Recent Opportunities

  • Richard H. Driehaus Preservation Awards

    Dates: 20 May – 01 Jul, 2016
    Each year, Landmarks Illinois and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation honor individuals, organizations, projects and programs whose work demonstrates a commitment to excellence in historic preservation. In doing so, we hope to inspire others to take action to preserve, protect and promote historic resources.
    Richard H. Driehaus is a dedicated supporter of Landmarks Illinois. His foundation has underwritten these awards since 1994.

    Award Categories
    An effective local or statewide campaign to preserve and protect a historic resource
    • Communication 
    • Community Effort/Grassroots Campaign 
    • Education 

    Individual, municipality, private organization, or joint partnership that has championed historic preservation, planning, or public policy
    • Emerging Leader 
    • Professional 
    • Volunteer 

    Projects that make possible the continued use of a historic commercial/industrial, residential, or public/institutional structure
    • Adaptive Use 
    • Rehabilitation 
    • Restoration 
    • Stabilization 
    • Stewardship 
    • Sustainability 
  • Travel grants: Global Academy conference (Salzburg, 5-6 Aug 16)

    Salzburg | Dates: 20 May – 10 Jun, 2016
    Salzburg, Austria, August 5 - 06, 2016
    Application deadline: Jun 10, 2016

    Open call for travel grant applications to attend the Global Academy conference in Salzburg

    The Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts is offering several travel grants for attendance at the Global Academy conference in Salzburg, Austria on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 August 2016.

    The aim of the conference is to discuss "Learning and teaching art in the globalised world", and to arrive at new forms of collaboration and knowledge exchange.

    Who can apply? Anyone who deals with the subject matter of the conference, whether as teacher, researcher, curator, writer or student. 
    The grants are intended for those who are unable to afford the travel costs.
    What does the grant include? Travel costs (flight, train, bus, public transport), hotel (max. 3 nights). For those travelling long distances, arrival on Thursday 3 August is recommended. In cases of special need, there is an expense allowance of 25.- Euro per day.

    Application documents: CV, letter of motivation and statement of need. 
    Please state your point of departure and mode of travel (flight, train, etc.).

    Application deadline: 10 June 2016. Written applications to

    A jury will decide on awarding grants.

    Further details:, tel. +43 662 842 113

    The grants are financed by the Austrian Federal Chancellery/Arts division.
    Global Academy
    Learning and teaching art in the globalised world Conference in Salzburg on 5/6 August 2016

    Today, education is a crucial topic in the global art field. This conference deals with the specific question: how can art be learned and taught in the globalised world? State-run academies are increasingly geared to global demand; countless studio programmes for residencies worldwide allow artists and curators to make contacts, carry out research, etc. in specific places. The focus of this symposium is on models and initiatives for a variety of formal and mainly informal artistic training and development facilities, such as Spring Sessions in Amman, ruangrupa in Jakarta, Casas Tres Patios in Medellín, RAW in Dakar, Roaming Academy in Arnhem and Open School East in London. 
    On Friday evening, two lectures will offer an insight into the subject-matter of the symposium. Sam Thorne will report on the current state of the discussion on innovative models. Regina Bittner will talk about the World University in Shantiniketan as an important historical example of an art school in India and its links with the Bauhaus in Dessau. On Saturday morning there follow ten 15-minute presentations by various institutions and initiatives. In the afternoon, the participants will form three working groups to discuss what kind of exchanges and collaboration are feasible and desirable in the future. 
    The working groups are not open to the public. The concluding event will be a public presentation and discussion of the results. 
    Friday 6 – 8.30 p.m.
    Sam Thorne, London GB, Art School Confidential Regina Bittner, Dessau DE, Schools of innovation: Bauhaus and Shantiniketan

    Saturday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
    Presentations by the organisations / models / networks Alessio Antoniolli, Triangle Network, London GB Diana Campbell Betancourt, Samdani Seminars und Art Foundation, Dhaka BD Anna Colin, Open School East, London GB Tony Evanko, Casa Tres Patios, Medellín CO Carla Herrera Prats, SOMA Mexico Summer, Mexiko City MX Koyo Kouoh, RAW Material Company Dakar SN Ahmet Ö?üt, The Silent University, London et al., The Studio of Urgency (ended), and The Day After Debt (a long-term strategy for student loan
    Farid Rakun, ruangrupa; Jakarta ID
    Gabriëlle Schleijpen, DAI Roaming Academy, Arnhem NL Toleen Touq, Spring Sessions, Amman JO
    Saturday 7 – 8.30 p.m.
    Concluding discussion with all participants Moderated by Hildegund Amanshauser, Sabine B. Vogel and Simone Wille.
    Concept: Hildegund Amanshauser in collaboration with Sabine B. Vogel

    Further details:,, tel. 
    +43 662 842 113
  • CFP: Romanticism and the Peripheries (Lisbon, 5-7 Dec 16)

    Lisbon | Dates: 20 May – 30 Jul, 2016
    Romanticism and the Peripheries
    An International and Interdisciplinary Conference

    "The Romantic phenomenon seems to defy analysis, not only because its exuberant diversity resists any attempt to reduce it to a common denominator but also and especially because of its fabulously contradictory character" (Michael Löwy and Robert Sayre, Romanticism against the Tide of Modernity, trans. by Catherine Porter,
    Durham/London: Duke University Press, 2001). In an attempt to accommodate both its diversity and contradictory character, Löwy and Sayre defined Romanticism as "a worldview constituted as a specific form of criticism of ‘modernity'" and expanded the term beyond artistic and literary phenomena to encompass a wide range of fields such as religion, political theory, philosophy, etc. Even though Löwy and Sayre may offer a guiding principle outside the interpretative confusion often generated by the term, their analysis is still mostly, if not exclusively, concerned with the definition of the phenomenon as it manifested in the principal centers of Europe (namely England, France, and Germany).

