Recent Opportunities

  • I.M. Pei 100th Birthday Celebrations (Suzhou Tourism)

    Boston | Dates: 26 – 26 Apr, 2017

    Join in on the excitement on April 26, I.M. Pei’s 100th birthday, when Suzhou Tourism representatives will be in the Boston Common from 3pm – 5pm with an interactive photo set-up that will allow locals to take a picture ‘with’ I.M. Pei and send digital birthday wishes. Why Boston? The city is home to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, designed by I.M. Pei in the 1970s.

    For those who can’t wait it out to Boston Common - From April 19 through April 26 (I.M. Pei’s actual birthday), Suzhou Tourism will launch a week-long social media campaign encouraging users to send the architect birthday wishes. Consumers will be asked to share a picture of their favorite building designed by I.M. Pei along with a birthday wish using #IMPei100 and #TravelSuzhou across their Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter accounts. During the week, four winners will be chosen at random to receive a mini replica of the Suzhou Museum. Additionally, the official Suzhou Tourism website, TravelToSuzhou.com, will feature an informational spotlight on I.M. Pei and the Suzhou Museum.

    For more information on Suzhou please visit www.TravelToSuzhou.com, follow us on Instagram @visitsuzhou, Twitter @VisitSuzhou and like us on Facebook at Visit Suzhou.

     

  • Call for Field Editors for caa.reviews

    Dates: 19 Apr – 01 May, 2017

    caa.reviews invites nominations and self-nominations for individuals to join its Council of Field Editors, which commissions reviews within an area of expertise or geographic region, for a term ending June 30, 2020. An online journal, caa.reviews is devoted to reviewing books, museum exhibitions, and projects relevant to art history, visual studies, and the arts.

    The journal seeks field editors for books in the following subject areas: digital humanities; Early Modern Iberian and Colonial Latin American Art; nineteenth-century art; Early Modern and Southern European Art. The journal also seeks a field editor for exhibitions in the Northeast. Candidates may be artists, art or design historians, critics, curators, or other professionals in the visual arts; institutional affiliation is not required.

    Working with the caa.reviews editor-in-chief, the editorial board, and CAA’s staff editor, each field editor selects content to be reviewed, commissions reviewers, and reviews manuscripts for publication. Field editors for books are expected to keep abreast of newly published and important books and related media in their fields of expertise, and field editors for exhibitions should be aware of current and upcoming exhibitions (and other related projects) in their geographic regions. The Council of Field Editors meets annually at the CAA Annual Conference. Field editors must pay travel and lodging expenses to attend the conference.

    Candidates must be current CAA members and should not currently serve on the editorial board of a competitive journal or on another CAA editorial board or committee. Nominators should ascertain their nominee’s willingness to serve before submitting a name; self-nominations are also welcome. Please send a statement describing your interest in and qualifications for appointment, a CV, and your contact information to: caa.reviews Editorial Board, College Art Association, 50 Broadway, 21st Floor, New York, NY 10004; or email the documents to Deidre Thompson, CAA publications assistant. Deadline: May 1, 2017. 

  • Princeton-Mellon Call for Fellows, 2017-18

    Dates: 19 Apr – 12 May, 2017
    The Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities is pleased to announce a call for fellows for the 2017-18 academic year. Two fellows will be appointed; one fellow will focus on Architecture and Humanities and the other on Urban Adaptation to Climate Change.

    For questions, please email arc-hum@princeton.edu.

    ARCHITECTURE AND HUMANITIES FELLOW

    The Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism and the Humanities and the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University (link is external) seek to attract a fellow whose work is grounded in the humanities to collaborate with both programs. Applicants with outstanding intellectual, literary, and visual talents who demonstrate an abiding interest in multi-disciplinary work focused on the intersection of architecture, urbanism, and the humanities are strongly encouraged to apply. The fellow may be expected to team-teach a new interdisciplinary design studio for undergraduates that will be required for Urban Studies certificate students, or a seminar on urbanism and the environment, with a member of the design faculty in the School of Architecture at Princeton (contingent upon sufficient enrollments and approval from the Dean of the Faculty).

