Recent Opportunities

  • Invention of the Environment in Architecture - CCA Mellon Multidisciplinary Research Project

    Montreal | Dates: 23 Feb – 21 Apr, 2017
    Mellon Multidisciplinary Research Project
    “Architecture and/for the Environment,” 2017-2019
    Open Call
    10 February to 21 April 2017
    CCA, Montreal

    External advisors
    Daniel Abramson, Boston University
    David Gissen, California College of the Arts
    Imre Szeman, University of Alberta 

    CCA Committee
    Mirko Zardini, Director
    Giovanna Borasi, Chief Curator
    Kim Förster, Associate Director, Research

    Invention of the Environment in Architecture

    As the effects of man-made climate change become apparent, it is now clear that architecture needs an environmental history. The Canadian Centre for Architecture is initiating a collaborative and multidisciplinary research project to write such a history. From Sorry, Out of Gas in 2007, in which we highlighted the histories of specific alternative energies, to our most recent exhibition It‘s All Happening So Fast, exploring counter-narratives of progress in Canada, the CCA has come to understand the environment as not merely reducible to nature, but first and foremost a battleground for social, political and economic issues.

    At the CCA, we propose to rethink the discipline of architecture by offering a different understanding of how architecture and the environment have been co-produced. While attention across disciplines has focused on the new realities of the Anthropocene, architecture’s complex historical relationship to nature has yet to be surveyed. We fear that the pragmatic, techno-utopian, or even environmentalist stances that have monopolized the subject do not equip us to face the challenges ahead, and that we must pursue a more critical engagement.  With “Architecture and/for the Environment,” we propose to dismantle positivistic discourse on architecture’s environmental history, and to move beyond the narratives of tragedy and apocalypse that often accompany it. 

    The CCA solicits proposals for research projects that deal with unresolved, and perhaps irresolvable, problems in architecture’s environmental history, which point to its contradictions and ambiguities. The projects should ask how architecture manifests such problems, and through what kinds of narratives environmental histories are told and connected. The thematic spectrum includes the processes of industrialization and urbanization vis-à-vis the effects of pollution; the regulation of population, food, and resources in imperial and post-colonial contexts; the rule of petro-cultures and the reliance of architecture on oil as an energy base; the lure of obsolescence and of sustainability as paradigms of change; the recognition of human impact on earth and its limits; the constricted scope for action at the scale of the sovereign state despite the planetary scope of the environmental crisis; paralysis of stakeholders in times of scarcity while inequality and injustice prevail; and the parallel hyper-regulation of nature and deregulation of the economy. 

    With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the CCA will run a research project to analyze and historicize the ways in which architecture has constructed our socio-spatial relations with nature since industrialization and has reinvented the environment through using resources, in causing footprints and impacts, and by thinking in cycles and systems. The grants will support original research on specific projects or building materials, on architectural concepts or techniques, and on topical publications or events that provide concrete cases for a new history of architecture’s relationship to the environment. 

    Applicants may propose projects that revisit familiar cases in architecture’s history, introduce new episodes, or offer unexpected readings of material that one would not normally consider “environmental.” Importantly, to be successful, applicants must locate the particular cases they will be investigating in longer narratives of architecture and the environment. Proposals should also address the transdisciplinarity inherent to the theme “Architecture and/for the Environment” by engaging fields other than architecture, planning, and landscape architecture. As such, applicants should identify and explain how their project addresses open questions in disciplines such as anthropology, cultural studies, economic history, energy humanities, environmental history, historical geography, the history of science and technology, political ecology, and the social sciences, among others.

    The collaborative and multidisciplinary research project directed by the CCA is open to academics and cultural producers across ranks. Those interested should submit their proposal through our application portal by 21 April 2017. Applications must include a 750-word project outline based on the selected cases, a 500-word synopsis locating the proposed research within larger narratives of the environment in architecture, a bibliography of key literature and of pertinent holdings in the CCA Collection or in other archives (2 pages maximum), a CV (5 pages maximum), and a short bio of no more than 300 words highlighting the applicant’s engagement with the subject. 

