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  • Confabulations: Storytelling in Architecture Symposium

    Alexandria | Dates: 28 – 29 Mar, 2014
    The second Frascari Symposium will be hosted at the 
    Washington-Alexandria Center of Virginia Tech on March 28-29, 
    2014 on the topic of Confabulations: storytelling in architecture. 

    The symposium will host confabulations by 
    FEDERICA GOFFI 
    DAVID LEATHERBARROW 
    ALBERTO PÉREZ-GÓMEZ 
    and other storytellers.
  • Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter Annual Conference

    Seattle | Dates: 03 – 05 Oct, 2014
    Museums: Building Collections, Building Community
  • Architecture Firm Eskew+Dumez+Ripple Seeking 2014 Fellows

    New Orleans | Dates: 14 – 16 Mar, 2014
    Eskew+Dumez+Ripple (EDR) seeks to combine design excellence, performance and resiliency in a practice rooted in the community.  Situated in one of the most culturally rich cities in the United States, if not the world, New Orleans offers an urban environment with a vibrant music scene, world-class restaurants, a deep history of cultures and traditions, and the unique opportunity to make a difference in the largest urban renewal project ever undertaken in our country.

    To that end, EDR is announcing its third annual Eskew+Dumez+Ripple Research Fellowship opportunity. The focus of this year's Fellowship is to conduct applied research in the field of community engagement. The Fellow will explore the breadth of tools and formats that are available to designers to conduct meaningful public outreach around architectural and urban placemaking projects.

    Nearly every design project involves some form of community engagement. Typical public outreach strategies often rely on the public meeting as a forum for decision-making. Today, in an increasingly global and digital era, more opportunities for sustained dialogue and long-term buy-in for planning and design projects are emerging. For example, successful projects are increasingly leveraging digital technologies and novel storytelling methodologies to garner and maintain interest in project outcomes. Public process participants ideally become champions of the project through implementation and ongoing governance.

    Research Fellows are paired with EDR staff to develop and refine research goals. Fellows are brought on to help with client projects and marketing endeavors in order to test and vet their research, generating feedback loops for continued learning and refinement.

    The goal of the EDR Fellowship is to provide meaningful and unique professional experience within a studio-based research environment. Fellows work under the guidance of the studio’s leaders to produce work and to document and present the results at the end of the Fellowship tenure.

    The 2014/2015 Fellowship will support two individuals, one for 12 months, and one for 3 months. The three month fellowship will focus on digital means and methods.  The twelve month fellowship will bring digital, storytelling and other formats into a broader framework of community engagement.  The Fellows will collaborate for the first 3 months, generating testable questions, benchmarks and tangible tools that the 12-month Fellow will develop for the remainder of the fellowship term.

    Application Timeline:

    • March 16, 2014 Deadline to Receive Candidate Submissions
    • April 1, 2014 Selected Candidate Notification
    • June 1, 2014 Fellowship Begins

    Application Guidelines

    • Candidates are encouraged to come from a range of disciplinary fields, but will operate in a design studio. The capacity to visually represent and graphically refine research and results is preferred, but not required. We will consider applications from computer programmers, interaction designers, marketing and communications specialists, writers, and other non-traditional backgrounds.

    • Fellowships are open to candidates currently pursuing professional degrees who have completed at least six semesters of academic coursework, through those who have graduated with a professional degree and are within 3 years of that graduation.

    • Submittals must be transmitted the website form below.

    • The position is paid; however, lodging and transport (to New Orleans) is the responsibility of the Fellow.

    • No phone inquiries please. However, our studio is open to visitors in New Orleans wishing to stop by.

    Application Items

    Candidates are asked to submit the following, as one PDF, paginated in the following order. The submission upload may not be larger than 5 MB.

    • Curriculum Vitae or Resume

    • Design portfolio, 10 pages max, only if applicable to candidate’s background.

    • One of the following:

    - A memo relating the candidate’s applied experience with community engagement tools, formats, platforms, processes and approaches.

    - A work product relating the candidate’s experience with community engagement tools, formats, platforms, processes and approaches.

    - Well-captioned design portfolio excerpts relating the candidate’s experience with community engagement tools, formats, platforms, processes and approaches.

    - An original research proposal, 500-1,000 words in length, identifying a specific question you wish to investigate as part of your residence in the EDR studio. The essay should also outline the candidate’s proposed methodology. Note: the actual plan of work for the selected candidate may be based on an adaptation of this proposal.

