AHRA Newsletter:
December 2014-January 2015

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New Events

European Architectural History Network / Fourth International Meeting

EAHN 2016 Dublin Meeting Call for Sessions and Round Tables

Dublin, Ireland

June 02 2016

In accordance with its mission statement, the EAHN is organizing a meeting which is intended to increase the visibility of the discipline, foster transnational, interdisciplinary and multicultural approaches to the study of the built environment, and facilitate the exchange of research results in the field. Although the scope of the meeting is European, members of the larger scholarly community are invited to submit proposals related not only to European architecture but also to that of the rest of the world.

The main purpose of the meeting is to map the general state of research in disciplines related to the built environment, to promote discussion of current themes and concerns, and to foster new directions for research in the field. Session proposals are intended to cover different periods in the history of architecture and different approaches to the built environment including landscape and urban history. Parallel sessions will consist of either five papers or four papers and a respondent, with time for dialogue and questions at the end. In addition, a limited number of roundtable debates addressing key issues in the field will also take place at the meeting. Proposals for these should re-map, re-define, or outline the current state of the discipline. They will typically consist of a discussion between panel members and encourage debate with the audience. The goal is to create a forum in which different scholars can present and discuss their ideas, research materials and methodologies.

 

 

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Thu 2 June 2016

Architecture and Resilience on a Human Scale 2015

The University of Sheffield

September 10 2015

This conference focuses on research, strategies and projects that are testing how we can build local resilience in preparation for major societal challenges, such as global warming, scarcity of resources, increase in extreme weather events and shifts in demographics. It will focus on how the emergence of collaborative economies, new technologies, and new forms of governance play out at neighbourhood level, and what contribution architects and architecture are making to shaping this changing context.

Whilst we are based in a school of architecture, we are keen to hear from many disciplines and practitioners including those in architecture, urban design, planning, landscape and ecology, geography, social sciences and other fields related to spatial studies. We welcome all those interested in neighbourhood research and projects on climate change mitigation and adaptation, co-working methodologies and designing with communities, case studies of neighbourhoods projects that contribute to growing local resilience and ‘Architecture 3.0,’ concerning questions of agency and empowerment.

 

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Thu 10 September 2015

7th Symposium of Architecture, Culture and Spirituality

Nature and the Ordinary: Sacred Foundations of Architecture, Culture and Spirituality

Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, United States of America

June 18 2015 - June 21 2015

The Forum for Architecture, Culture and Spirituality invites participation in its Seventh Annual Symposium. ACS 7 will take place in the serene setting of the vast and inspiring New Mexico desert in the southwest of the United States. We selected this remarkable place to invite us to contemplate and live the theme of the symposium: “Nature and the Ordinary: Sacred Foundations of Architecture, Culture and Spirituality.”  Although the symposium will focus on landscape and culture in the context of the ‘quotidian,’ we will consider submissions addressing other issues related to ACS and include them in at least one open session during ACS7. These sessions will provide a forum to present what is currently being studied, discussed, practiced, or taught in the area of architecture, culture and spirituality.

As in previous ACS meetings, the symposium will be structured around several subtopics focusing on various aspects of the general theme, and the number of attendees will be kept small on purpose to secure an atmosphere conducive to personal connections and in-depth dialogue. Optional meditation will be offered each morning and there will be some free time for connecting to oneself, other people and the surroundings.

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Thu 18 June 2015

IFW2015: Nomadic Interiors

Interiors Forum World 3th International Conference

Politecnico di Milano School of Architettura e Società

May 21 2015 - May 22 2015

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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Thu 21 May 2015

Transvaluation: Making the World Matter

May 20 2015 - May 22 2015

 