    Mellon Seminar
    “Architecture and/for the Environment” will unfold in two phases. First, the CCA will invite sixteen shortlisted applicants to participate in a multiday Mellon Seminar, which will take place in Montreal in mid-July 2017. Seminar participants will discuss their individual projects and debate the conceptual terms and the methodological tasks of contending with the environment through history. All sixteen shortlisted applicants will receive a stipend to attend the Mellon Seminar. However, following a peer-review process, only eight applicants will be selected to return for the second phase of the project, and participate in the Mellon Research Project. It is essential that applicants demonstrate a productive engagement with the work of the other participants to be considered in the selection.

    Mellon Multidisciplinary Research Project
    The eight selected Mellon Researchers will reconvene in the fall of 2017 to begin their eighteen-month engagement with the Mellon Research Project on “Architecture and/for the Environment,” and will continue the work through the spring of 2019. Each Mellon Researcher will receive a grant to support their research and production, including a CCA residency of twenty to thirty working days total, and to participate in three multiday Mellon workshops and seminars. Mellon Researchers will contribute to various objectives and outcomes of the research project by writing a collaborative white paper with the other Mellon Researchers, by producing individual essays in conversation with the group and with CCA staff, and by critically engaging the CCA Collection and library holdings. 
  • Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Reappraisals and Revisions

    Oxford | Dates: 05 – 07 May, 2017
    As the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright's birth comes round in 2017, he appears omnipresent in his familiarity but difficult to assess compared to the other founders of Modernism. Combining reappraisal and contextualisation of his work from leading scholars, this weekend also considers the nature and extent of his impact in Britain from the 1920s to the present. This raises general questions about the nature of influence in architecture, the identification of national character in the modern period, and continued capacity of Wright to surprise us with his multiplicity of faces.
  • The Culture of the Regency: Image, Reality and King George IV - Lecture Series

    Oxford | Dates: 10 May – 14 Jun, 2017
    The Regency period (c.1780-c.1830) was, for the visual arts, a time of exuberance, colour, experimentation – and fun. It was the period of Nash and Soane, of Turner and Constable, of Brighton Pavilion and Regent Street. Its vibrancy and originality took its cue at least partly from the personality of the Prince Regent himself (after 1830, King George IV). Prince George’s eclecticism in art, architecture and the decorative arts were in the van of taste: he helped to make the Regency era the first truly eclectic age, anticipating the Victorians’ love of mix-and-match, was responsible for considerable stylistic and technical innovation, and became the greatest ever royal builder and collector, erecting a stunning set of royal homes – which today still constitute the Crown’s most significant architectural assets – and creating much of the present-day Royal Collection. At the same time, however, George IV was seen by many of his subjects at best as a flawed figure of fun, at worst as a predatory and irresponsible spendthrift. Moreover, the style and taste of the Regency was by no means merely a royal creation: for the first time, middle-class families dictated the disposition and decoration of the home. Liberated by technology, householders were able to acquire what had, barely fifty years before, been regarded as unattainable, aristocratic luxuries – from chintz to chimneypieces to champagne.
  • Architecture and Biography: Master masons to the modern practice

    Oxford | Dates: 04 – 04 Mar, 2017
    Biography is one of the most important ways of understanding architectural history, the biographical dictionary being an indispensable tool, and the biographical monograph one of the standard forms of literature. We will examine the relevance of biography in different architectural and historical contexts from the middle ages to the present, and the relevance of biographical research to groups of patrons and craftsmen, and to the modern group practice. There will also be an opportunity to explore ways of using the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. We will look at the changing concepts of the architect and the architectural profession — from medieval master masons to those in post-war practices — and the value of biography for an understanding and appreciation of British architecture. Bringing together leading architectural historians and biographers, this day school combines three thematic surveys of the architect, in the medieval, early modern, and modern Britain, with two ‘case studies’ on biographical approaches to studying the built environment. The event is organized in connection with the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography—a research and publishing project of Oxford’s History Faculty and Oxford University Press—to mark the centenary of the DNB’s association with Oxford University. During lunchtime there will be an opportunity to look at the Oxford DNB’s coverage of nearly 1000 British architects active from the twelfth to the twenty-first century.
  • CFP 2017: Extended Deadline - SACRPH (Society for American City & Regional Planning)

