Recent Opportunities

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  • SAH in Paris: Glass, Light and Structure

    Paris | Dates: 17 – 18 May, 2018
    The Society of Architectural Historians is pleased to present a two-day fundraiser offering special access to iconic landmarks from the 19th to 21st centuries in Paris and the region. Enjoy 48 hours touring in and around Paris, Lille, and Lens with SAH Past President Barry Bergdoll, the Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, and former Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art.

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  • Writingplace: Laboratory for Architecture & Literature

    Dates: 11 Jan – 11 Jun, 2018

    Writingplace is a platform aimed at exploring alternative ways of looking at architecture, urban places and landscapes through literary writing. It is a laboratory, where experiments take place; testing conventions and limits and transcending boundaries while gathering professional knowledge and understanding in the process.

    Writingplace is literally a place where people, ideas and experiments converge around the idea that literature – be it fiction, poetry or theory – and literary approaches can make architecture richer, and vice versa. Writingplace provides architects, writers, students, teachers, academics, poets and anyone else with an interest in (or thinking about) the connection between architecture and literature, with an open field of experimentation for exchange and discussion. We try not to be an institute, but a place; present in different locations at different times, but always at our site in the internet.

    As a laboratory, we do not restrain initiatives or fixate processes. Instead we let different angles and new perspectives determine our experiments. Writingplace follows these premises piecemeal. By allowing close-to-total freedom regarding contributions, we hope to foster and inspire creativity and new ideas. However, in order to structure our activities we base our discussions upon four fundamental pillars; research, debate, publication and the construction of a network of common interests. Together, these four pillars form the identity of Writingplace.

    Laboratory;
    Our main focus is placed on experimentation and research on the subject of architecture and literature. Through workshops, essays, projects, creative writing, poems, fiction, and other such formats, we study the two disciplines and their points of convergence as valid methods of communication and representation. Most importantly, we like to share our findings. Writingplace combines extremely different and diverse perspectives and angles on these subjects, and provides a database for investigators, scholars, students and the broader public, as long as they share interests akin to ours.

    Debate;
    Writingplace does not only gather content and knowledge. Through debates, conferences or lectures we try to be actively present in pressing contemporary debates with our ideas and postures. Taking part in the academic discourse is a good way to test our theories, sharpen our ideas, and promote different ways of addressing architecture and literature.

    Publication;
    The website of Writingplace is an online platform on which we publish our experiments and findings. With time this platform should form a library where diverse representations, projects and experiments are stored for future use. Aside from ongoing online activities we aim to publish hard copies of Writingplace magazines, addressing relevant themes or anchoring the knowledge obtained from special events, such as conferences or projects. Online and physically, Writingplace works as an open library, available to everyone.

    Network;
    Through our contributors, our presence at debates and conferences and our online library, we operate as a network of people with a broad array of skills and experiences. By sharing our knowledge we sharpen each other’s ideas, discover new perspectives and consider different angles for any particular topic. With the growth of our distinctly diverse group, we aim to become an important voice for the promotion of alternative ways of looking at architecture, urban places and landscapes.

  • 2018 ACSA/COAM International Conference | New Instrumentalities

    Madrid | Dates: 14 – 16 Jun, 2018

    Join architecture and design professionals throughout the world to present, discuss and propose ways architecture faculty, designers & practitioners can help resolve the multiple crises our cities are facing.

    In light of the multiple crises our cites are facing, architecture is now in a position to contribute positively to salvage and invigorate the urban realm​. After a decade of recasting ourselves through cultural, ​technological, environmental and social engagement, ​we -​architects​-​ seek to deploy a newly found adroitness to address the different paradigm shifts that render our cities less just, plural, safe, entertaining, productive and environmentally proficient.

    We seek to identify contributions in response to these challenges on the city:

