Recent Opportunities

  • Impressions: Explorative Journey in Ladakh

    Leh & Turtuk | Dates: 05 – 12 Jun, 2017
    Turtuk is located 175 kms west of Leh. The small village is recently opened for tourism and hence is growing in a fast pace. The inhabitants of the village are Balti people, the Muslim equivelent of Sherpas, the expert mountain climbers. The village is one of the last remaining Balti village in India, as their sister villages went to other side of the border in Pakistan, dividing famalies, homes and relations. The thick border of Inda & Pakistan has scattered the lives of Balti people. The project is a continuation of Unlock Hundarman project initiated by Roots Collective in 2015. Unlock Hundarman is a project where we are documenting lives of people living in border settlements and presenting their stories to the world. The bustling village has an old historic settlement and a mosque (recently restored). The houses in the village are made of stone and timber and their system of water distribution is outstanding. Out of many craft practises in the village, the remarkable ones are utensils made of stone and many other daily usage items made of bones and horns of ibex.
  • CFP: SESAH Lynchburg, October 11-14, 2017

    Lynchburg | Dates: 21 Jan – 31 Mar, 2017
    In 2017, the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians will gather in Lynchburg, Virginia, for our annual conference, October 11-14. The conference program of plenaries, papers, and tours is set against a backdrop of seasonal color in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and within a vibrant architectural landscape rising on the city’s hills. The buildings of Lynchburg represent every architectural style from Federal to mid-century Modern, and every historical period from the colonial era through the Civil War to contemporary times. There are four historic districts in downtown alone, and a fifth listed for the importance of those who lived there, notably Harlem Renaissance poet and activist Anne Spencer. The historic Virginian Hotel, undergoing renovation and opening this summer, will be the venue for the paper sessions and addresses. A signature event of the conference will be a private tour and dinner at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest. The 2017 SESAH conference invites new perspectives on the architecture of Virginia and its preservation. Potential themes of interest include the influence of Jeffersonian design and that of the Harlem Renaissance, as well as the expression of race, religion, and retreats in architecture. Others are Modernism and period-revivals; natural and designed spaces including sanatoriums, amphitheaters, parks, and cemeteries; agricultural and industrial complexes; historically black colleges and universities; heritage tourism, urban renewal, and gentrification; city and regional planning; and more. Papers on any architectural history topic are welcomed. Proposals for themed sessions are encouraged. Paper presentations are 20 minutes maximum accompanied by digital slides. Submit a paper and come be a part of the collegiality and conviviality that distinguish SESAH gatherings! Submissions and Deadlines Abstracts of no more than 300 words must be clearly labeled with the applicant’s name, professional affiliation, contact information, a brief CV, and the title of the proposed paper. Proposals for session panels must include the title of the session; the names, affiliations, contact information, and CVs of all participants; and abstracts of each paper. Please send all materials as PDF or MS Word attachments to Virginia Price, va.price@yahoo.com by March 31, 2017. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by June 1, 2017. All accepted presenters and conference chairs must join SESAH and register for the conference by the early registration deadline. Authors of accepted proposals must also submit the complete text of their papers to their session chair by August 31, 2017; SESAH reserves the right to drop presenters who do not fulfill this requirement. Conference Fellowships for Graduate Students and Emerging Professionals SESAH offers up to three travel grants to help graduate students attend the meeting to deliver papers and one for an emerging professional employed in a federal, state, or local historic preservation office. Please note the applications are due with the Call for Papers. Applications are available here: http://sesah.org/graduate-student-travel-grant-application/ http://sesah.org/emerging-professional-travel-grant/
  • Enchanted Isles, Fatal Shores: Living Versailles

