Recent Opportunities

  • CFP: Making Futures: Crafting a Sustainable Modernity - Towards a Maker Aesthetics of Production and Consumption

    Devon | Dates: 07 Apr – 22 May, 2017
    Making Futures will be held on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd September 2017, at the magnificently sited Mount Edgcumbe House on the River Tamar opposite the City of Plymouth, Devon, UK.

    Making Futures is a research platform exploring contemporary craft and maker movements as ‘change agents’ in 21st century society. Convinced of the transformative potential of small-scale making and its capacity to contribute to new progressive futures, Making Futures seeks to situate these material cultures at the centre of the critical issue facing global consumer society: how we move beyond the reductive instrumentalism of ‘homo economicus’ and modes of mass consumption that are destructive of human and non-human natures. As such our purpose is to examine and promote the possibilities for maker economies built around contemporary craft, neo-artisanal design-to-make and related creative micro-entrepreneurs and movements. We believe that these activities have the potential to consolidate into nascent post-industrial maker ecologies that, while not replacing global consumer manufacturing, can nonetheless contribute substantially to progressive economic and social change at local and regional levels, and beyond.

    Crafting a sustainable Modernity - towards a maker aesthetics of production and consumption.

    We start with recognition of the seemingly intractable crises (social, economic and environmental) of late Modernity. But our concern is to explore this problématique through the optic of contemporary craft and neo-artisanal maker movements, and what might be seen as a new emerging ‘aesthetics’ of production and consumption. Therefore, rather than seeing these emergencies as grounds for a sweeping dismissal of the modern project and all its presuppositions, we take our cue from recent commentators who have called for a re-framing of Modernity - one that seeks to re-imagine, and reinvest in its socially progressive elements.

    However, we also take our cue from the Making Futures community itself and the examples it produces of how we might re-frame, re-imagine and reinvest in the socially progressive possibilities of craft and makers. As this community consistently demonstrates through examples of material thinking-in-action, contemporary craft and maker cultures, so often viewed as inferior and marginal to the political economies of modern life, should be recognised as important components of emerging visions of a progressive future worth striving for.

    In addressing these concerns, Making Futures moves between the individual and the social, the personal and the collective, and explores how they can come together in global examples of emerging post-Fordist maker economies. (For example, in the last edition we looked closely at the north Californian ‘Fibreshed’ movement). In this 2017 edition we will turn to explore a European model based on the Berlin ‘alternative culture’ of auteur makers - their appreciation for materials and strong commitment to city and neighbourhood, their concern for environmental factors, re-cycling and up-cycling, and overall scepticism towards the regimes of fast fashion, luxury fashion and big brands.

    Building upon many of the themes running through its four previous editions Making Futures: Crafting a sustainable Modernity will explore what it means ‘to make’ and its future significations - personally, socially, its possible impact on sustainable agendas, its relation to new technologies, its possible subversion of mass consumption and potential contribution to the emergence of new political economies capable of valuing our needs for social well being and resilient communities that incorporate concerns for human non-human natures alike.
  • Berlin/Los Angeles: Space for Music

    Los Angeles | Dates: 25 Apr – 30 Jul, 2017
    Upcoming, April 25 - July 30
    Research Institute Gallery II

    Free | No ticket required

    Berlin/Los Angeles: Space for Music celebrates the 50th anniversary of the sister-city partnership between Berlin and Los Angeles by exploring two iconic buildings: the Berlin Philharmonic (1963), designed by Hans Scharoun, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall (2003) in Los Angeles, designed by Frank Gehry. Both buildings have captured the public's imagination and become signature features of the urban landscape of each city. Focusing on the buildings' extraordinary interiors, this exhibition brings together original drawings, sketches, prints, photographs, and models to convey each architect's design process. Berlin/Los Angeles demonstrates how the Berlin Philharmonic and the Walt Disney Concert Hall were pivotal in fostering a strong resonance between architecture and the city.
  • CFP: UCLA's Critical Planning Journal - Vol. 24, Spaces of Struggle

    Dates: 07 – 30 Apr, 2017
    Urban regions are catalysts of change. They foster pragmatic politics that
    enables more progressive governance. ?Progress,? however, has to contend
    with histories and structures that grew from exclusionary logic, uneven
    development, and the systematic exploitation of labor. Progress does not
    happen on its own; it emerges from the continued efforts of activists,
    engaged citizens, intellectuals, and professionals that strive for a more
    just city. It requires developing common platforms to facilitate the
    conflicts that inevitably come with differences. Spaces of Struggle is
    about creating spaces that harness differences and transforms them into
    momentum for progressive change.

    This special issues amplifies the discussions that grew out of ?The Space
    of Struggle: A Mini-Conference on Radical Planning
    <>,? a pre-conference to the
    annual Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Conference in
    November 2016 (Portland, OR), organized by urban planning graduate students
    from around the US. We believe radical planning plays a crucial role in
    creating spaces of struggle but equally solicit submissions from outside
    urban planning to open up pathways beyond exclusionary developments.

