Recent Opportunities

  • CFP: VIRAL, Inaugural Issue of Technology | Architecture + Design

    Dates: 29 Jul – 01 Sep, 2016
    The Call for Papers for the inaugural issue, VIRAL, is open and accepting submissions at editors@TADjournal.org until September 1, 2016. 
     
    TAD is a peer-reviewed international journal dedicated to the advancement of scholarship in the field of building technology, with a particular focus on its translation, integration, and impact on architecture and design. TAD will solicit, capture, and share new knowledge in the ways we think, make, and use technology within the building arts. Published articles will feature primary research in emerging materials, construction techniques, design integration, structures, building systems, energy, environmental design, information technology, digital fabrication, sustainability and resiliency, project delivery, the history and theory of technology, and building technology education. Aimed at researchers, educators, and practitioners, the journal advances and transforms the current discourse on building based technologies with the goal of expanding, reimagining, and challenging its role for architecture and design.

    Editorial Board 
    Caryn Brause, University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Chris Ford, Stanford University
    Kyle Konis, University of Southern California
    Clare Olsen, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
    Jeane Ripple, University of Virginia
    Franca Trubiano, University of Pennsylvania
    Marci Uihlein, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Andrzej Zarzycki, New Jersey Institute of Technology
     
  • Hidden Traces of Shared History: Rethinking Asia Pacific through 19th and early 20th Century Photographs

    Melbourne | Dates: 29 Aug, 2016
    This symposium brings together leading researchers who are working on 19th and early 20th century collections of Asia Pacific photographs. Alongside a broader consideration of the significance of the history of photography in the region, explorations of visual and built traces of identity formations, globalised trading and agricultural industrialisation, and the envisioning of modernity and nationalism during the late colonial era will be highlighted. The projects featured in the symposium demonstrate different modes of archival research and interpretation methods and a spectrum of geographical connections showcasing different pathways into the photographic collections. As a cross disciplinary platform of research exchange, the symposium aims to generate an overview of new approaches to research into the 19th and early 20th century history of the Asia Pacific region. These are developing through working with the era’s arguably most captivating and rich visual traces.
  • CFP: MD Journal: Synapses. Design and Connectivity

    Dates: 28 Jul – 01 Sep, 2016
    CALL FOR PAPERS
    Dear Distinguished Colleagues and Friends,
    We are delighted to announce the second Issue of the  MD Journal focused on “Synapses. Design and Connectivity, Networks and Interactions among objects, services, environments and people”.
     
    For this MD Journal call, we seek to engage the ongoing design changes on issues of connectivity between objects and environments at different size levels and to promote new ideas on a broad user experience across social interactions and networked systems. The MD Journal second issue aims to reflect on the connectivity as a design focus in the contemporary culture by bridging various stimuli coming from design, architecture and networks sciences. This issue try to emphasise emerging paths and scenarios that are shaping a wider connectivity.
    Adopting the synapses’ concept - often used to indicate the flow among neurons stimuli- we are particularly interested in underpinning those studies and projects that are transforming the ways we design today, merging more and more communication, interaction and technology contexts. The field of Connectivity has been originally practiced for years into the human-machines interaction discipline in response to an increased miniaturization of data transmission technologies. This progression are now radically changing the configuration of the communication and interactions between objects and people as well as possible design concepts and related practices. Moving from the classical Machine to Machine (m2m) ground, the Internet of Things (IoT) design field is becoming a very wide influential phenomena. Nowadays, this evolution lacks the constructive energy between conceptual, theoretical and methodological approaches that we really need to increase the awareness of such connectivity development and on what this overall body of design knowledge offers. At the same time, the increasingly growing of mobile pervasive devices and wearable interactions  has opened innovative ways to design everyday objects.
    This call invites diverse communities of theorists and practitioners. We welcome contributions from a range of emphasis: scientific papers, critical review, design methodologies, conceptual and experimental approaches, case studies, prototypes and pilot projects. Areas of interventions could include small and large design sizes. Specifically, with this issue, we hope to explore multidisciplinary approaches across two sides: theoretical and materials. On one side we aims to extend the IoT field of study from the general approach to the more scientific one, bridging research areas on digital objects, services and environments, user-centered design, smart objects, social platforms and networked systems. 
    Possible topics of exploration include, but are not limited to:
    •              Ecosystems of networked objects;
    •              Networked interfaces and new materials for smart buildings;
    •              Wearable technology;
    •              Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environment;
    •              Energy management and networked systems;
    •              Biohacking, healthcare and wellbeing;
    •              Personal informatics and quantified self;
    •              Open source and open hardware;
    •              Open data and infoviz systems;
    •              Interactive experiences in smart exhibition and cultural heritage;
    •              Transportation and public spaces;
    •              Privacy, security and ethics in a connected world;
    •              Social platforms for data sharing.
     