    Canberra | Dates: 17 – 18 Mar, 2017
    On the occasion of the Versailles: Treasures from the Palace exhibition at the NGA, which brings major works of art from the Palace of Versailles to Canberra, this conference showcases the latest ideas about the lives of past people and objects, as well as the living culture of Versailles today. Staged in Canberra, which like Versailles is a planned capital city, centre of government and culture, this is a unique opportunity to explore the enduring influence and resonance of Versailles, its desires and self-perceptions of modernity, from film to fashion to architecture. Gathering a generation of scholars whose work is shifting our perceptions of the art, culture and life of ancien-régime Versailles and its reception, this is the occasion for fresh and challenging research, and new perspectives on canon-defining works. 1664 is formative in the history of Versailles—the year a modest hunting lodge began to be transformed, to become a centre of art, fashion and power in Europe for more than a century. The dream of Versailles as an enchanted isle for the French aristocracy came to a grisly end with the 1789 revolution. Only two years later, the first fleet of British colonists came to settle on the east coast of Australia, on what Robert Hughes famously dubbed ‘the fatal shore’. Life at Versailles changed irreparably just as it would for those who lived in, and migrated to, Australia at the close of the eighteenth century. Versailles was not the static creation of one man but a hugely complex cultural space, a centre of power, of life, love, anxiety and creation, as well as an enduring palimpsest of aspirations, desires and ruptures. The splendour of the castle, and the masterpieces of art and design it contains, masks a more sordid history. The conference’s theme, Enchanted isles, fatal shores, encourages examination of the tensions between splendour and misery, insiders and outsiders, display and privacy that framed life at Versailles.
  • CFP: SACRPH 17th National Conference on Planning History (Cleveland, 26-29 Oct 2017)

    Cleveland | Dates: 18 Jan – 25 Feb, 2017
    The Society for American City and Regional Planning History (SACRPH) presents: THE 17TH NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PLANNING HISTORY Cleveland, Ohio, October 26-29, 2017 SACRPH cordially invites scholars and practitioners to present papers and talks on all aspects of urban, regional, and community planning history and their relationship to urban and metropolitan studies. Particularly welcome are papers, talks, roundtables, and sessions addressing the theme of Theory and Practice in Planning History. What is the relationship between the ideas shaping metropolitan development and the history of the built environment? SACRPH is an interdisciplinary organization dedicated to promoting humanistic scholarship on the planning of metropolitan regions. SACRPH members include historians, practicing planners, geographers, environmentalists, architects, landscape designers, public policy makers, preservationists, community organizers, students, and scholars from across the world. SACRPH publishes a quarterly journal, The Journal of Planning History (http://jph.sagepub.com/), hosts a biennial conference, and sponsors awards for research and publication in the field of planning history. For further information please consult our website: http://www.sacrph.org. The Program Committee welcomes proposals for complete sessions (of three or four papers) and for individual papers. We also encourage submissions that propose innovative formats and that engage questions of teaching and learning, digital information, and publishing. Proposals must be submitted by February 25, 2017 via the following link: http://www.sacrph.org. Each proposal must include the following: · For individual paper submissions: a 100-word abstract · For individual paper submissions: a one-page CV, including address, phone, and e-mail (PDF or Word Document) · For panel submissions: a single document (PDF or Word) including cover page (indicating lead contact, with telephone and email, and the names—if available—of the session Chair and Commentator); a one-paragraph overview of the session's themes and significance, plus a description of the format (panel, roundtable, workshop); a 100-word abstract for each proposed paper; and a one-page CV for each participant, including address, phone, and e-mail · For all submissions: four key words identifying the thematic emphases of the topic Please format required attachments with a standard 12-point font and 1.25-inch side margins. Do not include illustrations. Inquiries may be directed to Program Committee co-chairs: Julian Chambliss, Professor of History, Rollins College, Florida: jchambliss@rollins.edu; or David Freund, Associate Professor of History, University of Maryland, College Park: dmfreund@umd.edu.
  • Victorian Society in America 2017 Summer Schools - Applications due March 1st!

    Dates: 19 Jan – 01 Mar, 2017
    We invite you to study architecture, art, landscape, and preservation at one of our internationally-acclaimed Summer Schools in Newport, Chicago, and London. You will 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. Applications are due March 1st! For more information, and online applications, go to http://www.vsasummerschools.org
  • Authors on Architecture: Breisch on the Central Library

    Santa Monica | Dates: 29 – 29 Jan, 2017
    Please join SAH/SCC and the Santa Monica Public Library (Moore Ruble Yudell, 2006) for a very special program celebrating the all things library. Focusing on the iconic Los Angeles Central Library (Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, 1933), author Kenneth A. Breisch, Ph.D., will discuss his new bookThe Los Angeles Central Library: Building an Architectural Icon, 1872-1933(Getty Research Institute, 2016).

