Recent Opportunities

  • Architecture_MPS

    Dates: 28 Oct – 31 Dec, 2016

    The book has been produced in conjunction with the scholarly journal Architecture_MPS who are preparing a special Issue on the themes of the book for late 2017. Articles should in some way respond to one of the features and /or themes of the book (see below). If you are interested in submitting an article send an initial enquiry to<>


    The book contains the first ever extended comments on architecture by Noam Chomsky.

    Other architects included are Daniel Libeskind, Kenneth Frampton, Michael Sorkin and others.

    It takes on the critical issues of the day of architectural design and practice from a social and political perspective.

    It presents a new genre in academic writing, the ?interview-article?.


    The book is by Dr. Graham Cairns, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. He is the author of eight books.

    Routledge information:

    Reflections on Architecture, Society and Politics - Social and Cultural Tectonics in the 21st Century

    This book brings together a series of thirteen interview-articles by Graham Cairns in collaboration with some of the most prominent polemic thinkers and critical practitioners from the fields of architecture and the social sciences, including Noam Chomsky, Peggy Deamer, Robert A.M. Stern, Daniel Libeskind and Kenneth Frampton. Each chapter explores the relationship between architecture and socio-political issues through discussion of architectural theories and projects, citing specific issues and themes that have led to, and will shape, the various aspects of the current and future built environment. Ranging from Chomsky?s examination of the US?Mexico border as the architecture of oppression to Robert A.M. Stern?s defence of projects for the Disney corporation and George W. Bush, this book places politics at the center of issues within contemporary architecture.

    The ?interview-article? is a variation on the interview format that deepens the scholarly potential of that particular mode of dialogue. Extensive notation - often narrative in tone - is interwoven within the text to offer supplemental information and alternative argumentation and in this regard it represents a continuation of the evolving scholarly tradition of the footnote as academic tool laid out by Anthony Grafton. In addition to these narrative commentaries, these interview-articles are accompanied by full bibliographies and specific references entwined within the text. Contributors are also encouraged to develop discursive answers to questions that they are subsequently given the opportunity to mould into more considered essay type responses.
  • Environmental and Social Justice with Kurt Culbertson, FASLA, FAICP

    Chicago | Dates: 03 – 03 Nov, 2016
    The Illinois chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ILASLA) presents its second Ignite! lecture and reception, starting at 5:30 pm. Free - reservations required.

    Kurt Culbertson, FASLA, FAICP, will explore the juncture of history, planning, and landscape architecture as a basis for crafting an ecology of the city.  He is chairman and CEO of Design Workshop, an urban design, land planning, and landscape architecture firm with offices in Aspen and nine other cities.  He has received 35 national and state awards for his work, including the Pierre L’Enfant Award for International Planning from the American Planning Association and the 2013 Award of Excellence in Planning from the American Society of Landscape Architects. In 2016, he was awarded the ASLA Medal.
  • Vernacular Architecture Forum 2017 Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, May 31-June 3, 2017

