Recent Opportunities

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  • 2019-2020 Dumbarton Oaks Fellowships

    Washington | Dates: 01 Nov, 2018
    Fellowships are awarded to Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian scholars on the basis of demonstrated scholarly ability and preparation of the candidate, including knowledge of the requisite languages, interest and value of the study or project, and the project’s relevance to the resources of Dumbarton Oaks. We place great value on the collegial engagement of fellows with one another and with the staff.

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

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

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

    Summer Fellowships in Pre-Columbian and Byzantine studies are awarded to scholars on any level beyond the first year of graduate (postbaccalaureate) study.
  • CFP: The Landscape and Architecture of British Post-War Infrastructure

    Manchester | Dates: 25 Jul – 05 Oct, 2018

    The Landscape and Architecture of British Post-War Infrastructure

    A one-day conference at the Manchester School of Architecture – 15th February 2019

    Supported by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

    Keynote Speaker: Elain Harwood (Historic England)

    Call for papers

    Infrastructure is popularly conceived as a form of material production assigned to technological advancement. However, it is not exclusively a techno-centric endeavour, it is constituted by built artefacts designed through collaboration by those with more than simply an interest in its engineering. Infrastructure has the capacity to reveal much about the society in which it was produced – the political economy of infrastructure; the socio-cultural effects of infrastructure; the formal and visual impact of infrastructure and attitudes to its celebration or containment.

    In the post-war period large-scale projects were manifest according to prevailing cultures, economy and policy drivers and the physically engineered landscapes that were produced signposted the rapid socio-economic and technological development following the cessation of conflict. The effect of such unprecedented and widespread infrastructural projects on both rural and urban landscapes was comparable to the impact of the industrial revolution in the UK. The enormity of the impact on the landscape was captured by leading British landscape theorist, Sylvia Crowe, who stated: ‘Our generation blames the industrialists of the nineteenth century bitterly for having destroyed so much of the landscape and left us a legacy of acres of ugly and derelict land, but this is nothing compared with the havoc we shall leave our descendants unless we take avoiding action now and find a mean of reconciling our need for power with our need for a landscape fit to live in’.[1] The scope of the work not only impacted on the physical landscape, but also the collaborative roles of architecture, landscape architecture, engineering and planning professionals. Co-operation and co-production were key in the British context and this mode of working informed new ideas and methods which in turn produced exceptional landscape compositions.

    This multi-disciplinary conference, supported by the Paul Mellon Centre and hosted at the Manchester School of Architecture, will explore the relationships between landscape and architectural design in the production of infrastructure. We are interested in form, type, material, topography, composition and the relationships of these topics with the socio-cultural, political and economic settings of the post-war period. We invite papers that explore these themes through alternative disciplinary lenses and methods in history, geography, environmental science, urbanism, planning, architecture and landscape.

    Please send an abstract of 300-500 words to postwarmcr@gmail.com by 5thOctober 2018.

    The selected participants will be informed of the acceptance of their paper on, or before, 26thOctober 2018. We anticipate the development of an edited volume following the conference.

    [1]Crowe, S. (1958) The Landscape of Power (London: The Architectural Press) p.10.

  • Preserving the Recent Past 3

    Los Angeles | Dates: 13 – 16 Mar, 2019
    In concurrent presentation sessions, plenary talks, a pre-conference symposium, and tours, Preserving the Recent Past 3 will build upon the groundbreaking prior conferences—Preserving the Recent Past (1995), and Preserving the Recent Past 2 (2000)—to address key issues in the preservation of modern historic resources. Much has changed in the two decades since these important events. A variety of resources have reached fifty years of age; innovation continues in the treatment of postwar materials and assemblies; and new survey techniques for suburban and urban landscapes have emerged. Buildings, sites and landscapes from this period reflect the dynamism, creativity, and tensions of the society that created them. They tell stories—of mass suburbanization and urban disinvestment and reinvestment, of multiple and successive modern styles, innovative products, and new social and activist movements.

    Topics

    • rehabilitation and reuse strategies for recent past buildings and sites
       
    • conservation issues, sustainability and solutions for post-World War II resources
       
    • techniques for surveying recent past neighborhoods and commercial districts
       
    • advocacy challenges and opportunities for the recent past
       
    • historic trends and themes related to recent past buildings, sites, and landscapes
       
    • significant postwar era sites of underserved communities
       
    • new digital approaches to documenting and interpreting recent past sites
       
    • Postmodernism, Brutalism, postwar period revivals, and questions of style

    Location

    Preserving the Recent Past 3 will be held at the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California. Los Angeles is an ideal setting for this third Recent Past conference. California was at the forefront of twentieth century (and especially post-World War II) building activity and experimentation, from the Case Study House program to the innovations of the aviation and aerospace industries. More recently, the region has been a leader in assessing, conserving, and advocating for the protection of its postwar legacy. Discounted room rates will be available for conference registrants at area hotels.

  • Dubin Family Young Architect Award - AIA Chicago Foundation Award

    Chicago | Dates: 11 Jul – 05 Sep, 2018
    AIA Chicago’s Young Architect Award was established in 1983 to recognize excellence in ability and exceptional contributions by Chicago area architects between the ages of twenty-five and thirty-nine OR licensed 10 years or fewer. In 2003, the Young Architect Award was renamed the Dubin Family Young Architect Award. Thanks to the generosity of the late M. David Dubin, FAIA, his family and friends, this award has been endowed with a cash prize. This award is administered by the AIA Chicago Foundation.
  • NatureStructure

    Boston | Dates: 11 Jul – 23 Sep, 2018

    “NatureStructure will present a new model for the relationship design and the built environment can have with nature.”—Scott Burnham, Curator.

