Recent Opportunities


    Dates: 21 Sep, 2017 – 20 Jan, 2018

    The Empire of the United States began with a bang in 1898. The U.S. Navy docked the Maine battleship in Havana’s bay to protect Americans living in war-torn Cuba. It exploded mysteriously. The U.S. blamed Spain and joined rebel forces to liberate the island. Three months later, the U.S. (not Cuban) flag replaced Spain’s atop Havana’s Morro Castle. Cubans found themselves under the power of a new American Imperium.  By the end of the so-called “Splendid Little War,” the United States had taken possession of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines. Spurred by military successes and dreams of Empire, the U.S. annexed Hawai’i that same year. Massive infrastructural investments and bureaucratic overhauls from the United States redefined the ex-colonies of Spain and the island cultures of the Caribbean and Pacific, creating a visible confrontation between local indigenous, African, Asian, Spanish and U.S. imperial expressions. This book seeks essays that reconsider how the United States and the island nations of the Americas and Southeast Asia were transformed through histories of visual, spatial, and material culture after 1898; including, but not limited to, studies on photography, print culture, popular media, performance, urbanism, and architecture. 

    I invite papers that engage with questions: How does Empire define vision and experience? How might images, materials, and built objects serve as a form of resistance to Empire? Do images and built environments reflect, countersign, or challenge ideals of local and/or imperial cultures? Does the cultural geography of islands factor into imperialism? Essays might address, among other topics, forms of resistance to U.S. cultural presence; the role of architecture in expressions of state power; visual regimes of race and racism; or gendered representations of the United States and its foreign holdings in the Pacific and Caribbean. Papers examining the consumption and production of art in support or critique of U.S. imperialism at the turn of the century in the major cities of Cuba, Guam, Hawai’i, the Philippines, and Puerto Rico are encouraged. Essays that telescope back to the nineteenth century, looking at the imperialist rhetoric of the Monroe Doctrine, and project forward, thinking of the ongoing significance of vision and experience in the U.S. Empire, Latinx and Filipinx communities, and the islands of the Caribbean and Pacific, are especially welcome. Queries concerning submission topics are warmly encouraged. 

    Essay abstracts (approximately 250 words) and a CV should be sent by January 20, 2018 to Joseph R. Hartman at

    Selected authors will be notified by February 5, 2018. First full drafts of essays are due by March 20, 2018. 

    For those invited to contribute to the book project, essays should be 6,000 to 8,000 words (author-date system in Chicago style with a list of references, and minimal endnotes, are preferred.)

    The use of images is critical. Authors should note which images are most important to include. Image copyright is the responsibility of the author and should be established prior to submitting the final version of the essay. When submitting final essays, proof of copyright permission will be needed.
  • 46th Annual Conference of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA)

    New York | Dates: 25 Feb – 01 Mar, 2018
    The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) will hold its 46th Annual Conference in New York City from February 25-March 1, 2018. The theme this year is “Out of Bounds.” This premier event for art and visual information professionals offers an exciting program of papers, panels, workshops, and sessions that explore current and emergent interests across professional practice in art and architectural libraries. Participants will have opportunities to mingle and consult with colleagues in the exhibit hall, visit poster sessions, bid in our silent auction, and attend special events. In addition, a variety of festivities and tours will connect attendees with the cultural tapestry of New York City.
  • 17th National Conference on Planning History, Oct 26-29, 2017

    Cleveland | Dates: 26 – 29 Oct, 2017
    The Society for American City & Regional Planning History (SACRPH) is pleased to announce the program for the 17th National Conference on Planning History, to take place in Cleveland, Ohio, on October 26-29, 2017.

    The conference will begin with a pre-conference tour, roundtable, and reception on Thursday, October 26th. The schedule for Friday and Saturday, October 27th and 28th, includes panels and roundtables, a Presidential address, a poster session, a book exhibit, and multiple receptions. We will conclude with optional walking and bus tours on Sunday, October 29th.