    Critical Questions

    Below is a list of questions that EDR has assembled over time, which are critical to how we engage communities in a robust design process and tell the story of a design project as it occupies a community. Candidates are welcome to use these as launching points for assembling their application items.

    1. What are some examples of effective digital tools and platforms for community engagement?

    • What types of design questions/projects are more suited to each tool/platform? E.g.:

    • MindMixer and other public feedback aggregator websites

    • Real-time public meeting polling devices

    • Quick wins through prototyping

    • Highly visual, highly accessible archival websites

    • Geographic information systems and mapping user group demographics, actions and choices

    2. Engagement strategies often need to be layered and sequenced in terms of how they are deployed. What are appropriate and inappropriate ways to do this?

    Critical Resources

    We have also included a short, curated list of sample references below.

    http://www.digitalengagementframework.com/ Guide to Localism - Part 2: Getting community engagement right Communication and Citizen Participation Techniques - Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC), Seattle, Washington Digital Placemaking – Authentic Civic Engagement Urban Storytelling in New OrleansExploring Interactive Storytelling about Urban Redevelopment http://publiclab.org/ http://www.neighborhoodstoryproject.org/
  • A Modern Affair

    New York | Dates: 13 May, 2014

    A special night to support
    DOCOMOMO New York/Tri-State
    and celebrate 50 years of Alvar Aalto’s
    Edgar J. Kaufmann Conference Center

    Tuesday May 13, 2014
    6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

    Alvar Aalto Rooms 
    The Edgar J. Kaufmann Conference Center
    809 United Nations Plaza
    New York City

    On May 13, DOCOMOMO New York/Tri-State welcomes aficionados of mid-century Modernism to a special evening with a rare glimpse of the Edgar J. Kaufmann Jr. Conference Center, designed by renowned Finnish architect Alvar Aalto (1898–1976). A Modern Affair supports the work of the DOCOMOMO New York/Tri-State chapter and celebrates the 50-year milestone of the Center, which is one of only four Aalto-designed projects in the United States. The architect used his beautifully-refined signature elements—gentle curves, bent birch wood details, cobalt porcelain tile and sculptural lighting—to transform the 12th floor of the Institute of International Education’s headquarters into an intimate gathering space. These features exemplify Aalto’s distinctive Scandinavian interpretation of the International Style, which is heightened by views of the United Nations through the east-facing window wall and from an outdoor balcony.

    For ticket and sponsorship details visit our NYCharities Modern Affair event site 
    For questions or additional information on sponsorship opportunities please contact
    Tami Hausman or Meredith Bzdak:
    hausman@hausmanllc.com
    meredithb@msarchitectsllc.com

  • Chicago Expander at Archeworks: Food Workshop

    Chicago | Dates: 14 Apr, 2014

    The Chicago Expander at Archeworks is a research initiative that brings together thinkers, designers and practitioners to construct new discourses on regionalism and develop new models addressing large- and small-scale urban design.

    Co-directed by Iker Gil and Antonio Petrov, the Chicago Expander workshops examine our region’s micro-geographies, boundaries, networks and systems through the lenses of energy, food, economy, water and transportation.

    Food Workshop
    This Chicago Expander workshop will explore our region’s food systems by drawing on geography as a research and design paradigm. How does food surpass typical boundaries of jurisdiction and governance, and impact larger geographies? With food and the infrastructure that is required to produce, distribute and store it central to our investigation; we will examine the politics behind local, national and global food interests and the implications on region formation processes in Chicago. Individuals with diverse disciplinary backgrounds are welcome to apply.

    Dates:  Five evening sessions (6-8pm) Apr 14, Apr 16, Apr 21, Apr 23 and May 5
    Three Saturday sessions (10am-5pm) Apr 19, Apr 26 and May 10

    Tuition: $500

    Application Deadline: Friday, April 4, 2014

    More information and application instructions at
    archeworks.org/chicagoexpander

  • Contemporary Art in Healthcare Environments

    New York | Dates: 23 Apr, 2014
    Wednesday, April 23, 6:30pm

    This lecture will look at how contemporary art is integrated into healthcare environments and the affect it has on patients and their families. Jennifer Finkel, curator, Cleveland Clinic Art Program, Arts & Medicine, will speak about how Cleveland Clinic utilizes its contemporary art collection comprised of nearly 5,400 artworks and how the art program is an integral part of the patient experience.Diane Brown, founder and president, RxArt, a non-profit organization that transforms pediatric hospital facilities into comforting and engaging spaces through site-specific installations by contemporary artists, will speak about projects working with artists such as Jeff Koons, Rob Pruitt, Kenny Scharf and many more.

