5 november 2009
Hej! Aktuellt på skolan: Magnus Rönn presenterar Kvalitet och arkitekturkritik i tävlingar nästa fredag på ett forskarseminarium. Monica Sand håller seminarium om En spegelresa nästa torsdag på Konstfack. Mer information, se nedan. Hälsningar Gertrud Olsson
Dag: Fredagen den 13 november
Tid: 12.00 - 13.00
Plats: Östermalmsgatan 26
Ämne: KVALITET OCH ARKITEKTURKRITIK I TÄVLINGAR
Presentation: Magnus Rönn
Diskussionspartners: Anders Bergström och Ulf Keijer
Arranged by: Magnus Rönn/ArcPlan KTH/A
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Välkommen till en docentföreläsning av Charlotte Björdal: ARKEOLOGISKA OCH HISTORISKA TRÄKONSTRUKTIONER. Trä har genom civilisationens utveckling varit det främsta råmaterialet för olika byggnadsverk som t.ex. hus, broar och skepp. Trots detta finns ytterst få arkeologiska och historiska träkonstruktioner bevarat för eftervärlden. Föreläsningen berättar varför det är så och tittar närmare på mikrobiella nedbrytningsprocesser i mark och vatten. Bevarandet av skeppsvrak i havet likaväl som nedbrytning av månghundraåriga grundpålar under Gamla Stan diskuteras. Den äger rum den 5 november klockan 14.15 i Sal M1 Brinellvägen 64.
Välkommen till en docentföreläsning av Catharina Nord: ARKITEKTUR FÖR SÄRSKILT BOENDE SOM HETEOROTOP. Föreläsningen äger rum den 7 december klockan 10.00 i rum 4055, Drottning Kristinas väg 30. I sin docentförläsning samlar Catharina Nord en rad teman som är aktuella i hennes forskning om arkitektur i särskilt boende för de allra äldsta. Heterotop är ett Foucauldianskt begrepp som innebär en motsats till och en spegling av andra platser, och som samtidigt omfattar andra platser. En heterotop är en plats som ifrågasätter och vänder upp och ner på andra begrepp. I den här förläsningen används det för att beskriva den komplexa verklighet som de begränsade rum som ett särskilt boende är men som ändå ska härbärgera ett meningsfullt liv för en grupp människor med mycket svåra funktionshinder som är beroende av hjälp och stöd dygnet runt. Föreläsningen presenterar exempel från en längre empirisk studie på två särskilda boende. Den knyter ihop praktiska frågor med existentiella och hur dessa relateras till arkitektur som praktik och som form. Teman som tas upp är bl.a. särskilt boende i samhället, motsättningarna mellan privat och publikt, kollektiv och individ, samt etiska frågeställningar och relationen till den omsorgsgivande personalen.
KOMMUNIKATION: KULTUR, TEKNOLOGI, VETENSKAP
Temat för höstens seminarieserie är ”Fenomenologi, teknologi och media”.
Tid: Torsdag 5 november kl. 14-16 (obs, idag!)
Plats: Torget, Lindstedtsvägen 5, plan 6, Skolan för datavetenskap och kommunikation, KTH
Föredragshållare: Andrew Feenberg, Simon Fraser University
Titel: FUNCTIONING AND MEANING: THE DOUBLE ASPECT OF TECHNOLOGY
Abstract: This paper traces the theoretical background to the split between function and meaning in the modernity theories of Marx, Lukacs, Weber and Marcuse. It then discusses attempts to overcome the split in the recent philosophies of technology of Simpson and Borgmann. These attempts fail but help to focus the issue. A discussion of contemporary struggles over information technology offers a more hopeful perspective on a possible resolution of the split and suggests a new look at Heidegger's phenomenology of action. The conclusion of the paper shows that Heidegger offers resources for addressing the relation of function and meaning which he himself did not develop.
