Recent Opportunities

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  • CFP: Urban Transformations and Transitions in the Balkans

    Belgrade | Dates: 21 Sep – 01 Nov, 2017
    *BAB Special Session: URBAN TRANSFORMATIONS AND TRANSITIONS IN THE BALKANS*

    At a stage of deep and very rapid changes in society it is important to
    understand the effects they can have on the built environment that
    surrounds us. Academy is giving a renewed interest to community
    participation and the use of ICTs to understand the challenges cities
    are facing in the next future, and terms like IoT, Smart Cities, commons
    or participation are today widely present in any discussion related with
    urban contexts. Bits and bytes have to look anyway for an agreement with
    atoms, in this case the established city. The Balkan region is, no more
    than other regions, facing identity challenges and dynamic
    transformations, so the Balkan Architectural Biennale offers the
    opportunity to focus on the reality of the region, where the ongoing
    European integration process and the transition from a centralized model
    to one based on free market rules are specific topics worth to be
    considered in relation with the new models proposed and imposed by
    technology development. Cities change with radical or smooth transitions
    after any event, so we want to focus on the specificities, if any could
    be found, of the region, and the potential for its development.

    Despite the risk of raising fragmented and parallel urban environments
    if social issues are not properly addressed, it is possible to intuit
    how cities do have a social resilience which will re-balance any threat.
    Recognizing the importance of digital and physical flows in the
    configuration of the contemporary cityis a first step to a broader
    approach on the evolution of urban systems and ecosystems.

    This special session aims to look at specific patterns existing in the
    region, good practices developed here or elsewhere and that could be
    implemented in the Balkans. It aims a wide range focus and
    interdisciplinary approach, under the broad umbrella of the question
    about what actions and urban governance policies are required for
    developing and strengthening a resilient urban environment, some of the
    possible but not exclusive themes to address in this session are the
    following:

     * Do new models of urban governance improve living in urban environments?
     * Do community empowerment facilitate urban experiences and justice?
     * What scenarios can we envision for the city of the future? Will ICT
       and the circular economy transform the way we live it?
     * Which urban infrastructures are built with citizens in mind, and
       which ones contribute to more social and spatial segregation?

    Cimadomo, G., (2017). Information technologies: Threats and
    opportunities for contemporary urban transformations,//ACE:
    architecture, city and environment//[en l?nea], 11: 33, 265-278.

    Finn, D. (2014). Introduction to the special issue on DIY urbanism.
    /Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban
    Sustainability/, /7/(4), 331?332.
    https://doi.org/10.1080/17549175.2014.959154

    Geiger, J. (Ed.). (2015). /Entr?acte. Performing publics, pervasive
    media, and architecture/. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Doi:
    10.1057//9781137414182

    Expression of interest including a 300 words abstract or structured
    papers (see call) and resumed CV can be sent to the special session
    convenor: Guido Cimadomo, ETS Arquitectura, Universidad de M?laga:
    /cimadomo@uma.es before November the 1st .
    More detailed info about the International Conference here:
    http://balkanarchitecturalbiennale.rs/bab/submissions

  • Docomomo US Tour Day

    Dates: 07 – 07 Oct, 2017

    Docomomo US is excited to announce the line-up of tours and events taking place during our eleventh Tour Day. The only national event of its kind, Tour Day is an annual celebration of modern architecture and design where the public and like-minded organizations across the country participate in a tour or event on the first Saturday and throughout the month of October.

    This year's theme SHELTER looks to build upon Docomomo US' advocacy theme and invites people to explore modern shelter found in their city, town, and neighborhood. Join the thousands of participants enjoying the 50+ tours, in 30+ citites nationwide.

  • Richard L. Blinder Award

    Dates: 21 Sep – 25 Oct, 2017

    The Richard L. Blinder Award will be presented biennially to an architect or other professional in a related historic preservation field for a proposal exploring architecture and preservation. The proposal may focus on a real project or it may be a polemical exercise; in either case, originality is highly valued. The proposal must advance architectural preservation in the United States. The product can be graphic, text-based or a combination of both and must be able to be shared with the architecture and preservation community. The award is for a sum not to exceed $15,000.

