Kandersteg (CH), Seminarhotel Alpha Soleil, September 4 - 09, 2016
Deadline: May 20, 2016
Border Regimes: Confrontations, Configurations, Transpositions
The notion of the border as a clear cut geopolitical division of national territories has been challenged for quite some time in multiple disciplines, including history, art history, literature, philosophy, anthropology, and cultural theory engaged in the field of postcolonial studies. Even though state borders prove effective in terms of inclusion and exclusion, they can never be reduced to one single meaning.
The transposition of persons, commodities, materialities, and imaginaries involved in border regimes both reflects and affects the transpositioning nature of borders. Such a dynamic and fluid notion of the border shifts our focus beyond geopolitical landscapes with its fences of death, barbed wire, walls, mountains or swamps, towards a more complex notion of border regimes. This implies all sorts of triages of socio-cultural inclusion and exclusion (such as those found within financial markets, art markets, schools, and health check centers), but also the connecting, collaborative, and creative aspects of “contact zones” (Pratt), “-scapes” (Appadurai), “trading zones”
(Galison) or interstitial “third spaces” (Bhabha, Soja). Although never free from confrontations, the border can be seen as “not that at which something stops but […] from which something begins its presencing”
(Heidegger). Moreover, it generally complicates dichotomies between natural/real/factual and conceptual/imaginary/fictional borders, those inside our heads and those outside. Borders are always to be understood as highly complex configurations of difference and identity, inside and outside, inclusion and exclusion, diachrony and synchrony, imagination and its real effects. The analysis of border regimes, therefore, requires a plurality of methodological approaches as well as an inter- and transdisciplinary dialogue.
The Summer School invites doctoral and postdoctoral scholars from all disciplines of the Humanities and the Social Sciences to contribute to a critical interdisciplinary discussion on borders and analogous concepts. It addresses the following questions:
- What are the idiosyncrasies, constitutive elements and specific discursive, socio-cultural or political conditions of borderlands, borderscapes, contact zones, liminal spaces, margins etc.? Which institutions, agents or actants are involved?
- What are the impacts of knowledge transfer, the circulation and flows of persons, objects, images, and information on the transpositioning of borders, whether physical or imaginary?
- In which ways can ‘border thinking’ or ‘border knowledge’ (Mignolo) inform us about our own disciplinary positions when analysing border regimes? What are the consequences of the claim that we tend to invoke/produce the borders we describe (Mezzadra/Neilson)?
Keynote speakers and possible foci of their lecture:
Mary C. Fuller
(Head of the Literature Section, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
Early modern European and North American literature and culture, history of early modern voyages, exploration and colonization, cultural encounters, cartographies
(HCTS Professor “Global Art History”, Universität Heidelberg) Global art history, transcultural visuality, cultural translation, transcending boundaries
(Associate Professor, Department of Political and Social Sciences, Università di Bologna) Political philosophy, colonial and postcolonial studies, frontiers of citizenship, border struggles, inclusion and exclusion, global governance, transit labour
(Gerd-Bucerius-Professor für Geschichte und Theorie der Kulturtechniken, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar) Media philosophy, comparative visual and cultural theory, medial and cultural triages (grids, filters, doors, passages)
Please provide us with the following application material:
- a letter of motivation, indicating how you expect to benefit from participating in this Summer School and how you can contribute, in turn, to the discussions (mentioning your specific interest in the
- a CV of max. two pages
- an abstract (500 words) of your current research project
- one referee we might contact
Please apply electronically (PDF) to Melanie Altanian who is happy to answer questions regarding the application:
email@example.com. For further questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The full CfP (PDF) can also be found on our website:
Historic Chicago architect Benjamin Marshall, who created E. Lake Shore Dr. and The Drake Hotel, will be feted at “The Big Ben Bash,” hosted by The Benjamin Marshall Society. Festivities take place Sunday, May 15, from 5pm to 8pm at The Drake Hotel, 140 E. Walton Place, in Chicago.
