Recent Opportunities

  • "The Structure: Works of Mahendra Raj" Book Launch

    New York | Dates: 26 – 26 Oct, 2016
    Please join Martino Stierli, the Department of Architecture and Design, and MoMA's C-MAP Asia Group in welcoming the prominent structural engineer Mahendra Raj to The Museum of Modern Art to celebrate the new publication, The Structure: Works of Mahendra Raj, edited by Vandini Mehta, Rohit Raj Mehndiratta, and Ariel Huber. 

    Mahendra Raj will lead a discussion on his body of work in India and early projects in the United States. Books will be available for signing and purchase.
    Wednesday, October 26
    6:30 - 8:00 PM
    Museum of Modern Art Library
    Cullman Education and Research Building
    4 West 54th Street

    Please RSVP to and see publication details below.

    The Structure (Park Books, 2016) explores the work of Mahendra Raj, India’s most significant structural engineer. Examining Raj’s sixty prolific years of practice, this volume looks at his unusually inventive and intuitive work and how he has offered pioneering engineering solutions for buildings in exposed concrete. As this book shows, many of his structures can be seen as monuments narrating the history of architecture in post-independence India.

    The Structure features twenty-eight of Mahendra Raj’s buildings in detail through rich photographs and color reproductions of archival plans. Essays are contributed by Raj himself and by the architects Neelkanth Chhaya and Jaimini Mehta. Also included are interviews with Raj by the architect Sanjay Prakash and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, a conversation with the architect BV Doshi, as well as an illustrated complete list of Raj’s works.

    Mahendra Raj (b. 1924 in Lahore, India) received his degree in Lahore and worked as a junior engineer for the Punjab Public Works Department, where he helped realize two of Le Corbusier’s central buildings in Chandigarh, the Secretariat and the High Court. After completing his Master of Engineering at the University of Minnesota, he worked in the office of Ammann & Whitney in New York, assisting with a portfolio of cutting-edge structures like Eero Saarinen’s TWA Building. In 1960, Raj returned to India and started his own practice, where he collaborated with some of the finest architects working in India at the time – Charles Correa, Balkrishna Doshi, Raj Rewal, Achyut Kanvinde, Joseph Allen Stein, and Louis Kahn – and completed an oeuvre of structures that helped define the architectural language of modern India.
  • CFP: A Panel on Inter and Transdisciplinary Relationships in Architecture (Athens, 3-6 Jul 17)

    Athens | Dates: 21 Oct – 05 Dec, 2016
    A Panel on Inter and Transdisciplinary Relationships in Architecture
    as part of the 7th Annual International Conference on Architecture
    3-6 July 2017, Athens, Greece
    sponsored by the Athens Journal of Architecture

    The Architecture Research Unit of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) organizes A Panel on Inter and Transdisciplinary Relationships in Architecture, 3-6 July, 2017 as part of  the 7th Annual International Conference on Architecture sponsored by the Athens Journal of Architecture.

    The aim of the conference is to bring together academics and researchers from all areas of Architecture’s Inter And Trans Interdisciplinary Relationships, Architecture and Music, Architecture and Mathematics, Architecture and the Arts, Architecture and Cinema, Architecture and Cosmology, Architecture and Science, Architecture and Philosophy, Harmony in Architecture, Harmonic Proportion, Architectural Concepts such us: Space, Time, Harmony, Proportion, Notation, Representation, Presentation, Perception, Rhythm, Design, Composition.

    Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of social events will be organized: A Greek night of entertainment with dinner, a special one-day cruise to selected Greek islands, an archaeological tour of Athens and a one-day visit to Delphi. Details of the social program are available here.

    Fee structure information is available on

    Please submit a 300-word abstract before 5 December 2016, by email, to, Dr. Clara Germana Gonçalves, Academic Member, ATINER, Researcher at CITAD, Lusíada University, Lisbon, Portugal and Assistant Professor at Faculty of Architecture, University of Lisbon. Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions will be reached within four weeks of your submission. Please use the abstract submitting form.

    If your submission is accepted, you will receive information on registration deadlines and paper submission requirements. Should you wish to participate in the Conference without presenting a paper, for example, to chair a session, to evaluate papers which are to be included in the conference proceedings or books, to contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER & Honorary Professor, University of Stirling, UK (

    The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) was established in 1995 as an independent world association of Academics and Researchers. Its mission is to act as a forum where Academics and Researchers from all over the world can meet in Athens, in order to exchange ideas on their research, and to discuss future developments in their disciplines.

    The organizing and hosting of International Conferences and Symposiums, the carrying out of Research, and the production of Publications are the basic activities of ATINER.  Since 1995, ATINER has organized more than 400 International Conferences and other events, and has published close to 200 books. In 2012, the Association launched a series of conference paper publications (click here), and at the beginning of 2014, it introduced its own series of Journals (click here).

