AHRA Newsletter:
April-May 2011

This is the latest issue of the newsletter highlighting forthcoming events, conferences, publications and other research activities.

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The next newsletter will be issued in early June 2011.

New Events

Biophilic Design

Harmonious inter-relationship between built and natural context at both neighborhood and city scale

International Society of Biourbanism

August 30 2013

Call for Papers:

The new Journal of Bio Urbanism (JBU), a peer-reviewed international online journal of architecture, planning, and built environment studies, is currently considering papers for inclusion in its first issue launching in 2011.

The JBU aims at establishing a bridge between new theories and practice in the fields of design, architectural and urban planning, and built environment studies.

We invite papers which examine the latest research on biophilic approach, and focuses on harmonious inter-relationship between built and natural context at both neighborhood and city scale.

Please send your submissions to the editor (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)), by 30 August 2011.

Participants will be notified by November 2011.

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Fri 30 August 2013

Ethics & Aesthetics of Architecture & the Environment

2 0 1 2 I S P A C o n f e r e n c e

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

July 11 2012 - July 13 2012

Call for papers

Abstracts: 28 October 2011
Notification of Acceptance: 06 January 2012
Full Papers: 30 March 2012
Early Registration: 30 April 2012

The subject of aesthetics is often taken as dealing with questions of mere beauty, where the word 'aesthetic' is colloquially interchangeable with beauty and liking. Someone might, for instance, explain their liking the look of a particular object on the basis of its 'aesthetics'. Interestingly, even within the specialised architecture discourse, the aesthetic is largely discussed on the basis of an object's appearance. Yet, the aesthetic is not limited and should not be limited merely to the way things look. Any philosophically informed aesthetician, will contest this limited view, saying something along the lines of 'the aesthetic is everything'. The aim of this conference is therefore in part to address this discursive limitation in architecture and related subjects by broadening the aesthetic discourse beyond questions relating to purely visual phenomena in order to include those derived from all facets of human experience.

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Wed 11 July 2012

European Architectural History Network

Second International Meeting

Brussels, Belgium

May 31 2012 - June 03 2012

Call for Session and Roundtable Proposals Deadline: 19 December 2010

The European Architectural History Network (EAHN) is organizing its second international meeting in Brussels in spring 2012 with twenty-three panels and four roundtables treating topics from antiquity through medieval and early modern to the present.  Panels include topics in the history of architecture, urbanism, gardens and landscape, as well as in architectural theory and historiography.  

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Thu 31 May 2012

Modern Catholic Space

Mount Street Jesuit Centre, London

December 09 2011 - December 10 2011

Call for papers:

Modern architecture for the Roman Catholic Church in the twentieth century could be experimental, transgressive or progressive, comforting or shocking; sometimes it appeared within a culture of intense theoretical and theological dialogue between architects and clergy, and sometimes it challenged orthodoxy and innovated at the fringes of the Church’s complex structure. At various significant moments, modern architecture was either repressed and quenched, or welcomed and widely adopted. Architects could be concerned with the symbolic potential of modern architecture to evoke newly emphasised ideas in theology. In church architecture throughout the twentieth century, the liturgy was a central focus of development, as space and ritual were intimately connected. Monastic life was subject to modern interpretations of ancient ideals. Mission stations far from Rome might echo modern architecture’s development of a ‘critical regionalism’. Conventionally, the Second Vatican Council has been seen as a pivotal moment in the shift towards a modern form of church space, but increasingly scholarship is revealing the Council to have been only one marker of broader trends. More recently, architects have sought continuity and reattachment to the past instead of innovation. This symposium seeks to present new research on specific manifestations of these larger historical currents.

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Fri 9 December 2011

Sigradi 2011 Augmented Culture

XV SIGraDi Conference

Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Santa Fe, Argentina

November 16 2011 - November 18 2011

Augmented Culture talks about a combination of interdependent cultural and technological meanings in a complex, multiple, interactive and interconnected context. It acknowledges that a new social and cultural paradigm is being developed as the old barriers of time, space and language are ruptured and transcended.

In our knowledge-based civilization, cultural expressions have been qualitatively augmented starting from their integration with information and communication technologies, which have dramatically enhanced not only their creative and reflective processes but also the realization and construction of cultural objects.