    Cleveland | Dates: 23 Feb – 06 Mar, 2017
    17th NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PLANNING HISTORY Society for American City & Regional Planning History Westin Cleveland Downtown Cleveland, Ohio October 26-29, 2017 We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the 17th National Conference on Planning History. In order to submit a proposal online, please visit Call for Papers SACRPH cordially invites scholars and practitioners to present papers and talks on all aspects of urban, regional, and community planning history and their relationship to urban and metropolitan studies. Particularly welcome are papers, talks, roundtables, and sessions addressing the theme of Theory and Practice in Planning History. What is the relationship between the ideas shaping metropolitan development and the history of the built environment? SACRPH is an interdisciplinary organization dedicated to promoting humanistic scholarship on the planning of metropolitan regions. SACRPH members include historians, practicing planners, geographers, environmentalists, architects, landscape designers, public policy makers, preservationists, community organizers, students, and scholars from across the world. SACRPH publishes a quarterly journal, The Journal of Planning History, hosts a biennial conference, and sponsors awards for research and publication in the field of planning history. The Program Committee welcomes proposals for complete sessions (of three or four papers) and for individual papers. We also encourage submissions that propose innovative formats and that engage questions of teaching and learning, digital information, and publishing. Proposals must be submitted by March 6, 2017 (extended deadline) via the online submission form included below. Each proposal must include the following: - For individual paper submissions: a 100-word abstract - For individual paper submissions: a one-page CV, including address, phone, and e-mail (PDF or Word) - For panel submissions: a single document (PDF or Word) including cover page (indicating lead contact, with telephone and email, and the names—if available—of the session Chair and Commentator); a one-paragraph overview of the session’s themes and significance, plus a description of the format (panel, roundtable, workshop); a 100-word abstract for each proposed paper; and a one-page CV for each participant, including address, phone, and e-mail - For all submissions: four key words identifying the thematic emphases of the topic Please format required attachments with a standard 12-point font and 1.25-inch side margins. Do not include illustrations. Inquiries may be directed to Program Committee co-chairs: Julian Chambliss, Professor of History, Rollins College, Florida; or David Freund, Associate Professor of History, University of Maryland, College Park.
  • Call for applications for a book reviews editor (post 1800) for Architectural Histories. The open access journal of the EAHN

    Dates: 26 Feb – 31 Mar, 2017
    The Editorial Board of Architectural Histories seeks to appoint a book reviews editor for publications covering the history of architecture and the built environment after 1800. Architectural Histories is the online open access journal of the EAHN, published by Ubiquity Press. The Editor is responsible for commissioning, developing and editing book reviews for the journal. Architectural Histories publishes review essays that typically combine reviews of two or more books, exhibitions, conferences, … pertaining to a topic that is relevant to the field. In close concertation with the Editor-in-chief, the Editor selects the publications or themes for review essays, and invites reviewers. After commission, the Editor follows up on the writing and editing of the review, up to the point where it is ready for final copy-editing. The Editor is expected to deliver 2 to 3 essays per year. The ideal Editor is very well networked with scholars working on all aspects of post 1800 architecture, and closely monitors the state of the field, with an eye on helping create reviews that will stand out as lasting contributions to the historical and historiographical debate. The Editor is well aware of good practice in the commissioning and editing of reviews. This call is open to all scholars working on topics related to post 1800 architectural history regardless of background, discipline or seniority. Applications from scholars working outside the traditional centers of scholarship are strongly encouraged. Applications should consist of a CV (max. 3 pages) and a cover letter specifying the candidate’s appropriate skills and qualities. Applications should be emailed to Petra Brouwer, editor-in-chief (, and received no later than 31st March 2017. The new Editor will be appointed on 1st May 2017 for a four-year term.
  • Call for a new proofreader for Architectural Histories. The open access journal of the EAHN

    Dates: 26 Feb – 31 Mar, 2017
    Since its establishment in 2011, Architectural Histories has worked with an in-house proofreader to help ensure the quality of its output. The proofreader checks the page proofs of all articles on typos and consistency with the journal’s style guide after the final stage of copy-editing. The proofread is the last step in the journal’s system of quality control. The proofreader collates his/her own corrections with those of the author, sends them back to the typesetter, and signals to the editor-in-chief whether the article is ready for publication or requires further proofing. The ideal proofreader combines an eagle’s eye for detail with a capacity to read several languages besides English. He or she is proactive when it comes to verifying the consistency, accuracy and completeness of the text, references and captions provided by the author and copy-editor, this on the basis of a deep familiarity with the journal’s style guide. The proofreader will gather an intimate knowledge of the content of the journal, participate in the network of scholars that shape the journal as authors or editors, and become part of the scholarly community of EAHN. Like the other editorial positions, the work of the proofreader is not remunerated. Applications should consist of a letter of application and a CV (max. 3 pages), to be emailed to Petra Brouwer, the editor-in-chief (, and received no later than 31st March 2017. The appointment will start on 1 May.
  • Parting Shots: Minor White's Images of Portland, 1938-1942

