Recent Opportunities

  • CFP: On the Agency of Interior Spaces (Cambridge, 13-14 Oct 17)

    Cambridge | Dates: 21 Feb – 15 Apr, 2017
    CFP: On the Agency of Interior Spaces (Cambridge, 13-14 Oct 17)

    The Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA, October 13 - 14, 2017
    Deadline: Apr 15, 2017

    The Room Where It Happens: On the Agency of Interior Spaces October 13-14, 2017

    A symposium hosted by the
    Harvard Art Museums

    Keynote Speaker:
    Louis Nelson, University of Virginia

    This symposium, held in conjunction with the Harvard Art Museum’s forthcoming exhibition, The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766-1820, seeks papers that investigate spaces of artistic, artisanal and intellectual production throughout global history. From artist’s studios to experimental laboratories, from offices to political chambers, rooms and their contents have long impacted history and transformed their inhabitants. We invite case studies that address questions like the following: How might an assemblage of objects within a given space intersect or clash with ideological narratives? How have secret or privileged rooms, or rooms to which access is limited, served to obfuscate and facilitate the generation and dissemination of ideas? As historians and critics, how should we interpret and recreate such spaces—many of which no longer exist?

    The Philosophy Chamber exhibition, on view at the Harvard Art Museums from May 19 to December 31, 2017, will explore the history and collections of one of the most unusual rooms in early America. Between
    1766 and 1820, the Philosophy Chamber, a grand room adjacent to the College Library on Harvard’s Campus, was home to more than one thousand artifacts, images and specimens. Named for the discipline of Natural Philosophy, a cornerstone of the college’s Enlightenment-era curriculum that wove together astronomy, mathematics, physics and other sciences interrogating natural objects and physical phenomena, the Philosophy Chamber served as a lecture hall, experimental lab, picture gallery and convening space. Frequented by an array of artists, scientists, travelers and revolutionaries, the room and its collections stood at the center of artistic and scholarly life at Harvard and the New England region for more than fifty years. The exhibition considers the wide-ranging conversations, debates, and ideas that animated this grand room and the objects and architectural elements that shaped, supported or unintentionally undermined these discourses.

    Potential case study “rooms” include:
    •    Teaching cabinets
    •    Workshops
    •    Civic spaces
    •    Laboratories
    •    Domestic spaces
    •    Toxic rooms
    •    Secret rooms
    •    Studies or offices
    •    Artist studios
    •    Theaters
    •    Classrooms or lecture halls
    •    Chatrooms or other digital “rooms” and platforms
    •    Museum and gallery installations
    •    Exchanges
    •    Train Stations
    •    Ruins, war-torn rooms

    Due the interdisciplinary nature of this symposium, we welcome proposals from a variety of fields, including art history, architectural history, material culture studies, history, English and literature studies, American studies, anthropology, and archaeology, as well as the fine arts.

    To apply, please submit a 300-word abstract and two-page CV to laura_igoe@harvard.edu by April 15, 2017.
     
  • CFP: Empire, Capital, and Transnational Resistance (Brighton, 13-15 Sep 17)

    Brighton | Dates: 21 Feb – 17 Mar, 2017
    CFP EMPIRE, CAPITAL, AND TRANSNATIONAL RESISTANCE

    13-15 September 2017
    University of Brighton, UK


    Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics (CAPPE) University of Brighton 12th Annual, International, Interdisciplinary Conference

    Call for Papers:
    The anti-colonial revolts of the 1950s and 1960s ran into the sands of neoliberalism from the late 1970s onwards. Operating as it has through neoliberal structures, corporate power has since played an increasingly prominent role in government and governance in the former ?metropoles?, in former colonies, and in relations across the two.

    The Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics welcomes interdisciplinary papers on the implications of, and forms of resistance to, the prominence of corporate power in the postcolonial age. We welcome contributions from, among others, philosophy, politics, ethics, area studies, global ethics, geography, cultural and critical theory.