The dual celebration salutes the 95th Anniversary of The Drake Hotel and the just-published, first-ever book on legendary Benjamin H. Marshall-Chicago Architect. The four-color, tabletop book of Marshall’s incredible work was a key mission of The Benjamin Marshall Society. (Author signings of the book will be available at the party).
The renowned Stanley Paul and his musicians will provide dancing and festive music in the Gold Coast Room.
A VIP Champagne party is offered pre-event for Marshall connoisseurs from 4pm to 5pm in The Drake Room. Guests are guaranteed a copy of the Benjamin Marshall book, included in ticket price, plus a chance to meet the family of Benjamin Marshall (who will autograph your book). Admission to the 5pm to 8pm celebration is also included.
Benjamin Marshall was a celebrity in his heyday, renowned for his extravagant Gatsby-like parties (filled with Hollywood celebrities, and even the Prince of Wales) at his Shangri-La studio and home on Lake Michigan in Wilmette. His compelling architectural style joined classic tradition with modern 21st century. Marshall created a new landscape of living.
Several Benjamin Marshall buildings have 100th anniversaries this year--the South Shore Country Club (now South Shore Cultural Center), the Polish Consulate at 1530 N. Lake Shore Dr. plus the Edgewater Beach Hotel (formerly on Lake Shore Dr.) The South Shore Cultural Center features original Benjamin Marshall buildings from 1909 to 1916 and later. (The original 1906 building was demolished).
Those interested in Chicago history, Benjamin Marshall designs, discovering cultural gems, or catching up with friends, are invited to join in the fun at The Big Ben Bash.
Ticket price is $80 for the Sunday, May 15, 5pm – 8 pm party in the Gold Coast room, including wine and hors d’oeuvres, plus live music by Stanley Paul and his musicians. For an added experience, there is a $250 VIP ticket, including above, plus a 4pm-5pm pre-event private Champagne party. The Champagne event includes hors d’oeuvres, an autographed copy of the Benjamin H. Marshall—Chicago Architect book and a chance to meet Benjamin Marshall’s relatives (and have your book autographed).
Books will be available for sale at the event. The limited print run cannot be reprinted and only 1,000 books exist. Sale price is $45.
Net proceeds from the event benefit the Benjamin Marshall Society, a 501c3 charity, whose mission is to educate the public on the life and works of Benjamin Marshall and to revive the discussion on the civic responsibility of the urban architect and the role of architecture, planning and design in the urban environment and in society as a whole.
Architectural lecture followed by appetizers and an optional tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright Laurent House.
The registration for the participation in the two courses in the area of Open Source Digital Technologies applied to Cultural Heritage opened on April 4.
I. 2D documentation Methodologies with Management through GIS
II. Methodologies of 3D Documentation
The two courses will have both theoretical and practical classes and are preferentially oriented towards students and professionals with training in the fields of Archaeology, History, Architecture, Art History, Museology, Conservation and Restoration, and Multimedia, as well as experts who are involved in Digital Technologies applied to Cultural Heritage.
From a transdisciplinary point of view, the training aims to combine the knowledge of the material culture of our past with technology and innovation. The courses are designed to introduce the participants to the concepts of Open Source and to acquaint them with the use of open source software as a resource for documentation, dissemination and exploitation of Cultural Heritage.
Each course lasts 5 days (40h), an intensive week on which the trainees will learn to master the initial concepts, working directly with several software and in case studies. At the end, the trainees should be able to start their own projects and master the concepts that will enable them to develop knowledge in this area.
The Fulbright Scholar Program offers teaching, research or combination teaching and research awards in over 125 countries for the 2017-2018 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty, administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others.
