Past Events

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The Politics of Environments: Architectures, Natures and Data

Tallinn, Estonia

April 20 2017 - July 23 2016

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Two themes stand out prominently in discussions, projects and strategies that are at the forefront of contemporary urbanisation. It is, on one hand, the question of ecology, where the city and architecture are reconceptualised in "green" terms such as sustainability, resilience, metabolic optimisation and energy efficiency. On the other hand is the cybernetic question, where the futures of architecture and urbanisation are staked upon the pervasive use of digital communication, interactive technologies, ubiquitous computing, and the "big data". Moreover, these two questions have become increasingly intertwined as two facets of a single environmental question: while real-time adjustments, behaviour optimisation and "smart" solutions are central to urban environmental agenda, the omnipresent network of perpetually interacting digital objects constitutes itself a qualitatively new environment within which urban citizens are enfolded. But as digital networks become our "second nature," we also hark back to the models derived from the "first nature".

With the growing pressure on architects, urbanists and planners to deliver ecological and techno-informational solutions, with (self-)monitoring of citizens "behaviour", optimisation of the buildings "performance", and smoothing of urban "flows", and with the respective substitution of democratic politics by automated governance models, it is ever more important to interrogate the historical, theoretical, methodological and epistemological assumptions beneath the above set of processes that can be described, following Michel Foucault, as environmental governmentality. These questions will be explored under three thematic tracks.

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SAHGB Annual Prizes in Architectural History

April 01 2017 - March 31 2017

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The Society of Architectural Historians Great Britain (SAHGB) is accepting nominations and submissions for its growing suite of internationally-renowned prizes. These prizes and awards are the most prestigious in the country for the discipline of architectural history. They are open to all historians of the built environment, and you do not need to be a member to participate. Nominations are normally accepted from members, but unsolicited nominations will be considered on merit.

We particularly encourage submissions from:
Masters and doctoral students in relevant disciplines
Heritage professionals
Practising architects, in particular those working with historic environments
Full-time academics at all career stages in relevant disciplines
The society welcomes submissions of work relating to the history of the built environment from all disciplines, including but by no means limited to:
History
Geography
Architecture
Art History


On as diverse a range of themes as possible, including:
Histories of design
Histories of planning
Histories of construction
Histories of buildings in use
Histories of interiors and interior design
Histories of practice and professionalism
We are looking for work that it is innovative, ambitious and rigorous in the history of the built environment. Previous winners of our awards and prizes have gone on to have esteemed careers in architectural history and heritage.

Please consider submitting work and encourage students, colleagues and friends to do so too. Further information and methods of submission can be found on our website (http://www.sahgb.org.uk).

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Performing, Writing Symposium March 2017

Wellington, New Zealand

March 09 2017 - March 19 2017

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Performing, Writing: a symposium in four turns is an international interdisciplinary research-focussed event occurring in March 2017, Wellington NZ run in association with Performance Arcade.

This event imagines how a text can be conceptualised, written, presented and figured with equal or more contingency and responsiveness to temporal and corporeal happenings, and vice versa. 

What creative, dialogic, autobiographical or alternative writing approaches might elicit a text that engages with the plurality of affects of an artwork?  How might a creative work be informed, inspired, directed, scripted or critiqued with the same respect for live-ness that unfolds spatially as it does textually? How might these parallel practices inhabit space symbiotically?  How might a new culture of criticality develop in between acts of “performing through”?

The proposal deadline has recently been extended to 15 July 2016 and the event dates have changed since the first posting in April this year.

See the website for details: www.performingwriting.com

Dr Julieanna Preston

Professor of Spatial Practice

Toi Rauwharangi College of Creative Arts

Te Kunenga o Purehuroa Massey University

Wellington, Aotearoa

 

 

 

 

 

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Performing, Writing 2017

Wellington, New Zealand

March 04 2017 - March 09 2017

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There is something nearly indescribable yet palpable in the transfer between embodied works of art and the textual inscriptions that imagine, forecast, relate, explain, document orco-exist alongside them. 

This parallel and often intersecting dialogical relationship bears out the ways that practices such as live art, performance, theatre, architecture, spatial design, dance and music depend, expand upon, repeat and exacerbate practices such as script and score-writing poetry, literary fiction, art criticism, ficto-criticism, curatorial writing, site writing  and writing associated with creative practice-led research.

 

This synaptic condition is what John Hall calls out in On Performance Writing, with pedagogical sketches (2013) as gestures of actualisation, performing thru; writing as itself performance, the very literal taking place over time, slowly, meticulously, and performance as an event that is more than the writing where the writing’s concern is with its relation to the full context of the performance. (61) 

 

Here we find shared attentiveness towards the shaping of words, breathe, body,  object, time and space, to effectively and affectively curate subjective encounters.