In this sense, an Augmented Culture compels us to investigate the wide and complex spectrum of the variables that express the interdisciplinary, collective and participative constructions of our present age, so strongly related to visual culture, information culture and interface culture.

SIGraDi 2011 will pay attention to the field of design in all its scales as well as to art in its multiple expressions, recovering one of the most distinctive features of SIGraDi since its origin. We invite you to contribute to this effort no matter how unique or different your area of interest or approach might be.

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Wed 16 November 2011



School of Architecture, Tianjin University, Tianjin, China

November 12 2011 - November 14 2011

Since the 1980s, reform and the opening up to the West have accelerated the rapid development of China’s economy and society.  The tide of deepening globalization has integrated China and the world more than ever before. Today China synchronously absorbs new ideas and trends in architecture from every corner of world through television, network and other modern information technology. The immensity and speed of China’s construction industry attracts world famous architects to the Chinese market. All these rapid changes profoundly influence research on world architecture historical theory and architectural design practice, both positively and negatively, and bring new challenges to the Chinese architectural education system.

How to respond to these new changes? How to find and create a new architectural future through history? These are the important questions which need to be seriously confronted and deeply thought through for research and education in world architectural history.

The School of Architecture of Tianjin University will hold the 2011 International Symposium on Teaching and Researching World Architectural History on 12th-14th November 2011, with the theme: “Change and Response ─ History and Future”, and warmly welcomes your participation.


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Sat 12 November 2011


AHRA International Conference 2011

Queen’s University Belfast - School of Planning, Architecture & Civil Engineering (SPACE)

October 27 2011 - October 29 2011

Call for Papers 

Deadline 15 February 2011

Peripheries are increasingly considered in contemporary culture, research and practice. This shift in focus challenges the idea that the centre primarily influences the periphery, giving way to an understanding of reciprocal influences. These principles have permeated into a wide range of areas of study and practice, transforming the way we approach research and spatio-temporal relations.

The 2011 AHRA Queen's Belfast Peripheries conference will invite discussion via papers and short films on the multiple aspects  periphery represents --  temporal, spatial, intellectual, technological, cultural, pedagogical and political – with, as a foundation for development, the following themes:

Peripheral practices

Practice-based research

Urban peripheries

Non-metropolitan contexts

Peripheral positions


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Thu 27 October 2011

Mobile Geographies of Art: Bodies, Technologies and Transnationality

RGS-IBG Annual Conference


August 31 2011 - September 02 2011

Call For Papers:

Deadline for abstracts is Friday 11th February.

Convenor: Amanda Rogers (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Sponsored by the Social and Cultural Geography Research Group.

Geographical research on the arts has often concentrated on place bound artistic practices and representations, examining how art responds to local environments, identities and communities. This session invites papers that loosen the relationship between art and place by focussing on multi-locational and mobile geographies of art. These spatialities can occur at a range of scales, including: the micro-geographical movements of bodies as they engage in creative practices; the expression of mobile identities and spatialities in art; and the development of art works through transnational travel or collaboration. The session is also interested in how technologies affect or reflect this artistic movement, as well as mediating the form and function of art as it travels – whether in the development of viral videos or the re-staging of theatrical plays in different locations. The session therefore seeks to bring together geographers working on art, mobility and technology in order to develop accounts of artistic geographies that demonstrate how art can reassemble place or engage with porous understandings of site and location (Morris and Cant 2006; DeSilvey 2010).

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Wed 31 August 2011


SID Research Cell, Faculty of Design, CEPT University, Ahmedabad.

