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  • Florida Historical Society Annual Meeting and Symposium 2014

    Ft. Lauderdale | Dates: 22 – 24 May, 2014
    THEME: Les Français en Floride: Cultural and Historical Influences
  • CFP: Summer School History Takes Place (Rome, 1-10 Sept 14)

    Rome | Dates: 15 Apr – 15 May, 2014
    Rome, September 1 - 10, 2014
    Deadline: May 15, 2014

    Call for Applications

    Summer School
    History Takes Place – Dynamics of Urban Change

    In Antiquity people were convinced that Rome would exist forever. As
    the centre of an Empire and as a metropolis, Rome was a manifestation
    of sheer indomitable power that seemed to promise eternity. Even until
    the late 19th century, empires and states, politicians and philosophers
    continued to look to Rome and its history to justify their actions and
    find inspiration. Visitors are awed by the city’s dimensions, its
    architecture and the rich range of its urban features, both ancient and
    modern.  Modern Rome is the result of many transformations, effected by
    European history, political ideas, and clerical power. Despite the
    tangible power and weight of this history, the city is simultaneously
    alive and open for the future.

    Since 2003 the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius has invited up to
    twenty young historians and social scientists (usually postgraduate
    students) annually to take part in studies programmes in various
    locations. The Gerda Henkel Stiftung is the programme partner since
    2009. The aim is to find the traces of history in the topography,
    architecture and monuments of the place. The city itself is 'read' as a
    historical source – 'History Takes Place'.

    Taking Rome as an example, the aim of this year's summer school is to
    create an international network of the historical, cultural and social
    sciences as well as architecture and city planning, in order to examine
    current developments in urban environments.

    The summer school invites applications particularly from postgraduate
    students in history, art history, cultural studies and the social
    sciences, as well as young architects and city planners. Applicants
    should have a genuine interest in an interdisciplinary exchange on the
    history of the city and city development. Participants should have a
    specialization connected with Rome as well as a keen thematic and
    methodological interest in urban studies. Sessions will be held in
    English. Applicants are expected to prepare for the sessions with
    course materials and reading lists in order to be able to give a
    presentation on a set topic related to their academic interests and

    Travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the organizers.

    Please send your application together with a statement of interest, CV
    and suggested presentation topic (max. 2 pages) to the following

    ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius
    Dr. Anna Hofmann
    Feldbrunnenstrasse 56
    20148 Hamburg

    The application deadline is 15 May 2014.  
    Further information: www.history-takes-place.de

  • CFP: Metropolitan Temporalities (Berlin, 20-22 Nov 14)

    Berlin | Dates: 15 – 30 Apr, 2014
    Technische Universität, Berlin, November 20 - 22, 2014
    Deadline: Apr 30, 2014

    Call for Papers

    Metropolitan Temporalities, third annual conference of the International
    Graduate Research Program Berlin – New York – Toronto “The World in the

    Paper Session: Questioning the Temporalities of Metropolitan Memory:
    Transitions, Cycles, Durations and Moments

    Over the past three decades, both urban studies and globalization studies have predominately focused on spatial concerns, often neglecting the important temporal dimensions of global urban development. Our third annual conference therefore seeks to systematically examine the diverse temporal aspects of global exchange and metropolitan development in four thematic clusters: metropolitan pasts and futures; politics of time; metropolitan rhythms; and economies of

    Session Description

    Within the interdisciplinary sub-field of memory studies that has emerged since the 1980s, the urban realm has been acknowledged to be particularly well-attuned to reflect the dynamics of social memory and has subsequently been elevated as a key context for investigation. Within this body of literature, however, notions of temporality and time are often under-scrutinized and their significance is often assumed to be self-evidently connected to the process of handling the past in the present. Temporality is almost always present but is rarely the focus of such studies. One notable and influential theoretical exception is Jan Assmann’s attention to memory transitions, most significantly the transition between communicative’ and ‘cultural’ memory, determined by generational cycles and characterised by durations of 80-100 years. In addition, numerous empirical studies have emphasised memory moments or ‘flashpoints’-commemorative anniversaries or instances of returning social relevancy that facilitate the remembrance of specific pasts and the repression of others. These explications of mnemonic temporalities, however, may themselves be of the past, outdated and no longer suited for the study of metropolitan memory in the early 21st century.