    We seek the presentation of unique, ground breaking, significant case studies, practice of design, prototypes and the review of pilot projects from an academic and not perspective.
    Prospective authors are encouraged to submit an electronic version of original, unpublished manuscripts in English or Italian language. Contributions will be archived digitally on a web-based Open Access publication.
    Deadline for abstract September 1st, 2016. Please submit for a peer review to materialdesign@unife.it.
    Important dates:
    Abstract submission September 1, 2016
    Notification of Abstract Review September 6, 2016
    Submission paper October 30, 2016
    Notification of Peer Review Results November 20, 2016
    Submission of final version December 10, 2016
    Publication December 2016
    For further details, see the Call for Submission announcement 
    http://www.materialdesign.it/en/journal-md//call-for-paper_60.htm.
    Vanessa De Luca, Editor
    SUPSI, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland
    Michele Zannoni, Editor
    Università della Repubblica di San Marino
     
  • CFP: The Stones Cry Out: Modes of Citation in Medieval Architecture, ICMS (Kalamazoo, MI, May 11-14, 2017) Deadline September 15

    Kalamazoo | Dates: 28 Jul – 15 Sep, 2016
    Call for Papers: The Stones Cry Out: Modes of Citation in Medieval Architecture International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 11-14, 2017 Organized by Lindsay Cook (Columbia University) and Zachary Stewart (Fordham University) Citation, understood in its earliest legal sense, refers not to the act of reiterating or to the act of repeating but rather to a formal process of assembling parties separated by space and time. It is therefore best understood as a complex procedure for forging new relationships between people, places, and things that, though highly structured, are by no means inherently stable. Over the past several decades, a growing number of scholars—including, most notably, Wolfgang Schenkluhn, Hans-Joachim Kunst, Dieter Kimpel, Robert Suckale, Dany Sandron, and Arnaud Timbert—have examined, in explicit terms, the role of citation in architectural production during the Middle Ages. On the one hand, their work has been of great benefit to the field, demonstrating that citation is a productive paradigm for understanding the ways in which isomorphic relationships enable spatial environments to create, support, or subvert social orders. On the other hand, their work has also raised troubling questions about the capacity of buildings to convey meaning, assuming as it does that architecture, like language, functions as a coherent semiotic system. Vitruvius laid the groundwork for the application of this logocentric analogy to classical architecture, but does it necessarily obtain within all modes of architectural production, particularly those considered un- or anti-classical? What are the advantages or disadvantages of choosing citation—versus imitation, replication, appropriation, influence, or habit—as a discursive frame for studying the recurrence of formal elements within architectural ensembles? How does such a visually oriented method address issues of production, perception, technology, function, and value? How might it alter current accounts of the design, construction, and meaning of buildings modeled after famous precedents such as St. Peter’s in Rome, the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople, the Great Mosque of Damascus, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, or the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris? This session invites papers that pursue these kinds of questions as they pertain to the diverse building cultures of the Middle Ages, West and East, between c.300 to c.1500. Highly encouraged are contributions that investigate the stimuli for citation, the media that make it possible, and the agents that make it productive. Especially welcome are papers involving case studies that consider the potential volatility of architectural citation across cultures, regions, institutions, audiences, materials, architectural types, art-historical styles, or chronological periods. Contact Lindsay Cook (lsc2140@columbia.edu) and Zachary Stewart (zdstewart@gmail.com) to propose a 20-minute paper. Submissions must include a title, a one-page abstract, a short CV, and a completed Participant Information Form (available here: wmich.edu/medievalcongress/submissions). Proposals will be accepted through September 15, 2016.
  • CFP: Preserving Transcultural Heritage: Your Way or My Way? (Lisbon, 5-8 Jul 17)

    Lisbon | Dates: 27 Jul – 31 Aug, 2016
    The ARTIS – Institute of History of Art, School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon and the ICOMOS Portugal are pleased to invite all the researchers, specialists and other stakeholders involved in the process of safeguarding of architectural heritage created in the meeting of cultures, to participate in the International Congress Preserving transcultural heritage: your way or my way?, which will take place in Lisbon, between 05 and 08 July 2017.
    Paper and poster proposals are welcome until 31 August 2016. Please submit your paper or poster by sending the proposal to the email congress.artis@letras.ulisboa.pt (see the submission guidelines below). The proposals will be selected by the session organisers and the Scientific Committee on the basis of the following criteria: relevance, innovation, scientific quality and theme of the session. On 15 September proposers will be notified regarding acceptance of their paper or poster and will receive further instructions.
    The organisation encourages multidisciplinary and international research on the safeguarding of transcultural heritage (architecture, urbanism, archaeology, landscapes and decorative arts in built heritage).

