Recent Opportunities

  • The Body’s Politic: Architecture and the Modern Subject

    Dates: 25 Oct – 15 Dec, 2016
    Architecture has long been viewed as a civilizing mechanism: museums make publics, boulevards make populations, housing makes citizens. Under modernity, architecture has assumed an important place in the pantheon of power’s tools, explicitly deployed to create subjects. But this historical perspective quarantines political readings of architecture to the conservative, stationary, or merely incidental. How has the apparatus of architectural form, space, and representation worked in ways unseen by its contingent actors, and how has this apparatus biased contemporary scholarship? Imagining architecture as a Foucauldian dispositif, inscribing itself upon bodies and peripheral to larger spheres of social and political practice, how might focused studies of architecture’s professional, cultural and tectonic configurations provide new ways of considering the modern subject today? Looking through identity formation to the effects of political, legal, and techno-scientific systems, how have architectural objects not only constructed singular subjects but proven intrinsic to variegated subjectivities and contemporary politics of the body? How have the kinds and natures of these subjects varied through time, from the individual to the collective, the human to the nonhuman, the embodied to the metaphysical? And, unlike the reformers and statists of past historical tellings, how could architecture itself be considered a primary historical agent in these machinations? UCLA Architecture and Urban Design's doctoral program in Critical Studies invites abstracts of papers for its 2017 graduate symposium. We seek abstracts presenting research that historically locates the politics of subject-making as well as those that propose new methods for its transhistorical reading and analysis. Submissions are encouraged from PhD students, researchers, and graduate students in all fields, especially from architecture, art history, visual studies, the history of science and technology, the history of planning and public policy, political economy, cultural theory, gender and queer studies, anthropology, legal studies, and the history of business. Paper sessions will be guided and moderated by established international scholars. Please submit abstracts of no more than 500 words, along with a brief bio and cv to: Limited funding for graduate student travel stipends are available; for consideration, please include a brief note detailing the circumstances of your request. Accepted submissions to be notified by the end of January 2017; symposium to be held in April 2017.
  • Fifth Annual HGSCEA Emerging Scholars Essay Prize

    Dates: 25 Oct – 19 Dec, 2016
    Submissions are now being accepted for the fifth annual HGSCEA Emerging Scholars Publication Prize, an award of $500 given to the author of a distinguished essay published the preceding year on any topic in the history of German, Central European, or Scandinavian art, architecture, design, or visual culture. Submissions, which must be in English and may be from electronic or print publications, must have a publication date of 2016; authors must be either current Ph.D. students or have earned a PhD in or after 2012 and must be members of HGSCEA at the time of submission. The recipient of the Prize and one honorable mention will be chosen by the members of the HGSCEA Board and announced at the HGSCEA dinner reception during the College Art Association annual conference. Nominations and self-nominations are welcome; submissions should include a copy of the publication and a CV and should be sent by electronic attachment to the HGSCEA president, Marsha Morton ( before December 19, 2016.
  • Architecture and Design College Fair

    New York | Dates: 04 – 04 Nov, 2016
    The Architecture and College Fair is a free event for high school students (and parents) interested in attending a design or architecture school. The event is free and we ask attendees to rsvp. Center for Architecture 536 LaGuardia Place new York, NY 10012 Friday, November 4th, 2016 4:00pm-8:00pm Representatives from the following architecture and design schools will be taking part in the evening: Boston Architectural College City College of New York – Spitzer School of Architecture College for Creative Studies The Cooper Union Drexel University - Westphal College of Media Arts & Design Fashion Institute of Technology IIT College of Architecture Kean University The Michael Graves College NYC College of Technology, CUNY New York Institute of Technology New Jersey Institute of Technology Northeastern University Norwich University Pratt Institute School of Architecture Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Roger Williams University Southern California Institute of Architecture Syracuse University Tulane School of Architecture UIC School of Architecture University of Arkansas - Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University of Miami School of Architecture University of Michigan - Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning Wentworth Institute of Technology
  • Preservation Pioneer: The Life and Legacy of Charles E. Peterson

    Philadelphia | Dates: 24 Oct – 30 Dec, 2016
    The Athenaeum of Philadelphia is pleased to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, with an exhibition, Preservation Pioneer: The Life and Legacy of Charles E. Peterson. In a career that spanned seven decades, Peterson founded the Historic American Buildings Survey, authored America’s first historic structures report, oversaw the creation of Independence National Historical Park, and created significant endowments that encourage building scholarship, documentation, and publication. 