    Please submit a cover letter (including your teaching interests), CV, 1,000 word description of a proposed research project, and a brief (chapter or article-length) writing sample, and contact information for three references by May 12, 2017 for full consideration.

    For applicants taking a sabbatical year, please apply here (link is external).

    For applicants seeking a postdoctoral position, please apply here (link is external).

    URBAN ADAPTION TO CLIMATE CHANGE

    The Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities, together with the Climate Futures Initiative (link is external) at Princeton University, are seeking fellowship applications in urban adaptation to climate change for the 2017-18 academic year. 

    We seek to attract a Fellow engaged in bridging the environmental sciences, social sciences, planning and architecture and/or the humanities. Fields of specialization might include planning and architecture, cultural studies, geography, history, philosophy, politics, or public policy. We welcome research projects contemplating any given dimension of the relationships between built and natural environments. These could include scholarship on the impact of different urbanization models (e.g.: density vs. sprawl); ethical questions (who wins and who loses in various adaptation scenarios); models of deliberative governance; the arts in the 'anthropocene'; or design solutions to cope with the consequences of climate change. The individual will be required to team-teach an undergraduate course on urban adaptation to changing environmental conditions (contingent upon sufficient enrollments and approval from the Dean of the Faculty), and expected to participate regularly in the events and activities of both the Princeton-Mellon Initiative and the Climate Futures Initiative.

    This position is funded through the support of the Princeton Environmental Institute's Urban Grand Challenge, which fosters productive exchanges between students and scholars working in a variety of fields to create an innovative program that combines the study of the natural and built urban environments with a goal of identifying solutions that are sensitive to environmental issues including global change, water resource management, energy efficiency, technology innovation, human and environmental health, as well as equity and fairness, poverty and jobs creation, race, ethnicity, and more intangible notions of belonging.

    Please submit a cover letter, vita, 500-word description of a proposed course, brief (chapter or article-length) writing sample, 1,000 word description of a research project that he/she would undertake as a fellow, and contact information for three references by May 12, 2017.
  • Chicago Schools: Authors, Audiences and History

    Chicago | Dates: 10 – 10 Jul, 2017
    "Chicago Schools: Authors, Audiences, and History," the 2nd International Graduate Student Symposium, will be hosted by the IIT College of Architecture PhD Program in partnership with the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial.
  • China Field Seminar

    Dates: 26 Dec, 2017 – 07 Jan, 2018
    This twelve-day trip will offer an in-depth view of South China’s cities, buildings, and sites through the course of two millennia.
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  • Facades and Fashions in Medical Architecture

    New York | Dates: 11 – 11 May, 2017
    This evening is an introduction to the architectural remains of medical care in the city. While many sites of New York’s medical history have been lost, especially interiors and equipment that we can no longer view except through images, New Yorkers are fortunate that our streets still present lively remnants of the past. History professor Bert Hansen will place numerous NYC sites into the main chapters of medical development for the last 200 years. The lecture invites everyone to wander the city with new eyes for medical heritage. This lecture is an optional introduction to places Hansen will share with Friends-only tour groups on the following two Saturdays (May 13 and May 20). The lecture and the two tours are all complementary, but each event is independent and complete in itself. To join the Friends of the Rare Book Room please click here. About the Speaker Bert Hansen, Professor Emeritus of History at Baruch College of CUNY, has been teaching the history of science and medicine since 1974. He holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Columbia and a PhD in history of science from Princeton. His 2009 book Picturing Medical Progress from Pasteur to Polio: A History of Mass Media Images and Popular Attitudes in America was honored by the American Library Association and the Popular Culture Association. His recent articles explore the connections between Louis Pasteur and the art world of 19th-century Paris.
  • What's Your Sign?