This year, the Fulbright Scholar Program is offering over 65 awards
in the field of Art, including all specializations: Architecture, Art History, Dance, Drama/Theater, Film Studies, Music, as well as the Visual and Performing Arts. Opportunities include:
Canada: Research Chairs in Arts and Humanities
China or Europe: Fulbright-Terra Foundation Award in the History of American Art
Egypt: Visual and Performing Arts
Guinea: Open to All Disciplines
, with a preference for scholars in the Visual Arts and Dance
Nepal: All Disciplines
For additional awards in the field of Art, please visit our discipline highlights webpage
. There you will find award highlights and examples of successful projects in the Arts, as well as scholar testimonials which highlight the outcomes and benefits associated with completing a Fulbright Scholar grant.
For eligibility factors, detailed application guidelines and review criteria, please follow this link: http://cies.org/program/core-fulbright-us-scholar-program
. You may also wish to register for one of our webinars
or join our mailing list, My Fulbright
, a resource for applicants interested in receiving program updates and application tips. Applicants must be U.S. citizens
and the current competition will close on August 1, 2016
Please contact Beth Anderson at BAnderson@iie.org
or reach any of our regional program staff
for more information. We are happy to answer any questions you may have on applying.
The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world.
LOST AND TRANSFORMED CITIES: A digital perspective
International Conference, November 17-18, 2016
Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Nova University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
The city is by definition a living entity. It translates itself into a collectiveness of individuals who share and act on a material, social and cultural setting. Its history is one of dreams, achievements and loss. As such, it also bears a history of identity.
To know the history of cities is to understand our own place in the contemporaneity. The past is always seen through the eyes of the present and can only be understood as such.
Time erases memory through development and disaster. Cities can simply disappear because they lost their status in society, suffered severe catastrophes or transformed themselves so radically that their history is no longer materially traceable. They can also exemplary absorb the built and cultural heritage through rehabilitation and re-use. Archaeologists, historians, art historians, geographers, anthropologists and sociologists try to decipher and interpret a diverse but comparable amount of data in order to translate remote realities into a contemporaneous discourse. The more interconnected the research is the more efficient it becomes.
Digital technology is playing a major role in the study of the city and the preservation of its built and cultural heritage. It allows the collecting, processing and testing of an extensive amount of data in a swift and proficient manner. It also enables interdisciplinary research teams to work collaboratively, often in real time. Digital technology applied to the study of cities and their cultural heritage not only widens the scope of the research, but also allows its dissemination in an interactive fashion to an extensive and diverse audience.
Through the intersection of digital technology with historical practice it is possible to convey a perspective of the past as a sensorial-perceptive reality. The resulting knowledge furthers the understanding of the present-day city and the planning of the city of the future. Cities in the digital realm are, therefore, presented in their historical continuum, in their comprehensive and complex reality and are opened to interaction in a contemporary social context.
On the occasion of the 261st anniversary of the 1755 earthquake in Lisbon, we invite scholars and experts in the fields of heritage studies, digital humanities, history, history of art and information technology to share and debate their experience and knowledge on digital heritage. We aim for an integrative perspective of the study of lost or transformed urban realities stressing its multidisciplinary character and the impact of the digital in this equation.
We especially welcome papers that address (but are not necessarily limited to) the following topics:
The historic city from 2D to virtual and augmented reality;
Cities as virtual museums;
Cities, tourism and digital heritage;
Digital Heritage: methodological and epistemological challenges;
The contemporary city and digital citizenship.
Abstracts: Paper title, abstract (maximum 350 words), 5 keywords, author(s), affiliation (s).
Length: 350 words
Language of submission: English
Abstracts Submission limit: only 1 paper submission per author.
Deadline: June 30, 2016
Notification of acceptance: July 31, 2016
Submission link: email@example.com
In recent international literature addressing the history of 20th century architectural theory, the year 1968 is indicated as a decisive moment, giving rise to a ‘new’ architectural theory. From that moment onwards, emphasis was no longer placed on the aesthetics of architecture, but on its critical potential. Yet, according to some scholars, this intensification of theory was short-lived. A presence of coexisting and even contradictory paradigms derived from very different epistemic domains (anthropology, philosophy, linguistics, social sciences, etc.) led to a setback of theory, resulting in an end-of-theory atmosphere in the 1990s.