    Possible themes include:

     * Philosophical, political and ethical analyses of 'Empire', 'Capital', 'Resistance' and related concepts
    * How the changing relationship between state and corporation relates to continuing colonial relations
    * How the changing relationship between state and corporation affects understandings of citizenship
    * The role of the state in a neoliberal and/or postcolonial age
    * The interrelations between rising corporate power and the disciplinary and/or securitising powers of the state, in the context of neocolonialism and neoliberalism
    * The implications of the above changes for political action and resistance today
    * The role of postmodernism and the question of difference in the neoliberal conjuncture
    * Understandings of anti- and/or de- colonial politics in this context
    * What the experiences of ?the periphery? have to say about how we understand contemporary politics and political action
    * Borders
    * The relationship between (post)colonialism, (neo)liberalism and the rise of populisms (right and/or left)
    * Trump, Brexit and the Right: implications for realignments of resistance



    Please email ABSTRACTS, of no more than 300 words, for a 20-min. presentation, to Bob Brecher -- R.Brecher@brighton.ac.uk<mailto:R.Brecher@brighton.ac.uk> -- by 17 March 2017.

    The conference fee is ?210. This includes refreshments, lunch on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and a buffet dinner on the Thursday evening. There are a limited number of places available for graduate students and for people who have no institutional affiliation at the reduced price of ?105. Please indicate if you wish to be considered for one of these places when sending your abstract.

    Please note: the conference fee does not include accommodation and, unfortunately, we are unable to offer travel grants or other forms of financial assistance. A limited amount of reasonably priced student halls of residence accommodation is available on a first come first served basis.

    For further information about the Centre see: www.brighton.ac.uk/CAPPE<http://www.brighton.ac.uk/CAPPE>

    For further information about the conference and/or for updates please email Ian Sinclair: i.a.sinclair@brighton.ac.uk<mailto:i.a.sinclair@brighton.ac.uk>
     
  • Call for 2018 Fellowship Applications: Center for French-Japanese Advanced Studies in Paris

    Paris | Dates: 21 Feb – 31 Mar, 2017
    The Fondation France-Japon de l’EHESS is presently recruiting Senior and Junior levels researchers in the framework of the Centre for French-Japanese Advanced Studies in Paris (Centre d’Etudes Avancées Franco-Japonais de Paris, CEAFJP; http://ffj.ehess.fr/ceafjp.html).
     
    The CEAFJP is a research and exchange platform coordinated by the Fondation France-Japon de l’EHESS, and located in Paris, France. The Centre is aimed at supporting researchers who wish to spend between 6 and 12 months in Paris, and to benefit from the excellent work conditions and from academic exchange with our international colleagues in Europe.
     
    This call for applications concerns the five following thematic fellowships: 
     
    1. Air Liquide fellowship: "Dietary Habits and their Sanitary and Environmental Impacts" (http://ffj.ehess.fr/chaire_air_liquide.html)
    2. Banque de France fellowship “Macroeconomics and Economic Policy: Which Lessons from the Japanese Experience?” (http://ffj.ehess.fr/chaire_bdf.html)
    3. Michelin fellowship: “Public Innovation Policies in Japan” (http://ffj.ehess.fr/chaire_michelin.html)
    4. Renault fellowship: "Uses of the Automobile and New Mobility Services in Japan, in Korea and in Europe" (http://ffj.ehess.fr/chaire_renault.html)
    5. Valeo fellowship: "Innovative Technologies for a Sustainable Mobility" (http://ffj.ehess.fr/chaire_valeo.html)
     
    The deadline for applications is March 31st, 2017. Applications are submitted by email via ffj@ehess.fr.
    The appointed Fellow will take up the post on 1 January 2018 or at a date to be agreed.
     
    We also accept applications from Junior candidates applying for other fields or other themes of research for academic fundings on a competitive basis with the support of the following organisations (http://ffj.ehess.fr/autres.html) :
    1. AXA research fund for Junior researchers (next campaign will open in Automne 2017)
     
    For further information on the CEAFJP and on how to apply to these fellowship programs, please visit the website of the Centre (http://ffj.ehess.fr/ceafjp.html). Further particulars and details of the fellowship may be asked directly by email to Mr. Ken Daimaru (ffj@ehess.fr).
     
  • Cities, Communities and Homes: Is the Urban Future Livable?

    Derby | Dates: 22 – 23 Jun, 2017
    Cities, Communities and Homes: Is the Urban Future Livable?

