Several awards presented to organizations, as well as individuals in preservation and related fields.
Proposals for individual papers or panels on any aspect of Illinois’ history, culture, politics, geography, literature, and archaeology are requested for the Conference on Illinois History. The Conference especially welcomes submissions exploring the upcoming bicentennial of statehood. We encourage submissions from professional and avocational historians, graduate students, and those engaged in the study of Illinois history at libraries, historic sites, museums, and historical societies.
Proposals for teacher workshops. Are you a teacher who has created an innovative, comprehensive, or timely curriculum on some aspect of Illinois’ history, culture, politics, geography, literature, or archaeology? Share your expertise with other teachers at the Conference on Illinois History.
The deadline for proposals is May 1, 2016.
To submit your proposal for a paper, panel, or teacher workshop, send:
1. A one page summary of the topic, including a description of the major primary and secondary sources used.
2. A one-page resume of participant(s).
In pursuit of the mission of DOCOMOMO, as updated in the Eindhoven-Seoul Statement 2014, the theme of the 14th International DOCOMOMO Conference will be Adaptive Reuse. The Modern Movement Towards the Future. The aim is to promote the conservation and (re)use of buildings and sites of the Modern Movement, to foster and disseminate the development of appropriate techniques and methods of conservation and (re)use, and to explore and develop new ideas for the future of a sustainable built environment, based on the past experiences of the Modern Movement.
The Modern Movement has demonstrated its long term legitimacy, as a concept endowed with an extraordinary longevity. Relating technology, form and social commitment to one another, through an optimistic faith in progress, modern architects sought to attain new heights of functionality and flexibility in use. The challenge for today is how to deal with this modern legacy in relation to the continuously changing context of the current times, including physical, economic and functional changes, as well as fast-moving socio-cultural, political and scientific contextual values.
Preserving the architectural heritage of the 20th century requires us to take account both of the opportunity and the duty to reuse buildings which have lost their original function, which are physically and/or technically obsolete, and which no longer meet today’s ever-more demanding standards. Such matters as the demand for material and technology reuse and for spatial and functional transformations, and the updating of regulations concerning fire, seismic stability, user safety, energy efficiency and environmental comfort legislation, are all part of the contemporary agenda. This inevitably highlights the question of the value of the existing built fabric, which can be a strong resource that calls for our attention in terms of social, economic and environmental sustainability.
In its pursuit of the task of conserving and rebuilding, DOCOMOMO must itself be modern and sustainable in order to continue to fulfill the Modern Movement’s social and collective project, as modernity and sustainability are part of the primary nature of Modern Movement project itself. In our view, the Modern Movement still carries on today and into the future, as an ever-present social, spatial and technological project engaged with the community, constantly engaging with the challenge of creating a better place to live.
Contributions are invited to put together under discussion themes such as the interrelationship of modernity and modern heritage, economy and energy saving, the social mission of architecture and the responsibility of architects towards the future. These themes are intended to be discussed both as MoMo concepts, to be analysed chiefly through documentation, and as contemporary modern interventions, to be debated in accordance with the needs and conditions of today. As a multidisciplinary platform, this conference aims to investigate a cross-section of subjects that are raised by the challenge of preserving, renovating and transforming the Modern Movement legacy worldwide, alongside with the complex background of today’s changing times. In the end, the goal is to achieve a pluricultural comparison of standards and practices for intervention on 20th century heritage.
In pursuit of a holistic approach, the general theme of the conference will be elaborated through eight sub-themes: 1) Landscapes, 2) Cities, 3) Public Spaces, 4) Complexes, 5) Buildings, 6) Construction and Technology, 7) Interior Design and Furniture and 8) Theory.
