AHRA Newsletter:
June-July 2017

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New Events

The Tools of the Architect

EAHN European Architectural History Network International Thematic Conference

TU Delft and Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam, The Netherlands

November 22 2017 - November 24 2017

Architects have for their activities of drawing, writing and building always depended upon the potential of particular tools –ranging from practical instruments such as straight edges, French curves, compasses, rulers and pencils to conceptual tools such as working drawings, collages, photographic surveys, infographics, diagrams, casts and mass models.

As technologies advanced the toolbox of architects has changed and expanded. Today architects have an extraordinary array of sophisticated tools at their disposal but also rely on many of same tools as their 18th and 19th century peers. Working drawings, pencils and tracing paper continue to appear in the designer’s studio while their role and potential is being redefined.

Time and time again, architects have engaged with new tools. The quest to find the most appropriate and adequate tools to articulate, test and communicate design ideas has never ended, and in this pursuit architects have appropriated tools from other disciplines, such as art, historiography, sociology, philosophy, computer sciences and engineering. Out of this perspective the tools of the architect have become a field of intense exploration of the encounter of architecture with other disciplinary perspectives.

Inventions and innovations of tools throughout history have not only provided better answers to questions of analyzing and representing the built environment, but they have also pointed to new ways of conceiving and intervening. Ellipsographs made it possible to precisely draw an elliptical space in the 19th century and computer-aided drafting software has allowed for a new conception and construction of complex geometries in the 20th and 21st century. New tools have continuously affected the imagination, character and qualities of architectural projects.

This conference wants to focus on the changing practical and conceptual tools of the architect and their effect on the logos and praxis of architecture.

We welcome papers that consider the tools of the architect from this threefold perspective. Papers should be based on well-documented research that is primarily analytical and interpretative rather than descriptive in nature.

Abstracts (of 500 words) can be registered and uploaded on toolsofarchitect.com

Abstract submission deadline: 15 May 2017

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Wed 22 November 2017

Building the Scottish Diaspora

Scots and the Colonial Built Environment, c.1700-1920

Edinburgh

November 17 2017 - November 18 2017

The Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies (University of Edinburgh), in conjunction with the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, is to host a two-day symposium (17-18 November 2017) on Scottish contributions to the built environment of Britain’s empire.

 

This event will ask questions about Scottish involvement and agency in the creation of the buildings and infrastructure that both facilitated and maintained Britain’s global empire.

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Fri 17 November 2017

Architecture, Festival and the City

14th AHRA International Conference

School of Architecture and Design, Birmingham City University, UK

November 16 2017 - November 18 2017

What is ritual in today’s rationalistic, post-symbolic age?
What forms of collective participation can the civic realm sustain in the twenty-first century?
Can there be any meaningful form of collective representation in our predominantly individualistic and globalised society?
Are urban festivals, carnivals and rituals fundamentally inclusive or exclusive?

These questions, amongst others, will serve as points of reference for this conference which examines past and present urban festivals and their settings in relation to the idea of ‘the good city’.

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Thu 16 November 2017

digital cultural heritage symposium UCL November 2017

University College London, Stratford

November 13 2017 - November 15 2017

digital cultural heritage: FUTURE VISIONS 2017 London Symposium, UCL November 13-15

We are pleased to announce digital cultural heritage: FUTURE VISIONS 2017 symposium to be held on November 13-15 2017, at University College London, hosted by the Bartlett Real Estate Institute and supported by the Architecture Theory Criticism History research centre and The University of Queensland. 

This symposium is designed to encourage critical debate across a wide range of heritage-related disciplines. We welcome papers from practitioners and academics working in cultural heritage and related fields such as architecture, anthropology, archaeology, geography, media studies, museum studies and tourism. We particularly encourage papers that explore the challenges of digitising tangible and intangible cultural heritage, those that identify issues with digitisation and digital interaction, and those that address the theoretical challenges posed by digital cultural heritage.