    Globalisation processes, in particular the spread of virtual and digital technologies with their increasing degrees of social connectivity and instantaneity, have eroded the sharp distinctions that formerly characterised notions of ‘metropolis’, ‘time’ and ‘temporality.’ This urban temporal transformation has undoubtedly changed the nature of urban memory, although the precise ways in which this has occurred has yet to be fully empirically investigated or theoretically formulated. As such, this session invites paper proposals that question and explicate the changing temporalities of urban memory.  Preference will be given to proposals that explicitly emphasise the temporal transfigurations of existing theories of urban memory and question their ongoing validity through the application of comparative and transnational perspectives and where possible, in reference to empirical case studies.

    Please submit an abstract of 300 words by April 30th to

    amuel.merrill.10@ucl.ac.uk and emily.bereskin@metropolitanstudies.de.
    There is the possibility of financial support for accepted participants.
  • Lost Mansions of Loring Park, Stevens Square and Washburn-Fair Oaks

    Minneapolis | Dates: 17 May, 2014

    Saturday, May 17 at 11:00 am

    Why did the area around the MIA become a mansion district, and why have so many of the great homes disappeared? Local architecture historian Larry Millett explains, taking you inside the magnificent but vanished mansions that once stood around Washburn Fair Oaks Park and the nearby neighborhoods, using stories and photos from his book 
    Once There Were Castles.

    $10; $5 MIA Members, Free to the Library Affinity Group. To reserve tickets, call (612) 870-6323 or reserve tickets online.

  • Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from Le Gray to Monet Symposium

    St. Louis | Dates: 24 – 26 Apr, 2014

    Explore the rich connections between landscape and national identity during France's transformational period of 1850 to 1880

    Thursday, April 24–Saturday, April 26, 2014

    Advance registration required

    During these three transformational decades, painters and photographers traveled around France, exploring the exceptionally rich and varied range of history and geography in the nation. These years saw the Golden Age of early photography, the culminating production of the Barbizon School, and the high point of early Impressionism. Over the course of the three-day public symposium, attendees will enjoy more than 10 programs, including lectures and panel discussions, as well as ample opportunity to explore the exhibition. Choose to attend the full symposium, or the daily events.

    This symposium coincides with the groundbreaking exhibition Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from Le Gray to Monet, which includes important work by photographers such as Gustave Le Gray and Charles Marville, Barbizon School painters including Camille Corot and Théodore Rousseau, and Impressionist painters such as Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Edgar Degas, Paul Cézanne, Édouard Manet and Berthe Morisot.

    Registration Options

    To register by phone, please call 314.721.0072. To register online, please select an option below:

    Full Symposium (includes all programs, April 24–26)

    $50 – Museum Members / Students / Museum Professionals (ID required)  > REGISTER
    $75 – General Public > REGISTER

    Daily Rates

    Thursday, April 24, Evening (Keynote and Opening Reception only)

    $10 – Museum Members / Students / Museum Professionals (ID required)  > REGISTER
    $15 – General Public  > REGISTER

    Friday, April 25 -OR- Saturday, April 26
    $30 – Museum Members / Students / Museum Professionals (ID required)  > REGISTER

    $40 – General Public > REGISTER

  • Celebrate Dad: Father's Day at The Driehaus Museum

    Chicago | Dates: 15 Jun, 2014

    Sunday, June 15
    10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Complimentary general admission for fathers  

    This Father’s Day, we celebrate the men in our lives and the machines they love—automobiles. Weather permitting; three vintage cars from Chicago Vintage Motor Carriage will be displayed in front of the Driehaus Museum from noon until 4 p.m. All dads receive complimentary general admission to the Museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Urban Preservation in Context: Challenges and New Approaches in the Mid-Atlantic Region

    New Brunswick | Dates: 02 – 02 May, 2014
    This workshop calls together preservationists, city planners, community leaders, academics and students to focus on new approaches to urban historic preservation and their relevance to urban conservation in New Jersey, New York, and the entire mid-Atlantic region. Central to our discussion will be the implementation of UNESCO’s Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape (HUL, 2011). This workshop is co-sponsored by the Rutgers University Program in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies (CHAPS) and the Penn Cultural Heritage Center.
  • Fifth International Congress on Construction History