    Sessions
    Session 1: Heritage values and management of African and American historic cities and sites with European influences
    Session 2: Transcultural heritage, musealisation and memory: preservation of the Indigenous minorities’ heritage in Americas and in the Pacific region formerly under Western rule
    Session 3: Contextualizing the (un)wanted: tourism and management of the architecture of totalitarian regimes in Europe
    Session 4: Globalisation as generator of new transcultural heritages: preserving migrants’ architectural heritage
    Session 5: Greeks, Romans and Byzantines in the Mediterranean region and Near East: guarding transcultural remains containing ancient classical influences
    Session 6: Preserving shared heritage along the Silk Road, a major creator of cultural encounters
    Session 7: Memories to remember and (not) forget: slaves’ heritage outside their homelands
    Session 8: The “Indian melting pot” for religions and cultures: challenges concerning transcultural heritage preservation
    Session 9: West versus East: differences and difficulties to the conservation of their shared heritage (European colonies in Far East / “Asiantowns” in the West)
    Session 10: The discovery of ancient cultures: safeguarding of native architectural heritage in European colonies
    Session 11: Religious, political and ideological fanaticisms as destroyers of “different” heritages throughout History
    Session 12: European heritage as Imperialist statements in colonies: (un)desirable memories whish must be protected or to be forgotten?
    Session 13: Between Far East and the Indian Sea: Indochinese and Insulindian cultures (influences, fusions and heritage safeguarding)
    Session 14: The Ottoman Empire in the crossroad between Europe, Asia and Africa: fusion of cultures and heritages to preserve
    Session 15: Questions, controversies, idiosyncrasies and case studies on authenticity between different cultures, when focusing the safeguarding of transcultural architectural heritage
    Session 16: Should be followed or ignored? Reception of European heritage theories within non-Western cultures
    Session 17: Safeguarding of architectural heritage belonging to ethnic and religious minorities inside countries with dominant cultures
    Session 18: Other relevant themes

    SUBMISSION  GUIDELINES
    Download the submission template, and fill it with the following data:
    Paper or poster?
    Name of the session (only for papers)
    Title of the paper, with 15 words maximum;
    Abstract with 250 words maximum;
    Three to five keywords;
    Personal data (name, professional affiliation, mail and email addresses, and telephone contact of the authors);
    The acceptance notification for submitted papers and posters will be known by 15 September 2016. After being accepted, preliminary versions of paper texts and poster drafts should be submitted until 30 November 2016, for peer-review.
    Researchers can submit simultaneously a paper and a poster, but only with different subjects (paper and poster cannot be both about the same subject). Therefore, it must be submitted an abstract for each proposal.
    Dimension of posters should be AO (841 x 1189 mm) vertical. Posters should be printed by their authors and delivered in the first day of the congress (in the registration) or by mail (should arrive until 30 June 2017).
    For further questions, please contact the organisation. Download here the pdf of the call for papers and posters.
  • CFP: Decoding Destruction and Decay

    New York | Dates: 27 Jul – 30 Aug, 2016
    This is a call for papers for a session to be held at the College Art Association's Annual Meeting in New York City in February of 2017. In recent years, theoretical concepts of the ruin as memorial, as inspiration, and as symbol have generated scholarly inquiry and public fascination alike. The physical study of ruinous buildings tends to be overshadowed by the current emphasis on meaning and morality, and yet ruins and their conservation or restoration have long been sources for both new scholarship and the reevaluation of existing scholarly constructs. By making visible what was never intended to be visible, fragmentation provides significant insight into structure, materials, and architectural practices. Divergent interpretations of architectural fragments can lead to vastly different constructs of the history of style; processes of cleaning and restoration provide opportunities to examine building materials with new technology while simultaneously preventing—perhaps permanently—the chance for future scholars to perform the same kinds of evaluations. Restoration may create substantively new buildings that await incorporation into the history—and historiography—of architecture and the built environment. We propose a session that examines loss, destruction, fragmentation, and restoration in the context of intellectual inquiry. Potential questions include: what are the ramifications of studying buildings in their less-than-complete states? How does decay, disaster, or resurgence lead to the reordering of architectural canons? What are we able to see, understand, or imagine in architectural fragments that would otherwise be impossible in a complete or restored structure? What can we learn from buildings via processes of preservation or restoration, and how do such processes open or close different means of investigation? Session sponsors: Sarah Thompson, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Maile Hutterer, University of Oregon. Interested applicants should visit http://www.collegeart.org/news/2016/07/05/2017-call-for-participation-now-open/ to download submission instructions, which are listed on the call for papers.
  • The Discipline of Nature: Architect Alfred Browning Parker in Florida

    Miami | Dates: 24 Sep, 2016 – 15 Jan, 2017
    HistoryMiami Museum is proud to announce its upcoming exhibition, The Discipline of Nature: Architect Alfred Browning Parker, which will examine the 60-year career of the famed Miami architect whose organic tropicalist designs made him a regional leader and a national icon. 