August 31 2011 - September 01 2011


Deadline: 15/03/2011

di•a•logue also di•a•log (13c)
1    : a written composition in which two or more characters are represented as conversing
2 a : a conversation between two or more persons; also : a similar exchange between a person and something else (as a computer)
 b : an exchange of ideas and opinions
 c : a discussion between representatives of parties to a conflict that is aimed at resolution
3    : the conversational element of literary or dramatic composition
4    : a musical composition for two or more parts suggestive of a conversation

di•a•lo•gist (ca. 1660)
1   : a writer of dialogues
2   : one who participates in a dialogue

Samvad : Dialogue

India is often quoted to be an assimilative culture with the only homogenous character being plurality and diversity.  It surely exists simultaneously and quite comfortably in multiple time-periods, with many contradictions, bringing with it an immensely rich and varied fabric, a diversity that is integral to India. It has often in the past shown its power to negotiate variety and differences in a positive manner ably aided by its long history of the argumentative and dialogic tradition transgressing gender, caste, economic, political and religious divides, a process seen by Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen as an integral part of the development of Indian thought and ethos and an important factor for the correct reading of India’s past.  Dialogic learning as Wikipedia suggests is ‘the result of egalitarian dialogue; in other words, the consequence of a dialogue in which different people provide arguments based on validity claims and not on power claims’.

If design and understanding of design in the Indian context is to benefit from this diversity and plurality, it seems most useful to continue in the spirited tradition of Samvad or dialogue.  You are invited.

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Wed 31 August 2011

Architectural Education Encounters

A 2-day Research Conference and Training Workshop

Colombo, Sri Lanka

August 08 2011 - August 09 2011

Call for Papers - Deadline 29th January 2011

The vision of the University of Moratuwa is 'to be a centre of excellence of higher learning and related activities with an emphasis on national relevance, international recognition, innovation and creativity'. The challenges of the new millennium in achieving such excellenece demand that educationalists and scholars construct, share and transfer new knowlegde. The Faculty of Architecture Research Unit, with the aim of facilitating these activities is organizing a two-day Research Conference and Training Workshop on Architectural Education in August 2011 in Colombo. The areas to be focussed on are:

1. Philosophy of Architectural Education

2. Design Teaching/Tutoring

3. Assessment Criteria/Critiques & Viva Voce

4. Curriculum Management/Review/Validation

5. Readiness to Practise/Designer & Professional

These themes are expected to involve all categories of stakeholders, each one returning home having had one or more of his/her educational practices scrutinized. The educationalists, researchers and scholars of different levels are invited to send abstracts of conference papers that are designed to detail expositions of current practices and engage the listener in dialogue.

Keynote addresses will be delivered by Sir Peter Cook of the AA and Prof Juhani Pallasmaa of Helsinki University of Technology.


Conference Chair:  Prof Harsha Munasinghe, Ph.D, FIA[SL]

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Mon 8 August 2011

Architecture Summer School, British School at Rome

British School at Rome

July 18 2011 - July 28 2011

The 10 day full-time, Architecture Summer School at the British School at Rome is an exciting opportunity for graduates in architecture, for students in the later stages of architecture programmes or graduates now considering architecture at university.

The Architecture Summer School at the British School at Rome offers an integrated programme of study that emphasizes the relationship between contemporary architectural design, the city of Rome and Italian culture as a whole. We will explore the multi-layered textures of Rome, the uniqueness and complexities of the city that combines ancient, renaissance and contemporary histories. Each day combines of study tours of the city and beyond, design studios, evening lectures and presentations. 

For further information, please see the event website, http://www.architecturesummerschool.com  



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Mon 18 July 2011


International conference

The Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff, Wales, UK

July 06 2011 - July 08 2011


The word ‘economy’ first described the management of a household. It comes from the Greek oikonomia—oikous (house) and nemein (manage)—but its description of domestic frugality bears little relation to the contemporary ‘economy’ of governments and financial markets. Economies and capital are central to the dynamics of construction and urbanism, in ordering and disordering patterns of production and consumption. Given the collapse and mismanagement of the larger households of our societies, is it not vital to now evaluate the multiple meanings and potentials contained within this word?

Abstracts of 300 words are invited on any topic related to notions of ‘Economy’ in architecture or related fields. These should be submitted for refereeing by 7th January 2011, either electronically or by post to the address below. Abstracts will be double-blind refereed. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance or rejection by 31 January 2011. Additional information can be found on the conference website.

