Recent Opportunities

  • CFP: Inflection: Journal of the Melbourne School of Design vol. 4

    Dates: 22 Nov – 19 Dec, 2016
    Inflection: Journal of the Melbourne School of Design vol. 4
    Permanence within the discipline of architecture

    Architectural permanence is widely associated with the Vitruvian definition of firmitas: mass and solidity crafted to endure. It is a lineage that runs deep in the history of architecture, from the marble and stone edifices of the past to the concrete steel skyscrapers of today. The architect Leon Krier claimed "the very condition of architecture to exist as a public art is to attain material and intellectual permanence?Without such permanence, without architecture transcending the lifespan of its builders, no public space, no collective expression such as art is ever possible.<>"

    In observing the use of the Vitruvian term today, a disconnect becomes evident: absolutism in a society defined by relativity. Speculative development, volatile real estate markets, international warfare, mass migration, a changing climate and throw-away attitudes which prioritise quick and temporary fixes for ongoing problems have repositioned the value placed on the material durability of architecture. Given the instability of today, society has seen an embrace of the architecturally impermanent, a transition from immutable buildings to a deformalised architecture that embodies its inherent transience, creating structures that are more responsive to change, more rapidly deployable for environmental and humanitarian crises, or which capitalise on an intentional impermanence affecting the future trajectory of cities.

    Architectural historian Antoine Picon argues that a new materiality of architecture, heralded by the digital revolution, will bolster this shift from permanence and immutability, to events and action.<> Performative materials, ones that can self-heal on the molecular level over a building's life-cycle, provide the unprecedented possibility of buildings that can adapt to the ravages of time and their environment rather than resisting them.

    In the Age of the Anthropocene, where construction and demolition are among the biggest producers of pollution and waste, should architecture aspire for longevity? Or can architecture successfully assimilate its own obsolescence, reflecting the ephemerality and velocity of the digital age?

    And what of those buildings from our past which we fight to preserve? Of the 180,000 steel members of the Eiffel Tower, each has been replaced at least once, where the original construction was only intended to endure 20 years. So do we seek to conserve the buildings themselves or rather the ideals and spirit the people and epochs in which they were conceived? An enquiry into architectural permanence is not only an exploration of physical and material endurance, but also of cultural and symbolic endurance. It prompts an investigation into what our architecture says about our collective psychology, across time and cultures.

    How does an understanding of architecture as occupying a point on a journey between existence and extinction shift our approach to the practices of conceiving and making space? A thorough examination of permanence in architecture will reflect upon past, present and future modes of practice; it considers the ruin and the monument, the pavilion and the 'pop-up', the owner and the tenant, the creator and the context.

    Inflection journal vol.4 invites submissions from students, academics and professionals to explore and unpack the complex inter-relationship between permanence / impermanence in architectural discourse. We welcome both academic and practice-oriented written pieces (up to 3000 words), visual essays, interviews and fictional works that engage with the issue in relation to architecture, design and their related fields.

    We look forward to your contribution!
    Inflection: Journal of the Melbourne School of Design

    Permanence vol. 4 editors:
    Nina Henderson
    Dominic On
    Jessica Wood
    Stephen Yuen

    Please submit your abstract to<> by Monday, December 19, 2016. Previous volumes of Inflection can be found at the AADR publisher?s website,
  • CFP: Research and Education in Urban History (Dresden, 30-31 Mar 17)

    Dresden | Dates: 22 Nov, 2016 – 15 Jan, 2017
    Submission deadline for extended abstracts (1500-1700 words): January 15, 2017

    Abstract Submission:

    We kindly invite you to submit a contribution to the workshop entitled “Research and education in urban history in the age of digital libraries.” The workshop will take place in Dresden, Germany on March 30-31, 2017.

    Urban history, drawing on architectural heritage and cultural history, is one of the key areas in digital humanities. Regarding to that research interest, digital libraries play an important role, especially for visual media like photographs, paintings, or drawings, but also for physical and virtual models. Due to the wide field of possible research, different approaches, methods and technologies have emerged – and are still emerging.

    For a long time funding priorities for digital cultural heritage in general—and digital supported research on urban history in the EU and in Germany in particular—focused primarily on technological aspects. These included cost minimization, the ease of use of software tools for creating digital 3D reconstructions and specific cases of application. One focus has been on digital research environments for the digital humanities. While DARIAH and CLARIN develop and operate virtual research environments for humanities scholars, especially for text-related research approaches, projects like DC-NET or ERA-NET focus on e-infrastructures for preserving cultural heritage. ARIADNE and associated projects are dedicated to supporting archaeological information management on a European level. Complementing these, the EUROPEANA virtual library and its sub-projects are dedicated digital repositories for digital cultural heritage assets in Europe, which collect and aggregate resources from museums, libraries, and archives.

    Regarding the role of digital libraries and repositories as main facilitators, previous funding programs have not sufficiently considered the fact that digitally supported urban history research is conducted and applied in complex socio-technical arrangements. Against this background, a paradigm shift has taken place in funding politics since 2010. Besides a further development of technical infrastructures like research environments and digital repositories, human resources, transnational knowledge exchange and cooperation, social and economic impacts, valorization and dissemination are increasingly important objects of funding. Basically, an evaluation of the FP5-7 research funding programs stated that “foster the dissemination, transfer and take-up of program results” would be seen—in these programs—as an underrepresented issue.¹ The Horizon 2020 work program aims for “an understanding of Europe’s intellectual basis,” the use of “new technologies […] as they enable new and richer interpretations of our common European culture while contributing to sustainable economic growth,”² and the development of innovative research infrastructures to foster research, education, and publication of “knowledge-based resources such as collections [or] archives […]” to a European audience.³

    In this changing context, the question arises as to how research and education of urban history can be supported by digital libraries.

