AHRA Newsletter:
September-November 2013

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New Events

British Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia

open call: “Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014”


June 07 2014

The title of the 2014 Biennale is “Fundamentals”. In an exciting change to how this biennale is organised, overall biennale director Rem Koolhaas has outlined his vision that each national pavilion will contribute to a major exhibition-research project.
We are seeking proposals that respond to Koolhaas’s theme “Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014”. We see this as the starting point for proposals that will investigate an aspect of British architecture during in this era and which will help reveal how British architecture adapted to the condition of modernity. We anticipate that this project may help place recent British architecture in a new light, and might encourage us to look at the period in a new way.
Our brief, Koolhaas’s statement on ‘Absorbing Modernity’, and details of how to submit proposals can all be found on the British Council blog ‘Back of the Envelope’. (see link below)

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Sat 7 June 2014


Urban and Landscape Days XI

Tallinn, Estonia

May 08 2014 - May 11 2014

The conference aims to explore histories and geographies of socialism and post-socialism in relation to three themes: 1) architecture and urban planning, 2) land use and landscape, and 3) property rights.

Please send your abstract (300 words) and short bio (60 words) by Dec 2, 2013 to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Thu 8 May 2014


School of Philosophy and Religious Studies Bangor University

April 07 2014 - April 08 2014

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Mon 7 April 2014

Humanities Education and Research Association Annual Conference

Humane, Inhumane, Human

Washington D.C.

March 27 2014 - March 01 2014

In keeping with HERA’s mission of promoting the study of the humanities across a wide range of disciplines and interdisciplines, we invite presentations for the 2014 conference. The wide range of disciplines and areas of study for the conference include but are not limited to Aesthetics, Anthropology, Architecture, Art, Classics, Communication Studies, Composition, Cultural Studies, Dance, Design, Digital Technology, Education, Environmental Issues, Ethics, Ethnic Studies, Family, Film Studies, Gender Studies, Geography, Geology, Globalization, History, Languages, Literature, Media, Museum Studies, Music, Performance Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sexuality, Sociology, Theater and all sciences relevant to the topic. 


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Thu 27 March 2014

Mediterranean Cities in Transformation

Identity and Image of the Urban Landscape C18-20

Napoli, Italy

March 13 2014 - March 15 2014

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

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Thu 13 March 2014

Atmosphere Symposum 2014: Action

University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada

February 06 2014 - February 08 2014

Each year the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Architecture hosts an interdisciplinary symposium entitled Atmosphere. This symposium explores the less tangible aspects of design and experience: the ephemeral, social, situational, emotional, elemental, phenomenal and epiphenomenal conditions of our shared world.

The focus of Atmosphere 2014 is Action. Action shifts attention from designed objects to design motives, agencies, conditions and effects. Action poses questions about performative and collaborative modes of making and inhabitation. Action prompts designers and researchers to reflect on their modus operandi, and on the actions and interactions of the diverse materials, circumstances, policies and people they work with. Action invites consideration of the transformative agencies of situations and situated events.

We invite PAPER PROPOSALS for 20-minute presentations exploring one of the following six sub-themes: building acts, dwelling acts, representational acts, socio-political acts, environmental acts, and research in action. Proposals should be well grounded in historical, theoretical or creative research, and develop compelling arguments and insights that contribute to interdisciplinary knowledge.

PLEASE SUBMIT 300-WORD PROPOSALS BY OCTOBER 15th to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Clearly indicate the nature of your proposal (paper and sub-theme). All proposals will be blind peer reviewed. Notice of acceptance will be emailed by November 15th. Confirmation of attendance and registration will be required by December 15th, 2013.

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Thu 6 February 2014

Atmosphere Symposium 2014: Action

Paper Proposals Due October 15th, 2013

University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada

February 06 2014 - February 08 2014

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Thu 6 February 2014

ASCAAD 2013 conference

Digital Crafting:Virtualizing Architecture and Delivering Real Built Environment

Effat University, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

December 16 2013 - December 18 2013

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

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Mon 16 December 2013

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

The University of Auckland and AUT University

Auckland November 22 to 24, 2013

November 22 2013 - November 24 2013


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



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


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


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



We look forward to your abstract!

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

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Fri 22 November 2013


The 10th International AHRA International Conference

University of the West of England

November 21 2013 - November 23 2013

Conference summary

To transgress is to break, violate, infringe, or go beyond the bounds of accepted norms or limits; such limits may be behavioural or cultural (embedded in law, moral principle, taboo or other codified standards) or spatial. The conference will explore the ways in which boundaries can be exceeded or subverted in order to develop new forms of architecture, practice and architectural understanding. These boundaries might be theoretical, professional, social, spatial, disciplinary, legal, historical or physical.

