Recent Opportunities

  • Historic Preservation at 50: Chicago and the Future of the Movement

    Chicago | Dates: 08 – 08 Oct, 2016
    Celebrating 50 Years of Preservation 

    Many view the loss of Louis Sullivan's Stock Exchange Building in 1971 as the launch of the preservation movement in Chicago. But in 1966, a small group of individuals formed the Chicago School of Architecture Foundation to save H. H. Richardson's epochal Glessner House from demolition. That same year, Congress passed the National Historic Preservation Act and a new historic preservation movement gained traction in cities from coat to coast, including Chicago.

    Looking Toward the Future

    Join Glessner House Museum, in partnership with Landmarks Illinois, AIA Chicago, and Friends of Historic Second Church as we present Historic Preservation at 50: Chicago and the Future of the Movement. This day-long symposium event will celebrate one of the first great preservation success stories in Chicago, explore why we continue to save old buildings in the 21st century, and generate broad input into the future of historic preservation, its role in society now and for generations to come.

    Tickets and Fees

    Members of Glessner House Museum, Landmarks Illinois, AIA Chicago, and Friends of Historic Second Church receive reduced admission. Please select at time of purchase.

    Pre-paid reservations required.

    Full Day Package - $30 / $24 members

    Keynote & Afternoon Panel - $20 / $16 members

    Keynote Address Only - $10

    Optional Box Lunch - $10
  • 2016 Dubuque Heritage Festival

    Dubuque | Dates: 07 – 08 Oct, 2016
    In 1934, the City of Dubuque was awarded $200,000 from the Works Progress Administration (WPA) to complete landscapes and shelters at Eagle Point Park in Dubuque, Iowa. They turned to the young Prairie School landscape architect, Alfred Caldwell, to design and then supervise the construction of landscapes and shelters at Eagle Point Park. Caldwell executed the first phases of his vision on the north side of Eagle Point Park in less than 18 months. He was let go in 1936 and returned to Chicago where he went on to become one of the last great masters of Prairie School landscape design.

    This year’s Dubuque Heritage Festival will focus on Caldwell’s work at Eagle Point Park leading to a deeper understanding of its history and design. There will be events and sessions for all ages and all levels of interest. Please join us!
  • PhD Scholarships in "Architecture and Territory"

    Reggio Calabria | Dates: 22 Aug – 02 Sep, 2016
    The School of Architecture - Department dArTe - at the Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria is currently offering 6 fully funded PhD Scholarships in 
    "Architecture and Territory"

    The goal of this International Doctorate is a postgraduate training and research framework that has the objective of enriching "the necessary skills for carrying out highly qualified research activities at public and private entities, liberal professions, paying contribute to the European Higher Education and Research'.
    The training course aims to provide the PhD students innovative tools in architectural research and the ability to manage the project at various scales: the territory, landscape, city and building.

    The program is designed to develop the ability to control on issues of environmental and economic sustainability, energy efficiency, maintenance and management of the current questions of representation and architectural language.

    The project is conceived as a theoretical and operational spot integrating the contributions of the various scientific areas, in a complex vision that combines the most innovative research paths with layering of the territory and of the Italian and European cities. The exchange, interdisciplinary dialogue and international experiences are the necessary complement to achieve a research that is oriented to the city, territory, design, arts and architecture. 

    These results in the research thesis with original contributions oriented to investigate and develop operational control capacity regarding the issues of sustainability, energy efficiency, structural safety, restoration and regeneration intersecting with current questions of knowledge and advanced representation of built heritage.

    contact: "Angela Crucitti" <angela.crucitti@unirc.it>; Professor Marina Tornatora (mtornatora@unirc.it);
  • The 6th International Architectural Paint Research Conference Registration Announcement

