Creative Practice Conference: Making Research and Researching Making (Sep 2015, Aarhus, DK)

Dates: 10-12 September 2015
Location: Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark
Website: http://adapt-r.eu/creative-practice-conference-aarhus/
Deadline of Conference Call: 16 March 2015

‘Making Research and Researching Making’ is an international conference for creative practice research, aimed at practitioners undertaking research through the medium of practice, and researchers interested in practice-based research. The focus of this conference is to better understand designed and/or contingent processes of how creative practice research happens, understanding research as an embodied, emplaced, material and social undertaking.

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Special Issue of Architectural Theory Review: Corruption (Aug 2015)

Website: http://explore.tandfonline.com/cfp/pgas/atr-cfp-corruption
Deadline for submissions: 30 March 2015

Special Issue: Corruption
Editor: Adam Jasper
To be published August 2015

The New York City 1916 Zoning Resolution was designed in order to ensure light reached the streets of Manhattan. It dictated massing at certain heights in a way that shaped the signature New York skyscraper up until the Second World War. In 1961, the successful example of the 1958 Seagram Plaza lead city authorities to rewrite the laws to encourage developers to create public places in exchange for extra height, and the form of the skyscraper changed again. Inside the building, the appearance and materials of office furniture also transformed in response to accelerations in tax depreciation. The privately owned public spaces that Seagram Plaza engendered include Zuccotti Park, that—thanks to ambiguities regarding police responsibilities—became the site of the 2011 Occupy Wall Street protests. According to the New York Times, in 2012 the Seagram Building had the lowest energy star rating of any structure in New York (at three out of a hundred), making it now illegal to build. Rules, whether adhered to or circumvented, shape cities.

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COLOR/FORMS, Parsons & Cooper Hewitt Grad Symposium (April 2015; New York, NY)

CALL FOR PAPERS:
Color/Forms

The Twenty-Fourth Annual Parsons/Cooper Hewitt Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Design

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York.
April 23 and 24, 2015.

Deadline for proposals: January 26, 2015

This symposium is seeking papers on the forms color takes and the roles color plays in the meanings of design and the decorative arts since the Renaissance. We are especially interested in research that touches on moments of change: for example, on transitions from monochrome to full-color production, or when particular colors became available, fashionable or unfashionable.

Coloration is intrinsic to the social meanings of objects. Colors shape our interaction with things and other people in fundamental ways; they can appeal to our most visceral senses of pleasure or desire. Colors affect behaviors, and we use colors metaphorically to describe attitudes, feelings and moods. In the world of consumer goods, the need to produce certain colors has driven innovations in mechanical processes, and markets can rise and fall based on color trends.

Areas of investigation might involve:

  • Graphic design and broadcast media–e.g. color printing in lithographs, newspapers and magazines; day-glo color inks and psychedelic design; Technicolor and other cinematic color systems; the advent of color television; etc.
  • Fashion and costume studies–e.g. color, or lack thereof, in menswear; aniline dyes and other technologies of coloration; color forecasting; etc.
  • Industrial design–e.g. colored plastics; anodized aluminum; the color of high technology (silver, black, white, beige) or domestic appliances; color theory and consumer choice; color-customizable products; colors in toys; etc.
  • Decorative arts–e.g. hand-painted and printed colors ceramics; tapestry, color-changing fabrics and other textiles; polychromy in sculpture; etc.
  • Architecture and interior design–e.g. colored exterior lighting; psychologies of colored interiors; wallpapers; “white cities” and exhibition architecture; etc.
  • …or any number of related fields of production and consumption.

Proposals are welcome from graduate students at any level in fields such as History of the Decorative Arts, History of Design, Curatorial Studies, Design Studies, Art History, History of Architecture, Design and Technology, Media Studies, Consumer Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Sociology, and other fields.

The symposium’s Catherine Hoover Voorsanger Keynote speaker will be Jeffrey L. Meikle, Stiles Professor in American Studies and Professor of Art History at the University of Texas at Austin, speaking on “Postcard Modernism: Landscapes, Cityscapes, and American Visual Culture, 1931-1950.” Dr. Meikle is one of the leading voices in design history and cultural history. His renown scholarship extends to industrial design and technology, popular print media, and alternative cultures from 1950 to the present. His books include Twentieth Century Limited: Industrial Design in America, 1925-1939 (1982); American Plastic: A Cultural History (1995); and Design in the USA (2005).

The Keynote will be on Thursday evening, April 23, 2015 and the symposium sessions will be in the morning and afternoon on Friday, April 24.

To submit a proposal, send a two-page abstract, one-page bibliography and a c.v. to:

Ethan Robey
Associate Director, MA Program in the History of Design and Curatorial Studies
robeye@newschool.edu

Deadline for proposals: January 26, 2015

The symposium is sponsored by the MA Program in the History of Design and Curatorial Studies offered jointly by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and Parsons The New School for Design

Inflection Vol 2: Projection (Dec 2014)

Website: http://inflectionjournal.com/cfp2015.html
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 1 December 2014

Inflection, the Melbourne School of Design’s student-run journal of architecture and the built environment, invites submissions to its second annual edition, Projection.

If an inflection point is a moment of transition, a projection is something more dynamic. Rather than a fixed point, a projection is intrinsically vectorial – it suggests bold movement and action, but always indexed to a point of origin. In architecture and the built environment, ‘projection’ has a multitude of meanings that extend through the realms of spatiality, theory and technology. In interrogating projection we might begin by identifying three distinct modes, each associated with a different direction: upward, outward and forward.