    The built environment has historically sought to exert control over nature. Yet as the impact of floods and droughts increase and pollinator populations and natural habitats decrease, efforts to conquer nature have proven to be futile and increasingly harmful.

    A different relationship between built and natural environments is needed for a healthy and sustainable future. The Norwegians have a phrase for it: “Spille på lag med naturen.”—“To play on the same team as nature.”

    On May 17, 2018, BSA Space will premier NatureStructure, a global overview showcasing more than 30 architectural and design projects that work in harmony with nature to heal and restore ecosystems and make cities more resilient and sustainable

    Curated by Scott Burnham, the creator of Reprogramming the City, with exhibition design and curatorial assistance by Samantha Altieri, NatureStructure will feature a vast array of international projects that weave built projects with nature and natural functions to enable cities and regions to function as living systems. 

    The works on display include the US premiere of the Delfland Sand Motor, a feat of engineering that uses coastal tides to distribute sand along the coast of the Netherlands to reverse erosion and protect against sea level rise; Pop-Up, a revolutionary parking garage by Denmark’s Third Nature that rises in the city scape as its base absorbs rainwater overflow; and 3D printed reefs and seawalls by Australia’s Reef Design Lab to repopulate Sydney Harbor sea life and counter the depletion of reefs in the world’s oceans.

  • The Berlin Prize 2019/2020

    Berlin | Dates: 11 Jul – 05 Oct, 2018

    The American Academy in Berlin invites applications for its residential fellowships for the academic year 2019/2020.

    The Academy seeks to enrich transatlantic dialogue in the arts, humanities, and public policy through the development and communication of projects of the highest scholarly merit. For 2019/2020, the Academy is also interested in considering projects that address the themes of migration and social integration, questions of race in comparative perspective, and the interplay of exile and return.

    For all projects, the Academy asks that candidates explain the relevance of a stay in Berlin to the development of their work.

    Approximately 20 Berlin Prizes are conferred annually. Past recipients have included art historians, anthropologists, historians, musicologists, journalists, writers, filmmakers, sociologists, legal scholars, economists, and public policy experts, among others. Fellowships are typically awarded for an academic semester, but shorter stays of six to eight weeks are also possible. Benefits include round-trip airfare, partial board, a $5,000 monthly stipend, and accommodations at the Academy’s lakeside Hans Arnhold Center in the Berlin-Wannsee district.

    Fellowships are restricted to US citizens and permanent residents. Candidates in academic disciplines must have completed a PhD at the time of application. Candidates working in other fields—such as journalism, film, law, or public policy—must have equivalent professional degrees. Writers should have published at least one book at the time of application.

    Please note that Berlin Prizes for visual artists, composers, and poets are determined in invitation-only competitions.

    We will accept applications as of late May 2018. Following a peer-reviewed evaluation process, an independent Selection Committee reviews finalist applications. The 2019/2020 Berlin Prizes will be announced in late April 2019.

    For further information and to apply online, please see: http://www.americanacademy.de/apply/apply-for-a-fellowship/

    The application deadline for 2019/20 is Friday, October 5, 2018 (12 noon EST or 6 pm CET). 

  • A Lost Chapter Read Anew: The Visionary Art & Design of Edgar Miller

    Chicago | Dates: 04 Oct – 29 Nov, 2018
    We are excited to announce our next public program lecture series on Edgar Miller, as we continue to bring to light the unexplored aspects of Miller's life and his resounding cultural impact on Chicago's art and design history.

    Through our series, A Lost Chapter Read Anew - The Visionary Art & Design of Edgar Miller, three outstanding art historians will each present lectures on specific topics pertaining to Miller's wide-range of talents and his expansive oeuvre.

    This lecture series is part of Art Design Chicago, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art exploring Chicago’s art and design legacy, with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

    All lectures are free with registration and open to the public at the DePaul Art Museum this Fall 2018. The dates for these lectures are October 4th, October 25th, and November 29th.
  • DHS 2018: Design and Displacement

    New York | Dates: 06 – 08 Sep, 2018

    The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that in 2016, some 65.6 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide - a number not seen since the end of World War II. On average, 20 people were driven from their homes every minute. The challenges faced by vast numbers of migrants and refugees uprooted by war, persecution, ecological crises, natural disasters, or even relocating in search of economic opportunity, are often urgent, and, unfortunately, all too familiar.

    The movement of populations has spurred - and continues to spur - great changes in the cultural landscape in general and design in particular, both positive and problematic. Displacement creates opportunities for cross-cultural dialogues and inspires design solutions, whether they be related to objects used for disaster relief, temporary housing for displaced persons during wartime or following natural disasters, or more substantial and lasting interventions into the landscape, such as the exponential and necessary growth of cities.

    Taking place from 6-8 September 2018, this conference will examine displacement and attendant issues from a design perspective. In addition to the current displacement of people and populations, papers can consider the theme more broadly and historically, including connections among displacement of objects and styles, changing technologies, and broad geographies and histories related to landscapes and urban development.

