AHRA Newsletter:
March / April 2010

This is the latest issue of the newsletter highlighting forthcoming events, conferences, publications and other research activities, including additions to the AHRA website.

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The next newsletter will be issued in early May 2010.

for ‘Expression of Interest’ to host the 8th International Architectural Humanities Research Association [AHRA] conference, November 2011

Schools of Architecture in the United Kingdom, Europe or United States are invited to submit a draft proposal to host the 8th International AHRA conference due to be held in November 2011. Please consider the range of previous AHRA conference themes when making your bid. Also ensure that your bid aligns with AHRA’s agenda to be inter-disciplinary and inclusive.

Please provide in your submission the following:

  1. Conference title;
  2. A 300 word description of the proposed conference theme including key questions. This information may be used as the Conference Call for Papers;
  3. A list of six invited speakers you would like to invite;
  4. Conference venue and dates;
  5. Conference committee members as well as point of contact;
  6. Financial proposal for funding of conference.

‘Expressions of Interest’ are to be emailed to Dr Igea Troiani,
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7th International AHRA Conference
University of Kent, Canterbury, UK

19–20 November 2010

Scale is a word which underlies much of architectural and urban design practice, its history and theory, and its technology. Its connotations have traditionally been linked with the humanities, in the sense of relating to human societies and to human form. To build in scale goes virtually without saying in the world of ‘polite’ architecture, but this is a precept observed more often in the breach when it comes to vast swathes of commercial and institutional design. The older, more particular, meaning in the humanities, pertaining to classical western culture, is where the sense of scale often resides in cultural production. Scale may be traced back, ultimately, to the discovery of musical harmonies, or it may reside in the arithmetic proportional relationship of the building to its parts. One might question the continued relevance of this understanding of scale in the global world of today. What, in other words, is culturally specific about scale? And what does scale mean in a world where an intuitive, visual understanding is often undermined or superseded by other senses, or by hyper-reality?

Questions of scale
The conference seeks papers that might address the following questions:

- in a post-humanist age:
Do we associate good scale relationships with particular places and/or times in history? Do body metaphors still have resonance? How does scale relate to measure, and how does its perception and use mutually correspond? Should humans be the ultimate scaling device governing the design of artefacts from chairs, to interiors, buildings, towns, and landscapes? How do urban grids and networks affect scale? What is the politics of scale?

- in the age of digital reproduction:
What might scale mean in the world of virtual imagination and production? What are the implications for scale of the techniques of parametric and algorithmic architectures and environments? How have the computer and its screen affected scale? What effect do the seamless scale differences commonly seen in non-orthogonal designs have on perception and experience? What are the tools of scaling today?

- in design practice:
What happens to architectural practices as they grow (or shrink)? What happens to their ethos, and their quality of output? Are particular economic models more conducive to producing well-scaled environments, or is scale sui generis, a law unto itself? Is a practice’s ability to deliver across a range of scales a good sign of its general health? What impact does the scale of a client or end-user have on the built environment?

- in technology:
What does scale mean when building materials, components, and entire buildings can be manufactured ‘on demand’? What are the consequences of prefabrication for scale? Are certain materials more conducive to producing good scale relationships than others? Is there a lingering sense that scale and craftsmanship are intrinsically linked?

Invited keynote speakers:
Nathalie de Vries (MVRDV), Hannah Higgins (University of Illinois), Brett
Steele (Architectural Association) and Robert Tavernor (LSE).

Papers are invited from architects, urban designers, artists, landscape designers and other thinkers and makers who look at scale in its various manifestations. Please send your 300 words abstracts for papers to:
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by 1 April 2010. Selected papers will be published as an edited book as part of the AHRA series.