    Criteria for Evaluation
    Applications are reviewed by the Fitch Trustees. Projects will be evaluated on the following criteria and conditions of eligibility:

    • A demonstrated need for the proposed study and evidence of its value to advance the practice of historic preservation in the United States.
    • The applicant has a realistic plan for the dissemination of research and/or the final work product within twenty-four (24) months of receipt of the Award. Modes of dissemination include papers; lectures; conferences; presentations; or exhibitions.
    • The project has a clear and realistic goals, timeframe, work plan, and budget
    • The project demonstrates innovative thinking, original research and creative problem solving and/or design

    Eligibility

    • Grants are awarded only to individuals, not organizations or university-sponsored research projects. Grants are not awarded for professional fees.
    • The applicant must be an architect or in a related field, such as historic preservation, landscape architecture, architectural conservation, urban design, environmental planning, archaeology, architectural history, the decorative arts, advocacy, and preservation law.
    • Applicants must be legal residents or citizens of the United States.

    Please email us with any questions concerning criteria for evaluation or project eligibility.

    How to Apply

    Applicants are required to submit the following materials:

    1. Cover page, including Project Title; Name of Applicant(s), including primary contact person; Applicant Address; Phone; Email. Also, please specify whether you are applying for the Fitch Mid-Career Grant or the Richard L. Blinder Award; and specify the amount of grant money requested.
    2. Brief description of project, including how the final work product will be disseminated. Applicants are encouraged to be succinct and the description is not to exceed three (3) pages.
    3. Detailed work schedule and project budget, showing the grant amount requested from the Fitch Foundation and how this money will be spent.
    4. Curriculum Vita, including professional and academic background, and past and present grants received.
    5. Two (2) letters of support for the project to be included with the application.

    Selection Process & Completion of Grant
    Grants are awarded at the discretion of the Foundation. Recipients will be notified by mail in the Spring of 2018. Projects must be completed within twenty-four (24) months of the grant award. All grantees will be assigned a Trustee advisor who will provide feedback and guidance throughout the project.

    Typically, grant awards are divided into equal payments, the first being presented upon the award of the grant. Substantial written progress reports are required for all subsequent payments. The final payment is awarded only upon completion of the project.

    The Foundation shall be acknowledged in all publications. The Trustees reserve the right to publish the results if the recipient does not. The grant recipient must sign a release to the Foundation permitting such publication. Proper credit will be given to the grant recipient.

    Applications for 2018 funding are now being accepted. Applications must be submitted by October 25, 2017, 11PM EST. 

  • David Stanley Gebhard Award

    Dates: 21 Sep – 15 Oct, 2017

    The Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (mnsah) invites the submission of articles and books on the subject of Minnesota architectural history to the eleventh David Stanley Gebhard Award, which honors the late Minnesota-born sah president and nationally renowned writer, whose subjects included this state’s architectural history.

    Books and articles submitted must have been published between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2017. Submissions must be received no later than October 15, 2017.

    Judging will be by a panel appointed by mnsah. The winners will be announced and the awards, along with an honorarium, will be presented at the mnsah Annual Meeting in March 2018.

    Rules for the award program:

    ·      Only articles or books focusing on some historical aspect of the Minnesota built environment will be considered. The major criterion is how well the book or article strikes a balance between scholarship and accessibility.

    ·      Books and articles submitted must have been published between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2017.

    ·      There will be separate award categories for articles and books.

    ·      Judges reserve the right to withhold selection of an award if a minimum of three books or five articles are not submitted or if the submissions do not meet the criteria of the Gebhard Award.

    ·      There is no restriction as to the author’s place of residence.

    ·      Applicants should send three copies of the nominated work to:

    David Stanley Gebhard Award

    c/o Kristin Anderson

    2417 Como Avenue

    Saint Paul, MN 55108

    Materials will not be returned.

    ·      Submissions must be received no later than October 15, 2017. Earlier submissions are strongly encouraged to allow judges as much review time as possible.

    ·      The award winners will receive an honorarium ($300 for the book, $100 for the article), a one-year membership in MNSAH, and a framed certificate.

     

    For additional information, contact Kristin Anderson at anderso3@augsburg.edu.

