Events And Opportunities

  • 2017 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards

    Chicago | Dates: 16 Sep, 2017

    Landmarks Illinois will honor this year's nine award-winning historic preservation projects at our Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award Ceremony Saturday, September 16. The event includes a panel discussion with public officials representing our award-winning preservation projects, an awards ceremony and a reception with all award recipients. The celebration is an inspiring evening that celebrates Illinois' historic treasures while inspiring others to take action to preserve, protect and promote historic resources.

    Location: VenueSIX10, 610 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago

    Time: 5-6 p.m.: Award Winner Panel Discussion; 6:30-9:30 p.m.: Award Ceremony and Cocktail Reception
  • The Architecture of Glessner House

    Chicago | Dates: 16 – 16 Sep, 2017

    Saturday September 16, 2017
    10:00am - 12:00pm

    $25.00 per person
    $20.00 for members with coupon code

    Glessner House Museum
    1800 S. Prairie Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60616

    These exclusive tours, back by popular demand, will explore the significant architecture of Glessner House. Controversial at the time of its completion in 1887, it foreshadowed the development of modern residential architecture, and architect H. H. Richardson had a profound impact on architects to follow, including Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. This special two-hour tour will focus on the architecture from basement to attic. Attendees will see areas not included on public tours as well as objects rarely shown, including Richardson's original sketch. 

    Tours held the third Saturday of each month through December.

    Pre-paid tickets required.
  • The Chicago "L" - Chicago's Biggest "Mover and Shaker"

    Chicago | Dates: 21 – 21 Sep, 2017

    Thursday September 21, 2017
    7:00pm

    $10.00 per person
    $  8.00 for members with coupon code

    Glessner House Museum
    1800 S. Prairie Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60616

    Discover the Chicago “L” in all its grit and glory with Greg Borzo, author of The Chicago “L.”  The “L” has been running 24/7 for 125 years and its ridership continues to increase. See how it came to be and how it changed the region.  This PowerPoint presentation portrays the growth and development of Chicago’s most enduring icon.  Lavishly illustrated with more than 100 images and a couple of popular movie clips, Borzo’s rich historical presentation will inform and entertain. Travel through time. Mass transit never looked so good! 

    Copies of Borzo’s book will be available for purchase and signing.

  • The Power of Place: Preserving the Legacies of African American Settlements

    Washington | Dates: 20 – 20 Sep, 2017

    The Mellon Initiative in Urban Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks is pleased to present an event jointly sponsored with the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum (ACM).

    Landscape architect and National Humanities Medalist Everett Fly joins Alcione Amos, curator at the Anacostia Community Museum, for a discussion of the importance of preserving historic African American settlements. Focusing on Barry Farm, a community created in southeast Washington, DC, by the Freedmen’s Bureau after the Civil War, they ask why some settlements are preserved while others are not, and what the ramifications of this difference are for contemporary African American communities.

    Programs in urban landscape studies at Dumbarton Oaks are supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through their initiative in “Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities,” intended to foster the joint contributions that the humanities and the design and planning disciplines may make to understanding the processes and effects of burgeoning urbanization.

    September 20, 2017, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
    Anacostia Community Museum
    1901 Fort Place SE
    Washington, DC
    No RSVP required.
    Mention "Dumbarton Oaks" when you arrive.
  • Thinking Into The Future: Designing With Light

    Chicago | Dates: 01 – 01 Oct, 2017
    The role of light in architecture has a long history. Light is a defining element in the creation of the built environment. A dynamic and ephemeral tool, it shapes the experience of architectural space like no other factor. Designing with Light explores how practitioners, historic and contemporary, have used light in architecture. Author and historian Mark Hertzberg will consider Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterful use of glass and natural light at the SC Johnson Administration Building. Hervé Descottes, co-founder of the lighting design firm L’Observatoire International, New York City will discuss the importance of lighting in the public realm. Kulapat Yantrasast, founding partner and creative director at the Los Angeles-based design firm wHY, will share his experiences with light in designing museums and art galleries.

    Following an illustrated presentation by each speaker, participants will be joined by the Trust’s curator, David Bagnall, for a panel discussion and audience questions.