    New York | Dates: 15 – 17 Mar, 2017
    The International Architectural Paint Research (APR) Conference will be held from March 15 - 17, 2017 in New York City on the historic campus of Columbia University. APR is a multi-disciplinary field, and this conference promises to bring together many members of this vibrant, creative community that includes historic paint analysts, scholars of historic interiors, art and architecture conservators, material scientists, decorative painters, preservation architects, and heritage managers. The 2017 APR conference will be the sixth in a series of increasingly influential and groundbreaking conferences that brings together professionals from around the world to share their latest findings related to the study, analysis, conservation, and replication of historic finishes in the built environment. With over 30 speakers from 14 different countries, conference topics are not limited to paints, and include architecturally engaged finishes such as wallpaper, gilding, plasterwork, and wood finishes. Previous APR conferences have been held in Stockholm, Sweden (2014, hosted by the Swedish National Heritage Board); Lincoln, England (2010, hosted by the University of Lincoln); and New York City (2008, hosted by Columbia University). Each conference has resulted in an illustrated volume of peer-reviewed papers published by Archetype Publications Ltd., one of the world’s leading publishers in the conservation of art and antiquities and technical art history. Registration is now open at: http://www.apr2017.org/registration/
  • CFP: American Association of Geographers Conference (Boston, 5-10 Apr 17)

    Boston | Dates: 19 Aug – 14 Oct, 2016
    CFP: American Association of Geographers, 5 - 10 April, 2017, Boston (Massachusetts)

    Reconstructing Urban Natures?: Building Engagements between Green Urbanism, the Resilient City, and Urban Political Ecology. 

    Hannah Teicher, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT & Damian White, History, Philosophy and Social Science, RISD. 
     
    At first glance, the on-going debates about possible forms of an ecological urbanism in architecture and design studies, the rise of urban political ecology in geography and related fields, and literatures on “the resilient city” in planning would seem to have created a promising terrain of engagement for thinking about urban ecological futures. The fields of architecture, landscape and design studies are littered with numerous iconic proponents of urban ecological interventions from Ebenezer Howard’s Garden Cities to Ian McHarg’s layered “design with nature”, from James Corner’s infrastructural parks as evolving fields to Mohsen Mostafavi’s optimistic atlas of “bright green” design proposals dubbed “ecological urbanism”. These proposals have served as inspiration to generations of ambitious designers. Urban planning scholars advocating “the just city” (Fainstein, 2011, 2015; Agyeman, 2013) and the resilient city (Vale, 2014; Jabareen, 2013) propose uneven development and distributive justice as lenses to frame planning interventions. Extending this, Wendy Steele (2012, 2015) argues that the climate-just city must account for marginalized human and non-human actors in the urban assemblage. Urban political ecologists from Matthew Gandy, Maria Kaika to Erik Swyngedouw, Alex Loftus and their cohort have exposed urban nature as a false binary, revealing how infrastructure mediates urban metabolism over space and time and explicating the structural power relations embedded in these processes. 

     
    Despite a certain commonality of topical focus and an eagerness to diagnose the impasse (Swyngedouw & Kaika, 2014), it is also striking how discussions between these areas remain uneven and sporadic at best. There would seem to be growing awareness of the deficiencies and aporias of each subfield but attempts at more reconstructive forms of critical appropriation and synthesis have been less apparent. These three approaches, one rooted in pragmatic intervention, one in ethical framing, and the other in political critique, largely talk past each other while all seeking remedies for the socio-environmental crises that threaten the urban natures of the Anthropocene. The most radical currents of urban political ecology offer stinging post-political critiques of all these literatures but then gesture towards alternative horizons which offer largely rhetorical resolutions to political questions. Assessing the state of design and planning oriented “sustainable cities” literature, Bruce Braun (2005) rightly notes a “limited understanding of the political projects necessary for change.” However, urban political ecology to date has shown a limited capacity to creatively appropriate the better insights emerging from planning and design literatures to move the debate forward.

     
    In this session, we would like to invite a wide variety of contributions from colleagues who are seeking to think about the design-politics of green urbanism, planning and urban political ecology. We would like to consider: 

     
    ·      Interventions which account for the intellectual/political and strategic impasses reached by green urbanism design/green urban planning/urban political ecology;

    ·      Papers which investigate ongoing pathologies and problems (from green gentrification to green governmentality) that are emerging with the materialization of green urban strategies across the planet;

    ·      Conceptual and political interventions which might point to more robust modes of integrating urban political ecology, green urban design and architecture, and planning for resilience;

    ·      Explorations of the utopian and dystopian geographies of historical and contemporary modes of eco-design and design activism –from counterculture ventures to contemporary forms of community design and architecture;

    ·      Examples and discussions of urban social movements and eco-urban social movements and other design activist movements that might help us productively rethink the design politics of urban ecological futures;

    ·      Ways of developing a more political and strategic design politics of urban sustainability.