  • American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) Fellowships 2018-2019

    Dates: 21 Sep – 01 Nov, 2017

    The American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) is pleased to announce 2018-2019 fellowship programs for students and scholars based in the U.S. and Canada: 

    ARIT / National Endowment for the Humanities Advanced Fellowships for Research in Turkey cover all fields of the humanities, including prehistory, history, art, archaeology, literature, and linguistics as well as interdisciplinary aspects of cultural history for applicants who have completed their academic training.  The fellowships may be held for terms ranging from four months to a full year.  Stipend per month is $4,200.

    ARIT Fellowships for Research in Turkey are offered for research in ancient, medieval, or modern times, in any field of the humanities and social sciences.  Post-doctoral and advanced doctoral fellowships may be held for various terms, for terms from one month up to one academic year.  Stipends range from $2,500 to $15,500.

    Applications for ARIT fellowships must be submitted to ARIT by November 1, 2017.  The fellowship committee will notify applicants by late January, 2018.

    For further information please see the ARIT webpage at http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/ARIT/FellowshipPrograms.html

  • CFP: 2018 Biennial Meeting on Construction History (College Park, 24-26 May 2018)

    College Park | Dates: 21 Sep – 16 Nov, 2017

    We invite researchers and practitioners from all aspects of the history of construction to submit presentation and paper abstracts on subjects relating to the Americas for the 2018 Biennial Meeting on Construction History, to be held in the city of College Park, MD. The meeting will be hosted by the Construction History Society of America and the School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation at the University of Maryland from May 24-26, 2018, and follows successful meetings of the CHSA held in Seattle, WA (10th Anniversary Members’ Meeting 2017), Austin, TX (2016), Minneapolis MN (2014), Cambridge MA (2012), Philadelphia PA (2010), and Atlanta GA (2008).

    Abstracts for Presentation
    Abstracts submitted will be compiled in a hard-copy catalogue to be distributed at the meeting.  Abstracts for presentation imply that the author(s) intent is to present the subject within a 20-minute slideshow.  

    CHSA encourages authors to also submit full papers to Construction History according to their publication schedules. The submission of an abstract for the CHSA Meeting does not exempt papers from the Journal’s review process. 

    Each abstract must include:                     

    • title
    • authors’ names and institutional affiliations
    • an abstract of 4000 characters
    • key words (selected, if possible, from the list of topics and subjects),
    • a one-page curriculum vitae indicating contact information, status, laboratory affiliation if relevant, and publications or other relevant work for each author.
    All presentations must be in English and related to Construction in North and South America.
     

    Abstract topics may include:

    • History and construction of specific projects
    • History of the building trades or specific builders
    • Organization of construction work
    • Wages and the economics of construction
    • The development of building codes and regulations
    • Trade unions and guilds
    • Military or Army Corps of Engineers
    • Structural analysis and the development of structural forms
    • Development of construction tools, cranes, scaffolding, etc
    • Building techniques in response to their environments
    • Building materials, their history, production and use
    • History of services (heating, lighting etc.) in buildings
    • The changing role of the professions in construction
    • Building archaeology
    • Computer simulation, experimentation and reconstruction
    • Use of construction history for dating of historic fabric
    • Recording, preservation and conservation
    • Construction in architectural writing
    • The role of construction history in education
    • The bibliography of construction history
    • The theory and practice of construction history
    Important Dates:
     
    November 16, 2017                 Abstract Deadline
    January 1, 2018                       Online Registration Open
    January 15, 2018                     Author Notification
    May 24-26, 2018                      Biennial 
     
     
    SUBMIT ABSTRACT
    https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=6thbiennialchsa2018
     
    WEBSITE
    http://www.constructionhistorysociety.org/events/
     
    FACEBOOK
    https://www.facebook.com/ConstructionHistorySocietyofAmerica15/
  • CFP: The 6th International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies (Othello's Island 2018)

    Nicosia | Dates: 21 Sep – 31 Dec, 2017
    OTHELLO'S ISLAND - The 6th International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies (Othello's Island 2018)

    Nicosia, Cyprus, March 2018

    Now in its sixth year (2018), Othello's Island is a well established annual meeting of academics, students and the wider public interested in Byzantine, medieval, renaissance and early modern art, literature, history, culture and society.

    A broad ranging conference, with around 100 delegates from around the world, Othello's Island is still small enough to retain a friendly and collegiate atmosphere. This allows for genuine cross-referencing of research with academics from other disciplines. We are housed at the CVAR Research Centre in the heart of the medieval old town of Nicosia, and full use is made of our location, with site visits to places of interest. For academic speakers aged under 36 we have a limited amount of free living accommodation available.