“Transgression opens the door into what lies beyond the limits usually observed, but it maintains those limits just the same. Transgression is complementary to the profane world, exceeding its limits but not destroying it.”  Georges Bataille

Submissions from beyond the discipline of architecture, such as art, design, film, geography, urbanism and sociology, are welcome. 

Conference organisers are looking for proposals in the following categories: formal paper; short film; other (such as performance).

Call for Papers

Abstract deadline: Monday 18 February 2013

Notification of acceptance: Monday 15 April 2013

email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for an abstract submission form, or visit the event website.

Should you wish to discuss the conference or make further inquiries, please contact David Littlefield or Rachel Sara at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


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Thu 21 November 2013


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

November 04 2013

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Mon 4 November 2013

Crossing Boundaries: Rethinking European Architecture Beyond Europe

Palermo, Italy, 13-17 April 2014

November 04 2013 - April 13 2014

The International network "European Architecture beyond Europe : Sharing Research and Knowledge on Dissemination Processes, Historical Data and Material Legacy (19th-20th centuries)", chaired by Mercedes Volait and Johan Lagae, and supported by EC funding through the COST Action IS0904, is opening calls for papers for its final Conference to take place on 13-17 April 2014 at Palermo (Italy).

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Mon 4 November 2013

Constructing the View

Conversations between photography and architecture

IMMA, Dublin

November 02 2013

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Sat 2 November 2013

Expression of Interest: Re-Reading Giancarlo De Carlo

Urbino, Italy

October 07 2013 - May 30 2014

The “Fondazione Ca 'Romanino” and the Municipality of Urbino promote a public and shared reading marathon of the texts by Giancarlo De Carlo, many of which were inspired by the city of Urbino and addressed to it. Giancarlo De Carlo’s significant theoretical contribution to the debate on cities, architecture and landscape in Italy in the late twentieth century deserves to be included in the educational process of architecture and engineering schools, and can be important for the education of the young students to the heritage values.

The reading marathon will therefore be entrusted to the students and housed in De Carlo's places and architectures in the city of Urbino. The marathon should be realized as a form of a relay race with the participation of Italian and foreign universities visiting Urbino. The students sight will move from theory to the project and then the work of architecture. ‘Ri-leggere/Re-reading Giancarlo De Carlo’ will start covering the entire 2013/2014 academic/school year with variable cadence according to the accessions of Universities and Italian and foreign schools. Adherents may determine the allocation of credits granted for the participation in the project.

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Mon 7 October 2013

Plenitude and Empiness

A Symposium on Architectural Research by Design

University of Edinburgh

October 04 2013 - October 06 2013

By considering both the plenitude and emptiness of architectural production we are looking to elaborate design as a mode of enquiry through a set of key frames: situation, narrative, politics and subjectivity.

Design is plentiful in its modes and procedures, its practices and techniques; through an abundance of means of making, drawing, writing, imagining, imaging, positioning, and critiquing, design produces a plenty. At the same time, its methodologies encounter gaps or unknowns. Through design these gaps are negotiated, partially filled and even enlarged. Design produces both something and nothing.

In the midst of architectural design research we encounter both plenitude and emptiness. The symposium aims to discuss relations frequently encountered in design-led research, for example between method and content, theory and knowledge, and design and research. These relations taken through the four key themes propose a series of more specific enquiries, for example: How does design-led research specifically and critically develop a situation? How does design-led research engage with rhetoric and narrative? How does design-led research participate in (emergent) politics? How does design-led research and the object of architecture critically develop the discourse on subjectivity?

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Fri 4 October 2013

Cinematic Urban Geographies

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

October 03 2013 - October 04 2013

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

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Thu 3 October 2013

Transmaterial Aesthetics: Experiments with Timber in Architecture and Technology

International Symposium

Aedes Network Campus Berlin, 1-2 October 2013

October 01 2013 - October 02 2013

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

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

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


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

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Tue 1 October 2013

New Publications

Architecture & Culture

Architecture & Culture:  Aims and Scope

Architecture and Culture, the international, peer-reviewed journal of the Architectural Humanities Research Association, investigates the relationship between architecture and the culture that shapes and is shaped by it. Whether culture is understood extensively, as shared experience of everyday life, or in terms of the rules and habits of different disciplinary practices, Architecture and Culture asks how architecture participates in and engages with it – and how both culture and architecture might be reciprocally transformed.

Architecture and Culture publishes explorations that are rigorously speculative, purposively imaginative, visually and verbally stimulating. From historians of culture and architecture, from geographers, anthropologists and other social scientists, from architects and urban designers, from film-makers, animators and other artists, from thinkers and writers of all kinds, established and new, it solicits essays, critical reviews, interviews, fictional narratives in both words and images, art and building projects, and design hypotheses. Architecture and Culture aims to promote a conversation between all those who are curious about what architecture might be and what it can do.