Keynote Speakers: Álvaro Siza Vieira; Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal; Caruso St John Architects; Joan Busquets; Juhani Pallaasma; Winfried Brenne
Program, Subthemes & Sessions:
In fall 2016, the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians will return to New Orleans for the first time since 1994. The conference will take place September 29 to October 1. With addresses by expert speakers, multiple walking and bus tours, and of course great food, it promises to be a good time for all! Tulane University's National Register listed campus located on majestic St. Charles Avenue will be the venue for paper sessions and addresses. Conference attendees are invited to select accommodations from one of many blocks of reserved rooms and enjoy scenic rides to and from campus on the historic streetcar line.
Poised between the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the city’s Tricentennial, New Orleans today offers a built environment in which the past, present, and future are palpable. Its culturally complex and aesthetically diverse architectural fabric engages, challenges, and charms.
The 2016 SESAH conference invites new perspectives on the architecture of the city, the region, and beyond. Potential themes of interest include creolized architecture, world's fairs, the impact of disasters on the built environment, modernism, enslavement architecture, cemeteries, schools, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and more. As always, papers on any architectural history topic are welcomed. Proposals for themed sessions are encouraged. Paper presentations are 20 minutes maximum accompanied by digital slides. Submit a paper and come be a part of the collegiality and conviviality that distinguish SESAH gatherings!
Submissions and Deadlines
Abstracts of no more than 300 words must be clearly labeled with the applicant’s name, professional affiliation, contact information, a brief CV, and the title of the proposed paper. Proposals for session panels must include the title of the session; the names, affiliations, contact information, and CVs of all participants; and abstracts of each paper.
Please send all materials as PDF or MS Word attachments to Laura Ewen Blokker, firstname.lastname@example.org by March 31, 2016.
Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by June 1, 2016. All accepted presenters and conference chairs must join SESAH and register for the conference by the early registration deadline. Authors of accepted proposals must also submit the complete text of their papers to their session chair by August 31, 2016; SESAH reserves the right to drop presenters who do not fulfill this requirement.
Graduate Students and Emerging Professionals
SESAH offers up to three travel grants to help graduate students attend the meeting to deliver papers and one for an emerging professional employed in a federal, state, or local historic preservation office. Send requests for grant applications to email@example.com.
This year, SESAH also encourages graduate students to participate in the conference by presenting a poster. Poster presentations do not qualify for travel grant support, but provide the opportunity to display your work and discuss it with professionals. Posters are an excellent way to share work that does not constitute a full 20 minute paper presentation, such as works- in-progress or projects focused on visual material. Posters should be no larger than 36" X 48" and must be digitally designed in a professional manner and printed on a single sheet of quality paper (i.e. no glue ups). To submit a proposal for a poster, follow the submission instructions above and additionally include a one-page mock-up of some project images and text.
AIA New York is currently rallying for applicants for the Arnold W. Brunner Grant.This prestigious award is designed for mid-level architects to pursue architectural investigations that will effectively contribute to the knowledge, teaching, or practice of the art and science of architecture. The project must engage in contemporary architectural issues within a local and global context. The sole recipient will be awarded up to $15,000. Deadline: February 1, 2016.
The VAF announces 2 awards to support attendance at its annual meeting, which will take place this year in Durham, N.C., June 1-4: the Access Award for first-time attendees, and the Ambassador Award for groups of students. For more information about the conference visit vafweb.org
In an effort to bring fresh voices to the study of vernacular buildings and landscapes the Access Award supports first-time attendance by scholars and students with limited professional exposure to the fields of architectural history and vernacular studies, as well as by practitioners and independent scholars in the field.
There is no geographic restriction on the award and local practitioners, scholars, and students may apply. Winners are not required to give a paper at the meeting, although they may. The award will cover the cost of registration for the conference including tours. Winners who live more than 50 miles from the conference site will also receive a stipend of $300 for travel and lodging, to be presented at the conference. Winners, including those giving papers at the meeting, are required to write an article to be published in the VAF’s newsletter, VAN, discussing what they learned as first-time attendees.
Applications are due February 1, 2016. For instructions and more information visit vafweb.org/Access-Award.