    • Disruption: "Disruptive" digital economies and their impact of the social economic fabric of cities: "Disruptive" economies are transforming our cities. Uber, Amazon, Airbnb, etc. are changing the social and economic fabric of cities often displacing the disenfranchised. An example of which were the recent citizens'​ revolt against Airbnb as new tourist protocols are transforming cities and disrupting the essence of a community. 
    • Inequality – People and Capital Flows: Historical and emerging people and capital flows are contributing to the city as a stage for augmented inequalities. The growing global inequalities as generated by real estate speculation and migrations are finding in the city a territory to intensify rather than abate a sense of equality and community. The migration trends have recently intensify beyond the rural to urban migration to include a growing number of refugees of war.
    • Public Space: The changing politics and protocols of public space. Public space in the city is being continuously contested. The most egregious of these challenges comes from the recent terrorist attacks on cities across the world. More nuance challenges and opportunities are appropriations of public space and its monuments to legitimate or question power, history, memory, gender, cultures and race. Lastly, the public space of the city has ​become a regional and global destination for celebration and protest amply augmenting is scope. 
    • Environmental Crisis: Comprises management of environment and resources, and the challenges of consumption and resiliency. We have enumerated multiple flanks of attack​s​ on the city and we have yet to broached perhaps the most grave ones. As Houston floods, Miami sinks and Beijing chokes, the changes brought about by climate change and resource management are beyond palpable, already catastrophic. 
    • Nascent material conscience has emerged aiming to empower local resources, addressing the economy of means and the need for new identities. The lack of real estate in some cases and busting economies in others, have increased the need of repurposing what already exists, reinforcing strategies of adaptability, transformation and reuse, therefore rising awareness of the behaviour and evolution of architecture over time.
    • Open Topic will be offered for abstracts that do not fit under one of the 5 topic sessions (above), but is consistent with the general theme of the conference, New Instrumentalities. We encourage the submission of well-crafted abstracts on topics that explore a range of issues within architectural education and practice. The selected papers will be grouped according to overarching themes that emerge from the open call. 
  • EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: From Building to Continent: How Architecture makes Territories

    Canterbury | Dates: 28 – 29 Jun, 2018

    Biennial Conference, Centre for European Architecture, Kent School of Architecture (UK)

     

    From Building to Continent: How Architecture makes Territories

     

                Cultural landscape refers to landscapes shaped by humans through habitation, cultivation, exploitation and stewardship, and has influenced thinking in other fields, such as architecture. Generally, architecture has been subsumed within cultural landscape itself as a comprehensive spatial continuum. Yet standard architectural histories often analyse buildings as isolated objects, sometimes within the immediate context, but typically with minimal acknowledgement of wider spatial ramifications. However, buildings may become spatial generators, not only in the immediate vicinity, but also at larger geographic scales. ‘Buildings’ in this case include architectural works in the traditional sense, as well as roads, bridges, dams, industrial works, military installations, etc. Such structures have been grouped collectively to represent territories at varying scales.

                In the context of this conference, the term ‘territories’ is appealed to rather than ‘landscape’, for the latter is associated with a given area of the earth’s surface, often aestheticized as a type of giant artefact. Territories by contrast are more abstract, and may even overlap. Discussions in this conference may consider varying territorial scale relationships, beginning with the building, moving to the regional, and even to the global. For example, at the level of architectural detailing, buildings may represent large-scale territories, or obscure others, themselves acting as media conveying messages. How tectonic-geographic relationships are represented may also be considered. Various media, primarily maps but also film and digital technologies have created mental images of territories established by buildings, and are all relevant to these discussions. Geopolitical analysis may provide another means towards understanding how architecture makes territories. Governments are often the primary agents, but not always, for religious and special interest groups have played central roles. Mass tourism and heritage management at national and international levels have reinforced, or contradicted, official government messages. Organisations dedicated to international building heritage, such as UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) also are implicated in such processes.

                Paper proposals may cover anytime period, continuing into the present. Relevant proposals from all disciplines are welcomed.

     

    Logistics

    Conference organisers: Dr. David H. Haney, and Dr. Luciano Cardellichio.

     

    Conference webpage address: https://research.kent.ac.uk/frombuildingtocontinent/

     

    Paper abstracts: 150-200 words in length.

    Paper abstract submission due date: 5th February, 2018.

    Paper selection announcement date: 31st of March, 2018.

    Please send paper abstracts as a Word doc (without images): frombuildingtocontinent@kent.ac.uk

     

    Conference dates: 28th and 29th of June, 2018

    Location: Canterbury, Kent, UK

    Venue: The Cathedral Lodge: https://www.canterburycathedrallodge.org/meeting-and-conference-facilities-in-canterbury/

    Daily Schedule: to be published

    Conference Fee: £140 per person. Includes coffee/tea and refreshments, and buffet lunches on both days.

    To pay the registration fee online, please click here: http://store.kent.ac.uk/product-catalogue/faculty-of-humanities/school-of-architecture/events/conference-from-building-to-continent-how-architecture-makes-territories

     

    A conference publication containing selected essays is planned.

     

    Keynote Speaker Lectures:

    Professor Lucia Allais, Princeton University (US): ‘Maps of monuments and scales of design: Strategic bombing and the postwar international order’.

    Professor Mark Bassin, Södertörn University (Stockholm): ‘Nature as State: Geopolitics and Landscape Monuments’.

    Professor Kenny Cupers, University of Basel: ‘The Earth that Modernism Built’.

    Professor Tullia Iori, The University of Rome Tor Vergata: ‘Engineering the Italian Landscape: the Autostrada del Sole as Territorial Construct for a New Post-War National Identity’.