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Wed 6 July 2011


The 28th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand

State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

July 06 2011 - July 09 2011


Abstracts Due: 19 November 2010
Since 1985 the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand has fostered a vital and broad discussion of architecture amongst its membership – making of itself an audience for architectural history. The work of the Society has obvious significance beyond this constituency yet how is this greater audience shaped or constituted, and in what terms? And how has audience and notions of reception framed architecture as something historically situated, something positioned in its past?
The 28th Annual SAHANZ Conference in Brisbane, 2011, takes ‘Audience’ as its broad theme, inviting papers that reflect on architectural history and its critical points of address. Who are the audiences of architectural history? To whom are books, articles, and exhibitions of architectural history addressed? Does architecture have an audience simply by occupying a place in the world? What are the implications of having professional, disciplinary or popular audiences for architectural history alongside each other? Can historians of architecture cultivate new audiences for historical and contemporary architecture? And how are various social and cultural publics formed or anticipated through the writing of architectural history?
We welcome papers addressing any aspect of the relationship between architectural history and its audience, inviting reflection upon works of architecture, ideas about architecture, the architect, architectural processes and the role of the historian and critic.

Conference Timetable:
Abstract submission
: 19 November 2010
Notification of acceptance: 6 December 2010
Full Papers: 18 March 2011
Referee Reports: 29th April 2011
Final Papers: 27th May 2011
Conference: 6-9 July 2011

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Wed 6 July 2011

Sharing Cultures 2011

International Conference on Intangible Heritage


July 04 2011 - July 07 2011

Call for papers now open:

Sharing Cultures 2011 follows the path established by the previous Conference on Intangible Heritage (Sharing Cultures 2009) and aims at pushing further the discussion on Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH), under the main topics proposed by the UNESCO Convention (please refer to the list of Topics). Now that the concept of ICH has gained its rightful place among the scientific community and that a large number of research works are recognised as fundamental pieces for the comprehension of human societies, organisations and ways of living, scientific events that gather scholars, researchers and academics with on-going work on ICH are privileged moments to share experiences, problems, questions and conclusions. Sharing Cultures 2011 aims at being one of those moments, gathering some of the most prominent researchers in this area, inviting all Delegates to share their recent work and achievements. Furthermore, Sharing Cultures 2011 will include a number of workshops on traditional craftsmanship, promoting some hands-on experience to all Delegates, who will have the opportunity to learn from the real owners of traditional know-how. Authors intending to submit papers to Sharing Cultures 2011 are encouraged to address one of the topics of the Conference, making evidence of ongoing research work. The Conference will welcome papers and presentations on field work, case studies and theoretical approaches to ICH.

- Contact persons:
Alberto Moreno (Mr.) - Secretariat -  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Sérgio Lira (Prof.) - Co-Chairman -  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

- Organiser:
Green Lines Institute for Sustainable Development
Av. Alcaides de Faria, 377, S.12
4750-106 Barcelos
Telephone: + 351 253 815 037
Fax: + 351 253 824 730
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Mon 4 July 2011

Third Annual Annual Architecture, Culture and Spirituality Symposium

Serenbe, Georgia (US), 30 minutes away from Atlanta Int'l airport

June 29 2011 - July 01 2011

We would like to invite interested individuals to consider submitting work and attending the Third Annual Annual Architecture, Culture and Spirituality Symposium. This event is organized by the ACS Forum, a 150+ member strong international group. For more information, about this group, visit its website: http://www.acsforum.org

The ACS 2011 symposium will take place June 29-July 1 at Serenbe, a 1,000 acre community located under 25 minutes drive from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (United States). Serenbe is one the first new examples of agricultural urbanism and built around principles of sacredness and nature. Serenbe offers us a perfect setting of peace, beauty, and inspiration to discuss ACS issues.

As in the previous two symposia, the 2011 meeting will include four sessions covering a variety of topics relevant to architecture and spirituality issues. A closing session will debate what has been presented and seek some synthesis. As part of the symposium, we’ll have special presentations, one addressing the unique condition of Serenbe and the other featuring Nader Ardalan’s lecture on  "Elements of a Transcendent  Architectural Quest" . Optional meditation will be offered each morning and there will be free time for connecting to oneself, other people and the surroundings. There will be no symposium fees. Attendants will only have to cover their room and board expenses. For more detailed information, visit the symposium website. 

