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June-July 2019

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New Events

Divergence in Architectural Research: international doctorate symposium

Call for papers

Georgia Institute of Technology School of Architecture, Atlanta, USA

March 05 2020 - March 06 2020

Divergence in Architectural Research is an international doctorate symposium organized by the ConCave Ph.D. Student Group in the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Architecture. The Ph.D. Symposium seeks to create a platform for sharing current research in architecture, with invited scholars and other doctoral students from architecture and allied fields. The symposium will engage the divergent aspects of architectural research as it is taking place today across epistemological frameworks, highlighting the emerging intersections in the below- mentioned topics:

  1. Architectural History, Theory, and Society

  2. Architecture, Culture, and Behavior

  3. Design Methods, Computing, and Production

  4. Design Technologies, Data and Performance

  5. Urban studies, Systems and Ecologies

We invite papers by doctoral students to present their ongoing research and hope to expand the conversation around the state of agency in architecture research today.

Please submit your paper abstract (500 words max.) with a short biographical note (150 words max.) on the symposium website.

Submission Opens: May 27, 2019
Deadline for Abstract Submission: September 7, 2019

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Thu 5 March 2020

The Earth as Client

AIARG All-Ireland Architecture Research Group Ninth Annual Conference

Limerick, Ireland

January 23 2020 - January 24 2020

“We see the earth as Client. This brings with it long-lasting responsibilities.” Few have expressed the urgency of a collective and collaborative effort on a global scale as succinctly as curators Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara in their FREESPACE MANIFESTO for the 2018 Architecture Biennale in Venice.

The AIARG annual conference promotes innovative academic research as well as the practice, pedagogy and progress of architecture in the widest sense. We invite contributions from researchers, practitioners, theoreticians and pedagogues of architecture, and from those of other disciplines working within and around the interests of architecture. We welcome papers that consider the impact, contribution and responsibilities of architecture.

Please submit abstracts (300 words or less) along with your contact details and a short biography (100 words) to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by 21 October 2019 latest.

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Thu 23 January 2020

Architecture & Collective Life

16th Annual AHRA International Conference

University of Dundee

November 21 2019 - November 23 2019

What does society look like?

If you want to know what society looks like, look at our cities: look at their distribution of spaces and artefacts; look at their scales, intensities, and densities. Look at how they curate events. Architecture & Collective Life will explore the relations that bind people and environments into settlements, and settlements into civilisations. In The Politics Aristotle argued that the city has a particular form because public life has a particular form. Vitruvius’ account of the primitive hut is as much about the emergence of society as it is about the emergence of architecture. Today, new media and digital technologies are creating new forms of association, which are shifting the locus of political life; and it is now no longer possible for Hannah Arendt, reading Aristotle, to so neatly equate the city with politics. This discourse is urgent. The post-war public realm is under pressure from market-led ideologies and development practices. The damage we are doing to the environment, and the way identity politics has shifted the tenor of public debate, raise questions from seemingly opposite corners about our capacities to organise for thoughtful collective action.

We are interested in how the individual and the collective are constructed and reproduced in public and private life, at different scales, in different disciplines, with the intention of keeping these categories as open as possible to different areas of thought and action. We would like to know how collectives are constructed around labour, power, authority, authorship, events, times, places, non-places, otherness, ecology, technology, media, the zeitgeist, ideologies, consciousness, origins, histories, beauty, housing, and campfires. As a vehicle of the AHRA, we are particularly keen to explore the contributions of architecture to this process. We also are interested in the roles of research, the humanities, and the University – the institution with a social mandate for intellectual culture and education – in building forms of collective intelligence and collective life.

Architecture & Collective Life will constitute an inclusive and critical discourse with a broad interdisciplinary base in the liberal arts and sciences, with a programme of debates and round table discussions and exhibitions, public lectures, film screenings, and paper sessions. We invite theorists, practitioners, and community activists within and outwith academe, in charities, public agencies and institutions, to present proposals for individual papers and paper sessions. We intend to use this conference as a forum for thinking out loud and in public, with the openness, commitment, and criticality that we expect to find in the University.

The AHRA is now accepting abstracts for its 16thannual conference in Dundee on 21-23 November 2019. We encourage submissions from architects, urbanists, planners, community activists, and policymakers, alongside scholars and practitioners from related fields including: philosophy, history, law, politics, economics, psychology, geography, sociology, and medicine. We welcome independent scholars, interested individuals and students. Over the course of the three day conference there will be five keynote lectures, 30 paper sessions and a number of round table discussions.

More information here: https://ahra2019.com/call-for-papers/

 

Contact Lorens Holm and Penny Lewis at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Keynote speakers, confirmed:

Jodi Dean, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Reinier De Graaf, OMA and Cambridge University
Indris Kagis McEwan, Concordia University, Montreal
Joan Ockman, University of Pennsylvania School of Design
Martino Tattara, Dogma and Catholic University Leuven

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Thu 21 November 2019

Architecture and Bureaucracy

Entangled Sites of Knowledge Production and Exchange: Call for Papers

October 30 2019 - October 31 2019

Often experienced by architects as a site of imposition and control, the bureaucracy associated with the production of the built environment can alternatively be seen as one of knowledge exchange. It is and has been a unique forum for the expression and discussion of ideas originating in disparate fields. Principles and concerns particular to architecture, interior design, urban design, engineering, construction sciences and technology, meet and met topical issues in sociology and economy, law and politics, administration, management and government sciences and the ethics of public and private interests. These encounters, involving a wide variety of actors and cultures, significantly contribute to the production of architectural thought and to the materialisation of abstract concepts.