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Mon 13 November 2017

AA Women & Architecture in Context 1917-2017

CALL FOR PAPERS

The Architectural Association School of Architecture in London

November 02 2017 - November 04 2017

AA XX 100 is the project to commemorate the centenary of women’s admission to the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London in 1917. To date it has comprised a raft of complementary enterprises including an annual lecture series and an ongoing programme to conduct filmed interviews with AA alumnae. The project culminates in autumn 2017 with an exhibition (October - December 2017), a book (Breaking the Mould: AA Women in Architecture 1917-2017) and an international conference (AA Women and Architecture in Context 1917-2017) run in partnership with the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

We now announce the Call for Papers for the conference, which will take place between 2nd and 4th November 2017 at the AA and the Paul Mellon Centre in Bedford Square, London, W.C.1.

We invite academics, architects and other practitioners to submit proposals for 20-minute papers in response to the themes listed on the attached poster. Submissions are encouraged from researchers at all stages of their careers, and papers should be understood as not confined purely to the AA as a subject matter but equally to the wider context of women and architecture across the centenary period.

Format:

Paper proposals should be 300 words in length; please include contact details, affiliation and a brief CV.

Poster proposals should be up to 300 words in length; please include contact details, affiliation and a brief CV.

Both should be emailed to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Deadline for proposals is 12.12.16, for notification no later than January 2017. Successful applicants will be expected to cover their own costs for travel and accommodation but will have free entry to the conference.

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Thu 2 November 2017

Building Beauty

Ecologic Design and Construction Process

Naples, Italy

October 16 2017 - May 05 2017

Building Beauty is an intensive, memorable experience of studies team work and life in the heart of the city of Naples, Italy.

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Mon 16 October 2017

Building Beauty. Ecologic Design and Construction Process

Naples, Italy

October 16 2017

The program is practice-based, offering an immersive experience of hands-on construction that links together self development, ecological thinking and building skills: students learn low-tech construction and decoration techniques over an intensive, fully human, feeling-based building process. Learning is organized in three axis: 1. Construction and Cultivation; 2. Seminars: leading international scholars from a wide range of scientific fields explore with students the potential of a truly interdisciplinary approach to design and construction where complexity and uncertainty are the positive condition of beauty generation; speakers tackle important challenges in the current international agenda of sustainable architecture and resilient communities. 3. Self, Community and Space: practical movement/art/dance/therapy workshops aimed at recognizing and trust our feelings in relation to space. Feelings are referred to space, the body-mind, and the way they interact in hands-on physical work of making.

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Mon 16 October 2017

The Open Hand 2: Orientalism in the Pacific

Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

September 09 2017

During The Open Hand 2: Orientalism in the Pacific, we want to resume the civic debate started during the first Open Hand symposium in 2014, about collaborative action in architecture, space, art and society, this time specifically in connection with community, geography, identity, displacement, migration, and history in the Pacific. Central to the symposium are the following questions: What are the opportunities, boundaries, and tensions experienced in diasporas here in the Pacific? Do we still view these phenomena through the lenses of the ‘Other,' or as exotic spaces of in-betweenness, or are we engaging with them differently now?

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Sat 9 September 2017

Re-City 2017: “(Im)Possible Cities”

2nd International City Regeneration Congress

Tampere, Finland

August 24 2017 - August 25 2017

Tampere University of Technology and University of Tampere in Finland welcome you to Re-City 2017, the 2nd International City Regeneration Congress, under the theme "(Im)Possible Cities". The congress will be arranged in Tampere, Finland, on 24 – 25 August 2017. It provides an interdisciplinary forum for researchers, students and practitioners in the fields of urban planning, architecture, traffic planning and logistics, ecology, urban history, informatics, health sciences, economics and business, political sciences, social sciences and humanities.

The deadline for the call for abstracts is 15 April 2017. 