    Savannah | Dates: 21 – 30 Oct, 2016
    The Vernacular Architecture Forum ( invites paper proposals for its 36th Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, May 31-June 3, 2017. Papers may address vernacular and everyday buildings, sites, or cultural landscapes worldwide. Submissions on all relevant topics are welcome but we encourage papers exploring western American themes, including ethnic settlement, landscapes of ranching, mining, and agriculture, urbanization, religious expression, Native American identity, and the creation of vacation and recreation landscapes. Additionally, the VAF is launching a multi-year program of inquiry into the distinctiveness of the VAF and the vernacular architecture movement. To this end, we encourage papers that consider this field over time. How does the wide range of VAF projects (tours, guidebooks, book and article awards, field schools, annual conference papers, publications, etc.) demonstrate how our questions, concerns, and methods have changed and evolved? Where do we see evidence of that history in our current work, and what might our future look like? Proposals might focus on a particular building type (i.e. houses, barns), a research strategy (fieldwork), political or theoretical convictions (Gender, Marxism, the Everyday, etc), or particular approaches to presenting our work and engaging colleagues and the public. Students and young professionals may also apply for the Pamela H. Simpson Presenter’s Fellowships offering support of up to $500 to presenting papers at VAF’s annual conference. SUBMITTING AN ABSTRACT Papers should be analytical rather than descriptive, and no more than twenty minutes in length. Proposals for complete sessions, roundtable discussions or other innovative means that facilitate scholarly discourse are especially encouraged. At least one session will be devoted to Field Notes – shorter papers (five to eight minutes in length) that introduce new techniques, innovations, and discoveries in documenting vernacular buildings and landscapes. Proposals should clearly state the argument of the paper and explain the methodology and content in fewer than 400 words. Make sure to indicate if it is a regular paper proposal or a shorter fieldwork proposal. Please include the paper title, author’s name, email address, a one-page c.v. You may include up to two images with your submission. Note that presenters must deliver their papers in person and be VAF members at the time of the conference. Speakers who do not register for the conference by March 1, 2017, will be withdrawn. Please do not submit an abstract if you are not committed to attending the papers session on Saturday, June 3rd. THE DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS IS OCTOBER 30, 2016. The abstracts and c.v. should be emailed as a PDF attachment to the VAF Papers Committee Chair, Daves Rossell, at For general information about the Salt Lake City conference, please visit the conference website at the or contact Alison Flanders at Pamela H. Simpson Presenter’s Fellowships: VAF’s Pamela H. Simpson Presenter’s Fellowships offer a limited amount of financial assistance to students and young professionals presenting papers at VAF’s annual conference. Awards are intended to offset travel and registration costs for students, and to attract developing scholars to the organization. Any person presenting a paper who is currently enrolled in a degree-granting program, or who has received a degree within one year of the annual conference is eligible to apply. Awards cannot exceed $500. Previous awardees are ineligible, even if their status has changed. Recipients are expected to participate fully in the conference, including tours and workshops. To apply, submit with your abstract a one-page attachment with "Simpson Presenter’s Fellowship" at the top and the following information: 1) name, 2) institution or former institution, 3) degree program, 4) date of degree (received or anticipated), 5) mailing address, 6) permanent email address, 7) telephone number, and 8) paper title.
  • Latrobe Chapter Annual Conference Fellowship

    Dates: 01 – 01 Jan, 2017
    The Latrobe Chapter Annual Conference Fellowship helps a graduate student or emerging professional in architectural history, landscape history, urban studies, or historic preservation attend the Annual International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, which in 2017 will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, June 7-11. The Fellowship includes an award of up to $1000 to support travel and attendance at the Conference. Preference will be given to an applicant whose work is centered around Washington, D.C. Persons not presenting a paper at the Conference are encouraged to apply. The description of sessions of the SAH 2017 Annual International Conference is available on the SAH website, Reports of recent recipients of this award may be seen at the Latrobe Chapter SAH website, The fellowship applications of graduate students and emerging professionals who are presenting papers at the 2017 Conference (already submitted to SAH) will be forwarded to the Latrobe Chapter by SAH. Persons not presenting a paper should apply directly to the Latrobe Chapter by submitting the following materials: (1) a statement (not to exceed two pages, typed and double-spaced) explaining how their studies or professional work will be enhanced by attendance at the Conference and indicating the source and amount of any other funding they might receive; (2) a curriculum vitae; and (3) the name, e-mail, and telephone number of their faculty advisor or principal professor (for graduate students) or other reference (for emerging professionals). Applications may be submitted by e-mail attachment to Patricia Waddy,, no later than January 1, 2017.
  • The Body’s Politic: Architecture and the Modern Subject