Phillip Tabb and Julio Bermudez
Co-Chairs 2011 ACS Symposium
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Wed 29 June 2011

Open Space: People Space 3

Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors


June 28 2011 - June 29 2011

A conference on research into inclusive outdoor environments for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. 

OPENspace, in collaboration with research partners at the Universities of Salford and Warwick, is hosting a third international conference in Edinburgh. The event will coincide with the publication of findings from the consortium’s flagship research project – Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors (I'DGO).
The first call for papers will be issued in October 2010. 

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Tue 28 June 2011

New Light on Vernacular Architecture: Studies in Britain, Ireland and the Isle of Man

The Manx Museum, Douglas, Isle of Man

June 22 2011 - June 25 2011

From 22nd to 25th June 2011, the University of Liverpool's Centre for Manx Studies and Manx National Heritage will be hosting a vernacular architecture conference on the Isle of Man.  Entitled New Light on Vernacular Architecture: Studies in Britain, Ireland and the Isle of Man, the conference will bring together scholars and practitioners from a variety of different disciplines to identify and encourage new directions, new approaches, and new interpretations in the study of vernacular architecture in Britain, Ireland, and the Isle of Man.  The conference will be held at the Manx Museum in Douglas.  

The Call for Papers has now been announced on the conference website:


More details about the conference will be added there in due course. 

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Wed 22 June 2011

Architecture after Colvin

SAHGB Annual Symposium 2011

St John's College, Oxford

May 21 2011

Howard Colvin was one of the most important historians of the twentieth century. He transformed the discipline of architectural history in what has since been called ‘the Colvin revolution’, applying his prodigious memory and forensic mind to a subject that had long been characterized by amateurism and dilettantism. His death marked the end of an era.

Applications for bursaries need to be made to Dr Julian Holder (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) by Friday 16 April 2011

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Sat 21 May 2011

RIBA President’s Awards for Research 2011

May 16 2011

Call for entries: Deadline 16th May 2011

This awards scheme was established by the Royal Institute of British Architects' Research and Development Department to reward and encourage outstanding research in architecture carried out by PhD students, academics and practitioners.   

The awards promote and champion high-quality research and encourage its dissemination and incorporation into the knowledge base of the profession. They contribute to raising the profile of architects, practitioners and academics engaged in outstanding research, and raise awareness of the need for research across the profession to foster innovation and strategic thinking.   

The awards are given in three categories: PhD, University and Practice-located Research.

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Mon 16 May 2011

8th AHRA PhD symposium

The City: Language, Planning, Politics

Architectural Association

May 14 2011 - May 14 2011

The Architectural Association is pleased to host the 8th AHRA PhD Symposium. The one–day event will provide a platform for PhD candidates to present their research work. The Symposium’s aim is to promote critical debate among presenters, respondents and the audience. The event will conclude with a lecture by Elia Zenghelis.

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Sat 14 May 2011

8th Annual AHRA PhD Research Student Symposium

Architectural Association, London UK

May 14 2011 - May 14 2011

The Architectural Association is pleased to host the 8th AHRA Research Student Symposium. The one–day event will provide a platform for Ph.D. candidates to discuss work in progress. The Symposium’s aim is to promote critical debate among presenters, respondents, and the audience. The event will conclude with a lecture by Elia Zenghelis.


Call for Papers:

The organisers would like to welcome contributors to present across all fields of research in architecture and urban studies encompassing theory, history and design. Please submit abstracts by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (200-250 words maximum for a 20-minute paper presentation) by the 21st of January 2011. Accepted abstracts will be notified by the 18th of February 2011, and will be asked to submit the full paper by the 22nd of April 2011.

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Sat 14 May 2011

FLOW: a conference in two parts

Kingston University, London

May 12 2011 - May 13 2011

For bookings and further information please visit: www.kingston.ac.uk/flowconference

The Dorich House Conference hosted by the Modern Interiors Research Centre and the Landscape Interface Studio, Kingston University in collaboration with Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Lawley Lecture Theatre, Kingston Hill Campus

Keynote speakers
Sandy Isenstadt, University of Delaware
Joel Sanders, Architect

‘FLOW: a conference in two parts’ will address issues of the complex relationships between interiors and landscape, which have become increasingly relevant to the understanding of the modern interior. In 2011, FLOW 1 will take a historical perspective covering the period from the late nineteenth century to the present day. Queensland University of Technology will host FLOW 2 in Brisbane, Australia in February 2012, with the aim of developing themes that emerge from the London conference.