    Free, registration required.
  • Evidence and Narrative in Architectural History

    Chicago | Dates: 16 – 16 Sep, 2017
    This panel at the Chicago Architecture Biennial brings together speakers who will introduce methodological questions in writing architectural history. The topics include the role of visual evidence, legal evidence, narrative structure, and counter-narratives in the history of architecture. Speakers include: Claire Zimmerman, University of Michigan; Michael Osman, UCLA; Daniel Abramson, Boston University; Zeynep Celik Alexander, University of Toronto; Timothy Hyde, MIT

    This event is organized by the Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative, a group dedicated to advancing research and education in the history and theory of architecture. We generate, work-shop, present, and publish innovative scholarship from multidisciplinary perspectives. We are particularly interested in work that foregrounds the multiple ways in which one can understand architecture’s relationship to the world. The event is also supported by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan.

    Fee and open to the public. Sept. 16, 2017; 10 a.m. - noon; room 327, 37 S. Wabash Ave. (Sharp Building, SAIC), Chicago, Ill.

    For more information, please visit www.we-aggregate.org or http://chicagoarchitecturebiennial.org/calendar/evidence-and-narrative-in-architectural-history/
  • CFP: Digital Heritage in Iberian Context: Between Practice and Critical Thinking

    Lisbon | Dates: 07 – 15 Sep, 2017
    Considering that digital technology is increasingly advancing and at the centre of daily life; taking into account that the former is adopting a prominent role in the study, preservation and divulging of Cultural Heritage to a wide-ranging audience; given the multitude of innovations that arise in digital technology almost daily; noting the limited application of digital heritage resources in Portugal, in contrast to what takes place outside our borders, in particular in Spain, we invite Iberian specialists to examine and discuss the relationship between these two seemingly different and distant universes, i. e. cultural heritage and digital technology. What is Digital Heritage, how to shape it, where to apply it, its purpose, whom it serves and who decides, that is what we will discuss during the working sessions of this International Conference.

    TOPICS

    Digital Heritage: theoretical context and historiographic perspectives.
    The impact of the digital on archaeology and history: research policies and professional practices.
    Digital Heritage: potentialities and challenges in the areas of education and tourism.
    The place of the museum and the archive in the digital era: digital repositories, museum installations, virtual recreations/representations (3D, augmented reality, mixed reality);
    Digital heritage and the knowledge city.

    Official languages: Portuguese, English and Spanish.

    Official languages: Portuguese, English and Spanish

    Abstract: 350 words

    keywords: 4

    Short CV: 300 words

    Name and affiliation

    PDF format

    Length of presentations: 15 min.

    IMPORTANT DATES

    Abstract submission: 15th September 2017

    Notification of acceptance: 30th September 2017

    Register: from 15th October 2017

    Organizers:

    Secção de Arqueologia da Sociedade de Geografia de Lisboa (Archaeological Studies Sector of the Geographical Society of Lisbon)

    Secção de Estudos do Património da Sociedade de Geografia de Lisboa (Heritage Studies Sector of the Geographical Society of Lisbon)

    CHAIA – Centre for Art History and Artistic Research, University of Évora
  • Europe’s Own Islamic Architecture: Heritage, Contestation, and Necessity

    Dates: 07 – 30 Sep, 2017
    In 2009, a majority of the Swiss electorate voted against the construction of minarets on Swiss mosques – implying an acceptance of new mosques and by extension, of Muslims; but denying the buildings (and by extension, their users) their most distinctive and most visible trait. Germany’s right-wing Alternative for Germany party, meanwhile, has made it an on-going agenda to halt any new mosque construction altogether. In parts of Spain and Catalonia, despite high proportions of Muslim migrants and generally peaceable Christian-Muslim relations, conflicts over proposed mosques have erupted as well. At the same time, Palermo’s Norman-Arab architecture is consistently preserved as a marker of Sicily’s Muslim past; Córdoba’s La Mezquita Mosque is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Historic Center site and as such, garners high numbers of appreciative visitors; and Islamic architecture throughout the Balkans, extensive and varied as it is, remains beloved and in some cases, recently restored. Are mosques (the quintessential and most necessary Islamic structures) signs of danger, of possible radicalization within otherwise placid and overwhelmingly Christian cityscapes? Are they indications of distant and long-ago settled conflicts, reassuringly resolved in the course of the Crusades, their architectural traces neutralized into heritage or converted into sites of other worship?