 

Performing, Writing: A symposium in four turns imagines how a text can be conceptualised, written, presented and figured 

with equal or more contingency and responsiveness to temporal and corporeal happenings, and vice versa. What creative, 

dialogic, autobiographical or alternative writing approaches might elicit a text that engages with the plurality of affects of 

an artwork?  How might a creative work be informed, inspired, directed, scripted or critiqued with the same respect for live-

ness that unfolds spatially as it does textually? How might these parallel practices inhabit space symbiotically?  How might a 

new culture of criticality develop in between acts of “performing through”?

 

Proposals due 1 July 2016. See the website for details: www.performingwriting.com

 

Dr Julieanna Preston

Professor of Spatial Practice

Toi Rauwharangi College of Creative Arts

Te Kunenga o Purehuroa Massey University

Wellington, Aotearoa

 

Mobile +6421 842616

Skype user name buildingartpractice

www.julieannapreston.space

 

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Theory’s History 196X-199X

Challenges in the historiography of architectural knowledge

Brussels

February 09 2017 - February 10 2017

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Theory’s history, 196X – 199X
Challenges in the historiography of architectural knowledge

KU Leuven, Belgium

 

CALL FOR PAPERS – INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN BRUSSELS
9th-10th of February, 2017.
Submission deadline: 15th of June, 2016

 

In recent international literature addressing the history of 20th century architectural theory, the year 1968 is indicated as a decisive moment, giving rise to a ‘new’ architectural theory. From that moment onwards, emphasis was no longer placed on the aesthetics of architecture, but on its critical potential. Yet, according to some scholars, this intensification of theory was short-lived. A presence of coexisting and even contradictory paradigms derived from very different epistemic domains (anthropology, philosophy, linguistics, social sciences, etc.) led to a setback of theory, resulting in an end-of-theory atmosphere in the 1990s.     
It is not a coincidence that the so called death of architectural theory concurred with the upsurge of anthologies on architectural theory that collect and classify referential texts. Instead of burying theory, these anthologies had an additional effect, namely to institutionalise it. In other words, they offered both closure to a past period and also defined the locus of a next period of theorisation, invoking a ‘historical turn’. At the same time architectural discourses, and especially architectural historiography, were engaging with new theoretical fields such as gender studies or postcolonial studies, giving rise to a continued production of theoretically informed books and articles.

The goal of this conference is to discuss the methodological challenges that come along with this historical gaze towards theory, by focusing on the concrete processes in which knowledge is involved. By screening the unspoken rules of engagement that the accounts of post-war architectural theory have agreed to and distributed, we want to point at dominant assumptions, biases and absences. While anthologies inevitably narrate history with rough meshes, we believe it is time to search for those versions of theory formation that have slipped through these nets of historiography, in order to question the nature of theory and the challenges it poses to historians. How do you do historical research on something as intangible as theory, or in a broadened sense, the knowledge of architecture?

 

Practical information

Please visit our website for up to date information and for the full CFP: architecture.kuleuven.be/theoryshistory

This two-day conference will be held in Brussels on Thursday and Friday 9th - 10th February 2017. The conference aims to bring together both young and established scholars from every discipline that is able to engage with the topics outlined above. Confirmed keynotes are Joan Ockman, Ákos Moravánszky and Ɓukasz Stanek.

We’re happy to receive abstracts of up to 300 words until the 15th of June, 2016. Information on how to submit is provided on our website. Abstracts will be anonymously reviewed by an international scientific committee. Authors will be notified of acceptance on the 15th of July 2016. In order to provide a solid conference, we expect full papers one month in advance of the conference, i.e. 1st of January, 2017.

Please note that there will be a conference fee for participants of maximum €150 and a reduced price for students.

For any other questions, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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AIARG 2017 Conference

Call for Conference Papers

Waterford Institute of Technology

January 27 2017 - January 28 2017

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Proposals for conference papers are now sought for the 6th annual AIARG conference to be held in Waterford on 27- 28 January 2017. Paper must be submitted under the following thematic sessions.

  • Architectural Education in the Age of Globalization: when East meets West.
  • Centenary Celebration of William H. Whyte, Sage of the City (1917-1999).
  • Concealed or Exposed? Ireland and Concrete.
  • Critical Spatial Practice and Sensibility Formation.
  • Design versus Conservation and the Value of Time. What is the meaning of place?
  • Domesticity at the Crossroads: Irish Housing Design 1955-1980.
  • Evaluating Landscapes.
  • Interim Review- on Architectural Education 2.
  • Intertidal Infrastructural.
  • Reproduction: Architectural Education. Ideology and Capitalist Relations of Production.
  • Streets on the ground: Rediscovering planned and unplanned city streets.
  • The Minor Woods of Ireland.
  • “There are 60 degrees, so why stick to one?” (Zaha Hadid, Feb 2003), Considering the complete life and legacy of Zaha Hadid.
  • Transculturation. Merging and Converging of Architectural Idioms, Energies and Ideals.

Please forward your abstract by email (300 words maximum) to session chair by 24 October. Full papers (2,000-2,500 words) expected in December. Please include with your abstract a 100 word biography and contact details. 

For more information or queries visit www.aiarg2017conference.com or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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