The unpublished record of bureaucracy, including planning applications, funding submission files, design, tender and building papers, central, regional and local government documents and company management papers, has been largely overlooked as a source for the study of architectural thought in the twentieth century. Yet it can illuminate valuable theory-practice relays and provide insight into the diverse intellectual traditions that converge in a culture of architecture more generously and inclusively considered. Reading such records as pieces of a powerful yet little understood form of media for architecture, as proposed by Ben Kafka for cultural history artefacts (The Demon of Writing, 2012), can bring out new dimensions in a wide-scope ontology of architectural production.

This conference intends to test such premises. We welcome papers that use the record of bureaucracy to illuminate the architectural and extra-architectural cultures of stakeholders in the design, regulation, assessment, approval, funding, specification and construction steps of building creation processes throughout the twentieth century. Proposals may focus on specific case studies of buildings, agents or administrations; discuss the nature, origins and specificities of discourses found in built-environment- related bureaucracy; and/or reflect on the methodological challenges in studying architecture and bureaucracy.

Call for Papers (for further details of strands/approaches, please see flier/website)

Abstracts of max. 500 words accompanied by a one-page CV are to be submitted via e-mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by 30 April 2019.

Selected speakers will be notified by 31 May 2019.

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Wed 30 October 2019

Initiations: Practices of Teaching 1st Year Design in Architecture

Call for Papers

Department of Architecture, University of Cyprus, Nicosia

October 23 2019 - October 25 2019

We are pleased to announce the international conference Initiations: Practices of Teaching 1st Year Design in Architecture, organized by the Department of Architecture of the University of Cyprus. The conference will take place between 23-25 October 2019 at Nicosia, Cyprus. Confirmed keynote speakers are Prof. Alberto Pérez-Gómez(McGill University), Patrick Weber (The Bartlett, UCL) and Anna Heringer (Laufen, Germany).

The conference invites architects, design studio teachers, historians, theorists, or anyone from other discipline involved in first year design studio teaching to present their views on the subject. Contributions can range from accounts of specific pedagogical experiments, briefs, case studies, to more theoretical or historical investigations on architectural education and pedagogy in general. The deadline for abstract submission is Monday 3 June 2019.

Conference proceedings will be published electronically and a selection of extended papers will be included in a book publication on the conference topic after peer review.

For more information and updates on the conference please visit our website http://cyprusconferences.org/tfyd2019/

For any inquiries please contact the organizing committee at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Wed 23 October 2019

Les intérieurs aujourd’hui/ Interiors today

Méthodes de production et d’analyse interdisciplinaires/Interdisciplinarymethods of productionand analysis

ENSA-Versailles

October 11 2019 - October 12 2019

Interior spaces have often lent themselves to the experimentations of different professionals (architects, interior designers, decorators, ensembliers, designers, artists, etc). By themselves or in collaboration and in frequent interaction with the client, these creators work at the frontiers of several disciplines: architecture, visual arts, design, decoration, etc. These practices testify certain kinds of permeability that take the form of dialogues, transfers, and contaminations, and that aim to produce effects in terms of spaces, uses, perceptions, and emotions. 

Adopting synergetic, critical, contemporary and experimental perspectives, we will question the notion of interior, specifically its versatility, its ambiguity, and its wealth, with regard to its modalities of production, appropriation and perception: from the scale of the body to that of the metropolis (from the object to the space, from domestic spaces to shared spaces of activity, consumption, or entertainment), measured in terms of ecological challenges (the production environments), modern and contemporary practices and uses (lifestyle, services, transportation, mobility) or with regard to new kinds of spatiality (new spaces of sociability, tools and practices of digital spaces). By going beyond the divisions, categorizations, and traditional oppositions (between the outside and the inside, the private and the public, the individual and the collective, etc.), we will reflect and redefine the interior in its relation to environments, territories, and uses, to perceive its historical and synchronical relevance and to grasp its conceptual operationality for the process of the project. What makes an interior? How is it conceived? How is it read, interpreted? How is it lived and felt?

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Fri 11 October 2019

Bauhaus In and Out: Perspectives from Spain, CfP October 22, 2018, Conference October 10-11, 2019

Masters and Disciples; Women at the Bauhaus; The Other Avant-gardes, the Time of the Bauhaus; New Ways of Living, from the Dwelling to the City; Questions of Pedagogy; Mediation over Technology, Crafts versus Industrialization; Encounters between Art and Architecture; Bauhaus Networks; Historiography, Critique and Controversies

Madrid. ILE, Institución Libre de Enseñanza

October 10 2019 - October 11 2019

The Association of historians of Architecture and Urban Design (AhAU) invites researchers and scholars to present their contributions to the Conference Bauhaus In and Out: Perspectives from Spain. The conference will have an interdisciplinary character, and it will be opened to those questions and areas of knowledge related to the addressed theme.