    Academically, the Association is organized into seven Research Divisions and thirty-nine Research Units.  Each Research Unit organizes at least an Annual International Conference, and may also undertake various small and large research projects.

    Academics and Researchers are more than welcome to become members and to contribute to ATINER’s objectives. If you would like to become a member, please download the relevant form (membership form). For more information on how to become a member, please send an email to:
  • Spiros Zournazis Memorial Fellowship

    Canberra | Dates: 21 Oct – 11 Dec, 2016
    The Spiros Zournazis Memorial Fellowship supports research into the Australian War Memorial’s extensive art collection by early career scholars. The Fellowship is open to honours or postgraduate students undertaking a thesis as part of their degree, or those who have completed a PhD, Mphil or MA since January 2014. Fellows are free to determine their own course of research provided it focuses primarily on the Memorial’s art collection. Scholars working in the fields of art history, cultural studies, museology, sociology and related disciplines may apply. Research projects that demonstrate methodological innovation will be considered favourably.

    The Fellowship is four weeks in duration and the recipient will be awarded return airfares to Canberra (from within Australia), accommodation in a studio apartment at the Gorman Arts Centre and a stipend of $2000 to cover other expenses. The Fellowship also includes a study space with desk, phone and computer facilities within the Memorial’s Art department and full access to the art collection and archive. Fellows will be supported by Memorial curators and the Head of Art, and will have the opportunity to consult with Dr. Mary Zournazi, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of NSW, filmmaker and a specialist in global war and peace studies, during the Fellowship period.

    The Fellowship is funded through a generous bequest to the Australian War Memorial by Spiros Zournazis.
  • CFP: Fabrications: JSAHANZ, "Way Out Down Under"

    Dates: 21 Oct, 2016 – 14 Mar, 2017
    Fabrications: JSAHANZ invites papers for the forthcoming issue (Vol.27, No.3), titled ?Way Out Down Under?, guest edited by Lee Stickells. Papers are due by 14 March 2017.

    Historical understanding of the complexities and legacies of the 1960s and 1970s counterculture has been significantly enriched in the last decade or so. Familiar narratives of the birth, flourishing and decline of a na?ve, failed, utopian hippie ?dream? have been rethought. Instead, the counterculture?s longer influence on the development of contemporary environmentalism, lifestyle branding, business thinking and cyberculture has been recognised. A more detailed picture of an international, or transnational, counterculture that extended to South America, Asia and Eastern Europe, with distinctive manifestations, has also emerged.

    The expanded countercultural history of the last two decades has also reconsidered the intertwining of architecture and the counterculture. While visions of psychedelically painted geodesic domes are imprinted on popular memory, the substance behind that clich?d image is that new modes of building and dwelling were understood as critical to materialising alternative social forms. There is a growing body of scholarship in architectural history that has sought more nuanced understandings of the ways in which countercultural challenges to existing society affected the discipline?s knowledge base, pedagogical structures, and its representational and practice forms.

    This issue of Fabrications invites contributions that add to the scholarship on countercultural ideals and practices explored outside their traditional geographic imaginary, particularly in Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and South-East Asian regions. It anticipates papers that extend historical understanding of the diverse set of experimental and subversive architectural projects, conceptual work, pedagogical initiatives, exhibitions and publications that can be connected to the countercultural radicalism of the 1960s and 1970s. While American, particularly West Coast, spatial practices were highly influential, they were never absorbed wholesale, but rather as a mediation between the local and the global. For this issue, we welcome submissions that explore the translation of concepts, attitudes and practices ? the sustained experimentation in new temporal localities, and local adaption.

    Questions to be explored might include: How did local cultural legacies inform countercultural architecture? What was the role of countercultural experimentation in defining and popularizing ecological ideals in architecture? How was fascination with South and East Asian spirituality manifested in counterculture environments? What were the dynamics of cultural transfer between radical and mainstream architecture practices? What role did alternative publishing networks play? How was spatial production important to an urban politics of occupation and creative transformation? How might methodological and disciplinary innovations reconfigure narratives about countercultural architecture, its heritage structures, and its cultural outcomes?

    Guidelines for Authors

    Papers should be submitted online at<> by the due date identified above.

    The Editors consider essays of 6000 to 9000 words (including endnotes). Papers should be submitted as Word documents with an abstract (200 words) at the beginning of the paper.  Abstracts are published at the beginning of papers. Please provide images and image captions with the paper.

    All papers published in Fabrications are blind peer-refereed by two readers.

    Instructions for authors can be found on the journal homepage<>.

