Past Events

This page provides links and information about relevant past events.

A Call for Participation- The Venice Biennale Sessions 2014

Use-ReUse- Adaptive Modernism Workshop

Venice Biennale 2014

June 07 2014

As part of the Venice Biennale University Program, the Design School at the College of Management Academic Studies in Rishon LeZion, Israel, will lead a workshop on the opening day of the Biennale (June 7th).


The purpose of the workshop is to rethink the current value and role of the modernist buildings in their evolving and divergent urban settings.


The workshop will consist of brief presentations in various media surrounding research, conceptual projection, art, video, photography, virtual poster and architectural planning.


To participate, please submit a short abstract (250-300 words) in English, focusing on adaptive re-use for modernist architecture.


Submission deadline: 31 March 2014

Notifications: 30 April 2014

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The Architecture of Spirituality in a Multicultural Setting

The 6th Symposium on Architecture, Culture and Spirituality (ACS 6)

Trinity College in the University of Toronto. Toronto, CANADA.

June 06 2014 - June 08 2014

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The 6th Annual Symposium on Architecture, Culture and Spirituality (ACS 6) will take place at Trinity Colege in the University of Toronto ( ), located in the heart of Toronto’s midtown core, June 5-8, 2014.

The topic is “The Architecture of Spirituality in a Multicultural Settingand will explore the nature of spiritual expression as articulated in form and space within a multicultural framework. This objective will be pursued in paper-project-presentation sessions responding to the themes described below. As always in ACS symposia, optional meditation will be offered each morning and there will be free time for connecting to oneself, other people and the surroundings.


 IDENTITY: As global economics and conflicts accelerate intercontinental migration, many spiritual traditions find themselves striving to secure and maintain identity within a completely new and otherwise foreign context. This theme considers the dynamics of faithfully re-creating the architecture of a spiritual tradition, and/or finding expressions of form, space, and ritual that speak to their adopted landscape.

SHARING: In many cases, it has not been feasible to carry out spiritual expression with their traditional landscape.  This theme gives consideration to such possibilities as accommodations within the workplace, the creation of multi-faith worship centres, and sharing of existing religious spaces by more than one faith tradition as a means to embrace a multi-cultural environment

CONFLICT: Because sacred sites, buildings, and iconic objects represent primary manifestations of a spiritual tradition, they are often prime targets of sectarian, interfaith, and politically motivated violence.  This theme provides opportunities to explore the nature of this phenomenon.

FORGIVENESS: This theme provides opportunities to explore the question of how design and location of spiritual space and form can contribute to ameliorating tensions, diffusing misunderstandings, and resolving potential conflicts as we seek to find wholeness and peaceful co-existence.


Compelling proposals that relate to the symposium focus but which fall outside of these themes will also be considered for acceptance.

Special Events

Two special event are planned. One is a keynote lecture by McGill Architecture Professor Alberto Pérez-Gómez. The second will be a Sacred Space Tour of Toronto buildings, gardens, and urban settings.


500 words long proposals will be peer-reviewed by the symposium co-chairs and a selected group of ACS members. The deadline is January 27th, 2014. 


For more details and information, visit website: or email Julio Bermudez: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Creative Adjacencies, new challenges for Architecture, Design and Urbanism for updating, modernizing

Ghent, Belgium

June 03 2014 - June 07 2014

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“Creative Adjacencies” will focus on unexpected phenomena of emergent liaisons,  on urban contrasts and conflicts, on unusual professional collaborations or creative joined forces as the generator of new possibilities, new strategies in a dynamic contemporary environment.  Conference themes will engage in different and divers approaches in the new curricula-development of Architecture, Design and Urbanism.  The sessions will address a range of research, design and educational reflections and strategies on creative solutions for complex situations. 


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Urban and Landscape Days XI

Tallinn, Estonia

May 08 2014 - May 11 2014

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The conference aims to explore histories and geographies of socialism and post-socialism in relation to three themes: 1) architecture and urban planning, 2) land use and landscape, and 3) property rights.

Please send your abstract (300 words) and short bio (60 words) by Dec 2, 2013 to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Equalities of Wellbeing & Housing Workshop

UCL, London

April 29 2014 - April 29 2014

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A one-day seminar for the AHRC project Equalities of Wellbeing that examines current issues of UK housing. 

Panels on: space and housing standards, equality and affordability, design and wellbeing.  

Speakers include:  Alex Ely (Mae Architects); Phil Hamilton (Peter Barber Architects); Sarah Wigglesworth (Sarah Wigglesworth Architects); Brian Quinn (CABE/Design Council); Deborah Garvie (Shelter); Maddy Power (The Equality Trust); Andrew Saint (Survey of London); Andrea Phillips (Goldsmiths); Anne Bottomley (Kent); David Roberts (UCL). 

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Call for Presenters: BANKRUPT

Triennial Graduate Student Conference

University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

April 04 2014 - April 05 2014

The Doctoral Programs of the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning are pleased to announce a graduate student conference: BANKRUPT.


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