Recent Opportunities

  • Making, Sustaining, Breaking – The Politics Of Heritage And Culture

    Heidelberg | Dates: 12 – 14 Oct, 2016
    Annual Conference
    Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context", Heidelberg
    Forum Transregionale Studien (Berlin) and the Max Weber Stiftung –
    Deutsche Geisteswissenschaftliche Institute im Ausland
    in collaboration with the German Archaeological Institute (Berlin)

    The deliberations of the conference will address some of the urgent
    questions that surround heritage as a political and cultural issue at a
    historical juncture when the idea of culture is being drawn into a
    field of intense contestation. While in certain intellectual circles
    and scholarly discussions culture is slowly but steadily being
    uncoupled from the nation, these impulses are at the same time being
    countered by moves to reinforce – even reinvent – national identities
    as culturally homogenous.  As societies confront their transcultural
    pasts, the concept of a monolithic, integrative heritage is not only
    becoming increasingly untenable, it is turning into a site of conflict.
    Ruptures induced by the spatial and cultural displacements that come
    with modernity and contemporary globalization have in turn meant a
    return to notions of an ancient, untainted civilizational identity in
    many regions of the world. Such positions cut across the domains of
    politics and civil society – they include political and institutional
    authorities as well as scholarly practices, have at the same time found
    articulation in religious extremism and xenophobia embodied by
    fundamentalist groups, themselves a modern, transnational phenomenon.
    Fissures within public spheres that cut across national boundaries in
    an increasingly connected world have brought questions of cultural
    heritage to the heart of any engagement with the tangled relationship
    between concepts of culture and the nation-state.
  • CFP: CAA 105th Annual Conference (New York, 15-18 Feb 17)

    New York | Dates: 08 Jul – 30 Aug, 2016
    The 2017 Call for Participation for the 105th Annual Conference, taking place February 15–18, 2017, in New York, NY, is now open.

    The 2017 Call for Participation describes approved sessions for next year’s conference which are seeking contributions. CAA and the session chairs invite your participation: please follow the instructions in the link to submit a proposal for a paper or presentation directly to the appropriate session chair(s). A call for Poster Session Proposals is also included in this CFP.

    The 2017 Call for Participation is only available as a PDF download; CAA will not mail hard copies of this document.

    The deadline for proposals of papers and presentations is August 30, 2016. The deadline for Poster Session Proposals is September 15, 2016.

    Santiago | Dates: 07 – 11 Jul, 2016
    N?13: Technology: Digital Material
    Publication date: August 2016
    Submission deadline: July 11th, 2016

    CALL FOR PAPERS // MATERIA ARQUITECTURA N?13 // Technology: Digital Material
    In the early 1990s, the use of digital technologies in architecture became popular, and some warned of the risks of the excessive virtualization of architecture and the emergence of a ?cyberspace? detached from materiality, construction, mass or gravity. Ubiquitous digital images rendering intangible spaces questioned the material character of architecture, a phenomenon that John Frazer[1] called a ?new architecture of process that transcends physicality and achieves ephemeralization?. In 1998, William Mitchell[2] proposed the concept of anti-tectonics to describe the new digital era characterized by the dematerialization of architecture; with that, he not only gave a name to the manifesto of virtuality, but he also became the delight of the soothsayers who saw their predictions confirmed.
    The current decade shows a different spirit. The fascination with the digital visual exuberance that characterized the beginning of the millennium has given way to a re-evaluation of the material and construction. The spread of Computer Numeric Control machines in architecture schools and firms is the most obvious symptom of the growing interest in the impact that digital technologies have on the material production of architecture. Digital technologies have acquired a physicality that does not dispute, but empowers, the material tradition of architecture. Digital manufacturing, robotic systems, simulation technologies, and the internet of things (IoT) intertwine the digital and the material to a point where efforts to distinguish them have become meaningless.

    This issue of Materia Arquitectura journal questions the traditional separation between the digital and the material as opposing domains, and, conversely, it invites reflection on digital technologies as enablers, or catalysts, of the physical. It investigates the disruption or evolution of ideas, concepts, methods, processes and techniques that contemporary ubiquitous computing poses to constructive methods, and, incidentally, opens the question about the coming impacts.


    To publish in MATERIA ARQUITECTURA, authors should submit their works electronically to:<> or to our postal address: sede Bellavista, Bellavista 7, Recoleta, Santiago de Chile.

