AHRA Newsletter:
April-May 2015

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New Events

European Architectural History Network / Fourth International Meeting

EAHN 2016 Dublin Meeting Call for Sessions and Round Tables

Dublin, Ireland

June 02 2016

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

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



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Thu 2 June 2016

Reading Architecture Across the Arts and Humanities

An AHRC-Funded Interdisciplinary Conference

University of Stirling, UK

December 05 2015 - December 05 2015

The organisers of this one-day multidisciplinary conference seek to solicit proposals for 20-minute papers that consider the creation, expression and representation of architecture, architectural space and the built environment from students and scholars working within all subject-areas across the Arts and Humanities. Papers should seek to address the creation, understanding, circulation and cultural impact of both real and imaginary sites of architectural construction throughout time, either in Britain or in other national and international contexts. Original and creative accounts of how architecture might variously be ‘read’ and interpreted across such disciplines as literature, law, history, art history, heritage studies, politics, film and media studies and philosophy are particularly welcome.


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Sat 5 December 2015

This Thing Called Theory

12th International Architectural Humanities Research Association Conference

Leeds Beckett University

November 19 2015 - November 21 2015

This conference proposes Theory as a form of architectural practice which opposes the instrumentalization of its use. It aims to explore the status of Theory in architecture through an examination of instances in current practice, and invites critical reconsiderations of the role of Theory in architecture, its successes and shortcomings. It seeks to trigger discussions, arguments and polemics around this thing called Theory. 


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Thu 19 November 2015

The Future of Museum and Gallery Design

An international conference exploring creative research and practice in museum making

Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)/Hong Kong University (HKU) tbc

November 13 2015 - November 15 2015

Are you involved in the practice of designing or redeveloping museums and galleries? Are you undertaking research into an aspect of museum design or visitor experience? Are you interested in learning from and with others involved in museum design internationally?

The Future of Museum and Gallery Design draws together museum professionals, museum, gallery and exhibition designers and museum design researchers from around the world, to explore new approaches to and future developments in design for the cultural sector. Based in Hong Kong, the event will draw together a critical and international mass of expertise from a range of cultural traditions in order to create a dynamic forum for the sharing of ideas and the development of new skills and knowledge. The event will showcase leading-edge approaches to the design of 21st century museums and galleries, provide a platform for new research and thinking on museum design and offer access to a range of training opportunities.

As well as seeking submissions which explore creative approaches to the design of meaningful and engaging visitor experiences, the conference seeks case studies and research which will expose the potential for design processes and design thinking to make a significant contribution to the strategic development of museums and cultural organisations internationally, challenging conventional approaches to museum and gallery making, providing a forum for debate, and seeking to unleash the potential of design and creativity for the cultural sector.

Our call for proposals is open until 15th June 2015 and registration for The Future of Museum and Gallery Design will begin on 1st June 2015.


Event co-organised by School of Museum Studies University of Leicester, Dept of Architecture University of Nottingham, Central St Martins University of the Arts London.


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Fri 13 November 2015

Architecture and Resilience on a Human Scale: Disruptive Workshops

Call for Disruptive Workshops

Sheffield School of Architecture

September 10 2015

Sheffield School of Architecture (SSoA) are hosting an international conference on Architecture and Resilience on a Human Scale.

Resilience of ecology, society, cities and infrastructure is the subject of many research projects and debates. In contrast, a research focus on the resilience of the built environment at a neighbourhood scale has barely begun, yet it is at this scale that change is most tangible to us.

A lot of work has been done on mitigation but less so on adaptation and resilience to future shocks such as extreme weather events, food shortages, blackouts, influx of environmental refuges and many other challenges.

On Friday 11 September we are looking to include in the programme six 90 minute Disruptive Workshops. By ‘disruptive’ we mean ideas that bring challenging new perspectives on how to achieve resilience on a human scale. These can come from other disciplines or from other ways of making places. They can address issues of governance, new uses of technology, new ways of designing, building, learning and teaching, new economic systems, new ways of understanding the past and the future, or, indeed new ways of just understanding. The potential for disruptive thinking on architecture and resilience is wide open restricted only by the bounds of human creativity.

