AHRA Newsletter:
July-August 2013

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New Events


School of Philosophy and Religious Studies Bangor University

April 07 2014 - April 08 2014

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Mon 7 April 2014

Mediterranean Cities in Transformation

Identity and Image of the Urban Landscape C18-20

Napoli, Italy

March 13 2014 - March 15 2014

The Conference, open to scholars from national and international circles, aims to position the historiography on the Mediterranean city during the contemporary age, with reference to its identity, structure and image from the beginning of the industrialization to post-Enlightenment and bourgeois age, up to the themes concerning the evolution/involution of the territory and of the post-industrial landscape, as well as the development of the tourist model between the 19th and 20th centuries.

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Thu 13 March 2014

ASCAAD 2013 conference

Digital Crafting:Virtualizing Architecture and Delivering Real Built Environment

Effat University, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

December 16 2013 - December 18 2013

ASCAAD 7th Conference theme is exploring the linkages among digital design process thinking, constructability, the digital manufacturing process and their impact on the practice of architecture, engineering and construction. However, through digital design computation process, one would notice that the traditional master-builder design thinking approaches are still strongly implemented in processes such as: object making, digital fabrication, design-to-fabricate, parametric technology, BIM, machining, manufacturing analysis, building performance analysis. This evolution has combined the ability of fine crafted detailing with digital design and manufacturing and put a shift towards seamless collaboration between design and construction.

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Mon 16 December 2013

Moved: On Atmospheres and Affects - 2013 Interstices Under Construction Symposium

The University of Auckland and AUT University

Auckland November 22 to 24, 2013

November 22 2013 - November 24 2013


Keynote Speaker: Professor emeritus Gernot Böhme
(Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany)



We invite you to address in a 20 minute presentation questions of cultural and experiential atmospheres, technification and affect. For instance, what are the roles of emotion and imagination in the context of lapses in ideals of subject integrity and the immersion in affective states? What is the role, politically, culturally, creatively, of felt or non-conscious states and excesses of affect in the context of late capital? What does being moved mean historically and in contemporary senses for thinking design practices spanning cities, architecture, scenography, interiors, objects?


The full call for papers is available at http://interstices.ac.nz/call-for-paperspresentations/


Please send a 500-word abstract and a short cv to Andrew Douglas (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) by 24 June. Abstracts will be double-blind refereed and, if accepted, published on the Interstices website (http://interstices.ac.nz/news-events/). Notifications will be sent out by 22 July 2013. The symposium will be followed by a call for papers for Issue 15 of Interstices: A Journal of Architecture and Related Arts on the same topic in December 2013.



We look forward to your abstract!

Conference Convenors: Andrew Douglas, Ross Jenner and Tina Engels-Schwarzpaul

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Fri 22 November 2013

Cinematic Urban Geographies

CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge UK

October 03 2013 - October 04 2013

The Cinematic Urban Geographies conference aims to explore the different facets by which cinema and the moving image contribute to our understanding of cities and their topographies. The Cambridge conference will offer a unique opportunity to debate issues of cinematic geographies, filmic urban characterisation within the cultural & social dimension and database cinema (metadata) as well as film archives and the locative media potential afforded by the new generation of mobile phones.

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Thu 3 October 2013

Transmaterial Aesthetics: Experiments with Timber in Architecture and Technology

International Symposium

Aedes Network Campus Berlin, 1-2 October 2013

October 01 2013 - October 02 2013

In the light of increasing environmental awareness, timber emerged at the forefront of material investigations in architecture over the past decades. Waste material from the end of the manufacturing process, or recycled material is fused with other materials to produce composites with changed structural, performative and aesthetic properties. Pulped, cast, bundled, 3D-printed, and robotically-stacked, new technologies enabled a radical shift away from traditional tectonics and towards articulations previously associated with other materials such as concrete, masonry and plastics. Together, these experiments give rise to a new techno-aesthetic paradigm that could be described as a form of transmateriality

In nineteenth century architectural theory, Gottfried Semper’s Practical Aesthetics already suggested a synthesis between artistic and technological developments brought about by processes of material transfiguration (Stoffwechsel). Today, new visual languages emerge alongside innovative technologies that  permit the realistic study of material changes across structures:  in folded plates, grid-shells and multi-reciprocal frames, structural integrity is achieved through grading, layering and fusing of surfaces. In practice, developments in timber range from Walter Gropius’s and Konrad Wachsmann’s Packaged House, which unsuccessfully attempted to sell the modern dream of technologically advanced living to the masses, to Jürgen Mayer H’s Metropol Parasol whose captivating elastic forms promise the activation of public space.