    Proposals for reports or for reviews of books, exhibitions and other events of interest to the membership of SAHANZ can be made to the editors, Stuart King [<>] and Anoma Pieris [<>].
  • Saving a Legacy: Minoru Yamasaki

    Bloomfield Hills | Dates: 23 – 23 Oct, 2016
    Michigan Modern will present an afternoon of lectures at the Cranbrook Art Museum on Minoru Yamasaki's architecture and its preservation as part of the Preserving Michigan Modern series. Speakers lineup: Dale Allen Gyure, Professor of Architecture, Lawrence Technological University -- "Serenity and Delight: The Architectural Humanism of Yamasaki." Mark Harvey, State Archivist, Archives of Michigan -- "Preserving the Yamasaki & Associates Office Records." Richard Hess, Senior Associate, Quinn Evans Architects -- "Restoring the Yamasaki Pools, McGregor Memorial Conference Center, Wayne State University."
  • Kenneth Breisch lecture - Bertram Goodue and Irving Gill (Santa Barbara, CA) Nov 3

    Santa Barbara | Dates: 03 – 03 Nov, 2016
    5:30pm reception; 6:00pm lecture @ the Art Design & Architecture Museum, UC Santa Barbara. Free Bertram Goodhue and Irving Gill: the Panama California Exhibition and the Los Angeles Public Library
  • 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial: Are We Human?

    Istanbul | Dates: 22 Oct – 20 Nov, 2016
    The biennial will present more than 70 projects from 5 continents by designers, architects, artists, theorists, choreographers, filmmakers, historians, archaeologists, scientists, labs, centres, institutes and NGOs in 5 main venues; Galata Greek Primary School, Studio-X Istanbul, Depo, Alt Art Space and Istanbul Archaeological Museums. In addition to the projects of this core multidisciplinary group, the work of a dense array of international writers, video makers and designer researchers will be presented in the same venues and online to stimulate a new kind of conversation about design. The 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial will explore the intimate relationship between “design” and “human” over a time period that spans from the last 2 seconds to the last 200,000 years. Aimed at rethinking design for an age in which design has gone viral, the biennial is organised in 4 overlapping “clouds” of projects: Designing the Body, Designing the Planet, Designing Life, and Designing Time. Designing the Body explores all the different ways in which the human body itself is a highly unstable artefact that is continually reconstructed, from the unique way our hands work to the latest research on the brain. Every dimension of the human is continuously adjusted, augmented or replaced. Designing the Planet asks us to rethink the human design of vast territories and ecologies. The human radiates design in all directions and encrusts the planet in layer upon layer of artifacts as a kind of geology. Designing Life looks at the new forms of mechanical, electronic and biological life that are being crafted. A fusion of machines, organisms, computation, and genetics is moving from the laboratory into everyday life, the land, the air, and the oceans. Designing Time presents a unique archaeology ranging from the deep time of the very first human tools and ornaments to the ways in which social media allows humans to redesign themselves and their artefacts in as little as 2 seconds. An Open Call for two-minute videos produced 146 videos from more than 37 countries. The Superhumanity collaboration of the curators with Anton Vidokle and Nikolaus Hirsch of e-flux commissioned more than 50 writers to discuss “self-design” in a series of online dispatches. The biennial also initiated Turkey Design Chronology by Curious Assembly, 50 experts doing a major research into all dimensions of design in Turkey over the last 200 years. For further details: - For high-resolution images: To follow Istanbul Design Biennial on social media: Snapchat: tasarimbienali #arewehuman / #bizinsanmiyiz / #istanbultasarimbienali / #istanbuldesignbiennial
  • Framing Nature

    Greenwich | Dates: 21 Oct – 23 Nov, 2016
    CFP: Framing Nature (Greenwich, CT; March 5, 2017) Abstract Deadline: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 The Bruce Museum welcomes submissions for its third annual graduate student symposium, which is being organized in conjunction with a monographic traveling exhibition, Alfred Sisley (1839-1899): Impressionist Master (on view January 21—May 21, 2017). Alfred Sisley is one of the first Impressionist artists to dedicate his attention almost entirely to the landscape and the environment. Often secluded in rural France, Sisley’s landscape paintings represent, as Richard Shone has observed, “A seemingly effortless lyricism underpinned by an understanding of formal architecture.” In-keeping with the period, Sisley’s work also displays an interest in scientific investigation as he rendered exacting visual displays of meteorological events – rain, snow, fog – on his canvases. Following the Bruce Museum’s mission for interdisciplinary research in both art and science, this conference is meant to engage the multifaceted ways that artists and architects frame nature in their work. Papers focusing on the environment, both natural and built, and the practice of scientific observation and empiricism are welcome for this one day conference. Potential approaches to this topic include, but are not limited to: • Impressionism and the modern landscape • Representations of the environment (suburban, urban, and garden) as a nexus for creative activity • Exchanges between artists, architects, and meteorological science • The entwined disciplines of art and science in the representation or study of Nature • Aesthetic responses to ideas of the fleeting or transitory effects of weather on the environment • Landscape as a place for mobility and exchange - migration, pilgrimage, exploration, tourism • Gendered, racial, or social issues in relation to urban or suburban change • Moral or symbolic representations associated with environmental and societal change Graduate students selected to participate in this symposium will be invited to present 20-minute papers, which will be followed by a discussion moderated by Dr. James Rubin, Professor of Art History at SUNY Stony Brook. All invited speakers will receive an honorarium for participating. Please submit an abstract (maximum 250 words) for a twenty-minute paper and a one-page CV as a single PDF by 5:00PM on Wednesday, November 23, 2016. Participants will be notified in early December of the committee’s decision. Completed papers must be submitted by January 25, 2017. All questions and materials may be submitted to Courtney Long, Ph.D. at
  • The Future of Historic House Museums