    Iowa City | Dates: 19 Apr – 01 Jul, 2017
    The Legacies for Iowa Collections-Sharing Project at the University of Iowa Museum of Artseeks proposals for papers considering the history of retail architecture signage. For as long as goods have been bought and sold, shopkeepers and traders have visually communicated their wares through signs. This breakfast symposium explores the evolution of signage from the shutter paintings of ancient Pompeii to the wooden trade signs hanging along Medieval English streets to the neon of twentieth-century American roadside signs. How have symbols of selling shifted over the centuries? How do retail signs reflect or reject broader visual cultures? What technological shifts have precipitated the most dramatic design departures? Papers may examine the iconography, typography, and materiality of retail signs as well as the cultural, financial, and geo-political forces that shaped storefront signs in the past. Papers may also contend with the future of retail sinage in an increasingly digital and global economy. This public event will be livestreamed and occurs in conjunction with the City of Iowa City Downtown District’s CoSign project, which partners local artists and craftspeople with small business to create exciting and distinctive new signs. SUBMISSION: Proposals from architectural historians, architects, designers, and related specializations welcome. Abstracts (up to 300 words) for 20 minute papers should be submitted with a CV by July 1, 2017. Please submit all materials electronically to Vero Rose Smith (veronica-smith@uiowa.edu). IMPORTANT DATES: July 1, 2017: Submissions due July 15, 2017: Participants notified August 25, 2017: Registration deadline September 9, 2017: Symposium
  • Rae and George Hammer Memorial Visiting Research Fellowship

    Queensland | Dates: 13 – 28 Apr, 2017
    Call for Applications: Rae and George Hammer Memorial Visiting Research Fellowship,
    Fryer Library, University of Queensland,

    Deadline: 28 April 2017.

    This fellowship encourages scholars to visit UQ and to access the Fryer Library collection for your research.  Honours, Masters and PhD
    students, undertaking a research project or paper, from Universities outside of Brisbane are invited to apply.

    Award
    * Up to AU$2500 to be awarded annually as a single prize or split among winners
    * Assistance in accessing the collections by Fryer Library staff

    The award is for expenses relating to a research trip to the UQ Fryer Library for your Honours, Masters or PhD including travel, accommodation, living expenses and research related costs.

    The Fryer Library collectionThe Fryer Library <https://web.library.uq.edu.au/locations-hours/fryer-library> collection embraces Australiana, rare books, literary and political
    papers, architectural plans and the papers of significant UQ scholars  and alumni.

    Enquiries: Email Simon Farley, s.farley@library.uq.edu.au<mailto:s.farley@library.uq.edu.au>, Manager of Fryer Library, about this fellowship.

    For further information, including application process, conditions and eligibility, please see: https://web.library.uq.edu.au/about-us/awards-and-fellowships/rae-and-george-hammer-memorial-visiting-research-fellowship
     
  • CaVraCon2017

    Berkeley | Dates: 12 – 13 Jun, 2017
    The California Visual Resources Association Conference, or CaVraCon, is a biennial event organized by the Northern and Southern California Chapters of the Visual Resources Association.

    CaVraCon 2017 will be held on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley.

    CaVraCon 2017 | Objectives
    Provide professional development + educational opportunities for the visual resources and image management community.
    Provide space for networking among like-minded information professionals.
    Welcome new members and emerging professionals to the visual resources profession.
    Increase membership in the Visual Resources Association at a local, regional, and national level.
  • The Laboratory Revolution: the Rise of the Modern Laboratory and the Changing Nature of the University, 1850-1950