    Please see the conference website ( for further details on the program, accommodations at the Westin Cleveland Downtown, and registration. To secure reduced rates, be sure to register by October 1st!
  • Restoring the 1933 House of Tomorrow

    Dates: 24 – 24 Oct, 2017
    Todd Zeiger on architect George Fred Keck’s House of Tomorrow of 1933
    When: Tuesday, October 24, 2017; 4:30 p.m. reception, illustrated talk at 5:30 p.m.; dinner from 6:30 -7:30 p.m.
    Where: Cliff Dwellers, 200 S. Michigan Avenue, 22nd floor, Chicago. (For dinner reservations @ $35.00 per person, please call Cliff Dwellers at 312-922-8080 for the special dinner by Chef Victor; validated parking after 4:00 p.m., $14.00 at the Adams-Wabash garage, SW corner, get parking card from night manager at the Cliff Dwellers).
  • Chagall murals, Sept. 28, Chicago

    Chicago | Dates: 28 – 28 Sep, 2017
    “The Gift”, a film about Marc Chagall’s Four Seasons murals in Chicago
    When: Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, 4:30 p.m. reception, with film showing from 5:15-6:20 p.m., dinner at 6:30 -7:30 p.m.
    Where: Cliff Dwellers, 200 S. Michigan Avenue, 22nd floor, Chicago, IL. (For dinner reservations @ $35.00 per person, please call Cliff Dwellers at 312-922-8080 for the special Chef Victor French dinner).
  • Architecture at the time of Climate Change

    Chandigarh | Dates: 17 – 29 Sep, 2017
    Call for Abstract for Journal of Architecture (ISSN 2249 9326) December 2017 issue on
     " Architecture at the time of Climate Change"
  • Tod Williams and Billie Tsein Presented by Pella Crafted Luxury

    Chicago | Dates: 16 – 16 Nov, 2017

    Tod Williams and Billlie Tsein believe "architecture is the coming together of art and use." Their New York studio focuses on work for institutions including schools, museums, and not-for profit projects, with their newest commission, the Obama Presidential Center, being intergrated into Chicago's historic Jackson Park in 2021. They will discuss what influenced past projects and their journey through their distinguished career.

    Over the past three decades Williams and Tsein have received more than two dozen awards including the National Medal of the Arts from President Obama, Firm of the Year Award from the American Insitute of Architects, and most recently the 2017 AIA Insitute Honor Award for Architecture featuring the Logan Center for the Arts. Both have been inducted to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

    Tickets are $20 and all proceeds will be given to the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

    Wine, beer and refreshments will be provided. Space is limited, please RSVP.


    November 16, 2017 | 5:30 PM Social, 6:00 - 7:30 PM Program


    Merchandise Mart | Suite 100 | Chicago

    This lecture is co-sponosored by AIA Chicago (American Institute of Architects).

  • Dumbarton Oaks Fellowships

    Washington | Dates: 13 Sep – 01 Nov, 2017
    Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection is an institute in Washington, D.C., administered by the Trustees for Harvard University. It supports research and learning internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies through fellowships, internships, meetings, and exhibitions. 

    Fellowships are awarded to Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian scholars on the basis of demonstrated scholarly ability and preparation of the candidate, including knowledge of the requisite languages, interest and value of the study or project, and the project’s relevance to the resources of Dumbarton Oaks. We place great value on the collegial engagement of fellows with one another and with the staff.

    Application and instructions are available online. The application deadline is November 1.

    Fellowships are awarded to scholars who hold a PhD or appropriate final degree, or who have established themselves in their field and wish to pursue their own research.

    Junior Fellowships are awarded to degree candidates who at the time of application have fulfilled all preliminary requirements for a PhD or appropriate final degree, and plan to work on a dissertation or final project while at Dumbarton Oaks, under the direction of a faculty member from their own university.

    Summer Fellowships in Pre-Columbian and Byzantine studies are awarded to scholars on any level beyond the first year of graduate (postbaccalaureate) study.