Deadline for submission of abstracts:  1 April 2010
Notification of acceptance:  May 2010
Full papers:  1 October 2010

School of Arts, Culture and Environment
University of Edinburgh

24-25 June 2010

The Death, Commemoration and Memory (DCM) Research Group is based within the School of Arts, Culture and Environment at the University of Edinburgh. Founded in 2008, DCM provides a forum for postgraduates and staff whose research engages with any aspect of the Group’s remit, attracting junior and senior scholars from a variety of academic disciplines. Building upon the Group’s success, a two‐day conference is planned in Edinburgh for June 2010 to provide a platform for further interdisciplinary discussion and to create new networks between researchers with similar interests throughout the academic community.

Topics for discussion may include, but are not limited to:
• Acts of commemoration, mourning practices and rituals
• The social aspects of individual memory, collective memories and cultural attitudes towards memory
• The ethics and etiquette of death studies: the treatment of human remains in archaeology, pathology and museum practice
• Death in the visual arts: commemoration through architectural and artistic practices
• Poetic, literary and musical interpretations of death
• The dichotomy between history and memory
• Psychological and sociological studies of bereavement

We welcome abstracts of 300 words on any aspect of the conference’s themes, accompanied by a short academic resume of 200 words maximum. Applications should be sent to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with ‘DCM CONFERENCE’ as the email’s subject.

Submission deadline: 12 March 2010

3rd Annual Festival

22-24 October 2010, London

This Is Not A Gateway is seeking submissions for its 3rd annual festival.  Proposals are welcome from anybody whose point of reference is ‘the city’.

The festival is entirely participant lead. Previous festivals have included discussions, soapboxes, workshops, book & project launches, guided walks & tours, exhibitions and film screenings. Participants have come from the fields of urban regeneration, economics, government,
visual art, psychiatry, archaeology, activism, medicine, journalism, literature, religion, technology, architecture, planning, environmental protection, law, property, theory, housing, film, psychology, finance, philosophy, engineering, human rights & social justice. Furthermore participants have
included resident groups, newly arrived immigrants, youth-workers and local politicians.

Alongside the general open call, submissions are sought from across the globe that specifically interrogate and contribute to a better understanding (and re-use / re-understanding) of ‘Central Business Districts / The Corporation / Downtowns’.

“This year, we hope, by focusing in on the spatiality of ‘The Corporation’ or areas more commonly recognised as ‘Central Business Districts’ and dissecting them via a wide range of disciplines – participants will provide a critical and timely insight into some of the most pertinent, contradictory, intriguing and under-studied spaces in cities across the globe. It is an exciting opportunity to contribute not only to an emerging inter-disciplinary body of knowledge but also add to the urgent research underway seeking to understand the current crisis of capitalism”.

In 2009 over 1200 festival-goers took part in 60+ activities, organised by 160 individuals from across Europe. 68 % of these events were organised and lead by women. In 2008 43% of the projects were organised and lead by ethnic minorities. The knowledge generated at the festival is built upon and widely circulated in the annual book “Critical Cities: Ideas, Knowledge and Agitation from Emerging Urbanists” (Myrdle Court Press, London).

This Is Not A Gateway’s role is that of a facilitator. It provides the infrastructure to enable participants to hold their own activities. Support includes securing venues, equipment, publicity, audiences and installation assistance. There is no fee to propose a project for the festival. 

General information on This Is Not A Gateway: http://www.thisisnotagateway.net
Further information on the 2010 Open Call:

Information on “Critical Cities; Ideas, Knowledge & Agitation from Emerging Urbanists”

Coordinators:  Deepa Naik and Trenton Oldfield:  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Deadline for submission of proposals:  15 March 2010

East Midlands Philosophy and History of Architecture Research Network
Nottingham Trent University
Burton Street, Nottingham NG1 4BU, UK

14 – 15 September 2010

Some of the most palpable expressions of ‘Nation’ since the late 18th century have been in Architecture and Design.  Modern Europe took shape in the 19th century and much of the contest over appropriate design expression in the era can be seen in the struggles to define ‘style’ in the name of a nation. In the early 19th century, when Heinrich Hübsch raised the issue of appropriate style, one the central underlying motives was nationalism. Famously, Pugin referred to the Neo-Gothic as ‘…the most English of Styles’. By the early 20th century, Art Nouveau and Art Deco and later the Internationalism of Architecture and Design on both sides of the Atlantic had practically put to bed the issue of segregated nationalism for Western Europe and North America. 

