Recent Opportunities

  • Islamic Art and Architecture (Zurich, Schaffhausen, 4-6 Jun 17)

    Zurich and Schaffhausen | Dates: 04 – 06 Jun, 2017
    Zurich and Schaffhausen, May 4 - 06, 2017 Registration deadline: Apr 30, 2017 <http://www.transculturalstudies.ch/en/index/conferences/display-conference.html/registration.html>

    A l’Orientale - Collecting, Displaying and Appropriating Islamic Art and Architecture in the 19th and early 20th centuries

    International conference

    Organizers: 
    Prof. Dr. Francine Giese (University of Zurich), Prof. Dr. Mercedes Volait (CNRS/InVisu), Dr. Ariane Varela Braga (University of Zurich)

    Cooperations: 
    Museum Rietberg Zürich,
    Moser Familienmuseum Charlottenfels der Heinrich und Henri Moser Stiftung in Neuhausen bei Schaffhausen

    Keynotes Speakers: 
    Kjeld v. Folsach (The David Collection, Copenhagen),  Yannick Lintz (Musée du Louv-re, Paris), Tim Stanley (Victoria and Albert Museum, London), Stefan Weber (Museum für Islamische Kunst, Berlin)

    Registration open: 
    http://www.transculturalstudies.ch/en/index/conferences/display-conference/registration.html
     
  • CFP: Standard Architecture: From Jean-Nicolas-Louis Durand to BIM (Frankfurt, 20-22 Oct 17)

    Frankfurt | Dates: 23 Mar – 01 Jun, 2017
    Call for Papers
    Standard Architecture
    From Jean-Nicolas-Louis Durand to BIM

    From 20 - 22 october 2017, the international symposium Standard Architecture will be held at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt am Main. With this open call, we are soliciting lecture proposals for the Young Researcher Forum on 20 October 2017. To submit a proposal, please email your abstract and CV in PDF form (max 5 MB) by 1 June 2017 to oswalt@asl.uni-kassel.de. We will select around five proposals from the different submissions by mid of June. We can offer a grant for part of the travelling costs.
    We especially welcome contributions that address how standardization influences architectural design and the role of architects. We're interested in diverse approaches to the topic--whether the proposal undertakes a critical analysis of technical developments and their ramifications, or instead engages with something like the associative cultural resonances of standardization processes in the designs of O.M. Ungers and Superstudio.

    About the symposium's theme: 
    Standardization has played a key role in architecture and construction since the Enlightenment. It accelerates building production, reduces costs, and assures quality control, at least in theory. The classical modernists of the 20th century treated standardization and normalization as engines of social and technical progress. Even though concepts for mandatory, form-giving standards--like those proposed by Ernst Neufert--never established themselves, there are more standards today than ever before. Despite appeals to cultural specificity, standards shape processes and products all around the world through the digitization and rationalization of cognitive processes. With the introduction of BIM (Building Information Modeling), these processes are becoming increasingly relevant Both building elements and processes of design and production are undergoing standardization:

    Standardized Design Processes
    Modernity has given rise to processes that rationalize, systematize, and accelerate the designing of buildings. More structures need to be built more quickly all the time. Designs are often executed by unskilled or semi-skilled workers. Buildings are being erected in disparate places around the world through the use of identical specifications. To make all this possible, design tools have been created that enable people to generate and implement a great number of design-related tasks simultaneously. Today, Building Information Modeling Systems (BIM) use standardized forms of information to automate planning and design and to supplement human with artificial forms of intelligence.   

    Standardized Building Elements
    Ernst Neufert tried to standardize architecture at all scales, from the very small to the very big. Adopting paper formats as his model, he sought to systematize building components using (among other means) his octametric system of dimensional coordination. This project reached its climax in the 1970s, but lost a good deal of its currency in the years thereafter. Today, there are more standards than ever--and they often operate on a national and international level--but their influence on form-making has proven harder to trace. It goes without saying that they continue to shape the design of spaces that have a great number of technical needs and requirements (kitchens and offices, for example), as well as temporary buildings and storage facilities (containers and container ports, for example).  
    Standardized Building Processes 
    While knowledge rested squarely with the individual producer in premodern societies, it can be said that it is anchored today in objectified rules and specifications, many of which are sanctioned by liability concerns and multi-national contractual agreements. Arguably, standardization ensures that products that are manufactured by different companies are in fact compatible. This is important where the manufacturing of building components is concerned.  According to some, however, it can also stifle innovation and compromise the exercise of know-how and common sense.   