  • DEMHIST 2018 Conference - Chicago

    Chicago | Dates: 14 – 18 Oct, 2018

    Chicago ICOM-DEMHIST 2018 CONFERENCE

    Modernity Meets History: Historic House Museums of Today for Tomorrow

    The 20th anniversary meeting of the International DEMHIST Committee, to be held in Chicago, October 14-18, 2018 will explore concepts of modernism and modernity as a paradigm for how we explore the collections, narratives, buildings, and public engagement strategies of historic house museums. This theme follows from the 2017 DEMHIST conference in London which met around the theme of “relevance.” 

    The conference will include a public lectures, and general sessions, a poster session, a key-note address, workshops, tours, receptions and excursions. 

     Attendees may arrive several days early and attend the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago, Saturday and Sunday, October 13- 14, 2018.

    Call for proposals, including papers, sessions, posters, as well as hotel, lodging, and transportation information, will be made available on the  Chicago DEMHIST 2018 conference website at the end of January.  

    Sign up for updates HERE
  • Impressions 2.0, Leh Art+Design Program

    Leh | Dates: 15 – 24 Jun, 2018

    The Summer Program “Impressions 2.0” is a continuation of what was started in the summer of 2017. With a group of 12 people from across India, we travelled to Leh and 8 other sites around which has historical, social and cultural value, documenting, recording and experiencing Ladakh. We experienced the place and printed a zine called “What about Ladakh?” 

    in 2018, we are diving deeper into Leh, not looking it objectively only as a “beautiful place”, but rather trying to understand what are the issues of this “beautiful place”. What are the forgotten stories of Leh, which are buried under veils of modernism and beautification? 

    We plan to dwell in baazars, homes, shops, monasteries and mosques to reveal what was Leh? Our quest to find Leh will lead us to numerous oral stories and material memories. The childhood memory of a 70-year-old playing in Leh Bazar or letter from a long forgotten relative is important stories which we will seek. 

    We plan to create stories around “Found Objects” or “Fabricate 

    Objects” to tell a story. The participants will be encouraged to go out and meet numerous people in Leh, collect stories and objects which will be stitched together to create artworks. 

    The final output of the Summer program is planned to be in forms of printed documents like Zines, video recordings, sound, installations and public performance-based artworks.

     

  • Rock & Stone: Cultures of Making in Northern Italy

    Los Angeles | Dates: 01 – 28 Jul, 2018

    “Rock and Stone: Cultures of Making in Northern Italy” is a multidisciplinary field course, located in the alpine ecosystem of the Val Taleggio. The field school is aimed at emphasizing the resilient nature-culture continuum through an approach that combines methods of anthropological fieldwork and architectural investigation. Through conversations with professional and local specialists, practical activities, local arts and crafts, theory and design, students will explore the ecology and the local resources in order to develop a new design methodology based on the relationship between nature and culture.

    This 4 weeks course will analyze the landscape and its geological formations, the natural and socio-cultural environment, as well as the architectural design of the region. Participants will observe and study how locally available resources can become a source of inspiration for sustainable practices. The program includes trips to small villages, significant heritage sites including the world famous San Pellegrino Terme and Bergamo. It also offers treks in the natural environment, through historical paths along streams, rivers, and canyons visiting medieval settlements. Students will live in a cozy residence in Sottochiesa a charming village, north of Bergamo. The final project proposes to identify cultural uses of local resources, specifically of rocks and stones, in the processes of creation, construction and transformation of the local environment. The observation and documentation of territorial adaptation and spatial configuration will extend insights to the larger contemporary socio-economic and cultural context of the region.

    This course is offered through the Institute for Field Research (ifrglobal.org), a non-profit academic organization specializing in field-based, original research-driven programs around the globe. IFR field schools are annually peer-reviewed by an academic board and are held to the highest standards for research output, pedagogy, and student safety. The Institute is partnered with Connecticut College, from which students may earn 8 semester credits for their successful completion of a field school. To apply to this course you should go to this link: http://ifrglobal.org/program/italy-rock-stone/

     If you have any questions about the program or enrollment, please direct them to info@ifrglobal.org. 

     

  • Learning from Nature to Design Sustainable Environments

    Los Angeles | Dates: 01 – 28 Jul, 2018

    The unique ecology of the Taleggio Valley, set in the mountainous Italian PreAlps, lends itself to the study of an array of natural systems that will serve as the backdrop for a course on bio-inspired design. Through the observation and analysis of the pre-alpine ecology students will translate the learned principles to develop architectural projects that incorporate sustainable design elements stemming from biological inspiration. The course will be taught by long-term collaborators Dr. Shauna Price, a biologist specializing in insect ecology and evolution, and architect Ilaria Mazzoleni, who develops conceptual design projects focused on sustainability and biomimicry. The program includes treks in nature, including historical paths along streams and canyons, visits to heritage sites, such as medieval settlements, historical villages, and the world-famous San Pellegrino Terme, as well as the Bergamo Science Museum. Students will live in a cozy residence in Sottochiesa, a charming village north of Bergamo. The expertise of the instructors, in combination with the ecology of the field site and the local community, will serve to provide a model for conducting integrative research and producing sustainable bio-inspired designs for the students.

