AHRA Newsletter:
September-October 2010

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

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New Events

Open Space: People Space 3

Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors

Edinburgh

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

FABRICATE

International Peer Reviewed Conference and Publication

BARTLETT SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, UCL AND THE BUILDING CENTRE, London

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

Fixed? architecture, incompleteness and change

School of Architecture, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK

April 07 2011 - April 08 2011

Are buildings fixed objects? At what point is a work of architecture complete? Architects tend to consider a building as finished, fixed, upon the completion of building works. The unpopulated images of shiny new buildings in the architectural press are presented as a record of the building as a ‘pure’ art-object at its temporal zenith; the occupation of the building and its subsequent adaptation, alteration, personalization and appropriation by people is subsequently often perceived in terms of decline. ‘Fixed?’ aims to question this view of architecture.

An alternative perspective is that all buildings are incomplete and subject to change over time as the users constantly alter and adapt their surroundings in response to changing cultural and technological conditions. Architecture is appropriated both intentionally and instinctively. In this way, often beyond the control of the architect, through their lifecycle all architectures become responsive to people and place. In theoretical terms, a work of architecture can therefore be interpreted not only as an ambiguous physical form but also as a shifting, responsive cultural construct.

Thinking about architecture in terms of incompleteness has many possible theoretical roots, for example discourses relating to cultural production, process and the everyday or complexity and transience, but there are also practical precedents within the built environment such as modern vernaculars – favelas, shanty towns, retail parks - which are often defined by constant change. Proposals for both theoretical discussion and case-study based papers are invited that engage with or challenge the theme of incompleteness and change. Possible strands include:

- changing, transient and adaptive everyday architectures and modern vernaculars

- the afterlife, use, occupation, adaptation and appropriation of ‘fixed’ designed buildings, spaces and places

- architects responses to the challenge of incompleteness and life-cycle design

Key speakers from a range of practice-based and academic backgrounds include: Sarah Wigglesworth, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects; Richard Murphy, Richard Murphy Architects,; Prof Kingston Heath, University of Oregon; Prof. Hilde Heynen, Katholieke University Leuven, Belgium ; Dr. Michelangelo Sabatino, University of Houston; Dr. Maiken Umbach, Manchester University.

‘Fixed?’ is hosted by the Cultural-Theory-Space Group, University of Plymouth. The convenors are Malcolm Miles, Daniel Maudlin, Robert Brown and Adam Cowley-Evans.

 Submission deadline for abstracts: November 30th 2010

Notification: December 20th 2010

Please send abstracts of no more than 300-words and a short CV via email to Lynne Saunders, School of Architecture, Design and Environment, University of Plymouth: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Thu 7 April 2011

NEW GEOGRAPHIES OF POSTCOLONIALITY AND GLOBALIZATION

The University of the West Indies, Trinidad

March 24 2011

Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: October 31st, 2010

With a conviction to articulate alternative directions for postcolonial studies within a globalised world, we invite paper proposals on a wide range of topics related to postcolonial theory and globalization studies. One of the aims of this conference is a rigorous scrutiny of what it may mean to ‘re-think’ the ongoing ‘critiques of postcolonialism’. Postcolonial studies has been steadily and rapidly energized by cross-disciplinary investigations thereby re-configuring critical paradigms of thought and contributing to contemporary understandings of the world as being dominated by transnational capital flows, rapid and extensive globalisation and an unprecedented surge of technology and information. At the conference, we propose to work with a more flexible understanding of postcolonial studies that can reveal new perspectives on the ideological, political and socio-cultural dimensions of the contemporary world order.

Given the context and geographical locality of the conference, we are very keen to receive paper proposals that move beyond the West/ non-West structure which inevitably involve a critique of Eurocentric thought. We thus invite proposals that are historically and geographically extensive and that seek to problematize facile divisions in an increasingly mobile and interconnected world. Within this context we are particularly interested in situating postcolonial studies and globalisation with the Caribbean context. 

