AHRA Newsletter:
February-March 2017

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New Events

Architecture, Festival and the City

14th AHRA International Conference

School of Architecture and Design, Birmingham City University, UK

November 16 2017 - November 18 2017

What is ritual in today’s rationalistic, post-symbolic age?
What forms of collective participation can the civic realm sustain in the twenty-first century?
Can there be any meaningful form of collective representation in our predominantly individualistic and globalised society?
Are urban festivals, carnivals and rituals fundamentally inclusive or exclusive?

These questions, amongst others, will serve as points of reference for this conference which examines past and present urban festivals and their settings in relation to the idea of ‘the good city’.

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Thu 16 November 2017

AA Women & Architecture in Context 1917-2017


The Architectural Association School of Architecture in London

November 02 2017 - November 04 2017

AA XX 100 is the project to commemorate the centenary of women’s admission to the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London in 1917. To date it has comprised a raft of complementary enterprises including an annual lecture series and an ongoing programme to conduct filmed interviews with AA alumnae. The project culminates in autumn 2017 with an exhibition (October - December 2017), a book (Breaking the Mould: AA Women in Architecture 1917-2017) and an international conference (AA Women and Architecture in Context 1917-2017) run in partnership with the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

We now announce the Call for Papers for the conference, which will take place between 2nd and 4th November 2017 at the AA and the Paul Mellon Centre in Bedford Square, London, W.C.1.

We invite academics, architects and other practitioners to submit proposals for 20-minute papers in response to the themes listed on the attached poster. Submissions are encouraged from researchers at all stages of their careers, and papers should be understood as not confined purely to the AA as a subject matter but equally to the wider context of women and architecture across the centenary period.


Paper proposals should be 300 words in length; please include contact details, affiliation and a brief CV.

Poster proposals should be up to 300 words in length; please include contact details, affiliation and a brief CV.

Both should be emailed to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Deadline for proposals is 12.12.16, for notification no later than January 2017. Successful applicants will be expected to cover their own costs for travel and accommodation but will have free entry to the conference.

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Thu 2 November 2017

Building Beauty

Ecologic Design and Construction Process

Naples, Italy

October 16 2017 - May 05 2017

Building Beauty is an intensive, memorable experience of studies team work and life in the heart of the city of Naples, Italy.

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Mon 16 October 2017

Building Beauty. Ecologic Design and Construction Process

Naples, Italy

October 16 2017

The program is practice-based, offering an immersive experience of hands-on construction that links together self development, ecological thinking and building skills: students learn low-tech construction and decoration techniques over an intensive, fully human, feeling-based building process. Learning is organized in three axis: 1. Construction and Cultivation; 2. Seminars: leading international scholars from a wide range of scientific fields explore with students the potential of a truly interdisciplinary approach to design and construction where complexity and uncertainty are the positive condition of beauty generation; speakers tackle important challenges in the current international agenda of sustainable architecture and resilient communities. 3. Self, Community and Space: practical movement/art/dance/therapy workshops aimed at recognizing and trust our feelings in relation to space. Feelings are referred to space, the body-mind, and the way they interact in hands-on physical work of making.

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Mon 16 October 2017

The Open Hand 2: Orientalism in the Pacific

Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

September 09 2017

During The Open Hand 2: Orientalism in the Pacific, we want to resume the civic debate started during the first Open Hand symposium in 2014, about collaborative action in architecture, space, art and society, this time specifically in connection with community, geography, identity, displacement, migration, and history in the Pacific. Central to the symposium are the following questions: What are the opportunities, boundaries, and tensions experienced in diasporas here in the Pacific? Do we still view these phenomena through the lenses of the ‘Other,' or as exotic spaces of in-betweenness, or are we engaging with them differently now?

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Sat 9 September 2017

Territories of Faith

Religion, Urban Planning and Demographic Change in Post-War Europe, 1945 – 1975

Leuven, Belgium

July 03 2017 - July 04 2017

The research group Architectural Cultures of the Recent Past (ARP) of KU Leuven and KADOC, the Documentation and Research Centre on Religion, Culture and Society of KU Leuven, are organizing an international workshop on religion, urban planning and demographic change in post-war Europe as a prelude to an edited volume on this topic, to be published by an international academic press.


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Mon 3 July 2017

CFP: JID special issue: Interior design creative scholarship

Registration of interest: 1 July 2016

Journal of Interior Design

July 01 2017

A special journal issue dedicated to creative scholarship in interior design and its allied disciplines and practices to be published early 2018.

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Sat 1 July 2017


Unsettling the Geopolitics of Representation; Call for papers [***EXTENDED DEADLINE***]

University of Edinburgh: Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

June 22 2017 - June 24 2017

If the emergence of the Anthropocene implies an epistemological shift, how might this transform the way we think about representation and, more specifically, its geopolitics?  What kinds of representations carry significant material, metaphorical and methodological implications for this question, and can help us to 'situate' ourselves – if that is a still viable term – in our new conditions of groundlessness and scalelessness?
This symposium proposes to explore this through the motif of 'Postcards from the Anthropocene'.  The postcards that we imagine are documentary space-time snapshots, which convey complex assemblages of dynamic, non-linear, unpredictable, ad-hoc networks between interdependent and trans-scalar actants. They may raise questions about the ethical and political challenges of the dominant modes of technoscientific production in the Anthropocene, modes that are constituted through existing power relationships, subject positions, differences and inequalities. On the other hand, they might open up new streams of speculative and creative geopolitical imaginaries and forms of collective subjectivities that recalibrate existing value systems and indicate alternatives.
For this symposium we are seeking presentations that deploy different formats to reflect upon new kinds of reciprocity between geopolitics and representation through a found, described, designed or imagined postcard from the Anthropocene.  We anticipate that this proliferation of anthropocenic representations will reveal and encourage transformations in practices of scrutinizing, strategizing, mediating and assembling, which are in turn animated in complex ways by operations that range from positioning, scaling, scripting, and weathering to fabricating, mining, reframing and recalibrating.
Two kinds of submissions are invited. Intending participants should submit either: 1) a 300-word abstract of a proposed conference presentation; or 2) a single image together with a 300-word commentary on it. Invitations to speak at the symposium will be extended on the basis of the abstracts. The image/text submissions will be reviewed, and selected submissions presented in a parallel format in the symposium.