    MATERIA ARQUITECTURA will only publish original and unpublished works. Texts and pictures will be the exclusive responsibility of the signing authors. Submitted manuscripts will be assessed by the Editorial Committee and by peer reviewers. Once the submitted material has been accepted, MATERIA ARQUITECTURA will contact the authors to give them specific instructions about the publication process. The sections open for collaborations are:


    Essays, research, articles. It has a thematic character (see I. Call for Papers) and it will publish essays and theoretical works which are the result of researches or specific works. Authors whose work have been selected by the Editorial Committee should consider and/or attach the following:

    Manuscript: maximum length 2,500 words.

    Abstract: maximum length 100 words.

    Five keywords.

    Citations, notes, references and bibliography must follow the rules of APA Style.

    Author?s biodata, 100 words maximum.

    Pictures, photographs (formats: TIFF, JPG, EPS. Resolution: 300 DPI).

    All submitted pictures must include: photo captions, data, source and authorization to be published.

    Plans (format: DWG).


    Critical review of architectural works and projects.

    Text: maximum length 1,000 words.

    Technical data.

    Architectural drawings (DWG), photographs and renders (300 DPI)


    Visual exploration related to Dossier's central theme.

    Introductory text: maximum length 400 words.

    8 to 20 images (300 DPI)

    The complete CALL FOR PAPERS for MATERIA ARQUITECTURA journal can be downloaded from the website:

    And from the link:
  • CFP: ABE Journal, issue 11: Paradoxical Southeast Asia

    Dates: 07 Jul – 15 Dec, 2016
    Deadline: Dec 15, 2016

    ABE Journal - Architecture Beyond Europe is accepting paper submissions 
    for Issue 11, 2017: 'Paradoxical Southeast Asia', guest edited by 
    Caroline Herbelin, maître de conférences, Université Toulouse Le Mirail.

    In Southeast Asia, a space characterized by intense regional and global 
    traffic networks since the sixteenth century, the architectural 
    landscape is often seen as a palimpsest of styles. The hybrid and 
    syncretic nature of Southeast Asian architectural forms is seen as the 
    result of the successive waves of contacts that marked the history of 
    this part of the world called by some the "Asian Mediterranean." (F. 
    Gipoloux). In this genealogy of architectural types, the colonial 
    moment has been often considered a rupture that introduced radically 
    new forms in vernacular architecture. Following this logic, the late 
    twentieth century and early twenty-first century are considered as 
    moments of further intensification of this architectural acculturation. 
    The adoption of the international style in the megacities of the "Asian 
    tigers," nerve centers of the global economy, is symbolic of an urban 
    development superficially tuned to the "global" rather than the local.

    By equating the evolution of architectural forms in Southeast Asia to a 
    transfer, mainly from West to East, this approach evades the complexity 
    of the formation of the architectural landscape of Southeast Asia. This 
    issue of ABE proposes to focus on the development of "syncretic" 
    architectures of Southeast Asia by precisely tracing the circulation of 
    techniques and architectural forms through a contextual approach. 
    Local, regional, global have not followed each other sequentially - 
    such a model presupposes the existence of a local, "original," culture. 
    Instead, these three levels of traffic have coexisted in the past. Far 
    from simple sedimentary layers laid down over time, the production of 
    Southeast Asian architecture has been multiscalar, rhizomic and a 
    longue durée phenomenon. For this reason, the concept of "returns" is a 
    particularly useful one for analyzing both "colonial" and "traditional" 
    motifs that appear in contemporary architecture.

    When rethinking the local and the global in Southeast Asian 
    architecture, we must move beyond the binary oppositions between the 
    vernacular and the foreign, the colonial and the post-colonial, and the 
    modern and the traditional, while still exploring how actors used such 
    categories dynamically. Only in this way can we explain the coexistence 
    of such seemingly contradictory categories.'

    Deadline for submissions: 15 December 2016

    Please send submissions to

    Founded in 2012, ABE Journal - Architecture Beyond Europe is a 
    scholarly, double blind peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the study of 
    19th- and 20th-century architecture and urbanism outside of Europe. It 
    focuses primarily on the transfers, adaptations and appropriations of 
    forms, technologies, models and doctrines in colonial and postcolonial 
    situations. Conceived as a place of exchange in an emerging and dynamic 
    field of research, ABE Journal aims to provide a specialist scholarly 
    forum for the discussion and dissemination of ideas relating to 
    architecture in the colonial and postcolonial realms, as well as to 
    local forms of modernism. It publishes articles and contents in five 
    languages (French, English, Spanish, German and Italian) and is edited 
    by the research centre InVisu (CNRS/INHA) in Paris.
  • CFP: Eleventh International Conference on Design Principles & Practices (Toronto, 2-4 Mar 17)