    All papers are published (optional) in the proceedings of the conference.

    Enquiries: info@othellosisland.org
    Web address and Call for Papers: http://www.othellosisland.org

    Sponsored by: Othello's Island / University of Cyprus / Centre for Visual Arts and Research (CVAR)

    Convenors:

    Prof. James Fitzmaurice (Northern Arizona University, USA); Prof. Lisa Hopkins (Sheffield Hallam University, UK); Dr Sarah James (University of Kent, UK); Dr Michael Paraskos (Imperial College London, UK)

    Academic Board- as above, plus: Dr Stella Achilleos (University of Cyprus, Cyprus); Dr Jane Chick (University of East Anglia, UK); Dr Nicholas Coureas (Cyprus Research Centre, Cyprus); Dr Richard Maguire (University of East Anglia, UK); Dr Laurence Publicover (University of Bristol, UK); Dr Rita Severis (CVAR, Cyprus); Prof. Astrid Swenson (Bath Spa University, UK); and, Dr Violetta Trofimova (St Petersburg University, Russia) 
  • Archifest 2017

    Dates: 04 – 15 Oct, 2017
    Organised by the Singapore Institute of Architects, Archifest 2017 seeks to invite creative co-production and establish greater collaboration between various institutions and communities for a diverse programme.
    Built upon five pillars including Archi-Interfaces, Archicraft, Architours, Conference and Conversations, Archifest 2017 will be held across multiple venues in Singapore from 4 to 15 October with an exciting line-up of more than 50 events.
  • BE A FELLOW. BE A CONVENER. BE A PART OF THE RESEARCH AND ACADEMIC PROGRAM AT THE CLARK.

    Williamstown | Dates: 31 Dec, 2017 – 31 Mar, 2018
    The Clark Art Institute combines a public art museum with a lively Research and Academic Program (RAP). The Clark’s collections, library, visual resources, and Fellows program are located in the Manton Research Center, along with the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art, sponsored jointly with the Clark. Our campus is within walking distance of Williams College, its libraries, and its art museum, and a brief drive away from the internationally renowned MASS MoCA.
    AS A FELLOW, you will join a distinguished, international family of scholars, critics, museum professionals, and artists. Applicants propose projects that will extend and enhance the understanding of visual art and its role in culture. Clark Fellows work in offices in the Manton Research Center—which houses the Clark library’s open stack collection of some 300,000 volumes dedicated to art history—and live in spacious, beautiful apartments in a residence across the street. Clark Fellows receive stipends that take into account sabbatical and salary replacement needs, and travel expenses are reimbursed.
    AS A CONVENER, your Clark Colloquium, Conference, Symposium, or Workshop will address a vital topic in its field. RAP welcomes proposals for these events on an ongoing basis. We give preference to projects that are multidisciplinary in structure and bring to notice innovative research.
    For more information, visit clarkart.edu/rapfellowship or clarkart.edu/rap/events.
  • IMPERIAL ISLANDS

    Dates: 21 Sep, 2017 – 20 Jan, 2018
    IMPERIAL ISLANDS: VISION AND EXPERIENCE IN THE AMERICAN EMPIRE AFTER 1898

    The Empire of the United States began with a bang in 1898. The U.S. Navy docked the Maine battleship in Havana’s bay to protect Americans living in war-torn Cuba. It exploded mysteriously. The U.S. blamed Spain and joined rebel forces to liberate the island. Three months later, the U.S. (not Cuban) flag replaced Spain’s atop Havana’s Morro Castle. Cubans found themselves under the power of a new American Imperium.  By the end of the so-called “Splendid Little War,” the United States had taken possession of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines. Spurred by military successes and dreams of Empire, the U.S. annexed Hawai’i that same year. Massive infrastructural investments and bureaucratic overhauls from the United States redefined the ex-colonies of Spain and the island cultures of the Caribbean and Pacific, creating a visible confrontation between local indigenous, African, Asian, Spanish and U.S. imperial expressions. This book seeks essays that reconsider how the United States and the island nations of the Americas and Southeast Asia were transformed through histories of visual, spatial, and material culture after 1898; including, but not limited to, studies on photography, print culture, popular media, performance, urbanism, and architecture. 