    We will take as our premise that increasing numbers of mosques in Europe are inevitable, and that they present opportunities for meaningful design and simultaneous urban and social integration and differentiation. With that in mind, we invite papers addressing histories of European Islamic architecture, principally (although not exclusively) dating to the late 19th century and imperialism’s return of ‘the colonized’ to ‘the metropole’, as well as prospects for developing and future Islamic architecture in Europe. How will such projects be negotiated, locally and nationally? What architectural forms will they adopt: variations on historic Moorish, Arab, or Ottoman models? Or the currently more common Saudi model, often financed by a Gulf State? Will local syncretisms play a design role? How will funding and oversight shape individual projects? Our ultimate goal is to initiate an overdue, overarching discussion of the place of Islam in the built environment of Europe, today and in the future.

    Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted by 30 September 2017, to Mia Fuller (miafuller@gmail.com or miafull@berkeley.edu). Please include your name, affiliation, title of paper, a C.V. of no more than five pages, home and work addresses, e-mail address, and telephone numbers. You will be notified of your proposal's acceptance or rejection no later than 31 October 2017.
  • LITERATURE, ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN SPACE '18 / II. International Conference on Literature, Architecture and Urban Space

    Istanbul | Dates: 09 – 10 Mar, 2018
    All papers will be published in proceedings e-book as DVD (with an ISBN number) and then in DAKAM's online library. A selection will be made in the relevant DAKAM journal that will be reviewed by Thomson&Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index
  • HOUSE & HOME '18 / II. International Interdisciplinary Architecture and Urban Studies Conference

    Istanbul | Dates: 09 – 10 Mar, 2018
    All papers will be published in proceedings e-book as DVD (with an ISBN number) and then in DAKAM's online library. A selection will be made in the relevant DAKAM journal that will be reviewed by Thomson&Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index
  • Third Coast Atlas: Prelude to a Plan

    Chicago | Dates: 27 – 27 Sep, 2017

    Join the Graham Foundation for a panel discussion and reception to celebrate the launch of Third Coast Atlas: Prelude to a Plan. This recent grantee publication describes the conditions for urbanization across the Great Lakes region and assembles a multi-layered, empirical description of urbanization processes within the drainage basins of the five Great Lakes and the Saint Lawrence River. This thick description encompasses a range of representational forms including maps, plans, diagrams, timelines, and photographs, as well as speculative design research projects and critical texts. Postponing diagnosis, let alone treatment of these conditions, Third Coast Atlas aspires to simply describe. It proposes a new geographic gestalt for urban analysis. Superimposed upon the North American continent, and with easily recognizable yet divergent political and geological borders, this megaregion traverses portions of eight U.S. states and two Canadian provinces, as well as the world’s largest collection of surficial fresh water. Third Coast Atlas characterizes the littoral edge as a distinct field of urbanization, and constructs a reading of the region both specific and speculative.

    Daniel Ibañez is a practicing architect and urbanist, and founder and co-director of the design firm Margen-Lab. He is currently an instructor and doctor of design candidate at the Harvard GSD, editor of New Geographies, and researcher at the Urban Theory Lab. Ibañez’s research critically seeks to frame the design disciplines in relation to broader socio-ecological interdependencies through cross disciplinary research on the field of urban metabolism. Daniel is editor several book publications, including New Geographies, no. 6: Grounding Metabolism (HUP, 2014) and the Wood Urbanism: From Molecular to Territorial (forthcoming Actar, 2017). Also, since 2015, Daniel is editor at urbanNext.

    Clare Lyster is an Irish architect, educator, and writer based in Chicago, Illinois, where she is associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Architecture. She is principal of CLUAA, a research-based design office in Chicago operating at the intersection of architecture, landscape, and planning. In addition to her design practice, Lyster writes about architecture and urbanism from the perspective of contemporary theories in landscape, infrastructure, and globalization. She is author of Learning from Logistics: How Networks Change Cities (Birkhauser, 2016); co-editor of 306090_09, Regarding Public Space (PA Press, 2005); and Envisioning the Bloomingdale, (Chicago Architecture Club,2009). She is the 2017 Gillmor Lecturer at the University of Calgary.