    NYSID Auditorium, 170 East 70th Street, NYC. 
    $12 General Admission
    $10 Seniors and Non-NYSID Students
    NYSID Students are Free

  • African Perspectives 2014: The Lagos Dialogues

    Lagos | Dates: 10 – 13 Apr, 2014

    The Lagos Dialogues 2014 will take place at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Festac, Lagos. We invite you to attend this ground-breaking international conference and dialogue on buildings, culture, and the built environment in Africa. The conference is hosted by the organisation ArchiAfrika, based in Ghana, with support from organisations and institutions throughout Africa, and across the world. Its main aim is to provide a venue and forum for discussion, debate and academic discourse on emerging themes related to the African City and the built environment on the continent.

    The event is unique in gathering together both scholars and creative people from Africa to provide a forum to share and debate their ideas on the key themes which are shaping Africa’s buildings and urban environment through a number of cultural and social lenses, including literature, art, and the traditional built environment disciplines.

    There are five thematic areas that will be covered:

    Theme 1: The Diaspora: Culture and the Inter-disciplinary Arts

    Theme 2: Housing Cultures

    Theme 3: African Cities and Mass Housing

    Theme 4: The Physical and Virtual Worlds of Africa

    Theme 5: The Green Imperative & New Technologies for Urban Africa

    Click here to download the program.

    For more information, visit the official conference site.

  • East West Central 02: Re-scaling the Environment. New Landscapes of Design, 1960-1980

    Zurich | Dates: 15 Mar – 25 Apr, 2014
    Conference at the ETH Zurich, 28/29 November 2014

    Institute gta, Theory of Architecture, Prof. Dr. Ákos Moravánszky

    East West Central 02:
Re-scaling the Environment. New Landscapes of Design, 1960–80

    Following the international conference 'Re-humanizing Architecture: New Forms of Community, 1950-1970', to be held on 16/17 May 2014 at the ETH Zürich, this second symposium of the project "East West Central" seeks to trace the development of novel approaches and strategies for a systemic and comprehensive design of the built environment and for architectural and territorial planning since the 1960s. The expansion of architecture to consider the whole environment, the shift from objects to processes, and the turn to systems and networks of distribution of both resources as well as people went in hand not only with rapid modernization, technological and scientific progress, but also with a rise of utopian ideals and technocratic beliefs how these processes could be managed efficiently. Transdiciplinary encounters with new subjects such as cybernetics but also with established disciplines such as economic planning and sociology had a profound influence on architecture and urbanism.

    We ask to what extent these innovations and shifts in both scale and method within the practices of architecture and urbanism were symptoms of convergence and/or outcomes of the competition between different economic and political systems. One of the chief objectives of the competing systems and economies of Western and Eastern Europe was the idea to provide a targeted output of available resources by interventions of the government or of other agencies. The conference will examine strategies behind the material, conceptual and design-oriented changes that have fundamentally transformed the European landscapes across the East-West dichotomy. It also seeks to trace exchanges and knowledge transfer between agents across the political divide through international professional networks such as the UIA and its meetings, for example the 1967 conference in Prague with the topic 'Architecture and the Human Milieu' or its 1972 meeting in Varna, Bulgaria on the subject of leisure.

    We seek contributions that focus on discourses, accounts and images of urban, economic or cultural systems and hierarchies, which derived from new ideas of scale, efficiency and centrality and which were fostered by new means of traffic, programming and production in all parts of Europe. Papers should address transnational phenomena within architecture and planning that sought to give shape to the age of large-scale systems of supply and consumption, travel and leisure. We hope that contributions will consider the hopes that underpinned the implementation of new scales and systems as well as their often-conflicting actuality, due to the inertia of material and social realities. The organizers encourage comparative studies that reflect upon:

    • different methodological approaches for system-based designs of architecture,infrastructures and the built environment, including but not limited to the theories and utopian projects of Western and Eastern European members of the GEAM group, individuals from institutions such as the former Soviet institute for design research VNIITE, the HfG ULM, and others.  
    • the impact of territorial reorganization, shifting centralities, comprehensive planning and new technologies on architecture with respect to processes of urbanization, industrialization or the intensification of agriculture and the broader idea of efficiency.  
    • the architecture of infrastructures such as networks of supply, service and consumption, the construction of highways and other large-scale structures such as oil and gas pipelines and their impact on territorial ecologies, as well as new approaches to landscape and increased environmental awareness that result from these processes.

