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Health, Wellbeing and Place

Call for Papers

Zooooom via Syracuse University, Chalmers University of Technology, Northumbria University

December 01 2021 - December 03 2021

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On January 1st, 2020, the world woke to news that a pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan, China, had been identified as a strain of coronavirus. By March, the World Health Organization would define it as a pandemic and the most serious global health threat on the planet. Under lockdown conditions the relationship between health and the spaces we inhabit became central.
While it is tempting to see this recent global concern about health and environments as new, the reality is, it has a long history. The public health profession was born from the housing conditions of the 19th century urban poor. Demands for walkable neighbourhoods are long standing. Accessible design, and the broader healthy cities agenda globally, all pre-date COVID-19.
Seen in this light, this conference seeks to bring recent experiences and responses into dialogue with these longer standing areas of research into health, wellbeing and environments.

25 June 2021: Abstracts [Round One] | 25 July 2021: Feedback | 25 Oct 2021: Abstracts [Round Two] |  05 Nov 2021 Feedback

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Architecture, History and the Smart City

call for papers

New Delhi, NCR, India (socially distanced) and virtual

March 13 2022 - March 15 2022

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Smart, intelligent, digital, ubiquitous. The city as a site of technological innovation, integration and design has been defined in multiple ways. It has spawned both utopian and dystopian visions of the future. In an age of Covid-19 tracking apps it has become central to questions of health and public safety. Whatever the future of the smart city however, it has to operate now in the context of the present and, simultaneously, contend with the past. While star architects develop ‘spectacle architecture’ for example, property developers produce gated communities, and urban planners grapple with urban expansion. This all happens while conservationists dedicate themselves to preserving the past and historians continue exploring former lives of our ancient towns. Today, this is all couched in the framework of our urgent attempts to deal with the immediate fall out from the global pandemic.

The city we imagine for the future then, will be a complex set of factors and components from the past, and present. Navigating this multiplicity will be key to the futures now being imagined and how we address questions like public health and safety, participatory planning and the maintenance of our cultural traditions. Nowhere is this more evident than in the host country for this conference, India.

The site of the most tragic effects of Covid-19 right now and a place of exploding urbanization, it is also a country with some of the most iconic architectural heritage in the world, burgeoning contemporary architecture and at times experimental visions of future planning. Operating within this complex tapestry is the National Government’s 100 Smart Cities Mission, an ambitious project to ‘update’ 100 of its existing cities, their infrastructure and their architecture. Launched in 2015, it envisages the full integration of the digital infrastructures supporting our cities, the contemporary buildings serving our everyday needs, and the historic structures that house our cultural traditions and the services we provide to citizens.

In many ways, 100 Smart Cities captures issues at the heart of smart city agendas across the world and raises questions, possibilities and concerns related to ‘digital futures’ globally: How is technology supporting our public health response to Covid-19? What are the practicalities of digital integration in existing urban infrastructures? How are architects responding to the ‘traditional’ needs of our cities and their people? What is the heritage we need to preserve and how do we do it?  How can our present condition and our cultural past coexist in this emerging future? Will we be exposed to ‘surveillance capitalism’? What will be the long term prosperity and public benefits – health and otherwise – that emerge from the digital city?

30 Oct 2021: Abstracts due

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Embodied Energy Through Time: Architecture and its Histories of Resource Consumption

Panel Session: EAHN biannual conference, Madrid (2022)

Madrid, Spain

June 15 2022

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CfP for panel session for EAHN Madrid 2022

Panel chairs: Barnabas Calder (University of Liverpool) and G. A. Bremner (University of Edinburgh)

The global Climate Emergency is the most urgent and vital challenge of our time. Yet architectural history has only taken tentative steps in reassessing its responsibility towards this challenge. This panel invites applicants to consider how the history of buildings/architecture can be better understood as a process of networked material assemblage in which energy inputs are considered a (if not the) key transformative factor. We particularly encourage historic case studies that seek to bridge the gap between assumed and known energy inputs, bringing new data sets to bear as evidence of architecture as an energetic process. Proposals from all periods and places will be considered, and we especially welcome topics which offer new insight and data relating to architecture of the agrarian millennia and industrial periods before 1900.

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Women in Architectural Periodicals: Gender Stereotypes, Feminist Discourse & the Female Gaze

EAHN 2022 Madrid

School of Architecture of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

June 15 2022 - June 19 2022

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There has been much interest recently in the role of architectural periodicals (newspapers, magazines, journals) in the formation of architecture. Scholars such as Andrew Higgott, Beatriz Colomina, and Kester Rattenbury have argued that architectural media defines architecture, suggesting that architectural periodicals should not only be considered as documents that represent architecture, but have the power to generate spaces of architectural production and be considered as works of architecture in their own right.