The paper proposals will be exclusively individual and their extension will have a minimum of 700 and a maximum of 1000 words. They will need to indicate the selected question, and they will be accompanied by two representative images, a selected bibliography, and a brief CV of the author (maximum extension of two pages).

Rather than a numerous collection of contributions, the aim of the Conference is again to awake a series of engaged debates on the different questions that articulate the proposed theme.

October 22, 2018 DEADLINE TO SUBMIT A PAPER ABSTRACT

October 10-11, 2019 Celebration of the II International Conference AhAU, Madrid

Communication with the general chairs and the submission of proposals and final papers will be made through the following address: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Keynote Speakers: Magdalena Droste, Juan José Lahuerta

General Chairs: Laura Martínez de Guereñu, Carolina B. García Estévez

 

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Thu 10 October 2019

Space to Learn/Think/Work: The Contested Architectures of Higher Education

CfP Deadline Extended until 31st August 2019

August 31 2019 - August 31 2019

Deprived of welfare state support, Higher education has changed markedly since the mid 1960s, mainly due to its privatisation. The neoliberal university has taken hold in many developed countries so that nowadays the imperatives of Higher Education have moved away from a liberal, openly accessible, broadly based education to one that will “commercialise scientific research, launch entrepreneurial degree programs, establish industry partnerships, and build entrepreneurial cultures and ecosystems”.1 This shift manifests itself in an anti-intellectual criticism of the university (often framed in terms of spatial metaphors of ivory towers, echo chambers, halls of mirrors, cloisters, and silos) as well as in ambitious real-estate developments, opening of overseas campuses, and expansion of property portfolios with new buildings in which one finds an excess of ‘spaces for collaboration’, ‘vibrant meeting points’ and multi-coloured, office-style soft furniture. Because the university has been characterised as being cut off from real-world concerns of the office workplace, many Higher Education institutions now use business strategies to incorporate real-world experience within education.

This issue of Architecture and Culture entitled ‘Space to Learn/Think/Work: The Contested Architectures of Higher Education’ invites submissions that directly address the realities of Higher Education and neoliberalism worldwide, whether from areas that have embraced new, overtly market-driven educational models or from those which have actively resisted change. Can educators

and architects redefine the role of the university in society in the West and the East to avoid The University in Ruins?2 If so, how?

How does the discipline of architecture respond to the changing reconfigurations of learning, which are spatial as much as political and economic? In architectures that overtly serve the needs of the market more than pedagogy, critical theorist Douglas Spencer writes that “lecturers are not provided with private or fixed office space, but required to locate and use available space in open-plan offices on an ad hoc basis. Students are subjected to the same freedoms, having to find for themselves areas in which to study. The negotiation of space is itself an education in creativity, a skill to become practised in. Students are to behave as ‘intelligent nomads’”.3 Where what is prescribed for the university are learning landscapes,4 informal learning environments, marketplaces of exchange, hubs of innovation, incubators of new talent and even virtual platforms for delivery of teaching, there is an urgency to question whether space for thought and criticality has disappeared, and to assert where pedagogy takes place.

As space-saving exercises lead to contestations of ‘the studio’ and other spaces for creative and critical thought, Architecture Schools that abandon the studio, it is claimed, can become more relevant to the workplace by occupying co-working spaces, cultural institutions, or architectural practices, or by undertaking live projects.5 How do these approaches challenge or become complicit with the agendas of real estate and further activity that aligns the university with business and the market? Are academics and students being pushed out into the ‘real world’ through limited studio and teaching spaces, whilst the incubator and business hub take up space in the university?6

Is the discipline of architecture as an exemplary creative practice far too amenable to the imperatives of neoliberal economics, turning both students and academics into innovative, creative, self- motivated, flexible and ultimately exploitable entrepreneurial subjects? And if educators have acquiesced in Higher Education’s managerialism and corporatisation, what are the consequences for the bodies of academics and students?

Alison Mountz et. al. have called for a temporal resistance to the compression of time frames and expectations of high productivity in the university.7 How might we specify spaces for slow scholarship, make room for critical thought, and manifest a spatial resistance to the imperatives of (economically) productive collaborative encounter, engineered serendipity, and nomadic expertise?

This issue of Architecture and Culture invites critical analysis of the neoliberal university and its spatial practices in the here and now. We invite contributions from academics and practitioners in architecture, cultural theory, interiors, and related spatial practices, in philosophy, and other [disciplinary] areas.

Contributions might address, but are not limited to, the following themes:

  • -  The architectures of education

  • -  The academic-industrial complex

  • -  Spatial practices of resistance

  • -  The incubator (Entrepreneurs in the University)

  • -  The Live Project (Academics in the Real World)

  • -  Studio practice and the competitive workplace

  • -  Academic labour, administration and performance review

  • -  The Managerial University and the Corporation

  • -  Real estate, the university brand and signature campus buildings

  • -  The new University of Excellence and commercially driven market forces

  • -  The University Establishment, class/gender/race and social mobility

  • -  Picket lines and teach-outs

  • -  Academic exile or defection – leaving the Higher Education context.

