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Architectural Training and Research in the Foreign Aid-Funded Knowledge Economy, 1950s-1980s


September 09 2021 - September 10 2021

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Architectural Training and Research in the Foreign Aid-Funded Knowledge Economy, 1950s-1980s.

Two-day symposium, KTH School of Architecture, Stockholm, 9-10 September 2021.
CALL FOR PAPERS / Submission deadline: 1 April 2021.


From the 1950s to the late 1980s, the politics and economies of foreign aid – instigated by both the ‘capitalist West’ as well as the ‘communist East’ – gave rise to a whole infrastructure destined to assist the progress of ‘developing countries’ on their ‘path to development’. The various North-South exchanges that took place in the name of ‘development’ have left a deep imprint on the geopolitical landscape of postcolonial Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Largely instituted through bilateral relations between individual states, these ‘aid’ initiatives involved not only financial and material resources but also various forms of knowledge and expertise; as such, the modalities of this global, foreign aid-funded infrastructure boosted the creation and reinforcement of all sorts of institutional actors to efficiently exchange knowledge – largely through training courses, educational programs and/or research projects. In the light of widespread rural migration and intensive, rapid urbanization processes, expertise on the built environment was a particularly salient form of knowledge to the aims of foreign aid. Hence, architecture, urbanism and planning were no strangers to an emerging foreign aid-funded knowledge economy – a context in which the production and circulation of knowledge were intimately tied to the political-economic value attributed to them by foreign aid diplomacy.

How did architectural knowledge figure in foreign aid-sourced international relations, and what frameworks were set in place to efficiently exchange that knowledge? For this two-day symposium, we seek scholarly work that critically analyzes, contextualizes, or theorizes the establishment and functioning of such institutional actors, training courses, educational programs, research centers, and other infrastructures for knowledge exchange that emerged under the aegis of development and targeted ‘Third World’ clients. We welcome a wide range of methodological and creative perspectives as well as less empirical (but well-informed) theoretical approaches that interpret this phenomenon from a postcolonial or decolonizing perspective. We also encourage contributions that scrutinize the intersections of these histories with discussions of gender, race, religion and nationalism.


This two-day symposium will be held in Stockholm on 9-10 September 2021. In light of the current pandemic the event will be organized either in a hybrid format, allowing for both in-person and online attendance, or, if health regulations dictate, as a fully online event. The symposium is envisioned as one long, thematically well-focused discussion, without parallel strands, and aims to bring 12 to 15 established as well as young scholars together from every discipline that engages with the topics outlined above.

We’re happy to receive anonymized abstracts of up to 300 words and 1 optional image until 1 April 2021, submitted via email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Acceptance will be dependent on an anonymous review of the abstract by the scientific committee. If a different format than that of a presentation based on a paper would be more suitable to your work, please contact us (same deadline applies).

Scientific committee: Sebastiaan Loosen (KTH), Erik Sigge (MIT), Helena Mattsson (KTH), Viviana d’Auria (KU Leuven) and Kenny Cupers (University of Basel).

Please visit our website to find the full CFP and up-to-date information: architectureforeignaid.arch.kth.se

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Call for Articles: AstrĂ¡galo: Divided Cities//Ciudades Divididas

September 15 2021 - September 15 2021

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Special issue of Astrágalo on Divided Cities, edited by Alona Martinez Perez.

Call for contributions (in Spanish): please see weblink.

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Radical Architecture Practice for Sustainability

call for papers: deadline extended 30 April 2021

Online (via Bristol)

September 17 2021 - September 18 2021

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This conference in Bristol on 'Radicality' aims to explore, imagine and radically shift conceptualisations of architecture practice for sustainability. Our premise comes from our interest in understanding how we get to and overcome ‘the root of something’ and how radical architecture can manifest and thrive in its multiple and many modes that shift current dominant paradigms of evidence based and quantifiable measures to deliver sustainable outcomes. A radical approach specifically aims to uncover root causes as opposed to surface explanations, viewing ecological problems as rooted primarily in socio-political notions of nature, multispecies activity and needs, building and not building, activating and resisting as well as entangling.

We invite abstracts (300 words max) in any format that explain original research, discuss artefacts, design projects, film, art, exhibitions, monologues, dialogues or reviews in the field of architecture on any of the following themes listed below.

All abstract submissions must include the following:
Theme: Describe which theme your abstract contributes to.
Presentation format: Explain the format of the research presentation as either: Presentation, Exhibition, Film, Discussion or Physical Performance.
Title of abstract: Maximum 120 characters.
Authors: Author names, affiliation as well as corresponding author email address should be included.
300 word abstract: each abstract should make clear the aims and context of the research as well as methods undertaken. Findings and contribution of research should be clearly explained.
Appendix (optional): An Optional Appendix of up to 3 pages or images including tables/charts and/or other appropriate supplemental material may be included as a PDF. Please note that the abstract and appendix submitted for the review process will be printed in the proceedings following the conference. There will be no opportunity for additional edits.

