Recent Opportunities

  • 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.
  • TransPositions Summer School 2017: Sensible Objects, Material Engagement, Skilled Expertise (deadline 22 February)

    Zeist | Dates: 21 – 25 Aug, 2017
    Please download the full call here: http://artechne.wp.hum.uu.nl/transpositions-summer-school-sensible-objects-material-engagement-skilled-expertise/ DEADLINE 22 FEBRUARY The TransPositions Summer School 2017: Sensible Objects, Material Engagement, Skilled Expertise will be held from Monday 21 August through Friday 25 August 2017 in the Woudschoten Hotel & Conference Centre near Utrecht, The Netherlands. This edition of the TransPositions Summer School focusses on material culture and the senses. How can we investigate sensory experiences of past material cultures or cultures that are not our own? And how can we reconstruct in our studies the experiential richness of ephemera and material practices “lost in transmission” or only preserved in textual sources? The summer school approaches these questions across different disciplines including art history, archaeology, anthropology, conservation, musicology, performance and media studies, cognitive science, and religion- and science studies. We invite doctoral and postdoctoral researchers from the humanities, the social sciences, and related disciplines with a strong interest in material culture and sensory experiences to apply via e-mail to j.briggeman@uu.nl. Keynote speakers (confirmed): Ulinka Rublack (Faculty of History, Cambridge University) Lambros Malafouris (Kebble College and Institute of Archaeology, Oxford University) Rachel Prentice (Dept. of Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University) Shigehisa Kuriyama (Dept. of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University)
  • The Rise of the Skyscraper City

    New York | Dates: 10 – 10 Mar, 2017
    The second Friday afternoon session will continue to explore new narratives on nineteenth-century New York. Speakers will focus on lesser-studied typologies of commercial architecture, hotels and lofts, and on the extraordinary importance of Broadway as a high-value corridor, made visible by the Ten & Taller survey. For more information, visit http://skyscraper.org/symposium.html March 10, 3:30-5:30 PM. Free, 2 LUs available​. Reservations are required for each session. RSVP to programs@skyscraper.org with the subject ​​Session 4​​. Seating priority is given to Members, Corporate Member firms and their employees. All guests MUST RSVP to assure admittance.
  • New York’s First Skyscrapers: When, Where, & Why?

    New York | Dates: 10 – 10 Mar, 2017
    Why did some office buildings and apartment houses begin to get taller in the mid-1870s and the early-1880s, respectively? Where did developers build and why? How did corporations design buildings for their needs, as well as for profit? Speakers in the first Friday afternoon session will address these and other issues, from the introduction of elevators to telephone technology, as well as the cooperative movement in residential architecture. Visit http://skyscraper.org/symposium.html for more information. March 10, 1:00 PM- 3:00 PM Free. 2 LUs available​. Reservations are required for each session. RSVP to programs@skyscraper.org with the subject ​​Session 3​​. Seating priority is given to Members, Corporate Member firms and their employees. All guests MUST RSVP to assure admittance.
  • Re-framing the Debate over the “First Skyscrapers” ​ Tall Building Construction in New York vs. Chicago, 1883-1900 ​

    New York | Dates: 10 – 10 Mar, 2017
    Two professors of structural engineering and historic preservation who have researched and published extensively on the beginnings of metal-frame construction in New York and Chicago revisit the partisan debate over definitions of the “first skyscrapers.” New Yorker Donald Friedman, author of Historical Building Construction, and Thomas Leslie, author of Chicago Skyscrapers, 1871-1934, will discuss the introduction and adoption of steel skeletons in the practice of construction in the 19th century’s two leading skyscraper cities. ​ The session is framed as a mock “debate” only to emphasize the historiography of the bi-city competition. The real intent of the session is to develop a new and more nuanced narrative of the transition from masonry to metal-frame construction in the last decades of the 19th century. ​ Click here for more info: http://skyscraper.org/symposium.html 10:00 AM-12:00 PM. Free for members, $10 for non-members 2 LUs available​. Reservations are required for each session. RSVP to programs@skyscraper.org with the subject ​​Session 2​​. Seating priority is given to Members, Corporate Member firms and their employees. All guests MUST RSVP to assure admittance.
  • All vs. Tall: Manhattan, 1874-1900

