Recent Opportunities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Dates: 02 Feb – 01 May, 2017
    RESTAURANT and OFFICE
    History of Human Spaces series
    Praeger Publishing

    Praeger Publishing, an academic publisher, based in Santa Barbara, California (praeger.com<http://praeger.com/>) is seeking authors for two titles in our History of Human Spaces series. This series explores the history of spaces, both public and private, and the objects typically associated with those spaces. Each 70-80,000 word volume will utilize those objects and spaces to reflect on larger social, economic, and cultural themes. Each volume will focus on North America from colonial times to the present-day, but will include an introductory chapter tracing the history of the space from the beginnings of Western (or, in some cases, world) history. The series will start with eight titles: bedroom, bathroom, kitchen (private); office, school, factory, bar/tavern, and restaurant. Six titles have thus far been assigned. We are looking for authors for the RESTAURANT and OFFICE titles.

    We are seeking academics in the fields of material culture, social history, and related fields. Interested parties should contact acquisitions editor James Ciment at james.ciment@ca.rr.com<mailto:james.ciment@ca.rr.com>. Please attach a CV.
     
  • MIT Thresholds 46: SCATTER!

    Dates: 02 Feb – 01 May, 2017
    Thresholds 46: SCATTER!
    Editors: Anne Graziano and Eliyahu Keller

    From treatises to TED talks; postcards to propaganda; etchings to drawings, films, and blogs, architecture moves in diverse and curious ways. It is these currencies, which give architecture its agency, its authority and life. And yet, despite the varied modes of its circulation, the majority of architecture’s discursive knowledge reaches only a familiar audience. While contemporary means of information production and dispersal continue to exponentially grow and quicken, the circle of professional and discursive associations remains confined. Circulation, distribution, and access to knowledge are not exclusive matters of the discipline. Rather they extend past architectural limits to catalyze inquiries into hidden geographies and infrastructure, restricted access, and equity. 

    The history of architecture has consistently seen innovation and subversion expand not only architectural theory and practice, but also the ways in which ideas are dispersed beyond established systems of circulation. With the understanding that architecture indeed moves within ever-changing boundaries, Thresholds 46 looks to investigate, expand and imagine the histories, futures, means and methods by which architecture gets around.

    If half a century ago the medium was the message, now, after dozens of new mediums have expanded the manner of conversation, we wish to ask: is the equation still so simple?  Was and is the message exclusively a product of its medium? What are the architectural histories that can inform future inventions of dispersal and distribution? And how have architects, designers, artists, and scholars employed medium with message to interrogate fields of conversation and suggest new and provocative platforms for the discussion of ideas?

    We wish to look at the history of architectural dissemination, while holding our gaze to a swift, saturated and scattered connectivity. Asking, what modes of circulation were employed in various periods of history to elevate and publicize an architecture? How was architecture distributed by actors and vehicles that are both foreign to its discourse or an essential part of it?  What is the power of non-architectural documents such as cartographies, letters, stamps or money in the distribution of architectural knowledge? And what can we learn from accidents in which architectural knowledge broke loose from its constraints, reaching unimagined publics and scattering to unintended realms?

    Aiming to examine the scholarship, discourse and possibilities of publication, Thresholds 46 invites submissions of scholarly articles, creative contributions, and interdisciplinary investigations from art, architecture and related fields.  Topics can range from explorations of classical treatises, through architectural representations on money or postage and inquiries into divergent or accidental practices of dissemination such as agitation-vehicles, kiosks or comic books.  Furthermore, Thresholds 46 seeks an array of scattered content, welcoming innovative approaches and projects, in which architectural knowledge is to be shared and accessed. Videos, online platforms, interactive maps, posters, and postcards, augmented and virtual spaces and more – Thresholds 46 will provide a medium that welcomes content liberated from the historical format of the journal. 