    Charles Waldheim is a Canadian-American architect and urbanist based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Waldheim’s research examines the relationships between landscape, ecology, and contemporary urbanism. He is author, editor, and co-editor of numerous books on these subjects, and his writing has been published and translated internationally. Waldheim is John E. Irving Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design where he directs the school’s Office for Urbanization. Waldheim is recipient of the Rome Prize Fellowship from the American Academy in Rome; the Visiting Scholar Research Fellowship at the Study Centre of the Canadian Centre for Architecture; and the Sanders Fellowship at the University of Michigan.

    Mason White is a Canadian-American architect and urbanist based in Toronto, Ontario. White is founding partner of Lateral Office, a Toronto-based experimental design practice that operates at the intersection of architecture, landscape, and urbanism. In addition to his practice, White is associate professor at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto. He is recipient of the Emerging Voices and Young Architects Prize from the Architectural League of New York; the Wheelwright Fellowship from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design; the Friedman Visiting Professorship at the University of California, Berkeley; and the Lefevre Fellowship at The Ohio State University. White is co-editor of Bracket, vol. 1 and co-editor of Pamphlet Architecture, no. 30: Coupling—Strategies for Infrastructural Opportunism.

    Related Graham Foundation supported projects:

    2015 Publication Grant to Daniel Ibañez, Clare Lyster, Charles Waldheim, and Mason White for Third Coast Atlas: Prelude to a Plan of The Great Lakes Region

  • Graham Foundation 2018 Grants to Individuals

    Dates: 31 Aug – 15 Sep, 2017
    Since 1956, the Graham Foundation has provided direct funding to individuals for projects that foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. 
     
    As one of the few funders of individuals in the field of architecture, the foundation's grants provide important support for the work of emerging and established architects, scholars, writers, artists, designers, curators, filmmakers, and other individuals.
     
    To apply for an individual grant, applicants must submit an Inquiry Form—the first of a two-stage application process. The online Inquiry Form is currently available on our website.  
     
    Inquiry Form deadline: September 15, 2017
    Invitation to advance to the second stage: after December 15, 2017
    Grant decision notification: April 2018
    Earliest start-date for a funded project: June 1, 2018
     
    For more information about the Graham's grants and to learn if your project is eligible for funding, please see our grant guidelines. You may also see funded grantee projects here.

  • Architecture of the other 99%? – Power, Economy, and the Dilemma of History

    Denver | Dates: 31 Aug – 20 Sep, 2017
    Session at the 106th ACSA Annual Meeting "The Ethical Imperative", Denver, CO, March 15 - 17 2018

    Submission of full papers: http://www.acsa-arch.org/programs-events/conferences/annual-meeting/106th-annual-meeting/call-for-papers

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    »Architects have always served the interests of the ruling classes.« – »Architecture is the most public of all the arts, a manifestation of the collective.«

    The history of architecture speaks volumes about this dialectic: on the one hand architecture is a practice that is driven by the need for access to vast amounts of capital, labor, material and other resources, and hence, has always been in close relationship to the dominant social powers and their interests for representation and cultural hegemony. On the other hand, the relationship between architects and power varies between servitude and emancipation, between cynical realism and ideals of public stewardship, critique or even counter-culture. This dialectic is especially urgent for a growing human population of the 21st century faced with the legacy of modernity, which had once promised participation for all with regards to power, economy, culture, and the city.

    Nevertheless, the discourse of architecture tends to side with the elite: no matter if one opens books for teaching architectural history, looks at professional awards, architectural exhibitions, trade magazines, and the public media coverage, or if one analyzes the precedent studies in design studios and offices. Architects, educators and students refer mostly to the canonic pieces of the past or to the exclusive and extravagant projects of a globalized media economy of today. And if in the 1960s and 70s Tafuri imagined a critical role of history and theory distinguished from a necessarily collaborative practice, even this section of academia offers little resistance today: despite the curricular changes over the last decades that questioned “the canon” and introduced a global perspective, the main narratives continue to focus on the palaces of the kings (rarely queens), the churches and temples, the representative structures of the state and of large corporations, or the villae of the most affluent.

