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Field: Issue 8: Embodying an Anti-Racist Architecture

Call for Papers

May 21 2021 - May 21 2021

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Guest editors: Victoria Ogoegbunam Okoye, Catalina Mejía Moreno, Carolyn Butterworth

Chief editors: Emma Cheatle and Luis Hernan

In the wake of antiblack police violence and the global response of Black Lives Matter protests, a group of students at the Sheffield School of Architecture (SSoA) assembled to write the critical document “Anti-Racism at SSoA: A Call to Action.” In this document, the students reflect on their situated experiences and argue that in its representation, structure, and pedagogy, the School ‘has been and remains complicit in the structures that perpetuate systemic racism within architecture’. They demand the recognition of accountability, and the initiation of open and honest conversations on race and class towards enacting change. Citing the School’s demonstrated commitments to gender equality and feminism, the students demand that the School further these commitments toward becoming an anti-racist institution. This call and their demands provide a timely and essential springboard for this call for papers for a new issue, and relaunch, of field:  
We take these students and their lived experiences, struggles, and demands seriously. We therefore shape this call for papers and the subsequent issue as a way of reacting, reflecting and responding to the Call to Action. We position this issue not as an institutional response, but as a collective way of thinking both from within and from the outside.  
In 2019–20 the South African journal Ellipses: Journal of Creative Research third issue Embodied Methodologies: Creative Research in the Global South responded to the late Black South African artist Dumile Feni’s "You wouldn't know God if he spat in our eye”. The scroll, exhibited at Wits Art Museum in Johannesburg, becomes part of a performance piece where a handful of artists, writers and scholars spend two hours viewing the artist's scroll in the museum to then produce written and audio pieces in response. 
The Ellipses issue provides an exemplar for our own issue of field: Embodying an Anti-Racist Architecture where we call for work that responds to the “Anti-Racism at SSoA: A Call to Action”. We welcome original, rigorous and significant contributions on the theme, including creative, historical, theoretical and pedagogical research and other experimental or creative media, that seek to create a space for dialogue through existing experiences and reflections of students and staff. We are interested in work that questions the status quo and contributes to making visible (work in progress) processes of decolonisation, intersectionality, and anti-racism from researchers and academics, educators, practitioners, students and graduates in the school and beyond.

 

All papers and submissions should be full drafts and include proposed visual material (authors are responsible for copyright and seeking out the appropriate permissions). Please submit by email no later than 21 May 2021 to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Submissions may include:
  1.  Academic papers of 5000–6000 words max length (including abstract and references) (for double blind peer review) 
  2.  Creative visual practices, photo essays or other pieces of experimental creative work with accompanying text 
  3.  Creative nonfiction or fiction, short position papers, provocations of any length up to 2000 words  
  4. Interviews, audio pieces, or other experimental formats. (We are open to experimental formats and media. To make sure we can host your work, please make sure that videos are exported to .mov or .mp4 format using H.264 codec, and audios are .mp3 or .m4a. If your media has other requirements, please get in touch with the editorial team to explore how we can feature your work.) 
Academic papers will be subjected to a double-blind peer-review process. All other submissions will be reviewed by members of our editorial and review collective. 
All submitted papers should be full drafts and formatted according to the journal's specification. Please consult the How to Submit instructions and word template at www.field-journal.org/index.php?page=how-to-submit (please note that incorrect submissions will be returned to authors).

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Frascari Symposium V: Theaters of Architectural Imagination

Call for Abstracts

online/in-person event at the Centre de design, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM)

May 27 2021 - May 29 2021

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We invite proposals for 20-minute paper presentations exploring one or more of the three themes (Memoery; World; Action) set out in the linked PDF.

Proposals should be historically and/or theoretically grounded; develop clear and compelling arguments around specific examples based in history, practice and/or pedagogy; and contribute to disciplinary and/or transdisciplinary knowledge. Collaborative proposals and/or submissions from authors in theatrical disciplines are welcome.

Abstract submissions must include the following in pdf format suitable for ‘blind’ peer-review:

  • title;

  • identification of theme (Memory, World, Action);

  • 300-word abstract

  • one image (optional)

    Additionally, include in the email (not the abstract): name, contact, affiliation, and 150-word bio.