    Groningen | Dates: 26 – 27 Oct, 2017
    Laboratories are the ultimate place where knowledge is created. What originally had been the workplace of chemists and alchemists, by the end of the nineteenth century had become a standard element in the infrastructure of science. The rise of the laboratory revolutionized the sciences in many ways and continues to do so. This development has been studied over the past decades by many historians, but the tremendous impact the rise of the laboratory had on the university is less well studied. In the nineteenth century, simple lecture halls were replaced by purpose built science laboratories, that could dominate the city scape. Even academic disciplines that on the face of it needed no laboratory space to develop, like astronomy, psychology and linguistics, each acquired their own laboratories. Also metaphorically, the laboratory became the paradigmatic site for scientific and scholarly research, as is shown by the historians, who liked to compare their libraries to laboratories. Finally, the nature of the academic community was tremendously changed by the rise of the laboratory, each laboratory becoming a small, self-contained community of professors, technical assistants, students, and administrative personnel. The conference ‘The Laboratory Revolution’ intends to bring together scholars from different backgrounds to study how the laboratory changed both science and the university. By bringing together the expertise of historians of science and scholarship, historians of architecture, social and cultural historians, and historians of the university, the organizers hope to create a better understanding of the revolution brought about by the rise of the laboratory – a revolution that is still going on. For further information, go to the website: www.labrevolution2017.com Key Note Speakers - Antonio Garcia Belmar (Alicante University) - Klaas van Berkel (University of Groningen) - Ernst Homburg (Maastricht University) - Peter Morris (Science Museum, London) - Alan Rocke (Case Western University, Cleveland) - Geert Vanpaemel (University of Leuven) Practicalities The conference fee is € 75 for early registration, which ends on 30 June. After that date, the fee is € 100 (students pay a fee of € 50). For further information regarding accommodation, travel and registration, see the above mentioned website or contact the organizing Groningen Congres Bureau: info@gcb.nl
  • The Laboratory Revolution: the Rise of the Modern Laboratory and the Changing Nature of the University, 1850-1950

    Groningen | Dates: 14 Apr – 15 May, 2017
    Laboratories are the ultimate place where knowledge is created. What originally had been the workplace of chemists and alchemists, by the end of the nineteenth century had become a standard element in the infrastructure of science. The rise of the laboratory revolutionized the sciences in many ways and continues to do so. This development has been studied over the past decades by many historians, but the tremendous impact the rise of the laboratory had on the university is less well studied. In the nineteenth century, simple lecture halls were replaced by purpose built science laboratories, that could dominate the city scape. Even academic disciplines that on the face of it needed no laboratory space to develop, like astronomy, psychology and linguistics, each acquired their own laboratories. Also metaphorically, the laboratory became the paradigmatic site for scientific and scholarly research, as is shown by the historians, who liked to compare their libraries to laboratories. Finally, the nature of the academic community was tremendously changed by the rise of the laboratory, each laboratory becoming a small, self-contained community of professors, technical assistants, students, and administrative personnel. The conference ‘The Laboratory Revolution’ intends to bring together scholars from different backgrounds to study how the laboratory changed both science and the university. By bringing together the expertise of historians of science and scholarship, historians of architecture, social and cultural historians, and historians of the university, the organizers hope to create a better understanding of the revolution brought about by the rise of the laboratory – a revolution that is still going on. For further information, go to the website: www.labrevolution2017.com Key Note Speakers - Antonio Garcia Belmar (Alicante University) - Klaas van Berkel (University of Groningen) - Ernst Homburg (Maastricht University) - Peter Morris (Science Museum, London) - Alan Rocke (Case Western University, Cleveland) - Geert Vanpaemel (University of Leuven) We welcome abstracts for papers on topics related to the conference theme. Possible themes include: the German Model of Laboratory Science, Planning and Construction of University Laboratories, the Design and Architecture of Laboratories, Social Life in the Laboratory, the Differentiation of Laboratory Space, Laboratories as Teaching Units, and Instruments and Laboratories. See also the provisional program on the website of the conference. Please send the abstract of your proposal to Professor Klaas van Berkel (k.van.berkel@rug.nl) by May 15, 2017. The abstract must be no longer than 500 words, anonymized for the sake of blind reviewing, and sent as a doc or docx file (please do not use pdf format). The author’s name and contact information (affiliation, address and professional status) should be specified in your e-mail message. If you are not sure whether your proposal fits in the program, feel free to contact the organizers at the above e-mail address. Notification of acceptance will be sent by June 23, 2017.
  • Architecture Space and Society Centre (Birkbeck, University of London): events in May 2017