    Mellon Fellowships, an initiative in urban landscape studies, are offered by the Garden and Landscape Studies program, and are intended for scholars and designers to pursue research on the history and current conditions of urban landscapes. Mellon Fellowships are governed by unique terms, and applications are due January 4. You may learn more about this opportunity on our website
  • CFP: Modernism and Rurality: Mapping the State of Research (Tallinn, 14-16 Jun 2018)

    Tallinn | Dates: 13 – 30 Sep, 2017
    MODSCAPES team members are chairing one session at the forthcoming EAHN conference in Tallinn, and are warmly inviting scholars to submit their proposals on the following topic:


    Rurality appears as an emerging frame of reference in European discourses around the built environment. While modern architecture has sought, throughout its development, to find inspiration in vernacular and rural architecture, as a presumed source of authentic and rational architectural expression, it is in the cities that this movement identified its preferred field of operations. Similarly goes with the development of modernist urban planning and design, where the importation of countryside’s environmental and social qualities to the urban sphere was meant to reform and cure the ill large industrial cities. Nowadays, the architectural and urban design and planning agenda is riding the wave of urban agriculture, but also questioning the longstanding lack of interest for rural areas, as testified by the AlterRurality series of meetings (2012 – ongoing) and by the experience of the Espace rural et projet spatial network (ERPS: Rural space & spatial design).

    This session aims to address, from a historical perspective, the relation between, on one side, architecture and the related disciplines, and on the other side, agriculture and rurality at large. In fact, modernist design and planning in and for the countryside is an overlooked topic in architectural history, and often stand as an underestimated cultural heritage. An emerging stream of scholarship has approached the topic from different perspectives: focusing on stylistic issues, to stress the tension between modernist and vernacular languages (Lejeune & Sabattino, Modern Architecture and the Mediterranean: Vernacular Dialogues and Contested Identities, 2010); analysing the scale of the village, to research how modernist town planning ideas were modified by the encounter with a rural context (Feniger & Levin, The Modern Village, EAHN 2016 conference session), or finally tracking yet another stream of transnational exchange or exportation of expertise, models and ideas. Still, a more holistic understanding of the topic is needed.

    To this end, we welcome proposals specifically mapping case studies concerned with large-scale agricultural development and/or colonization schemes conceived and (but not necessarily) implemented in Europe and beyond during modern times (late 18th-20th century), strongly connected to nation- and State-building processes, and to the modernization of the countryside. We are particularly interested in those examples which aimed to “make the difference” in both scale and numbers, entailing radical reshaping of previously uninhabited or sparsely populated areas into new, planned, “total” rural landscapes.

    Contributors are explicitly invited to expand their research focus on one or more case studies, and conceptualize the topic’s methodological and epistemic implications to the discipline of architectural history, or the potential instrumentality of the historical knowledge produced from such scholarship.

    Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted straight to the session convenors:

    Luisa Moretto, Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), luisa.moretto[at]
    Axel Fisher, Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB/FNRS), axel.fisher[at]
  • I Tatti Fellowship

    Florence | Dates: 13 Sep – 15 Oct, 2017

    Fifteen I Tatti Residential Fellowships, each for twelve months, are available annually for post-doctoral research in any aspect of the Italian Renaissance, broadly understood historically to include the period from the 14th to the 17th century and geographically to include transnational dialogues between Italy and other cultures (e.g. Latin American, Mediterranean, African, Asian etc.).

    I Tatti offers Fellows the precious time they need to pursue their studies with a minimum of obligations and interruptions together with a maximum of scholarly resources—a combination that distinguishes the Harvard Center from similar institutions. Fellows are expected to live in the Florence area and to spend at least three days a week at the center, where they can make use of the Berenson Library’s rich collections of books and periodicals, photographs and digital images, manuscripts and recordings. As one of the over seventy libraries that make up the Harvard Library system, the Biblioteca Berenson provides access to a vast range of online journals and other electronic resources, and offers Fellows comprehensive interdisciplinary resources for the study of late medieval and early modern Italy.

    I Tatti is a site for lively academic encounters and dynamic exchanges. Each year, a number of activities such as exploratory seminars, workshops, and tours of exhibitions and cultural institutions are organized for the Fellows. In addition, the center hosts conferences, lectures, and concerts which Fellows are encouraged to attend. Rather than present a traditional paper at the end of the year, Fellows give presentations of their fellowship in-progress projects in September. This provides an opportunity to explore problems and questions and receive valuable feedback early in the fellowship year from other members of the multidisciplinary community. 