    Speakers will include: 
    Keller Easterling (Professor of Architecture at Yale University), Manfred Grohmann (Universität Kassel, Professor for Structural Design),  Alexander Klose (Author/ Container Researcher); Markus Krajewski (Universität Basel Professor für Medienwissenschaft), Antoine Picon (Harvard University, GSD, Director of Research), Christina Sonderegger (Swiss National Museum, Zurich) Gernot Weckherlin (BTU Cottbus, Professur für Architekturtheorie), Aashish Velkar, (University of Manchester, Lecturer in Economic History), Nader Vossoughian (New York Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and Design), Georg Vrachliotis (KIT-Karlsruhe, Professur für Architekturtheorie), Christine Wall (University of Westminster, Reader in Architectural and Construction History) Detailled program soon at http://www.uni-kassel.de/go/standard

    Drawing on the results of the symposium, ARCH+ will publish a special issue dedicated to the topic.
    Supported by Forschungsinitiative Zukunft Bau - BBSR/  BMUB (Bundesinstitut für Bau-, Stadt- und Raumforschung / Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG, Wüstenrot Stiftung and Pfeiffer Stiftung Organized by the Department of Architectural Theory and Design, University of Kassel in cooperation with ARCH+ , Deutsches Architekturmuseum and project Bauhaus.
     
  • Carrilho da Graça: Lisbon

    Barcelona | Dates: 24 Mar – 01 May, 2017
    Barcelona´s Museo Marítim presents the exhibition "Carrilho da Graça: Lisbon". 
    After being presented at CCB - Cultural Center of Belém and Bogotá’s Architecture Museum Leopoldo Rother, this exhibition will be shown in cities like Madrid, Montevideo, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro.

    This is not an exhibition exclusively about João Luís Carrilho da Graça or his work, nor is it even about his designs. Despite it´s anthological nature, the exhibition is above all a manifestation of a way of looking that Carrilho da Graça exemplified, something that has been present since the start of his career. This gaze is illustrated here using the city of Lisbon, over which he has worked for over 30 years.

    The materials presented in this retrospective enable us to draw closer to a theory of territory, expressed in a ground plan and model of Lisbon, and reiterated by the models of the individual projects. 
     
  • Summer School: University and Diversity: The Bolognese Experience (1088-2017)

    Bologna | Dates: 06 – 14 Oct, 2017
    University and Diversity: The Bolognese Experience (1088-2017) Studienkurs of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut In 2013, the Municipality of Bologna set up a competition to find a logo that represents 'at a local, national and international level' all the 'features and elements that make up the face of the city'. The winning project 'è Bologna' provides a visual translation of the endless perceptions of the city, linking letters to geometrical forms inspired by archetypical Bolognese images, such as the city walls and the brick mosaic of Santo Stefano. By typing a script, these forms are superimposed with fixed proportions and chromatic relationships. Thus, written words generate different but related signs that render the 'multiplicity of elements which describe Bologna'.

    The 2017 Summer School (Studienkurs) of the KHI focuses on 'universitas' and 'diversitas', concepts that are emblematic of Bologna from the medieval to the modern period. The idea that the sum of all things comprises a whole entity ('universum') provides a starting point for exploring the city, whose urban fabric is characterized by its former canals, medieval towers and porticoes. Bologna's university, the 'Alma Mater Studiorum', considered to be founded in 1088, encapsulates the city's manifest identities through its original organization as a conglomeration of loose societies called 'nations'; the teaching of canon and civil law and medicine; and the training of personages such as Petrarch, Leon Battista Alberti and Copernicus. Bologna as a cosmopolitan city is shaped further by its relationship to religious institutions (the Dominicans and the Papacy, for example); by persons acting on an 'international' scale, such as the Bentivoglio, Gabriele Paleotti, Ugo Buoncompagni (Pope Gregory XIII), Pier Paolo Pasolini; and by the artworks within the city of Nicola Pisano, Giotto, Raphael, Giambologna or the Carracci. Carlo Cesare Malvasia, writing in the seventeenth century, described Bologna as the 'metropolis of a kingdom' due to its role as the capital of ancient Etruria and as the 'school of the universe' for having taught philosophy, letters and religion before all other cities. The images of the city as an important geographical crossroad linking central and northern Italy to the rest of Europe and as hub of learning, culture and avant-garde thinking pervades into modern times. They impacted, for example, the tragic bombing of the city during World War II or the Neo-Fascist attack at the Central Station in 1980, a site that in recent years witnessed the construction of the Alta 'velocità' railway, with its projected architectural complex by Isozaki-Maffei.