    University of Derby, England, UK
    June 22-23 2017

    http://architecturemps.com/derbyconference/

    Keynote Speakers:
    Richard Blythe, RTPI. Royal Town Planning Institute Vincent Goodstadt, ECTP-CEU. European Council of Spatial Planners ? Conseil europ?en des urbanistes

    In this conference housing design, community development, city space, urban sociology and human geography will be dealt with individually, as important subjects in their own right. They will also be examined as integrated complex subjects that influence one another in fundamental ways.


    The conference encourages subject specialists to explore the specific issues of their area of expertise. It also seeks to support a more cross sector and interdisciplinary way of thinking by facilitating a better understanding of the approaches of experts and academics in these complex and interconnected set of issues: housing provision, policy and design; community resilience and participation; urban politics and social structures. This is a unique opportunity to broaden our knowledge of how the work of other disciplines impacts on our own.
    Organisers:

    The series is organised by a collection of publishers and universities including: The University of Derby, The University of the West of England, London South Bank University Liverpool and John Moores University, UCL Press and Libri Publishing, La Universidad de Sevilla, The University of Cyprus, Swinburne University and more. It is coordinated by the non-profit research organisation AMPS as part of its engagement with the UN Habitat University Initiative.

    Between 2016-2018 the series is focused on events in the UK. See:
    http://architecturemps.com/uk-events-2016-2018/

    Keynotes:

    Speakers this series include: Steve Cole, Head of Policy, National Housing Federation; Herman Hertzberger, RIBA Gold Medalist; Assemble, Turner Prize Winners; Stephen Hodder, CBE, Former President, RIBA; Richard Blythe, Head of Policy, Royal Town Planning Institute and more?


    Themes:

    Cities: Speakers include urban and landscape designers, human geographers and regional planners. Each will deal with their own work, cases studies, strategy proposals, current and emerging issues in theory and practice.
    Communities: Speakers include community activists, participatory design practices, sociologists studying community and local policy makers.
    Homes: Speakers include housing professionals, architects developing affordable housing models, and regional policy makers on housing provision.

    Publications:

    There are four separate publication outlets:
    There is a conference proceedings publication as part of the event series with its own ISSN. Delegates will also be considered for inclusion in two books series with UCL Press and Libri Publishing, respectively. In addition, the scholarly journal Architecture_MPS ISSN will run a Special Issue on housing.

  • CFP: Culture on the Move in Edwardian Britain (Lancaster, 8-9 Sep 17)

    Lancaster | Dates: 21 Feb – 04 Jun, 2017
    University of Lancaster, September 8 - 09, 2017
    Deadline: Jun 4, 2017

    The Spirit of Speed: Culture on the Move in Edwardian Britain

    ‘Before us stretched the deserted road; we could trace it for miles and 
    miles, a long line of grey in a vastness of green space that faded into 
    blue, rising and falling with the rise and fall of the hills. Then the 
    spirit of speed took possession of us, the fascination and the frenzy 
    of speed for speed’s sake […] We had escaped from the fetters that bind 
    man to earth; we were intoxicated with a new-born sense of splendid 
    freedom; without exertion or effort we lightly skimmed the ground […] 
    We were rushing into infinity.’ (James Hissey, An English Holiday with 
    Car and Camera, 1909)

    The fourth annual conference of the Edwardian Culture Network will be 
    held at the University of Lancaster this coming September, in 
    association with the Edwardian Postcard Project. Taking our lead from 
    James Hissey’s 1909 evocation of travelling in a motor car, or H.G. 
    Wells’s equally-breathless sea-bound finale to Tono-Bungay – we will be 
    exploring the ‘spirit of speed’, as represented, reflected, challenged 
    or wilfully ignored by British culture c.1895-1914. We invite 300-word 
    proposals for papers on any aspect of this theme. Topics might include, 
    but are not limited to:

    - Culture on the move: the significance of postcards, advertisements, 
    newspapers, travelling exhibitions, etc.
    - Reactions to new technologies: motor cars, steam turbines, radio, 
    film, etc.
    - Speed and freedom: travel, independence and access.
    - Rushing into infinity: Speed and the representation of time in art.
    - Placing the brakes on speed: antidotes to the quickening pace of 
    life: stillness, slowness and spirituality.
    - Speed and exchange: The impact of Atlantic crossings on 
    Anglo-American culture.

