own. Great cities - Rome, Constantinople-Istanbul, Venice, Moscow, Mumbai, London, New York, Los Angeles, Beijing - all have had different rapports with the countryside, which vary through different levels of society and in different periods. The aim of the symposium is to explore the range of ways in which people have connected with this theme in making the settings for their lives.

400-word abstracts for 20-minute papers are invited, to be sent to the convenor:

Professor Andrew Ballantyne: a.n.ballantyne@ncl.ac.uk
School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU

Deadline: 20 March 2007

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An inter-disciplinary conference
Architecture / Institute of Geography
The University of Edinburgh
6-8 June 2007

Density Inside Out conceives of density as a symptomatic material trope. It is curious about the way density has been put to use, be it as a defensive measure, a visionary formula, an instrument of governance, or a catalyst for
urban innovation. It hopes to elaborate the ways density is a component of the city as a performed event. And it encourages investigations that hold the materialist, figurative and performative dimensions of density in creative tension. This conference offers an opportunity to re-imagine the relationship between conceptions of density and how technology, infrastructure, buildings and bodies are organized on, above, and even without the ground.

Through the conversations that Density Inside Out will host, we hope to generate more nuanced and supple vocabularies that might serve new ways of imagining urban futures. The following are some suggested thematic threads by which we hope to organize this conversation:

Metaphorical and ideological fortunes of density
Density/intensity: de-materialized densities, temporality and intensity. Affects of density. Density and performativity
Configurations of people and things. Measuring density: FAR, Plot Ratio, Persons/Ha, Dwellings/Ha, etc. The history of density in urban planning, design and architecture. Density, disciplinarity and urban governance. Typologies of density: existenzminimum, urban blocks, highrise. Technologies of density: Proximities, contiguities, distances. Density and the sociology of distinction, camou?age and sameness. Cultures of congestion: incubating innovation. Crowding, proxemics and territoriality. Prosthetic, dispersed and networked densities

Abstracts on related topics warmly welcome
Due: Friday 16 February
E-mail: ignaz.strebel@ed.ac.uk

Confirmed keynote speakers include:
Scott Lash (Goldsmiths College, London)
Jacques Levy (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)
Winy Maas (MVRDV, Rotterdam)
Neville Mars (Dynamic City Foundation, Amsterdam & Beijing)

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Call for Papers
architecture in the space of flows:

International Conference
University of Newcastle upon Tyne
21–24 June 2007

Keynote Speakers:
Anthony Vidler (Cooper Union)
Emily Apter (New York University)
Brian Massumi (Université de Montréal)
Erin Manning (Sense Lab, Concordia University)
Andrew Ballantyne (Newcastle University)

Andrew Ballantyne, Jean Hillier, Sally Jane Norman, Chris Smith

Venue: Culture Lab, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Conference Website:

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IN THEORY? Encounters with Theory in Practice-based Ph.D. Research in Art and Design
AHRC Postgraduate Conference, De Montfort University & Loughborough University
26 June 2007

The increasing amount of students undertaking practice-based PhDs affords the opportunity to uncover and examine some of the challenges faced when undertaking this type of research. We are seeking papers from current and completed postgraduate students, as well as researchers and practitioners, who incorporate and negotiate research through practice and theory in Art and Design disciplines. The aim of the conference is to address and discuss some of the generic, rather than discipline-specific, challenges of undertaking practice-based research.

Papers of 20 minutes duration are invited from across art and design disciplines. The one-day symposium will incorporate short papers followed by a panel discussion chaired by the keynote speakers.

• To address and discuss some of the generic, rather than
discipline-specific, challenges of undertaking practice-based research.
• To examine the relationship between theory and practice in art and design research, and evaluate the usefulness of specific theories as well as theory in a general sense.
• To identify and share knowledge of relevant research methodologies.
• To highlight the challenges faced when undertaking PhD’s by practice.
• To Increase confidence in dealing with familiar and unfamiliar theories and concepts.
• To interrogate such terms as ‘academic practitioner’ and ‘practitioner researcher’.

Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:
• Practice-based research analysis and evaluation of methods used.
• The development of art and design specific methodologies/models and the value/adaptation of methodologies from other disciplines.
• The challenges faced whilst undertaking practice-based research informed by theories.
• Discussions of relevant strategies and solutions.