Nevertheless, as feminist thinking has shown, any editing, framing, and presentation is never neutral, but culturally constructed. The various agents that participated in architectural periodicals were mainly based on different kinds of networks —personal and professional relations between architects, photographers, critics, etc.— that were predominantly masculine. As such, architectural periodicals were part of a patriarchal structure. Some women, however, had notable responsibilities in architectural periodicals with scopes as diverse as Monica Pidgeon in the British Architectural Design (1941-1975) and Beatriz Colomina in the Spanish Carrer de la Citá (1977-1980).

This session aims to explore women in architectural periodicals working under these patriarchal structures. We are therefore looking for texts reflecting on the following issues:

The gaze of women in architectural periodicals: both women in traditionally masculine positions of power and decision making, and women contributors. Was their editing and framing different? Did they create new spaces to publish other women architects’ works? How different were their editorial practices and critique to those of male editors? And how different were the resulting periodicals and architectures?

We welcome critical re-readings of feminist discourses. What was the relationship between periodicals and feminist discourses on the built environment? How can a feminist reading of architectural periodicals reframe the social construction of architecture, and its history?

Women appear in architectural periodicals in two ways: as architects (subject), and in advertisements (object). Women working for periodicals had to live with images that made sexist use of their image, creating gender stereotypes. How could these coexist? How do architectural periodicals understand women as both subject and object?

This session is interested in papers concerning the European context in the twenty century, although not exclusively. Cases from the nineteenth century and from areas far from the dominant focus of architectural discussion in Western, Central European and Anglo-Saxon periodicals are more than welcome.

The Call for Papers is now open and abstracts can be submitted until 6 September 2021

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EAHN 7th International Meeting

Madrid

June 15 2022 - June 19 2022

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The EAHN is already organising a Seventh pan-European meeting in Madrid for 2022. In accordance with the EAHN mission statement, this meeting aims to increase the visibility of the discipline; to foster transnational, interdisciplinary and multicultural approaches to the study of the built environment; and to facilitate the exchange of research results in the field. Though the scope of the meeting is European, members of the larger scholarly community are invited to submit proposals related not only to Europe’s geographical framework, but also to its transcontinental aspects.

The main purpose of the meeting is to map the general state of research in disciplines related to the built environment, to promote discussion of current themes and concerns, and to foster new directions for research in the field. Session proposals are intended to cover different periods in the history of architecture and different approaches to the built environment, including landscape and urban history. Parallel sessions will consist of either five papers or four papers and a respondent, with time for dialogue and questions at the end. In addition, a limited number of round-table debates addressing burning issues in the field will also take place at the meeting. Proposals are sought for round-table debates that re-map, re-define, and outline the current discipline. They will typically consist of a discussion between panel members and encourage debate with the audience. The goal is to create a forum in which different scholars can present and discuss their ideas, research materials and methodologies. 

Scholars wishing to chair a scholarly session or a round table debate at Madrid 2022 are invited to submit proposals by the CFSR form up to December 30, 2020: https://eventos.upm.es/53558/upload/eahn-seventh-international-meeting.html

Membership will be required to chair or present research at the meeting. To join EAHN, go to https://eahn.org or contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Each session or round table chair is expected to fund his/her own travel and related expenses to participate in the conference. 

Proposals in English of no more than 400 words should summarize the subject and the premise. Please include name, professional affiliation (if applicable), address, telephone and fax numbers, email address, and a current CV. Proposals and one-page CVs should be submitted by the form. Since late submissions cannot be considered, it is recommended that proposals be submitted, and their receipt confirmed well before the deadline. The General Chair cannot be responsible for last-minute submissions, electronic or otherwise, that fail to reach their destination.

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(IN)TANGIBLE HERITAGE(S): A conference on design, culture and technology – past, present, and futu

call for papers

June 15 2022 - June 17 2022

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The buildings, towns and cities we inhabit are physical entities created in the past, experienced in the present, and projected to inform the future. The same can be said of the artefacts we use daily: designed furniture in the home, the mobile devices in our hands, the vehicles we see on our streets. However, each of these places, buildings and products had, at their inception, social and cultural roles beyond their ‘object’ status. They continue to have them today. What we understand a designed object to be then, is a complex question of material and social import, and an intricate play of the tangible and intangible identities. Increasingly, it is also a question of hybrid experiences and overlaid histories. This conference addresses the range of issues connected to this scenario.

Strands:

Digital Heritage | Architecture | Conservation | Digital Design | Preservation | Social History | Urban imaginaries  |  Art Practice  |  Art History  |  Technology  |  Society and Culture

Disciplines:

Architecture, History, Heritage, Urban Design, Art, Design, Technology, Sociology, Cultural studies, Archaeology

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