Konstfack Research Seminars 2009: RESEARCH AS PRACTICE
Thursday November 12th
I/EYE IS ELSEWHERE - EN SPEGELRESA 2009 (40 ÅR SENARE)
4-6 pm, E1, Konstfack, LM Ericssons väg 14
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RESPONSIBILITY FOR NONMATERIALIST VALUES IN THE PUBLIC SPACES: WHY, WHERE AND BY WHOM? Public workshop at the Museum of World Culture, Gothenburg, Sweden, November 16, 2009 -- Modernist theories of development predicted that secularization would entail the disappearance of religion. This has not happened. But contemporary democratic states are secularized and define religion as a private matter. At the same time, a politics of recognition regarding religiosity is deep-rooted in the modern state. The workshop will elaborate upon the prerequisites for religiosity and contemplative spaces in contemporary society. Are spiritual values in need of public defense? In which ways should city planning and architecture express and further spiritual values and human needs for contemplation? Contributors: Thomas Barrie, Professor of Architecture, College of Design, NC State University; Shanthikumar Hettiarachchi, Dr in Religion and Conflict, St. Philip's Centre for Study and Engagement, Leicester; Father Thomas Michel, Secretary of the Jesuit Secretariat for Interreligious Dialogue in Rome; Ann-Sofie Roald, Historian of Religion, Chr. Michelsen Institute, Bergen Aakash Singh, Centre for Ethics and Global Politics at Luiss University of Rome; Eva Ingemarsson Dance Production Defensa - Tesoro II. Programme: 13.00-18.00: Discussions & Performance 18.00-20.00: Buffet dinner, Admission free, apply by November 11th to: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
CRITICAL SPACES OF TODAY. 20-21 november. A Seminar on Contemporary Theories and Practices of Planning, Urbanism, Architecture and Geography. Kl 9.00-18.00, Nalen, Regeringsgatan 74. “This foreclosure crisis, this financial crisis, has to be thought of as a crisis of the city, a crisis of urbanization - and if it's a crisis of the city and of urbanization, then the solution has to be a reconfiguration of the city and a redirection of what urbanization is about.” That is how the urbanist, Harvey, starts a conversation about the city in Baltimore's Independent Reader in April 2009. No matter what attitude we take to David Harvey's challenge, it is still a very important question he asks: Do we have the strength to contemplate the city in its entire complexity economically, politically, socially and at the same time esthetically, or do we choose the simple solution, the one way architecture and the instrumental sense? Do we have the strength to maintain the complexity, not only when we ask questions but also when answering in drawings, legal documents and political decisions. -- With CRITICAL SPACES OF TODAY A Seminar on Contemporary Theories and Practices of Planning, Urbanism, Architecture, and Geography, The Association of Architects in Stockholm want to ask the difficult questions and give the difficult answers. The last two decades, the discussion about the city has been very animated around the world. Quite a few new words - POSTMETROPOLIS, SPATIAL FIX, PARADOXICAL GEOGRAPHIES, ZWISCHENSTADT, SPRAWLTOWN - have helped us to obtain a richer picture of the city. They have not yet been introduced in Sweden. It is about time. So: Planners Fantasies: How do we create space for the incredible and fantastic? How do we make pictures of the future city, the future Stockholm work? Paradoxical Geographies?; The Question of the Center: What do the conflicts look like between a city consisting of several cores and the city centre? How does the power of attraction work and do we need more or less monuments? Spatial Fix? Zwischenstadt? Violence and Freedom of the City: What is a durable city? How do you get the ecological, economical and social to co-operate? Sprawltown?; From a Crisis Generated Reconstruction to a Reconstruction Generated Crisis: Is it possible to find a living and constructive attitude to the twentieth century's modernity regarding city development. How can micro practitioner and macro practitioner be co-ordinated? Postmetropolis? -- Två dagars konferens om planering, staden och geografin, med en blandning av teoretiker och praktiker på scenen. Bland annat har ni då möjlighet att höra och se Thomas Sieverts, Muf, Gilian Rose, Agent of Change, Richard Ingersoll, Field Operations, med flera. For more information, see the attachment. Arr: Meike Schalk/ Stockholms Arkitektförening.
