Recent Opportunities

  • L'ERMA C International Prize for Young Scholars

    Dates: 10 May – 15 Jun, 2016
  • CFP: Project to Practice: Innovating Architecture (Sydney, 30 Sep 16)

    Sydney | Dates: 06 – 16 May, 2016
    Abstracts deadline 16th May.

    The Conference will be held at venues around Sydney and in the UTS Dr Chau Chak Wing building designed by Gehry Partners.

    Indy Johar of Architecture 00 has been confirmed as the first keynote speaker. Satellite events will tie-in the conference to the opening of the Sydney Architecture Festival. The Conference is jointly hosted by UTS and the NSW Architects Registration Board.

    Directors statement

    Our mission for this conference is to identify which areas of innovation are native to architectural practice, process and education and which are areas of economic and cultural opportunity for future practice that can participate fully in a globalized 21st century environment. These include products (goods or services); processes; models and methods for R&D and so on.

    Contributions to the conference linking academic and professional perspectives aim to identify the context of innovation for architectural practice and education now, and provide a critical datum from which to address the extent of structural change that may be required across the discipline so it will not only survive but prosper in a context supported by the national innovation agenda and its terms of reference 3

    Through an examination of projects and practices broadly understood as opportunities for innovation that sit in both professional and institutional contexts, this conference seeks to position forms of innovation specifically in the context of Australian architecture.

    Smart businesses are inviting their workers to co-design strategy. Citizens are co-producing policy. Companies ask customers to help design new products. The conference seeks participation from a wide variety of contributors in the form of academic papers and presentations, Practice-Based submissions and design research projects.

    We welcome submissions from practice, those operating at the margins and from academics interested in co-producing a platform for sustained innovation across the sector. Proposals and speculative papers are encouraged to provoke lively discussion about the future of the discipline and its relation to innovation agendas and innovation more broadly.

    The conference will close with the opening of the 10th annual Sydney Architecture Festival which, this year, celebrates the bicentenary of the NSW Government Architect by asking; what's next, and are we ready for it?
  • IFLA Arts Section Satellite Conference -- Registration Open

    Chicago | Dates: 09 – 11 Aug, 2016
    Registration is now open for the IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations) Art Libraries Section.
  • World Architecture Festival 2016

    Berlin | Dates: 16 – 18 Nov, 2016
    The World Architecture Festival is where the world architecture community meets to celebrate learn, exchange and be inspired. It is the only architecture event where keynote talks from the industry’s most influential figures sit alongside live crit presentations and judging of over 350 award finalists, global networking, a 400 project strong gallery and an international product exhibition. World Architecture Festival 2016 will take place on the 16 - 18 November in Berlin Germany. 
  • Comparing Architectural Practices in Italian Building Sites During the Second Half of the Sixteenth Century

    Mendrisio | Dates: 30 – 31 May, 2016
    Workshop organized by the Archivio del Moderno – Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) with the support of the Swiss National Science Foundation, curated by Maria Felicia Nicoletti and Paola Carla Verde

    An understanding of architectural practices is becoming increasingly important in the analysis of building dynamics according to the latest critical historical studies. Our upcoming workshop forms part of the research project “The Fontana builders between XVI and XVII century. Operating processes, techniques and workers’ tasks” supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (responsible applicant: Letizia Tedeschi, co-applicant: Nicola Navone, Archivio del Moderno – Università della Svizzera italiana). The event will investigate the organization and techniques of construction sites operating in Italy in the second half of the sixteenth century, comparing paradigmatic examples of sites managed by the Fontana in Rome with other contemporary sites in the Italian peninsula.

    Several aspects will be analyzed: the adjustment of architectural practices in which the experiences of the various families of foremen-contractors flow together and intermingle, the practices specific to the Fontana family, and the presence, in various contexts, of Ticinese families asserting themselves by ensuring that they received the contracts for major construction sites through their proven entrepreneurial skills. With this critical approach, the whole aims to develop a more precise view of the contribution of construction contractors in Italian building sites during the second half of the sixteenth century, and to promote a better understanding of architectural practices after Michelangelo.