Notable dates:
Submission of abstract 19th January, 2007
Notification of decision: 2nd March, 2007
Submission of papers: 1st June, 2007
Conference date: 26th June, 2007



Call for Papers

International Conference
Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University
4-6 July 2007

Variously controlled, assured and managed, quality has become ubiquitous in Western societies. In consequence, the word’s familiar usage has grown slippery. Formerly grounded in ethical values or skilled craftsmanship, quality is now commonly associated with the management of administrative or technical processes. Whereas the appreciation of quality was founded in the exercise of individual judgement and taste – of connoisseurship – organisations now seek to ground its assessment in supposedly objective systems of evaluation. Practitioners are under pressure to quantify quality, but it remains questionable whether it is possible or even desirable to do so. This important and highly topical issue will lie at the heart of these proceedings. The conference will consider how – in cultural practices, in making and designing, in emerging technologies and in education – quality is defined and appreciated, managed and produced.

We welcome abstracts on diverse topics. Themes could include the following:

Why has it been considered important to attempt the quantification of ‘quality’ in architecture and other spheres? Who has prompted this, and why? Is it desirable?

What qualifies someone as a connoisseur? How do they acquire and use their expertise? How important are the politics of connoisseurship? Might quantification of ‘quality’ eventually oust the expert?

Does ‘quality’ belong primarily to the handmade? How and why has authenticity been ascribed to skilled making? Does skill equate with expertise? What, if any, is the role of the maker in an age of digital production and reproduction?

If design mediates between thinking and making, how might it relate to determinations of ‘quality’? Are designations of ‘quality’ in design primarily ascribed to built objects? Or are they rather a function of the designer’s perceived expertise?

Claims of ‘quality’ tend to imply judgements about what is ‘good’ and thus relate to the claimant’s ethical sense. To what extent is ‘quality’ a matter of ethics, and are claims of ‘quality’ effectively statements of an ethical or moral position?

‘Quality’ has been, and is sometimes still, perceived as derived from spiritual inspiration, indicating the degree to which the realm of the gods can be recreated on earth. Are such ideas relevant in the twenty-first century?

The following keynote speakers have confirmed their attendance, and others have been invited:

Beatriz Colomina (Princeton University)
Catherine Belsey (Cardiff School of Critical & Cultural Theory)
Chantal Brotherton-Ratcliffe (Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London & New York)
Adam Caruso (Caruso St.John Architects, London)
David Leatherbarrow (University of Pennsylvania)
Sunand Prasad (Penoyre & Prasad Architects, London and CABE)
Marc Treib (University of California, Berkeley)

Additional information can be found on the conference website, which may be accessed at:


A selection of papers will be included in a special issue of the Cambridge University Press journal arq (Architectural Research Quarterly), scheduled for publication by the end of 2007. We are also in discussion with Routledge over a book containing selected papers from the conference.

Address: Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, Bute Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3NB

UK Conference e-mail (to which abstracts should be sent): quality2007@cardiff.ac.uk

Contacts: For booking, timetabling and administrative queries please contact Katrina Lewis at: lewisk2@cardiff.ac.uk

For matters academic, please contact:
Allison Dutoit: dutoit@cardiff.ac.uk
Jo Odgers: odgersj@cardiff.ac.uk
Flora Samuel: samuelf@cardiff.ac.uk
Adam Sharr: sharr@cardiff.ac.uk

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Modernism on Sea
De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, Sussex
A one day conference exploring creative responses to the seaside in 20th century Britain
5 July 2007

Hosted in collaboration with the Universities of Oxford and Sussex and the AHRC

Literature - Painting - Cinema - Design

Speakers include:
Professor Laura Marcus (Sussex)
Dr Frances Spalding (Newcastle)
Dr Alan Powers (Greenwich)
Dr Fred Gray (Sussex)
Dr Paul Rennie (Central St Martin's, London)

Call for Papers (literature panel only):
Does the seaside have a literature?
We are looking for 20 minute papers on any aspect of modern coastal writing, from Elizabeth Bowen's flamboyant villas to Walter Greenwood's holiday resorts; from Iain Sinclair's Hastings to Margaret Drabble's Ornemouth.
Please send 200 word abstracts to:
alexandra.harris@chch.ox.ac.uk by 16th
February 2007.

This is a timely forum for the work of beach-combing scholars from across the humanities, and an excellent opportunity to visit one of Britain's finest modernist buildings, so come for a day beside the sea.

Bexhill is less than two hours from London by train.
Fee 25 pounds (includes coffee and a good lunch).

To register call the De La Warr Pavilion box office on:
01424 229111, or for more information please contact:
Lara Feigel: L.F.Feigel@sussex.ac.uk
Alex Harris: alexandra.harris@christ-church.oxford.ac.uk

The conference website will soon be available at:

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Liveable Environments in Architecture
Trabzon Turkey
5-7 July 2007

The conference is now established worldwide as a major event in Globalism vs. Contextualism debates where Contextualism is emphasized as the resolution of identity-creativity dilemma.