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Wed 9 January 2013


Architecture_media_politics_society is.a.fully.peer.reviewed academic journal. It is a forum for the analysis of architecture in the mediated environment of contemporary culture. It sees architecture as a phenomenon contained by, formed in, and intrinsically linked to, the complex web of its social context. Its focus is cross disciplinary and draws the media, politics and the social sciences into our analysis of the built environment. It functions as a platform for publication but, uniquely, .also operates as a resource repository  offering up-to-date materials.and listings for research / study.



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Tue 19 March 2013

Environmental and Architectural Phenomenology

The winter 2013 issue of Environmental and Architectural Phenomenology is now available on line at:
http://www.arch.ksu.edu/seamon/70%2013%20wint%2024%201.pdf <http://www.arch.ksu.edu/seamon/70%2013%20wint%2024%201.pdf>

One aim of EAP is to present student research and writing, and this issue includes essays by Philosophy doctoral student Matthew Bower and Architecture masters student Thomas Owen. Bower considers traditional bathhouses and bathhouse rituals as they relate to sociability and “the porosity of flesh.” Owen contributes to a continuing EAP discussion on “architectural phenomenology” (see the fall 2012 issue) by considering how design might move beyond visual images and contribute to a more multivalent environmental experience.
This issue also includes two book reviews and two essays. EAP Editor David Seamon discusses influential American architect Christopher Alexander’s recent Battle for the Life and Beauty of the Earth, which tells the story of designing and building the 36-building, 10-million-dollar Eishin campus in suburban Tokyo. Philosopher Ingrid Leman Stefanovic reviews The Language of School Design, a primer using Alexander’s “pattern language” to think through the lived relationship between architecture and learning.
Back issues of EAP, 1990-present, are now available at: http://www.krex.k-state.edu/dspace/handle/2097/1522 <http://www.krex.k-state.edu/dspace/handle/2097/1522> .
David Seamon
Architecture Department, Kansas State University
Editor, EAP
www.arch.ksu.edu/seamon/ <http://www.arch.ksu.edu/seamon/>
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Tue 19 March 2013

Studies in Art Historiography

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

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Mon 4 November 2013

Demystifying Doha: On Architecture and Urbanism in an Emerging City

Ashraf M. Salama and Florian Wiedmann, Qatar University

While focusing on the architectural and planning aspects of Doha's intensive urbanization, this first comprehensive examination of the city sets this within the socio-political and economic context of the wider Arabian Peninsula. It features a comprehensive discussion on contemporary architecture and urbanism of Doha as an emerging regional metropolis and it provides a critical analysis of the evolution of architecture and urbanism as products of the contemporary global condition. The book concludes by suggesting a framework for future studies of the city as well as for investigating the future of similar cities, setting out an agenda for sustainable urban growth, while invigorating the multiple roles urban planners and architects can play in shaping this future.

Contents: Preface; Introduction: globalisation and the emerging city; Overview of architecture and urbanism in the Arabian peninsula; The urban evolution of Doha: from a vernacular settlement to an emerging service hub; Contemporary urbanism in Doha: from decentralised governance to integrated urban development strategies; Contemporary architecture and image-making practices in Doha; Dynamics of population and the urban environment of Doha; The challenges of sustainable urbanism and the future of Doha; Conclusion: introducing an analytical framework for emerging Doha; bibliography; Index.
Table of contents and introduction are available on the publisher website. 

Ashgate Publishing Ltd, 2013. 

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Tue 5 November 2013

Unveiling Urban Transformations in the Arabian Peninsula:  Dynamics of Global Flows, Multiple Modern

Guest Editors: Ashraf M. Salama and Florian Wiedmann

Special Issue of Open House International Journal 
Volume 38, Issue 4, December 2013

With their varied socio-physical, socio-economic, socio-cultural, and socio-political presence, cities are always been highly differentiated spaces expressive of heterogeneity, diversity of activities, entertainment, excitement, and pleasure. They have been (and still are) melting pots for the formulation of and experimentation with new philosophies and religious and social practices.  Cities produce, reproduce, represent, and convey much of what counts today as culture, knowledge, and politics. Evidently this statement manifests the significance of studying cities. While this edition addresses several cities on the Arabian Peninsula, emphasis is placed on key transformational aspects relevant to five important cities that include Doha, Abu-Dhabi, Riyadh, Kuwait, and Manama. 

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Tue 5 November 2013

New Courses

MA Architectural History, The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London

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Wed 9 January 2013

MA in Architectural Design

School of Architecture, University of Sheffield

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Wed 9 January 2013

MA in Urban Design

School of Architecture, The University of Sheffield

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Wed 9 January 2013

MA Spatial Practices: Art, Architecture, and Performance

University College for the Creative Arts

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Thu 24 December 2009

MSc Urban Studies

University College London

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Thu 24 December 2009