    Scientific Committee: Giovanna Curcio, Università IUAV di Venezia; Francesco Paolo Fiore, Sapienza – Università di Roma; Nicola Navone, Archivio del Moderno – Accademia di architettura, Università della Svizzera italiana; Letizia Tedeschi, Archivio del Moderno – Università della Svizzera italiana; Sergio Villari, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II.

    The entrance is free.
    For information: +41 (0)58 666 55 00;
  • International Bridges Group

    Prague | Dates: 08 – 10 Jul, 2016
    After the success of the first meeting of the International Bridges Group in Westminster Palace, the IBG will meet in Prague for their second symposium. The Charles Bridge in Prague, with its spectacular gate tower, makes the city an excellent choice, and will be a major topic of discussion. In addition to that, we have planned a one day trip to Písek, a charming medieval town outside of Prague and a home of the oldest standing bridge in the Czech Republic.

    To take advantage of Prague itself, we will be given a private tour of St. Vitus Cathedral (when it is closed to the public); of the House at the Stone Bell and of several other major sites usually closed to the public. In addition, as 2016 marks 700 years since the birth of Emperor Charles IV, our symposium there would be the perfect opportunity for the delegates to see the spectacularly planned ‘Emperor Charles IV 1316 – 2016’ exhibition in the Waldstein Riding School.
  • Call for Contributors to IAS Publications

    Dates: 05 – 31 May, 2016
    The Italian Art Society’s IASblog publishes short articles on all aspects of Italian art and architecture from prehistory to the present. 

    We seek applications for staff writers to contribute regular features for IASblog including, but not limited to, historical notes tied to anniversary dates of births, deaths, or other significant events related to Italian artists, architects, designers, and patrons, as well as historians and critics of Italian art. Notes on current exhibitions, new publications, and news items relevant to the study and conservation of Italian art and architecture are also welcome. Staff writers will create new content and/or revise existing content, averaging five to seven short posts per month (250-1,000 words). Staff writers are encouraged to pitch ideas for blog posts outside of their assigned articles. All new content will include author byline with hyperlink to a personal or professional website, and each staff writer will have a short bio posted on the blog’s “About” page. The position of staff writer does not carry additional compensation. Visit IASblog at to see sample posts. To apply, please submit a letter of interest, cv, and a short writing sample to IASblog Editor Anne Leader and IASblog Editor designate Alexis Culotta at by 31 May 2016. Successful candidates must be members or will be asked to join the Italian Art Society and will begin contributing to IASblog upon appointment for a one-year, renewable term.

    The Italian Art Society’s Newsletter is published three times per year (February, May, and September). It includes updates and news from the organization, feature articles (such as reviews of recent books and exhibitions), exhibition listings, and short notices on all aspects of Italian art. We seek applications for editorial assistants to help solicit and manage content, and edit the Newsletter. The position of editorial assistant does not carry additional compensation. Visit the IAS at for more information and copies of past newsletters. To apply, please submit a letter of interest and cv to IAS Newsletter Editor Alison Fleming at by 31 May 2016. Successful candidates must be members or will be asked to join the Italian Art Society and will begin work with production of the Fall Newsletter.
  • Spring Lectures at I Tatti: The Italian Renaissance

    Florence | Dates: 05 May – 16 Jun, 2016
    All lecture begin at 6:00. They are open to all, free of charge, and no reservations required. For abstracts, please see our website.

    May 5
    Rudolf Preimesberger
    GENOA-IANUA. S. Maria Assunta di Carignano 1481-1724. Sculptural Decoration and Urban Planning

    May 12
    Adriano Prosperi
    L'età dell'intelligenza: vocazioni religiose di adolescenti del '500

    May 26
    Mongan Lecture
    Marvin Trachtenberg
    Architecture and the Body in the Renaissance

    Jun 01
    Kress Lecture
    Megan Holmes
    New Perspectives on the Reception of Florentine Panel Painting: 
    Interpreting Scratch Marks

    Jun 16
    Kate van Orden
    Music as a Sonic Record: Sixteenth-Century Vernaculars in Perspective
  • CFP: Orient oder Rom? Prehistory, History and Reception of a Historiographical Myth (1880-1930) (Brno, 7-9 Feb 17)

