Digital Landscape Architecture 2014

Posted by Anna Skoura on February 14, 2014 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (2)

15th annual International Conference on Information Technology in Landscape Architecture

Digital Landscape Architecture

DLA 2014 Landscape Architecture and Planning: Developing Digital Methods in GeoDesign

Zurich, Switzerland 21-23 May 2014

Continuing with the series on GeoDesign, the conference’s main theme is “Landscape Architecture and Planning: Developing Digital Methods in GeoDesign”. Keynote presentations, lectures and workshops engaging an international audience will take up key thoughts on GeoDesign for developing them further in the discourse with the whole community pointing out needs for further research and improvement. Leading experts from science and practice are invited as keynote speakers and session chairs to highlight the state-of-the-art from different perspectives and to guide focused discussions.


For more information, please visit the event website: here

XX Century Towns

Posted by Anna Skoura on December 15, 2013 at 12:50 PM Comments comments (6)

20th Century New Towns | Archetypes and Uncertainties

Docomomo Belgium

CONFERENCE | 22-24.05.2014 | ESAP – Porto

The planning and settlement of new towns were originated by different reasons. In twentieth century cities perhaps the largest reason was to determine new territorial and urban planning structures that would allow a better organization of the territory, ensuring the development of more efficient and balanced socio-economic models.

In some cases the construction of these cities was inspired by the principles of the nineteenth century English utopias, reflecting a strong concern in integrating the urban and natural components and highlighting the role of the natural landscape, understood as a city matrix on which articulates the urban structures.

In other cases the inspiration come from the rationalist ideals of the modern movement, seeking to personify the idealistic and democratic spirit of a new world order, producing rational and functional solutions and even if sometimes they do not fully overcome certain obstacles, an important contribution to the urban and architectural theory and practice advance was made.

Furthermore, other cases relate to the post-modernism and the emergence of critical views of the modern movement. These towns were born to give an answer to the problem posed by the large settlements deindustrialization and de-urbanization, assuming the role of organized urban extensions needed for controlling the sprawl of existing cities which was made through a process of unordered and peripheral urbanization.

Some focused mainly on a completely physical, economic and administrative independency in relation to major urban centres. Others, even if based partially on these principles of independence and geographical isolation, were planned as secondary structure networks dependent from a main urban conurbation. Many of these experiments have already been object of diversified studies addressing more or less specific thematic areas, seeking to define and apply critical and analytical methodologies to better understand and decode the processes and design criteria that were the basis of their urban and architectural morphologies.


Opting for an analytical prospective directed to re-contextualizing the urban and architectural contributions of these experiences, the conference 20th century new towns – archetypes and uncertainties aims to discuss their real effects in the present being especially welcome papers focusing on the following two aspects:

I. Archetypes | Spatiality, materiality and identities which persisted over time, not only because they have a high symbolism or because they are the emblematic testimony of a precise thinking about how to re-understand the city in a particular historical moment, but also and especially to continue maintaining the answering capacity to functional and practical demands of contemporary society. They are, in short, realities that did not required significant or radical changes to fulfil their function properly. The reasons for these archetypes remaining active and appropriate may contribute to recognize them as meaningful and timeless, distant from temporal gestures which respond only to contemporary needs.

II. Uncertainties | Parts or components of the urban system that remained incomplete, leading to realities that persisted “open” or that were completed through different intentions, appropriation processes or intervention criteria from those planned in their original design. The nature of these uncertainties could be a further indicator of the effects produced by these archetypes in the city development.


Important Deadlines:

Deadline for abstract submission – December 15, 2013

Notification of acceptance of abstract - January 06, 2014

Deadline for full paper submission – March 30, 2014

Deadline for Registration – May 05, 2014

Conference – May 22-24, 2014

For more information, please visit the event website.


Training in Earth Building

Posted by Anna Skoura on December 15, 2013 at 4:50 AM Comments comments (0)

EBUK: Training in earth Building: From design to Construction

Conference & AGM

14th-15th February 2014


Earth Building in the UK is developing withnew build and heritage projects protecting and enhancing our approaches to earth as a building material. Skills are being developed for the design of earth buildings, the methods of construction and approaches to conservation. The 2014 EBUK conference "Training in Earth Building: from design to construction" will be held in Norwich on 14th February 2014. Thebroadconferencethemeincludes education and training in buildingwith earth, training in the structural and thermal design of earth buildings,trainingin safe and reliable construction methods andin the appropriate use of earth as a building material.The conference will showcase design, construction, conservation and research in the UK. Papers and presenters will engage with the conference theme and broader context of building with earth in the UK.

For more information please visit the event website.