Proposals should be sent by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by Friday, March 17th 2017.
Proposals should also include a short biographical note (maximum 150 words), together with the author’s institutional address and full contact details.

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Thu 22 June 2017

Mapping in Arts and Humanities Research

King's College London / University College London

June 14 2017 - June 14 2017

Mapping in Arts and Humanities Research

Two workshops and a symposium, co-hosted by King’s College London and University College London, and funded by the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP)

 June 14th, 21st, and 27th, 2017

 Theories and practices of mapping have been increasingly prominent and influential in arts and humanities research in the past twenty years. The histories of art, architecture, film, literature, and other cultural forms have been retold from geographical, spatial perspectives, across disciplinary lines, by Giuliana Bruno, Denis Cosgrove, Tom Conley, Thomas Da Costa Kauffmann, Rob Kitchin, Franco Moretti, Ricardo Padron, and Todd Presner, to name just a few. Drawing on rich influences in geography, sociology, architecture and urban planning, these scholars and others have used maps to rethink art, culture, and the humanities, or vice versa. As such, mapping has become one of the key tools by which arts and humanities researchers have collaborated and innovated, and by which they have interacted with the social sciences.

Many arts and humanities PhD students today seek to incorporate maps and mapping in their research, and yet provision of doctoral training specifically in this cross-disciplinary area is rare. This is despite the fact that digital technologies have made mapping increasingly feasible and sophisticated, in technical terms, even for those without specialist cartographic training. Mapping has also become increasingly informative and rewarding methodologically – e.g. what Todd Presner calls “thick mapping” - as a complement to, or, for some, even a replacement for, certain, more traditional aspects of research.

 In June 2017, King’s College London and University College London will co-host two half-day workshops and a one-day symposium with the aim of examining the use of maps in arts and humanities research. The symposium will be open to all; the workshops will be aimed primarily at current PhD students, with a limited number of places for postdoctoral researchers and others.


The Workshops

The first events will be two research methods workshops, one hosted by Dr Mark Shiel at King’s on June 14th and the other hosted by Dr Roland-François Lack at UCL on June 21st. In these, Shiel and Lack will present their own research with maps, but interactively, alongside students and other researchers who will make brief presentations on their work with maps or discuss maps (digital or analogue) they have found useful in their research. The workshops will be practical, interactive and computer-based, relying on demonstrations and small group work, with each event open to a maximum of 40 people. Hence, the workshops will provide an opportunity to present, examine, and discuss a wide variety of maps in detail, benefiting from the sharing of case studies and interpretations.

Eligibility for the workshops: These events will be aimed primarily at current PhD students in any arts and humanities or social science discipline, from across the UK. A proportion of places will be ring-fenced for students from institutions associated with the LAHP (KCL, UCL, School of Advanced Study, London School of Economics, Queen Mary University of London), but all others are also warmly encouraged to attend. To attend the workshops, it is necessary to register in advance. It is also necessary to sign up to attend both workshops (rather than one or the other). No special expertise in mapping techniques or map analysis will be required; PhD students at any stage of their studies may reserve a place, whether they have a lot of experience with maps or very little. To register, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


The Symposium

The third event will be a one-day symposium on theories and methods of “Mapping in Arts and Humanities Research”, to be held at King’s on June 27th.

Providing an opportunity to reflect on the strengths, limitations, and methodological challenges and problems posed by maps and mapping in arts and humanities research, this symposium will feature eight twenty-minute papers by PhD student and postdoctoral speakers and one invited keynote speaker. It will be open to a wider audience than the workshops, i.e. the whole academic community and others working in relevant professional fields.

We have great pleasure in announcing that the keynote speaker will be Professor Shannon Mattern of the New School for Social Research, in New York. Mattern is the author of The New Downtown Library: Designing with Communities (2017) and Deep Mapping the Media City (2015), both published by University of Minnesota Press, as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters. ( http://www.wordsinspace.net/shannon/ )


Call for papers for the symposium

 We hereby invite PhD students or postdoctoral scholars in relevant fields to submit proposals for twenty-minute papers on subjects or issues relating to the rationale laid out above. These might be considerations of methodological issues, technical challenges, interdisciplinarity, or case studies of a particular map or maps either as representations or artefacts in their own right or for the light they shed on some other object of research. Proposals should include an abstract of about 500 words, an indicative bibliography of four items, and a short bio which should include a brief indication of the topic of your PhD or other research project. Please also make sure to indicate your institutional affiliation, if you have one.

To submit a proposal, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Proposals must be received no later than Friday, April 14th, 2017.


About the organisers:

Mark Shiel is Reader in Film Studies and Urbanism in the Department of Film Studies at King’s College London. He has published widely on the subject of cinema and cities, most recently his monograph Hollywood Cinema and the Real Los Angeles (Reaktion Books/University of Chicago Press, 2012).

Roland-François Lack is a Senior Lecturer in the French Department at UCL, where he teaches nineteenth-century literature and twentieth-century film. He is the author of numerous works on Lautréamont, Kristeva, Tel Quel, and the nouvelle vague, and he is the author and curator of the celebrated website cinetourist.net

The organizers grateful acknowledge the support of the London Arts and Humanities Partnership, which is in turn funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

These events will also form part of the first year’s activities of the new London Urban Media Research Network, a collaboration of KCL, UCL, the LSE, and Birkbeck College aimed at coordinating and increasing research activity on the interaction of cities and media, broadly defined.