The VAF Ambassadors Awards provide funding for student groups (undergraduate and graduate) from North American institutions, with a faculty sponsor, to attend VAF's annual conference. We hope through this program to enhance the VAF's recruitment of students, to diversify the membership and interest in the work of the VAF, to provide support to programs that teach vernacular architecture, and to increase the VAF's visibility on campuses.
During the conference, Award recipients are encouraged to use social media to communicate with a broader audience about their experiences as a participant in the conference. Following conference attendance, Award recipients are expected to act as "ambassadors" for the VAF, working to promote the study, documentation, and preservation of ordinary buildings and landscapes. Each group of Ambassadors must also submit a written summary of its experiences to the fellowship chair. The summary, as well as a group photograph, will be published in the Vernacular Architecture Forum’s newsletter, VAN.
Applications are due February 1, 2016. For instructions and more information visit vafweb.org/Ambassadors-Awards.
How do we manage information overload and make sense of the world? Early attempts are found in commonplace books sketchbooks and scrapbooks. Explore this topic at an NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers in Asheville NC.
CENDARI (Collaborative European Digital Archive Infrastructure) is a powerful new tool to transform how historians research and write history. It is a leading European research project that showcases half a million resources on Medieval and World War I history from more than 1,200 institutions across the globe.
This is a call for contributions to a new book entitled Israel as A Modern Architectural Experimental Lab (1948-1978), edited by Dr. Anat Geva and Dr. Inbal Ben-Asher Gitler. This proposed manuscript will be considered for publication under the new book series: Critical Studies in Architecture of the Middle East, edited by Mohammad Gharipour & Christiane Gruber.
The architecture of Israel during the first three decades of the nation’s establishment was innovative and experimental in character. It comprised a reassessment of modernist architectural approaches emanating from Europe, while expressing local socio-political ideologies and economical constraints. Architecture was conceived as mediating progress in all its capacity, embodying a statement of an advanced new Jewish society, conceived as a part of Western culture. Specifically, our premise is that the architecture of Israel-nation building in its cultural, political and historical contexts constituted an exceptional experiment, which employed modernism as a symbol of a new society while applying several national ideologies.
Two questions are the focus of the book (a) how did architectural modern experiments express the national policy of establishing a “melting pot” society (e.g., the social uniformity concept) during the first three decades of Israel-nation building? and (b) what transformations did Israeli architecture undergo during this period? In these contexts, we wish to investigate how architecture embodied regional and specific cultural contexts such as “the conquest of the desert,” the “settlement of the Galilee,” the establishment of “development towns” and the continuation of the Zionist ideology of the Kibbutz and the Moshav.
Specifically, we invite papers that address the proposed questions and discuss Israel as a modern architectural experimental lab during three consecutive decades (1948-1978). The following topics are suggested but not limited:
• The Israeli case of using architecture as a political tool in forming and disseminating national ideologies.
• The Israeli case of modern architecture as an outstanding example of modernism’s international expansion.
• The adaptation of modern architecture to regionalism: awareness of local culture and environmental conditions in Israel.
• The Israeli experimentation in new architectural theories and building technology.
• The legacy of modernist endeavors in Israeli built environment: politics and approaches to re-use and conservation.
Please send an abstract of maximum 300 words and a short bio of 150 words by 15 April 2016 to Dr. Anat Geva, Texas A&M University, firstname.lastname@example.org AND to Dr. Inbal Ben-Asher Gitler, Sapir Academic College / Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, email@example.com
International Conference inter≈ photography and architecture
Museo Universidad de Navarra, 2-4 November 2016
CFP Deadline February, 15th
Symposium associated with the exhibition “The Missing: Rebuilding the Past”
Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice City University of New York
This symposium offers a roundtable conversation among scholars, artists, and technological pioneers working at the leading edge of digital cultural heritage. They will discuss the promises and perils of new technologies – what will we gain? what might we lose? – as well as explain their visions for the most crucial projects and the most interesting technologies and strategies. Audience participation is expected and encouraged.
