IFW 2015 / Call for Papers

IFW2015 – Interiors Forum World 2015

3rd International Conference


May 21-22, 2015
Politecnico di Milano, Italy


Abstract deadline: 6 October, 2014 (Extended)



Living and inhabiting in an age of migrations



Identity and diversity – whether cultural, ethnic, religious or political – mark our contemporary global context on a daily basis. We live in an age that might be defined by migration, of population flow, by the movement of people, of information, of knowledge… From continent to continent, from nation to nation, from region to region, from city to city, individuals or groups of people overcome geographic borders and cultural or linguistic barriers in search of an economic comfort zone; for a new lease on life for their children; as well as for study purposes; for tourism or to experience new lifestyles and social relations.

Old and new nomads, inscribe traces, invisible or real, on the places they cross and where they stop, generating linguistic, cultural, lifestyle contaminations. They remark, delete or reconfigure their identity, absorbing or rejecting differences. By traveling and stopping – temporarily or permanently – they retrace paths followed by others or design new ones. It’s a movement of global intensification that configures ways of living, inhabiting, and being in the world.

On the other hand, the concept of the Interior has profoundly changed. It is no longer tied to the domestic and work sphere only – a dichotomy that Walter Benjamin used to tie to the capitalist society of the end of Nineteenth century – it now includes all places of associated and collective life. The metropolitan environment, specifically, is characterized by a succession of «internities», sometimes with (transient, feeble, fleeting) or mutating borders, that everyone re-owns in a more or less permanent way. “The nomadic space, a pure interior”, writes George Teyssot, underlining how the movement – of people as well information – has also changed the original meaning of Interior architecture.

Proximity, Hybridization, Multiculturalism, Mobility, Identity, Diversity seem to characterize spaces for contemporary life, culture, training, hospitality, leisure, work, commerce and social relations.

  • How much have the concepts of place and identity changed in the age of migrations and multiculturalism?
  • How have the concept of inhabiting and its forms changed in a condition of global nomadism?
  • What new spaces and architectures are generated by the idea and practice of nomadism?
  • How much has the collective space of a society, marked by the intensification of mobility, changed?
  • What effects did the new technologies of access to knowledge have on spaces and shapes of places for culture, museums, libraries, schools, universities?
  • How the idea of contemporary interior has changed and how is it being modified?
  • How to redefine the theory and practice of the project of Interior between globalism and localism?

These are some of the questions which Interiors Forum World 2015 «Nomadic Interiors – living and inhabiting in an age of migrations» poses and aims to seek contributions for critical input.



The Avery Review

Critical Essays on Architecture


The Avery Review is a journal of critical essays on architecture from the Office of Publications at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP). Published monthly, it aims to enrich the digital culture of architecture writing, opening new space for intellectual creativity and spirited criticism. Be it through the juxtaposition of books and buildings, meditations on constructed landscapes, or incisive critiques of architectural showmanship, reviewers test their own convictions through engagement with the work of others. We are focused on essays invigorating to both write and read; pieces that play in the less questioned corners of the discipline.

In the public sphere of the Internet, isn’t everyone a critic? Aren’t we already flooded by opinion? We believe not. Architecture’s digital realm is too often comprised of conventional wisdom, fast-twitch reactions, credulously paraphrased press releases, and a privileging of image over argument. Architecture operates within overlapping frameworks of precedent, adaptation, context, politics, and circumstance, and understanding these interactions is as important as ever. Is there a critical opening between these different models, where we might explore the stakes of academia and practice through thoughtful, informed, and lively reviewing? We believe so.


For our inaugural issue we are happy to feature writing that adventures into this critical territory—an examination of cartography and Koolhaasian “bigness” by Amale Andraos; a review of that thing we call “nature” by Georges Teyssot; Owen Hatherley on the typology of the national library; Ginger Nolan on Andro Linklater’s recent book on land ownership (with a detour to visit Zaha Hadid’s Galaxy SOHO); Carson Chan recasting the monumental in the work of Aleksandra Domanović; and an essay on essaying by our editor James Graham.


As we expand the voice and public of architectural criticism, we invite you to join us a reader or contributor. Please send submissions, queries, and comments to editors@averyreview.com.


Call for Papers / Conference

Housing – A Critical Perspective

Interdisciplinary Conference


08-09 April 2015
Liverpool, United Kingdom


Abstract submission deadline: 12 December 2014


Together with the Sociology Department of Liverpool University and the Architecture Department of Liverpool John Moores University, Architecture_MPS is organising a two day interdisciplinary conference on the theme of affordable housing provision. Forming part of a broader program of international events, Housing – Critical Futures, it is open to academics of all disciplines and the general public. It is set in the UK but seeks to link with global issues.