    This course is offered through the Institute for Field Research (ifrglobal.org), a non-profit academic organization specializing in field-based, original research-driven programs around the globe. IFR field schools are annually peer-reviewed by an academic board and are held to the highest standards for research output, pedagogy, and student safety. The Institute is partnered with Connecticut College, from which students may earn 8 semester credits for their successful completion of a field school. To apply to this course you should go to this link: http://ifrglobal.org/program/italy-learning-nature/

     If you have any questions about the program or enrollment, please direct them to info@ifrglobal.org. 

     
  • Urbanism at Borders - Trans-disciplinary Research Conference

    Aberdeen | Dates: 05 – 08 Sep, 2018

    Border research emphases on the discourse analysis on critical issues and connotation of separation - demarcation – segregation and conflicts and translated and theorizing these issues in various patterns of urbanism. Borders determine the degree of how regions are positioned in the global maps with the condition with which regions are valued, categorised and marked by its capacity to create individual geographical identities and unique settlement patterns. Borders define socially and economically incompatible systems that influence the nature of mobility of goods, human traffic, and economic transactions that suggest temporal, subdued, blurring socio-cultural entities defined by urban orders. Borders create these blurring urban orders along its boundaries defined by lack of cohesiveness with either sides of a border. 

    Borders are more than geographically defined separations, but accounts of metamorphoses and metaphors that two neighbouring states are defined by the economy, politics, culture, and religion – manifested by its typological entities.

    Borders Research Issues 

    Typologies under investigations 

    Mapping Borders reflecting on the following issues: 

    • Characteristics of social displacement at the borders 

    • Transient/temporal settlement 

    • Typologies and Form of Settlement 

    • Conflict and Cultural hybridity 

    • The architecture of weak forms on borderlines 

    • Regenerative architecture as a socio-cultural policy 

    • A phenomenology of generic places 

    • Borders invoke centres: is there a new foundation? 

    • The occupation of place: between reality and authorities 

    • Crisis communication and the ‘architecture’ of media 

    • Quick solutions: the printed habitat 

    • New Social formation/Social Capital 

     

    Registration for the Forum: 

    1. Early Bird registration: £200 on or before 30 January 2018 

    2. Student registration: £100 on or before 30 January 2018 

    3. Student late registration: £150 after 30 January 2018 

    4. Late registration: £250 after 30 January 2018 

    5. Registration includes attendance in opening dinner, lunch/snacks for sessions, papers from the conference 

    6. Tour on 8 September 2018 (optional): City centre and Castle in Aberdeen (Coordinated and narrated by Professor William Alvis Brogden, author of ‘A City's Architecture: Aberdeen as 'Designed City'’) 

    7. Registration for the tour is mandatory on or before 5 September 2018 with £25 deposit that includes bus and snacks 

    Urbanism at Border Secretariat: 

    Helen Aggasild 

    Scott Sutherland School of Architecture & Built Environment 

    Robert Gordon University 

    Sir Ian Wood Building, Riverside East 

    Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7GJ, Scotland, UK 

    E-mail: h.aggasild@rgu.ac.uk 

    Urbanism at Border Convenors & Editors: 

    Dr Quazi Mahtab Zaman, Aberdeen. q.m.m.zaman@rgu.ac.uk 

    Dr Igea Troiani, Oxford, itroiani@brookes.ac.uk




  • American Association for Italian Studies

    Sorrento | Dates: 14 – 17 Jun, 2018

    The American Association for Italian Studies is now accepting session and roundtable proposals for their next conference, which will take place from 14-17 June 2018 at the Sant’Anna Institute in Sorrento, Italy. 

     

    76. Title: RITUAL AND ORNAMENT

    The genesis of architectural ornament derives from ritual and a human instinct for imitation (Gottfried Semper, 2004). Early architectural ‘enclosures’, or ‘space dividers’ were first plant fiber woven mats and then woven tapestries. Woven patterns used as edging for Roman tapestry walls are replicated in Pompeiian fresco designs. The ritual uses of tapestries and relics in religious ceremonies of the Sorrentine peninsula are memorialized and transformed as decorative and structural motifs on walls, in mosaics, liturgical elements, and building facades.  Interdisciplinary papers exploring the relationship of ornament to ritual and sacrament from ancient to modern times are welcome.