    Submission Deadline: May 1, 2017

    Essay submissions should be in English, approx. 3,000 words, and formatted in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style.  Submission should include a brief cover letter, contact information and bio of under 50 words for each author.  Text should be submitted in MS Word.  Images should be submitted at 72 dpi as uncompressed TIFF files. Other creative proposals are not limited in size or medium and will be considered to be included both in the journal as well as in the multiplicity of adjacent platforms.
  • CFP: Troubling Histories: Public Art and Prejudice

    Johannesburg | Dates: 15 – 18 Nov, 2017
    Troubling Histories: Public Art and Prejudice 15 - 18 November 2017 This is a call for papers, a selection of which will be identified for further development into 5000-word articles for a themed issue of De Arte, a Taylor & Francis journal published with the University of South Africa. The conference will take place at the offices of the Research Chair of South African Art and Visual Culture at the University of Johannesburg between the evening of 15 November and lunchtime on the 18 November 2017. The keynote address will be by well-known scholar of public art, Prof Erika Doss from the Department of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame, whose publications include Spirit Poles and Flying Pigs: Public Art and Cultural Democracy in American Communities (1995), The Emotional Life of Contemporary Public Memorials: Towards a Theory of Temporary Memorials (2008), and Memorial Mania: Public Feeling in America (2010). THE THEME In March 2015, a small-scale protest against Marion Walgate’s sculpture of Cecil John Rhodes at the University of Cape Town developed into the “Rhodes Must Fall” movement and culminated in the work’s removal from campus a month later. The protest had widespread impact. Raising questions about not only Rhodes’ representation in the public domain but also those of other individuals associated with values and ideologies that have fallen from favour who are commemorated in South Africa, it had the additional impact of reigniting a long-standing international concern: whether focused on sculptures of Lost Cause heroes in the United States, European monuments commemorating individuals revealed to have been Nazi sympathisers or Australian monuments memorialising events associated with the suppression of aboriginal peoples, for example, art historians and other citizens concerned about visual discourse in the public domain have long-since debated what steps, if any, should be taken to negotiate ‘problematical’ public art inheritances. The contention around the representation of Cecil Rhodes also highlighted longstanding concerns about how art in the public domain has tended to recognise some histories and experiences while marginalising others. Unsurprisingly, endeavours to negotiate prejudicial art from the past has been simultaneous with endeavours to create new monuments and memorials which recognise the victims of oppression and atrocities. Some of these new public works have been successful, and the reasons for their success are worth exploring. Others, however, have proved controversial. Raising debate about not only about who or what is commemorated but also sometimes the designs deployed for such commemorations, some have additionally involved contention about the locales in which these works are placed, consultations that may or may not have taken place in the process of developing them, as well as a host of other issues. .
  • SAH 71st Annual International Conference

    Saint Paul | Dates: 18 – 22 Apr, 2018
  • SAH 70th Annual International Conference

    Glasgow | Dates: 07 – 11 Jun, 2017
  • Research Assistant

    Philadelphia | Dates: 06 Feb, 2017 – 01 Jun, 2018
    Assist a Philadelphia architect/author in completing research and writing for a book that traces the evolution of the geometry in the built environment from ancient Egypt to the present. The focus of the book is a particular geometric motif in 20th century architecture. Developments in the world of art are also involved. Must have excellent computer skills, analytic skills, and use of a MAC laptop.
  • What in the World is a Herbarium?

    Bronx | Dates: 04 Mar – 29 Oct, 2017
    With more than 7.8 million preserved specimens, the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium is the largest herbarium in the Western Hemisphere. This special exhibition in the Ross Gallery celebrates the Steere Herbarium as the centerpiece of the Garden’s botanical research program, and a priceless resource for scholars from around the world. Through this exhibition, learn some of the many ways that Garden scientists are working to study and save the plants of the world.
  • CFP: Footprint #22: Exploring Architectural Form: A Configurative Triad

    Dates: 25 Jan – 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.
  • “Paris – Capital of Modernity”: Spring Seminar in Paris for Chinese Scholars

    Paris | Dates: 09 – 26 May, 2017
    Paris, May 9 - 26, 2017
    Deadline: Feb 19, 2017