  • -  The spatial forms of ‘slow scholarship’

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Sat 31 August 2019

Homes fit for Heroes Centenary Conference

Learning from 1919

Institute of Historical Research, London

July 19 2019 - July 19 2019

This conference is convened by the Learning from 1919 Steering Group in partnership withthe Institute of Historical Research to commemorate the centenary of the passage of the 1919 Housing Act and the Homes fit for Heroes programme that it inaugurated. It will explore new historical perspectives on the Act and the housing that was built under its provisions (and those of subsequent Acts in 1923 and 1924), which established the principle of state-subsidised social housing for the next 60 years, as well as wider themes in social/council housing policy and design across the centenary period, and look towards the future of housing in the next century.

We now announce the Call for Papers for the conference, which will take place on 18th-19th July 2019 at the Institute of Historical Research, Malet Street, London. Closing date: 5th January 2019.

The Learning from 1919 Steering Group comprises Dr Elizabeth Darling (Oxford Brookes University), Dr Michael Passmore (University of Greenwich), Professor Mark Swenarton (University of Liverpool), Dr Matthew Whitfield (Historic England) and Matthew Bristow (Institute of Historical Research).

General enquiries and the Word files of proposals should be emailed to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 

Further information: http://www.history.ac.uk/events/event/16727 

 

 

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Fri 19 July 2019

Homes fit for Heroes Centenary Conference: Learning from 1919

Call for Papers

Institute of Historical Research, University of London

July 18 2019 - July 19 2019

The Learning from 1919 Steering Group in partnership with the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, are pleased to announce that a conference will take place in July 2019 to commemorate the centenary of the passage of the 1919 Housing Act and the Homes fit for Heroes programme that it inaugurated.
The conference will take place on Thursday 18 July and Friday 19 July 2019 with a series of related events nationwide scheduled over the following weekend of 20 and 21 July 2019. The aim is to bring together multi-disciplinary perspectives from researchers that will:

  • showcase new historical perspectives on the 1919 Act and the housing that was built under its provisions (and those of subsequent Acts in 1923 and 1924), and which established the principle of local authorities building social housing that was followed for the next 60 years;
  • consider wider themes in social housing policy and design across the centenary period;
  • and look towards the future of housing in the next century.

The Learning from 1919 Steering Group now announces the Call for Papers for the conference. Paper proposals should be should be emailed to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Deadline: 5th January 2019 for notification no later than March 2019. Successful applicants will be expected to cover their own costs for travel and accommodation.

 

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Thu 18 July 2019

Biourbanism: Designing a Home of Language

Summer School

Artena (Rome, Italy)

July 13 2019 - July 20 2019


The International Society of Biourbanism wishes to share its 2019 Summer School with you. Would it be possible to circulate such details among your students and colleagues?
Biourbanism: Designing a Home of LanguageArtena, Italy July 13–20, 2019Program: https://tinyurl.com/y3hclopb 

Keynote lecturers from around the world will counterpoint circular transdisciplinary workshops to prototype a biourban model of city, landscape, and civic organization that encompasses politics, epistemology, and design. 

Among these, may I highlight Arch. Marwa Al-Sabouni (Syria), author of The Battle for Home, Prof. Sergio Los (Italy), father of bioclimatic architecture, and artist and biourbanist Prof. Marco Casagrande (Finland).

Please note our early bird tuition for those who register before April 30. 
The final deadline is June 20.

Updates can be found at https://biourbanism-school.tumblr.com 

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Sat 13 July 2019

Distance Looks Back

A Thematic Conference of the European Architectural History Network, held in conjunction with the 36th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand

University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning

July 10 2019 - July 13 2019

Distance is both conceptual and actual. It is overcome or exploited in all manner of ways that have consequences for the history of architecture. It is fostered in the critical attitude. And collapsed when history is invoked in the present. It shapes the relationship of Europe to its Antipodes, as well as of Europe to its neighbours. Its presence is necessary for claims upon disciplinarity; its absence, the dissolution of disciplinary boundaries. In what ways has distance figured in the history of architecture? What has it altered? What has it prevented? What has it allowed? What does it permit, even now?

This theme opens the door to questions of representation and communication in the history of architecture; questions of travel and migration; and of the mobility of expertise, institutions and ideas. As a lens, distance allows us to reflect on the construction of identity in and through architectural works both defined as such (Architects and Architecture) and “grey”. It invites us to consider moments of counterpoint, imaging or critique. It provokes us to clarify, recalibrate, expose, suppress, or legitimise. Works, projects, architects and other agents in the conceptualisation and construction of architecture, cities and landscapes are, from a remove, perceived on terms different from the immediate and the close. Artefacts and ideas subjected to distance acquire something of this perspective, whether they are physically moved or subject to representation at a remove. Distance can be inconvenient; and useful.

We welcome original papers that explore the import of distance for architectural history from any direction. Proposals may treat any time and geography. They might address the consequences of literal distance for architectural culture in its history: communication, travel, mobility, isolation, exile, or technical and intellectual networks. They might consider the figurative role of distance in forms of criticality, historicity and thought. Papers may reflect on the mechanisms and nature of architectural history through such concepts as immediacy, instrumentality or relevance; or of neutralization or obsolescence. Contributions might use an idea of distance to think through distinctions (in disciplines, practices or institutions) between architectural history and criticism, architectural history and archaeology, architectural history and area studies, architectural history, urban history, histories of science and technology, the history of art, etc. Or to use these distinctions to reflect on architecture and its neighbouring professions and practices. Papers may reflect on the devices used by architectural historiography to manage distance: historiographical and critical nomenclature; theoretical terms and tropes; and other means of negotiating proximity. Consideration may even be given to the very historiographical valence of distance – as, for instance, productive criticality or problematic estrangement.

