AHRA Newsletter:
September / October 2009

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 November 2009.


Student-led theory forum 2009, Sheffield School of Architecture
Crookesmoor Building
University of Sheffield
Conduit Road, Sheffield S10 1FL

13-14 November 2009

In architecture, ECOLOGY focuses on the impact of the built form on the environment and society. It recognises the importance of theoretical research as a foundation for development in everything from sustainable design to community development. Theory Forum 09 addresses the notion of ECOLOGY and architecture. How is ECOLOGY translated from other fields of research
into architecture?

Concepts of ECOLOGY vary between disciplines. Proposing ECOLOGY as a central theme around which to develop a common language, can a system of sharing and collaboration between the diverse fields of research and professions be created? Research and theory should be recognised by professions of the built environment and consequently society. Is the sharing of knowledge in such a way the answer to the progression of research in academia?

Theory Forum 09 wants to explore how architecture engages with the concept of ECOLOGY. The forum aims to collate various methodologies and operations conducted by related disciplines, as well as divergent fields of research. The aim for the Theory Forum 09: ECOLOGY will be to become a testing ground through which a common language of ECOLOGY can be formulated.

This year, the annual theory forum at the Sheffield School of Architecture is prepared and organized by a group of M.Arch students. We aim to create a cross-disciplinary platform of events that stimulates activity, encourages discussion and develops theory between a diversity of disciplines.  The event will take the form of a 2-day evolving habitat of adaptable spaces with diverse talks, workshops and interventions. It will be held at the Crookesmoor Building, the temporary home of the Sheffield School of Architecture.

  1. Talks:  Individual or group papers regarding the theme of ecology in relation to architecture
  2. Workshops:  Ideas and formats for workshops. These can involve coordination/participation by the contributor, students and/or members of the general public.
  3. Interventions:  Interventions that can be integrated into event. These may take the form of exhibitions, artworks, data visuals, mappings, interactive displays, etc.

Please submit an abstract or a description of the proposal of maximum 300 words by e-mail to :
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Where images and additional materials are to be included, please do so on an A4-size spread and attach it to your submission in a pdf/jpeg. Please state your full name and the title of the proposal on all attachments.  The deadline for submissions is 10 September 2009.

All proposals will be peer reviewed.  A selection of contributions will be published in
field: journal for architecture. http://www.field-journal.org

Organisers:  Natalie Lunt, Juliet Sakyi-Ansah, Robert Sharples
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Tel: 0114 222 0399

Deadline for proposals: 10 September 2009

An International Interdisciplinary Conference
University of Liverpool
School of Architecture/ School of Politics and Communication Studies

25-26 February 2010

This conference invites a re-evaluation of the role of maps and mapping practices in cultural explorations of urban space and memory. We invite contributions from across a broad interdisciplinary field, drawing together scholars and practitioners working in film and cultural studies, architecture, geography, urban studies, as well as those with interests in social and cultural memory, archival practice and urban heritage. Of special interest are contributions addressing the role of film and film historiography in relation to place, landscape and urban memory. Scholars, filmmakers and designers engaged in all forms of moving image practice are particularly encouraged to submit proposals relevant to the conference theme. While the trope of ‘mapping’ has remained a prominent fixture in the lexicon of recent cultural criticism and debate, studies which seek to go beyond exclusively metaphorical applications of maps and mapping, and which engage more actively with cartographic practices and resources (such as, for example, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology) remain comparatively under-developed. This conference will draw on current developments in this and other areas of research and practice. Suggested themes include:

  • GIS and digital mapping in urban cultural studies
  • Psychogeography, memory and urban form
  • Cinematic and moving image cartographies
  • Digital cartography and architectural and urban design practice
  • Landscape and memory in amateur film practice
  • Maps, memory and pedagogic practice
  • Movie Mapping: film, place-marketing and urban tourism
  • Movie Mapping for architecture and urban design
  • Urban geographies of film production
  • Mapping audience and film reception

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Iain Sinclair, writer and filmmaker
Professor Robert C. Allen, Department of History, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Professor Mark Neumann, School of Communication, Northern Arizona University

For enquiries and further details contact Dr Les Roberts (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) ) or Dr Ryan Shand (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) ). Please submit proposals for papers (300 words maximum) by e-mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
We also welcome proposals for panels and exhibits.
Selected papers and abstracts will be published in the conference programme, along with a full programme of screenings, social events and city visits.