    Walker Johnson, FAIA, JLK Architects commented,  “Charles Peterson was the most effective NPS bureaucrat, afraid of no one, always spoke his mind, and was very inventive. The HABS Survey, which he invented, kept a lot of architects from starving to death during the Great Depression.  No wonder the SAH migrated to Philadelphia shortly after its founding. If anyone plans to be in Philadelphia this exhibit would make it a worthwhile trip.” 

    Exhibition Dates: October 3 - December 30, 2016
    Free Admission
  • Walter Burley Griffin and Australia’s Lost Capitol

    Oak Park | Dates: 03 – 03 Nov, 2016
    In 1911, the fledgling Commonwealth of Australia—then only a decade old—self-confidently launched an international design competition for its federal capital, afterward named Canberra. Chicagoans Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin famously won the contest the next year (no doubt to the consternation of their former employer, Frank Lloyd Wright). In 1914, the couple arrived at Australia to begin implementing their prizewinning plan.

    Christopher VernonIn his illustrated lecture, Christopher Vernon will survey the couple’s unrealized Capitol building, envisaged as Canberra’s—and Australia’s—cultural epicenter. He will also reconstruct the disappointing saga as to why the edifice was never constructed.

    Christopher Vernon teaches design and the history and theory of landscape architecture at the University of Western Australia. He is a leading authority on the lives and works of Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin, widely lecturing and publishing on the subject. More broadly, his research focuses upon architecture and landscape as collective expressions of identity, especially within the context of designed national capitals such as Canberra, New Delhi and Brasília.

    Date: Thursday, November 3, 2016
    Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    Location: Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake Street, Oak Park, 60302
    Admission: Free, registration required
  • "The Structure: Works of Mahendra Raj" Book Launch

    New York | Dates: 26 – 26 Oct, 2016
    Please join Martino Stierli, the Department of Architecture and Design, and MoMA's C-MAP Asia Group in welcoming the prominent structural engineer Mahendra Raj to The Museum of Modern Art to celebrate the new publication, The Structure: Works of Mahendra Raj, edited by Vandini Mehta, Rohit Raj Mehndiratta, and Ariel Huber. 

    Mahendra Raj will lead a discussion on his body of work in India and early projects in the United States. Books will be available for signing and purchase.
    Wednesday, October 26
    6:30 - 8:00 PM
    Museum of Modern Art Library
    Cullman Education and Research Building
    4 West 54th Street

    Please RSVP to and see publication details below.

    The Structure (Park Books, 2016) explores the work of Mahendra Raj, India’s most significant structural engineer. Examining Raj’s sixty prolific years of practice, this volume looks at his unusually inventive and intuitive work and how he has offered pioneering engineering solutions for buildings in exposed concrete. As this book shows, many of his structures can be seen as monuments narrating the history of architecture in post-independence India.

    The Structure features twenty-eight of Mahendra Raj’s buildings in detail through rich photographs and color reproductions of archival plans. Essays are contributed by Raj himself and by the architects Neelkanth Chhaya and Jaimini Mehta. Also included are interviews with Raj by the architect Sanjay Prakash and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, a conversation with the architect BV Doshi, as well as an illustrated complete list of Raj’s works.

    Mahendra Raj (b. 1924 in Lahore, India) received his degree in Lahore and worked as a junior engineer for the Punjab Public Works Department, where he helped realize two of Le Corbusier’s central buildings in Chandigarh, the Secretariat and the High Court. After completing his Master of Engineering at the University of Minnesota, he worked in the office of Ammann & Whitney in New York, assisting with a portfolio of cutting-edge structures like Eero Saarinen’s TWA Building. In 1960, Raj returned to India and started his own practice, where he collaborated with some of the finest architects working in India at the time – Charles Correa, Balkrishna Doshi, Raj Rewal, Achyut Kanvinde, Joseph Allen Stein, and Louis Kahn – and completed an oeuvre of structures that helped define the architectural language of modern India.
  • CFP: A Panel on Inter and Transdisciplinary Relationships in Architecture (Athens, 3-6 Jul 17)

    Athens | Dates: 21 Oct – 05 Dec, 2016
    A Panel on Inter and Transdisciplinary Relationships in Architecture
    as part of the 7th Annual International Conference on Architecture
    3-6 July 2017, Athens, Greece
    sponsored by the Athens Journal of Architecture

    The Architecture Research Unit of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) organizes A Panel on Inter and Transdisciplinary Relationships in Architecture, 3-6 July, 2017 as part of  the 7th Annual International Conference on Architecture sponsored by the Athens Journal of Architecture.