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Wed 14 June 2017

Society of Architectural Historians 70th Annual International Conference

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK

June 07 2017 - June 11 2017

The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) will hold its 70th Annual International Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, from June 7–11, 2017, marking the first time SAH has met outside North America since 1973. An estimated 600 historians, architects, preservationists, and museum professionals from around the world will convene to present new research on the history of the built environment at the University of Strathclyde’s Technology & Innovation Centre. The conference program will feature paper sessions, keynote talks, roundtables, social receptions, and public events including architecture tours in and around Glasgow and a seminar on heritage and sustainability.

For program details and to register, please visit http://www.sah.org/2017. Early registration is open now through March 14, 2017. Registration for tours and the SAH Glasgow Seminar will open to the public on March 15, 2017.

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Wed 7 June 2017

2017 Interstices Under Construction Symposium: Pattern/Surface

Extended deadline for abstract submissions

The University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

June 02 2017 - June 04 2017

EXTENDED DEADLINE for submissions for “Interstices Under Construction Symposium: Pattern / Surface - a pursuit of material narratives” Auckland, 2nd - 4th June 2017. 500-word abstracts will now be accepted up to Tuesday 21st March, midnight NZST. Send to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Abstracts submitted by this date will receive a decision by 15 April. Details about registration (fees, concessions, early bird registration) will be posted on the website by 1st April and registrations open on 15th April.

(Those who have already submitted abstracts, thank you — decisions will be sent out for these in late March.)

Please forward to colleagues, friends, and students.

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Fri 2 June 2017

2017 Interstices 19 (Under Construction) symposium

Surface – Pattern: a pursuit of material narratives.

The University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

June 02 2017 - June 04 2017

2017 Interstices 19 (Under Construction) symposium

Surface – Pattern: a pursuit of material narratives.

The University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand


Keynote Speaker: Associate Professor Spyros Papapetros 

School of Architecture, Princeton University


Surface and ornament have been extensively reviewed, admonished, discarded and pursued. More recently there has been a renewed interest in the writing of Aby Warburg and Alois Riegl, while numerous studies have addressed these issues relative to Semper, Adolf Loos, Hermann Muthesius, and Le Corbusier. They have been made prominent by issues of animation (see, for example, Papapetros 2012, Payne 2013, van Eck 2014) and digitation (see for example Spuybroek 2008 and Schumacher 2009).

Incrustations, protuberances, textured expressions, smoothed surfaces, surfaces enlivened as screens, are they ornament or cladding? The 2017 Interstices Under Construction Symposium, “Surface – Pattern” pursues the tension between ornament, adornment, object enlivenment, cladding, surface and pattern, and an exploration into the strange animations inherent in surface-pattern continua.

Thought in one direction, smooth surface tends towards speed and a friction-less gloss; in another, pattern stirs surfaces inciting decelerating, contemplation, and even deviation. Etymologically, ‘surface’ accords with the revealing of an upper or outward layer, but it also points to things that receive a surface through polishing or finishing. Pattern suggests the imposition of a plan or design that ultimately models or leads back to exemplars and the impact of patrons. Conjunctures of surface-patterns thus encompass rich and complex narrative effects.

This call for papers invites considerations, at a range of scales, of surface-pattern complexes like territory and landscapes, built assemblages and ‘cladding’, interior surfaces, décor and furniture, sculpture or objects of the decorative arts.

The symposium is motivated by the renewed fascination with the architectural surface and the expressive effects it mobilises – effects that both eschew and uneasily dabble in the decorative. Material mediation has become a means for experimentation, a way of teasing out smooth geometries, tessellated patterns, iconic figures and textures, which may all also perform technical functions, like joining or harmoniously accommodating incremental and differential movement. If, following Paul Virilio, the built, like the social, is inseparable from a politics of speed (in which surfaces, ways, and conduits at every scale are ‘policed’ in order to arrest impediments to an accelerating commerce of motion and passage), we might wonder what role patterning plays today.

As Giles Deleuze and Felix Guattari have argued, periodic repetition is key to encoding a milieu, founding territoriality and place-specificity. However, it is also a rhythmic vehicle running on difference, a metrical, staggered and reversible time of variable intensities, in which beginning and end are confused (Bogue 2003: 28). Performative and plastic arts in the Pacific and elsewhere use repetition not only as aesthetic device but also “to symbolise and effect relations of mana” (Tomlinson & Tengan 2015: 17), both channelling affective force and representing memory and knowledge to those who understand (Clark 2006: 12; Nepia 2013: 133, 197).

Pattern and rhythm run free of and extend beyond planar fixity, implicating faces and surfaces that may change, reverse or combine, they alter perception and architectural space. Surfaces, beyond their seconding within building hierarchies, open onto movement and shifting states (Taylor 2009: 47). Architecture, then, can be rethought in relation to an outside that is not kept out or apart, in terms of surfaces, flatness, dynamism and movement rather than stasis (Grosz 1995: 135). Patterned and patterning, surfaces provide a saturated environment rich in repetition, difference and an atmosphere by which architecture is more than a machinic structure. As the distinctions between structures and ornaments, function, form, façade and decor are reconceptualised, surfaces are no longer decorative elements but entities in themselves. Surface “turns into architecture [as the] surface becomes weighted, deep, differentiated, tartan, alternating, camouflaged, tonal, gradated, textured, branded, serial” (Bruno 2014: 93).

It is with this sense of the spatial effects potentiated by surface-pattern that we invite you to submit abstracts for the forthcoming Interstices Under Construction Symposium.

Please send a 500-word abstract and a short biographical statement of 100 words to Susan Hedges (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) by 28th February 2017. Abstracts will be vetted through blind peer review and, if accepted, published on the Interstices website (http://interstices.ac.nz/news-events/). Notifications will be sent out by March 2017. The symposium will be followed by a call for papers for Issue 19 of Interstices: A Journal of Architecture and Related Arts on the same topic in June 2017.