    New York | Dates: 09 – 09 Mar, 2017
    After a brief talk by Carol Willis that illustrates some of the buildings and themes that have formed the standard histories of the high-rise and the different approach of the TEN & TALLER survey, a group of the symposium’s invited speakers will engage in a conversation about their research and new ways of viewing the architectural and urban history of New York in the last quarter of the nineteenth century. Donald Friedman, Lee Gray, Kathryn Holliday, Andrew Alpern, and Thomas Mellins will consider some of the major changes in the design and construction of tall buildings, the impact of new technologies such as electricity and telephones, and the rise of multi-family dwellings and hotels. The discussion will identify issues to be explored in the Friday sessions. 6:30 PM- 8:00 PM. Free for members, $10 for non-members 1​.​5 LUs available​ Reservations are required for each session. RSVP to programs@skyscraper.org with the subject ​​Session 1​​. Seating priority is given to Members, Corporate Member firms and their employees. All guests MUST RSVP to assure admittance.
  • At Close Quarters: Experiencing the Domestic

    York | Dates: 03 – 03 Mar, 2017
    University of York, Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul Building, March 3,
    2017

    At Close Quarters: Experiencing the Domestic, c.1400-1600

    This interdisciplinary conference examines late medieval and early modern experiences ‘at close quarters’. Building on recent research into the architecture and objects that shaped the pre-modern household, we examine the nooks and crannies, challenges and constructions of the domestic environment, and its interaction with art, literature and thought.

    Keynote lecture:
    Dr. Tara Hamling (Birmingham) and  Dr. Catherine Richardson (Kent):  "A Day at Home in Early Modern England: The Materiality of Domestic Life, 1500-1700."

    Tickets £5 (incl. lunch, tea and  coffee) please book via our Eventbrite page:
    atclosequartersyork.eventbrite.co.uk
     
  • CFP: ARCHTHEO '17 International Theory and History of Architecture Conference (Istanbul, 3-4 Nov 17)

    Istanbul | Dates: 10 Feb – 28 Jul, 2017
    CFP
    ARCHTHEO '17
    XI. INTERNATIONAL THEORY AND HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE CONFERENCE

    3-4 NOVEMBER 2017
    ISTANBUL, TURKEY

    All abstracts are going to be selected according to double blind reviews and accepted papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings E-Book with an ISBN number that will be given to you in a DVD box during conference registration.

    We invite you to join us at the event in Istanbul and would like to emphasize that proposals from different parts of the world are welcomed.

    The first of the theory of architecture conference series ARCHTHEO has been held since 2011 at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University focusing on the possibility of the theory without the backing of the practice or built environment. The title was, therefore, "Theory for the Sake of the Theory" in an emphatic fashion. In 2012, the discussion centered on the Living and space, the main has been chosen as "House&Home' in particular. ARCHTHEO '13 focused on the two leading roles in architecture, the architect and the so-called 'user' and  'Creativity, Autonomy and Function' has proved to be fruitful discussion theme. In 2014, 'Architecture and Text' has been discussed. Last year, 'Architecture and Criticism' was the main theme. The conferences, which has the focus on history rather than theory has started even earlier, in 2010. Architecture and Media, Architecture and Art, Interactions in the History, Architecture and Politics have the main themes of the events.

    THEMES

    TRACK 01:
    ARCHITECTURE AND CRITICISM

    Criticism
    - Criticism and History of Architecture
    - Architectural Criticism, Critical Theory and ?Critical Architecture?
    - Essential Texts on Architectural Theory
    - Architect as Author: Texts by the architects

    Commenting on Space
    - Multidisciplinary Studies on architecture
    - A structural relationship between architecture and text
    - Traveling, dairies and urban space
    - Philosophy and architecture

    Book and architecture
    - History of architectural publishing
    - Book and architecture: Architectural Writing
    - Case studies on terminology and points of view
    - Definition and concepts by architectural movements or periods

    TRACK 02:
    ARCHITECTURE AND CRITICAL APPROACHES

    - Design as a Critical Tool
    - Architectural History as Critical Practice
    - Critical Theory and Space
    - Ideology and Architecture
    - Architecture and Capitalism
    - Reformism and Radicalism
    - Architecture and political art
    - Controversies, counterparts and confrontations in architecture (This track is connected to the Critical Approaches Research Direction of DAKAM)

    TRACK 03:
    EVERYDAY LIFE AND SPACE

    - Everyday life, ideology and culture
    - Phenomenology and architecture
    - Anthropology, locality and 'low' architecture
    - Body, movement and space
    - Perception, feeling and space
    - Metaphors, symbols and people
    - Lives of Buildings
    - Public and private life
    - Objects and interiors
    - The problem of scale in architecture
    - Buildings, urban life and environment
    (This track is connected to the Everyday Life Research Direction of DAKAM)