Abstracts should be submitted by 30th April to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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ULTRA: Positions and Polarities Beyond Crisis: 38th SAHANZ Annual Conference

Call for Papers

University of Adelaide, School of Architecture and Built Environment

November 10 2021 - November 13 2021

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On the far side or beyond a limit, the term ‘ultra’ invokes an intensity of experience or conviction that falls outside the usual, the ordinary or the moderate; an attitude, stance, or position that may arise as much from emotion as it is informed by reason, particularly in moments of crisis when normality ceases to hold.

In the writing of architectural history extreme positions tend to suspend or stand outside the critical norms of the discipline in which, arguably, the cautious discerning of significance is the default practice.  Positive can become ultra-positive as careful empirical observation and critical argumentation are transcended by the rhetoric of celebration. Commemoration, on the other hand, can evoke comparable rhetorical excess where the end of a golden era, for example, or the loss of a distinctive regional architecture or construction tradition become the focus of ultra-sad lamentation, or ultra-critical claims of abject failure where once dominant narratives no longer appear to sustain belief or explanatory power.  

Operating as both a polemic and a call for insightful new inquiry into the discipline through which we think, Ultra invites participants to reflect upon the polarities of architectural discourse as well as the spectrum of positions between these. What are the implications of crises, past and present, in framing (or re-framing) the critical perspectives that architectural historiography may offer beyond such moments of confusion and/or extraordinary conviction? The conference seeks broad ranging responses to this question and its theme that will reflect on-going work in several established and developing areas of current SAHANZ scholarship. 

What was ‘ultra’, for example, in the design and discursive promotion of Local and Regional Modernisms, and when, if ever, did they become normal? Ultra invites papers in this stream that explore different narratives of modernity in different localities of Australasia, Asia and the Pacific. In the light of a rapidly globalising world and its culture wars, uncritical celebration of regionalisms and their architectures can become problematic, while their disappearance may be lamented. A topical context for such discussion will be a parallel exhibition on the photographs of Adelaide architect John Chappel and his critical advocacy in the 1950s and 60s for the now little-remembered buildings and designers of South Australia’s post-war modernist movement.

In the stream of Construction History Ultra solicits empirically, critically and/or historiographically oriented papers that interpret architectural production as part of the larger political economy and cultural field of construction. Proposals could reflect the theme from a variety of different positions and perspectives ranging, for example, from the celebration of novel construction techniques, to the melancholy that may attend the loss of a building tradition. Aligning with another parallel exhibition event that will explore the integral role of post-war Italian migration on the South Australian concrete industry, proposals to examine other narratives of the impact of global crises on local Australasian construction trades and industries and/or their patronage in new classes of home-buyers,  property developers and design-builders will be particularly welcome.

Reflecting further upon the value and the agency of our intellectual labour and our design discipline in the context of the present pandemic, and concurrent environmental, political and social crises, the conference aspires to bring together academics and practitioners to explore the tensions between opposing positions, emotional states and modes of thought, along with approaches outside these implied polarities. In a third thematic sub-stream focusing broadly on Design Practice and Education Ultra therefore solicits submissions exploring perspectives and positions where Architectural History elides with design research and other sub-fields such as creative practice, sustainable architecture, technology and urban design. Papers may, for example, address the agency of historical research in architectural practice, or focus on questions of authorship or histories of practitioners that challenge established power relationships and hierarchies. Contributions might also re-visit the crisis of Theory a generation ago and its impact on Architectural History with the critical turn away from celebratory modes of teaching; or its parallel impact on developments in architectural conservation theory and practice.

Anticipating a return to a convivial conclave in real space and time, the Adelaide 2021 SAHANZ conference also invites fresh reflection upon the conventions and untapped potentialities of the institution of our annual academic conference itself.  In addition to abstracts directed at the theme and sub-streams outlined above, proposals are also invited for open session papers as well as roundtables, webinars, and other novel modes of engagement that may challenge and enhance the established conference format. 



Abstracts for Papers 

Abstracts for papers may address any aspect of the Conference theme, or nominate to be included in an open session. ABSTRACTS are to be submitted no later than Monday 15 February 2021 via email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Please use the email subject PAPER-SURNAME and use this to name your submission file as well. 

Proposals should be submitted as a two-page Word document (.docx) including the following information: 

• Page 1: Cover page listing: 

• ‘Proposal for Paper: Title’ 

• Author Name/s and affiliation/s (including 100-word biographical notes) 

• Page 2: Proposal including: 

• ‘Proposal for Paper: Title’ 

• An abstract of no more than 300 words 

• Please do not include author identification on this page 

Once accepted, authors will be invited to prepare a full paper (no longer than 4,500 words in written form) which will be subject to peer review. 