Call for papers: AVANT-GARDE AND ANTI-AVANT-GARDE MOVES IN THE ARCHITECTURE OF EVERYDAY LIFE, Session at the EAM 2010 conference in Poznan, Poland. The 2010 EAM conference will be held at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan in Poland, 9-11 September 2010. Founded at Ghent University (Belgium) in 2008, the European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies (EAM) devotes itself to the study of the avant-garde and modernism in Europe within a global setting, throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The network promotes interdisciplinary and intermedial research on experimental aesthetics and poetics, and aims to encourage an interest in the cultural dimensions and contexts of the avant-garde and modernism. EAM aspires to embrace the wide variety within avant-garde and modernism studies, and welcomes all scholars engaged in these areas of research to participate in its bi-annual conferences and to contribute to its open-source bibliography. All EAM initiatives, including its book series European Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies, are trilingual (English, French and German). -- Abstracts of 500 words accompanied by one page CVs clearly stating institutional affiliation and current position should be sent by November 30th 2009 to Dirk van den Heuvel <email@example.com> and Tahl Kaminer <firstname.lastname@example.org> (TU Delft, The Netherlands). Submitters will be informed by the 1st of February 2010 whether their submission has been accepted. See <www.eam2010.amu.edu.pl> for details.
Conference announcement: Recently we can witness the emergence of an international scene in the field of interdisciplinary research on Architectural and Planning Competitions. This field allows for new and promising entry-points to the relations of politics, place, architecture, urban design, and building processes. The 'Geographies of Architecture' section (group Van Wezemael) of the Geography Unit at the University of Fribourg convenes a conference on Architectural Competitions. It will take place 5-7 May 2010 and be embedded in a major conference event of the Copenhagen Center for Management Studies of the Building Process (Copenhagen Business School): CONSTRUCTIONS MATTER - MANAGING COMPLEXITIES, DECISIONS AND ACTIONS IN THE BUILDING PROCESS. The cfp is now open. Please submit your abstract before 15. December 2009. Read more and register here: Architectural Competitions Conference: <http://www.unifr.ch/geoscience/geographie/en/>. Constructions Matter Conferece: <http://www.clibyg.com>
Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion, I.I.T. Haifa, Israel CALL FOR PAPERS: PLiC - PUBLIC LIFE in the IN-BETWEEN-CITY International Conference, 6-10 June, 2010. Researchers, designers, theoreticians, practicioners and scholars of various fields and backgrounds are invited to submit a paper proposal for one of the below listed themes. Themes: History of public life in the in-between city: more than recent decades phenomena; Types of in-between cities and inherent public life in various geographical, sociocultural and political contexts; Nature, structure and infrastructure; Time, space, hubs and networks; Alternative spaces of freedom and democracy in the in-between city; Identity, belonging and inter-cultural communication; Appearance, event and performance of public life in the in-between city; The real and the virtual: communication, relation and mobility of public life in the in-between city; Embodied experience of public life in the in-between city; and Design/planning, otherness and rights to the in-between city. -- Constantly growing, the earth population increasingly lives in "archipelagos of peripheries - hybrids of villages, suburbs, city outskirts, industrial and rural areas, that have been termed In-Between-City (Zwischenstadt), Netcity (Netzstadt), Non-Place or Region-City. Some of these urbanites have moved into their current residence from other towns, regions, or continents, voluntarily or driven by conflict or disaster. Others are likely to move due to the incessantly changing neo-liberal economy, or for political or cultural reasons. Their diverse life-styles, induced by and regenerative of worlds of flow, consists of mobility and motion in the context of physical, social, cultural, economic and political networks. What are the phenomena of publicness under these conditions and emergent life-styles? -- Please email a 500 words abstract, describing the paper proposal to <email@example.com> by 15 December 2009. Accepted papers will be notified by 15 January 2010. More information: <http://plic.ar.technion.ac.il>