One strand of this conference theme responds to the special issue of Architectural Histories (2018) asking “What is Europe?”. The theme invokes, too, the ideas at the centre of the lecture series convened by New Zealand historian Keith Sinclair in 1960: Distance Looks Our Way; and in Australian historian Geoffrey Blainey’s Tyranny of Distance (1966). What are the effects of remoteness on an antipodean response to architecture’s historical metropole? Or of the significance of the globe beyond its “centres”? What occurs when isolation is made operative? The idea of distance, in this sense, invites self-reflection as much as advancement of new knowledge. We therefore particularly welcome papers that reflect on distance in order to reflect on the concept of Europe and the European and its consequences for architecture beyond a strictly defined European geography. We welcome, too, papers that consider the architectural history and culture of Asia, Australasia and the Pacific in their global contexts. The program will have sessions dedicated to these themes.

The convenors will be pleased to receive information concerning events or exhibitions scheduled or planned for the dates around this conference, including conferences in major hub cities or other cities in Australia or New Zealand that might interest delegates travelling from afar. The conference website will include a calendar of these events.

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Wed 10 July 2019

The MIssing Map: Mapping Social Impacts

University of Reading

June 25 2019 - June 25 2019

Beginning with a keynote talk by Professor Doina Petrescu (Atelier d’Architecture Autogérée and University of Sheffield), this Newton funded symposium will explore methodologies for the spatial mapping of social value, for example connection, community, memory, identity and empowerment. Contributions are invited from researchers both practitioner and academic with an interest in making social impact more visible and therefore more valuable.

Maps are often thought to be benign and neutral representations of the world. But as James Corner observes through the ʻselection, omission, isolation, distance and codificationʼ of maps, they have the capacity to be, ʻstrategic, constitutive and inventiveʼ. Moves towards open and freely available mapping, such as Open Street Map and Google Earth, alongside advances in technology, mean that more and more people carry maps in their pocket as they go about their daily activities in the city. Previously, high resolution satellite imagery and geolocating technology would have been the preserve of the military, however, today it is ubiquitous. With the rise of smart phones and sensors people can easily gather, produce and navigate city data. This raises questions, not only with regard to what mapping can reveal about the city, but also about what remains hidden.

In order to explore sociocultural concerns in context, mapping may provide visual and/or participatory ways of exploring alternate perspectives. By taking into consideration the stories behind these maps, previously unrecorded narratives can richly complement our understandings of where and how we live.

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Tue 25 June 2019

Fielding Architecture: Feminist Practices for a Decolonised Pedagogy

Call for Papers

University of Brighton (UK)

June 24 2019 - June 25 2019

In the late 1970s architectural and spatial practices in the UK were challenged
by feminist approaches largely derived from within the architectural discipline itself. From the 1990s onwards, architectural history / theory has been informed by gender theory appropriated, or migrated, from other disciplines. More recently, interdisciplinary critical methodologies have been used to reconceptualise archi- tectural production, criticism and representation. What we evidence today, de- spite an emphasis on ‘Global Architecture,’ is that all these efforts are still largely informed unilaterally, and constructed within ‘Western’ and ‘Anglo-Saxon’ frame- works. This leaves a field defined as the ‘West’ and the ‘rest’. Further, the majority of rethinking of gender and decolonisation occurs within institutional and aca- demic frameworks through practices of teaching and writing. This activity, though pertinent, often remains interior and self-referential and fails to permeate to and affect the exterior worlds of professional architectural and design practices.

This interdisciplinary symposium proposes to explore and question the practice of teaching architectural history / theory primarily focused in the UK context though welcoming a debate through dialogues with other contexts from a femi- nist and critical perspective, asking: how is it constructed, from which positions, and from where its content derives; how can its construction be critiqued and informed by other disciplines such as feminist geographies, environmental psy- chology, cultural studies, technology and science studies, queer theory and urban geography amongst others; and, moreover, how should architectural histories and theories be constructed in the future. We will situate ourselves at the boundary: looking both inside at the fundamentals of architecture; and looking outside at the expanded field, yet always maintaining a critical gendered perspective.

Taking place at the University of Brighton (UK), on June 24–25th, 2019, the sym- posium asks: What forms might a gendered history and theory of architecture take? What are our modes of operation, how do we teach, and how can we learn from others and exchange with critical thinkers both inside and outside the academy? How do we operate within the established frameworks, both histori- cal and institutional, and how can we establish new frameworks and networks that transfer/exchange knowledge between the university and different modes of practice?

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Mon 24 June 2019

Architecture and Light – 2019 SAHGB symposium – CALL FOR PAPERS

St George’s Bloomsbury, and the Soane Museum, London

June 22 2019 - June 22 2019

From the glittering windows of Hardwick Hall and the severe shadows of the Trellick Tower, to the poetry of Chandigarh and the brash neon of Las Vegas, light is a defining factor in any form of architectural design.

