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40 Years On: The Domain of Design History

Looking Back Looking Forward

Open University, Milton Keynes

May 22 2015

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2015 marks forty years since the Open University launched its pioneering course A305 History of architecture and design 1890-1939 in 1975.  The course has been widely acknowledged as a landmark in the study of modern architecture and design both in the UK and internationally.  This conference will take A305 as its starting point to trace some central themes in the history of the discipline in this country from the 1970s onwards. 

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IFW2015: Nomadic Interiors

Interiors Forum World 3th International Conference

Politecnico di Milano School of Architettura e Società

May 21 2015 - May 22 2015

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Nomadic Interiors: CALL FOR PAPER/CONFERENCE/BOOK

Identity and diversity – whether cultural, ethnic, religious or political – mark our contemporary global context on a daily basis. We live in an age that might be defined by migration, of population flow, by the movement of people, of information, of knowledge… From continent to continent, from nation to nation, from region to region, from city to city, individuals or groups of people overcome geographic borders and cultural or linguistic barriers in search of an economic comfort zone; for a new lease on life for their children; as well as for study purposes; for tourism or to experience new lifestyles and social relations.
Old and new nomads, inscribe traces, invisible or real, on the places they cross and where they stop, generating linguistic, cultural, lifestyle contaminations. They remark, delete or reconfigure their identity, absorbing or rejecting differences. By traveling and stopping – temporarily or permanently – they retrace paths followed by others or design new ones. It’s a movement of global intensification that configures ways of living, inhabiting, and being in the world.
On the other hand, the concept of the Interior has profoundly changed. It is no longer tied to the domestic and work sphere only – a dichotomy that Walter Benjamin used to tie to the capitalist society of the end of Nineteenth century – it now includes all places of associated and collective life. The metropolitan environment, specifically, is characterized by a succession of «internities», sometimes with (transient, feeble, fleeting) or mutating borders, that everyone re-owns in a more or less permanent way. “The nomadic space, a pure interior”, writes George Teyssot, underlining how the movement – of people as well information – has also changed the original meaning of Interior architecture.
Proximity, Hybridization, Multiculturalism, Mobility, Identity, Diversity seem to characterize spaces for contemporary life, culture, training, hospitality, leisure, work, commerce and social relations.

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Architecture of Alterity

Call for Papers

University of Edinburgh

May 14 2015 - May 16 2015

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Call for Papers

In a world where we face others that we do not understand, the question of alterity becomes essential to our critical thinking.  Alterity is a philosophical term meaning “otherness” describing the ability to distinguish between self / not-self, while opening up the recognition of alternative viewpoints. This 2-day international symposium will focus on interdisciplinary contributions that discuss alterity from diverse perspectives including spatial, architectural, political, cultural and philosophical. The overall objective is to create an educational forum providing an active dialogue between both postgraduate and early career researchers with seasoned scholars, while establishing collaborative links between regional and international universities.

We invite paper abstract submissions under the following 4-thematic session topics, plus an additional open category. Authors may submit only one paper per session topic. The same paper abstract may not be submitted to multiple topics. Please submit to one-of-five paper sessions:

  1. Space of Communicativity
  2. Global Architect of Alterity
  3. Unveiling the Political: Process, Identity and Alterity
  4. Conceptualizing Counter-Hegemonic Sites, Practices and Narratives
  5. Open Category

Our intention is that these themes will be organized as separate tracks within the main symposium. Please submit both a 400-word abstract, specifying which category are submitting to, and short-bio or resume in English by e-mail to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by 15th February 2015. Notifications of acceptance with peer-review comments will be returned after March 15th 2015.

We are delighted to also include keynote lectures from Simon Critchely, PhD, Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy (New School of Social Research) and Michael Jenson, PhD, Associate Dean and Assistant Chancellor for Research (University of Colorado); and also invited presentations from Xavier Guillaume, PhD, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations (University of Edinburgh); and Dorian Wiszniewski, PhD, Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Critical Theory (University of Edinburgh).