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Thu 24 March 2011

Between Experience and Representation

Cities in an Area of Tension, 1800-1914

Radboud University of Nijmegen

March 10 2011 - March 11 2011

Call for Papers

Deadline: 15 September 2010

 

Nineteenth-century Europeans experienced growing difficulties in understanding their cities. So much is clear when studying the very different ways in which cities were described. Whereas some people associated the city with freedom, wealth and artistic creativity, others noticed nothing but the unwholesomeness, the loneliness, the immorality and the noise. The causes of this division are easily explained: industrialization, technological progress and the ever increasing mobility were changing the nineteenth-century Lebensraumat an unbelievable pace. Especially in the cities, these processes led to abrupt changes in perspective and ever-evolving ways of experiencing space. Between experience and representation. Cities in an area of tension, 1800-1914, the sequel to the conference Nations in an area of tension (2009), of which the proceedings will be published in the spring of 2010 by Verloren Publishers (Hilversum), concentrates on that constant renewal of the way in which the city is experienced and represented. The central question is how literary and other texts dating from the long nineteenth century bear witness to the confusing realities of city life. 

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Thu 10 March 2011

THE POSTMODERN PALIMPSEST:

NARRATING CONTEMPORARY ROME

University of Warwick, Coventry

February 26 2011

Call for Papers

Deadline: 30 September 2010
  
«What better place to await the end, to see if everything ceases or not?» - Gore Vidal, in Roma

Keynote Speakers: Eamonn Caniffe (Manchester) & Dr. John David Rhodes (Sussex)

The Rome of Federico Fellini’s eponymous film (1972), with suffocating traffic passing dazzling locations, and police brutality in enchanting piazzas; the Rome of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Mamma Roma (1962), with long tracks down shadowed streets and lively social gatherings masking potential violence: these images, though informed by converse ideologies, offer overlapping fragments of Rome’s‘imagined geography’. The closing shots of Roma linger on dozens of mopeds fading into the distant black as they abandon the historical centre for an undefined urban sprawl. The sprawl, the latest metamorphosis of Rome, overlaps with historical images of the capital to form a shapeless identity, a fragmentary postmodernity.

Rome is privileged in its relationship with Western history, constructed over layer after layer, from Roman to Fascist ‘empires’: in this sense the city constitutes the urban palimpsest, with a deliberate void at the end. Rome is going through a time of change that needs to be theoretically framed: this conference aims to provide this through a multidisciplinary approach aiming to link together both urban and architectural analyses, and literary and cinematic ones. The classical palimpsest and the ‘modern’ Rome are overlapping with manifestations of the city’s postmodernity, such as the controversial new museum for the Ara Pacis (2006), the recent museum for contemporary art Maxxi (2010) and, in cinema and literature, ‘New Italian Epic’ depictions such as Il divo and Romanzo criminale. These images affirm a progression beyond Fellini and Pasolini’s ‘modernity’, though one with strikingly little critical attention. They aim to probe the above citation of Vidal, his conception of ‘the end’, and tentatively paint this as a movement towards post-history.

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Sat 26 February 2011

LEISURE, PLEASURE AND THE URBAN SPECTACLE

Leeds Metropolitan University

2010-11

Call for Sessions and Papers

Deadline for proposals for sessions and papers: 29 October 2010

This conference theme broadly explores the pursuit of "pleasure" in the context of the history of towns and cities. The conference organisers are interested in investigating the significance of specifically urban forms of pleasure and leisure for understanding the historical dynamics of social, economic and cultural relationships. Towns and cities have historically offered an array of pleasures to cater for ever larger concentrations of people. The types of leisure activities available to urban populations have never remained static; indeed, changing social and economic conditions have transformed popular leisure patterns over time as well as across urban space. The pursuit of pleasure, both licit and illicit, has adapted with the changing relationship between work and leisure. As working hours became increasingly rigid during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, so too did leisure time. The lack of free time was further exacerbated by growing pressures on land use. Thus, the pursuit of pleasure was increasingly set aside for specific buildings (inns, brothels, theatres, music halls and, more recently, fitness centres) or clearly delineated spaces (botanical gardens, public parks, public walks, gated communities and even the internet) where access could, in theory, be carefully managed. Cities, seaside towns and holiday resorts were also developed to specifically cater for a variety of tastes and pleasures. Once it was recognised that there was money to be made out of the pursuit of pleasure, cities became intertwined with the business of leisure and began to market themselves as centres of tourism, heritage and culture. 

