Past Events

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Call for Papers: Divergence in Architectural Research

Ph.D. Symposium

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

June 19 2019 - September 07 2019

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Hello!

We would like to bring your attention to a research event taking place next March at the School of Architecture of Georgia Institute of Technology. We’d love your help in spreading the word, and are pleased to extend an invitation to all Ph.D. student fellows and researchers allied with the Canadian Center for Architecture.

The Ph.D. Symposium: Divergence in Architectural Research, will take place on the campus of Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, on March 5-6, 2020. The symposium, organized by the ConCave Ph.D. Program of the School of Architecture at Georgia Institute of Technology, seeks to create a platform for sharing current research in architecture with invited scholars and other doctoral students, in architecture and allied fields. By divergence, we mean the multiple paths, epistemological frameworks and interrelationships that are active today across the spectrum of architectural research. We hope to bring attention to this state of agency that exists and the emergent future directions this portends.

The Call for Papers invites doctoral students to present their ongoing research. The symposium will act as a nexus for connections with established scholars and fellow researchers. Interested students should submit their abstracts by September 7, 2019, on the symposium website.

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FRASCARI SYMPOSIUM IV: Call for papers

The Secret Lives of Architectural Drawings and Models: From Translating to Archiving, Collecting, and Displaying

Kingston University London

June 2019

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Architectural drawings and models are instruments of imagination, communication and historical continuity. The role of drawings and models, their ownership, placement and authorship in a ubiquitous digital age deserve careful consideration. Despite them being the first handiwork of the architect, not enough attention is given to discussions about the sites of drawing activity, or to the matter of housing them, which is essential to the active relations between drawing and buildings, building and drawings, before, during and after construction.

Expanding on the well-established discussion of the translation from drawings to buildings, the Frascari Symposium IV questions the significance of the lives of drawings and models- before, during and after construction. Where drawings and models dwell in relation to buildings, impacts their seminality and their potential future translations, from drawing to building, building to drawing. In this process of multi-directional and multi-temporal constructions, who has ownership of the drawings and models, and where do they belong?

Robin Evans outlined the translational gap between drawings and buildings. The Latin word translationem during the Renaissance period indicated literally a physical transporting, including that of building elements. The translations of architectural elements were a documented and planned act that resulted from meaningful changes and led to changes in meaning.

The relevance of the physical presence and location of drawings and models within the buildings that they represent, their physical transporting from one place to another, from the places where they have been made to where they are kept during construction, or to designated locations in the thereafter of the fabrication process deserves scholarly critical analysis.

Nowadays, architectural drawings often reside in private, or public archives, and in museum collections housing the body of work of individual architects. This is the case with many collections, including the works of the Modernist masters of architecture. Archives are progressively making their physical collections digitally accessible online facilitating research and potentially having a tangible impact on the future teaching of architecture.

Architectural drawings can sometimes be found in hidden compartments inside the newel post of staircases in buildings from the Victorian up to the Modern period. The attention to maintaining architectural drawings in buildings shifted to the pragmatic aspects of construction drawings. Nowadays a set of working drawings may be kept in mechanical rooms.

The on site presence of elected representations is emblematic of the process of on-site inventory in its dual nature of cultural recollection and fostering of future imaginings. The storytelling of the site, the site of building construction and the edifice exist in various relations to each other extending the lives of drawings in meaningful ways beyond the time of construction, which is often perceived as an end to the translational relations between them. The continuity and contiguity of drawings, models and building may define an extended site, which is open even after construction has ended.

The digital age is characterized by a ubiquitous site of drawing production. Even though it is now possible to reproduce digital drawings and models in multiple originals, facilitating the construction of a twinned theory and pondering its significance, digital drawings and models might not remain fully accessible long into the future due to the rapid obsolescence implied by software development. Archives are faced with the challenge of what and how much to preserve.

Architects and scholars are invited to consider these questions before they become an archival question and plan for the representations that inform the future of an extended site in becoming, if past and future are to engage in meaningful relations. A new criticality requires moving beyond the either/or option of the office, the laboratory, the factory, the construction site as separate fabrication and archival sites. The contemporary architect moves between them looking for a critical presence on the construction site, before, during and after construction.

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Theory’s Curriculum

Architectural Association, 36 Bedford Square, London

May 28 2019

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Organised by Joseph Bedford with Mark Morris, Mollie Claypool, Mario Carpo, Pier Vittorio Aureli, Jane Rendell

Theory's Curriculum 

Date: Tuesday 28 May 2019 
Time: 18:30 
Venue: AA Lecture Hall

Syllabi are theory's infrastructure. They set a program for study, give structure to vast networks of ideas, and define an interpretative stance on the world. This evening event will address who our theory syllabi represent, what theoretical objects or concerns they should address, and why we should continue to teach architectural theory today? The program will include the presentation of the e–flux Architecture project Theory's Curriculum as well as responses to the project by panelists  who will discuss the project and the who, what and why of architectural theory today.