    Chicago | Dates: 20 – 20 Oct, 2016
    Thursday October 20
    12:15 - 1:00pm

    Free admission.
    No reservations required.

    Roosevelt University
    Murray-Green Library 
    430 S. Michigan Ave
    (10th Floor)
    Chicago, IL 60605

    Landmarks Illinois president Bonnie McDonald will lead this panel discussion exploring how historic house museums can remain relevant and sustainable in the 21st century and how they contribute to the broader trends in historic preservation.  Panelists include William Tyre (Glessner House Museum), Todd Palmer (National Public Housing Museum), Lise Dube-Scherr (Driehaus Museum), and Jennifer Scott (Jane Addams Hull-House Museum).
  • Preservation Pays

    Chicago | Dates: 18 – 18 Oct, 2016
    Tuesday October 18, 2016 from 7:00 - 8:00pm
    $10 per person / $8 members (with code)

    Historic preservation enhances communities and lifts the spirit, but it also rewards those committed to rehabbing historic buildings. Landmarking provides entree into Historic Tax Credits and Illinois' Property Tax Assessment Freeze Program. Economic incentives like these ensure a sensitive project and  long life for our treasured historic buildings.

    Architectural historian Susan Benjamin will present a program featuring tax projects for buildings by Chicago's stellar architects--Charles Frost, David Adler, Edward Dart and numerous others. Several have received the coveted Driehaus Award. Susan has landmarked these properties and helped owners receive well-deserved tax incentives for their efforts.
  • CFP: At Close Quarters (York, 3 Mar 17)

    York | Dates: 13 Oct – 09 Dec, 2016
    University of York, York, March 3, 2017
    Deadline: Dec 9, 2016

    Call for Papers
    'At Close Quarters: Experiencing the Domestic c.1400-1600'

    Friday 3rd March 2017
    Humanities Research Centre, University of York

    This interdisciplinary conference invites papers on aspects of the domestic interior in the late-medieval and early modern world. Building on current research into the architecture and objects that shaped the experience of the pre-modern household, we examine the nooks and crannies of domestic life and its various manifestations, through interaction with art, objects, literature, music and thought.

    With a keynote lecture delivered by Dr. Tara Hamling (University of
    Birmingham) and Dr. Katherine Richardson (University of Kent) based on their forthcoming book A Day at Home in Early Modern England: The Materiality of Domestic Life, 1500-1700, the conference aims to question, examine and explore the significance of domestic encounters ‘at close quarters’.

    Topics can include, but are not limited to:

    - theoretical approaches to domesticity
    - the experience of domestic art, architecture and decoration
    - literary constructions of domesticity
    - musical landscapes and practices within houses
    - domestic ritual, customs and manners, policing of space
    - strategies of display: coats of arms, allegories
    - lineage, procreation, regeneration
    - religious practices and domesticity
    - gender, sexuality, class identities
    - domestic animals, food, hunting
    - lesser examined spaces such as kitchens and pantries.

    Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to  Maria-Anna Aristova
    ( and Oliver Fearon ( by Friday 9th December.
  • Modernisms Still Left on the Doorstep

    Oslo | Dates: 18 – 18 Nov, 2016
    Munch Museum, Tøyengata 53, 0578 Oslo, Norway, November 18, 2016
    Registration deadline: Nov 18, 2016

    Modernisms Still Left on the Doorstep
    The Munch, Modernism, and Modernity Conference 2016

    The conference's aim is to analyze the problem of "universality" vs. 
    the specificity of traditions of modernism; national, regional, and 
    epistemological. The metaphor of the doorstep is adapted to consider 
    the range of expressions and experiments, productions, careers, 
    policies, and conduits that formed networks of what was, and is now 
    considered, to be "modern". As in past years, Edvard Munch will be 
    placed within a broader field of production and reception, considering 
    who and what was written into histories of "the modern".

