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May-June 2021

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New Events

Architecture of the Post-Anthropocene

(Lectures + Symposia + AHRA International conference 2022)

Pratt School of Architecture, NYC

November 17 2022 - November 19 2022

“Post Anthropocene” means we wrestle with our anthropocentric exploitation of the planet; that we examine and acknowledge the inextricable relationship between racism and environmental degradation; and that we look at the manner in which social inequity is inscribed in the built environment. Queer urbanism, blackspace, planners without manners, social work versus violence work: Our fields are constrained by a lack of representation, a lack of listening, and a lack of diversification that such terms may challenge. This conference decolonizes the spaces of thinking and action asking “where do we stand?” ; it evaluates food security in a precarious climate asking “How do we eat together?’; it brings non-humans into the humanities asking “whose voices are heard?” Inclusive in its global reach, ecological in its low carbon footprint, this conference models ideas of social and environmental justice required in the post-anthropocene period.

 

The Pratt will be hosting the AHRA International Conference in 2022, and will be organising a series of associated events, lectures and symposia in the meantime. Further details will follow.

Contacts:

PRELIMINARY DATES:

  • Call for Papers: Nov. 2021
  • Conference Dates: Nov. 17, 18, 19, 2022

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Thu 17 November 2022

EAHN 7th International Meeting

Madrid

June 15 2022 - June 19 2022

The EAHN is already organising a Seventh pan-European meeting in Madrid for 2022. In accordance with the EAHN mission statement, this meeting aims 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. Session proposals are intended to cover different periods in the history of architecture and different approaches to the built environment, including landscape and urban history. Parallel sessions will consist of either five papers or four papers and a respondent, with time for dialogue and questions at the end. In addition, a limited number of round-table debates addressing burning issues in the field will also take place at the meeting. Proposals are sought for round-table debates that re-map, re-define, and outline the current discipline. They will typically consist of a discussion between panel members and encourage debate with the audience. The goal is to create a forum in which different scholars can present and discuss their ideas, research materials and methodologies. 

Scholars wishing to chair a scholarly session or a round table debate at Madrid 2022 are invited to submit proposals by the CFSR form up to December 30, 2020: https://eventos.upm.es/53558/upload/eahn-seventh-international-meeting.html

Membership will be required to chair or present research at the meeting. To join EAHN, go to https://eahn.org or contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Each session or round table chair is expected to fund his/her own travel and related expenses to participate in the conference. 

Proposals in English of no more than 400 words should summarize the subject and the premise. Please include name, professional affiliation (if applicable), address, telephone and fax numbers, email address, and a current CV. Proposals and one-page CVs should be submitted by the form. Since late submissions cannot be considered, it is recommended that proposals be submitted, and their receipt confirmed well before the deadline. The General Chair cannot be responsible for last-minute submissions, electronic or otherwise, that fail to reach their destination.

For further information: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Wed 15 June 2022

Health, Wellbeing and Place

Call for Papers

Zooooom via Syracuse University, Chalmers University of Technology, Northumbria University

December 01 2021 - December 03 2021

On January 1st, 2020, the world woke to news that a pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan, China, had been identified as a strain of coronavirus. By March, the World Health Organization would define it as a pandemic and the most serious global health threat on the planet. Under lockdown conditions the relationship between health and the spaces we inhabit became central.
While it is tempting to see this recent global concern about health and environments as new, the reality is, it has a long history. The public health profession was born from the housing conditions of the 19th century urban poor. Demands for walkable neighbourhoods are long standing. Accessible design, and the broader healthy cities agenda globally, all pre-date COVID-19.
Seen in this light, this conference seeks to bring recent experiences and responses into dialogue with these longer standing areas of research into health, wellbeing and environments.

25 June 2021: Abstracts [Round One] | 25 July 2021: Feedback | 25 Oct 2021: Abstracts [Round Two] |  05 Nov 2021 Feedback

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Wed 1 December 2021

Built and Thought.  European and Transatlantic Correspondence in the Historiography of Architecture

Call for Papers

Madrid

November 18 2021 - November 19 2021

… there are, dear reader, two kinds of Histories;
those that have happened, and those that have been thought about
Juan Caramuel, Architectura civil recta y obliqua (1678), II, V, 29