    The developments taking place since the inauguration of Donald Trump?s
    administration in the US require rapid and assertive intellectual
    engagement. The rise of Trump illustrates a unique moment when
    exclusionary, anti-labor politicians give the neoliberal system a ?face?
    that can serve to unify activists, policy actors, and intellectuals behind
    concrete goals. This is a global issue and we strongly encourage
    submissions that engage with the international context of the overlap
    between far-right politics and neoliberalism. CPJ is particularly
    interested in papers that address the following themes:


      Historical systems and practices reproducing/spatializing inequality,

      Gentrification, displacement, evictions, exclusion, housing, redlining,

      Labor, precariat, bodies, biopower, reproduction, informality

      Domination, depoliticization, neoliberalism, financialization, austerity

      Social movements, insurgency, collaboration/alliances across
      communities, activists, professionals and academics

      Radical planning, community action research, policy, law, the state

      Anarchist, socialist, feminist and queer planning

      Sanctuary cities, commons, occupy, dissensus, democracy, agonistic

      Race, Black Lives Matters, color-blindness, white supremacy

      Environmental justice, political ecology, natures

    APRIL 30, 2017.*

    CRITICAL PLANNING JOURNAL is a peer-review journal founded and run by
    graduate students at the University of California, Los Angeles, and housed
    within the Department of Urban Planning. Please, consult the guidelines for
    authors <> for more
    detail on how to submit to the journal.
  • Inside | Outside: Trading between Art and Architecture

    Ghent | Dates: 04 – 06 May, 2017
    The conference Inside | Outside: Trading between Art and Architecture is the inaugural event of the ‘Is Architecture Art?’ research project, and will be held at KASK / School of Arts, Louis Pasteurlaan 2, 9000 Ghent, between 4-6 May 2017.

    If you are interested in attending the conference, please click here to register.

    Artist Sarah Oppenheimer (US) and architect John Körmeling (NL) will deliver the keynote presentations. There will also be paper presentations from academics from Europe, the United States and Australia, each focusing on concrete cases of the reciprocal trade between art and architecture. More details and a complete list of speakers is below:


    Since the 1960s, art and architecture have experienced a radical and reciprocal trade: while artists have simulated ‘architectural’ means such as plans and models, built actual structures outside art institutions, or intervened directly into urban and public spaces, architects have evoked ‘artistic’ strategies such as sculptural objects and installations, inside art institutions, in exhibitions, biennales and art events. At the same time, art institutes themselves have combined both activities in an interdisciplinary, hybrid field, playing with the conditional differences between the literal and institutional boundaries of inside and out.

    Expanding one’s practice was not only a matter of repudiating and transgressing the disciplinary limits and medium-related dogmas of modernism, however. It was also a question of choosing and evaluating instruments. After all, when “there’s only art” (Burgin) or when “everything is architecture” (Hollein), the methods and concepts of cultural practice, as well as the status of disciplinary objects, are up for grabs.

    The conference Inside | Outside will focus on specific examples or ‘cases’ of the two-way directions of transaction: artists adopting architectural means on the one hand, and architects adopting artistic strategies on the other. In particular, it will study both historical and contemporary examples of the transposition of means and strategies from architecture to art, and vice versa, up to the point where their status, meaning or function is dislodged and transformed.

    The conference Inside | Outside wants to investigate the potential openings and possible deadlocks of such exchanges, both in terms of the means and strategies they displace and the context in which they happen—that is, inside or outside institutional spaces and venues. In this sense, the interest lies less in how means and strategies mobilize disciplines than the other way around.

    Each speaker is invited to discuss a singular project that exemplifies the reciprocal trade between art and architecture. Papers will address iterations of the current phenomenon of art institutions commissioning architects to produce temporary, largely function-less pavilions and installations; the exhibition of architecture; collaborations between artists and architects; and the use of architecture as a medium or subject by artists.


    Keynote Lecture: 4 May, 2017
    Sarah Oppenheimer, Artist, New York (US)

    Keynote Lecture: 5 May, 2017
    John Körmeling, Architect, Eindhoven (NL)

    Paper presentations 05-06 May 2017
    Angelique Campens (KASK Ghent)
    Guy Châtel (UGent)
    Wouter Davidts (UGent)
    Mark Dorrian (The University of Edinburgh)
    Susan Holden (University of Queensland)
    Maarten Liefooghe (VUB)
    Mark D. Linder (Syracuse University)
    John Macarthur (University of Queensland)
    Philip Metten (KASK Ghent)
    Ashley Paine (University of Queensland)
    Emily E. Scott (ETH Zurich)
    Léa-Catherine Szacka (Oslo School of Architecture and Design)
    Annalise Varghese (University of Queensland)
    Stefaan Vervoort (UGent)
    Stephen Walker (The University of Manchester)
    Rosemary Willink (University of Queensland)
  • PhotoSynthesis: What You Need To Know About Photographs

    Astoria | Dates: 25 – 25 Apr, 2017
    Don’t wait! The deadline is fast approaching to sign up for the ARCS Photo Workshop “PhotoSynthesis: What You Need to Know About Photographs”in Astoria, Queens (a borough of New York City for those unfamiliar). 5 experts will lead a full program covering identification and description of photographs, copyright, framing and mounting, display, storage, installation and packing. You will learn things about photography related care that you didn’t know that you didn't know! The modest registration fee includes lunch and full access to the fabulous venue, the Museum of the Moving Image. Between permanent and temporary exhibitions and exciting interactive experiences, it’s a must-see! Register here by April 18th, 2017. ....and the day will be capped by an ARCS Social at PS1, MoMA’s venue for cutting edge work. Collections specialists and registrars, ARCS members and non-members are all invited whether attending the workshop or not. See more below.
  • Call for Papers: EAHN Thematic Conference "The Tools of the Architect"

    Delft and Rotterdam | Dates: 22 – 24 Nov, 2017
    The European Architectural History Network (EAHN) is pleased to announce the EAHN’s fifth thematic conference The Tools of the Architect, to be held at Delft University of Technology and Het Nieuwe Instituut HNI (Delft and Rotterdam, The Netherlands) on 22 – 24 November 2017.

    Architects have for their activities of drawing, writing and building always depended upon the potential of particular tools –ranging from practical instruments such as straight edges, French curves, compasses, rulers and pencils to conceptual tools such as working drawings, collages, photographic surveys, infographics, diagrams, casts and mass models.