    Proposals due to edapont@norwich.edu by December 30, 2017 should include title, brief abstract (200-250 words), and short biographical blurb.

    Chair: Eleanor D’Aponte, AIA, Associate Professor, Norwich University, edapont@norwich.edu

  • The Other City

    Naples | Dates: 25 – 27 Oct, 2018

    The Other City
    History and image of urban diversity:
    places and landscapes of privilege and well-being, of isolation, of poverty, and of multiculturalism

    In modern and contemporary history, the city has taken account of social otherities’, namely of privileged classes, minorities, foreigners and immigrants, and of resulting cultural and religious diversity. The urban community has structured some parts of its fabric as places of political, military or class power, other parts as spaces for arrivals, for production and trade, but also for isolation, marginalization or remedy for catastrophe.
    In the modern age, the image of the other' city is often falsified or even denied by rulers and powerful people for purposes of political appearance or propaganda; and if, between the eighteenth and twentieth century, new methods of representation can reveal the structure and the urban landscape in their objectivity, the city portrait still shows the contradictions of a community that sometimes includes or even enhances the diversities, other times rejects them, betraying the malaise of a difficult integration.

    Macrosession A
    Inclusion and exclusion policies: reflections on the communication of the image of cities from modern to contemporary ages
    Annunziata Berrino, Gilles Bertrand

    Macrosession B
    The portrait of city and urban historical landscape as an affirmation/denial of isolation, contrast and diversity
    Alfredo Buccaro, Fabio Mangone

    Macrosession C
    Representation of urban alterity in historical and peripheral contexts
    Antonella di Luggo, Ornella Zerlenga

    Macrosession D
    The “other city. Interpreting and transmitting the identity of places between restoration and urban redevelopment
    Aldo Aveta, Renata Picone
    more info http://www.iconografiacittaeuropea.unina.it/index.php/9-attivita/47-cirice-2018

  • Digital Art History Summer Institute

    Dates: 04 – 04 Jun, 2018

    Advanced Topics in Digital Art History: 3D and (Geo)Spatial Networks

        

    June 4-16, 2018 in Venice, Italy

        

    Digital Technologies for Historical and Cultural visualization are transforming the ways that scholars can study and represent works of art, as well as growth and change in urban spaces and structures.

        

    With the support of The Getty Foundation as part of its Digital Art History initiative, The Wired! Lab for Digital Art History & Visual Culture at Duke University, the University of Padua's Architecture and Engineering program and Venice International University are collaborating on a Summer Workshop that will support interdisciplinary teams focused on the hard questions of Digital Art History as a discipline, a set of methods, and a host of technical and institutional challenges and opportunities.

        

    After five editions of two-weeks summer workshops introducing concepts and methods for digital art and architectural history through hands-on tutorials and collaborative project development, the program for 2018 will shift to focus on advancing the field of digital art and architectural history through a combination of project-sharing, technology exploration, and academic discussion. After the initial two-week gathering in Venice, we still stay in touch as a community over the course of the next year, reconvening for one week in 2019 to write up and assess our work.

        

    This workshop is different than our earlier Visualizing Venice workshop iterations in that we are asking people to apply as teams of 2 or 3, and with a Digital Art History Mapping and/or Modeling project already in place, and which they hope to develop further in conversation with the group. The focus of applicant projects does not need to be on Venice or Visualizing Cities, though projects related to those themes are welcome. We will expect participants to share their working projects files with the group, and will work with selected participating teams in advance of the meeting to customize the curriculum to fit the needs and interests of the group.

        

    Alums of our previous introductory workshops are welcome to apply, as are new participants, from the US and abroad. Thanks to the generosity of the Getty Foundation, we are able to offer support for tuition, travel, board and accommodation expenses.

        

    More Info and Application at http://univiu.org/homepage/study/summer-schools/visualizing-venice. 

    Deadline: January 5, 2018

  • Sites of Transit in Italy from WW2 to the present: History, Politics, Topography

    Dates: 14 – 17 Jun, 2018

    CALL FOR PAPERS: AAIS Conference

    The American Association for Italian Studies

    14-17 June 2018

    Sant’Anna Institute, Sorrento Italy


    Session: Sites of Transit in Italy from WW2 to the present: History, Politics, Topography

    The former POW, concentration and refugee camp at Fossoli is a key example in the complex 20th-century history of peoples and prisoners in transit. Proposals are welcome on the reconstruction of the history, politics and topography of this and other sites of transit in the European and Mediterranean context from WW2 to the present.

    Please send a 200-300 word abstract and a brief biographical note to matteo.cassani2@unibo.itroberta.mira@unibo.it and daniele.salerno@unibo.it by December 30, 2017.