In 2007 the organizer seeks to exceed the expectations generated by the first two conferences. This time the effort is supported by several national chambers and associations of architecture. The conference will host top-level speakers, both professionals and academics, from Turkey and the international scene. Parallel events will include demonstrations by companies active in architectural technologies and materials, round-table evening discussions, poster exhibitions, and competitions.

Official Web Site : www.livenarch2007.org

Deadline for submission of abstracts 15 February 2007
Target for notification of acceptance 28 February 2007
Deadline for submission of full papers 31 March 2007
Target for notification of blind reviewers' comments:
20 April 2007
Deadline for submission of revised full papers 15 May 2007

Target for publication of proceedings & deadline for
registration 22 June 2007

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InEvidence: Witnessing Cities and the Case of Berlin
International Interdisciplinary Conference
University of Cambridge
12-14 July 2007


Deadline call for papers: 31 January 2007

As an amalgamation of disjuncture, mutability and complex coherence, the contemporary city commands attention in unprecedented ways, exhorting the inhabitant as well as the observer to be abreast of urban threats, delights and to 'remain at all times alert'. From the metropolis to the shantytown, from the high-modern to the urban-congested, from regeneration to commemoration, the city has become a key site for investigations in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

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The Social Context of Death, Dying and Disposal
8th International Conference
Hilton City Hotel, Bath
12-15 September 2007

The conference covers all aspects of death, dying and bereavement, including a rich range of arts-related contributions. It is a multi-disciplinary residential conference for anthropologists, archaeologists, art and architectural historians, artists, bereavement counsellors, cultural geographers, deathwork practitioners, historians, literary theorists, medical and health practitioners, palliative care workers, philosophers, psychologists, students of religion, social policy analysts, sociologists and those in the legal professions.

The conference has been held every two years since 1993, with the most recent at the University of Bath in 2005, attracting over 200 delegates from around the world and generating a great deal of media attention. The 2007 conference is being jointly organised by the University of Bath's Centre for Death and Society (CDAS) and the Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts (ICIA).

Abstracts (max 300 words) for conference papers are invited on any social aspect of death dying and disposal. As this is a multi-disciplinary conference abstracts need to communicate clearly with delegates from a wide range of disciplines.


Please send all abstracts to Caron Staley at: infoddd@bath.ac.uk
Or call: 01225 386949 for more information.

Centre for Death and Society
University of Bath
01225 386949

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An Architectural Design and Global Difference Research Symposium:
Monday 17th September 2007

Waverley Lecture Theatre, Waverley Building
Waverley Street, Nottingham
School of Architecture, Design and Built Environment

'Identity in the Designed Environment' is a discrete theoretical realm which is based on the assumption that Identity acts as an implicit factor in the design of all aspects of our environment, from the physical manifestation of architecture, to the abstract expressions through the use of language, on various levels including: personal, group, community and/or territorial.

In the physical realm, architectural spaces provide the environmental context and images which guide our human experiences and ultimate understanding of the world in which we find ourselves. The nature of "being", of existing, concerns our human experiences and their expressions, which ultimately lead to the development of our sense of who we are. Identity is associated as much with environmental context as with individuals, groups and communities; it is the result of social conflicts, cultural trends and contemporary global situations that permeate our current context.

Drawing together these disparate, but interrelated concepts offers an opportunity for a meaningful and relevant contribution to research. The Symposium will be concerned with the motivations, mechanics, implications and expressions of the relationship between Identity and the Built Environment, from both the applied side of design and the theoretical explorations of the subject.

Confirmed Speakers:
Dr. Rick Crownshaw [Goldsmiths University of London]
Rui Goncalvez [University of Nottingham]
Rob Harland [Nottingham Trent University]
Dr. Felipe Hernandez [University of Liverpool]
Terry Meade [University of Brighton]
Dr. Hugh Miller [Nottingham Trent University]
Antonio O'Connell [Independent Mexican architect & artist]
Gordon Reavley [Newcastle University]

Admission is free, but all attendees will need to register their intention to attend before Friday 7 September as numbers will be limited. For more information or to register to the event please contact Guillermo Garma guillermo.garmamontiel@ntu.ac.uk
or visit the events section in the ADGD website:

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RIBA Research Symposium 2007:
Reflections on Practice: Capturing innovation and creativity
19 September 2007
Jarvis Hall, RIBA, London, W1

The one day event takes its theme from Leon van Schaik’s book Mastering Architecture – Becoming a Creative Innovator in Practice. Launching the event, Professor van Schaik’s keynote presentation will describe his international reflective practice research programme. In the programme practitioners acknowledged as innovative examine, before critics and their peers, their own body of work and its impact – and reflect on their ways of working and future directions.