     
    Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words via email to Hannah Teicher hteicher@mit.edu and Damian White 

    dwhite01@risd.edu by 14 October 2016.
  • Scotch Whisky Tasting

    Chicago | Dates: 24 – 24 Sep, 2016
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    Enjoy an afternoon of fine Scotch whisky tasting on September 24 from 3-5 p.m. at the Franklin Room in Chicago, presented by the University of St Andrews in partnership with the Society of Architectural Historians. Proceeds from the event will benefit the University of St Andrews' 600th Anniversary Campaign and the Society of Architectural Historians' 70th Annual International Conference to be held in Glasgow, Scotland, in June 2017.  

    Meet the Franklin Room's Master of Whisky, Peter Kim, who will share his expertise in reviewing the best of the world's whiskies. Spend the afternoon tasting four Scottish whiskies and an unusual 'mystery guest' tipple from further afield. An optional dinner will follow the tasting, from 5:00-7:00 PM.

    PURCHASE TICKETS

    For additional information, please contact:

    Becky Mitchell (University of St Andrews) becky.mitchell@st-andrews-ac.uk or 617-592-8972
    Carolyn Garrett (SAH) cgarrett@sah.org or 312-573-1365

    SAH and the University of St Andrews are grateful to Konrad Wos for his generous sponsorship of this event.

    The Society of Architectural Historians promotes the study, interpretation, and conservation of architecture, design, landscapes, and urbanism worldwide. Learn more at sah.org.

    SAH is a US Illinois-based 501 (c) 3 charitible organization, EIN # 20-2507723. 

    Gifts to the University of St Andrews American Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, are tax deductible.
  • Vernacular Architecture Forum 2017 Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, May 31-June 3, 2017

    Salt Lake City | Dates: 19 Aug – 30 Oct, 2016
    Call for Papers: Vernacular Architecture Forum 2017 Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, May 31-June 3, 2017 Deadline – October 30, 2016 The Vernacular Architecture Forum (www.vafweb.org) invites paper proposals for its 36th Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, May 31-June 3, 2017. Papers may address vernacular and everyday buildings, sites, or cultural landscapes worldwide. Submissions on all relevant topics are welcome but we encourage papers exploring western American themes, including ethnic settlement, landscapes of ranching, mining, and agriculture, urbanization, religious expression, Native American identity, and the creation of vacation and recreation landscapes. Additionally, the VAF is launching a multi-year program of inquiry into the distinctiveness of the VAF and the vernacular architecture movement. To this end, we encourage papers that consider this field over time. How does the wide range of VAF projects (tours, guidebooks, book and article awards, field schools, annual conference papers, publications, etc.) demonstrate how our questions, concerns, and methods have changed and evolved? Where do we see evidence of that history in our current work, and what might our future look like? Proposals might focus on a particular building type (i.e. houses, barns), a research strategy (fieldwork), political or theoretical convictions (Gender, Marxism, the Everyday, etc), or particular approaches to presenting our work and engaging colleagues and the public. Students and young professionals may also apply for the Pamela H. Simpson Presenter’s Fellowships offering support of up to $500 to presenting papers at VAF’s annual conference. SUBMITTING AN ABSTRACT Papers should be analytical rather than descriptive, and no more than twenty minutes in length. Proposals for complete sessions, roundtable discussions or other innovative means that facilitate scholarly discourse are especially encouraged. At least one session will be devoted to Field Notes – shorter papers (five to eight minutes in length) that introduce new techniques, innovations, and discoveries in documenting vernacular buildings and landscapes. Proposals should clearly state the argument of the paper and explain the methodology and content in fewer than 400 words. Make sure to indicate if it is a regular paper proposal or a shorter fieldwork proposal. Please include the paper title, author’s name, email address, a one-page c.v. You may include up to two images with your submission. Note that presenters must deliver their papers in person and be VAF members at the time of the conference. Speakers who do not register for the conference by March 1, 2017, will be withdrawn. Please do not submit an abstract if you are not committed to attending the papers session on Saturday, June 3rd. THE DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS IS OCTOBER 30, 2016. The abstracts and c.v. should be emailed as a PDF attachment to the VAF Papers Committee Chair, Daves Rossell, at papers@vafweb.org. For general information about the Salt Lake City conference, please visit the conference website at the www.vafweb.org/saltlakecity-2017 or contact Alison Flanders at saltlakecity@vafweb.org. Pamela H. Simpson Presenter’s Fellowships: VAF’s Pamela H. Simpson Presenter’s Fellowships offer a limited amount of financial assistance to students and young professionals presenting papers at VAF’s annual conference. Awards are intended to offset travel and registration costs for students, and to attract developing scholars to the organization. Any person presenting a paper who is currently enrolled in a degree-granting program, or who has received a degree within one year of the annual conference is eligible to apply. Awards cannot exceed $500. Previous awardees are ineligible, even if their status has changed. Recipients are expected to participate fully in the conference, including tours and workshops. To apply, submit with your abstract a one-page attachment with "Simpson Presenter’s Fellowship" at the top and the following information: 1) name, 2) institution or former institution, 3) degree program, 4) date of degree (received or anticipated), 5) mailing address, 6) permanent email address, 7) telephone number, and 8) paper title.
  • Louis Sullivan Reconsidered