    Chicago | Dates: 03 – 07 Jun, 2015
    We invite researchers and practitioners from all aspects of the history of construction to submit paper abstracts for the 5th International Congress on Construction History, to be held in Chicago and hosted by the Construction History Society of America June 3-7, 2015. The congress follows on successful interdisciplinary congresses held in Madrid (2003), Cambridge UK (2006), Cottbus (2009), and Paris (2012). Submission: Submit proposals to https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=icch5 by June 1, 2014.
  • CFP: "New York 1880: Art, Architecture, and the Establishment of a Cultural Capital" (CAA 2015, NYC)

    Dates: 11 – 14 Feb, 2015
    From the 1870s to the early 1890s, the Empire City became the prevailing center of American finance and culture. Fueled by a flourishing capitalist economy and patronized by a burgeoning elite citizenry, New York’s built environment would be dramatically transformed. Yet, as recent scholarship has begun to consider the concept of “culture” more broadly, New York’s status as a cultural capital needs to be reevaluated not only in terms of its buildings and landscape, but in its social composition and in the institutions and organizations that played a pivotal role in the metropolis’s projection of itself. This session seeks papers that focus on New York’s cultural and material production in the 1880s, including art and architectural projects of all media, as well as a consideration of the dynamics underlying their creation and patronage. We encourage a broad range of approaches from the historical and archival, to the theoretical.
  • CONF: Architecture on Display (Berlin, 8-9 May 14)

    Berlin | Dates: 08 – 09 May, 2014
    Architecture on Display
    An international symposium about contemporary practices in the
    collection and exhibition of architecture

    08.05.2014, 6:15 – 8:00 pm: Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte,
    Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Dorotheenstraße 26, 10117 Berlin, Hall

    09.05.2014, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm: Berlinische Galerie, Alte Jakobstraße
    124, 10969 Berlin

    Compared to other art genres, architecture has been a late addition to
    institutional collections, where it began to feature in the last third
    of the twentieth century. Architectural collections have now
    established a firm place in the international cultural landscape. The
    academic symposium “Architecture on Display” is being organised by the
    Berlinische Galerie and the Institute of Art and Visual History at
    Berlin’s Humboldt University. International experts representing
    museums, academic research and contemporary architectural practice will
    share current thinking and visions about the work they do. They will
    focus on new trends in construction, strategies for collection, the
    research agenda, and public education about architecture.

    Eminent speakers at the symposium “Architecture on Display” will
    consider how high standards in this work around architecture can be
    upheld in the long term. The opening keynote, devoted to the history
    and future of the German Museum of Architecture in Frankfurt am Main,
    will be given by its deputy director Wolfgang Voigt on Thursday, 8 May
    2014, starting at 6:15 pm, at the Humboldt University in Berlin. On the
    following day, museum directors and curators from Germany and across
    Europe will meet at the Berlinische Galerie to discuss the scope and
    direction of the collections and exhibitions undertaken by their
    institutions and the issues they currently face. Examples will serve to
    illustrate the decision-making process surrounding acquisitions, and
    the importance of coordination between institutions will be underlined.
    A third cluster of presentations will address the increasing
    digitalisation of planning processes and present-day phenomena such as
    the transitional use of urban space and projects for temporary
    architecture. These new trends confront collectors and curators with
    questions about the significance of originals and appropriate ways of
    documenting innovative professional practice, planning instruments and
    action models in the museum environment.

    The conference languages will be German and English. There is no charge
    for attending either session.
    To participate in the symposium on 9 May, please register by 7 May 2014
    at symposium@berlinischegalerie.de

  • Northern Spark 2014

    Minneapolis | Dates: 14 Jun, 2014
    Northern Spark is an all-night arts festival that lights up Minneapolis on June 14th, 2014.

    On the second Saturday in June each summer, tens of thousands of people gather along the Minneapolis riverfront and throughout the city to explore giant video projections, play in temporary installations in the streets, and enjoy experimental performances in green spaces and under bridges. From dusk to dawn the city surprises you: friendly crowds, glowing groups of cyclists, an unexpected path through the urban landscape, the magic of sunrise after a night of amazing art and experiences. Northern Spark is the one-night arts event people talk about for the rest of the year. For more information, visit northernspark.org.

    Northern Spark is presented by Northern Lights.mn, a non-profit arts organization whose mission is to transform our sense of what’s possible in public space. Northern Spark is one night, but Northern Lights.mn shines throughout the year with projects such as Creative City Challenge for the Minneapolis Convention Center, The Giant Sing-A-Long at the Minnesota State Fair, and permanent, interactive public art for Saint Paul’s Union Depot. 