    Opening on the 100th anniversary of the architect’s birth, The Discipline of Nature will celebrate Parker’s rich and prolific life. Featuring original drawings, archival photographs, and models and furnishings, the exhibition will illustrate Parker’s evolving designs and illuminate his use of natural principles, forms, and materials to create an organic structure for his work. 

    The exhibition, running from September 24, 2016 – February 26, 2017, brings new relevance to Parker as the activist architect, writer, speaker, teacher and philosopher of Miami. 

    “Parker has a remarkable legacy in Miami. He was an original thinker who emphasized environmentally friendly design and sustainability longer before the “green movement” even existed," said Stuart Chase, President and CEO of HistoryMiami.  “This exhibition not only celebrates his remarkable designs, but highlights the ecological and environmental basis to his work.” 

    Parker designed more than 500 projects in his 60-year career, many of which were award-winning designs, and was the recipient of the American Institute of Architects Florida Association’s inaugural Award of Honor in 1967.  

    "As an architect deeply rooted in Florida, Parker designed and built singular works directed by a coherent system of values that directly address issues of place," said co-Curator Allan Shulman. "Central to his ethos was respect for the earth and its resources, and moral and aesthetic interest in the power of nature."

    HistoryMiami Museum will host a Grand Opening party for The Discipline of Nature on September 24th with a special conversation with curators Randolph C. Henning and Allan Shulman that will bring to light the indelible impact Parker had on Florida's built landscape. 

    “Without question Alfred Browning Parker is Florida’s most renowned and celebrated architect,” Curator Randolph C. Henning said. “What better day to open this exhibition, a celebration of his passionate creative energy and commitment to living in harmony with the environment, than on the day marking the centennial anniversary of his birth.”

    For more information visit www.historymiami.org. Tickets to see the exhibition cost $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, $5 for children, and free for children under 6 years old. 
     
  • Call for Applications: 2017 Grants to Individuals

    Dates: 15 Aug – 15 Sep, 2016
    Application available online: August 15, 2016
    Deadline: September 15, 2016

    Since 1956, the Graham Foundation has provided direct funding to individuals for projects that foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. As one of the few funders of individuals in the field of architecture, the foundation's grants provide important support for the work of emerging and established architects, scholars, writers, artists, designers, curators, filmmakers, and other individuals.

    To apply for an individual grant, applicants must submit an Inquiry Form—the first stage of a two-stage application process. The online Inquiry Form will be available on our website from August 15 until the deadline on September 15, 2016.  
     
    Download the Inquiry Form Worksheet here to prepare your responses and gather requested materials before August 15.   

    For more information about the Graham Foundation's grants and to learn if your project is eligible for funding, please see our grant guidelines.
     
  • Endless Images: A SoCal Summer Program

    Laguna Beach | Dates: 14 – 15 Aug, 2016
    ENDLESS IMAGES: A SoCal Summer Program organized by the Visual Resources Association (VRA), Society of CA Archivists (SCA), and Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS-SC) on Sunday, August 14 & Monday, August 15, 2016 at the Laguna College of Art & Design.  Sessions and Lightning Round talks will take place on Monday; optional tour of the Laguna Art Museum and attendance at the Pageant of the Masters are organized for Sunday.  

    For more information and to register, please see: 
    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1x1kGEyubbWxIViXd5xGSxCdMtHhGdkA4ObxkgJRm0Ko/viewform

    The early bird deadline to obtain the best value is this Wednesday, July 20th.  If you would like to attend the Pageant of the Masters performance Sunday night, you need to register and pay for your ticket by the early bird deadline. 
     
  • Brick x Brick

    St. Paul | Dates: 18 Aug – 30 Dec, 2016
    Brick x Brick is a group exhibition that foregrounds the slow and deliberate process of building as a way to understand the social and cultural topographies of cities and the built environment. Artists represented in the exhibition use a diversity of media—including photography, painting, sculpture, drawing, and craft—to show how building contributes to and disrupts the features of local, national, and international urban landscapes.
     
    Architecture is an endlessly fascinating lens through which to observe dramatic changes in the history and texture of contemporary cities. From Robert Polidori’s photographs of pastel-hued Havana to Carolyn Swiszcz’s paintings of St. Paul’s aging retail landmarks, buildings reflect how communities change and adapt, while creating more diverse layers of social and architectural history. Allan McNab’s woodcuts show houses sprouting up like mushrooms that spread over a hillside. Mike Lynch’s painting of abandoned grain silos, Elevator – 29th and Harriet from 1988, is a haunting reminder of Minneapolis’s past as the “Flour Milling Capital of the World.”
     
