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  • CFP: Irish Urban Spaces in Nineteenth-Century (26-27 June 14)

    Belfast | Dates: 19 Feb – 14 Mar, 2014
    CFP: Irish Urban Spaces in Nineteenth-Century
    Annual Conference of the Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland 
    26-27 June 2014 
    Queen’s University Belfast 
    Plenary Speakers:
    Professor Roey Sweet, University of Leicester 
    Professor David Dickson, Trinity College Dublin 
    A two-day international conference exploring the nature and development of Urban 
    Spaces in and relating to nineteenth-century Ireland. 

    Proposals are welcomed from a range of disciplinary perspectives, including (but not 
    limited to) history, architecture, geography, environmental studies and literary 
    studies. It is envisaged that panels will explore the theme of Irish urban spaces in 
    relation to politics, cultural nationalism, poetry, demography, migration, gender, 
    childhood, landscape, cartography, settlement, education, work, religion, empire, 
    travel writing and music. The conference organisers welcome proposals for panels 
    and individual papers. Proposals for roundtable discussions and poster sessions are 
    equally welcome. 

    The deadline for submissions is 14 March 2014. Proposals, including an abstract of 
    the paper and a brief curriculum vitae should be sent to urbanspaces@qub.ac.uk 
    It is anticipated that a volume of selected papers from the conference will be 
    Conference organisers: Georgina Laragy, Olwen Purdue, Jonathan Wright
  • CFP: CIPA-ICOMOS-ISPRS Workshop 2014 (1-4 Sep 14)

    Beijing | Dates: 19 Feb – 15 Mar, 2014

    Call for Papers: CIPA-ICOMOS-ISPRS Workshop 2014 (Beijing, 1-4 Sep 14)

    Beijing, China, September 1 - 04, 2014

    Deadline: Mar 15, 2014

    Call for Participation

    CIPA-ICOMOS-ISPRS Workshop 2014

    September 1-4, 2014, Beijing, China

    (will be held in conjunction with the 3rd International Symposium on Cultural Heritage Conservation and Digitization (CHCD))

    Hosted by (among others)

    International Committee for Documentation of Cultural Heritage


    International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) China School of Architecture, Tsinghua University (THUSA)

    Organised By (among others)

    Tsinghua Heritage Institute for Digitization (THID)


    Bibliotheca Hertziana - Max Planck Institute for Art History, Italy

    Deadline is 15 March 2014 though in the pdfs downloadable on the website you will find 27 January 2014 as deadline.

    This is the first time that CIPA workshop takes place in P. R. China.

    The workshop will provide participants with a unique opportunity to work with international experts in the fields of architecture, digital technology, and heritage conservation, and the rare opportunity to experience first-hand one of the most famous sites in Chinese cultural history – the Yuanmingyuan ("Garden of Perfect Brightness"), also known as Beijing Old Summer Palace.

    The 4-day workshop proper (fieldwork) focuses on the Western Buildings, a garden district with an eventful history and outstanding socio-cultural significance as a symbol of international cooperation.

    Designed by European Jesuit missionaries in cooperation with Chinese local craftsmen more than 250 years ago, it will once again become the workplace for a dynamic team of specialists from diverse countries and disciplines with a similar team spirit.

    The official languages are English and Chinese. To facilitate communication, simultaneous interpretation will be provided during the workshop proper.


    The CIPA-ICOMOS-ISPRS Workshop 2014 is part of the long-term Re-Yuanmingyuan project whose aim is to digitally revive/virtually reconstruct the Old Summer Palace. The project was launched by THID (formerly known as DAUH, Department of Architecture and Urban Heritage, at Beijing Tsinghua Urban Planning and Design Institute, THUPDI), China, as part of the Re-Relic program in 2009. The workshop shares the main theme of "translation" with the CHCD Symposium. Today, the ruins of the Western Buildings consist of scattered fragments of information that must be combined into one and interpreted into a more comprehensible form so as to revive the lost splendor of the Western Buildings and once again become accessible to the broader public. The workshop is aimed at (1) professionals actively involved in planning or working in the fields of art and architectural history, cultural heritage studies and modern information and communication technologies,

    (2) talented young students and (3) senior researchers at universities or institutions of higher-education.

    The main goals of this workshop are to promote the benefits of virtual monument preservation and heritage digitization, as follows: (1) To create an interactive and international platform, bridging the gap between cultural-studies and digital-technology expertise and bringing together specialists from the East and the West. (2) To create an interactive and mutual learning experience, training cultural-studies researchers in new digital skills and cutting-edge technology, and vice versa, to sensitize digital-visualization, -documentation, and -communication specialists to the importance of humanities and heritage preservation with the view to opening up new avenues of academic research.


    The Yuanmingyuan ("Garden of Perfect Brightness") also known as the Old Summer Palace in Beijing is a 350-ha garden complex located in the northwestern suburb of Beijing. Once a magnificent residence for five Qing-dynasty (1644-1912) emperors and a socio-political center equivalent to the Forbidden City, it was burned to the ground in 1860 during the Anglo-French allied invasion in the Second Opium War. For more than 130 years, it embodied the Qing-dynasty ideal of an imperial garden, but today, almost nothing remains of the manifold architectural and garden styles, drawn from the entire empire, that were incorporated here.