    Taken together, the papers query the meaning of local modernisms, 
    primarily in Central Europe and the Nordic Countries.  Speakers 
    consider issues of materiality, iconography, and nationalist discourses.
    Richard Shiff (University of Texas, Austin) will deliver the keynote 

    Open to the public, registration required (fee 200 NOK/100 NOK 
  • Glorifying the City in Counter-Reformation Italy: Girolamo Righettino Rediscovered

    Washington | Dates: 09 – 09 Nov, 2016
    Girolamo Righettino is a fascinating character largely forgotten by modern historians. A theologian and a Lateran canon, he lived in Venice in the mid-sixteenth century, where, for his own amusement, he started to draw city views with elaborate ornaments and learned allegories. These extraordinary drawings were compared at the time to examples by celebrated mapmakers Abraham Ortelius and Gerard Mercator. Newly discovered documents give us important insights into the only surviving work that he executed: the view of the city of Turin (1583), preserved in the city’s State Archive. Situated within his religious and political milieu, Righettino appears not only as a dilettante draftsman but also as a deft diplomat who used his skills to serve his religious order and his Venetian patrons. His city views constitute an important case study that demonstrates the intricate relationships among religious and territorial power, politics and urban space, and allegory and topography in Counter-Reformation Italy.

    Denis Ribouillault is an associate professor in early modern art history and the graduate program director at the University of Montreal, Canada, specializing in cultural landscape, garden studies, and cartography. He received his PhD from Pantheon-Sorbonne University in Paris in 2006 under the direction of Philippe Morel, and taught at Pantheon-Sorbonne and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London (2006–2008) before moving to Canada. He was the Florence J. Gould Fellow at Villa I Tatti in Florence in 2008–2009 and received another residential grant at the French Academy in Rome.

    Ribouillault was a summer fellow at Dumbarton Oaks in 2003, and he participated in the 2007 symposium “Recent Issues in Italian Garden Studies: Sources, Methods, and Theoretical Perspectives,” organized by Michel Conan. His monograph on Roman villas and gardens, Rome en ses jardins. Paysage et pouvoir au XVIe siècle, was published in 2013; he has also coedited two volumes: Sacred Landscape. Landscape as Visual Exegesis in Early Modern Europe (2011, with Michel Weemans) and De la peinture au jardin (2016, with Hervé Brunon). His current projects focus on scientific culture in the gardens of early modern Rome, the figure of the draftsman in the landscape in early modern art, and the history of the urban landscape, especially city views.
  • Opportunity Space Design-Build Competition

    Malmö | Dates: 13 Oct – 18 Nov, 2016
    Opportunity Space is an international design-build competition challenging multidisciplinary teams to propose a temporary, mobile structure in an effort to support economic opportunity and social inclusion. Its first edition will take place in Malmö, Sweden.

    The winning team will receive a $10,000 prize, a travel stipend, and up to $25,000 to implement a prototype of its proposal in and around Malmö’s Enskifteshagen Park. The competition is organised by Van Alen Institute in cooperation with the City of Malmö, White Arkitekter, Architects Sweden and Individuell Människohjälp.

    ‘Opportunity Space’ is the first in a new Van Alen Institute series of Flash Competitions: challenges that bring together multidisciplinary teams of designers and other experts for short, intense projects in cities around the world to take on urgent societal issues through design. White is proud to be part of this collaboration, which has the ability to generate real solutions. By organising this competition to activate engagement and reach out to other architects and related professions, White hopes to help solve urgent social issues through great teamwork.

    “White Arkitekter knows Malmö well and we know that there is both talent and conditions to create a project that contributes to a city where everyone can thrive. I’m convinced that Malmö will inspire other cities around the world”, says Monica von Schmalensee, CEO at White.

    Pre-registration deadline is November 7. Applications can be submitted until November 18. The jury will announce the winning proposal in early December.
  • Richard Rogers Fellowship 2017

    London | Dates: 12 Oct – 28 Nov, 2016
    Deadline: November 28, 2016 Fee (USD): $10.00

    Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) is pleased to announce a research residency at the Wimbledon House, a modern masterpiece designed by world-renowned British architect Richard Rogers. Open to accomplished professionals and scholars working in any field related to the built environment, the Richard Rogers Fellowship is dedicated to advancing research on a wide range of issues—social, economic, technological, political, environmental—that are critical to shaping the contemporary city.

    The fellowship is inspired by Rogers’ commitment to cross-disciplinary investigation and social engagement, evident across his prolific output as an architect, urbanist, author, and activist. Harvard GSD is currently accepting applications from accomplished architects, landscape architects, planners, historians, economists, and other specialists whose research will benefit from access to London’s extraordinary libraries, archives, practices, institutions, and other resources. Fellowship winners will be awarded a three-month residency at the Wimbledon House (Spring, Summer or Fall), travel expenses to London, and a cash award of $10,000 USD.