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Thu 12 May 2011

Advert for the post of Professor of Architecture, University of Westminster

May 04 2011 - June 01 2011

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Wed 4 May 2011

Situating Architecture: A Book Launch

Council Room, 1st floor, King’s College London, Strand Campus, WC2R 2LS

May 03 2011

You are welcome to the launch of two books recently published about the social context of architectural practice. The event will include presentations by the authors, a response by Professor Jeremy Till, followed by an open discussion.

The event is chaired by Professor Robert Adam, Adam Architecture. The event will start at 18.00 and wine and refreshments will be served from 19.30 onwards.

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Tue 3 May 2011

The Right to the City

Call For Papers: Architectural Theory Review Special Issue

May 03 2011 - May 03 2011

Call for Papers: The Right to the City

The Right to The City is an exhibition and publishing project exploring connections between architecture, art, philosophy and action; cosponsored by Tin Sheds Gallery at the University of Sydney and Architectural Theory Review. The Right to the City special issue will bring together papers that particularly consider architecture’s potential for reimagining urban life (to be published as Volume 16, Number 3, November 2011).

The Right to the City takes as its starting point David Harvey’s polemical article that asserted urban existence as a contested part of modern democracy: “The freedom to make and remake our cities and ourselves is, I want to argue, one of the most precious yet most neglected of our human rights”.  Given widespread, acute anxiety regarding our environmental predicament, coupled with attention to the world’s intensifying urbanisation, many artists, activists, planners and architects are seeking ways to “remake” the city in more socially connected and sustainable ways. These activities are often engaged with negotiating the increasing fragmentation and complexity of the contemporary city; developing critical spatial practices that engage in micro-political actions.


Architecture as a Social Catalyst

Recent decades have seen the emergence of a renewed sense of commitment by many architects to the idea of socially responsible architecture; what might be termed “engaged practice”. This commitment is frequently directed toward small-scale approaches of direct engagement, where the focus is on collaboration with clients and users to create community resources. Although this emphasis on collaboration and participation is familiar from socially engaged movements of the past, the architects are often at pains to distance themselves from grand manifestos or utopian theories. Rather than model design solutions addressed at a unified social entity the projects (often temporary) are highly contingent and beholden to their specific contexts. A shift in attitude might be discerned, where a broad “utopian” agenda is set aside for provisional solutions in the here and now – a commitment to a “radical pragmatism” attentive to the possibilities of addition, transformation and utilisation more than demolition, subtraction or replacement.

At the same time, this engaged turn in architecture frequently intersects with a contemporary convergence of site-specific, installation, community and public art, and political activism. Such practices – given terms such as “context-specific”, “site-oriented”, “site-responsive” or “socially-engaged” – often have a discernable emphasis on “microtopic” urban interventions. Adopting do-it-yourself (and design-it-yourself) approaches, temporary constructions, and the material organization of communicative situations, they overlap with engaged architectural practices in their concern for modeling alternative ways of communally inhabiting the city. They also share an emphasis on dialogical relationships through design processes that privilege working with others: interactive activities, collective action and participatory practices. Contingent, interactive, place specific, models of possible universes; they strive to imagine and invent positive social relations and better ways of dwelling in the world.

With these tendencies and convergences in mind, we invite papers that explore architecture’s contemporary role and potential for urban intervention - its capacity for transformative action. With reference to the above, we are particularly keen to receive submissions that reflect on:

-            Architecture’s agency in the city;

-            Alternative or expanded models for architectural practice;

-            Intersections of architecture, art and activism;

-            The limits of participation and collaboration in engaged architectural practice.