    Brno | Dates: 05 May – 09 Sep, 2016
    Organizers: Ivan Foletti, Universities of Brno and Lausanne; Francesco Lovino, Institute of Art History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic

    Today the question "Orient oder Rom?" is no longer a topical issue in medieval art history, although a persuasive answer has never been formulated. One of the reasons for this oblivion deals with the controversial figure of Josef Strzygowski, who in 1901 published about the question his pivotal volume and nowadays discredited for its racial and proto-nazi judgement. However, the question "Orient oder Rom?" 
    concerns not only with Josef Strzygowski: the prodromes of this critical concepts goes back to the nineteenth century, when the Russian, Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires fought to control contested territories, and humanities studies mirrored these conflicts.

    The conference aims to distance from the sole Strzygowski's perspective and to comprehend and rewrite the story of a pivotal concept for both art historiography and cultural identity. The goal of such reflection deals with three different moments: (I) the prehistory of the question "Orient oder Rom?" according to the nineteenth-century studies in the Russian, Austro-Hungarian and even in the Ottoman empires, where art history coincided with  political aspiration; (II) the Vienna experience and the dialectical clash between Alois Riegl's and Franz Wickhoff's school against Josef Strzygowski, and its repercussions worldwide; (III) the longue durée, or how the lumbering figure of Strzygowski determined the critical misfortune of the question during the 1920s and the 1930s, until the postwar  period.

    Participants are invited to reflect on such issues as: 
    - the manner in which the question "Orient oder Rom?" was used in local context and especially in the long run;
    - the scholars who discussed and faced this critical point; the impact of "Orient oder Rom?" in the study of monuments and art objects;
    - the political use of the historiographical concept.

    Papers from a diachronic art historical perspective are especially welcome.

    The organization will provide accommodations for all participants; additionally, partial funding is available to support travel expenses.

    Paper proposals of no more than one page, accompanied by a short CV, can be submitted until 9 September 2016 to: and
  • The Flesh Is Yours, The Bones Are Ours

    Chicago | Dates: 18 May – 13 Aug, 2016
    The Graham Foundation is pleased to present The Flesh Is Yours, The Bones Are Ours, an exhibition by Michael Rakowitz. Concurrently displayed at the Graham Foundation’s historic Madlener House and Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Rakowitz’s installation deploys fin de siècle Istanbul’s architectural remains as a counternarrative to the city’s rich multiethnic historical development, at the same time excavating psychic and material traces of the Armenian craftspeople responsible for much of the city’s art nouveau façades.

    The exhibition’s title “The Flesh Is Yours, The Bones Are Ours” refers to a customary Turkish saying used when an apprentice was given over to a master—meant to convey that the teacher was granted influence over their pupil. Such was the case with Kemal Cimbiz, a Turk who joined the atelier of Garabet Cezayirliyan, a member of the Armenian artisanal community. Under Cezayirliyan’s tutelage, Cimbiz began to create and cast molds in the tradition marked by late-nineteenth-century Istanbul’s once rapid modernization. To this day, the stone and plaster embellishments on buildings throughout Istanbul bear not only this storied legacy of craft, but also indelible impressions of the hands that built them, a haunting reminder of the traumatic histories that befell the city’s Armenian population.

    As with many of Rakowitz’s projects, an engagement with questions of craft soon complicates our understanding of the historical forces acting against transmissions of skill and expertise, hinting at the maintenance of tradition as a form of resistance to cultural erasure. Facilitated by the fluid dissemination of knowledge and international inspiration once galvanized by Louis Sullivan’s quest for a new architectural language, Rakowitz claims a modernist lineage of ornamentation to evoke parallel narratives of activist preservation in both Istanbul and Chicago.
  • Call for Paper--Dialectic V