The format is also open - it is likely that there will be approximately 20 people attending each workshop and that the workshop proposers would open up the discussion with a 30 minute disruptive paper/event. This can be done by a group of disruptors working together. The format of the workshop is to be determined by the proposers.


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Thu 10 September 2015

Architecture and Resilience on a Human Scale 2015

The University of Sheffield

September 10 2015

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

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


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Thu 10 September 2015

7th Symposium of Architecture, Culture and Spirituality

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

Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, United States of America

June 18 2015 - June 21 2015

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

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

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Thu 18 June 2015

AHRA PhD Student Symposium

CALL FOR PAPERS: Syncretic Architectures: new approaches between theory & practice

Plymouth School of Architecture, UK

June 11 2015 - June 13 2015

The Architectural Humanities Research Association invites proposals from graduate students for contributions to its 12th Annual PhD Student Symposium, which will be held from 11th – 13th June 2015 (starting at 14:00 on the 11th and finishing at 13:00 on the 13th), at the School of Architecture, Design and Environment, Plymouth University.

The symposium theme focuses on the different approaches in theory and practice to architectural research and related disciplines. Architecture as a field looks at other disciplines such as sociology, art, urbanism, and anthropology to frame questions, critique situations and seek answers from synergies created between cultural identity, the everyday, peripheral, spatial and urban contexts. Architecture as a subject depends on and feeds from other approaches across multidisciplinary fields. The theme of the Symposium invites researchers (students, lecturers, citizens etc.) at different stages of their careers to meet and discuss the emergent approaches to their praxis in architecture and its related disciplines.

We have  a Facebook account for the symposium if you wish to have a look/join:



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Thu 11 June 2015

CfP: Dialectic IV: Architecture at Service?

– A Profession between Luxury Provision, Public Agency and Counter-Culture

Salt Lake City, UT

June 01 2015

June 1st, 2015

Abstract (350 words)
Short CV

When defining architecture, the debate codified in mid-nineteenth century as “Architecture: Art or Profession” is far from dead. The face-off between arts and crafts architects and neo-classicists at Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) persists on partly similar and partly modified terms. The emphasis on the primacy of the program, function, and technological problem solving is still robust; though there is no consensus among its champions about the addressee of architectural design. There is little agreement if architecture should be serving the interests of the client, the users, or the vision of the architect. Should its primary duty be to the profession, the debates in the media, or the symbolic client, namely the public at large? The opponents of this faction, in turn, insist on artistic freedom from such constraints and call for the autonomy of the discipline. Art-architects as well as practitioners of architectural history, aesthetic philosophy, and semiotics dominate this faction. These questions are highly charged with political and ideological leaning, full of consequences for teaching, practice, and society, and therefore in need of dialectical interrogation.

A materialist reading of history frames architecture both as part of the superstructure (intellectual culture) and the productive base of the society. Architects are involved in matter-of-fact processes of production and organization of labor. They have a say in the distribution of goods, products, and services, and they are complicit in the reproduction of labor forces. A neo-liberal society could only create a neo-liberal architecture. There is no room for artistic agency in this position. 

Critical theorists of a slightly different persuasion, however, argue for a more dialectical relationship between culture and base. They allow vanguard architecture a degree of agency or semi-autonomy, if you will. They point to the ‘soft critique’ of Mies van der Rohe or John Hejduk, erect the worth of the ‘esoteric musings’ of Kenzo Tange or Jeffrey Bawa, and most recently, hold sacred the ‘gorilla tactics’ of rebel architects in Israel, the occupied West Bank, Pakistan, Spain, Nigeria, and elsewhere. These concrete examples create faith in the possibility of brave comment and critical practice. They enact meaningful effects in the world beyond representation and artistic intention, within the stranglehold of existing societal forces. 

And then, of course, we are reminded that there might be room for counter-culture practices within everyday spaces. The literature taught in architectural schools abounds with theories and practices of appropriation, poaching, and tactics within the city by the ubiquitous woman without qualities. 

Dialectic IV invites papers with new takes on the long-held proposition that architects are providers of design services. They service everyone from the status quo all the way to the subaltern. We know well how architects have historically fashioned themselves to be able to procure the most valued building commissions a people have to offer. There are temples, churches and shrines, palaces and private villas, and surely monuments, state institutions and corporate headquarters. But how have the members of the same profession managed to fashion themselves as the custodians of the public good? 