    Convenor: Sarah A. Lichtman
    Co-convenor: Jilly Traganou

    Confirmed keynote speakers:

    • Paul Chaat Smith, Comanche author, essayist and curator
    • Lowery Stokes Sims, Curator Emerita, the Museum of Art and Design, New York
    • Tony Fry, designer, theorist, educator and author
    • Mabel O. Wilson, architect and architectural historian
  • CFP: Distance Looks Back (EAHN-SAHANZ)

    Sydney | Dates: 11 Jul – 01 Nov, 2018
    Distance Looks Back

    A Thematic Conference of the European Architectural History Network, held in conjunction with the 36th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand

    University of Sydney
    School of Architecture, Design and Planning
    10-13 July 2019

    Convened by Andrew Leach and Lee Stickells


    Distance is both conceptual and actual. It is overcome or exploited in all manner of ways that have consequences for the history of architecture. It is fostered in the critical attitude. And collapsed when history is invoked in the present. It shapes the relationship of Europe to its Antipodes, as well as of Europe to its neighbours. Its presence is necessary for claims upon disciplinarity; its absence, the dissolution of disciplinary boundaries. In what ways has distance figured in the history of architecture? What has it altered? What has it prevented? What has it allowed? What does it permit, even now?

    This theme opens the door to questions of representation and communication in the history of architecture; questions of travel and migration; and of the mobility of expertise, institutions and ideas. As a lens, distance allows us to reflect on the construction of identity in and through architectural works both defined as such (Architects and Architecture) and ?grey?. It invites us to consider moments of counterpoint, imaging or critique. It provokes us to clarify, recalibrate, expose, suppress, or legitimise. Works, projects, architects and other agents in the conceptualisation and construction of architecture, cities and landscapes are, from a remove, perceived on terms different from the immediate and the close. Artefacts and ideas subjected to distance acquire something of this perspective, whether they are physically moved or subject to representation at a remove. Distance can be inconvenient; and useful.

    We welcome original papers that explore the import of distance for architectural history from any direction. Proposals may treat any time and geography. They might address the consequences of literal distance for architectural culture in its history: communication, travel, mobility, isolation, exile, or technical and intellectual networks. They might consider the figurative role of distance in forms of criticality, historicity and thought. Papers may reflect on the mechanisms and nature of architectural history through such concepts as immediacy, instrumentality or relevance; or of neutralization or obsolescence. Contributions might use an idea of distance to think through distinctions (in disciplines, practices or institutions) between architectural history and criticism, architectural history and archaeology, architectural history and area studies, architectural history, urban history, histories of science and technology, the history of art, etc. Or to use these distinctio!
    ns to reflect on architecture and its neighbouring professions and practices. Papers may reflect on the devices used by architectural historiography to manage distance: historiographical and critical nomenclature; theoretical terms and tropes; and other means of negotiating proximity. Consideration may even be given to the very historiographical valence of distance ? as, for instance, productive criticality or problematic estrangement.

    One strand of this conference theme responds to the special issue of Architectural Histories (2018) asking ?What is Europe??. The theme invokes, too, the ideas at the centre of the lecture series convened by New Zealand historian Keith Sinclair in 1960: Distance Looks Our Way; and in Australian historian Geoffrey Blainey?s Tyranny of Distance (1966). What are the effects of remoteness on an antipodean response to architecture?s historical metropole? Or of the significance of the globe beyond its ?centres?? What occurs when isolation is made operative? The idea of distance, in this sense, invites self-reflection as much as advancement of new knowledge. We therefore particularly welcome papers that reflect on distance in order to reflect on the concept of Europe and the European and its consequences for architecture beyond a strictly defined European geography. We welcome, too, papers that consider the architectural history and culture of Asia, Australasia and the Pacific in t!
    heir global contexts. The program will have sessions dedicated to these themes.

    Submission Information and Instructions:

    Abstracts of no more than 300 words in length (accompanied by 80-word biographical notes) may be submitted by email as Word documents: adp.distance@sydney.edu.au<mailto:adp.distance@sydney.edu.au>. Please name the email subject ABSTRACT-SURNAME and use this name for your submission file as well. Full papers will be subject to peer review, with papers published after the conference in an online volume of the Proceedings of SAHANZ.

    Abstract deadline: 1 November 2018
    Submission of full papers for review: 1 March 2019
    Submission of final papers for publication: 14 June 2019
    Conference: 10-13 July 2019

    (Fine print: all abstracts will be considered by the academic committee; speakers will be invited to prepare a full paper [no longer than 4,500 words in written form], which will be subject to peer review; authors must submit revised papers by the date specified. Authors may opt out of publication in the Proceedings. On academic process, refer to the Editorial Policy of SAHANZ [www.sahanz.net].)

    The convenors will be pleased to receive information concerning events or exhibitions scheduled or planned for the dates around this conference, including conferences in major hub cities or other cities in Australia or New Zealand that might interest delegates travelling from afar. The conference website will include a calendar of these events.