Curated by Kate Heron and chaired by Paul Finch, speakers include a range of established and up-and-coming UK practitioners who will respond to the theme by presenting their own recent work to illustrate their design position and the routes they have taken in pursuing innovative practice.

Information on speakers, provisional programme, ticket prices, as well as booking form are attached, or can also be downloaded from the ‘Research and Development’ pages at www.architecture.com. Or contact Anna Gagliano/ Mehrun Absar at research@inst.riba.org, or call 020 7307 3714/3885.

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A one-day conference at the University of Nottingham
Arts Lecture Theatre, University Park
Wednesday 19 September 2007

Science Technology Culture Research Group

Developments in fields such as IT, biotechnology, genomics, and reproductive technologies may well take us into a new and distinct era of human evolution. Consequently, terms such as ‘posthuman’ and ‘transhuman’, have gained a degree of common currency in recent years. The aim of this conference is to generate new interdisciplinary discussion on issues relating to potential reconceptualisations of the ‘human’ in the light of new technologies.

Don Ihde, State University of New York, Stony Brook
Lenny Moss, Exeter University
Bronwyn Parry, Queen Mary London
Robert Pepperell, Cardiff School of Art & Design

To register, please contact conference organiser:
John Marks (French & Francophone Studies)

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Open Space: People Space 2 conference
Innovative Approaches to Research Excellence in Landscape and Health

19-21 September 2007

Following the success of the first Open Space: People Space conference in 2004, we are hosting a second conference in 2007. This time the focus is on excellent and innovative methods to research the links between outdoor environments and health, so as to better inform policy and practice relating to everyday places in the urban and rural environment. It brings together experts in researching people’s engagement with the landscape with experts in health and the environment. We have invited a number of international leaders in the field and the revised format of the conference will give delegates good opportunities to interact with these key speakers and time to debate emerging issues in models and approaches, both theoretical and practical.

Sub-themes will include:
Affordances in the landscape
Spatial structure, landscape design and landscape use
Theories of place and engagement with place
Environmental determinants of health

Who should attend?
Researchers and policy makers in public health who want to understand relevant theories and methods in landscape and environment-behaviour research should attend, as should researchers, policy-makers, planners and designers working with the outdoor environment who want to link their work to the health agenda.

Key speakers confirmed to date include:
Brian Little, McGill and Carleton Universities
Harry Heft, Denison University
Julienne Hanson, the Bartlett, University College London
Terry Hartig, Uppsala University
Sjerp de Vries, Alterra Green World Research
Patrik Grahn, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Nilda Cosco, North Carolina State University
Robin Moore, North Carolina State University
Fiona Bull, British Heart Foundation Centre, University of Loughborough
Richard Mitchell, University of Edinburgh
Catharine Ward Thompson, OPENspace research centre at Edinburgh College of Art, landscape architect.
Peter Aspinall, OPENspace research centre at Heriot-Watt University, psychologist.

For further information and to be placed on our conference mailing list, please contact: Anna Orme, OPENspace Research Centre, Edinburgh College of Art, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9DF, UK
tel +44 131 221 6177 E-mail: openspace@eca.ac.uk

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Panorama to Paradise: Scopic Regimes in Architectural and Urban History and Theory
24th International Conference of The Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ)
Adelaide, South Australia
21–24 September 2007


SAHANZ calls for papers for its 2007 conference addressing the theme ‘Panorama to Paradise: Scopic Regimes in Architectural and Urban History and Theory’. The theme is aimed to capture research on the way history, and architectural and urban history in particular, is not a petrified single space, but can be seen as a contested terrain of various regimes of seeing. While the scopic regimes of modernity are based on the hegemony of Cartesian perspectivalism, there are other models that contend the dominant tradition including the baroque, phenomenal and eschatological. The overall theme relates to how the historical and theoretical conditions of architecture, urban design, and public space, may be reworked in the light of the changing landscapes of contemporary social, cultural and political relations.

The 2007 conference will be organised to contain a range smaller and diverse themes that reflect current research directions and strengths of SAHANZ and its affiliated communities, under the overarching theme of ‘Panorama to Paradise’. We envisage each theme containing 8 to 9 related papers which will lead to more engaged discussions during the conference and future mini-publications stemming from the general conference proceedings. Not all papers will be organised into themes at the conference as there will be sessions with open themes.