    Portland | Dates: 03 Mar – 23 Dec, 2017
    Parting Shots examines nationally renowned 20th-century photographer Minor White, focusing on some of his earliest work when he was in Portland between 1938-1942 to photograph the city, from its economically depressed downtown to its opulent mansions. White’s captivating images document a city on the verge of change during the World War II era and serve as one of the few visual records of some of the city’s most significant architecture prior to its eventual demolition. For the first time, at the Architectural Heritage Center, White's photographs are presented alongside architectural artifacts rescued from many of the commercial and residential buildings that appear in his images and that are drawn from the Bosco-Milligan Foundation/Architectural Heritage Center's permanent collection. White’s work prompts us to think about how we should document and preserve historic buildings today, especially those at risk of demolition, and the power of the photograph in depicting our architectural heritage.
  • Building the Outer Boroughs: Architecture and Urbanism Beyond Manhattan

    Brooklyn | Dates: 23 – 23 Mar, 2017
    An interdisciplinary symposium exploring the history of architecture and urban development in The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. Thursday, March 23, 9:30am to 5:30pm, Brooklyn College Library Keynote Speaker: Hilary Ballon Participants: Thomas J. Campanella, Jane Cowan, Andrew S. Dolkart, Kimbro Frutiger, Emma Fuller, Alyssa Loorya, Martha Nadell, Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, Paul Ranogajec, Christopher Ricciardi, Jon Ritter, Kara Murphy Schlichting, Jonathan D. Taylor, Frampton Tolbert, Andrew Wasserman
  • CFP: On the Agency of Interior Spaces (Cambridge, 13-14 Oct 17)

    Cambridge | Dates: 21 Feb – 15 Apr, 2017
    CFP: On the Agency of Interior Spaces (Cambridge, 13-14 Oct 17)

    The Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA, October 13 - 14, 2017
    Deadline: Apr 15, 2017

    The Room Where It Happens: On the Agency of Interior Spaces October 13-14, 2017

    A symposium hosted by the
    Harvard Art Museums

    Keynote Speaker:
    Louis Nelson, University of Virginia

    This symposium, held in conjunction with the Harvard Art Museum’s forthcoming exhibition, The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766-1820, seeks papers that investigate spaces of artistic, artisanal and intellectual production throughout global history. From artist’s studios to experimental laboratories, from offices to political chambers, rooms and their contents have long impacted history and transformed their inhabitants. We invite case studies that address questions like the following: How might an assemblage of objects within a given space intersect or clash with ideological narratives? How have secret or privileged rooms, or rooms to which access is limited, served to obfuscate and facilitate the generation and dissemination of ideas? As historians and critics, how should we interpret and recreate such spaces—many of which no longer exist?

    The Philosophy Chamber exhibition, on view at the Harvard Art Museums from May 19 to December 31, 2017, will explore the history and collections of one of the most unusual rooms in early America. Between
    1766 and 1820, the Philosophy Chamber, a grand room adjacent to the College Library on Harvard’s Campus, was home to more than one thousand artifacts, images and specimens. Named for the discipline of Natural Philosophy, a cornerstone of the college’s Enlightenment-era curriculum that wove together astronomy, mathematics, physics and other sciences interrogating natural objects and physical phenomena, the Philosophy Chamber served as a lecture hall, experimental lab, picture gallery and convening space. Frequented by an array of artists, scientists, travelers and revolutionaries, the room and its collections stood at the center of artistic and scholarly life at Harvard and the New England region for more than fifty years. The exhibition considers the wide-ranging conversations, debates, and ideas that animated this grand room and the objects and architectural elements that shaped, supported or unintentionally undermined these discourses.