    Dates: 05 May – 01 Jun, 2016
    Call for Papers and Projects DIALECTIC, a refereed journal of the School of Architecture, CA+P, University of Utah Dialectic V: The Figure of Vernacular in Architectural Imagination Deadline: June 1st, 2016 Requirements: Abstract (350 words) Short CV The School of Architecture at the University of Utah has a longstanding commitment to place-based architecture and defining the contours of the illusive concept of the American West. Dialectic V invites contributions that explore the vernacular afresh: as a quantifiable phenomenon, as an analytical category, and as an ethical stance. The editors of the journal welcome new takes on questions including but not limited to the definition, the role, and the challenges of the study of the vernacular. The contemporary emphasis on locality and the creative expression of time-tested know-how of “common folk” comes out of modern and postmodern valorization of cultural plurality. The turn to regionalism in architecture—whether critical or romantic, principled or a cynical tool to brand a place or pedagogy—is intimately wound up with the perception of capitalism and mass media as either suppressing or manipulating disparate cultural identities, local practices, or complex histories. Scholars like Thomas Hubka, Thomas Carter, and Dell Upton have shown connections between modernist and vernacular practices and how they anticipate each other. It should therefore not be surprising that schools like Utah attend to the lived environment of ordinary folk and look askance at the dazzling acrobatics of global starchitects as a naïve continuation of the modernist legacy. This stance produces and reinforces another ideal: a commitment to community engagement. It provides a framework for foregrounding humble but profound projects and modes of practice that give voice to those overlooked by spaces bleached of memory and rationally produced as commodity for glossy magazines and mass tourism. However, the vernacular is not necessarily or inevitably a progressive concept. Tania Li and Jane M. Jacob have demonstrated the use of vernacular and indigenous as cognitive categories by colonial administrators to map territories and classify populations for a myriad of exploitative goals. Well meaning donor agencies like the World Bank in turn, perpetuating the same governmental strategies have deployed these same concepts as heuristic devices for denigrating certain people as bounded groups, fixed “forever in place.” In Germany, a racial lens exalted the thatch roofs of its countryside as a proof of an immutable superior nature of German volk. Later all across the Middle East, the progressive ideal of cultural diversity has been leveraged to erect caricatures of walled cities aimed at self-orientalization and maintaining traditional gender and class inequities. The vernacular is an unstable concept—always vulnerable to reduction and capture as cultural commodity and/or uncritical ideology. What then is the vernacular? Is it foremost an economic entity or a cultural one? Does it refer to a process, language, or an image? Does it signify an object or its background? Is it a heuristic term for “no logo” buildings, or is it a brand and a style in and of itself? Who are the actors involved in the making of the so-called vernacular? What are the different ways it has been instrumentalized in design practice and policy decisions—for example by framing insights into native landscape intelligence and responses to climate? Or does vernacular simply stand in for a life style—growing, building, and buying, local—whether as principle or fashion. Is it related to the ‘greening’ of commerce and consumption? Or is it a futile, perhaps reactionary resistance to the elision of place and place-based practices by globalized circulation of goods, ideas, people, and materials? These questions highlight the vernacular as an active and multifaceted term. We would entertain papers or projects that ask: What is the value of marking the boundary between design produced according to disciplinary and extra-disciplinary criteria? What about architects like Hasan Fathi “reproducing” vernacular and his followers perpetuating the approach? We would welcome proposals to document the Disneyfied use of the vernacular works in current tourism economies? How has a strategic deployment of vernacular studies in the history and theory of architecture operated? How could it? What does it mean to activate the distinction between pedigree and non-pedigree architecture today? Do the tacit structures of software and computation imply a digital vernacular? What is the vernacular of 20th century? Is it constituted by the low cost trailers offered by HUD in the United States and other agencies in different parts of the world or does the stick-frame American suburb qualify, and what does this say about how the vernacular is classed? Are ubiquity and absence of a professional architect all that are required, or is a specific depth of history required? If so, what does this do to the association of vernacular with the voices from below? 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, book, journal, exhibition and new media reviews. Please send abstracts of 350 words and short CVs to Shundana Yusaf and Ole Fischer by June 1, 2016. Accepted authors will be notified by June 15th. Photo essays with 6-8 images, creative comment, art-work, and full papers of 2500-3500 words must be submitted by August 15, 2016, (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 September 2017. //////////////////// DIALECTIC a refereed journal of the School of Architecture, CA+P, University of Utah ISSN: 2333-5440 (print) ISSN: 2333-5459 (electronic)
  • Wright This Way

    Portland | Dates: 12 – 12 May, 2016
    Kohler Company, Ann Sacks Tile & Stone, Design Within Reach, and Gordon House Conservancy have teamed up to bring you an educational presentation connecting current housing concerns with Frank Lloyd Wright's designs for small houses.  Wright's efforts after the Great Depression can be applied to the housing crisis of today.

