Tuesday, 25 November 2014
The Architectural Review seeks submissions
Does your research into architectural history deserve a wider public? The Architectural Review seeks contributors for its new History section, a 1,200-word feature which aims to bring the unexamined to light and open new perspectives on more familiar questions. Any subject relating to architecture or urbanism will be considered, whether it concerns a practice, person, building, exhibition, event, or a wider theme. However, international topics having current relevance for an audience of architects, historians, and non-specialists alike are particularly welcome. The tone should be witty and engaging, but also informed and authoritative.
Forthcoming examples include essays on British architecture on the eve of the First World War, queer Gothic space, Walter Gropius’s Playboy Club in London, and a postwar estate of Scandinavian-style houses for the intelligentsia in Warsaw.
Abstracts of 200 words maximum, plus a short biography, should be sent to the magazine’s History Editor, Tom Wilkinson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Tuesday, 25 November 2014
Call for Associate Professor in Architectural Design
Deadline: December 23rd, 2014
The Department of Architecture and Urban Studies at Politecnico di Milano aims at increasing its size and strength within the framework of the University plan to raise the number of International Faculty positions and widen the offer of Master level courses delivered in English.
The Department invites applications for one new full time permanent position at the Associate professor level from individuals who can contribute to the Department’s strategic research plan by a demonstrated expertise in the area of architectural design.
The Associate professor will be asked to work in a research line which deals with the whole thematic field of architectural design, including relationship between different scales. It consists of theoretical and methodological topics – regarding problems and techniques about contemporary design and changing environment and about practical and experimental ones, aimed to handle typological, compositional, procedural and constructional features at different architectural scales.
Tuesday, 11 November 2014
‘Making Autonomy: Design, Material and Visual culture in Latin America’
Organised by Dr. Livia Rezende (V&A/RCA History of Design Programme, Royal College of Art, London, UK) & Dr. Patricia Lara-Betancourt (Research Fellow, Modern Interiors Research Centre, Kingston University, UK)
Panel to be held at the 51st Society for Latin American Studies Conference
17-18 April 2015
University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
Abstract deadline: 28 November 2014
‘Autonomy’ is central to the design debate in Latin America. The 1960s and 1970s witnessed an intensified pursuit for the institutionalisation of the design profession and education with the establishment of modern design schools, professional associations and the promotion of design policies aiming to offset the region’s dependency to ‘centres’ of material production. From the Cuban revolutionaries to Brazilian developmentalists, state-driven initiatives promoted import substitution and industrial development in the region. One of the few overarching publications to investigate this process, Historia del Diseño en América Latina y el Caribe: Industrialización y Comunicación Visual para la Autonomía (Silvia Fernandez and Gui Bonsiepe eds. 2008), discusses industrialisation and modern design as drivers for autonomy.
Autonomy, however, also underpinned the grassroots work of Cuban designer Clara Porset who explored, encouraged and disseminated a revaluation of local art and craft production in Mexico. Before the modern design schools of the 1950s and 1960s, nineteenth-century Latin American museums and schools had provided technical and artistic education to form professionals capable of advancing material production in the region. More recently, while industrial design output diminished in the face of de-industrialization in the 1990s, work in multimedia and web design expanded, and designers sharing similar working conditions to their peers in Europe and North America were able to compete internationally.
Tuesday, 11 November 2014
2 positions for Doctoral students in History & Theory of Architecture
ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Application deadline: Feb 15, 2015
Doctoral Program in History and Theory of Architecture
The program’s focus is on the history and theory of architecture and urbanism in a wider context of cultural history, including the history and theory of art, science and technology.
We are looking for young researchers with a background in history and theory of architecture and art or architects with research experience.
Suitable candidates hold a diploma or a Master’s degree acquired at university level in architecture, history of art or related fields.
The selected candidates will be enrolled at ETH Zurich. The position will start on October 1, 2015. The positions are available for a duration of 3 years.
Applicants should include a letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, 3 letters of recommendation, and an outline of their future research project.
The submission deadline is February 15, 2015 (midnight, Zurich time).
Please apply online, using the link provided on the ETH vacancies website: https://pub.refline.ch/845721/3538/++publications++/1/index.html (click on “Apply Now”)
Further information (incl. FAQ): http://doctoral-program.gta.arch.ethz.ch/stellenangebote/2-doctoral-students
Tuesday, 4 November 2014
Architecture & the Spaces of Information
Vol.4, Issue 1
Dr. Ruth Blacksell and Dr. Stephen Walker, Editors
‘… Any understanding of social and cultural change is impossible without knowledge of the way the media work as environments’ —Marshall McLuhan, Aspen No.4 1967
‘Architecture stays in one place, while its meaning travels between the covers of books.’ —Charles Jencks, ‘Post-Modernism and the Revenge of the Book’ 2002
‘The printed book was used to communicate architecture as soon as it became available in the late fifteenth century, and is still being used today. Its dominance may be threatened by new types of medium, but some of its characteristics are likely to be copied in other media that may replace it. For the time being, no other media confers such intellectual respectability whatever its shortcomings may be for communication.’ —Alan Powers ‘The Architectural Book: Image and Accident’, 2002
Since Alan Powers wrote these words some time around 2002, shifts in practice, material, production and media environment have advanced the relationship between audience/user/reader and architectural space. Working between art, editorial design and architecture, between practice and scholarship, in this issue of Architecture and Culture we want to chart and explore the broad trajectory of these changing relationships as they emerge from appropriations of conventional publishing channels to take up more complex spatial dispositions.