    Potential case study “rooms” include:
    •    Teaching cabinets
    •    Workshops
    •    Civic spaces
    •    Laboratories
    •    Domestic spaces
    •    Toxic rooms
    •    Secret rooms
    •    Studies or offices
    •    Artist studios
    •    Theaters
    •    Classrooms or lecture halls
    •    Chatrooms or other digital “rooms” and platforms
    •    Museum and gallery installations
    •    Exchanges
    •    Train Stations
    •    Ruins, war-torn rooms

    Due the interdisciplinary nature of this symposium, we welcome proposals from a variety of fields, including art history, architectural history, material culture studies, history, English and literature studies, American studies, anthropology, and archaeology, as well as the fine arts.

    To apply, please submit a 300-word abstract and two-page CV to by April 15, 2017.
  • CFP: Empire, Capital, and Transnational Resistance (Brighton, 13-15 Sep 17)

    Brighton | Dates: 21 Feb – 17 Mar, 2017

    13-15 September 2017
    University of Brighton, UK

    Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics (CAPPE) University of Brighton 12th Annual, International, Interdisciplinary Conference

    Call for Papers:
    The anti-colonial revolts of the 1950s and 1960s ran into the sands of neoliberalism from the late 1970s onwards. Operating as it has through neoliberal structures, corporate power has since played an increasingly prominent role in government and governance in the former ?metropoles?, in former colonies, and in relations across the two.

    The Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics welcomes interdisciplinary papers on the implications of, and forms of resistance to, the prominence of corporate power in the postcolonial age. We welcome contributions from, among others, philosophy, politics, ethics, area studies, global ethics, geography, cultural and critical theory.

    Possible themes include:

     * Philosophical, political and ethical analyses of 'Empire', 'Capital', 'Resistance' and related concepts
    * How the changing relationship between state and corporation relates to continuing colonial relations
    * How the changing relationship between state and corporation affects understandings of citizenship
    * The role of the state in a neoliberal and/or postcolonial age
    * The interrelations between rising corporate power and the disciplinary and/or securitising powers of the state, in the context of neocolonialism and neoliberalism
    * The implications of the above changes for political action and resistance today
    * The role of postmodernism and the question of difference in the neoliberal conjuncture
    * Understandings of anti- and/or de- colonial politics in this context
    * What the experiences of ?the periphery? have to say about how we understand contemporary politics and political action
    * Borders
    * The relationship between (post)colonialism, (neo)liberalism and the rise of populisms (right and/or left)
    * Trump, Brexit and the Right: implications for realignments of resistance

    Please email ABSTRACTS, of no more than 300 words, for a 20-min. presentation, to Bob Brecher --<> -- by 17 March 2017.

    The conference fee is ?210. This includes refreshments, lunch on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and a buffet dinner on the Thursday evening. There are a limited number of places available for graduate students and for people who have no institutional affiliation at the reduced price of ?105. Please indicate if you wish to be considered for one of these places when sending your abstract.

    Please note: the conference fee does not include accommodation and, unfortunately, we are unable to offer travel grants or other forms of financial assistance. A limited amount of reasonably priced student halls of residence accommodation is available on a first come first served basis.

    For further information about the Centre see:<>

    For further information about the conference and/or for updates please email Ian Sinclair:<>
  • Call for 2018 Fellowship Applications: Center for French-Japanese Advanced Studies in Paris

    Paris | Dates: 21 Feb – 31 Mar, 2017
    The Fondation France-Japon de l’EHESS is presently recruiting Senior and Junior levels researchers in the framework of the Centre for French-Japanese Advanced Studies in Paris (Centre d’Etudes Avancées Franco-Japonais de Paris, CEAFJP;
    The CEAFJP is a research and exchange platform coordinated by the Fondation France-Japon de l’EHESS, and located in Paris, France. The Centre is aimed at supporting researchers who wish to spend between 6 and 12 months in Paris, and to benefit from the excellent work conditions and from academic exchange with our international colleagues in Europe.
    This call for applications concerns the five following thematic fellowships: 
    1. Air Liquide fellowship: "Dietary Habits and their Sanitary and Environmental Impacts" (
    2. Banque de France fellowship “Macroeconomics and Economic Policy: Which Lessons from the Japanese Experience?” (
    3. Michelin fellowship: “Public Innovation Policies in Japan” (
    4. Renault fellowship: "Uses of the Automobile and New Mobility Services in Japan, in Korea and in Europe" (
    5. Valeo fellowship: "Innovative Technologies for a Sustainable Mobility" (
    The deadline for applications is March 31st, 2017. Applications are submitted by email via
    The appointed Fellow will take up the post on 1 January 2018 or at a date to be agreed.
    We also accept applications from Junior candidates applying for other fields or other themes of research for academic fundings on a competitive basis with the support of the following organisations ( :
    1. AXA research fund for Junior researchers (next campaign will open in Automne 2017)
    For further information on the CEAFJP and on how to apply to these fellowship programs, please visit the website of the Centre ( Further particulars and details of the fellowship may be asked directly by email to Mr. Ken Daimaru (
  • Cities, Communities and Homes: Is the Urban Future Livable?