    Toronto | Dates: 07 Jul – 04 Aug, 2016

    The Eleventh International Conference on Design Principles & Practices will be held in partnership with the Institute without Boundaries at George Brown College, Toronto, Canada, 2-4 March 2017. We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, virtual lightning talks, virtual posters, or colloquia addressing one of the following themes:

    Theme 1: Design Education
    Theme 2: Design in Society
    Theme 3: Designed Objects
    Theme 4: Visual Design
    Theme 5: Design Management and Professional Practice
    Theme 6: Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design

    2017 SPECIAL FOCUS: Design for the Global Village


    We welcome the submission of presentation proposals at any time of the year up until 30 days before the start of the conference. All proposals will be reviewed within two to four weeks of submission. The next proposal deadline is 4 August 2016.


    The Design Principles & Practices Journal Collection consists of six journals and an annual review. The collection encourages the widest range of submissions and aims to foster the highest standards of intellectual excellence. Articles may be submitted by in-person and virtual participants as well as Community Members.

    Journals in the Design Principles & Practices Journal Collection are indexed by:

    - Art Abstracts (EBSCO)
    - Art Full Text (EBSCO)
    - Art Index (EBSCO)
    - Art Source (EBSCO)
    - Australian Research Council (ERA)
    - Computer Science – Business Information Systems Directory (Cabell’s)
    - EBSCO Polytechnic Studies Collection: India
    - Genamics Journal Seek
    - Scopus
    - Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory


    - Cumulus: International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media
    - Institute without Boundaries at George Brown College
    - European Academy of Design

    For more information and to submit a proposal visit:
  • House Housing | An Untimely History of Architecture and Real Estate

    New York | Dates: 12 Jul – 27 Aug, 2016
    In December of 1939, the Federal Housing Administration declined to insure a mortgage for one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian houses in East Lansing, Michigan. The house’s low ceilings and open interior spaces were considered too risky an investment. The incompatibility of Wright’s design with the speculative value of the real estate seemingly determined the project’s fate. Impassioned correspondence between architect, client, and bureaucrats; an annotated floor plan; and a local newspaper clipping offer evidence of the resulting tension in this short but telling episode in the history of architecture and real estate.

    House Housing excerpts this history in thirty-six episodes, spanning from the early twentieth century to the present. Ordinary artifacts generated by governments, industries, institutions, and individuals tell short stories that show how design, policy, finance, culture, and politics interconnect. As indicated by the project’s title, this multi-media history is untimely in two respects. First, it returns us to matters widely discussed in the aftermath of the 2008 mortgage foreclosure crisis—issues that are now re-emerging but which have not fully taken hold in professional architectural circles. Second, the exhibition’s non-linear chronology reveals surprising repetitions of earlier debates and actions. Tables turn as history repeats, differently each time, and House Housing shows concretely the many ways in which architecture participates in the making and breaking of these cycles.

    Between 2013 and 2016, a team at Columbia University’s Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture attempted to answer a series of questions: What is the relationship between architecture, real estate, and the imagination? How are designers implicated in the profit-driven development that significantly shapes how we live? How did this happen? To date, the results of this research have appeared as site-specific interventions in Venice, Chicago, Berlin, and Los Angeles; have been discussed in public events and compiled in a website. The televisions, magazines, paperwork, and other largely domestic items collected in the exhibition bear witness to the media through which untimely histories repeat, and their content captures the diversity of ways in which these artifacts form a part of our everyday environment. The tear-sheets describe all thirty-six episodes and list their supporting evidence, pointing toward the additional information available at, including essays, a bibliography, and a provisional report titled The Art of Inequality: Architecture, Housing, and Real Estate. Seen together, these pieces of House Housing are meant to encourage a deepened perspective on the interaction of architecture and real estate development, and to remind us that next time, things could be different.

    Organized by:
    Reinhold Martin, Director
    Jacob Moore, Curator, Assistant Director
    Susanne Schindler, Curator, Lead Researcher
  • Building Documentation in the Kumayri Cultural Museum-Preserve

    Gyumri | Dates: 21 May – 24 Sep, 2017
    Adventures in Preservation (AiP) volunteers are currently working alongside Gyumri Project Hope teams – students and professionals from across Armenia – and are sending back reports of their amazing experience. We are pleased to again offer you the opportunity to join this project run by the Kumayri Museum-Preserve with session dates to fit everyone’s schedule - a series of five one-week sessions beginning May 21, 2017; followed by optional 4-day tour.