This symposium will coincide with two exhibitions at Sir John Soane’s Museum: one on ‘Soane and Light’ and another – as yet untitled – with a leading contemporary light artist working in sympathy with the spaces of the Museum. As such the theme of this symposium is ‘architecture and light’ and thereby focuses on the presence, use and meaning of light in architectural design across all periods and styles.

One important starting point will be the notion that, just as light is understood scientifically as a wave- particle duality, in architecture light exists and functions as both a natural and cultural phenomenon. While on the one hand, the way (sun)light falls over a building is arguably architecture at its most elemental, how we view those light effects is always culturally conditioned. The symposium will reflect, develop and challenge this dualism.

We welcome speakers – both established and emerging – considering this subject in all aspects of architectural production. Some of the topics that papers might consider are:

  • Light as a functional element in architecture and its interactions with different materials and construction methodologies.

  • The meaning of light and how this is shaped by different forms, styles and contexts.

  • The ways light is mediated in architecture, physically, such as with glazing and mirrors.

  • The ways in which light is expressed in architectural drawings and other forms of representation.

  • The relationship between natural and artificial light in/on architecture.

  • The impact of developing glazing and lighting technologies upon architecture.

  • The relationship between light and shadow in/on architecture.

  • The politics of light, particularly in an urban setting.

  • The methodological problems of analyzing light – by nature immaterial – in architectural history.

  • What scientific studies of light can bring to our understanding of its effects in architecture.

    If you are interested in contributing to the symposium, please submit an abstract of maximum 300 words and a biography of maximum 150 words to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by 10am on Monday 7 January 2019.

    The SAHGB is not able to reimburse speakers for their travel/accommodation expenses but the symposium registration fee will be waived and speakers will be invited to attend the symposium dinner on Friday 21 June 2019.

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Sat 22 June 2019

Control. Code. Construct

Call for Papers

University of Edinburgh, UK

June 20 2019 - June 22 2019

Big Data. Machine Learning. Robotics. Artificial Intelligence. Algorithms. Data. Industry 4.0. Digitalisation. Democratisation. Surveillance. Smartness. Interaction.

Criticality. Challenge. Provocation. Paradigm. Dogma. Avantgarde.

Control. Code. Construct. addresses the implications of these different aspects of tech culture for the applied world of architecture, construction and design. Control. Code. Construct. will serve as a platform to initiate a discussion and debate with the notion of control at its centre. We wish to explore the different dimensions of control for designers, architects and engineers — from controlling material, form and code to controlling processes and start-ups. 

Control. Code. Construct. explores the relationship between the adequacy of code, computation and the machine —computer, robot, drone etc.— and tacit knowledge, the type of knowledge that craftsmen or makers hold, accumulated through years of experience and which is hard to transfer into verbal communication, let alone code. Where does the boundary lie between implicit and explicit knowledge, in terms of architecture, construction and design? This question can be also transferred to other domains such as big data, artificial intelligence and smartness — where does computational decision making stop and where does human, soft decision making begin?

Control. Code. Construct. addresses these complexities of making by describing, advancing and ultimately interrogating technical realities in relation to formulated strategies related to material, geometry, structure, data, evaluation, simulation and the used machines.

Computation and construction are closely related to the notion of the designer’s control over process. We wish to investigate the various forms and shapes control can take in the disciplines of architecture, design and engineering. Going beyond theoretical discourses, we intend to explore the realities of making and construction of the creative industries.

The relationship between knowledge and technical realities is best expressed by Frei Otto — “to build means to make architecture real on the borders of knowledge.” What are today’s borders of knowledge and what could the new operational models of architecture, design and engineering look like? In which direction is the design Avantgarde moving and how could the new interdisciplinary design agendas look like? What does control and control of process really mean and how is it formulated when it comes to digital techniques and methodologies? What logics will code and control follow to also facilitate material logics? How do we measure and asses performance within these emerging digital ecologies of making, designing and constructing? 

We invite architects, engineers, designers, practitioners, researchers and students to contribute to these discussions, to go beyond theory and to address these questions related to the technical rationalities and realities of the creative industries, to challenge the status quo and to explore different methodologies, agendas, techniques and strategies in relation to code, control and the constructing of process.

The conference focuses on the following 6 areas of interest:

Area I: Interaction DesignArea

II: Additive ManufacturingArea

III: Robotic Fabrication & Machine-Learning AlgorithmsArea

IV: Drone Supported PracticesArea

V: Hacking InfrastructuresArea

VI: Entrepreneurship

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Thu 20 June 2019

Call for Papers: Divergence in Architectural Research

Ph.D. Symposium

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

June 19 2019 - September 07 2019

Hello!

We would like to bring your attention to a research event taking place next March at the School of Architecture of Georgia Institute of Technology. We’d love your help in spreading the word, and are pleased to extend an invitation to all Ph.D. student fellows and researchers allied with the Canadian Center for Architecture.

The Ph.D. Symposium: Divergence in Architectural Research, will take place on the campus of Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, on March 5-6, 2020. The symposium, organized by the ConCave Ph.D. Program of the School of Architecture at Georgia Institute of Technology, seeks to create a platform for sharing current research in architecture with invited scholars and other doctoral students, in architecture and allied fields. By divergence, we mean the multiple paths, epistemological frameworks and interrelationships that are active today across the spectrum of architectural research. We hope to bring attention to this state of agency that exists and the emergent future directions this portends.

