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CineMuseSpace: A Cinematic Musée Imaginaire of Spatial Cultural Differences

Call for papers

University of Cambridge

June 14 2019 - September 20 2019

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Deadline for submissions: 19th June 2019

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The Secret Lives of Architectural Drawings and Models: From Translating to Archiving, Collecting, and Displaying

Kingston University London

June 2019

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Architectural drawings and models are instruments of imagination, communication and historical continuity. The role of drawings and models, their ownership, placement and authorship in a ubiquitous digital age deserve careful consideration. Despite them being the first handiwork of the architect, not enough attention is given to discussions about the sites of drawing activity, or to the matter of housing them, which is essential to the active relations between drawing and buildings, building and drawings, before, during and after construction.

Expanding on the well-established discussion of the translation from drawings to buildings, the Frascari Symposium IV questions the significance of the lives of drawings and models- before, during and after construction. Where drawings and models dwell in relation to buildings, impacts their seminality and their potential future translations, from drawing to building, building to drawing. In this process of multi-directional and multi-temporal constructions, who has ownership of the drawings and models, and where do they belong?

Robin Evans outlined the translational gap between drawings and buildings. The Latin word translationem during the Renaissance period indicated literally a physical transporting, including that of building elements. The translations of architectural elements were a documented and planned act that resulted from meaningful changes and led to changes in meaning.

The relevance of the physical presence and location of drawings and models within the buildings that they represent, their physical transporting from one place to another, from the places where they have been made to where they are kept during construction, or to designated locations in the thereafter of the fabrication process deserves scholarly critical analysis.

Nowadays, architectural drawings often reside in private, or public archives, and in museum collections housing the body of work of individual architects. This is the case with many collections, including the works of the Modernist masters of architecture. Archives are progressively making their physical collections digitally accessible online facilitating research and potentially having a tangible impact on the future teaching of architecture.

Architectural drawings can sometimes be found in hidden compartments inside the newel post of staircases in buildings from the Victorian up to the Modern period. The attention to maintaining architectural drawings in buildings shifted to the pragmatic aspects of construction drawings. Nowadays a set of working drawings may be kept in mechanical rooms.

The on site presence of elected representations is emblematic of the process of on-site inventory in its dual nature of cultural recollection and fostering of future imaginings. The storytelling of the site, the site of building construction and the edifice exist in various relations to each other extending the lives of drawings in meaningful ways beyond the time of construction, which is often perceived as an end to the translational relations between them. The continuity and contiguity of drawings, models and building may define an extended site, which is open even after construction has ended.

The digital age is characterized by a ubiquitous site of drawing production. Even though it is now possible to reproduce digital drawings and models in multiple originals, facilitating the construction of a twinned theory and pondering its significance, digital drawings and models might not remain fully accessible long into the future due to the rapid obsolescence implied by software development. Archives are faced with the challenge of what and how much to preserve.

Architects and scholars are invited to consider these questions before they become an archival question and plan for the representations that inform the future of an extended site in becoming, if past and future are to engage in meaningful relations. A new criticality requires moving beyond the either/or option of the office, the laboratory, the factory, the construction site as separate fabrication and archival sites. The contemporary architect moves between them looking for a critical presence on the construction site, before, during and after construction.

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Control. Code. Construct

Call for Papers

University of Edinburgh, UK

June 20 2019 - June 22 2019

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Big Data. Machine Learning. Robotics. Artificial Intelligence. Algorithms. Data. Industry 4.0. Digitalisation. Democratisation. Surveillance. Smartness. Interaction.
Criticality. Challenge. Provocation. Paradigm. Dogma. Avantgarde.
Control. Code. Construct. addresses the implications of these different aspects of tech culture for the applied world of architecture, construction and design. Control. Code. Construct. will serve as a platform to initiate a discussion and debate with the notion of control at its centre. We wish to explore the different dimensions of control for designers, architects and engineers — from controlling material, form and code to controlling processes and start-ups. 
Control. Code. Construct. explores the relationship between the adequacy of code, computation and the machine —computer, robot, drone etc.— and tacit knowledge, the type of knowledge that craftsmen or makers hold, accumulated through years of experience and which is hard to transfer into verbal communication, let alone code. Where does the boundary lie between implicit and explicit knowledge, in terms of architecture, construction and design? This question can be also transferred to other domains such as big data, artificial intelligence and smartness — where does computational decision making stop and where does human, soft decision making begin?
Control. Code. Construct. addresses these complexities of making by describing, advancing and ultimately interrogating technical realities in relation to formulated strategies related to material, geometry, structure, data, evaluation, simulation and the used machines.
Computation and construction are closely related to the notion of the designer’s control over process. We wish to investigate the various forms and shapes control can take in the disciplines of architecture, design and engineering. Going beyond theoretical discourses, we intend to explore the realities of making and construction of the creative industries.
The relationship between knowledge and technical realities is best expressed by Frei Otto — “to build means to make architecture real on the borders of knowledge.” What are today’s borders of knowledge and what could the new operational models of architecture, design and engineering look like? In which direction is the design Avantgarde moving and how could the new interdisciplinary design agendas look like? What does control and control of process really mean and how is it formulated when it comes to digital techniques and methodologies? What logics will code and control follow to also facilitate material logics? How do we measure and asses performance within these emerging digital ecologies of making, designing and constructing? 
We invite architects, engineers, designers, practitioners, researchers and students to contribute to these discussions, to go beyond theory and to address these questions related to the technical rationalities and realities of the creative industries, to challenge the status quo and to explore different methodologies, agendas, techniques and strategies in relation to code, control and the constructing of process.
The conference focuses on the following 6 areas of interest:
Area I: Interaction DesignArea
II: Additive ManufacturingArea
III: Robotic Fabrication & Machine-Learning AlgorithmsArea
IV: Drone Supported PracticesArea
V: Hacking InfrastructuresArea
VI: Entrepreneurship

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Architecture and Light – 2019 SAHGB symposium – CALL FOR PAPERS

St George’s Bloomsbury, and the Soane Museum, London

June 22 2019 - June 22 2019

From the glittering windows of Hardwick Hall and the severe shadows of the Trellick Tower, to the poetry of Chandigarh and the brash neon of Las Vegas, light is a defining factor in any form of architectural design.