    Dates: 25 Oct – 15 Dec, 2016
    Architecture has long been viewed as a civilizing mechanism: museums make publics, boulevards make populations, housing makes citizens. Under modernity, architecture has assumed an important place in the pantheon of power’s tools, explicitly deployed to create subjects. But this historical perspective quarantines political readings of architecture to the conservative, stationary, or merely incidental. How has the apparatus of architectural form, space, and representation worked in ways unseen by its contingent actors, and how has this apparatus biased contemporary scholarship? Imagining architecture as a Foucauldian dispositif, inscribing itself upon bodies and peripheral to larger spheres of social and political practice, how might focused studies of architecture’s professional, cultural and tectonic configurations provide new ways of considering the modern subject today? Looking through identity formation to the effects of political, legal, and techno-scientific systems, how have architectural objects not only constructed singular subjects but proven intrinsic to variegated subjectivities and contemporary politics of the body? How have the kinds and natures of these subjects varied through time, from the individual to the collective, the human to the nonhuman, the embodied to the metaphysical? And, unlike the reformers and statists of past historical tellings, how could architecture itself be considered a primary historical agent in these machinations? UCLA Architecture and Urban Design's doctoral program in Critical Studies invites abstracts of papers for its 2017 graduate symposium. We seek abstracts presenting research that historically locates the politics of subject-making as well as those that propose new methods for its transhistorical reading and analysis. Submissions are encouraged from PhD students, researchers, and graduate students in all fields, especially from architecture, art history, visual studies, the history of science and technology, the history of planning and public policy, political economy, cultural theory, gender and queer studies, anthropology, legal studies, and the history of business. Paper sessions will be guided and moderated by established international scholars. Please submit abstracts of no more than 500 words, along with a brief bio and cv to: Limited funding for graduate student travel stipends are available; for consideration, please include a brief note detailing the circumstances of your request. Accepted submissions to be notified by the end of January 2017; symposium to be held in April 2017.
  • Fifth Annual HGSCEA Emerging Scholars Essay Prize

    Dates: 25 Oct – 19 Dec, 2016
    Submissions are now being accepted for the fifth annual HGSCEA Emerging Scholars Publication Prize, an award of $500 given to the author of a distinguished essay published the preceding year on any topic in the history of German, Central European, or Scandinavian art, architecture, design, or visual culture. Submissions, which must be in English and may be from electronic or print publications, must have a publication date of 2016; authors must be either current Ph.D. students or have earned a PhD in or after 2012 and must be members of HGSCEA at the time of submission. The recipient of the Prize and one honorable mention will be chosen by the members of the HGSCEA Board and announced at the HGSCEA dinner reception during the College Art Association annual conference. Nominations and self-nominations are welcome; submissions should include a copy of the publication and a CV and should be sent by electronic attachment to the HGSCEA president, Marsha Morton ( before December 19, 2016.
  • Architecture and Design College Fair

    New York | Dates: 04 – 04 Nov, 2016
    The Architecture and College Fair is a free event for high school students (and parents) interested in attending a design or architecture school. The event is free and we ask attendees to rsvp. Center for Architecture 536 LaGuardia Place new York, NY 10012 Friday, November 4th, 2016 4:00pm-8:00pm Representatives from the following architecture and design schools will be taking part in the evening: Boston Architectural College City College of New York – Spitzer School of Architecture College for Creative Studies The Cooper Union Drexel University - Westphal College of Media Arts & Design Fashion Institute of Technology IIT College of Architecture Kean University The Michael Graves College NYC College of Technology, CUNY New York Institute of Technology New Jersey Institute of Technology Northeastern University Norwich University Pratt Institute School of Architecture Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Roger Williams University Southern California Institute of Architecture Syracuse University Tulane School of Architecture UIC School of Architecture University of Arkansas - Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University of Miami School of Architecture University of Michigan - Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning Wentworth Institute of Technology
  • Preservation Pioneer: The Life and Legacy of Charles E. Peterson

    Philadelphia | Dates: 24 Oct – 30 Dec, 2016
    The Athenaeum of Philadelphia is pleased to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, with an exhibition, Preservation Pioneer: The Life and Legacy of Charles E. Peterson. In a career that spanned seven decades, Peterson founded the Historic American Buildings Survey, authored America’s first historic structures report, oversaw the creation of Independence National Historical Park, and created significant endowments that encourage building scholarship, documentation, and publication. 