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Thu 24 August 2017

Interstices Journal of Architecture and Related Arts

Interstices 19: Surface / Pattern a pursuit of material narratives

July 31 2017

 

Call for Journal Papers

Interstices 19: Surface / Pattern a pursuit of material narratives

Surface and ornament have been extensively reviewed, admonished, discarded and pursued. More recently there has been a renewed interest in the writing of Aby Warburg and Alois Riegl, while numerous studies have addressed these issues relative to Semper, Adolf Loos, Hermann Muthesius, and Le Corbusier. They have been made prominent by issues of animation and digitation.

Incrustations, protuberances, textured expressions, smoothed surfaces, surfaces enlivened as screens, are they ornament or cladding? Interstices 19: Surface / Pattern a pursuit of material narratives pursues the tension between ornament, adornment, object enlivenment, cladding, surface and pattern, and an exploration into the strange animations inherent in surface-pattern continua.

It is with this sense of the spatial effects potentiated by surface pattern that we may consider surface / pattern at a range of complex scales, like territory and landscapes, built assemblages and ‘cladding’, interior surfaces, décor and furniture, sculpture or objects of the decorative arts.

This journal issue is motivated by the renewed fascination with the architectural surface and the expressive effects it mobilises – effects that both eschew and uneasily dabble in the decorative. Material mediation has become a means for experimentation, a way of teasing out smooth geometries, tessellated patterns, iconic figures and textures, which may all also perform technical functions, like joining or harmoniously accommodating incremental and differential movement.

Call for Papers Interstices: Journal of Architecture and Related Arts invites submissions for issue 19 of the journal due for publication in December 2017. Authors may submit academic and practice-oriented, fully written as well as visual, contributions for this issue. Call for papers can be found at the following site

http://interstices.ac.nz/interstices-19/

Please submit full papers for the Interstices 19 journal issue to Sue Hedges (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) by 31st July 2017.
Submissions may comprise up to 5000-word papers, or visual/audio/moving image works with an accompanied text of approximately 500 words. All submission will be double blind refereed.
The journal’s non-refereed section welcomes papers up to 2500 words, as well as project reports and reviews of up to 1000 words. Visit our website to view the Guidelines for Submissions for details about the reviewing process, copyright issues and formatting: http://interstices.ac.nz/information-for-contributors/guidelines-for-submissions/

We look forward to your contribution!

Journal editors: Ross Jenner, Sue Hedges, Tina Engels-Schwarzpaul

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Mon 31 July 2017

Call for Journal Papers: Interstices 19 - Surface/Pattern

a pursuit of material narratives

July 31 2017

Submission deadline: 31 July 2017

Surface and ornament are periodically reviewed, discarded and pursued. More recently, there has been an interest in the writing of Aby Warburg, Alois Riegl, Gottfried Semper, Adolf Loos, Hermann Muthesius, and Le Corbusier. They have been made prominent by issues of animation (see, for example, Papapetros 2012, Payne 2013, van Eck 2014) and digitation (see for example Spuybroek 2008 and Schumacher 2009).

Incrustations, protuberances, textured expressions, smoothed surfaces, surfaces enlivened as screens – are they ornament or cladding? The forthcoming issue of Interstices: Journal of Architecture and Related Arts, “Surface/Pattern”, pursues the tension between ornament, adornment, object enlivenment, cladding, surface and pattern and explores the strange animations inherent in surface-pattern continua.

Thought in one direction, smooth surface tends towards speed and a friction-less gloss; in another, pattern stirs surfaces, inciting decelerating, contemplation, and even deviation. Etymologically, ‘surface’ accords with the revealing of an upper or outward layer, but it also points to things that receive a surface through polishing or finishing. Surface, as a verb, intimates an active surface/depth relationship.

Pattern suggests the imposition of a plan or design that ultimately models or leads back to exemplars and the impact of patrons. Conjunctures of surface-patterns thus encompass rich and complex narrative effects.

This call for papers invites considerations, at a range of scales, of surface-pattern complexes like territory and landscapes, built assemblages and ‘cladding’, interior surfaces, décor and furniture, sculpture or objects of the decorative arts.