    The construction of the Los Angeles Central Library marked the evolution of the LA public library system from an elite organization ensconced in two rooms in downtown LA, into one of the largest public library systems in the United States. It was yet another factor in the “coming of age” of the city and the region.

    Architect Bertram Goodhue developed a new style, fully integrating the building’s sculptural and epigraphic program with its architectural forms to express a complex iconography. Working closely with sculptor Lee Oskar Lawrie and philosopher Hartley Burr Alexander, he created a great civic monument that, combined with the library’s murals, embodies an overarching theme: the light of learning.

    Breisch, a former member of the Santa Monica Public Library Board, teaches architectural history at the University of Southern California (USC) and has been studying the architecture of libraries for decades. In his new book, Breisch draws upon a wealth of primary source material to tell the story of one of LA’s lasting treasures. Breisch is past president of the national Society of Architectural Historians as well as a Life and Advisory Board Member of our local chapter.

    This beautiful new book will be available for sale and signing by the author.

    Authors on Architecture: Breisch on the Central Library—Sunday, January 29, 2017; 2-4PM; Santa Monica Central Library; 601 Santa Monica Blvd.; free; seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis; 310.458.8600.
  • Call for Papers for the Panel “Art and Architecture: Made by Women,” at 49th ASEEES Annual Convention, Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, Nov. 9-12, 2017

    Chicago | Dates: 18 Jan – 06 Feb, 2017
    In response to Call for Proposals, 49th ASEEES Annual Convention, Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, Nov. 9-12, 2017, Convention Theme: “Transgressions” www.aseees.org/convention, we are composing a Panel Proposal “Art and Architecture: Made by Women” aimed at revealing and examining in a historical perspective creative work by women with select references to the centenary of the 1917 Revolution, and addressing art and design practices by considering cultural mechanisms that modify our field. By challenging the issues of professional equality, we invite studies also focused on art and architectural education, as temporal readings on testimonials to transgressions in shaping professional identities, and envisioning assignments for professional women in art and architecture both pioneering and routine, as leaders and/or as apprentices. The research papers are also welcome on art and architecture viewed through the lens of gender studies. Please submit your Paper Proposal of no more than 300 words, and your CV of no more than 2 pages by February 6, 5pm ET, to sokolina@sbcglobl.net.
  • City of Tomorrow: Real Estate, Architecture and Design Summit at 92Y

    New York | Dates: 03 – 04 Feb, 2017
    From skylines and “superstalls” to floating parks and skylights, City of Tomorrow will explore innovative departures, trends and initiatives for the New York City landscape. Over 50 pioneering real estate developers, architects and interior design innovators, including Robert Couturier, Liz Diller, Thom Filicia, Ian Schrager, Patrik Schumacher and more, will speak on panels and breakout workshops.
  • CALL FOR CONTENT: Sequitur - BU Graduate Student Art History Journal