Call for abstracts – BriefIn the current measurement- and indicator-driven knowledge culture, research in architecture, art and several disciplines within humanities and social sciences may succumb to economic or scientific models, or be separated from important contexts of invention, risking to reduce research largely to standardized reproduction. Responding to the current proliferation of evaluation systems and the dominant culture of measurement that comes with it, the Transvaluation international symposium, May 21-22 2015, searches for alternative, cooperative environments of knowledge, of creation and invention, of ‘making and thinking’, and ways to trans- and re-value research cultures from within. The ambition is a high quality event with top level keynote speeches, small format seminars and collective forum discussions, with the intent to start a broad debate addressing fundamental strategic research questions across disciplinary borders, and to instigate possibilities for change.
The symposium will focus two major themes, Poetics and Politics of Value, referring to the (re-)making of values, both in artistic and architectural practice and in human scientific research, and their related political and systemic aspects. These themes are examined through two conceptual lenses: Worlding (shaping the world, transforming matter) and U-topos (space for speculative thinking and making). We search for ways in which architecture, art, philosophy, anthropology and other areas of research may challenge, together, the very concept and formation of knowledge, stretching and enriching it, hence “transvaluing” material and spiritual research cultures from within, disclosing alternative approaches and strengthening their logics of argumentation within the interdisciplinary frame, with potential to change its systemic conventions. We now invite researchers, doctoral students and practitioners to submit abstracts for discussion at the symposium. Abstracts will be peer reviewed and, if selected, developed into short papers. 
Keywords: transvaluation - poetics of value - worlding - architecture - artistic research

For more information on research contents etc., please use the symposium mail address, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Questions can also be mailed directly to Julia Fredriksson, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or Catharina Dyrssen,.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). For practicalities, travel and accommodation, please contact Nidal Yousif, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Also see symposium website: www.chalmers.se/transvaluation.

 

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Wed 20 May 2015

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

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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Fri 10 April 2015

The Art History of Architectural History

AAH2015 41st Annual Conference & Bookfair

Sainsbury Institute for Art, UEA, Norwich, UK

April 09 2015 - April 11 2015

Art history and architectural history are sister disciplines… or are they? How many art history departments regard architectural history as a core component of their provision? What might art history students miss if architectural history were not part of their curricula? Perhaps art objects and architectural objects are so radically different their study cannot be shared. Or perhaps there are modes of enquiry that can be developed to mutual benefit. This session reviews the art history/architectural history relationship in several ways. One way is to excavate those moments when art and architectural history were tightly bound together: in the very formation of art history as a discipline, for example, when both art and architecture were natural objects of study. Other ways might be: investigations of the parallel developments of formalism in art and architectural history; of architectural history’s relation to the ‘new art history’; of the ways in which architectural history might adopt recent developments in object studies, global art history, and art writing. Academics dealing with contemporary architecture find themselves wrestling with debates that in other disciplines may be more abstract or indirect: How does money or power represent itself in visual form? How does the general public (whoever they may be) understand form? How does government use aesthetics to communicate? All of these things are, and always have been, live in architecture. Perhaps this might be part of a case for making architectural history more central to art history. If so, what implications would it have for our curricula and our pedagogy?

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Thu 9 April 2015

*Stadtkolloquium* Interdisciplinary Urban PhD Research Seminar – 6th Annual Workshop.

UCL, London

March 30 2015 - March 31 2015

*Stadtkolloquium* is organizing its annual 2-day workshop for PhD research students in urban-related disciplines. The workshop will provide an open, informal and intimate space to collaborate and discuss progress amongst peers with regard to topical, theoretical, practical or methodological concerns. We therefore welcome contributions from students at all stages of the dissertation process. The workshop is unique in that all participants agree to both present their work and support others in doing so in small group sessions. Organizers hope to generate lively round-table discussions on diverse urban questions across various academic disciplines including Geography, Architecture, History, Anthropology, Literature, Cultural Studies, Development Studies, Arts, Environmental Studies, Gender Studies, Planning, Engineering and beyond.

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Mon 30 March 2015

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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Mon 16 February 2015

annual conference 2015, all-ireland architecture research group

Dublin, Ireland

January 30 2015 - January 31 2015

ALL-IRELAND ARCHITECTURE RESEARCH GROUP

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Call for Sessions Fourth Annual Meeting UCD Dublin January 29-30, 2015

 

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Fri 30 January 2015

Production Sites: Resituating the culture of architectural knowledge

The Bartlett/UCL and University of Sydney

January 15 2015

Production sites is a symposium that scrutinises new cultures of architectural knowledge by examining the sites where knowledge is produced.  As a discipline, architecture has largely framed knowledge through the idea of building types, formal styles or sites for design action. Yet participatory design modes, digital technologies, and event-based models present alternatives that probe the divisions between real and  imaginary sites,  experiential and ideatic encounters, aesthetics and technology. The theme is a response to fundamental transformations in terms of how cultural knowledge and meaning are currently produced. 