    The seemingly disparate histories of Bologna will be explored through notions of 'universitas' and 'diversitas' in an attempt to better understand the common links that, just as in the dynamic logo, comprise the character of the city and will allow the Summer School to engage, more generally, with the mechanisms that contribute to the cultural constructions of multi-faceted urban centres and their relationship to surrounding and interconnected environments. Shifting between synchronic and diachronic approaches, topics to be explored, through individual presentations and discussions, include: Santo Stefano and its artistic and religious connections to the Eastern Mediterranean; Bolognese manuscript illumination and its 'international' impact; the open-air tombs of professors of law and medicine; 'foreign' cults within the city, such as the Madonna di San Luca and the Madonna of Guadalupe; spaces as places for display and as sites of alterity: relics, bodies and burials of saints (e.g., St Dominic and St Caterina Vigri), anatomical waxes, collections of natural objects and artefacts with transcultural trajectories, especially to the New World and the Ottoman Empire, and their role in the history of science and scientific knowledge (Ulisse Aldrovandi and Ferdinando Cospi); as well as the writing of artistic traditions and the so-called Bolognese School of Painting. How does the city space and the civic cultures embodied within it participate in connecting the local with the universal? How can shifting notions of university/universality and diversity be described and analyzed within the interplay of individuals and groups that together make up the experience of the city?

     The KHI Summer School invites applications from the fields of Art History and related disciplines, from graduate students, doctoral candidates and scholars who are embarking on post-doctoral research. The number of participants is restricted to fifteen. Each participant is expected to contribute to the success of the course not only with a presentation, but also by actively engaging in the discussions. To allow for active participation in the discussion, good passive knowledge of Italian and German is required. The Institute will bear the cost of accommodation and will reimburse half of the incurred travelling expenses; in addition, participants will receive a daily allowance. Applications should include: a letter of interest comprising a research statement, a one-page Curriculum vitae and a presentation proposal (ca. 300 words). These materials can be written in English, Italian or German. Please send your documents by 1 May 2017 in a single PDF file (max. 2 MB), referencing 'Studienkurs 2017', to the attention of Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wolf (dirwolf@khi.fi.it). Concept and organization: Annette Hoffmann, Marco Musillo, Jessica N. Richardson and Gerhard Wolf
  • CFP: VISTAS: 39th Annual Conference of the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association

    Dates: 15 – 18 Mar, 2018
    VISTAS: 39th Annual Conference of the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association Philadelphia, March 15-18, 2018 Keynote: Elizabeth Milroy (Drexel University) In honor of the 100th anniversary of Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the NCSA committee invites proposals that explore the notion of the vista in the nineteenth century. From personal gardens to public parks, from the street level to the top of a skyscraper, or from the microscope to the panoramic photograph, the nineteenth century was a moment when the idea of the vista changed from a narrow sightline to a sweeping, expansive view. How did theorists alter our historical perspective, broadening our notion of the world through science or religion? In what ways did power systems affect urban vantage points? How did man-made vistas reflect socio-cultural ideals? How did domestic spaces or nightlife transform with the widespread use of gas or electric lighting? How does the conceptual vista operate metaphorically? Topics might include horticulture, landscapes and seascapes, new technology, photography, sightseeing, film and the theater, urban planning, visions and dreamscapes, shifting perceptions of the gaze, or literary or artistic descriptions or depictions of viewpoints. In contrast, papers may consider the absence of vistas, such as mental or physical confinement or elements that obfuscate a view. Please send 250-word abstracts with one-page CVs to ncsaphila2018@gmail.com by September 30th, 2017. Abstracts should include the author’s name, institutional affiliation, and paper title in the heading. We welcome individual proposals and panel proposals with four presenters and a moderator. Note that submission of a proposal constitutes a commitment to attend if accepted. Presenters will be notified in November 2017. We encourage submissions from graduate students, and those whose proposals have been accepted may submit complete papers to apply for a travel grant to help cover transportation and lodging expenses. Scholars who reside outside of North America and whose proposals have been accepted may submit a full paper to be considered for the International Scholar Travel Grant (see the NCSA website for additional requirements: http://www.ncsaweb.net).
  • New Journal on Built Heritage - Contributions Welcome

    Dates: 16 Mar, 2017 – 16 Mar, 2018
    Built Heritage is a blind-peer-reviewed international journal devoted to all aspects of the research, conservation, and regeneration of historic buildings, settlements, and sites. It is the first journal integrating built heritage conservation in a multidisciplinary sphere of architecture, urban and rural planning, and landscape architecture, administrated by the Minister of Education of China, sponsored by Tongji University, and published by Tongji University Press. The editor-in-chief Chang Qing is a professor at the College of Architecture and Urban Planning in Tongji University and an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The co-editor-in-chief Zhou Jian is a professor at the College of Architecture and Urban Planning in Tongji University and the Secretary-General of the World Heritage Institute of Training and Research for the Asia and the Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO. 

     Aims 

    The conceptual basis of BH lies on the fundamental differences concerning built heritage conservation with regard to global cultural diversity, recognising these differences as a source for creativity. Published in English, the aim of BH is to foster scientific exchange between Chinese and international scholars, offering a platform to record the latest developments in the field, allowing for further homologation of scientific research and the recognition of cultural diversity. BH will enhance the awareness for the conservation of the built environment in China, offering support to the debate from a critical perspective, engaging with current hot discussions such as: the role of contemporary architecture in historic environments; the definition of authenticity; new tools of heritage management; politics, culture and identity; energy consumption and sustainability. 