    The purpose of the workshop is to concentrate on the area of tension between the fields of culture, technologies and education. We aim to discuss crucial challenges for further research and encourage debate. We would like to invite contributions on theoretical and methodological issues, application scenarios and projects, as well as novel approaches and tools. This includes the following five areas:

    1. Research on architectural and urban cultural heritage

    2. Technical access

    3. Systematization

    4. Education in urban history

    5. Organizational perspectives
  • Bogliasco Foundation Fellowships (Fall 2017/Spring 2018)

    Bogliasco | Dates: 22 Nov, 2016 – 15 Apr, 2017
    Bogliasco Fellowships are awarded to gifted individuals working in all the disciplines of the Arts and Humanities without regard to nationality, age, race, religion or gender.

    To be eligible for the award of a Fellowship, applicants should demonstrate significant achievement in their disciplines, commensurate with their age and experience. Please note that Bogliasco Fellowships are not awarded to students currently in a degree-granting program. The Foundation gives preference to those whose applications suggest that they would be comfortable working in an intimate, international, multilingual community of scholars and artists.

    Fall 2017 Deadline: January 15
    Spring 2018 Deadline: April 15
  • CFP: Architecture Connects: Strategies for the Co-production of Architectural Knowledge

    Oxford | Dates: 22 Nov, 2016 – 20 Feb, 2017
    Architecture Connects:
    Strategies for the co-production of architectural knowledge

    6-9 September 2017
    Oxford Brookes School of Architecture, Oxford, UK

    Architecture Connects is an international conference on architectural education and research that collaborates with people in real world contexts. This includes any external collaboration that engages academics and students in learning, practice or research in order to create new knowledge. These strategies are often inter-disciplinary, innovative, and subject to the change occurring in the world around them. This means that they are complex and closely connected to the society where they take place. The conference encourages multi-disciplinary participants and offers them opportunities to disseminate their work to a variety of audiences: multi-disciplinary panels, academic paper presentations; expertise-sharing workshops; online and physical exhibitions of project case studies and films. The conference welcomes a diversity of contributions from established and early career researchers; teachers; students; practitioners; co-professionals; collaborators and experts from other!

    Examples include:
    inter-disciplinary projects in external contexts; collaboration with external organisations, non-academic partners or local communities; live projects; design build education; public interest design; stakeholder engagement; field work; research-based education; practice-based learning; and participatory design practices.

    Inter-disciplinary contributions welcomed including related fields such as:
    building performance and technology; development and emergency practice; art practice; regeneration; digital craft; anthropology; sustainability; activism; pedagogy; sociology; professional practice; wellbeing; culture and heritage; related design fields; construction industry; social entrepreneurship.

    We welcome diverse submissions that address one or more of the following connected themes:


    Conference Aims
    - to stimulate dialogue between those operating design, pedagogical and research strategies beyond the educational institution, often requiring multi-disciplinary expertise.
    - to disseminate best practice in the education of resilient and responsive architects and designers for changing society, culture and technology.
    - to articulate multi-disciplinary methodologies for the creation of new knowledge and innovation through actions that engage external collaborators.
    - to evaluate and disseminate the mutual benefits brought to society and universities by the creation of this new knowledge.

    Call for work that addresses one or more of the conference themes:
    ? Papers (3,000 ? 6,000 words)
    ? Workshop proposals (500-1,000 word description)
    ? Case Studies for the Exhibition (500-1,000 word project description plus 3 images)
    ? Films for the Exhibition (500-1,000 word project description plus 2-3 minute film)

    Submission Guidelines

    Paper and Workshop proposals
    Abstract of 500 words for Papers and Workshops. Can include one page of images.
    Selection via blind peer review.
    Papers selected will be allocated a 20 minute slot for their presentation. Findings from papers should be presented rather than simply read out verbatim. Selected workshops will be allocated a 60 minute slot. Paper presentations and workshops will take place on 7 or 8 September.

    Case Studies and Films for Live Projects Exhibition, Films
    500-1,000 word project description / evaluation accompanied by a completed project information form. Three images required for a Case Study and a 2-3 minute film required for a film submission.
    Selection via panel of conference organising committee.
    Those selected will be displayed in the exhibition accompanying the conference and online at the Live Projects Network<>.

    All abstracts and case study / film descriptions will be included in the ISBN online conference proceedings. Paper authors will be invited to submit a text of their paper for the proceedings. The proceedings will include a peer reviewed track for authors wishing to have their paper peer reviewed. A selection of Papers will be included in a special themed issue of the aae peer-reviewed journal, Charrette.

    Submission and Notification Schedule

    20 February 2017 ? Deadline for abstract submission for Papers and Workshop proposals.

    10 April 2017 ? Feedback on abstracts sent to potential contributors.

    8 May 2017 ? Deadline for revised abstracts.

    5 June 2017 ? Notification of acceptance for Papers and Workshops.

    3 July 2017 ? Deadline for Case Study and Film submission. Also for Full Papers where author wishes to join the Peer Review Track in the Proceedings.

    7 August 2017 ? Deadline for submission of Full Papers (non-Peer Reviewed Track), Workshop descriptions  and for Registration for participants who wish to be included in the conference proceedings.
    Notification of acceptance for Case Studies and Films.

    6 September 2017 ? Publication of online Conference Proceedings. Conference launch.

    Submission Instructions

    Paper abstracts and Workshop proposals

    Please upload your abstract using the AAE 2017 submission page on EasyChair. If you do not already have an EasyChair<> account you will need to create one.

    Fill in the submission form by clicking on the ?New Submission? button on the top menu.

    Upload a PDF of your abstract including any images that accompany the text.

    The text must be in English using the Abstract template and Style Guide.

    The abstract should be maximum 500 words long.

    Any image references and copyrights must be cleared by the author prior to submission.

    Please do not include your name or institution in the abstract submission. All submissions are required to be blind.

    Case Studies and Films

    Please send Films via a Google Drive link, Dropbox folder or YouSendIt to<>

    Please ensure that you include a short Film name in the filename of the film and also in the subject line of the email.

    Instructions on submission of Case Studies for review coming soon.