    Artists also use building blocks of form and color to comment on the formal and conceptual construction of art itself. Julie Mehretu’s lithograph Entropia contains 32 layers of colorful ink that recall architectural plans and swirling topographical maps. George Morrison’s Cube is a sculptural collage of finely polished wooden puzzle pieces. Rob Fischer’s Industrial Revolution salvages a high-Modernist color palette and old panes of glass in order to build something new from something old. Each work in the exhibition reveals how art and architecture share the same reflex—to construct a new relationship to the world around us. 

    Brick x Brick showcases works by over 30 artists from across the country, including 12 from Minnesota. The majority of the works in the show come from the permanent collection of the Minnesota Museum of American Art, and are complimented by generous loans from artists and private collections.
  • CFP: EAHN Fifth International Meeting (Tallinn, 13-16 Jun 18)

    Tallinn | Dates: 18 Jul – 12 Dec, 2016
    EAHN Fifth International Meeting (Tallinn, 13-16 Jun 18)

    Tallinn, Estonia, June 13 - 16, 2018
    Deadline: Dec 12, 2016

    EAHN Fifth International Meeting
    Call for Sessions and Round-Tables

    Deadline: December 12, 2016

    European Architectural History Network (EAHN) is organising its fifth pan-European meeting in Tallinn, Estonia, from June 13-16, 2018. In accordance with its mission statement, the meeting aims to increase the visibility of the discipline; to foster transcultural, transnational and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the built environment; and to facilitate the exchange of research results in the field. 
    Although the scope of the meeting is European, members of the larger scholarly community are invited to submit proposals related not only to European architecture but also to that of the rest of the world.  
     
    The main purpose of the meeting is to map the general state of research in disciplines related to the built environment, to promote discussion of current themes and concerns, and to foster new directions for research in the field. Session proposals are intended to cover different periods in the history of architecture and different approaches to the built environment, including landscape and urban history. Parallel sessions will consist of either five papers or four papers and a respondent, with time for dialogue and questions at the end. In addition, there will be a number of round-table debates addressing burning issues in the field. Proposals are sought for round-table debates that re-map, re-define or outline the current state of the discipline. They will consist of a discussion between panel members, but will also encourage debate with the audience. The goal is to create a forum for scholars to present and discuss their ideas, research materials and methodologies.

    Scholars wishing to chair a scholarly session or round-table debate at Tallinn 2018 are invited to submit proposals by December 12, 2016 to andres.kurg@artun.ee, Dr. Andres Kurg, General Chair of the EAHN Fifth International Meeting, Institute of Art History and Visual Culture, Estonian Academy of Arts, Suur-Kloostri 11, Tallinn 10133, Estonia.

    Duties of the chairs of session and of round-tables include: selecting from the proposals submitted for presentation by the agreed deadline; communicating the list of speakers and titles to the conference organisers by the agreed deadline; and submitting material for the proceedings to the conference organisers by the agreed deadline. Chairs will not be eligible for selection as speakers in their own or any other session or round table at the conference.

    All chairs and selected presenters and speakers are required to obtain membership of EAHN (available for an annual membership fee at
    http://www.eahn.org/members-2/) prior to registration at the conference. Chairs are expected to pursue their own institutional or other support for membership, registration, travel and accommodation.

    Proposals in English, of no more than 400 words, including a session or round-table title, should summarise the subject and the premise. Please include name, professional affiliation (if applicable), address, telephone, e-mail address and a current CV. Proposals and short CVs should be submitted by e-mail, including the texts in both the body of the mail and as attachments.

    Session and round-table proposals will be selected on the basis of merit and the need to organize a well-balanced programme. Please note: 
    preference will be given to proposals from chairs who have not hosted a session in the previous biennial conference (Dublin 2016). The International Scientific Committee may organise additional open sessions, depending on the response to this call.

    The complete Call for Sessions and Round-Tables can be downloaded from the Conference website: http://eahn2018conference.ee
     
  • Living and Sustainability: An Environmental Critique of Design and Building Practices, Locally and Globally

    London | Dates: 09 – 10 Feb, 2017
    Living and Sustainability: An Environmental Critique of Design and Building Practices, Locally and Globally

    9th to 10th February 2017

    LONDON, United Kindgom

    Hosted in London, UK this international and interdisciplinary conference is open to engineers, architects, planners, building technologists, environmentalists and others interested in environmental and social sustainability. The conference seeks to share knowledge on various issues, such as: advances in the retrofitting of houses, new ideas for environmentally efficient buildings, and the latest developments in Zero Carbon construction from across the world.

    It is organized by London South Bank University and AMPS. 