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Thu 15 January 2015

Funding Opportunity:  PhD Studentships in Art, Design and Architecture

History, Theory, Practice, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Kingston University London

January 09 2015

The Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at Kingston University is pleased to invite applications to its PhD programmes in all areas of art, design and architecture. The Faculty offers AHRC studentships in two cross-university training centres: TECHNE and the London Doctoral Design Centre (LDOC). These centres offer the highest quality research expertise and aim to develop the next generation of art and design researchers. TECHNE has approximately 50 scholarships to award each year across a range of arts and humanities disciplines. LDOC is focused in the Design and Built Environment areas and has approximately 6 scholarships to award each year. The maintenance rates for 2015/16 are yet to be announced by the AHRC but for a guide you can find current maintenance and fee rates on the AHRC's page for Current Research Students

 

 

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Fri 9 January 2015

Call for Associate Professor in Architectural Design

DAStU Department

Politecnico di Milano

December 23 2014

The Department of Architecture and Urban Studies at Politecnico di Milano aims at increasing its size and strength within the framework of the University plan to raise the number of International Faculty positions and widen the offer of Master level courses delivered in English.

The Department invites applications for one new full time permanent position at the Associate professor level from individuals who can contribute to the Department’s strategic research plan by a demonstrated expertise in the area of architectural design.

The Associate professor will be asked to work in a research line which deals with the whole thematic field of architectural design, including relationship between different scales. It consists of theoretical and methodological topics - regarding problems and techniques about contemporary design and changing environment and about practical and experimental ones, aimed to handle typological, compositional, procedural and constructional features at different architectural scales.

Applicants must have a position equivalent to the Italian “Associate Professor” and must work in an international university or research institution since at least three years. The successful candidate will be expected to teach at graduate level, in English, to develop and sustain an independent research program, mentor graduate students and provide service to the University.

The application, composed of:
•    Application letter addressed to the head of the Department
•    Motivation letter
•    Curriculum Vitae
•    Description of research interest and activity and of teaching skills and experience

has to be sent by e-mail to the Director of the Department

Prof. Gabriele Pasqui
Dipartimento di Architettura e Studi Urbani
E-mail address: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 

within December 23rd, 2014

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Tue 23 December 2014

New Publications

The Architecture of Luxury

Annette Condello

Over the past century, luxury has been increasingly celebrated in the sense that it is no longer a privilege (or attitude) of the European elite or America's leisure class. It has become more ubiquitous and now, practically everyone can experience luxury, even luxury in architecture. Focusing on various contexts within Western Europe, Latin America and the United States, this book traces the myths and application of luxury within architecture, interiors and designed landscapes. Spanning from antiquity to the modern era, it sets out six historical categories of luxury - Sybaritic, Lucullan, architectural excess, rustic, neoEuropean and modern - and relates these to the built and unbuilt environment, taking different cultural contexts and historical periods into consideration. It studies some of the ethical questions raised by the nature of luxury in architecture and discusses whether architectural luxury is an unqualified benefit or something which should only be present within strict limits. The author argues how the ideas of permissible and impermissible luxury have informed architecture and how these notions of ethical approval have changed from one context to another. Providing voluptuous settings for the nobles and the leisure class, luxury took the form of not only grand palaces, but also follies, country and suburban houses, private or public entertainment venues and ornate skyscrapers with fast lifts. The Architecture of Luxury proposes that in Western societies the growth of the leisure classes and their desire for various settings for pleasure resulted in a constantly increasing level of 'luxury' sought within everyday architecture.

http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409433217

 

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Thu 23 October 2014

Architecture and the Welfare State

Mark Swenarton, Tom Avermaete, Dirk van den Heuvel (Eds.)