Are the career paths of luxury providers and community supporters mutually exclusive or mutually beneficial? Does one make the other possible? How are the careers of community architects and activist-designers sustained? What about those who traverse these boundaries? What kind of a dialogue exists or should exist between agents of the elite, public agents and producers of counter culture? Do Marxist thinkers regard these as impossible questions? 

Architects are also at the service of specific expectations – that of their peers, academia, and the media. We need to consider the kind of career choices, aspirations, and skills professional training and professional bodies (such as AIA, NCARB or RIBA) offer? Historians tell us that most of the socially and artistically progressive buildings are historical accidents. Only where the paths of talented architects have crossed the tracts of “enlightened” affluent clients, have we had progressive departures from “business as usual.” Are progressive-minded architects operating in the luxury market restricted to mute representations and subject to the whims of chance? 

Following the thematic issues of Dialectic II on architecture and economy and Dialectic III on design-build, the fourth issue of our peer-review journal will explore architecture at service – of whom, for whom, service to what ideals and realized how.

The editors value critical statements and alternative practices. We hope to include instructive case studies and exciting models for professional practice. Possible contributions may also include mapping of ongoing debates across the world, book, journal, exhibition and new media reviews. Please send abstracts of 350 words and short CVs to Ole W. Fischer .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and Shundana Yusaf .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by June 1st, 2015.

Accepted authors will be notified by June 15th. Photo essays with 6-8 images and full papers of 2500-3500 words must be submitted by August 15, 2015, (including visual material, endnotes, and permissions for illustrations) to undergo an external peer-review process. This issue of Dialectic is expected to be out in print by spring 2016.

DIALECTIC a refereed journal of the School of Architecture, CA+P, University of Utah
ISSN: 2333-5440 (print)
ISSN: 2333-5459 (electronic)

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Mon 1 June 2015

40 Years On: The Domain of Design History

Looking Back Looking Forward

Open University, Milton Keynes

May 22 2015

2015 marks forty years since the Open University launched its pioneering course A305 History of architecture and design 1890-1939 in 1975.  The course has been widely acknowledged as a landmark in the study of modern architecture and design both in the UK and internationally.  This conference will take A305 as its starting point to trace some central themes in the history of the discipline in this country from the 1970s onwards. 

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Fri 22 May 2015

IFW2015: Nomadic Interiors

Interiors Forum World 3th International Conference

Politecnico di Milano School of Architettura e Società

May 21 2015 - May 22 2015


Identity and diversity – whether cultural, ethnic, religious or political – mark our contemporary global context on a daily basis. We live in an age that might be defined by migration, of population flow, by the movement of people, of information, of knowledge… From continent to continent, from nation to nation, from region to region, from city to city, individuals or groups of people overcome geographic borders and cultural or linguistic barriers in search of an economic comfort zone; for a new lease on life for their children; as well as for study purposes; for tourism or to experience new lifestyles and social relations.
Old and new nomads, inscribe traces, invisible or real, on the places they cross and where they stop, generating linguistic, cultural, lifestyle contaminations. They remark, delete or reconfigure their identity, absorbing or rejecting differences. By traveling and stopping – temporarily or permanently – they retrace paths followed by others or design new ones. It’s a movement of global intensification that configures ways of living, inhabiting, and being in the world.
On the other hand, the concept of the Interior has profoundly changed. It is no longer tied to the domestic and work sphere only – a dichotomy that Walter Benjamin used to tie to the capitalist society of the end of Nineteenth century – it now includes all places of associated and collective life. The metropolitan environment, specifically, is characterized by a succession of «internities», sometimes with (transient, feeble, fleeting) or mutating borders, that everyone re-owns in a more or less permanent way. “The nomadic space, a pure interior”, writes George Teyssot, underlining how the movement – of people as well information – has also changed the original meaning of Interior architecture.
Proximity, Hybridization, Multiculturalism, Mobility, Identity, Diversity seem to characterize spaces for contemporary life, culture, training, hospitality, leisure, work, commerce and social relations.

