The journal of studies in History and Theory of Architecture (sita.uauim.ro), published by the Department of Architectural
History & Theory and Heritage Conservation at “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest, Romania,
invites international submissions for the 2019 issue
PRUDENT PERSPECTIVES ON AN UNWARY PAST
Modernism has already become history. Commemorations such as
the Bauhaus Centennial make it seem old, while, following the
triumphant claims to its demise at the end of the 20th century, it
could appear worn out. Yet, Modernism may very well be a decisive
period of architecture's professional history, as its ramifications into
the contemporary building culture could prove more powerful than
Which Modernism is dead? Which one is alive? What should better be
forgotten and what should be furthered?
Heroic narratives have either asserted the glorious rise of Modernism
and its victory over the obsolete authority of the Academies, or
hailed its downfall, as an indelible defeat of an oppressive tyrant.
They have obscured the more complex realities at play, and
oversimplified or caricatured the professional history, turning it into
an epic battle for an elusive theoretical hegemony. The mesmerizing
modernist pretention to global validity has driven schematic
accounts and generalizing discourses about its development.
Localized histories or individual case-studies may be summoned to
annotate these received historical perspectives.
Can they advance a different understanding of the period? If a bottom-
up history of Modernism were written, what would its theoretical focus
The way Modernism was reported has certainly influenced to a large
extent the way its enormous legacy is perceived today —publicly
The threats looming over the Narkomfin, the recent demolition of
Robin Hood Gardens, or the gentrification of the Trellick Tower and
of the Unités d'Habitation bring to the public attention the
conservation of the high-profile buildings of the past century.
Recently, the UNESCO, ICOMOS and DoCoMoMo joined forces
to promote a program aiming to acknowledge the values of the
modernist built heritage, and to debate the specific mechanisms of
its preservation. No matter how relevant these approaches are, they
do not address the “mass-Modernism”, the un-exceptional part of
the modernist legacy, overwhelmingly present in our daily life.
Is this apparently modest part of the modernist inheritance really
undeserving? Is this a cultural issue, an economic problem, or an
environmental matter? How should its presence be addressed in a
Building upon these topics, we invite contributors to reflect on the
one-hundred-year-old experiences of this movement, its narratives
and its perceptions, thus shedding fresh lights on the future of
A preliminary abstract of 200 – 250 words should be submitted by
March 15, 2019. Selected contributors will be notified by e-mail
on March 22. The final article should be submitted for review by
June 1. Contributions will undergo a double-blind peer review
Reviews of current events (conferences, recent publications,
exhibitions) which are of interest for the fields of architectural
history and theory are also welcome. Reviews should be submitted
by July 1.
All correspondence will be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org, to the
attention of Dr. Arch. Toader Popescu (managing editor of the
Guidelines for authors
Manuscripts are to be submitted in US English and should range
between 5,000 and 8,000 words, including references, tables, and
bibliography. Reviews should range between 1,000 and 2,000
The title page should include the contributor's name, affiliation
and e-mail address, 5 – 7 keywords, as well an abstract of 200 –
250 words. An extended summary ranging between 700 and 1,000
words (to be published in Romanian) must also be submitted.
Romanian authors are kindly asked to send in the extended
summary in Romanian; our staff will undertake the translation for
foreign authors. Reviews should not be accompanied by abstract,
summary, or keywords. Contributors are asked to send a Microsoft
Word compatible document, with minimal formatting.
For notes (as footnotes) and reference list, please use The Chicago
Manual of Style, “Notes and bibliography” style (for details and
examples, see https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/
A reference list will be included at the end of the paper.
Illustrations (.tiff or .jpg format, min. 300 dpi at printed size)
must be provided separately, and their location must be indicated
clearly throughout the paper. A full list of figure captions is to be
provided at the end of the article (including figure number,
description, and source). Authors are responsible for securing the
rights to reproduce and publish all graphic material.
For more details, please see Instructions for authors at sita.uauim.ro.
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