    Academic Committee
    Tom Avermaete (TU Delft)
    Petra Brouwer (Amsterdam)
    Mark Crinson (Birkbeck)
    Hilde Heynen (KU Leuven)
    Andrew Leach (Sydney, co-chair)
    Naomi Stead (Monash)
    Lee Stickells (Sydney, co-chair)
    Paul Walker (Melbourne)

    Contact: adp.distance@sydney.edu.au<mailto:adp.distance@sydney.edu.au>


    Distance Looks Back
    University of Sydney, July 11-13, 2019

    A thematic conference of the European Architectural History Network,
    held in conjunction with the 36th annual meeting of the
    Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand

    Convened by Andrew Leach & Lee Stickells

  • CFP: Metropolitan Museum Journal

    Dates: 02 Jul – 15 Oct, 2018

    Manuscript Guidelines for the Metropolitan Museum Journal

    The Metropolitan Museum Journal is issued annually by The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Its purpose is to publish original research on works in the Museum’s collections and the areas of investigation they represent. Articles are contributed by members of the Museum staff and other art historians and specialists. Submissions should be addressed to:

    journalsubmissions@metmuseum.org

    Manuscripts are reviewed by the Journal Editorial Board, composed of members of the curatorial, conservation, and research science departments. To be considered for the following year’s volume, an article must be submitted, complete including illustrations, by October 15. Once an article is accepted for publication, the author will have the opportunity to review it after it has been edited and again after it has been laid out in pages. The honorarium for publication is $300, and each author receives a copy of the Journal volume in which his or her article appears.

    Manuscripts should be submitted as Word files. In addition to the text, the manuscript must include endnotes, captions for illustrations, and a 200-word abstract. Each part of the article should be in a separate file except the endnotes, which should be linked to and appear at the end of the text file.

    For the style of bibliographic references in endnotes, authors are referred to The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide to Editorial Style and Procedures, which is available from the Museum’s Publications and Editorial Department upon request, and to The Chicago Manual of Style. Please provide a list of all bibliographic citations that includes, for each title: full name(s) of author or authors; title and subtitle of book or article and periodical; place and date of publication; volume number, if any; and page, plate, and/or figure number(s). For citations in notes, please use only the last name(s) of the author or authors and the date of publication (e.g., Jones 1953, p. 65; Smith and Harding 2006, pp. 7–10, fig. 23).

    All photographs and drawings must be submitted with the manuscript, each identified according to the list of captions, which should also include photograph credits. The Journal requires either color digital images of at least 300 dpi at 8 x 10 in. in size, color transparencies (preferably 8 x 10 in. but 4 x 6 in. is also acceptable), or photographic prints (preferably 8 x 10 in. with white borders) of good quality and in good condition. Images should be high resolution (300 dpi), color digital files that area at least 8 x 10 in. in size and 25MB. TIFF files are preferable to Jpegs, and RGB color mode is preferable to CMYK. Please provide the largest file that is available. On a photocopy or printout of each illustration please indicate the figure number, the picture’s orientation, and any instructions for cropping. Reproductions of photographs or other illustrations in books should be accompanied by captions that include full bibliographic information. The author of each article is responsible for obtaining all photographic material and reproduction rights.

    ABBREVIATIONS

    MMA The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    MMAB The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin
    MMJ Metropolitan Museum Journal

    Height precedes width and then depth in dimensions cited.

  • CFP: Performing Institutions: Reimagining their Places, Politics, Practices & Pedagogies

    Dates: 02 Jul – 20 Aug, 2018

    PERFORMING INSTITUTIONS: Reimagining their Places, Politics, Practices & Pedagogies

    Call for chapters, visual essays and intermedial transmission for peer-reviewed book.

    Institutions are, by definition, foundational, architectural, disciplinary, symbolic and generally fixed in nature. Aligned with well-established patterns of behavior, they are inherently performative. How do current institutions therefore perform ? academically, spatially, custodially and structurally ? and how can their performances be critiqued and re-designed? 

    In January 2018, the 3rd International Performance Design Symposium was held in Fara Sabina, Italy; gathering performance designers, artists, architects, theorists, researchers and educators from more than ten countries to present, develop and workshop ideas - existing and conceptual ? regarding how institutions can be rearranged, restructured and reimagined ? as academy, architecture, organization and provocation.

    Since it was instigated as an emergent interdisciplinary field in 2004 ? focusing on designing performance and performing design ? Performance Design has become institutionalized and incorporated into universities as well as international events such as The Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design & Space and World Stage Design?s global performance design festival. In the same period institutions such as universities, academies, conservatories, museums, galleries and festivals have fundamentally changed, substantively and structurally, alongside cultural requirements and expectations: a combined result of aesthetic, social, global and political development. Playing into neoliberal capitalism, our institutional and individual performances are being designed, assessed and closely monitored: generally working against criticality and experimentation upon which creative fields are predicated. As theorist Jon McKenzie suggests we find ourselves having to ?perform or else?.

    Performance Design is now therefore at a crossroads. Is it still a transdisciplinary creative arts paradigm or has the time come for Performance Design to (de/re)institutionalize as an independent post-disciplinary research field and artistic paradigm that resists institutionalization: including and influencing physical museums, theaters, universities and academies, as well as venues, cities, technologies, materials and event genres?

    In this proposed anthology, we draw inspiration from critical thinkers such as Jane Rendell Chantal Mouffe, Felix Guattari, Isabelle Stengers, Jacques Ranci?re, Pelin Tan and the Silent University, Fred Moten and Stefano Harney, Nikolaus Hirsch and Markus Miessen among others. Whilst the relevance of these perspectives for ?institutional polity? (Miessen), and more specifically Mouffe?s ?counter-hegemonic practices? and Moten and Harney?s ?undercommons? are evident, the publication?s editors invite contributors to reflect ? through written scholarship and creative practice ? on how such approaches might inform new critical encounters with/as or away from institutions.