    Keynote speaker, Dale Gyure, noted Wright scholar from Lawrence Technological University, will speak on Usonian Design and affordable housing.  Gyure’s talk will be followed by a panel discussion on affordable housing here in the Portland region.  He will relate the art and architecture of Wright’s Usonian ideals to local current real world issues.

    Sarah Zahn (Gerding Edlen Development), Eli Spevak (Portland Planning Commission and Orange Splot), and Diane Linn (Executive Director of Proud Ground) will join this important discussion.

    Refreshments, networking, and a surprise drawing will help you wind down at the end of the week.  Pay $50 per ticket, special student tickets for $10 with ID, extra special new professional tickets for $25.  For more information call 503.874.6006.  Make early reservations and payment by Saturday, May 7, to get two extra drawing tickets.
  • The Eye's Mind: Visual Imagination, Neuroscience and the Humanities

    Norwich | Dates: 21 – 22 May, 2016
    The visual imagination is one of the most powerful human capacities.
    It plays a vital role in art and literature, religion and science, and has been studied and celebrated by artists, writers, philosophers, psychologists, and, now, neuroscientists.
    The event, which is the culmination of the AHRC-funded research project, ‘The Eye’s Mind’, will bring together leaders in all these fields to shape a new and more integrated understanding of this mysterious mental resource.

    Keynote speakers include:
    Paul Broks (psychology), John Onians (art history),
    Joel Pearson (neuroscience), Michael Tye (philosophy)
    and Adam Zeman (neurology)
  • CFP: Domestic Space in France and Belgium (Belfast, 16-17 Sep 2016)

    Belfast | Dates: 29 Apr – 31 May, 2016
    Domestic Space in France and Belgium: Art, Literature and Design

    Modernity in many respects is exemplified through the development of the domestic interior in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, which was characterized by an evolving relationship between public and private, a progressive relationship with technology, an embracing of the mass media and the marketplace and a new prioritisation of individualism and interiority. Despite its centrality to the history of modernity, it is only in the last decade or so that the domestic interior has begun to be the subject of a body of criticism largely thanks to the work of cultural and design historians such as Hilde Heynen, Anne Massey, and Penny Sparke. These critics have emphasised the need for modern interior to be positioned in a multidisciplinary context in order to allow its rich history to become visible. This conference seeks to bring together specialists from a wide range of areas, including art history, literature, French studies, cultural geography, the history of design and gender studies to discuss the conceptualisation and representation of the domestic interior.  It aims to bring together speakers from different backgrounds in the humanities and social sciences and draw on a variety of disciplinary tools and methodologies. Submissions for 20-minute papers or panels (of 3 people) are invited across a wide range of topics, including but not limited to:

    Art Nouveau
    Apartment Living
    Interiority as a dimension of space
    Materials of Modernity
    The Literary Salon
    Space and Identity
    Gendered spaces
    Workspace/home space
    Linguistic landscapes
    Domestic Conflict
    Representing Rooms
    Interior Designers
    In-between spaces
    Domestic Objects
    Liminal spaces
    Public and private
    Cultural crossroads
    Home as Microcosm
    Shared spaces

    Keynote Speakers:

    Professor Anne Green, King’s College, London Professor Hilde Heynen, KU Leuven Dr Janet McLean, National Gallery of Ireland Submissions should be sent to by 31st of May 2016

    *A selection of papers will be published with an International Press and a special issue of a Peer-Reviewed Journal.
  • Biographies & the Production of Space (Stuttgart, 19-21 May 16)

    Stuttgart | Dates: 19 – 21 May, 2016

    Akademie Schloss Solitude, May 19 - 21, 2016 Registration deadline: May 13, 2016

    Geographies are intense zones of human action and interaction – from market places to migration, and homes to cyber communities. Spaces are not simply containers within which people live and work; spaces are a product of human lives and the actions that take place in those spaces. 