    The aim of the conference is to bring together academics and researchers from all areas of Architecture’s Inter And Trans Interdisciplinary Relationships, Architecture and Music, Architecture and Mathematics, Architecture and the Arts, Architecture and Cinema, Architecture and Cosmology, Architecture and Science, Architecture and Philosophy, Harmony in Architecture, Harmonic Proportion, Architectural Concepts such us: Space, Time, Harmony, Proportion, Notation, Representation, Presentation, Perception, Rhythm, Design, Composition.

    Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of social events will be organized: A Greek night of entertainment with dinner, a special one-day cruise to selected Greek islands, an archaeological tour of Athens and a one-day visit to Delphi. Details of the social program are available here.

    Fee structure information is available on

    Please submit a 300-word abstract before 5 December 2016, by email, to, Dr. Clara Germana Gonçalves, Academic Member, ATINER, Researcher at CITAD, Lusíada University, Lisbon, Portugal and Assistant Professor at Faculty of Architecture, University of Lisbon. Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions will be reached within four weeks of your submission. Please use the abstract submitting form.

    If your submission is accepted, you will receive information on registration deadlines and paper submission requirements. Should you wish to participate in the Conference without presenting a paper, for example, to chair a session, to evaluate papers which are to be included in the conference proceedings or books, to contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER & Honorary Professor, University of Stirling, UK (

    The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) was established in 1995 as an independent world association of Academics and Researchers. Its mission is to act as a forum where Academics and Researchers from all over the world can meet in Athens, in order to exchange ideas on their research, and to discuss future developments in their disciplines.

    The organizing and hosting of International Conferences and Symposiums, the carrying out of Research, and the production of Publications are the basic activities of ATINER.  Since 1995, ATINER has organized more than 400 International Conferences and other events, and has published close to 200 books. In 2012, the Association launched a series of conference paper publications (click here), and at the beginning of 2014, it introduced its own series of Journals (click here).

    Academically, the Association is organized into seven Research Divisions and thirty-nine Research Units.  Each Research Unit organizes at least an Annual International Conference, and may also undertake various small and large research projects.

    Academics and Researchers are more than welcome to become members and to contribute to ATINER’s objectives. If you would like to become a member, please download the relevant form (membership form). For more information on how to become a member, please send an email to:
  • Spiros Zournazis Memorial Fellowship

    Canberra | Dates: 21 Oct – 11 Dec, 2016
    The Spiros Zournazis Memorial Fellowship supports research into the Australian War Memorial’s extensive art collection by early career scholars. The Fellowship is open to honours or postgraduate students undertaking a thesis as part of their degree, or those who have completed a PhD, Mphil or MA since January 2014. Fellows are free to determine their own course of research provided it focuses primarily on the Memorial’s art collection. Scholars working in the fields of art history, cultural studies, museology, sociology and related disciplines may apply. Research projects that demonstrate methodological innovation will be considered favourably.

    The Fellowship is four weeks in duration and the recipient will be awarded return airfares to Canberra (from within Australia), accommodation in a studio apartment at the Gorman Arts Centre and a stipend of $2000 to cover other expenses. The Fellowship also includes a study space with desk, phone and computer facilities within the Memorial’s Art department and full access to the art collection and archive. Fellows will be supported by Memorial curators and the Head of Art, and will have the opportunity to consult with Dr. Mary Zournazi, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of NSW, filmmaker and a specialist in global war and peace studies, during the Fellowship period.

    The Fellowship is funded through a generous bequest to the Australian War Memorial by Spiros Zournazis.
  • CFP: Fabrications: JSAHANZ, "Way Out Down Under"

    Dates: 21 Oct, 2016 – 14 Mar, 2017
    Fabrications: JSAHANZ invites papers for the forthcoming issue (Vol.27, No.3), titled ?Way Out Down Under?, guest edited by Lee Stickells. Papers are due by 14 March 2017.