    The deadline for the 2017 fellowship is November 28, 2016, midnight Eastern Standard Time. Winners will be notified in early December.

  • CFP: Ethics and Aesthetics of the Cultural Landscape (Philadelphia, 17-18 Nov 17)

    Philadelphia | Dates: 13 Oct, 2016 – 31 Jan, 2017
    Ethics and Aesthetics of the Cultural Landscape is a symposium that will take place at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design on November 17-18, 2017. The symposium responds to a provocative challenge posed by an issue of Lotus International 2012 titled “Lotus in the Field.” In it, Italian architect Pierluigi Nicolin writes that landscape architects have largely ignored or have failed to engage the contemporary practice of urban farming, that is, the practice of growing food within urban environments for local consumption. “Even when inspired by the images and patterns of the agricultural landscape,” the author maintains, landscape architects have done no more “than stage simulacra . . . [such as] the organization of paths and passageways, the creation or removal of fields and vegetable gardens, ceremonies of naming, the symbolic mapping of spaces of transhumance and hunting grounds, in a scenario that obviously lacks the social organisms of the actors corresponding to the functions evoked.” On the other hand, if landscape architects embraced this new georgic sensibility that has caught the attention of both urbanists and architects in the past decade, they would learn how to balance “the over aestheticizing contemporary trends of their discipline.” While the emphasis on the aesthetic trends of landscape architecture is an exaggeration that does not take into account the discipline’s alter ego, the so-called ecological fundamentalism, it is true that in today’s discussions the beautiful and the productive, or the aesthetical and ethical dimensions of the landscape, are seen in opposition, whereas in the past they have often been acknowledged as inseparable parts of the same coin—the etymology of the word garden, from the Frankish gardo referred to an “enclosed place” that could be cultivated both for pleasure and for production. Given today’s challenge of dwindling resources and the globalization of food production, the need to re-establish a dialogue between the good and the beautiful is more pressing now than it ever was since Aesthetics became a distinct branch of philosophy in the eighteenth century. Since 2012, few landscape designers have responded to the challenge and have explored the relationship between design and agriculture in their projects. The latter, however, have mostly being experimental and too transient to make a long lasting impact on the profession as a whole. Significantly, also the historiography of landscape architecture has contributed very little, so far, on the role of the agricultural landscape and while the hierarchy between the cultural, polite and wild landscapes has been acknowledged and its sources traced to specific historical moments, their relationship has not been sufficiently examined. This symposium will be a forum for the discussion of the relationship between landscape design and the productive or working landscape. Papers presented at the symposium may examine the following topics: the dialectic between design aesthetics and the poietics of production (i.e. agricultural techniques, agroforestry and irrigation practices, etc.); the relationship and potential interaction between design, agriculture, and infrastructure or design/agriculture and adaptive reuse of urban and/or post-industrial sites; a revisionist writing of design history that examines proposals and projects that have challenged the boundaries between second and third natures; and, the aspect of conservation of the cultural landscape for its historic, social, economic and environmental values. Landscape historians, practitioners and/or academics in landscape departments and beyond, are invited to submit paper abstracts of no more than 600 words by January 31st, 2017. Abstracts are to be headed with the applicant’s name, title of the paper, professional affiliation, and contact information. A two-page CV should also be included in the submission. Please send paper proposals to: Raffaella Fabiani Giannetto, Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania. E-mail: Authors of accepted proposals will be required to submit the complete text of their papers to the symposium chair by June 1st, 2017. Speakers will be asked to complete any revisions and submit copies of their papers by August 2017. Publication of the papers presented at the symposium is anticipated.
  • Book Launch and Panel Discussion with Joshua G. Stein, Thurman Grant, and Kelly Bair

    Chicago | Dates: 15 Nov, 2016

    Tuesday November 15, 2016. Event starts at 6:00 pm. Talk starts at 6:30 pm.
    $10 RSVP HERE 

    Join MAS Context for the Chicago release of Dingbat 2.0: The Iconic Los Angeles Apartment as Projection of a Metropolis. Editors Thurman Grant and Joshua G. Stein will present the dingbat and discuss its relevance for Chicago with Kelly Bair. This panel discussion is organized in collaboration with the Society of Architectural Historians and will take place at the historic Charnley Persky-House (1365 N Astor St, Chicago, IL 60610). 

    Dingbat 2.0 is the first critical study of the most ubiquitous and mundane building type in Los Angeles: the dingbat apartment. For more than half a century the idiosyncratic dingbat has been largely anonymous, occasionally fetishized, and often misunderstood. Praised and vilified in equal measure, dingbat apartments were a critical enabler of Los Angeles’ rapid postwar urban expansion.