    I invite papers that engage with questions: How does Empire define vision and experience? How might images, materials, and built objects serve as a form of resistance to Empire? Do images and built environments reflect, countersign, or challenge ideals of local and/or imperial cultures? Does the cultural geography of islands factor into imperialism? Essays might address, among other topics, forms of resistance to U.S. cultural presence; the role of architecture in expressions of state power; visual regimes of race and racism; or gendered representations of the United States and its foreign holdings in the Pacific and Caribbean. Papers examining the consumption and production of art in support or critique of U.S. imperialism at the turn of the century in the major cities of Cuba, Guam, Hawai’i, the Philippines, and Puerto Rico are encouraged. Essays that telescope back to the nineteenth century, looking at the imperialist rhetoric of the Monroe Doctrine, and project forward, thinking of the ongoing significance of vision and experience in the U.S. Empire, Latinx and Filipinx communities, and the islands of the Caribbean and Pacific, are especially welcome. Queries concerning submission topics are warmly encouraged. 

    Essay abstracts (approximately 250 words) and a CV should be sent by January 20, 2018 to Joseph R. Hartman at hartmanjr@umkc.edu

    Selected authors will be notified by February 5, 2018. First full drafts of essays are due by March 20, 2018. 

    For those invited to contribute to the book project, essays should be 6,000 to 8,000 words (author-date system in Chicago style with a list of references, and minimal endnotes, are preferred.)

    The use of images is critical. Authors should note which images are most important to include. Image copyright is the responsibility of the author and should be established prior to submitting the final version of the essay. When submitting final essays, proof of copyright permission will be needed.
  • 46th Annual Conference of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA)

    New York | Dates: 25 Feb – 01 Mar, 2018
    The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) will hold its 46th Annual Conference in New York City from February 25-March 1, 2018. The theme this year is “Out of Bounds.” This premier event for art and visual information professionals offers an exciting program of papers, panels, workshops, and sessions that explore current and emergent interests across professional practice in art and architectural libraries. Participants will have opportunities to mingle and consult with colleagues in the exhibit hall, visit poster sessions, bid in our silent auction, and attend special events. In addition, a variety of festivities and tours will connect attendees with the cultural tapestry of New York City.
    http://arlisna.org/newyork2018/index.php
  • 17th National Conference on Planning History, Oct 26-29, 2017

    Cleveland | Dates: 26 – 29 Oct, 2017
    The Society for American City & Regional Planning History (SACRPH) is pleased to announce the program for the 17th National Conference on Planning History, to take place in Cleveland, Ohio, on October 26-29, 2017.

    The conference will begin with a pre-conference tour, roundtable, and reception on Thursday, October 26th. The schedule for Friday and Saturday, October 27th and 28th, includes panels and roundtables, a Presidential address, a poster session, a book exhibit, and multiple receptions. We will conclude with optional walking and bus tours on Sunday, October 29th.

    Please see the conference website (http://www.sacrph.org/conferences-2017) for further details on the program, accommodations at the Westin Cleveland Downtown, and registration. To secure reduced rates, be sure to register by October 1st!
  • Restoring the 1933 House of Tomorrow

    Dates: 24 – 24 Oct, 2017
    Todd Zeiger on architect George Fred Keck’s House of Tomorrow of 1933
    When: Tuesday, October 24, 2017; 4:30 p.m. reception, illustrated talk at 5:30 p.m.; dinner from 6:30 -7:30 p.m.
    Where: Cliff Dwellers, 200 S. Michigan Avenue, 22nd floor, Chicago. (For dinner reservations @ $35.00 per person, please call Cliff Dwellers at 312-922-8080 for the special dinner by Chef Victor; validated parking after 4:00 p.m., $14.00 at the Adams-Wabash garage, SW corner, get parking card from night manager at the Cliff Dwellers).
  • Chagall murals, Sept. 28, Chicago

    Chicago | Dates: 28 – 28 Sep, 2017
    “The Gift”, a film about Marc Chagall’s Four Seasons murals in Chicago
    When: Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, 4:30 p.m. reception, with film showing from 5:15-6:20 p.m., dinner at 6:30 -7:30 p.m.
    Where: Cliff Dwellers, 200 S. Michigan Avenue, 22nd floor, Chicago, IL. (For dinner reservations @ $35.00 per person, please call Cliff Dwellers at 312-922-8080 for the special Chef Victor French dinner).
  • Architecture at the time of Climate Change