It is not a coincidence that the so called death of architectural theory concurred with the upsurge of anthologies on architectural theory that collect and classify referential texts. Instead of burying theory, these anthologies had an additional effect, namely to institutionalise it. In other words, they offered both closure to a past period and also defined the locus of a next period of theorisation, invoking a ‘historical turn’. At the same time architectural discourses, and especially architectural historiography, were engaging with new theoretical fields such as gender studies or postcolonial studies, giving rise to a continued production of theoretically informed books and articles.
The goal of this conference is to discuss the methodological challenges that come along with this historical gaze towards theory, by focusing on the concrete processes in which knowledge is involved. By screening the unspoken rules of engagement that the accounts of post-war architectural theory have agreed to and distributed, we want to point at dominant assumptions, biases and absences. While anthologies inevitably narrate history with rough meshes, we believe it is time to search for those versions of theory formation that have slipped through these nets of historiography, in order to question the nature of theory and the challenges it poses to historians. How do you do historical research on something as intangible as theory, or in a broadened sense, the knowledge of architecture?
We are in other words not only interested in what theorists and practicing architects were arguing for, but also how, why and where they did so. Looking at case-studies, the singular and ‘minor’ expressions of theory, the local discourses and the different formative contexts (e.g. education, publication culture) can be subjected to careful scrutiny. We particularly welcome case-studies from the 1960s to the 1990s that deal with one or more topics formulated in the full CFP:
A) the Place of Knowledge
1. Theory’s Geography
2. The Expressions of Knowledge
3. The Agendas of Theory
B) the Figure of Knowledge
1. Minor Historiography
2. The Making of the Architectural Theorist
C) the Time of Knowledge
1. Problems of Periodization
2. Architectural Theory and Postmodernity
3. Problems of Historical Distance
Please visit our website for up to date information: http://architecture.kuleuven.be/theoryshistory/index.html
This two-day conference will be held in Brussels on Thursday and Friday 9th - 10th February 2017. The conference aims to bring together both young and established scholars from every discipline that is able to engage with the topics outlined above. Confirmed keynotes are Joan Ockman, Ákos Moravánszky and Łukasz Stanek.
We’re happy to receive abstracts of up to 300 words until the 15th of June, 2016. Information on how to submit is provided on our website. Abstracts will be anonymously reviewed by an international scientific committee. Authors will be notified of acceptance on the 15th of July 2016. In order to provide a solid conference, we expect full papers one month in advance of the conference, i.e. 1st of January, 2017.
Please note that there will be a conference fee for participants of maximum €150 and a reduced price for students.
For any other questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Hilde Heynen (chair, KU Leuven)
Maarten Delbeke (UGent)
Rajesh Heynickx (KU Leuven)
Yves Schoonjans (KU Leuven)
Joan Ockman (University of Pennsylvania)
Ákos Moravánszky (ETH Zürich)
Łukasz Stanek (University of Manchester)
Teresa Stoppani (Leeds Beckett University)
Hélène Jannière (Université Rennes 2)
K. Michael Hays (Harvard) (TBC)
The Bogliasco Foundation, located in a small coastal town near Genoa,Italy, provides one-month residencies for gifted individuals working on projects in all the disciplines of the arts and humanities, and encourages cross-pollination in a diverse community comprised of some of the world's most innovative minds. Applications for the next deadline - April 15th, 2016 - can be submitted online at the Foundation's website. The Foundation is actively searching to increase representation in architecture.
For much of the twentieth century, heritage preservation primarily focused on immovable objects (i.e., 1906 Antiquities Act in the United States, 1919 Historic Sites and Monuments Board in Canada, etc.). While some countries have studied and documented vehicles for preservation and/or conservation, their official recognition as landmarks or listing on registers of official distinction has rarely happened. Individual automotive vehicles are not listed as contributing elements – only immovable buildings and sites. The newly created National Historic Vehicle Register (NHVR), is now being used as a tool to carefully and accurately document the most historically significant automobiles, motorcycles, trucks, and commercial vehicles, as well as recognize the dynamic relationship among people, culture, and transportation needs.