    Organizers:


    Fondazione ex Campo Fossoli - via Giulio Rovighi, 57 41012 Carpi – MO direttore@fondazionefossoli.it - www.fondazionefossoli.org


    Matteo Cassani Simonetti – Dipartimento di Architettura - Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna –matteo.cassani2@unibo.it


    Roberta Mira – Dipartimento di Storia Culture Civiltà - Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna - roberta.mira@unibo.it


    Daniele Salerno – Scuola Superiore di Studi Umanistici - Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna - daniele.salerno@unibo.it




    https://aais.wildapricot.org/conference_cfp

    https://aais.wildapricot.org/session_proposals
  • Townscapes in transition. Transformation and reorganization of Italian cities and their architecture in the interwar period.

    Sorrento | Dates: 14 – 17 Jun, 2018

    38th annual conference of the American Association for Italian Studies
    Sant'Anna Institute, Sorrento (Italy), June 14-17, 2018
    Conference deadline: December 30, 2017

    Session 24:
    Townscapes in transition. Transformation and reorganization of Italian cities and their architecture in the interwar period.


    Social change after WWI led to an accelerated change in the built environment. Within a broad stylistic scope of architectural and urban design projects, the structural ‘DNA‘ of Italian historic cities offered a basic planning guideline. Historic paradigms determined not only trends in conservation but guided new approaches to architecture as well as urban and landscape design. The result was not a single strategy to ensure continuity in urban planning and architecture, but a multiplicity of formal principles and trends. The session proposes to clarify what methods Italian architects and urban planners used to take possession of a ‘Roman’ or ‘Italian’ building and planning tradition, and how they accommodated it to the modernization of their country.

    Please submit via email a 200-250-word abstract of the presentation, a brief biographical note and affiliation to Luigi Monzo (info@luigimonzo.de) by December 30, 2017. Please comply with conference guidelines: https://aais.wildapricot.org/conference_guidelines. 

    The conference languages are Italian and English.

    Session organizers and chairs: 

    Luigi Monzo, University of Innsbruck (Austria) Email: info@luigimonzo.de 

    Carmen M. Enss, University of Bamberg (Germany) Email: carmen.enss@uni-bamberg.de
  • Announcing the Publication of the SAHANZ 2017 Annual Conference Proceedings

    Dates: 01 Dec, 2017 – 01 Dec, 2018

    Gevork Hartoonian and John Ting would like to announce the publication of the SAHANZ 2017 annual conference proceedings. The conference was hosted by the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra, and held at the Shine Dome in July.

    The online version of the proceedings is  available at: http://www.canberra.edu.au/about-uc/faculties/arts-design/newsandevents/upcoming-fad-conferences/sahanz-2017/papers

    Printed versions of the proceedings are available on a print-on-demand basis - please email John Ting at john.ting@canberra.edu.au

  • GLI 2018 - Executive Education for Museum Leaders

    Claremont | Dates: 14 May – 23 Jun, 2018

    The renowned Getty Leadership Institute for executive leaders is entering its 39th year. The program is designed to help experienced top-level executives become better leaders to strengthen their institutions’ capabilities and advance the field.

    This intensive management program is for CEOs, Directors, COOs, and senior-level museum executives who influence policy, effect change, and are in the first two to seven years of their position. Program participants take four weeks of intensive courses that address current trends and challenges in the museum field. The program blends two weeks online and two weeks of residency at CGU, and includes practicum sessions at Los Angeles area institutions. Academically rigorous, the program emphasizes leadership, strategy, organizational culture, and change management.

    The selection process aims at creating a class of participants that fosters the best peer learning experience for all. GLI strives to include participants with a range of specializations, sizes, budgets, and geographical locations. We actively seek the participation of museum professionals from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds. Selection preference will be given to qualified candidates from art institutions.

    Have questions about GLI 2018 and the application process? Join us for an informational webinar. Click here to learn more.

    Applications due January 24, 2018.
  • Workshop on Vernacular Balkan Architecture: Rhodope Mountains

    Dolen | Dates: 25 – 25 May, 2018

    Dates: 14 - 28 July 2018 

    Southeastern Europe, also known as the Balkans, has been a crossroads of human migration and a pivot point of civilizations since the dawn of time. Here, central and eastern Europe have met the Mediterranean and western Asia for many millennia, sometimes resulting in conflict, but above all bringing together a unique blending of cultures, religions, languages, folklore, traditions and crafts. Traditional architecture in Bulgaria is part of the common Balkan heritage. More preserved in the mountain areas, it’s characterized by its harmonic connection with nature, fascinating interior features and picturesque settlement configurations. Bulgarian traditional architecture stems from ancient Thracian and Roman tradition, and has evolved through the centuries within the Byzantine, medieval Bulgarian and later the Ottoman world, coming in contact with many influences in these vast and diverse empires. From the Middle Ages onward, itinerant Bulgarian builders and craftsmen have crisscrossed the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean, spreading their work throughout three continents, but also gathering and exchanging knowledge and techniques as far as Italy to the west, Armenia to the east, Vienna to the north and Egypt to the south. Closely and sustainably interacting with nature, combining functional simplicity, comfort of use and delicate and harmonious aesthetics perfected through the ages, Bulgarian traditional architecture is not only interesting to discover and study, but also very compatible with modern building practices tending toward a sustainable, ecological way of life.