Following the end of WWII, the general fall of colonialism saw the re-emergence of old nations and the formation of new ones, each with the hunger for a new or renewed nationalism in architecture and design. Since the mid 1980s, with the fall of the Soviet Bloc, we have seen a re-emergent interest of nationalism in Architecture and Design. From South America to Australasia, the Middle East to South Africa, from Asia to the Pacific, Eastern Europe to Sub-continental India, national projects have been proposed, commissioned, and built over struggled effort and sometimes over blood. 

In contrast to the emergence of nationalism in the late 20th century, the thrust of technology has sustained not only the inter-nationalism of the early 20th century but has also engendered a resolute transnational outlook in Architecture and Design.

What role should the notion of ‘Nation’ play in Architecture and Design? This conference explores the continuing connections between Architecture, Design and the Nation.

Keynote Speakers:
Prof. Alex Tzonis, Delft University of Technology / Tsinghua University
Prof. Mitchell Schwarzer, California College of the Arts
Prof. Mark Crinson, University of Manchester
Prof. Jeremy Ainsley, Royal College of Art, London
Proposals are invited in three formats, each containing an abstract and accompanied by a brief biography:
1.  Papers: A 300-word abstract for a presentation of 20 minutes.
2.  Panels: Three 300-word abstracts plus a rationale for the panel (max 300 words, identifying common research ground, and contribution to the conference theme).
3.  Posters: A 300-word abstract, for presentation as an illustrated A1 poster (594 x 841mm)

All proposals must present original research, and must not have been previously published. They will be subject to blind peer review, and will be assessed for contribution and relevance to the conference theme by an international scientific committee.  All abstracts should be headed by the title of the proposal, and the name and affiliation of the contributor(s).

Abstracts and Proposals should be sent as a MS Word or equivalent document, or PDF, by Monday 29 March via email to:  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Deadline for submission of abstracts:  29 March 2010
Notification of Acceptance:  10 May 2010
Completed papers:  12 July 2010      

University of Lincoln

24-25 June 2010
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What role can architecture play as a form of cultural expression? What is architecture capable of communicating in its current means of production, and in current economic structures? What can or should architecture communicate beyond its function? How does architecture participate in cultural and individual identity formation, and in cultural transformations? What role can contemporary architecture play in the expression and development of the ideas and values of a culture, and in the intellectual development of the individual? To what extent is architecture becoming increasingly commodified, and increasingly marginalized as a form of cultural expression?

Papers are welcomed on the following themes:
What architecture can communicate or express
What role architecture plays in its culture
Architecture and identity formation
Architecture and mass culture
Architecture and intellectual development
Alberto Pérez-Gómez – McGill University
Marco Frascari – Carleton University
Hasan-Uddin Khan – Roger Williams University
Renée Tobe – University of East London
Conference to include Cathedral Tour and Banquet. 

Abstracts should be of 250-300 words and include paper title, contributor’s name, email address, professional or academic affiliation, and a brief CV.  Please send to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
For further information visit http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/conferences
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Submission deadline for abstracts:  31 March 2010

