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CRITICAL PRACTICE IN AN AGE OF COMPLEXITY
University of Arizona, USA
22 – 23 February 2018
Abstracts due: 05 Dec 2017, conference website here
Donald Trump promises investment in infrastructure, China continues to urbanize and pollute, global cities are surrounded by slums and housing is unaffordable and simultaneously a form of capital investment.
The issues of living in cities, towns and communities are intrinsically related to the buildings we construct, the houses we make and the roads we build etc. They reflect and inform social development, community conflict, economic opportunity, demographic disparity and more. These conferences seek to explore this complexity in its broadest sense.
These conferences seek interdisciplinary dialogue. Disciplines welcome include architecture, housing, urban planning, sociology, human geography, cultural studies and more.
Publications are organized as part of PARADE (Publication & Research in Art, Architectures, Design and Environments). It is coordinated by AMPS and involves Routledge Taylor&Francis, UCL Press, Intellect Books, Libri Publishing, UCL Press, Vernon Press and more.
AHRA Annual Research Student Symposium
Aalto University, Helsinki
June 11-12, 2018
Recent decades have seen several critical accounts of history, reviewing its methods and premises, questioning its narrative techniques and revealing its uses and abuses for political ends. Against becoming a refuge from the present, or a consolation, this kind of history sees its task as reminding societies and collectives of things that have been forgotten or covered up.
Additionally, architectural research has been in dialogue with different specialised fields of history: cultural and political history, but also economic history, history of media and technology, history of everyday life. Studies in conservation history have relied on technical history and history of science.
To study this multi-faceted relationship, our conference calls PhD candidates to reflect on the various uses of history and historical knowledge in architectural research and practice in the most broad sense. Speakers are also welcome to reflect on the role of history in their own research. Proposals will be welcomed from PhD candidates in the areas of theory and history of architecture and landscape, conservation and heritage, urban design and history, as well as relevant adjacent fields and interdisciplinary research.
Keynote lecture Prof. Juhani Pallasmaa, “STRATIFICATIONS – memory, experience and imagination”
To apply to present a paper at the symposium, please send an abstract of your proposed presentation to Professor Aino Niskanen and Dr. Andres Kurg to arrive by January 26th 2018.
The abstract should be no more than 300 words in length and address the theme of the conference ‘Using History’ as outlined above.
There is no fee for attendance at the AHRA Student Symposium. Participants may wish to attend a part of the European Architectural History Network (EAHN) conference which is taking place in Tallinn, Estonia, 13-16 June 2018.
Travel between Helsinki and Tallinn is easily taken with a ferry, they take around 2 hours.
Writing | Architecture
Call for Papers for special Issue of TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses
Editors: Professor Eleni Bastéa and Dr Patrick West
Deadline for submissions: February 15, 2018
The long, entangled and fascinating association of architecture with writing has always been interwoven with concerns pertaining to the well-being of individuals and communities. Writing and architecture connect the self to others, and as much as we are shaped by the structures, cities and landscapes we inhabit, the stories that flow through our built and natural environments transform us. At the same time, traversing these connections and transformations, architecture and writing are molded by distinct disciplinary traditions, cultural imperatives and artistic and creative affordances, even in their synergistic co-existence. Furthermore, complicating and enriching the historical narrative of writing’s dialogues with architecture (and its imbrications with issues of human well-being), the emergence of the new materialism and related trains of practice and thought has served to expand the possibilities of re-inventing the human form through interaction with the diverse and challenging energies of the non-human. Through divergent, shared and holistic approaches, writers, scholars and designers are describing new and old types of practice that connect and re-connect the animate and the inanimate, the living and the constructed.
TEXT is a fully refereed journal focused on the processes of writing and the teaching of writing, and this special issue aims to continue, interrogate and elaborate the conversation between architecture and writing that has preoccupied so many authors and architecture practitioners over time. Contributions may adopt a variety of scholarly and literary modes so as to support, expand, or challenge established positions. Submissions on individual writer-architects or architect-writers, or on individual texts, are most welcome, along with papers that use the writing-architecture nexus as a springboard for open-ended investigations into a range of thematics and disciplinary areas, including, but not limited to: material human-non-human relations, identity, imagination, urban studies, memory, space, place, thing theory, practice-led research, unbuilt architecture, built writing, design studies, cross-artform practice, paper architecture, and embodiment.
Up to eight images may be included in each complete paper at the discretion of the author. Enquiries about submissions in hypertext or other experimental forms are very welcome.