Suggested presentation topics may include, but are not limited to:
• Case studies of regional and local automotive culture and heritage, including those viewed through the lens of ethnic/regional studies (American studies, Canadian studies, material culture studies, studies of nomadic peoples, etc.)
• Automotive design as an extension of the built environment design professions, such as architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, and planning.
• Considering if there is a world automotive heritage, and whether UNESCO or ICOMOS should be encouraged to get involved, and the role of FIVA (Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens) as part of this.
• Innovative ways to add the preservation of automotive heritage to the educational curriculum within colleges/universities, high schools, and technology schools.
• Using HAER/HABS techniques for studying and documenting historic vehicles as artifacts, as well as exploring innovative techniques and tools through the use of new technologies
• Reevaluating listed historic places and sites, as well as considering new places where buildings and landscapes (etc.) are tied with vehicles and people, in a more comprehensive designation that ties together the NHVR and NRHP, where both building/structure and car/vehicle elements are equally contributing.
The program committee invites proposals from people of all backgrounds and professions to participate – from senior professionals to students with innovative ideas – for the following:
1. Papers Sessions: We prefer to receive proposals for complete three to four paper sessions but will consider individual presentations as well. You are welcome to include a chair and/or moderator or the conference committee will appoint a chair. The entire panel presentation should span no more than 60 minutes.
2. Individual Papers: If accepted, we will place your individual presentation in session selected by the committee. Paper presentations should span no more than 20 minutes.
3. Roundtables: Discussions facilitated by a moderator with three to five participants about a historical or professional topic or issue. Roundtables should span no more than 60 minutes.
4. Workshops/Demonstrations: Interactive presentations led by facilitators to encourage learning about a professional topic or issue. Workshops/demonstrations should span no more than 60 minutes.
5. Posters/Short Film: Interactive presentations produced and facilitated to encourage learning about a professional topic or issue. Poster presentations and short films should span no more than 10 minutes.
Please submit proposals of no more than 300 words and a brief CV/resume (two pages maximum) in a PDF or MS Word format to Barry L. Stiefel at email@example.com. Deadline for proposals is May 15, 2016. Proposals should include the name(s) of presenters, affiliation/position and contact information. The official language of the conference will be English. Decisions on proposals for the conference will be made by June 1, 2016.
Selected conference papers will be published in an edited volume.
For participants traveling more than 100 miles to Allentown, Pennsylvania (50 miles for students), assistance with travel and accommodations for the conference will be considered. Please submit a travel budget along with your proposal, as well as a summary of what if any additional support you anticipate receiving. Registration fees will come with a one-year membership with the HVA. More details can be found at https://www.historicvehicle.org/putting-preservation-on-the-road/
First edition of the International “L’ERMA C” Prize, aiming to publish an original manuscript produced by a young scholar.
Images play a critical role in shaping perceptions of what cities are, have been, and should be. Documentary images, in particular, have both influenced and reflected the implementation of urban policy. In the Progressive Era, for example, Jacob Riis’s lantern slides stimulated tenement reform in New York City. In the 1930s, Farm Security Administration photographs helped justify New Deal policies. In the post-World War II decades, government-sponsored images spurred urban renewal at the local level. Images from the past also drove postwar historic preservation decisions about how to restore selected properties to mimic earlier eras. In the 1960s and ‘70s, photographs of despoiled natural environments helped instigate passage of federal policies like the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA). Moreover, across time, images of natural disasters—from San Francisco to New Orleans—have shaped local decisions about what, where, and how to rebuild. This two-day symposium explores the relationship between images—especially photographs—and the urban built environment. Through presentation and conversation among an interdisciplinary group of image makers and scholars, we will consider the often silent ways that visual representations have helped structure the policies and practices of urban life.
The symposium begins with a keynote lecture by Anne Whiston Spirn, on the evening of Thursday, April 14. Friday, April 15, consists of a series of panels and concludes with a talk by photographer Nancy Davenport.