    This 3-day conference, organized on the occasion of the bicentenary of Fernando II's birth, the Portuguese king responsible for the edification of what is widely considered the hallmark of Romantic Portuguese architecture, seeks to focus on Romanticism in the peripheries, both European and non-European, and explore the validity of the concept for the analysis of artistic and cultural forms that, for the most part, originated outside the centers of bourgeois industrial civilization. Taking as its starting point the definition proposed by Löwy and Sayre, the conference invites participations on a number of issues including, but not limited to:

    1. When Was Romanticism? Attempts at Periodization and Definition.
    2. Sublime matters: Romanticism and Material Culture.
    3. Transfers and Cross-Sections: Literature, Theater and the Visual Arts.
    4. The Romantic Traveler: Drawings, Prints and Souvenirs. 
    5. Artistic Education. Academy versus Nature?
    6. Romantic Landscape, Gardens and Architecture.
    7. Romantic Nationalism – Romantic Imperialism? The Politics of Style.
    Abstracts (of no more than 300 words), accompanied by a short bio (appr. two paragraphs) should be sent to the members of the organizing committee, at by July 30, 2016. 
    Participants will be notified by the end of August, and the conference program will be published in mid-September. The languages of the conference are English and Portuguese.

    A selection of papers from the conference will be published as a special number of the Revista de História da Arte, an annual peer-reviewed journal, and a second publication, in the form of a book, is also being contemplated by the organizers.

    For all questions regarding administration and practical matters, as well as the payment of the conference inscription, please contact Mariana Gonçalves (

    Conference inscription: 
    50,00 euros – Speakers
    40,00 euros – Participants
    20,00 euros – Students
    The conference is organized jointly by the Instituto de História da Arte, the Instituto de História Contemporânea (Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa) and the Palácio Nacional da Pena (Parques de Sintra). 
    Organizing committee:
    Raquel Henriques da Silva (Instituto de História da Arte, FCSH/NOVA) António Nunes Pereira (Palácio Nacional da Pena, Parques de Sintra) Foteini Vlachou (Instituto de História Contemporânea, FCSH/NOVA)

    Scientific committee:
    Javier Barón (Museo Nacional del Prado)
    France Nerlich (Université François-Rabelais Tours) Bénédicte Savoy (Technische Universität Berlin)

    Executive committee:
    Mariana Gonçalves
  • CFP: Synagogue and Museum (Braunschweig, 21-23 Nov 16)

    Braunschweig | Dates: 20 May – 29 Jul, 2016
    Since antiquity and especially since the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in the year 70 CE synagogues have become the central places of gathering of Jewish communities. They are complex, highly significant and polyvalent objects of for religious, social, economic, architectural, and artistic developments in Jewish culture. At the same time, they reflect the interdependencies with the surrounding cultures. 
    Since the holocaust, historic synagogues also gained high importance as focal points of remembrance and education.

    However, scholars were interested in the material culture(s) of Jews all over the world well before the holocaust and turned synagogues and their furnishings into a focus of their research. The documentation of synagogues as objects of cultural and historical significance started alongside with the establishment of Jewish ethnography ("jüdische
    Volkskunde") as an academic discipline at the end of the 19th century. They became items of collecting, which were set up in exhibitions and museums. Objects from the religious and cultural practice got "musealised", as well as entire synagogue furnishings and sometimes even architectural elements.

    After 1945, the interest in synagogues as objects of cultural history continued. Besides ritual objects and furnishings, the "empty" buildings of the annihilated communities became objects of interest. Historic synagogue buildings were regarded as museums, their material substance was and is restored and interpreted in different ways. The virtual and haptic reconstruction of destroyed synagogues generated another group of "immaterial" exhibits.

    The congress will examine the subject in a wide range of perspectives of theoretical and historical reflections. Historic and actual examples of documenting, collecting, and researching synagogues and their furnishing will shed light on the history, the presence, and the future of synagogues in and as museums. Thus, the organisers encourage scholars in the fields of art and architectural history, cultural sciences, Jewish studies, restoration and museology as well as experts in museums, collections, preservation authorities, and education programs to take part in the congress.

    This call asks for papers for talks (15 minutes) and for posters for a posters-section. It is also open for young researchers as well as museums, collections and initiatives who want to present their institutions and their ongoing or future projects. The members of the international and interdisciplinary academic board and the organisers will decide on the acceptance of the papers and the posters. The publication of selected papers and posters in the book series of the Bet Tfila – Research Unit for Jewish Architecture is scheduled for 2017. The conference language is English. Provisions to refund travel expenses will depend on the approval of running applications.

    The congress is organised by the Bet Tfila – Research Unit for Jewish Architecture (Braunschweig/ Jerusalem) and the Lehrstuhl für Kunstgeschichte at the Hochschule für Jüdische Studien, Heidelberg in cooperation with the Braunschweigisches Landesmuseum, Braunschweig, and the Israel Jacobson Netzwerk für jüdische Kultur und Geschichte e.V.
    Please, send an abstract of up to 1.500 characters for a lecture of 15 minutes and a short-CV of up to 500 characters in English to the following address until July, 29th, 2016:

    Please, send a poster (PDF-file, 5 MB max.) for the poster presentation in English to the following address until September, 30th, 2016: 
  • Building a Nation: Photo Exhibit on the History of the Indiana Limestone Industry

    Bloomington | Dates: 03 Jun – 31 Jul, 2016
    Come celebrate the opening of the Building a Nation exhibit, a photographic history of the early limestone industry and its workers. Dr. Todd Thompson, State Geologist and Director of the Indiana Geological Survey, will explain how these recently discovered historic photos reflect the industry in its heyday, as well as the geology behind the stone and what makes it so unique. Available only from three Indiana counties, the Salem Limestone produces an outstanding dimension stone that has been used for many renowned buildings throughout the United States. The exhibit will remain at the History Center through July.
  • Architecture, Media, Politics, Society

