Past Events

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Call for papers ABE Journal

Small-scale Building Enterprise and Global Home Ownership in the Age of Economic Expansion

ABE Journal

July 31 2021

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Section guest-edited by Panayotis Tournikiotis, Professor, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Dr. Konstantina Kalfa, Research Associate (NTUA) and Dr. Stavros Alifragkis, Research Associate (NTUA) for ABE Journal - Architecture beyond Europe.

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AHRA: Network in Precarity


July 01 2021

There is widespread recognition that researchers in the architectural humanities face entrenched and continually deteriorating working conditions on casualised contracts – whether those are defined as temporary, fixed-term, fractional (whether teaching only or otherwise), hourly, or zero-hour. This results in poor pay, lack of security, loss of employment benefits, and marginalisation in the work-place for architectural humanities researchers – affecting their livelihoods and well-being. These poor basic working conditions are compounded by structural discrimination and exploitation, and experiences of harassment and bullying. 

There has been little or no research conducted as to the composition, experiences, needs, or desires of the community of architectural humanities researchers in the UK or internationally. Nor are there any means for architectural humanities researchers to act collectively, with reference to a transparent and acknowledged set of principles and standards for employment. Establishing a Network in Precarity is a first step toward redressing these concerns. The Network is for all researchers and educators in architectural humanities who identify themselves as working in precarious or casualised conditions. 

The Network is intended to provide a forum for its members to share and discuss their working conditions, the problems and issues they face, and any demands they would like addressed – whether that be in terms of working conditions, pay, security, support for and recognition of research activities, affective and psychological labour (and damage), social and personal impacts or other. The first project of Network in Precarity would be to gather data (quantitative and qualitative) that would allow members of the network to identify demographic, geographic, and institutional patterns of precarity and casualisation. 

Ultimately, the ambition would be to formulate concrete proposals and demands by, for, and on behalf of precarious workers in the architectural humanities research community.

If you would like to join and contribute to the Network, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


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Micro-narratives of (un)settlement

Virtual workshop

June 14 2021 - June 18 2021


 Micro-narratives of (un)settlement

is a collaborative workshop between the University of Sheffield School of Architecture and the École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Paris-La Villette funded by the French Embassy in the UK and co-led by Dr Xiang Ren and Associate Professor Jim Njoo. 

The collaborative design research workshop aims to explore narrative representations and techniques which question prevailing discourses on migrant or displaced communities. More generally, it will address the current ubiquity of remote online tools and practices in shaping the identification of place and its experience in order to investigate new forms of architectural description that challenge conventional notions of “distance” and “proximity” typically associated with in situ fieldwork.


The international workshop offers 10-15 positions for Masters and Doctoral students. Creative design and/or writing skills are essential, as well as collaborative work experience and proficiency in English; interdisciplinary knowledge is welcome. 

Participation is free of charge. 

Please submit a 1-page statement outlining your motivation and your potential contribution to this workshop with a 1-page CV on a separate page to both Xiang Ren (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) and Jim Njoo (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) by 3pm 28 May 2021. Notifications will be sent to the applicants by 3pm 4 June 2021.




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Interstices: Journal of Architecture & Related Arts CFP

Interstices: Journal of Architecture & Related Arst: Issue 21 Fixing

Wellington, New Zealand

March 31 2021

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Maintenance and care might be imagined to be conservative practices, aiming at stasis or keeping something going in the same track. Yet this underestimates the dynamic nature of fixing. To repair or sustain something is to become intimately entangled in processes of decay, aging, entropy; but also, with growth, complexity and otherness, with fallow states, and with regeneration. To develop a fixation with something is to be turned implacably away from oneself. Rather than fixing in place, this issue of Interstices asks how we fix things together across and through places.

Donna Haraway contrasts poiēsis as “the activity in which a person brings something into being that did not exist before” — with sympoiēsis, a co-creation, a “making things together”. Designing space is necessarily sympoiētic, emerging from a complex collusion of the human and other-than-human. Accordingly, we are interested in shifting our view from individualised moments of creativity to bring into frame how space might be co-authored, negotiated through performances of maintenance and care. What are the spatial possibilities of this continuing dialogue between architecture and other domains? What is the agency of things beyond us? How might divergent scales—the scale of a virus say—jolt us to consider space differently?

We welcome contributions from architecture and art practice, philosophy, theory, ethnography, and geography, that speculate on questions of Fixing.  The intention is to capture a wide spectrum of disciplinary approaches and voices that chart the unanticipated directions and productive suturing of domains considering fixing, maintenance and care. Contributors are invited to submit papers, theoretical and critical reflections, and documentation of experimental creative works.

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CALL FOR ABSTRACT / ‘Facing Post-Socialist Urban Heritage’

Budapest, Hungary

March 31 2021 - March 31 2021

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‘Facing Post-Socialist Urban Heritage’

abstract submission deadline – 31 March 2021

Conference: 8-9 October 2021, Budapest, Hungarydoctoral/postdoctoral conference in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and planning
organizer: urb/bme
The DOCONF2021 is the 4th international doctoral / postdoctoral conference in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and planning organized by the Department of Urban Planning and Design, Faculty of Architecture, Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME).
The DOCONF series provides a comparative overview of current doctoral research in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning focusing on the urban challenges related to the physical – built and natural – environment of the post-socialist cities in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), and post-soviet Asia. Those invited include doctoral students or post-doctoral researchers (with a PhD/DLA degree earned after the 1st of January 2016) – specializing in architecture, urban design, urban planning, or landscape architecture.  
For more information visit the DOCONF series website!

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Robert Maxwell Lecture

Kenneth Frampton: Reflections on the predicament of architecture - seven points in retrospect

University of Liverpool School of Architecture

March 23 2021

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The Liverpool School of Architecture is pleased to announce a new lecture series entitled to its alumnus Robert ‘Bob’ Maxwell (1922-2020). Maxwell, who graduated in Architecture and then took his diploma in Civic Design at the University of Liverpool in 1949, taught at the Bartlett, the AA and was Dean at Princeton University. The inaugural lecture will be delivered by Kenneth Frampton, Emeritus Professor at Columbia University - Reflections on the predicament of Architecture: seven points in retrospect (22nd April at 6PM BST).

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