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Wed 15 December 2010

NODEM 2010 – From Place to Presence

Digital Media Breaking Boundaries Between Inside, Outside and Virtual Spaces in Cultural Heritage Institutions

November 24 2010 - November 26 2010

 


Call for:

Research papers, Project Presentations, Posters and Exhibition Presentations

One of the most striking features of digital media in museums today is their potential for linking and integrating resources, spaces and users in multiple and proactive ways. The topics of this year's NODEM conference – Inside, Outside and Virtual – explore how content can be shared and gain exposure across online and onsite services and exhibitions. Special focus is on how users can contribute to knowledge production on different exhibition platforms.

The theme From Place to Presence devotes special attention towards how digital media can be supporting tools for experiences, reflection and knowledge inside AND outside the museum – as well as to discussing the concept of museums as knowledge arenas.

Important Dates:
Deadline for all submissions: 1 October 2010
Notification of Acceptance: 22 October 2010
Deadline for registration: 1 November 2010

Submission: All contributions should be formatted in pdf, doc, docx or rtf. Please define the submission category in the subject field in the email. Submit to following address: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
 

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Wed 24 November 2010

SCALE

7th AHRA International Conference

University of Kent

November 19 2010 - November 20 2010

Scale is a word which underlies much of architectural and urban design practice, its history and theory, and its technology. Its connotations have traditionally been linked with the humanities, in the sense of relating to human societies and to human form. To build in scale goes virtually without saying in the world of ‘polite’ architecture, but this is a precept observed more often in the breach when it comes to vast swathes of commercial and institutional design. The older, more particular, meaning in the humanities, pertaining to classical western culture, is where the sense of scale often resides in cultural production. Scale may be traced back, ultimately, to the discovery of musical harmonies, or it may reside in the arithmetic proportional relationship of the building to its parts. One might question the continued relevance of this understanding of scale in the global world of today. What, in other words, is culturally specific about scale? And what does scale mean in a world where an intuitive, visual understanding is often undermined or superseded by other senses, or by hyper-reality?

Invited keynote speakers:

  • Nathalie de Vries (MVRDV)
  • Hannah Higgins (University of Illinois)
  • Brett Steele (Architectural Association)
  • Robert Tavernor (LSE)

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Fri 19 November 2010

Alternative Urbanisms

University College London

November 11 2010 - November 12 2010

A two-day conference and open discussion organised by the RGS-IBG Urban Geography Research Group 

Speakers include:
Michael Edwards (Bartlett School of Planning, University College London)
Colin McFarlane (Department of Geography, Durham University)
Malcolm Miles (Centre for Critical Cultural Resarch, University of Plymouth)
Jane Wills (Department of Geography, Queen Mary, University of London)


This year’s UGRG Conference will explore alternative ways of organising, practising and imagining cities. It responds to recent global turbulence and uncertainty in urban capitalist economies, political frameworks and environmental conditions. These urgently demand new ways of challenging existing policies, ideologies and visions, by recognising a broad and complex array of urban geographies, and emphasising the creative and sustainable possibilities of the urban twenty-first century.

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Thu 11 November 2010

At Home Forum

University of Sheffield School of Architecture

November 11 2010 - November 12 2010

In the 1970s interdisciplinary research dominated the study of the home. There was in particular a close relationship between architecture and the social sciences as sociologists and others were called in to study the impact of radical new post WWII housing policies. In the 1980s cuts in funding brought the closure of many council run architecture departments in the UK and a serious reduction in research on the impact of design decisions on people. However several recent developments  — for example the absence of any space standard legislation for new homes in the UK and the pressures of building for any ageing population  - mean that more research is badly needed in this area.

The aim of this event is to bring together an interdisciplinary group of researchers who specialise in the study of the home. Speakers are asked to talk about the particular approach that they bring to the study of this subject and to speculate about the possibility of creating new blended methodologies for the examination of this increasingly significant area of research.