    Derby | Dates: 22 – 23 Jun, 2017
    Cities, Communities and Homes: Is the Urban Future Livable?

    University of Derby, England, UK
    June 22-23 2017

    Keynote Speakers:
    Richard Blythe, RTPI. Royal Town Planning Institute Vincent Goodstadt, ECTP-CEU. European Council of Spatial Planners ? Conseil europ?en des urbanistes

    In this conference housing design, community development, city space, urban sociology and human geography will be dealt with individually, as important subjects in their own right. They will also be examined as integrated complex subjects that influence one another in fundamental ways.

    The conference encourages subject specialists to explore the specific issues of their area of expertise. It also seeks to support a more cross sector and interdisciplinary way of thinking by facilitating a better understanding of the approaches of experts and academics in these complex and interconnected set of issues: housing provision, policy and design; community resilience and participation; urban politics and social structures. This is a unique opportunity to broaden our knowledge of how the work of other disciplines impacts on our own.

    The series is organised by a collection of publishers and universities including: The University of Derby, The University of the West of England, London South Bank University Liverpool and John Moores University, UCL Press and Libri Publishing, La Universidad de Sevilla, The University of Cyprus, Swinburne University and more. It is coordinated by the non-profit research organisation AMPS as part of its engagement with the UN Habitat University Initiative.

    Between 2016-2018 the series is focused on events in the UK. See:


    Speakers this series include: Steve Cole, Head of Policy, National Housing Federation; Herman Hertzberger, RIBA Gold Medalist; Assemble, Turner Prize Winners; Stephen Hodder, CBE, Former President, RIBA; Richard Blythe, Head of Policy, Royal Town Planning Institute and more?


    Cities: Speakers include urban and landscape designers, human geographers and regional planners. Each will deal with their own work, cases studies, strategy proposals, current and emerging issues in theory and practice.
    Communities: Speakers include community activists, participatory design practices, sociologists studying community and local policy makers.
    Homes: Speakers include housing professionals, architects developing affordable housing models, and regional policy makers on housing provision.


    There are four separate publication outlets:
    There is a conference proceedings publication as part of the event series with its own ISSN. Delegates will also be considered for inclusion in two books series with UCL Press and Libri Publishing, respectively. In addition, the scholarly journal Architecture_MPS ISSN will run a Special Issue on housing.

  • CFP: Culture on the Move in Edwardian Britain (Lancaster, 8-9 Sep 17)

    Lancaster | Dates: 21 Feb – 04 Jun, 2017
    University of Lancaster, September 8 - 09, 2017
    Deadline: Jun 4, 2017

    The Spirit of Speed: Culture on the Move in Edwardian Britain

    ‘Before us stretched the deserted road; we could trace it for miles and 
    miles, a long line of grey in a vastness of green space that faded into 
    blue, rising and falling with the rise and fall of the hills. Then the 
    spirit of speed took possession of us, the fascination and the frenzy 
    of speed for speed’s sake […] We had escaped from the fetters that bind 
    man to earth; we were intoxicated with a new-born sense of splendid 
    freedom; without exertion or effort we lightly skimmed the ground […] 
    We were rushing into infinity.’ (James Hissey, An English Holiday with 
    Car and Camera, 1909)