    London | Dates: 20 May – 01 Jun, 2016
    Architecture MPS (UCL Press) is calling for articles for forthcoming editions in 2017. The journal is fully open access and double peer-reviewed. Journal themes revolve around the relationship of architecture and the built environment with questions of the politics, media and society. Multidisciplinary papers are welcomed as particularly pertinent to the journal’s diverse perspective. Areas of interest include (but are not restricted to): architecture, urbanism, regeneration, new technologies, heritage, cultural and political identity, socio-cultural symbolism, mediated representation and environments. Historical papers should seek to draw contemporary issues into their debates. The journal publishes two volumes per year. Each volume is contains four issues. Individual issues are published on the first day of each month during the publication cycle. See: For detailed submission instructions, please visit our website: Abstracts and works in progress can be submitted for preliminary consideration.
  • CFP: 8th International Conference of the Arab Society for Computer Aided Architectural Design ASCAAD 2016 (London, 7-8 Nov 16)

    London | Dates: 19 May – 06 Jun, 2016
    The ever-increasing speed of technological advancements is dictating a new paradigm in which design, performance and behaviour are outcomes. Nowadays, the use of the word ‘architecture’ is subsiding in favour of the ‘Built Environment’, which is automatically recognised as a subset of the ‘Environment’. By replacing or redefining the term 'architecture' by the term 'built environment' the discourse becomes purposefully and intentionally more inclusive of the different aspects of our 'Being-in-the world'. In conjunction, our everyday ‘Being-in-the-World’ is critically influencing the environment. We note two recent outcomes that addressed this, namely, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out by the United Nations, and the Climate Change Summit recently held in Paris. In recognition of the role of Computer Applications in Architecture (CAAD), we tie our conference theme to the ongoing exploration into ways to combat climate change, through optimised environmental performance of buildings, sustainable use of materials and resources, and the resulting underlying development through enhancing the living conditions, with minimal impact on the environment.

    ASCAAD 8th conference theme builds on previous themes and extends them. We previously examined two particular metaphors. The first metaphor addressed aspects of virtual environments that resemble our physical world; In other words, it examined how a computer model can be 'read; or interpreted as  a physical model - how attributes of the physical world are assigned or projected upon the digital - and the reverse. In this conference, we would like to extend the exploration into aspects of virtual environments and their resemblance to physical environments by looking at the aspect of ‘performance’: the way in which environments are sensed, measured, tracked and visualised. Moreover, we reflect on matters and materiality in both virtual and physical space philosophically, theoretically, practically and reflectively. The second metaphor looked into the modes and means of interaction between our bodies and virtual environments. Here we extend the investigation to look into the ways in which environmental performance influences human interaction in real environments.

    ASCAAD society and committee welcome you to join us and participate in its 8th international conference ASCAAD 2016. With involvement of researchers and professionals in the architectural community, it will be possible for ASCAAD to facilitate communication and information exchange regarding the use of Computer-Aided Architectural Design and Information Technology and how the use / implementation would support and lead to innovative concepts, tools, systems and products on architectural, Urban/City/regional planning, and building science levels. The conference provides opportunities for participants from different fields to share their ideas and contributions.
  • CFP: Architecture and Capitalism – Solids and Flows

    Dates: 19 May – 01 Sep, 2016
    Architecture and Culture
    Vol. 5, Issue no. 2, July 2017
    Catharina Gabrielsson and Helena Mattsson, Editors.
    ‘Capitalism is back!’ 
    Nancy Fraser, “Behind Marx’s Hidden Abode: For an Expanded Conception of Capitalism”, New Left Review 86 (2014) p. 55
    The aim of this issue of Architecture and Culture is to revisit the relationship between architecture and capitalism, not by reverting back to ‘critique’, ‘post-criticality’ or even ‘resistance’, but from an outset of addressing their complex relationality. Going beyond the historic, industrial and building-based scenario offered by Peggy Deamer (ed.) in Architecture and Capitalism (2014), extending on and problematizing both architecture and capitalism allows us to address this relationship from other perspectives. We propose a thematic heading of ‘solids and flows’ to open up for less predictable, essentially non-linear, and more imaginary investigations. 
    Solids – which is how architecture most readily is perceived, as tied to buildings, symbolic and semiotic capital, manifestations of private or public wealth … but equally capturing the inaccessibility of corporate power; the ‘trust’ of credit ratings that certify risk-taking in the bank and finance sector; the closure and immovability of capital locked up in tax havens and offshore financial centres. 

    Flows – as in the fickle movements of global capitalism through networks of finance and speculation (and the arbitrary effects of their hitting the ground)… but equally capturing recent re-orientations in architecture towards relational or ecologist approaches, undoing the physical object, with an emphasis on process, agency and affect. Spanning across the virtual and the real, the material and the immaterial, the relationship between architecture and capitalism increases in complexity as regards to the production of identity, the generation of desire, and the forging of spatial relations. By juxtaposing solids and flows as tropes or figures of thought, we envisage the possibility for new and transversal connections; ones that, by exposing the gaps, discontinuities and ruptures in, through and between architecture and capitalism carry the potential for non-determinate futures. 

    Call for papers for this issue
    From this outset, we invite rigorously speculative, purposely imaginative, visually and verbally stimulating contributions that explore architecture and capitalism from unexpected angles – bearing in mind the slippery slope of too-narrowly confined definitions. This call is explicitly trans- and cross-disciplinary in nature, encouraging critical and emerging scholarship dealing with capitalist studies to engage with architecture as a tradition of projecting, shaping, assessing and experiencing the built environment; and scholars and practitioners in architecture and neighbouring disciplines to relate more closely to the dynamics of capitalism and its current transfigurations, brought to the fore through the advent of concepts and theories such as noologi, affective or immaterial labour, economies of debt, new Marxist scholarship, and neo-materialist ontologies. How can we think about these conjunctions of materialisation and immaterialisation, visibility and invisibility, solidification and vaporization? How can they be analysed, illustrated, represented, designed or described? We call for papers, essays, manifestos, historical inquires, fieldwork notes, photographic compilations, drawing materials etc. that address this broad and fluid topic in creative and original ways. 