    London | Dates: 17 – 19 May, 2017
    Three events organized by the Architecture, Space and Society Centre as part of Arts Week at Birkbeck, University of London. Symposium: Art Nouveau and Modernist Architecture: Building the Narratives of Women's Professional Identity Wednesday 17 May, 2pm, School of Arts, Birkbeck, University of London, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD, Room G04 Join us to explore how women engaged with architecture around the turn of the twentieth century in order to produce public statements of professional identity. This session focuses on two iconic buildings: the Jugendstil Photo Studio Elvira in Munich (1896 by August Endell) and E-1027 (1926-1929) built in the south of France by Eileen Gray with Jean Badovici. The constructed narratives of female identities are examined in the context of the wider cultural and gendered milieux of these buildings: on the one hand in Munich, a major European cultural centre, on the other in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, on the French Mediterranean coast, with an escape from the constraints of urban living to the idyll of the Côte d’Azur. Dr. Sabine Wieber, Department of Art History, Glasgow University. ‘”Intimate Collaborations” at the Photo Studio Elvira in Munich’ Dr. Tag Gronberg, Department of Art History, Birkbeck. ‘E-1027: Architectural Relationships Past, Present and Future on the Côte d’Azur’ Dr. Patrizia di Bello, Department of Art History, Birkbeck. Response. ‘Women’s Practice: the View from Gordon Square’. This event is organised by the Architecture Space and Society Centre and the History and Theory of Photography Research Centre as part of Birkbeck’s Arts Week. It is free of charge and all are welcome. This event will be followed on Friday 19 May 6pm by a screening of The Price of Desire (2014). Eileen Gray’s iconic modernist villa E-1027 (1926-1929) in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin on the Côte d’Azur has recently been opened to the public, following extensive restoration. ‘The Price of Desire,’ directed by Mary McGuckian and starring Orla Brady and Vincent Perez offers an account of Gray’s career and professional reputation in the light of Le Corbusier’s subsequent controversial interventions in the villa. ‘The Price of Desire’ is the product of detailed research into the designer’s life. Much of the filming took place on site at Roquebrune and involved numerous reconstructions of Gray’s villa, along with its fittings and furniture. In a context where restoration on E-1027 remains ongoing, the film raises provocative questions regarding the production of modernist histories and how these relate to photography and film. Symposium: Landscape and Power Thurs 18 May 6-7.30pm, School of Arts, Birkbeck, University of London, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD, room B03 This event brings together three speakers to share their research on the relationships between landscape, power, territory and memory at three distinct moments: colonial India, Nazi Germany, and contemporary USA/Norway. Swati Chattopadhyay, University of California Santa Barbara (Birkbeck Institute of Humanities Visiting Fellow) Territorial Expansion and the Making of an Affective Landscape in British Colonial India David Haney, University of Kent The Nazi Cultural Landscape: Strengthening Territory through "Earth-Rooted" Monuments Joel McKim, Birkbeck Memorial Landscapes: Utøya and Freshkills Park This symposium is organised by the Architecture Space and Society Centre as part of Birkbeck's Arts Week. It is free of charge and all are welcome.
  • EAHN 2017 Thematic Conference "The Tools of the Architect"

    Dates: 12 Apr – 15 May, 2017
    THE TOOLS OF THE ARCHITECT #EAHNDelft TU Delft and Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam, The Netherlands 22-24 November 2017 Abstract submission deadline: 15 May 2017 https://toolsofarchitect.com CALL FOR PAPERS We are 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. 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. Download the full Call for Papers. Abstracts (of 500 words) can be registered and uploaded on the conference website https://toolsofarchitect.com (deadline 15 May 2017). Conference Chairs Tom Avermaete, Delft University of Technology Merlijn Hurx, Utrecht University 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) Key Dates • 15 May 2017: Deadline Submission of abstracts • 15 June 2017: Notification of Acceptance • 1 September 2017: Full papers All questions to the conference organisation can be addressed to: toolsofarchitect-bk@tudelft.nl
  • Improving Sustainability Concept in Developing Countries

    Cairo | Dates: 12 – 14 Dec, 2017
    Given the importance and the impact of the Earth’s ecological systems and refraining from causing any alterations that might be caused by humans, incorporating sustainability in all levels of our daily life has become a challenge as well as a necessity. Nonetheless, we cannot neglect the responsibility of acting with the best of our knowledge to ensure that our actions do not hinder the opportunities and lives of future generations through implementing ecological and sustainable design and development.
  • Conservation of Architectural Heritage (CAH) – 2nd Edition

