Call for Papers / Conference

Aalto beyond Finland. Architecture and Design

2nd Alvar Aalto Researchers Network Seminar


16-18 February 2015
Rovaniemi, Finland


Deadline for a 300 words abstract: 15th June 2014.


The 2nd Alvar Aalto Researchers Network Seminar, “Aalto beyond Finland. Architecture and Design” aims to create a network of researchers interested in the work of the Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. The meeting in Rovaniemi, in February 2015, will be an opportunity to present up-to-date research and provide a significant meeting point for those fascinated by Aalto’s buildings and projects, in a relaxed and collegial atmosphere. Aalto’s work has had an exceptional impact beyond Finland since the opening of his office in Turku in 1927. Before World War II, his furniture was exhibited in strategic venues in Europe and America, from which Aalto established a solid network of professional contacts. During the post-war period, he took on many assignments and received great recognition in various foreign countries. His buildings, scattered around the world, as well as his unrealised projects, contributed to spreading Aalto’s design method in different architectural communities, thereby proving its validity outside Finland. Even countries in which Aalto did not design any projects or construct any buildings, such as Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, and Portugal, were influenced by his work. Although recent scholarly studies have contributed to an exploration of Aalto’s work abroad and its impact in the international context, they are fragmented, dwelling on national questions, without a holistic view. The 2nd Alvar Aalto Researchers Network Seminar “Aalto beyond Finland. Architecture and Design” strives for a comprehensive survey of the impact of Aalto’s architectural and design works abroad, in order to highlight those thematic communalities and connections among different international experiences.


Call for Papers / Symposium

Open Doors: Domestic Interiors and Material Culture in Latin America

55th International Congress of Americanists (ICA)


July 12-17, 2015
University Francisco Gavidia, San Salvador


Deadline for a 500 words abstract: 15 March 2014


The body of literature on the history of domestic architecture and interiors in Latin America is scant, fragmentary and not yet disseminated. The home has been little researched from a historical perspective and its interiors and domestic material culture are therefore largely unknown.

As a privileged space for the forging, affirming but also contesting identities (class, gender, local, national), the domestic interior is a key site of social and cultural generation and transformation. The process of home making is fundamental to social life, with its hybrid melding of tradition and modernity, gradually producing a personal, familial and collective palimpsest.

The symposium invites papers about domestic interiors in Latin America with the aim of illustrating and charting the changes that have permeated them within a framework of identity building, and particularly with reference to issues of class, gender and nation. We would also like to promote the discussion of published research on the subject and of the various theoretical and methodological approaches. We welcome papers that focus on the period from 1850 to 1950, but without excluding contributions from earlier or later periods.


Call for Papers / Conference

Interiority and Interior Architecture

[in]arch International Conference 2014


10-11 September 2014
Universitas Indonesia


Submission of abstracts: 10 March 2014


Exploration on interiority offers opportunities to gain insights on the body engagement in space, and how it may be approached through professional practice and pedagogy in the field of interior architecture.

[in]arch will provide opportunity for not only reinterpreting and developing knowledge, methods and creativity in interiority, but also becoming an attempt to understand the potential agencies and collaboration in interior architecture design. To ensure collaborative atmosphere in such discourse, this conference invites international scholars and practitioners to discuss interiority and interior architecture through interdependent perspectives of practice and pedagogy.


Call for Papers / Conference

Houses as Museums/Museums as Houses


September 12 – 13, 2014
Wallace Collection, London


Deadline for a 250 words proposal: 17 February, 2014


The relationship between museums and domestic spaces is a long and complex one. Museums were born in the houses of collectors, while the reconstruction of the house or domestic room – of ‘home’, effectively – continues to be an influential if controversial model for museum display. On the other hand, museums have at times invested heavily in the idea of their spaces as public, scientific and definitively non-domestic. The line between house and museum is therefore also one between public and private, scientific and domestic; and house-museums/museum-houses have acted both to confirm, to alter, and to undermine this line completely.


Interiors Books

Biography, Identity and the Modern Interior

edited by Anne Massey and Penny Sparke


Please join us to celebrate the launch of Biography, Identity and the Modern Interior edited by Anne Massey and Penny Sparke (Ashgate). All welcome!