ARCHITECTURAL COMPETITIONS Convener: Joris van Wezemael, University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Architectural competitions have recently emerged as a significant field of empirical research. For this conference, we invited papers within the following themes: Two-stage (esp. prequalification) versus one-stage competitions: relating procedures and outcomes; “The perfect brief”: How much and what kind of scope does it provide? How does it achieve that?; Concepts and theoretical approaches in interdisciplinary 'competitions research'; Tracing the political in planning competitions; Expertise and judgment: Performing quality in design competitions; Historical trajectories: places, cultures and ruptures in legislation (e.g. impacts of WTO regulations/EU regulation from 1994); and Knowledge creation and design competitions: from individual answers, experiences and specific solutions to general, collective and theoretical reflections. The conference will help build a network for joint (comparative) research across Europe and beyond. Conference 2010: CONSTRUCTIONS MATTER Managing Complexities, Decisions and Actions in the Building Process, Center for Management Studies of the Building Process / Copenhagen Business School, 5-7 May 2010. CALL FOR PAPERS AND CONTRIBUTIONS: The building process, from start to finish, is an obscure blend of dualities and supplements. For example, the process seems to combine abstract visions and physical realities, a sense of aesthetics and economic constraints, multiple pasts and multiple futures, local conditions and general influences. The building process is often described as complex, uncertain and ambiguous. Therefore it is not surprising that building an understanding of the building process requires a theorization sensitive to multiplicity, volatility and transience. How may this provide grounds for a generalized or shared approach? The conference intends to provide a celebratory ground for sharing results of research projects that have the building process, or parts thereof, as their empirical focus. The conference is also an occasion for discussing what we may strive to know - and what cannot be illuminated through research studies and analysis. Deadline for submission of extended abstracts (5-7 pages): December 15, 2009. Pre-register / abstract submission Pre-register for the conference For more information, or for suggesting additional conference themes, please contact: Jan Mouritsen, CBS: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Kristian Kreiner, CBS: <email@example.com> Maj Britt Aronstein, CBS: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
IMAGINING: The 27th Annual SAHANZ Conference, the University of Newcastle, 30thJune-2nd July 2010 In C. Wright Mills 1959 work The Sociological Imagination, Mills argues that historical events are linked, through the “imagination”, with the intimate and personal experience of everyday life. Torn between the global and the personal, architecture can be positioned at the same crossroads, where imagination fuels the human experience of an architectural object, memory or event. The imagination also opens up alternative, implausible and disparate trajectories through which the built environment can be inhabited and understood. This conference explores the role of the imagination in architecture and architectural history. How are broad narratives distilled through subjective recollection? How does factual history intersect with fiction and the imaginary? How is personal experience embedded in historical narratives or architectural fantasy? How would we describe an “architectural imagination” in the context of C. Wright Mills? How does the act of imagining entwine with the work of history and the historian? We invite architectural historians to reflect upon the theme of imagining in all of its possible contexts. We welcome papers on a broad range of subjects that engage notions of the imagination in architectural history. The conference hopes to explore the buried traces of imagination, which shape our architectural histories of the past and present. Abstract submission: Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent via email in DOC format to <email@example.com> before 18th December, 2009. Please include in the body of the email your name, affiliation and short (200 word max) bio. Abstracts and accepted papers will be double blind refereed and published in a proceedings. More information is available at the conference website: <http://www.newcastle.edu.au/conference/sahanz-2010/>