    Fellows are selected by an international and interdisciplinary committee that welcomes applications from scholars from all nations. The committee aims to assess the ability of candidates to contribute in a collegial way to the intellectual life of the Harvard Center. It pays special attention to the strength of the proposed project and its potential to yield original results, and to the candidate’s curriculum vitae.

    At the time of application, scholars must hold a PhD, dottorato di ricerca, or an equivalent degree. They must be conversant in either English or Italian and able to understand both languages. They should be in the early stages of their career, having received a PhD between 2007-2016 and have a solid background in Italian Renaissance studies. (NB: The PhD certificate must bear a date between January 1, 2007 and December 31, 2016, inclusive.)

    The project must represent advanced research in the Italian Renaissance, broadly defined historically as the period ranging from the 14th to the 17th centuries and geographically to include transnational dialogues between Italy and other cultures (e.g. Latin American, Mediterranean, African, Asian etc.). Subjects covered include art and architecture, history, literature, material culture, music, philosophy, religion, and science. Scholars can also apply to work on the transmission and circulation of ideas, objects, and people during the Renaissance, into and beyond the Italian peninsula, or on the historiography of the Italian Renaissance, including the rebirth of interest in the Renaissance in later periods. It must be possible for applicants to carry out most of their research in Florence with the resources available in the city and at I Tatti. Preference is given to a postdoctoral research project. Applicants should demonstrate that they have already completed the necessary preliminary work to establish that the project shows promise. Projects could also represent a significant reworking of a dissertation. Special consideration may be given to candidates without regular access to research materials and facilities available in Italy.

    One of the I Tatti fellowships, sponsored by a generous grant from the Florence Gould Foundation, is designated for scholars who a) work on a Franco-Italian Renaissance topic (which includes any project exploring the contact between the geographic areas of Italy and France in the early modern period); b) reside in France; or c) have French citizenship. Candidates who fall into one or more of these categories should indicate their status in the penultimate section on the application form.

    The Fellow is responsible for obtaining a visa, permesso di soggiorno, and health coverage (and, if appropriate, for accompanying family members). The Fellow must determine if a visa is required and, if necessary, obtain one before travel.

    Renewals or repeats of an I Tatti Fellowship are not granted. Scholars can apply to only one type of fellowship at I Tatti per academic year. 

    NB: A yearlong I Tatti Fellowship for Non-UK citizens normally based in the UK could jeopardize the outcome of their eventual application for settlement (also called ‘indefinite leave to remain’) in the UK. We encourage such scholars to apply instead for a short-term fellowship at I Tatti.


    The Fellowship year runs from July 1 to June 30. In light of the residential nature of this fellowship, we actively discourage people from commuting and expect everyone to reside on the property or in the vicinity, and to actively engage in the scholarly life at the institution. Fellows are expected to be present at the Villa and at lunch at least three working days a week, beginning the first week of September. Attendance at lectures, Fellows’ seminars and other events sponsored by I Tatti is assumed of every Fellow. 

    The principal duty of an I Tatti Fellow is to pursue advanced research at I Tatti. Fellows must obtain full academic leave from their home institutions and devote full time to their studies here. No Fellow is allowed to have any other professional obligations, paid or unpaid. Absences, e.g. for a job interview or thesis defence, should be kept to a reasonable level and appointees must write to the Director for approval of absences of a week or longer. Since you are not expected to be at the Villa until early September, we recommend that you pursue research at sites outside of Florence during July and August.

    Fellows are offered a study, use of the Biblioteca Berenson, lunches on weekdays, and various other privileges. The stipend is $50,000, plus a supplement towards relocation expenses. There are several apartments on the I Tatti property, rent free, but with charges for utilities. A housing subsidy is made available for Fellows who cannot be accommodated within the I Tatti Estate.

    If the candidate receives partial salary or outside grants, this must be indicated on the application or in subsequent correspondence with the Director, and permission must be received.