Deadline for Submission is 31 July 2017

For the full Call for Papers and for information about submission, formatting and style, please visit http://interstices.ac.nz/interstices-19/

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Mon 31 July 2017

Territories of Faith

Religion, Urban Planning and Demographic Change in Post-War Europe, 1945 – 1975

Leuven, Belgium

July 03 2017 - July 04 2017

The research group Architectural Cultures of the Recent Past (ARP) of KU Leuven and KADOC, the Documentation and Research Centre on Religion, Culture and Society of KU Leuven, are organizing an international workshop on religion, urban planning and demographic change in post-war Europe as a prelude to an edited volume on this topic, to be published by an international academic press.

 

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Mon 3 July 2017

CFP: JID special issue: Interior design creative scholarship

Registration of interest: 1 July 2016

Journal of Interior Design

July 01 2017

A special journal issue dedicated to creative scholarship in interior design and its allied disciplines and practices to be published early 2018.

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Sat 1 July 2017

POSTCARDS FROM THE ANTHROPOCENE

Unsettling the Geopolitics of Representation; Call for papers [***EXTENDED DEADLINE***]

University of Edinburgh: Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

June 22 2017 - June 24 2017

If the emergence of the Anthropocene implies an epistemological shift, how might this transform the way we think about representation and, more specifically, its geopolitics?  What kinds of representations carry significant material, metaphorical and methodological implications for this question, and can help us to 'situate' ourselves – if that is a still viable term – in our new conditions of groundlessness and scalelessness?
 
This symposium proposes to explore this through the motif of 'Postcards from the Anthropocene'.  The postcards that we imagine are documentary space-time snapshots, which convey complex assemblages of dynamic, non-linear, unpredictable, ad-hoc networks between interdependent and trans-scalar actants. They may raise questions about the ethical and political challenges of the dominant modes of technoscientific production in the Anthropocene, modes that are constituted through existing power relationships, subject positions, differences and inequalities. On the other hand, they might open up new streams of speculative and creative geopolitical imaginaries and forms of collective subjectivities that recalibrate existing value systems and indicate alternatives.
 
For this symposium we are seeking presentations that deploy different formats to reflect upon new kinds of reciprocity between geopolitics and representation through a found, described, designed or imagined postcard from the Anthropocene.  We anticipate that this proliferation of anthropocenic representations will reveal and encourage transformations in practices of scrutinizing, strategizing, mediating and assembling, which are in turn animated in complex ways by operations that range from positioning, scaling, scripting, and weathering to fabricating, mining, reframing and recalibrating.
 
Two kinds of submissions are invited. Intending participants should submit either: 1) a 300-word abstract of a proposed conference presentation; or 2) a single image together with a 300-word commentary on it. Invitations to speak at the symposium will be extended on the basis of the abstracts. The image/text submissions will be reviewed, and selected submissions presented in a parallel format in the symposium.


Submissions
Proposals should be sent by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by Friday, March 17th 2017.
Proposals should also include a short biographical note (maximum 150 words), together with the author’s institutional address and full contact details.

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Thu 22 June 2017

Public Spaces and the Role of the Designer: a symposium for practitioners

Wren Room Royal Institute of British Architects 66 Portland Place London

June 20 2017 - June 20 2017

This symposium is part of an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded research project, and is convened by Professor Susannah Hagan and Dr Neal Shasore of the Department of Architecture, University of Westminster, and hosted by the RIBA Research Department.

It will address the often ignored importance of design and designers in the production of (civic) public spaces, and examine the role of the architect in London during the mid-20th century, and the much more complex present, with a view to understanding possible futures for architects, urban and landscape designers, planners and councillors in this very important area of design.

Speakers

Speakers include:

Please book your tickets via our online store.