    Walker Johnson, FAIA, JLK Architects commented,  “Charles Peterson was the most effective NPS bureaucrat, afraid of no one, always spoke his mind, and was very inventive. The HABS Survey, which he invented, kept a lot of architects from starving to death during the Great Depression.  No wonder the SAH migrated to Philadelphia shortly after its founding. If anyone plans to be in Philadelphia this exhibit would make it a worthwhile trip.” 

    Exhibition Dates: October 3 - December 30, 2016
    Free Admission
  • Walter Burley Griffin and Australia’s Lost Capitol

    Oak Park | Dates: 03 – 03 Nov, 2016
    In 1911, the fledgling Commonwealth of Australia—then only a decade old—self-confidently launched an international design competition for its federal capital, afterward named Canberra. Chicagoans Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin famously won the contest the next year (no doubt to the consternation of their former employer, Frank Lloyd Wright). In 1914, the couple arrived at Australia to begin implementing their prizewinning plan.

    Christopher VernonIn his illustrated lecture, Christopher Vernon will survey the couple’s unrealized Capitol building, envisaged as Canberra’s—and Australia’s—cultural epicenter. He will also reconstruct the disappointing saga as to why the edifice was never constructed.

    Christopher Vernon teaches design and the history and theory of landscape architecture at the University of Western Australia. He is a leading authority on the lives and works of Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin, widely lecturing and publishing on the subject. More broadly, his research focuses upon architecture and landscape as collective expressions of identity, especially within the context of designed national capitals such as Canberra, New Delhi and Brasília.

    Date: Thursday, November 3, 2016
    Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    Location: Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake Street, Oak Park, 60302
    Admission: Free, registration required
  • "The Structure: Works of Mahendra Raj" Book Launch

    New York | Dates: 26 – 26 Oct, 2016
    Please join Martino Stierli, the Department of Architecture and Design, and MoMA's C-MAP Asia Group in welcoming the prominent structural engineer Mahendra Raj to The Museum of Modern Art to celebrate the new publication, The Structure: Works of Mahendra Raj, edited by Vandini Mehta, Rohit Raj Mehndiratta, and Ariel Huber. 

    Mahendra Raj will lead a discussion on his body of work in India and early projects in the United States. Books will be available for signing and purchase.
    Wednesday, October 26
    6:30 - 8:00 PM
    Museum of Modern Art Library
    Cullman Education and Research Building
    4 West 54th Street

    Please RSVP to and see publication details below.

    The Structure (Park Books, 2016) explores the work of Mahendra Raj, India’s most significant structural engineer. Examining Raj’s sixty prolific years of practice, this volume looks at his unusually inventive and intuitive work and how he has offered pioneering engineering solutions for buildings in exposed concrete. As this book shows, many of his structures can be seen as monuments narrating the history of architecture in post-independence India.

    The Structure features twenty-eight of Mahendra Raj’s buildings in detail through rich photographs and color reproductions of archival plans. Essays are contributed by Raj himself and by the architects Neelkanth Chhaya and Jaimini Mehta. Also included are interviews with Raj by the architect Sanjay Prakash and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, a conversation with the architect BV Doshi, as well as an illustrated complete list of Raj’s works.

    Mahendra Raj (b. 1924 in Lahore, India) received his degree in Lahore and worked as a junior engineer for the Punjab Public Works Department, where he helped realize two of Le Corbusier’s central buildings in Chandigarh, the Secretariat and the High Court. After completing his Master of Engineering at the University of Minnesota, he worked in the office of Ammann & Whitney in New York, assisting with a portfolio of cutting-edge structures like Eero Saarinen’s TWA Building. In 1960, Raj returned to India and started his own practice, where he collaborated with some of the finest architects working in India at the time – Charles Correa, Balkrishna Doshi, Raj Rewal, Achyut Kanvinde, Joseph Allen Stein, and Louis Kahn – and completed an oeuvre of structures that helped define the architectural language of modern India.
  • CFP: A Panel on Inter and Transdisciplinary Relationships in Architecture (Athens, 3-6 Jul 17)