    While dingbat apartments are known for their variety of midcentury decorated facades, less explored is the way they have contributed to a consistency of urban density achieved by few other twentieth century cities. Often dismissed as ugly and unremarkable, dingbat apartments have qualities that arguably make them innovative, iconoclastic, and distinctly “L.A.”

    Dingbat 2.0 integrates essays and discussions by some of today’s leading architects, urbanists, and cultural critics with photographic series, typological analysis, and speculative designs from around the world to propose alternate futures for Los Angeles housing, and to consider how qualities of the inarguably flawed housing type can foreground many crucial issues facing global metropolises today.

    Essays by Barbara Bestor, Aaron Betsky, James Black, John Chase, Dana Cuff, Thurman Grant, John Kaliski, John Southern, Joshua G. Stein, Steven A. Treffers, and Wim de Wit. Photographic series by Judy Fiskin, Paul Redmond, and Lesley Marlene Siegel.

    Dingbat 2.0 is published by Doppelhouse Press in cooperation with The Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design. Book design: Jessica Fleischmann/still room.
    Copies of Dingbat 2.0 and the latest issues of MAS Context will be available for purchase.
    Thurman Grant is a Los Angeles based architect and educator who specializes in residential and commercial architecture and interiors. Since 2005, he has been an adjunct faculty member at the Woodbury School of Architecture, teaching at its Burbank campus, as well as through the university’s programs in Italy and China. Grant has contributed to a long list of built residential, commercial, institutional and urban design projects, as well as award-winning design competitions in the United States and Asia. Grant is the former president of the LA Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, where he sat on the board of directors from 2009-2013. His first independent exhibition, a collaborative on-site installation with artist Olivia Booth at the MAK Center for Art & Architecture at the Schindler House, was part of Schindler Lab, Round 1 in spring 2011.

    Joshua G. Stein is the founder Radical Craft and the co-director of the Data Clay Network, a forum for the exploration of digital techniques applied to ceramic materials. Radical Craft is a Los Angeles-based studio that advances an experimental design practice saturated in history, archaeology and craft. This inquiry inflects the production of urban spaces and artifacts by evolving newly grounded approaches to the challenges posed by virtuality, velocity, and globalization. Stein has received numerous grants, awards, and fellowships, including multiple grants from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the AIA Upjohn research award, and the 2010-11 Rome Prize Fellowship in Architecture. He is a former member of the LA Forum Board of Directors and has taught at the California College of the Arts, Cornell University, SCI-Arc, and the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. He is and is currently Professor of Architecture at Woodbury University. |

    Kelly Bair is principal of Central Standard Office of Design, an architectural research studio based in Chicago. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Chicago, and Detroit. Most recently her work was exhibited in the 1st Chicago Architecture Biennial (2015) and the upcoming 16th International Architecture Exhibition in the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in collaboration with Kristy Balliet of Balliet Studio and Bair Balliet. Bair is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at University of Illinois at Chicago. She is also co-founder of Possible Mediums, a collaborative of four Midwestern architects and educators interested in shaking up the context and format in which architecture is taught, produced, and engaged.
  • Richard Meier: Newark Architect and Artist

