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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

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                     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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The Urban Thing

Keynote Speaker: Professor Mark Dorrian Forbes Chair in Architecture, The University of Edinburgh

AUT University & The University of Auckland, Auckland New Zealand

April 10 2015 - April 12 2015

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We invite you to contribute projects and thoughts on what Henri Lefebvre has termed an urban metaphilosophy at the forthcoming Interstices Under Construction Symposium – The Urban Thing.

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LC 2015_LE CORBUSIER 50 YEARS AFTER

Call for papers

Valencia, Spain

March 03 2015 - March 03 2015

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LC 2015_LE CORBUSIER 50 YEARS AFTER

 

In August 1965, Le Corbusier, recognized as the most important architect of the twentieth-century, passed away in the Mediterranean Sea waters. For this reason, the Architectural Design Department at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, with the support of the Fondation Le Corbusier in Paris, promotes this international conference in Valencia.

 

Le Corbusier was one of the most prolific architects in the creation of links between ideas and images, between visual arts and architecture, between history and modernity. The power of his ideas was continually being tested and confirmed by his architectural work. In his projects, writings, paintings and sculptures he worked out different visions of what should match architectural modernity, which drew on a personal background built upon diverse ideological references. 

 

If there is any outstanding feature in his career, it is the transversal condition of his creative work. This idea of transversality enables us to open this conference to artists, historians, book publishers, photographers, thinkers and, of course, architects

 

The LC 2015 congress will be held on November 18-20 2015 at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de la Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), which has been recently ranked as the best technical university in Spain by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2014.

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AALTO BEYOND FINLAND ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN

2nd Alvar Aalto Researchers Network Seminar: Call for papers

Rovaniemi, Finland 16-18 February 2015

February 16 2015 - February 18 2015

The 2nd Alvar Aalto Researchers Network Seminar, “Aalto beyond Finland. Architecture and Design” aims to create a network of researchers interested in the work of the Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. The meeting in Rovaniemi, in February 2015, will be an opportunity to present up-to-date research and provide a significant meeting point for those fascinated by Aalto’s buildings and projects, in a relaxed and collegial atmosphere.

Aalto’s work has had an exceptional impact beyond Finland since the opening of his office in Turku in 1927. Before World War II, his furniture was exhibited in strategic venues in Europe and America, from which Aalto established a solid network of professional contacts. During the post-war period, he took on many assignments and received great recognition in various foreign countries. His buildings, scattered around the world, as well as his unrealised projects, contributed to spreading Aalto’s design method in different architectural communities, thereby proving its validity outside Finland. Even countries in which Aalto did not design any projects or construct any buildings, such as Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, and Portugal, were influenced by his work. Although recent scholarly studies have contributed to an exploration of Aalto’s work abroad and its impact in the international context, they are fragmented, dwelling on national questions, without a holistic view. The 2nd Alvar Aalto Researchers Network Seminar “Aalto beyond Finland. Architecture and Design” strives for a comprehensive survey of the impact of Aalto’s architectural and design works abroad, in order to highlight those thematic communalities and connections among different international experiences.

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