    Athens | Dates: 21 Oct – 05 Dec, 2016
    A Panel on Inter and Transdisciplinary Relationships in Architecture
    as part of the 7th Annual International Conference on Architecture
    3-6 July 2017, Athens, Greece
    sponsored by the Athens Journal of Architecture

    The Architecture Research Unit of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) organizes A Panel on Inter and Transdisciplinary Relationships in Architecture, 3-6 July, 2017 as part of  the 7th Annual International Conference on Architecture sponsored by the Athens Journal of Architecture.

    The aim of the conference is to bring together academics and researchers from all areas of Architecture’s Inter And Trans Interdisciplinary Relationships, Architecture and Music, Architecture and Mathematics, Architecture and the Arts, Architecture and Cinema, Architecture and Cosmology, Architecture and Science, Architecture and Philosophy, Harmony in Architecture, Harmonic Proportion, Architectural Concepts such us: Space, Time, Harmony, Proportion, Notation, Representation, Presentation, Perception, Rhythm, Design, Composition.

    Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of social events will be organized: A Greek night of entertainment with dinner, a special one-day cruise to selected Greek islands, an archaeological tour of Athens and a one-day visit to Delphi. Details of the social program are available here.

    Fee structure information is available on

    Please submit a 300-word abstract before 5 December 2016, by email, to, Dr. Clara Germana Gonçalves, Academic Member, ATINER, Researcher at CITAD, Lusíada University, Lisbon, Portugal and Assistant Professor at Faculty of Architecture, University of Lisbon. Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions will be reached within four weeks of your submission. Please use the abstract submitting form.

    If your submission is accepted, you will receive information on registration deadlines and paper submission requirements. Should you wish to participate in the Conference without presenting a paper, for example, to chair a session, to evaluate papers which are to be included in the conference proceedings or books, to contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER & Honorary Professor, University of Stirling, UK (

    The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) was established in 1995 as an independent world association of Academics and Researchers. Its mission is to act as a forum where Academics and Researchers from all over the world can meet in Athens, in order to exchange ideas on their research, and to discuss future developments in their disciplines.

    The organizing and hosting of International Conferences and Symposiums, the carrying out of Research, and the production of Publications are the basic activities of ATINER.  Since 1995, ATINER has organized more than 400 International Conferences and other events, and has published close to 200 books. In 2012, the Association launched a series of conference paper publications (click here), and at the beginning of 2014, it introduced its own series of Journals (click here).

    Academically, the Association is organized into seven Research Divisions and thirty-nine Research Units.  Each Research Unit organizes at least an Annual International Conference, and may also undertake various small and large research projects.

    Academics and Researchers are more than welcome to become members and to contribute to ATINER’s objectives. If you would like to become a member, please download the relevant form (membership form). For more information on how to become a member, please send an email to:
  • Spiros Zournazis Memorial Fellowship

    Canberra | Dates: 21 Oct – 11 Dec, 2016
    The Spiros Zournazis Memorial Fellowship supports research into the Australian War Memorial’s extensive art collection by early career scholars. The Fellowship is open to honours or postgraduate students undertaking a thesis as part of their degree, or those who have completed a PhD, Mphil or MA since January 2014. Fellows are free to determine their own course of research provided it focuses primarily on the Memorial’s art collection. Scholars working in the fields of art history, cultural studies, museology, sociology and related disciplines may apply. Research projects that demonstrate methodological innovation will be considered favourably.

    The Fellowship is four weeks in duration and the recipient will be awarded return airfares to Canberra (from within Australia), accommodation in a studio apartment at the Gorman Arts Centre and a stipend of $2000 to cover other expenses. The Fellowship also includes a study space with desk, phone and computer facilities within the Memorial’s Art department and full access to the art collection and archive. Fellows will be supported by Memorial curators and the Head of Art, and will have the opportunity to consult with Dr. Mary Zournazi, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of NSW, filmmaker and a specialist in global war and peace studies, during the Fellowship period.

