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Theatre Architectures: Call for Papers

Special Issue of Theatre & Performance Design Journal

January 24 2019 - June 24 2019

Edited by Dr Andrew Filmer, Aberystwyth University, this special issue on ‘theatre architectures’ proposes an examination of the relationship between theatre and architecture that focuses on the work of scenographers, performance designers, and interdisciplinary spatial artists. Theatre and performance design is a field concerned as much with the authoring of social space and experience as it is about the specifics of design for theatrical performance. Scenography’s expanded and inclusive critical remit embraces a wide range of spatial practices and new media as well as exploring the agency and performativity of objects and materials. So, how are theatre and performance designers engaging with and re-authoring architecture, and what are the implications of this for the design of theatres and performance spaces? How are these artists’ projects redefining the possibilities of contemporary performance space?

This issue invites contributions that explore how expanded practices of theatre and performance design can shift our understanding of theatre architecture and performance space and open up new possibilities for social exchange and interaction. Looking beyond the theatre building as historic artefact, this issue will consider how designers are exploring and exploiting the performativity of architecture and challenging its presumed fixity. Recognizing that site-specific, relational, and spatially inventive modes of working have in many respects rejected traditional theatre architecture, this issue will also explore how these practices can also re-enable theatres and performance spaces to perform valuable roles as dynamic sites of artistic production, communal gathering, and social expression. For further details and suggested topics, please see attached poster.

In the first instance proposals should take the form of a 300 word abstract to be submitted to editorial associate Nick Tatchell at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by January 24th 2019.

For accepted proposals the deadline for full articles, 6.000-8.000 words, or alternative forms of submission is June 24th 2019.

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Call for Papers – AIARG 8: Field Conditions

Dublin School of Architecture, Dublin

January 24 2019 - January 25 2019

The eighth annual conference of the All Ireland Architecture Research Group (AIARG 8) seeks to explore field conditions within the profession and the discipline of architecture. It is a useful term in architectural discourse for a number of reasons: it is descriptive of the manner in which buildings can gather the ‘as found’ elements of a site around them; it captures something of the nature of non-hierarchical space; it recognises the way in which architecture draws connections between multiple and distinct bodies of knowledge; and it posits boundaries not as rigid delineating barriers, but instead as rich transitional zones.

We imagine that papers could address various questions, including, but not limited to:

-        Where are the rich transitional zones between disciplines?

-        In what ways does the architectural design process respond to multiple physical, cultural and social conditions?

-        How have field-based compositional principles impacted on the history of architecture?

-        How does architecture both draw upon and influence other disciplines?

-        How do boundary conditions manifest themselves in urbanism, building and technology?

 

We welcome abstracts on the theme of field conditions from practitioners, theoreticians and teachers*. We are particularly interested in proposals that explore the critical zones between fields. We welcome proposals for alternative media that may step outside an academic milieu: roundtable discussions, performances, exhibitions, posters, etc. Abstracts (limited to one per individual) of not more that 350 words should be sent to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) no later than 3 September 2018. A selection of papers from the conference will be invited to submit to building material, the peer-reviewed journal of the Architectural Association of Ireland.

 

* In the following fields: Architectural Design, Architectural History, Architectural Representation and Rendering, Architectural Research, Architectural Technology, Building Code Analysis, Building Construction, Building Systems, Civil Engineering, Client Relations, Collaborative Design, Conservation, Construction Administration, Construction Document Management, Construction Finance Management, Construction Law, Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, Design, Design Build, Design to Delivery, Façade Engineering, Facilities Management, Housing Design, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED), Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Model Making, Participative Design, Planning, Preservation, Procurement, Problem Solving, Project Management, Public Realm Design, Quantity Surveying, Rehabilitation, Renovation, Reuse, Revit Consultancy, Structural Engineering, Sustainable Design, Specification, Technical Design, Urban Design, Universal Design, etc.

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Fields

The 23rd edition of Building Material seeks papers on the idea of the field in architecture.