    Style Guide

    Please use the Abstract Template for Paper Abstracts and Workshop Proposals.

    Following acceptance, please use the correct templates for your full submission: the Full Paper Template; the Workshop / Case Study / Film Description Template.

    For referencing and bibliography instructions please use the MHRA Style Guide for referencing, a free copy of which may be found here:

    You can include images/diagrams/drawings on your paper provided you have the copyright privileges to do so.

    Download Abstract Template for Papers and Workshops<>

    Click here to submit Paper Abstracts and Workshop Descriptions<>

    Following acceptance:

    Download Template for Full Paper<>

    Download Template for Workshop / Case Study / Film Description<>

    Email enquiries to:<>
  • Call for Fellows 2017 at The Humanities Institute (NYBG)

    Bronx | Dates: 22 Nov, 2016 – 13 Jan, 2017
    The Humanities Institute is pleased to offer an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for the year 2017 for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers. Potential fellows are invited to submit an application for a project Fellowship that would expand the Garden's role in humanities scholarship.

    Fellows will conduct research that involves innovative interdisciplinary approaches to areas such as landscape and garden design, environmental history and policy, urban design and urban social history, and cultural anthropology, exploration, botanical illustration and book-arts with a primary focus on areas that connect the built and natural landscape to the human experience.
  • Fellowships in Architecture at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

    Ann Arbor | Dates: 22 Nov, 2016 – 09 Jan, 2017
    Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan offers three fellowships in the areas of architectural research and instruction. Each of the fellowships includes teaching related to the candidate’s area of interest, resources for the development of work, possibilities to interface with scholars and researchers in the wider university context, and the opportunity to share the outcome of the fellowship with the College. Fellows spend one year in residence and teach three classes in addition to pursuing their fellowship interests.

    The Muschenheim Fellowship offers design instructors early in their career the opportunity to develop a body of work in the context of teaching. Muschenheim fellows play a significant role in the definition of studio culture while pursuing their own creative endeavors. Proposals for the Muschenheim Fellowship focus upon the development of a specific project individually or with students, outside of teaching or center upon a particular set of pedagogical themes to be engaged in the studio context. 

    The Oberdick Project Fellowship facilitates the development and realization of a significant exploration into some aspect of architectural speculation and production. Fellows are provided with resources for the execution of a project that may take the form of an exhibit, publication, installation, or any other material construction. Projects may range from the exploration of emergent building, fabrication, and environmental technologies to the realization of architectural works and endeavors typically unsupported within conventional models of practice. 

    The Sanders Fellowship supports individuals with significant, compelling and timely research dealing with architectural issues. Research could dwell within architectural, urban, landscape, or cultural history or theory; architectural or environmental technology; or design studies. These agendas could emerge from recently-completed doctoral dissertations or other intense and rigorous research format. The fellowship will support both research and the development of research-related curriculum.

    The Sojourner Truth Fellow position in the Master of Urban Planning Program was created as a way to engage scholars and reflective practitioners who can bring into our program rigorous attention to issues of race and ethnicity as they relate to the theory and practice of urban and regional planning. As the Sojourner Truth Fellow, gives a lecture open to the university community during the academic term and visit campus for workshops with Taubman College students.
  • CFP: Cities, Communities and Homes: Is the Urban Future Livable? (Derby, 22-23 Jun 17)

    Derby | Dates: 22 Nov, 2016 – 01 Mar, 2017
    Cities, Communities and Homes: Is the Urban Future Livable?

    22-23 June 2017
    Derby, United Kingdom

    Abstracts deadline: 1 March, 2017

    This major interdisciplinary conference brings together urban designers, architects, sociologists, human geographers, planners, policy makers.


    The event is part of a series organised by an international consortium of universities and publishers including: The University of the West of England, La Universidad de Sevilla, University of Cyprus, Swinburne University Australia, London South Bank University Liverpool and John Moores University, UCL Press and Libri Publishing. It is coordinated by the UK non-profit research organisation AMPS as part of its engagement with the UN Habitat University Initiative. This particular event is organised by the University of Derby.


    This event is part of a global series of conferences and publications that critique multiple built environment issues:

    Cities: Speakers include urban designer, regional planners, geographers.

    Communities: Speakers include community activists, participatory design practices, sociologists studying community and local policy makers.

    Homes: Speakers include housing professionals, architects developing affordable housing models, and regional policy makers on housing provision.


    There will be a conference proceedings publication with its own ISSN. Delegates will also be considered for inclusion in two book series with UCL Press and Libri Publishing, respectively. A Special Issue of the journal Architecture_MPS is also available.

    Web address:
    Sponsored by: University of Derby
  • CFP: Conscripting Climate: Environmental Risk and Defensive Urbanism

    Dates: 22 Nov, 2016 – 16 Jan, 2017
    Conscripting Climate: Environmental Risk and Defensive Urbanism