    Contributions might address the following themes:

    • Processes and techniques of commodification and marketization in architecture 
    • Dimensions of value(s) in and through architecture, alternative values, and ‘value diremption’ (the ‘Other’ of value)    
    • Theories on the spectacular, affect/affective and experiential in architecture and their potential for generating the unexpected 
    • The spatial, material and localized conditions for central agents in global capitalism (bank and finance sector, corporate HQ, digital platforms etc.) 
    • The relationship between design, housing tenures and property ownership 
    • The architectural imports of spatial occupancy and appropriation 
    • Dispossession, austerity and the architecture of poverty
    • Thickened and thinned out spaces, secondary homes, and non-habitation
    • Real estate-driven architectures of affect
    Contributions can range from short observations or manifestos, creative pieces, or visual essays, to longer academic articles. Architecture and Culture is published in both on-line and hard-copy formats: there is capacity to host on-line contributions that operate in a different way to paper-based work. 
    Production schedule
    CfP                          May 2016
    Response                1 September 2016 at latest
    Editors selection      October 2016
    Peer Reviewing       October-December 2016
    Authors Revisions   December- February 2017
    Editorial checking    March 2017
    Copy to publisher    1 April 2017
    Issue publication     July 2017
    For author instructions, please go to ‘Instructions for Authors’ at
    Upload submissions at:
    Or via ‘submit online’ at
    If you have any queries or require further information, please contact:
    Catharina Gabrielsson:
    Helena Mattsson:
  • Architecture as Perception: Forms, Spaces, and the Human Body Symposium

    Venice | Dates: 25 – 25 May, 2016
    On the occasion of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition at 
    the Venice Biennale

    The proposed symposium will address the ways architecture and the built 
    environment is perceived and the various ways it interacts with our 
    brain and alters our mental states. This is most obvious in the direct 
    perception of architecture as architecture, yet goes beyond that. The 
    layout of buildings and rooms as well as the cities we live in change 
    the perception of the people and objects they contain as well as that 
    of our own bodies. Such changes in body perception directly influence 
    our conscious experience and cognitive capacities. Beyond that, the 
    built environment might also have the power to change our physical 
    bodies over evolutionary and developmental time spans. As french 
    sociologist and philosopher Henry Lefevbre - renowned for his 
    reflections on the politics and production of space and for his 
    critique of the 'quotidien' - has been asserting: the 'body serves as a 
    metronome', it is a collection of embodied histories and of rhythms 
    with different tunes that result from history, facilitated by the 
    calling on all senses, drawing on breathing and blood circulation, just 
    as much as heart beats and speech utterances as landmarks of this 

    Despite its pervasive impact on the way we feel and think, 
    architectural experience rarely has been in the focus of experimental 
    approaches in psychology and neuroscience. Yet, the inquiries and 
    reflections on body and space have always been central in artistic 
    practices and critical studies. By bringing together architects, art 
    historians, historians, neuroscientists, psychologists and philosophers 
    on the occasion of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition at 
    the Venice Biennale we will address the questions of how we experience 
    space and architecture, and how architecture alters our bodily states 
    by exploring possible lines of convergence between different research 

    13:30 / 13:45 
    Welcome / Introduction

    14:00 - 16:15 
    Roundtable discussion with short presentations by
    Juliet Koss, Simona Malvezzi, Isabella Pasqualini, Philippe Rahm, Ana 

    16:15 - 17:00 Coffee and Refreshments

    17:00 - 18:00 
    Kurt W. Foster: 
    Schinkel, Scharoun and Gehry: Architecture as Perception

    Elena Agudio (Artistic Director, Association of Neuroesthetics)
    Joerg Fingerhut (Einstein Group "Consciousness, Emotions, Values”)
    Jörg Trempler (University of Passau)
  • ATCH (Architecture Theory Criticism History) Visiting Fellowships

    Brisbane | Dates: 18 May – 01 Jun, 2016
    The ATCH (Architecture Theory Criticism History) Research Centre invites applications for the Visiting Fellows Program 2017.  The program welcomes applications from scholars with varying levels of experience who are carrying out critical research in architecture.

    ATCH is located within the School of Architecture at The University of Queensland (UQ), in Brisbane, Australia. The Centre supports innovative and interdisciplinary research on the history, theory and criticism of architecture. Architecture and its place within a larger history of ideas is a strong focus within the Centre.  Bringing together Postdoctoral Fellows, Research Fellows, Postgraduates and Academics from UQ?s School of Architecture, the centre offers a stimulating and rich environment for enquiry and debate. An active program of seminars, lectures, symposia, workshops and exhibitions is run throughout the year. For a full list of people and recent events please see ATCH Website<>.

    The Visiting Fellows Research Program supports short term residencies of one to three months for scholars to work on innovative research on the history, theory and criticism of architecture. Projects that overlap with the work of existing ATCH scholars will be favoured.  The program welcomes applicants from all levels of academia but particularly encourages proposals from new and mid-career scholars. Visiting Fellowships are not open to postgraduate students.

    The Visiting Fellows Research Program will provide a return airfare to Brisbane and a workspace within the centre. All Fellows will have access to UQ libraries<>, including the Fryer Library<> and Architecture and Music Library<>. Support for accommodation may also be available depending on the applicant?s financial circumstances.