    May 21-28, 2017
    June 18-25, 2017
    July 16-23, 2017
    August 13-20, 2017
    September 17-24,2017

    Work in 2017 will focus on two areas – documentation within Kumayri Cultural Museum-Preserve and creation of informational packets on individual buildings for distribution to potential investors. Once new investors become involved, new jobs will follow, addressing Gyumri’s greatest need. The city of Gyumri has one of the highest unemployment rates in Armenia and desperately needs the jobs restoration and heritage tourism will bring. Read more and register at
  • Bauhaus Residence - Open Call

    Dates: 04 Jul – 05 Sep, 2016
    Bauhaus Residence – Open Call Living and working in the Meisterhäuser 2017 Apply now – Applications close on 5 September 2016 In the 1920’s the Meisterhaus Ensemble in Dessau became the epitome of an artist com-munity of the twentieth century. This is where Walter Gropius, Oskar Schlemmer, Georg Muche, László Moholy-Nagy, Lyonel Feininger, Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee and their families lived next door to each other. Here they were joined by their friends and visitors. Artist collectives, artist couples and artist friendships developed here, with everyone work-ing together in the open structure of the model homes located in a park. However, when the Bauhaus people left in 1933 the area became deserted and the work created as a re-sult of the artistic effort was abandoned. Since February 2016 and for the first time since 90 years the foundation Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau is enabling young international artists to once again live and work in the Muche/ Schlemmer duplex house – even if the restrictions of the perseveration of cultural heritage attached to the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site are very strict. With the new for-mat the foundation Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau would like to promote the current focus of attention on the Bauhaus heritage, revitalise the Meisterhaus Ensemble and in this context promote artistic and creative work of international significance which will then at the end of the residency period be displayed in the Gropius House until the Bauhaus anniversary in 2019. Participation conditions: The programme is catering to international artists with an overall interest in all those areas that are historically being represented by Bauhaus and that have developed from it until today: • Painting, product design, textile design, music, performing arts, architecture, pho-tography Application (German or English): • Curriculum vitae • A concrete project that can be completed during the residential period and which has a relation to Bauhaus (approx. two pages). Preferable is also a reference to the foundation’s topic for 2017 “Substance” • A motivation • An artist’s portfolio Closing date for applications: 5 September 2016 • Email (pdf file, max. 5 MB) to Jury: In the autumn of 2016 two artists will be selected for the year 2017. This will be announced on 4 December 2016 on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the Bauhaus building. The jury consists of Dr Claudia Perren, director of Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau; Dr Thomas Köhler, director of the Berlinische Galerie; Katja Aßmann, art director of the Urbane Künste Ruhr; Gabi Schillig, professor for three-dimensional design at the Hochschule Düsseldorf – design faculty of the Peter Behrens School of Arts, and Dr Alexia Pooth, research associate of Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau The foundation’s performances: Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau will provide the selected artists with the following for three months: • Living and work space in the Muche/ Schlemmer House • A monthly expense allowance of 1,200 euros • Opportunities for giving presentations and performances and engaging in discus-sions during their stay • Support in their research work, in organising events along with technical assis-tance and public relations activities • Public presentations of their work in the Gropius House at the end of their stay where the work will remain until 2019 The artists‘ obligations: • Purchase of the material required for their work • Medical and indemnity insurance • Visa • Living expenses, provisions With the assistance of Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, the artists are free to apply for addition-al external funding for their stay. Artists-in-Residence time period: The three-monthly Artist-in-Residence stays will take place between April and October 2017 in consultation with the foundation. You are expected to be present in Dessau. Contact: Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau Bauhaus Residenz/ Dr Alexia Pooth Gropiusallee 38 06846 Dessau-Roßlau Tel. +49 340 – 6508 467
  • Call for Mini-Papers on Contemporary and Historical Flood Resilient Construction Techniques and Materials