  • Denver's Historic Homes

    Denver | Dates: 18 Apr, 2014
    April 18, 2014 1:00-2:00PM
    Author and historian Amy Zimmer discusses Denver’s historic homes in celebration of Architecture Month. Learn how architectural styles in Denver reflect people’s needs, desires, values—and occasionally their eccentricities! 
  • Colorado's Landmark Hotels

    Denver | Dates: 09 May, 2014
    May 9, 2014 1:00-2:00PM
    Don’t miss this chance to travel to Colorado’s historic hotels without leaving your chair. Author Linda R. Wommack shares stories about the glory days and current statuses of hotels designated as historic landmarks. You’re sure to walk away with new destinations to add to your travel wish list. 
  • CFP: Questions in Southeast Asia’s Architecture / Southeast Asia’s Architecture in Question

    Singapore | Dates: 15 Apr – 01 Jul, 2014
    Dates: 8-10 January 2015 (Thursday to Saturday)
     Venue: Department of Architecture, School of Design and Environment National University of Singapore

    Submission of abstract
    Please send a 500-word abstract with a short 2-page curriculum vitae to seaarc.symposium@gmail.com by 01 July 2014.

    Key Dates 
    01 Jul 14 Submission of abstract
    01 Aug 14 Notification of acceptance
    15 Sep 14 Early bird registration deadline for presenters
    01 Nov 14 Submission of full paper and registration deadline for presenters
    24 Dec 14 Registration deadline for all

    Keynote speakers • Prof. Hilde Heynen, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. • Prof. William Logan, Deakin University • Assoc. Prof. Abidin Kusno, University of British Columbia. Confirmed speakers (in alphabetical order and to be updated) • Dr. Cecilia Chu, The University of Hong Kong • Assoc. Prof. Hazel Hahn, Seattle University • Dr. Kemas Ridwan Kurniawan, Universitas Indonesia • Prof. Gerard Lico, University of the Philippines • Assoc. Prof. Koompong Noobanjong, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology • Assoc. Prof. Anoma Pieris, University of Melbourne • Dr. Pirasri Povatong, Chulalongkorn University • Assoc. Prof. Iwan Sudradjat, Institut Teknologi Bandung • Prof. Gunawan Tjahjono, Universitas Pembangunan Jaya • Prof Tim Winter, Deakin University

    What is Southeast Asia architecture? Does the construction of Southeast Asia architecture depend on the validity of Southeast Asia as a geographic unit of analysis? In Southeast Asia studies, the cogency and usefulness of Southeast Asia as a geographic unit of analysis has been much discussed and debated. Scholars have wondered if a diverse region divided by different cultures, languages, ethnicities and religions has sufficient commonality to be productively considered as a single region. With the end of the Cold War and the crisis of Area Studies, the relevance and validity of Southeast Asia as a geographic unit has been subjected to further interrogation in the past two decades or so.

    While there are scholars who question the relevance of a geographic unit of analysis that was only invented recently and by external observers for a post-Cold-War era, there are others who are keeping faith with Southeast Asia as a unit of analysis. Some argue that, as a geographic unit, Southeast Asia serves as a useful conceptual tool for framing meaningful analysis. Others contend that the polyvalency and fluidity of Southeast Asia as a geographic unit can be an analytical strength, allowing them to explore networks, flows and connections – the new emphases of globalisation studies.

    We share the optimism of these scholars who have kept faith with Southeast Asia. We further believe that the scholarship on Southeast Asia’s architecture need not just draw on but can also contribute to the understanding of Southeast Asia as a geo-historical unit. Architecture is after all a spatial art and it should productively shape our conception of Southeast Asia as a region. How have or can scholars of architecture and urbanism in Southeast Asia contribute to this broader discourse of space and history in this region?