    As technologies advanced the toolbox of architects has changed and expanded. Today architects have an extraordinary array of sophisticated tools at their disposal but also rely on many of same tools as their 18th and 19th century peers. Working drawings, pencils and tracing paper continue to appear in the designer’s studio while their role and potential is being redefined.

    Time and time again, architects have engaged with new tools. The quest to find the most appropriate and adequate tools to articulate, test and communicate design ideas has never ended, and in this pursuit architects have appropriated tools from other disciplines, such as art, historiography, sociology, philosophy, computer sciences and engineering. Out of this perspective the tools of the architect have become a field of intense exploration of the encounter of architecture with other disciplinary perspectives.

    Inventions and innovations of tools throughout history have not only provided better answers to questions of analyzing and representing the built environment, but they have also pointed to new ways of conceiving and intervening. Ellipsographs made it possible to precisely draw an elliptical space in the 19th century and computer-aided drafting software has allowed for a new conception and construction of complex geometries in the 20th and 21st century. New tools have continuously affected the imagination, character and qualities of architectural projects.

    This conference wants to focus on the changing practical and conceptual tools of the architect and their effect on the logos and praxis of architecture. The conference will be structured along three thematic lines:

    1. The Instruments of the Architect (i.e. the apparata and equipment of the architect)
    2. The Tools of Analysis (i.e. the devices to study architecture and the built environment in general)
    3. The Tools of Intervention (i.e. the devices to intervene in the built environment)

    We welcome papers that consider the tools of the architect from this threefold perspective. Papers should be based on well-documented research that is primarily analytical and interpretative rather than descriptive in nature.

    Abstracts (of 500 words) can be registered and uploaded on
    Abstract submission deadline: 15 May 2017

    Time Frame
    15 May 2017: Deadline Submission of abstracts
    15 June 2017: Notification of Acceptance
    1 September 2017: Full papers

    Conference Chairs
    Tom Avermaete, Delft University of Technology
    Merlijn Hurx, Utrecht University

    Organising Committee
    Carola Hein, Delft University of Technology
    Marie-Terese van Thoor, Delft University of Technology
    Koen Ottenheym, Utrecht University
    Petra Brouwer, University of Amsterdam
    Dirk van den Heuvel, Jaap Bakema Study Centre/ Het Nieuwe Instituut

    Keynote speakers
    Mari Lending (professor of architectural theory and history, Oslo School of Architecture and Design/ OCCAS: the Oslo Center for Critical Architectural Studies)

    Michiel Riedijk (professor at Chair of Public Building, Delft University of Technology/ Neutelings Riedijk Architects, Rotterdam)

    Third Keynote speaker, tbc

    Location and Dates
    TU Delft and HNI, Rotterdam, The Netherlands/ 22 – 24 November 2017  

    Scientific Committee
    Tom Avermaete, Delft University of Technology
    Merlijn Hurx, Utrecht University
    Alona Nitzan-Shiftan, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa
    Maristella Casciatio, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles
    Anthony Gerbino, University of Manchester
    Sebastian Fitzner, Freie Universität Berlin
    Wolfgang Lefevre, Max Planck Institute, Berlin

    More info
  • The Basics of Wood Window Repair

    Portland | Dates: 13 – 13 May, 2017
    Contrary to the mass marketing that fills our mailboxes, original windows can be refreshed and repaired to meet today’s energy savings goals. At the same time, preserving original windows also preserves historic character and re-uses material that is inherently sustainable. This workshop covers the basics of identifying problems and repairing the wood windows in our older homes. Original wood windows are the “eyes of a building” and contribute tremendous charm and authenticity to our older homes. But after many years of openings and closings, coupled with the impacts of seasonal weather changes, our windows can develop a set of maintenance needs that must be attended to. To address these issues, the AHC welcomes back Patty Spencer, owner of Fresh Air Sash Cord Repair Inc. Patty will share her years of experience in preserving and restoring the function of original, double-hung, wood windows found in homes built in the 1940s and earlier. With a focus on improving function, this workshop will cover the basics that owners of older homes should know, including: signs of window deterioration, preventive maintenance measures, good maintenance and repair practices, plus good ideas about weatherization. Window replacement is not a cost-effective means of saving energy, and is certainly not “green.” If you love your original, double-hung windows, but just wish they worked better - they can! Come learn to do-it-yourself from a local expert.
  • Call for Nominations: 2017 “Best of the South: Preserving Southern Architecture” Award

    Lynchburg | Dates: 30 Mar – 01 Jul, 2017

    2017 “Best of the South: Preserving Southern Architecture” Award

    The Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) seeks nominations for the “Best of the South: Preserving Southern Architecture” Award. This annual award honors a project that preserves, rehabilitates, or restores a historic property - including a building, a structure, or a complex of buildings and/or structures - in an outstanding manner and that demonstrates excellence in research, documentation, design, and execution. Projects with a public interpretation component are encouraged, but not required. Projects in the twelve-state SESAH region - Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia - that were completed in 2015 or 2016 are eligible. 

    Criteria for consideration:
    • Quality of the project documentation, research, and/or design plan;
    • Importance of the property type within its particular context (national, regional, state, local);
    • Quality of execution;
    • Anticipated benefits; and
    • Degree to which the project saved a historic property from likely demolition.

    Nominations should consist of no more than two pages of project description and be accompanied by illustrations and any other supporting material, including a project budget and timeline. A cover letter should identify the owner of the property, the historic and current use of the property, and the names and contact information of all the major participants of the project. 

    Email the nomination as a single PDF or as a link to a single PDF posted on Google Drive/Dropbox the 2017 “Best of the South” award committee chairperson, Blake Wintory at

    Deadline: July 1, 2017.  