    Registration: http://architecturemps.com/london-2017/
  • Digital Humanities and Historic Preservation

    Dates: 18 Jul – 01 Oct, 2016
    The editors of Preservation Education & Research (PER) invite papers on the use of the digital humanities to teach, research, communicate, and experience aspects of the historic environment for the 10th (2017) edition of the journal. Digital humanities are commonly defined as the application of digital content, methods, and tools to the disciplines of the humanities. Preservationists are already well acquainted with digital content and tools such as mapping, laser scanning, and the online archiving of historical documents, to name only a few. These approaches have undoubtedly extended the reach and depth of preservation practice, yet there remains enormous potential for digital tools and methods to enable new research questions, interpretations, and experiences that otherwise may be impossible. PER welcomes paper manuscripts on subjects that may include but are not limited to the following examples: • Tours that make use of smart phones and tablets to feature archival information, video, sound, and other media that augment reality or enhance understanding of the built environment. • Geospatial analysis, mapping, modeling, and visualizations that illustrate change over time, distribution of historical features, or other patterns that reveal aspects of historical significance. • Digital storytelling or digitally recorded and disseminated oral histories as a means of enriching knowledge about the history of places or the meanings they hold for people across time. • Web-based surveys, social medial platforms, or other interactive, digitally-enabled public engagement methods for advancing approaches to values-based preservation planning. • Preservation-related research made possible by recently-digitized, primary source data. • Historic sites and museums enriched by digitally-enabled, multisensory, auditory, visual, or olfactory experiences. • Successes and challenges associated with incorporating the digital humanities into preservation pedagogy. While we encourage submissions based on this issue’s theme, papers on all topics related to preservation education, research, and scholarship will also be considered. The deadline for submission of papers (4,500-6,000 words in length) is February 15, 2017. All submissions must be emailed to pereditor@gmail.com and must adhere to the journal’s publication guidelines located at http://www.ncpe.us/publications/manuscriptsubmissionguidelines. Papers will be blind reviewed and authors notified of publication status by April 2017. About PER Preservation Education Research (PER) is a refereed journal focusing on scholarship related to historic preservation (e.g., heritage conservation/cultural patrimony) education that addresses the historic environment. The National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE) launched PER in 2007 as part of its mission to exchange and disseminate information and ideas concerning preservation education, current developments and innovations in preservation, and the improvement of historic preservation education programs and endeavors in the United States and abroad. For more information about NCPE and PER, visit http://www.ncpe.us. Back issues of PER are also available on NCPE’s web site.
  • Documenting the Visual Arts

    Dates: 01 – 01 Nov, 2016
    The proliferation and popularity of visual arts documentaries are a major component of the recent international documentary boom, but they tend to be overlooked in film criticism and scholarship in favor of documentaries framed more explicitly in social and political terms. Yet visual arts documentaries remain on the cutting edge of documentary innovation, from 3D cinema (Cave of Forgotten Dreams) to questioning documentary truths (Exit Through the Gift Shop). Moreover, visual arts documentaries have long played significant roles in various historical formations around documentary politics (e.g. USIA films in the Cold War, the Left Bank essay films of 1950s and Channel Four programming in the 1980s). This edited collection will examine the significance of visual arts documentaries from a range of critical perspectives and methodologies. The book will explore not only how documentaries from around the globe exploit the formal properties of film and video to illuminate the aesthetic specificities and intersections of other visual arts, but also how they elucidate the material and cultural conditions in which visual arts are produced and experienced (e.g. the discourse of the artist, museums and galleries, activist art, religious practice, commercial design etc.). To complement these interpretative contributions, the book will also include critical analyses of the political economy of visual arts documentaries, especially the geopolitics of the genre. As an interdisciplinary and intermedial project, I am particularly interested in contributions that connect film studies to other disciplines and fields, including anthropology, art history, architecture, communication, rhetoric, performance studies and visual studies, among others. Consideration will be given to submissions about any historical period or cultural/national/regional context (the book aims for genuinely global scope). Contributions may focus on a single film, a body of work (organized around filmmaker, artist or subject) or a particular institutional context. I am defining visual arts broadly to include applied arts, such as fashion, architecture and design, as well as film, video, photography, painting, sculpture, illustration and performance art etc. Possible topics include (but are not limited to): • Medium specificity and the visual arts documentary • Cultural politics of visual arts television programming • Documentary film and arts education • Visual arts documentary as cultural diplomacy • Post/colonial appropriation and resistance in visual arts documentaries • Representing visual aesthetic practices in ethnographic film • Documenting performance and collaboration in the visual arts • Documenting activist art practices • Discourses of the visual artist in documentary film • Documentaries about art institutions and markets • Visual arts documentary as paratext (making of documentaries, exhibition documentaries) • Relationship between documentary filmmaking and archival documentation of visual arts • Histories of arts television networks and series • Film technologies and the visual arts documentary • Fakery, forgery and mockumentary Deadline for electronic submission of 350-400 word abstract (plus brief biographical statement and sample 5-item bibliography): November 1, 2016. Notification by December 1, 2016. Commissioned chapters should not exceed 5,000 words and must be completed by October 1, 2017. Please send submissions and inquiries via email to Roger Hallas, Associate Professor of English (Film & Screen Studies), Syracuse University, USA: rhallas@syr.edu
  • CFP - "Ancient Worlds, Digital Screens," SCMS Chicago, 22-27 March 2017