    Dates: 18 Jan – 15 Feb, 2017
    Sequitur Issue 3:2 Spring 2017 CFP: Oops! Deadline: February 15 The editors of SEQUITUR, a graduate journal published by the Department of History of Art & Architecture at Boston University, invite current graduate students in art history, architecture, fine arts, and related fields to submit content for our Spring 2017 issue titled Oops! This issue will explore works of art and architecture that emerge from mistakes, failures, and revisions. We invite submissions that reflect on the creative process and its various unintended outcomes, such as happy accidents, unanticipated triumphs, disastrous miscalculations, good-faith errors, and careless blunders. Although history tends to ignore “oops!” moments in favor of successful ends, we seek submissions that find value in the unpredicted. Possible subjects may include (but are not limited to): unfinished artworks and unrealized architectural projects; heavily criticized exhibitions; building disasters and demolitions; revisitations and revisions of earlier projects; creative processes that invite elements of transformation, chance, and the unforeseeable; genres and movements that cultivate the accidental (such as Dada); techniques designed to undercut conscious intention (such as automatism); the processes of making and unmaking; public or critical failures; and unexpected successes. We also welcome proposals for research spotlights that discuss insights gained from research snafus or methodological mishaps. We encourage submissions that take advantage of the online format of the journal, such as multimedia proposals for essays and reviews and audio/visual interviews. We invite full submissions in a variety of genres, including: Featured essays (1000 words) Essays must be submitted in full by the deadline below to be considered for publication. Content is open and at the discretion of the author, but essays should present original material that is suitable to the stipulated word limit. Please adhere to the formatting guidelines available at: http://www.bu.edu/sequitur/submissions/styleguide/. Visual Essays offer opportunities for M.Arch. or M.F.A. students to showcase a selection of original work. The work must be reproducible in a digital format. Submissions should include .jpegs of up to ten artworks, and must be prefaced by an introduction or artist’s statement of 250 words or less that connects these objects to our theme. All images must be captioned and should be at least 500 DPI. We invite proposals (200 words max) for the following pieces (Note: Reviews of any type are not required to adhere to the issue’s theme): Exhibition reviews (500 words) Exhibitions currently on display or very recently closed are especially sought. Book or exhibition catalogue reviews (500 words) Reviews of recently published books and catalogues are especially sought. Interviews (750 words) Preference may be given to those who can provide audio or video recordings of the interview. Field reports/Research spotlights (500 words) This is an opportunity for students conducting research to share their findings and experiences in a more casual format than a formal paper. All submissions and proposals are due February 15. Please direct all materials to sequitur@bu.edu. Text must be in the form of a Word document, and images should be sent as jpeg files. Please provide a recent CV. Please include “Sequitur Spring 2017” and type of submission/proposal in the subject line, and your name, institution and program, year in program, and contact information in the body of the email. Authors will be notified of the acceptance of their submission or proposal no later than February 20 for May 1 publication. Please note that authors are responsible for obtaining all image copyright releases prior to publication. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the SEQUITUR editors at sequitur@bu.edu. We look forward to receiving your proposals. Sincerely, The SEQUITUR Editorial Team Erin, Jordan, Sasha, Joseph & Lydia SEQUITUR. we follow art
  • Design + Heritage Symposium

    Philadelphia | Dates: 16 – 18 Mar, 2017
    Design + Heritage Symposium School of Design, University of Pennsylvania Co-sponsored by the PennDesign Graduate Program in Historic Preservation Program and the James Marston Fitch Foundation. Join some of the leading designers, scholars, educators and stewards of heritage in the U.S. to explore innovative strategies for thoughtful, creative design in historic contexts. For full details and to register go to the website.
  • Race and Public Space: Commemorative Practices in the American South

    Charlottesville | Dates: 24 – 25 Mar, 2017
    The Inaugural Symposium of the Center for Cultural Landscapes, “Race and Public Space: Commemorative Practices in the American South,” investigates the intersections between scholarship and practice around race, memory, and commemoration. The event features Dell Upton as a keynote speaker and a half-day workshop program on Saturday with Mabel O. Wilson, John Mason, Sara Zewde, and other speakers on contested sites of commemoration in the southeastern United States. The workshop program kicks off the Institute for Environmental Negotiation’s initiative to develop guidance for communities and institutions seeking to tell a more complete racial history and change their narrative through the representation of their past history, identity and values.
  • The Victorian Society in America Summer Schools invite you to a lecture by Richard Guy Wilson

    New York | Dates: 16 – 16 Feb, 2017
    "The New American Opalescent Color: Newport, Chicago, and England". Lecture by Richard Guy Wilson, VSA Newport Summer School Director and Commonwealth Professor of Architectural History, University of Virginia. Lecture is FREE to the public Thursday, February 16th at 6pm Learn about the VSA Summer Schools in Newport, London and Chicago before this year’s March 1st application deadline. Seating is limited. Please RSVP by Monday, February 13 to admin@vsasummerschools.org
  • 1963 Dream: 2017 Realities, Creativity & Black Diaspora Architects