    This symposium invites scholars to submit papers that explore the multifarious relationships between architecture in Southeast Asia and issues surrounding its use as a geographic unit of analysis. We are especially interested in papers that address the following themes

    A. Surveying Architectural Histories in Southeast Asia
    The scholars working in and on Southeast Asia are divided by the different languages and academic cultures of the region. The diverse academic cultures and, in the words of Thongchai Winichakul, “political economy of scholarship” mean that much of the scholarship on Southeast Asia architecture is written in vernacular languages and inaccessible to scholars working in other languages. While English is arguably the main lingua franca of contemporary academic scholarship, the mainstream English language architectural history is largely silent on Southeast Asia’s architecture. This symposium seeks to address and, hopefully, rectify the lack of communication between the scholarships in different languages and the silence on architecture in Southeast Asia in English language scholarship. We see this symposium as an opportune moment for a stocktaking of the research in architecture and urbanism in Southeast Asia. We invite scholars working on the different aspects of Southeast Asia’s architecture to submit papers in English that explore, survey and review the state of research in their respective fields or sub-fields of Southeast Asia architecture. Through this gathering of scholars from otherwise linguistically disconnected research circles, we hope to promote dialogues and exchanges on some of the common historiographical, theoretical and methodological issues in researching Southeast Asian architecture. We also hope the presence of scholars working on diverse locations and different time periods will stimulate comparative and connective discussion, linking the historiographical and methodological issues of one field or sub-field to the broader – extra-local, transnational and interdisciplinary – issues.

    B. The Epistemology of Architectural Classifications
    In the writing of architectural histories, particularly the general survey genre, scholars typically employ a classification rubric that assumes certain epistemological bases and methods of analysis. These fall into two types. The first type of classification originates in Western scholarship and architectural historiography and is encapsulated by a triad of categories at the very heart of how "architecture" is defined as a discipline: “modern”, the pre-modern “classical” whether of Europe or of other “Great Traditions” and various forms of “revivalist” styles, and finally the “vernacular”. The latter two categories in Southeast Asia translate into the “(European) colonial” and “(native) traditional”. A second type of architectural classification employs cultural geographic categories that are extraneous to architecture but are employed to name specific building traditions, including but not restricted to such generic religious and ethnic labels as “Hindu”, Buddhist”, Islamic”, “Chinese”, “Thai” and other cultural labels. In most cases, there is an assumption of timelessness to these traditions. These classifications have their limitations, whereby certain kinds of artefacts that do not fit neatly are omitted, or connections between artefacts that straddle these artificial classificatory boundaries and are ill-defined by their limiting assumptions on forms, agency and processes are glossed over, simply ignored, or are distorted in the analysis to make them fit the existing assumptions. These classifications therefore inflict interpretive violence upon the artefacts that are subjected to their rubric. In many cases they are inextricably bound to legacies of European colonial scholarship or ethno-nationalisms and inherit approaches and biases in the study of architecture of (post-)colonial territories, especially if they are reliant on colonial records and scholarly precedence. We seek papers that trace the origins of the classificatory frameworks mentioned above and provide a critique through a survey of architecture that underscore their inadequacy. Papers should also consider how examples from Southeast Asia contribute to larger discussions about more recent scholarship that have revised the assumptions and challenged the limits of these classifications.

    C. On Architectural Networks and Circulation – within and beyond nation and region
    Architectural histories in Southeast Asia have tended to focus on architecture within the modern nation-state, as they have mostly been written after the independence of these political entities. . A corollary to the attention to connections across cultural and geographic categories emphasised in Theme B, is the need to acknowledge the ambiguity and fluidity of the territorial boundaries that demarcate the local from the foreign, the internal from the external prior to the emergence of nationalism, the formation of modern nation-states and the attendant construction of their “geo-bodies”. While national histories of architecture might acknowledge and address “foreign”, i.e. extra-national, influences that range from the colonial metropole to the post-colonial global “West”, their focus is primarily on the local and internal conditions of these nations. Nation-states are of course fairly recent construction and have been anachronistically applied to periods before the 20th century. Furthermore, Southeast Asia is historically situated at crossroad of major maritime networks and the different parts of coastal Southeast Asia have been connected to each other and other regions via these extensive maritime linkages for centuries if not millenia. Connections beyond Southeast Asia – whether across maritime Asia from the Indian Ocean region to the South China Sea littoral, or via overland routes – are thus of relevance to architectural histories of Southeast Asia. How have these historical “transnational” and transregional connections and exchanges shaped the production of the built environment in Southeast Asia and between Southeast Asia and neighbouring regions of Asia? Would these help to expand the architectural historical accounts that are based on modern nation-states? Given that these exchanges were frequently unequal and uneven, how should we understand and theorise the nature of these exchanges? Are the concepts that have been developed by various scholars of transnationalism and postcolonialism to describe these exchanges – such as transfer, translation, transculturation and hybridization – adequate? We invite scholars to explore the above questions and we especially welcome papers that conceptualise these multivalent connections beyond the bipolarity of centre and periphery, east and west, and local and global.