Scandic Linköping Vast,
Linköping, Sweden

6-10 August 2010
There has been a recent surge of scholarship from human geography, sociology, history, architecture, and cultural studies that focuses on migration as a social, political, cultural and material process. This area of research on migration examines migrants’ transnational spatial practices, social and political identities and relationships with the state. Central to this research has been a recognition that at the heart of migration lies a fundamental transformation in spaces and places that are linked to the social and cultural meanings of home and belonging.  This conference takes ‘narratives’ – broadly defined as stories, diaries, myths, photographs, music, films, media images and representations of movement – as the analytical starting point for new research on migration. Narratives have several dimensions. Firstly, migrant narratives need to be understood as inherently spatial. As is widely acknowledged, migrants’ stories of movement are often stories of different places at different moments, and thus are essentially ‘spatial stories’. Secondly, this spatiality of migration narratives is multi-scalar; it can relate to belonging on a national, political scale, represent locality dynamics, more small-scale, personal experiences of migration, or even the material narratives of migration, such as stories of significant objects and material culture. Thirdly, the performative element of migrants’ narratives is very strong; not all narratives are textual but instead are enacted through music, theatre, film, food, or dance. Finally, such narratives can also be highly visual, corporeal, and embodied, whether through media representations, artwork, or architecture. Such a broad conceptualisation of migrant narratives demands new interdisciplinary theories and methodologies to understand the interconnected landscapes of home, migration and the city.
This conference thus aims to question and compare such narratives and counter-narratives, in different contexts within Europe and beyond, through interdisciplinary perspectives from the humanities and social sciences. Methodological perspectives will therefore be central to the discussions during this conference, to encourage and disseminate interdisciplinary approaches to researching migration. The following questions will help to shape this conference:  How are narratives of migration used, shared, remembered, materialised, performed and represented in different contexts?  How do narratives shape belonging and attachment, inclusions and exclusions, around ideas of home(s) and the city?  How do we examine these diverse narratives of movement through theoretical and methodological innovation?
The conference invites paper and poster presentations which investigate one more of the three conference themes; narratives of migration; materialities of home and movement; and cities, places, locations. It also invites submissions for a panel discussion with six young researchers working with new cross-cutting methodologies around the following three themes.
Theme 1:  Narratives of Migration
The first theme of the conference will deal with a range of methodological approaches to understanding the narratives of home – textual, aural, performative, and visual, which scrutinise, document and theorise migrants’ perspectives of migration. This may include oral histories, autobiographies, personal photographs, memorabilia, food recipes, artwork, music and films, as well as a range of other non/textual material that attempt to redefine the social, political, cultural and imaginative constructions of migration and movement.
Theme 2:  Materialities of Home and Movement
This theme will consider the varying constructions of home and sites of travel, by inviting a diverse array of approaches and methodologies. The questions we ask are – where do home-spaces end – how far do they extend – and how are the spaces between home, locale, and homeland experienced? How is home narrated, and how can researchers tap into this? How can sites of travel be researched?
Theme 3:  Cities, Places, Locations
Situated within broader debates around place and displacement, location and mobility, settlement and return, this theme will examine the various locations within migrant landscapes and the ways in which they reflect and influence cultures, politics, identities and narratives. The focus will be particularly on the varieties of ways that such landscapes are transformed and negotiated from the scale of the home, to neighbourhoods, to cities and homelands.
Invited speakers include:

  • Dr. Zuzana Burikova
Slovak, Academy of Sciences, SK
  • Prof. Iain Chambers, University of Naples “L’Orientale”, IT
  • Prof. Adrian Favell, Aarhus University, DK
  • Prof. Tovi Fenster, Tel Aviv University, IL
  • Dr. Mirjana Lozanovska, Deakin University, AU
  • Prof. Ulrike Meinhof, University of Southampton, UK
  • Dr. Nirmal Puwar, Goldsmiths College, UK
  • Prof. Zlatko Skrbis, University of Queensland, AU

The conference is chaired by:  Dr. Ayona Datta, Cities Programme, Department of Sociology, London School of Economics
Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE
UK co-chair:  Dr. Kathy Burrell, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
For more information, to send abstracts, and to register please see
Young researchers are particularly welcome. The conference has limited funds to fully or partially support expenses of young researchers.
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 16 April 2010

Graduate Program in Architectural History
METU Cultural and Convention Center
Middle East Technical University
Ankara, Turkey

20-22 October 2010

Architectural History Conference / Turkey is organized to form an academic platform that aims to share new and original research on the history of architecture, cities and the built environment in Anatolia and its neighboring regions. The conference is open to researchers from different disciplines working on architectural history.