    San Antonio | Dates: 18 – 18 Jan, 2017
    DREAMWEEK SAN ANTONIO, 2017, AIA San Antonio/Women in Architecture, Alamo Colleges
  • Spatial Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow

    Houston | Dates: 16 Jan – 06 Mar, 2017
    With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Humanities Research Center (HRC) at Rice University will award one postdoctoral fellowship for a renewable one-year appointment in the theory, history, and/or practice of Spatial Humanities. The fellow will develop or continue his or her own research project in spatial humanities, give a presentation to colleagues at Rice, assist the HRC in organizing a lecture series, and offer one course per year related to his or her research. This is a full-time, benefits eligible, one-year appointment, renewable for a second year, with an annual salary of $55,000 and allowances for research and relocation to Houston. Eligibility: Applicants from any humanistic discipline or interdiscipline including, but not limited to, art history, architecture, geography, history, and/or literary studies, whose research and teaching interests focus on issues related to spatial humanities are eligible to apply. The fellow should have experience working with geospatial technologies or 3D modeling software. The fellow must have received a PhD between January 2014 and June 30, 2017. Application Materials: -Cover Letter -Three page CV; please also list the three references who will submit recommendation letters -1000-word research project proposal -500-word statement outlining applicant’s active participation (theoretical or practical) in spatial humanities -Course proposal for a one-semester undergraduate course on spatial humanities -Three recommendation letters In order to apply, please go to http://hrc.rice.edu/node/729.
  • Docomomo US National Symposium: Modernism and Climate

    Phoenix | Dates: 29 Mar – 02 Apr, 2017
    The Docomomo US National Symposium is the primary event in the United States for professionals to discuss and share efforts to preserve modern architecture and meet leading practitioners and industry professionals.

    Join us in Phoenix, Arizona for the Fifth Annual Docomomo US National Symposium March 29th through April 2nd, 2017, in collaboration with Modern Phoenix Week. The 2017 Symposium entitled Modernism and Climate will look how modern design approached desert climates creatively and how those design strategies continue to be relevant in light of our search for sustainable solutions and what we can learn from those creative efforts. As the only national event dedicated to all aspects of the preservation of Modernism, the symposium will bring together world renowned designers, scholars, students, and professionals from around the country.
  • Docomomo US 2017 Modernism in America Awards

    Dates: 13 Jan – 01 Mar, 2017
    Docomomo US is accepting submissions for the 2017 Modernism in America Awards in the following categories: Design, Inventory/Survey and Advocacy. Now in its fourth year, the Modernism in America Awards acknowledges the people and projects working to preserve, restore and rehabilitate our modern heritage sensitively and productively.

    Early nominations are due by March 1, 2017, and all nominations must be submitted by April 14, 2017. Winners will be announced June 20, 2017 and recognized at an awards ceremony to be held in New York City later in the fall. The jury will be announced as confirmed in the following weeks.
     
  • CFP: Architectural Theory Review 21.3: Designing Commodity Cultures

    Dates: 13 – 30 Jan, 2017
    Monocultural production?the dominance of a single raw material in a
    regional economy?has figured strongly in the designs and representations of
    the Global South. From the intimacy of sensory experience to the ravages of
    war, raw materials have linked disparate territories through transnational
    circuits of exchange, imperial regimes, and technology transfers. What
    remains under examined is the relationship of these commodities to
    aesthetics and the construction of the built environment in connection to
    the rise of global capitalism. This special issue of *Architectural Theory
    Review* will argue that the extraction, processing, storage, and
    circulation of commodities has shaped images, buildings, and landscapes
    across Latin America, Asia, and Africa.

    What are some of the methodologies required by this shift from the iconic,
    singular object to the infrastructural network linked to the trade of
    primary materials and transfer of technologies? In exploring these themes,
    this special issue will examine architecture?s links to a larger
    constellation of disciplines, from graphic design to photography to
    infrastructure. Potential papers might treat the role of cattle, grain, or
    coffee as architecture and design participate in their commodification. For
    instance, how does oil figure in the architecture of Iraqi modernism? How
    does the sugar industry inform the logic of Cuban urbanism? We are
    interested in research that addresses a wide range of geographical areas
    and time periods, from the conquests of the fifteenth century to our
    neoliberal present, paying close attention to the relationship between
    aesthetics, politics, and economics.