    AGENDA

    Abstract submission:
    JULY 28, 2017

    Registration:
    SEPTEMBER 22, 2017

    Full papers submission:
    SEPTEMBER 29, 2017
     
  • CFP: 5th Annual International Conference on Architecture and Civil Engineering (ACE 2017) (Singapore, 8-9 May 17)

    Singapore | Dates: 10 Feb – 10 Mar, 2017
    CFP Deadline March 10, 2017
    5th Annual International Conference on Architecture and Civil Engineering (ACE 2017)

    8-9 May 2017
    Singapore

    ACE 2016 provided a forum and opportunity for delegates from 75 individual universities and about 40 countries to share their research, practice and educational initiatives with an international audience. You may visit the following link for ACE 2016, 2015 and 2014 accepted and published papers http://ace-conference.org/PriorYearsPaper.html. We hope you can be part of ACE 2017.
    The Editors-In-Chief are Prof. Mark S. T. Anderson, University of California, Berkeley and Assoc. Prof. Peter Anderson, California College of the Arts. For the full list of committee, please visit http://ace-conference.org/Committee.html

    The full paper submission deadline (extended) is on 10th March 2017. Hope that provides adequate time for you to complete the paper submission. If you need more time, please let us know and we will consider on a case by case basis for an extended deadline.

    ACE 2017 Highlights:

    1.       Keynote Speakers
    - Prof. Mark S. T. Anderson, Professor of Architecture, Department of Architecture, College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley, USA
    - Mr. Felipe Tomasevich, Minister of Infrastructure, Government of the State of San Luis, Argentina !V Development and Digital Inclusion. The Case of the State of San Luis (Argentina) and the Project of La Pedreda
    - Prof. Stephen Foster, Professor and Head, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNSW Australia !V Developments in New and Sustainable Concretes and High-Performance Reinforcing Materials and their Incorporation into National Building Standards
    - Prof. Tommy Chan, School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment, Science and Engineering, Queensland University of Technology, Australia !V Recent Advances in Structural Health Monitoring
    - Prof. Mark Burry, Professor of Urban Futures, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne, Australia

      *   Prof. Peter Anderson, Department of Architecture, California College of the Arts, USA
      
    2.       ACE 2017 Proceedings: Print ISSN: 2301-394X, E-Periodical ISSN: 2301-3958 will be published and submitted to several indexing partners
    3.       Journals: GSTF Journal of Engineering Technology (JET) - All authors who present their papers at the conference will be invited to submit an extended version of their research paper for the journal (Print ISSN: 2251-3701, E-periodical: 2251-371X)
    4.       Book: Selected authors will be invited to contribute book chapters in "Future Construction: New Technologies in Architecture and Civil Engineering" to be published by GSTF and WSPC. This book will be co-edited by Assoc. Prof. Mark S. Anderson, of University of California, Berkeley and Assoc. Prof. Peter Anderson, of California College of the Arts

    5.       Best Paper Awards and Best Student Paper Awards will be conferred at the conference (in order to qualify for the award, the paper must be presented at the conference).

    6.       ACE 2017 will also constitute a Special Panel Session.

    7.       Panel Proposals are invited for submission. A minimum of three papers centering on a specific topic will be accepted for submission under Panel Category.

    For more information, please visit the ACE 2017 website: http://ace-conference.org/ Would appreciate if you could disseminate this information to your colleagues/students who might be interested to participate in the ACE conference.

    Should you require any assistance or clarification, please do not hesitate to contact us at secretariat@ace-conference.org<mailto:secretariat@ace-conference.org>
     
  • Symposium: 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.
  • CFP: Education through Architecture and Work on the Self? (Florence, 9-10 Jun 17)

    Florence | Dates: 10 – 28 Feb, 2017
    Interdisciplinary Workshop at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut
    9 – 10 June 2017