    We will accept proposals for 15 minute presentations and panels; we are 
    also happy to consider experimental approaches and poster ideas. Please 
    e-mail proposals (not exceeding 500 words) to 
    edwardianculture@hotmail.co.uk. The closing date for applications is 
    June 4th, 2017. Participants from inside and outside academia are 
    equally welcome!
     
  • Wright 150: Frank Lloyd Wright on Film

    Chicago | Dates: 14 – 21 Mar, 2017
    The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth with free screenings in March of two award-winning films examining the life and work of the legendary architect.

    Wright 150: Frank Lloyd Wright on Film is presented in partnership with the Chicago History Museum in their state-of-the-art Robert R. McCormick Theater, featuring movie theater quality and 7.1 surround sound.

    Frank Lloyd Wright: A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick will be screened Tuesday, March 14; Magnificent Obsession: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buildings and Legacy in Japan on Tuesday, March 21. Both screenings will start at 5:30 p.m. in the Robert R. McCormick Theater, Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago,

    Each program will be introduced by Frank Lloyd Wright Trust Curator, David Bagnall.

    From the origins of Frank Lloyd Wright’s career in the Chicago area through the creation of his magnificent Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Ken Burns’ masterful Frank Lloyd Wright: A Film beautifully captures the story of America’s greatest architect.

    The influence of Japanese aesthetics on Frank Lloyd Wright’s design vision was profound. Magnificent Obsession: Frank Lloyd Wright's Buildings and Legacy in Japan is the story of how he repaid that debt with his creation of the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo and forged relationships with Japanese architects who went on to alter Japan's cityscapes.
     
  • Frank Gehry’s MasterClass on Design & Architecture

    Dates: 21 Feb – 30 Jun, 2017
    The legendary architect is best known for his trailblazing, modern structures, and pioneering vision for what architecture can and should achieve. His designs - including the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Guggenheim in New York, the Dancing House in Prague, and 8 Spruce Street in New York - have reshaped our cities’ skylines, and the imaginations of artists and designers around the world. Gehry has been awarded with several honors for his work including the Pritzker Architecture Prize and most recently the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 

    In his first-ever MasterClass, Frank Gehry will share his unconventional philosophy on design and architecture. Students will be invited into Gehry’s never-before-seen model archive for a peek into his creative process. In the class, Gehry will use case studies, progressive models, and storytelling to illuminate the universal lessons learned during his 50+ year career as an artist and architect.

    “I have tried to give the students insight into my process – how and why I did things.  I hope this gives them the wings to explore and the courage to create their own language,” said Frank Gehry, MasterClass instructor.

    MasterClass provides online classes from world-renowned instructors, making it possible for anyone to learn from the best. Each class offers a unique learning experience which includes video lessons from the instructor, interactive exercises, course materials, peer interaction, and more. All classes are available online for individual purchase at www.masterclass.com for $90 each.
     