    Exploring the relationship between the physical armature of a place and the larger sphere of political and cultural action and production is something that this theme proposes to engage with. In this exploration, we propose to engage with biographies – the vectored lives of people and things. Biographies are complex journeys of individuals within multiple lives and spaces. The biography is proposed as a means to exploring the culture of spaces and the sciences of its production.

    Biographies could be »channels of communication by means of which subjectivity and facticity engage in a constant nervous process of dialogue.« [1]

    Places and geographies are active zones of politics and cultural processes and it is in the attempt to understand the complexity of what makes a place that we propose to work with the lives of people and objects that are part of these places – their structure, their composition, their occupation, and their journeys. What is the relationship between life and places, politics and spaces in the everyday lives of people and their societies, their objects and their stories?
  • CFP: Object Lessons and Nature Tables (Reading, 23 Sep 16)

    Reading | Dates: 28 Apr – 15 Jun, 2016
    University of Reading, September 23, 2016
    Deadline: Jun 15, 2016

    Object Lessons and Nature Tables: Research Collaborations Between Historians of Science and University Museums

    With the 'material turn' in the humanities, historians of science are paying greater and greater attention to collections of all kinds, and to their complex structures and histories. University museum collections in the UK and across Europe form a singular meeting point in humanities discourses for which history of science is highly significant – such as environmental history, histories of colonialism, and information histories.

    What exactly does this new landscape of university researchers and their science collections look like now? How do we approach the material culture of science? What are the research projects taking place in this arena, and what is its future potential? How do collaborations between curators and historians of science function – especially inside university contexts? What are the examples of innovative research conjoining university collections and historians of science? When do teaching and research in history of science come together in collections contexts? What public histories of science are being co-produced in university- based science museums? These epistemological and practice-based questions will be the focus of this one-day conference co-sponsored by the Centre for Collections Based Research and the Department of History of the University of Reading, and supported by the British Society for the History of Science.

    This conference hopes to attract historians of science of all fields and career levels, from doctoral students including CDAs through to early career researchers and senior figures, as well as curators, archivists, collections managers and research funders. The conference addresses both methods and findings, and will therefore have both formal papers in panel structures and presentations of actual collections objects.

    We are soliciting proposals for conference participation in the form of conventional papers (15 – 30 minutes) and also proposals for 'object animations' (20 minutes).

    Object animations will involve the presentation of actual collection objects, demonstrating just what incisive and relevant work can be done with material culture investigations in the history of science. 
    Proposals will be selected through a peer review process.

    The 'object animations' participants will be offered flexible support to enable their participation. This will include the option of arriving the night before as a guest of the conference in order to facilitate couriering of objects, as well as the assurance that the conference venue (Special Collections/Museum of English Rural Life, University of
    Reading) is a collection-secure area. We will also provide appropriate AV technologies (object camera with overhead data projection) for demonstrating objects close-up.

    Proposals of up to 750 words (and images of objects) are solicited in the following suggested areas and beyond:

    - practices and methods of material culture in history of science
    - history of science research projects in university collections: 
    practices, processes, experiences and outcomes
    - university scientific museums as arenas for the public history of science and for history of science impact joint appointments, curatorships and embedded research in history of science and university museum collections
    - Collaborative Doctoral Awards in history of science and collections
    - university museums as training grounds for new practices in history of science

    Please send your proposal by 15/06 to the co-convenors of the

    Dr Martha Fleming, Programme Director, Centre for Collections-Based Research, University of Reading : Dr Rohan Deb Roy, Lecturer in South Asian History, Department of History, University of Reading :

    The conference will be preceded by an optional afternoon on the previous day (22/09) during which collections visits to the University of Reading's Herbarium, Geology Collections, and the Cole Museum of Zoology will be possible.  Please note that this conference will take place concurrently with the University Museums Group 2016 Conference at University of Reading, and that there will be opportunities for synergy between the two events. Thanks to the generosity of the British Society for the History of Science, a number of stipends will be available to enable the participation of students.
  • The Human in Architecture and Philosophy: Towards an Architectural Anthropology

    Bamberg | Dates: 20 – 23 Jul, 2016
    Human beings normally live in buildings – structures built specifically for this function. This raises interesting questions. Why do we build dwellings (such as the ones we do)? And for whom do architects build houses? These questions view the same phenomenon from two different perspectives: architecture can tell us something about the human condition (in general or in a particular culture) and we can derive insights about architecture from our understanding of human beings.