    Deadline: 28 February 2017


    Does architecture sensitize people not only aesthetically, but also ethically? And connected with that: Should the architect fulfil the wishes of his client and the expectations of society, or should he not rather educate them, even against their will? The history of architecture and its theories is after all rich in examples in which the educational and ethical dimension of buildings and programmes is significant. The spectrum of reflections on the inter-relation between architecture, 'ethos' and 'paideia' stretches from the rhetoric of etho-aesthetic harmony and proportion during the Renaissance, to the monuments of the baroque doctrine of affects, to the reform of architecture and man in the spirit of the Enlightenment or the 'architecture parlante', down to the total artwork ('Gesamtkunstwerk') of the 'Jugendstil' at the turn of the century, and the demand for the "uniformity and self-containment of form” as counterpart of the "growing neurosis of our age” (Peter Behrens, Kunst und Technik, 1910). A frequent corollary of such reflections, the ideal of a "new man”, who ought to be stimulated through art in general and architecture in particular and lead to a new human experience, indeed a new life, also at the moral level, was a fundamental premise of Russian Constructivism, of the De Stijl movement, and of the Bauhaus itself, as inculcated by Fritz Wichert in his essay on the educational role of the new architecture (Die neue Baukunst als Erzieher, 1928). That this ideal concealed within itself negative sides, which could rapidly morph into totalitarianism, is shown by Stalinist, Rationalist/Fascist and Nazi architectural theory. After World War II, the re-animated dictate of form of classical modernism led to a postmodern architecture predicated on the promotion of plurality, complexity and contradiction. This kind of postmodernism, and its "random” character, provoked in turn the reaction of a "critical architecture”. And what about our own time? What educational, ethical and political intentions are pursued by architects today, and on what theoretical foundations are they based?

    The first annual question of the five-year 'bauhaus project' that will culminate in the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus in 2019 was the following: ”can design change society?” (Arch+ No. 222, 2015). This question about the transformative power of artistic design, which is in the last analysis a question of its ethical and political potential, is one we wish to limit to architecture alone. We also wish to pose the question: How far is work in architecture in Ludwig Wittgenstein's sense a work on oneself ("working in philosophy – he said – is really more a working on oneself”), and "on one's way of seeing things”? At the same time another question is posed which needs to be critically examined: namely, the question how far this individual ethical position is only meaningful, if it never forgets that the individual with his thought and action constitutes or "figures” society (Norbert Elias).  

    These connections enable us among other things to reflect on the following questions: With what formal and typological vocabulary were thought processes historically posed, structured and newly configured, and how today? How are physical movements, sensory perceptions and experiences, affections and (ethical) emotions generated, channelled, modified or transformed? From what image of man, what conceptions (beauty, symmetry, eurhythmy, proportion, rhythm, the sublime, the painterly, the aura, the atmospheric, etc.), and from what theories of perception (doctrine of affects, theory of intuitions, sensory physiology, psychophysics, gestalt psychology, etc., right down to the more recent approaches to brain, emotional and consumer research), did architects and architectural theorists start out in order to elucidate the complex relation of architecture, 'ethos' and 'paideia'? The aim of the workshop is to promote a shared dialogue between historical case studies and current positions on the educational and ethical role of architecture, and to bring together art historians, architectural historians, philosophers, psychologists and others in a joint forum to discuss them.
        
        
    Please send a brief résumé (max. 400 words) and a short CV to the organizers Hana Gründler (gruendler@khi.fi.it) and Berthold Hub (berthold.hub@khi.fi.it) by 28 February 2017. The selection of contributions will be made by 15 March 2017.

    The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut will cover the travel and accommodation costs incurred by the participants in conformity with the guidelines of the Federal law on travelling expenses.
        
     
  • An In-Depth Look at Pierre Chareau

    New York | Dates: 08 Mar, 2017
    Join Esther da Costa Meyer for an in-depth look at the French designer and architect Pierre Chareau (1883–1950) at the Jewish Museum. Organized by da Costa Meyer, Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design is the first U.S. exhibition focused on the internationally recognized designer and showcases more than 180 rarely-seen works from major public and private collections in Europe and the United States. 
  • DEADLINE EXTENDED: Sequitur - BU Graduate Student Art History Journal

    Dates: 11 – 17 Feb, 2017
    Sequitur Issue 3:2 Spring 2017 CFP: Oops! Extended Deadline: February 17 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 17. 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 25 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.
  • "Exploring Architectural Form: A Configurative Triad"