    Luxor | Dates: 23 – 26 Feb, 2018
    Architecture is the platform where all cultures, heritages, traditions, and histories meet, through architectural conservation, the built heritage is prolonged and conserved by the planning of individuals or organizations that works solely for the purpose of conservation & preservation of Architectural heritage. Through critical decisions that are based on the criteria of combining, artistic, contextual, and informational values, the heritage is preserved, restored, or sometimes, no actions might be taken for the best interest of the cultural and architectural heritage.
  • Archaeology of Communism - Expedition to Communist Monuments of Bulgaria

    Sofia | Dates: 17 Jun – 01 Jul, 2017
    A comprehensive introduction to the Communist-era history, art and architecture in Bulgaria and the role of photography and propaganda. Field trips to and photo-sessions at significant and impressive Bulgarian sites from the period located in spectacular urban and natural environment, behind-the-scene visits and meetings with artists and historians all the way from the capital Sofia to the Black Sea.
  • Dialectic VI: Craft – The Art of Making Architecture

    Salt Lake City, UT | Dates: 09 Apr – 01 Jun, 2017
    Deadline: June 1st, 2017 Requirements: Abstract (350 words) Short CV The crafts, according to standard narration, have been in decline in Western societies since the weakening decline of guilds, the freedom of trade guaranteed by the French and American Revolution, and the rollout of industrialization during the 19th century. The list of casualties caused by free market, mechanical mass production and anonymized distribution is long. Local food production, processing of material by weavers, tailors, and shoemakers, and the making of everyday household tools, goods, furniture and buildings all have all taken a hit. Conversely, its endangered position in industrialized urban capitalism has transformed craft also into a site of resistance. From Luddites to the Arts & Crafts movement to DIY and hacker cultures of today, one can draw a continuous line of critique against mechanized drudgery. These movements instead emphasize creativity, individuality, and personal expression. The joy of the craftsman materialized in the human trace (and imperfection) highlighted by John Ruskin in the West and Sōetsu Yanagi in the Japanese mingei movement does not only insist on a different set of values which elevates the crafted object into the realm of the artwork. It also carries a distinct vernacular connotation. The Red House by William Morris and Philip Webb, for example, was conceived as polemic rural counter model to urbanization spurred by industrialization. It carried high hopes for not only crafting different type of objects, but also alternative communities, communal life styles, and utopian classless societies that would be a long distance from alienating work. Architects, in order to participate in the aristocratic liberal arts and sciences, sustained a difficult relationship with craft. This is clearly true at least since the Italian Renaissance. As Mario Carpo has argued, Alberti’s notion of the building as a mere copy of a preconceived design contributed to the disengagement of concept from material practice. Such detachment still haunts the profession. There are exceptions, such as Gottfried Semper. His insistence on origins of architecture in crafts was developed in reaction to a twofold challenge: a) industrial prefabrication of standardized elements of Crystal Palace, b) the encounter with “primitive” material cultures of colonized peoples in Crystal Palace. Once the working classes took control of means of production, Karl Marx tried to sketch out the future of labor as liberating self-expression. Yet as firm believer in progress, he considered the crafts as something of the past. Despite his claims for a materialist dialectic, Marx did not entirely escape the long tradition of Western philosophers who privileged mind over body, repose over labor, and thought over craft. Martin Heidegger took an alternative trail. He reasoned about craft and the nature of a thing. His pupil Hannah Arendt was critical of this stance and put (political) action above both (philosophical) contemplation, (sustaining) labor and (producing) work. This in turn sparked a reaction in her student Richard Sennett to write The Craftsman. While Arendt remained skeptical against the instrumentality of productive work, Sennett highlights the strength of tradition, skill, and refinement embedded in practice. Yet he muddies the notion of “craft” with his praxological inclusion of every human repetitive activity. Given this state of discourse in the second decade of the 21st century, the editors of Dialectic ask for a re-assessment of craft in architecture. Contributors are invited to consider the critical potential of a discussion (re-introduction?) of the concept of craft into the maelstrom of contemporary spatial practice and current architectural thinking, beyond pure nostalgia for the lost quality of handmade objects. Should we think of the craft at the level of detail and joinery like Mies van der Rohe? What about the death of detailing incurred at the hands of diagrams, images, glue and clamping, as Rem Koolhaas argues? What is the role of craft – normally related to the human body, tools and responsive material – in the immaterial society and virtual economy? Where is the potential (and danger) of “digital craft”, as proposed by Bernard Cache and others? And even if we stay a moment with more traditional concept of craft: what kind of bodies bring forth these repetitive practices? Does craft have a gender? Where are the mistresspieces of architecture? And is there – hidden in the routine and (bodily) memory of practice – a resistance to innovation, to change? Shall one think about the tradition and convention of practice as the anti-avant-garde of architecture? Does it possess an anti-avant-gardist mannerist turn, as alluded by T.S. Eliot and Robert Venturi? Most of all, what is actually the “craft of architecture”? Shall we search for it in the modes of drawing, of model making, of organizing and directing the building process, or writing? What does design craft mean today with regard to photoshopPhotoshop, parametrics and scripting, BIM, digital fabrication, and construction robots respectively 3D-printing? Dialectic VI invites articles, reports, documentation, and photo essays on the craft of architecture and the architecture of crafts(wo)manship. Following the thematic issues of Dialectic II on architecture and economy, Dialectic III on design-build, Dialectic IV on architecture at service, Dialectic V on the figure of the vernacular, the sixth issue of our peer-review journal will explore the topic of craft: the art of making architecture, how, for whom, by whom, employing which techniques, to what ends? The editors value critical statements and alternative practices. We hope to include instructive case studies and exciting models for professional practice. Possible contributions may also include mapping of ongoing debates across the world, and reviews of books, journals, exhibitions and new media. Please send abstracts of 350 words and short CVs to Ole W. Fischer fischer@arch.utah.edu and Shundana Yusaf shundana@arch.utah.edu by June 1st, 2017. Accepted authors will be notified by June 15th. Photo essays with 6-8 images and full papers of 2500-3500 words must be submitted by August 15, 2017, (including visual material, endnotes, and permissions for illustrations) to undergo an external peer-review process. This issue of Dialectic is expected to be out in print by Summer 2018. //////////////////// DIALECTIC a refereed journal of the School of Architecture, CA+P, University of Utah ISSN: 2333-5440 (print) ISSN: 2333-5459 (electronic)
  • Travel Tour: Modern Mexico City