  • Due: Friday, December 18, 2020

  • Submit to both co-chairs: Lisa Landrum .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and Sam Ridgway

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CfP - SAHGB Annual Symposium 2021: Architectural Histories and Climate Emergency

June 11 2021 - June 18 2021

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The architectural world is urgently focused on fighting the Climate Emergency, but most architectural history remains uncomfortably detached from this central challenge of our age. 

 

Architecture and the wider built environment intersect in many ways with the drivers of catastrophic climate change. One of these is large-scale energy consumption. Others include deforestation, eco-system destruction, and wide-spread pollution connected to primary material procurement, such as timber, sand, and mining for metallic components, leading to ever-greater embodied energy inputs. By investigating the relationship between buildings and energy, in conjunction with these other factors, architectural history can reclaim its long-standing place as a central contributor to architectural debate and practice. Much more importantly, considering the history of architecture in this context can make a significant contribution to understanding and addressing the fossil fuel dependency and biodiversity crisis that threatens the continuation of life on Earth. Recent energy history scholarship by Wrigley; Kander, Malanima and Warde; and Smil, among others, has produced a powerful new lens through which to understand the history of humanity, and of one of history’s most energy-hungry and environmentally damaging activities: construction. 

Our provocation is that energy inputs are the single most influential factor in shaping the physical realities of architecture, and that the art and theory of architecture through time have also transformed with the changing tides of energy shifts. We also contend that other environmentally degrading processes associated with building practices the world over have an historical trajectory that ought to figure in our understanding of architecture not only as a material object but also in terms of its impact on the planet. Indeed, that architectural history must now lift its game in addressing these concerns, calibrating its historiography and reforming its educational agendas, would seem evident. We welcome papers that support, complicate, or challenge this position. 

 

We welcome submissions from academics, practitioners and professionals of all disciplines and backgrounds for participation: 

        • Papers for Presentation

          15-minute papers, tackling substantial historical perspectives or theoretical themes 

        • Roundtable Sessions

          Discussions involving a number of participants focusing on a particular question/problem relating to the symposium theme. 

        • Virtual tours which explore these themes for a specific building 

        • Short features/papers for circulation/poster presentations for a microsite accompanying the programme 

        • Other suggestions for ancillary programming around the Symposium (including CPD, A/V content, film etc) are welcome 

Proposals considering any place and time through human history and prehistory are welcomed, especially those addressing non-western and pre-modern case studies. Thoughts are also welcome on how architectural history in educational settings can better address these concerns, raising awareness and leading to systematic reform of curricula. 

To submit please visit: https://www.sahgb.org.uk/symposium2021 

Proposals will be selected by: Barnabas Calder (University of Liverpool), G. A. Bremner (University of Edinburgh), Neal Shasore (University of Oxford), and Savia Palate (University of Cambridge). Successful participants will be notified by 2 April 2021. The Symposium is currently planned for 11 and 18 June, via Zoom. Please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you have any questions or problems with the submission form.

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CfP - SAHGB Annual Symposium 2021: Architectural Histories and Climate Emergency

June 11 2021 - June 18 2021

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The architectural world is urgently focused on fighting the Climate Emergency, but most architectural history remains uncomfortably detached from this central challenge of our age. 

 

Architecture and the wider built environment intersect in many ways with the drivers of catastrophic climate change. One of these is large-scale energy consumption. Others include deforestation, eco-system destruction, and wide-spread pollution connected to primary material procurement, such as timber, sand, and mining for metallic components, leading to ever-greater embodied energy inputs. By investigating the relationship between buildings and energy, in conjunction with these other factors, architectural history can reclaim its long-standing place as a central contributor to architectural debate and practice. Much more importantly, considering the history of architecture in this context can make a significant contribution to understanding and addressing the fossil fuel dependency and biodiversity crisis that threatens the continuation of life on Earth. Recent energy history scholarship by Wrigley; Kander, Malanima and Warde; and Smil, among others, has produced a powerful new lens through which to understand the history of humanity, and of one of history’s most energy-hungry and environmentally damaging activities: construction. 