Abstracts of maximum 350 words should be sent to the Organization Committee by April 23, 2010. The name, affiliation and personal information of the applicant and the title of the paper should be given on a separate sheet. Conference fee is 100 $ / 75 Euro.

Presentations can be in English and Turkish. Selected papers will be published.

Organization Committee (by alphabetical order)
Elvan Altan Ergut, Sevil Enginsoy Ekinci, Namik Erkal, Lale Özgenel, Ali Uzay Peker

Scientific Committee (by alphabetical order)
Günkut Akin, Sevgi Aktüre, Ayda Arel, Inci Aslanoglu, Ömür Bakirer, Afife Batur, Jale Erzen, Suna Güven, Gülru Necipoglu, Ayla Ödekan, Filiz Özer, Scott Redford, Ugur Tanyeli, Fikret Yegül

Advisory Committee
Haluk Pamir, Ilhan Tekeli, Metin Sözen, Suha Özkan, Güven A. Sargin, Belgin Turan Özkaya

Contact Address:
Architectural History Conference/Turkey I Organization Committee
Graduate Program in Architectural History
Middle East Technical University Department of Architecture
Inönü Bulvari, 06531 Ankara-TURKEY
Tel: (312) 2102203 / 2102233; Fax: (312) 2107966
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Sponsors: Canakkale Seramik & Kalebodur; MATPUM; OMIM

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 23 April 2010


NARRATIVE SPACE: An international interdisciplinary conference exploring the interpretive potential of architecture, exhibitions and design.
University of Leicester

20-22 April 2010

Narrative Space is a 3-day international interdisciplinary conference exploring the creation of narrative environments in museums, galleries, historic sites, buildings and landscapes. From the level of the site and the building down to the level of the exhibition and the object, how can we create environments which tell stories of people, of places and of collections? How can spaces, objects and a range of media be utilised to create spatial experiences which are engaging, meaningful and memorable?

Narrative Space draws together museum professionals, exhibition designers, architects and academics to explore practice at the cutting-edge of exhibition and experience making. It covers a range of themes including the ability of sites and buildings to hold or be overlaid with narratives; the history and theory of display; museums and exhibitions as spatial media; harnessing the spatial character, history and potential of buildings and sites; the nature and role of narrative and storytelling in the making of interpretive environments; the role of visitor-centred design in the production of museum space; and the emergence of a new range of interpretive approaches to museum and exhibition making which cut across architecture, film, design, digital media, interior and graphic design, literature and art.

The event will also mark the formal opening of the new Museum Studies Building - we hope that you are able to join us.

Keynote Speaker: Peter Greenaway CBE

For more information on timetable and speakers/events please go to

Narrative Space is a collaboration between the School of the Built Environment at the university of Nottingham and the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester.

ROOM IN THE CITY:  A Forum for the Civic Square

April 22-24 2010

Keynotes: Ken Livingstone, Ed Uhlir

A gathering of specialists in the field of urban design, town planning and architecture will provide an opportunity to explore issues relating to the urban square as a vital component of a healthy city. With Glasgow’s principal civic space, George Square, running through the conference as a leitmotiv, but encompassing design initiatives that have been developed internationally, the speakers will address a variety of topics relating to the multitude of diverse roles a civic space can perform in the context of a modern city.

Sponsored by The Glasgow School of Art and Deloitte

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The 11th Cambridge Heritage Seminar
University of Cambridge, UK

24 April 2010

The 11th Cambridge Heritage conference seeks to examine the Olympics as a global and a local phenomenon affecting heritage by addressing two themes:  (1) the Olympics as heritage and (2) the impact of the Olympics on cultural heritage. Every four years the Olympics goes beyond just being a sporting event, offering a local and a global stage where countries can promote and showcase themselves to the world.  Cultural heritage is intimately entangled in the games, both in terms of the Olympics as historic, but also in how the event impacts the cultural heritage of the host country.