    Chicago | Dates: 13 – 13 Sep, 2016
    Louis Sullivan Reconsidered
    Tuesday, September 13, 2016 
    5:30 p.m. Reception, 6:30 p.m. Lecture

    Location: 
    The Richard H. Driehaus Museum 
    40 E Erie St, Chicago, IL 

    New York Architect Steve Bass puts the practical and theoretical work of early Twentieth Century American architect Louis Sullivan in the context of the Platonic tradition. We consider the famous maxim 'Form follows Function' to understand it does not necessarily mean what is has typically been taken to mean, but is rather a contemporary restatement of a Platonic cosmological vision. We will additionally look at Sullivan's book on ornament and find that far from hardheaded reductionism and functionalism, Sullivan calls overtly for a magical approach familiar to ancient and Renaissance esotericism. This presentation relocates Sullivan within the classical tradition rather than modernism, to which he is presently associated. 

    Cost/Reservation: 
    $15 ICAA & Driehaus Museum Members 
    $25 General Public
     
  • James Strickland Talk at Pella Crafted Luxury

    Chicago | Dates: 22 – 22 Sep, 2016
    James Strickland of Historical Concepts LLC, Atlanta will speak about the work of his firm, Thursday, September 22 at the Pella Crafted Luxury Showroom Suite 100 at the Merchandise Mart. The lecture is cosponsored by the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art.  Reception at 5:30, Lecture at 6:00. RSVPs required at www.pellacraftedluxury.com /events  

    James L. Strickland founded Historical Concepts in 1982. A graduate of Yale University’s Graduate School of Architecture, he began his career with real estate development in Florida, later moving back home to Georgia to establish a design build firm that built over 200 traditionally inspired homes in the Atlanta area. Looking to both the vernacular architecture of the region with its links to craftsmanship and available materials, and America’s Greco-Roman architectural heritage, the work of Historical Concepts adapts the forms of historic houses for contemporary living, preserving their traditional spirit and their idiosyncrasies. Strickland and his firm are among the most inventive architects designing traditional architecture today. Sharing his knowledge, experience, and passion for architecture, Jim has taught at Georgia Institute of Technology, and served as guest critic at the Universities of Miami and Notre Dame. The work of Historical Concepts is the subject of Coming Home: The Southern Vernacular House, published by Rizzoli in 2012.
     
  • Architecture Intelligence

    Detroit | Dates: 18 Aug – 21 Sep, 2016
    Panel session to the 105th ACSA Annual Meeting: Brooklyn says "Move to Detroit," March 23-25, 2017, Detroit, Michigan
  • Shifts in the 19th Century American Cultural Landscape

    Bronx | Dates: 09 – 09 Sep, 2016
    Colloquium - Shifts in the 19th Century American Cultural Landscape
    Humanities Institute
    Luesther T. Mertz Library
    Friday, September 9, 2016
    2-4 p.m.