Convenors: Andrew Douglas, Tina Engles—Schwarzpaul, Susan Hedges,

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Fri 2 June 2017

The Arts of Spinoza + Pacific Spinoza

Interstices Under Construction symposium: Call for Papers

Auckland University of Technology and University of Auckland, New Zealand

May 26 2017 - May 28 2017

We invite scholarly submissions on the philosophy of Benedict de Spinoza (1632-1677), for a special issue of Interstices journal and the annual Interstices symposium to be held in Auckland, New Zealand, 26-28 May 2017. The intent is to further consolidate the recent revival of interest in Spinoza’s thought, and to reaffirm his status as an enormously powerful thinker of contemporary relevance.  Papers on any aspect of Spinoza studies are thus welcomed. But the more specific aim of the symposium and journal issue is twofold: firstly, to extend the burgeoning scholarship on Spinoza into the domains of study parsed by Interstices, namely arts and architecture, and secondly, to situate Spinoza’s philosophy within the particular locus of New Zealand, Australasia, the South Pacific, and the Pacific Rim more broadly. Each of these aspects will be tackled in separate sessions or separate days of the symposium.
            With regard to the first aim, we welcome submissions that put Spinoza’s philosophy in productive proximity with a particular artform or an individual work of art, whether literature, painting, sculpture, architecture, film, music, dance, performance, etc. — or that have an especial focus on any of the numerous artistic and literary figures who are known to have read Spinoza appreciatively and in whose works Spinozist shadings might be discerned (Goethe, Coleridge, George Eliot, Thomas Hirschhorn, etc.). Contributors might like to think of this event and journal issue as extending, in the direction of arts and architecture, the very fine work done by the anthology Spinoza Beyond Philosophy (2012, ed. Beth Lord).
Since Interstices’s particular interest is in architectural studies, we would be keen to see contributions that consider Spinoza as helpful for thinking any of the design and spatial disciplines (architecture, urban design, landscape, geography, interior design, and so on). Contributors might also choose to take ‘architecture’ in the sense of ‘structure’, in which case not only would built environments and tectonics be the subject of analysis, but also the very structure of Spinoza’s texts, the extraordinary way in which his texts are wrought (the famous geometric architecture of the Ethics, for example).
We also invite submissions that don’t necessarily fall under any of the artistic disciplines listed above, and that interpret “arts” in the broadest possible sense. Spinoza’s philosophy predates the modern idea of a differentiated domain of the arts, and so the Latin word that Spinoza uses — ars — has the older and broader sense of skill or craft or ability or proficiency.[1] We thus welcome submissions that are about ‘arts’ in this more general sense — for example, about what Spinoza teaches us about the arts of living (ars vivendi) or the arts of constructing a liberal polity (ars politica, government, statecraft).
With regard to the second aim, we invite submissions on any aspects of Spinoza studies that have a connection to New Zealand, Australia, the South Pacific, or Asia-Pacific and the Pacific Rim more broadly. Such papers might, for example, examine the historical reception and interpretation of Spinoza in New Zealand, Australia, the Oceanic “sea of islands”, or any proximate sister region.[2] The idea is to give geographic concreteness and local specificity to the interpretation of Spinoza — to see how Spinoza might be or has been read in New Zealand and the Pacific, and inversely to see how our ways of thinking about New Zealand and the Pacific might be productively inflected by reading Spinoza.

[1] See Moira Gatens, “Spinoza on Goodness and Beauty and the Prophet and the Artist”, European Journal of Philosophy 23, no. 1 (2015), p. 3.
[2] The reference is to Epeli Hau’ofa’s “Our Sea of Islands”, The Contemporary Pacific 6, no. 1 (1994), 147–161.


Abstracts of 300 words, along with a short biographical statement of 100 words, to be sent to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), by midnight nzst, 30th January 2017. For purposes of peer review, the abstract should be sent in a separate self-contained file with no identifying information in it. Please send Microsoft Word files only (doc or docx). Abstracts will be vetted through a process of blind peer review.
Selected papers from the symposium will be invited for revision, peer review, and publication in the subsequent issue of Interstices. If you are unable to attend the symposium in New Zealand, but wish to submit a paper for the journal issue, please send the full and completed paper to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by 31st May 2017.
Further inquiries can be directed to the convenor Eu Jin Chua, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), Farzaneh Haghighi, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or to Susan Hedges, the Coordinating Editor of Interstices, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

A fuller Call for Papers / Discussion Document is attached as a PDF file, or available online at http://www.interstices.ac.nz/news-events/

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Fri 26 May 2017

2017 Conference of the Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality Forum

Call for Papers, Presentations, and Workshops

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts on Deer Isle, Maine

May 14 2017 - May 18 2017

Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality Forum (ASCF), an international academic-practitioner network, announces their 9th annual symposium "Practice, Craft, Materials, and Making” to be held May 14-18, 2017, at the renowned Haystack Mountain School of Crafts on Deer Isle, Maine.

We are inviting an expanded range of proposal types in order to illuminate, and experiment with, ideas on the spiritual dimensions of practice, craft, materials, and making of architecture -as well as its broader implications for the built environment. Proposals from individuals new to ACSF, including practitioners, graduate students, and those who have attended in the past but not presented, are especially welcomed and encouraged.

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Sun 14 May 2017

Buildings in Society International III - An interdisciplinary Approach.

Swedish History Museum, Stockholm

May 11 2017 - May 14 2017

Building studies fall too often into the disciplinary gaps between architectural history, archaeology and social anthropology. The Buildings in Society International conference is an attempt bridge those gaps, to draw from all these approaches and examine how people have created buildings and responded to them. The forthcoming conference would like to examine how people have been creating and using buildings, how they have responded to them, and how the buildings have been perceived. It will consider a diversity of built constructions - including dwellings and public buildings, sheds and manor houses, secular and sacral structures.

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Thu 11 May 2017

International Conference on ‘Researching with and for children: Place, pedagogy and play

Deadline for submission of abstract : 28 February 2017

University of Edinburgh: Edinburgh College of Art

May 08 2017 - May 09 2017

With the aim of  bringing researchers and practitioners working with and for children within the UK and beyond on the same platform and widening participation, we are extending the deadline for submission of abstracts to the conference 'Researching with and for children: Place, pedagogy and play' to 28 February 2017.