    Scope 

    BH will introduce the most recent international scientific research production in built heritage conservation theory and practice. It encompasses the conservation of architecture, urbanism and landscape architecture in urban and rural environments from a multidisciplinary approach. Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to: 

    1. The empirical study of built heritage. Articles on this topic shall include thematic studies on built heritage, regarding information on its current and historical condition, the definition of socio-cultural values and the description of its historical environment through empirical and logical reasoning methods. 

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    2. History and theory, which is the critical reflection and theoretical construction of the discipline. The articles on this topic shall be thematic studies on the histories, legacies, and theories about the development of built heritage conservation by using historical documentation, physical evidence and related theories. 

    3. Conservation projects, referring to the process of implementation, control and management. Articles on this topic will include cases of preservation, restoration, renovation, addition, and revitalization from planning, design, and technological perspectives, bearing innovation in their material research methods and regeneration strategies. 

    4. Heritage management, based in the roles of social participation in policy-making: This part is to introduce thematic studies on the laws, regulations, codes, charters and guidelines for the conservation of built heritage and case studies of the management of conservation projects. 

    Articles should NOT be previously published and should demonstrate a full command of the scholarly literature and available archival and field sources. Manuscript submissions and subsequent correspondence between authors and the BH are through E-mail. 

    The E-mail address is built-heritage@tongji.edu.cn. Complete guidelines for preparing and submitting your manuscript to this journal are provided below. 

    Contents of the Submission 

    Manuscripts must include three separate Word files, presented in this order: 

    1. Cover Page. Title of article should be succinct. Subtitle is allowed if is necessary. All the authors of a paper should include their full names, affiliations, postal addresses and email addresses. First time submissions should be provided with a brief introduction of the authors, including nationality, affiliation (with address and postcode), title and post, academic degree, research area, and recent academic achievements. 

    2. Main manuscript. It should contain: 

    a) Title and subtitle. Both should be succinct and descriptive of the content of the article. 

    b) Abstract. In no more than 200 words, the abstract should summarize the significant points of the paper, and be written in the third person. 

    c) Keywords. Supply three to eight keywords separated by semicolons. 

    d) Text and accompanying endnotes. 

    3. Tables and Illustrations. Tables and illustrations should be included in an independent file. Figures should be numbered by Arabic numerals according to the order of usage, labelled with name and resource, and illustrated with a few words if necessary. 

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    Preparation: Language, format, length and copyright 

    English style 

    Papers are accepted in English. Please use British-ise spelling style consistently throughout your manuscript. 

    Referencing 

    BH follows the 'Chicago author-date' referencing style. Your manuscript will be referenced with short endnotes, which connect to an alphabetical bibliography listing all the sources and works on which it is based. 

    Length 

    A typical manuscript for this journal should be no more than 8000 words; this limit includes tables, references, figure captions, endnotes. Papers for 'Project Analysis' can be between 3,000-4,000 words. 

    Illustrations 

    It’s important to illustrate your paper with a good spread of high quality images. At manuscript submission stage your figures and tables are not embedded but kept apart from the text and submitted as separate files, numbered in the order in which they appear in the paper (i.e. Figure 1, Figure 2). In multi-part figures, each part should be entered as a separate file (e.g. Figure 1(a), Figure 1(b)). Number the captions correspondingly in a list following the bibliography of the main text. 

    Figures should be high quality (1200 dpi for line art, 600 dpi for grayscale and 300 dpi for colour, at the correct size). Figures should be saved as TIFF, PostScript or EPS files. 

    Please avoid using scanning images. But if their use is absolutely necessary, the author is responsible for correcting the pattern (descreening) in PhotoShop and alerting us to the problem. 

    Copyright material 

    You must obtain the necessary permission to reuse third-party material in your article. The use of short extracts of text and some other types of material is usually permitted, on a limited basis, for the purposes of criticism and review without securing formal permission. If you wish to include any material in your paper for which you do not hold copyright, and which is not covered by this informal agreement, you will need to obtain written permission from the copyright owner prior to submission. 

    Queries 

    Should you have any queries, please contact us at built-heritage@tongji.edu.cn. 