    Delft | Dates: 10 Feb – 01 May, 2017
    This issue of Footprint aims to explore the discussions that currently gravitate around the question of architectural form, by inviting architects to reflect on the latest developments in the field of formal studies within architectural and urban theory, design, research, and pedagogy. Footprint 22 aims to collect a comprehensive set of state-of-the-art approaches to the question of architectural and urban form, and thus provide an updated examination of formal, morphological and typological investigations. As editors, we welcome a broad spectrum of interpretations, ranging from theoretical and practical applications of form-based analyses, to epistemological and pedagogical implementations of these formal analyses in diverse contexts. Aware of the weight that form-centred theories have had in postmodern architectural research, and in order to establish a historical landmark for this edition, the emergence of neo-rationalism in the early 1960s will serve as a point of departure. However, we deem this a landmark that is meant to be superseded. The neo-rationalist aim to overcome the shortcomings of modernist functionalism by contesting the idea that a building’s form resulted from its use, certainly marked a shift within architectural theory, and favoured the emergence of a strain of architectural thinking that currently offers multiple and contradictory approaches to the way architectural form is generated, understood, and communicated. Beyond their neo-rationalist predecessors, architects and authors like Peter Eisenman, Fumihiko Maki, Nicolas Bourriaud, Carlos Martí Arís and Antonio Armesto, Mario Carpo, Pier Vittorio Aureli, and Sanford Kwinter, have more recently reclaimed important parts of the form-centred architectural discourse, with diverse intentions, and from different vantage points. Furthermore, multiple lines of inquiry which depart from the question of architectural form, still orient the production of knowledge in universities and institutes throughout the world, far beyond Western Europe, where neo-rationalism originated and thrived. Designers, scholars, researchers and teachers throughout the globe have found in the definition of a formal basis of architecture a valuable practical and intellectual tool, while morpho-typological approaches are still broadly used in architectural education. Within such a diversified field of studies, form-centred approaches to architecture have been severely criticised, especially for their reductive consideration of matter, with many contemporary theorists asking for a formal theory which resists taxonomies. With these antecedents in mind, we wish to examine architectural form today, from a threefold perspective. First, we would like to study the way in which form is produced, dealt with, or confronted by contemporary designers. Secondly, we would like to know how architects examine and study form in discursive (i.e communicative, theoretical, historiographical, but also representational) terms. Finally, we would like to evaluate the way in which innovative formal analyses affect architectural form at all scales within the built environment. Footprint 22 will follow a tripartite trajectory, advancing an understanding of formal studies which transverses ontological, epistemological and onto-epistemological perspectives. These perspectives directly correspond to the notions of morphogenesis, formalism and in-formation. Following this sequence, from an ontological perspective, morphogenetic studies deal with the processes in which matter actively co-produces its various formal expressions. Synchronously, formal discourse and morpho-typological studies function as an analytical tool for the examination of these processes. Both morphogenetic explorations and formalist approaches, while imperative for any formal study, do not suffice unless complemented with their intensive in-between: in-formation, or the way in which formal discourses and their outcomes influence form itself, and vice versa. We trust that by interrelating these three approaches, we can contribute to contemporary formal explorations by substituting an object-based approach with one that examines the reciprocity of formal emergence. Emulating Joseph Kosuth’s well-known triptychs, we aim to situate the question of architectural form in our time between a series of interpretations that transcend a supposed autonomy as well as a univocal cultural or epistemological origin. With these objectives in mind, we encourage various types of contributions. We welcome contributions consisting of full scientific articles that examine formal studies in pedagogy and research, critical reflections on the question of form in contemporary architecture, and theoretical and historiographical approaches that assess the formal discourse of architecture. In addition, we are expecting graphic and/or textually reasoned analyses of projects and buildings which suggest innovations in architectural form. Finally, we invite contributions in the form of review articles that critically reassess key literature related to this topic. Footprint #22 will be published in Spring 2018. Authors of full articles (6000-8000 words) are requested to submit their contributions to the editors before 1 May, 2017. Full articles will go through a double blind peer-review process. Review articles (2000–4000 words) and reasoned analyses (2000 words, 2 – 5 images) will be selected by the editors on the basis of a short summary (maximum 500 words) which must also be submitted before 1 May, 2017. All authors should include a short bio (300 words) with their submissions. We ask authors to refer to Footprint Author Guidelines, available at footprint.tudelt.nl. For submissions and inquiries, please contact editors Stavros Kousoulas and Jorge Mejía Hernández at fp22@footprintjournal.org.
  • SAH 73rd Annual International Conference

    Seattle | Dates: 29 Apr – 03 May, 2020
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  • SAH 72nd Annual International Conference

    Providence | Dates: 24 – 28 Apr, 2019
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