    The Fellowship is funded through a generous bequest to the Australian War Memorial by Spiros Zournazis.
  • CFP: Fabrications: JSAHANZ, "Way Out Down Under"

    Dates: 21 Oct, 2016 – 14 Mar, 2017
    Fabrications: JSAHANZ invites papers for the forthcoming issue (Vol.27, No.3), titled ?Way Out Down Under?, guest edited by Lee Stickells. Papers are due by 14 March 2017.

    Historical understanding of the complexities and legacies of the 1960s and 1970s counterculture has been significantly enriched in the last decade or so. Familiar narratives of the birth, flourishing and decline of a na?ve, failed, utopian hippie ?dream? have been rethought. Instead, the counterculture?s longer influence on the development of contemporary environmentalism, lifestyle branding, business thinking and cyberculture has been recognised. A more detailed picture of an international, or transnational, counterculture that extended to South America, Asia and Eastern Europe, with distinctive manifestations, has also emerged.

    The expanded countercultural history of the last two decades has also reconsidered the intertwining of architecture and the counterculture. While visions of psychedelically painted geodesic domes are imprinted on popular memory, the substance behind that clich?d image is that new modes of building and dwelling were understood as critical to materialising alternative social forms. There is a growing body of scholarship in architectural history that has sought more nuanced understandings of the ways in which countercultural challenges to existing society affected the discipline?s knowledge base, pedagogical structures, and its representational and practice forms.

    This issue of Fabrications invites contributions that add to the scholarship on countercultural ideals and practices explored outside their traditional geographic imaginary, particularly in Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and South-East Asian regions. It anticipates papers that extend historical understanding of the diverse set of experimental and subversive architectural projects, conceptual work, pedagogical initiatives, exhibitions and publications that can be connected to the countercultural radicalism of the 1960s and 1970s. While American, particularly West Coast, spatial practices were highly influential, they were never absorbed wholesale, but rather as a mediation between the local and the global. For this issue, we welcome submissions that explore the translation of concepts, attitudes and practices ? the sustained experimentation in new temporal localities, and local adaption.

    Questions to be explored might include: How did local cultural legacies inform countercultural architecture? What was the role of countercultural experimentation in defining and popularizing ecological ideals in architecture? How was fascination with South and East Asian spirituality manifested in counterculture environments? What were the dynamics of cultural transfer between radical and mainstream architecture practices? What role did alternative publishing networks play? How was spatial production important to an urban politics of occupation and creative transformation? How might methodological and disciplinary innovations reconfigure narratives about countercultural architecture, its heritage structures, and its cultural outcomes?

    Guidelines for Authors

    Papers should be submitted online at<> by the due date identified above.

    The Editors consider essays of 6000 to 9000 words (including endnotes). Papers should be submitted as Word documents with an abstract (200 words) at the beginning of the paper.  Abstracts are published at the beginning of papers. Please provide images and image captions with the paper.

    All papers published in Fabrications are blind peer-refereed by two readers.

    Instructions for authors can be found on the journal homepage<>.

    Proposals for reports or for reviews of books, exhibitions and other events of interest to the membership of SAHANZ can be made to the editors, Stuart King [<>] and Anoma Pieris [<>].
  • Saving a Legacy: Minoru Yamasaki

    Bloomfield Hills | Dates: 23 – 23 Oct, 2016
    Michigan Modern will present an afternoon of lectures at the Cranbrook Art Museum on Minoru Yamasaki's architecture and its preservation as part of the Preserving Michigan Modern series. Speakers lineup: Dale Allen Gyure, Professor of Architecture, Lawrence Technological University -- "Serenity and Delight: The Architectural Humanism of Yamasaki." Mark Harvey, State Archivist, Archives of Michigan -- "Preserving the Yamasaki & Associates Office Records." Richard Hess, Senior Associate, Quinn Evans Architects -- "Restoring the Yamasaki Pools, McGregor Memorial Conference Center, Wayne State University."
  • Kenneth Breisch lecture - Bertram Goodue and Irving Gill (Santa Barbara, CA) Nov 3

    Santa Barbara | Dates: 03 – 03 Nov, 2016
    5:30pm reception; 6:00pm lecture @ the Art Design & Architecture Museum, UC Santa Barbara. Free Bertram Goodhue and Irving Gill: the Panama California Exhibition and the Los Angeles Public Library
  • 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial: Are We Human?

