AHRA Newsletter:
February-March 2011

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

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The next newsletter will be issued in early April 2011.

New Events

Biophilic Design

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

International Society of Biourbanism

August 30 2013

Call for Papers:

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

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

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

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

Participants will be notified by November 2011.

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Fri 30 August 2013

Ethics & Aesthetics of Architecture & the Environment

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

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

July 11 2012 - July 13 2012

Call for papers

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

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

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Wed 11 July 2012

Modern Catholic Space

Mount Street Jesuit Centre, London

December 09 2011 - December 10 2011

Call for papers:

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

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Fri 9 December 2011

Sigradi 2011 Augmented Culture

XV SIGraDi Conference

Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Santa Fe, Argentina

November 16 2011 - November 18 2011

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

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

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

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

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Wed 16 November 2011


AHRA International Conference 2011

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

October 27 2011 - October 29 2011

Call for Papers 

Deadline 15 February 2011

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

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

Peripheral practices

Practice-based research

Urban peripheries

Non-metropolitan contexts

Peripheral positions


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Thu 27 October 2011

Mobile Geographies of Art: Bodies, Technologies and Transnationality

RGS-IBG Annual Conference


August 31 2011 - September 02 2011

Call For Papers:

Deadline for abstracts is Friday 11th February.

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

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

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Wed 31 August 2011


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

August 31 2011 - September 01 2011


Deadline: 15/03/2011

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

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

Samvad : Dialogue

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

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

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Wed 31 August 2011

RIBA President’s Awards for Research 2011

May 16 2011

Call for entries: Deadline 16th May 2011

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

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

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

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Mon 16 May 2011

8th Annual AHRA PhD Research Student Symposium

Architectural Association, London UK

May 14 2011 - May 14 2011

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


Call for Papers:

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

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Sat 14 May 2011

Adaptive Architecture

International Conference

at The Building Centre, London

March 03 2011 - March 05 2011


Deadline 14 December 2010

Architecture has always been inventive and adaptable. However, our current era is unique in its technological potential combined with societal and environmental challenges. The need to generate sustainability, developments in design techniques and technology advances are leading to the emergence of a new Adaptive Architecture.

The built environment is becoming truly responsive in terms of physical, real-time changes acting under intelligent controls. Adaptive Architecture can be characterized by four key attributes; it is Dynamic, Transformable, Bio-inspired and Intelligent.

Drawing on these themes, the Adaptive Architecture International Conference will bring together leading practitioners, researchers and industry experts who will present projects and research.  Presentations will include new types of reconfigurable architecture, and will show how adaptive strategies can extend the cultural potential of architecture, extend a buildings life cycle, enhance energy efficiency and optimize resource utilization.

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Thu 3 March 2011

New Publications

Architecture and Field/Work

Identifying and critically discussing the key terms, techniques, methodologies and habits that comprise our understanding of fieldwork in architectural education, research and practice, this book collates contributions by established and emerging international scholars. It will be of interest to critical practitioners, researchers, scholars and students of architecture.

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Mon 28 June 2010

New Courses

MSc Urban Studies

University College London

Course web site

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Thu 24 December 2009

The British School at Rome - Residential Awards for Research 2011-12

The British School at Rome

Course web site

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Wed 15 December 2010