Journal of Architectural Education: Beyond Precedent

Deadline for submission: August 16, 2010, 5 pm US Eastern Time Zone.

Although the National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB) requires that students understand historical traditions and global culture, it does not mandate the method of instruction. Still, many schools offer a suite of architectural history lectures that are often perceived as distinct from studio topics. The relegation of history, theory and criticism to a supporting role is furthered by the outdated notion that history courses serve primarily to provide a buffet of precedent studies focusing on form and technique. Such an approach, born of historical methods and pedagogies that emphasize stylistic and typological diagnosis, fails to recognize the depth of historical inquiry, changes within the discipline of history itself and increasingly diverse design pedagogies. Is it possible to propose more complex relationships between history and design?

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HCI at the End of Life – Understanding Death, Dying, and the Digital (April 2010, Atlanta)

HCI at the End of Life: Understanding Death, Dying, and the Digital
A workshop to be held at CHI 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia on April 10, 2010.
Workshop website:
Submission deadline: January 6, 2010

As computing increasingly pervades all aspects of our daily lives, it is becoming important to consider the implications of technology at the end of the lifespan. This workshop offers an opportunity to explore the ways in which computing intersects with issues of mortality, dying, and death. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: digital memorials; social networking sites and the deceased; examinations of cultural, social, legal or technological practice surrounding dying or death; professional and lay-person perspectives; and the design of technological artifacts which engage these issues in new (and possibly provocative) ways. This workshop therefore intends to address how death
is managed, marked and reacted to in the digital/technological age.

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AIEDAM: Special Issue on Representing and Reasoning about 3D Space (September 2010)

Artificial Intelligence in Engineering Design, Analysis, and Manufacturing
Special Issue, Fall 2011, Vol.25, No.4
Representing and Reasoning About 3D Space
Edited by: Sean Hanna & Bill Regli
Submission Date: 15 September 2010

AIEDAM: Special Issue on the Role of Gesture in Designing (May 2010)

Artificial Intelligence in Engineering Design, Analysis, and Manufacturing
Special Issue, Summer 2011, Vol.25, No.3
The Role of Gesture in Designing
Edited by: Willemien Visser & Mary Lou Maher
Submission Date: 1 May 2010

AIEDAM: Special Issue on Configuration (March 2010)

Artificial Intelligence in Engineering Design, Analysis, and Manufacturing
Special Issue, Spring 2011, Vol.25, No.2
Topic: Configuration
Edited by: Alexander Felfernig, Markus Stumptner & Juha Tiihonen
Submission Date: 20 March 2010

Intl J of Design: Special Issue on Designing for Aesthetics of Interaction (March 2010)

Full papers due 1 March 2010.

Now that the world of HCI has united with the world of product design, and computers are no longer merely a means for doing our jobs but also an integral part of our lives, one might question the appropriateness of functionality and efficiency as the main guiding principles for design. The spectrum of efficiency, productivity and, in general, “getting things done” has been enriched by other values, such as those represented by curiosity, playfulness, intimacy and creativity. User experience and the aesthetics of that experience are becoming increasingly paramount.

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The Modern Interiors Research Centre Conference (May 2010, UK)

The Modern Interiors Research Centre Conference, Kingston University, London
Thursday 13TH and Friday 14TH May 2010

The annual conference of the Modern Interiors Research Centre has established itself as a leading forum for international, interdisciplinary debate on the history and theory of the modern interior. In 2010 the conference will bring together architectural and design historians, theoreticians and practitioners, to explore the theme of Interior Lives.

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13th Annual Subtle Technologies Festival Explores Sustainability (June, 2010)

13th Annual Subtle Technologies Festival Explores Sustainability, June 3-6, 2010.
Deadline for submissions:  January 9, 2010
Festival Dates: University of Toronto June 3 – 6  2010

It will be nearly half a century since Rachel Carson’s book “Silent Spring”, just over five since Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Truth”, and less than three years since Anya Hindmarch’s “I’m not a plastic bag” eco-bag hit the shelves.  The grassroots have taken hold fostering mainstream fashion and a green life style.  This may be a victory of ideology, yet at the same time, has matured into a new social norm that suspiciously smells of capitalism.  The replacements are still a chain in consumption.  Ecological compact fluorescent light bulbs contain mercury, and biofuels have an impact beyond ethanol production.  If sustainability is narrowly defined as a closed system that produces what it consumes, by all means, the boundary conditions leave us hanging, looking for more.  What can this more, be?

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DUCK: What is textile design research?

Call for Journal Contributions: What is textile design research?
Deadline for submissions: 22nd January 2010

Research for textiles is broad and far reaching. Historical, theoretical, technical, scientific, commercial and aesthetic strands interweave to create a complex and interdisciplinary field of investigation and invention. The intention of the first call for submissions to DUCK is to explore the nature and significance of current Textile Design research and establish a platform for
future discourse.

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Spaces of History / Histories of Space (April 2010, Berkeley)

Spaces of History / Histories of Space: Emerging Approaches to the Study of the Built Environment
A Conference at the University of California at Berkeley on April 30, 2010
Deadline for submission: January 8, 2010

Looking to survey and assess new approaches and analytical tools for studying the history of built spaces across a variety of scales and geographies, this conference will explore a range of questions pertaining to theory, methodology and pedagogy. How has the “spatial turn” in the humanities and social sciences transformed the ways in which history of the built environment is theorized and researched? How should we study a historical moment when certain types of evidence redominate?

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