    Call for Applications
    “Paris – Capital of Modernity”: Spring Seminar in Paris for Chinese Scholars

    The German Center for Art History in Paris welcomes applications from junior scholars and doctoral students from Greater China for a spring seminar titled “Paris – Capital of Modernity,” which will focus on French 19th- and 20th-century art. The seminar will take place from May 9th to May 26th, 2017 in Paris at the German Center for Art History and at several museums and research institutes in the French capital. 
    Participants will receive funding for transportation, lodging, and meals. 
    Scholars interested in participating are invited to attend a two-day introduction to the program on March 23th and 24th, 2017, in Beijing, China. Limited funding is available for prospective participants who attend the Beijing meeting.  Attendance at the introductory meeting in Beijing is not required for admission into the seminar, but is strongly encouraged. 
    The seminar is possible thanks to generous support from the Getty Foundation through its Connecting Art Histories initiative.

    Paris – Capital of Modernity

    Paris serves as an outstanding example of Western modernism, since the city met the challenges that came with industrialization and developed a new infrastructure. The seminar’s temporal scope will be defined by the first and last world’s fairs in Paris: 1855 and 1937. The 1855 world’s fair marked the beginning of a new era, which dedicated itself to modernity; the exhibition of 1937—with, among other aspects, the strengthening of totalitarian systems on the eve of World War II and its decidedly anti-modern self-representation—marks its end. 
    With the electrification of the city and the construction of the metro system, Paris created the infrastructure of a smoothly running modern metropolis. Modern Art flourished in Paris, and the influence of the avant-garde can still be seen today in the neighborhoods of Montmartre and Montparnasse as well as in the city’s many museums devoted to modernism. Along with visits to Montmartre and Montparnasse, the seminar will include special visits to such museums as the Petit Palais, the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the national Musée d’Orsay, and the Musée National d’Art Moderne in the Centre Georges Pompidou. These trips will be guided by specialist scholars and curators.
    The academic content of the program will be presented through lectures and discussions held at the German Center for Art History and through the aforementioned visits to museums, where original works of art will be examined and discussed.  Additional site visits will include guided walks through Paris designed to help to contextualize modernity within the city itself.  
    The seminar’s co-directors are Thomas Kirchner (Director of the German Center for Art History in Paris) and Godehard Janzing (Deputy Director of the German Center for Art History in Paris). Lecturers include Hollis Clayson (Northwestern University) and Jean-Louis Cohen (New York University).
    The seminar aims to facilitate dialogue between participants, lecturers, museum curators and members of the German Center for Art History in Paris and to enrich and strengthen study of French Art in China.

    To be eligible, candidates must:
    1.    be citizens of Greater China (Mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and 
    Macau), and have a passport from one of these areas. Scholars who are currently residing outside of Greater China are also eligible and are encouraged to apply.
    2.    teach or study Western art or culture. Preference will be given 
    to art historians, architectural historians and historians of applied art, but scholars and students of other fields are welcome to apply.
    3.    be able to follow a lecture and participate in class discussions 
    in English, the languages used in all lectures and discussions. 
    Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed via Skype.
    4.    be enrolled in a PhD program, or have completed a PhD over the 
    last five years
    a.    students must have already completed their Master’s degree.
    b.    recent graduates must have a PhD certificate that bears a date 
    after January 1st,  2012.

    The application deadline is February 19th, 2017.

    -    Applications, in English, must include the following documents: 
    o    a letter of interest explaining why participation in the seminar 
    will advance your scholarly career (1 page)
    o    a curriculum vita
    o    one letter of reference

    -    Applicants seeking funding for the Beijing introductory meeting 
    should include an additional letter indicating their anticipated transportation, accommodation, and meals costs.

    Please submit all documents as one PDF file via e-mail by no later than February 19th, 2017 to:

    seminar2017@dfk-paris.org

    Further information about the Beijing meeting, including financial awards, will be sent to applicants by March 1, 2017. Applicants selected to participate in the Paris seminar will be notified by April 1.

    For further information, please visit:
        https://dfk-paris.org/
     
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