    Istanbul | Dates: 22 Oct – 20 Nov, 2016
    The biennial will present more than 70 projects from 5 continents by designers, architects, artists, theorists, choreographers, filmmakers, historians, archaeologists, scientists, labs, centres, institutes and NGOs in 5 main venues; Galata Greek Primary School, Studio-X Istanbul, Depo, Alt Art Space and Istanbul Archaeological Museums. In addition to the projects of this core multidisciplinary group, the work of a dense array of international writers, video makers and designer researchers will be presented in the same venues and online to stimulate a new kind of conversation about design. The 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial will explore the intimate relationship between “design” and “human” over a time period that spans from the last 2 seconds to the last 200,000 years. Aimed at rethinking design for an age in which design has gone viral, the biennial is organised in 4 overlapping “clouds” of projects: Designing the Body, Designing the Planet, Designing Life, and Designing Time. Designing the Body explores all the different ways in which the human body itself is a highly unstable artefact that is continually reconstructed, from the unique way our hands work to the latest research on the brain. Every dimension of the human is continuously adjusted, augmented or replaced. Designing the Planet asks us to rethink the human design of vast territories and ecologies. The human radiates design in all directions and encrusts the planet in layer upon layer of artifacts as a kind of geology. Designing Life looks at the new forms of mechanical, electronic and biological life that are being crafted. A fusion of machines, organisms, computation, and genetics is moving from the laboratory into everyday life, the land, the air, and the oceans. Designing Time presents a unique archaeology ranging from the deep time of the very first human tools and ornaments to the ways in which social media allows humans to redesign themselves and their artefacts in as little as 2 seconds. An Open Call for two-minute videos produced 146 videos from more than 37 countries. The Superhumanity collaboration of the curators with Anton Vidokle and Nikolaus Hirsch of e-flux commissioned more than 50 writers to discuss “self-design” in a series of online dispatches. The biennial also initiated Turkey Design Chronology by Curious Assembly, 50 experts doing a major research into all dimensions of design in Turkey over the last 200 years. For further details: - For high-resolution images: To follow Istanbul Design Biennial on social media: Snapchat: tasarimbienali #arewehuman / #bizinsanmiyiz / #istanbultasarimbienali / #istanbuldesignbiennial
  • Framing Nature

    Greenwich | Dates: 21 Oct – 23 Nov, 2016
    CFP: Framing Nature (Greenwich, CT; March 5, 2017) Abstract Deadline: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 The Bruce Museum welcomes submissions for its third annual graduate student symposium, which is being organized in conjunction with a monographic traveling exhibition, Alfred Sisley (1839-1899): Impressionist Master (on view January 21—May 21, 2017). Alfred Sisley is one of the first Impressionist artists to dedicate his attention almost entirely to the landscape and the environment. Often secluded in rural France, Sisley’s landscape paintings represent, as Richard Shone has observed, “A seemingly effortless lyricism underpinned by an understanding of formal architecture.” In-keeping with the period, Sisley’s work also displays an interest in scientific investigation as he rendered exacting visual displays of meteorological events – rain, snow, fog – on his canvases. Following the Bruce Museum’s mission for interdisciplinary research in both art and science, this conference is meant to engage the multifaceted ways that artists and architects frame nature in their work. Papers focusing on the environment, both natural and built, and the practice of scientific observation and empiricism are welcome for this one day conference. Potential approaches to this topic include, but are not limited to: • Impressionism and the modern landscape • Representations of the environment (suburban, urban, and garden) as a nexus for creative activity • Exchanges between artists, architects, and meteorological science • The entwined disciplines of art and science in the representation or study of Nature • Aesthetic responses to ideas of the fleeting or transitory effects of weather on the environment • Landscape as a place for mobility and exchange - migration, pilgrimage, exploration, tourism • Gendered, racial, or social issues in relation to urban or suburban change • Moral or symbolic representations associated with environmental and societal change Graduate students selected to participate in this symposium will be invited to present 20-minute papers, which will be followed by a discussion moderated by Dr. James Rubin, Professor of Art History at SUNY Stony Brook. All invited speakers will receive an honorarium for participating. Please submit an abstract (maximum 250 words) for a twenty-minute paper and a one-page CV as a single PDF by 5:00PM on Wednesday, November 23, 2016. Participants will be notified in early December of the committee’s decision. Completed papers must be submitted by January 25, 2017. All questions and materials may be submitted to Courtney Long, Ph.D. at
  • The Future of Historic House Museums