The provision of adequate housing is one of the most important political issues in the UK today. Against a background of disparate policy interventions, resistances, contradictions and conflict, the Housing – A Critical Perspective conference seeks to bring together architects, planners, sociologists, artists, economists, geographers, political activists, housing associations and policy makers. The aim is to debate this urgent issue and consider problems, options and potential solutions. Reflecting the belief that housing and its social implications are not discipline-specific concerns the conference invites cross-disciplinary, creative, and critical thinking from those engaging in research and activism from both inside and outside academia.

The questions we are asking are multiple: How are elite, privatised residential developments reshaping urban space? How have recent policy interventions impacted on neighbourhoods? In what ways have architects responded to affordable housing crises? What insights can politically-engaged art projects offer? How has sociology made sense of local contexts and wider issues? What role will states have in the housing solutions of the future? How have local activists ensured their voice is heard in the context of change? What role is there for critical planning theory vis-à-vis housing?


Call for Paper / Conference

La ricerca che cambia

Convegno nazionale dei dottorati italiani dell’architettura, del design e della pianificazione


19-20 novembre 2014
Università Iuav di Venezia


Le recenti modificazioni riguardanti la normativa dei dottorati di ricerca in Italia ha profondamente mutato il quadro di queste strutture anche per quanto riguarda il campo delle discipline del progetto. Pur essendo la nuova normativa ancora in fase di sperimentazione ha già determinato una radicale trasformazione nella organizzazione delle strutture che potrà avere ricadute anche nelle forme e nei contenuti delle ricerche.

Malgrado tali trasformazioni, certamente anche legate all’insensata proliferazione di dottorati verificatasi in Italia negli ultimi anni, bisogna però anche registrare come questo contraddittorio panorama abbia promosso una pratica della ricerca che ha raggiunto, in non pochi casi, livelli di eccellenza, nei settori dell’Architettura, della Pianificazione, del Design, in un momento in cui, in molte parti del mondo, tale attività non è certo nel suo momento di massimo sviluppo.

In questo delicato momento di passaggio il convegno ha l’obiettivo di avviare una riflessione attorno alle prospettive generali dei dottorati italiani dei settori dell’Architettura, della Pianificazione e del Design, al livello e contenuti della produzione scientifica dottorale, al rapporto fra ricerca e realtà territoriale e produttiva del Paese. Tale riflessione sarà avviata a partire da dieci parole chiave (in allegato alla call) che hanno l’obiettivo di intercettare e far dialogare, attorno allo stesso tavolo, ricerche dottorali dei più diversi settori disciplinari, dalla tecnologia dell’architettura al design del prodotto, dalla storia dell’architettura alla progettazione architettonica, dallo studio delle arti all’urbanistica.

La call è destinata ai dottorandi (iscritti al secondo e al terzo anno di corso o in proroga) e ai giovani dottori (che abbiano conseguito il dottorato al massimo da quattro anni, cioè non prima del luglio 2010).


Call for Paper / Conference / Journal

Architektur als Streitsache / Architecture as Matter of Contention


29-31 January, 2015
Faculty of Architecture, RWTH Aachen,


Deadline: 20 September, 2014


From January 29 to 31, 2015 the second Candide Conference will take place at RWTH Aachen University. The peer-reviewed Candide. Journal for Architectural Knowledge was founded in 2009 and publishes contributions on the knowledge of architecture (www.candidejournal.net). The best papers presented in the conference will be published in a forthcoming issue.

The interdisciplinary conference “Streitsache: Architecture as Matter of Contention” intends to probe the complex relation between architecture and conflict. There are numerous instances in which architectural objects become objects of conflict, ‘bones of contention,’ a Streitsache. Conceiving of architecture as a Streitsache generates new architectural knowledge, including knowledge on the interactions that emerge from and through the objects of contention. Architectural things, whether in the form of architectural details, buildings or entire cities, are actors whose agency becomes manifest in conflictual processes. The field of politics and the negotiation of law is constituted through and by them. As thresholds Streitsachen are politically operative because they render conflicts visible and negotiable. The debates surrounding the Stuttgart 21 project, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, or Les Halles in Paris could serve as recent examples.


Call for Paper / Conference

Open: A Bakema Celebration

A conference organized by the Jaap Bakema Study Centre together with TU Delft and Het Nieuwe Instituut

24-25 November 2014
Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft


Abstract submission deadline: 15 September 2014


The Jaap Bakema Study Centre organizes a special conference on the work of Jaap Bakema (1914-1981) and his idea to build towards an open society. The conference concludes the Dutch presentation for this year’s Venice Biennale ‘Open: A Bakema Celebration’, which can be visited until 23 November at the Rietveld pavilion in the Giardini of the Biennale.

Scholars are invited to submit proposals for a research presentation of 20 minutes.