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Thu 11 November 2010

Cultural Landscapes

An Architectural History and Theory Research School Symposium

King’s Manor, University of York

November 10 2010

The relation between architecture and its environment is a preoccupation common to both scholars of architectural history and architectural practitioners, as witnessed by the current autumn series of talks at the RIBA, but can the study of the past offer any insights into this relation? ‘Cultural Landscapes’ presents an opportunity to promote dialogue between emerging and established scholars, curators and students on the complex relation between visual culture, architecture, place and identity.

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Wed 10 November 2010

Regarding the Unseen

Assessments of Architectural Inheritance

Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen

October 25 2010 - October 27 2010

PhD course - Organised by art historian Rikke Stenbro Eriksen and architect Robert Gassner for the Danish PhD School of Cultural Heritage (KAF).

Everyone working on a PhD thesis, postdoc or other junior research project related to the outlined subjects is welcome. We expect 12-20 participants and there will be capacity for nine participants to present a 20 minute paper with subsequent discussion.


Robert Gassner
architect, PhD-candidate

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
School of Architecture
Institute for Building Culture
Philip de Langes Allé 10
1435 Copenhagen K
Denmark

robert.gassner[at]karch.dk

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Mon 25 October 2010

Informality

Re-Viewing Latin American Cities

Cambridge, UK

October 22 2010 - October 23 2010

The continued study of Latin American cities, their urban heterogeneity and the size of the territories that they occupy, has led to the development of alternative strategies to tackle continuous growth. Such strategies deal not only with the physical expansion of metropolitan areas and the provision of urban infrastructure (i.e. transport, electricity, water, and sewage) but, also, with issues relating to governance and social inclusion. Interventions are often small in scale but ambitious in scope. They consist of schools, libraries, nurseries, or transport exchanges which encourage social interaction and, thus, become generators of future development. Examples of this type of urban intervention are the programmes implemented in recent years in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo (Brazil), Medellín and Bogotá (Colombia) as well as Caracas (Venezuela), programmes whose aim is to improve the quality of life of poor people in slums while articulating fragments of cities that had developed in relative isolation from one another.

This conference examines various ways to deal with, and to study, urban informality in architectural, urban and anthropological terms. Speakers at the conference, who are both practitioners and academics, will describe in detail some of the above-mentioned programmes. They will also discuss the theories and critical methodologies that are currently being used in order to study urban informality in Latin America (and in other parts of the world). In so doing, speakers will cast a critical eye to reveal aspects that require further attention (scholarly as well as in practice). The conference will offer an opportunity for scholars and practitioners to learn about a wealth of work that is often produced in isolation and in distant parts of the world.

Keynote Speakers

Julio Davila (UCL) is a civil engineer and planner who has participated in research and consultancy projects in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. His work focuses on issues regarding urban and peri-urban planning, infrastructure and environmental policy. He has also worked extensively on ‘urbanisation’ and gender policy as well as on the research methods applied in the study of such subjects.

Jorge Fiori (Architectural Association) is a Sociologist and Urban Planner. He has worked extensively on programmes to improve the environmental conditions of life for people in shantytowns in Latin America, China and Africa. He is Chair of the Graduate Management Committee and Director of the Housing & Urbanism Graduate Programme at the Architectural Association Graduate School. Tentative panel/paper: Urban space, poverty and governmentality. To be confirmed.

Peter Kellett (University of Newcastle) is an architect with an MA in Social Anthropology and has worked and researched in Latin America for many years (particularly in Colombia). He has also worked on large comparative research projects in Asia and Africa, as well as in the UK. Tentative panel/paper: Informal settlements and the construction of everyday life.

Christien Klaufus (Centre for Latin American research and Documentation, The Netherlands) is an Architect and Cultural Anthropologist who occupies a professorship in Human Geography. Her research interests include processes of urbanization, urban change, housing and the socio-cultural meanings of space, place and architecture in Latin America (particularly in Ecuador). Tentative panel/paper: Agency versus structure in production of urban space.