    Visiting Fellows will be required to present their research in progress in a public lecture, participate in seminars and conferences organised during their residency, and contribute to RHD events. Published outcomes of research undertaken during the Fellowship should acknowledge ATCH and the UQ School of Architecture.

    While ATCH Visiting Fellows are solicited through the application round, the Centre also directly invites Fellows to participate in the program.

    Expressions of Interest should address the following items, in this order:

    Name and contact details


    Employment Status. Will the applicant be on sabbatical during the course of the Fellowship?

    Is the project supported by other sources of funding?

    Is financial assistance for accommodation requested, and if so, on what grounds.

    Preferred dates and duration of Fellowship.

    Title of Research Project

    Research Proposal (1000 words)

    Relevance to ATCH Centre, and existing members? work

    Relation of the project to the applicant?s past and future research

    Intended outcomes

    Names and contact details for three referees.

    Additional documents required:

    Curriculum Vitae

    Two samples of published written work (journal articles, pieces of criticism, book chapter, chapter from a submitted PHD thesis).

    Applications should be submitted by email to: (<>) by June 1, 2016.

    For additional information please contact Centre Manager, Dr Deborah van der Plaat:<>
  • Architecture as part of the landscape - CFP - deadline 31.05

    Warsaw (Warszawa) | Dates: 23 – 24 Oct, 2016
    On 24-25 October 2016 the two Warsaw-based academic institutions: the Institute of Archaeology of the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University and the Institute of Art History of the University of Warsaw will be hosting an international conference. This year's edition of the conference, which will be already the sixth in the cycle entitled "Preventive conservation of human environment", will be devoted to the role of the architecture in the creation, enhancement and preservation of cultural landscapes. Keynote speeches will be delivered by Dr Mechtild Rössler (Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre) and Dr Stefano De Caro (Director-General of the ICCROM) Landscape, which is a creation of both the Nature and the Culture, can be described metaphorically as a palimpsest with subsequent layers of history. Thus, it is the carrier of information and meanings which should be experienced and understood in the process of study of the changing relations between man and his environment. Protection of the landscape means not a containment of changes but rather managing changes, and therefore a wise compromise between the need to preserve the historical, artistic and symbolic values, and the requirements of development. The aim of the conference is to discuss how to reach such a wise compromise for the benefit of the present and future generations. As ever, we intend to publish a special volume of the collected conference papers. Participation in the conference is free of charge. Proposals for papers with abstracts (maximum 350 words) should be sent by May 31, 2016.
  • CFP: Learning from Modern Utopias

    Dates: 17 May – 20 Jun, 2016
    Recent strategies of urban planning have been characterized by a return to
    the city with an emphasis on the regeneration of the urban tissue. Some
    claim for the reconstitution of the city as a continuous urban fabric.
    Others see fragmentation as an inevitable fait. All seem however to belief
    in the improvement of the existing urban systems rather than in the
    creation of a completely new order, as the urban utopias of the 1920s and
    1930s did.

    The Modern utopias, which were critical visions committed to social,
    humanist and technical researches for the improvement of living conditions
    in the industrialized city, came to be seen as the cause of the
    fragmentation, suburbanization and dehumanization of the city and as a tool
    in the hands of real estate speculation. It can however be argued that the
    problems the contemporary city has to deal with have much in common with
    those that gave rise to the modern utopias: bigness and high density,
    circulation and traffic congestion, public health and social changes,
    cultural identity and technological development, capitalist profit and
    corporate power. In thus being, what can contemporary urban design learn
    from the modern utopias? Is there a complete break with modern planning? To
    what extent do the solutions pointed by modern utopias underlie
    contemporary strategies of urban design? Aren't there successful examples
    of practical applications of urban modern principles? Can the modern
    utopias help us improving the problems of existing urban systems?

    *Call for Papers*

    We therefore invite the scientific community to submit proposals for papers
    to integrate issue 7 of Joelho, Journal of Architectural Culture.

    Topics of interest:

    (the list of topics suggests possible approaches that we are likely to
    explore. We are nevertheless open to all relevant ideas)

    1. Continuity and rupture between modern and contemporary urban planning.

    2. Common problems in, and related solutions for, the modern and
    contemporary city.

    3. Successful applications of urban modern principles and their
    contemporary pertinence.

    4. Modern utopias, environmental changes and sustainability in the
    contemporary city.

    5. Modern utopias and smart city.

    6. The modern binomial city / countryside and the sprawling city.

    7. Modern approaches to mechanical circulation and the contemporary city.

    8. Modern and contemporary urban space.

    9. Modern utopias and contemporary urban society.

    10. Modern utopias, globalization and culture.

    11. Dialogues Between Modernism and the Historic City and their relevance

    Please submit the abstract (400 words), in English, on the platform of the
    journal until June 20th. Results will be published until 5 July.

    The selected final papers must be submitted in English with a maximum of
    4000 words (4000 words-25000 characters including spaces, footnotes,
    bibliographic references, etc.), with abstract also in English, and
    according to the APA (author-date system), until September 20th.

    All proposals will be subject to a peer review process.
  • International Journal for Digital Art History Issue 3: Disruptions and Genealogies of the Digital in Architecture

    Dates: 17 May – 15 Aug, 2016
    In the realm of Digital Art History, architecture represents a broad field in which the use of various computational methods provide extraordinary tools not only for architects but also for art historians and information scientists. Art historians use computers to reconstruct historical architecture through 3D renderings and to document listed buildings and structures using video drones to gather visual data for research and conservation. Architects, on the other hand, look back on a long history of integrating software into their day-to-day work to generate and process digital images of architecture. 
    Computer-aided-design (CAD) has fundamentally changed architecture and its possibilities.