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Tue 20 June 2017

Architecture, Citizenship, Space: British Architecture from the 1920s to the 1970s

Oxford Brookes University

June 15 2017 - June 16 2017

How did individuals and groups concerned with architecture and the built environment in Britain respond to, and seek to shape, the challenges and opportunities of twentieth-century life? Engaging with themes such as democracy, citizenship, leisure, culture and new subjectivities, and showcasing scholars at the forefront of emerging methodological approaches to architectural history, this conference considers how key aspects of British modernity informed architectural form and space between the 1920s and the 1970s.

The conference, which is supported by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, and convened by Elizabeth Darling and Alistair Fair, takes place at the Headington Campus of Oxford Brookes University. The conference fee is £30, and includes lunch and refreshments. Any queries should be addressed to Elizabeth Darling (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))

A full programme and booking information can be found on the event website.

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Thu 15 June 2017

Mapping in Arts and Humanities Research

King's College London / University College London

June 14 2017 - June 14 2017

Mapping in Arts and Humanities Research

Two workshops and a symposium, co-hosted by King’s College London and University College London, and funded by the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP)

 June 14th, 21st, and 27th, 2017

 Theories and practices of mapping have been increasingly prominent and influential in arts and humanities research in the past twenty years. The histories of art, architecture, film, literature, and other cultural forms have been retold from geographical, spatial perspectives, across disciplinary lines, by Giuliana Bruno, Denis Cosgrove, Tom Conley, Thomas Da Costa Kauffmann, Rob Kitchin, Franco Moretti, Ricardo Padron, and Todd Presner, to name just a few. Drawing on rich influences in geography, sociology, architecture and urban planning, these scholars and others have used maps to rethink art, culture, and the humanities, or vice versa. As such, mapping has become one of the key tools by which arts and humanities researchers have collaborated and innovated, and by which they have interacted with the social sciences.

Many arts and humanities PhD students today seek to incorporate maps and mapping in their research, and yet provision of doctoral training specifically in this cross-disciplinary area is rare. This is despite the fact that digital technologies have made mapping increasingly feasible and sophisticated, in technical terms, even for those without specialist cartographic training. Mapping has also become increasingly informative and rewarding methodologically – e.g. what Todd Presner calls “thick mapping” - as a complement to, or, for some, even a replacement for, certain, more traditional aspects of research.

 In June 2017, King’s College London and University College London will co-host two half-day workshops and a one-day symposium with the aim of examining the use of maps in arts and humanities research. The symposium will be open to all; the workshops will be aimed primarily at current PhD students, with a limited number of places for postdoctoral researchers and others.

 

The Workshops

The first events will be two research methods workshops, one hosted by Dr Mark Shiel at King’s on June 14th and the other hosted by Dr Roland-François Lack at UCL on June 21st. In these, Shiel and Lack will present their own research with maps, but interactively, alongside students and other researchers who will make brief presentations on their work with maps or discuss maps (digital or analogue) they have found useful in their research. The workshops will be practical, interactive and computer-based, relying on demonstrations and small group work, with each event open to a maximum of 40 people. Hence, the workshops will provide an opportunity to present, examine, and discuss a wide variety of maps in detail, benefiting from the sharing of case studies and interpretations.

Eligibility for the workshops: These events will be aimed primarily at current PhD students in any arts and humanities or social science discipline, from across the UK. A proportion of places will be ring-fenced for students from institutions associated with the LAHP (KCL, UCL, School of Advanced Study, London School of Economics, Queen Mary University of London), but all others are also warmly encouraged to attend. To attend the workshops, it is necessary to register in advance. It is also necessary to sign up to attend both workshops (rather than one or the other). No special expertise in mapping techniques or map analysis will be required; PhD students at any stage of their studies may reserve a place, whether they have a lot of experience with maps or very little. To register, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

 

The Symposium

The third event will be a one-day symposium on theories and methods of “Mapping in Arts and Humanities Research”, to be held at King’s on June 27th.

Providing an opportunity to reflect on the strengths, limitations, and methodological challenges and problems posed by maps and mapping in arts and humanities research, this symposium will feature eight twenty-minute papers by PhD student and postdoctoral speakers and one invited keynote speaker. It will be open to a wider audience than the workshops, i.e. the whole academic community and others working in relevant professional fields.