    By translocating the provocative motto of the occupy movement into the field of architecture, this session asks for reflections about the charged relationship between architecture, power, and economy. What are the strategies and tactics to evade the repetition of the socio-economic status quo? How can architecture become empowering and liberating for diverse constituencies, especially the ones so far deprived of design services? What is the role of architectural history, which seems more often than not to narrate a “winners’ story”? What about histories of alternative practices and critical modes of spatial agency?

    This session welcomes presentations that address the difficult relationship between architecture and power theoretically (problems of historiography) and empirically (case studies of alternative spatial practices) in order to scrutinize the hegemonic economic regimes at work. Both approaches shall contribute to the question of how to imagine, design and reflect upon an architecture of the other 99%.
  • Call for Articles: Corporate Modernism

    Dates: 31 Aug – 06 Sep, 2017
    Docomomo US accepts article submissions on a wide range of issues concerning modernism. Full submissions are required 15 days prior to publication. Additional details including submission guidelines are available upon request.

    Upcoming Theme
    Corporate Modernism | September  21

    Those interested in submitting an article should send a brief description including images, drawings, etc to info(AT)docomomo-us.org.
  • CASVA A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, 2018-2020

    Washington | Dates: 31 Aug – 15 Oct, 2017

    During the first year, in addition to research and writing for publication, the A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow will design and direct an intensive week-long seminar for the predoctoral fellows at the Center, focusing on a topic related to the applicant's field of interest and with a special emphasis on methodological issues. In the second academic year, while continuing research and writing in residence, the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow will be expected to teach one course (advanced undergraduate or graduate) by arrangement at a neighboring university, and direct a week-long seminar for the predoctoral fellows. One award will be made.

    Applications will be considered for research in the history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts of any time period or culture. For appointment to the A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2018-2020, the Center encourages applications in the fields of the visual arts and culture of African Americans, Africa, and the African daspora. Applicants for 2018-2020 must have received the PhD degree between October 1, 2012, and October 1, 2017. Applications must be submitted by October 15, 2017.

    Senior, visiting senior, and postdoctoral fellowships are awarded without regard to the age or nationality of applicants. Applications are reviewed by an external selection committee coposed of scholars in the history of art and related disciplines. Outside readers may assist in the evaluation of proposals.

  • CASVA Senior and Visiting Senior Fellowship Program, 2018-2019

    Washington | Dates: 31 Aug – 21 Sep, 2017

    Applications will be considered for research in the history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts of any geographical area and of any period. Senior and visiting senior fellowships are intended for those who have held the PhD for five years or more at the time of application or who possess an equivalent record of professional accomplishment. One Paul Mellon Senior Fellowship and four to six Ailsa Mellon Bruce, Samuel H. Kress, and William C. Seitz Senior Fellowships will be awarded for the academic year, early fall to spring. The Center awards up to twelve short-term (up to 60 days) Paul Mellon and Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellowships annually.

    Fellows will be provided with housing in apartments near the Gallery, subject to availability. Senior fellowship award period: academic year 2018-2019 (applications submitted by October 15, 2017). Visiting senior fellowship award periods: March 1 - August 15, 2018 (applications submitted by September 21, 2017) and September 1, 2018 - February 28, 2019 (applications submitted by March 21, 2018).

  • Drawing in the Post-Digital Era: From Exactitude to Extravagance

    Denver | Dates: 25 Aug – 20 Sep, 2017
    Drawing has occupied the central stage of architectural thinking and making since the time of Renaissance. Mediating between the abstract and the physical, drawing has proved both essential and instrumental in many stages of an architectural project. In the past few decades the proliferation of digital media has destabilized the known means of drawing by pushing it towards new frontiers. Novel tools and techniques have made some of the conventional modes of operation more efficient, while equally subverting others in favor of new patterns of thought and action. Drawing’s metamorphosis presents a paradox: on the one hand it continues a tradition that has lasted over 500 years, and on the other hand it challenges the tenets of that tradition by the implementation of methods that, at times, are at odds with roles assigned to drawing.