 

For more details about the Theory's Curriculum project, please visit: https://www.e-flux.com/architecture/curriculum/

 

 

 

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11th Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality Symposium

"Continuity in/of Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality"

Taliesin West, Scottsdale, Arizona (United States)

May 16 2019 - May 19 2019

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The Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality Forum (ACSF) announces its 2019 Symposium (ACSF 11) to take place in Taliesin West (Scottsdale, Arizona), an internationally recognized icon and destination for most architects, landscape architects, and designers.  Illuminated by the visionary and mystical figure of Frank Lloyd Wright, Taliesin West offers participants the perfect context where to meditate, sense, discuss, and even plan how to best harness the continuous interactions between nature, design, and spirituality. It also permits attendees to consider the little-addressed yet important legacy of FLW’s spiritual sensibility, belief, and practices vis-à-vis his work (60 years after his passing) in light of the huge challenges facing the world today. 

The symposium dates are May 16-19, 2019. As in previous symposia, ACSF 11 will be structured around a main topic (in this case "Continuity in/of Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality") but also open to ideas, works, and proposals relevant to the Forum's areas of interest.  We invite all individuals interested in participating in this event to submit proposals of 500 to 1,000 words for either the SYMPOSIUM TOPIC or an OPEN SESSION. Proposals may be submitted in one of three categories: paper, practice/research project, and workshop. The deadline is January 21st, 2019.

For more information, contact ACSF 11 co-chair Julio Bermudez at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 

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13th International Design and Design History Symposium “Design and Authority”

Izmir, Turkey

May 02 2019 - May 04 2019

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13th International Design and Design History Symposium

"Design and Authority"

Dates: May 2-4, 2019

Call for Papers: January 25, 2019

Location: Izmir, Turkey

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website: http://www.4t.org.tr/

 

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CFP: Facing Post Socialist Heritage / Conference

Call for Abstracts

Budapest

March 04 2019 - March 04 2019

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Call for Abstracts (deadline: 04 March 19)

Guidelines and Instructions

Site of the conference:  www.urb.bme.hu/en/doconf2019

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Facing Post-Socialist Urban Heritage

4-5 October 2019, Budapest, Hungary

The third international doctoral / postdoctoral conference organised by the Department of Urban Planning and Design, Faculty of Architecture, Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME).

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Throughout Europe, current urban challenges are posed by large-scale ensembles of modernity as a result of post-WWII development on both sides of the Iron Curtain. The urb/doconf 2019 is the third in a series of a doctoral / postdoctoral conference, to be organised on a biannual basis, which will provide a comparative overview of current doctoral research into the physical - built and natural - environment within post-socialist cities in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), and post-soviet Asia.

Those invited include doctoral researchers – doctoral students, candidates or post-doctoral researchers (maximum five years after obtaining the doctorate degree) - specializing in architecture, urban design, urban planning or landscape architecture. The BME Department of Urban Planning and Design wishes to promote cooperation among doctoral institutions, building up a network for future generations of scholars through their specific fields of research related to post-socialist urban heritage.

Main Conference Topics

The doctoral conference series is dedicated to post-WWII (after 1945) urban heritage of post-socialist cities focusing on the main research topics of the department. In order to compare different perspectives, we welcome papers examining the physical environment under the following sessions:

1. mass housing neighbourhood

2. urban space for reuse

3. waterside urban fabric and landscape transformation

Considering the three main conference topics/sessions, we are interested in different research methodologies: theoretical frameworks, comparative studies, morphological case studies, historic approach, research by design methodology, etc.  

We seek contributions that (i) test the post-war heritage positions in the changing ideological context after the fall of the Iron Curtain, (ii) investigate the mutual impact of the spatial turn and the critique of functionalism on urbanity, or (iii) examine the role of post-socialist legacy in the formation of new identities.

In addition to theoretical questions, we wish to find pragmatic approaches when responding to the new challenges of sustainability and determining what kind of protection tool-kit is capable of addressing large-scale ensembles problems. Our aim is to discover special similarities and dissimilarities within the physical environment of post-socialist cities, discuss a wide range of options (from preservation to sustainable renewal processes) and create a network of doctoral researchers.

Abstract Submission

Please send an extended abstract (400-500 words) and a brief academic biography (70-100 words).

Please use the template on the website: https://goo.gl/pBZQ34

Send your abstract to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Abstract deadline – 04 March 2019  / notification of acceptance – 31 March 2019

 

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