We have great pleasure in announcing that the keynote speaker will be Professor Shannon Mattern of the New School for Social Research, in New York. Mattern is the author of The New Downtown Library: Designing with Communities (2017) and Deep Mapping the Media City (2015), both published by University of Minnesota Press, as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters. ( http://www.wordsinspace.net/shannon/ )

 

Call for papers for the symposium

 We hereby invite PhD students or postdoctoral scholars in relevant fields to submit proposals for twenty-minute papers on subjects or issues relating to the rationale laid out above. These might be considerations of methodological issues, technical challenges, interdisciplinarity, or case studies of a particular map or maps either as representations or artefacts in their own right or for the light they shed on some other object of research. Proposals should include an abstract of about 500 words, an indicative bibliography of four items, and a short bio which should include a brief indication of the topic of your PhD or other research project. Please also make sure to indicate your institutional affiliation, if you have one.

To submit a proposal, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Proposals must be received no later than Friday, April 14th, 2017.

 

About the organisers:

Mark Shiel is Reader in Film Studies and Urbanism in the Department of Film Studies at King’s College London. He has published widely on the subject of cinema and cities, most recently his monograph Hollywood Cinema and the Real Los Angeles (Reaktion Books/University of Chicago Press, 2012).

Roland-François Lack is a Senior Lecturer in the French Department at UCL, where he teaches nineteenth-century literature and twentieth-century film. He is the author of numerous works on Lautréamont, Kristeva, Tel Quel, and the nouvelle vague, and he is the author and curator of the celebrated website cinetourist.net

The organizers grateful acknowledge the support of the London Arts and Humanities Partnership, which is in turn funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

These events will also form part of the first year’s activities of the new London Urban Media Research Network, a collaboration of KCL, UCL, the LSE, and Birkbeck College aimed at coordinating and increasing research activity on the interaction of cities and media, broadly defined.

 

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Wed 14 June 2017

Mapping in Arts and Humanities Research - Two Workshops and a Symposium - June 14th, 21st, and 27th,

King's College London and University College London

June 14 2017 - June 27 2017

Rationale

Theories and practices of mapping have been increasingly prominent and influential in arts and humanities research in the past twenty years. The histories of art, architecture, film, literature, and other cultural forms have been retold from geographical, spatial perspectives, across disciplinary lines, by Giuliana Bruno, Denis Cosgrove, Tom Conley, Thomas Da Costa Kauffmann, Rob Kitchin, Franco Moretti, Ricardo Padron, and Todd Presner, to name just a few. Drawing on rich influences in geography, sociology, architecture and urban planning, these scholars and others have used maps to rethink art, culture, and the humanities, or vice versa. As such, mapping has become one of the key tools by which arts and humanities researchers have collaborated and innovated, and by which they have interacted with the social sciences.

Many arts and humanities researchers today seek to incorporate maps and mapping in their research, and yet provision of training and opportunities for critical reflection are rare in this specific cross-disciplinary area. This is despite the fact that digital technologies have made mapping increasingly feasible and sophisticated, in technical terms, even for those without specialist cartographic training. Mapping has also become increasingly informative and rewarding methodologically – e.g. what Todd Presner calls “thick mapping” - as a complement to, or, for some, even a replacement for, certain, more traditional aspects of research.

Accordingly, in June 2017, KCL and UCL will jointly host a series of workshops and a symposium in order to provide opportunities for experimentation with, and reflection on, maps, mapping, their usefulness and value, and the complex and challenging issues they raise.

Generously suppored by the London Arts and Humanities Partnership.