Keynote Speakers:
Paulette Singley, Woodbury University, Los Angeles
Keith Eggener, University of Missouri-Columbia
Mark Crinson, University of Manchester

The full Conference web-site is located at:

Submission Guidelines for Abstracts and Individual Papers:
All Abstracts and Papers may be submitted directly via the conference Authors and Abstracts website: http://www.unisa.edu.au/arc/SAHANZ/Authors%20and%20Abstracts.asp

Abstract Proposal Deadline: 9th March 2007

Abstracts due: 9th March 2007
Response to individual abstracts and session panels:
6th April 2007
Full papers due: 1st June 2007
Response with referee reports to authors: 29th June 2007
Revised papers returned for publication: 6th August 2007

Conference venue:
Louis Laybourne Smith School of Architecture + Design
University of South Australia
City West Campus, Kaurna Building
Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia

Conference Committee:
UniSA: Rachel Hurst (Convenor); Steve Loo (Editor); Sean Pickersgill
University of Adelaide: Katherine Bartsch (Editor); Amit Srivastava; Peter Scriver

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AASA 2007
Techniques and Technologies: Transfer and Transformation
4th International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia
School of Architecture, University of Technology, Sydney
27-29 September 2007

Papers are invited that deal broadly with technology in architectural history, education and culture as a site of moral, political and aesthetic disagreement. Specific technologies are continually transferred to architecture from fields such as logistics, psychology and medicine, media and entertainment, warfare, transportation, mining, food and agriculture. Technology transfer includes ‘hard’ material technologies of manufacturing and construction as well as ‘soft technologies’ of imaging and information that are taken up in the design process and penetrate the very structure of architectural practice. Such technology transfer is sometimes seen to threaten the supposed internal consistency and specificity of architectural techniques at the same time as it is keenly sought after. Its effect on notions of design intentions and their realization is a key problematic of interest to this conference

Keynote Speakers
Michael Hensel & Defne Sunguroglu, Ocean North, London
Adam Kalkin, Artist/Architect, New Jersey
Tom Vanderbilt, Writer, New York
Bert Bongers, Electrical engineer/artist/performer
Peggy Deamer, Architect/Educator, University of Auckland

Requirements for Abstracts:
Page 1: Contact details and institutional affiliation if applicable. Biographic statement of 40 words or less and two recent publications.
Page 2: Title and abstracts of 300 words or less, email to:
as an attachment. In the subject title of the email write ABSTRACT: your title. Name your Word document ‘familyname_titleword’

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Defining Space
International Interdisciplinary Conference
Newman House, University College Dublin
12-13 October 2007

Call for Papers
This conference sets out to investigate the meaning and role of space in contemporary cultural theory and practice. Often invoked as the key parameter for understanding twentieth-century culture, does space retain this centrality today? In the mid-1940s, such influential exponents of modernist culture as Sigfried Giedion, Clement Greenberg and Joseph Frank asserted the primacy of space in the theory and practice of architecture, art and literature respectively, defining the modern by divorcing it from temporal or historical forms of understanding. Since the 1970s, however, space has been increasingly problematised: imploded through technological acceleration (Virilio), emptied out by the circulation of consumer goods (Baudrillard), transformed into a trap through surveillance (Foucault), or manipulated to conceal profound economic transformations (Fredric Jameson and David Harvey). The once reassuringly neutral category of space has been unmasked as uncanny and warped (Anthony Vidler),
inflected by relations of gender (Doreen Massey) and race (Homi Bhabha). After a century largely devoted to thinking and creating in spatial terms, does space remain a viable paradigm or has it reached a point of exhaustion, simultaneously banal and fraught?

The aim of this conference is to investigate the current relevance of the spatial paradigm in theory and practice across the arts and social sciences. It seeks to do so through an exploration of four interrelated themes:

experience: the existential interaction between
individuals and communities and the spaces they inhabit. construction: the making and remaking of those spaces. representation: the depiction of those spaces in the media and the arts.
theorisation: the conceptual understanding of space in relation to its experience, construction and representation.

Although not seen as exhaustive, when taken together these four themes, and the continuities and tensions between them, provide a framework for thinking about the relations between theory and practice, the academy and the artworld, the arts and social sciences, the social and the aesthetic. Scholars and practitioners in all fields are invited to propose papers that address any aspect of space in the modern and contemporary period.

Proposals for panels mixing theory/criticism and artistic and/or architectural practice are particularly welcome.