This event is organized by Francesca Russello Ammon and the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at PennDesign.
The symposium is free and open to the public. For the full program, and to register, please see: https://www.design.upenn.edu/historic-preservation/events/symposium-picturing-policy.
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The RIBA is now welcoming entries for the 2016 RIBA President’s Awards for Research, which includes the RIBA President’s Medal for Research.
The RIBA President’s Awards for Research promote and celebrate the best of research in the field of architecture and the built environment that contributes to new knowledge and understanding of architecture and the practice of architecture.
All those conducting architectural and built environment research related to architecture and the practice of architecture are eligible to enter the RIBA President’s Awards for Research.
The Awards are for the research completed between 1st July 2015 to 30th June 2016
Submissions are welcome at any level of architectural research, and should be between 5,000 and 10,000 words.
Submissions are invited from historians, theorists and practitioners whose work has relevance to the history and theory of the practice, culture and profession of architecture most broadly conceived. This can include but is by no means limited to:
• Historical research of direct relevance to a project, e.g. conservation plans and reports
• Cultural studies relating to architecture, professionalism and the built environment
• Histories of construction, science and technology
• Historical and/or theoretical research on place, space and urban planning
• History and/or theory of practice and praxis, including professionalism, architectural education, procurement and non-design aspects of architectural practice
Please not there is no regional restriction for potential entrants.
Program includes an interior tour of the Bryant & Lucy Barber House, designed by J.L. silsbee in 1901. the tour will also include an interior tour of another historic home and a short walking tour to see other nearby Silsbee structures as well as many of Polo's remarkable landmarks. April 17, 2016, 1:30-3:00PM; Tickes are $30, $25 for Pleasant Home members.
For its second historical conference-workshop to be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, between 3rd-5th October 2016 project Women’s Creativity since the Modern Movement - MoMoWo welcomes papers addressing themes and subjects regarding activities and lives of women designers, architects and civil engineers between 1946 and 1968. The historical conference-workshop will provide the opportunity to share and discuss the professional experiences of European women active within various fields of design. The workshop is addressed to both, scholars and students. SUBMISSION DEADLINES:
Deadline for submission of abstracts (in English, 300 words max.): 15th April 2016.
Deadline for submission of articles (in English, 5000 words max.): 15th September 2016.
Opportunity - Archaeological / Art Historical Study Tours to Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Sicily, and Greece
I am wondering if it wold be possible for you to forward the links to the three different study tours I am leading this year. They are wonderful opportunities to see amazing places in very little time. Anyone can sign up for these, and there is room left in all three trips, whose content should appeal to your members. They cater to the intellectually curious traveler. Their itineraries are rigorous and very much focused on art history, architecture, and archaeology rather than leisure, although there is sometimes enough time for that as well.
I greatly appreciate it. Thank you.
Dr. Veronica Kalas, PhD
ATCH is located within the School of Architecture at The University of Queensland (UQ), in Brisbane, Australia. The Centre supports innovative and interdisciplinary research on the history, theory and criticism of architecture. Architecture and its place within a larger history of ideas is a strong focus within the Centre. Bringing together Postdoctoral Fellows, Research Fellows, Postgraduates and Academics from UQ’s School of Architecture, the centre offers a stimulating and rich environment for enquiry and debate. An active program of seminars, lectures, symposia, workshops and exhibitions is run throughout the year. For a full list of people and recent events please see ATCH Website.
The Visiting Fellows Research Program supports short term residencies of one to three months for scholars to work on innovative research on the history, theory and criticism of architecture. Projects that overlap with the work of existing ATCH scholars will be favoured. The program welcomes applicants from all levels of academia but particularly encourages proposals from new and mid-career scholars. Visiting Fellowships are not open to postgraduate students.
The Visiting Fellows Research Program will provide a return airfare to Brisbane and a workspace within the centre. All Fellows will have access to UQ libraries, including the Fryer Library and Architecture and Music Library. Support for accommodation may also be available depending on the applicant’s financial circumstances.