    In conjunction with the exhibition, Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas, this afternoon's discussion will highlight the cultural-philosophic forces and changing perceptions of nature that impacted American landscapes, garden design, and horticulture during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Three experts in American history, art, and horticulture will guide the audience through these rapidly shifting realities and thoughts, as expressed in actual and painted American landscapes, from grandiose wildernesses to suburban scenes and more intimate garden settings. Following the program participants will have the opportunity to visit the exhibition in the Mertz Library Art Gallery and the Conservatory.
  • CFP: Sequitur Issue 3, 1, Self + Portrait

    Dates: 18 Aug – 09 Sep, 2016
    SEQUITUR, the Boston University Department of History of Art & Architecture graduate student journal, invites current graduate students in art history, architecture, fine arts, and related fields to submit content for the Fall 2016 issue titled Self + Portrait. This issue explores the ways in which art objects and artistic endeavors influence perceptions of the self—and vice versa. While art and identity may seem inseparable, we seek submissions that highlight the power and importance of the mutually constitutive relationship between the two. Possible subjects include, but are not limited to, the following: reflections of the self in the built environment such as museums, funerary architecture, and domestic spaces; manifestations of self through art objects, collections, display, commissions and patronage; expressions of identity across media platforms; explorations, interrogations, or critiques of traditional portraiture; artistic journeys of self-discovery; identity politics. We encourage submissions that take advantage of the online format of the journal. We invite full submissions for the following pieces: Featured essays (1000 words) Essays must be submitted in full by the deadline below to be considered for publication. Content is open and at the discretion of the author, but should present original material that is suitable to the stipulated word limit. Please adhere to the formatting guidelines available here. Visual Essays An opportunity for M.Arch. or M.F.A. students to showcase a selection of original work. The work must be reproducible in a digital format. Submissions should include jpegs of up to ten works, and must be prefaced by an introduction or artist’s statement of 250 words or less. All images must be captioned and should be at least 500 DPI. We invite proposals (200 words max) for the following pieces (Note: Reviews of any type are not required to adhere to the issue’s theme): Exhibition reviews (500 words) Exhibitions currently on display or very recently closed are especially sought. Book or exhibition catalogue reviews (500 words) Reviews of recently published books and catalogues are especially sought. Interviews (750 words) Preference may be given to those who can provide audio or video recordings of the interview. Field reports/Research spotlights (500 words) This is an opportunity for students conducting research to summarize and share their findings and experiences in a more casual format than a formal paper. All submissions and proposals are due September 9. Please direct all materials to sequitur@bu.edu Text must be in the form of a Word document, and images should be sent as jpeg files. Please include “Sequitur Fall 2016” and type of submission/proposal in the subject line, and your name, institution and program, year in program, and contact information in the body of the email. Authors will be notified of the acceptance of their submission or proposal no later than September 16 for December 2 publication. Please note that authors are responsible for obtaining all image copyright releases prior to publication. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the SEQUITUR editors at sequitur@bu.edu. We look forward to receiving your proposals.
  • Architectural Theory Review Call for new editors in 2017

    Sydney | Dates: 16 Aug – 04 Oct, 2016
    Dear Colleague, The editorial committee for the journal Architectural Theory Review, published by Taylor & Francis/Routledge, is seeking expressions of interest for two editors who will be responsible for running the journal alongside one selected colleague from the University of Sydney in 2017. Architectural Theory Review is one of the leading architectural history and theory journals in the Australasian region as well having expanded international coverage regarding cotemporary topics of design discourse. Founded almost twenty years ago at Sydney, this journal has held a longtime position in shaping views on architectural history and theory. Interested applicants should hold a PhD in architecture or architectural history/theory, or an equivalent area of study, and an academic position at an international university. We welcome those with experience in architectural history/theory, critical theory, and aesthetic theory and philosophy. Through the Scholar One portal, editors will be responsible for creating new content for the journal, organizing and managing special and open issues, coordinating peer review, recruiting reviewers, and finalizing work for proofing and copyediting. Editors will need to report to the ATR editorial committee several times a year about the operations of the journal. Editors will also work with copyeditors from Sydney and Melbourne to assure that editorial content is properly presented. Please send a brief cover letter, a 1 page proposal for future content, and a short CV to research manager Jen Ryan at jennifer.ryan@sydney.edu.au. For any inquiries regarding the journal or editorial positions, please email Jennifer Ferng at jennifer.ferng@sydney.edu.au. All expressions of interest will be due by Tuesday 4 October 2016. Decisions will be made sometime in late November 2016. Kind regards, Jen Ryan Acting Research Development Manager On behalf of Jennifer Ferng Lecturer in Architecture Editor, Architectural Theory Review
  • HPEF Partners in Training Fall 2016 Call for Proposals