CEPHAD 2010 Conference, Danish Design School in Copenhagen, January 27-29, 2010. The borderland between philosophy and design research: Centre for Philosophy and Design (CEPHAD) solicits contributions to the CEPHAD 2010 conference, to be held at the Danish Design School in Copenhagen January 27-29, 2010. A pre-conference master class for Ph.D. students will be conducted by leading researchers, January 26-27. The purpose of the conference is to stimulate the flow of ideas between research in philosophy and research in design. At an operational level, the conference aims at creating personal and institutional contacts of lasting value for research cooperation across national and discipline borders. The expected audience includes researchers in design, philosophy or other relevant disciplines, whose work may benefit from or contribute to cross-fertilization between philosophy and design research. Emphasis will be on exchange of promising ideas, rather than on showcasing finished work. Accordingly, most of the presentations and discussions will take place in small round-table groups of about 10 persons. However, to provide a common background, plenary sessions will feature presentations by invited speakers and subsequent debates. -- Invited speakers (confirmed): Louis L. Bucciarelli // Emeritus prof. (eng. & technology studies) // MIT School of Engineering; Nathan Crilly // Dr. // Cambridge Engineering Design Centre, University of Cambridge; Soeren Kjoerup // Emeritus prof. of philosophy // Roskilde University; Bergen National Academy of the Arts; Peter Kroes // Prof. of phil. of technology // TU Delft; Terence Love // Dr. (eng. des.) // Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia; Lancaster University; IADE, Lisbon; and Peter-Paul Verbeek // Prof. of philosophy // University of Twente; Pieter Vermaas // Dr. // Dept. of philosophy, TU Delft. -- Hosts: CEPHAD (http://www.cephad.org/) & The Danish Design School (http://www.dkds.dk/). To learn more about this event, please consult http://www.dkds.dk/Forskning/Projekter/CEPHAD/events/Cephad2010
THE UTOPIA OF TRADITION, IASTE 2010, International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments, American University of Beirut, 15-18 December 2010. CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: In recent years IASTE scholars have examined traditions and their multitude of built forms in an increasingly interconnected global landscape. To advance this effort, this conference seeks to study how tradition inspires and informs changing concepts of utopia in theory and space. Utopian theories and plans emerge from a complex symbiotic relationship with traditions that are based on notions of the ideal.Indeed, utopias cannot be understood without understanding the traditions from which they develop. At its etymological root, utopia embodies both the theoretical paradox of an ideal place, eu-topia, and a non-place, ou-topia, rendering it an impossibility. As an ideal place, utopia relies on tradition, but as a non-place it attempts to negate it. Although most utopias have spatial manifestations, they often attempt to harness and make static the traditions used to create these spaces. The geographies of utopia physically ground tradition, but tradition simultaneously controls these very same geographies. This contemporary moment of economic crisis necessitates a re-examination of this dynamic. The word utopiais no longer as commonly referenced in professional practice as it was a few decades ago. However, architects, planners, and politicians continue to look for and disseminate notions of ideal forms. Regulated by ethnicity, religion, or race, the identity enclaves of many modern nations use territory to perpetuate visions of perfect communities based on specific traditions. The continuation and strengthening of tradition, cloaked in the language of utopia, may thus be seen to provide the focus for new gated communities in the developing world, the dreamscapes in cities around the Persian Gulf and the Pacific Rim, and the faux-colonial homes in American suburbs. On the other hand, there is an emerging discourse that reconceptualizes utopia itself, not as a product but as an open process aimed at transforming, rather than transcending, the existing condition. -- This IASTE conference will focus on the theme of utopia and tradition in the twenty-first century. The conference will attract an interdisciplinary group of scholars and practitioners from around the world working in the disciplines of anthropology, architecture, art and architectural history, city and regional planning, cultural studies, geography, history, landscape studies, sociology, and urban studies. They will present papers related to the following three themes: Track 1. Utopian Ideals versus Traditional Physical Realities; Track 2. The Practices of Utopia and the Politics of Tradition; and Track 3. Utopia and the Space of Difference. -- Submission Requirements: Please refer to our website <www.arch.ced.berkeley.edu/research/iaste> for detailed instructions on abstract submissions. A one-page abstract of 500 words and a one-page CV are required. For further inquiries, please email IASTE Coordinator Sophie Gonick at <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Conference Schedule: Deadline for receipt of abstracts and Cvs: February 12.