We would also like to invite proposals for posters and art works, if you are a practise-based researcher and find your work is best suited as a visual display.

Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

More information about the conference can be found in our website researchwithandforchildren.wordpress.com

We look forward to seeing you in May in Edinburgh.

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Mon 8 May 2017

Crossing Borders: Negotiation, Provocation, and Transgression

Graduate Conference: Call for Papers

Birkbeck, University of London

May 05 2017 - May 06 2017

Across the globe, borders are once again being erected, entrenched, and enlarged in order to contain, as well as to subject to the perpetual surveillance apparatus, people considered threats to the integrity of the national and supra-national state. From Calais to Lesbos, the camp has returned with a vengeance in Europe, supported by dubious claims for security. The spectre of the Jihadist and economic migrant haunts the political imaginary of the ‘advanced’ nations of Western Europe, who now spare no mercy for those displaced by civil war, environmental disaster, or material immiseration. Areas of conflict are increasingly being captured by drones, which, crucial for security, are profoundly redefining the borders between state, civil society, and privacy. Yet the very instantiation of the border speaks to and raises the possibility of its being breached, of forms of traversal, of lines of flight. This could be the contested borderland, a zone of indiscernibility where state violence regulates the movement of capital and labour, as in the case of the Mexico-US border and the region of Kashmir. It could also be the borderless world of ubiquitous data collection, which, paradoxically is recorded and stored in obscurely located and highly centralised data centres. Or, the faltering border between the conscious and the unconscious, whereby libidinal drives perpetually upset any stable sense of the sovereign self. Finally, ‘crossing borders’ poses a temporal question, directed to conceptions of historical change, the unpredictable instant of revolution which in shattering the known retroactively constitutes a border.
This conference is a call to intellectual arms, then, a provocation to think geographical, political, bodily, technological, and environment borders. What constitutes a border, how are they stabilised, and how can they be crossed, negotiated or transgressed? How are borders enacted, defined and re-defined by surveillance, technology, regulations and resistance? Are borders necessarily the logic of a colonial structure of thought, predicated on capture, division, and domination? How else might difference be thought and engaged? What is the discourse, language, imagery of the border? How are human bodies reciprocally shaped by the social environment? What model of the psyche can help us understand the rich diversity of socio-political mechanisms? How can we cross the border of rationality in order to explore and release the unconscious factors in our sense-making? And, crucially, how can we as academics cross institutional and disciplinary borders? We welcome submissions from across the Humanities and Social Sciences, and especially encourage contributions from artists and activists.

Proposals are invited for twenty minute papers and panels of three papers. Abstracts (300 words) should be submitted to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by 7 February 2017. Please also include a short bio (no more than 150 words), contact details, and institutional affiliation. Accepted proposals will be notified by 28 February 2017.  

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Fri 5 May 2017

Inside | Outside

Trading Between Art and Architecture

KASK / School of Arts, Ghent (BE)

May 04 2017 - May 06 2017

Inside | Outside is an initiative of the School of Architecture, University of Queensland in partnership with the Department of Architecture & Urban Planning, Ghent University and KASK School of Arts, Ghent . The conference is the inaugural event of ‘Is Architecture Art?,’ a research project of the Centre for Architecture, Theory, History and Criticism (ATCH) at the University of Queensland in partnership with Ghent University. The project is funded by a Discovery Grant of the Australian Research Council.

Artist Sarah Oppenheimer (US) www.sarahoppenheimer.com and architect John Körmeling (NL) www.johnkormeling.nl will deliver the keynote presentations.

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Thu 4 May 2017

Im/mobilities in the 21st Century


May 01 2017 - May 01 2017

Over a decade after the introduction of the “new mobilities paradigm” by Sheller and Urry (2006), which explained the increasing im/mobility within social institutions and practices and their implications in shaping uneven terrains, this issue seeks to reconsider the concept of mobility as an interpretive framework. Mobility—as distinct from movement— stresses the social production of movement. It may address a variety of scales, from migration and transport, to travel and everyday practices of walking. Tim Cresswell has written: “If movement is the dynamic equivalent of location, then mobility is the dynamic equivalent of place.” This framework suggests new spatial and scalar logics that focus on networks, relations, flows and circulation, rather than fixed places. It opens up new sets of questions, subjects and methods that cut across disciplines.

Mobility and its associated freedom and fluidity are central to the concept of modernity.
Our contemporary situation underscores the basic contradictions at the heart of this concept of mobility alongside immobility; this is an era of both massive migrations of people, species and political protectionism. Our era is increasingly divisive and one of uneven terrains, economically, socially and ecologically.

Mobility is also central to the understanding of the city and of urban life The everyday mobility of walking has shaped the space of the city and ordered its social relations. It creates new subjects, new forms of public space and alternate readings of the city.

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Mon 1 May 2017

Professional Practices in the Built Environment (Conference)


April 27 2017 - April 28 2017

The nature and value of professional judgment and knowledge is increasingly being called into question as new technologies give access to new ways of working. This conference provides an opportunity for practitioners and academics to come together to understand and learn from different models of professionalism across Architecture and the Built Environment, over time and across the globe. The conference is part of the AHRC funded Evidencing and Communicating the Value of Architects project.

Admission is free but booking is required via the conference website.

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Thu 27 April 2017

Professional Practices in the Built Environment

University of Reading, UK

April 27 2017 - April 28 2017

The nature and value of professional judgment and knowledge is increasingly being called into question as new technologies give access to new ways of working. This conference provides an opportunity for practitioners and academics to come together to understand and learn from differ- ent models of professionalism across Architecture and the Built Environment, over time and across the globe. The conference is part of the AHRC funded Evidencing and Communicating the Value of Architects project http://www.valueofarchitects.org.