    Dates: 31 – 31 Aug, 2016
    Topic of the mini-papers We are seeking mini-papers on flood resilient construction techniques and materials from around the globe. The techniques and materials featured should be from the near or distant past or focus on contemporary, cutting-edge approaches. Papers that address contemporary approaches should describe case studies that directly affect historic resources or could be applied to historic resources (i.e., existing construction).   Papers should be about 500 to 1,000 words and include the following details: 1. Author(s) name, affiliation, and contact information. 2. Describe the case: at a minimum, this should be the type of building/resource that experienced the flooding event, the date of its construction and major modifications, its location, and the building technique/material examined. 3. A summary of the historical or contemporary construction material and/or technique. 4. A brief description of the event that caused the water inundation. 5. The character and degree of the damage caused by inundation. 6. Recovery and/or repair techniques to address and/or prevent damage. 7. A summary of how resilient the construction technique was to inundation. 8. A minimum of three and a maximum of six photos illustrating one or more of the areas, above. The photos must have a minimum resolution of 1900 x 1200 pixels; 2880 x 1800 pixels or more is desirable. (For the initial submission, low resolution images are required; see below.) 9. Provide captions for all photos and reference them in your text. Indicate authorship for each photo. It is the responsibility for the submitting author(s) to obtain publication permission from the owner of each photo. For instance, a paper on this topic might describe a building, built in 1860, that survived Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and the overall performance of its lath and plaster system; a description of traditional, lime plaster finishes and their low solubility in water compared to gypsum-based wall board; that the overall damage was minimal once the wall dried; interventions consisted of the mechanical dehumidifying of the building followed by patches and painting; and a summary that describes how well the system performed in a flooding event compared to contemporary construction. Alternatively, a paper approaching a contemporary construction system/material might describe a building, originally constructed in 1901 in which a contemporary flood vent system was installed in its foundation. Instructions Submissions should consist of a single MS Word, ODF/ODT, or PDF file with the text and the three to six photographs placed in the same file. (Do not submit photographs as separate files.) Reduce the size of the photos to approximately 800 x 600 pixels before placing them in the file in order to make the file size sufficiently small to send via email. If accepted, we will ask for your original text file (if necessary) and full size photos as separate files. Email your single file to
  • Craft Research Fund

    Dates: 02 Jul – 21 Oct, 2016
    Each year through the Craft Research Fund, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design distributes $95,000 to support research related to Craft, Architecture, Art History, Design History, Material Culture, Decorative Art History, and related fields. Graduate Research grant applications are due September 17, 2016. Project Research and Exhibition Research grant applications are due October 21, 2016. For more information and a link to the application in SlideRoom visit our website .
  • Lenses on a Landscape Genius

    London | Dates: 01 Jul – 25 Aug, 2016
    Lenses On A Landscape Genius brings together leading photographers to explore and celebrate the work of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. This unique exhibition is curated as part of the year-long Capability Brown Festival, which marks 300 years since the eminent landscape architects birth. 

    Brown’s impact on the British landscape is immense with an estimated 255 sites across the country that he worked or advised on. His influence reaches further still with international parks, gardens and landscapes inspired by his work. Brown’s design principles continue to be demonstrated in contemporary landscape architecture and garden design.

    This exhibition from The Landscape Foundation and The Building Centre showcases specially commissioned photographs from eminent landscape and garden photographers. 

    The exhibition and associated event programme explores Brown’s extensive landscapes and management systems which were created using 18th Century tools. It reveals the mathematics, engineering, science and artistic skill that went into a commission, and find out how the work is as relevant today as it was 300 years ago.

    Photographers: Andrew Lawson / Joe Cornish / Andrea Jones / Allan Pollok-Morris / Gary Rogers / Derek St Romaine / Matthew Bruce / Gareth Davies / James Kerr / Archie Miles / Gavin Kingcome / Simon Warner / Jacqui Hurst / Stephen Studd / James Smith / Steffie Shields

    This exhibition is part of the 2016 London Festival of Architecture.
  • Across the Great Divide: A Graduate Student Colloquium

    Dates: 02 Jul – 01 Nov, 2016
    CFP: California Design Consortium Across the Great Divide: A Graduate Student Colloquium University of California, Berkeley Saturday – Sunday, 11-12 March 2017 The colloquium is open to all graduate students in accredited masters or doctoral programs in the United States and abroad, whose primary research concerns the architecture, landscape architecture, and design of the western United States. Up to twelve students will be invited to present twenty-minute papers related to their master’s thesis or dissertation. A senior scholar will respond to each cluster of presentations. Papers (2,000 words) must be submitted electronically in MsWord format, and should include the full text and representative images. A cover sheet with the student’s name, academic affiliation and level, postal address, telephone number, and email address should precede the paper. Participating students will receive hotel accommodation for up to three nights and funding toward travel expenses determined on an individual basis. A reception will follow the colloquium. Deadline: 1 November 2016 Papers should be sent to: and must be received no later than midnight Pacific Standard Time. For further information email: Conveners: Greg Castillo, Waverly Lowell, Andrew Shanken, Marc Treib
  • NYCDH Digital Humanities Graduate Student Project Award

    New York City | Dates: 30 Jun – 15 Aug, 2016
    We are pleased to announce our third annual cross-institutional NYCDH digital humanities graduate student project award. We invite all graduate students attending an institution in New York City and the metropolitan area to apply by Monday, August 15, 2016.