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Thu 21 May 2015

Transvaluation: Making the World Matter

May 20 2015 - May 22 2015


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

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


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Wed 20 May 2015

Architecture of Alterity

Call for Papers

University of Edinburgh

May 14 2015 - May 16 2015

Call for Papers

In a world where we face others that we do not understand, the question of alterity becomes essential to our critical thinking.  Alterity is a philosophical term meaning “otherness” describing the ability to distinguish between self / not-self, while opening up the recognition of alternative viewpoints. This 2-day international symposium will focus on interdisciplinary contributions that discuss alterity from diverse perspectives including spatial, architectural, political, cultural and philosophical. The overall objective is to create an educational forum providing an active dialogue between both postgraduate and early career researchers with seasoned scholars, while establishing collaborative links between regional and international universities.

We invite paper abstract submissions under the following 4-thematic session topics, plus an additional open category. Authors may submit only one paper per session topic. The same paper abstract may not be submitted to multiple topics. Please submit to one-of-five paper sessions:

  1. Space of Communicativity
  2. Global Architect of Alterity
  3. Unveiling the Political: Process, Identity and Alterity
  4. Conceptualizing Counter-Hegemonic Sites, Practices and Narratives
  5. Open Category

Our intention is that these themes will be organized as separate tracks within the main symposium. Please submit both a 400-word abstract, specifying which category are submitting to, and short-bio or resume in English by e-mail to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by 15th February 2015. Notifications of acceptance with peer-review comments will be returned after March 15th 2015.

We are delighted to also include keynote lectures from Simon Critchely, PhD, Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy (New School of Social Research) and Michael Jenson, PhD, Associate Dean and Assistant Chancellor for Research (University of Colorado); and also invited presentations from Xavier Guillaume, PhD, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations (University of Edinburgh); and Dorian Wiszniewski, PhD, Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Critical Theory (University of Edinburgh).

The exact programme will be announced after acceptance of abstracts by 15th of February 2015 on website: https://archofalterity.wordpress.com


For any inquires, please contact: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Liz Martin-Malikian <e.martin-malikian@sms.ed.ac.uk>


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Thu 14 May 2015

Patterning Pattern: Interdisciplinary Investigations

University of York, Department of History of Art (Berrick Saul Auditorium, West Heslington Campus)

May 06 2015

An informal Workshop to investigate the pattering of pattern in History of Art and Architecture, Mathematics, Digital Design. Organized by Jane Hawkes & Helen Hills.

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Wed 6 May 2015

Interstices: Journal of Architecture & Related Arts - The Urban Thing

Call for Papers

May 02 2015 - June 20 2015

We invite papers and projects addressing an urban metaphilosophy in the forthcoming issue of Interstices, Journal of Architecture and Related Arts titled “The Urban Thing”.


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Sat 2 May 2015

CFP Facing Post-War Urban Heritage in Central-Eastern Europe

Budapest, Hungary

April 30 2015

Facing Post-War Urban Heritage in Central-Eastern Europe

9 October 2015, Budapest, Hungary

The first doctoral conference organised by the Department of Urban Planning and Design, Faculty of Architecture, Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME).


Throughout Europe, current urban challenges are posed by large-scale ensembles of modernity as a result of post-war development on both sides of the Iron Curtain. The urb/doconf 2015 is the first in a series of a doctoral conference, to be organised on a yearly basis, which will provide a comparative overview of current doctoral research into the physical (built and natural) environment within Central-Eastern Europe (CEE).

Those invited include doctoral researchers, PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers (maximum five years after obtaining the doctorate degree) specializing in architecture, urban design, urban planning or landscape architecture. The BME Department of Urban Planning and Design wishes to promote cooperation among CEE doctoral institutions, building up a network for future generations of scholars through their specific fields of research.


Main Conference Topics

The first doctoral conference is dedicated to post-war urban heritage in Central-Eastern Europe. In order to compare different perspectives, we welcome papers examining the physical environment under the following topics:

mass housing

recreational areas

industrial sites

(in)formal urban networks

Considering the four main conference topics/sessions, we are interested in different research methodologies: theoretical frameworks, comparative studies, morphological case studies, research by design methodology, etc. 

We seek contributions that (i) test the post-war heritage positions in the changing ideological context after the fall of the Iron Curtain, (ii) investigate the mutual impact of the spatial turn and the critique of functionalism on urbanity, or (iii) examine the role of post-Communist legacy in the formation of new identities.