    The 2017 “Best of the South” Award winner will be announced at the 2017 SESAH Annual Meeting held in Lynchburg, Virginia, from October 11-14. 

    For more information about the “Best of the South: Preserving Southern Architecture” Award and SESAH, visit
    Southeast Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians [SESAH]
    Best of the South: Preserving Southern Architecture
    Criteria for Consideration

    A preservation/rehabilitation/restoration project (a building or complex of buildings) that demonstrates excellence or innovation in one or more of the following categories:

    • Architectural history research (documentary or physical)
    • Architectural documentation (investigative details or a record of work performed)
    • Architectural design plan
    • Technique of conservation and/or restoration of fabric
    • Interpretation of the project to the public

    This award is for "historic preservation" of historic architecture.  It is for projects completed in either 2015 or 2016.  Projects with completion dates prior to 2015 or that have not yet been completed will be eliminated from consideration.  

    A "preservation," as opposed to a “rehabilitation” or "restoration," project can mean very different approaches and outcomes; therefore, a project's stated goals and outcome will be judged against projects of like nature.  If a project is an adaptive use, how innovative or successful was the project in preserving the architectural character of the building(s)?  Also, does the project sustain cultural heritage in a way that engages the community to consider and preserve its architectural character?

    Each project will be judged using these factors:
    • Quality of project documentation, research, and/or design plan
    • Importance of property type within its particular context (national, regional, local)
    • Quality of execution
    • Anticipated benefits
    • Degree to which the project saved a historic property from likely demolition.
  • A New Scholarly Society is Doing the Urgent Work of the Past - African American Intellectual History Society

    Dates: 30 Mar, 2017 – 30 Mar, 2018
    A combination of factors — elections, funding scarcity and funder mandates, metrics for “impact” — has helped produce among scholars a burst of enthusiasm for public engagement. But in the last few years it may be that the urge to advocate and teach eclipses them all. Things that seemed obvious and of clear public benefit are newly vulnerable:  science now needs a march on Washington.

    But the very thing that required the March on Washington in 1963 still demands advocacy and teaching. In a compelling turn, and at a moment when older scholarly societies worry about membership declines and formulating new sustainability models, a new scholarly society exemplifies a fresh approach to the history and meaning of race in America. The African American Intellectual History Society began in early 2014 as a group blog, founded by Professor Christopher Cameron of the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Cameron undertook this work to “provide a space for scholars in disparate fields to discuss the many aspects of teaching and researching black intellectual history.” The blog soon acquired an organization, which begat some familiar scholarly society structure including officers, bylaws, and a program for scholarly communication. AAIHS officers are mostly early career, but also have a depth of experience as scholars and writers. The society held its second annual conference this past weekend at Vanderbilt University.

    Continue reading at The Scholarly Kitchen.
  • PastForward 2017 in Chicago

    Chicago | Dates: 14 – 17 Nov, 2017
    PastForward 2017 • November 14-17 • Chicago

    We want to see you in Chicago this fall for PastForward—the premier educational and networking event for those in the business of saving places! Mark your calendars and sign up to receive updates about registration, speakers, and programming.

    "This was one of the most extraordinary conferences I’ve ever attended, and I’ve been to many. I don't think I've ever been around so many intelligent, forward-thinking, encouraging individuals who took my thinking into areas I never imagined."

    2016 PastForward Attendee, Kay W. Moore, co-coordinator, Travis College Hill Historic District, Garland, TX 

    What to expect: Art, advocacy, and innovation are the hallmarks of preservation in Chicago, where outstanding architecture and diverse neighborhoods have become a proving ground for preservation approaches. At PastForward 2017 we'll focus on "forward," exploring the next generation of preservation tools and techniques.
    Registration will go live July 5—rates and early bird deadline information are already available online.

    Watch videos from PastForward 2016 to revisit programming from last year’s conference, including TrustLive presentations from John Valadez, documentary filmmaker, and Nina Simon, executive director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History.

    See you in Chicago!

    PastForward 2017 is brought to you by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and presented in partnership with Landmarks Illinois.
  • Free to a Good Home--JSAH 1962 to the present

    Dates: 31 Mar – 30 Apr, 2017
    A long-time member of SAH who lives in Manhattan is seeking a good home--institutional or individual--to take his collection of print copies of JSAH from 1962 to the present. The new owner would be responsible for moving the journals from an apartment in mid-town Manhattan.
  • INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY, School of Historical Studies, Opportunities for Scholars 2018-2019

    Princeton | Dates: 28 Mar – 01 Nov, 2017
    INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY, School of Historical Studies, Opportunities for Scholars 2018-2019. The Institute is an independent private institution founded in 1930 to create a community of scholars focused on intellectual inquiry, free from teaching and other university obligations. Art and Architectural History are among the School’s principal interests, but the program is open to all fields of historical research. Scholars from around the world come to the Institute to pursue their own research. Candidates of any nationality may apply for a single term or a full academic year. Scholars may apply for a stipend, but those with sabbatical funding, other grants, retirement funding, or other means are also invited to apply for a non-stipendiary membership. Some short-term visitorships (for less than a full term, and without stipend) are also available on an ad-hoc basis. The Institute provides access to extensive resources including offices, libraries, subsidized restaurant and housing facilities, and some secretarial services. Residence in Princeton during term time is required. The only other obligation of Members is to pursue their own research. The Ph.D. (or equivalent) and substantial publications are required. Information and application forms may be found on the School's web site,, or contact the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Einstein Dr., Princeton, N.J. 08540 (E-mail address: Deadline: November 1 2017.
  • Conference on cultural heritage and new technologies