    Historical understanding of the complexities and legacies of the 1960s and 1970s counterculture has been significantly enriched in the last decade or so. Familiar narratives of the birth, flourishing and decline of a na?ve, failed, utopian hippie ?dream? have been rethought. Instead, the counterculture?s longer influence on the development of contemporary environmentalism, lifestyle branding, business thinking and cyberculture has been recognised. A more detailed picture of an international, or transnational, counterculture that extended to South America, Asia and Eastern Europe, with distinctive manifestations, has also emerged.

    The expanded countercultural history of the last two decades has also reconsidered the intertwining of architecture and the counterculture. While visions of psychedelically painted geodesic domes are imprinted on popular memory, the substance behind that clich?d image is that new modes of building and dwelling were understood as critical to materialising alternative social forms. There is a growing body of scholarship in architectural history that has sought more nuanced understandings of the ways in which countercultural challenges to existing society affected the discipline?s knowledge base, pedagogical structures, and its representational and practice forms.

    This issue of Fabrications invites contributions that add to the scholarship on countercultural ideals and practices explored outside their traditional geographic imaginary, particularly in Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and South-East Asian regions. It anticipates papers that extend historical understanding of the diverse set of experimental and subversive architectural projects, conceptual work, pedagogical initiatives, exhibitions and publications that can be connected to the countercultural radicalism of the 1960s and 1970s. While American, particularly West Coast, spatial practices were highly influential, they were never absorbed wholesale, but rather as a mediation between the local and the global. For this issue, we welcome submissions that explore the translation of concepts, attitudes and practices ? the sustained experimentation in new temporal localities, and local adaption.

    Questions to be explored might include: How did local cultural legacies inform countercultural architecture? What was the role of countercultural experimentation in defining and popularizing ecological ideals in architecture? How was fascination with South and East Asian spirituality manifested in counterculture environments? What were the dynamics of cultural transfer between radical and mainstream architecture practices? What role did alternative publishing networks play? How was spatial production important to an urban politics of occupation and creative transformation? How might methodological and disciplinary innovations reconfigure narratives about countercultural architecture, its heritage structures, and its cultural outcomes?

    Guidelines for Authors

    Papers should be submitted online at<> by the due date identified above.

    The Editors consider essays of 6000 to 9000 words (including endnotes). Papers should be submitted as Word documents with an abstract (200 words) at the beginning of the paper.  Abstracts are published at the beginning of papers. Please provide images and image captions with the paper.

    All papers published in Fabrications are blind peer-refereed by two readers.

    Instructions for authors can be found on the journal homepage<>.

    Proposals for reports or for reviews of books, exhibitions and other events of interest to the membership of SAHANZ can be made to the editors, Stuart King [<>] and Anoma Pieris [<>].
  • Saving a Legacy: Minoru Yamasaki

    Bloomfield Hills | Dates: 23 – 23 Oct, 2016
    Michigan Modern will present an afternoon of lectures at the Cranbrook Art Museum on Minoru Yamasaki's architecture and its preservation as part of the Preserving Michigan Modern series. Speakers lineup: Dale Allen Gyure, Professor of Architecture, Lawrence Technological University -- "Serenity and Delight: The Architectural Humanism of Yamasaki." Mark Harvey, State Archivist, Archives of Michigan -- "Preserving the Yamasaki & Associates Office Records." Richard Hess, Senior Associate, Quinn Evans Architects -- "Restoring the Yamasaki Pools, McGregor Memorial Conference Center, Wayne State University."
  • Kenneth Breisch lecture - Bertram Goodue and Irving Gill (Santa Barbara, CA) Nov 3

    Santa Barbara | Dates: 03 – 03 Nov, 2016
    5:30pm reception; 6:00pm lecture @ the Art Design & Architecture Museum, UC Santa Barbara. Free Bertram Goodhue and Irving Gill: the Panama California Exhibition and the Los Angeles Public Library
  • 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial: Are We Human?