    First prize winner will receive a cash prize of $1000. Two runner-up positions will receive $500 each. All three winning proposals will have the opportunity to receive support from one or more of the many centers affiliated with NYCDH. Winners will also receive exposure on our site and through our social media outlets.

    Project proposals can be submitted by individuals or teams. In the case a team wins, the prize is to be divided among the team members equally. We are accepting proposals for projects in early or mid stages of development.

    All applications should include a clear description of your project, how it falls into realm of the digital humanities, a timeline for the project work, and a transparent, itemized explanation of your funding requirements. For more details, see the Graduate Student DH Project Award page on our website.

    We encourage prospective applicants to contact us to talk about your proposal before you submit. To set up an appointment, send us an email at

    Proposals will be judged by a committee selected from the NYCDH Steering Committee. The winners will be chosen based on their intellectual contribution, innovative use of technology, and the clarity of their work plan.

    To learn more, visit our award information page:
  • CFP: MORE: Expanding architecture from a gender-based perspective. III International Conference on Gender and Architecture (Florence, 26-28 Jan 17)

    Florence | Dates: 29 Jun – 20 Sep, 2016
    MORE: Expanding architecture from a gender-based perspective. III International Conference on Gender and Architecture intends to continue creating a space for meeting and debate about the issues that relate architecture and gender studies opened in 2014 during the I International Congress of Architecture and Gender “ARQUITECTAS. Redefining the Profession” (ETSA Sevilla, Spain) and resumed in 2015 by “Matrices. II International Congress of Architecture and Gender” (Universidade Lusófona, Lisbon, Portugal).

    The Third International Conference on Research in Architecture and Gender will focus on the theme of expanding architecture from a gender-based perspective and incorporating feminist strategies. It will promote, address and disseminate high-quality research, drawing connections among specialist areas of both theory and practice, thus revealing trans-disciplinary aspects and activating hybridizing processes that can no longer be eluded.

    (Architectural) Space is not neutral: it is a social production and the result of a collective action. For this very reason, in order to face the new challenges induced by the current crisis (which has disclosed and highlighted the unstable and precarious dimension of our vital needs and environments), the behavioural changes resulting from the use of new technologies and the changing exigencies of the labour market, architects and, consequently, educators are required to take into account the dimension of time (beyond space) and become crosscutting agents of spatial and social changes.

    There are different ways of understanding the social dimension of architecture: it is a field replete with tensions and contradictions, uncertainties, possibilities and discussions about whether or not the social and political commitment of architecture is something structural of its agenda. Architecture operates at the intersections of various elements depending on contingencies, on contexts at a particular place and time. It deals with wide sets of (power, production) relations and has to face entanglements of (cultural, political, economic) factors (systems of representation, objects, forms, meanings). For these reasons, professional identity and socio-political responsibility cannot be considered as separated entities. Both production and use belong to the same process: the traditional client-architect relationship should necessarily be questioned and redefined, since architecture involves something more than the way in which our environment has been built, including the way in which it is experienced, used, maintained. 

    Falling outside of the parameters of mainstream discourse - and prioritizing place-making rather than form-making - a large group of women architects and educators have turned gender and social justice into the main features of a feminist agenda in architecture that includes a commitment to participatory principles and an inextricably intertwined link between theory and practice, design and (performative) actions. An independent understanding of reality from a gender-based perspective is needed to develop new crosscutting views on urgent social and political issues (social, political, ecological, management -and use- based issues, focusing on hybrid production models that take into accounts care, affection, enjoyment), taking action, blurring the traditional disciplinary role and mastery of the architect, focusing on the social production of space. The most challenging issue is to activate spatial potential rather than providing design solutions, thus making (urban and architectural) spaces a continuous collective and engaging project open to changes and transformations.

    We believe that the exchanging of ideas and experiences, carried out by sharing and collectivizing current (design or practice-based and artistic) research and explorations on critical, experimental, feminist, hybridizing approaches to architecture might provide and promote new epistemologies, methodologies and pedagogies in architectural discourse and practice. It’s possible to detect in the way feminist practices dismiss the traditional role of the architect as the sole and undisputed producer / demiurge – pursued by working as curators, advisers, space activators, and other producers – a sort of drift towards an expanded dimension of architecture and architectural education which calls into question what architecture itself is. Architecture can hybridize with peripheral knowledge and experiences that have not been taken into account by traditional architectural debates. Focusing on an architectural practice that comes from counter-hegemonic positions and places of social exclusion can meet unattended challenges. 