    Chicago | Dates: 20 – 20 Oct, 2016
    Thursday October 20
    12:15 - 1:00pm

    Free admission.
    No reservations required.

    Roosevelt University
    Murray-Green Library 
    430 S. Michigan Ave
    (10th Floor)
    Chicago, IL 60605

    Landmarks Illinois president Bonnie McDonald will lead this panel discussion exploring how historic house museums can remain relevant and sustainable in the 21st century and how they contribute to the broader trends in historic preservation.  Panelists include William Tyre (Glessner House Museum), Todd Palmer (National Public Housing Museum), Lise Dube-Scherr (Driehaus Museum), and Jennifer Scott (Jane Addams Hull-House Museum).
  • Preservation Pays

    Chicago | Dates: 18 – 18 Oct, 2016
    Tuesday October 18, 2016 from 7:00 - 8:00pm
    $10 per person / $8 members (with code)

    Historic preservation enhances communities and lifts the spirit, but it also rewards those committed to rehabbing historic buildings. Landmarking provides entree into Historic Tax Credits and Illinois' Property Tax Assessment Freeze Program. Economic incentives like these ensure a sensitive project and  long life for our treasured historic buildings.

    Architectural historian Susan Benjamin will present a program featuring tax projects for buildings by Chicago's stellar architects--Charles Frost, David Adler, Edward Dart and numerous others. Several have received the coveted Driehaus Award. Susan has landmarked these properties and helped owners receive well-deserved tax incentives for their efforts.
  • CFP: At Close Quarters (York, 3 Mar 17)

    York | Dates: 13 Oct – 09 Dec, 2016
    University of York, York, March 3, 2017
    Deadline: Dec 9, 2016

    Call for Papers
    'At Close Quarters: Experiencing the Domestic c.1400-1600'

    Friday 3rd March 2017
    Humanities Research Centre, University of York

    This interdisciplinary conference invites papers on aspects of the domestic interior in the late-medieval and early modern world. Building on current research into the architecture and objects that shaped the experience of the pre-modern household, we examine the nooks and crannies of domestic life and its various manifestations, through interaction with art, objects, literature, music and thought.

    With a keynote lecture delivered by Dr. Tara Hamling (University of
    Birmingham) and Dr. Katherine Richardson (University of Kent) based on their forthcoming book A Day at Home in Early Modern England: The Materiality of Domestic Life, 1500-1700, the conference aims to question, examine and explore the significance of domestic encounters ‘at close quarters’.

    Topics can include, but are not limited to:

    - theoretical approaches to domesticity
    - the experience of domestic art, architecture and decoration
    - literary constructions of domesticity
    - musical landscapes and practices within houses
    - domestic ritual, customs and manners, policing of space
    - strategies of display: coats of arms, allegories
    - lineage, procreation, regeneration
    - religious practices and domesticity
    - gender, sexuality, class identities
    - domestic animals, food, hunting
    - lesser examined spaces such as kitchens and pantries.

    Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to  Maria-Anna Aristova
    ( and Oliver Fearon ( by Friday 9th December.

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