Narratives about nationhood are often constructed for the event, showcasing traditional national history.  The games offer the host nation a chance to re-imagine or repackage its past, or at the very least to create a brand and logo for it. The actual Olympic event and the days leading up to it are a time of ritual, where the heritage of Ancient Greece is connected to a myriad of symbolic representations of the modern day host country.  The games also present an opportunity for ‘staged conflict’ on an international level, where countries battle one other, competing aggressively, yet civilly for titles.  In addition, the games have an enormous impact on the built environment and heritage in the host country.  Winning a bid to host the games goes hand in hand with hopes for investment, regeneration and development, and considerable changes take place to the built environment and economy of the host city.  The games also have an enormous impact on cultural heritage, affecting both existing and newly developed cultural heritage sites and projects.

The 11th Cambridge Heritage Seminar uses the Olympic games as a forum for thinking about how one event can impact and transform local and global cultural heritage.  It will be divided into two sessions.  The first session will explore how the games are themselves heritage, and the second will examine the ‘heritage-impact’ of the games in the nations that host them. 

For general Information and registration is available at:

The Modern Interiors Research Centre Conference
Kingston University, London

13-14 May 2010

Online booking for this conference is now open at: 

Conference programme, further details and abstracts can be found on the Modern Interiors Research Centre website (see link above).

This conference will consider the historical insights that ethno/auto/biographical investigations into the lives of individuals, groups and interiors can offer architectural and design historians; the methodological issues that arise from the use of ethno/auto/biographical sources to explore the history of the interior as a site in which everyday life is experienced and performed; and the ways in which contemporary architects and interior designers draw on personal and collective histories in their practice. 



The ‘Concrete Geometries’ Research Cluster at the Architectural Association, organised by AA Diploma Unit 1 Tutors Marianne Mueller and Olaf Kneer, is seeking submissions of work from the fields of art, architecture, sciences and humanities that explore the relationship between spatial form and social or aesthetic processes.

The work will form part of an exhibition, a publication, and a symposium.

For further information see:  http://www.concrete-geometries.net/

Deadline:  12th April 2010

Journal of Architectural Education

Theme Editors
Saundra Weddle, Associate Professor, Drury University (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) )
Marc J. Neveu, Assistant Professor, California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) )

Although the National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB) requires that students understand historical traditions and global culture, it does not mandate the method of instruction. Still, many schools offer a suite of architectural history lectures that are often perceived as distinct from studio topics. The relegation of history, theory and criticism to a supporting role is furthered by the outdated notion that history courses serve primarily to provide a buffet of precedent studies focusing on form and technique. Such an approach, born of historical methods and pedagogies that emphasize stylistic and typological diagnosis, fails to recognize the depth of historical inquiry, changes within the discipline of history itself and increasingly diverse design pedagogies. Is it possible to propose more complex relationships between history and design?

Indeed, many architecture faculty – historians and designers alike – are engaged in the project of interrogating and reconceiving history’s significance to design, and vice versa. Historians question the content, role and outcomes of their courses, examining ways in which the discipline can serve as a nexus between theory, criticism and practice, and investigating opportunities for deploying design pedagogies in their classrooms. Design faculty consider ways that historical methods and analysis can inform the design process so that students understand how history’s narratives are literally and figuratively constructed, and that they are not simply a collection of objective truths to react to.  As concerns about representation and fabrication become central, critical engagement with histories of architecture and allied disciplines can situate the design process and architecture itself in broader and deeper contexts.

That the role of history in architecture curricula is a subject of debate is nothing new; and yet, the shape of that debate appears to be shifting. This theme issue of the JAE focuses on neither the discipline of history per se, nor the history of history education in architectural schools. Rather, it takes as its premise the notion that the relationship between history and design should be activated. The journal invites text based (scholarship of design) and design based (design as scholarship) submissions that propose and analyze progressive methods and goals for integrating architectural history in the professional architecture curriculum and in practice. The submission deadline for all manuscripts for this theme issue is August 16, 2010, 5 pm US Eastern Time Zone. Accepted articles will be published in issue 64:2 (March 2011).  For author instructions, please consult http://www.jaeonline.org/submission_guidelines.html.