Information on booking and registration will be posted to the website shortly: http://www.liv.ac.uk/lsa/cityinfilm

Supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Deadline for proposals:  15 September 2009
Acceptance notification:  October 2009
Registration date:  December 2009
Completed papers due:  7 January 2010

Eleventh International Docomomo Conference
Faculty of Architecture of the National University, UNAM
Mexico City

August 19–27, 2010

The rapid growth of urban areas from cities to metropolis in the twentieth century created a favorable environment for establishing a discourse on modern architecture. The advancement of technology and the introduction of new materials, which brought about new forms of expression, were not the only triggers for transformation. Concerns for wellbeing, such as hygiene, education, health, leisure and the right to work were also fundamental in shaping buildings and cities, leading to innovative architectural proposals within the framework of a diverse urban structure.

For the 2010 Docomomo Conference, Docomomo Mexico proposes to analyze the different elements that transformed the city and its architecture.
Architects, researchers, historians and other parties in the process of preservation, conservation, renovation or transformation of modern towns and buildings are invited to investigate on the manifold challenges and dilemmas posed by living the urban modernity.
Original papers are invited for submission under the following sub-themes:

  1. Modern Living
  2. Civic and Social Infrastructure
  3. The Modern City
  4. Technology for a Modern Habitat
  5. The University City

Please visit http://www.docomomo2010.unam.mx to read the complete Call for Papers. 
Those interested in presenting a paper or a case study should submit an abstract before September 15, 2009 to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The Conference will be held at the Faculty of Architecture of the National University, UNAM, declared World Heritage by Unesco in 2007. 

Deadline for submission of abstracts:  15 September 2009

Architecture Inside/Out Symposium no. 2
Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Columbia University
New York

2-3 April 2010

The worldwide formation and reconfiguration of states in the 1940s presented architectural culture with new ideological scenarios and an increased opportunity for building and planning.
From reconstruction of old states to the construction of new ones, from definitions of the limits of the sovereignty of the state to the development of international relationships and transnational organizations, models varied from the Welfare State and Social Democracy
Planning to dictatorial and autarchic regimes. Arguably, in the following decades the state operated, overtly or not, as a dominant framework of social, political and cultural life at a global scale. Issues pertaining to the building of the state were also confronted through architectural strategies, such as migration of populations; ethnic diversity; urban and rural territorial management; centralization and de-centralization. In all, state initiatives like planning urban expansion or new towns, the provision of public housing and services (such as health and education), buildings for new institutions, new legislative measures in planning and building, and the international projection of a state’s image through cultural objects, reconfigured the public role of the architect and called for his or her intervention.

The intention of the symposium is to explore the dynamics between architecture, urbanism and the state during the 1940s to1970s: How did architects assess and take a position – of collaboration, critical negotiation, or resistance – vis-à-vis the apparatus of the state? What were the instruments devised, both at conceptual and practical levels, to support these positions? How did this new socio-political frame become the ground for revising the legacy of early modern architecture? In what ways were these revisions circulated, incorporated, and translated internationally? And finally, how did the architectural or urban object embody these dynamics? We call for research that helps to construct the variegated panorama of institutional initiatives, social services, public policies and architectural responses in a broad geopolitical frame that may include the post-World War II reconfiguration of states, the new postcolonial nations, different welfare models, the soviet bloc, and the works and demise of dictatorial regimes. Ultimately, our hope is to open the territory in between the instrumentality of architecture (by the state) and the political agency of architecture for historical exploration.

We invite prospective speakers to submit abstracts for 20-minute papers, 500 words max, in Word or PDF format, via the conference e-mail:
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Please contact the organizers at the same e-mail with any queries.