    Please send an abstract of up to 300 words and a brief biography (max. 150 words) to: professur.moravanszky@gta.arch.ethz.ch

    Abstracts can be submitted until Friday, 25 April 2014. The selected participants will be informed by Monday, 26 May 2014. Full papers are due two weeks ahead of the symposium, on 14 November 2014.

    A limited number of travel allowances might be available for successful applicants. 

    For further details and updates please visit: http://www.moravanszky.arch.ethz.ch/veranstaltungen/eastwestcentral-02
  • VerSus 2014: Lessons from Vernacular Heritage for Sustainable Architecture

    Valencia | Dates: 11 – 13 Sep, 2014

    VerSus 2014 is an International Conference on the Lessons from Vernacular Heritage for Sustainable Architecture. The conference themes are the study of vernacular architecture and its mechanisms for sustainability, the conservation and restoration of vernacular architecture and the potential applications of sustainable lessons of vernacular heritage to contemporary architecture. The conference will take place on 11th, 12th and 13th September 2014, at the School of Architecture of Universitat Politècnica de València. Associated to  VerSus 2014  Conference will be organised  Mediterra 2014, the second conference of Earthen Architecture in the Mediterranean  region, and ResTAPIA 2014, the second conference of earthen architecture conservation in general, and rammed earth conservation, in particular.

    The conference programme of VerSus 2014 includes keynote lectures  by international experts and the presentation of papers and posters during  11th and 12th September 2014. The previous day, 10th September will take place a workshop and the 13th September 2014 will be dedicated to technical visits.

  • IUAES 2014: Towards an Architectural Anthropology

    Chiba City | Dates: 15 – 18 May, 2014
    The Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology (JASCA) invites anthropologists from around the world to our 50th Anniversary Conference to be held jointly with IUAES Inter-Congress 2014.

    The Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology (JASCA) invites anthropologists from around the world to our 50th Anniversary Conference to be held jointly with IUAES Inter-Congress 2014.

    The conference aims to attract well over 1000 international and domestic delegates to Chiba City in Greater Tokyo. The theme will be The Future with/of Anthropologies. The language of the conference will be English. Read the conference theme, see who will be giving the keynotes, and browse the list of accepted panels and papers.

    The conference itself will take place from 15th to 18th May 2014, at the International Conference Hall of Makuhari Messe, Chiba City. Please note that on the 14th of May, there will be a drinks reception and the registration desk will be open for a few hours in the evening. For further information of the IUAES2014 general timetable, please have a look here.

  • ARCHDESIGN '14

    Istanbul | Dates: 08 – 10 May, 2014
    Deadline for submission of abstracts: March 14, 2014
    Deadline for registration: March 28, 2014
    Deadline for full papers submission: April 4, 2014

  • The Digital Future of World Heritage

    Rome | Dates: 02 – 04 Apr, 2014

    Ground-breaking methods of documentation and interpretation of World Heritage Sites is the theme for a collaborative Symposium presented by the University of Notre Dame and the UNESCO World Heritage Center (WHC), in collaboration with Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Scholars in Sciences and Humanities are trying to uncover a layer of evidence from the past, using the technology of the future, in order to make sense of and reveal a particular reality. With the convergence of both traditional and new technologies, we are able to reveal a greater depth to the story that history has left behind.

    The Symposium will focus on the need for state-of-the-art tools and technologies that transform the way we think about documentation, interpretation, archiving and preservation for future generations. Technology transfer in the Humanities is still in an exploratory phase. Engaging University faculty from other fields with expertise in established technologies, such as georegistration, land and subsurface mapping/imagery, remote sensing, cartography, accelerator mass spectrometry and finite element methods, has the potential to inspire innovative methods of documenting heritage and furthering research on site. The Symposium will also be a platform to present various techniques of merging scientific research with site management, and the benefits of such joint approaches to the improvement and management of World Heritage Sites. Government and State agencies involved in running sites will be introduced to the latest techniques in documentation, analysis and historic research to study and maintain sites.