    Therefore, with a view towards an epistemological transformation, this anthology aims to expand upon the recent discourse on institutional engagement through aesthetic resistance within the broader context of pedagogical practices and methodologies of artistic research with a focus on themes addressing institutions as Place, Body, Event, Atmosphere, Commons, and Desire.

    The book is currently themed and co-edited in four sections as follows: -

                    Academy/Pedagogy: structures of care (instituting the new) 

                    Places of Representation: desiring change (queering the house)

                    Cultural Practices/Issues: manifestos & critiques (performing against discipline)

                    Performances/Events: testing grounds (redesigning through eventing)

    We welcome contributions from fields outside (but pertinent to) the study of performance and design. Contributions may include scholarly essays (5000-8000 words, incl. maximum 5 illustrations over 15 pages), visual essays (800-1500 words, incl. maximum of 18 illustrations over 12 pages), and manifestoes/statements/narrations that do not fit neatly into the current discourses and paradigms; presenting models of critical engagement or discussing material instances of the realization of institutional critique through performance design practice.

    We hope that many of you would like to participate in this peer-reviewed book project.

    Proposals (of max. 300 words) should be sent to Performing.Institutions@gmail.com <mailto:Performing.Institutions@gmail.com> before August 20th.

     You will hear back from the Editorial team in October 2018.

    The deadline for full articles and essays is January 15th 2019 to be able (as we plan) to present the publication in the Summer of 2019.

  • A Call to Act(ivism): Echoing Whitney Young, 50 Years Later

    New York | Dates: 10 Jul – 15 Sep, 2018
    Revisits Whitney M. Young Jr.’s keynote address at the 1968 AIA Conference, which questioned the lack of integration in the profession and led to a half-century crusade towards increased diversity and social responsibility in architecture. Organized by the AIANY Diversity and Inclusion Committee, the exhibition will explore current data about the profession and highlight efforts to expand opportunities. Curated by Danei Cesario, AIA, committee co-chair.
  • All Ireland Architecture Research Group Conference 2019

    Dublin | Dates: 24 – 25 Jan, 2019

    Call for Papers – AIARG 8: Field Conditions

    Dublin School of Architecture, DIT: 24-25th January 2019.

    The eighth annual conference of the All Ireland Architecture Research Group (AIARG 8) seeks to explore field conditions within the profession and the discipline of architecture. It is a useful term in architectural discourse for a number of reasons: it is descriptive of the manner in which buildings can gather the ‘as found’ elements of a site around them; it captures something of the nature of non-hierarchical space; it recognises the way in which architecture draws connections between multiple and distinct bodies of knowledge; and it posits boundaries not as rigid delineating barriers, but instead as rich transitional zones.

    We imagine that papers could address various questions, including, but not limited to:
    • Where are the rich transitional zones between disciplines?
    • In what ways does the architectural design process respond to multiple physical, cultural and social conditions?
    • How have field-based compositional principles impacted on the history of architecture?
    • How does architecture both draw upon and influence other disciplines?
    • How do boundary conditions manifest themselves in urbanism, building and technology?

    We welcome abstracts on the theme of field conditions from practitioners, theoreticians and teachers*. We are particularly interested in proposals that explore the critical zones between fields. We welcome proposals for alternative media that may step outside an academic milieu: roundtable discussions, performances, exhibitions, posters, etc. Abstracts (limited to one per individual) of not more that 350 words should be sent to aiargconference2019@gmail.com no later than 3 September 2018. A selection of papers from the conference will be invited to submit to building material, the peer-reviewed journal of the Architectural Association of Ireland.

    * In the following fields: Architectural Design, Architectural History, Architectural Representation and Rendering, Architectural Research, Architectural Technology, Building Code Analysis, Building Construction, Building Systems, Civil Engineering, Client Relations, Collaborative Design, Conservation, Construction Administration, Construction Document Management, Construction Finance Management, Construction Law, Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, Design, Design Build, Design to Delivery, Façade Engineering, Facilities Management, Housing Design, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED), Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Model Making, Participative Design, Planning, Preservation, Procurement, Problem Solving, Project Management, Public Realm Design, Quantity Surveying, Rehabilitation, Renovation, Reuse, Revit Consultancy, Structural Engineering, Sustainable Design, Specification, Technical Design, Urban Design, Universal Design, etc.
  • Bauhaus and Greece

    Athens | Dates: 30 May – 01 Jun, 2019

    For the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Bauhaus, the Athens School of Fine Arts and the State Academy of Art and Design Stuttgart are organising an international conference titled ‘Bauhaus and Greece’. The conference will take place in Athens from May 30 to June 1, 2019.

    Athens School of Fine Arts, State Academy of Art and Design Stuttgart

    Bauhaus and Greece

    International Conference, Athens, May 30 – June 1, 2019

    Call for Papers

    Deadline September 30, 2018

    Firstly, the conference will deal with the effects of the Bauhaus and the Bauhaus idea in architectural and artistic theory and practice in the Greek context of the pre-war period.

     

    Particular emphasis will be placed on direct or indirect references to the Bauhaus during the formation of Greek Modernism, especially with regard to its relationship to another important contemporary current, the search for the specifically Greek character of Greek culture from the 1920s onwards.