    D. Space, Society and Power
    It is well-established that architecture and the built environment are not just isolated material artifacts and autonomous aesthetic objects; they are shaped by and they also shape the socio-cultural and political economic conditions of their production, consumption and circulation. In the recent scholarship of architectural history, power has emerged as a key analytical theme in the discussion of architecture’s entanglements with society, culture, politics and economy. However, some of this scholarship is rooted in traditional art historical approaches and relies mainly on formal analysis -- the effect of power is at times too easily correlated with formal qualities. The consequent focus on buildings as “visible politics” or on the “aestheticization of politics” might not be adequate in understanding the nuances of space and power-relations. What are the conceptual frameworks that have been deployed for the exploration of architecture and power in Southeast Asia? To what extent is the above criticism applicable to the scholarship on Southeast Asia architecture history? What can we learn from the seminal texts in Southeast Asia studies by scholars such as Clifford Geertz, James Scott and Benedict Anderson that have shed important insights on power in traditional societies? What other theories could be productively used to shed new insights on the analytical theme of power? Would the Foucauldian conception of disciplinary and biopolitical power in relation to modern governmental rationality be usefully deployed in the understanding of architecture and power in Southeast Asia? What about theories from the studies of postcolonialism, nationalism and globalisation? We invite scholars to submit papers that discuss aspects of the above questions and we especially welcome papers that employ innovative approaches to explore the multifarious connections between power and the built environment.
    Convenors: Dr. Chang Jiat Hwee, Dr. Imran bin Tajudeen and Dr. Lee Kah Wee
  • Architectures of Privilege: Inquiries on Postwar Barcelona (1939-1952)

    Barcelona | Dates: 14 Apr – 15 Jul, 2014
    We invite architects, designers, historians, geographers, scholars, cultural managers and students to submit proposals for papers and sessions for the conference to be held in autumn 2015 in Barcelona dedicated to the Architectures of privilege. This is the first time that professionals and researchers are invited to address architectural and urban design in the period immediately after the civil war in Barcelona. We will focus on an area largely neglected by modern and contemporary historiography due to the traumatic and gray nature of the historical context and the displacement of the most exemplary architectures and architects during the postwar period.

    More information: http://hiddenlogic.org/arquitecturesbcn/index.html

    Invitamos a arquitectos, urbanistas, diseñadores, historiadores, geógrafos, humanistas, gestores culturales y estudiantes a presentar propuestas de artículos y ponencias para la jornada a celebrarse en otoño de 2015 en Barcelona dedicada a las Arquitecturas del privilegio. Es la primera vez que se convoca a profesionales e investigadores para abordar directamente el tema del diseño arquitectónico y urbano de la inmediata posguerra en Barcelona. Dirigiremos la mirada a un ámbito mayormente relegado por la historiografía moderna y contemporánea debido a la naturaleza traumática y gris del contexto histórico, así como al desplazamiento de las arquitecturas y arquitectos más ejemplares en dicho periodo. Más información: http://hiddenlogic.org/arquitecturesbcn/index.html
  • Biblical Archetypes in the Middle Ages

    New York | Dates: 12 Apr – 09 May, 2014
    CAA 103rd Annual Conference, February 11–14, 2015, New York, NY, Submission deadline: May 9, 2014
  • Call for Papers and Projects: DIALECTIC, a refereed journal of the School of Architecture, CA+P, University of Utah

    Dates: 10 Apr – 01 Jun, 2014

    Call for Papers and Projects

    DIALECTIC, a referred journal of the School of Architecture, CA+P, University of Utah

    Dream of Building or the Reality of Dreaming

    Checking the Pulse: Design Build Practices


    June 1, 2014


    Abstract (350 words)

    Short CV

    In Spring 2013, the School of Architecture at the University of Utah regarded its association with the Design Build studio in Bluff, Utah as a great accomplishment. Bluff is part of the emergent wave of design build studios in the United States tied to the critically acclaimed Auburn University Rural Studio established by Samuel Mockbee in 1999. Alternatively praised for promoting socially responsible architecture and criticized for aestheticizing poverty, these studios have attracted almost universal interest from faculty and students of architecture programs. In the past decade and a half, 100 out of 123 NAAB accredited architecture schools participated in some variety of the studio, and one out of every six students passed through design build education during their tenure in architecture schools.