    Today, the Rhodope Mountains mark the border between Bulgaria and Greece, but have also acted as an interface as well as a boundary throughout the ages. Here, in Orpheus’ homeland, all the influences that have swept the Balkans over the centuries have accumulated and interwoven rather than wiping away one another, giving birth to a unique amalgamation of architectural traditions and techniques, but also of cultures and beliefs. Here, coexisting with their modern lifestyle, the sturdy mountain people still preserve knowledge and ways of life that have long been forgotten elsewhere. The village of Dolen, an architectural reserve with remarkable authenticity, is a particularly interesting illustration of the rich, multi-layered history of the Rhodopes and the Balkans in general. Within the tiny boundaries of this village, one can discover key elements and processes that have shaped the Bulgarian and Balkan traditional architecture, approach traditions and folklore still carrying the echo of ancient times and feel the magic of the Rhodope Mountains.

    The Field School is comprised of:

    • - Fieldwork in surveying & recording of vernacular architecture. In the course of the Workshop, participants will have the opportunity to work on the analytical architectural documentation of Rhodopean architecture in the village of Dolen. They will be able to acquire skills in architectural documentation, material and historical research and analysis.
    • - Specialized lectures on southeast European late medieval history, architectural typology, traditional building techniques and natural materials
    • - Study visits to significant historical and natural sites in the Rhodopes and the Pirin mountains      
    • - Workshops in conservation and restoration of vernacular architecture - Building techniques and the specific use of materials in the Balkans have been developed by generations of craftsmen. Large bands of builders (called “tayfi”) used to travel across the Ottoman Empire, trading their craft. These groups applied their knowledge wherever they went, but they had to also conform to the wishes of their clients. Still, improving structural efficiency and spatial functionality were the main vectors of development for the building principles. During the workshops supervised by local craftsmen, specialized in the restoration of traditional architecture participants will be able to try working with different traditional building techniques and materials, characteristic to the region – wood, stone and clay   




  • Generosity: an international conference at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff, UK

    Cardiff | Dates: 27 – 29 Jun, 2018

    GENEROSITY An international conference to be held at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff, Wales, UK, from 27-29 June 2018

    GENEROSITY is associated with the act of giving or sharing more than is necessary, with gifting, with bravery, with notions of a benefactor and a recipient, and with a quality of being plentiful or expansive. From an architectural perspective, interpretations are many and various.  Alberto Perez Gomez writes of poïesis in architecture as ‘signifying the sort of technical making proper to humans: a poetic making in the sense that it always aimed at more than preserving life.’ Eileen Grey is more explicit, stating that ‘a house is not a machine-à-habiter. It is man’s […] continuation, his spreading out, his spiritual emanation.’  George Bataille, meanwhile, suggests that ‘everything conspires to obscure the basic movement that tends to restore wealth to its function, to gift-giving, to squandering without reciprocation…’

    From a stance of celebrating and questioning architecture’s potential for generosity, this call for papers invites academics and creative practitioners to explore ways in which architecture aspires to, or may be expected to, give more than is necessary. This could be considered within the current economic context of austerity or within the broader historic context of a discipline often working in frameworks focused on cost and quantitative measurement. Reflections are welcomed which critically examine themes of GENEROSITY as related to architecture and related fields, whether they be from a conceptual or theoretical position, embedded in everyday processes and expectations of practice, or from considerations of procurement, regulation, and policy. Possible themes include, but are not limited to:

     
    Generosity and Delight

    Architects have long argued that good design demands qualitative as well as quantitative appreciation, and goes beyond the scale of a space or materials specifications etc. With time, attitudes to measuring value and good practice are re-articulated and new forms of generosity arise. This theme calls for papers that explore how the concept of generosity is achieved and how it changes in the built environment, whether this be through an exploration of new forms of communicative value, design of ornament, or other, alternative means of measuring such a construct.

    Generosity and Procurement

    The Artistic Directors for the 16th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice (2018) have announced that the festival will be concerned with ‘generosity, thoughtfulness and a desire to engage’. Meanwhile, the British Council call for proposals (2017) questioned: “How can British architecture demonstrate ‘generosity and thoughtfulness’ towards its users, citizens and the public?” If the state of the built environment is governed by developer’ appetites and procurement processes, how might generosity be better embedded in the commissioning, delivery or ownership of architecture and public space?