    Chandigarh | Dates: 17 – 29 Sep, 2017
    Call for Abstract for Journal of Architecture (ISSN 2249 9326) December 2017 issue on
     " Architecture at the time of Climate Change"
  • Tod Williams and Billie Tsein Presented by Pella Crafted Luxury

    Chicago | Dates: 16 – 16 Nov, 2017

    Tod Williams and Billlie Tsein believe "architecture is the coming together of art and use." Their New York studio focuses on work for institutions including schools, museums, and not-for profit projects, with their newest commission, the Obama Presidential Center, being intergrated into Chicago's historic Jackson Park in 2021. They will discuss what influenced past projects and their journey through their distinguished career.

    Over the past three decades Williams and Tsein have received more than two dozen awards including the National Medal of the Arts from President Obama, Firm of the Year Award from the American Insitute of Architects, and most recently the 2017 AIA Insitute Honor Award for Architecture featuring the Logan Center for the Arts. Both have been inducted to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

    Tickets are $20 and all proceeds will be given to the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

    Wine, beer and refreshments will be provided. Space is limited, please RSVP.

    DATE:

    November 16, 2017 | 5:30 PM Social, 6:00 - 7:30 PM Program

    LOCATION:

    Merchandise Mart | Suite 100 | Chicago

    This lecture is co-sponosored by AIA Chicago (American Institute of Architects).

  • Dumbarton Oaks Fellowships

    Washington | Dates: 13 Sep – 01 Nov, 2017
    Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection is an institute in Washington, D.C., administered by the Trustees for Harvard University. It supports research and learning internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies through fellowships, internships, meetings, and exhibitions. 

    Fellowships are awarded to Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian scholars on the basis of demonstrated scholarly ability and preparation of the candidate, including knowledge of the requisite languages, interest and value of the study or project, and the project’s relevance to the resources of Dumbarton Oaks. We place great value on the collegial engagement of fellows with one another and with the staff.

    Application and instructions are available online. The application deadline is November 1.

    Fellowships are awarded to scholars who hold a PhD or appropriate final degree, or who have established themselves in their field and wish to pursue their own research.

    Junior Fellowships are awarded to degree candidates who at the time of application have fulfilled all preliminary requirements for a PhD or appropriate final degree, and plan to work on a dissertation or final project while at Dumbarton Oaks, under the direction of a faculty member from their own university.

    Summer Fellowships in Pre-Columbian and Byzantine studies are awarded to scholars on any level beyond the first year of graduate (postbaccalaureate) study.

    Mellon Fellowships, an initiative in urban landscape studies, are offered by the Garden and Landscape Studies program, and are intended for scholars and designers to pursue research on the history and current conditions of urban landscapes. Mellon Fellowships are governed by unique terms, and applications are due January 4. You may learn more about this opportunity on our website
  • CFP: Modernism and Rurality: Mapping the State of Research (Tallinn, 14-16 Jun 2018)

    Tallinn | Dates: 13 – 30 Sep, 2017
    MODSCAPES team members are chairing one session at the forthcoming EAHN conference in Tallinn, and are warmly inviting scholars to submit their proposals on the following topic:

    MODERNISM AND RURALITY:
    MAPPING THE STATE OF RESEARCH.

    Rurality appears as an emerging frame of reference in European discourses around the built environment. While modern architecture has sought, throughout its development, to find inspiration in vernacular and rural architecture, as a presumed source of authentic and rational architectural expression, it is in the cities that this movement identified its preferred field of operations. Similarly goes with the development of modernist urban planning and design, where the importation of countryside’s environmental and social qualities to the urban sphere was meant to reform and cure the ill large industrial cities. Nowadays, the architectural and urban design and planning agenda is riding the wave of urban agriculture, but also questioning the longstanding lack of interest for rural areas, as testified by the AlterRurality series of meetings (2012 – ongoing) and by the experience of the Espace rural et projet spatial network (ERPS: Rural space & spatial design).