In addition to theoretical questions, we wish to find pragmatic approaches when responding to the new challenges of sustainability and determining what kind of protection tool-kit is capable of addressing large-scale ensembles problems. Our aim is to discover special similarities and dissimilarities within the Central-Eastern European physical environment, discuss a wide range of options (from preservation to sustainable renewal processes) and create a database on architectural PhD research topics and methodology.


Abstract Submission

Please send an abstract of up to 500 words and a brief academic biography using the template formats: http://urb.bme.hu/en/doconf2015

send your abstract to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

                     submission of abstracts – 30 April 2015

                     notification of acceptance – 1 May 2015

Participation at the conference is free of charge.



All accepted abstracts will be reviewed and published in the Book of Abstracts. Selected authors will be invited for review to submit their full papers to the open-access scientific journal Periodica Polytechnica Architecture (http://www.pp.bme.hu/ar).

The official language of the conference is English.


Conference Organiser

The first doctoral conference “Confronting Post-War Urban Heritage in Central-Eastern Europe” is organised by the Department of Urban Planning and Design Faculty of Architecture, Budapest University of Technology and Economics. www.urb.bme.hu


Scientific Board

Melinda Benkő, PhD (Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary), Anna Agata Kantarek, PhD (Cracow University of Technology, Poland), Tamás Meggyesi, DSc (Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary), David Tichý, PhD (Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic), Lubica Vitkova, PhD (Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Slovak Republic)


Organizing Committee

Chairwoman: Melinda Benkő, PhD

Secretary: Domonkos Wettstein

For contacts: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Pre & Post-Conference Proposals

The conference is linked to the SUSCO Budapest 2015 - Central European Conference on Sustainable Development  (7-8 October 2015). SUSCO Budapest 2015 is part of the SUSCO conference series with the aim to establish a SD network in the Central-Eastern European (CEE) region in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. The network makes possible discussion of the challenges and best practices in the region, in order to exchange relevant experiences and seek common solutions for SD. www.suscobudapest.com


Budapest is famous for its renovated historic city centre. We invite all participants to explore the capital’s built heritage during the conference weekend. After garnering professional experience, we recommend checking out the popular open-air pubs, grungy underground clubs and elegant cocktail bars together with the conference community. Take advantage of this opportunity to discover Budapest! http://susud.bme.hu/budapest/


Site of the conference:  http://urb.bme.hu/en/doconf2015


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Thu 30 April 2015

Architecture & Trauma

Exploratory Workshop, Organized by Chad Elias & Helen Hills.

Berrick Saul Auditorium, West Heslington Campus, University of York

April 22 2015

Speakers to include art historians and scholars of literature.


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Wed 22 April 2015

The Urban Thing

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

AUT University & The University of Auckland, Auckland New Zealand

April 10 2015 - April 12 2015

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

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Fri 10 April 2015

New Publications

Transgression: Towards an expanded field of architecture

Louis Rice, David Littlefield

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

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

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

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

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Mon 8 December 2014

Architecture and Movement: the Dynamic Experience of Buildings and Landscapes

Peter Blundell Jones and Mark Meagher (Eds)

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

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Mon 8 December 2014

Sound Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal

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

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Mon 8 December 2014

The Extended Self: Architecture, Memes and Minds

Chris Abel

In his wide-ranging study of architecture and cultural evolution, Chris Abel argues that, despite progress in sustainable development and design, resistance to changing personal and social identities shaped by a technology- based and energy-hungry culture is impeding efforts to avert drastic climate change. The book traces the roots of that culture to the coevolution of Homo sapiens and technology, from the first use of tools as artificial extensions to the human body, to the motorized cities spreading around the world, whose uncontrolled effects are changing the planet itself.

Advancing a new concept of the meme, called the ‘technical meme,’ as the primary agent of cognitive extension and technical embodiment, Abel proposes a theory of the ‘extended self’ encompassing material and spatial as well as psychological and social elements. Drawing upon research from philosophy, psychology and the neurosciences, the book presents a new approach to environmental and cultural studies. Written in a clear and engaging manner, it addresses a broad readership searching for insights into the origins of the crisis.



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