5pm Wednesday 29 January
Platform Gallery (Knights Park Campus Reception)
Kingston University London



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We are also celebrating the publication of six other books written and edited by staff in Art and Design History at Kingston University:

  • Pat Kirkham and Susan Weber, eds. History of Design: Decorative Arts and Material Culture, 1400-2000. Yale University Press, 2013.
  • Duncan Grewcock. Doing Museology Differently. Routledge, 2013.
  • Catharine Rossi and Alex Coles, eds. EP Vol. 1 – The Italian Avant-Garde: 1968-1976. Sternberg Press, 2013.
  • Alexandra Stara. The Museum of French Monuments, 1795-1816. Ashgate, 2013.
  • Jonathan Black and Sara Ayres. Abstraction and Reality: The Sculpture of Ivor Roberts-Jones. Philip Wilson Publishers, 2014.
  • Alexandra Stara and Tamas Benyei, eds. The Edges of Trauma: Explorations in Visual Art and Literature. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014.



Call for Paper / Conference


AHRA 2014/ 11th International Architectural Humanities Research Association Conference


13 – 15 November, 2014
Newcastle University, SAPL, and various venues around Newcastle


Deadline for a 500 word abstract: 1 May, 2014


This 2½ day conference invites architectural theorists, historians, designers and others to explore the industrial, technical and socio-economic contexts in which building is constituted that are all too often sidelined within the architectural humanities. Industries of Architecture will also host a number of open-structured debate-oriented workshops with the aim of bringing into the discussion those working in building, technology, law, practice management, construction or in industry together with researchers in the architectural humanities. In addition, the opening night features public screenings of a series of artists’ films that explore the production of architecture, including the work of Harun Farocki and Allan Sekula.


Call for Papers / Journal

Architecture Film

Architecture and Culture, Vol. 3, Issue no. 1
Editors: Dr Igea Troiani and Professor Hugh Campbell


Submission deadline: 10 March, 2014


This aim of this issue of Architecture and Culture is to investigate how the now expanded field of architecture utilises film studies, filmmaking (feature film, short film, animation, stop motion animation or documentary) or video/moving image making in practice, teaching or research, and what the consequences are of this interdisciplinary exchange.

While architecture and film have clearly distinct disciplinary outputs, the possible intersection between them is less defined even though there is considerable extant literature and research on this topic. Through this call, we seek papers that investigate the ways in which practicing architects, teachers of architecture and their students, and architectural researchers, filmmakers, animators, documentary makers, social scientists or social geographers, anthropologists, landscape architects, urban designers, interior architects and installation artists are using film uniquely in their practice. We call for explorations of the way in which film contributes to architectural and filmic practice, knowledge and design, seeing the two disciplines side by side as equal, with no prepositions suggesting a specific relationship but at the same time creating a kind of distance and difference between the two.


Call for Papers / Conference

The Body + Space


September 18th-19th, 2014
Middlesex University, London


Abstract submission deadline: January 24th, 2014


The Body and Space conference is the third Interior Educators conference. It is a two-day event in September 2014 at Middlesex Universiy, London. It will explore innovative and experimental research and practice that incorporates interdisciplinary thinking and working in relation to alla aspects of interiors and fashion.


Call for Papers / Conference / Exhibition


The 7th International Interior Design/Interior Architecture Educators Association (IDEA) symposium and exhibition

Convened and arranged by RMIT Interior Design


31 July to 3 August, 2014
Design Hub, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia


Deadline fo submission of abstracts: 14 February, 2014


SITUATION brings attention to the designing of interiors as a practice engaged in spatial and temporal production; a practice that works in the midst of social, cultural, historical, political forces; a practice open to contingency, chance and change; a practice engaged with singularity and specificity.

SITUATION highlights ideas of event and the eventful nature of interiors, lived space-time compositions in constant change; atmospheric compositions; ephemerality; uniqueness; one-offs; a multiplicity of experience.


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ELISAVA Temes de Disseny

Issue 30 (2014)

EDITORS: Albert Fuster, Raffaella Perrone

Submission deadline: 20 December, 2013


INTERIOR DESIGN. The Project of Space

Currently, interior design project needs new disciplinary approaches as a result of the deep social, economical and technological changes.
Our environment fast mutation requires a high speed of answer that interior design should balance with its undeniable semantic value and social responsibility.
ELISAVA Temes de Disseny 30 issue thinks about what planning the space means in the 21st century and which new elements should be introduced in the project, regardless of the field they are in – habitat, retail, contract, etc.

The questions we pose are:

  • Are the systems adaptable to repetitive models and franchises still valid?
  • Is it possible to counteract globalization by means of projects that “mutate” and “adapt” to local contexts and needs?
  • To what extent do industrial design and graphic design must be considered as factors to implement in the space project?
  • Does the “author project” fits in the current context?
  • Can/must new technologies, materials and productive systems provide semantic value to the space?

Possible answers and approaches can come from the cultural, economic, historical, industrial design, engineering, anthropological, graphic design, etc… world.



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