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Smartness? between discourse and practice

15th Architectural Humanities Research Association International Conference

Department of the Built Environment, TU Eindhoven

November 15 2018 - November 17 2018

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Increasingly the world around us is becoming ‘smart.’ From smart meters to smart production, from smart surfaces to smart grids, from smart phones to smart citizens. ‘Smart’ has become the catch-all term to indicate the advent of a charged technological shift that has been propelled by the promise of safer, more convenient and more efficient forms of living. When combined, all these so called ‘smart’ devices amount to a ubiquity of computing which is heralding a new technological paradigm and a fundamental shift in the way buildings and cities are both experienced and understood. Through a variety of sensors, cities and buildings are now defined not by the people that inhabit them, nor their functions, nor their identity or history, but simply as increasingly larger sets of data. Such sets are then processed to immediately adjust and alter (physical) conditions in real time. Although such large scale collection and use of (big) data has an inevitable effect on the way people live and work, there has yet to emerge a clear answer to how architecture and cities should respond and assimilate such brave new world.

Call for Papers (see website for further details and guidance: https://www.smartness-discoursepractice.org/call-for-papers/)

 

MAY 01, 2018

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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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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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