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Special Issue of Architecture and Culture: Architecture and the Spaces of Information (Feb 2015)

Website: http://www.ahra-architecture.org/architectureandculture/issue/architecture_the_spaces_of_information/
Deadline for submissions: 17h00 GMT Monday 16th February 2015

Call for submissions: Architecture and Culture, vol. 4, no. 1: Architecture & the Spaces of Information
Ruth Blacksell and Stephen Walker, Editors.

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Focus Section of Interaction Design and Architecture(s): Designing Self-Care for Everyday Life (Nov 2014)

Website: http://www.mifav.uniroma2.it/idea2010/login.php
Deadline for submissions: 21 November 2014

To be published at the Interaction Design and Architecture(s) Journal (IxD&A) (ISSN 1826-9745, eISSN 2283-2998)

Self-managing a chronic condition is a challenging activity. It requires patients and caregivers to deal with symptoms and the possible resulting disability, to manage emotions, and mediate their relationship with health professionals. Self-care technologies have tried to help in these tasks in multiple ways, including watching the evolution of symptoms, performing health measurements, or connecting with others that have the same condition. Nevertheless, self-care technologies often fail to integrate themselves into people’s everyday life.

Designing self-care technology for everyday life requires an in-depth understanding of the self-care strategies people use, the contexts in which they live, and tools they have at their disposal. Acquiring this understanding requires new approaches to the design of self-care technologies.

The aim of this focus section is to invite researchers to explore the challenges, opportunities, lessons learned, and theoretical insights of self-care technologies to broaden the scope of IxD&A and HCI research in self-care. This body of work is likely to inform the new generation of more holistic self-care technologies that takes into account people’s everyday life and experiences.

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Deadline Extended to 31 August 2014! for Call for Abstracts: Designing Experience Conference (Hong Kong, November 2014)

DE-Banner-Web-3Dates: 27-29 November 2014
Location: Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University
Website: http://experiencedesign.hk/designing-experience-conference/
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 17 August 2014 31 August 2014.

At the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, we investigate current practice and scholarship in the new field of ‘experience design’. We now wish to expand our explorations by inviting a wider circle of practitioners and scholars to enquire into the ways in which slippery notions of ‘experience’ are shared, commodified, theorized and politicized across the spectrum of contemporary visual arts at an international, interdisciplinary conference to be held in Hong Kong from 27 to 29 November 2014 in association with Hong Kong’s Business of Design Week (BoDW 2014).

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Intl Seminar on Planning for Sustainable Urban Form

Dates: 12-14 November 2014
Location: Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden
Contact: Abdellah.abarkan@bth.se
Deadline for submission of abstracts & registration: 15 September 2014

On November 2013, The Swedish School of Planning organized an International Seminar on the theme of “Planning for Sustainable Urban Form”. The seminar gathered about 30 participants, from different countries, representing a broad disciplinary field, ranging from planning to architecture. The meeting was successful in providing a forum to debate on sustainability with focus on planning and urban form, and an opportunity for PhD-students to meet with senior researchers and internationally recognized scholars. In an attempt to support the continuity of this meeting, the Swedish School of Planning is organizing the Second International Seminar on November 12th to 14th, 2014.

We invite scholars to submit abstracts on the following broad subjects:
1. Planning processes in changing governance networks
2. Urban form, agency and sustainable development

The deadline for submitting abstracts and registering is September 15th, 2014. Abstracts should be sent to Abdellah.abarkan@bth.se. Accepted abstracts will be notified by September 30th.

For details, see BTH Call for abstracts final 2014.

Summer School of Making (Aug 2014, Belgium)

Dates: 24 August – 5 September 2014
Location: Kortrijk, Belgium
Website: http://www.summerschoolofmaking.be
Deadline for application: ASAP

LEARN NEW SKILLS THIS SUMMER IN MOTION GRAPHICS / CREATIVE PROTOTYPING

Creative students or young professionals from all over the world come together in the final weeks of the summer in Belgium.
Are you a creative from a technical creative discipline such as: digital design, motion design, product design, architecture, industrial design, furniture design, typography, interior design, graphic design, animation,…? Come to Kortrijk to perfection your model making or motion design skills and learn from professionals from the industry. You can expect intense master classes, fully equipped workshops which are almost 24/7 at your disposal and a hands-on, international learning experience. In week 1 we organize a bunch of hands-on technical, creative workshops spread over 2 tracks: creative prototyping or motion graphics. If you want to put your new learned skills to the test, stay for another week in which we will challenge you with a creative and multidisciplinary design assignment.

Display Architecture: Department Stores and Modern Retail (July 2014)

Contacts: see below.
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 July 2014

The opening in the mid-nineteenth century of the first “cathedrals of consumption” that were the department stores gave birth to an array of strategies meant to enhance the presentation of merchandize. From new materials (glass and iron) and new lighting techniques (electricity) to new technologies of mobility (the elevator) and new spaces for socializing (art galleries, writing rooms, or dressing chambers), nothing was spared that could turn the heads of even the most adamant enemies of shopping. The store was for display and display made the store.

This volume seeks to explore the interior and exterior architecture of department stores in new ways. It departs from the premise that the presentation of merchandize cannot be separated from modern materials and building techniques that have been the preferred topics of art and architectural historians so far. Consequently, the volume proposes to challenge the traditional hierarchy of materials and to replace brick and mortar, paint and stone with artificial flowers, theatrical props, tantalizing fabrics and wax mannequins ­ which, together, form a real architecture of display. By asking scholars to engage with new materials and new media, the panel proposes to redefine commercial display design as an essential component of modern art and architecture.

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