     

    Artistic training will be the second focal point of the congress. The Bauhaus model in its various permutations will be presented against comparable or antagonistic approaches, both during the period of its activity (1919-1933) and in the 100 years since its foundation. Initiatives such as Mendelsohn’s, Wijdeveld’s and Ozenfant’s project for a Mediterranean Academy, the Black Mountain College in North Carolina and the New Bauhaus in Chicago, the ‘Bauhaus-Architecture’ in Tel Aviv, the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Ulm, Asger Jorn's International Movement for an Imaginist Bauhaus, and the impact of Bauhaus pedagogy in contemporary educational practice will form this part of the debate.

     

    Researchers, artists, and architects are invited to participate in the conference.


    The deadline for abstracts and CVs is September 30, 2019. Submission guidelines and contact details are available on the conference website.

  • The 3rd Memaryate International Conference - MIC 2019

    Luxor | Dates: 13 – 14 Mar, 2019

    Between Conservation and reconstruction;
    Tangible and intangible change approaches to address developing countries’ needs

     

    Amr AlQamary; Independent Urban Researcher

    Amr.m.alqamary@gmail.com

    Yasmin Bayoumi; Founder of Cell and Herfa initiatives

    yssminebayoumi@gmail.com

     

    Change is inevitable. It is the judging characteristics of people and cultural resilience. Many changes are happening in developing countries reflecting the contemporary demands; housing, transportation, services, infrastructure, etc… Our focus is on old cities and the different approaches taken to address today demands and how they are changing the built environment.

    The paper will explore two contrasting approaches to development; demolishing and rebuild (tangible change), and urban conservation (intangible change). It will analyze the two approaches rationale, tools, instruments, key players, decision makers and stakeholders, and possible development scenario for each approach on two projects. Maspearo triangle in Cairo representing the first approach, where the old residents are dislocated, built environment is replaced, and new urban fabric is imposed. The second approach is being represented by Esna city center, where an ongoing development is taking place prioritizing urban conservation and taking a minimal intervention approach. The paper will not only focus on who is making and driving change in the built environment, but will also focus on those benefiting from the change, and those excluded from it.

    The main analytical framework of each project is divided in four sections:

    • 1-Inception of the idea; what needs are being addressed, whom needs are they, and how have they been communicated?
    • 2-Approach selection; what is the rationale for the approach, how it was contested by other approaches, and why was it preferred?
    • 3-Intervention scope; what are the planning tools and instruments, who is using them, who participated in the intervention development, who is benefiting/excluded from this intervention, and how is the intervention responding on the initial needs?
    • 4-Development scenario; what is the development vision being built, to whom the image of the place is being presented to, and whose development/growth if being promoted?

    The envisaged finding of this analysis is to highlight the socio-spatial and economical changes in each approach and correlate them to sustainable development goals and the stability and wellbeing for the community as a whole. It also aims to provide insights on the advantages and setbacks of each approach. People cope with change in different ways; if they are in control, they utilize it to make things better –in different approaches-; if they are not, they adapt to this external impacts that affect their life. Hopefully, the findings will provide better understanding of what types of change should be advocated for and what types should be fought within a certain time frame, and how this positioning can change in a different time frame.
  • 2018 American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Annual Meeting and EXPO

    Philadelphia | Dates: 19 – 20 Oct, 2018

    Registration is now open for the 2018 American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Annual Meeting and EXPO planned for October 19-22 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The annual meeting is the largest gathering of landscape architecture professionals and students in the world.

    According to ASLA President Gregory A. Miller, FASLA, Philadelphia is the perfect setting for the annual meeting because it offers a mix of reverence toward history and inspiration for landscape architects as they address the changing world through sustainable design.

    “Philadelphia is famous for bringing bright minds together to accomplish the remarkable,” said Miller. “Exploring the stories of its landscape will strengthen our ability to shape our own communities and expand our recognition and influence. Hosting our annual meeting in this dynamic urban setting will foster critical connections and provide the knowledge and resources we need to expand our recognition and influence.”

    “More than any of the other major environmental design professions, landscape architecture is a profession on the move,” said Richard Rauso, ASLA, president of the Pennsylvania/Delaware chapter of ASLA. “Landscape architects in Philadelphia are working hard to improve the quality of life for residents, and we want to share our successes and challenges with fellow professionals and students.”

    This year’s annual meeting is expected to draw more than 6,000 attendees and feature a diverse spectrum of industry experts providing perspectives on a wide range of subjects, from sustainable design to active living to best practices and new technologies.

    More than 135 education sessions, field sessions, workshops, EXPO tours, and general sessions will be offered throughout the meeting, providing attendees with the opportunity to earn up to 24 professional development hours under the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System™ (LA CES™).

    Many of the sessions will also qualify for continuing education credit with the Green Business Certification Inc. toward SITES® AP credential maintenance, as well as with the American Institute of Architects, the American Institute of Certified Planners and other allied professional organizations and state registration boards.

    The EXPO—the largest trade show in the industry—will feature more than 350 exhibitors offering thousands of new products, services, technology applications, and design solutions, all under one roof.

    Learn more about the meeting programs and events on the website.

    Official annual meeting hashtag: #ASLA2018

  • The Irritant Principle of Renewal: 100 Years Aldo & Hannie van Eyck

    Rotterdam and Delft | Dates: 27 Jun – 03 Sep, 2018

    The 2018 edition of the annual conference of the Jaap Bakema Study Centre is dedicated to Aldo and Hannie van Eyck. In honour of their achievements and as a celebration of their work, the conference aims to bring together scholars and practitioners to explore the rich legacy of their ideas and aspirations for a humanist architecture.