Confronting Urban Planning and Design with Complexity: Methods for Inevitable Transformation

Posted by Anna Skoura on December 11, 2013 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Confronting Urban Planning and Design with Complexity: Methods for Inevitable Transformation

12th meeting AESOP’s Thematic Group on Complexity and Planning, Manchester School of Architecture, 16th & 17th January, 2014

On the 16th & 17th of January 2014, the 12th meeting of AESOP's thematic group on Complexity and Planning will be held in Manchester. The event is hosted by the Manchester School of Architecture and is aimed at exploring more closely the potentials and parallels between processes of Spatial Planning and Urbanism/Design. In particular, how the complexity sciences can create and enhance this discourse through an examination of processes of inevitable transformation.

A keynote speech will be given by prof. Micheal Weinstock, who is well known for his fascinating work on exploring links between processes of emergence in natural and urban systems.


For more information please visit the event website.


Call for Abstracts : CAUMME II

Posted by Anna Skoura on December 9, 2013 at 5:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Contemporary Architecture & Urbanism in the Mediterranean & the Middle East

CAUMME II - 2014

International Symposium on Architectural and Urban Research, Education and Practice in the Era of "Post-Professionalism"

23-25 October 2014, Girne, Cyprus

This is an international symposium organized by Girne American University – Cyprus, Yıldız Technical University – Turkey, and Qatar University – Qatar. CAUMME II comes after the success of CAUMME I – 2012 on “Global Impacts and Local Challenges” which was organized in Yıldız Technical University by Co-Chairs Prof. Dr. Murat Soygeniş of Yıldız Technical University, Istanbul, and Prof. Dr. Ashraf M. Salama of Qatar University, Doha.


‘Post-professional’ architecture and urbanity have emerged in recent decades as a by-product of the globalized world with neo-liberal states, multi-national corporations, and worldwide social and environmental predicaments. The structure of the state is being transformed and consequently the associated paradigm of ‘professionalism’ that prevailed throughout the period of the modern (nation) state, much of the twentieth century, is no longer persuasive.

A significant feature of these changes in relation to contemporary architectural and urban research, education and practice is that as they are transitioning into the ‘post-professional’ era they are losing their public/ national/ social roles. As public-oriented correlations between education, research and practice have subsided, so the education, research and practice of architecture and urbanity have been restructured via business-led / market-led motivations.

Architectural and urban research discourse has progressed from the exclusivist vision of the physical / built environment where discrete objects were produced within the ordained limits of delineated professional fields, towards more inclusive inter- and trans-disciplinary approaches with both international and local visions. The professional intention, technical base, and mostly mono-type educational programmes in architecture and urbanity have evolved towards experimental, critical and diverse educational curricula. At the same time, architectural and urban practices have changed from individual engagement in designing spaces with high use value for public benefit to specialists’ collective production of images with high exchange value for the benefits of private / limited stakeholders. That is to say, parallel to these developments in the practice, ‘post-professional’ architecture and urban research and education established the ground for diverse critical movements.

This symposium aims to discuss these critical attitudes which can reshape architectural and urban practices and re-establish their relations with research and education, to foster understanding and appreciation of different manifestations in contemporary architectural and urban education, research and practice.

The CAUMME II symposium addresses a number of sub-themes identified as major issues challenging contemporary architecture and urbanism. It is open to any panel proposals on the related themes. The list of the panels will be updated on the CAUMME II website. Applicants can either submit their abstracts on the main themes of CAUMME II, as below, or for the approved panels to be advised.

The three main sub-themes of CAUMME II are:

1.      Architectural and Urban Practices in the ‘post-Professional’ era

2.      ‘Post-Professional’ Education in Architecture and Urban Studies

3.      Interdisciplinary and Trans-disciplinary Research in Architecture and Urban Studies


Deadline for abstract submission: 15 January 2014

For more information please visit the event website or email the organisers

Call for Papers: CINE CRI'14

Posted by Anna Skoura on November 21, 2013 at 4:45 AM Comments comments (0)

CINE CRI' 14: Film Studies and Cinematic Arts Conference

On Cinema & Politics

17-19 April 2014

Istanbul, Turkey

Countless situations where the artist supports or develops a particular critical position against the political power can be easily evaluated among the internal components of the artistic work. The very same observation can be made in terms of the film making as a consonant activity reinforcing the prevailing ideological structures or being corroborated by them, directly or indirectly.