    We hope you can join us at this special event. Explore the tabs above to learn more about the ProgramSpeakersSymposium site and the Exhibit of architectural research that will launch concurrently with the Symposium.

  • CFP: Materia Arquitectura No9: FORM

    Santiago | Dates: 13 – 21 Mar, 2014
    MATERIA ARQUITECTURA is a semiannual publication about architecture, edited by the School of Architecture of Universidad San Sebastian since 2009 (Santiago de Chile). The journal intends to widen the knowledge of the discipline from a critical view as a record, diffusion, and reference tool aiming at the opening of new discourses of contemporary architecture.

    MATERIA ARQUITECTURA is open to the whole national and international academic and professional community. The journal has a special interest in publishing works on the theoretical research and practical production of current architecture in Latin America.

    MATERIA ARQUITECTURA No9: FORM

    'It is the pervading law of all things organic and inorganic, of all things physical and metaphysical, of all things human and all things superhuman, of all true manifestations of the head, of the heart, of the soul, that the life is recognizable in its expression, that form ever follows function. This is the law.'

    Sullivan, Louis H. (1896)

    'The Tall Office Building Artistically Considered'.

    Lippincott's Magazine (March 1896): 403-409.

    Form follows function, the phrase coined by the American architect, Louis Sullivan, in late XIX century is perhaps one of the most significant and foundational principles of XX century's modern architecture.

    The rationalist perspective in architectural design due to the changes generated by the emergence of new industrial materials like steel and glass (among other factors) certainly impacted on the proposals, design strategies and realization of modern spaces that began to set a new aesthetic, a new architecture, a new urban form. Nowadays, more than 100 years of that famous Sullivan's statement, the problem of the generation of architectural form remains as a key theme of the discipline and profession.

    To question the relationship between form and architecture seems so simple and complex at the same time: What factors do define the form?, How form is defined?, Why a form is defined?, What is the relationship between form and material?, What is the relationship between form and program?, What is the relationship between form and landscape? What is the relationship between form and technology?, and so on.

    This issue of MATERIA ARQUITECTURA journal seeks to take back these and other questions about the problem of design of architectural form in order to contribute to the contemporary debate of the discipline and profession.

    SUBMISSION GUIDELINE

    To publish in MATERIA ARQUITECTURA, authors should submit their works electronically to: materia.arquitectura@uss.cl.

    MATERIA ARQUITECTURA will only publish original and unpublished works. Texts and pictures will be the exclusive responsibility of the signing authors. Submitted manuscripts will be assessed by the Editorial Committee and by peer reviewers. Once the submitted material has been accepted, MATERIA ARQUITECTURA will contact the authors to give them specific instructions about the publication process. The sections open for collaborations are:

    THEMATIC DOSSIER:

    Essays, researches, articles. It has a thematic character (see I.Call for Papers) and it will publish essays and theoretical works which are the result of researches or specific works. Authors whose work have been selected by the Editorial Committee should consider and/or attach the following:

    -Manuscript: maximum length 2,500 words.

    -Abstract: maximum length 100 words.

    -Five keywords.

    -Citations, notes, references and bibliography must follow the rules of APA Style.

    -Author's biodata, 100 words maximum.

    Pictures, photographs (formats: TIFF, JPG, EPS. Resolution: 300 DPI).

    -All submitted pictures must include: photo captions, data, source and authorization to be published.

    -Plans (format: DWG).

    ARCHITECTURE AND CRITICISM:

    Critical review of architectural works and projects.

    -Text: maximum length 1,000 words.

    -Technical data.

    -Architectural drawings (DWG), photographs and renders (300 DPI)

    GRAPHIC REPORT:

    Visual exploration related to Dossier's central theme.

    -Introductory text: maximum length 400 words.