Confirmed keynote speakers include:
Barry Bergdoll (Columbia University/MoMA, New York)
Steve Pile (Open University, UK)
Anthony Vidler (The Cooper Union, New York)

For further enquiries, please contact Dr Hugh Campbell, UCD School of Architecture, Landscape and Civil Engineering hugh.campbell@ucd.ie
or Dr Douglas Smith, UCD School of Languages, Literatures and Film: douglas.smith@ucd.ie
Or consult the website:

Please submit proposals for papers (300 words maximum) and panels (of maximum three participants
with individual abstracts) by e-mail to both of the above addresses by 31 March 2007

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The Past in the Present:
History as Practice in Art, Design and Architecture

International Interdisciplinary Conference
The Glasgow School of Art - Dept of Historical & Critical Studies
27-29 October 2007

* What is the role of historical research and critical reflection in art, design and architectural practice?
* How is historical research and critical reflection in art, design and architecture informed by debates around leisure and commodification, pleasure and sensation, technology and mobility?
* How is historical research in art, design and architecture manifest in independent practice, study beyond the academy, cultural criticism and journalism?

Conference Keywords: Revivalism, Retro, Recycling, Palimpsest, Nostalgia, Pastiche, Parody, Appropriation, Quotation, Reframing, Re-visioning, Regression, Amnesia, Anamnesia, Memory, Memento mori, Trauma, Reverie

This three-day conference aims to bring together a broad range of participants, including scholars, artists, designers, architects, museologists, curators, archivists and collectors, to debate the ways in which styles and genres from the past, both visual and written, have been reinvigorated in the present for celebratory, nostalgic, or critical ends.

The organisers welcome speakers from any discipline, including (but not limited to): art, design and architecture theory, history and practice; media and cultural studies; sociology; history; gender/queer studies; Asian and African-Caribbean studies; film studies; philosophy; new media and information studies.

The conference will be structured using the following strands, with a special invitation for papers on the key themes indicated below:

Leisure and Pleasure:
* Nostalgic spaces of entertainment
* Retro-design and leisure
* ŒHeritage¹ environments and tourism

Technology and Culture:
* New histories of art, design and architectural technology
* 'Dead' media and obsolete technologies
* Re-visioning technology's history

Historical and Critical Writing:
* Relationships to history in critical writing practice in art, design and architecture
* The uses and abuse of theory
* Redefining the critical canon

Proposals are invited for 20-minute presentations. Panel proposals of up to three speakers are also welcomed.

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words, to:
The Past in the Present, Department of Historical and Critical Studies, Glasgow School of Art, 167 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G3 6RQ. Abstracts may also be sent by email to: pastinthepresent@gsa.ac.uk

Deadline for abstracts: Tuesday 1st May 2007

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Architecture, Technology, and the Historical Subject
The Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture Paris-La Villette and the College of Architecture of the Georgia Institute of Technology, Paris
12-13 November 2007

Call for Papers
The aim of the conference is to advance critical thinking on the relationship between architecture and technology, with a special focus on how new techniques affect perception. The conference will move from a historical examination of 19th and 20th century architecture to issues of contemporary design theory and practice. The goal is to promote an understanding of the cultural and ideological - as well as material - roles that new techniques play within the field of architecture.

As a general critical framework, the conference takes as its point of departure Walter Benjamin's reflections on technology and human subjectivity. In contrast to commonplace teleological interpretations, which emphasize the development of technology in directly shaping architectural form and expression, new techniques, according to Benjamin, generate an expansion of vision and other bodily perceptions. Ultimately, they introduce us to an "unconscious optics [just] as psychoanalysis does to unconscious impulses." Benjamin's work thus suggests a different, richer and rather surreptitious understanding of the interplay of architecture and technology.

This conference aims at stimulating reflection, starting with Benjamin's ideas and evolving towards a new understanding of the role of technology in architecture. This role inevitably has to take into account human subjectivity in historical terms. From construction techniques to communications and computing, new technologies shape our experience of the world with the same efficiency as they shape our built environment. Can we learn from the 'panorama' and the 'arcade', and understand our 21st-century cities better by relating them to certain ways of experiencing the world?