March 31 2019 - March 31 2019

The notion of fields is used in architecture to connote ambiguity. Whether used spatially or figuratively, it introduces into the discourse a tension in the acknowledgement of boundary. It is like a fabric, a carpet, a pattern with the potential for endlessness (or at least an ill-defined edge), yet the terminology of the field equally embodies concepts of containment and segregation. It slips between roles as an all encompassing terrain while remaining one part perhaps of a greater whole. Within the discourse of architecture, fields can capture a range of concerns, including: the imagery and nature of non-hierarchical space; the extents of professional and disciplinary knowledge; and the possibilities of boundaries, not as rigid delineating barriers, but instead as rich transitional zones. In all this there may be many fields of shifting centres.

Topics for consideration may include (but would not be limited to) the following:
    •    How are the limits of architectural knowledge defined and where does it transition with other disciplines?
    •    In what ways does the architectural design process respond to multiple physical, cultural and social conditions?
    •    What has been the impact of field-based compositional principles on the history of architecture?
    •    How, and in what form, do boundaries manifest themselves in the areas of urbanism, building, and technology?
    •    If the extent of a given field may be mapped, what does this tell us of its central focus?

Building Material 23 invites submissions that explore the range of architectural possibilities inherent within the word ‘fields’ in Ireland and elsewhere. Submitted articles must not have been published, nor be under consideration for publication, either online or in print. Written submissions should be a maximum of 4000 words and should be analytical and critical rather than descriptive. While inviting submission of academic papers, it also seeks and encourages interesting essays that fall beyond the academic pale. Shorter articles are welcome, as are graphic works.

Building Material is a peer reviewed journal and selected submissions shall be assessed by two independent reviewers. Submissions not intended for peer-review are also welcome. A distinction will be made between peer-reviewed research articles and other material.

Completed articles should be addressed to the editor(s) by 01 March 2019. To facilitate the process of double-blind peer review, please ensure that all contact details are contained in a covering email and that authors’ identifying details are not included in the article file.

Acceptance decisions will be communicated by 29 March 2019. Articles should be prepared in MS Word, double-spaced at a minimum 11-point font size. Notes should adopt the UWA Oxford Referencing style (footnote format), as outlined here (http://guides.library.uwa.edu.au/ld.php?content_id=14872881). Single quotation marks should be used throughout. Image files should be formatted as individual jpg files at 300dpi.

Informal queries regarding submission may be addressed to the editor(s). All submissions and correspondence should be addressed to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Previous issues of Building Material are now available to view on JSTOR. Hardcopies may be purchased via architecturalassociation.ie

Building Material is an annual architecture journal, joint published by the Architectural Association of Ireland (AAI), the All-Ireland Architecture Research Group (AIARG), and the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF).

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On Monumentality

Call for Papers (Deadline 15/06/2018)

Acropolis Museum, Athens

April 04 2019 - April 06 2019

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A century separates us from the “rupture of history” and the historical ambiguities that the early heroic modernism introduced in the urban space, and eighty years from the destruction of the European monumental deposit from the bombings of WWII, a defining moment for the introduction of new kinds of monumentality alongside the old ones. Yet, monumentality still emerges as a major spatial, aesthetic, symbolic, architectural and archaeological phenomenon. In a climate of pessimism in present day western cities, which are dealing with an increasingly precarious present, due to  economic and other forms of instability, the durability of monumentality as “urban permanence” (the famous Aldo Rossi concept), appears to be among the few remaining symbolic and spatial rocks and as such is needed, maintained, enhanced, landscaped and even invented.

The international conference “On Monumentality”, organised by the Module Art-Architecture-Urban Planning, Hellenic Open University, to be held in the Acropolis Museum, Athens, 4-6 of April, 2019, will explore the following relevant dimensions of monumentality and the monumental both in the European urban and peripheral space and also of cities/countries globally: 

  • Old, new and emergent kinds of monumentality
  • Struggles around monumentality formation: Social, symbolic and political aspects
  • Aesthetics of monumentality’s protection
  • The economic and developmental aspects of monumentality
  • Monumentality in the urban space and the “natural”/regional landscape
  • Scales of the monumental

In the above context is invited the submission of proposals for papers from architects, archaeologists, architectural historians, urban planners, urban and cultural geographers, art theorists and historians, social anthropologists and other relevant theorists before June 15, 2018. Acceptance of papers will be decided by late July 2018.  Participation will be free of charge. Languages translated: English, Greek.