    Dates: 14 Aug – 10 Oct, 2016
    The Historic Preservation Education Foundation (HPEF) is currently accepting proposals for the Fall 2016 round of its Partners in Training initiative. HPEF established Partners in Training to provide training opportunities on technical topics associated with preservation technology. Partners in Training seeks to replicate the success HPEF has enjoyed working with other institutions and organizations in the past. HPEF is inviting educational institutions and nonprofit organizations based in the United States to submit training proposals that address specialized topics associated with the technical aspects of preservation projects. For grant recipients, HPEF’s contribution may include administrative as well as initial financial support. Administrative support can include participation in event planning, registration functions, and, as appropriate, assistance in online or print publication of materials prepared for the initiative. Initial financial support includes seed money to fund initial tasks. Grant recipients will assume all other responsibilities including marketing; coordination of onsite aspects associated with the venue; project budget; and staffing. The deadline for submissions is October 10, 2016. Grant recipients will be announced on/around December 10, 2016. Additional information can be found on the HPEF website: www.hpef.us or by writing submissions@hpef.us.
  • Chicago River Bridges Tour

    Chicago | Dates: 23 – 23 Aug, 2016
    Wendella and noted author Patrick McBriarty explore and celebrate Chicago's diverse and world-renowned bridges. Utilized by tens of thousands of people every day, Chicago's bridges are often an overlooked engineering and architectural marvels. Long noted as the birth of the skyscraper, Chicago is also the birthplace of the Chicago-type Bascule Bridge and home to more moveable bridges than anywhere in North America. Learn the history, engineering, and the surrounding these mechanical marvels.
  • CFP: Quotation: The 34th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) (Canberra, 5-8 Jul 17)

    Canberra | Dates: 14 – 14 Oct, 2016
    Quotation, Quotation:
    What Does History Have in Store for Architecture Today?

    Recalling Goethe's theory of ur-phenomenon and considering the Eiffel Tower as a montage of various elements, Walter Benjamin presented quotation as the Geist of a theoretical break with the vulgar historical naturalism, and as a means to grasp the construction of history as such: as meaning in the structure of commentary. Benjamin was not alone in using quotation as a strategy to deconstruct historicism. We are also reminded of Karl Kraus, who used quotation not to preserve, but to purify, to tear from context, to destroy the established totality. Considered as a fragment, quotation can play a critical role in putting together the large construction (historiography) made out of smallest architectonic elements, the detail.

    In general we are asking, what do you quote and to what purpose?

    Recent historiographies present anachronism as a theoretical paradigm to dispense with the historicist certainties, which most often try to cement the historian's tendency for period style, solidifying the linear progression of history. Even though quotation seems to be natural to historiography, it's hard to find a text or manuscript that does not use quotation to re-activate the past, either to confirm a claim, or to expand the scope of the historiographical implications of another claim. In both cases quotation introduces interruption, a pause in the presumed linearity and natural extension of the narrative. But what is it that makes a sentence or an idea quotable? And why is it that throughout history both architects and historians have used citations, if only to save a place in the linear progression of history? The historian's interest in quotation might be that it says something about an event and/or serves as a reminder of the accuracy of a fact, a recollection. Or else, citation forces the sentence to depart from its subject matter, historical facts and events in order to enter into the realm of what might be called insight, which can also mean in-cite, or in-site. Insightful observations, nevertheless, can become facts in their own right after being quoted and referred to repeatedly. Interestingly enough, Manfredo Tafuri makes a distinction between those who use quotations "to build a new reality" and those who use the same quotations "in order to cover up the disappointments of reality." In addition to the Benjaminian concept of historiographic montage, what quotation means for architectural historiography is this: that the text, an assembly of facts, processes, events, and insightful observations offers quotable fragments when it inaugurates or establishes a different historical knowledge.