    Aldo and Hannie van Eyck were one of the most remarkable and influential architect couples of the second half of the 20th century, not only in the Netherlands but also in the international architecture community. In their inexhaustible quest for a renewal of post-war modern architecture, they placed the human being at the centre of their work and thinking. They found profound inspiration in ‘the child, the city and the artist’, as the famous title of Aldo van Eyck’s manifesto goes. Seminal works include the Municipal Orphanage in Amsterdam, the Arnhem Sonsbeek Sculpture Pavilion, and more than 700 children’s playgrounds in Amsterdam. It is in the context of the latter that Aldo van Eyck spoke of the ‘irritant principle of renewal’: a playground in a city was like a grain of sand in an oyster, triggering a transformation and regeneration of the social fabric.

    'The Irritant Principle of Renewal’ is both the motto for the conference and its challenge. Next to the demonstration of the internal developments of the body of work and thinking of the Van Eycks, the following topics are suggested for further exploration and debate:

    • The exchange of concepts between the avant-garde and architecture. In addition to Aldo van Eyck's own reference to what he called the 'great gang' of western avant-garde artists, there is also a highly personal exchange to observe: the Van Eycks moved in the circles of Cobra and were friends with Carel Visser, while Hannie's brother Joost van Roojen was a painter who would contribute to various architectural works. Why was this exchange between art and architecture necessary? Why was it so productive, and could it be productive again?
    • Collaborations and polemics. Collaborations as well as polemics were a crucial part of the lives of Aldo and Hannie van Eyck, from their exchanges within Team 10 and the Dutch Forum magazine, to their fierce opposition to the rise of Postmodernism in architecture, as exemplified in Aldo's lecture on 'Rats, posts and other pests' of 1981. Both inspiration and contestation can be considered as part and parcel of the agonistics of architectural creativity and knowledge production. Where is the debate today? Can architecture still make a difference?
    • Between Holland and Switzerland. There are many moments of cross-pollination to be observed in the lives of Aldo and Hannie. Before taking up their life in Amsterdam, the Van Eycks met at the ETH in Zurich where they were both students. Throughout the Modern era, there is an ongoing exchange between the upper and lower Rhine regions, from Berlage to Mart Stam. We want to know more about this.
    • The impact of anthropology on architectural thinking. This is an already much-investigated field with regard to the travels of the Van Eycks to Africa and the Dogon, but many questions remain unanswered. Can we really move beyond Eurocentric exoticism, in spite of ourselves? In a post-colonial era, and in recognition of aesthetic and cultural appropriation, can we imagine a new universalism once more?
    • Children and pedagogical models. The much-celebrated playgrounds are often discussed as a welcome refuge, an unspoiled sanctuary within an urban condition dominated by out-of-control technophilia and hypercapitalism. Yet the Van Eycks imagined them as a tool for subversion to open up the possibility of a new social order. How are children disruptive? How to get beyond escapism?
    • Learning from the city. Together with students from the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture, the Van Eycks proposed a radical and successful alternative for sanitizing the historic city. From their Hubertus House for signle mothers to the reconstruction scheme for the Nieuwmarktbuurt area, it was proposed to engage with the historic, material and immaterial fabric of a city. How to view such contextualism today? Does it still matter in light of the global phenomenon of what Rem Koolhaas calls Junkspace? Or is it more valid now than ever before?
    • Interiority. The most poetic qualities of the work of the Van Eycks probably emerge from the interiors they designed, and from such evocative concepts as 'labyrinthine clarity' and 'the interior of the mind'. Paradoxically, at the smallest scale of the domestic and the self, a vast world opens up (that seems hardly to have been explored), in terms of the ways in which architecture might engage with reality; how, upon reflection, it can create a world of its own.

    Practical information


    Abstracts of 300-500 words plus a short bio (300 words max) should be sent to Janno Martens: j.martens@hetnieuweinstituut.nl

    Dates


    Deadline: Monday 3 September 2018
    Notification of selection: Monday 17 September 2018
    Dates of the conference: 28-30 November 2018

    Convenor


    Dirk van den Heuvel (Jaap Bakema Study Centre)

    Advisory Board


    Tom Avermaete (TU Delft)
    Hetty Berens (HNI)
    Maristella Casciato (Getty Research Institute)
    Carola Hein (TU Delft)
    Laurent Stalder (ETH Zurich)

    Locations


    Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft and Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam.

    Selection


    The selection is in the hands of the convenor and advisory board, together with Guus Beumer, general director of Het Nieuwe Instituut, and Dick van Gameren, chair of the Department of Architecture, TU Delft. Criteria are relevance and focus in relation to the call, state-of-the-art research, an innovative and challenging approach, and an eloquent and evocative articulation of the proposition. Academics and practitioners alike are invited to submit. We are aiming for a diverse group of speakers, in terms of nationality, seniority and academic and institutional background, among other categories, so as to assure a productive and lively exchange of knowledge.

    Please note that selected participants are requested to organize their own support for travel costs and hotel accommodation.