    Including splendid water installations and natural surroundings, the Western Buildings (Xiyanglou) covered an area of 7 ha in the northeastern part of Yuanmingyuan, equal to 2% of the entire park ensemble. They also constituted the first large-scale European-style garden district in China. The site chosen for the workshop is the Xieqiqu (Pavilion of the Delights of Harmony) (b.1747), the earliest of twelve Western-style structures that were built over the course of the second part of the18th century. Xieqiqu was once a U-shaped structure with a three-storied core flanked by curved wings terminating in octagonal pavilions. A double flight of steps provided access from the south and a straight one, from the north. Today, only stone fragments of this once-glorious palace are scattered throughout the site.



    The training workshop is organized in 3 phases spread over 10 months:

    (1) registration (grouping; 4 months) (2) preparation at home (group communication; 6 months) and (3) fieldwork in China (workshop proper; 4 days). Please see Table 1 for specific dates and work requirements in each phase.


    The workshop will consist of 30-40 participants from various academic backgrounds and nationalities to foster interdisciplinary communication and cross-cultural learning. In Phase 1, the participants will be divided into small groups of 5-6 members. Each team will be led by two instructors (1 cultural, 1 technological) and supported by one administrator (secretary-translator).


    The instructors are experienced researchers in cultural and technological studies ranging from art and architectural history to digital heritage documentation and virtual restoration. In Phase 2, they will outline a group topic and choose a specific working area on site. In consultation with the organizing team, they will provide guidance to the participants and distribute relevant material about the site. Each team member will be assigned a research task based on his/her background, which he/she will then be expected to prepare prior to arrival in Beijing ("homework"). The preparation will facilitate interactive learning and hands-on experience.


    The 4-day workshop proper will consist of an introductory session, five half-day training sessions on site or in the conservation laboratory, supplemented by lectures, and a final presentation as part of the 3rd CHCD Symposium. Participants will be actively involved in lectures and discussions, and become familiar with digital documentation techniques and virtual reconstruction. Please see Table 2 for the timetable of the workshop proper.


    The official workshop languages are English and Chinese. The administrator of each team will provide language assistance and interpretation if necessary.


    Participants are expected to combine theoretical knowledge and practical aspects and engage in an exchange of skills to promote the application of digital technology to education and research on cultural heritage and to the analysis, documentation, reconstruction, sharing and visualization of cultural heritage. In the final presentation (PowerPoint/Keynote), each group will deliver a presentation about the individual learning processes and training results, combining the "homework" with the knowledge acquired on-site. In addition, a final project report will be required, expanding on the presentation.


    Please register online at http://www.chcd2014.org


    Organizing Secretary: Mr. SHANG Jin

    Telephone: (+86) 10-82819649 (Beijing Time: 10:00-17:00)

    Email: chcd2014@gmail.com

    Website: http://www.chcd2014.org/

    You may also contact: Dr. Hermann Schlimme Bibliotheca Hertziana - Max Planck Institute for Art History Via Gregoriana 28, I-00187 Rome, Italy

    Telephone: (+39) 06-69993-310

    Email: schlimme@biblhertz.it

  • World-Renowned Architect Juhani Pallasmaa to Lecture Feb. 19, 2014

    San Diego | Dates: 19 Feb, 2014
    NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD) announces a public lecture and discussion Feb. 19 by world-renowned Finnish architect, educator and critic Juhani Pallasmaa. The 1999 recipient of the International Union of Architects’ Jean Tschumi Prize for architectural criticism, Pallasmaa has written and lectured extensively throughout the world for more than 40 years on architecture and the visual arts, on environmental psychology, and on cultural philosophy. Since 2008, he has served on the jury for the Pritzker Prize for Architecture. The two scheduled events, free and open to the public, will take place at the NSAD auditorium, 1249 F Street in San Diego. The events include:
    • A public lecture on "Landscapes of Architectural Education: Architecture, Knowledge and Existential Wisdom" is scheduled for 6 p.m., Feb. 19. Priority seating available for the NSAD community and those who register for the public lecture event. A reception and book signing will follow. Please register at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/juhani-pallasmaa-architect-educator-and-critic-tickets-10402934457
    • A Feb. 19 discussion from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. with Pallasmaa and Michael A. Arbib, a University of Southern California professor, on the topic of “Hand and Symbol: A Dialogue between Architecture and the Science of the Brain.” The event will be moderated by Eduardo Macagno, a professor with a specialty in neurobiology at the University of California, San Diego. Arbib and Macagno both serve on the Board of Directors of the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture, a group with ties to NSAD. One of the Academy’s founders is NSAD Professor and Dean Emeritus Gilbert Cooke. Cooke, who also serves on the group’s Board of Directors, teaches a class at NSAD with Macagno on neuroscience and architecture. Members of the public are requested to register for this event at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/hand-and-symbol-a-dialogue-between-architecture-the-science-of-the-brain-tickets-10499352847