Fernando Luiz Lara (University of Texas at Austin) is an architectural academic whose work focuses on the development of popular architectures in Brazil and other parts of the world. He is the author of The Rise of Popular Modernist Architecture in Brazil (University Press of Florida 2008). Tentative panel/paper: The origin of form in popular buildings. To be confirmed.

 

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Fri 22 October 2010

7th Annual AHRA Research Student Symposium

School of Architecture, University of Sheffield

October 22 2010

The Annual AHRA Research Student Symposium provides an international platform for current graduate students in the architectural humanities to meet, present and discuss their work.

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Fri 22 October 2010

space RE:solutions

Intervention and Research in Visual Culture

Vienna

October 21 2010 - October 23 2010

International Conference hosted by the Visual Culture Programme Vienna University of Technology

What has emerged over the last decade as one of the most significant aspects of work in Visual Culture is a persistent desire for both a critical sensitivity toward its theoretical underpinnings and an experimental elasticity in its methodological approaches.

This drive is giving rise to a plethora of new investigative practices and multi-directional engagements, particularly vis-a-vis matters of geopolitical urgency and their cultural and spatial implications.

Marking ten years of Visual Culture studies at Vienna University of Technology, this conference aims to bring together a diverse group of researchers and practitioners interested in the dynamics between emergent spatial phenomena and new modes of theoretical inquiry.

Examining the blurring roles of intervention and research, the conference seeks to debate how critical and creative work in Visual Culture negotiates unexpected transitions and oscillations between individual and collective, real and virtual, center and periphery, and activism and academy.

We invite submission of papers that address the current liminalities of theory and practice in Visual Culture.

Participation from graduate students and early career academics is especially welcome. Topics may range from investigating the intimate, indiscreet or collaborative architectures of globalisation to discussing the genealogy of ideas, implemented utopias or unperformed failures.

Current shifts in global politics and economy - financial crises, protest movements, natural disasters, worldwide migrations of people and concepts, new shadow economies - contain a myriad of micro and macro processes whose contingent interactions may offer new perspectives for an emerging culture of research as intervention.

How can we conceptualise the transformations in the way we share space and the political regimes operative in these spaces?

What kinds of strategies does this ambition require?

Where will the novel confluences of spatial realities and practice based research lead Visual Culture as a field of critical investigation?

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Thu 21 October 2010

Does Beauty Matter?

RIBA Research Symposium 2010

Jarvis Hall, RIBA, 66 Portland Place LONDON

September 23 2010

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

 

The fifth annual RIBA Research Symposium will address one of the basic principles of architecture: beauty. It is both a universal good and an enduring source of controversy, but what does it really mean?

 

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Thu 23 September 2010

New Publications

Positions #4 - Architectures of Architecture

Claire Zimmerman, Guest Editor; Sarah Williams Goldhagen, Editor; Cor Wagenaar, Editor

Call for Papers
Deadline: 15 September 2010

Positions: On Modern Architecture + Urbanism / Histories + Theories

How has twentieth-century architecture been affected by quasi-invisible infrastructures that organize the profession and its pedagogy? This issue of Positions seeks research articles and essays that investigate the administrative practices that underpinned modern architecture and urbanism. These practices, often critical to the production of modern environments, have remained largely in the background of historical accounts. Positions #4 seeks to elucidate the intentionally invisible or merely partially concealed forces that underwrote modernism as a common endeavor—the connective tissue, as it were, between a set of disparate and geographically diffuse experiments. Scholars have turned to such practices with increasing frequency in recent years; we seek to bring together disparate investigations here, to draw connections and distinctions between them.