Potential contributors are invited to send Patrick West a title and 250-word abstract, along with a brief biographical note, by 15 February 2018.
Invitations to submit complete papers will be sent by 28 February 2018.
Complete papers of between 6 000 and 7 000 words will be due by 31 August 2018.
All complete papers will be subject to a double-blind peer review process.
The special issue Writing | Architecture will be published in April 2019.
TANGIBLE – INTANGIBLE HERITAGE(S)
DESIGN, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL CRITIQUES ON THE PAST, PRESENT AND THE FUTURE
Place: University of East London
14 – 15 June 2018
Abstracts due: 1 March 2018, Early Abstracts reviewed before 01 Jan 2018
Conference website here
In a time when the construction of New Towns are on the agenda in United Kingdom, entire cities are being built from scratch across China, when climate change threatens historic cities and landscapes, and socio-economic change is leaving declining industrial communities across the Western World in search of investment and political answers from the likes of Donald Trump, what can we mean by ‘heritage’?
Our built environment of buildings, towns, cities and infrastructures are always, at inception, visions of a future. They also become – very quickly – the markings of the past. Framed as historic building, these markings of the past tend to be what we think of when discussing heritage. However, heritage is more than this. It is the physical infrastructure from which we build the future. It is the media’s representation of the present and the past. It is the social milieu which we destroy, or reinforce, as economies fade or grow. It is what we construct politically through forms of city governance. It is often a reference point for artistic rupture.
When considering buildings, towns, cities and infrastructures then, this conference suggests we can neither think of them as isolated activities and discipline, nor as isolated in in time. They are social constructions defining the way people live, think, develop and desire. They are economic contrivances marking out the interests of capital. They are artistic visions of an aesthetic present. They are the realisation through design of what we can and wish to build. They are expressions of knowledges and skills which can inform innovation. They are phenomena experienced as much through the media and medias as they are through physical engagement. They are inevitably political at every level. The decisions we make today about this ‘heritage’ is based on the past and will inform future.
In redefining heritage as a physical, social, political, economic, artistic, media and design issue, this conference attempts to open up the concept of heritage to a reading that is interdisciplinary and concerned with both the past and the future.
Within this framework, the conference welcomes specialists who will ask their own questions about heritage and thus help redefine the perspective of others. Examples of questions we expect to ask include, but are not limited to: What has and what is happening to current community and social bonds when we replan cities for a changing future? What role do the art and design economies have on city development? How does the media create and distort our vision of built and social urban heritage? How do we preserve the architecture of the past while building for the present? How have and how are changing economic conditions altering how we build and live in cities? What implications does design have for how we live? How can craftmanship and knowledge inform contemporary modes of production and work through innovative processes…..
We seek to explore definitions of ‘heritage’ by considering it from various angles: physical form, political tool, social and media construct, economic reification, digital innovation and artistic formulation. As a result, the conference welcomes presentations from specialists from multiple fields whose work overlaps with issues of heritage broadly defined: architects, urban designers, conservationists, sociologists, human geographers, art historians, artists, media and press historians, planners and more.
In this regard the event follows the expressly interdisciplinary dialogue set out by AMPS and the research and publication programme PARADE (Publication & Research in Art, Architectures, Design and Environments)
Cornerstone Architectural Scholars is an email group (i.e., listserv) for architectural scholars that might be of interest to members. The group disseminates news about upcoming conferences, especially calls for papers, but it also publicizes exhibitions, fellowships and other events or news. Cornerstone is not meant for discussions, debates, or chats, but simply for communicating useful information. The volume of messages is fairly light, about three or four per week. The group's focus is mainly on architectural scholarship--spanning history, theory, urbanism, sustainability, technology, landscape, morphology, etc.--rather than architectural practice or design.
Cornerstone currently has about 320 members, most of whom are architecture faculty or doctoral students. There is absolutely no obligation involved in being a Cornerstone member--it only means that one receives the group messages by email. One can join or leave the group at any time. Cornerstone works through the Google Groups system, and there are no problems with spam. Anyone interested in joining Cornerstone can contact Matthew Heins.
Postgraduate Certificate in Architectural History
University of Oxford, Department of Continuing Education
The course is directed by Dr Paul Barnwell, Director of Studies in the Historic Environment and runs over part-time for 12 months. The course covers English architectural history from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day. It will be of interest to those seeking to develop their:
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