The National Park Service, National Capital Region (NPS-NCR) is pleased to announce its selection as a host organization for the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Public Fellows Program, a career-building fellowship designed to expand the reach of doctoral education in the humanities. In 2016, the Public Fellows Program will place up to 21 recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and will receive professional mentoring, an annual stipend of $65,000, and health insurance.
The NPS fellow will serve as the "Cultural Resources Public Outreach Coordinator" in the Cultural Resources Division of the Office of Resource Stewardship & Science at the headquarters of the National Capital Region in Washington, DC.
The fellowship competition will begin accepting applications on January 14. The application deadline is March 24, 2016 (8pm EDT). For more information, please visit http://www.acls.org/programs/publicfellowscomp/.
ACLS Public Fellows is a fellowship program offered by the American Council of Learned Societies with generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Please direct all inquiries about the fellowship program to ACLS.
Is architecture art?
This is an Australian Research Council funded Discovery Project led by Prof John Macarthur, Dr Susan Holden, and Prof Wouter Davidts who will supervise the successful applicants. The project would suit applicants with degrees in architecture, art history, philosophy or cultural studies.
The ROB | ARCH2016 conference offers a unique and dynamic hands-on experience of cutting-edge robotic technologies with application for the design, architectural and creative industries. In a series of workshops, you can engage with live robots and observe robots working with each other. It will bring together architects, artists, designers, fabricators and industry leaders and act as a platform for researchers and industry to exchange expertise, explore methods, compare techniques and forge new connections.
The American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning at the City University of New York Graduate Center will host a two-week NEH Summer Institute for college and university teachers in July 2016 on the Visual Culture of the American Civil War and its Aftermath. Applications to participate will be accepted via mail, e-mail, and our online application system until March 1, 2016.
The Institute will focus on the era's array of visual media--including the fine arts, ephemera, and photography--to examine how information and opinion about the war were recorded and disseminated, and the ways visual media expressed and shaped Americans' understanding on both sides of the conflict. Guided by a team of four faculty that represents the range of work in the field, Institute participants will hear daily lectures and presentations by noted historians, art historians, and archivists; take part in hands-on sessions in significant museums and collections; and attend new media lab workshops. These Institute activities will introduce participants to the rich body of scholarship that addresses or incorporates Civil War era visual culture, encourage them to explore avenues for further research in the field, and assist them in developing their own research and/or teaching projects. Reading assignments preceding and during the Institute will prepare participants for full engagement in the Institute¹s discussions and activities. And time will be provided to prepare individual projects, undertake research at local archives, and meet with the four principal institute faculty members as well as guest speakers.
Current issue of Kunstiteaduslikke Uurimusi / Studies on Art and Architecture 2015, vol. 24, no. 3/4.
Text in English, German and Estonian. All articles are accompanied with a lengthy summary of ca. 4 pp.
The University of Tasmania's Centre for Sustainable Architecture with Wood (CSAW) is seeking applications from those with an deep interest in the technical aspects of using wood in building. One post-doctoral fellowship and several scholarship opportunities exist in the newly formed ARC Centre for Forest Value, of which CSAW is a part.
SPACES (Saving and Preserving Arts and Cultural Environments:
spacesarchives.org) is a California-based non-profit archive established in 1978 to identify, document, and advocate for the preservation of large-scale art environments, and self-taught art.
SPACES recently launched a beautiful digital archive of more than 1,400 art environments around the world, and the organization is regularly digitizing archival holdings, soliciting new documentation and writing about the sites, and sharing resources and updates on the preservation and conservation of threatened vernacular art sites, such as Rev.
Howard Finster's Paradise Gardens, Leonard Knight's Salvation Mountain, or Simon Rodia's Watts Towers.
The PhD Program's Spring 2016 Research in Progress speakers series has been announced. The series brings to IIT Architecture the latest research by faculty, PhD candidates, visiting scholars and scholars from throughout Chicago and around the world.
