Past Events

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8th Architecture, Culture and Spirituality Symposium

Utopia, Architecture and Spirituality

New Harmony, Indiana, United States of America

June 23 2016 - June 26 2016

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fThe Forum of Architecture, Culture and Spirituality announces its next annual Symposium. ACS 8 will take place in the historically significant, beautiful and enchanting town of New Harmony, Indiana. This place, through its remarkable history, offers the perfect opportunity to consider the relationships between Utopia, Architecture and Spirituality, the very topic of the ACS 8 Symposium. More specifically, ACS 8 asks us to look at utopia as an idea and ideal, real and imagined, in all of its ramifications for architecture and the built environment, culture, politics, and, especially, spirituality. ACS 8 asks us to reflect on utopias past, to explore utopia in the present reality, and to speculate on how designers can take up utopian ideas and action in the future.

ACS 8 will take place June 23-26, 2016. New Harmony, Indiana, is about 2.5 hours drive from Saint Louis (Missouri) and 2 hours from Louisville (Kentucky). ACS 8 is being organized by four co-chairs. In alphabetical order by last name, they are: Ben Jacks, Nancy Mangum McCaslin, Ben Nicholson, and Michelangelo Sabatino.

ACS 8 co-chairs kindly invite all individuals interested in participating in this event to submit 500-1000 extended abstracts. All work will be blind-peer reviewed by at least three separate scholars/practitioners. The submission deadline is Monday 18 January 2016. Please, visit the symposium website to learn about all the necessary details

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Fourth International EAHN conference

Dublin, Ireland

June 01 2016 - June 05 2016

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Featuring keynote addresses by Jean-Louis Cohen, Roger Stalley, and Sibel Bozdogan and twenty five sessions and roundtables, the EAHN fourth International Conference will be held in Dublin Castle from 2-4 June 2016 with ancillary events and tours on the previous and subsequent days.  Early bird registration through 31 March.

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AHRA PhD Student Symposium

University of Sheffield School of Architecture (SSoA)

April 07 2016

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The 2016 AHRA PhD Student Symposium will be hosted by the University of Sheffield School of Architecture, with presentations from current graduate students in the architectural humanities. The symposium will be free to attend, but registration is required via this Eventbrite site:

https://ahra-symposium.eventbrite.co.uk

 

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Interdisciplinary International Conference

HOUSED by CHOICE HOUSED by FORCE Homes, Conflicts and Conflicting Interests

Nicosia, Cyprus

January 21 2016 - January 22 2016

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Taking as its starting point the social, political, cultural and economic complexity of its host city, this conference seeks to understand the range of conflicting interests and factors that shape the housing of our towns and cities in both normal and extreme scenarios. It is interested in international cases from politically charged environments of military conflict zones to the socially conflictive contexts of developer led gentrification; from local resident initiatives to globally applicable deign ideas.

Although hosted in a particular geopolitical setting, the issues dealt with resonate further afield and the conference welcomes presentations from any part of the world. Responding to the need for social inclusion, sustainable development, multi-cultural environments and even the latest developments in sciences and technology, this conference will re-think the role of choice and accident in the production of housing and the built environment. It will consider the perspective of developers, architects and politicians

It seeks to better understand how we safeguard the right to choose appropriate housing for all our citizens? How we ensure residents have a voice in design and development? How we guarantee adequate housing is is always an option?… and how we overcome conflicts and conflicting interests to do this?

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Architectural Type and the Discourse of Urbanism

Royal College of Art

December 14 2015

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The Architecture Culture and Tectonics Research Group, Department of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Nottingham  in partnership with the School of Architecture, University of Technology Sydney, present a symposium on Architectural Type and the Discourse of Urbanism, hosted by the School of Architecture, Royal College of Art, London.

 

Architectural Type and the Discourse of Urbanism

14 December 2015 | 10.30am – 5pm

Battersea, Gorvy Lecture Theatre

Free but booking essential

http://www.rca.ac.uk/news-and-events/events/architecture-symposium/

 

Architecture’s relationship to the city is one of the key tropes in architectural and urban theory and practice. This relationship bears upon questions of architecture’s disciplinary autonomy, its agency in the change and transformation of the city and the possibility of its politics. The recent years have seen a plethora of publications addressing architecture’s relationship to the city, seeking to understand the seemingly uncontrollable urban growth, either as a network of flows and infrastructures, or as an aggregation where architecture and the urban form an unquestioned continuity. Indeed, ever since Learning from Las Vegas, many of these publications go as far as suggesting that if this explosion of urban density, and its associated commercial aspirations, cannot be prevented, then it should be taken as an ineluctable point of departure, itself the source of a new abstract beauty. However, neither these descriptions of the complexities and expansion of the city nor the insistence on architecture’s formal autonomy – as some sort of language – articulate architecture’s precise relationship to the urban.

 

The following one-day symposium proposes to explore typology as a mode of spatial reasoning that underlies architecture’s autonomy as a field of thought and action, its agency in the transformation of the city, and its strategic intersection with the spatial politics of the liberal metropolis. It brings together academics and practitioners to reflect on typology both as critical project and design strategy.

 

Organised by Dr Katharina Borsi, Tarsha Finney and Dr Pavlos Philippou.

 

 

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This Thing Called Theory

12th International Architectural Humanities Research Association Conference

Leeds Beckett University

November 19 2015 - November 21 2015

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This conference proposes Theory as a form of architectural practice which opposes the instrumentalization of its use. It aims to explore the status of Theory in architecture through an examination of instances in current practice, and invites critical reconsiderations of the role of Theory in architecture, its successes and shortcomings. It seeks to trigger discussions, arguments and polemics around this thing called Theory. 

 

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