In order to explore the interplay between aesthetics and technology in timber architecture, we seek submissions that probe the topic of transmateriality from perspectives that redress imbalances and missing links in the debate.  We welcome critical investigations of historic or theoretical content, as well as practice-oriented contributions and case studies exploring the latest technological research in timber. We also invite proposals for workshops.


Please send a 500-word abstract and a short cv to the symposium convenors Sandra Karina Löschke (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) and Matthias Ludwig (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) by 3 June 2013. Abstracts will be double-blind refereed and notifications will be sent out by 17 June, 2013. If accepted, they will be published on the institutional websites. 

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Tue 1 October 2013


International Conference organized jointly by   the Turkish Cultural Studies Association and Bilkent University

Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey

September 05 2013 - September 07 2013

The 7th Cultural Studies Symposium on Memory and Culture jointly organized by the Turkish Cultural Studies Association and Bilkent University, Department of Political Science and Department of Architecture, will be held on September 5-7, 2013 in Ankara, Turkey. The International Cultural Studies Symposia that are organized every two years have been contributing to cultural studies and bringing together researchers who work in this area. Since the first meeting in Kemer, Antalya (2001), the Symposia have been organized, jointly, in Van with Yuzuncu Yil University (2003), in Istanbul with Koç University (2005), in Şile with Isik University (2007), in Zonguldak with Karaelmas University (2009), in İstanbul with Kadir Has University (2011). 

The purpose of this symposium is to question existing paradigms in topics that bring together the concepts of "memory" and "culture"; it aims to present critical and analytical approaches and to explore new theoretical and methodological paradigms in cultural studies. It adopts an inter- and multi-disciplinary perspective that includes such disciplines as sociology, anthropology, psychology, political science, urban studies, architecture, design, and literature; it also takes a gender perspective. Submissions, both domestic and international, are invited on the following sub-themes. The conference is open to a variety of themes beyond the suggested ones as long as they deal with memory and culture within the context of Turkey and related cultures.

Memory is about the retreat to consciousness of experiences, accompanied by awareness that it has happened somewhere sometime. Culture is its concrete form; the term goes beyond its everyday connotation with art, civilization and development; it is used in the anthropological sense referring to a "way of life." 

The relationship between memory and identity is an important one. The way the individual remembers his/her own or family's past determines to a significant degree what s/he is. This is "discovering" oneself in a particular way.  

The relationship between memory and space is also important. We remember everything with its location in space. But this can happen only in relation to social frameworks, as M. Halbwachs puts it. Socialframeworks can be broadly classified as the family, religious / ethnic groups and social classes. They are the instruments used to reconstruct an image of the past which is in accord with the dominant ideas of the society in a particular epoch. Therefore, memory is selective.

Memory is also a question of social and political power. What we remember depends upon the context and the group(s) that we are part of. Accordingly, the depth and contour of our collective memory reflect also the competitive positions of power groups. Political power usually has the tendency of reconstructing collective memory to reproduce its legitimacy. 

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Thu 5 September 2013

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

The Early Modern Villa

The Senses and Perceptions versus Materiality

Wilanów Palace Museum, Warszawa/Warsaw, Poland

July 26 2013 - October 15 2014

Enhanced interest in sensual perception was one of the mainstays of early modern culture. The development of new visual conventions (most notably the linear perspective) and “ocularcentric” character of early modern science has long focused scholarly attention on the contemporary obsession with sight and with optical illusion. Yet sight, although privileged as a nucleus of artistic theory and analytical instrument in natural philosophy, was but one of the senses which were to be attracted, and then gratified by the display of early modern art and architecture. The complex discourse of sensual perception and gratification embraced all senses, although their role depended on the comparative value assigned to the senses themselves, on their abilities to provoke desire, provide delight, and grant access to knowledge. The diversity of sensual stimuli was perhaps most evident in the villa estate – its architecture and landscape design. The role of the senses and sensual perception in the planning, design, as well as functioning and reception of the villa (c. 1450-1800), will be the focus of this conference, set against the essential materiality of architecture and nature, understood as the framework of reference for the sensual experience rooted in pre-modern concepts of the corporeal sensorium.