    The third issue of Dialectic focuses on the history, theory and practice of design build studio and non-profit design industry. Surely, these studios work on the margins. They are realized in geographies and neighborhoods off the cultural grid. They take students away from the grounding certainties of home and school. They transport participants to a world incompatible with the accepted norms of their educational institutions. They confront them with the limitations of high tech spectacles born of tourist economy for the vast majority of the world that lie at the heart of disciplinary imagination. They force participants to investigate the ordinary, the understated, and the invisible, born of necessity. Most of these programs invent projects paid for with soft funds and produce clients. They do so in communities too poor to be of interest to the real estate industry and too voiceless to be heard by their councilors. They teach design’s reliance on skilled labor. In an article on the power of Rural Studio, Jeremy Till and Sarah Wigglesworth note that it is only from this spatial, material, social, constructional, economical, and pedagogical marginality that one can clearly see the center and recognize its closures, blindness, and restrictions.

    At the same time, the body-centric pedagogy of design build studios is susceptible to incredible shortsightedness. It is in danger of reproducing power relations within the society: among the educated and the uneducated, the enfranchised and the subjugated, the resourceful and their reverse. Dialectic 3 calls for papers to explore this two edged sword and think through the strengths and challenges to the resurfacing of construction as part of architectural pedagogy. At a sublime scale, what does it tell us about the direction the discipline is headed?

    We invite abstracts on the history and prehistory of these design build studios. Contributors are encouraged to evaluate both its powerful and toothless practices, and reflect on the value of this enterprise. Suggestions for photo essays are welcome as well as time lines that list the history of design build movement in any part of the world. It is not without significance that this wave of interest in the concrete, hands on, collaborative, site specific, low tech, time- and money-bound approach to architectural education has risen in concurrence with growing commitment to the abstract, automated, independent, screen-specific, high tech, and computation-led (rather than served), screen-centric approach to architectural education. Are these models two sides of the same architectural currency? Can they inform each other and create a dialectically related new definition of architecture and architect’s responsibilities in the 21st century? Does this marginal practice have the strength to hold up a mirror to the center? Or will it be subsumed under the homogenizing tendencies of normative architectural practice? How does design build education and not-for-profit building construction define and refine the social responsibilities of the profession? Do we have examples where high-tech solutions have created humane environments for culturally (also read economically, politically, and educationally) marginal communities? Finally, since these practices create a market for their goods in defiance to the logic of the mainstream marketplace, they impose very trying demands on the time, finances, and logistics of the schools, faculty and organizations committed to them. Are there strategies and tactics that can ensure their sustainability and secure their future? Contributors are welcome to suggest other pertinent issues tied to the non-profit architecture and design build education.

    The editors value critical statements and alternative practices. An abstract of 350 words and a short CV are welcomed by the editors Shundana Yusaf shundana@arch.utah.edu and Ole W. Fischer fischer@arch.utah.edu by June 1st, 2014.

    Accepted authors will be notified by June 15th. Photo essays with 8-10 images, time lines, and full papers of 2500-4000 words must be submitted by August 15, 2014 (including visual material, endnotes, and permissions for illustrations) to undergo an external peer-review process. This issue of Dialectic is expected to be out in print by March 2015.

  • Frank Lloyd Wright’s Laurent House Set to Open Friday, June 6

    Rockford | Dates: 04 – 08 Jun, 2014
    The newest Frank Lloyd Wright museum, The Kenneth & Phyllis Laurent House, will open to the public on Friday, June 6 in Rockford, Illinois. A series of events beginning Wednesday, June 4 will celebrate the opening. The opening coincides with what would have been Wright’s 147th birthday on June 8.

    The home, considered by Wright as one of the 35 best works of his career, is the only building ever
    designed by the famed architect for a person with a disability. Kenneth Laurent was a disabled,
    wheel-chair-bound World War II veteran who, at the prompting of his wife, contacted Wright asking him to design a home to meet his unique needs. Wright responded, “Dear Laurent: We are interested but don’t guarantee costs. Who knows what they are today - ?”