    The fourth annual conference of the Edwardian Culture Network will be 
    held at the University of Lancaster this coming September, in 
    association with the Edwardian Postcard Project. Taking our lead from 
    James Hissey’s 1909 evocation of travelling in a motor car, or H.G. 
    Wells’s equally-breathless sea-bound finale to Tono-Bungay – we will be 
    exploring the ‘spirit of speed’, as represented, reflected, challenged 
    or wilfully ignored by British culture c.1895-1914. We invite 300-word 
    proposals for papers on any aspect of this theme. Topics might include, 
    but are not limited to:

    - Culture on the move: the significance of postcards, advertisements, 
    newspapers, travelling exhibitions, etc.
    - Reactions to new technologies: motor cars, steam turbines, radio, 
    film, etc.
    - Speed and freedom: travel, independence and access.
    - Rushing into infinity: Speed and the representation of time in art.
    - Placing the brakes on speed: antidotes to the quickening pace of 
    life: stillness, slowness and spirituality.
    - Speed and exchange: The impact of Atlantic crossings on 
    Anglo-American culture.

    We will accept proposals for 15 minute presentations and panels; we are 
    also happy to consider experimental approaches and poster ideas. Please 
    e-mail proposals (not exceeding 500 words) to The closing date for applications is 
    June 4th, 2017. Participants from inside and outside academia are 
    equally welcome!
  • Wright 150: Frank Lloyd Wright on Film

    Chicago | Dates: 14 – 21 Mar, 2017
    The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth with free screenings in March of two award-winning films examining the life and work of the legendary architect.

    Wright 150: Frank Lloyd Wright on Film is presented in partnership with the Chicago History Museum in their state-of-the-art Robert R. McCormick Theater, featuring movie theater quality and 7.1 surround sound.

    Frank Lloyd Wright: A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick will be screened Tuesday, March 14; Magnificent Obsession: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buildings and Legacy in Japan on Tuesday, March 21. Both screenings will start at 5:30 p.m. in the Robert R. McCormick Theater, Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago,

    Each program will be introduced by Frank Lloyd Wright Trust Curator, David Bagnall.

    From the origins of Frank Lloyd Wright’s career in the Chicago area through the creation of his magnificent Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Ken Burns’ masterful Frank Lloyd Wright: A Film beautifully captures the story of America’s greatest architect.

    The influence of Japanese aesthetics on Frank Lloyd Wright’s design vision was profound. Magnificent Obsession: Frank Lloyd Wright's Buildings and Legacy in Japan is the story of how he repaid that debt with his creation of the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo and forged relationships with Japanese architects who went on to alter Japan's cityscapes.
  • Frank Gehry’s MasterClass on Design & Architecture

    Dates: 21 Feb – 30 Jun, 2017
    The legendary architect is best known for his trailblazing, modern structures, and pioneering vision for what architecture can and should achieve. His designs - including the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Guggenheim in New York, the Dancing House in Prague, and 8 Spruce Street in New York - have reshaped our cities’ skylines, and the imaginations of artists and designers around the world. Gehry has been awarded with several honors for his work including the Pritzker Architecture Prize and most recently the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 

    In his first-ever MasterClass, Frank Gehry will share his unconventional philosophy on design and architecture. Students will be invited into Gehry’s never-before-seen model archive for a peek into his creative process. In the class, Gehry will use case studies, progressive models, and storytelling to illuminate the universal lessons learned during his 50+ year career as an artist and architect.

    “I have tried to give the students insight into my process – how and why I did things.  I hope this gives them the wings to explore and the courage to create their own language,” said Frank Gehry, MasterClass instructor.

    MasterClass provides online classes from world-renowned instructors, making it possible for anyone to learn from the best. Each class offers a unique learning experience which includes video lessons from the instructor, interactive exercises, course materials, peer interaction, and more. All classes are available online for individual purchase at for $90 each.
  • Frank Lloyd Wright and the Buffalo School of Arts and Crafts