    We invite you to consider, among other relevant subjects:

    What use does quotation have for historiography, in general, and architectural history, in particular?
    What role does the historian play in assembling quotations next to verifiable facts and information?
    What is the difference between citation and quotation?
    Quotation and historicism.
    Do quotations from the past "weigh like a nightmare on the brains of living," as Marx once said?
    Is happiness experienced in quoting something that has not yet become history, as suggested in Walter Benjamin's "On the Concept of History"?
    Postmodernism: tradition quoted or simulated?
    Historical quotations and commentary transplanted/translated out of their historicity.
    Globalization of information and digital collection of data: is it the end of quotation, or a different beginning?
    Contemporary notion of synchronicity and its implications for the discipline of history-writing?

    Abstract submission
    Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted via the Online Conference Paper Management website.

    To upload your abstract, please create a Login ID and password.

    Abstracts will be blind reviewed by at least two members of the Conference Academic Committee. External referees may be called upon to review an abstract if needed. Full papers (4500 words, including notes) will be double blind peer reviewed and those accepted for presentation at the conference will be published on the conference website, with print-on-demand editions of the full conference proceedings available after the conference at additional cost.

    For inclusion in the proceedings, a paper needs to be presented at the conference. In exceptional circumstances, (due to health, mobility etc.), a live video presentation by the paper's author may be accepted. Authors may only present one paper as a sole author, although they may present one additional paper as a co-author. All papers presented are to be accompanied by a unique conference registration - where a sole author of one paper is also the co-author of a second, the other co-author is required to register.

    Work submitted for review and for publication in the conference proceedings should be original research that has not previously been published elsewhere, or work that has undergone substantial development from a prior publication.

    Plenary Session: the invited panelists are to be confirmed.


    .......Re-quoting Jennifer Taylor (1935-2015) and Romaldo Giurgola (1920-2016)



    Timeline

    Abstracts due: 14 October 2016
    Abstract acceptances sent out: 26 October 2016
    Papers due for refereeing: 14 February 2017
    Final papers due: 1 May 2017

    Conference: 5-8 July 2017

    Submit your paper via the Online Conference Paper Management website.

    Venue
    Australian Academy of Science, The Shine Dome

    Conference Convenors
    Prof. Gevork Hartoonian gevork.hartoonian@canberra.edu.au
    Dr. John Ting john.ting@canberra.edu.au
  • Purity and Contamination in Renaissance Art and Architecture

    Cambridge | Dates: 01 – 01 Oct, 2016
    October 1, 2016
    9:30am-6:00pm
     MIT, Bartos Theater (Cambridge, Mass.)
    Registration required

    Purity and contamination have long figured in the accounts of the European Renaissance. Scholars, in the last few decades alone, have mapped the role these ideas have played in debates about godliness and sin, cleanliness, gender, and ethnicity, among other domains. Less thoroughly studied, though, is how these two intertwined categories informed European approaches to art and the built environment, both as it was created and experienced. It is precisely this lacuna that our conference aims to address. This one-day conference plots some of the myriad ways in which concerns for material purity—and contamination—shaped the artistic and architectural pursuits of early modern Europeans. The aim is not to treat these phenomena comprehensively, or to fit them within a coherent framework, but rather to recover historical instances in which they assumed particular salience: in the materials that practitioners adopted; in how they manipulated them; and in the responses (physiological, verbal, textual) that such activity provoked. To this end, participants will present case studies drawn from diverse periods and places in multiple practices, teasing out the contradictions and complexities inherent in early modern approaches to matter, but also the broader conceptual and ideological conditions that determined how matter was defined and understood. A concluding roundtable brings together a distinguished group of scholars and museum curators to debate the methodological strengths and limitations of the two categories, as well as their relevance beyond the domain of Renaissance studies.

     Participants: Joseph Ackley, Amy Bloch, Rachel Boyd, Lorenzo Buonanno, Michael Cole, Jodi Cranston, Lauren Jacobi, Caroline Jones, David Karmon, Joseph Leo Koerner, Stephanie Leone, Jessica Maier, Carolina Mangone, Christopher Nygren, Pamela Smith, Luke Syson, Jane Tylus, Michael Waters, Carolyn Yerkes, and Daniel Zolli.