    Chicago | Dates: 18 Jul – 01 Oct, 2016
    The ancient world on the cinematic screen has recently been resurging. Digital effects have enabled new worlds to be developed for television and cinema, allowing classic sword-and-sandal flicks to be reimagined with emerging technologies. These mythical, biblical, and historical accounts from ancient Greece, Rome, and Egypt have been marketed and distributed worldwide as major theatrical releases. Despite generally negative reviews, the classics keep coming—with a new Ben Hur scheduled for release at the end of summer in 2016. Considering Jeffrey Richards’ argument that “historical films are always about the time in which they are made and never about the time in which they are set” (2008), what does the resurgence of ancient themes in cinema mean? What are the reasons they are being produced despite hit-and-miss reviews? This panel is an exploration of the re-emergence of ancient themes in cinema, but pushes the idea of what they mean to contemporary society by considering the ways they move with emergent trends in media. Paper topics may include: - Architecture and/of ancient worlds - Ancient and early medieval archaeology - Adaptation and remakes - Ancient themes on television and/or other media (eg. Rome, Spartacus) - Ancient motifs in sci-fi and fantasy - Differences between historical accounts and cinematic representations of histories - Looking at classics through the emerging scholarship of media archaeology - National(ism), identity, and ancient Egypt - Ancient myth in contemporary art/film - Sexuality, race, and gender - Digital media, 3D cinema, and special effects - Renaissance art and/in cinema/media - Historiography of classics in cinema - Process, context, and worlding across media - Media convergence of ancient themes across cinema, art, architecture, media. Please send a 250-300 word abstract, along with brief (1 page if you can) cv, and a 100-150 word biography to: braden.scott@mail.mcgill.ca by August 10, 2016. The finalised panel will be proposed to SCMS by August 31, 2016.
  • Garden City | Mega City

    New York | Dates: 15 Jul – 04 Sep, 2016
    WOHA rethinks cities for the age of global warming

    March 23 - September 4, 2016

    In the tropical countries and islands of Southeast Asia and South Asia, nature, sun, and people are abundant. Of the world’s twenty largest megacities – metropolitan areas with a population of 10 million or more – seven are located in these hot and humid regions. Rapid urbanization has been the pattern of growth and accommodating rising densities poses major challenges for governments, planners, and architects – as does the crisis of climate change.
      
    Just one degree latitude north of the equator, the tiny city-state of Singapore, with 5.5 million people and a territory of 278 square miles (719 km2) – slightly smaller than New York’s five boroughs – presents an extraordinary model of social engineering and architectural innovation. In Singapore, where 80 percent of the resident population lives in some form of public housing, of which 90 percent own their homes, the Housing Development Board (HDB) has embraced both the high-rise typology and the goal of a garden city.

    WOHA – the practice begun in 1994 by architects Wong Mun Summ and Richard Hassell – has built extensively in Singapore, as well as in Bangkok, Mumbai, and other megacities in the region. The firm advances skyscrapers as solutions for urban density, but critiques the Western conventions of steel and concrete frames, wrapped and sealed in a curtain wall of glass and artificially cooled. WOHA proposes – and they have built – tropical towers enveloped by nature and vertical villages with sky gardens, breezeways, and elevated parks. At a time when global warming threatens the future, the enlightened work of WOHA rethinks the urban environment, offering prototypes that use vertical density to create highly social, sustainable, and garden-filled cities.
  • The City Above the City Competition

    Dates: 15 Jul – 30 Sep, 2016
    THE CITY ABOVE THE CITY challenges architects and students of architecture from around the world to push the boundaries of modern wood building design in the urban environment. Entrants are asked to select a centrally-located building in one of the world’s most populated cities and develop an innovative wood design solution that adds density through additional floor area. Known buildings, especially buildings under threat of demolition  are encouraged as sites for revitalization, new development and innovation.