    Pallasmaa, whose titles include Architect SAFA, Hon. FAIA, Int FRIBA, Professor Emeritus, was dean and professor of architecture at the School of Architecture, Helsinki University of Technology from 1991-98. He has held visiting chairs of architecture at many institutions in the Americas and Europe, most recently at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture in Taliesin West and at the American Academy in Rome. Pallasmaa is the author and editor of numerous books, including The Embodied Image (2011), The Thinking Hand (2009), Encounters: Architectural Essays (2006), The Aalto House (2003), Juhani Pallasmaa: Sensuous Minimalism (2002), The Architecture of Image (2001), The Villa Mairea (1998), The Eyes of the Skin (1996), and The Melnikov House (1996). The Eyes of the Skin, in particular, has become a standard text in studios and seminars around the world.   
    Pallasmaa’s architectural practice spans projects in urban design, building design, exhibition design, product design and graphic design. His built works can be found in Finland, France, Slovenia, Russia, Ethiopia, China, and the United States. Awards for his architectural work include the 2009 Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Finnish State Architecture Award, the Helsinki City Culture Award, the Fritz Schumacher Prize, and the Russian Federation of Architecture Award. Pallasmaa is an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and an Honorary Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. 

    About NewSchool of Architecture and Design
    Located in downtown San Diego, NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD) prepares students for career success in design fields through an emphasis on interdisciplinary and global design skills, industry collaborations and real-world projects. The school’s programs include architecture, construction management, product design and interior design. The school also offers programs in digital media arts, game art, game programming and animation. For the past two years, DesignIntelligence has ranked NSAD among the top 10 undergraduate architecture schools in the western United States in its publication “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools.” The school’s design environment provides inspiration for the school’s students and faculty, recognized for their work regionally and internationally, and NSAD students are prepared to work in a global and diverse work environment through the school’s collaborations with award-winning schools around the world such as Domus Academy in Milan, Italy and Media Design School in Auckland, New Zealand.  NSAD is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), a national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, and NSAD’s Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Architecture and Executive Master of Architecture programs are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). http://www.newschoolarch.edu/.

  • Drinks + Design: What do you mean by TALL?

    Chicago | Dates: 19 Feb, 2014
    PRICE: Adults- $20, Members- $15

    TIME/DATE: February 19, 6-8pm

    MEET: ArcelorMittal Design Studio at CAF (224 S. Michigan Avenue)

    With Chicago losing the title of America’s tallest building, we want to know--how do you judge what is TALL? For this program we partnered with the organization responsible for deciding and designating the tallest buildings in the country--the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). Participants will build a LEGO® tower and compete for the title of Design Studio's tallest. After a winner is selected, representatives from CTBUH will tell us how they judge what is tall.
  • War Graves / War Cemeteries / Memorial Shrines (Berlin, 19-20 Feb 14)

    Berlin | Dates: 19 – 20 Feb, 2014

    CONFERENCE: War Graves / War Cemeteries / Memorial Shrines (Berlin,
    19-20 Feb 14)

    Berlin, 19. - 20.02.2014

    War Graves, War Cemeteries, and Memorial Shrines as a building task
    (1914 to 1989)

    Despite the spadework of scholars such as Meinhold Lurz, Monika Kuberek, Joachim Wolschke-Bulmahn, and Christian Fuhrmeister, the analysis of war graves and soldier cemeteries still is a desideratum in the fields of art history and architectural history. Particularly in reference to the centennial of the events of World War I and the concomitant centenary of the Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgraeberfuersorge e.V. (German War Graves Commission, founded 1919), a critical reflection on the current state of research is essential. The colloquium will discuss this theme from different perspectives and methodical approaches, with a focus on an analysis of memorial architecture as well as the full range of traditional visual and textual sources. The central question is to what extent an approach that is genuinely centered on objects and sources related to soldier graves, collective cemeteries, and war gravesites of the first and second World Wars can contribute to our understanding of the history of war and death in the 20th century.

    Other academic fields dealing with this subject area – such as garden history, landscape and open space planning, anthropology and empirical cultural studies as well as military, social and contemporary history – provide important interdisciplinary points of contact for the colloquium. In individual cases a decidedly comparative perspective will be required in order to distinguish the singularities of the semi-governmental German commemoration of the dead from the commemorative architecture of other nations. Finally, given the current tendency towards an increasingly virtual memory culture, the history of the use of these necessarily “uncomfortable” facilities – somewhere between political funerary cult, the right of eternal rest, architectural monument, cultural heritage, and international learning center – must be addressed.

    The first part of the colloquium will be hosted by the Institut fuer Kunst- und Bildgeschichte, Humboldt-Universitaet Berlin on February 19th and 20th, 2014. The second part will take place at the Zentralinstitut fuer Kunstgeschichte in Munich on September 11th and 12th, 2014.


    Prof. Dr. Kai Kappel, Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin / PD Dr. Christian Fuhrmeister, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, München kai.kappel@culture.hu-berlin.de / c.fuhrmeister@zikg.eu

    Teil 1: 19.-20. Februar 2014

    Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Senatssaal Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin