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Architecture in the Rio de la Plata Basin: Between Tradition and Cosmopolitanism

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Hanoi: An Evolving Capital

By Amber N. Wiley | June 19, 2015

Saigon is to New York City as Hanoi is to Washington, D.C. Or at least that was what I was told. Yes, Hanoi and Washington, D.C., are both capital cities. Ho Chi Minh City (commonly referred to as Saigon in Vietnam) and New York City are booming financial centers for their respective countries. This analogy, while seemingly straightforward, implies heavy cultural criticism and assumptions that were later elucidated in conversation. The main assumption was that the capital cities were stagnant and dragging behind socio-cultural and financial development because of their heavy bureaucratic functions as seats of national government.

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  • Approaching Deadline - From 'Soft' to 'Hard' Power? Changing Visions of Diplomacy by Design From 1945 Onwards, 27th November 2015

    Brighton | Dates: 20 – 20 Jul, 2015
    Papers might focus around one of the following issues (and we also welcome other suggested topics): · How governments or administrations have forged relationships through design · How regional, national or transnational identities have been conveyed through design · The role design organisations play as carriers of ‘soft power’ · Designers’ involvement with inter-governmental exchanges or as regional, national or transnational ambassadors · How objects have been used as catalysts, or participants, in the development of political relationships · How digital and online cultures have impacted on diplomacy through design · How globalisation has affected diplomacy through design Objects have been used within diplomatic exchange for centuries. But from the early Cold War era design became a much more conspicuous locus for diplomatic exchange, crystallising official ideas of cultural, economic and political value. Cockcroft (1974), Staniszewski (1998) and Castillo (2010) have written about how museums like the Museum of Modern Art New York and international exhibitions like the 1959 US Exhibition in Moscow acted as significant carriers of soft diplomatic power during the early Cold War. Meanwhile Loeffler (1998) has described how an expanded embassy-building programme was the US response to the drawing of the Iron Curtain after 1946, while Fraser and Kerr (2007) describe how the US-UK ‘special relationship’ was materialised through planning schemes and architecture, Sandler (2004) how German reunification was reflected in Berlin’s architecture, Gurdalli and Koldas (2015) how the territorial division of contemporary Nicosia is reflected in city buildings and Immerwahr (2007) on postcolonial politics refracted through architecture and urbanism in postcolonial Lagos. More recently, designers have been invited to engage with policy-makers in order to offer design solutions within international conflict. Papers should be given in English. Please send a 300 word abstract and a short biography to Dr Harriet Atkinson and Dr Verity Clarkson. The deadline for applications is 20 July 2015. We have a limited budget to contribute to speakers’ accommodation costs but cannot help with travel costs. Please do contact us if you have any questions. This symposium is supported by the University of Brighton’s Internationalising Design History research group.
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  • Summer School of Architecture (Bač, 22-31 Aug 15)

    Bač | Dates: 22 – 31 Aug, 2015
    Bač, Serbia, August 22 - 31, 2015 Application deadline: Aug 5, 2015 Summer school of Architecture Bač 2015 Construction of the Elements of Earthen Architecture: Oven Building. Maintenance and Restoration. Energy Monitoring Traditional Architecture. Vojvodina, Serbia, 22-31 August 2015 Official language: English - Application for 2 subsidized places (half price - 100 EUR): July 20th 2015 (results will be published on July 25th) - Early bird registration: July 20th 2015 - Registration deadline: August 5th 2015 Organizers: Group of Architects (Belgrade, Serbia) and rese arch (Pieštany, Slovakia) | Co-organizer: Earth & Crafts | Support: Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic | Partner: Institute of History of Art, Building Archaeology and Restoration, Faculty of Architecture and Planning - Vienna University of Technology The program is encouraging multidisciplinary international collaboration, dealing with the issues of implementation and monitoring of projects of heritage protection within the local, regional, and European framework. APPLICATION Your application should include: - submitting the application form (; - a short CV (2 pages maximum). ONLY FOR STUDENTS COMPETING FOR TWO SUBSIDIZED PLACES (half price 100 EUR): - submitting the application form (; - a short CV (2 pages maximum); - a letter of motivation (2 pages maximum). Exchanging the subsidy for money is not possible. Please e-mail your application documents to ( or CONTACTS AND LINKS
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  • The Avery Review: Climates

    Dates: 02 Jul – 16 Oct, 2015
    Call for papers for the Avery Review's issue on climates. Essays should review the topic of climate in architecture under rubrics of climatic territories, climatic visibility, and climatic imaginaries. Submission deadline is October 16, 2015.
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