    Generosity and Participation

    In the vacuum of public sector inactivity, architects (among others) have been called upon to support community-led development, regeneration and invention. Such projects often follow unconventional programmes, and redefine the role of the architect – as facilitator, mediator or advisor. Papers are invited which critique the opportunities, risks and implications of generosity in co-production and participatory design.

    Generosity of Spirit

    Architecture is regularly criticised for being elitist, and overly focussed on a tiny fraction of the global population. Architects like Dominic Stevens and Alejandro Aravena have exploited the facility to share open-access information over the internet, providing housing designs or templates as freely available, open-source resources. While it is unclear what impact these ‘gifts’ will have on the global housing crisis, they are indicative of a generosity of spirit that has potential to reach the furthest corners of the planet. We invite papers that explore issues of ownership in design, or that identify and evaluate architecture or designers working outside of established boundaries or conventional definitions.

     Generation Generosity

    Against a backdrop of socio-political uncertainty, many young practitioners are responding directly to civic and social issues through self-initiated projects and research. Debates around architectural education, the value of practice based learning and the impact of tuition fees have contributed to a surge in self-directed projects amongst young practitioners. Such projects are often nimble, independently instigated and exploratory. We invite papers from postgraduates, young creative practitioners, tutors, and early career academics, to celebrate ideas that represent communality, reciprocal care and giving.

    Confirmed keynote speakers are:

    Professor Martin Bressani, Sir William C. MacDonald Chair and Director of McGill University’s School of Architecture, Montreal

     

    Daisy Froud

    Architects of Change (AOC), London, UK

     

    Alastair Parvin

    Co-founder of WikiHouse Foundation, and a member of strategic design group 00

     

    Dr Chris L. Smith

    Associate Professor in Architectural Design and Technê, University of Sydney

     

    Nathalie Weadick

    Director, Irish Architecture Foundation

     

    Opening address at drinks reception: Sophie Howe Wales' Future Generations Commissioner for the The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act

     

    Abstracts of 300 words for a 20 minute presentation, a 3-minute film, or a workshop are invited on any topic related to themes of Generosity in architecture or related fields, and should be submitted for refereeing by 15 January 2018 to the email generosity@cardiff.ac.uk, using the template provided on the website.  We invite contributions from academics and creative practitioners. Authors will be notified of selection by 12 February 2018.  Following previous WSA conference publications Primitive, Quality, and Economy, we aim to publish an edited book of selected papers following the conference.

    A drinks reception will be held on the night of Wednesday 27 June and a conference dinner on Thursday 28 June. These will be included in the conference fee of £295 sterling. A reduced fee of £260 applies if payment is received by 31 March 2018. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

    Generosity is the fourth in a series of academic conferences held at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, following Primitive, Quality and Economy, and is organised by Dr Mhairi McVicar, Dr Ed Green, Dr Charles Drozynski, Michael Corr, Professor Stephen Kite, and Zoe Berman. For more information, contact Helen Monks at generosity@cardiff.ac.uk. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by 15 January 2018 to generosity@cardiff.ac.uk using the template on the website.  Registration will open on 12th February 2018 and additional information can be found on the conference website https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/conferences/generosity

  • HILT: June 4-8, 2018

    Philadelphia | Dates: 04 – 08 Jun, 2018
    The HILT (Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching) Institute is excited to announce that our 6th annual meeting will be held June 4-8, 2018, on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    HILT is a 5-day training institute that includes keynotes, ignite talks, and local cultural heritage excursions for researchers, students, early career scholars and cultural heritage professionals who seek to learn more about Digital Humanities theory, practice, and culture. In addition to the conference’s day-time sessions, participants can enjoy opportunities to explore the city through local dining and special events.

    Registration begins on November 20. Please visit our website (http://dhtraining.org/hilt/conferences/hilt-2018/) for more information.
  • SAH Marion Dean Ross / Pacific Northwest Chapter Annual Conference

    Astoria | Dates: 18 – 20 May, 2018

    The date and location for the annual conference of the Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians has been set!  The conference will be held in Astoria, Oregon, May 18-20, 2018. 

    Our conference committee is working away, planning a stellar conference, as you can imagine it would be in such a wonderful place.  Please mark your calendars.

    The Call for Papers will come out next month, in November.  Please consider submitting an abstract.  The theme will center around Astoria’s traditional maritime history.  It will also focus on the diversity of people who settled in Astoria over time and made it their home through the traditions they brought with them, the traditions they forged once arriving in Clatsop County, and of course, the resulting architecture.  As usual, papers are also encouraged that reflect other themes relevant to the chapter’s mission.

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