  • CFP: Architectural Theory Review 22:1 Resist, Reclaim, Speculate

    Dates: 16 Mar – 01 Jun, 2017
    Architectural Theory Review
    Deadline: Jun 1, 2017

    Resist, Reclaim, Speculate 
    Situated Perspectives on Architecture and the City

    In search of new forms of critical and creative resistance, the Editors 
    of this issue of ATR call for situated, relational, and embodied 
    perspectives in architectural scholarship rather than distant, 
    autonomous, and authoritarian ones. In this we draw our inspiration 
    from radical (feminist) thinkers including Donna Haraway, Isabelle 
    Stengers, Jane Bennett, Rosi Braidotti, Maria Puig de la Bellacasa and 
    Karen Barad. Whilst the relevance of these perspectives for 
    architectural and urban studies—and more specifically Donna Haraway’s 
    “situated viewpoints” and Isabelle Stengers’s “ecology of practices” 
    and “cosmopolitics”—have now, arguably, become evident, this issue asks 
    how such approaches as these can also inform new critical engagements 
    with architecture and the city. Through slowing down, hesitation 
    (Stengers, 2005), and “category work” (Haraway, 2006), scholars are 
    invited to resist the taxonomies and conceptual categories through 
    which they have become accustomed, or feel obliged, to think. The 
    Editors invite scholars to reconnect with (hi)stories and (radical) 
    imaginations that tell alternative stories; stories that went unnoticed 
    because they were considered odd, unrealistic, or inconvenient. From 
    the authors named above, we learn that by reclaiming and reconnecting 
    with alternative stories, other forms and imaginations of engagement, 
    of resistance, can emerge.

    This issue of ATR articulates embodied-relational and feminist 
    perspectives as a form of critical engagement that can be, but are not 
    necessarily, intertwined with the feminist struggle. It contends that a 
    wider scholarly openness to feminist epistemologies and situated 
    perspectives suggests valuable approaches to addressing timely and 
    urgent questions regarding the ethical, political and critical agency 
    of architecture and urban design. We seek accounts of concrete 
    situations that challenge the authority of theoretical taxonomies and 
    analytical categories, or that offer alternative forms of resistance 
    that are embodied, situated, experimental, risky, and probing. It also 
    asks how embodied-relational perspectives can inform not just critical 
    analysis, but how they can inform critical (design) practices. What is 
    the transformative potential and what are possible “speculative 
    gestures” (Stengers and Debaise, 2015) of relational perspectives, for 
    research, for theory, and for design?

    The Editors invite contributors to examine the potential of situated 
    perspectives for the study of architecture and the city and to 
    demonstrate the possibility of a critical engagement in research and 
    design through the analysis of concrete practices and practices of 
    thought: architectural and urban, contemporary and historical. We 
    welcome contributions from architectural and urban studies, and from 
    fields outside (but pertinent to) the study of architecture and the 
    city. Contributions may include papers that recount stories that do not 
    fit neatly into the current discourses and paradigms; present models of 
    critical engagement; or discuss material instances of the realization 
    of feminist perspectives in speculative design practice.

    Guest Editors
    Isabelle Doucet isabelle.doucet@manchester.ac.uk 
    Hélène Frichot helene.frichot@arch.kth.se 
    Chris L. Smith chris.smith@sydney.edu.au

    Submission Instructions
    The deadline for the submission of completed manuscripts is 1 June 
    2017. Please submit manuscripts to the journal’s website: 
    https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ratr 

    When uploading your manuscript please indicate that you are submitting 
    to this special issue: vol. 22, no. 1 – Resist, Reclaim, Speculate. The 
    Editors welcome expressions of interest prior to paper submissions and 
    are available for discussing possible contributions.

    Manuscript submission guidelines can be found on the Architectural 
    Theory Review Website: 
    http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=ratr20&page=instructions
     
  • IAHsummer17 by Archistart

    San Cataldo (Lecce) | Dates: 01 – 08 Aug, 2017
    Archistart promotes IAHsummer17, an international architecture workshop, incorporated within a holiday, created in order to generate interactive experiences between students and young graduates under the age of 32 years. One hundred thirty young people from all over the world will have the chance to live 12 days (1st - 12th August) full of architecture immersed in the landscape of the wonderful coasts of Salento. As from 2017 Archistart gives its summer a makeover: the designing workshop IAHsummer (1-8 August) will be followed by IAHconstruction (8-12 August), an extra self-construction session for winning projects of IAHsummer17. The theme of IAHsummer17 is the design of a temporary cabin, a “special tent” to be realized in the same hostel where the workshop takes place. The housing unit/temporary room should be designed to be made with simple materials that are also easy to find.
  • CFP: Drawing Millions of Plans (Copenhagen, 1-3 Nov 17)

    Copenhagen | Dates: 16 Mar – 15 May, 2017
    This conference invites scholars and practitioners to investigate and discuss contemporary architectural drawing and, in particular, the drawn plan. We will consider various types of drawing ranging from the sketch to the working drawing as an epistemic and/or generative device, and look at the role of drawing in relation to 3D techniques and drawing in the spectrum between representation and simulation. What types of contemporary plan drawing practices do we know exist today – or should be developed – in relation to architectural education, as well as to design work and actual building practices situated in professional offices?

