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The Politics of Environments: Architectures, Natures and Data

Tallinn, Estonia

April 20 2017 - July 23 2016

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Two themes stand out prominently in discussions, projects and strategies that are at the forefront of contemporary urbanisation. It is, on one hand, the question of ecology, where the city and architecture are reconceptualised in "green" terms such as sustainability, resilience, metabolic optimisation and energy efficiency. On the other hand is the cybernetic question, where the futures of architecture and urbanisation are staked upon the pervasive use of digital communication, interactive technologies, ubiquitous computing, and the "big data". Moreover, these two questions have become increasingly intertwined as two facets of a single environmental question: while real-time adjustments, behaviour optimisation and "smart" solutions are central to urban environmental agenda, the omnipresent network of perpetually interacting digital objects constitutes itself a qualitatively new environment within which urban citizens are enfolded. But as digital networks become our "second nature," we also hark back to the models derived from the "first nature".

With the growing pressure on architects, urbanists and planners to deliver ecological and techno-informational solutions, with (self-)monitoring of citizens "behaviour", optimisation of the buildings "performance", and smoothing of urban "flows", and with the respective substitution of democratic politics by automated governance models, it is ever more important to interrogate the historical, theoretical, methodological and epistemological assumptions beneath the above set of processes that can be described, following Michel Foucault, as environmental governmentality. These questions will be explored under three thematic tracks.

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Professional Practices in the Built Environment

University of Reading, UK

April 27 2017 - April 28 2017

The nature and value of professional judgment and knowledge is increasingly being called into question as new technologies give access to new ways of working. This conference provides an opportunity for practitioners and academics to come together to understand and learn from differ- ent models of professionalism across Architecture and the Built Environment, over time and across the globe. The conference is part of the AHRC funded Evidencing and Communicating the Value of Architects project http://www.valueofarchitects.org.

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Professional Practices in the Built Environment

University of Reading, UK

April 27 2017 - April 28 2017

The nature and value of professional judgment and knowledge is increasingly being called into question as new technologies give access to new ways of working. This conference provides an opportunity for practitioners and academics to come together to understand and learn from differ- ent models of professionalism across Architecture and the Built Environment, over time and across the globe. The conference is part of the AHRC funded Evidencing and Communicating the Value of Architects project http://www.valueofarchitects.org.

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Professional Practices in the Built Environment (Conference)

UNIVERSITY OF READING

April 27 2017 - April 28 2017

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The nature and value of professional judgment and knowledge is increasingly being called into question as new technologies give access to new ways of working. This conference provides an opportunity for practitioners and academics to come together to understand and learn from different models of professionalism across Architecture and the Built Environment, over time and across the globe. The conference is part of the AHRC funded Evidencing and Communicating the Value of Architects project.

Admission is free but booking is required via the conference website.

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Im/mobilities in the 21st Century

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May 01 2017 - May 01 2017

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Over a decade after the introduction of the “new mobilities paradigm” by Sheller and Urry (2006), which explained the increasing im/mobility within social institutions and practices and their implications in shaping uneven terrains, this issue seeks to reconsider the concept of mobility as an interpretive framework. Mobility—as distinct from movement— stresses the social production of movement. It may address a variety of scales, from migration and transport, to travel and everyday practices of walking. Tim Cresswell has written: “If movement is the dynamic equivalent of location, then mobility is the dynamic equivalent of place.” This framework suggests new spatial and scalar logics that focus on networks, relations, flows and circulation, rather than fixed places. It opens up new sets of questions, subjects and methods that cut across disciplines.

Mobility and its associated freedom and fluidity are central to the concept of modernity.
Our contemporary situation underscores the basic contradictions at the heart of this concept of mobility alongside immobility; this is an era of both massive migrations of people, species and political protectionism. Our era is increasingly divisive and one of uneven terrains, economically, socially and ecologically.

Mobility is also central to the understanding of the city and of urban life The everyday mobility of walking has shaped the space of the city and ordered its social relations. It creates new subjects, new forms of public space and alternate readings of the city.

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Inside | Outside

Trading Between Art and Architecture

KASK / School of Arts, Ghent (BE)

May 04 2017 - May 06 2017

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Inside | Outside is an initiative of the School of Architecture, University of Queensland in partnership with the Department of Architecture & Urban Planning, Ghent University and KASK School of Arts, Ghent . The conference is the inaugural event of ‘Is Architecture Art?,’ a research project of the Centre for Architecture, Theory, History and Criticism (ATCH) at the University of Queensland in partnership with Ghent University. The project is funded by a Discovery Grant of the Australian Research Council.

Artist Sarah Oppenheimer (US) www.sarahoppenheimer.com and architect John Körmeling (NL) www.johnkormeling.nl will deliver the keynote presentations.

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