Session One: The interior as phantasmagoria
Session Two: Technological landscapes
Session Three: Architecture, Cinema, and Digital Reproduzierbarkeit
Session Four: Perception, Media Theory, and the Subject of Psychoanalysis

Exhibition: Architecture, technology, perception - critical explorations

The conference organizers welcome proposals in English or French for 30-minute presentations on all topics relevant to the conference theme. Submissions, in the form of a 500-1000 word abstract, a Curriculum Vitae, and/or visual samples should be sent to coll-ats@paris-lavillette.archi.fr.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, March 30, 2007. Successful applicants will be notified by May 15. Funding for travel is available to a limited number of participants. Questions regarding the conference should be submitted to the conference email address:

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Regional Architecture and Identity in the Age of Globalization
The Center for the Study of Architecture in the Arab Region (CSAAR) In Collaboration with Department of Architecture,
National School of Architecture and Urbanism, Tunis, Tunisia
13-15 November 2007

Developments in transportation, communication and networking technologies in recent decades have instigated unprecedented flow of people, goods, and information across the globe, a phenomenon that has shaped the all-powerful thrust of globalization. This phenomenon led a drive for taking a universal outlook on social, economic, and environmental issues, but at the same time, instigated a wave of criticism. With its tendency to blur the boundaries among nations and cultures, globalization is seen as benevolent and progressive by some, and malevolent and regressive by others. While one camp promises economic prosperity for partners of global exchanges, the counterpart protests the potential of the exchanges to breed erosion in societal identities of regions and nations. The opposing views tackle all aspects of human living, and as such, spread broadly to the academia and the professions where heated debates on global issues are now enduring. CSAAR 2007 conference addresses regional architecture and identity in the built environment in the context of globalization. The conference will focus on the study of increasing contradictions between the "modernization" of regions on the one hand and the cultural identity of these places on the other.

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Call for Papers
The Role of the Humanities in Design Creativity
International Conference, EMMTEC, University of Lincoln, UK
15-16 November 2007

Hosted by the Faculties of Art, Architecture and Design and Media and the Humanities

The theme of this conference considers the influence of the humanities on the processes of design. It explores this issue from both an historical and contemporary perspective, highlighting how the traditional inter-relationship between word and image, by which different modes of representation (in architecture, landscape architecture, gardening, furniture design, costume design, typography, sculpture and painting etc) draw upon a rich body of religious, poetic, political and philosophical references, has in more recent times become subsumed by the dominance of image as the only legitimate means of developing design ideas.

The conference committee wishes to solicit contributions from practitioners in the fields of art, architecture and design as well as academics. The conference will be organized around a series of parallel paper sessions that will focus on the following key themes:

1) Humanism and Disegno
2) Humanism, the Humanities and Technology
3) The Humanities and Visual Culture
4) The Humanities and the Public Realm
5) The Humanities in Design and Artistic Practice
6) The Humanities in Architectural Practice

In addition, the conference will also be open to poster contributions which will be exhibited during the two day event.

Karsten Harries (Yale University)
Nader El-Bizri (The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London)
Dalibor Vesely (Cambridge University)
Jonathan Sawday (University of Strathclyde)
Eric Parry (Eric Parry Architects, London)

Submissions and Deadlines
Please submit a 300 word abstract that relates to one of the sub-themes of the paper sessions outlined above. These must clearly state the objectives of the proposed paper and indicate the particular terms of reference of the presentation - eg. historical, cultural, political, philosophical, technological etc.

All abstracts should be headed by
1) the title of the paper
2) the name and affiliation of the contributor(s)
3) the paper session to which the abstract relates.

In addition, all contributors please note that a condition of submitting the 300 word abstract is that you must complete and submit your final papers (4000 words) before the commencement of the conference, in accordance with the timetable below. This is to ensure that the conference proceedings can be published before the two day event and issued to delegates. All successful contributors will be notified of the requirements for submission of final papers in early March.

Deadlines for submission of abstracts and papers are as follows:
Abstracts – 16 February 2007
Completed Papers - 7 May 2007

Please email all abstracts to:
Maureen Bound:



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Call for papers:
A Symposium
School of Architecture, University of Sheffield
26-27 November 2007

Over the past years an increasing number of architectural practices have emerged which promote different agendas, are founded on different organisational principles and in their work are focusing on a critical and often politicized discussion of the built environment.

This shift in focus, which can also be seen in the emergence of new types of critical publications and journals, has recently also become the focus of attention for the professional bodies, and in particular CABE and the RIBA. A report by the Royal Institute of British Architects from 2005, for instance, calls for an urgent requirement to 'address outdated professional norms and behaviour' and to acknowledge 'the diversity of the architectural market'. However, this report offers no suggestions as to how such an alternative model of architectural practice may be structured, what 'alternative' means in the context of architectural and building production, or how an alternative model might contribute to the development of contemporary and future architectural practice.

'Alternate Currents' proposes to start a discussion about margin and centre, about process and product, and whether there is an intention to change and shift the normative discipline. It is concerned with a critique of normative pedagogic and critical procedures, whilst at the same time trying to uncover the mechanisms of operation: to actually try and show what the underlying ideologies are and to make them visible. It aims to examine ways in which people have conducted architectural practice beyond the normative, both historically and today.

