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CFP: Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada

Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada Annual Conference 2013 Edmonton

The SSAC invites you to submit a proposal for a session topic and / or paper to be presented at the Annual Conference which will take place in Edmonton from May 29 to June 1, 2013.

Proposals should explore some aspect of the relationship between Canada’s diverse but often overlapping infrastructures (past/present, urban/rural, local/national) and the physical institutions that have both shaped and been shaped by them. Examples of these infrastructures and their institutions include:

  • Education – schools, university campuses
  • Religion – churches, sacred places, residences
  • Commerce – grain elevators, malls, wharves
  • Healthcare – hospitals, mental institutions
  • Transportation – bridges, railway stations, airports
  • Government – legislature buildings, town halls
  • Recreation – hockey arenas, dance pavilions
  • Community – ethnic and service clubs
  • Heritage – “Main Street” programs, museums
  • Security and Law – fire halls, police stations, jails

Infrastructures and institutions emerge and evolve together over time. In an ideal world, optimal results are realized as infrastructures provide needed services and institutions are designed to harmoniously accommodate the required activities. In the real world, a variety of factors come into play – economics, politics, philosophy and technology, to name a few – which may support or undermine this process. Whether it is through tension and conflict – resources decline, processes become obsolete, services are centralized – or innovation and growth – new construction materials become available, demand for services emerge, additional income is realized – architecture reflects this dynamic relationship. 

Proposals for sessions or papers in other areas of interest to SSAC members are also welcome.

Proposals may be in French or English and should include:

  • Your CV (maximum 1 page)
  • The title of your session or paper proposal, and an abstract describing it (maximum 200 words)
  • For session proposals:
  • Describe the format of the session (paper session, panel discussion, debate, etc.)
  • Provide the names of any presenters you would like to invite to participate (if known)
  • List the physical or technical requirements for the session

Deadline for Session Proposals: November 15, 2012

Please Note: The final Call for Papers for the conference will be posted at:  http://www.canada-architecture.org by the end of November, and the deadline for paper proposals will be January 31, 2013.

Send your proposals to both:

Dorothy Field, Chair, 2013 Conference Committee 
dorothy.field@gov.ab.ca

Peter Coffman, President, SSAC                                                                      peter_coffman@carleton.ca

Conference Setting: Edmonton and Central Alberta

Edmonton is located in the Parkland Region, which is not as dry and flat as the grasslands to the south, nor as wet and cold as the boreal forest to the north. Alberta’s most densely populated area, it is ideal for examining the various infrastructures and institutions that have created the “Settings for Life” in this province. The conference will be based in the city, but attendees will also venture forth to experience Alberta’s architecture in a rural setting.