The exact programme will be announced after acceptance of abstracts by 15th of February 2015 on website: https://archofalterity.wordpress.com

Contacts

For any inquires, please contact: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Liz Martin-Malikian <e.martin-malikian@sms.ed.ac.uk>

 

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Interstices: Journal of Architecture & Related Arts - The Urban Thing

Call for Papers

May 02 2015 - June 20 2015

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We invite papers and projects addressing an urban metaphilosophy in the forthcoming issue of Interstices, Journal of Architecture and Related Arts titled “The Urban Thing”.

 

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CFP Facing Post-War Urban Heritage in Central-Eastern Europe

Budapest, Hungary

April 30 2015

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Facing Post-War Urban Heritage in Central-Eastern Europe

9 October 2015, Budapest, Hungary

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

 

Throughout Europe, current urban challenges are posed by large-scale ensembles of modernity as a result of post-war development on both sides of the Iron Curtain. The urb/doconf 2015 is the first in a series of a doctoral conference, to be organised on a yearly basis, which will provide a comparative overview of current doctoral research into the physical (built and natural) environment within Central-Eastern Europe (CEE).

Those invited include doctoral researchers, PhD candidates and 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 CEE doctoral institutions, building up a network for future generations of scholars through their specific fields of research.

 

Main Conference Topics

The first doctoral conference is dedicated to post-war urban heritage in Central-Eastern Europe. In order to compare different perspectives, we welcome papers examining the physical environment under the following topics:

mass housing

recreational areas

industrial sites

(in)formal urban networks

Considering the four main conference topics/sessions, we are interested in different research methodologies: theoretical frameworks, comparative studies, morphological case studies, 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-Communist 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 Central-Eastern European physical environment, discuss a wide range of options (from preservation to sustainable renewal processes) and create a database on architectural PhD research topics and methodology.

 

Abstract Submission

Please send an abstract of up to 500 words and a brief academic biography using the template formats: http://urb.bme.hu/en/doconf2015

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

                     submission of abstracts – 30 April 2015

                     notification of acceptance – 1 May 2015

Participation at the conference is free of charge.

 

Publications

All accepted abstracts will be reviewed and published in the Book of Abstracts. Selected authors will be invited for review to submit their full papers to the open-access scientific journal Periodica Polytechnica Architecture (http://www.pp.bme.hu/ar).

The official language of the conference is English.

 

Conference Organiser

The first doctoral conference “Confronting Post-War Urban Heritage in Central-Eastern Europe” is organised by the Department of Urban Planning and Design Faculty of Architecture, Budapest University of Technology and Economics. www.urb.bme.hu

 

Scientific Board

Melinda Benkő, PhD (Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary), Anna Agata Kantarek, PhD (Cracow University of Technology, Poland), Tamás Meggyesi, DSc (Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary), David Tichý, PhD (Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic), Lubica Vitkova, PhD (Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Slovak Republic)

 

Organizing Committee

Chairwoman: Melinda Benkő, PhD

Secretary: Domonkos Wettstein

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Pre & Post-Conference Proposals

The conference is linked to the SUSCO Budapest 2015 - Central European Conference on Sustainable Development  (7-8 October 2015). SUSCO Budapest 2015 is part of the SUSCO conference series with the aim to establish a SD network in the Central-Eastern European (CEE) region in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. The network makes possible discussion of the challenges and best practices in the region, in order to exchange relevant experiences and seek common solutions for SD. www.suscobudapest.com

 

Budapest is famous for its renovated historic city centre. We invite all participants to explore the capital’s built heritage during the conference weekend. After garnering professional experience, we recommend checking out the popular open-air pubs, grungy underground clubs and elegant cocktail bars together with the conference community. Take advantage of this opportunity to discover Budapest! http://susud.bme.hu/budapest/

 

Site of the conference:  http://urb.bme.hu/en/doconf2015

 

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CFP - Photogtaphy & Modern Architecture

Porto, Portugal

April 22 2015 - April 24 2015

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International Conference

Photography & Modern Architecture

call for papers open until January 22

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