Monday, 3 November 2014
The Present of the Future
Interdisciplinary Lecture Series of the cx centre for interdisciplinary studies
4 November 2014 – 28 January 2015
Academy of Fine Arts, Munich
The times of utopias seems to have passed. Already since the 1980s we constantly hear of the end of the ‘grand narratives’. The subsequent enthusiasm for heterogeneity and plurality meanwhile devolved into a condition of fatigue, which in all its repetitions and nostalgias blocks the view of the future. But what is the “present of the future” today?
Wednesday, 15 October 2014
Lotus n. 154, “Legacy”
21 Ottobre 2014, h. 18.30
Salone d’onore della Triennale di Milano
Sono in corso dei cambiamenti nei rapporti tra le opere d’arte, il museo e il pubblico che fanno di noi i fruitori inconsapevoli di alcune sperimentazioni tese a decostruire gli standard museografici abituali: i protagonisti di questi sommovimenti sono artisti, registi teatrali e cinematografici, critici audaci. Come succede nelle fasi di reinterpretazione di una determinata organizzazione del sapere e di ripensamento delle classificazioni abituali si hanno effetti tanto di rigenerazione e di ricomposizione del patrimonio quanto di smarrimento e confusione. E certamente proviamo dei sentimenti contrastanti di fronte alla scomparsa della classica cornice o alla rinuncia ad appendere le opere a parete, come nel caso del Louvre Lens, o anche di fronte ai montaggi di immagini sulla scia della tradizione di Warburg e Benjamin.
Interverranno: Claudio De Albertis, Presidente della Triennale di Milano; Pierluigi Nicolin, Direttore di Lotus; Germano Celant, critico; Alessandro Scandurra, architetto; Mario Lupano, storico; Michele Nastasi, fotografo.
Tuesday, 14 October 2014
Unfolding the MeLa Critical Archive
22-23 November 2014
Venice, Italy | Biennale di Architettura 14th, Padiglione Centrale, Sala F
MeLa is pleased to invite you to a two-day event dedicated to the launch of the MeLa Critical Archive, promoted in the framework of the final week of the Architecture Biennale 2014.
The MeLa Critical Archive is a digital platform aimed at cohering, conveying and sharing the interdisciplinary investigations produced within the four year long Research Project. This archive was not conceived a mere repository of the research outcomes, but rather as a multipurpose dissemination tool drawing together and organizing the main insights by the involved researchers through a critical post-reflection; as a communicative project pointing out the complexity of the different approaches and findings, and illustrating the unitary jet multifarious cultural proposal; as well as a research instrument fostering questions, enhancing synergies, highlighting potentialities and opening further perspectives.
The contents, the architecture and the functioning of the MeLa Critical Archive will be presented through an interactive exhibition, that will open in the Biennale’s Padiglione Centrale (Sala F). The exhibition will open on Saturday 22nd November at 12.30 pm, and will close on Sunday 23rd November at 3pm.
Tuesday, 14 October 2014
Architectural Histories: The Open Access Journal of the EAHN
Guest Editors: Davide Deriu, Edoardo Piccoli, Belgin Turan Özkaya
Deadline: Dec 1, 2014
The third special issue of the Open Access Journal of the EAHN, to be published in 2015, will develop historical perspectives on travel. In recent years, there has been a surge of interest in the ways in which architecture is implicated in the spaces of flow that characterize our global age, as people, objects, and information appear to circulate at an unprecedented scale. While contemporary travel cultures have manifold implications for the built environment, they also prompt us to rethink the mobile conditions in which architecture has historically been produced. If we consider the mobility of techniques, individuals, groups, ideas, and images that informed architectural culture in the past, then the transformations we are witnessing today might seem less as a new development than as an amplification of historical phenomena. Whether it be a matter of ruptures or continuities, the complex relationship between travel and architectural culture presents a fertile ground for historical research.
Tuesday, 14 October 2014
No. 26: School’s Out!
In the wake of the Bologna Process, most European architecture schools are struggling to conform with the standardised educational models now required – not to mention rising costs, outdated bureaucracies and a rapidly changing profession. Today, most architecture graduates won’t even become architects. Can architecture education catch up with reality?
This issue of uncube tackles the complicated status quo, with a focus on the European continent but an eye on the rest of the world. After talking to experts and experimenters across the board, there is only one thing everyone can agree: The system needs a serious overhaul.