    *Architectural Theory Review*, founded at the University of Sydney in 1996
    and now in its twentieth year, is the pre-eminent journal of architectural
    theory in the Australasian region. Published by Routledge in print and
    online, the journal is an international forum for generating, exchanging,
    and reflecting on theory in and of architecture. All texts are subject to a
    rigorous process of blind peer review.

    Guest Editors

    Ana Mar?a Le?n amlc@umich.edu
    Niko Vicario nvicario@amherst.edu
    Submission instructions

    The deadline for the submission of completed manuscripts is 30 January 2017.
    Please submit manuscripts to the journal?s website:
    https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ratr

    When uploading your manuscript please indicate that you are applying for
    this special issue: vol. 21.3 ? Designing Commodity Cultures. For any
    questions regarding this issue, please directly contact Ana Mar?a Le?n and
    Niko Vicario.

    Manuscript submission guidelines
    <http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=ratr20&page=instructions>
    can
    be found on the *Architectural Theory Review* website.
     
  • CFP: EXTREME: Rethinking the Limits to Community, Architecture, and Urbanism

    Longyearbyen, Svalbard | Dates: 13 Jan – 28 Feb, 2017
    Density and sparsity, height and depth, hot and cold, centre and periphery, wet and dry, war and conflict: People the world over have adapted their living practices, architectures, and landscapes to extreme conditions. In our globalised era, local conceptions of the ideal dwelling, city, and community are increasingly exposed to alternative understandings. How do the house in the country and the flat in the skyscraper, the remote mountain village and the hyper-dense world city, the frigid arctic science station and the blazing desert financial district differ from and resemble one another? Can extreme environments foster innovative lifestyles that are conducive to community and inspire beneficial future urbanisms? Or do the technical solutions relied upon to help people cope with extremes of population, climate, light, height, and other factors necessarily distance people from each other and from the natural environment?

    This interdisciplinary conference probes the limits to community, architecture, and urbanism from the perspectives of urban studies, geography, design, architecture, anthropology, sociology, and other fields and disciplines.

    About Longyearbyen, Svalbard.
    Longyearbyen (population 2200) is the world's northernmost town, the main settlement in Norway's vast, icy Svalbard archipelago. The polar night, when the sun never breaches the horizon, lasts from late October until mid-February. Most residents stay for only a season or a few years, and even those who remain must eventually return to their homelands: Because Norway provides no health and social care, it is colloquially said that 'In Svalbard, it is illegal to die.' Furthermore, the risk of attack by polar bears means that people are only permitted to leave town in the company of someone with firearms training.

    Although Longyearbyen is iconically remote, the town is highly cosmopolitan, hosting citizens of over 40 nations and an economy based on tourism and mining.

    About the conference.
    Delegates will arrive in Longyearbyen on 21 January. On 22 and 25 January, delegates will take tours out into Svalbard's spectacular arctic landscape: a hike to an ice cave and a trip out into the polar night on by dog sled. Conference presentations by delegates will be held on 23-24 January at Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen. Full registration covers five dinners and all conference activities.

    How to make a presentation.
    Presentations are welcome on all aspects of life in extreme conditions. Presentations last 15 minutes and will be followed by around 5 minutes' question time. The early deadline for abstracts is 28 February 2017, but to take advantage of early registration rates and ensure that you have time to seek funding from your institution or government, we recommend that you submit your abstract early. You can submit an abstract here: http://www.islanddynamics.org/extreme/cfp.html

    If you have any questions, please e-mail convenor Adam Grydehøj (agrydehoj@islanddynamics.org). 
     