    Dismantling the paradigm of the building as the conditio sine qua non of architectural production, testing and questioning some of the most consolidated and accepted categories of architectural practice (such as the role of the author, the concept of disciplinary boundaries, the gap between builders and theorists), many women architects have subverted the relationship between theory and practice, pointing out that writing, drawing, and model-making (whether validated by building or not) are all specific forms of architectural thought and practice.

    We invite educators, researchers, scholars, professionals, graduate and doctoral students, in the fields of architecture, urban design, art, history of architecture and related areas, such as psychology, anthropology, sociology, geography, new technologies and law to present the result of their investigations and/or their ideas, suggestions, insights on the above mentioned gender sensitive/feminist strategies in architecture and architectural education by responding to the following thematic areas.

    Scientifically rigorous products of various formats (such as papers, interactive sessions and seminars, theatre plays, videos, photographs, performances, sound installations, artworks, etc.) will be accepted and welcome.

    We also propose to organise additional workshops to create an open space in which promoting both individual and collective awareness on intersectional (gender, sexuality, ethnicity, class, age, ability) concerns, encouraging and fuelling the debate even through more performative approaches.
  • Wright’s Accessible Usonian: The Laurent House in Rockford

    Rockford | Dates: 12 Jul, 2016
    Calling it “my little gem,” Frank Lloyd Wright often encouraged clients to visit the house he built in 1952 for Kenneth and Phyllis Laurent in Rockford, Illinois. Follow Wright’s advice and experience this fully restored residence, the only home Wright designed to be handicapped accessible.

    Noted for their open floor plans on a single level, Wright’s compact Usonian designs attracted the Laurents. The couple wanted a house suitable for Kenneth, who used a wheelchair due to paralysis after spinal surgery. The Laurents lived in the house for the next 60 years.

    After lunch, the excursion will stop at the William Pettit Chapel in nearby Belvidere. This 1906 building has all the elements of Wright’s classic Prairie style, including a central fireplace, continuous bands of windows and wood trim throughout. 
  • 2nd International Symposium on Ecological Wisdom

    Austin | Dates: 17 – 20 Nov, 2016
    The School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin will host the 2nd International Symposium on Ecological Wisdom, November 17- 20, 2016.
    A collaboration between UT Austin, Tongji University (Shanghai), East China Normal University, (Shanghai), and the International Society for Ecological Wisdom, the conference brings together over forty presenters—the best and brightest minds in the field of ecological wisdom. Fritz Steiner, dean emeritus of UT Austin’s School of Architecture, now dean of PennDesign, will provide the keynote address. The three-day event includes speakers from around the globe, and concludes with a field trip to a still-operating irrigation complex from the early 1700s, as well as a retooled section of the irrigation system that became the "Riverwalk" in downtown San Antonio, Texas.  
    An interdisciplinary field of study, ecology wisdom caters to engineers, architects and landscape architects, planners, historic preservationists, and designers, among other practitioners. The November symposium is targeted to academics and professionals in those fields, and to laypersons with an interest in ecological wisdom. The theme of this year’s conference is Ecological Wisdom Inspired Urban Resilience: Building Strategies, Tenets, and Practice. Speakers will present on topics ranging from Relationships Between Ecological Wisdom and Contemporary Science and Technology to Social Learning and Ecological Wisdom. A selection of the papers presented at the symposium will be included in a forthcoming book, EcoWISE, published by Springer-Nature. 
    "Ecological Wisdom is an important new approach to planning, engineering, architecture, and design, and is bringing together scholars and practitioners from across disciplines," remarked Robert Young, Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. “Together, these professionals are drawing upon historical precedents and contemporary science to present some of the most remarkable innovations in creating regenerative cities and regions. The symposium will provide an in-depth examination of ecological wisdom, and catalyze discussion about future possibilities for this exciting new field.”
    Ecological wisdom provides an effective framework for achieving urban resilience and sustainability. It incorporates practical and theoretical social and ecological knowledge with site-specific history to develop strategies and action plans that support ethical and sustainable practices. A greater understanding of ecological wisdom enhances designers’ abilities to make responsible, ecologically-sound decisions for a city or community’s long-term benefit.
    Inquiries about the symposium may be directed to Dr. Robert Young, University of Texas at Austin, at
  • The Industry & Artistry of Portland Windows