    KADK 1–3 November 2017

    Keynotes:
    Penelope Haralambidou, The Bartlett School of Architecture (UK)
    Jan De Vylder, Architekten De Vylder Vinck Tailleu (BE)

    “A plan calls for the most active imagination,” wrote Le Corbusier in Towards A New Architecture. To Le Corbusier, the plan was essential to any architectural project and its agency comparable to that of a generator. Indeed, historically speaking, plans, whether they are floor plans, site plans or others, have been of unquestionable importance to the discipline of architecture. Yet, what is the agency of the plan today? May we still consider it a generator, a promotor of our imagination, or with the advent of digital design possibilities, has it merely lost its previous status as a privileged tool for developing and communicating about architecture?

    Traditionally, the architectural plan was executed through the process of analogue hand drawing supported by geometrical tools. What are the implications for drawn plans and the processes of design and conceptualisation connected to plan drawing given that many professional architects today consider computers their privileged (drawing) tools? Do architects still use tracing paper (or napkins!) for sketching, and has the role of the sketched plan become purely diagrammatic, or turned into prototyping?

    In a digital context, how have architectural offices changed their practice of drawing plans? What new kinds of drawing have been developed, and do they still possess the same aspects of ambiguity often associated with the hand-drawn sketch? Moreover, architects look at buildings orthogonally through plans. This projective way of looking is closely linked to traditional geometrical drawing tools. Yet, when tools change and projections persist, as with a lot of design software today, what are the consequences?

    Drawn architectural plans may be considered as aesthetic objects worth contemplating and even exhibiting. They may be described as beautiful, which would imply that the plan possesses certain graphic and/or organisational qualities. This points to the plan as an object of meaning and imagination, and apt for interpretation, as stated by Le Corbusier. Such immaterial, almost existential aspects of the plan were emphasised by John Hejduk, who argued, “the plan shows the death of the soul of architecture. It is an X-ray of the soul.” Just as actual X-rays require skilled interpretation, what sort of hermeneutic measures does the drawn plan call for?

    We invite scholars and practitioners to submit proposals for papers and/or to submit actual drawings. The conference will consist of academic and work-based sessions, with the latter including presentations of submitted drawings. The drawings will be installed in a pop-up exhibition at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture (KADK). Selected papers and drawings will be published in a peer-reviewed catalogue after the conference.

    For both academic and work-based proposals, we ask for an abstract of maximum 500 words plus a CV of maximum 500 words. Drawing submissions should include up to eight images and contain information about drawing size and media in one pdf no larger than 20 MB. Proposals should be submitted by email to millionsofplans@kadk.dk

    Deadline for Abstracts: May 15, 2017
  • Imagine Moscow

    London | Dates: 16 Mar – 04 Jun, 2017
    Drawing on rarely seen material, Imagine Moscow presents an idealistic vision of the Soviet capital that was never realised. Large-scale architectural drawings are supported by artwork, propaganda and publications from the period. Taken together, these unbuilt projects suggest an alternative reality for the city, offering a unique insight into the culture of the time.

    Each of the six projects presented in the exhibition introduce a theme relevant to life and ideology in the Soviet Union: collectivisation, urban planning, aviation, communication, industrialisation, communal living and recreation.

    - See more at: https://designmuseum.org/exhibitions/imagine-moscow#sthash.ZHq1QGjz.dpuf
  • Workshop on Vernacular Balkan Architecture: Rhodope Mountains

    Dolen | Dates: 07 – 07 Jun, 2017
    This workshop focuses on traditional late medieval/early modern (17th - 19th c.) houses in Dolen, Bulgaria. Participants will: - Learn about the history and typology of traditional Balkan house architecture & building techniques - Train in surveying and recording of traditional houses - Participate in an experimental construction project exploiting traditional masonry techniques and natural materials (earth, stone, wood) - Visit historic towns & villages and archaeological & natural sites in the Rhodopes and Pirin Mountains (UNESCO World Heritage Sites) and an optional tour to Greece This workshop is designed for students and young specialists in architecture, engineering and historic preservation but others interested in traditional masonry, travel and environmentally friendly practices of living from the past are welcome. Academic credits are available through our partners in the EU, USA and Canada. (See website for details)
  • Mackintosh Symposium, "Mackintosh: Materials & Materiality"

    Glasgow | Dates: 07 Jun, 2017
    On June 7, the 149th birthday of Scotland's renowned architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1866–1928), SAH will present the Mackintosh Symposium, “Mackintosh: Materials and Materiality," with the Glasgow School of Art. Currently there are several major projects underway to restore and/or reconstruct Mackintosh's architectural and design work, and the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society has recently completed a condition survey of all extant Mackintosh sites. These projects have provided new opportunities to closely examine the material aspects of Mackintosh's work, and new discoveries have already come to light. This symposium will offer a forum for knowledge exchange between these projects, with particular emphasis on tangible material research and the more intangible ideas of materiality that can complicate conservation approaches. Pamela Robertson, professor emerita and Honorary Professorial Research Fellow, University of Glasgow, will deliver the keynote. Speakers will represent four major Mackintosh projects: Glasgow School of Art, The Willow Tea Rooms, The Ingram Street Tea Rooms at Glasgow Museums, and the National Trust for Scotland – The Hill House. The closing will include an open discussion to offer an opportunity to explore this research with the wider architectural community.