  • ARDETH 02. Bottega: Ecology of design practice (PONZO Giorgio)

    Dates: 13 Jan – 02 Oct, 2017
    BOTTEGA: ecology of design practice

    Theme Editor: Albena Yaneva

    Deadline: 10/02/2017

    "If we are to offer a sound advice about how architectural practice ought to function, we must know more about how it functions now" (Cuff 1992: 6)
    Until the 1970s architectural researchers have focused all their attention on the professional products - buildings and places. The process of design was considered as insignificant; it started receiving empirical attention rather late. The first studies that bear witness for architectural processes date from the 1980s. Two works are paradigmatic in this respect: Donald Sch?n's work on educational practice (Sch?n 1987) and Dana Cuff's work on professional architectural practice (Cuff 1992). While Sch?n argued that reflection-in-action stands against the systematic, scientific, linear way of knowing basing his observations on studio-situated ethnography of professional schools, Cuff's ethnography dug deeply into the significance of the daily professional lives of architects and offered a better understanding of architectural practice.
    In the last fifteen years we witnessed a new ethnographic wave of studies that focused on practising architecture (Jacobs and Merriman 2011). Inspired by pragmatism and Science and Technology Studies (STS), this body of research aimed at grasping the socio-material dimension of architectural practice (Callon 1996). They all relied on the assumption that architecture is collective but it is shared with a variety of non-humans. It is not a social construction, like Diana Cuff assumed, but rather a composition of many heterogeneous elements, an assemblage. These "new ethnographies" followed the principles of no hierarchy, attention to the detail, symmetry: attention to what happens between humans and nonhumans; undivided attention to words and the gestural and non-verbal language. Paying specific attention to the texture of ordinary life of deisgners, they generated "thick descriptions" of the knowledge practices of different participants in design published as monographs of ar!
    chitectural practices (Houdart 2009, Loukisass 2012, Yaneva 2009). This recent trend could be also termed as "ethnographic turn in architecture" as it is the outcome of several related processes: the emergence of a reflexivity trend among architectural professionals as a key epistemological feature of architectural studies, the growing realisation of architecture as a social practice and the social nature of outcomes of architectural production, the tendency to acknowledge the collective nature of design.
    As a methodological innovation, the reintroduction of the ethnographic methods into architecture twenty years after the pioneering work of Dana Cuff does hold remarkable potential to investigate new questions. This new development can contribute to dislodge the certainty of traditional architectural knowledge, the belief placed in the absolute authority of the historical archives and its simplifications by its practitioners reducing, even naturalising architectural research to the production of critical discourse about practices, yet taking it far from the nitty-gritty realities of design making.
    This special issue of Ardeth invites contributions that will address the ecology of contemporary architectural practice. "Ecology of practice" (Stengers 2010) is a politically sensitive concept used to capture and understand contemporary design practice. We invite contributions that will:

     *   scrutinize architectural practice as complex ecology involving actors with variable ontology, scale and politics
     *   reflect theoretically and analytically on the concept of 'practice' and trace how practice has been tackled from different perspectives: from the 'Story of Practice' of Cuff and Blau's 'Architects and Firms', to recent studies of architectural and engineering practices based on multi-sited ethnographies (OMA, Foster, FOA/AZPA, Kuma, Arup, etc.)
     *   explore empirically different formats of design (modeling, presenting, competing, exhibiting, etc.) reflecting meticulously on their specific epistemologies and their role for the 'reflective practice' of architectural design
     *   reflect on the importance of ethnography for understanding contemporary architectural practices; what is the nature, the epistemological underpinnings, the potential pitfalls, and the political dimensions and challenges of architectural ethnography?
     
  • New Indigenous Architecture of the Pacific Rim Public Lecture

    South Brisbane | Dates: 17 – 17 Jan, 2017
    The University of Queensland’s Indigenous Design Place network and School of Architecture will present a public lecture by three of the Indigenous contributors, to a forthcomig volume on indigenous modern architecture around the world,  two of whom are editors. Carroll Go-Sam (Brisbane), Daniel Glenn (Seattle) and Albert Refiti (Auckland) will each present at New Indigenous architecture of the Pacific Rim on Tuesday 17th January 6-8pm at the State Library of Queensland. This will be followed by a panel discussion facilitated by Dr Elizabeth Grant and Professor Paul Memmott, director of the Indigenous Design Place network and the Aboriginal Environments Research Centre, both University of Queensland initiatives.

    More details and free tickets are available here: http://designonline.org.au/new-indigenous-architecture-of-the-pacific-rim/
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