Call for Paper / Journal

AIS/Design. Storia e Ricerche – n. 5 (aprile 2015)

I designer e la scrittura nel Novecento

a cura di Fiorella Bulegato, Maddalena Dalla Mura e Carlo Vinti


Abstract submission deadline: 29 September, 2014

AIS/Design. Storia e Ricerche è la rivista on line, a libero accesso e peer-reviewed, dell’Associazione italiana degli storici del design. La rivista opera per l’avanzamento della ricerca in tutti gli ambiti della storia del design e per la pubblicazione della ricerca scientifica di qualità.
Il numero 5, che inaugura il programma editoriale del biennio 2015-2016, coordinato da Fiorella Bulegato, Maddalena Dalla Mura e Carlo Vinti, è dedicato alla relazione fra designer e scrittura e alla influenza che ha avuto sugli sviluppi della cultura del design nel Novecento.


Call for Paper / Journal



Special Issue co-edited by Ines Weizman and Jorge Otero-Pailos


Deadline: September 15, 2014


Future Anterior invites essays that explore the relationship between copyright and preservation from a historical, theoretical and critical perspective. Both copyright and preservation laws are aimed at protecting unique human achievements, but they point to different, even opposing threats. Whereas copyright is meant to protect private interests from public encroachments, preservation mostly aims to safeguard the public interest against private forces. But as the categories of private and public are redrawn under the pressures of globalization, what challenges and opportunities lay ahead for preservation?

Both preservation and copyright law attempt to answer a basic question: Who has the right to make a copy? This question has a long but unexplored history within preservation. Carlo Fea, the Italian neo-classical jurist and preservationist, passed laws to forbid overzealous collectors form taking original sculptures from churches and using poor replacement copies as payments for cash-strapped priests. But as copying techniques improved, it became common to place copies outdoors and to move original works of architecture and sculpture inside museums (think of the copies that replaced the original capitals of the Doge’s Palace, or the replica of Michelangelo’s David in Piazza della Signoria). These days, preservation and copyright are both challenged by new modes of digital production, which put new pressure on the notion of absolute authorship and ownership.

What makes mechanical architectural copies so interesting is that, even though they emerge at the same time as reproductions in other fields, they escaped the same association as representative phenomena of modernity. Yet, just like the print, the photograph, the film or the digital file, architectural copies are a product of architecture and a media form in themselves, part of an endless series of ‘aura-less’ multiplications. Legal scholar Bernard Edelman has shown how in nineteenth-century France photographs were at first considered to be mere mechanical reproductions of reality, and hence in the public domain. It was only when photography became accepted as an artistic practice that it received legal protection and ‘the real as object in law [became] susceptible to appropriation, sale and contracts’. To what degree does contemporary art still serve as the measure and instrument for the regulation of copies? Can copyright law help explain the opposition to consider preservationists as artists, or even authors? Essays may investigate these questions, as well as critically analyze modes and practices of appropriation in preservation as they compare to other fields.



La Part de l’Œil

Volume 27-28, Dossier : “Formes et forces – Topologies de l’individuation, Deleuze, Simondon”




Comme beaucoup d’activités culturelles, La Part de l’Œil traverse actuellement une situation financière particulièrement difficile. Votre fidélité nous est plus que jamais nécessaire pour poursuivre notre activité éditoriale. Vous pouvez nous aider en incitant vos amis et connaissances à s’intéresser à notre travail.

Nous avons tous vu, depuis plusieurs années, le monde de la librairie changer. Il est de plus en plus difficile pour les revues spécialisées de conserver leur visibilité en librairie. Des changements répétés de diffuseur ont encore compliqué la situation pour La Part de l’Œil. Nous sommes à présent diffusés par “Pollen diffusion”.


Job /TU Delft

Professor of Architecture of the Interior

Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment


Closing date: 15 September, 2014


The Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment is looking for a new professor for the chair Architecture of the Interior.

In its 105 years of existence the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment has built up a solid international reputation for training architects and urban planners and guiding doctoral students. With some 3,000 students and over 500 staff members, with around 230 FTEs devoted to academic positions, our faculty is one of the largest educational programmes of TU Delft and is one of the most prestigious architecture faculties in Europe. The faculty has long been known for providing a thorough design education and conducting research in the field of the built environment. Over 40 professors carry out work in a diverse range of academic areas, which together cover the entire field of the built environment. For more information, see bk.tudelft.nl.

The Architecture Department is one of five departments in the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment. The department provides education and conducts research in architectural design and in architecture theory and history. The department has four design chairs in which the relation to practice plays an important role, as well as three chairs oriented towards research from methodological, historical and theoretical angles respectively.

The design chair ‘Architecture of the Interior’ approaches existing and new buildings ‘from the inside out’ and therefore emphasises the architectonic elaboration at various scales. The design of public interiors is central to this, including complexes for health care, education, sports, retail, work environments and logistical hubs such as train stations and airports. The interior is considered as an integral cultural and artistic assignment, in which organisation of the programme, spatial aspects, materials, lighting, climate control and detailing come together. The intended use and the user’s perspective are central. The chair has an existing staff of Assistant Professors, lecturers and researchers.


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