    -8 to 20 images (300 DPI)

    More info:

    http://www.arquitecturauss.cl/revista/convocatoria.html

    http://www.arquitecturauss.cl/revista/pdf/2014_Materia_Arquitectura_9_Convocatoria_Call_For_Papers.pdf

    Mario Marchant L.
    Director Revista Materia Arquitectura
    Facultad de Arquitectura
    Universidad San Sebastian
    Bellavista 7, Recoleta
    Santiago - Chile
    +56225621364
    mario.marchant@uss.cl

  • Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Conference in Philadelphia

    Philadelphia | Dates: 09 – 12 Oct, 2014
    CALL FOR PAPERS/PANELS The Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs 2014 Conference October 9-11, 2014—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The University of Pennsylvania and Villanova University Revolutions! Philadelphia has long been home to revolutionary thought. Its most famous son, Benjamin Franklin—inventor, scientist, newspaper mogul, diplomat, political philosopher, educational reformer, signer of the Declaration of Independence, statesman—is the embodiment of the myriad revolutions that continue to shape human history, especially in modern times. For the 2014 AGLSP conference, we will explore the theme of Revolutions. Appropriately, the conference will take place here in Philadelphia, birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, at the University of Pennsylvania, the university that Franklin founded (in the spirit of educational reform) and the home of the ENIAC—the first computer that revolutionized the face of modern technology. We invite papers that explore a wide range of viewpoints on the topic of Revolutions, including the following: • Political • Technological • Economic • Scientific • Religious • Cultural / Artistic • Educational • Social • Sexual • Present and future revolutions – what might be the next revolution? We welcome papers from multiple disciplines, including history, literature, the social sciences, the arts, and science, but in the spirit of Liberal Studies, special consideration will be given to papers which combine the perspectives of various disciplines, and which engage academic but non-specialist audiences. Proposals that address the integration of this theme into Liberal Studies curricula and classes are also welcome. Consideration will also be given to complete panels. Presentations should be 20 minutes long. Visual and other media are welcome where appropriate, but prospective presenters are reminded to rely on PowerPoint only when it offers an appropriate enhancement to the material. Please send the Presentation Proposal Form (found at aglsp.com) along with a 1-2 page abstract to the conference organizers Marylu Hill (marylu.hill@villanova.edu) and Chris Pastore (cpastore@sas.upenn.edu) by June 1, 2014. Additional information about the conference can be found at www.aglsp.org
  • Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: density vs dispersal

    New York | Dates: 01 Feb – 01 Jun, 2014

    Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal 
    February 1–June 1, 2014
    MoMA Architecture and Design Galleries, third floor

    Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal celebrates the recent joint acquisition of Frank Lloyd Wright’s extensive archive by MoMA and Columbia University’s Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library. Through an initial selection of drawings, films, and large-scale architectural models, the exhibition examines the tension in Wright’s thinking about the growing American city in the 1920s and 1930s, when he worked simultaneously on radical new forms for the skyscraper and on a comprehensive plan for the urbanization of the American landscape titled "Broadacre City."

    Projects, from the early San Francisco Call Building (1912), to Manhattan’s St. Mark’s-in-the-Bouwerie Towers (1927–31), to a polemical mile-high skyscraper, engage questions of urban density and seek to bring light and landscape to the tall building. Highlighting Wright’s complex relationship to the city, the material reveals Wright as a compelling theorist of both its horizontal and vertical aspects. His work, in this way, is not only of historic importance but of remarkable relevance to current debates on urban concentration.

    Organized by Barry Bergdoll, Acting Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art, and Carole Ann Fabian, Director, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, with Janet Parks, Curator of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, and Phoebe Springstubb, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art.

  • CFP: Decline - Metamorphosis - Rebirth (Sept. 18-19, 2014)

    Ljubljana | Dates: 13 Mar – 12 May, 2014

    The international conference Decline – Metamorphosis – Rebirth is intended for PhD students and recent PhD graduates from different fields of humanities and social sciences, who are invited to participate.

    Proposed topics for interdisciplinary analyses are:

    - understanding and interpretation of concepts of decline, transformation/metamorphosis and rebirth in different periods and in different fields of humanities and social sciences;

    - artistic creation and modes of living in periods of decline, transformation and rebirth (the effect of social changes on artistic creativity, artistic and/or creative reactions on social changes);

    - ways of understanding and attitudes towards historical phenomena, periods, and cultural heritage in different periods of time;

    - decline, transformation and rebirth of social systems, political structures, ideologies;

    - artistic and social contexts and the role of historicisms, neo- and

    post- styles in art;

    - decline, transformation and rebirth as iconographical motifs;

    - metamorphosis of iconographical motifs, ways in which they are perceived in new contexts;

    - forgotten, rediscovered or »rehabilitated« artists;

    - crisis, transformation, and rebirth in an individual artist's oeuvre;

    - revival (Nachleben) of concepts and content within art historical periods.