Proposals for Round Table Sessions 

We invite proposals for Round Table discussions responding to the Conference provocation and aimed at facilitating future collaborations and publications. PROPOSALS for ROUND TABLE sessions related to the conference topics are to be submitted no later than Monday 15 February 2021 via email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Please use the email subject ROUNDTABLE-SURNAME and use this to name your submission file as well. 

Proposals should be submitted as a two-page Word document (.docx) including the following information: 

• Page 1: Cover page listing 

• ‘Proposal for Round Table: Title’ 

• Name/s and affiliation/s of the Round Table Chair/s (including 100-word biographical notes) 

• Names and affiliations of all Round Table panel members. It is expected that a panel will comprise between 3 and 5 members in addition to the Chair/s. 

• Page 2: Proposal including: 

• ‘Proposal for Round Table: Title’ 

• An abstract of no more than 300 words 

• Please do not include author identification on this page. 


Abstracts and Round Table proposals will be blind reviewed by at least two members of the Conference Academic Committee. Full papers (4500 words including Notes) will be blind peer reviewed and authors will be notified of acceptance. The Proceedings will include papers presented at the conference. Authors may elect to not have their papers included. The Proceedings will contain abstracts of all papers presented at the conference, thereby forming a record of the event.

For inclusion in the Proceedings, a paper must be presented in either physical or virtual mode at the conference. Authors may only present one paper as a sole author, although they may present one additional paper as a co-author. All papers presented are to be accompanied by a unique conference registration - where a sole author of one paper is also the co-author of a second, the other co-author is required to register. 

Work submitted for review and publication in the Conference Proceedings should be original research that has not been previously published elsewhere, or work that has undergone substantial development from a prior publication.

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Region: the 18th Annual International AHRA conference

Call for Papers

LU-Arc, School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering, Loughborough University, UK

November 11 2021 - November 13 2021

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The purpose of the 2021 AHRA conference conference will be to question what the ‘region’ and ‘regional’ mean for architectural cultures past and present, and to speculate on what different forms and formulations they might take in future. Among other sub-themes and topics, we aim to explore the region as a real geographical site of evolving socio-economic activity, as a mythical locus of enduring value, as a gatekeeper of indigenous crafts and vernacular techniques, as a site of architectural and artistic imagination, as a repository of contested and mobile identities, and more.


We invite contributors to engage with the theme or Region from a variety of disciplines including architecture and design, urbanism, literature, the arts and film, anthropology, sociology, philosophy and geography.

We welcome proposals for research papers and interactive workshops, as well as other kinds of contributions across diverse media, such as performance, film, game, poster or exhibit. And we are especially keen to receive and discuss proposals that give us the opportunity engage in creative research collaborations during the conference itself.

If you wish to present a research paper or some other form of individual contribution, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words.

If you wish to coordinate a workshop or some other form of interactive or creative activity, please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words indicating how you propose to set up and manage the session, the number and role of participants, and what the resource implications might be. Please be mindful that this will be a virtual/online conference.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 1st May 2021.

Please submit via this link.

The conference team is Falli Palaiologou, Simon Richards, Cagri Sanliturk and Rob Schmidt III. Please feel free to contact us with queries and to discuss your ideas. We look forward to hearing from you: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Women, Feminist Practices and Alternative Practitioners in Architecture

Call for for submission of articles

The Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Architecture and Urbanismo ZARCH

November 15 2021 - November 15 2021

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“The absence of women from the profession of architecture remains, despite various theories, very difficult to explain and very slow to change. It demarcates a failure the profession has become adept at turning a blind eye to, despite the fact that it places architecture far behind the other professions with which architects frequently seek to align themselves. If we consider architecture as a cultural construct, both vessel and residue, we can but wonder what this symptomatic absence suggests about our culture and the orders that govern the production of its architecture. One thing is clear however: just as the absence of either sex from a large constituency must indicate some internal crisis in which gender plays a crucial role, the absence of women from the profession of architecture points to a profound gender-related crisis at the base of architecture”. —Francesca Hughes, The Architect: Reconstructing Her Practice (Cambridge MA: MIT Press, 1996): 1-2

Architecture is a traditionally masculine profession currently feminised. Since the 1970s, the number of women in architectural schools has progressively increased, reaching parity in the classrooms in much of Europe, America and Oceania by the end of the 20th century. However, the situation of social and cultural inequality that has historically existed between women and men has led many women architects and urban planners to work critically with regard to the traditional way of understanding the architectural profession promoting alternative practices from critical thinking often linked to feminist positions.

This monographic issue of ZARCH, (Editors: Lucía C. Pérez-Moreno (Associate Professor, Zaragoza University, Spain) and Ann E. Komara (Professor, University of Colorado-Denver, USA)) adds to the present fourth feminist wave, where the role of the Internet and social networks has meant a globalisation of this line of thinking. On the one hand, we are living an on-going renewed interest in recovering the work done by significant women architects in the past, and, on the other hand, an interest in making visible the ways of working initiated or engaged in by women whose professional practices offer an alternative to traditional, dominant patriarchal practices of architecture.

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