    Mexico City | Dates: 14 – 22 Oct, 2017
    October 14, 2017 - October 22, 2017
    Mexico City - Hotel Camino Real Polanco (8 nights)

    Tour Leaders: Louise Noelle Gras and Kathryn O'Rourke
    Felix Candela Special Guide: Juan Ignacio del Cueto

    Docomomo US welcome guests to join us for our second travel tour series: Modern Mexico City. This nine-day, eight-night trip will focus exclusively on Mexico City's modern architecture, art and design. Highlights of the tour include a special visit to the house and studio of Luis Barragán and the Barragán designed Gilardi House; many important sites by the Mexican architect Mario Pani including the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) campus (pictured above); and a special full day exploration of the works by Felix Candela including the breathtaking Los Manantiales restaurant. Guests will have the opportunity to visit some of the most important works by Diego Rivera including the murals at the Palacio Nacional and Carcamo de Rio Lerma, with an afternoon visit to the Anahuacali Museum. A full day tour to the archeological site Teotihuacan is planned.

    Modern Mexico City will be led by Louise Noelle Gras, Professor and Researcher at the National University of Mexico and long-standing president of Docomomo Mexico. Joining Ms. Gras will be Kathryn O'Rourke, associate professor of art history at Trinity University and author of the recently published book Modern Architecture in Mexico City. Docomomo Mexico and Felix Candela expert, Juan Ignacio del Cueto, rounds out the tour leadership.

    Guests will stay at the Camino Real Polanco - the legendary hotel designed by Ricardo Legorreta in 1965.

    45 AIA Continuing Education Credits will be available.
  • 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.
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