    Applications for the I Tatti Fellowship are accepted exclusively online. These applications can be written in English or Italian and must be submitted electronically by midnight (Cambridge, MA time) on October 15, 2017. Late applications will not be accepted. Notification will be made at the beginning of February. 

    Letters of Recommendation

    Applicants must have two scholars who know their work well submit recommendations online by October 22, 2017. These recommendations can be written in English or Italian. In order to give your referees adequate time to submit letters of recommendation, click the reference tab and register them as early as possible. Referees will receive an email explaining how to access the system and submit their letters electronically. It is the applicants’ responsibility to inform the scholars writing on their behalf of the nature of the project and the deadline for submission.


  • The Vanna Venturi House by Robert Venturi and the Margaret Esherick House Louis Kahn

    Philadelphia | Dates: 23 – 23 Sep, 2017
    The Vanna Venturi House by Robert Venturi and the Margaret Esherick House Louis Kahn

    An exclusive evening at two landmark homes

    Saturday, September 23, 2017

    Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia


    Please join us for an elegant evening at the Vanna Venturi House designed by Robert Venturi and the Margaret Esherick House designed by Louis I. Kahn, located only a half-block away from each other in Chestnut Hill. This unique evening – never before done – showcases the work of Philadelphia’s own world-class architects in the setting for which they were designed, as homes.
  • CFP: Journal of Technology | Architecture + Design (TAD) - Measured

    Dates: 13 Sep, 2017 – 01 Feb, 2018

    Measurement is fundamental to the discipline of architecture. Through measurement, one gains a more complete understanding of what is intended to be produced and how to produce it. Designers test ideas through digital and physical analyses, and communicate design intent through dimensioned drawings. Even after construction, predicted performance is measured against actual effects in post-occupancy evaluations. In this sense, measurement is a way to negotiate between the built construct and the ideals, performances, and evaluations that frame it. Thus, measurement is a form of translation and assessment that is both quantitative and qualitative.

    Technology plays a vital role in the mediation between design ideas and their physical manifestation. Increasingly more precise digital design, analysis, and fabrication processes allow for more efficiency in architecture, a goal driven in part by the desire to curb waste and lessen the negative impacts of construction.  Through this measured approach, structures and systems can be lighter and perform better, thereby enhancing environments and experiences. Similarly, measurements of admired built constructs can help to establish new design goals. In this way, the act of measuring can be aspirational.

    Yet through stipulations ranging from statistical tolerance and standard deviation to verify in field, the discipline acknowledges the lack of absolutism in measurement, which is not always easy or even possible. With new material assemblies, for example, their performance may be difficult to assess without physical testing. On the other hand, an optimized daylighting design might not consider the variety of occupants’ habits, complicating performance analysis. Consequently, some have argued that measurement, especially in terms of optimization, can be a hindrance to design and the designer’s intuition about aesthetic experiences. So, like simulation, measuring is not always clear-cut. Some measurements require deep knowledge for interpretation and comparison. Similarly, depending on the context, there may be a small tolerance for inaccuracy, whereas other times there is a wide acceptable range. This suggests there is both a science and an art to measurement.

    This issue of TAD seeks scholarly submissions and primary research concerning measurement in technology, architecture and design. Have new forms of measurement caused us to rethink architecture?  How is quantitative research translated qualitatively? What are the frameworks, standards and scales that impact measurement in research? Have engagements with other disciplines caused us to measure or evaluate architecture differently? Through examining these and other questions, Measured intends to provide a forum for expanding the discourse on measurement and its implications for architecture and design.

    Submit manuscripts at

  • CFP: International Symposium Women's Creativity since the Modern Movement (1918-2018): Toward a New Perception and Reception. 13th-16th June 2018

    Turin | Dates: 14 Sep – 31 Oct, 2017
    Women’s Creativity since the Modern Movement - MoMoWo is a large-scale cooperation cultural project co-funded by the Creative Culture Programme of the European Union, coordinated by the Polytechnic of Turin and launched in 2014.