  • SAH Glasgow Seminar, "Making and Re-Making Glasgow: Heritage and Sustainability"

    Glasgow | Dates: 10 Jun, 2017

    The SAH Glasgow Seminar is part of the 70th Annual International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, which takes place in Glasgow June 7-11. The Seminar is open to the public and will bring together speakers, conference delegates, and local residents in conversation about the ways in which advocacy for heritage and sustainability can work in concert with one another. The Seminar will reflect on these terms broadly, exploring heritage as a public engagement with architectural, cultural, and civic history, and considering sustainability in its economic, community, and environmental perspectives. Speakers will discuss: How best can Glasgow (and by extension other post-industrial cities) balance heritage and sustainability for the future? How might these two drivers of the urban form—rather than being perceived as opposing forces—interrelate in support of the community, the environment, and good design?

    Pairs of speakers will give brief talks focusing on three case studies in Glasgow, each having a rich local history as well as being at the heart of discussions about the city's future: 1) Glasgow as a city of innovative housing; 2) a city of parks, gardens, and other open spaces; and 3) a riverside city, taking its livelihood and identity from its use and imagining of the River Clyde. The Seminar will present a screening of the short film (Re)Imagining Glasgow, by local artist Chris Leslie. The Seminar will conclude with a panel discussion building on the case studies to address the broad themes through such questions as how preservation and conservation interests can be aligned with development pressures; how local identity can be cultivated around the city's built heritage and how this might enhance future civic planning; and how Glasgow might benefit from a culture economy that looks to both the past and the future for inspiration.

    Glasgow residents are invited to help shape the seminar agenda through a crowd-sourced image bank; in the weeks and days leading up to the Seminar, both local residents and visiting delegates are invited to submit via social media photographs of the city that they feel capture the key themes of heritage, sustainability, or ideally the conjunction between these two. Please post photos on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtags #sah2017seminar and #heritagesustainability.

  • ARRIS Journal Call for Articles - deadline extended

    Dates: 07 – 07 Jun, 2017
    ARRIS: Journal of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, volume 28 (2017) -- call for articles.
  • Nineteenth Century Magazine call for papers

    New York | Dates: 13 Mar – 01 Jun, 2017
    Nineteenth Century Magazine, published by the Victorian Society in America, seeks feature articles.
  • Defense(less)City - Revista de História da Arte

    Lisbon | Dates: 07 – 07 Jun, 2017
    The city is, by definition, alterity, difference. It is the human accomplishment par excellence, standing out from nature, isolating itself from it. The presumption of defense is inherent to the very idea of the urban. The rite of the city's birth implies first tracing its symbolic defense precincts, followed by the effective building of its walls. In the Middle Ages, the very definition of a city requires a wall. But it is in Early Modernity that speculation about the city's defenses reaches its zenith. Defenses are theorized in treatises and tested in fortifications. Throughout the Early Modern period, war becomes an exercise of extreme defense, of siege resistance. Until the time comes for the absolute inoperability of any kind of city walls. The Contemporary city stands literally fuori mura. And yet, cosmopolitan urbanity, supposedly open, is also potentially closed. By discussing the city and its defenses, we aim to foster different approaches taking into account both the intrinsic complementarity and the latent tension between city and fortification. Our intention is to encourage different perspectives capable of drawing attention to the city en garde, with or (as the case may be) against its own fortification. We are looking for methodologies reflecting this subject’s intrinsic interdisciplinarity, going beyond formalistic or monographic analyses. Comparative studies and new approaches to the fortification chronological cycles are welcome, as are those considering the relationships between the imagery of urban fragility and strength in its various expressions. Scientific editors: Margarida Tavares da Conceição (IHA/FCSH/NOVA) Renata Araujo (CHAM/FCSH/NOVA, UALG) Proposals are welcome until 30 April 2011. Please sent proposal to defenselesscity@gmail.com, including title, abstract of no more than 500 words and 4 keywords, together with the author’s name, contact and short cv. Successful proposals will be notified by 31 May 2018. Full papers (not exceeding 7000 words) including images will be due by 31 August 2017. Accepted languages: Portuguese, English, Spanish, Italian. Articles will be submitted to double blind peer review and should follow RHA editorial guidelines available on the IHA website (https://institutodehistoriadaarte.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/rha_12_normasredaccao.pdf).
  • Architecture of Independence - African Modernism

    New York | Dates: 09 Mar – 27 May, 2017
    February 16 - May 27, 2017

    Architecture of Independence - African Modernism

    Between 1957 and 1966, 32 countries – almost two thirds of all African nations – gained their independence from colonial powers. In these budding nations, including Ghana, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, and Zambia that are featured in this exhibition, technology and development became tools of liberation and instruments for expressing national identity. The daring and ambitious designs of new buildings, from state banks to convention centers and stadiums, mirrored the optimism and aspirations of the newly liberated states.