    Projections Volume 13, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning
    Editors: Aria Finkelstein and Hannah Teicher Paper submission deadline: January 16, 2017 As adaptation to climate change has become a concern for municipalities, resilience has largely replaced sustainability as the dominant environmental framing in planning discourse (Fainstein 2015, Vale 2014). This shift towards the “securitization of nature” (Davoudi 2014) coincides with the elevation of climate change on military agendas. In the military’s conception, climate change will not only contribute to security issues from resource wars to refugee crises, but will act as a “threat multiplier,” magnifying all existing forms of risk (Vergano 2015). In the U.S., for instance, the military has been assertive in planning for climate change long before the federal government made it a policy priority. This potential alliance between planners and the military seems an unlikely one, but in fact there is a long history of planners both shaping urban form to meet security needs and appropriating military technologies and systems. Still, given the current iteration of urban risk, planners must consider the relationships between security, urban form, and ecological risk anew.
    This new resilience agenda has also prompted an important shift in the role of “nature” within urban planning; nature has once again become a threat rather than the beneficent asset imagined in sustainability discourse (Davoudi 2014, Nash 2014). While resilience has been touted as offering a more constructive conception of human-environment relations, it has been criticized for obfuscating power dynamics. Some urban scholars argue that planning and policy moves harness this idea of ecological risk to foster a “dual city” (Castells 1984, Graham and Marvin 2001, Davis 2006), exacerbating uneven development and “fortress” urbanism. Defensive ecological infrastructure creates “premium ecological enclaves” for those with the means to insulate themselves from the worst effects of climate change (Hodson and Marvin 2010), while it renders everyday urban space increasingly less habitable for the rest (Castells 1984; Simon and Marvin 2001).
    We invite papers that look at this intersection of security—especially as conceived of by the military and police—and ecological risk in the built environment, including, but not limited to, the following:
    •       How security organizations are using language and/or tools similar to those of urban planning organizations, comparing the impact on framing and implementation
    •       Whether and how forms of defensive urbanism are changing in response to particular conceptions of climate risk
    •       How security discourse interacts with climate justice agendas at multiple scales
    •       The relative impact of a military climate agenda in the political context of a rightward, anti-globalization turn in U.S. and European politics
    •       Security framings in relation to other contemporary climate discourses, and its relative strength and effects
    •       How urban plans or urban landscapes are being shaped to address the intertwined challenges of security and climate change
    •       The role of security in prioritizing mitigation versus adaptation in the built environment
    •       The translation of design practices from direct security applications to other types of urban climate adaptation
    •       The production of urban space in response to climate security risks, through design proposals or interventions

    Papers will be juried through a blind, peer-review process by an editorial board. Authors will be invited to present projects at a symposium to be hosted at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning April 4, 2017. This volume of Projections<> will be published in the fall of 2017.

    Please send papers of between 5,000-7,000 words (excluding references) to Aria Finkelstein (<>) and Hannah Teicher (<>) by January 16, 2017.

    •       Castells, M. (1984). The Informational City: information technology, economic restructuring, and the urban regional process. Oxford, UK; Cambridge, MA: Blackwell.
    •       Davis, M. (2006). City of Quartz. New York, NY: Verso Books.
    •       Davoudi, S. (2014). Climate change, securitisation of nature, and resilient urbanism. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 32(2), 360–375.
    •       Fainstein, S. (2015). Resilience and Justice. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 39(1), 157-167.
    •       Graham, S. (2011). Cities under siege: The new military urbanism. New York, NY: Verso Books.
    •       Graham, S., & Marvin, S. (2001). Splintering urbanism: networked infrastructures, technological mobilities and the urban condition. London; New York: Routledge.
    •       Hodson, M., & Marvin, S. (2010). World Cities And Climate Change: Producing Urban Ecological Security. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill International.
    •       Nash, R. (2014). Wilderness and the American mind. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.
    •       Vale, L. (2014). The politics of resilient cities: whose resilience and whose city? Building Research & Information, 42(2), 191-201.
    •       Vergano, D. (2015). Meet the woman whose two-word catchphrase made the military care about climate. Buzzfeed News. <<>>(accessed on November 11, 2016).
  • CFP: Session Italian Art Society at SAH (St. Paul, 18-22 Apr 18)

    St. Paul | Dates: 22 Nov – 01 Dec, 2016
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    Deadline: Dec 1, 2016

    The Italian Art Society is seeking ideas for one sponsored session at 
    the 71st annual conference of the Society of Architectural Historians 
    (SAH) in Saint Paul, Minnesota, 18-22 April 2018. Members interested in 
    putting together a panel on any topic of Italian architecture should 
    send a brief abstract (500 words max), session title, a short list of 
    potential or desired speakers (they need not be confirmed), the name of 
    the chair(s) with email addresses and affiliation, and a one-page CV. 
    Submit by 1 December 2016 to
  • CFP: Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies R&D, issue 6

    Dates: 22 Nov – 10 Dec, 2016
    Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies

    Submission via email:

    Publish original research projects in various fields of Humanities, 
    Culture, History, Politics, International Relations, Education, 
    Culture, History of Thought, Language and Literature, Economics, 
    anthropology, business studies, communication studies, corporate 
    governance, criminology, cross cultural studies,demography development 

    The Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies R&D is an open access, 
    peer-reviewed and refereed journal. The main objective of JHCS is to 
    provide an intellectual platform for the international scholars. JHCS 
    aims to promote interdisciplinary studies in humanities, Culture and 
    social science and become the leading journal in humanities and social 
    science in the world.The journal publishes research papers in the 
    fields of humanities and social science such as anthropology, business 
    studies, communication studies, corporate governance, criminology, 
    crosscultural studies, demography, development studies, economics, 
    education, ethics, geography, history, industrial relations, 
    information science, international relations, law, linguistics, library 
    science, media studies, methodology, philosophy, political science, 
    population Studies, psychology, public administration, sociology, 
    social welfare, linguistics, literature, paralegal, performing arts 
    (music, theatre & dance), religious studies, visual arts, women studies 
    and so on.The journal is published in online versions.

    The JHCS is now indexed in Research Bible, MIAR, Directory of Research 
    Journals Indexing , Scipio,Electronic Journals Library, IndianScience, 
    Jifactor,Polish Scholarly Bibliography (PBN), The LINGUIST List , 
    Cosmos Impact Factor (CIF),EBSCOhost
  • 2017 Buell Dissertation Colloquium: Call for Papers

