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Lecturer in Architectural Studies (2 posts available)

Department of Architecture, University of Manchester UK

March 11 2021 - March 11 2021

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The University of Manchester seeks to appoint two Lecturers in Architectural Studies and are looking for applications from candidates who specialise in the architectural humanities and/or social sciences and can contribute to research-informed teaching that complements our existing clusters of activity in the Manchester Architecture Research Group (MARG).  

The post involve teaching at both undergraduate and taught postgraduate levels, supervising PhD students, as well as research and administrative roles as specified by the Head of Department.

The University invites applications for the above post which is tenable from 1st August 2021 (by negotiation).

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:  Professor Stephen Walker, Head of Architecture

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CALL FOR ABSTRACT / ‘Facing Post-Socialist Urban Heritage’

Budapest, Hungary

March 31 2021 - March 31 2021

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‘Facing Post-Socialist Urban Heritage’

abstract submission deadline – 31 March 2021

Conference: 8-9 October 2021, Budapest, Hungarydoctoral/postdoctoral conference in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and planninghttp://doconf.architect.bme.hu/
organizer: urb/bme
The DOCONF2021 is the 4th international doctoral / postdoctoral conference in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and planning organized by the Department of Urban Planning and Design, Faculty of Architecture, Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME).
The DOCONF series provides a comparative overview of current doctoral research in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning focusing on the urban challenges related to the physical – built and natural – environment of the post-socialist cities in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), and post-soviet Asia. Those invited include doctoral students or post-doctoral researchers (with a PhD/DLA degree earned after the 1st of January 2016) – specializing in architecture, urban design, urban planning, or landscape architecture.  
For more information visit the DOCONF series website!

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Researching (in) the City: Embeddedness, Relations + Collaborations

CfP: AHRA PhD student Symposium 2021

(Online via) Sheffield Hallam University: School of Architecture

March 31 2021 - April 01 2021

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The AHRA PhD Symposium 2021, hosted by Sheffield Hallam University School of Architecture, seeks to ask how architectural research might be embedded within different organisations, places and networks in multiple ways, thus beginning to redefine the role of such research and its relationship to the city. While embedded and ethnographic methods have become more widespread, we see potential in further exploring the particular approaches, relations, networks and collaborations that emerge from socio-spatial studies within or between urban organisations, agencies,  Municipalities and groups. We welcome contributions from PhD students in architecture, urbanism, landscape and related disciplines to share the methodologies, experiences, challenges and potentials of research across but within the city.

The symposium is delivered through collaboration with 4 organisations from Sheffield and Leeds with whom we have a relation, with each ‘hosting’ one of the 4 themes of the symposium and to which we invite contributions:

Practices / Care     

Spaces / Memory     

Ecologies / Constellations     

Economies / Dreaming

The themes are not prescriptive, and we look forward to exploring the many overlaps between them.  They will be used to inform workshops on day 2 with the local organisations.

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Deadline 15th January 2021

Please identify 2 of the above themes in order of preference that you feel your work speaks to.


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PhD scholarship in Intellectual History of Architectural Theory and Philosophy (20th century)

KU Leuven

April 01 2021 - April 01 2021

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The Department of Architecture, Sint-Lucas Campus and the Institute of Philosophy at KU Leuven welcome applicants for a fully-funded two-year PhD scholarship position, in Intellectual History of Architectural Theory and Philosophy (20th century).

The PhD project aims to develop an analysis of how the postwar world engaged with the notion of space. To tackle this question, the PhD fellow may focus on exchanges between émigré intellectuals, philosophers, and architects, the initiation and adaptation of concepts of space in diverse didactic contexts (architectural laboratories, classrooms, lectures), and/or the interaction between different artistic media (architecture, cinema, painting, installations).  

The project situates itself at the intersection of intellectual/art history, philosophy and architecture. It has both a historiographical and a conceptual aim. The scholarship is part of the larger project “Architectural Space Thought and Taught. Trading Zones of the Concept of Space, 1945-1980”, funded by the Research Fund KU Leuven (BOF). The successful applicant will write a PhD dissertation within the overarching theme of the historical development of spatial aesthetics and architectural theory. The project is chaired by Prof. Rajesh Heynickx, Prof. Stéphane Symons and Prof. Filip Mattens.