  • Frank Lloyd Wright and the Buffalo School of Arts and Crafts

    Buffalo | Dates: 22 Feb – 15 Apr, 2017
    Call for Papers Frank Lloyd Wright and the Buffalo School of Arts and Crafts At the turn of the century, the Buffalo region was an innovative hub of U.S. industry as well as the center of the American Arts and Crafts movement. Western New York boasted the lion’s share of the most influential figures in American Arts and Crafts such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles Rohlfs, Gustav Stickley, Adelaide Robineau, Elbert Hubbard, Dard Hunter, Karl Kipp, among so many others—not to mention Buffalo Pottery, Heintz Metalwork, The Arts and Crafts Shop, etc. On the occasion of the 150th birthday of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, this international conference seeks to address the relation between Buffalo’s Arts and Crafts innovators, the industrial prowess and character of the region, and the forces that shaped the Buffalo School of Arts and Crafts in this country and abroad. We invite scholars, professionals, collectors, graduate students and historians of all stripes to join us in considering the relationship between Western New York’s Arts and Crafts movement and its innovative industries, the social fabric of the community and the larger context of the progressive movement that sought to humanize life in the first quarter of the 20th century. We invite presentations on topics that may include: • The advent of Arts and Crafts as it coincided with the Buffalo region’s rapid industrialization • Wright’s designs as a reflection of his combination of the artisanal with technological innovation • The American iteration of the Arts and Crafts Movement in comparison with its British counterparts • The growth of the Buffalo School and its relationship to technology as either something to exploit or to react against • The period’s complicated understanding of the relationship among the Arts and Crafts movement, technological innovation and industry • How the Arts and Crafts movement included notions of social reform in favor of a more harmonious and healthy society • The diffusion of Arts and Crafts ideals in media and popular culture at the time • Whether Arts and Crafts worked to humanize the industrial environment or merely camouflage its many deficiencies We invite papers on any aspect of Western New York’s extensive roster of Arts and Crafts innovators. An honorarium, travel assistance, and accommodations will be offered to select contributors. This international conference will be held in conjunction with a Buffalo-wide celebration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s enormous local influence, on the occasion of his 150th birthday. The conference will take place October 20-22, 2017 at the University at Buffalo, and is sponsored by the New York State Arts and Crafts Alliance and the University at Buffalo’s Departments of Art and School of Architecture and Planning. Please visit www.art.buffalo.edu/buffaloschoolconference to submit abstracts (maximum 500 words) along with a CV by April 15th, 2017. Each presentation should plan to fill a 20-25 minute conference slot, and illustrated presentations are strongly encouraged.
  • Zoning to Scale: Considering Neighborhood Character

    New York | Dates: 28 – 28 Feb, 2017
    “Zoning to Scale: Considering Neighborhood Character”
    Tuesday, February 28th at 6:30 pm at the Museum of the City of New York
     
    Presented in collaboration with The Municipal Art Society.
     
    Conceived by Department of City Planning in the 1980s, contextual zoning allows the City to regulate the height, bulk, setback, and street frontage of new buildings as a way to preserve neighborhood character. How effective has contextual zoning been in encouraging residential and commercial development that fits in with the scale and character of existing buildings? Are there ways this tool can be improved to adapt to the city’s current housing needs and inherent development pressures? Join us to discuss the impact of contextual zoning on some of New York’s most iconic neighborhoods. To view all of the programs in conjunction with Mastering the Metropolis: New York and Zoning, 1916-2016, click here. 
     
    • Simeon Bankoff, Executive Director, Historic Districts Council 
    • Richard Barth, Executive Vice President for Land Use and Housing Strategies, Capalino+Company
    • Melinda Katz, Queens Borough President 
    • Marcie Kesner, Planning and Development Specialist, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
    • Ron Shiffman, Professor, Pratt Institute Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment
     
    1.5 LU AIA CES credits will be offered for attending this event.  
    Register online at mcny.org/zoning100 | Use code ZONE for $10 tickets (regularly $20)
     
  • 2017 Pocantico Preservation Fellowship

    Pocantico Hills | Dates: 16 Feb – 31 Mar, 2017
    Spend two weeks in July at the Marcel Breuer House in NY working on your preservation project through the 2017 Pocantico Fellowship. Applications are due March 31. Visit Forum.SavingPlaces.org/Pocantico for complete details.
  • Skyscrapers: Boon or Blight?

    New York | Dates: 16 – 16 Mar, 2017
    Jason M. Barr (Rutgers, Newark), author of Building the Skyline, provides a new myth-busting history of Manhattan’s skyscrapers, as well as some thoughts on how the buildings could help Gotham meet the challenges of the twenty-first century. Kate Wood, president of the award-winning preservation group Landmark West!, discusses the current protests over the De Blasio administration's rezoning of midtown, and the new “supers” rising in the city. Alex Marshall, Senior Fellow with the Regional Plan Association and Governing columnist, joins and moderates the discussion.
  • San Gemini Preservation Studies Program

    San Gemini | Dates: 29 May – 04 Aug, 2017
    Now in its 19th year, with alumni from over 170 colleges and universities worldwide, SGPS is dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage. We offer students the opportunity to study and travel in Italy where they acquire hands-on experience in preservation and conservation.
     