Visiting Fellows will be required to present their research in progress in a public lecture, participate in seminars and conferences organised during their residency, and contribute to RHD events. Published outcomes of research undertaken during the Fellowship should acknowledge ATCH and the UQ School of Architecture.
While ATCH Visiting Fellows are solicited through the application round, the Centre also directly invites Fellows to participate in the program.
Expressions of Interest should address the following items, in this order:
• Name and contact details
• Employment Status. Will the applicant be on sabbatical during the course of the Fellowship?
• Is the project supported by other sources of funding?
• Is financial assistance for accommodation requested, and if so, on what grounds.
• Preferred dates and duration of Fellowship.
• Title of Research Project
• Research Proposal (1000 words)
• Relevance to ATCH Centre, and existing members’ work
• Relation of the project to the applicant’s past and future research
• Intended outcomes
• Names and contact details for three referees.
Additional documents required:
• Curriculum Vitae
• Two samples of published written work (journal articles, pieces of criticism, book chapter, chapter from a submitted PHD thesis).
"House Housing: An Untimely History of Architecture and Real Estate" is an ongoing, multi-year research
project conducted by the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia
University. The initiative seeks to encourage a public, historically informed conversation about the
intersection of architecture and real estate development. The untimeliness of this history, as indicated by the project’s title, is twofold. First, it returns us to financial matters widely discussed in the immediate aftermath of the 2008 foreclosure crisis and only now reentering the American public sphere via the campaign trail. Second, it discloses surprising repetitions of themes, tendencies, and actions—reminding us that the economic infrastructures on which architecture rests are the outcome of such repetitions, rather than an a priori, natural ground. These infrastructures locate housing at the center of the current economic regime, with the United States as an influential node in a transnational network.
"House Housing" consists of a growing body of research that draws on multimedia sources. The results
have appeared in numerous locations as exhibitions, panel discussions, and publications, and relate to different institutional frames. Following exhibitions in Venice during the 2014 Architecture Biennale, in 2015 at the National Public Housing Museum during the first Chicago Architecture Biennial, and as a part of the "Wohnungsfrage" (“The Housing Question”) project at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin,
House Housing comes to the MAK Center at the Schindler House. The artifacts assembled in the installation consider typologies ranging from architect-designed houses to prefabricated apartment blocks to suburban gated communities. All of these architectures are analyzed in light of their position at the intersection of design, policy, and finance. New narratives emerge out of surprising juxtapositions.
Rose Fay Thomas and her sisters came to Chicago to take up residence with their brother, Charles Norman Fay, in 1878. Joan Bentley Hoffman, Chicago music historian, will provide a detailed look into this singular generation of the Fay family’s remarkable endeavors - from organizing the Orchestral Association to bring Theodore Thomas’s orchestra for permanent residence to authoring several highly successful books, and from convening and nationalizing women’s music clubs at the 1893 Columbian Exposition to the founding of the Anti-Cruelty Society. Image Courtesy of the Anti-Cruelty Society.
This is the first in a series of three spring lectures at Glessner House Museum exploring the role of Chicago women in classical music at the turn of the 20th century.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 7:00pm
Glessner House Museum
1800 South Prairie Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60616
$10 / $8 for members
RSVP by phone to (312) 326-1480
Located 15 km from Turin, in the center of Piedmont, a region internationally known for prestigious wine (such as Barbera, Moscato, Barolo and many others) and the slow food concept, one hour by train from Milan, two hours from the town of Genoa, in Liguria, and only an hour and a half by plane from Paris, Gassino Torinese is characterized by a medieval historic center waiting for a new reuse, because of its geographical position: in fact, Gassino Torinese acts as a barycenter for the settlements along the river Po, in the stretch between San Mauro Torinese and Chivasso.