Deadline for submission of abstracts:  1 October 2009
Acceptance notification:  20 November 2009
Papers due:  1 February 2010


12 December 2009

As part of an AHRC funded research network which includes participants from the University of Plymouth (which is leading the network), the University of Exeter, Amherst College, and Simmons College, Boston Mass, we would like invite Early Career Researchers (from literary studies, architecture and art history) to contribute to a one-day seminar ‘As Others See Us’ to be held at the University of Exeter on Saturday December 12th 2009.

The purpose of the seminar is to explore ways in which we might re-evaluate the cultural interaction between Britain and New England 1600-1900 in a collection of essays. Our starting point will be the following question.  In the run up to the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower, and in the light of new critical perspectives on transatlantic studies, such as post colonial theory with its emphasis on the whole Atlantic rim, feminism, discussions of displacement and debates about national identity, what will it mean in the early twenty-first century to revisit the cultural and ideological exchanges between Britain and New England 1600-1900? The answers will find be found in the way that individual contributors discuss examples of transatlantic exchanges in instances whose focus will include writing,  the visual arts and architecture , sometimes separately, sometimes in combination.

The outcome will be a book (currently under discussion with Ashgate).  There will also be time set aside on the day to consider an international conference planned for Plymouth in July 2010, and to discuss the setting up of a UK Centre for New England studies. Contributors from the US and the UK will outline some of research resources available.

We invite new researchers to submit proposals to Robin Peel .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Daniel Maudlin, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  
Please include the following in Microsoft Word:

  1. A three-hundred word abstract of an essay relevant to the focus of this research network
  2. A one page CV, including publications

Please head your proposal ‘Seminar’ and include your name, institution, address, telephone number and email.

Successful applicants will have their travelling expenses paid.  In the event of there being more excellent proposals than we have space to include, we shall invite individuals to submit their proposals in response to the call for papers for the international Transatlantic Exchanges conference which we are arranging for July 2010 and for which an announcement has been made separately.

Deadline for proposals: 1 October 2009

A Joint Symposium of Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC), U.S.A &
Modern Interiors Research Centre (MIRC), Kingston University, London

Atlanta, Georgia
March 23-24, 2010

Conference Hosts:
Bridget May, Ph.D. – Marymount University, Virginia
Anne Massey, Ph.D. - Kingston University, London

The Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) and Modern Interiors Research Centre (MIRC) are proud to sponsor a symposium centred on the modern interior, c. 1870 to the present. Abstracts are invited that explore the conference theme of history, theory and disciplinarity in the modern interior.  The symposium proposes that the history, education and practice of interior design have a very particular and disciplinarily specific relationship, and asks what roles do history and theory have in the education and practice of interior design? Is the history of the modern interior best addressed from the perspective of architectural theory, art or design history, material culture, visual culture, business history or life writing? Or is it an interdisciplinary subject, defined ‘through’ practice, which allows us to explore and question boundaries between different approaches and methods?

Subjects to be explored include, but are not limited to, issues of definitions and interpretations of the modern interior from a disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary perspective; examinations and re-examinations of the historiography of the modern interior; the social, political or cultural relevance
of the modern interior in both history and practice; the role of individual interior decorators, designers and architects on the practice and history of the interior; significant people, firms and practices; the development and role of education in the modern interior. The aim of this joint symposium is to understand the practice of modern interior design through its histories, to
understand how it interior design has been defined as a specific design discipline, and to identify champions of the modern interior and rebels who challenged its borderlines.

Submission Process
Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be attached to an email and sent by October 1, 2009 to Dr. Anne Massey, Kingston University, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) OR
Dr. Mary Anne Beecher, University of Manitoba, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  
Authors are to submit a brief vita along with their abstracts.

Please identify your emails by including “Symposium Proposal” in the subject line. An email confirming receipt will be sent within 48 hours. If such email has not been received, the author should contact the person to whom abstract was sent. To ensure a blind review, NO identifying information should be included on the abstract. Any abstracts with identifying information will not be reviewed. Questions regarding the submission process may be directed to either Drs. Massey or Beecher.

The blind review process will be completed by November 15, 2009 at which time authors will be notified of decision. Accepted abstracts will appear in the conference proceedings.