    MoMoWo considers an issue of contemporary cultural, social and economic importance, from both a European and an interdisciplinary perspective, women’s achievements in the design professions.
  • LGBTQ Heritage - Change Over Time/Spring 2019 Issue

    Dates: 13 Sep, 2017 – 05 Jan, 2018
    In spite of the immense historic and cultural contributions of LGBTQ Americans, the LGBTQ community at large is among the least represented in our national, state, and local designation programs. To date, only fourteen of the more than 92,000 sites on the National Register of Historic Places have been listed for their primary association with LGBTQ history. This underrepresentation has prevented effective advocacy and educational opportunities, leaving potentially significant sites and histories unappreciated, uncelebrated, and potentially endangered.

    Over the past five years there has been growing recognition of the importance of LGBTQ place-based history by cultural heritage professionals, historians, and advocates. Place-based heritage provides a unique opportunity to illustrate the richness of LGBTQ history and the community’s contributions to American culture. Examples include historic sites associated with arts and architecture, important social centers such as bars and LGBTQ organization locations, places related to oppression and protest, and residences of notable figures.

    This issue of Change Over Time, published in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, will explore questions related to LGBTQ cultural heritage: What are the challenges in identifying an often invisible and, at times, transient and denied history? How can historians and preservationists ensure for diverse representation of LGBTQ communities? How does one address significance and architectural integrity when recognizing LGBTQ sites that are often architecturally undistinguished and frequently altered?

    We welcome contributions from US and international contexts on a range of topics: researching and documenting LGBTQ place-based sites; exploring rural, urban, and suburban LGBTQ narratives; approaches for categorization of resource types and cultural significance; challenges related to official recognition of LGBTQ-related sites; and solutions for interpretation and educational opportunities.

    Submissions may include case studies, theoretical explorations, evaluations of current practices, or presentations of arts- or web-based projects related to LGBTQ cultural heritage.

    Abstracts of 200-300 words are due 5 January 2018. Authors will be notified of provisional paper acceptance by 19 January 2018. Final manuscript submissions will be due mid May 2018.

    Articles are generally restricted to 7,500 or fewer words (the approximate equivalent to thirty pages of double-spaced, twelve-point type) and may include up to ten images. See Author Guidelines for full details at, or email Senior Associate Editor, Kecia Fong at for further information.
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Symposium, Friends of Cedar Rock

    Quasqueton | Dates: 14 – 14 Oct, 2017
    Presentations by:

    Lon Arbrgust, president of the A.D. German Warehouse Conservancy on: "Yes it's a warehouse but it's designed by Frank Lloyd Wright"

    Mark Hertzberg, Dir. of Photography of the Journal Times (ret.) on: "Fred P. Jones and Penwern: Frank Lloyd Wright on Delevan Lake"

    Saturday, October 14, 2017, 1:00PM-4:00PM at the American Legion hall, 110 S. Water St., Quasqueton, Iowa 52326
  • Call for Papers Footprint #23: The Architecture of Logistics

    Dates: 13 Sep – 01 Dec, 2017
    Call for Papers Footprint #23
    Theme: The Architecture of Logistics
    Editors: Francesco Marullo and Negar Sanaan Bensi