    This event is the Fall 2016 New England Renaissance Conference. It is co-organized by Lauren Jacobi and Daniel Zolli.
  • Twilight Tour at Frank Lloyd Wright's Laurent House

    Loves Park | Dates: 20 – 20 Aug, 2016
    When the sun goes down, and the lights come up in the Garden Room, Living Room, and Courtyard, tours at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Laurent House take on a whole new sense of beauty and drama! The House is breathtaking at twilight, showing off the cast of the FLW designed lighting in a unique, ambient glow. Please join us for this special Twilight Tour!
  • Organicism, Open Systems, and Technology in Feminist Art (New York, Feb. 15-18, 2017)

    New York | Dates: 11 – 30 Aug, 2016
    For the CAA session “Organicism, Open Systems, and Technology in Feminist Art” we seek papers that shed new light on the theoretical origins of process, growth, and collaboration in feminist art that derive from the sciences. We are particularly interested in how women artists re-conceptualized scientific theories of organicism and open systems, and notions of technological progress in support of their social and utopian aims. For example, the scientific theory of open systems put forth by biologist Ludwig von Bertalanffy, which considered “problems of wholeness, dynamic interaction and organization”, became a model for artists conceptualizing an ever-changing relationship between humans and their social, political and “natural” environment. Also rooted in the natural sciences, notions of organicism were taken up by many twentieth century designers, architects, and urban planners, including Frank Lloyd Wright and Buckminster Fuller. They conceived human-made structures and new technologies in analogy to naturally growing forms. Among other questions, this session asks: How did feminist artists incorporate science and technology as theory, process, or media to convey ideals that were in many ways opposed to the notion of scientific objectivity undergirding a rationalized, male-dominated society? In what ways did women’s involvement with the art and technology movements of the 1950s and 60s impact their subsequent feminist practices? How did women artists engage with the utopian rhetoric centered on science and technology in the context of the space race or New Left criticism of the military-industrial-complex? We welcome papers focusing on feminist practitioners in art, architecture, and design working in the US and internationally.  Please submit a paper abstract (250 words max.), CV, and session participation form by August 30 to Susanneh Bieber, Texas A&M University, bieber@tamu.edu, and Christine Filippone, Millersville University of Pennsylvania, cfilippone@millersville.edu For more information including the session participation form see http://www.collegeart.org/pdf/2017-call-for-participation.pdf.
  • PhD Scholarship: 'Architectural design to improve Indigenous health outcomes', UQ School of Architecture

    Brisbane | Dates: 11 – 21 Aug, 2016
    The School of Architecture at the University of Queensland invites applications for the following research project: 'Architectural design to improve Indigenous health outcomes' The goal of this research project is to improve the experience and use of healthcare architecture for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The aim is to identify the best design principles and practices through an analysis of existing clinics and hospitals and surveys of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander users. The overarching research question is: “When it comes to health service engagement, does design matter to Indigenous people, and how does it affect their decisions around accessing health care?” Professor Paul Memmott (p.memmott@uq.edu.au) and Tim O'Rourke (t.orourke@uq.edu.au) are the Chief Investigators. For enquiries please contact: Brit Winnen, Research and Projects Manager (b.winnen@uq.edu.au). Please apply online: https://scholarships.uq.edu.au/scholarship/uq-apa-special-round-support-arc-nhmrc-projects Scholarship Applications and Details APA scholarships are funded by the Commonwealth Government to provide assistance for living costs to domestic students during completion of a PhD. This special APA round offers scholarships for projects which are aligned with recently awarded ARC and NHMRC projects. Work with leading researchers, and learn to conduct research independently and think critically, while contributing to large projects of national significance. Scholarship value: $26,288 per annum, indexed annually. Tuition fees do not apply. Closing date: Sunday 21 August (Asutralian Time). Offers will be sent to successful applicants in late September or very early October. Commencement: Monday 3 - Monday 31 October, 2016. Apply Online: UQ APA Special Round to Support ARC & NHMRC Projects http://www.architecture.uq.edu.au/launch-your-research-career-phd-scholarships-available-now
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