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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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Distance Looks Back

A Thematic Conference of the European Architectural History Network, held in conjunction with the 36th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand

University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning

July 10 2019 - July 13 2019

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Distance is both conceptual and actual. It is overcome or exploited in all manner of ways that have consequences for the history of architecture. It is fostered in the critical attitude. And collapsed when history is invoked in the present. It shapes the relationship of Europe to its Antipodes, as well as of Europe to its neighbours. Its presence is necessary for claims upon disciplinarity; its absence, the dissolution of disciplinary boundaries. In what ways has distance figured in the history of architecture? What has it altered? What has it prevented? What has it allowed? What does it permit, even now?

This theme opens the door to questions of representation and communication in the history of architecture; questions of travel and migration; and of the mobility of expertise, institutions and ideas. As a lens, distance allows us to reflect on the construction of identity in and through architectural works both defined as such (Architects and Architecture) and “grey”. It invites us to consider moments of counterpoint, imaging or critique. It provokes us to clarify, recalibrate, expose, suppress, or legitimise. Works, projects, architects and other agents in the conceptualisation and construction of architecture, cities and landscapes are, from a remove, perceived on terms different from the immediate and the close. Artefacts and ideas subjected to distance acquire something of this perspective, whether they are physically moved or subject to representation at a remove. Distance can be inconvenient; and useful.

We welcome original papers that explore the import of distance for architectural history from any direction. Proposals may treat any time and geography. They might address the consequences of literal distance for architectural culture in its history: communication, travel, mobility, isolation, exile, or technical and intellectual networks. They might consider the figurative role of distance in forms of criticality, historicity and thought. Papers may reflect on the mechanisms and nature of architectural history through such concepts as immediacy, instrumentality or relevance; or of neutralization or obsolescence. Contributions might use an idea of distance to think through distinctions (in disciplines, practices or institutions) between architectural history and criticism, architectural history and archaeology, architectural history and area studies, architectural history, urban history, histories of science and technology, the history of art, etc. Or to use these distinctions to reflect on architecture and its neighbouring professions and practices. Papers may reflect on the devices used by architectural historiography to manage distance: historiographical and critical nomenclature; theoretical terms and tropes; and other means of negotiating proximity. Consideration may even be given to the very historiographical valence of distance – as, for instance, productive criticality or problematic estrangement.

One strand of this conference theme responds to the special issue of Architectural Histories (2018) asking “What is Europe?”. The theme invokes, too, the ideas at the centre of the lecture series convened by New Zealand historian Keith Sinclair in 1960: Distance Looks Our Way; and in Australian historian Geoffrey Blainey’s Tyranny of Distance (1966). What are the effects of remoteness on an antipodean response to architecture’s historical metropole? Or of the significance of the globe beyond its “centres”? What occurs when isolation is made operative? The idea of distance, in this sense, invites self-reflection as much as advancement of new knowledge. We therefore particularly welcome papers that reflect on distance in order to reflect on the concept of Europe and the European and its consequences for architecture beyond a strictly defined European geography. We welcome, too, papers that consider the architectural history and culture of Asia, Australasia and the Pacific in their global contexts. The program will have sessions dedicated to these themes.

The convenors will be pleased to receive information concerning events or exhibitions scheduled or planned for the dates around this conference, including conferences in major hub cities or other cities in Australia or New Zealand that might interest delegates travelling from afar. The conference website will include a calendar of these events.

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Bauhaus In and Out: Perspectives from Spain, CfP October 22, 2018, Conference October 10-11, 2019

Masters and Disciples; Women at the Bauhaus; The Other Avant-gardes, the Time of the Bauhaus; New Ways of Living, from the Dwelling to the City; Questions of Pedagogy; Mediation over Technology, Crafts versus Industrialization; Encounters between Art and Architecture; Bauhaus Networks; Historiography, Critique and Controversies

Madrid. ILE, Institución Libre de Enseñanza

October 10 2019 - October 11 2019

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The Association of historians of Architecture and Urban Design (AhAU) invites researchers and scholars to present their contributions to the Conference Bauhaus In and Out: Perspectives from Spain. The conference will have an interdisciplinary character, and it will be opened to those questions and areas of knowledge related to the addressed theme.

The paper proposals will be exclusively individual and their extension will have a minimum of 700 and a maximum of 1000 words. They will need to indicate the selected question, and they will be accompanied by two representative images, a selected bibliography, and a brief CV of the author (maximum extension of two pages).

Rather than a numerous collection of contributions, the aim of the Conference is again to awake a series of engaged debates on the different questions that articulate the proposed theme.

October 22, 2018 DEADLINE TO SUBMIT A PAPER ABSTRACT

October 10-11, 2019 Celebration of the II International Conference AhAU, Madrid

Communication with the general chairs and the submission of proposals and final papers will be made through the following address: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Keynote Speakers: Magdalena Droste, Juan José Lahuerta

General Chairs: Laura Martínez de Guereñu, Carolina B. García Estévez

 

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Architecture & Collective Life: Figures, Forms, Densities

16th Annual AHRA International Conference

University of Dundee

November 21 2019 - November 23 2019

Origins, Scales, Technologies, Hierarchies, Distributions, Connectivity, Space

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