    Vienna | Dates: 08 – 10 Nov, 2017
    Integrating historical maps and archaeological data using digital technologies Irmela HERZOG | David BIBBY, Germany Adding life to written sources by studying the dead David BIBBY, Germany | Ann DEGRAEVE, Belgium | Raphael PANHUYSEN, The Netherlands | Karin WILTSCHKE-SCHROTTA, Austria New realities 3: virtual, augmented reality and other techniques in Cultural and historical Heritage for the general public Willem BEEX, The Netherlands | Giorgio VERDIANI, Italy | Bernard FRISCHER, USA 3D digital reconstruction and related documentation sources Fabrizio I. APOLLONIO, Italy | Krzysztof KOSZEWSKI, Poland | Piotr KUROCZYŃSKI, Germany 3D Documentation in Underwater Archaeology: Photogrammetry, Georeferencing, Monitoring, and Surveying Marco BLOCK-BERLITZ, Germany | Luca BEZZI, Italy | Moritz MENNENGA, Germany New Approaches to Medieval Structures and Spaces Meredith COHEN, USA Reflections and research on archaeological practices in the digital era Suvi DEBENJAK, Austria | Isto HUVILA, Finland | Peter TÓTH, Hungary PhD / Master Session Martina POLIG, | Benjamin STANGL, Austria The Employment of Mobile Applications for Survey, Documentation and Information Claudiu SILVESTRU, Austria
  • Islamic Art and Architecture (Zurich, Schaffhausen, 4-6 Jun 17)

    Zurich and Schaffhausen | Dates: 04 – 06 Jun, 2017
    Zurich and Schaffhausen, May 4 - 06, 2017 Registration deadline: Apr 30, 2017 <>

    A l’Orientale - Collecting, Displaying and Appropriating Islamic Art and Architecture in the 19th and early 20th centuries

    International conference

    Prof. Dr. Francine Giese (University of Zurich), Prof. Dr. Mercedes Volait (CNRS/InVisu), Dr. Ariane Varela Braga (University of Zurich)

    Museum Rietberg Zürich,
    Moser Familienmuseum Charlottenfels der Heinrich und Henri Moser Stiftung in Neuhausen bei Schaffhausen

    Keynotes Speakers: 
    Kjeld v. Folsach (The David Collection, Copenhagen),  Yannick Lintz (Musée du Louv-re, Paris), Tim Stanley (Victoria and Albert Museum, London), Stefan Weber (Museum für Islamische Kunst, Berlin)

    Registration open:
  • CFP: Standard Architecture: From Jean-Nicolas-Louis Durand to BIM (Frankfurt, 20-22 Oct 17)

    Frankfurt | Dates: 23 Mar – 01 Jun, 2017
    Call for Papers
    Standard Architecture
    From Jean-Nicolas-Louis Durand to BIM

    From 20 - 22 october 2017, the international symposium Standard Architecture will be held at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt am Main. With this open call, we are soliciting lecture proposals for the Young Researcher Forum on 20 October 2017. To submit a proposal, please email your abstract and CV in PDF form (max 5 MB) by 1 June 2017 to We will select around five proposals from the different submissions by mid of June. We can offer a grant for part of the travelling costs.
    We especially welcome contributions that address how standardization influences architectural design and the role of architects. We're interested in diverse approaches to the topic--whether the proposal undertakes a critical analysis of technical developments and their ramifications, or instead engages with something like the associative cultural resonances of standardization processes in the designs of O.M. Ungers and Superstudio.

    About the symposium's theme: 
    Standardization has played a key role in architecture and construction since the Enlightenment. It accelerates building production, reduces costs, and assures quality control, at least in theory. The classical modernists of the 20th century treated standardization and normalization as engines of social and technical progress. Even though concepts for mandatory, form-giving standards--like those proposed by Ernst Neufert--never established themselves, there are more standards today than ever before. Despite appeals to cultural specificity, standards shape processes and products all around the world through the digitization and rationalization of cognitive processes. With the introduction of BIM (Building Information Modeling), these processes are becoming increasingly relevant Both building elements and processes of design and production are undergoing standardization:

    Standardized Design Processes
    Modernity has given rise to processes that rationalize, systematize, and accelerate the designing of buildings. More structures need to be built more quickly all the time. Designs are often executed by unskilled or semi-skilled workers. Buildings are being erected in disparate places around the world through the use of identical specifications. To make all this possible, design tools have been created that enable people to generate and implement a great number of design-related tasks simultaneously. Today, Building Information Modeling Systems (BIM) use standardized forms of information to automate planning and design and to supplement human with artificial forms of intelligence.   

    Standardized Building Elements
    Ernst Neufert tried to standardize architecture at all scales, from the very small to the very big. Adopting paper formats as his model, he sought to systematize building components using (among other means) his octametric system of dimensional coordination. This project reached its climax in the 1970s, but lost a good deal of its currency in the years thereafter. Today, there are more standards than ever--and they often operate on a national and international level--but their influence on form-making has proven harder to trace. It goes without saying that they continue to shape the design of spaces that have a great number of technical needs and requirements (kitchens and offices, for example), as well as temporary buildings and storage facilities (containers and container ports, for example).  
    Standardized Building Processes 
    While knowledge rested squarely with the individual producer in premodern societies, it can be said that it is anchored today in objectified rules and specifications, many of which are sanctioned by liability concerns and multi-national contractual agreements. Arguably, standardization ensures that products that are manufactured by different companies are in fact compatible. This is important where the manufacturing of building components is concerned.  According to some, however, it can also stifle innovation and compromise the exercise of know-how and common sense.   