    This proposal is preoccupied with drawing’s transformations in the post-digital era. Historically, drawing has acted as an intermediary between thought and action by creating a space of its own within which the architect’s creativity unfolded. That unique space, which has been the domain of imagination, allowed architects to think of different modes of expression (i.e. different forms of drawings) suited to the many phases of a project’s development. Since the inception of the digital, that very space has become infinitely small and extremely large at once. While precision, accuracy and optimization push for an exactitude that equates drawing to blueprints of realizable artifacts and narrows the space of creativity; accident, deviation and excess distance drawing from reality and push it towards extravagant abstraction, removing it from the material and tangible world. The proposal is preoccupied with this paradoxical condition that is embedded in drawings of the post-digital era and calls for reflection and critical assessment of the status quo.

    Since the digital has become an integral part of architecture, the following questions are to be asked: What are the potentials of drawing in the post- digital era? Understanding that the technological facet of digital drawing is one of its inseparable attributes, how do we, as historians, theoreticians, practitioners and educators come to terms with using these tools and techniques in order to engage with drawing as a creative process? How can we maintain the potency of drawing, and preserve its ethical imperatives, without succumbing to the role of consumers of technological procedures and methods? This theme proposal invites opinions from either side of the spectrum. It is equally interested in curricular and practical experiments, in processes and products that explore contemporary methods of drawing and their effects on the teaching and practice of architecture.

    Information on the conference (15-17 March in Denver, Colorado), submission requirements, and the online submission process can be found on the conference webpage http://www.acsa-arch.org/programs-events/conferences/annual-meeting/106th-annual-meeting/call-for-papers. Please email the session chair Pari Riahi (priahi@umass.edu) in case of further questions.
  • Making History - Frank Lloyd Wright at the Global Crossroads: Chicago/Tokyo/NYC/LA

    Chicago | Dates: 16 – 16 Nov, 2017
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    Ken Tadashi Oshima
    , president of the Society of Architectural Historians and Professor of Architecture at the University of Washington, discusses with Chicago Architecture Biennial Artistic Directors Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee the global design practice of Frank Lloyd Wright in "making history" in the contemporary context. Building on new findings from the 2017 Museum of Modern Art exhibition Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive, the discussion with Johnston and Lee will focus on precedents and parallels with the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial.

    Thursday, November 16, 2017
    6:00 - 7:30 pm
    Chicago Cultural Center
    78 E Washington St
    Chicago, IL 60602
    RSVP HERE


    Society of Architectural Historians is a partner with the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial.

    Imperial Hotel, Tokyo. 1913–23. Cross section looking east. Ink, pencil, and colored pencil on drafting cloth, 15 x 40 in. (38.1 x 101.6 cm). The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York). © 2017 Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale, AZ. All rights reserved.


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  • Spaces / Times / Peoples: Nature and Architectural History

    Ankara | Dates: 31 Aug – 23 Oct, 2017
    Middle East Technical University Graduate Program in Architectural History organizes a series of symposia bi-annually, open to graduate students and researchers who have recently completed their Ph.D. studies. The tenth meeting of the symposium series will take place on December 21-22, 2017 and focus on the theme of "Spaces / Times / Peoples: Nature and Architectural History".

    METU Architectural History Graduate Symposium 10 aims to discuss the spatial and cultural intersections of natural formations such as mountains, valleys, plains, rivers and sea extending from countrysides to coasts of cities with architectural entities such as transportation hubs, customs, infrastructural elements, and other related buildings types. Manifold and various interactions between nature and architecture can be studied in order to broaden the understanding of urban, architectural, and environmental history. The symposium calls for papers that explore not only how natural disasters and environmental problems like epidemics, fires, and earthquakes have shaped the spatial and historical formation of cities but also how architectural production has been integrated with and affected natural resources throughout history.