    The Laurents commissioned the home in 1948 and lived there from 1952 until early 2012, when the home and all of its original Frank Lloyd Wright-designed furniture was acquired by the Laurent House Foundation and added to the National Register of Historic Places.

    This single-story Usonian home is both functional and beautiful, meeting the needs of its owner decades ahead of Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility requirements. The home features a solar hemicycle footprint, patio, fishpond, carport, and outdoor connectivity to the natural landscape. The modest home is built of Chicago Common Brick and Red Tidewater Cypress. Much of the labor and materials used to build the home were sourced locally in Rockford.

    Grand Opening Events (additional details below):

    • 10 Chairs: A dinner at the Wright Table – Wednesday, June 4. Private event, limited to 10 guests, on a first-come, first-served reservation basis.

    • Launching Laurent: a celebration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Laurent House – Thursday, June 5. Limited to 160 guests; open to the public and media.

    • Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting – Friday, June 6. By invitation only, open to media.

    • Public Tours – Saturday and Sunday, June 7 - 8. Open to the public, including media.

    Following the opening weekend, the home will be open for tours on the first and last weekend of each month, and by appointment for group tours.

    For more information:
    John Groh, Laurent House board member, 815.489.1656 or jgroh@gorockford.com
  • Sound and Scent in the Garden: Garden and Landscape Studies Symposium

    Washington | Dates: 09 – 10 May, 2014

    Organized by Dumbarton Oaks senior fellow and professor of landscape architecture at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, D. Fairchild Ruggles.

    The 2014 Dumbarton Oaks symposium in Garden and Landscape Studies (May 9-10, 2014) is on the theme of sensory perception. While we often approach gardens as things to be seen—thus engaging the rational, intellectual part of the human brain—Sound and Scent in the Garden explores the more elusive experiences of sound and smell. Important dimensions of garden design and performance, and often having a powerful effect on the human body, these senses are ephemeral and can be difficult to study. The papers in the symposium explore the ways that the historical experience of sound and scent can be recuperated, and explain the meaning of those senses for landscape design, past and present.

    To register, complete the registration form and mail it to the address on the form, along with a check for $65 ($40 for students.)  This event has been approved for 12 LA CES (ASLA) credits for landscape architects.

  • SSAC 40th Annual Conference

    Fredericton | Dates: 28 – 31 May, 2014


    As proud host of the 2014 Conference of the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada, Fredericton is ready to welcome you with its rich culture, its architecture and natural beauty.

    The evolution of Fredericton’s built heritage and its unique character developed hand in hand with the area’s designation and growth as the Capital of New Brunswick. The landmark buildings in the city are a direct result of this governmental and administrative status, as much as the pastoral and picturesque setting on the wonderful St. John River, recently named a Canadian Heritage River.

    From the early and simple Loyalist vernacular dwellings to the most flamboyant Victorian mansions, or from National Historic Sites like Christ Church Cathedral to little-known Modernist gems, the sweep of Fredericton’s architecture is the most direct connection to the social and economic conditions of the past, and how that past has fashioned this exceptional city.

    Fredericton is fortunate to possess a vibrant, safe and very walkable downtown that is filled with historic and cultural treasures, like the renowned Beaverbrook Art Gallery, a protected multi-block historic district, the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, two university campuses, and one of the best farmers markets in Canada. As a diverse and bilingual city, it offers a strong sense of welcome to visitors.

    Nearby is the storied seaside resort town of St. Andrews, which is a designated National Historic District, and the McAdam Train Station, one of the country’s most magnificent remnants of our railway glory years of a century ago. Both of these will be among the organized outings planned for the conference, as will be a walking tour of the University of New Brunswick on the hill overlooking downtown Fredericton.

    Principal Venue: New Brunswick College of Craft and Design/Old Soldier’s Barracks.

    Set right in the centre of downtown, this National Historic Site was recently incorporated as part of the campus of the adjacent New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. A robust three-storey stone building built between 1826 and 1828 to accommodate over 240 British soldiers, the Barracks’ ordered and symmetrical design is a simple Georgian structure with stone walls and circulation via outside balconies.

    When the entire Military Compound was declared a National Historic Site in 1964, the barracks’ exterior was restored to its 1865 appearance, with one interior suite restored as a soldiers’ bunkroom.

    The Barracks is now a fully functional academic building for the NBCCD, housing the College library, classrooms, computer labs and offices. The ground floor vaulted casemates house artisan shops during the summer.