    Speakers will include: 
    Keller Easterling (Professor of Architecture at Yale University), Manfred Grohmann (Universität Kassel, Professor for Structural Design),  Alexander Klose (Author/ Container Researcher); Markus Krajewski (Universität Basel Professor für Medienwissenschaft), Antoine Picon (Harvard University, GSD, Director of Research), Christina Sonderegger (Swiss National Museum, Zurich) Gernot Weckherlin (BTU Cottbus, Professur für Architekturtheorie), Aashish Velkar, (University of Manchester, Lecturer in Economic History), Nader Vossoughian (New York Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and Design), Georg Vrachliotis (KIT-Karlsruhe, Professur für Architekturtheorie), Christine Wall (University of Westminster, Reader in Architectural and Construction History) Detailled program soon at

    Drawing on the results of the symposium, ARCH+ will publish a special issue dedicated to the topic.
    Supported by Forschungsinitiative Zukunft Bau - BBSR/  BMUB (Bundesinstitut für Bau-, Stadt- und Raumforschung / Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG, Wüstenrot Stiftung and Pfeiffer Stiftung Organized by the Department of Architectural Theory and Design, University of Kassel in cooperation with ARCH+ , Deutsches Architekturmuseum and project Bauhaus.
  • Summer School: University and Diversity: The Bolognese Experience (1088-2017)

    Bologna | Dates: 06 – 14 Oct, 2017
    University and Diversity: The Bolognese Experience (1088-2017) Studienkurs of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut In 2013, the Municipality of Bologna set up a competition to find a logo that represents 'at a local, national and international level' all the 'features and elements that make up the face of the city'. The winning project 'è Bologna' provides a visual translation of the endless perceptions of the city, linking letters to geometrical forms inspired by archetypical Bolognese images, such as the city walls and the brick mosaic of Santo Stefano. By typing a script, these forms are superimposed with fixed proportions and chromatic relationships. Thus, written words generate different but related signs that render the 'multiplicity of elements which describe Bologna'.

    The 2017 Summer School (Studienkurs) of the KHI focuses on 'universitas' and 'diversitas', concepts that are emblematic of Bologna from the medieval to the modern period. The idea that the sum of all things comprises a whole entity ('universum') provides a starting point for exploring the city, whose urban fabric is characterized by its former canals, medieval towers and porticoes. Bologna's university, the 'Alma Mater Studiorum', considered to be founded in 1088, encapsulates the city's manifest identities through its original organization as a conglomeration of loose societies called 'nations'; the teaching of canon and civil law and medicine; and the training of personages such as Petrarch, Leon Battista Alberti and Copernicus. Bologna as a cosmopolitan city is shaped further by its relationship to religious institutions (the Dominicans and the Papacy, for example); by persons acting on an 'international' scale, such as the Bentivoglio, Gabriele Paleotti, Ugo Buoncompagni (Pope Gregory XIII), Pier Paolo Pasolini; and by the artworks within the city of Nicola Pisano, Giotto, Raphael, Giambologna or the Carracci. Carlo Cesare Malvasia, writing in the seventeenth century, described Bologna as the 'metropolis of a kingdom' due to its role as the capital of ancient Etruria and as the 'school of the universe' for having taught philosophy, letters and religion before all other cities. The images of the city as an important geographical crossroad linking central and northern Italy to the rest of Europe and as hub of learning, culture and avant-garde thinking pervades into modern times. They impacted, for example, the tragic bombing of the city during World War II or the Neo-Fascist attack at the Central Station in 1980, a site that in recent years witnessed the construction of the Alta 'velocità' railway, with its projected architectural complex by Isozaki-Maffei.

    The seemingly disparate histories of Bologna will be explored through notions of 'universitas' and 'diversitas' in an attempt to better understand the common links that, just as in the dynamic logo, comprise the character of the city and will allow the Summer School to engage, more generally, with the mechanisms that contribute to the cultural constructions of multi-faceted urban centres and their relationship to surrounding and interconnected environments. Shifting between synchronic and diachronic approaches, topics to be explored, through individual presentations and discussions, include: Santo Stefano and its artistic and religious connections to the Eastern Mediterranean; Bolognese manuscript illumination and its 'international' impact; the open-air tombs of professors of law and medicine; 'foreign' cults within the city, such as the Madonna di San Luca and the Madonna of Guadalupe; spaces as places for display and as sites of alterity: relics, bodies and burials of saints (e.g., St Dominic and St Caterina Vigri), anatomical waxes, collections of natural objects and artefacts with transcultural trajectories, especially to the New World and the Ottoman Empire, and their role in the history of science and scientific knowledge (Ulisse Aldrovandi and Ferdinando Cospi); as well as the writing of artistic traditions and the so-called Bolognese School of Painting. How does the city space and the civic cultures embodied within it participate in connecting the local with the universal? How can shifting notions of university/universality and diversity be described and analyzed within the interplay of individuals and groups that together make up the experience of the city?

     The KHI Summer School invites applications from the fields of Art History and related disciplines, from graduate students, doctoral candidates and scholars who are embarking on post-doctoral research. The number of participants is restricted to fifteen. Each participant is expected to contribute to the success of the course not only with a presentation, but also by actively engaging in the discussions. To allow for active participation in the discussion, good passive knowledge of Italian and German is required. The Institute will bear the cost of accommodation and will reimburse half of the incurred travelling expenses; in addition, participants will receive a daily allowance. Applications should include: a letter of interest comprising a research statement, a one-page Curriculum vitae and a presentation proposal (ca. 300 words). These materials can be written in English, Italian or German. Please send your documents by 1 May 2017 in a single PDF file (max. 2 MB), referencing 'Studienkurs 2017', to the attention of Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wolf ( Concept and organization: Annette Hoffmann, Marco Musillo, Jessica N. Richardson and Gerhard Wolf
  • CFP: VISTAS: 39th Annual Conference of the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association