Proposals, including name plus title and abstract of paper of up to 300 words, can be sent to one or all of the following members of the organizing committee:

Prof. Argyro Loukaki:                              .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Assoc. Prof. Dimitris Plantzos:              .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Dr. Jenny Albani:                                       .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Dr. Dionysis Mourelatos:                       .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Dr. Konstantinos Soueref                       .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Dr. Stavros Alifragkis                               .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

 

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AHRA Annual PhD Student Symposium

The University of Manchester

April 24 2019 - April 25 2019

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The AHRA Research Student Symposium 2019 takes as its starting point a broad and prolonged transition occurring in architectural research during the past decade. New and interdisciplinary approaches emerge as a result of our world’s socio-political and techno-ecological transformations towards relational, processual “architectural research.” These changes move away from descriptions and interpretations of a static formal “Architecture” focused on particular buildings and architects.

Following this interdisciplinary and processual turn, the 2019 AHRA PhD student symposium aims to bring together architectural researchers who work towards re-writing and re-drawing traditional notions of essence, fixity, boundedness, and flatness. We are interested in architectural research that:

  • follows people, buildings, infrastructures, non-humans, landscapes, and materials.
  • traces the ecological, the technical, the spatial, the temporal, the political, the economic, and the historical.
  • stimulates thinking and action across scales, forms, and collectives.

We invite contributions from a variety of fields with an aim to discuss and explore adequate ways of narrating and re-presenting the extended spectrum of architectural operations.

Submissions of proposals for academic papers and methods workshops are welcome from all backgrounds and nationalities. Applicants must be registered as current PhD students at the time of application. Please see details on the “Call for Papers” tab of the event website.

Deadline for submissions 28th January 2019.

The contact email is .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (Please note this is email account is administered by a number of people on the symposium organising committee, and replies might take a few days.)

Applications to participate in the Methods Workshops will be announced later. The event will be free to attend.

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Mobs and Microbes: Market Halls, Civic Order and Public Health

72nd Annual International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians: Call for Papers

Providence, Rhode Island, USA

April 24 2019 - April 29 2019

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2019 marks fifty years since the central market of Paris was uprooted from Les Halles and transferred to Rungis in the city’s outskirts. By 1971, nearly all of Victor Baltard’s iconic pavilions were demolished. Les Halles, as well as many comparable covered market halls across Europe, North America, and beyond, became flashpoints of protest between urban reformers who argued for functionalism and architectural preservationists who championed the adaptation of historical structures. Despite their polarities, both sides presented the market buildings as artefacts of the Industrial Revolution. In particular, the portrayal of glass and iron markets as antiquated relics made it challenging to fathom how these places originally elicited awe and wonder at the time of their construction. Congestion, sanitation, and radical changes in the distribution of food supplies are typically cited as reasons for the demise of covered market buildings. Ironically, however, most of the halls were originally conceived to answer these very same factors. As such, this session will situate markets at the intersection of civic order and public health, focusing in particular on how these structures stood in reciprocity with changes in the conception of the public realm. Central to this discussion are two themes: innovations in design, which embodied authority or control; and advancements in sanitation and hygiene, such as the modernization of water systems and the inception of epidemiological and bacteriological research.

We invite proposals across a broad geographical area that investigate how covered market halls were radical interventions that mediated socio-political conflict and disorder. Papers exploring medical and environmental humanities perspectives are also welcome, and these might question how infrastructure, services, technologies, and materials helped facilitate improvements in urban health and food safety. Papers that consider how surviving covered markets contribute to debates surrounding sustainability and neighborhood regeneration are also of interest.

The 72nd Annual International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians will take place on April 24-28, 2019 in Providence, Rhode Island. Applicants must submit a 300-word abstract and CV through the online portal of the Society of Architectural Historians ( http://www.sah.org/2019 ). Further details of the submission guidelines are available at www.sah.org. Please do not send materials directly to the panel co-chairs. Submission of proposals to the SAH online portal closes at 11:59 on June 5, 2018 (Central Daylight Time).

Session Chairs: Samantha Martin-McAuliffe, University College Dublin, and Leila Marie Farah, Ryerson University

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