Papers are invited in a number of areas:

- Practice, both historical and contemporary, which is seen as an alternative to so called mainstream production.
- Practice which engages specifically feminist, socialist or anti-capitalist agendas and approaches in architecture.
- The emergence of types of praxis that operate outside the standardized and prescribed tenets and working methods promoted by the professional bodies.
- Different organizational principles and new forms of collaboration which question existing models of ‘the architect’.
- Critical pedagogy and the relationship of education to the values of the profession.

Please send a 500 word abstract or presentation description, by 31 July 2007 to Dr Tatjana Schneider: t.schneider@sheffield.ac.uk
as a pdf attachment to an email, with "Alternate Currents Abstract", as the email subject. The abstract should be anonymous to allow for a blind review process. Please include your contact details on a separate sheet.

We are interested in as wide an approach to the theme as possible. Different formats for submissions are encouraged, together with alternative arrangements for presentations / interventions. Academic researchers, PhD students and practitioners from any related fields are invited. Speakers will also be asked to participate in debates and seminars involving students. It is the intention to publish a selection of the final papers/presentations in the peer-reviewed e-journal field:.

Forum organizers:
Prof. Peter Blundell Jones, Dr. Doina Petrescu, Dr. Tatjana Schneider, Prof. Jeremy Till and Dr. Renata Tyszczuk.

This two day international symposium is the 9th such event on research in the field of architecture to be organised by the Theory Forum at the School of Architecture, University of Sheffield. The symposia are intended to be discursive and to include work in progress; they are relatively informal and do not have keynotes or conference dinners. They are also attended by Masters students at Sheffield as part of their
theory course.

This year's event is held in association with the newly formed Research Cluster 'The Agency' and the AHRC funded research project 'Alternative Architectural Praxis'. Previous symposia have resulted in major publications (i.e. Architecture and Participation) and more recently the forthcoming peer-reviewed e-journal field: which was established following the success of previous symposia at Sheffield in order to make good architectural research available to the widest possible audience.

Abstract submission deadline: 31 July 2007
Response to Abstracts: 31 August 2007
Full papers / descriptions of presentations/interventions due: 8 October 2007
Response to full papers: 5 November
There will be no charge for attendance at the symposium.

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Call for Papers
Power and Space: Transforming the Contemporary City
Mediating Power Relations in the Design Process

Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge
7-8 December 2007

The proposed two-day conference seeks to investigate how different but connected forms of inquiry across neighbouring fields in the Arts and Humanities address issues of power and space in the contemporary urban environment. In studying the city, a variety of interdisciplinary interpretive procedures have begun to analyse both how power conditions space and space mirrors power. This conference pursues both approaches: first, in tracking the conceptualization, design and production of space as an expression of multiple power structures, and second, in attending to citizens' or users' experience and perception of space(s). Studying the transformations of urban space offers ways to redefine these relations, especially insofar as it permits a reconsideration of the reasoning and the ideological convictions on which power relations are grounded.

The conference aims to perform two functions. First, it will
have diagnostic and interpretative value in revealing existing tensions in the urban cultural landscape, while sharpening the tools available for a social critique of the city. Second, its enquiries will be speculative in imagining possible futures for cities; we particularly solicit contributions that seek to think forward from existing situations.

We aim to provide an open platform for discussion among researchers from various fields (architecture, city planning and landscape design, digital media and cinema, other visual and plastic arts, geography, philosophy, history, sociology), who wish to address cultural, social, political and philosophical issues pertaining to the design and the manipulation of public or private space in the contemporary city. Possible topics may include but are not limited to:

• Aesthetics of Power
• War, Terrorism and the City: control, security and safe havens
• The Enemy Within: internal borders, exclusions, spatial discrimination,
reclamation strategies, gated communities, surveillance, the suburbs
• Towards an Architecture of Icons: contemporary monuments, symbolic
function and national/cultural identities, the iconic building,
designing for the crowds - world sports events
• Power as Authorship in the Design Process
• Space, Power and ... Action! Cinematic, musical and literary
reconstructions of the urban landscape
• Environmental Rhetoric: the politics of sustainability

Deadline for Submissions Friday, July 6, 2007

Contact Information Abstracts (no longer than 500 words) should be submitted as e-mail attachments (Microsoft Word Document for PC) to all four members of the organising committee:
Stavros Alifragkis: sa346@cam.ac.uk
Giorgos Artopoulos: ga241@cam.ac.uk
Popi Iacovou: penelope_iac@yahoo.co.uk
Matina Rassia: sr414@cam.ac.uk

For further information please visit our website:


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