    Istanbul | Dates: 22 Oct – 20 Nov, 2016
    The biennial will present more than 70 projects from 5 continents by designers, architects, artists, theorists, choreographers, filmmakers, historians, archaeologists, scientists, labs, centres, institutes and NGOs in 5 main venues; Galata Greek Primary School, Studio-X Istanbul, Depo, Alt Art Space and Istanbul Archaeological Museums. In addition to the projects of this core multidisciplinary group, the work of a dense array of international writers, video makers and designer researchers will be presented in the same venues and online to stimulate a new kind of conversation about design. The 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial will explore the intimate relationship between “design” and “human” over a time period that spans from the last 2 seconds to the last 200,000 years. Aimed at rethinking design for an age in which design has gone viral, the biennial is organised in 4 overlapping “clouds” of projects: Designing the Body, Designing the Planet, Designing Life, and Designing Time. Designing the Body explores all the different ways in which the human body itself is a highly unstable artefact that is continually reconstructed, from the unique way our hands work to the latest research on the brain. Every dimension of the human is continuously adjusted, augmented or replaced. Designing the Planet asks us to rethink the human design of vast territories and ecologies. The human radiates design in all directions and encrusts the planet in layer upon layer of artifacts as a kind of geology. Designing Life looks at the new forms of mechanical, electronic and biological life that are being crafted. A fusion of machines, organisms, computation, and genetics is moving from the laboratory into everyday life, the land, the air, and the oceans. Designing Time presents a unique archaeology ranging from the deep time of the very first human tools and ornaments to the ways in which social media allows humans to redesign themselves and their artefacts in as little as 2 seconds. An Open Call for two-minute videos produced 146 videos from more than 37 countries. The Superhumanity collaboration of the curators with Anton Vidokle and Nikolaus Hirsch of e-flux commissioned more than 50 writers to discuss “self-design” in a series of online dispatches. The biennial also initiated Turkey Design Chronology by Curious Assembly, 50 experts doing a major research into all dimensions of design in Turkey over the last 200 years. For further details: - For high-resolution images: To follow Istanbul Design Biennial on social media: Snapchat: tasarimbienali #arewehuman / #bizinsanmiyiz / #istanbultasarimbienali / #istanbuldesignbiennial
  • Framing Nature

    Greenwich | Dates: 21 Oct – 23 Nov, 2016
    CFP: Framing Nature (Greenwich, CT; March 5, 2017) Abstract Deadline: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 The Bruce Museum welcomes submissions for its third annual graduate student symposium, which is being organized in conjunction with a monographic traveling exhibition, Alfred Sisley (1839-1899): Impressionist Master (on view January 21—May 21, 2017). Alfred Sisley is one of the first Impressionist artists to dedicate his attention almost entirely to the landscape and the environment. Often secluded in rural France, Sisley’s landscape paintings represent, as Richard Shone has observed, “A seemingly effortless lyricism underpinned by an understanding of formal architecture.” In-keeping with the period, Sisley’s work also displays an interest in scientific investigation as he rendered exacting visual displays of meteorological events – rain, snow, fog – on his canvases. Following the Bruce Museum’s mission for interdisciplinary research in both art and science, this conference is meant to engage the multifaceted ways that artists and architects frame nature in their work. Papers focusing on the environment, both natural and built, and the practice of scientific observation and empiricism are welcome for this one day conference. Potential approaches to this topic include, but are not limited to: • Impressionism and the modern landscape • Representations of the environment (suburban, urban, and garden) as a nexus for creative activity • Exchanges between artists, architects, and meteorological science • The entwined disciplines of art and science in the representation or study of Nature • Aesthetic responses to ideas of the fleeting or transitory effects of weather on the environment • Landscape as a place for mobility and exchange - migration, pilgrimage, exploration, tourism • Gendered, racial, or social issues in relation to urban or suburban change • Moral or symbolic representations associated with environmental and societal change Graduate students selected to participate in this symposium will be invited to present 20-minute papers, which will be followed by a discussion moderated by Dr. James Rubin, Professor of Art History at SUNY Stony Brook. All invited speakers will receive an honorarium for participating. Please submit an abstract (maximum 250 words) for a twenty-minute paper and a one-page CV as a single PDF by 5:00PM on Wednesday, November 23, 2016. Participants will be notified in early December of the committee’s decision. Completed papers must be submitted by January 25, 2017. All questions and materials may be submitted to Courtney Long, Ph.D. at
  • The Future of Historic House Museums

    Chicago | Dates: 20 – 20 Oct, 2016
    Thursday October 20
    12:15 - 1:00pm

    Free admission.
    No reservations required.