    Dates: 23 Nov, 2016 – 09 Jan, 2017
    The Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture invites submissions for its biennial Dissertation Colloquium, to be held on March 31–April 1, 2017, at Columbia University. This event brings together a select group of doctoral students from diverse institutional and disciplinary backgrounds working on dissertation topics related to the history, theory, and criticism of American architecture, urbanism, and landscape. Ten to twelve students from universities worldwide will be invited to present a twenty-minute talk drawn from their dissertation research. The presentation is to be based on a self-contained chapter or portion of the stu- dent’s dissertation research, and should not be an overview or synthesis of the dissertation as a whole. “American” is construed to mean any part or aspect of the American continents, including all of North and South America. Comparative and cross-disciplinary approaches are encouraged. Students must be enrolled in an accredited doctoral program and have completed their coursework and at least one year of dissertation research. Submissions must include a complete draft of the intended presentation, including illustrations. Submissions must also be accompanied by the following: a cover sheet specifying the student’s institutional affiliation, postal and e-mail addresses, and phone number; a 150-word abstract describing the paper’s relationship to the overall dissertation topic; and a brief statement from the student’s principal adviser certifying the applicant’s status (stage of completion) in the doctoral program. Papers selected for presentation will be announced by the end of January, 2017. Each participating student will receive hotel accommodation for two nights and funding toward travel expenses on an as-needed basis. A dinner and reception with associated students and faculty will be included in the colloquium. The Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture is part of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. The Buell Dissertation Colloquium has been held since the Buell Center’s founding in 1982. Its purpose is to provide a forum for discussing significant new work by emerging scholars. For further information, write or consult, where past colloquium participants and topics are listed. Please send electronic submissions in PDF format and no larger than 3MB, to, by Monday, January 9, 2017.
  • Room for the Imagination

    Chicago | Dates: 21 Nov – 04 Dec, 2016
    24 architectural photo collages with contrasting images installed in a gallery to create a sense of depth for the viewer. Works include those by Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier and Harold Stahl, the architect of St Luke Church (Chicago, 1960).
  • Toward a Geography of Architectural Criticism: Disciplinary Boundaries and Shared Territories

    Paris and Rennes | Dates: 22 Nov, 2016 – 08 Jan, 2017
    MAPPING.CRIT.ARCH Third International Symposium Paris/Rennes, April 3-4, 2017 Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, Paris / Université Rennes 2 Agence Nationale de la Recherche / The French National Research Agency (ANR) Toward a Geography of Architectural Criticism: Disciplinary Boundaries and Shared Territories Mapping.Crit.Arch: Architectural criticism 20th and 21st centuries, a cartography/ La Critique architecturale, XXe et XXIe siècles: une cartographie (ANR Project ANR-14-CE31-0019-01) The research project Mapping.Crit.Arch: Architectural criticism 20th and 21st centuries, a cartography, ( funded by the French Agence Nationale de la Recherche, aims to develop a field of research on the history of architectural criticism, from the last decades of the 19th century to the present day. It is based on an international network of scholars, whose interests cover the history of architectural criticism at various levels and through different approaches (including architectural theory, history of preservation, historiography of architecture, history of architectural periodicals and of criticism, history of photography). Nathalie Boulouch (Université Rennes 2 and Archives de la critique d’art), Anne Hultzsch (Bartlett School London and OCCAS, Oslo University), Giovanni Leoni (Università di Bologna), Paolo Scrivano (Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University), Laurent Stalder (ETH Zurich), Suzanne Stephens (Barnard College, Columbia University), Alice Thomine-Berrada (Musée d’Orsay, Paris) are the members of this network, which is administrated by the Université Rennes 2 and coordinated by Hélène Jannière (Université Rennes 2). This call for papers is for the third of three international events planned by the Mapping.Crit.Arch Project to foster scholarship on the history of architectural criticism and facilitate exchanges between scholars active in this field of research. Call for Papers After the first workshop (Université Rennes 2 and Archives de la critique d’art, Rennes, January 2016), centered on the relationship of criticism to “public opinion” and on criticism as an autonomous discipline, the second workshop (Università di Bologna, October 2016) focused on the actors and “vehicles” of architectural criticism. This third international symposium, to be held in Paris (Institut national d’histoire de l’art) and Rennes on April 3rd and 4th, 2017, intends to debate two key questions related to the geographies of criticism: what are criticism’s disciplinary boundaries and which territories has criticism shared from the last decades of the 19th to the end of the 20th century with other disciplines. In the first place, the symposium interrogates the overlapping of architectural criticism with different kinds of architectural writing, in particular those pertaining to architectural history and theory, but also those stemming from disciplines as diverse as sociology, anthropology, and philosophy. The symposium is equally aimed at highlighting the relationships, the common terrains, and the conceptual tools that architectural criticism has in common with other genres of criticism, such as art criticism, music or film criticism, and literary criticism. The term “territory” is used here to refer primarily to the various disciplinary fields on which criticism relies and from which it borrows its concepts and patterns of interpretation, as well as its intellectual tools. The term “boundary”, for its part, is used to denote the zones of exchange and confrontation between criticism, history, theory and other types of writing on architecture, as well as between architectural criticism and other forms of criticism. The main aim of the symposium is to map these territories and delineate these boundaries. 1. Intellectual territories of architectural criticism: mapping disciplines, concepts, and “critical tools” Defining the nature of criticism -- that is, outlining its boundaries, designating its tasks, and determining its object (the techniques, programs, forms, constructive solutions, or social uses of architecture) -- has been variously attempted, in past and recent times. Many of those who have tried to give a clearer definition of criticism seem to have often failed to get past the preliminary question concerning its disciplinary frontiers as well as its perimeter, thus illustrating the semantic uncertainty that surrounds the term. This uncertainty does not simply concern the question of where criticism ends and parallel disciplines begin: the definition of “architectural criticism”, in fact, indicates alternately a profession (if one refers to the critics and their activity), a set of social practices, or a discourse on architecture within academic institutions -- with a wide range of disciplinary orientations (history, aesthetics, sociology, anthropology, to name only a few). Moreover, architectural criticism encompasses multiple registers of discourse, from manifestoes to aesthetic analysis, architectural description, and technical specifications. Architects and architectural critics, for example, put forward the specific nature of architecture -- a multifaceted endeavor involved in economic, technological, social and urban practices -- to explain the difficulty of setting the boundaries of architectural criticism and itemizing its modes of writing. Defining the frontiers and delineating what criticism encompasses largely depends on the disciplinary standpoints adopted. Moreover, the frontiers and the perimeter of criticism vary from one cultural context to another. In order to foster a debate about the disciplinary territories of architectural criticism, the symposium intends to “map” these orientations, registers of discourse, and set of activities. The symposium’s primary goal is to scrutinize the overlapping and blurred boundaries of criticism with other kinds of writings on architecture. Among the questions the event intends to pose are: does criticism borrow parts of its concepts and patterns of interpretation, modes of description, and schemes of narration from other better-defined or more “canonical” types of architectural writing like architectural history and theory? Or, does it connect to domains of knowledge like sociology or anthropology? Paper proposals are expected to investigate the “migration” of concepts from one field to another, together with their subsequent transformation, and to scrutinize criticism’s borrowing of conceptual tools from history, theory, anthropology, etc. Proposals are also expected to put into question the “typologies” of criticism -- in particular, the categories that recurrently describe the so-called “typologies of criticism”, such as “learned” vs. “popular”, professional vs. layman, formalist vs. technical, etc. -- and the criteria on which these typologies are based. 2. Architectural criticism and “other” forms of criticism The above-mentioned term “territory” equally relates to the boundaries and frontiers that criticism shares with other fields of knowledge and artistic expression. By exploring this aspect, the symposium aims to question the opposition between two distinct conceptions of architectural criticism, one as “a type of criticism” and the other as an autonomous or disciplinary discourse. Peter Collins emphasized this opposition between these two conceptions by stating that architectural criticism “… is an activity which must be considered sui generis” and exclusively linked to architecture rather than “a species or aspect of a general activity called ‘criticism’”. Architectural critics have underlined the possible links between architectural criticism and literary criticism (“the source and mold of all other forms of criticism,” in the words of Yorgos Simeoforidis ). Historians and critics of architecture are generally less inclined to establish parallels with art criticism, often rejecting it as a possible “source and mold” for architectural criticism. The rejection of any possible analogy with art criticism is based on a truism: architecture cannot be reduced to a form of visual art, given the multiple frameworks (aesthetic, technical, social, economic) it encompasses. On the opposite, architects and architectural critics often put the accent on the similarities between the fields of architecture and music, or architecture and cinema. Starting from this assumption, they more willingly put forward the comparison between architectural criticism and music or film criticism. Is such parallel grounded on shared notions, rhetorics or theoretical tools, which are common to both fields? This part of the symposium is open to proposals that analyze these similarities and overlaps between different fields. It is equally open to specialists of art criticism as well as criticism of music, film, and literature, in order to animate a debate on the possible relationships between various forms of criticism and their shared territories. By addressing all those questions, the symposium intends primarily to interrogate the multiple definitions of architectural criticism, without giving any prescriptive or normative definition of what “good” or “real” criticism might or should be. These issues can be approached from different cultural and geographical standpoints, in an attempt to help sketch a vast set of definitions of criticism, closely related to various cultural and intellectual traditions. Scientific Committee Nathalie Boulouch (Université Rennes 2 and Archives de la critique d’art), Anne Hultzsch (Bartlett School London and OCCAS, Oslo University), Hélène Jannière (Université Rennes 2) Réjean Legault (Université du Québec à Montréal) Giovanni Leoni (Università di Bologna) Paolo Scrivano (Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University) Laurent Stalder (ETH Zurich, gTA) Suzanne Stephens (Barnard College, Columbia University) Alice Thomine-Berrada (Musée d’Orsay, Paris) Abstracts in English of maximum 300 words, accompanied by a short CV including name, affiliation and a list of selected publications (all in one file in word or rtf format), must be sent by January, 8th to: Notification of acceptance will be sent to authors by January 22nd. Website: For questions regarding the organization of the workshop, please contact: or There is no registration fee; unfortunately, our organization cannot cover travel expenses.
  • CFP: Design Dispersed: Forms of Migration and Flight (Munich, 9-10 Feb 17)

