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  • Rights of Way: Mobility and the City

    Boston | Dates: 05 Dec, 2013 – 26 May, 2014

    Rights of Way: Mobility and the City is a global exploration of mobility and transportation in cities. The exhibition features dozens of examples of visionary urban thinking, showing how the city is shaped by the ways people move through it.

    Rights of Way: Mobility and the City tours

    BSA Space is offering complimentary guided tours as part of its exhibition program. Tours are available Fridays and and Sundays at 1:00 pm, and last approximately 30 minutes. Meet your docent at the first floor information desk at 290 Congress Street, near the green staircase. Tours are suitable for all ages, and times are subject to change. Visitors can currently drop in for a free guided tour around Rights of Way: Mobility and the City, the exhibition on view through May 26. Rights of Way is a global exploration of mobility and transportation in cities. For groups of 15 or more, or to schedule a tour outside the times listed above, please contact mfichtner@architects.org.

    Curated by James Graham and Meredith Miller of MILLIGRAM-office, Rights of Way demonstrates that our urban environment is the result of constant negotiation among designers, policy makers, the private sector, and individual residents. By claiming that access to mobility is access to opportunity and that everyone has his or her own “right of way,” this future-oriented show reveals how those public rights are always at play in the shared commons of the city. The exhibition examines large-scale urban futures, contemporary examples of innovative design for transit and public space, historical attempts at remaking the city, and individual adaptations of mobility systems. Rights of Way also includes three projects from the 2012 Audi Urban Future Award, focusing on three megaregions: the Pearl River Delta in China’s Guangdong Province; São Paulo; and the Boston–Washington, DC (BosWash) Corridor. Displays include renderings, drawings, photography, videos, infographics, and a media library that allows visitors to delve further into the issues raised by the exhibition content.

    Curators: MILLIGRAM-office
    Designers: Höweler + Yoon Architecture and MILLIGRAM-office
    Content partner: Stylepark
    Exhibition graphics: MGMT. design

    In addition, the first floor of BSA Space displays a rotating gallery of “digital residencies,” in which designers, artists, and thinkers from around the world stake their own claims about mobility in the city. This exhibition is part of Overhaul: the 2013-2014 Transportation Series, organized by the Boston Society of Architects, the Boston Foundation for Architecture, Boston’s Green Ribbon Commission, and the Barr Foundation. Overhaul includes the Traffic Advisory speaker series. Rights of Way: Mobility and the City

  • CFP: Crafting the Look (Glasgow 24-25 Apr 14)

    Glasgow | Dates: 05 Dec, 2013 – 10 Jan, 2014
    Crafting the Look: Styling as Creative Process
    Keynote by Juliet Kinchin, Curator of Architecture & Design, MoMA

    This conference seeks to analyse the creative process of styling – the purposeful construction of a ‘look’ – whether it be in dress, space, or object.

    In his theoretical writings on fashion, Roland Barthes underscored the complexities of how style is consciously constructed, for example observing that dandyism manifested in the careful selection and combination of particular sartorial items and conventions, with a keen attention to detail; that it was ‘not only an ethos… but also a technique.’ Today we might call this process ‘styling’, and those who engage in the practice professionally, or personally, ‘stylists’. In contemporary visual culture, the professional Stylist is familiar largely within fashion, but can also be found in other design fields such as architecture, interiors, product design, film, journalism, and commercial photography. The Stylist is perhaps an overlooked creative figure, although many artists and designers have themselves been Stylists of a sort in their own practice. Yet the act of styling as a form of creative production has had extremely limited discussion.

    The ultimate goal of the conference is to gain a more nuanced and interdisciplinary understanding of styling, problematizing accepted views of the creative acts that lie at the heart of artistic production. We seek papers that will explore this gap in knowledge, and consider styling across disciplines and from the broadest span of history, with particular interest in those focused on styling and identity. Research need not be limited to the strict definition of ‘Stylist’ as it might be known today, as we hope to explore diversified acts of styling, and welcome topics that investigate this idea from disciplines beyond those typically associated with visual culture.

    Key questions to be explored include: Can styling itself be considered a mode of creative process and practice? Can we employ styling as a theory to re-examine and unpack complicated issues surrounding the identities we construct through our clothes, homes, offices, and even personal effects? How does styling differ between creative disciplines? To what extent is identity performed through the act of styling? How do issues such as class, gender, geography and national identity affect styling? Papers may include but are not limited to the following topics:

    • Historical examinations of styling in all aspects of visual culture
    • Self-styling through the details of an ensemble or space
    • (Re)styling architecture and/or interiors for new or alternative purposes, such as urban renewal
    • Styling as collaborative process
    • The influence of pop culture and/or subcultures on styling
    • Style and technology (technological devices as accessories, for example)
    • Styling and identity in the blogosphere
    • Elements of chance in styling
    • Styling as a means of social/political resistance
    • Linking space, place, object, and/or dress through styling
    • Theoretical approaches to styling

    Abstracts of no more than 300 words and CV should be sent by 10 JANUARY to stylinggsa@gmail.com. Please send via pdf or doc, and make sure to include your name, title, email address, and affiliation. Successful applicants will be allotted 20 minutes to present their papers. Scholars, academics, practitioners and postgraduate students are all encouraged to apply.

    Conference Organisers: Dr Robyne Calvert Dr Rachael Grew
  • The Consumer on the Home Front: World War II Civilian Consumption in Comparative Perspective

    London | Dates: 05 – 07 Dec, 2013
    This conference will look at the role of the consumer and civilian morale in the war efforts of Germany, Japan, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

    CFP-Deadline: 15 December 2012