Our provocation is that energy inputs are the single most influential factor in shaping the physical realities of architecture, and that the art and theory of architecture through time have also transformed with the changing tides of energy shifts. We also contend that other environmentally degrading processes associated with building practices the world over have an historical trajectory that ought to figure in our understanding of architecture not only as a material object but also in terms of its impact on the planet. Indeed, that architectural history must now lift its game in addressing these concerns, calibrating its historiography and reforming its educational agendas, would seem evident. We welcome papers that support, complicate, or challenge this position. 

 

We welcome submissions from academics, practitioners and professionals of all disciplines and backgrounds for participation: 

 

Papers for Presentation

15-minute papers, tackling substantial historical perspectives or theoretical themes 

Roundtable Sessions

Discussions involving a number of participants focusing on a particular question/problem relating to the symposium theme. 

Virtual tours which explore these themes for a specific building 

Short features/papers for circulation/poster presentations for a microsite accompanying the programme 

Other suggestions for ancillary programming around the Symposium (including CPD, A/V content, film etc) are welcome 

Proposals considering any place and time through human history and prehistory are welcomed, especially those addressing non-western and pre-modern case studies. Thoughts are also welcome on how architectural history in educational settings can better address these concerns, raising awareness and leading to systematic reform of curricula. 

To submit please visit: https://www.sahgb.org.uk/symposium2021 

Proposals will be selected by: Barnabas Calder (University of Liverpool), G. A. Bremner (University of Edinburgh), Neal Shasore (University of Oxford), and Savia Palate (University of Cambridge). Successful participants will be notified by 2 April 2021. The Symposium is currently planned for 11 and 18 June, via Zoom. Please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you have any questions or problems with the submission form.

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Urban Assemblage: The City as Architecture, Media, AI and Big Data

Call for Papers

London / Virtual / Hatfield, UK

June 28 2021 - June 30 2021

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Call:

The role of computers in the design, control and making of the public life [and space] is increasingly dominant, their presence pervasive, and their relationship with people characterised by a growing complexity. Batty 2017

The scenario described by Batty is underpinned by a plethora of phenomena. It includes the Internet of Things, ubiquitous computing, computer-led infrastructure, big data and AI. In essence, the built environment has become a site for the production, processing and sharing of information daily through the software interlaced with it. It is also a place designed, envisaged and increasingly built through data based digital architecture, planning and construction. Advanced parametric modelling envisages data in both building design and city management. Augmented reality mediates our experience of the city with layers of information. Digital infrastructure interconnects our city and building services. The result is a series of complex interactions of people, place and data and the establishment of the ‘digital city’, ‘smart buildings’ and ‘intelligent’ urbanism.

This new polemic agency of the machine to generate, analyse and distribute data is not limited to the built environment however. It also informs the creative industries. A plethora of films in recent decades have built on the imagery it offers: The Matrix, Ex Machina, Her, Minority Report to name but a few. In the arts, data is increasingly used as both a tool and motive for artworks. David McCandless’ founding of the platform Information Is Beautiful, and Aaron Koblin’s establishment of Google’s Data Arts Team are typical examples. Landscape and projection artists use the digital recalibration of data into imagery to create spaces and representations of our cities daily.

Today then, the potential for technology and data to alter how we design, live and experience our cities is obvious and everywhere. However, there are concerns. GIS, Google Maps and Facebook all offer interconnected information on urban life. They are also conduits for the collation of personal data and its misuse. The assumption of digital access for all leads some to worry about issues of social exclusion. Sociologists highlight the dangers of the digital dependency of future generations.  3D printed buildings threaten job losses in the construction industry. The idea of parametric urbanism is an anathema to many for whom city is a place of interpersonal interaction.

Batty’s understanding of the role of computers in the design, control and making of the public realm then, is not just ubiquitous, it is cross disciplinary, complex and expanding.

 

Forms and Registration:

Download:Abstract Submission Form  (right click to download)

Example of correctly formatted/named Abstract Submission Form:

Raymond_Pauls_The City, The Car and Filmic Perception_London_Hatfield Conference

The document must be in Microsoft Word. | Subject line for emails: Abstract Submission London_Hatfield Conference | File name for attachment: Name_Surname_Summary Title_London_Hatfield Conference | Example file name: Raymond_Pauls_The City, The Car and Filmic Perception_ London_Hatfiled Conference

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

Stockholm/online

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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