    Munich | Dates: 17 – 30 Nov, 2016
    Design Dispersed: Forms of Migration and Flight

    LMU Munich, Germany
    9-10 February 2017

    Organizers: Burcu Dogramaci, Kerstin Pinther for AG Kunstproduktion und Kunsttheorie im Zeichen globaler Migration

    The transdisciplinary conference "Design Dispersed" pursues the complex and heterogeneous connections between migration and design in the 20th and 21st centuries. Its spectrum ranges from Hussein Chalayan?s collection "Afterwords" (2000), which broaches the issues of migration and displacement through the transformation of furniture into mobile garments, to the Beirut-based Bokja Desig?s "Migration Series" (2013), Wal? Oy?jid??s fashion designs "After Migration" (2016), and Lucy Orta?s "Refuge Wear ? Habitent" (1992-93). The conference will also include historical emergency shelter projects, the flight and exile of Bauhaus architects and designers, and participatory design projects with refugees. Although questions of art production and theory have meanwhile repeatedly been made a subject of discussion within the context of global migration, a fundamental and comparative historical engagement with design and migration is lacking. In order to bring these extremely partitioned!
     discussions together, we propose a design concept that encompasses all formative approaches to the design of things and products ? including design and architecture. On one hand, questions arise regarding the aesthetic effects that result from the networking, overlapping, and mixing of forms, as well as regarding the political and social dimensions of design on the other hand.

    In three thematically intersecting panels, objects and design practices will be discussed within the context of migration, exile, and flight.

    Design Dispersed ? Forms of Migration asks how experiences of migration, flight, and exile are mirrored in the things designers create. We?re interested in artifacts that make these social and political dimensions experienceable. How are these processes inscribed in an object?s history  ? and how do they become part of the product experience? How does the notion of "home" or "homeland" materialize in objects?  What kind of role does the materiality of the thing play in this context? Following the so-called global turn in design history (see Riello et al, 2011) we?re also interested in (historic) 'designs' in which transculturality is reflected as a double figure of cosmopolitanism and locality. The movements of objects will be traced here. Which forms of conceptual, textual, and material mixtures does this produce?