The Call for Papers invites doctoral students to present their ongoing research. The symposium will act as a nexus for connections with established scholars and fellow researchers. Interested students should submit their abstracts by September 7, 2019, on the symposium website.

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Wed 19 June 2019

FRASCARI SYMPOSIUM IV: Call for papers

The Secret Lives of Architectural Drawings and Models: From Translating to Archiving, Collecting, and Displaying

Kingston University London

June 2019

Architectural drawings and models are instruments of imagination, communication and historical continuity. The role of drawings and models, their ownership, placement and authorship in a ubiquitous digital age deserve careful consideration. Despite them being the first handiwork of the architect, not enough attention is given to discussions about the sites of drawing activity, or to the matter of housing them, which is essential to the active relations between drawing and buildings, building and drawings, before, during and after construction.

Expanding on the well-established discussion of the translation from drawings to buildings, the Frascari Symposium IV questions the significance of the lives of drawings and models- before, during and after construction. Where drawings and models dwell in relation to buildings, impacts their seminality and their potential future translations, from drawing to building, building to drawing. In this process of multi-directional and multi-temporal constructions, who has ownership of the drawings and models, and where do they belong?

Robin Evans outlined the translational gap between drawings and buildings. The Latin word translationem during the Renaissance period indicated literally a physical transporting, including that of building elements. The translations of architectural elements were a documented and planned act that resulted from meaningful changes and led to changes in meaning.

The relevance of the physical presence and location of drawings and models within the buildings that they represent, their physical transporting from one place to another, from the places where they have been made to where they are kept during construction, or to designated locations in the thereafter of the fabrication process deserves scholarly critical analysis.

Nowadays, architectural drawings often reside in private, or public archives, and in museum collections housing the body of work of individual architects. This is the case with many collections, including the works of the Modernist masters of architecture. Archives are progressively making their physical collections digitally accessible online facilitating research and potentially having a tangible impact on the future teaching of architecture.

Architectural drawings can sometimes be found in hidden compartments inside the newel post of staircases in buildings from the Victorian up to the Modern period. The attention to maintaining architectural drawings in buildings shifted to the pragmatic aspects of construction drawings. Nowadays a set of working drawings may be kept in mechanical rooms.

The on site presence of elected representations is emblematic of the process of on-site inventory in its dual nature of cultural recollection and fostering of future imaginings. The storytelling of the site, the site of building construction and the edifice exist in various relations to each other extending the lives of drawings in meaningful ways beyond the time of construction, which is often perceived as an end to the translational relations between them. The continuity and contiguity of drawings, models and building may define an extended site, which is open even after construction has ended.

The digital age is characterized by a ubiquitous site of drawing production. Even though it is now possible to reproduce digital drawings and models in multiple originals, facilitating the construction of a twinned theory and pondering its significance, digital drawings and models might not remain fully accessible long into the future due to the rapid obsolescence implied by software development. Archives are faced with the challenge of what and how much to preserve.

Architects and scholars are invited to consider these questions before they become an archival question and plan for the representations that inform the future of an extended site in becoming, if past and future are to engage in meaningful relations. A new criticality requires moving beyond the either/or option of the office, the laboratory, the factory, the construction site as separate fabrication and archival sites. The contemporary architect moves between them looking for a critical presence on the construction site, before, during and after construction.

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Sat 15 June 2019

CineMuseSpace: A Cinematic Musée Imaginaire of Spatial Cultural Differences

Call for papers

University of Cambridge

June 14 2019 - September 20 2019

Please see conference website for details of call.

Deadline for submissions: 19th June 2019

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Fri 14 June 2019

Building-Object/Design-Architecture – Exploring Interconnections

Clore Management Centre, 27 Torrington Square, London

June 06 2019 - June 08 2019

This two-day conference will explore old, new and future interconnections between Design History and Architectural History. It addresses the disciplines’ shared objects, historiography, and theory.

The distinction between design history and architectural history is to some extent an artificial one, given the many ties between designed objects and designed spaces as well as between those who design and make the former and those who design and make the latter, but it follows certain disciplinary and professional developments. These are manifest, for instance, in the separate existence of the Design History Society and the European Architectural History Network, two of the sponsors of this conference.

In one art historical tradition – Kunstwissenschaft, or the critical history of art – the objects of design and architecture (as well as fine art objects) which are now usually separated out as requiring specialist study, were considered of equal significance and requiring equal attention. It was this tradition that provided some of the founding figures for both present-day design history and present-day architectural history – Semper, Riegl, Panofsky, Pevsner, among them. (Even later figures like Reyner Banham might be understood as displaced products of this tradition). And the separation of expertise was also largely alien to the connoisseurial and antiquarian traditions.

The turning away from these traditions of interdisciplinarity can be understood as an inevitable effect of emergent disciplinary identities as much as of worked-out theories. But there are untapped residues as well as new developments that may prove fertile ground for collaboration.

What are we learning about materialities, about globalising perspectives, or about new forms of writing, for instance, that may benefit both disciplines? Furthermore, does the very separation of design and architectural history distort or falsely dichotomise their objects? Can their co-existence be worked into current rubrics for interdisciplinarity, or do older co-disciplines disqualify themselves?