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Fri 26 July 2013


two multidisciplinary conferences examining “the city”…… a virtual, filmic, social, political and physical construct.

London & Los Angeles

July 26 2013 - April 03 2014

CONFERENCE  1.      Place: London

Dates: 01-03 April 2014 

Host: Ravensbourne (University)


CONFERENCE  2.      Place: Los Angeles

Dates: October 2014 (TBC)

Host: Woodbury University



The nature of the city is a contested concept. For architects it is generally a question of bricks and mortar - a physical entity. For human geographers it is a place of human interaction and engagement. For filmmakers it is a site for action and futuristic nightmare. For animators and computer programmers it becomes a virtual world - a second life, a SIMulated city. For sociologists, it is a defining aspect of cultural identity. For political activists and theorists, it is a place to ‘occupy’ and the site of the polis.

THE MEDIATED CITY conference offers a platform for multiple and diverse examinations of the city. It aims to bring people together from diverse backgrounds and fragment, multiply and reconfigure our readings of the city; to offer multiple and conflicting discipline perspectives. The intention is to share views of the city as physical entity, online community, film set, photographic backdrop, geographical map, sociological case study, political metaphor, digital or video game etc…. – to examine it as a mediated and shared phenomenon.



The intention of the conference is to leave thematic questions open. Proposals can be subject bound or cross disciplinary. It is anticipated that conversations across disciplines will evolve and emerge through the juxtaposition of perspectives. On this basis the following ideas should be read as the type of questions we hope to elicit from discipline grounded knowledge - provocations for further thought: 

How do todays exploding metropoli of China, and India, or the shanty towns of Brazil and South Africa coexist with the other cities of online communities? 

Is the sustainable model now proposed for the Wests declining industrial centres a template that has anything to offer the developing world?  

How can imaging the city as a film set or photographic location help the designers of tomorrows or todays physical infrastructures? 

Can human geographers exploit the tools of digital worlds to further their understanding of contemporary social-urban pressures?  

Do the politics of occupy force us to recalibrate the design of the public realm and its architecture into more or less democratic models? 

Do the virtual worlds of film and gaming cultures create radically new paradigms for human interaction and coexistence?

Can the imagination and vision of science fiction transform predicaments and actions on the ground in todays developing and developed cities?

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Fri 26 July 2013

Studies in Art Historiography: Open Call for Contributions

July 26 2013

Studies in Art Historiography, published by Ashgate welcomes contributions from architectural historians:
Much recent historiography has focused on scholars of 'Art History' but many of these made considerable contributions to architectural history, from Heinrich Wölfflin whose Renaissance und Barock is essentially architectural history, to Rudolf Wittkower whose impact is usually assessed in relation to the architectural profession and Modernist architecture. Cornelius Gurlitt, Geoffrey Scott, Hans Sedlmayr, Nikolaus Pevsner, Colin Rowe, Venturi and Scott Brown are just some of the names that come to mind and Studies in Art Historiography welcomes proposals for volumes dedicated to relevant themes in architectural historiography as well as individual studies of significant figures in the field.
Submission guidelines are available at http://arthistoriography.wordpress.com/studies-in-art-historiography-submission-guidelines/.

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Fri 26 July 2013

Riverine: Architecture and Water

University of Kent, Canterbury, UK

June 26 2014 - June 28 2014

Human settlements may be divided broadly between inland ones often located on high ground, such as the hill towns of Urbino and Jerusalem, or those of inland plains such as Brasilia and Novosibirsk, and those located on waterways, on rivers close to the sea. We are interested in the latter, and seek to tease out and explore architectural, planning, artistic and literary backgrounds to cities as diverse as London, Rotterdam, New York, Venice and Alexandria; in other words, we are interested in human settlements whose origins depend upon rivers.


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Thu 26 June 2014



Artena (Rome, Italy)

July 21 2013 - July 28 2013


Biourbanism | Environmental Psychology | Patterns in Physics, Biology, Neurophysiology, and Design | Algorithmic Sustainable Design | Biourban Acupuncture | Evidence-based Design | Placemaking | Service Design for Cities

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Sun 21 July 2013

New Courses

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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