    Eligibility: The symposium is open to graduate students and young researchers who have received their doctoral degrees since 2012.
    Language: Turkish and English
    Proposal Submission: The requested information below should be sent to the Organizing Committee via the given e-mail address.
    Abstract Sheet: Title of the paper, abstract (300 words) and five keywords. No information about the identity of the participant on the abstract sheet.
    Information Sheet: The title of the paper, participant’s name, short biography, address, e-mail, phone and fax numbers.
    Submission Deadline: October 23, 2017
    Conference Fee: 150 TL 

    Scientific Committee:
    Elvan Altan, Suna Güven, Lale Özgenel, Ali Uzay Peker, 
    Pelin Yoncacı Arslan

    Organization Committee:
    Saliha Aslan, Aylin Atacan, Elif Bilge, Şehri Kartal,
    Pınar Kutluay, Hüma Tülce, Elif Yurdaçalış
  • CFP: Military Landscapes (Garden and Landscape Studies Symposium)

    Washington | Dates: 24 Aug – 30 Sep, 2017

    Among various human interventions in landscape, war has left one of the most lasting and eloquent records, literally inscribed in the face of the earth. Military landscapes can assume different forms and functions: vertical, as the Great Wall of China, or horizontal, as the Federal Interstate Highway System; overground and geometrically controlled, as the earthworks of the Renaissance trace italienne, or sunken and disguised by local topography, as the trenches of World War I. They could be high-security sites, as the Pentagon, or tourist attractions, as Himeji Castle in Japan; curated, as the Gettysburg Battlefield, or neglected, as the outskirts of the Savannah River nuclear reservation site. All these landscapes, however, remain vivid testimonies to the main reason for their existence: the reality of war as one of the oldest of human endeavors.   

     Indeed, remnants of defensive structures or fields of physical combat are among many types of landscape that the culture of war generates. Military landscapes can include former markers of status, such as the strongholds of sixteenth-century Japanese warlords, or vestiges of colonial expansion, as the fortified trading outposts built by the Dutch on the coasts of the Indian Ocean. They could be even combined symbols of imperial oppression and national resistance, as in the case of the fortress of San Juan de Ulúa in Mexico. Although fortified, they could have an afterlife as sacred grounds, as the Acropolis in Athens. They could be reflections of utopian architectural visions, as in the case of the star-shaped sixteenth-century Italian city of Palmanova, or diplomatic pragmatism, as in the creation of present-day demilitarized zones. In their most familiar form, they are national memorials as sites of remembrance and commemoration: monumental embodiments of group identities and systems of value and, in this way, cultural pilgrimage destinations and settings of political rituals. As places where historical memory inevitably becomes translated into myth, military landscapes are also deeply contested sites. Witnesses or reminders of victories and defeats, achievements and losses, heroism and suffering, they continue to have powerful emotional, political, and cultural resonance across different generations.           

     At the same time, military landscapes remain important focuses of government interests and large-scale budgetary investments, past and present. Products of theoretical thinking and strategic planning, they typically represent advanced engineering and technological solutions. Reduced to paper or GIS datasheets, they are also outcomes of a unique expertise in managing such tasks as dislocation, movement, and provision of troops; performing ballistic and structural calculations; and assessing opportunities for attach and ambush, defense and camouflage, which gave military professionals a unique knowledge and understanding of the natural terrain. In this way, they are repositories of information recorded, safeguarded, and communicated through topographic descriptions, maps, drawings, photography, and film footage, producing a wealth of visual material that charts a complex and changing cultural interpretation of landscape and the flora and fauna that inhabit it. 

    The Garden and Landscape Studies program at Dumbarton Oaks is planning a symposium, to be held on May 4–5, 2018, which aims to reevaluate the role of war as a fundamental form of human interaction with land and a decisive factor in the ongoing transformation of the natural environment. As the nature of modern conflict expands to encompass entire geopolitical regions, military landscapes cannot be treated purely as markers of history. They belong to the present as much as they do to the past, calling for a critical assessment of their environmental impact, new approaches to their historic preservation or adaptive reuse, and a scholarly reappraisal of their form, meaning, and interpretation. What are the challenges and theoretical implications of understanding military infrastructure as landscape from the disciplinary perspectives of cultural geography, architectural history, and environmental studies? And what is the role of the practice of landscape architecture in shaping, curating, and giving meaning to such landscapes? Please send a 200-word abstract and a short two-page CV, by September 30, 2017, to Anatole Tchikine (tchikinea@doaks.org) and John Davis (jdavis@fas.harvard.edu). Proposals from historians, ecologists, geographers, and designers that emphasize cross-disciplinary perspectives are particularly welcome.

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