Topics of study might range from the activities of state authorities sanctioning particular building or planning practices and financing, to review of the media practices that disseminated ideas and established architectural celebrity. They might include monographic investigations of shadowy figures oiling the machinery of the profession behind the scenes, or studies of more outspoken champions of modern architecture (the PR men and women of emergent professional practices). Articles might focus on activities within architectural schools that intersected in significant ways with professional practice, or on the congresses, exhibitions, films, manifestos, and performances (many of them itinerant slide lectures) that provided banners under which modern architects, designers, and urban planners gathered to proclaim victories nevertheless never quite within reach. What will link these disparate studies in the context of this issue is a focus on the avenues by which architects came to the point of executing important commissions—in other words, infrastructures of architecture that were intended to produce new buildings or planning programs, and that constitute an alternative history of building itself. “Architectures of Architecture” seeks to reconsider what is defined as visible work within the production of modern architecture and urbanism in the twentieth century. The role of “producer” is well defined in the culture of film and theater, but ill defined in the stagecraft of architecture.
Nevertheless, extensive work in architectural history, particularly in the last twenty years, has clarified the degree to which modern architecture was organized by and through public polemics that were linked to a variety of motivating forces, whether economic, cultural, or political.

The strategic deployment of publicity and propaganda affected the distribution of important commissions and the conditions under which they could be executed, as well as the overall demand from public and private clients. Articles might look at the extensions of the Werkbund, the Bauhaus (in pre- and postwar iterations) or CIAM, at the circulation of journals, at little-understood figures like Ise Gropius, Lucia Moholy, Mia Seeger, Jacqueline Tyrwhitt, or Monica Pidgeon, at the itineraries traced by influential exhibitions, at serial publications with specific polemical intent, such as Oppositions or Contropiano, at the impact of clients from enterprises such as Columbus, Indiana, to the Guggenheim.

Positions is a peer-reviewed journal that is broadening the scope of reflection and theory on architecture and urbanism after 1900. Authors are asked to submit papers to the editors, preferably in English, by 15 September 2010. Papers should range from 5,000-7,500 words, and should include complete citations in the form of endnotes. They should be accompanied by no more than ten images. If a paper is accepted for publication, the author will be responsible for obtaining publishing rights. Please refer to the attached submission guidelines for further instructions.

Email submission to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
 
Positions: On Modern Architecture + Urbanism/Histories + Theories

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Sat 11 September 2010

Black Dog Publishing 50% summer discount on latest architectural books

Please find below further information on the titles including in this offer and details on how to order:

Black Dog’s latest release, Colonial Modern: Aesthetics of the Past Rebellions for the Future is a reader focusing on the relationship between modernism and the project of modernisation in architecture, as well as the intertwining of both in the context of colonialism and decolonisation.

Colonial Modern reflects on contemporary research on architectural modernism and colonialism, and initiates new debates on conceptions of modernism and postmodernism. The book includes the work of artists and architects, and is supported by significant texts by specialists in the field. Colonial Modern provides a well-rounded debate and is an essential and informative title for students, academics and professionals in the field, as well as for anyone interested in the interplay of history and design, architecture and urban planning.

http://blackdogonline.com/all-books/colonial-modern.html

Another summer release is The Power of Process: The Architecture of Michael Pearson. For more than forty years, Michael Pearson has been pursuing with a passion an architecture of change, an architecture of flexibility, alteration and movement through time.

Spanning hospitals, universities, industrial structures, schools, workplaces and more, his creations display technical innovation, economy and a sensitivity for local conditions. The Power of Process explores Pearson’s designs in full for the first time, through analysis, insightful criticism and extensive interviews with Pearson himself, covering his beliefs, methods and aims and his memories of projects past and present.

http://blackdogonline.com/all-books/the-power-of-process.html

We are also including last summer’s architectural best-seller, Artists’ Studios: MJ Long in the this offer.  Artists’ Studios showcases some of the personal work of architect and interior designer MJ Long, providing a rare glimpse into Long’s more intimate projects—focusing on her studio designs for an impressive portfolio of artists, including Frank Auerbach, Sir Peter Blake, Paul Huxley and RB Kitaj.

Artists’ Studios reflects upon the relationship between artist and environment—organised around each studio, detailing the conception of the project and the specific needs of the artists.  Written by MJ Long and including texts by the artists themselves, as well as Colin St John Wilson, with whom MJ Long collaborated on many of these projects, Artists’ Studios is a highly personal account, offering Long’s candid observations on each project. 

http://blackdogonline.com/all-books/artists-studios.html

To order, simply email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with your delivery address and the titles of interest. The book(s) will then be despatched with an invoice.

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