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Thu 27 April 2017

The Politics of Environments: Architectures, Natures and Data

Tallinn, Estonia

April 20 2017 - July 23 2016

Two themes stand out prominently in discussions, projects and strategies that are at the forefront of contemporary urbanisation. It is, on one hand, the question of ecology, where the city and architecture are reconceptualised in "green" terms such as sustainability, resilience, metabolic optimisation and energy efficiency. On the other hand is the cybernetic question, where the futures of architecture and urbanisation are staked upon the pervasive use of digital communication, interactive technologies, ubiquitous computing, and the "big data". Moreover, these two questions have become increasingly intertwined as two facets of a single environmental question: while real-time adjustments, behaviour optimisation and "smart" solutions are central to urban environmental agenda, the omnipresent network of perpetually interacting digital objects constitutes itself a qualitatively new environment within which urban citizens are enfolded. But as digital networks become our "second nature," we also hark back to the models derived from the "first nature".

With the growing pressure on architects, urbanists and planners to deliver ecological and techno-informational solutions, with (self-)monitoring of citizens "behaviour", optimisation of the buildings "performance", and smoothing of urban "flows", and with the respective substitution of democratic politics by automated governance models, it is ever more important to interrogate the historical, theoretical, methodological and epistemological assumptions beneath the above set of processes that can be described, following Michel Foucault, as environmental governmentality. These questions will be explored under three thematic tracks.

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Thu 20 April 2017

14th Annual AHRA PhD Student Symposium: Research as Open Work

Call for papers and workshops

The University of Edinburgh: ESALA

April 06 2017 - April 07 2017

The theme of the 14th Annual Research Student Symposium: Research as Open Work references Umberto Eco’s Opera Aperta. Eco argued that works of art - whether music, painting, or architectural compositions - should be understood as specific “closed” forms that simultaneously offer open and multiple interpretations and performances, constructed by the different perspectives of each listener, viewer, or inhabitant. While research is not synonymous with works of art, it is often constructed as a specifically ‘closed’ form yet is also open to readers, viewers and users. The Symposium theme therefore foregrounds and questions the ‘openness’ of research work and how research that is conceived as ‘open work’ might offer new understandings of conditions or ethics of openness, how contemporary humanities research acts as and contributes to public and responsive (responsible) scholarship.

Relatively recent qualifications of humanities research as architectural (driven by specificities of spatial, urban and design for occupation), digital (driven by open source web, democratization of knowledge), environmental (driven by global climate crises/ change), medical (driven by health), demonstrate the formations and reformations of fields of studies as specific interdisciplinary congruences. This asserts and opens onto a scope or -scape of particular production and practice such as: architecture, the digital domain, the environment, medicine. Do these qualifications limit, foreground, enhance or blur the productive limits and boundaries of knowledge, the degrees of open and closed relationships between institutions and society, or between disciplines and their research practice conventions?

Doctoral researchers at different stages of their careers are invited to respond to the theme and to meet and discuss the emergent approaches to their particular research praxis and current research topics in: architecture, cultural theory, landscape, urbanism and design. We are particularly interested in collaborative and multi-, inter-, trans-, and a-disciplinary practices that are refined through work which operates through conditioned humanities research, and/or crosses between scholarship and policy, academy and practice, and vice versa.


We are calling for paper proposals and workshop proposals across this two-day conference that engage with the theme ‘Research as Open Work’ - Please interpret this as you wish. [DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: 8th JANUARY 2017]

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Thu 6 April 2017

PhD by Design Student Conference: The Idea of ‘Self’ in practice based research

Call for papers and workshops

School of Architecture, University of Sheffield

April 03 2017 - April 04 2017

This conference invites contributions from PhD by design students from all disciplines to explore narratives of ‘self’; how the notion of self as a researcher has been assumed and embodied in research.

  subjectivity in research by design.redefine it as the process of
  struggles with the self: confession, realisation, disguise and
  evolution. Confess your positioning, transformation, ambiguity and
                      Becoming ..... through design

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Mon 3 April 2017

SAHGB Annual Prizes in Architectural History

April 01 2017 - March 31 2017

The Society of Architectural Historians Great Britain (SAHGB) is accepting nominations and submissions for its growing suite of internationally-renowned prizes. These prizes and awards are the most prestigious in the country for the discipline of architectural history. They are open to all historians of the built environment, and you do not need to be a member to participate. Nominations are normally accepted from members, but unsolicited nominations will be considered on merit.

We particularly encourage submissions from:
Masters and doctoral students in relevant disciplines
Heritage professionals
Practising architects, in particular those working with historic environments
Full-time academics at all career stages in relevant disciplines
The society welcomes submissions of work relating to the history of the built environment from all disciplines, including but by no means limited to:
Art History

On as diverse a range of themes as possible, including:
Histories of design
Histories of planning
Histories of construction
Histories of buildings in use
Histories of interiors and interior design
Histories of practice and professionalism
We are looking for work that it is innovative, ambitious and rigorous in the history of the built environment. Previous winners of our awards and prizes have gone on to have esteemed careers in architectural history and heritage.

Please consider submitting work and encourage students, colleagues and friends to do so too. Further information and methods of submission can be found on our website (http://www.sahgb.org.uk).

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Sat 1 April 2017

Performing, Writing Symposium March 2017

Wellington, New Zealand

March 09 2017 - March 19 2017

Performing, Writing: a symposium in four turns is an international interdisciplinary research-focussed event occurring in March 2017, Wellington NZ run in association with Performance Arcade.

This event imagines how a text can be conceptualised, written, presented and figured with equal or more contingency and responsiveness to temporal and corporeal happenings, and vice versa. 

What creative, dialogic, autobiographical or alternative writing approaches might elicit a text that engages with the plurality of affects of an artwork?  How might a creative work be informed, inspired, directed, scripted or critiqued with the same respect for live-ness that unfolds spatially as it does textually? How might these parallel practices inhabit space symbiotically?  How might a new culture of criticality develop in between acts of “performing through”?

The proposal deadline has recently been extended to 15 July 2016 and the event dates have changed since the first posting in April this year.