    Portland | Dates: 28 Jun – 08 Oct, 2016
    This exciting new exhibit explores the construction and design of windows throughout history with an emphasis on local companies, artisans, and products. Industry and Artistry focuses on the years 1880 to 1930 when art glass and millwork manufacturing were at their heights in Portland and the United States. Many of the windows on display, including some beautiful stained glass, were salvaged by our founders, Jerry Bosco and Ben Milligan from buildings demolished in the 1960s and 1970s. The exhibit tells the story of glassmaking, from ancient history to the 20th century, and how glass came to be used in windows like those we see and use every day. You’ll also learn about the dearth of local window glassmakers in Portland, even at a time when there were many Portland area wood window sash companies. By the mid-nineteenth century, wood sash windows were common in American architecture. They were mass produced and not only could a builder or homeowner acquire them at a local millwork company, they could purchase windows through mail order catalogs. The exhibit will also explore the use of art glass in windows, particularly stained glass. Included in this story is the famous Povey Brothers Glass Company, which for a time dominated the art glass industry in Portland, producing amazing windows. We’ll also include a nod to our founders who operated a stained glass company of their own in the 1970s – early 1980s. Sponsored by the Oregon Heritage Commission Additional Support by Merrill Lynch, David Schlicker Stained Glass Studio, Inc., & Jackie Peterson-Loomis
  • Culture Lab Detroit Discussion Series

    Detroit | Dates: 15 – 16 Sep, 2016
    Culture Lab Detroit, an organization that fosters conversations and collaborations between Detroit and the international art, architecture and design communities, announces its 2016 program. For its fourth edition, Culture Lab Detroit explores the theme of “Walls”—be they architectural or theoretical, historical or speculative. Through a two-night discussion series, public art projects, and ongoing collaborations, Culture Lab Detroit 2016 brings together premier artists, architects, curators and theorists to provide groundbreaking alternatives to some of the most entrenched issues of recent times. 
    Culture Lab Detroit's discussion series will take place September 15 and 16, 2016. Participants will discuss new ways to move through a city, to visit a museum, to catalyze social change through art, and to negotiate the ever-shifting divide between public and private space. These vital conversations will be held against the backdrop of Detroit, addressing issues of empty space, population shifts, urban blight and renewal, and the struggle to define a new environment of collaboration and respect. 
    Each dialogue is free and open to the public. 

    Thursday, September 15 – 6:30 p.m. EST 
    Sliding Walls: Reimagining the Architecture of Social Space 
    College for Creative Studies, Benson & Edith Ford Conference Center at the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education 
    460 W Baltimore St., Detroit, MI 
    Elizabeth Diller, Founding Partner, Diller Scofidio + Renfro 
    Trevor Paglen, Artist 
    Franklin Sirmans, Director, Pérez Art Museum Miami 
    Dennis Scholl, Former VP/Arts, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation 
    Friday, September 16 – 6:30 p.m. EST 
    Stones Thrown: Art and Social Progress 
    The Jam Handy 
    2900 E Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 
    Eva Franch i Gilabert, Director, Storefront for Art and Architecture 
    Glenn Kaino, Artist 
    Adam Pendleton, Artist 
    Salvador Salort-Pons, Director, Detroit Institute of Arts 
    “This year, Culture Lab Detroit looks to provide a variety of answers to a central issue of cultural placemaking: how do we allow walls to inform our experiences without limiting us,” says Founder Jane Schulak. “Our participants bring together a wide array of professional and personal diversity, but they are united in the pursuit of social justice. We’re thrilled to hold this globally relevant conversation in Detroit.” 
    In addition to the two-night discussion series, Culture Lab Detroit will continue to present world-class public works of art and design to the Detroit community. 
  • Conservation of the Kumayri Cultural Museum-Preserve: Session 8

    Gyumri | Dates: 19 – 30 Sep, 2016
    Adventures in Preservation (AiP) has been working since 2007 to help develop a project that will lead to repair and restoration of as many historic structures in the district as possible. We are pleased to offer you the opportunity to join this project run by the Kumayri Museum-Preserve. There are session dates to fit everyone’s schedule. Work in 2016 will focus on two areas – documentation within Kumayri Cultural Museum-Preserve and study of the 7th century church located in the heart of this historic district. Read more and register at
  • Conservation of the Kumayri Cultural Museum-Preserve: Session 7

    Gyumri | Dates: 01 – 12 Sep, 2016
    Adventures in Preservation (AiP) has been working since 2007 to help develop a project that will lead to repair and restoration of as many historic structures in the district as possible. We are pleased to offer you the opportunity to join this project run by the Kumayri Museum-Preserve. There are session dates to fit everyone’s schedule. Work in 2016 will focus on two areas – documentation within Kumayri Cultural Museum-Preserve and study of the 7th century church located in the heart of this historic district. Read more and register at
SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation for its operating support.
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