    This topic is inspired by two observations and two related questions:

    1) Many architects, contemporary and historical, claim to focus on the needs of human beings. The resulting architecture, however, often does not meet the needs and desires of the people who live there. For whom should architecture actually build?

    2) Architecture, traditionally, has played a negligible role in our philosophical understanding of human beings (as also for our sociological, psychological, and other anthropological analyses). Although it has always been generally acknowledged that human beings need built dwelling places, more careful analysis of this need is surely necessary. What does it say about human beings that they depend upon the buildings they construct for their own habitation?

    These observations point to a deficit both in philosophical analysis and in the practical application of philosophy of architecture. A more systematic analysis of both areas could contribute to a better understanding of human beings and to future architectural endeavour better satisfying the needs and wishes of human beings.

    The 3rd ISPA International Conference seeks to answers these questions (and to pose some new ones) by bringing together architecture and philosophy with a variety of other disciplines such as sociology, anthropology, civil engineering, design, law, and psychology.
  • CFP: The Genesis of a Window: Methods, Preparations and Problems of Stained Glass Manufacture (York, 26-27 May 16)

    York | Dates: 28 Apr – 08 May, 2016
    University of York, King's Manor, May 26 - 27, 2016
    Deadline: May 8, 2016

    The University of York
    Stained Glass Research School
    PhD Summer Symposium
    Call for Papers

    The Genesis of a Window: 
    Methods, Preparations and Problems of Stained Glass Manufacture

    Thursday 26th - Friday 27th May 2016, King's Manor, York

    The University of York’s Stained Glass Research School will be hosting its annual PhD conference on 26th and 27th May 2016. From the early medieval period stained glass design and manufacture has evolved and reacted to changing tastes, styles and technological advances. The conception and creation of stained glass windows are influenced by factors as diverse as their architectural settings, pictorial and textual sources, and the politics of their patrons and custodians.

    Proposals are invited for papers presenting research into any aspects of stained glass design and creation from the  development of iconographic and structural design, to production methods and craftsmanship.

    Please send proposals for 20 minute papers (no more than 300 words, including title and name of corresponding author) to Katie Harrison
    ( and Oliver Fearon ( by Sunday 8th May.
  • CFP: Lanes and Neighbourhoods in Cities in Asia (Singapore, 30 Jun-1 Jul 16)

    Singapore | Dates: 28 – 30 Apr, 2016
    This conference is jointly organised by the Asian Urbanisms Cluster at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, and the International Institute of Asian Studies (IIAS), The Netherlands.

    The purpose of this conference is to focus attention on the concept and social meanings of one of the smallest social spheres of the city, the neighbourhood.  The immediacy of this topic can be found in recent urban research positing that the neighbourhood is at substantial risk of fading into history as global mega-projects with vast footprints, master plans, and large-scale privatization of urban space are “kill[ing] much of the urban tissue” of smaller urban spaces (Sassen, 2016:1). These are the place-based geographies of the city that have long provided for cosmopolitan diversity and in which marginalized populations are able to assert their agency in city-making. Pursuing the “art of being global” (Roy and Ong, 2011), cities in Asia fall more and more within what can be called an “urbanism of projects” (Goldblum, 2015: 374), leading to a rupture with their historic organic urban growth. In that context, iconic buildings are given priority over urban texture:  “While the pieces of cities are occasionally spectacular, the parts do not add up to anything larger nor do they contribute to the extended setting” (Chow, 2015: 4). The urbanism of projects also acknowledges the primacy of a “super urban network” over local urban territories, opening the way for a “splintering urbanism” (Graham and Marvin, 2001). Once low rise and organic, cities in Asia have engaged into a verticalization process in a functionalist perspective, especially in new urbanized areas flourishing at its edge. These steady transformations affect social cohesion and lead to re-compositions of the historical and structuring forms of lanes and neighbourhoods.