    Dates: 15 – 18 Mar, 2018
    VISTAS: 39th Annual Conference of the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association Philadelphia, March 15-18, 2018 Keynote: Elizabeth Milroy (Drexel University) In honor of the 100th anniversary of Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the NCSA committee invites proposals that explore the notion of the vista in the nineteenth century. From personal gardens to public parks, from the street level to the top of a skyscraper, or from the microscope to the panoramic photograph, the nineteenth century was a moment when the idea of the vista changed from a narrow sightline to a sweeping, expansive view. How did theorists alter our historical perspective, broadening our notion of the world through science or religion? In what ways did power systems affect urban vantage points? How did man-made vistas reflect socio-cultural ideals? How did domestic spaces or nightlife transform with the widespread use of gas or electric lighting? How does the conceptual vista operate metaphorically? Topics might include horticulture, landscapes and seascapes, new technology, photography, sightseeing, film and the theater, urban planning, visions and dreamscapes, shifting perceptions of the gaze, or literary or artistic descriptions or depictions of viewpoints. In contrast, papers may consider the absence of vistas, such as mental or physical confinement or elements that obfuscate a view. Please send 250-word abstracts with one-page CVs to by September 30th, 2017. Abstracts should include the author’s name, institutional affiliation, and paper title in the heading. We welcome individual proposals and panel proposals with four presenters and a moderator. Note that submission of a proposal constitutes a commitment to attend if accepted. Presenters will be notified in November 2017. We encourage submissions from graduate students, and those whose proposals have been accepted may submit complete 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 the NCSA website for additional requirements:
  • New Journal on Built Heritage - Contributions Welcome

    Dates: 16 Mar, 2017 – 16 Mar, 2018
    Built Heritage is a blind-peer-reviewed international journal devoted to all aspects of the research, conservation, and regeneration of historic buildings, settlements, and sites. It is the first journal integrating built heritage conservation in a multidisciplinary sphere of architecture, urban and rural planning, and landscape architecture, administrated by the Minister of Education of China, sponsored by Tongji University, and published by Tongji University Press. The editor-in-chief Chang Qing is a professor at the College of Architecture and Urban Planning in Tongji University and an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The co-editor-in-chief Zhou Jian is a professor at the College of Architecture and Urban Planning in Tongji University and the Secretary-General of the World Heritage Institute of Training and Research for the Asia and the Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO. 


    The conceptual basis of BH lies on the fundamental differences concerning built heritage conservation with regard to global cultural diversity, recognising these differences as a source for creativity. Published in English, the aim of BH is to foster scientific exchange between Chinese and international scholars, offering a platform to record the latest developments in the field, allowing for further homologation of scientific research and the recognition of cultural diversity. BH will enhance the awareness for the conservation of the built environment in China, offering support to the debate from a critical perspective, engaging with current hot discussions such as: the role of contemporary architecture in historic environments; the definition of authenticity; new tools of heritage management; politics, culture and identity; energy consumption and sustainability. 


    BH will introduce the most recent international scientific research production in built heritage conservation theory and practice. It encompasses the conservation of architecture, urbanism and landscape architecture in urban and rural environments from a multidisciplinary approach. Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to: 

    1. The empirical study of built heritage. Articles on this topic shall include thematic studies on built heritage, regarding information on its current and historical condition, the definition of socio-cultural values and the description of its historical environment through empirical and logical reasoning methods. 


    2. History and theory, which is the critical reflection and theoretical construction of the discipline. The articles on this topic shall be thematic studies on the histories, legacies, and theories about the development of built heritage conservation by using historical documentation, physical evidence and related theories. 

    3. Conservation projects, referring to the process of implementation, control and management. Articles on this topic will include cases of preservation, restoration, renovation, addition, and revitalization from planning, design, and technological perspectives, bearing innovation in their material research methods and regeneration strategies. 

    4. Heritage management, based in the roles of social participation in policy-making: This part is to introduce thematic studies on the laws, regulations, codes, charters and guidelines for the conservation of built heritage and case studies of the management of conservation projects. 

    Articles should NOT be previously published and should demonstrate a full command of the scholarly literature and available archival and field sources. Manuscript submissions and subsequent correspondence between authors and the BH are through E-mail. 

    The E-mail address is Complete guidelines for preparing and submitting your manuscript to this journal are provided below. 

    Contents of the Submission 

    Manuscripts must include three separate Word files, presented in this order: 

    1. Cover Page. Title of article should be succinct. Subtitle is allowed if is necessary. All the authors of a paper should include their full names, affiliations, postal addresses and email addresses. First time submissions should be provided with a brief introduction of the authors, including nationality, affiliation (with address and postcode), title and post, academic degree, research area, and recent academic achievements. 

    2. Main manuscript. It should contain: 

    a) Title and subtitle. Both should be succinct and descriptive of the content of the article. 

    b) Abstract. In no more than 200 words, the abstract should summarize the significant points of the paper, and be written in the third person. 

    c) Keywords. Supply three to eight keywords separated by semicolons. 

    d) Text and accompanying endnotes. 

    3. Tables and Illustrations. Tables and illustrations should be included in an independent file. Figures should be numbered by Arabic numerals according to the order of usage, labelled with name and resource, and illustrated with a few words if necessary. 


    Preparation: Language, format, length and copyright 

    English style 

    Papers are accepted in English. Please use British-ise spelling style consistently throughout your manuscript. 


    BH follows the 'Chicago author-date' referencing style. Your manuscript will be referenced with short endnotes, which connect to an alphabetical bibliography listing all the sources and works on which it is based. 


    A typical manuscript for this journal should be no more than 8000 words; this limit includes tables, references, figure captions, endnotes. Papers for 'Project Analysis' can be between 3,000-4,000 words. 