Journal of Fine and Studio Art (JFSA) is an open access journal that provides rapid publication (monthly) of articles in all areas of the subject.
The Journal welcomes the submission of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence. Papers will be published approximately one month after acceptance. All articles published in JFSA will be peer-reviewed.
The Journal of Fine and Studio Art will be published monthly (one volume per year) by Academic Journals.
- Regular articles:  These should describe new and carefully confirmed findings, and experimental procedures should be given in sufficient detail for others to verify the work. The length of a full paper should be the minimum required to describe and interpret the work clearly.
- Short Communications: A Short Communication is suitable for recording the results of complete small investigations or giving details of new models or hypotheses, innovative methods, techniques or apparatus. The style of main sections need not conform to that of full-length papers. Short communications are 2 to 4 printed pages (about 6 to 12 manuscript pages) in length.
- Reviews:  Submissions of reviews and perspectives covering topics of current interest are welcome and encouraged. Reviews should be concise and no longer than 4-6 printed pages (about 12 to 18 manuscript pages). Reviews manuscripts are also peer-reviewed.
Please visit http://www.academicjournals.org/JFSA/About.htm 
for more information.


BRUNELLESCHI LACAN LE CORBUSIER:  Architecture, Space and the Construction of Subjectivity
Lorens Holm, Routledge, 2010

A major new interpretive work on the structure of spatial experience, this book is for theorists of Architecture, Art, and Visual Studies. It interprets the fifteenth century demonstration of perspective for today by putting it in relation to contemporary theories of subjectivity. It explores a link between Architecture and Psychoanalysis that has not hitherto been elaborated, and opens the way for the Lacanian critique of architecture that is now a familiar feature of discourse in the other arts and social sciences.

The text argues that perspective is the paradigmatic form of spatial consciousness. This explains why perspective remains such a satisfying representational form - the form of space that we tend to call real - and why it remains the primary visual form of architectural space, despite recent experiments in representation that claim to challenge this canon. This link between the inner world of the psyche and the exterior world of architectural space is as fundamental as it is problematic, and is perhaps therefore inevitable.

Lorens Holm is Reader in Architecture and Director of the Geddes Institute for Urban Research at the University of Dundee. He has taught architecture at the Architectural Association, University College London, and at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior publications on Lacan and Architecture have appeared in the Journals Perspecta (2010), Haecceity (2008 & 2007), Critical Quarterly (2000 & 2007), and Assemblage (1993).

Felipe Hernandez, Routledge 2010
ISBN 978 – 0 0 415 – 47745 – 1

Postcolonial theory has had a significant effect on the way in which we understand intercultural relations today and historically. Since the 1980s the lexicon of postcolonial theory, the concepts that it introduced for the purpose of representing cultures and cultural interaction, have penetrated the rhetoric of contemporary politics, international trade and all areas of academia. Needless to say, postcolonial discourse has also had an enormous effect on contemporary architectural theory. Amongst many postcolonial critics (F. Fanon, E. said, G. Spivak to name a few), the work of Homi Bhabha has dominated discussions about architecture mostly due to his interest in space, cities and his regular use of architectural analogies. Indeed, Bhabha is a regular critic at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a member of the Steering Committee for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

Focusing on Bhabha’s most acclaimed ublication, The Location of Culture, this book explains in a simple manner some of the terminology employed by Bhabha in his writings —translation, ambivalence, hybridity, the ‘third space’ and the performative. These terms offer an opportunity to undertake a revision of the way in which architecture is historicized, theorized, taught at schools and practiced. Bhabha for Architects is a useful introduction to the theories of Homi Bhabha and to the way in which such theories can be employed to challenge many assumptions about contemporary architecture in general, not only in colonial and postcolonial contexts.