See the website for details: www.performingwriting.com

Dr Julieanna Preston

Professor of Spatial Practice

Toi Rauwharangi College of Creative Arts

Te Kunenga o Purehuroa Massey University

Wellington, Aotearoa






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Thu 9 March 2017


PhD Open Seminar

AA School, London

March 08 2017 - March 08 2017

An o​pen seminar organised by Doreen Bernath and Teresa Stoppani
in conjunction with the launch of the book and the A&C journal special issue This Thing Called Theory ​.​

​An o utcome of the 12th ​i​ ​nte​ rnational conference of the Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA)
‘This Thing Called Theory’ ​, November 2015 ​  (held​ ​  at the Leeds School of Architecture ​)  
which saw the participation of many members of the AA faculty, alumni, recent graduates and PhD students.

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Wed 8 March 2017

Performing, Writing 2017

Wellington, New Zealand

March 04 2017 - March 09 2017

There is something nearly indescribable yet palpable in the transfer between embodied works of art and the textual inscriptions that imagine, forecast, relate, explain, document orco-exist alongside them. 

This parallel and often intersecting dialogical relationship bears out the ways that practices such as live art, performance, theatre, architecture, spatial design, dance and music depend, expand upon, repeat and exacerbate practices such as script and score-writing poetry, literary fiction, art criticism, ficto-criticism, curatorial writing, site writing  and writing associated with creative practice-led research.


This synaptic condition is what John Hall calls out in On Performance Writing, with pedagogical sketches (2013) as gestures of actualisation, performing thru; writing as itself performance, the very literal taking place over time, slowly, meticulously, and performance as an event that is more than the writing where the writing’s concern is with its relation to the full context of the performance. (61) 


Here we find shared attentiveness towards the shaping of words, breathe, body,  object, time and space, to effectively and affectively curate subjective encounters.


Performing, Writing: A symposium in four turns imagines how a text can be conceptualised, written, presented and figured 

with equal or more contingency and responsiveness to temporal and corporeal happenings, and vice versa. What creative, 

dialogic, autobiographical or alternative writing approaches might elicit a text that engages with the plurality of affects of 

an artwork?  How might a creative work be informed, inspired, directed, scripted or critiqued with the same respect for live-

ness that unfolds spatially as it does textually? How might these parallel practices inhabit space symbiotically?  How might a 

new culture of criticality develop in between acts of “performing through”?


Proposals due 1 July 2016. See the website for details: www.performingwriting.com


Dr Julieanna Preston

Professor of Spatial Practice

Toi Rauwharangi College of Creative Arts

Te Kunenga o Purehuroa Massey University

Wellington, Aotearoa


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Sat 4 March 2017

Performing, Writing: A symposium in four turns

Call for Contributions

Wellington, NZ

March 01 2017 - March 05 2017

Performing, Writing: A symposium in four turns  imagines how a text can be conceptualised, written, presented and figured with equal or more contingency and responsiveness to temporal and corporeal happenings, and vice versa. What creative, dialogic, autobiographical or alternative writing approaches might elicit a text that engages with the plurality of affects of an artwork?  How might a creative work be informed, inspired, directed, scripted or critiqued with the same respect for live-ness that unfolds spatially as it does textually? How might these parallel practices inhabit space symbiotically?  How might a new culture of criticality develop in between acts of “performing through”?

The symposium seeks to attract contributions from a wide range of creative practices such as architects, designers, performance artists, writers, musicians, dramaturges and dancers. It is structured as four turns playing out across several days of experiences, textures, flavours and modalities linking acts of performing with acts of writing.

A Cover Sheet (sent as a separate word document) listing your name(s), proposal title, affiliation(s), contact details.

A Proposal (sent as a separate word document no more than 2 A4 pages) that presents, describes, imagines and contextualises your contribution to the symposium. Images, drawings and links are encouraged. Avoid revealing your identity in this document. Identify which of the day provocations your proposal links to best and how. List any equipment required. Unlike most conferences and symposiums where presenters are allocated 20 minutes and the mode of delivery defaults to Powerpoint projections in a darkened room, this event challenges us to inhabit time, space and body with a broader spectrum of possibilities. For example, one could occupy 5 minutes of each day at the same time, prompt a participatory exercise, or incite an oration or inscription in relation to the local architecture. The symposium programme will be crafted to support the variety of proposal responses.

Submit proposals to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by end of day 1 July 2016 (NZ time).
Questions can be sent to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
FAQ will be posted and updated on the website: http://www.performingwriting2017.com

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Wed 1 March 2017

Ardeth (Architectural Design Theory)

Call for Contributions

February 10 2017 - February 10 2017

In the last fifteen years we witnessed a new ethnographic wave of studies that focused on practising architecture (Jacobs and Merriman 2011). Inspired by pragmatism and Science and Technology Studies (STS), this body of research aimed at grasping the socio-material dimension of architectural practice (Callon 1996). They all relied on the assumption that architecture is collective but it is shared with a variety of non-humans. It is not a social construction, like Diana Cuff assumed, but rather a composition of many heterogeneous elements, an assemblage. These “new ethnographies” followed
the principles of no hierarchy, attention to the detail, symmetry: attention to what happens between humans and nonhumans; undivided attention to words and the gestural and non-verbal language. Paying specific attention to the texture of ordinary life of deisgners, they generated “thick descriptions” of the knowledge practices of different participants in design published as monographs of architectural practices (Houdart 2009, Loukisass 2012, Yaneva 2009). This recent trend could be also termed as “ethnographic turn in architecture” as it is the outcome of several related processes: the emergence of

a reflexivity trend among architectural professionals as a key epistemological feature of architectural studies, the growing realisation of architecture as a social practice and the social nature of outcomes of architectural production, the tendency to acknowledge the collective nature of design.

As a methodological innovation, the reintroduction of the ethnographic methods into architecture twenty years after the pioneering work of Dina Cuff does hold remarkable potential to investigate new questions. This new development can contribute to dislodge the certainty of traditional architectural knowledge, the belief placed in the absolute authority of the historical archives and its simplifications by its practitioners reducing, even naturalising architectural research to the production of critical discourse about practices, yet taking it far from the nitty-gritty realities of design making.