    Buffalo | Dates: 22 Feb – 15 Apr, 2017
    Call for Papers Frank Lloyd Wright and the Buffalo School of Arts and Crafts At the turn of the century, the Buffalo region was an innovative hub of U.S. industry as well as the center of the American Arts and Crafts movement. Western New York boasted the lion’s share of the most influential figures in American Arts and Crafts such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles Rohlfs, Gustav Stickley, Adelaide Robineau, Elbert Hubbard, Dard Hunter, Karl Kipp, among so many others—not to mention Buffalo Pottery, Heintz Metalwork, The Arts and Crafts Shop, etc. On the occasion of the 150th birthday of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, this international conference seeks to address the relation between Buffalo’s Arts and Crafts innovators, the industrial prowess and character of the region, and the forces that shaped the Buffalo School of Arts and Crafts in this country and abroad. We invite scholars, professionals, collectors, graduate students and historians of all stripes to join us in considering the relationship between Western New York’s Arts and Crafts movement and its innovative industries, the social fabric of the community and the larger context of the progressive movement that sought to humanize life in the first quarter of the 20th century. We invite presentations on topics that may include: • The advent of Arts and Crafts as it coincided with the Buffalo region’s rapid industrialization • Wright’s designs as a reflection of his combination of the artisanal with technological innovation • The American iteration of the Arts and Crafts Movement in comparison with its British counterparts • The growth of the Buffalo School and its relationship to technology as either something to exploit or to react against • The period’s complicated understanding of the relationship among the Arts and Crafts movement, technological innovation and industry • How the Arts and Crafts movement included notions of social reform in favor of a more harmonious and healthy society • The diffusion of Arts and Crafts ideals in media and popular culture at the time • Whether Arts and Crafts worked to humanize the industrial environment or merely camouflage its many deficiencies We invite papers on any aspect of Western New York’s extensive roster of Arts and Crafts innovators. An honorarium, travel assistance, and accommodations will be offered to select contributors. This international conference will be held in conjunction with a Buffalo-wide celebration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s enormous local influence, on the occasion of his 150th birthday. The conference will take place October 20-22, 2017 at the University at Buffalo, and is sponsored by the New York State Arts and Crafts Alliance and the University at Buffalo’s Departments of Art and School of Architecture and Planning. Please visit to submit abstracts (maximum 500 words) along with a CV by April 15th, 2017. Each presentation should plan to fill a 20-25 minute conference slot, and illustrated presentations are strongly encouraged.
  • Zoning to Scale: Considering Neighborhood Character

    New York | Dates: 28 – 28 Feb, 2017
    “Zoning to Scale: Considering Neighborhood Character”
    Tuesday, February 28th at 6:30 pm at the Museum of the City of New York
    Presented in collaboration with The Municipal Art Society.
    Conceived by Department of City Planning in the 1980s, contextual zoning allows the City to regulate the height, bulk, setback, and street frontage of new buildings as a way to preserve neighborhood character. How effective has contextual zoning been in encouraging residential and commercial development that fits in with the scale and character of existing buildings? Are there ways this tool can be improved to adapt to the city’s current housing needs and inherent development pressures? Join us to discuss the impact of contextual zoning on some of New York’s most iconic neighborhoods. To view all of the programs in conjunction with Mastering the Metropolis: New York and Zoning, 1916-2016, click here. 
    • Simeon Bankoff, Executive Director, Historic Districts Council 
    • Richard Barth, Executive Vice President for Land Use and Housing Strategies, Capalino+Company
    • Melinda Katz, Queens Borough President 
    • Marcie Kesner, Planning and Development Specialist, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
    • Ron Shiffman, Professor, Pratt Institute Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment
    1.5 LU AIA CES credits will be offered for attending this event.  
    Register online at | Use code ZONE for $10 tickets (regularly $20)
  • 2017 Pocantico Preservation Fellowship

    Pocantico Hills | Dates: 16 Feb – 31 Mar, 2017
    Spend two weeks in July at the Marcel Breuer House in NY working on your preservation project through the 2017 Pocantico Fellowship. Applications are due March 31. Visit for complete details.
  • Skyscrapers: Boon or Blight?

    New York | Dates: 16 – 16 Mar, 2017
    Jason M. Barr (Rutgers, Newark), author of Building the Skyline, provides a new myth-busting history of Manhattan’s skyscrapers, as well as some thoughts on how the buildings could help Gotham meet the challenges of the twenty-first century. Kate Wood, president of the award-winning preservation group Landmark West!, discusses the current protests over the De Blasio administration's rezoning of midtown, and the new “supers” rising in the city. Alex Marshall, Senior Fellow with the Regional Plan Association and Governing columnist, joins and moderates the discussion.

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