Call of Papers: Architecture and Ideology

Architecture and Ideology

International Conference Architecture and Ideology
September 28 - 29, 2012
Ilija Milosavljević Kolarac Foundation, Belgrade, Serbia
Organized by Faculty of Architecture University of Belgrade and Board of Ranko Radović Award, Association of Applied Arts Artists and Designers of Serbia
In collaboration with Faculty of Philosophy University of Belgrade Institute of Architecture and Urban & Spatial Planning of Serbia Faculty of Technical Sciences in Novi Sad, Department for Architecture and Town Planning Ilija Milosavljević Kolarac Foundation
Under the auspices of Ministry of Culture, Media and Information Society Republic of Serbia and Serbian Chamber of Engineers
The Faculty of Architecture University of Belgrade and the Board of Ranko Radović Award, Association of Applied Arts Artists and Designers of Serbia (ULUPUDS), wishing to revive and continue the efforts of professor Radović for the Belgrade school of Architecture to organize scientific meetings about history and theory of architecture, is launching an international conference on ARCHITECTURE AND IDEOLOGY.
This conference is the third in a row, after the ARHITECTURE AND HISTORY (1990) and the ARHITECTURE AND TECHNOLOGY (1991) ones. Both gatherings were complemented by thematic issues of the Journal named De re Aedificatoria as an homage to Alberti.

Thematic Frame of the Conference:
Space and time are inherent parts of our lives (they precede us and outlive us, we are always in them, never on the outside). That is why philosophers have relentlessly tried to find out about their nature, and ideologies have tried to get a key to possessing these two media and control them. Actions in space are the result of complex interest interaction between politicians, investors, city planners and architects, on the one hand, and those who enjoy the results of their actions, on the other. City development means solid construction, therefore mistakes are hard or impossible to amend.
That makes the test of the role of ideology in the fate of a city a good enough reason for exchanging opinions on this topic and for an attempt to critically overview numerous – direct, indirect, hinted and hidden – manifestations of ideology in the 20th century city development.
Conference participants are expected – each from his/her professional angle, with reference to a century worth of experience – to provide their contributions on shedding light on mutual impact of architecture and ideology – with all its positive and negative consequences and contributions – and to bring out hypotheses on the future of that particular, specific and vital relation.
Conference organizers offer four topic segments and give points of reference to simplify the role of participants in multidisciplinary opinion exchange.

1. Ideological context of architecture
• Conceptual issues of ideology;
• 20th century ideologies and their characteristics (historical, philosophical; sociological, political, psychological);
• Emergence, survival and disappearance of the main ideology patterns in society and architecture;
• Duration of ideology systems and a resistance to change;
• Changes in meaning and use of physical structures due to ideological assumptions;
• Ideology matrix influence on general public, value systems, awareness of city environment and its shaping;
• The ideological interpretation and evaluation of the history of architecture;
• The ideological concepts and regulation of the built environment;
• Centralization as ideological stronghold;
• Ranko Radović and his interpretation of the ideological context of architecture.
2. City and power
• Holders of power (political, financial, technological, media) and urban development; subjects (politicians, businessmen, city planners and people in general);
• Ideological interests and goals, and their accomplishment in architecture;
• (Non) participation in shaping a city destiny;
• Pressures on designs, unruly actions in taking the city space (illegal construction of both the inapproachable and the marginalized);
• Ideological causes of demolishing the city fabric;
• Spatial standards and social groups;
• The rights to housing, work and leisure;
• Accessibility of scarce city assets;
• Disposal of the city land and real estate;
• Types of power alienation and how to overcome them.

3. Morphology and ideological patterns
• Doctrines in architecture and their positive/negative impact on a city;
• Criteria of urban forming (urban norms and standards in designing) and tools (pre-computer and computer approach to planning and designing);
• City planning (interest contradictions, conflicting of aims and means);
• Planners (concept creators or mere executors);
• The idealism or pragmatism of planners' visions;
• Urban form as a result of conflict/harmony between ideology and architecture;
• Physical structures and public city space through a relation between ideology and architecture;
• City center and its outskirts in the ideological context;
• Typological patterns of housing and public structures deriving from ideology;
• Relations between the new and the inherited, the progressive and the conservative;

4. Designers and ideology
• Figures of the power and city planners and architects;
• The influence of the ideology on the design process;
• The ideology objectification through projects - case studies.

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Abstract submission:

Please provide full contact details of authors with your abstract (author's name and surname, institution, address, e-mail).

Abstract should be max 300 words and must be in English.

An abstracts should include: the notification of selected conference topic segment, the title of the paper, text that explains the idea, purpose and content of the paper, and max 6 keywords (sent in MS Word document, format A4, font Times New Roman, 11, single line spacing, all margins 3 cm).

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                 Ph.D. in Technologies for the Exploitation
                 of the Cultural Heritage .
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                 College of Engineering , University of Mosul 
                 Mosul - Iraq .

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