    Housing the world’s growing urban population is one of the most significant challenges facing humanity today. Currently, half of the world’s population live in cities. By 2050, 2/3 of the world’s population will live in urban areas.  Cities must develop strategically to meet these immense housing demands along with the associated infrastructure.  Too often the proposed solutions to this problem show little regard for the existing framework of our cities, choosing instead to replace the old with new, at great environmental, social, and cultural cost. The greatest design challenge then, is not only to build new structures, but to build upon the existing fabric of our cities, knitting together old and new. Today, engineered wood offers designers an incredible opportunity to meet this challenge. New wood products allow designers to build taller structures that are much lighter than alternative materials (steel and concrete) while still meeting strict criteria for fire resistance and/or seismic challenges. All this can be achieved using a natural, beautiful material – grown by the sun.

    The properties of wood material are utilized best when building up. The tallest trees in the world grow to forty storeys tall. There is no reason why our building too, cannot reach even higher in wood. Utilizing the inherent strength of wood fiber there are countless new possibilities to explore.
  • The Road Less Traveled

    Sheboygan | Dates: 26 – 28 Sep, 2017
    In 2017, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Kohler Foundation Inc., and the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training will host a symposium dedicated to the study, preservation, and curation of art environments.

    The symposium, THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED, will be held at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, as part of its 50th anniversary year.

    The three-day symposium (September 26-28, 2017) will consist of presentations, panel discussions, and workshops exploring the study, practice, and history of art environments. Concurrent to the symposium, the Arts Center's exhibitions will showcase its collection of artist-built environments. Special tours of the exhibitions, art storage areas, and regional art environments will be offered September 29-30.
  • CFP: The Road Less Traveled (Sheboygan, 26-28 Sep 17)

    Sheboygan | Dates: 15 Jul – 06 Sep, 2016
    Those interested in presenting on recent research projects, critical studies, curatorial projects, and/or preservation projects related to the concept of art environments or the field of self-taught art should submit abstracts and/or propose sessions using the following guidelines:

    - 200-250 word abstract for individual presentations
    - 300-350 word abstract for session topics, including proposed speakers

    Preference will be given to recent investigations, ideas, and projects, ideally referencing the last three years. Only digital submissions will be accepted. Send to: roadlesstraveled@jmkac.org

    The deadline for call for papers and sessions is September 6, 2016. Speakers and session chairs will be notified by November 1, 2016. All selected speakers will receive a stipend and assistance with travel and lodging.

    General registration opens February 2017.
  • CFP: ARPA Journal - Issue 05 Conflicts of Interest

    Dates: 15 Jul – 01 Sep, 2016
    “Conflicts of interest” are said to compromise the impartiality of research, but what would it mean to be disinterested? Ethical codes warn us that researchers’ objectivity can be corrupted by a clashing set of interests—those of funding agencies, clients and publics, as well as researchers’ self-interest in professional advancement or personal gain. If the resolution of such conflicts might typically call for avoidance, recusal or disclosure, what would such strategies mean for the design disciplines and research on the built environment? What varied interests, expressed in the form of money or other manifestations of influence, do designers contend with? Who does impartiality protect, and when are conflicts of interest productive?

    Issue 05 asks how researchers define an ethics of interest and disinterest across diverse structures of research funding. How do designers reify, leverage, alter or sidestep the constraints of financial support, and from what vantage points? How is the value of research assessed, and in what marketplaces?

    Beyond the automotive industry’s role in the Federal-Aid Highway Act or BP’s now-defunct sponsorship of the Tate Modern, even the most speculative work is governed by the economics of research. Universities shape niche publishing industries by determining tenure criteria and create new structures for commercialization as student debts escalate. Government agencies and NGOs issue grants captured from local tax bases or global markets to test ever-changing definitions of welfare, social justice and development. Even Silicon Valley-style start-ups and crowd-funding campaigns rely on licensing and liability protocols developed within the service professions. From philanthropy to profit, and from patronage to entrepreneurship, we hope to examine how researchers locate their role in directing the systemic reach of such funding structures.

    SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
    We seek thoughtful and playful approaches to applied research in the built environment. Contributions may include opinion pieces, research papers on pivotal moments from a history of applied research, speculative drawing series about the protocols of research practice or photo essays on research projects. For this issue especially, we welcome opportunities to publish interviews with representatives of foundations, government agencies and design practices. Articles are not limited in length (600-2000 words, recommended) and can be published as text, photo essays, videos or other media. Contributors are encouraged to demonstrate techniques and protocols in meticulous detail. Eligibility to contribute is not limited by institutional affiliation or area of expertise.

    To apply, email the following in one pdf document to editors@arpajournal.net:
    - Title and subtitle
    - Author name and 50-word bio
    - Abstract describing context, argument and intended format and length of your proposed contribution, 300 words max.
    - Design or writing samples and website urls, optional.

    Deadlines for Issue 05 are as follows:
    - Sep 1 2016: Abstracts due (we will also review abstracts on a rolling basis throughout the summer of 2016, so feel free to send them in advance).
    - Jan 9 2017: Contributions due (once selected).
    - May 2017: Publication.
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