    Presenting over 700 photographs, as well as archival materials, historical photos, newspaper clippings, postcards, videos, plans, and sketches, Architecture of Independence documents the ambivalences of decolonization, its contradictions, and inconsistencies, but also its ambitions, aims, and aspirations.

    Curated by Manuel Herz and organized by the Vitra Design Museum, Architecture of Independence includes contemporary photography by renowned photographer Iwan Baan and award-winning South African humanitarian photo-documentarian Alexia Webster.
  • CFP: Architectural Histories - open access journal of the EAHN

    Dates: 09 Mar – 31 Dec, 2017
    Deadline: Dec 31, 2017

    Architectural Histories, the open access journal of the EAHN, is now 
    accepting submissions for the Open Issue of 2017.

    Architectural Histories is the international, blind peer-reviewed 
    scholarly journal of the EAHN that creates a space where historically 
    grounded research into all aspects of architecture and the built 
    environment can be made public, consulted, and discussed. The journal 
    is open to historical, historiographic, theoretical, and critical 
    contributions that engage with architecture and the built environment 
    from a historical perspective. We invite original contributions of the 
    highest quality from scholars and critics in all stages of their 
    career. The journal especially welcomes contributions that stimulate 
    reflection and dialogue about the place of history and historical 
    research within the varied and multifaceted ways in which architecture 
    and the built environment are studied and debated today, across 
    disciplines, cultures and regions. The journal publishes on a continual 
    basis, with new articles coming online as soon as they have passed peer 
    review and copy-editing, in one open issue (running from Jan 1 to Dec 
    31) as well as one or more special collections per year.

    Thanks to support from the European Architectural History Network, and 
    membership of the Open Library of the Humanities, Architectural 
    Histories is able to waive the APC for contributions to the journal.

    Articles can be submitted via the online system on  journal.eahn.org.
     
  • CFP: ISCH Prize Competition 2017 for Cultural Historians

    Dates: 02 Mar – 30 Apr, 2017
    Call for Papers
    ISCH Prize Competition 2017 for Cultural Historians

    In order to support cultural historical research and encourage scholars in their early career, the International Society for Cultural History (ISCH) offers an essay prize which will be awarded each year to the best article on cultural history. The ISCH Prize in 2017 is 350 ?, and the winning article will also be published in the society's journal Cultural History.

    The ISCH welcomes original texts that make an insightful contribution to scholarship on cultural history through methodological innovation, theoretical originality or historiographical significance. Articles on any aspect of cultural history, on any historical period or geographical area will be accepted for consideration.

    Submissions should be original, unpublished works in English, written by scholars who, when applying for the prize, are either preparing their PhD or have completed their PhD during the last five years. Essays should be double spaced, and no more than 7000 words in length.

    To submit an entry, please send a complete application to each member of the Prize Committee. The submissions should include a cover sheet with author information, a short CV and the essay itself. All files should be in pdf format.

    Your submission must be sent not later than 30 April 2017. The winner will be announced at the ISCH Conference in Ume?, 26?29 June, 2017.

    Please send your submission to:

    Dr. Anu Korhonen, Chair of the Prize Committee
    Email: anu.korhonen@helsinki.fi<mailto:anu.korhonen@helsinki.fi>
    University of Helsinki

    Prof. em. Harvey Green
    Email: harvey@waterloom.com<mailto:harvey@waterloom.com>
    Northeastern University

    Dr. Mauricio S?nchez Menchero
    Email: menchero@unam.mx<mailto:menchero@unam.mx>
    Universidad Nacional Aut?noma de M?xico

  • Apply for National Fund for Sacred Places

    Dates: 02 Mar – 01 May, 2017

    From prairie churches to urban cathedrals and synagogues, historic sacred places are often the oldest, and most beautiful, buildings within our communities. This fund aims to help keep these places as an important part of our national cultural heritage. The fund is a collaboration with Partners of Sacred Places and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

    The National Fund for Sacred Places provides training, planning grants, and capital grants from $50,000 to $250,000 for congregations of all faiths. Visit www.FundforSacredPlaces.org for more information and online application. 

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