For more information please contact Prof. dr. Rajesh Heynickx, mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Prof. dr. Filip Mattens, mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

You can apply for this job no later than April 01, 2021 via the online application tool

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Frascari Symposium V: Theaters of Architectural Imagination

Call for Abstracts

online/in-person event at the Centre de design, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM)

May 27 2021 - May 29 2021

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We invite proposals for 20-minute paper presentations exploring one or more of the three themes (Memoery; World; Action) set out in the linked PDF.

Proposals should be historically and/or theoretically grounded; develop clear and compelling arguments around specific examples based in history, practice and/or pedagogy; and contribute to disciplinary and/or transdisciplinary knowledge. Collaborative proposals and/or submissions from authors in theatrical disciplines are welcome.

Abstract submissions must include the following in pdf format suitable for ‘blind’ peer-review:

  • title;

  • identification of theme (Memory, World, Action);

  • 300-word abstract

  • one image (optional)

    Additionally, include in the email (not the abstract): name, contact, affiliation, and 150-word bio.

  • Due: Friday, December 18, 2020

  • Submit to both co-chairs: Lisa Landrum .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and Sam Ridgway

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Urban Assemblage: The City as Architecture, Media, AI and Big Data

Call for Papers

London / Virtual / Hatfield, UK

June 28 2021 - June 30 2021

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The role of computers in the design, control and making of the public life [and space] is increasingly dominant, their presence pervasive, and their relationship with people characterised by a growing complexity. Batty 2017

The scenario described by Batty is underpinned by a plethora of phenomena. It includes the Internet of Things, ubiquitous computing, computer-led infrastructure, big data and AI. In essence, the built environment has become a site for the production, processing and sharing of information daily through the software interlaced with it. It is also a place designed, envisaged and increasingly built through data based digital architecture, planning and construction. Advanced parametric modelling envisages data in both building design and city management. Augmented reality mediates our experience of the city with layers of information. Digital infrastructure interconnects our city and building services. The result is a series of complex interactions of people, place and data and the establishment of the ‘digital city’, ‘smart buildings’ and ‘intelligent’ urbanism.

This new polemic agency of the machine to generate, analyse and distribute data is not limited to the built environment however. It also informs the creative industries. A plethora of films in recent decades have built on the imagery it offers: The Matrix, Ex Machina, Her, Minority Report to name but a few. In the arts, data is increasingly used as both a tool and motive for artworks. David McCandless’ founding of the platform Information Is Beautiful, and Aaron Koblin’s establishment of Google’s Data Arts Team are typical examples. Landscape and projection artists use the digital recalibration of data into imagery to create spaces and representations of our cities daily.

Today then, the potential for technology and data to alter how we design, live and experience our cities is obvious and everywhere. However, there are concerns. GIS, Google Maps and Facebook all offer interconnected information on urban life. They are also conduits for the collation of personal data and its misuse. The assumption of digital access for all leads some to worry about issues of social exclusion. Sociologists highlight the dangers of the digital dependency of future generations.  3D printed buildings threaten job losses in the construction industry. The idea of parametric urbanism is an anathema to many for whom city is a place of interpersonal interaction.

Batty’s understanding of the role of computers in the design, control and making of the public realm then, is not just ubiquitous, it is cross disciplinary, complex and expanding.


Forms and Registration:

Download:Abstract Submission Form  (right click to download)

Example of correctly formatted/named Abstract Submission Form:

Raymond_Pauls_The City, The Car and Filmic Perception_London_Hatfield Conference

The document must be in Microsoft Word. | Subject line for emails: Abstract Submission London_Hatfield Conference | File name for attachment: Name_Surname_Summary Title_London_Hatfield Conference | Example file name: Raymond_Pauls_The City, The Car and Filmic Perception_ London_Hatfiled Conference

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