    Abstract in English of maximum 400 words should be sent, with the title of the paper, name and contact information (address, phone number, e-mail) until 12th of May 2014

    by e-mail to
    phdconference2014@gmail.com or by post to:
    Department of Art History, Faculty of Arts, Aškerčeva 2,
    SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia (with the note "Conference for PhD students").

  • 5th Urban Space and Social Life: Theory and Practice Conference City Development in Natural and Built Environment

    Athens | Dates: 16 – 18 Jun, 2014

    The 4C5M Studio's 5th Urban Space and Social Life conference invites papers and design competitions that explore challenging issues under the theme of City Development in Its Natural and Built Environment.  City Development's challenge lies in how we sustain the quality of our living while balancing the demands of the natural and built environment.  Often times, our city development creates undisputable "gridlocks" for ourselves.  Challenges include but not limited to traffic, revitalization of old centers, balance use of spaces that intersect with natural forces such as  natural disasters, geographic limitations (mountains, waters, and weather), and the return of wildlife.  Our everyday living, culture, identity are shaped and impacted by the convolution of the natural and built environment.  The conference invites the participants' imagination and creativity (papers and/or desgins) to explore, understand, and solve some of the issues.

    Creating a Better Living Space with Joint Responsibility

    Please visit the conference website for details and design competition rules and regulations:

    http://www.4c5mstudio.org/conference/conference-at-athens-greece-june-16-18-2014

  • CFP: Visualising Difference: Objects, Space and Practice in Early Modern Europe (October 10th-12th 2014)

    Stockholm | Dates: 13 Mar – 01 Apr, 2014

    Visualising difference: objects, space and pratice in Early Modern Europe, October 10th-12th 2014

    Reseachers are invited to send in proposals in the form of a 300 word abstract no later than April 1st 2014. The organisers will allocate papers to an appropriate panel.

    The conference organizers will pay for all costs for travel and accomodation for paper givers.

  • TCLF Boasberg Summer Fellowship

    Washington | Dates: 13 – 31 Mar, 2014
    The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) seeks to fill the Sally Boasberg Founder's Fellowship position for Summer 2014. The sixteen-year old TCLF is the only not-for-profit in America dedicated to increasing the public's awareness and understanding of the importance and irreplaceable legacy of its designed landscape legacy. The fellowship honors the late Sarah S. (Sally) Boasberg, a founding TCLF Board Member, devotee of horticulture and great landscape design, and unrelenting advocate for education. The position, which is paid and includes housing, is available for 8-12 weeks between June and September, with a final schedule determined in consultation with the successful candidate. The Boasberg Fellow would participate in TCLF's various programs, including What's Out There, Landslide, and Pioneers of American Landscape Design Oral Histories. Specific tasks include writing and text editing, research, photography and photo editing, website management, basic graphic design, and event planning. Good writing skills and attention to detail are essential for the job. TCLF's staff - 6 full-time employees and 3 part-time - operates from an office in the heart of Washington, DC’s Dupont Circle neighborhood. If you want immersion in issues, like a diverse set of tasks, and have a strong interest in landscape history, design, preservation, and advocacy, please get in touch! Visit http://tclf.org/about/boasberg-fellowship-application.
  • SWA Group Cultural Landscape Fellowship

    Dallas and Houston | Dates: 13 Mar – 15 Apr, 2014
    The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) is pleased to announce a unique opportunity for a gifted student or recent alumnus that will take place during the summer of 2014. Developed in partnership with SWA Group, this paid position includes housing and will be based for four to five weeks each at SWA’s Houston and Dallas offices. Specifically, this position will focus on research, writing and field reconnaissance for TCLF’s What’s Out There Texas program, which is part of TCLF’s What’s Out There free, searchable, authoritative online database of the nation’s designed landscapes. Specific tasks include generating and editing text, on site photography, and photo editing. Excellent writing skills and attention to detail are essential for the job. The fellow would work for four to five weeks each in SWA’s Houston and Dallas offices, engaging directly with SWA staff and remotely with TCLF’s Washington, DC-based staff. For more information and to apply, visit tclf.org/content/swa-group-cultural-landscape-fellowship. Application is due March 15th.