    This session aims to address, from a historical perspective, the relation between, on one side, architecture and the related disciplines, and on the other side, agriculture and rurality at large. In fact, modernist design and planning in and for the countryside is an overlooked topic in architectural history, and often stand as an underestimated cultural heritage. An emerging stream of scholarship has approached the topic from different perspectives: focusing on stylistic issues, to stress the tension between modernist and vernacular languages (Lejeune & Sabattino, Modern Architecture and the Mediterranean: Vernacular Dialogues and Contested Identities, 2010); analysing the scale of the village, to research how modernist town planning ideas were modified by the encounter with a rural context (Feniger & Levin, The Modern Village, EAHN 2016 conference session), or finally tracking yet another stream of transnational exchange or exportation of expertise, models and ideas. Still, a more holistic understanding of the topic is needed.

    To this end, we welcome proposals specifically mapping case studies concerned with large-scale agricultural development and/or colonization schemes conceived and (but not necessarily) implemented in Europe and beyond during modern times (late 18th-20th century), strongly connected to nation- and State-building processes, and to the modernization of the countryside. We are particularly interested in those examples which aimed to “make the difference” in both scale and numbers, entailing radical reshaping of previously uninhabited or sparsely populated areas into new, planned, “total” rural landscapes.

    Contributors are explicitly invited to expand their research focus on one or more case studies, and conceptualize the topic’s methodological and epistemic implications to the discipline of architectural history, or the potential instrumentality of the historical knowledge produced from such scholarship.

    SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT BY 30 SEPTEMBER 2017 TO THIS SESSION.
    Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted straight to the session convenors:

    Luisa Moretto, Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), luisa.moretto[at]ulb.ac.be
    Axel Fisher, Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB/FNRS), axel.fisher[at]ulb.ac.be
  • I Tatti Fellowship

    Florence | Dates: 13 Sep – 15 Oct, 2017

    Fifteen I Tatti Residential Fellowships, each for twelve months, are available annually for post-doctoral research in any aspect of the Italian Renaissance, broadly understood historically to include the period from the 14th to the 17th century and geographically to include transnational dialogues between Italy and other cultures (e.g. Latin American, Mediterranean, African, Asian etc.).

    I Tatti offers Fellows the precious time they need to pursue their studies with a minimum of obligations and interruptions together with a maximum of scholarly resources—a combination that distinguishes the Harvard Center from similar institutions. Fellows are expected to live in the Florence area and to spend at least three days a week at the center, where they can make use of the Berenson Library’s rich collections of books and periodicals, photographs and digital images, manuscripts and recordings. As one of the over seventy libraries that make up the Harvard Library system, the Biblioteca Berenson provides access to a vast range of online journals and other electronic resources, and offers Fellows comprehensive interdisciplinary resources for the study of late medieval and early modern Italy.

    I Tatti is a site for lively academic encounters and dynamic exchanges. Each year, a number of activities such as exploratory seminars, workshops, and tours of exhibitions and cultural institutions are organized for the Fellows. In addition, the center hosts conferences, lectures, and concerts which Fellows are encouraged to attend. Rather than present a traditional paper at the end of the year, Fellows give presentations of their fellowship in-progress projects in September. This provides an opportunity to explore problems and questions and receive valuable feedback early in the fellowship year from other members of the multidisciplinary community. 

    Eligibility

    Fellows are selected by an international and interdisciplinary committee that welcomes applications from scholars from all nations. The committee aims to assess the ability of candidates to contribute in a collegial way to the intellectual life of the Harvard Center. It pays special attention to the strength of the proposed project and its potential to yield original results, and to the candidate’s curriculum vitae.

    At the time of application, scholars must hold a PhD, dottorato di ricerca, or an equivalent degree. They must be conversant in either English or Italian and able to understand both languages. They should be in the early stages of their career, having received a PhD between 2007-2016 and have a solid background in Italian Renaissance studies. (NB: The PhD certificate must bear a date between January 1, 2007 and December 31, 2016, inclusive.)