In the decades following World War Two, and in part in response to the Cold War, governments across Western Europe set out ambitious programmes for social welfare and the redistribution of wealth that aimed to improve the everyday lives of their citizens. Many of these welfare state programmes - housing, schools, new towns, cultural and leisure centres – involved not just construction but a new approach to architectural design, in which the welfare objectives of these state-funded programmes were delineated and debated. The impact on architects and architectural design was profound and far-reaching, with welfare state projects moving centre-stage in architectural discourse not just in Europe but worldwide.

This is the first book to explore the architecture of the welfare state in Western Europe from an international perspective. With chapters covering Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Sweden and the UK, the book explores the complex role played by architecture in the formation and development of the welfare state in both theory and practice.

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Mon 10 November 2014

Transgression: Towards an expanded field of architecture

Louis Rice, David Littlefield

Transgression means to 'cross over': borders, disciplines, practices, professions, and legislation. This book explores how the transgression of boundaries produces new forms of architecture, education, built environments, and praxis.

Based on material from the 10th International Conference of the AHRA, this volume presents contributions from academics, practicing architects and artists/activists from around the world to provide perspectives on emerging and transgressive architecture. Divided into four key themes – boundaries, violations, place and art practice - it explores global processes, transformative praxis and emerging trends in architectural production, examining alternative and radical ways of practicing architecture and reimagining the profession.

The wide range of international contributors are drawn from subject areas such as architecture, cultural geography, urban studies, sociology, fine art, film-making, photography, and environmentalism, and feature examples from regions such as the United States, Europe and Asia.

At the forefront of exploring inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary research and practice,Transgression will be key reading for students, researchers and professionals with an interest in the changing nature of architectural and spatial disciplines.

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Mon 8 December 2014

Architecture and Movement: the Dynamic Experience of Buildings and Landscapes

Peter Blundell Jones and Mark Meagher (Eds)

So often architecture is judged from a single image, and yet we all know that our homes and workplaces are not just facades, but sequences of rooms with purposes and associations. As we enter and leave they divide or unite us, and we register their significance as we move through, remembering it if only to find the way out. This is not just a matter of sight, but of movement of the body using all its other senses, and so we come to terms with buildings and whole cities. It remains important because we learn the world initially as bodies finding our way through physical space, and still we need to find ‘our place’ in the world. Yet movement in architecture is a curiously neglected subject, picked up by some architects as a significant experience, but more often treated as mere ‘circulation’. The increasing availability of artificial light and air conditioning over the past century has produced many hermetic and directionless environments, forcing us to put up with blind corridors and closed lifts that anaesthetise all sense of vertical progression, and we are obliged to navigate by signs and numbers rather than spatial memory. In the outside world, streets are planned for vehicles and efficient traffic flow, displacing pedestrians and forcing drivers to go north in order to go south, while by-passes and ring roads have destroyed the recognisable integrity of towns. The satnav arrived just in time to help us out of our confusion, but if it pinpoints our position more precisely than ever before, it provides no context, no sense of relationship with the landscape. The increasing influence of television, computer games, and digital projections has meanwhile fuelled a confusion between real and virtual space, despite the fact that we remain embodied, need to eat and drink and sleep, and still live essentially in the physical world. In a series of essays taking a wide range of viewpoints, Architecture and Movement addresses these issues, seeking to re-establish ‘on foot’ as the primary experience, and drawing attention to spatial memory as our main means of location. It includes statements by major architects about their intentions as well as pre-architectural cases of spaces devised for social rituals, and the discovery of found or accidental spaces. It also discusses the thorny problem of how physical space can be represented in order to be discussed.

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Mon 8 December 2014

Sound Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal

Sound Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal will be an international, peer reviewed and inter-disciplinary journal in sound studies, providing a unique forum for the development of the subject within a range of disciplines such as ethno/musicology, history, sociology, media and cultural studies, film studies, anthropology, philosophy, urban studies, architecture, arts and performance studies. The journal will encourage the study and research of sound by publishing submissions that are interdisciplinary, theoretical, empirically rich and critical in nature. Situated at the cutting edge of sound studies, it will build on more than two decades of pioneering work in the history, theory, ethnography and cultural analysis of sound.

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Mon 8 December 2014