All histories of architecture are products of an intellectual construct. As such, they are circumstantial discourses, developed from particular provisional points of view, chosen from a range of possibilities. From Giorgio Vasari’s The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects to Manfredo Tafuri’s historiographic project, every generation has read on the past from the angle of the problems specific to its period. // In the time that has elapsed from Renaissance humanism to our days, from what perspectives, and with what reach, has architecture history been formulated? One of the main challenges of this encounter is to trace the construction of the history of architecture. // What is the purpose of architecture history? Since the Renaissance and into our days, architecture history—often written by architects—has been at the service of a professional practice seeking legitimation. This course of action, however, has become useless, and more so in a changing world like ours, where historians, in their eagerness to break with univocal interpretations, do not wish to judge the past nor impose irrefutable truths, but to question them. // From what positions can the history of architecture be constructed nowadays? Meanwhile, the historiography of architecture is seen as an incomplete, unfinished project where there is an unavoidable need, on one hand, to preserve the objectivity required of all scientific procedures, and on the other hand to incorporate the new paradigms of our times. Simultaneously, it is necessary—more now than ever before—to orient the work of architectural historians around its potential to lay down problems, rather than around achievements and successes, and in the spirit of formulating a body of knowledge that will benefit society, in our case mainly through research and teaching, but also through dissemination, so that the knowledge does not stay within its traditional closed circles. // The congress endeavors to be an opportunity to reflect on the historiographic construction of architecture from inside and outside at the same time; that is, to meditate on the discipline itself, but in terms of the challenges and currents of thought that characterize the contemporary world and today’s culture, ultimately with a view to constructing a new history.

DATES
15 February 2021: DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING PROPOSALS/ABSTRACTS
15 March 2021: Notification of acceptance/non-acceptance of presentation proposals/abstracts
1 July 2021: DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING PAPERS
15 July 2021: Papers returned to authors with observations
15 September 2021: DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING FINAL TEXTS FOR PUBLICATION
30 September 2021: Last day for early registration with discounted fee
30 September 2021: Last registration day for those wanting their papers published in Proceedings
18–19 November 2021: 3rd AhAU International Congress

Should the evolution of the pandemic render it necessary, the Association of Historians of Architecture and Urban Design (AhAU) reserves the right to modify the above calendar.

REGISTRATION
Authors selected to present their papers orally or publish them in the Proceedings, and who are not entitled to a discount, should pay a registration fee of 160€.
The registration fee for members of the Madrid College of Architects (COAM) and for professors and researchers is 80€; and for students, 40€.
All three fees will be reduced by 20% if paid by 30 September 2021.

ORGANIZER
AhAU, Association of Historians of Architecture and Urban Design

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Thu 18 November 2021

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

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.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

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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Thu 11 November 2021

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

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. 

 

SUBMISSION INFORMATION

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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Wed 10 November 2021

Radical Architecture Practice for Sustainability

call for papers: deadline extended 30 April 2021

Online (via Bristol)

September 17 2021 - September 18 2021

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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Fri 17 September 2021

Call for Articles: Astrágalo: Divided Cities//Ciudades Divididas

September 15 2021 - September 15 2021

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

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

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Wed 15 September 2021

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

Stockholm/online

September 09 2021 - September 10 2021

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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Thu 9 September 2021

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

Call for Papers

London / Virtual / Hatfield, UK

June 28 2021 - June 30 2021

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

Contact and submissions: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Mon 28 June 2021

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

June 11 2021 - June 18 2021

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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Fri 11 June 2021

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

June 11 2021 - June 18 2021

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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Fri 11 June 2021

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

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

    .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Thu 27 May 2021

Field: Issue 8: Embodying an Anti-Racist Architecture

Call for Papers

May 21 2021 - May 21 2021

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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Fri 21 May 2021

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 and the Smart City

Sergio M. Figueiredo, Sukanya Krishnamurthy, Torsten Schroeder (Eds)

Increasingly the world around us is becoming ‘smart.’ From smart meters to smart production, from smart surfaces to smart grids, from smart phones to smart citizens. ‘Smart’ has become the catch-all term to indicate the advent of a charged technological shift that has been propelled by the promise of safer, more convenient and more efficient forms of living. Most architects, designers, planners and politicians seem to agree that the smart transition of cities and buildings is in full swing and inevitable. However, beyond comfort, safety and efficiency, how can ‘smart design and technologies’ assist to address current and future challenges of architecture and urbanism?

Architecture and the Smart City provides an architectural perspective on the emergence of the smart city and offers a wide collection of resources for developing a better understanding of how smart architecture, smart cities and smart systems in the built environment are discussed, designed and materialized. It brings together a range of international thinkers and practitioners to discuss smart systems through four thematic sections: ‘Histories and Futures’, ‘Agency and Control’, ‘Materialities and Spaces’ and ‘Networks and Nodes’. Combined, these four thematic sections provide different perspectives into some of the most pressing issues with smart systems in the built environment.

The book tackles questions related to the future of architecture and urbanism, lessons learned from global case studies and challenges related to interdisciplinary research, and critically examines what the future of buildings and cities will look like.

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Mon 2 December 2019