    Neoliberalism is a many-headed monster. It can hold different drives without altering its internal coherence. It grows through crisis and instability. Within its flexible order, drastically opposite forces are able to coexist and mutually stimulate each other: globalisation expands at the same pace as nationalist and populist movements; the circulation of people increases alongside the intensification of migratory policies; shared economies and collaborative consumption develop apace with the multiplication of copyrights and patents; common knowledge and resources proliferate as does the parasitism of private entrepreneurship.
    Integrating differences within a homeostatic system of economic competition, the monster of neoliberalism turns whatever it devours into commensurable and exchangeable quantities. Any equivalence becomes possible. Any juxtaposition becomes profitable. Any connection becomes valuable. However, the further this dismembered body enlarges, while assimilating new forces and exchanges, the more it needs to improve its nervous and circulatory system to stay alive: boats, containers, trucks, warehouses, department stores, harbours, train yards, airports, cargo terminals, communication centres, satellite stations, and all the material conditions that improve flux and trade while ensuring the integrity of commodities across its distant limbs.
    This issue of Footprint meditates on logistics and its architecture of exchange as the essential lymph of neoliberalism. Registering and managing the circulation of people, goods and information across the planet, the architecture of logistics could be considered the litmus paper from which one could read and understand territories, populations and societal assemblages. Using textual and visual materials, our ambition is to unfold the multivalences of the logistical apparatus, dissecting its buildings and spaces, its technologies and labour relations, its historical evolutions as well as its future projections.
    Footprint 23, to be published in Autumn 2018, accepts both full papers (6000–8000 words) and review articles or visual essays (2000–4000 words). Authors interested in contributing are requested to submit an extended abstract to the editors before 1 December 2017 (1500 words for full papers, 700 words for review articles and visual essays). Please also include a short bio (300 words). A guide to Footprint’s preferred editorial and reference style is available at Authors of the papers are responsible for securing permission to use images and copyrighted materials.
    The editors will select papers that they consider thematically relevant, innovative and demonstrating an explorative academic level. Notifications of acceptance will be sent before 15 January 2018. After the first selection round based on the abstracts, authors will be asked for full essays. The deadline for selected contributions is 1 April 2018, after which the essays will enter a double-blind peer review process. Please note that the ultimate selection for publication will not be based on the abstracts but on the peer review procedure. For submissions and all other inquiries and correspondence, please contact editors Francesco Marullo and Negar Sanaan Bensi at
    The full text of the call for papers and previous issues of Footprint are available at

    Vicenza | Dates: 13 Sep – 01 Nov, 2017
    31st international seminar on architectural history
    Vicenza, Palladio Museum, 7-9 June 2018

    Even more than for painting and sculpture, fundamental ingredients are required for the existence of architecture: time, continuity, and money. Specifically, the largest oeuvres are tied to political will or to transgenerational visions which are often put into jeopardy by the long construction time-lines.

    For this reason, large projects, both bold and visionary, were not built and remained projects on paper, or interrupted by the changing fortunes of individuals, families, or institutions, or by politics. The reasons were often traumatic, like the death of the architect or patron, natural disasters, or the onset of war. They were sometimes precipitated by economics, or derived from a misalignment with the course of history, either becoming obsolete or, by contrast, being too far ahead of their time. They were sometimes too complicated or overly ambitious to be fully executed. Sometimes, however, a failure is the impetus for subsequent successfully realized projects.

    Beginning with mythical constructions like the Tower of Babel, the seminar will explore interrupted or never executed architectural projects from ancient times to the present, across the great medieval cathedrals, from the Basilica of Saint Peter in Rome to projects of urban scale, from the reconstruction of London in 1666 to Le Corbusier and the Algeri project.

    Christ of Thoenes (Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute for Art History, Rome) had the original idea for the seminar, which is being developed by Guido Beltramini (Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio, Vicenza) and Howard Burns (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa).

    Each contribution, which will be read either in Italian or in English, cannot exceed 20 minutes (corresponding to circa 2500 words), which allows for about ten minutes of discussion afterwards. Those interested in participating should send an outline (250 words or less) and brief CV (no more than 100 words) to by November 1, 2017. Geographic area and time period are open, as long as the paper deals with architecture conceived with the intention of being constructed. Scholars may apply individually or propose a theme to be carried through in a single session by a group or team.
  • Cosmopolitanism, Citizenship, and the City (19th-21st centuries), EAUH 2018 International Conference Session