The design themes will focus on the renovation, reuse and re-utilization of old and valuable buildings located in this region to be transformed in strategic places to be integrated into a contemporary territorial context to create a smart, opensource system of cities, that makes everything circular: it will be a territory of the hybrid and of former structures to be transformed into poles for the creation of a network of public transport and social exchanges today nonexistent. Projects to connect former factories, former bus and tramway stations, former agriculture structures and former other things, are the main goals of the projects developed by the participants during the two-week workshop. In fact the summer school will explore the possibilities of conscious interventions in strategic places surrounding Gassino Torinese through regional networks made up of contemporary sustainable architecture. The activities consist of theoretical evening courses and a design workshop for 25 participants, selected through the evaluation of portfolios and curriculum vitae by a scientific committee. One challenge that the summer school addresses is sensitization of participants to an ideal modern and sustainable architecture as a solution to the qualitative reuse of the existing heritage. The theory courses organized within the summer school also addresses issues related on the paradigm of reuse applied to the design of the territories of the contemporary age. The topic that will be addressed concerns the redefinition of abandoned buildings that can take an identitarian role towards inhabited places increasingly founded on local networks, on the geographic constants and on the overcoming of the compact city.
The historic core of Gassino Torinese becomes an open-air laboratory in which experimentation suggests new and innovative ways to reconsider the built environment, reevaluating the physical memory of the region’s past, toward a “smart land” regenerating via cultural promotion, active participation, the construction of regional networks and partnerships and the launching of social ventures for innovation.
The Vernacular+Heritage International Symposium
Or, What Did Liang Sicheng Miss at Mount Wutai?
April 5-6, 2016, Tsinghua University, Beijing
In conjunction with
The 2016 Conference on the Restoration of Chinese Villages
April 7-9, 2016, Xin County, Henan
Between 2009 and 2013, a small group of researchers made several visits to Mount Wutai tracing the footsteps of Liang Sicheng and his research of the ninth-century Tang structure, the Temple of Buddha’s Light (Foguangsi). The first project—measuring and mapping the site and structure—was completed in 2010 and the result was published in 2011 (ISBN: 9787501031542). The second project—documenting the history of the Temple of Buddha’s Light and translating Liang Sicheng’s research account of this architecture—was completed in 2013 and published in 2015 (ISBN: 9789814441032/hard copy, 9789814441049
/e-book). Yet there is also the third project, an unexpected discovery of what Liang Sicheng missed: the strange intertwining and disconnect of traditional and vernacular architecture at Mount Wutai.
In April 2016, an international symposium will be held at Tsinghua University in response to that unexpected discovery at Mount Wutai. The reputed father of Chinese architectural history was not the only one who overlooked the connection between grand temples and village architecture in the famous abode of Manjusri, for generations of preservationists, historians, and architects have followed suit. The invited speakers—anthropologists and architectural historians, UNESCO consultants, architecte-en-chef des monuments historiques, policy planners and field reporters—will engage in a series of talks and debates about the intertwining and disconnect of two of the most challenging concepts in social sciences and humanities: “vernacular” and “heritage.”
Under the auspices of the President of Tsinghua University and Tsinghua’s School of Architecture and the Architectural History and Vernacular Architectural Preservation Institute, and with cooperation from Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Education, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the symposium is free and open to the public, all sessions are free and open to the public.
Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will preside over the symposium’s official opening on April 5, at 12.45pm, School of Architecture, Tsinghua University.
Chinese and English are the main languages of the symposium. Translators—English-Chinese, French-Chinese, Japanese-Chinese, and Italian-Chinese—will be available to on site.
Dell Upton and Michael Herzfeld will deliver the keynote addresses. For a full program, please visit: http://www.ivillages.org/?p=220
This symposium is also held in conjunction with the 2016 International Conference on the Restoration of Chinese Villages, Xin County, Henan, April 7-9, 2016. (http://www.ivillages.org
The symposium, conference, and their weeklong associated events are organized by Dr. Luo Deyin and Dr. Vimalin Rujivacharakul, Associate Professors of Tsinghua University and the University of Delaware, respectively.
For further inquiries: “vernacular_THU@163.com”