In addition, based on the quality of the abstract, certain authors may be invited to submit their full papers for publication. More information will follow the November deadline.

IDEC Conference Information
The symposium will take place immediately before the Interior Design Educators Council’s Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, March 24-27, 2010. Participants of the symposium (IDEC pre-conference) are encouraged also to submit these or additional abstracts to the IDEC conference. Go to http://www.idec.org/events/2010.php for more information.

Deadline for submission of abstracts:  1 October 2009
Acceptance notification:  15 November 2009

1st International Meeting
Guimarães, Portugal

17-20 June 2010

The time has come for scholars who share research and teaching objectives in architectural history to gather at a single pan-European meeting. In accordance with the EAHN mission statement, this meeting proposes to increase the visibility of the discipline, to foster transnational, interdisciplinary and multicultural approaches to the study of the built environment, and to facilitate the exchange of research results in the field. Though the scope of the meeting is European, members of the larger scholarly community are invited to submit proposals related not only to Europe’s geographical framework, but also to its transcontinental aspects.

The main purpose of the meeting is to map the general state of research in disciplines related to the built environment, to promote discussion of current themes and concerns, and to foster new directions for research in the field.

As a result of the call for sessions and round table proposals, abstracts are now invited for the session and round table themes listed below – for further details of these, please see the conference website, http://www.eahn2010.org

Sessions will consist of 4-5 papers and a respondent.  Each paper presentation should be no more than 20 minutes.  Abstracts for session presentations, of no more than 300 words, should define the subject and summarize the argument to be presented.  The content of the paper should be the product of well-documented original research that is primarily analytical and interpretive rather then descriptive in nature.  Papers should not have been previously published or presented. 

Round tables will consist of 5 participants and an extended time for dialogue, debate and discussions among chair(s) and public.  Each discussant will have 10 minutes to present their position.  Abstracts for round table debates should summarize the position to be taken in the discussion. 


  • Spaces and Leisure in Early Modern Europe.
  • Local Dynamics in Global Empires.
  • Architecture in 19th Century Photographs.
  • Architectures of the Suburb.
  • The Figure in the Grotto: Materialization and Embodiment in the Renaissance.
  • Territorial Defensive Systems of European Colonies: 15th to 18th Centuries.
  • The Changing Status of Women in Architecture Between the Wars.
  • Urban Cities: Cultural Urbanism in the Heyday of Functionalism.
  • Fictionalizing the City.
  • The European Welfare State Project: Ideals, Politics, Cities and Buildings.
  • Museums of Architecture / Architecture in the Museum.
  • ‘Authors’ of Architectural History from the Ottoman Empire to Nation-States.
  • Port Architecture of Ancient Roman and Medieval Europe.
  • Modernization of the Eastern Mediterranean.
  • The Italian Civic Palace in the Age of the City-Republics.
  • Remembering Totalitarianism: The Redemption of Former Rule in the Built Environment.
  • Common Housing in Pre-Industrial Western Cities: The Architectural History Approach.
  • At the Crossroads of Painting, Mathematics and Cultural Change: The Professional Architect in Early Modern Europe.
  • Princely Palaces in Renaissance Europe.
  • Village Architecture in the Age of a Sustainable Future.

Round tables:

  • Medieval Architectural Heritage: What is Real?
  • Still on the Margin: Reflections on the Persistence of the Canon in Architectural History.
  • Setting a Research Agenda for 19th and 20th Century Colonial Architecture and Urban Planning: Current and Emerging Themes and Tools.
  • Return to the Material.
  • Beyond the Spatial Turn: Redefining Space in Architectural History.