This symposium will coincide with two exhibitions at Sir John Soane’s Museum: one on ‘Soane and Light’ and another – as yet untitled – with a leading contemporary light artist working in sympathy with the spaces of the Museum. As such the theme of this symposium is ‘architecture and light’ and thereby focuses on the presence, use and meaning of light in architectural design across all periods and styles.

One important starting point will be the notion that, just as light is understood scientifically as a wave- particle duality, in architecture light exists and functions as both a natural and cultural phenomenon. While on the one hand, the way (sun)light falls over a building is arguably architecture at its most elemental, how we view those light effects is always culturally conditioned. The symposium will reflect, develop and challenge this dualism.

We welcome speakers – both established and emerging – considering this subject in all aspects of architectural production. Some of the topics that papers might consider are:

  • Light as a functional element in architecture and its interactions with different materials and construction methodologies.

  • The meaning of light and how this is shaped by different forms, styles and contexts.

  • The ways light is mediated in architecture, physically, such as with glazing and mirrors.

  • The ways in which light is expressed in architectural drawings and other forms of representation.

  • The relationship between natural and artificial light in/on architecture.

  • The impact of developing glazing and lighting technologies upon architecture.

  • The relationship between light and shadow in/on architecture.

  • The politics of light, particularly in an urban setting.

  • The methodological problems of analyzing light – by nature immaterial – in architectural history.

  • What scientific studies of light can bring to our understanding of its effects in architecture.

    If you are interested in contributing to the symposium, please submit an abstract of maximum 300 words and a biography of maximum 150 words to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by 10am on Monday 7 January 2019.

    The SAHGB is not able to reimburse speakers for their travel/accommodation expenses but the symposium registration fee will be waived and speakers will be invited to attend the symposium dinner on Friday 21 June 2019.

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Fielding Architecture: Feminist Practices for a Decolonised Pedagogy

Call for Papers

University of Brighton (UK)

June 24 2019 - June 25 2019

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In the late 1970s architectural and spatial practices in the UK were challenged
by feminist approaches largely derived from within the architectural discipline itself. From the 1990s onwards, architectural history / theory has been informed by gender theory appropriated, or migrated, from other disciplines. More recently, interdisciplinary critical methodologies have been used to reconceptualise archi- tectural production, criticism and representation. What we evidence today, de- spite an emphasis on ‘Global Architecture,’ is that all these efforts are still largely informed unilaterally, and constructed within ‘Western’ and ‘Anglo-Saxon’ frame- works. This leaves a field defined as the ‘West’ and the ‘rest’. Further, the majority of rethinking of gender and decolonisation occurs within institutional and aca- demic frameworks through practices of teaching and writing. This activity, though pertinent, often remains interior and self-referential and fails to permeate to and affect the exterior worlds of professional architectural and design practices.

This interdisciplinary symposium proposes to explore and question the practice of teaching architectural history / theory primarily focused in the UK context though welcoming a debate through dialogues with other contexts from a femi- nist and critical perspective, asking: how is it constructed, from which positions, and from where its content derives; how can its construction be critiqued and informed by other disciplines such as feminist geographies, environmental psy- chology, cultural studies, technology and science studies, queer theory and urban geography amongst others; and, moreover, how should architectural histories and theories be constructed in the future. We will situate ourselves at the boundary: looking both inside at the fundamentals of architecture; and looking outside at the expanded field, yet always maintaining a critical gendered perspective.

Taking place at the University of Brighton (UK), on June 24–25th, 2019, the sym- posium asks: What forms might a gendered history and theory of architecture take? What are our modes of operation, how do we teach, and how can we learn from others and exchange with critical thinkers both inside and outside the academy? How do we operate within the established frameworks, both histori- cal and institutional, and how can we establish new frameworks and networks that transfer/exchange knowledge between the university and different modes of practice?

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The MIssing Map: Mapping Social Impacts

University of Reading

June 25 2019 - June 25 2019

Beginning with a keynote talk by Professor Doina Petrescu (Atelier d’Architecture Autogérée and University of Sheffield), this Newton funded symposium will explore methodologies for the spatial mapping of social value, for example connection, community, memory, identity and empowerment. Contributions are invited from researchers both practitioner and academic with an interest in making social impact more visible and therefore more valuable.

Maps are often thought to be benign and neutral representations of the world. But as James Corner observes through the ʻselection, omission, isolation, distance and codificationʼ of maps, they have the capacity to be, ʻstrategic, constitutive and inventiveʼ. Moves towards open and freely available mapping, such as Open Street Map and Google Earth, alongside advances in technology, mean that more and more people carry maps in their pocket as they go about their daily activities in the city. Previously, high resolution satellite imagery and geolocating technology would have been the preserve of the military, however, today it is ubiquitous. With the rise of smart phones and sensors people can easily gather, produce and navigate city data. This raises questions, not only with regard to what mapping can reveal about the city, but also about what remains hidden.

In order to explore sociocultural concerns in context, mapping may provide visual and/or participatory ways of exploring alternate perspectives. By taking into consideration the stories behind these maps, previously unrecorded narratives can richly complement our understandings of where and how we live.

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