 

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Wed 14 June 2017

Society of Architectural Historians 70th Annual International Conference

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK

June 07 2017 - June 11 2017

The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) will hold its 70th Annual International Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, from June 7–11, 2017, marking the first time SAH has met outside North America since 1973. An estimated 600 historians, architects, preservationists, and museum professionals from around the world will convene to present new research on the history of the built environment at the University of Strathclyde’s Technology & Innovation Centre. The conference program will feature paper sessions, keynote talks, roundtables, social receptions, and public events including architecture tours in and around Glasgow and a seminar on heritage and sustainability.

For program details and to register, please visit http://www.sah.org/2017. Early registration is open now through March 14, 2017. Registration for tours and the SAH Glasgow Seminar will open to the public on March 15, 2017.

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Wed 7 June 2017

Brave Old World: Modernist public space design in London and São Paulo

Free Exhibition

Practice Gallery, Royal Institute of British Architects, 66 Portland Place, London

June 02 2017 - July 07 2017

Brave Old World: Modernist public space design in London and São Paulo looks at public
space design between c.1955 and c.1975, during a crucial period for the development
of two world cities, London and São Paulo. Though located in very different cultures,
the designers of the eight public spaces on show shared a common frame of reference,
whatever their view of it: architectural Modernism.
As a result, the four examples in London and the four in São Paulo are works of
equal ambition and equal invention, and representative of a consensus on the value
of the public realm and the importance of the state in providing and protecting it.
The exhibition focuses on the ideas – political, urban, aesthetic – that drove these public
space designs, and the importance of design in delivering successful – and unsuccessful
– public spaces.
In London:
Economist Plaza
British Library forecourt
South Bank Arts Centre
Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre

In São Paulo:

Centro Empresarial Itaú Conceição

Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP)

Centro Cultural de São Paulo (CCSP)

Vale do Anhangabaú

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Fri 2 June 2017

2017 Interstices Under Construction Symposium: Pattern/Surface

Extended deadline for abstract submissions

The University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

June 02 2017 - June 04 2017

EXTENDED DEADLINE for submissions for “Interstices Under Construction Symposium: Pattern / Surface - a pursuit of material narratives” Auckland, 2nd - 4th June 2017. 500-word abstracts will now be accepted up to Tuesday 21st March, midnight NZST. Send to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Abstracts submitted by this date will receive a decision by 15 April. Details about registration (fees, concessions, early bird registration) will be posted on the website by 1st April and registrations open on 15th April.

(Those who have already submitted abstracts, thank you — decisions will be sent out for these in late March.)

Please forward to colleagues, friends, and students.

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Fri 2 June 2017

2017 Interstices 19 (Under Construction) symposium

Surface – Pattern: a pursuit of material narratives.

The University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

June 02 2017 - June 04 2017

2017 Interstices 19 (Under Construction) symposium

Surface – Pattern: a pursuit of material narratives.

The University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

 

Keynote Speaker: Associate Professor Spyros Papapetros 

School of Architecture, Princeton University

 

Surface and ornament have been extensively reviewed, admonished, discarded and pursued. More recently there has been a renewed interest in the writing of Aby Warburg and Alois Riegl, while numerous studies have addressed these issues relative to Semper, Adolf Loos, Hermann Muthesius, and Le Corbusier. They have been made prominent by issues of animation (see, for example, Papapetros 2012, Payne 2013, van Eck 2014) and digitation (see for example Spuybroek 2008 and Schumacher 2009).

Incrustations, protuberances, textured expressions, smoothed surfaces, surfaces enlivened as screens, are they ornament or cladding? The 2017 Interstices Under Construction Symposium, “Surface – Pattern” pursues the tension between ornament, adornment, object enlivenment, cladding, surface and pattern, and an exploration into the strange animations inherent in surface-pattern continua.

Thought in one direction, smooth surface tends towards speed and a friction-less gloss; in another, pattern stirs surfaces inciting decelerating, contemplation, and even deviation. Etymologically, ‘surface’ accords with the revealing of an upper or outward layer, but it also points to things that receive a surface through polishing or finishing. Pattern suggests the imposition of a plan or design that ultimately models or leads back to exemplars and the impact of patrons. Conjunctures of surface-patterns thus encompass rich and complex narrative effects.