Membership will be required to chair or present research at the meeting. To join EAHN, write to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

For further information including submission guidelines, please see the conference website, http://www.eahn2010.org

Deadlines for submissions: 30 October 2009.
Notification:  30 November 2009
Submission of revised abstracts:  31 December 2009

An international and interdisciplinary conference
School of Architecture and the Built Environment / School of Media, Arts and Design
University of Westminster, London, UK
25-27 June 2010

Keynote Speakers:
Gabriele Basilico (photographer, Milan)
Stephen Daniels (Professor of Cultural Geography, University of Nottingham)
Christophe Girot (Professor and Head of Institute for Landscape Architecture, ETH Zürich)
Jonathan Hill (Professor of Architecture and Visual Theory, University College London)
Call for Papers
In the space of a few decades, social, political, technological, and economic forces have transformed the planet. The past thirty years have seen an erosion of the boundary between urban and rural, a major restructuring of nation-states, and the disappearance of easy distinctions between human and natural agency. New media technologies collapse distance, bringing us images of a world of uncertain boundaries. In an era of digitally-enabled, synchronous histories and shifting geopolitical realities, landscape has changed its nature. No longer straightforwardly linked to nationalism or aesthetics, landscape in the twenty-first century is an emergent form, shaped by globalization, conflict, and environmental change. Focusing primarily, but not exclusively, on the synergies between the disciplines of photography and architecture, this international conference will examine and critically reassess the interface between production and representation in the creation of contemporary landscape.
Landscape is posed variously as a discourse that mediates our relations to the land and to others, a dynamic medium, and a cultural practice. It incorporates ideology – social and political discourse, history, and myth – and phenomenology –lived experience and memory. It is linked historically, technologically and aesthetically, to ways of seeing. Informed in large part by changing definitions of landscape in the social sciences, the past few decades have seen profound transformations in the understanding of landscape across a range of disciplines.
The conference asks practitioners, writers, critics, artists, and others working in the broad fields of the built environment (i.e. architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design) and the represented environment (i.e. photography, film, and the visual arts) to reconsider the idea of landscape by interrogating the relationship between space and image. We invite participants from these and related disciplines to explore the synergies that exist between landscape representation (the imaginary and symbolic shaping of the human environment) and landscape production (the physical and material changes wrought on the land).
Emerging Landscapes proposes a platform on which practitioners and researchers working in landscape-related disciplines can engage in a mutual and productive exchange – of ideas, practices, paradigms, and theories, but also of methodologies and histories. It asks contributors to examine the potential intersections between the theoretical/critical discourses developed in these fields, and to consider those points where the interactions between viewing and making open out onto broader ethical or philosophical terrain.
Papers are invited on any aspect of the conference theme. Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • globalization, national identities and contested landscapes
  • changing visions of landscape in photography, film, and visual art
  • landscapes of the everyday
  • non-places, junkspace, unprogrammed urban spaces, interim and temporary landscapes
  • the influence of digital technologies and new media
  • ecology; changing notions of nature and ‘the natural’
  • the impact of visual images on the way landscapes are perceived and lived
  • landscape, the body, and the senses
  • the relationship between landscape representation and landscape design
  •  subjectivity and the politics of viewpoint
  • memorializing landscapes; sites of memory and sites of trauma
  • landscape and narrative
  • landscape and utopia

An edited collection of selected papers is planned for publication following the conference.

Please send a 500-word abstract, along with your name, position, and institutional affiliation, to
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or by post to:
Emerging Landscapes Conference
School of Architecture and the Built Environment
University of Westminster
35 Marylebone Road
London NW1 5LS
United Kingdom
Deadline for submission of abstracts:  15 November 2009
Acceptance notification: January 2010
Registration Opens: March 2010

International Conference
University of Plymouth

14-17 July 2010
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This three-day conference will explore issues arising from the relationship between Britain and New England in the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, in the light of recent developments in the reading of transatlantic connections. In the run up to the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower, and in the context of new critical perspectives on transatlantic studies, such as post colonial theory with its emphasis on the whole Atlantic rim, feminism, discussions of displacement and debates about national identity, what does it now mean in the early twenty-first century to revisit with an interdisciplinary perspective the cultural and ideological exchanges between Britain and New England 1600-1900? The conference will include contributions from the fields of literary studies, art history, architecture, design and material culture.

Keynote speaker:  Lawrence Buell, Harvard University

The conference organisers invite submissions of proposals for panels or individual papers. Proposals for entire sessions should include (1) a paragraph describing the session as a whole; (2) a one page abstract of each paper; (3) a one page CV for each participant. The conference prefers four presenters per session, excluding the chair, although submissions for panels of three will be considered.