    The richness of the highly polysemous notion of “neighbourhood” is linked with its reference both to built and social environments. It corresponds to the smallest social unit for urban place-making, a dimension that John Friedmann synthesizes as “a small urban space that is cherished by the people who inhabit it (2009: 5). This universal definition focuses on three main criteria: its small scale, its inhabited dimension and its local attachment and appropriations by local communities. It can be seen both as an intimate place of social encounters and a field of expression of social forces, which is practiced – and thus performed – on a daily basis (Lefebvre, 1991). As such, appropriated lanes and neighbourhoods generate local centralities in the city they belong to.

    The conference seeks to reflect on the specificity of the socio-spatial production – and its current evolutions – of neighbourhoods in the Asian context. Theoretically, the objective is to question the everyday nature of the urbanisation process, from the specific perspective of cities in Asia, historically characterized by the “smallness” of their plots division and the richness of lanes’ appropriations, both of them leading to a specific sense of local territoriality. Beyond this theoretical frame, the conference seeks to broaden the debate from a civil society perspective and to engage the discussion with locally rooted activism experiences, working on “reclaiming [the] cities neighbourhood by neighbourhoods” (Friedmann, 2009). In doing so, we are eager to revalue the productions of everyday urbanism and to decipher the richness of local urban and social fabrics from historical as well as contemporary perspectives.   

    Focusing on an in-depth exploration of neighbourhood formations in city-making, the conference will address the following three lines of inquiry. We encourage papers and narratives that engage with one or several of the following themes.

    1. Questioning Neighbourhood “production of space” (Lefebvre, 1991) in cities in Asia
    • In historicising the notions of neighbourhoods in Asia and contextualizing palimpsest games in the “neighbourhood-making” process, how can we identify and decipher the meanings of various morphological patterns of neighbourhoods in Asia?
    • How can we report and theorize the interactions between urban networks (e.g., lanes) and neighbourhoods as territories in cities in Asia?
    • What can we learn from comparative reflections on the various “back-alley neighbourhoods” in cities in Asia through history?
    • How does the concept of neighbourhood relate to such terms as slum, squatter settlement, kampung, informal settlement?

    2. Everyday Urbanism
    • Does the formation of neighbourhoods offer possibilities for radical citizenships? How can the dwellers potentially “reclaim their city, neighbourhood by neighbourhood” (Friedmann, 2009)?
    • Can we conceptualize local forms of resilience to ecological, political and economical challenges at the scale of the neighbourhood?
    • How are neighbourhoods managed and governed within themselves and in the context of higher levels of government?
    • How are neighbourhood identities formed, contested, and projected beyond the neighbourhood through media, literature, art, theatre or other practices?

    3. Neighbourhoods as sites of resistance and alternative city-making
    • What happens to the idea of “neighbourhood” in super-scale urban projects such as gated housing enclaves, smart cities, eco-cities or similar corporate production of urban space (Tedong and al, 2014)?
    • How can threatened neighbourhoods effectively respond to processes of gentrification and/or corporatization of urban space?
    • In an era in which tourism and cultural economy are put forth as ways to boost urban economies, can heritage or historical preservation be used as an effective platform for countering the dissolution of neighbourhoods as life-spaces (Friedmann, 1988)?
    • What are the tools for action that neighbourhoods under siege innovate to create alternatives to the emergent super-scale functional city of consumption?

    Paper proposals should include a title, an abstract (250 words maximum) and a brief personal biography of 150 words for submission by 30 April 2016. Please send all proposals in word document to Successful applicants will be notified by 15 May 2016 and will be required to send in a completed draft paper (5,000-8,000 words) by 20 June 2016.

    Dr Marie Gibert
    Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
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    Prof Mike Douglass
    Asia Research Institute, and Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
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    Dr Philippe Peycam
    International Institute of Asian Studies (IIAS), The Netherlands
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    Ms Sharon Ong
    Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
    E |,sg

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    Sharon ONG 
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