    Design Dispersed ? Design by and for Migrants wants to critically historicize and discuss design concepts for refugees, particularly in the field of architecture and social media. In light of the more than 65 million people fleeing from war, conflict, and persecution, the topic of design and society has developed a particular (renewed) relevance. This is not only apparent in a series of different initiatives like "What Design Can Do" or "Better Shelter Org," but also in first exhibitions (like MOMA 2017, Architecture of Displacement). On the other hand, migrants and refugees also create indispensable things. Taking these manifestations of a design and product culture from migrants under consideration is also a desideratum.

    Design Dispersed ? Designers as Cultural Agents and Brokers takes the actors in design themselves under consideration. Here the migration of architects under the conditions of exile ("migrant Bauhaus") and the localization of their creations will be made a subject of discussion, alongside more recent (temporary) re-migrations of designers and architects educated in Europe or America to their home countries (like Francis K?r? or Kunl? Adeyemi). The discussion of a design practice as possibility of identitary re-enactment, as in the fashion design of Bobby Kolade or Haider Ackerman, offers points of reference. What kinds of new topographies and networks emerge in the field of design and collaboration from this change in location? Historical case studies, such as the design work of Scharoun?s student Chen-Kuen Lee in the Berlin context, are also welcome.

    Unfortunately participants have to pay travel costs and accommodation themselves.

    Please send abstracts (200 words) with a short CV by 30 November to Burcu Dogramaci (<>) and Kerstin Pinther (<>).
  • 2nd Call: Digital Humanities and Historic Preservation

    Dates: 16 Nov, 2016 – 15 Feb, 2017
    The editors of Preservation Education & Research (PER) invite papers on the use of the digital humanities to teach, research, communicate, and experience aspects of the historic environment for the 10th (2017) edition of the journal. Digital humanities are commonly defined as the application of digital content, methods, and tools to the disciplines of the humanities. Preservationists are already well acquainted with digital content and tools such as mapping, laser scanning, and the online archiving of historical documents, to name only a few. These approaches have undoubtedly extended the reach and depth of preservation practice, yet there remains enormous potential for digital tools and methods to enable new research questions, interpretations, and experiences that otherwise may be impossible. PER welcomes paper manuscripts on subjects that may include but are not limited to the following examples: • Tours that make use of smart phones and tablets to feature archival information, video, sound, and other media that augment reality or enhance understanding of the built environment. • Geospatial analysis, mapping, modeling, and visualizations that illustrate change over time, distribution of historical features, or other patterns that reveal aspects of historical significance. • Digital storytelling or digitally recorded and disseminated oral histories as a means of enriching knowledge about the history of places or the meanings they hold for people across time. • Web-based surveys, social medial platforms, or other interactive, digitally-enabled public engagement methods for advancing approaches to values-based preservation planning. • Preservation-related research made possible by recently-digitized, primary source data. • Historic sites and museums enriched by digitally-enabled, multisensory, auditory, visual, or olfactory experiences. • Successes and challenges associated with incorporating the digital humanities into preservation pedagogy. While we encourage submissions based on this issue’s theme, papers on all topics related to preservation education, research, and scholarship will also be considered. The deadline for submission of papers (4,500-6,000 words in length) is February 15, 2017. All submissions must be emailed to and must adhere to the journal’s publication guidelines located at Papers will be blind reviewed and authors notified of publication status by April 2017. About PER Preservation Education Research (PER) is a refereed journal focusing on scholarship related to historic preservation (e.g., heritage conservation/cultural patrimony) education that addresses the historic environment. The National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE) launched PER in 2007 as part of its mission to exchange and disseminate information and ideas concerning preservation education, current developments and innovations in preservation, and the improvement of historic preservation education programs and endeavors in the United States and abroad. For more information about NCPE and PER, visit Back issues of PER are also available on NCPE’s web site.
  • ATTINGHAM STUDY PROGRAMME Palaces and Villas of Rome and Naples

    Rome and Naples | Dates: 18 – 26 Sep, 2017
    September 18-26, 2017 Directed by Andrew Moore and run in association with the British School at Rome this programme considers palaces and villas with their collections in the light of papal patronage. Visits will include some of the most important Roman palaces still intact, including a number still in private hands, such as the Palazzo Corsini and the Palazzo Colonna. Travelling through the Roman Campagna to Naples visits will include the Pio Monte della Misericordia, the newly opened Museo Civico Gaetano Filangieri, the Villa Caserta just outside the city and Herculaneum. Some scholarship funding may be available. Application information at Deadline for applications: February 12, 2017
  • Attingham Trust Summer School

    Dates: 29 Jun – 16 Jul, 2017
    THE 66th ATTINGHAM SUMMER SCHOOL June 29-July 16, 2017 Directed by David Adshead and Elizabeth Jamieson, and accompanied by specialist tutors and lecturers, this intensive 18-day course will include visits to approximately 25 houses in Sussex, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Oxfordshire. The Summer School will examine the country house in terms of architectural and social history, and the decorative arts. Applications are invited from those working in related fields and some partial scholarships are available.