“Spatial immensity beggars designation. Immensity itself fails, vastness and other common terms fail... Five hundred years into the settlement of…America by Europeans and Africans, intellectuals, and designers especially, lack words for bigger than big. An unwholesome, stubborn refusal to confront the immensities of the continent, indeed the immensity of the continent itself...”
–John R. Stilgoe, “Wuthering Immensity”
The above excerpt from our inaugural issue touches upon a fundamental problem of American space, namely, how to absorb, understand, and describe the awe-inspiring, blunt physicality of the continent in the face of which all rationalization fails.
In the fields of architecture, urbanism, and even landscape design, this physicality remains an under-explored agent. While specific narratives of city-building across the Americas have been told, the role of the “bigger than big” or the out-of-scale so ubiquitous in many of the exploratory accounts of the territory has often taken a back seat to discourses focusing exclusively on questions of style, performance, or networks of transaction. The experience found, say, in Alexis de Tocqueville’s notes on the geography of Mississippi is often lost on designers who are frightened back by the “wuthering giant,” as Stilgoe puts it, “…to urban and other small scales.”
Likewise, the art historian James Elkins has recently argued that scholars have a “fear of materiality,” embracing it only up to the “point where writing becomes difficult.” Unable to fully engage with the glacial slowness demanded by a serious attention to physicality, the historian in Elkins’ estimation tends to place it beyond interpretation or assigns it to the realm of “making” and “production,” so as to shoehorn it into familiar conversations. One might argue that design writing takes a similar tack.
When the subject has been taken up in architecture—as in the brash, rustic experiments of H. H. Richardson, the “parkitecture” of Mary Colter, the campus landscape of UNAM’s Ciudad Universitaria, the muscular display cabinet Lina Bo Bardi conceived in MASP, or in texts such as Nathaniel Owings’ overture toward Rachel Carson’s “long vistas of history” in The American Aesthetic (1969), and most notably in Reyner Banham’s Scenes in America Deserta (1989)—the results are decidedly singular offerings that merge realist rhetoric with a poetics of ecology.
If today’s symbolic landscapes are decidedly more urban and characterized by their managerial and aspirational metrics—walkability, sustainability, density, intelligence, etc.—at issue here is the stubborn persistence of physical and spatial immensity as animating and potentially humbling actors in the urban imaginaries of the Americas. By way of recasting or returning to these urgent, familiar discourses with a new eye and a new tongue alike, or jettisoning them for altogether unfamiliar conversations, we can address the more deceptively simple or direct challenges of description demanded by the often overwhelming physical and material conditions of the “new world”—challenges which have long prompted a profusion of terms, analogies, and frameworks geared toward understanding the site and sights of our designs.
For our third issue, we aim to highlight propositions that have taken seriously the “bigger than big”—design and representational experiments aimed at narrating, framing, or enacting the American continent and the forms and ideas which it animates. Three categories will constitute the issue’s conceptual framework: matter, scale, and description. Taken together, these complementary avenues into our expansive subject will offer alternative readings into contemporary questions of cultural imaginaries and histories in relation to the deep time of geological formation, and will examine the continuing agency of physical matter in a moment dominated by the data sublime of virtual landscapes and smart cities, tracing back the impacts and multi-layered resonance of immensity in American design.
MANIFEST is interested in essays ranging from 1000-7500 words, projects, graphic narratives, photo essays, and interviews. For the call for proposals, we ask that authors submit an abstract of 300-500 words + relevant images along with a brief bio or CV. We encourage abstracts and proposals to provoke as much as describe and each should offer an insight into the narrative threads driving the work. Authorial tone can range from academic to irreverent, but all work should have a strong voice and display a high quality of writing. The subject matter is wholly up to the discretion of the authors. MANIFEST encourages the submission of pieces of historical interest alongside more projective tracts and speculative arguments. With the exception of built projects, work must be previously unpublished. Please submit all material in a single PDF (5MB maximum file size) to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, 1 February 2016. Authors of selected proposals will be notified by the end of February and the editors will work with authors to develop their pieces.