    The project must represent advanced research in the Italian Renaissance, broadly defined historically as the period ranging from the 14th to the 17th centuries and geographically to include transnational dialogues between Italy and other cultures (e.g. Latin American, Mediterranean, African, Asian etc.). Subjects covered include art and architecture, history, literature, material culture, music, philosophy, religion, and science. Scholars can also apply to work on the transmission and circulation of ideas, objects, and people during the Renaissance, into and beyond the Italian peninsula, or on the historiography of the Italian Renaissance, including the rebirth of interest in the Renaissance in later periods. It must be possible for applicants to carry out most of their research in Florence with the resources available in the city and at I Tatti. Preference is given to a postdoctoral research project. Applicants should demonstrate that they have already completed the necessary preliminary work to establish that the project shows promise. Projects could also represent a significant reworking of a dissertation. Special consideration may be given to candidates without regular access to research materials and facilities available in Italy.

    One of the I Tatti fellowships, sponsored by a generous grant from the Florence Gould Foundation, is designated for scholars who a) work on a Franco-Italian Renaissance topic (which includes any project exploring the contact between the geographic areas of Italy and France in the early modern period); b) reside in France; or c) have French citizenship. Candidates who fall into one or more of these categories should indicate their status in the penultimate section on the application form.

    The Fellow is responsible for obtaining a visa, permesso di soggiorno, and health coverage (and, if appropriate, for accompanying family members). The Fellow must determine if a visa is required and, if necessary, obtain one before travel.

    Renewals or repeats of an I Tatti Fellowship are not granted. Scholars can apply to only one type of fellowship at I Tatti per academic year. 

    NB: A yearlong I Tatti Fellowship for Non-UK citizens normally based in the UK could jeopardize the outcome of their eventual application for settlement (also called ‘indefinite leave to remain’) in the UK. We encourage such scholars to apply instead for a short-term fellowship at I Tatti.

    Terms

    The Fellowship year runs from July 1 to June 30. In light of the residential nature of this fellowship, we actively discourage people from commuting and expect everyone to reside on the property or in the vicinity, and to actively engage in the scholarly life at the institution. Fellows are expected to be present at the Villa and at lunch at least three working days a week, beginning the first week of September. Attendance at lectures, Fellows’ seminars and other events sponsored by I Tatti is assumed of every Fellow. 

    The principal duty of an I Tatti Fellow is to pursue advanced research at I Tatti. Fellows must obtain full academic leave from their home institutions and devote full time to their studies here. No Fellow is allowed to have any other professional obligations, paid or unpaid. Absences, e.g. for a job interview or thesis defence, should be kept to a reasonable level and appointees must write to the Director for approval of absences of a week or longer. Since you are not expected to be at the Villa until early September, we recommend that you pursue research at sites outside of Florence during July and August.

    Fellows are offered a study, use of the Biblioteca Berenson, lunches on weekdays, and various other privileges. The stipend is $50,000, plus a supplement towards relocation expenses. There are several apartments on the I Tatti property, rent free, but with charges for utilities. A housing subsidy is made available for Fellows who cannot be accommodated within the I Tatti Estate.

    If the candidate receives partial salary or outside grants, this must be indicated on the application or in subsequent correspondence with the Director, and permission must be received.

    Application

    Applications for the I Tatti Fellowship are accepted exclusively online. These applications can be written in English or Italian and must be submitted electronically by midnight (Cambridge, MA time) on October 15, 2017. Late applications will not be accepted. Notification will be made at the beginning of February. 

    Letters of Recommendation

    Applicants must have two scholars who know their work well submit recommendations online by October 22, 2017. These recommendations can be written in English or Italian. In order to give your referees adequate time to submit letters of recommendation, click the reference tab and register them as early as possible. Referees will receive an email explaining how to access the system and submit their letters electronically. It is the applicants’ responsibility to inform the scholars writing on their behalf of the nature of the project and the deadline for submission.

     CLICK HERE TO APPLY

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    The Vanna Venturi House by Robert Venturi and the Margaret Esherick House Louis Kahn

    An exclusive evening at two landmark homes

    Saturday, September 23, 2017

    Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia

    INTIMATELY EXPERIENCE TWO OF PHILADELPHIA’S MOST ARCHITECTURALLY SIGNIFICANT 20TH CENTURY RESIDENCES.

    Please join us for an elegant evening at the Vanna Venturi House designed by Robert Venturi and the Margaret Esherick House designed by Louis I. Kahn, located only a half-block away from each other in Chestnut Hill. This unique evening – never before done – showcases the work of Philadelphia’s own world-class architects in the setting for which they were designed, as homes.
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