    It’s important to illustrate your paper with a good spread of high quality images. At manuscript submission stage your figures and tables are not embedded but kept apart from the text and submitted as separate files, numbered in the order in which they appear in the paper (i.e. Figure 1, Figure 2). In multi-part figures, each part should be entered as a separate file (e.g. Figure 1(a), Figure 1(b)). Number the captions correspondingly in a list following the bibliography of the main text. 

    Figures should be high quality (1200 dpi for line art, 600 dpi for grayscale and 300 dpi for colour, at the correct size). Figures should be saved as TIFF, PostScript or EPS files. 

    Please avoid using scanning images. But if their use is absolutely necessary, the author is responsible for correcting the pattern (descreening) in PhotoShop and alerting us to the problem. 

    Copyright material 

    You must obtain the necessary permission to reuse third-party material in your article. The use of short extracts of text and some other types of material is usually permitted, on a limited basis, for the purposes of criticism and review without securing formal permission. If you wish to include any material in your paper for which you do not hold copyright, and which is not covered by this informal agreement, you will need to obtain written permission from the copyright owner prior to submission. 


    Should you have any queries, please contact us at 

  • CFP: Architectural Theory Review 22:1 Resist, Reclaim, Speculate

    Dates: 16 Mar – 01 Jun, 2017
    Architectural Theory Review
    Deadline: Jun 1, 2017

    Resist, Reclaim, Speculate 
    Situated Perspectives on Architecture and the City

    In search of new forms of critical and creative resistance, the Editors 
    of this issue of ATR call for situated, relational, and embodied 
    perspectives in architectural scholarship rather than distant, 
    autonomous, and authoritarian ones. In this we draw our inspiration 
    from radical (feminist) thinkers including Donna Haraway, Isabelle 
    Stengers, Jane Bennett, Rosi Braidotti, Maria Puig de la Bellacasa and 
    Karen Barad. Whilst the relevance of these perspectives for 
    architectural and urban studies—and more specifically Donna Haraway’s 
    “situated viewpoints” and Isabelle Stengers’s “ecology of practices” 
    and “cosmopolitics”—have now, arguably, become evident, this issue asks 
    how such approaches as these can also inform new critical engagements 
    with architecture and the city. Through slowing down, hesitation 
    (Stengers, 2005), and “category work” (Haraway, 2006), scholars are 
    invited to resist the taxonomies and conceptual categories through 
    which they have become accustomed, or feel obliged, to think. The 
    Editors invite scholars to reconnect with (hi)stories and (radical) 
    imaginations that tell alternative stories; stories that went unnoticed 
    because they were considered odd, unrealistic, or inconvenient. From 
    the authors named above, we learn that by reclaiming and reconnecting 
    with alternative stories, other forms and imaginations of engagement, 
    of resistance, can emerge.

    This issue of ATR articulates embodied-relational and feminist 
    perspectives as a form of critical engagement that can be, but are not 
    necessarily, intertwined with the feminist struggle. It contends that a 
    wider scholarly openness to feminist epistemologies and situated 
    perspectives suggests valuable approaches to addressing timely and 
    urgent questions regarding the ethical, political and critical agency 
    of architecture and urban design. We seek accounts of concrete 
    situations that challenge the authority of theoretical taxonomies and 
    analytical categories, or that offer alternative forms of resistance 
    that are embodied, situated, experimental, risky, and probing. It also 
    asks how embodied-relational perspectives can inform not just critical 
    analysis, but how they can inform critical (design) practices. What is 
    the transformative potential and what are possible “speculative 
    gestures” (Stengers and Debaise, 2015) of relational perspectives, for 
    research, for theory, and for design?

    The Editors invite contributors to examine the potential of situated 
    perspectives for the study of architecture and the city and to 
    demonstrate the possibility of a critical engagement in research and 
    design through the analysis of concrete practices and practices of 
    thought: architectural and urban, contemporary and historical. We 
    welcome contributions from architectural and urban studies, and from 
    fields outside (but pertinent to) the study of architecture and the 
    city. Contributions may include papers that recount stories that do not 
    fit neatly into the current discourses and paradigms; present models of 
    critical engagement; or discuss material instances of the realization 
    of feminist perspectives in speculative design practice.

    Guest Editors
    Isabelle Doucet 
    Hélène Frichot 
    Chris L. Smith

    Submission Instructions
    The deadline for the submission of completed manuscripts is 1 June 
    2017. Please submit manuscripts to the journal’s website: 

    When uploading your manuscript please indicate that you are submitting 
    to this special issue: vol. 22, no. 1 – Resist, Reclaim, Speculate. The 
    Editors welcome expressions of interest prior to paper submissions and 
    are available for discussing possible contributions.

    Manuscript submission guidelines can be found on the Architectural 
    Theory Review Website:
  • IAHsummer17 by Archistart

    San Cataldo (Lecce) | Dates: 01 – 08 Aug, 2017
    Archistart promotes IAHsummer17, an international architecture workshop, incorporated within a holiday, created in order to generate interactive experiences between students and young graduates under the age of 32 years. One hundred thirty young people from all over the world will have the chance to live 12 days (1st - 12th August) full of architecture immersed in the landscape of the wonderful coasts of Salento. As from 2017 Archistart gives its summer a makeover: the designing workshop IAHsummer (1-8 August) will be followed by IAHconstruction (8-12 August), an extra self-construction session for winning projects of IAHsummer17. The theme of IAHsummer17 is the design of a temporary cabin, a “special tent” to be realized in the same hostel where the workshop takes place. The housing unit/temporary room should be designed to be made with simple materials that are also easy to find.
SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation for its operating support.
Society of Architectural Historians
1365 N. Astor Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610
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