     

  • Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980

    New York | Dates: 15 Jul, 2018 – 13 Jan, 2019

    July 15, 2018–January 13, 2019
    The Museum of Modern Art

    Situated between the capitalist West and the socialist East, Yugoslavia’s architects responded to contradictory demands and influences, developing a postwar architecture both in line with and distinct from the design approaches seen elsewhere in Europe and beyond. The architecture that emerged—from International Style skyscrapers to Brutalist “social condensers”—is a manifestation of the radical diversity, hybridity, and idealism that characterized the Yugoslav state itself. Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980 introduces the exceptional work of socialist Yugoslavia’s leading architects to an international audience for the first time, highlighting a significant yet thus-far understudied body of modernist architecture, whose forward-thinking contributions still resonate today.

    Toward a Concrete Utopia explores themes of large-scale urbanization, technology in everyday life, consumerism, monuments and memorialization, and the global reach of Yugoslav architecture. The exhibition includes more than 400 drawings, models, photographs, and film reels from an array of municipal archives, family-held collections, and museums across the region, and features work by important architects including Bogdan Bogdanović, Juraj Neidhardt, Svetlana Kana Radević, Edvard Ravnikar, Vjenceslav Richter, and Milica Šterić. From the sculptural interior of the White Mosque in rural Bosnia, to the post-earthquake reconstruction of the city of Skopje based on Kenzo Tange’s Metabolist design, to the new town of New Belgrade, with its expressive large-scale housing blocks and civic buildings, the exhibition examines the unique range of forms and modes of production in Yugoslav architecture and its distinct yet multifaceted character.

    Organized by Martino Stierli, The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art, and Vladimir Kulić, guest curator, with Anna Kats, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art.

  • In Search of Southeast Asia through the M+ Collections

    Hong Kong | Dates: 22 Jun – 30 Sep, 2018

    M+, Hong Kong’s museum of 20th and 21st century visual culture in the West Kowloon Cultural District, is pleased to announce In Search of Southeast Asia through the M+ Collectionswhich will be presented at the M+ Pavilion from June 22 until September 30, 2018. This ambitious and tightly curated exhibition includes 70 works by 28 artists, architects, and designers from nine Southeast Asian countries, plus Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Sri Lanka, and the United States.

    The exhibition is the museum’s first to address a particular geography, in this case Southeast Asia. Exploring the historical and cultural complexities of the region through an interdisciplinary lens and a transnational framework employed by M+ for its curatorial approach, the exhibition gives special attention to layered conditions of place. While topographic, climatic, political, linguistic, and religious affinities do exist across Southeast Asia, its porous borders have created a deep sense of cultural heterogeneity and fluidity. By featuring works from the fields of design and architecture, moving image, and visual art, the exhibition uses the museum’s growing multidisciplinary holdings to shed light on the diverse and wide-ranging cultural practices within the region over the last half-century.

    As an emphatically interdisciplinary exhibition, In Search of Southeast Asia through the M+ Collections includes contemporary works of art and design as well as historical archival materials and architectural models related to 
    Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

     The exhibition features work by anothermountainman (Stanley Wong)Architects Team 3 (formerly the Malayan Architects Co-partnership) / Lim Chong KeatGeoffrey BawaBEP Akitek(formerly Booty, Edwards & Partners/ Kington LooChun KaifengKiri DalenaSimryn GillSumet Jumsai, Zai KuningCharles LimMidi ZEko Nugrohothe Office indochinois du tourismethe Official Tourist Information Bureau of the Dutch East Indies, Pratchaya PhinthongSopheap PichBas PrincenThe Propeller GroupAraya RasdjarmrearnsookPaul RudolphWilson Shieh Ka-hoT. R. Hamzah & Yeang / Ken YeangHans TanMaria TaniguchiRirkrit TiravanijaVo Trong Nghia ArchitectsWOHA Architects, and WORK / Theseus Chan.

    In Search of Southeast Asia through the M+ Collections is co-curated by Pauline J. Yao, Lead Curator, Visual Art, and Shirley Surya, Associate Curator, Design and Architecture.



  • Design History Society 2018 Conference: Design and Displacement

    New York | Dates: 06 – 08 Sep, 2018

    The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that in 2016, some 65.6 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide - a number not seen since the end of World War II. On average, 20 people were driven from their homes every minute. The challenges faced by vast numbers of migrants and refugees uprooted by war, persecution, ecological crises, natural disasters, or even relocating in search of economic opportunity, are often urgent, and, unfortunately, all too familiar.

    The movement of populations has spurred - and continues to spur - great changes in the cultural landscape in general and design in particular, both positive and problematic. Displacement creates opportunities for cross-cultural dialogues and inspires design solutions, whether they be related to objects used for disaster relief, temporary housing for displaced persons during wartime or following natural disasters, or more substantial and lasting interventions into the landscape, such as the exponential and necessary growth of cities.

    Taking place from 6-8 September 2018, this conference will examine displacement and attendant issues from a design perspective. In addition to the current displacement of people and populations, papers can consider the theme more broadly and historically, including connections among displacement of objects and styles, changing technologies, and broad geographies and histories related to landscapes and urban development.

    Convenor: Sarah A. Lichtman
    Co-convenor: Jilly Traganou

    Confirmed keynote speakers:

    • Paul Chaat Smith, Comanche author, essayist and curator
    • Lowery Stokes Sims, Curator Emerita, the Museum of Art and Design, New York
    • Tony Fry, designer, theorist, educator and author
    • Mabel O. Wilson, architect and architectural historian

    Conference website: http://designdisplacement.com

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