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Fri 10 February 2017

Building Material: Practice

The 21st edition of Building Material seeks papers on the theme of practice in architecture

February 10 2017 - February 10 2017

Practice can be defined as a process of habitual iteration. The idea of the architect as ‘practitioner’ therefore captures aspects of the design of buildings not quite encapsulated in the notion of the architect as ‘professional’. Yet to practise architecture may or may not necessarily mean the production of buildings or even involve design. Many architects find other ways to engage with and alter the built environment. Amongst other factors, a cyclical economic climate often compels architects to be survivalist, innovative, flexible and robust in the ways that architecture is pursued, realised, paid for, practised. Simultaneously, there are other more positive reasons why practice has evolved historically and continues to do so today. As practice changes, more and more interest and reflection descends upon it.

Such considerations may include (but would by no means be limited to) issues around  practice as a form of research, professionalisation and specialisation, social and community architecture, the economies of architectural practice, scales of work in relation to scales of organisation, access to skills and knowledge, and the boundaries to instigating new methodologies.

Building Material 21 invites submissions that explore the range of architectural possibilities inherent within the word practice in Ireland and elsewhere. Submitted articles must not have been published, nor be under consideration for publication, either online or in print. Written submissions should be a maximum of 4000 words and should be analytical and critical rather than descriptive. While inviting submission of academic papers, it also seeks and encourages interesting essays that fall beyond the academic pale. Shorter articles are welcome, as are graphic works.

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Fri 10 February 2017

Theory’s History 196X-199X

Challenges in the historiography of architectural knowledge


February 09 2017 - February 10 2017

Theory’s history, 196X – 199X
Challenges in the historiography of architectural knowledge

KU Leuven, Belgium


9th-10th of February, 2017.
Submission deadline: 15th of June, 2016


In recent international literature addressing the history of 20th century architectural theory, the year 1968 is indicated as a decisive moment, giving rise to a ‘new’ architectural theory. From that moment onwards, emphasis was no longer placed on the aesthetics of architecture, but on its critical potential. Yet, according to some scholars, this intensification of theory was short-lived. A presence of coexisting and even contradictory paradigms derived from very different epistemic domains (anthropology, philosophy, linguistics, social sciences, etc.) led to a setback of theory, resulting in an end-of-theory atmosphere in the 1990s.     
It is not a coincidence that the so called death of architectural theory concurred with the upsurge of anthologies on architectural theory that collect and classify referential texts. Instead of burying theory, these anthologies had an additional effect, namely to institutionalise it. In other words, they offered both closure to a past period and also defined the locus of a next period of theorisation, invoking a ‘historical turn’. At the same time architectural discourses, and especially architectural historiography, were engaging with new theoretical fields such as gender studies or postcolonial studies, giving rise to a continued production of theoretically informed books and articles.

The goal of this conference is to discuss the methodological challenges that come along with this historical gaze towards theory, by focusing on the concrete processes in which knowledge is involved. By screening the unspoken rules of engagement that the accounts of post-war architectural theory have agreed to and distributed, we want to point at dominant assumptions, biases and absences. While anthologies inevitably narrate history with rough meshes, we believe it is time to search for those versions of theory formation that have slipped through these nets of historiography, in order to question the nature of theory and the challenges it poses to historians. How do you do historical research on something as intangible as theory, or in a broadened sense, the knowledge of architecture?


Practical information

Please visit our website for up to date information and for the full CFP: architecture.kuleuven.be/theoryshistory

This two-day conference will be held in Brussels on Thursday and Friday 9th - 10th February 2017. The conference aims to bring together both young and established scholars from every discipline that is able to engage with the topics outlined above. Confirmed keynotes are Joan Ockman, Ákos Moravánszky and Łukasz Stanek.

We’re happy to receive abstracts of up to 300 words until the 15th of June, 2016. Information on how to submit is provided on our website. Abstracts will be anonymously reviewed by an international scientific committee. Authors will be notified of acceptance on the 15th of July 2016. In order to provide a solid conference, we expect full papers one month in advance of the conference, i.e. 1st of January, 2017.

Please note that there will be a conference fee for participants of maximum €150 and a reduced price for students.

For any other questions, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Thu 9 February 2017

New Publications

Industries of Architecture

Edited by Katie Lloyd Thomas, Tilo Amhoff, Nick Beech

At a time when the technologies and techniques of producing the built environment are undergoing significant change, this book makes central architecture’s relationship to industry. Contributors turn to historical and theoretical questions, as well as to key contemporary developments, taking a humanities approach to the Industries of Architecture that will be of interest to practitioners and industry professionals, as much as to academic researchers, teachers and students. How has modern architecture responded to mass production? How do we understand the necessarily social nature of production in the architectural office and on the building site? And how is architecture entwined within wider fields of production and reproduction—finance capital, the spaces of regulation, and management techniques? What are the particular effects of techniques and technologies (and above all their inter-relations) on those who labour in architecture, the buildings they produce, and the discursive frameworks we mobilise to understand them?

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Fri 5 February 2016

This Thing Called Theory

Teresa Stoppani, Giorgio Ponzo, George Themistokleous

In the age of post-digital architecture and digital materiality, This Thing Called Theory explores current practices of architectural theory, their critical and productive role. The book is organized in sections which explore theory as an open issue in architecture, as it relates to and borrows from other disciplines, thus opening up architecture itself and showing how architecture is inextricably connected to other social and theoretical practices.

The sections move gradually from the specifics of architectural thought – its history, theory, and criticism – and their ongoing relation with philosophy, to the critical positions formulated through architecture’s specific forms of expression, and onto more recent forms of architecture’s engagement and self-definition. The book’s thematic sessions are concluded by and interspersed with a series of shorter critical position texts, which, together, propose a new vision of the contemporary role of theory in architecture. What emerges, overall, is a critical and productive role for theory in architecture today: theory as a proposition, theory as task and as a ‘risk’ of architecture.

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Wed 30 November 2016