    Atlanta | Dates: 15 – 21 Nov, 2016
    The 41st GSA Conference in Atlanta, Georgia (5-8 October 2017), will continue to host a series of seminars in addition to its regular conference sessions and roundtables. Seminars meet for all three days of the conference. They explore new avenues of academic exchange and foster extended discussion, rigorous intellectual debate, and intensified networking. Seminars are typically proposed and led by two to three conveners and they consist of approximately 12 to 20 participants, including representation from different disciplines, a representative number of graduate students, and faculty of different ranks. For example, seminars may enable extended discussion of a recent academic publication; the exploration of a promising new research topic; engagement with pre-circulated papers; an opportunity to debate the work of scholars with different approaches; the coming together of groups of scholars seeking to develop an anthology; or the in-depth discussion of a political or public-policy issue, novel, film, poem, art work, or musical piece. Seminar proposers should design topics that will suit the three-day structure of the conference and also submit a list of potential applicants while providing enough room for other GSA members to participate. The purpose of this list is to show that an outreach effort has been undertaken. Invited participants do not make any commitment until they officially apply for the seminar after its approval. It is important to note that application to all approved seminars will be open to all GSA members and that there is no guarantee that invited participants will be accepted. The conveners’ decision on which applicants will be accepted or might be rejected will be based on a) the quality of the applicants’ proposals, b) a balanced proportion of professors at different career stages and graduate students, and c) the disciplinary diversity of the seminar. In order to reach the goal of extended discussion, seminar conveners and participants are expected to participate in all three installments of the seminar. We ask seminar conveners to monitor attendance and inform the program committee about no-shows during the conference. Please note that seminar conveners and seminar applicants who have been accepted for seminar participation will not be allowed to submit a paper in a regular panel session. However, they may moderate or comment on another session independent of their enrollment in a seminar. Although we accept proposals from conveners who have directed a seminar during the past two consecutive years on a topic or two separate but closely related topics, we recommend that they also contact the coordinators of the interdisciplinary Networks, Professors Jennifer Evans ( and Pamela Potter ( to establish an official GSA Network on their topic. The application process has two steps. We invite you to submit a preliminary proposal that includes the title and a 100-word description of your seminar by November 21, 2016. The committee will then provide suggestions and assistance for the final submission which is due by December 8, 2016. Submit your application online at: Please note that, despite the new screen "look," your user name and password remain unchanged. If technical questions or problems arise, please contact Elizabeth Fulton at For your application you need: A 500-word description that addresses: a. the intellectual goals of the seminar b. briefly whether participants will be asked to write and read pre-circulated papers and, if so, of what length; c. briefly whether you will assign additional readings; d. briefly your communication with seminar participants in the months leading up to the conference; e. briefly the role of the conveners. A list of invited participants, their institutional affiliations, discipline, and academic rank. Mini-biographies of all conveners of no more than 250 words each. The GSA Seminar Committee will review seminar proposals after December 8, 2016, and it will post a list of approved seminars and their topics on the GSA website by early January 2017. Between January 5 and January 26, 2017, the GSA members will be invited to submit their applications for participation in specific seminars. The conveners will then select the participants and submit their fully populated seminars to the GSA Seminar Program Committee for the final approval. The GSA Seminar Committee will inform seminar conveners and applicants on February 5, 2017, about the final makeup of the seminars. (These deadlines have been chosen to allow time for those not accepted to submit a paper proposal in response to the general call for papers.) The GSA Seminar Committee consists of: Heikki Lempa (Moravian College) | Maria Mitchell (Franklin and Marshall College | Carrie Smith-Prei (University of Alberta) | Please direct all inquiries to all three of us.
  • Picturesque Modernities: Architectural Regionalism as a Global Process (1890-1950)

    Paris | Dates: 30 Nov – 02 Dec, 2016
    International Conference
    30 November - 2 December 2016
    Venue: German Center for Art History, Hôtel Lully, 45, rue des Petits-Champs, 75001 Paris/France


    International conference of the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” (Global Art History) at Heidelberg University, the German Center for Art History Paris, CRIHAM/Department of Art History and Archaeology at University of Poitiers, the Centre André Chastel (CNRS/University Paris-Sorbonne) and the Association d’Histoire de l’Architecture (A.H.A.)
    Concept of the Conference
    Michael Falser (Heidelberg University)

    In the last twenty years, architectural historiography approached regionalism as a pan-European movement between 1890 and 1950 which, as a flipside of the International Modern Movement with its rationalist and cosmopolitan agenda, helped to reinforce regional identities through the language of regionalist building styles. When European nation states such as France, Great Britain, Netherlands, Germany etc. entered a late-modern phase of political saturation and a stronger need of cultural self-definition, architectural regionalism emerged as a polymorphic set of artistic strategies: fostered either by centralist regimes to stabilize the national project through a higher (however controlled) valorisation of its peripheral elements, or by centrifugal forces towards provincial independence. In France, for example, this regionalist movement was particularly developed through a whole range identity-building structures in neo-Basque, neo-Breton etc. styles, but also in a kind of regionalist eclecticism for seaside architecture.

    Latest projects to write a 'global history of architecture' or a canon of 'world architecture' comprised of rather additive architectural case-studies around the globe with an ordering system along geographic and political entities (Europe or Non-Europe), but did not yet transpose the above-mentioned scenario to the global arena: in comparing the strategies of political and cultural stabilization, negotiation and/or resistance through architectural regionalism, a structural analogy of the centre-periphery model can also be detected between the European metropole and its overseas colonies, resp. between those colonies’ capitals and their own provinces. If 'area studies' identified similar regionalist policy changes from cultural assimilation (direct transfer) to association (regional adaptation) for European colonies in Asia and Africa during the same period (1890-1950), then the emerging 'neo-vernacular styles' in the colonies (such as the Style indochinois in French Indochina or the 'neo-Mauresque' style in French North Africa, the Indo-Saracenic Style in British India, or the Indische Stijl in the Dutch East Indies etc.) – can be read as Non-European variants of 'regionalist styles' in the European nation states. This 'trans-cultural' approach frames the diverse regionalist formations of architectural styles and forms as one globally connected process.

    Transnational approaches to set the different European colonial contexts within the first half of the 20th century in relation to each other can also help to conceptualise the recent inter-related effects between globalisation and decentralisation (like in France) where the notions of the global and the local are often enmeshed simultaneously in contemporary architecture.
  • Arthur Ross Awards

    Dates: 10 Nov – 09 Dec, 2016
    We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting nominations for the annual Arthur Ross Awards, which celebrate excellence in the classical tradition. The Arthur Ross Awards honor lifetime achievement, a career, or a body of work. 

    This year, we request that all nominations be submitted electronically. The nomination guidelines can be found online. Self-nominations from individuals, firms, institutions, and organizations are accepted. The deadline to submit a nomination for the 36th annual Arthur Ross Awards is Friday, December 9, 2016. 

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