CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: build it with your eyes closed (working title)

Contact: builditwithyoureyesclosed@gmail.com or jamesbenedictbrown@yahoo.co.uk
Deadline for submissions: 00:01GMT Thursday 4 September 2014

Describe, in no more than 350 words, the most successful first year undergraduate architecture design project that you have either given as a teacher or received as a student.

  • Why was it successful?
  • What happened?
  • What was learned?
  • What pedagogical theories or frameworks did it employ?
  • How did it influence your subsequent teaching and learning? 

Submissions must comply with the following parameters:

  • 350 words maximum
  • unformatted text in MS Word format
  • no illustrations, tables or figures
  • bibliography provided (where appropriate) in Harvard format
  • include your name, location and (where appropriate) institution

Submissions should be emailed as attachments to builditwithyoureyesclosed@gmail.com no later than 00:01GMT Thursday 4 September 2014.

Architectural educators, graduates and students are invited to critically reflect on what they regard as the most successful and/or influential design studio assignment within the first year of an architectural education. The project is inspired by (but has no relation to) ‘Draw It with Your Eyes Closed: the Art of the Art Assignment’ (New York, NY: Paper Monument, ISBN 9780979757549), in which eighty-nine artists and fine art tutors critically reflect upon their experiences of the fine art assignment as students or tutors.

Following this call for submissions, ‘build it with your eyes closed’ will run as an open workshop for the duration of Living and Learning, the 2nd international conference of the of the association of architectural educators (aae) at the University of Sheffield, England, 3-5 September 2014. Living and Learning explores the notion of ‘liveness’, not just as experienced through live projects, but expanded to consider different forms of community participation and civic engagement, material and constructed interventions. This conference offers a platform for critical reflection on the most recent wave of ‘live’ innovations in design studio teaching and beyond. The conference is centred on architecture education, but invites contributions from any disciplinary context which might offer insight and spark critical debate. To read more about the aae conference, review the draft schedule, and to register, visit: http://aaeconference2014.wordpress.com/

Submissions received in response to this call for submissions will be anonymised and posted for conference delegates to read, comment and respond to. ‘Build it with your eyes closed’ will make the process of blind peer review visible, tangible and social at the heart of the conference.

The contributions to ‘build it with your eyes closed’ will be developed for publication as a standalone book in 2015.

For more information about the project, please contact the editor, Dr. James Benedict Brown (Norwich University of the Arts, England) jamesbenedictbrown@yahoo.co.uk 

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Living and Learning – 2nd International Conference of the Association of Architectural Educators (September 2014 Sheffield, UK)

Call for Proposals – ‘Living and Learning’: AAE conference 2014

3rd September – 5th September, School of Architecture, University of Sheffield, UK

‘Living and Learning’ explores the notion of ‘liveness’, not just as experienced through live projects, but expanded to consider different forms of community participation and civic engagement, material and constructed interventions. This conference offers a platform for critical reflection on the most recent wave of ‘live’ innovations in design studio teaching and beyond. The conference is centred on architecture education, but invites contributions from any disciplinary context which might offer insight and spark critical debate.

Potential questions to be explored include:

  • What are the various understandings of the term ‘live’ in relation to pedagogy?
  • What is the theoretical basis for ‘going live’ in our teaching?
  • Where are the parallels with other disciplines and how might these challenge or enrich our practices?
  • What are the different motivations for ‘liveness’ and how does it operate at different stages of architectural education?
  • What does ‘live’ mean in online, digital environment?
  • How do the responsibilities of ‘liveness’ co-exist with risk-taking, play and experimentation?

Challenging the traditional conference model, re-inventing it as a social and spatial event, ‘Living and Learning’ develops a more varied feast of exchanges and offerings, with reading groups, performances, workshops and other activities taking place alongside more conventional conference activities. Events will take place both within the University, its Architecture School and elsewhere in the city, aiming to engage a wider audience of students and members of the public in the debate around architectural education.

We invite contributions from people located in any disciplinary area, both within and outside of academia: anyone with relevant experience or with something to say about ‘liveness’ in learning. See our Submission Instructions.

For more information: http://aaeconference2014.wordpress.com/

Charrette: call for series / theme editors

Charrette, the new journal of the Association of Architectural Educators (AAE) ‘Charrette’ is now looking for interested parties for the roles of Ongoing Series Editor and Theme Editors.

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