THE VALLE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM is now seeking qualified graduate students to study at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA (Pacific Northwest USA) for the 2010-2011 academic year. Scholarships are available for graduate study in civil and environmental engineering and architecture and urban planning programs. Applications for Autumn 2010: The Valle Program offers ”outstanding opportunities” for graduate students from Scandinavian countries (including the Baltic Countries) to study at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering or in the College of Architecture and Urban Planning which includes Architecture, Urban Design and Planning, Landscape Architecture and Construction Management. The Valle Scholarship pays tuition, round trip travel and a monthly stipend of 2314 USD for 9 or 12 months for scholars studying towards a master's degree or spending a year on PhD research. Visiting Graduate Students to the UW in architecture and urban planning are also eligible to apply for Valle Scholarships, but they are not eligible to earn master's degrees at the UW. -- The Visa process requires interested students to apply to the UW Graduate School on line in early November 2009. Valle Scholarship applications are due January 15, 2010 for Architecture and Urban Planning students. The application process is described on the following web site: <http://www.engr.washington.edu/valle/program_application/index.html>
Utlysning av resestipendier ur KARL ENGVERS STIFTELSE 2009. Denna stiftelse har till ändamål att främja vetenskaplig forskning vid Kungliga Tekniska högskolan. Stiftelsen skall tillgodose ändamålet genom att i första hand dela ut medel till forskare och lärare vid högskolans institutioner att användas till resor och deltagande i konferenser samt för presentationer av egna forskningsresultat. I andra hand får stiftelsens medel användas till andra projekt som drivs av studenter eller forskarstuderande vid högskolan. För innevarande år finns sammanlagt 155 000 kronor tillgängliga för utdelning. Ansökningsblankett finns på KTHs stipendiesida på webben med adress http://www.kth.se/aktuellt/stipendier. Ansökan skickas eller lämnas till KTHs registratorskontor och skall ha kommit in senast måndagen den 16 november 2009. Postadress: KTH, Registrator, 100 44 Stockholm. Upplysningar: Anna Höglund Rehn, Universitetsförvaltningen, tel: 08-790 9163, e-post: <email@example.com>
STOCKHOLMS BYGGNADSFÖRENINGS STIFTELSE FÖR DOKTORANDSTIPENDIAT: Stiftelsen som tillskapats genom medel tillskjutna av Stockholms Byggnadsförening och enskilda medlemmar bildades, med antagna stadgar den 29 mars 1989. Stiftelsen har till ändamål att ekonomiskt understödja forskning och utbildning som till allmänt gagn främjar utvecklingen inom byggnadsbranschen på så sätt att stiftelsen genom utdelning av stipendier skall bereda forskare - doktorander - vid Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, och då i första hand vid Arkitekturskolan och sektionen för Samhällsbyggnad (S) möjlighet att under en sammanhängande period bedriva forskning och studier vid annan europeisk högskola eller universitet. Stipendiat skall vara medborgare i något av de nordiska länderna. Stipendiet utdelas årligen i samband med Stockholms Byggnadsförenings årsmöte i mars månad. Ansökan om stipendiet skall vara ingiven till Stockholms Byggnadsförening, Norrlandsgatan 11, 111 43 Stockholm före december månads utgång. För mer information se <http://www.sthbyggnadsforening.se> eller ring till Stockholms Byggnadsförenings kansli på tel 08-10 13 62.
FOOTPRINT, Delft School of Design Journal, call for papers: DIGITALLY DRIVEN ARCHITECTURE. Similar to the way that industrial fabrication with its concepts of standardization and serial production has influenced modernist architecture, digital fabrication influences contemporary architecture: While standardization focused on processes of rationalization of form, mass-customization as a new paradigm that replaces mass production, addresses non-standard, complex designs based on non-Euclidean geometries. Furthermore, knowledge about the designed object can be incorporated at the level of its connectivity with data stemming not only from its geometry but also from its content and behaviour within an environment. Digitally driven architecture implies, therefore, on the one hand, digitally designed and fabricated architecture, and on the other hand, it implies architecture controlled and actuated by digital means. In this context, the 6th Footprint-issue is examining the influence of digital means on architecture as pragmatic and conceptual instruments for exploring and generating complex systems of spatial organization as well as for constructing and actuating architecture. The focus is not only on computer-based generative systems for the development of architectural designs, but also on architecture incorporating aspects of digital sensing/actuating mechanisms that enable buildings to interact with their users and surroundings. The 6th Footprint-issue will be published in April 2010. Authors interested in submitting a contribution are requested to submit full papers of maximum 6000 words to the editors before 10th of January 2010. After initial review by the editors, suitable papers will be submitted for peer-review. For paper submissions and all other correspondence, please contact Henriette H. Bier, e-mail h.h.bier[at]tudelft.nl (replace [at] with @). Editors: Henriette H. Bier (TUD) and Terry Knight (MIT), <www.footprintjournal.org>.
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