    Not only have digital methods shaped current design thinking and aesthetics, but they have also led to a complete rethink of the theoretical foundation of architecture and what defines it. In this regard, the role of IT specialists in architectural processes has to be given more attention. For example, planning and design software allow certain innovative architectural forms but at the same time exclude other design possibilities. Hence the question arises to what extent programmers are co-authors of architecture.

    Ultimately, a discussion has to unfold on how the relationship of architects and information scientists should be cultivated. What should interdisciplinary curricula look like and what is the current approach to the issue at universities around the world? Can the impact of the digital be defined as the ultimate paradigm shift in architecture, or can we trace genealogies through its history and see analogies to other developments in media culture?

    These questions and others will be in the forefront of the third issue of the DAH-Journal, which will outline a broad overview of new theoretical approaches in digital architecture history. We welcome articles from art historians, architects, information scientists, and authors from other related disciplines who are concerned with questions and projects around this topic, e.g.: historical construction research, use of gaming platforms for spatial simulation and theory, visualization software for teaching, the role of the digital image in architecture.

    The third issue is scheduled for publication at the end of 2016. The featured author will be Mario Carpo, who is currently inaugural Reyner Banham Professor of Architectural History and Theory at The Bartlett, University College London and is author of "The Digital Turn in Architecture, 1992-2012".

    Please register first at and then submit articles by August, 15 2016 (6000 words max.). For more information please visit "Information for Authors" on our website
  • 5th Biennial Meeting of the Construction History Society of America

    Austin | Dates: 26 – 28 May, 2016
    Leading construction historians and independent scholars will address the theme of knowledge exchange and building technology transfer – the dispersal and transfiguration of building ideas from old Europe to the New World – during the Construction History Society’s Biennial Meeting, taking place on the campus of the University of Texas, Austin from May 26 – 28, 2016.  More than 45 presentations will depict the 500 years of industry growth, creative building solutions and cultural transformations that are the result of cross-ocean and intercontinental knowledge exchanges and transferences in North, Central and South America.
    In addition to twelve academic sessions, CHSA will present four guided tours on Saturday, May 28th in Austin and the surrounding region.  Led by local expert historians, registrants will select from one of these tours included in their registration:  Bridges – Transportation, Austin and Immediate Surroundings, San Antonio Franciscan Missions, Walking Tour of Austin and Painted Churches of Texas. 
    The opening lecture will be presented by Dr. Richard Cleary, and invited keynotes by Tom F. Peters and Roberto Meli are scheduled on Friday and Saturday, May 27th and 28th.
    Abstract session themes include:  Prefabrication in North America, The 19th Century, Bridges, Mid-Century Modern Architecture, Construction Units:  Terracotta, Glass & Brick, Pre-colonial and Colonial Latin America, Code, Theory & Management, Shells and Spatial Structures, Skin and Guts:  Envelope and Mechanical Systems and Community Based Projects.

    Please check the website to see a full detail schedule which lists the authors and titles of all presentations.
  • CFP: Actors and Vehicles of Architectural Criticism (Bologna, 4-5 Oct 16)

    Bologna | Dates: 17 May – 19 Jun, 2016
    Mapping.Crit.Arch: Architectural criticism 20th and 21st centuries, a cartography/ La Critique architecturale, XXe et XXIe siècles: une cartographie (ANR Project ANR-14-CE31-0019-01) : The research project Mapping.Crit.Arch: Architectural criticism 20th and 21st centuries, a cartography, funded by the French Agence Nationale de la Recherche, aims to develop a field of research on the history of architectural criticism, from the last decades of the 19th century to the present day. It is based on an international network of scholars, whose interests cover the history of architectural criticism at various levels and through different approaches (including architectural theory, history of preservation, historiography of architecture, history of architectural periodicals and of criticism, history of photography). Nathalie Boulouch (Université Rennes 2 and Archives de la critique d’art), Anne Hultzsch (Bartlett School London and OCCAS, Oslo University), Giovanni Leoni (Università di Bologna), Paolo Scrivano (Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University), Laurent Stalder (ETH Zurich), Suzanne Stephens (Barnard College, Columbia University), Alice Thomine-Berrada (Musée d’Orsay, Paris) are the members of this network, which is administrated by the Université Rennes 2 and coordinated by Hélène Jannière (Université Rennes 2).

    This call for papers is for the second of three international workshops planned by the Mapping.Crit.Arch Project to foster scholarship on the history of architectural criticism and facilitate exchanges between scholars active in this field of research. Conceived as milestones of the research project, these workshops intend to go beyond somewhat widespread interpretations that invoke either the specificity of architectural criticism or its partial overlapping with other forms of writing. The workshops also want to challenge simplistic views that suggest the crisis of architectural criticism if not its entire demise.

    After the first workshop at the Université Rennes 2 (January 2016), centered on the relationship of criticism to “public opinion” and on criticism as an autonomous discipline, the second workshop will take place at the Università di Bologna on October 4-5, 2016, focusing on the actors and “vehicles” of architectural criticism. A third Workshop (Spring 2017) will be dedicated to the notions of architectural criticism and its disciplinary boundaries.

    View the full call:
  • A Walk Through Time

    Chicago | Dates: 12 – 12 Jun, 2016
    This very special tour provides attendees with the rare opportunity to visit the interiors of several historic homes in the Prairie Avenue Historic District. See beautifully carved wood moldings, leaded glass windows, fireplaces in elaborate tile, mosaic, and marble, and much more! Glessner House Museum is also included on the tour as well as historic Second Presbyterian Church with its landmarked Arts and Crafts interior and collection of Tiffany windows. Clarke House Museum will be open to the public for free that afternoon as well.  Following the tour, attendees are invited to return to the museum for a reception and silent auction, featuring theatre tickets, Chicago memorabilia, collectibles, architectural fragments, and other items of interest.

    Pre-purchased tickets recommended.