A conference supported by the Design History Society, the European Architectural History Network, and the Architecture Space and Society Centre (Birkbeck).

Keynote speakers – Ben Highmore, Doris Behrens-Abouseif, Adrian Forty.

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Thu 6 June 2019

Building-Object/Design-Architecture: Exploring Interconnections

A conference jointly supported by the Design History Society, the European Architectural History Network, and the Architecture Space and Society Centre (Birkbeck)

Clore Business School (Birkbeck), London

June 06 2019 - June 08 2019

“I think that cars today are almost the exact equivalent of the great Gothic cathedrals: I mean the supreme creation of an era, conceived with passion by unknown artists, and consumed in image if not in usage by a whole population which appropriates them as a purely magical object.” Roland Barthes, 1957

This two-day conference will explore old, new and future interconnections between Design History and Architectural History. It will address the disciplines’ shared historiography, theory, forms of analysis and objects of critical enquiry, and draw attention to how recent developments in the one can have significant implications for the other. It will attend to areas of difference, in order, ultimately to identify new areas for discussion and set future agendas for research between the disciplines.

We invite proposals for individual papers (of 20 minutes length) in any area that productively engages with the aims of the conference and we would especially like to see papers in the following areas:

 

Historiographic entanglements and coincidences

Everyday environments

Ornament from object to building (and back)

Use/maintenance/dereliction

Objects on exhibition/buildings on exhibition

Micro to macro - macro to micro

Representations/representing

Tactility-virtuality

Interiors/Exteriors

 

 

Deadline for Abstracts – 15 November 2018

Abstracts (maximum 500 words). Papers will not be accepted that have already been accepted for another conference, or that have been published or accepted for publication.

 

Abstracts, with a two page CV, should be sent to –  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Thu 6 June 2019

Theory’s Curriculum

Architectural Association, 36 Bedford Square, London

May 28 2019

Organised by Joseph Bedford with Mark Morris, Mollie Claypool, Mario Carpo, Pier Vittorio Aureli, Jane Rendell

Theory's Curriculum 

Date: Tuesday 28 May 2019 
Time: 18:30 
Venue: AA Lecture Hall

Syllabi are theory's infrastructure. They set a program for study, give structure to vast networks of ideas, and define an interpretative stance on the world. This evening event will address who our theory syllabi represent, what theoretical objects or concerns they should address, and why we should continue to teach architectural theory today? The program will include the presentation of the e–flux Architecture project Theory's Curriculum as well as responses to the project by panelists  who will discuss the project and the who, what and why of architectural theory today.

 

For more details about the Theory's Curriculum project, please visit: https://www.e-flux.com/architecture/curriculum/

 

 

 

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Tue 28 May 2019

New Publications

Becoming a Feminist Architect

Karin Reisinger and Meike Schalk

This issue is one of three publications subsequent to the 13th International Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA) Conference “Architecture & Feminisms: Ecologies, Economies, Technologies,” which was held at KTH School of Architecture, Stockholm, between the 17th to 19th November in 2016.1 The conference gathered around 200 participants and included over a hundred paper presentations and performances, as well as two exhibitions. The overwhelming interest in reviving the feminist discourse in architecture gave us the opportunity to reflect on the process of becoming feminist architects. Becoming a feminist architectis a complex process, rife with strategies, tactics, frictions, advances and retreats, that will continue to engage us in the future as it does now. This became clear through the presentations of a wide range of different feminist architectural practices, both historical and contemporary, their diverse theoretical underpinnings and methodological reflections and speculations. The present publication assembles a series of vital discussions that emerged at the event, including accounts of careful and creative ways of becoming feminist architects by “knowing and doing otherwise,”2 “practising ‘otherwise’,”3 or doing architecture in other ways,4the implication of which is a rethinking and expansion of the conventional scope of architectural practice. With these three publications – this edition of Field Journal, the Architecture and Culture issue “Styles of Queer Feminist Practices and Objects,” and the anthology Architecture and Feminisms: Ecologies, Economies, Technologies – we have made an effort to create space for as many of the voices and positions present at the conference as possible.

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Mon 8 January 2018

Architecture, Festival and the City

Edited by Jemma Browne, Christian Frost, Ray Lucas

Historically the urban festival served as an occasion for affirming shared convictions and identities in the life of the city. Whether religious or civic in nature, these events provided tangible expressions of social, cultural, political, and religious cohesion, often reaffirming a particular shared ethos within diverse urban landscapes. Architecture has long served as a key aspect of this process exhibiting continuity in the flux of these representations through the parading of elaborate ceremonial floats, the construction of temporary buildings, the ‘dressing’ of existing urban space, the alternative occupations of the everyday, and the construction of new buildings and spaces which then become a part of the background fabric of the city.

This book examines how festivals can be used as a lens to examine the relationship between city and citizen and questions whether this is fixed through time, or has been transformed as a response to changes in the modern urban condition. Architecture, Festival and the City looks at the multilayered nature of a diverse selection of festivals and the way they incorporate both orderly (authoritative) and disorderly (subversive) components. The aim is to reveal how the civic nature of urban space is utilised through festival to represent ideas of belonging and identity. Recent political and social gatherings also raise questions about the relationship of these events to ‘ritual’ and whether traditional practices can serve as meaningful references in the twenty-first century.

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Fri 21 December 2018