    Session One (May 29 – June 23)
    Building Restoration – Touching the Stones
    Restoration of Traditional Masonry Buildings and Sketching and Analyzing Historic Buildings
    (Program includes lectures and field projects*)
    Archaeological Ceramics Restoration 
    Analysis and Restoration of Archaeological Ceramics in Italy 
    (Program includes lectures and workshop)
    Book Bindings Restoration
    The Craft of Making and Restoring Book Bindings 
    Introduction to the Conservation of Books and Bindings 
    (Program includes lectures and workshop)
     
    Session Two (July 10 - August 4)
    Paper Restoration
    Restoration and Conservation of Paper in Books and Archival Documents
    (Program includes lectures and workshop)
    Traditional Painting Techniques
    Traditional Materials, Methods of Painting and Art Restoration Issues
    (Program includes lectures and workshop)
    Preservation Theory and Practice in Italy 
    Restoration Theory, Ethics and Issues 
    (Program includes lectures and discussion)
     
    *Field Projects:
    Restoration of the façade of the Church of San Carlo (13th century)
    Analysis of medieval buildings in San Gemini as part of an urban study of the city
     
    Short Intersession Programs (June 24 – July 7)
    Preservation Field Trip – Italy (June 25 – July 4)
    A ten-day trip visiting Siena, Florence and Rome: places of cultural interest, the urban and historical development of each town, and specialized visits to places of interest to restorers.
    Coexistence of Memory and Modernity – Athens (June 25 - July 6)
    A twelve day visit of Athens: an exploration of the history of preservation and conservation issues facing the city led by some of the top Athenian experts in their field.
    The History and Culture of Food in Italy (June 26 – July 7)
    A two-week course giving an overview of the history and cultural traditions of food in Italy. The course will include lec¬tures, field trips and an experimental cooking workshop.
     
    To find out more about our program and review the syllabi, please visit our WEBSITE.
     
    Our courses are open to students from various disciplines, both undergraduate and graduate. All lessons are taught in English.
     
  • In the Tower: Theaster Gates

    Washington | Dates: 05 Mar – 04 Sep, 2017
    Over the past decade, American artist Theaster Gates (b. 1973) has explored the built environment and the power of art and culture to transform experience. For the second exhibition in the reopened East Building Tower 3 galleries, Gates will present a new body of work—The Minor Arts—featuring several pieces created for the Gallery. The installation will examine how discarded and ordinary objects, including the floor of a Chicago high school gym and the archives of Ebony magazine, acquire value through the stories we tell.
  • Conflict, Violence and Preservation

    Lexington | Dates: 31 – 31 Mar, 2017
    The Department of Historic Preservation in the College of Design at the University of Kentucky will address the subject in this year’s annual Historic Preservation Symposium – “Conflict, Violence and Preservation: Interpreting difficult history”– to be held March 31 at the Singletary Center for the Arts in Lexington, KY.
  • Rethinking Pei: A Centenary Symposium