BEYOND MODERNIST MASTERS:  Contemporary Architecture in Latin America
Felipe Hernandez, Birkhauser 2009
ISBN 978 – 3 – 7643 – 8769 – 3

This book presents a fresh panorama of Latin American architectural practices during the last 30 years. It has two main theoretical objectives.  First, it demonstrates that it is impossible to conceive Latin American architecture as a homogenous field supported on the work of a few modernist architects.  Second, it exceeds the chronological limitation set by many previous publications which focus on the period between 1930 and 1960; the modernist period. Beyond Modernist Masters unveils a wealth of new architectural practices, themes and aspirations amongst a younger generation of architects whose work differs greatly from that of their modernist predecessors, the modernist masters. In its discussion of different buildings, this book challenges traditional methods of historical inscription and proposes alternative methods of analysis in order to circumvent the heavily formalistic system of architectural judgment that continues to give priority to Euro-American modernism. Through the analysis of case studies — and the very methods used to carry out this analysis — the book delineates different ways of exploring the complex architectural relation between Latin America and the rest of the world.

RETHINKING THE INFORMAL CITY: Critical Perspectives from Latin America
Editors: Felipe Hernández, Peter Kellett and Lea Allen
Braghahn Books, 2009
ISBN 978 – 1 84545 – 582 – 8

Latin American cities have always been characterised by a strong tension between what is vaguely described as their formal and informal dimensions. However, the terms formal and informal refer not only to the physical aspect of cities but also to their entire socio-political fabric. Informal cities and settlements exceed the structures of order, control and homogeneity that one expects to find in a formal city; therefore, the contributors to this volume – from such disciplines as architecture, anthropology, cultural studies, sociology and urban design, as well as urban planning – focus on alternative methods of analysis in order to study the phenomenon of urban informality in Latin America. This book provides a thorough review of the work that is currently being carried out by scholars, practitioners and governmental institutions, in and outside Latin America, on the question of informal cities.

Ashraf M. Salama
Umbau Verlag, ISBN 978-3937954-042

Transformative Pedagogy in Architecture and Urbanism is a new, updated, re-written edition of “New Trends in Architectural Education: Designing the Design Studio“. As a new round of pedagogical dialogue on architecture and urbanism it resets the stage for debating future visions of transformative pedagogy and its impact on design education. This is a forward looking effort that comes to amalgamate concerns, concepts, and practices that Ashraf M. Salama has explored and introduced over a period of two decades. It is about balancing the creative act required for creating responsive environments and the social and environmental responsibilities that should be embedded in this act. It is also about understanding how knowledge is produced, what the components of such knowledge are, and what are the learning processes and social practices that can be used to transmit it. Structured in five chapters the book presents a wide range of innovative and practical methodologies for teaching architectural and urban design. It traces the roots of architectural education and offers several contrasting ideas and strategies of design teaching practices.

Eugenia Fratzeskou, Lambert Academic Publishing 2009
ISBN-10: 383833051X
ISBN-13: 978-3838330518

The latest forms of site-specific and digital art have emerged from artists’ interest in new relationships between physical and virtual spaces, as inspired by the contemporary interdisciplinary understanding of space as an uncontrollably changing informational substance. Such developments necessitate new spatial research strategies for advancing site-specific art. The present study develops pioneering methodologies for enabling that advancement. The existing modes of digital visualisation, site-specificity, virtual and mixed realities in art, design and science are radically challenged, as the built boundaries of architecture ‘unfold’ to reveal a paradoxical hybrid space in a site-specific virtual environment. The digital boundaries of architecture are revealed to be highly inconsistent, undermining the solidity and continuity of built space and our perception of it. Such irregularity exposes the inherent abstraction and inconsistencies that occur in the interchanges between the binary, numerical and graphic levels of digital visualisation systems. This book is particularly useful to artists, architects and professionals who engage with digital visualisation and the related fields.