This call for papers invites considerations, at a range of scales, of surface-pattern complexes like territory and landscapes, built assemblages and ‘cladding’, interior surfaces, décor and furniture, sculpture or objects of the decorative arts.

The symposium is motivated by the renewed fascination with the architectural surface and the expressive effects it mobilises – effects that both eschew and uneasily dabble in the decorative. Material mediation has become a means for experimentation, a way of teasing out smooth geometries, tessellated patterns, iconic figures and textures, which may all also perform technical functions, like joining or harmoniously accommodating incremental and differential movement. If, following Paul Virilio, the built, like the social, is inseparable from a politics of speed (in which surfaces, ways, and conduits at every scale are ‘policed’ in order to arrest impediments to an accelerating commerce of motion and passage), we might wonder what role patterning plays today.

As Giles Deleuze and Felix Guattari have argued, periodic repetition is key to encoding a milieu, founding territoriality and place-specificity. However, it is also a rhythmic vehicle running on difference, a metrical, staggered and reversible time of variable intensities, in which beginning and end are confused (Bogue 2003: 28). Performative and plastic arts in the Pacific and elsewhere use repetition not only as aesthetic device but also “to symbolise and effect relations of mana” (Tomlinson & Tengan 2015: 17), both channelling affective force and representing memory and knowledge to those who understand (Clark 2006: 12; Nepia 2013: 133, 197).

Pattern and rhythm run free of and extend beyond planar fixity, implicating faces and surfaces that may change, reverse or combine, they alter perception and architectural space. Surfaces, beyond their seconding within building hierarchies, open onto movement and shifting states (Taylor 2009: 47). Architecture, then, can be rethought in relation to an outside that is not kept out or apart, in terms of surfaces, flatness, dynamism and movement rather than stasis (Grosz 1995: 135). Patterned and patterning, surfaces provide a saturated environment rich in repetition, difference and an atmosphere by which architecture is more than a machinic structure. As the distinctions between structures and ornaments, function, form, façade and decor are reconceptualised, surfaces are no longer decorative elements but entities in themselves. Surface “turns into architecture [as the] surface becomes weighted, deep, differentiated, tartan, alternating, camouflaged, tonal, gradated, textured, branded, serial” (Bruno 2014: 93).

It is with this sense of the spatial effects potentiated by surface-pattern that we invite you to submit abstracts for the forthcoming Interstices Under Construction Symposium.

Please send a 500-word abstract and a short biographical statement of 100 words to Susan Hedges (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) by 28th February 2017. Abstracts will be vetted through blind peer review and, if accepted, published on the Interstices website (http://interstices.ac.nz/news-events/). Notifications will be sent out by March 2017. The symposium will be followed by a call for papers for Issue 19 of Interstices: A Journal of Architecture and Related Arts on the same topic in June 2017.

 

Convenors: Andrew Douglas, Tina Engles—Schwarzpaul, Susan Hedges,

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Fri 2 June 2017

New Publications

This Thing Called Theory

Teresa Stoppani, Giorgio Ponzo, George Themistokleous

In the age of post-digital architecture and digital materiality, This Thing Called Theory explores current practices of architectural theory, their critical and productive role. The book is organized in sections which explore theory as an open issue in architecture, as it relates to and borrows from other disciplines, thus opening up architecture itself and showing how architecture is inextricably connected to other social and theoretical practices.

The sections move gradually from the specifics of architectural thought – its history, theory, and criticism – and their ongoing relation with philosophy, to the critical positions formulated through architecture’s specific forms of expression, and onto more recent forms of architecture’s engagement and self-definition. The book’s thematic sessions are concluded by and interspersed with a series of shorter critical position texts, which, together, propose a new vision of the contemporary role of theory in architecture. What emerges, overall, is a critical and productive role for theory in architecture today: theory as a proposition, theory as task and as a ‘risk’ of architecture.

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