    Roosevelt University
    Murray-Green Library 
    430 S. Michigan Ave
    (10th Floor)
    Chicago, IL 60605

    Landmarks Illinois president Bonnie McDonald will lead this panel discussion exploring how historic house museums can remain relevant and sustainable in the 21st century and how they contribute to the broader trends in historic preservation.  Panelists include William Tyre (Glessner House Museum), Todd Palmer (National Public Housing Museum), Lise Dube-Scherr (Driehaus Museum), and Jennifer Scott (Jane Addams Hull-House Museum).
  • Preservation Pays

    Chicago | Dates: 18 – 18 Oct, 2016
    Tuesday October 18, 2016 from 7:00 - 8:00pm
    $10 per person / $8 members (with code)

    Historic preservation enhances communities and lifts the spirit, but it also rewards those committed to rehabbing historic buildings. Landmarking provides entree into Historic Tax Credits and Illinois' Property Tax Assessment Freeze Program. Economic incentives like these ensure a sensitive project and  long life for our treasured historic buildings.

    Architectural historian Susan Benjamin will present a program featuring tax projects for buildings by Chicago's stellar architects--Charles Frost, David Adler, Edward Dart and numerous others. Several have received the coveted Driehaus Award. Susan has landmarked these properties and helped owners receive well-deserved tax incentives for their efforts.
  • CFP: At Close Quarters (York, 3 Mar 17)

    York | Dates: 13 Oct – 09 Dec, 2016
    University of York, York, March 3, 2017
    Deadline: Dec 9, 2016

    Call for Papers
    'At Close Quarters: Experiencing the Domestic c.1400-1600'

    Friday 3rd March 2017
    Humanities Research Centre, University of York

    This interdisciplinary conference invites papers on aspects of the domestic interior in the late-medieval and early modern world. Building on current research into the architecture and objects that shaped the experience of the pre-modern household, we examine the nooks and crannies of domestic life and its various manifestations, through interaction with art, objects, literature, music and thought.

    With a keynote lecture delivered by Dr. Tara Hamling (University of
    Birmingham) and Dr. Katherine Richardson (University of Kent) based on their forthcoming book A Day at Home in Early Modern England: The Materiality of Domestic Life, 1500-1700, the conference aims to question, examine and explore the significance of domestic encounters ‘at close quarters’.

    Topics can include, but are not limited to:

    - theoretical approaches to domesticity
    - the experience of domestic art, architecture and decoration
    - literary constructions of domesticity
    - musical landscapes and practices within houses
    - domestic ritual, customs and manners, policing of space
    - strategies of display: coats of arms, allegories
    - lineage, procreation, regeneration
    - religious practices and domesticity
    - gender, sexuality, class identities
    - domestic animals, food, hunting
    - lesser examined spaces such as kitchens and pantries.

    Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to  Maria-Anna Aristova
    ( and Oliver Fearon ( by Friday 9th December.
  • Modernisms Still Left on the Doorstep

    Oslo | Dates: 18 – 18 Nov, 2016
    Munch Museum, Tøyengata 53, 0578 Oslo, Norway, November 18, 2016
    Registration deadline: Nov 18, 2016

    Modernisms Still Left on the Doorstep
    The Munch, Modernism, and Modernity Conference 2016

    The conference's aim is to analyze the problem of "universality" vs. 
    the specificity of traditions of modernism; national, regional, and 
    epistemological. The metaphor of the doorstep is adapted to consider 
    the range of expressions and experiments, productions, careers, 
    policies, and conduits that formed networks of what was, and is now 
    considered, to be "modern". As in past years, Edvard Munch will be 
    placed within a broader field of production and reception, considering 
    who and what was written into histories of "the modern".

    Taken together, the papers query the meaning of local modernisms, 
    primarily in Central Europe and the Nordic Countries.  Speakers 
    consider issues of materiality, iconography, and nationalist discourses.
    Richard Shiff (University of Texas, Austin) will deliver the keynote 

    Open to the public, registration required (fee 200 NOK/100 NOK 
  • Glorifying the City in Counter-Reformation Italy: Girolamo Righettino Rediscovered

    Washington | Dates: 09 – 09 Nov, 2016
    Girolamo Righettino is a fascinating character largely forgotten by modern historians. A theologian and a Lateran canon, he lived in Venice in the mid-sixteenth century, where, for his own amusement, he started to draw city views with elaborate ornaments and learned allegories. These extraordinary drawings were compared at the time to examples by celebrated mapmakers Abraham Ortelius and Gerard Mercator. Newly discovered documents give us important insights into the only surviving work that he executed: the view of the city of Turin (1583), preserved in the city’s State Archive. Situated within his religious and political milieu, Righettino appears not only as a dilettante draftsman but also as a deft diplomat who used his skills to serve his religious order and his Venetian patrons. His city views constitute an important case study that demonstrates the intricate relationships among religious and territorial power, politics and urban space, and allegory and topography in Counter-Reformation Italy.