    Rome | Dates: 11 Sep – 05 Oct, 2017
    To be a citizen is to inhabit a city by being a member of a polis, a political community. To be cosmopolitan is to inhabit the world, to feel a sense of global belonging and to be at ease in many places and cities. Increasingly, then, scholarship in a range of disciplines is recognizing that cities have been the privileged sites through which practices of cosmopolitan citizenship are enacted: where formal and informal ways of being and thinking that seamlessly blend multiple cultural, linguistic and political influences into a whole that is greater than its constituent parts, are performed and sustained. However, what remains under-analyzed in recent scholarship is a more global perspective on how such cosmopolitan ways of thinking and being are embodied or commemorated in the built environment of cities through built works or ephemeral performances. Therefore, the session aims to unearth how urban planners, architects, scholars, artists, and ordinary citizens have created or documented such works and performances in different cities, whether in the form of buildings and infrastructures, public spaces, public art, or ephemeral events, as well as their visual representations (for example, archives, exhibitions, social media platforms, etc.). This session is interested in research on the relationships between cosmopolitan citizenship and the built environment and urban spatial practices from the 19th to 21st centuries. It encourages comparative research that juxtaposes and/or establishes parallels between built environments and practices in cities across different regions or countries – notably those outside of Europe or the United States of America – or that contrasts enactments of cosmopolitan citizenship in the same sites at different historical moments.

    Potential themes include:

    • Exemplars of cosmopolitan urban citizenship and forms of built environment in colonial and post-colonial contexts;

    • Citizenship, cosmopolitanism and digitally enabled forms of subjectivity and collective identity, or urban politics of place;

    • Official versus vernacular forms of cosmopolitan citizenship, contrasting formal culture and large-scale projects to everyday life and micro-sites;

    • The challenges of preserving cosmopolitan expressions of collective memory and social life in the face of the urban dynamics of modernizing ‘creative destruction,’ erasure, and forgetting;

    • Contestations of the denial of citizenship through the built environment and/or cases of vibrant urban spatial participation and cosmopolitan modes of resistance to exclusion and marginalization.

    Please submit abstracts of no more than 450 words through the conference website by October 5, 2017:

    Conference dates: August 29 - September 1, 2018
  • Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Residential Fellowships

    Charlottesville | Dates: 07 Sep – 01 Dec, 2017

    The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities offers fellowships to scholars and writers in the humanities. We seek applications that are intellectually stimulating, imaginative, and accessible to the public. There are no restrictions on topic, and applications are invited from across the broad spectrum of the humanities.

    The maximum fellowship stipend is $15,000 per semester. Fellowships are awarded for one semester or a full academic year. If you are selected to be a Fellow, you will have a private, sunny office a few miles from the University of Virginia. Virginia Foundation for the Humanities shares a scenic property with the Boar’s Head Inn. The property offers spacious lawns, shady spots, ample parking, and two ponds with resident ducks and geese.
  • 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial

    Chicago | Dates: 16 Sep, 2017 – 07 Jan, 2018

    The second edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) is the largest architecture and design exhibition in North America, showcasing the transformative global impact of creativity and innovation in these fields. This year’s Biennial features over 141 practitioners from more than 20 countries addressing the 2017 theme “Make New History.” Artistic Directors Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee have selected architects and artists whose eye-opening creations will invite the public to explore how the latest architecture can and will make new history in places around the world. The main exhibition is free and open to the public from September 16, 2017 through January 7, 2018. We are particularly proud to premiere our opening in 2017 in alignment with EXPO CHICAGO.

    CAB is hosted by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events at the historic Chicago Cultural Center. The Biennial is also a city-wide platform that serves citizens and invites visitors to explore Chicago. We invite you to participate in these extensive programs, including our educational sessions with the Chicago Architecture Foundation serving 15,000 young people; free tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed SC Johnson headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin.

    The Make New History exhibition extends to off-site locations and is amplified through six community anchor exhibitions in the neighborhoods and two special project sites – plus installations, performances, talks, films, and more hosted by over 100 local and global cultural partners.

    History of the Biennial

    The Chicago Architecture Biennial is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to creating an international forum on architecture and urbanism through the production of exhibitions and public programs. The manifestation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s vision for a major international architectural event and an outcome of the comprehensive cultural plan developed by Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, under the leadership of Michelle T. Boone, the inaugural 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial was presented through the support of BP, and in partnership with the City of Chicago and the Graham Foundation. Joseph Grima and Sarah Herda, co-artistic directors, curated the 2015 biennial, entitled The State of the Art of Architecture. Through its constellation of exhibitions, full-scale installations, and programming, the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial invited the public to engage with and think about architecture in new and unexpected ways, and to take part in a global discussion on the future of the field.

SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation for its operating support.
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