    $50 per person/$40 members (member coupon code required)
  • Yesterday's Future: Visionary Designs by Future Systems and Archigram

    Frankfurt | Dates: 14 May – 18 Sep, 2016
    The exhibition focuses on extraordinary drawings, collages and models created in the 1980s by Czech architect Jan Kaplický, who emigrated to London in 1968. These exhibits are juxtaposed with works by Archigram from the DAM archive realized some 20 years earlier. The designs by the two London architect groups Archigram (Peter Cook, Ron Herron and Dennis Crompton) and Future Systems (comprising Jan Kaplický and David Nixon) can be termed utopian architecture.

    While Archigram conceived organic architectures to ensure survival in inhospitable environments, the technical-looking designs by Future Systems are intended for use in more friendly climes. The majority of these utopian designs were not realized, but were meant to provide ideas for living and surviving in phases of immense social upheaval. The spatial architecture by Archigram was created around the time of the Moon landing in an era shaped by new beginnings. By contrast, Future Systems designed its self-sufficient, machine-like living capsules for a gloomy world at the height of the Cold War.
  • London Festival of Architecture

    London | Dates: 01 – 30 Jun, 2016
    The London Festival of Architecture, an annual happening which takes place in London, will run for the entire month of June. A tremendous variety of lectures, exhibitions, talks, films and other events will take place, of possible interest to both practitioners and scholars.
  • CFP Nineteenth Century Studies Association Conference (Charleston, Feb. 2–4, 2017)

    Charleston | Dates: 02 – 04 Feb, 2017
    Call for Papers 38th Annual Conference of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association February 2-4, 2017 Charleston, South Carolina MEMORY AND COMMEMORATION The NCSA program committee invites proposals on any aspect of “memory and commemoration” in the nineteenth century. From photographs and locks of hair to jubilee processions and civic monuments, nineteenth-century men and women sought to commemorate, preserve, and utilize personal and collective memories and histories. How did individuals remember loved ones, or their own histories? How did they celebrate corporate visions of the past, or dispute visions put forward by others? How were interpretations of the past used as tools of revolution, nation-building, imperialism, and other political activities? In what ways did new economies of tourism and consumerism support a culture of commemoration? How, too, have memories of the nineteenth-century past been contested by later generations? Topics might include civic commemorations, jubilees, holidays, public memorials, architectural changes, cemeteries, elegies, death rituals, photography, souvenirs, memoirs and autobiographies, or literary and artistic uses of the past. Papers may also analyze theoretical concepts of memory, invented traditions, and contested spaces, as well as interdisciplinary and alternate interpretations. Send 250-word abstracts with 1-page CVs to by September 30, 2016. Abstracts should include author’s name, institutional affiliation and paper title in the heading. We welcome panel proposals with three panelists and a moderator or alternative formats with pre-circulated papers and discussion. Please note that submission of a proposal constitutes a commitment to attend if accepted. Presenters will be notified in November 2016. Graduate students whose proposals have been accepted may submit completed papers to apply for a travel grant to help cover transportation and lodging expenses. Scholars who reside outside of North America and whose proposals have been accepted may submit a full paper to be considered for the International Scholar Travel Grant (see NCSA website for additional requirements:
  • Actors and Vehicles of Architectural Criticism: MAPPING.CRIT.ARCH Second International Workshop Bologna, October 4-5, 2016