    Newark | Dates: 12 Oct – 20 Nov, 2016
    The College of Architecture and Design (CoAD) at NJIT is honored to present an exhibition of Newark-born architect and artist Richard Meier to celebrate the 350th anniversary of Newark’s founding. Works on display highlight Meier’s extensive career in the design disciplines of architecture, painting, collage, sculpture and product design. Central to the exhibition will be Meier’s current Teachers Village project (client: RBH Group, LLC). This mixed-use development is envisioned for downtown Newark south of Market Street and west of Broad Street. It will encompass eight new buildings, including Workforce Housing, Charter Schools and small to mid-scale retail located along Halsey Street between Branford and Hill Streets. These elements will provide 200 residential units for teachers, three charter schools, a daycare center and a variety of retail spaces at street level. Meier was born in Newark, New Jersey but grew up in nearby Maplewood, New Jersey. After graduating from Cornell University (1957), Meier worked for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and then Marcel Breuer before starting his own practice in 1963. In 1972, he was identified as one of The New York Five, a group of modernist architects that included Michael Graves, Charles Gwathmey, John Hejduk and Peter Eisenman. Meier first gained recognition through numerous residential projects, the Atheneum in New Harmony, Indiana (1979) and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia (1983). After winning the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize, he was commissioned to design the Getty Center, a large museum complex in Los Angeles, California (1997), which catapulted his popularity into the mainstream. Other notable commissions include museums such as the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art in Spain (1995) and the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, California (1996); city halls in the Netherlands (1995) and San Jose City Hall (2007); commercial buildings including the reconstruction of City Tower in Prague, Czech Republic (2008); and residential buildings such as the Perry & Charles Street Condominiums in Manhattan’s West Village (2002) and the Rothschild Tower in Tel Aviv, Israel (2016). Today, Richard Meier & Partners Architects has offices in New York and Los Angeles with current projects ranging from Taiwan and Tel Aviv to Mexico City, Hamburg and Newark, New Jersey. In 2014, Meier opened the Richard Meier Model Museum at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City. The space occupies 15,000-square feet and features architectural projects from the 1960’s to the present, sculptures and collages by Richard Meier, and 1,000 books and magazines from Richard Meier’s personal library. “Richard Meier – Newark Architect and Artist” will be on view to the public from September 29 through November 20th, 2016 with special programming to coincide with Newark’s Open Doors Art Festival during the weekend of October 20-23. The exhibition is open from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday or by appointment only. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, September 29 from 5-9pm with refreshments and live entertainment. CoAD Gallery is located on the second floor of Weston Hall, NJIT campus (on the corner of MLK Blvd. and Warren Street). About The College of Architecture and Design (CoAD) The College of Architecture and Design (CoAD) is comprised of the School of Architecture and the School of Art + Design. The College offers undergraduate degrees in architecture, digital design, industrial design and interior design as well as graduate degrees in architecture, infrastructure planning, and urban systems. The College of Architecture and Design is a comprehensive Design School located in a comprehensive research university. By studying design here, you will have ample opportunities for cross-pollination of ideas and interdisciplinary interaction. NJIT offers 126 degree programs through six professional schools and colleges. You can double major, design an interdisciplinary major, opt for an accelerated bachelor’s or master’s degree program, and cross-register at nearby schools such as Rutgers University–Newark. For more information on the exhibition, please visit or contact the curator, Matthew Gosser at: or (973) 482-0523 About Richard Meier & Partners Architects The work of Richard Meier & Partners is instantly recognizable and internationally respected. For over five decades, the Firm has been appointed to design important buildings, and it has successfully completed over 130 projects across North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. Among its best known works are: the Smith House in Darien, Connecticut; the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California; the United States Courthouse in Islip, New York; the Perry & Charles Street Condominiums in New York City and the Jubilee Church in Rome, Italy. Richard Meier & Partners is led by founder and Pritzker Prize laureate Richard Meier and six partners – Michael Palladino, James R. Crawford, Bernhard Karpf, Vivian Lee, Reynolds Logan, and Dukho Yeon. The offices in New York and Los Angeles employ a multicultural staff of talented professionals practicing architecture, urbanism, product design and exhibition design. The quality of the work has been recognized with almost 300 design awards, including major awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). For more information on the work of Richard Meier & Partners, please visit or contact
  • AWA+D Wikipedia Writing Workshop Edit-a-thon

    Burbank | Dates: 22 – 22 Oct, 2016
    Reliable statistics on women’s place in architecture traditionally has been difficult to find. Come learn how to write a Wikipedia entry about women in architecture and design at the AWA+D #wikiD Writing Workshop at Woodbury University’s Burbank Library. Wikipedia training begins the workshop at 1:00 PM on how to write and edit Wikipedia entries, followed by entry writing. Bring your laptop, power cord, and published information (bios, books, articles, etc.) on women about whom you would like to write. Join students, faculty and practitioners (all genders) in adding voices to the record of women's contributions to the built environment. This workshop is hosted by the Association for Women in Architecture and Design and is part of a global campaign, is free, and refreshments will be served. Register on Eventbrite:
  • CFP: Interiorities: Artistic, Conceptual and Historical Reassessments of the Interior (Deadline Extended to December 2016)

    Dates: 12 Oct – 31 Dec, 2016
    Palgrave Communications, the multi-disciplinary open access HSS journal published by Palgrave Macmillan is inviting proposals for a special issue titled, ‘Interiorities: artistic, conceptual and historical reassessments of the interior’ (Guest editor: Dr Vlad Ionescu, Faculty of Architecture and Art, Hasselt University, Belgium). The special issue addresses Interiority as a concept debated by artists and philosophers, historians and sociologists alike. The goal of this interdisciplinary collection is to approach interiority and the interior as relational entities that interact with architectural spaces, visual arts and music, social and political ideologies, geographical and historical structures. We welcome contributions that address the interior as an opportunity to research the status of the subjectivity in modernity and beyond. Article proposals and enquires should be sent to the Managing Editor at Deadline for article proposals: now extended to December 2016 Final deadline for full submissions: March 2017 Find out more: About open access: Reasons to publish with us: •Fast publication* •High-quality editorial and production standards •Rigorous peer review •Innovative publishing platform: altmetrics and improved HTML view •High visibility and international readership *Our average submission to publication turnaround time is 5 months.

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