    Denis Ribouillault is an associate professor in early modern art history and the graduate program director at the University of Montreal, Canada, specializing in cultural landscape, garden studies, and cartography. He received his PhD from Pantheon-Sorbonne University in Paris in 2006 under the direction of Philippe Morel, and taught at Pantheon-Sorbonne and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London (2006–2008) before moving to Canada. He was the Florence J. Gould Fellow at Villa I Tatti in Florence in 2008–2009 and received another residential grant at the French Academy in Rome.

    Ribouillault was a summer fellow at Dumbarton Oaks in 2003, and he participated in the 2007 symposium “Recent Issues in Italian Garden Studies: Sources, Methods, and Theoretical Perspectives,” organized by Michel Conan. His monograph on Roman villas and gardens, Rome en ses jardins. Paysage et pouvoir au XVIe siècle, was published in 2013; he has also coedited two volumes: Sacred Landscape. Landscape as Visual Exegesis in Early Modern Europe (2011, with Michel Weemans) and De la peinture au jardin (2016, with Hervé Brunon). His current projects focus on scientific culture in the gardens of early modern Rome, the figure of the draftsman in the landscape in early modern art, and the history of the urban landscape, especially city views.
  • Opportunity Space Design-Build Competition

    Malmö | Dates: 13 Oct – 18 Nov, 2016
    Opportunity Space is an international design-build competition challenging multidisciplinary teams to propose a temporary, mobile structure in an effort to support economic opportunity and social inclusion. Its first edition will take place in Malmö, Sweden.

    The winning team will receive a $10,000 prize, a travel stipend, and up to $25,000 to implement a prototype of its proposal in and around Malmö’s Enskifteshagen Park. The competition is organised by Van Alen Institute in cooperation with the City of Malmö, White Arkitekter, Architects Sweden and Individuell Människohjälp.

    ‘Opportunity Space’ is the first in a new Van Alen Institute series of Flash Competitions: challenges that bring together multidisciplinary teams of designers and other experts for short, intense projects in cities around the world to take on urgent societal issues through design. White is proud to be part of this collaboration, which has the ability to generate real solutions. By organising this competition to activate engagement and reach out to other architects and related professions, White hopes to help solve urgent social issues through great teamwork.

    “White Arkitekter knows Malmö well and we know that there is both talent and conditions to create a project that contributes to a city where everyone can thrive. I’m convinced that Malmö will inspire other cities around the world”, says Monica von Schmalensee, CEO at White.

    Pre-registration deadline is November 7. Applications can be submitted until November 18. The jury will announce the winning proposal in early December.
  • Richard Rogers Fellowship 2017

    London | Dates: 12 Oct – 28 Nov, 2016
    Deadline: November 28, 2016 Fee (USD): $10.00

    Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) is pleased to announce a research residency at the Wimbledon House, a modern masterpiece designed by world-renowned British architect Richard Rogers. Open to accomplished professionals and scholars working in any field related to the built environment, the Richard Rogers Fellowship is dedicated to advancing research on a wide range of issues—social, economic, technological, political, environmental—that are critical to shaping the contemporary city.

    The fellowship is inspired by Rogers’ commitment to cross-disciplinary investigation and social engagement, evident across his prolific output as an architect, urbanist, author, and activist. Harvard GSD is currently accepting applications from accomplished architects, landscape architects, planners, historians, economists, and other specialists whose research will benefit from access to London’s extraordinary libraries, archives, practices, institutions, and other resources. Fellowship winners will be awarded a three-month residency at the Wimbledon House (Spring, Summer or Fall), travel expenses to London, and a cash award of $10,000 USD.

    The deadline for the 2017 fellowship is November 28, 2016, midnight Eastern Standard Time. Winners will be notified in early December.


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