    Bologna | Dates: 19 – 19 Jun, 2016
    MAPPING.CRIT.ARCH Second International Workshop Bologna, October 4-5, 2016 Université Rennes 2 / Università di Bologna Agence Nationale de la Recherche / The French National Research Agency (ANR) Actors and Vehicles of Architectural Criticism Mapping.Crit.Arch: Architectural criticism 20th and 21st centuries, a cartography/ La Critique architecturale, XXe et XXIe siècles: une cartographie (ANR Project ANR-14-CE31-0019-01) The research project Mapping.Crit.Arch: Architectural criticism 20th and 21st centuries, a cartography, funded by the French Agence Nationale de la Recherche, aims to develop a field of research on the history of architectural criticism, from the last decades of the 19th century to the present day. It is based on an international network of scholars, whose interests cover the history of architectural criticism at various levels and through different approaches (including architectural theory, history of preservation, historiography of architecture, history of architectural periodicals and of criticism, history of photography). Nathalie Boulouch (Université Rennes 2 and Archives de la critique d’art), Anne Hultzsch (Bartlett School London and OCCAS, Oslo University), Giovanni Leoni (Università di Bologna), Paolo Scrivano (Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University), Laurent Stalder (ETH Zurich), Suzanne Stephens (Barnard College, Columbia University), Alice Thomine-Berrada (Musée d’Orsay, Paris) are the members of this network, which is administrated by the Université Rennes 2 and coordinated by Hélène Jannière (Université Rennes 2). This call for papers is for the second of three international workshops planned by the Mapping.Crit.Arch Project to foster scholarship on the history of architectural criticism and facilitate exchanges between scholars active in this field of research. Conceived as milestones of the research project, these workshops intend to go beyond somewhat widespread interpretations that invoke either the specificity of architectural criticism or its partial overlapping with other forms of writing. The workshops also want to challenge simplistic views that suggest the crisis of architectural criticism if not its entire demise. After the first workshop at the Université Rennes 2 (January 2016), centered on the relationship of criticism to “public opinion” and on criticism as an autonomous discipline, the second workshop will take place at the Università di Bologna on October 4-5, 2016, focusing on the actors and “vehicles” of architectural criticism. A third Workshop (Spring 2017) will be dedicated to the notions of architectural criticism and its disciplinary boundaries. 2nd Workshop - Call for Papers The second international workshop takes into consideration the actors and the vehicles of criticism: with these terms we refer to both the agents of criticism (critics, architects, historians, publishers, photographers, institutions, etc.) and the media through which criticism is disseminated (press, photography, exhibitions, etc.). The workshop aims to expand the knowledge about the specific functions of these actors and their networks and to outline their mutual relationships. We are particularly interested in papers that investigate the links between the actors, the media of criticism, and the historical contexts within which they materialize, as well as the cultural, intellectual, and institutional milieus from which they originate. 1.- Actors of criticism The first of the two sessions into which the workshop is organized intends to broaden the notion of “actor” of architectural criticism not only to encompass critics or authors (the same notion of “authorship” in criticism might be subject to question) but also to include professional and academic institutions, publishers, and the various specialists who are involved in the actual production of professional publications. One of the primary goals of the event is to scrutinize the profile and the “professional” specificity of the critic, who is neither necessarily a historian nor a theorist, since defining such a profile on the basis of a corpus restricted to architectural historians and theorists is, in our view, a too narrow approach. Instead, the session intends to promote the investigation on a broader range of critics, whose writings are sometimes limited to newspapers or architectural magazines and who have been until now largely overlooked by architectural historiography. The goal is twofold: on the one hand, to cast light on more “ordinary” criticism; on the other, to question the role of the critic, delineating the often-overlapping boundaries between his or her activity and status and those of other “architectural writers”. The questions we would like to address are: what kind of competencies does the critic share with other “writers” (the historians, the theorists, the socials scientists, etc.)? Which are the specificities of the critic’s practice? To what extent can this practice be called a “profession”? Proposals should not be limited to the analysis of works by critics as “authors”, but can include papers dealing with the activity of publishers, owners of journals and, to a lesser extent, photographers and graphic designers; they may also examine the actors and the practices of “other” forms of criticism, such as radio broadcast or TV programs in their interactions with architectural criticism. Papers interrogating the role played by architectural publications’ editorial boards and scientific committees, and their influence on the forms and contents of criticism and on the editorial choices, would be equally considered. Finally, the session would like to give proper attention to the role played by institutions. Several professional associations (such as the AIA or the RIBA) and academic institutions have played over time a significant role in supporting, controlling or publishing architectural journals. The questions we would like to pose are: to what extent have these institutions fostered criticism or, on the contrary, hindered it? Proposals may interrogate the influence exerted on the evolutions of criticism by these publications and, more broadly, by professional associations and departments of architecture. Apart from papers on specific case studies, the session invites contributions that explore the interrelations between different types of actors and agents, such as critics, publishers, and institutions. Papers devoted to networks of criticism, and to international exchanges and transfers, are welcomed as well. 2.- Vehicles of criticism Architectural publications This session is open to proposals dealing with the influence on the forms, discourse, and contents of criticism on the part of specific types of journals, from daily newspapers, to cultural magazines and building construction periodicals. The session wants to put into question the categories that recurrently describe the so-called “typologies of criticism”: “savant” vs. popular, professional vs. layman, formalist vs. technical, etc. We would like to ask: is it possible to identify a relation between types of publication (daily newspapers, cultural magazines, politic magazines or professional periodicals, etc.) and the statuses of the critical discourse? And to what extent do these publications and their target readerships influence or create specific forms of criticism? New media The session would equally like to stress the role of the “new media” (on-line magazines, blogs and social media). The questions we would like to raise include: by modifying the status of the critical discourse and influencing the circulation or reproduction of texts and images, are “new media” simple vehicles of criticism or do they also contribute to produce and foster specific forms of criticism? Numerous aspects characterizing the working operations of these emerging media remain largely ignored, such as the extent and size of their audiences: do these media reach broader or different audiences than those to which traditional newspapers and magazines are geared? Do they offer to the “public” a better access to professional or specialized debates? Which kind of interrelation they produce with the sphere of public debate? These emerging media tend to raise -- once again -- the recurrent opposition of “savante” criticism vs. popular criticism, whatever the conceptual limits of these two notions are. In this session, these two notions will therefore be subject to question. The image as a medium for criticism? As a different vehicle of architectural criticism, the session would like to pay attention to the photographic image and, more generally, to the visual components of architectural criticism. Since the 1980s, the history of architectural photography has been largely developed by historians of photography as well as by architectural historians, with a peculiar emphasis on the aesthetisation of architecture through these media; drawing on the notions of publication and “publicity”, conceptualized respectively by Hélène Lipstadt and by Beatriz Colomina, some scholars have then focused on the role played by photography in the mediatisation of architecture; more recently, the material and visual characters of architectural books and periodicals have begun to be analyzed using approaches borrowed from visual studies. It is from this corpus of studies that the session wants to draw a possible definition of “vehicle” of architectural criticism. The questions we would like to address are: beyond the pure “indexical” value exploited by the operative criticism of the avant-garde movements, can photography be considered a specific form of architectural criticism? And is it possible to give a definition of what architectural “visual criticism” is? Proposals are expected to not limit their investigations to architectural periodicals, but to focus also on the role of photography and other visual aspects of the production of specialized publications (graphic design, typographic setting, etc.) in the construction of a critical reading of architecture. The workshop welcomes papers authored by architectural and urban historians as well as by scholars in different fields of research (sociology, philosophy, information and communication science, etc.). Abstracts in English of maximum 300 words, accompanied by a short CV including name, affiliation and a list of publications (both files in word or rtf format), must be sent by June 19th, 2016 to: and Authors will be notified of acceptance by June 30th. Scientific Committee Nathalie Boulouch (Université Rennes 2 and Archives de la critique d’art), Anne Hultzsch (Bartlett School London and OCCAS, Oslo University), Hélène Jannière (Université Rennes 2). Giovanni Leoni (Università di Bologna) Paolo Scrivano (Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University), Laurent Stalder (ETH Zurich), Suzanne Stephens (Barnard College, Columbia University), Alice Thomine-Berrada (Musée d’Orsay, Paris) For questions regarding organization of the workshop, please contact or Website:
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