Proposals for individual papers should include a 300 word abstract and a one page cv. Please include your name, institution, address, telephone number and email.

All submissions should be sent as Microsoft Word attachments to Robin Peel .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Daniel Maudlin .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Deadline for submissions:  1 March 2010


2009 ADGD Conference
School of the Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Nottingham Trent University

Thursday 17 - Friday 18 September 2009

The School of the Architecture, Design and the Built Environment at Nottingham Trent University has organised the 2009 Architectural Design and Global Difference (ADGD) Conference. The event’s themes revolve around contemporary ideas of identity, memory and place in architecture in our current global context.

Keynote speakers: Eva Jiricna, Nick Temple, Nezar AlSayyad, and Liane Lefaivre

Conference organisers: Professor Soumyen Bandyopadhyay and Mr Guillermo Garma Montiel

For information about registration, fees and other details visit the website:

If you have any query please email us at:
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Workshop at the University of Cambridge

18 September 2009

One final workshop in this series, funded by the AHRC, is to be held at the University of Cambridge on the following theme:

-  Workshop 3: 18 September 2009 (Cambridge): Objects of Collecting in Naples and Naples as Object of Collecting, 1708-2008

Workshop 1, held on 12 January 2009 was on the theme Exoticizing Vesuvius?  The historical and intellectual formation of Neapolitan historiography, and Workshop 2, on 3 April, was on Topography and Piety: Naples Afflicted.

The Workshops have four overarching and inter-related aims:

  • to draw together Neapolitanists from across UK, USA and Europe, for whom no institutional focus yet exists, in order to facilitate lively intellectual and interdisciplinary interaction.
  • to examine the principal historiographical currents that have operated and that continue to operate within scholarship on Naples, particularly in relation to visual and literary representations of Naples from c.1500 to the present.
  • to encourage the rethinking of Neapolitan history across chronological and disciplinary divides; to resist reinscribing Neapolitan cultural history into the familiar and over-worn paradigms of modernity and nationhood (the failure of the south), the Grand Tour (as seen from northern Europe, especially Britain), periodization that serves to draw an apparently unbridgeable gulf between ‘the early modern’ and the nineteenth century.
  • to generate discussion and academic papers to form the basis for a special issue of an academic journal devoted to Neapolitan cultural history.

Contact: Dr M Calaresu: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Prof Helen Hills: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The Geological Society

24 - 25 September 2009

The Royal Academy of Arts holds a two-day symposium following the publication of the book ‘Conservation: Principles, Dilemmas and Uncomfortable Truths’, edited by Alison Richmond and Dr Alison Bracker.

Conservation today is as much about conserving intangible values as it is about conserving material culture, yet the Codes of Ethics for conservators fail to guide them in understanding and prioritising such values. This two-day event aims to promote deeper consideration of how museums, conservators and the public perceive cultural heritage and its intangible significance within the context of the changing global economic and environmental climate of the early 21st century.

Scholars and practitioners from diverse fields – philosophy, conservation, history, art and design history, museology, architecture, urban planning, and public policy – critically reflect upon the ethics, principles, practices, theories and values that inform the conservation of art and design, archaeological artefacts, buildings, monuments, heritage sites and human remains in presentations and panel discussions that encourage audience participation and debate. Speakers include specialists in private and public collections, specialists in built heritage and historic sites, and professionals concerned with intangible heritage, thereby promoting an exchange of ideas and strategies across conservation disciplines.

This two-day event is intended for the public, art historians, curators, conservators, architects, museum professionals, artists, students and everyone with an interest in the subject. It will be followed by a book launch and drinks reception in the John Madejski Fine Rooms at the Royal Academy of Arts at 6pm on 25 September.

9.30am–5.30pm, drinks reception and book launch from 6pm on 25 September;
£145/£95* (includes drinks reception).

Institute for Design and Technology (idt)
Doctorate Program Scenography
Zurich University of the Arts
Ausstellungsstrasse 60, 8005 Zurich, Switzerland

8-10 October 2009

In the 3 day symposium MONITORING SCENOGRAPHY 3: SPACE AND DESIRE, artistic and academic researchers in the visual arts, architecture, theatre studies and art history discuss the existence and textures of spatial languages, choreographies, mises-en-scenes and spatial representations of desire.