Completed manuscripts should be submitted to Architectural Theory Review by the 3rd of May, 2011, via the journal’s website:



Queries regarding the special issue or The Right to the City project should be directed to Lee Stickells: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)




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Tue 3 May 2011


International Peer Reviewed Conference and Publication


April 15 2011 - April 16 2011

Conference and Call for Work (extended deadline 20 September 2010):

The Bartlett School of Architecture announces FABRICATE. A London Conference to assess the progressive integration of digital design with manufacturing processes, and its impact on design and making in the 21st century. Discussion on key themes will include: digital craft, representation and realization, material performance and manipulation, off-site and on- site construction, interdisciplinary education, economic and sustainable contexts, automated fabrication, and associated theory. 

FABRICATE will be held at The Building Centre in London from 15–16 April 2011. With presentations and conversations between pioneers in design and making within architecture, construction, engineering, manufacturing, materials technology and computation. Keynote speakers have been announced as Mark Burry, Philip Beesley, Neri Oxman and Matthias Kohler

FABRICATE has emerged as the first in a series of focused events from the highly successful Digital Architecture Conference and Digital Hinterlands Exhibition in London September 2009. Organised in collaboration with The Building Centre London, the conference intends to frame discussion around the presentation of built or partially built works by individuals or collaborators in research, practice and industry selected from submissions through our Call for Work (extended deadline 20 September 2010). 

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Fri 15 April 2011

New Publications

The Eighth Lamp: Ruskin Studies Today

The Eighth Lamp: Ruskin Studies Today is an online refereed journal, published biannually by Rivendale Press UK, under the aegis of The Oscholar group of journals. It can be accessed via the following link: http://www.oscholars.com/Ruskin/index.htm. The scope of the journal is multidisciplinary and it welcomes submissions related to art, religion, historiography, social criticism, tourism, economics, philosophy, science, architecture, photography, preservation, cinema, and theatre. It reports research, publications, and events related to John Ruskin; and it publishes papers, abstracts, book reviews, creative essays, and art works by scholars interested in the teachings of Ruskin.
Editors: Dr Anuradha Chatterjee University of New South Wales, Australia, and Dr Laurence Roussillon-Constanty Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France.
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Tue 3 May 2011

Chrono-topologies: Hybrid Spatialities and Multiple Temporalities

Edited and Introduced by Leslie Kavanaugh

These twelve papers collected in this volume explore the consequences of time, and its relationship with space through a multi-disciplinary approach, including the philosophy of space and time, social geography, post-Marxian social theory, new network theory, philosophy of art and culture, musicology, evolutionary biology, historiography, psychoanalytic theory, and comparative literature. The chief inspiration for this collection came from the realization that although mathematics and the quantum-relativity debate in physics had fully established the concept of space-time, this realization had not been worked through into other areas of concern with concepts of spatiality and temporality. In coming together to "think through" the consequences of this twentieth century revolution in space-time, hybrid spatialities and multiple temporalities became heterogeneous and yet interrelated with the others. Not only can we only now speak of "space-time", and not "space" and "time" as separate ontological categories, but also each becomes multiple. As every existent thing is determined in its own specific location in time; we can only speak of "times" and of "spaces" in the particular plural. This determination effectively implies not only the ontological status of every sensible object, but the fact that every existent thing is precisely individuated by its singular position in space-time. Yet one idea has not changed, one spatio-temporal orientation - the possibility of a different future, the hope ever-abiding, for a constructive change. 

1. Table of Contents
2. Introduction
3. Peter Galison, Minkowski’s Space-Time: From Visual Thinking to the Absolute World
4. Richard T. W. Arthur, Materialist Theories of Time
5. Nader El-Bizri, Corollaries on Space and Time: A Survey of Arabic Sources in Science and Philosophy
6. Chunglin Kwa, Agency and Space in Darwin’s Concept of Variation
7. Leslie Kavanaugh, The Time of History/The History of Time
8. Mary Lynne Ellis, Places Lived in Time
9. Patricia Locke, Intermittences: Merleau-Ponty and Proust on Time and Grief
10. Sander van Maas, Lyrical Bodies: Music and the Extension of the Soul
11. Raviv Ganchrow, Phased Space
12. Josef Früchtl,The Evidence of Film and the Presence of the World: Jean-Luc Nancy’s Cinematic Ontology
13. M. Christine Boyer, Societies of Control and Chrono-Topologies
14. Antoine Picon, Digital Architecture and the Temporal Structure of the Internet Experience 

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