The hidden or obvious relationship between the ideological structures and artistic works which can be observed at every example. From daily life to the fashion, from new technologies to moral value judgments, from daily worries to the life itself, the activity of the artistic subject or film making process and the ideological structures of the society can be observed as layers nested with various artistic expressions. The reproduction of any political polarity, -consciously or unconsciously- complements the cinematic self-identity. Stylistic expression, choice of subject matter and the identity of the film manifest themselves as the source of the criteria for uniqueness and creativity, too. Film, a collective output in most cases, and varying in its claim to be a form of art or industry in each case, offers a substantial basis of discussion in terms of politics and art.The Cine Cri ‘14 Conference aims to trace the tracks of the dialectic correlation between the film and the concepts of politics, ideology and identity. Artistic crops of this correlation from the very roots of the motion picture to the contemporary state are among the field of interest of the conference. During the conference and within the context of politics, ideology and identity, well known periods and moments of the history of film will be brought to the agenda and new areas of interest, that will be revealed by this perspective, will be explored.

Deadline for abstract submission: January 10, 2014

For more information, please visit the conference website.

Sustainability in Energy and Buildings

Posted by Anna Skoura on November 20, 2013 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (0)

5th International Conference on Sustainability in Energy and Buildigns


Cardiff, Wales, UK

25-27 June 2014

SEB-14 invites participation and paper submissions acress a broad range of sustainability and energy related topics relevant to the main theme of Sustainability in Energy and Buildings. Applicable areas include sustainable design of buildings, neighbourhoods and cities; optimisation and modeliing techniques; smart energy systems for smart cities; green information communications technology; and well as a broad range of solar, wind and other renewable topics.

The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers,  government and industry professionals to discuss the future of energy in buildings, neighbourghoods and cities from a theoretical, practical, implementation and simulation perspective.

For more information please visit the event website.


Posted by Anna Skoura on November 18, 2013 at 4:30 AM Comments comments (0)


The Archaeology of Sound


The Old Temples Study Foundation

Malta, 19-22 February 2014

Researchers around the glode are now taking note of unusual sound behavior in the world's sacred places and earliest buildings, including Malta's megalithic temples. The question goes beyond "Did ancient people try to control sound?" to wondering " Why?"

The goal during this event is to pull together information and experience from a wide range of sources (Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture, Bio-behvioural science, Engineering, Musicology, Neuroscience and Physics), seeking a thread that identifies the most fundamental application of the human experience of hearing.

For more information, please visit the event website.

Call for Papers: 3rd Annual Conference of AIARG

Posted by Anna Skoura on November 14, 2013 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)


3rd Annual Conference of All Ireland Architectural Research Group

University of Ulster, Belfast Campus, York Street, Belfast

23-25 January 2014

In its third annual conference, the All Ireland Architectural Research Group (AIARG) will build on previous year’s presentations of current architectural research in Ireland.  Intending a broad and inclusive spectrum of architectural research experiences present on the island of Ireland, this symposium aims to empower those engaged in research, to further enable research exchange and collaboration, and to position more clearly and more strongly our research in architecture, through architecture and about architecture.


This year’s conference will provide opportunities to continue the now established forum for the presentation and discussion of emerging research and, to foreground, in a special session of the conference, questions about the purpose, process and impact of contemporary architectural research in Ireland. For all presentations, we invite you to address issues of relevance, method and reception. In this, we hope to reach beyond the specifics of individual research topics and to focus on issues shared by all engaged in research, be it scholarly or practice-based.


This invitation is open to all actively undertaking architectural research in Ireland or focused on Ireland, both in practice and in academia, within the discipline of architecture, along its fringes or looking at architecture from ‘outside’.


We thus invite 250-word abstracts summarizing a 15-minute paper or contribution:

– on current architectural research; and/or

– considering the purpose and relevance, process and method, audience and effect of contemporary architectural research in Ireland


We also invite proposals for themed sessions. Please submit a short outline for the theme of the session, a list of the contributors, their affiliation, and the individual abstracts. Please note: the organizers of a themed session will be responsible for gathering the contributors to that session – issuing a special call for papers for a proposed themed session is welcomed.



Deadline for abstract submission: extended to November 30th  2013

Sent abstracts to: Ciaran Mackel [email protected]

Call for Papers: Riverine Conference

Posted by Anna Skoura on November 8, 2013 at 5:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Riverine Conference

Centre for Research in European Architecture, Kent School of Architecture

26th to 28th June 2014

The conference will explore the relationship between architecture and rivers at a number of scales, from the geographical, topographical, through the urban, infrastructural, down to that of the individual building or space. It seeks to examine the interface between terrain and water through the techniques and cultures of landscape, urban, architectural and material history and design, and through cross-cultural studies in art, literature, and social and cultural history.

Deadline for abstract submission: November 20th

For more information please visit the event website.