The scenographies of desire are both site-specific and global, artistic and commercial, real and virtual. Success stories in popular culture, advertisement and marketing rely heavily on a carefully designed analysis of desire and its translation into product-specific scenographies. In the staged and mediatised lives of the 21st century, the spaces of desire take on many forms. Inscribed onto them is the desire for uniqueness, inimitability and immersion - as both service and response to the spectacle.

MONITORING SCENOGRAPHY 3: SPACE AND DESIRE is the third in a series of annual symposia curated by the members of the Doctorate Program Scenography, a practice-based research unit between the Zurich University of the Arts and the University of Vienna. Its members are a diverse and international group of emerging and established artists and academics engaged in expanding the discourse on scenography toward the intersection of architecture, media, theatre and exhibition.

Convenors:  Brejzek/ Greisenegger/ Marschall/ Wallen

Speakers:  Ashkin / Hourani / Crawley / Mann / Redler / Uchida / Doswald / Nicolai / Novak / Beer / Allenspach / Divjak / Donger / Fischer / Guy / Hardt / Weisbeck / Warwick / Trüby / Hannah / Kossak / Rieger-Ladich / Steiner / Hächler / Neudecker / Op de Beeck / Schmidt / Penny / Münch / Mendes / Evans / Sagiv / Lotker / Kaelin / Sandys / Powell / Hangl / Oehner / Foroutan / Mathis / Samini / Bürkle / Regn / Könz / Balich / Khan / Weishäupl

Book Launch / Welcome Drinks/ 8.10.09 / 6.30 pm / Panorama ZHdK
eds. Brejzek, Greisenegger, Wallen. Institute for Design and Technology ZHdK 2009

Registration: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Registration Fee: CHF 50 (3 days) / CHF 20 (1 day) payable in cash / ZHdK members free
Full program http://sceno.zhdk.ch

STRUCTURALISM in Architecture and Urban Planning RELOADED
Department of Architecture
Munich University of Applied Sciences
Karlstrasse 6
80333 München

19-21 November 2009
Since the early 1990s we have been witnessing a revival of structuralist tendencies in architecture. In a parallel development, interest in the utopian aspects of the structuralist currents of the 1960s has also increased. Whereas the Structuralism of the 1970s encountered limits in complexity that were insurmountable at the time, today there is much to suggest that the return to this apparently unfinished project is causally connected to information technology, which has opened up new possibilities for dealing with complexity. There is talk of Neo-Structuralism with a digital imprint. This differs in several critical points from the precursor of the 1960s. The new, computer-aided tools lead logically to new approaches and different results. We are confronted with an enormous increase of complexity in the primary structures: away from simple grids to complex, irregular structures, with algorithmic design far exceeding the horizons of the old Structuralism. The question arises as to whether primary and secondary structures should be understood today as being in a state of complex interactions with one another which could be described through algorithms.

Today’s digital Structuralism will probably only be able to bring us closer to the solution of the still unresolved issue of housing a mass society while simultaneously respecting man’s individuality if there is also a utopian synthesis of all relevant aspects, including psychological, social and socio-political. The question of the sustainability of the structuralist approach in the future will probably boil down to whether its humanization (its individuation) will be sought within the system (i.e., in the course of perfecting the numerical-technological mastery of the complexities), or whether system-independent, individual or even irrational elements can be drawn upon for solving the problem.

In order to do justice to the broad spectrum and the heterogeneity of the problem, the symposium will be organized into four thematic sections and divided by a compact session of public lectures into two parts.

Preliminary program:

Thursday 19.11.09, 14.00:  Structuralism and Architecture
Introduction: Prof. Dr. Tomás Valena (München)
5 short presentations
Keynote: Prof. Dr. Georges Teyssot (Québec) invited
Moderation: Bernhard Langer (ETH Zürich)
Special guest: Arnulf Lüchinger (Den Haag)

Friday 20.11.09