AHRA Newsletter:
February-March 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

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

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

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

The Art History of Architectural History

AAH2015 41st Annual Conference & Bookfair

Sainsbury Institute for Art, UEA, Norwich, UK

April 09 2015 - April 11 2015

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

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Thu 9 April 2015

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

UCL, London

March 30 2015 - March 31 2015

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

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Mon 30 March 2015


Call for papers

Valencia, Spain

March 03 2015 - March 03 2015



In August 1965, Le Corbusier, recognized as the most important architect of the twentieth-century, passed away in the Mediterranean Sea waters. For this reason, the Architectural Design Department at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, with the support of the Fondation Le Corbusier in Paris, promotes this international conference in Valencia.


Le Corbusier was one of the most prolific architects in the creation of links between ideas and images, between visual arts and architecture, between history and modernity. The power of his ideas was continually being tested and confirmed by his architectural work. In his projects, writings, paintings and sculptures he worked out different visions of what should match architectural modernity, which drew on a personal background built upon diverse ideological references. 


If there is any outstanding feature in his career, it is the transversal condition of his creative work. This idea of transversality enables us to open this conference to artists, historians, book publishers, photographers, thinkers and, of course, architects


The LC 2015 congress will be held on November 18-20 2015 at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de la Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), which has been recently ranked as the best technical university in Spain by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2014.

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Tue 3 March 2015

Chair in Architecture

University of Sheffield School of Architecture

February 25 2015 - March 24 2015

The School of Architecture is one of the best in the UK, with the REF 2014 confirming our position as a world class centre for architectural research.

We are committed to increasing our research profile and leadership through investment in key areas and we wish to recruit an exceptional candidate for a Chair in any architectural related discipline but with a demonstrable commitment to the social values of the school. You will be an inspirational leader with an outstanding research track record of high quality publications and other forms of innovation at an international level, evidence of high achievement in funding capture, and a proven ability to foster and support the research of colleagues. A PhD (or equivalent experience) is essential. You will also contribute to the culture of critical pedagogy within the School through core and specialist undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and to the supervision of research students. We are particularly keen to hear from candidates who can develop the capacity of any of our core research group areas, or the following areas, or ideally, a mix of these areas in order to provide leadership and strengthen existing disciplines within the School:

  • Humanities research in architecture design
  • Architecture Research Practice
  • Resilience
  • Digital Design and Fabrication
  • Interactive built environments
  • Materiality


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Wed 25 February 2015


2nd Alvar Aalto Researchers Network Seminar: Call for papers

Rovaniemi, Finland 16-18 February 2015

February 16 2015 - February 18 2015

The 2nd Alvar Aalto Researchers Network Seminar, “Aalto beyond Finland. Architecture and Design” aims to create a network of researchers interested in the work of the Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. The meeting in Rovaniemi, in February 2015, will be an opportunity to present up-to-date research and provide a significant meeting point for those fascinated by Aalto’s buildings and projects, in a relaxed and collegial atmosphere.

Aalto’s work has had an exceptional impact beyond Finland since the opening of his office in Turku in 1927. Before World War II, his furniture was exhibited in strategic venues in Europe and America, from which Aalto established a solid network of professional contacts. During the post-war period, he took on many assignments and received great recognition in various foreign countries. His buildings, scattered around the world, as well as his unrealised projects, contributed to spreading Aalto’s design method in different architectural communities, thereby proving its validity outside Finland. Even countries in which Aalto did not design any projects or construct any buildings, such as Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, and Portugal, were influenced by his work. Although recent scholarly studies have contributed to an exploration of Aalto’s work abroad and its impact in the international context, they are fragmented, dwelling on national questions, without a holistic view. The 2nd Alvar Aalto Researchers Network Seminar “Aalto beyond Finland. Architecture and Design” strives for a comprehensive survey of the impact of Aalto’s architectural and design works abroad, in order to highlight those thematic communalities and connections among different international experiences.

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Mon 16 February 2015

New Publications

Architecture and the Welfare State

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

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

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

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Mon 10 November 2014

Transgression: Towards an expanded field of architecture

Louis Rice, David Littlefield

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

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

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

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

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Mon 8 December 2014

Architecture and Movement: the Dynamic Experience of Buildings and Landscapes

Peter Blundell Jones and Mark Meagher (Eds)

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

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Mon 8 December 2014

Sound Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal

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

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Mon 8 December 2014

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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Mon 2 February 2015

New Courses

Fully Funded Doctoral Studentship: Literature and Architecture, 1700—1850

University of Stirling

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Tue 17 February 2015

MA Architectural History, The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London

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Wed 9 January 2013

MA in Architectural Design

School of Architecture, University of Sheffield

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Wed 9 January 2013

MA in Urban Design

School of Architecture, The University of Sheffield

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Wed 9 January 2013

MA Spatial Practices: Art, Architecture, and Performance

University College for the Creative Arts

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Thu 24 December 2009

MSc Urban Studies

University College London

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Thu 24 December 2009