    Cambridge, MA and Hong Kong | Dates: 16 Feb – 01 Apr, 2017
    Call for Papers Rethinking Pei: A Centenary Symposium Organized by M+ with the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University; and the Faculty of Architecture, the University of Hong Kong October 12-13 (Cambridge, MA) and December 15-16 (Hong Kong), 2017 I.M. Pei (1917 - ) remains one of the most celebrated yet under-theorized architects of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Though Pei’s six-decade career is mostly identified with his unwavering interest in cultural synthesis and the power of pure geometrical form, his work and methods of practice offer additional opportunities for investigating their dynamic intertwinement within multiple, consequential moments in the history of mid- to late twentieth century architecture, and their relationships with broader social, cultural, and geopolitical phenomena. Rethinking Pei: A Centenary Symposium seeks to reexamine Pei in the context of the architect’s 100th birthday year as two linked conferences organized by M+, the new museum for visual culture being built in Hong Kong, with, respectively, the Graduate School of Design (GSD) at Harvard University and the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). Together, the events aim to resituate the architect from the intersecting vantage points of the two regional poles with which he’s most closely linked—Hong Kong/China and Boston/the United States—by bringing together architectural historians and practitioners, among others, to discuss new strands of inquiry concerning Pei and his work. We are seeking papers that expand and deepen our understanding of relatively unexplored dimensions of Pei’s education, professional practice, and architectural production within the complex global, transnational architectural landscape that he helped shape, and was shaped by. A diversity of interdisciplinary perspectives, and scholars from fields outside of architecture, are highly encouraged. Areas of exploration might include, but are not limited to, Pei in the context of: - His contributions to the discipline of architecture, and its discourses and contemporary practices; - His early years in China, and education at MIT and the GSD; - Architecture’s participation in the Cold War; - The architect and/as developer; - The rise of the international corporate architecture firm; - The role of the “global architect” in developmental economics and the rise of global capitalism in the Asia-Pacific region, and post-reform China; - The migratory practices of post-1949 Chinese émigré architects from greater China, and Chinese diaspora architects from East and Southeast Asia; - Issues of identity and cultural representation in architectural design; - Postmodernism; - Engagements with notions of “Chinese spatiality,” especially the principles of Chinese garden design; and - The expansion of the museum as a global institution. Interested presenters are asked to submit a 250-word abstract, along with a maximum 2-page CV, to peisymposium@mplus.org.hk. The deadline is April 1, 2016. Conference organizers will structure both events based on the papers received, and successful applicants will be notified of their acceptance, as well as their assigned venue (Cambridge, MA, or Hong Kong), by May 1. Draft papers, limited to 10 double-spaced pages, will be due August 1, 2017. Rethinking Pei is made possible with a grant from the C Foundation, www.cfoundation.cn.
  • Cultural Sustainable Tourism (CST)

    Thessaloniki | Dates: 04 – 06 Sep, 2017
    Cultural Sustainable Tourism (CST- 2017) discusses the complex relations between Culture, and tourism, and how planners, architects, and main actors and help in conveying and spreading the right perspective of the importance and role of Cultural tourism and how to maintain it.
  • Architects and Interior Decoration in France in the 18th Century

    Dates: 15 Feb – 28 Apr, 2017
    This video records a public talk given at the Frick Collection on the role of architects in interior design in France in the 18th Century. http://www.frick.org/interact/basile_baudez_architects_and_interior_decoration_age_gouthiere
  • The Design Institute: Building a Transnational History

    Hong Kong | Dates: 10 – 11 Mar, 2017
    This conference, to be held March 10-11, 2017 in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong, will examine the key institutional mechanism for architectural production in the socialist world over the course of much of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Comprised of international scholars in fields such as anthropology, architectural design, architectural and urban history, and government, among others, this event will map, historicize, and theorize the transnational history of the socialist design institute, with a particular emphasis on China. This undertaking involves tracing the institute’s bureaucratic origins in the Soviet Union as well as Eastern Europe, its emergent role in the development of China’s international diplomacy after 1949 throughout the socialist world, and its participation in the economic and political reconfigurations that define post-socialism.
  • Design + Heritage

    Philadelphia | Dates: 16 – 17 Mar, 2017
    Concepts of heritage have evolved dramatically in the past 50 years, from the stately mansions of founding fathers to neighborhoods and landscapes, from sites of conscience to the intangible and ephemeral. Throughout the world, leading designers have embraced the complex challenges of remaking historic places, creating sophisticated ensembles that range from seamless to provocative. Nonetheless, the basic principles of contemporary design in historic settings, as first codified in the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards in 1966, have remained unchanged. The directives that additions and new construction in historic settings be “differentiated” yet “compatible” remains challenging, controversial–even mystifying—for designers, regulators, property owners and the general public. This symposium will engage designers, scholars, educators and stewards of heritage who are at the forefront of the field to explore innovative strategies for thoughtful, creative design in historic contexts.
  • Victorian Society in America Summer Schools - Applications due March 1st!

    Dates: 14 Feb – 01 Mar, 2017
    Explore the roots of American modernism during our six-day Chicago program; visit The Breakers and McKim, Mead & White’s Isaac Bell House, Victorian gardens, historic churches, and stunning Tiffany windows on our ten-day course in Newport, Rhode Island; or spend two weeks examining Victorian art, architecture and design in London, the Midlands and the West Country! Enjoy lectures by leading scholars, private tours of historic sites, engaging social experiences, and opportunities to get behind the scenes at museums and galleries. Open to graduate students, academics, architects, and the general public. Full and partial scholarships available.
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