Call for Papers
We invite 20 minute papers addressing the questions raised in the synopsis from architectural historians, theorists, designers and professionals, workers and producers involved in the 'industry of architecture' as well as those working on these issues from other disciplines including film-making, art practice and performance.
We welcome contributions that explore these contemporary developments and also those that ask what theoretical and critical approaches may be appropriate for their interrogation.
Deadline for call for papers: 1 May 2014
Might the architectural humanities extend approaches already found in construction history, economic history, labour history, critical geography or in science and technology studies to explore these issues without losing sight of questions of design, aesthetics and affect? What other discourses such as process philosophies, relational ontologies or new materialism offer potentials for understanding these constellations of humans and nonhumans, structures and operations? What politics can be brought to, and are already found, in the industries of architecture? To what extent do discourses of gender and difference challenge the ways we might think about work on site and in the office? Are critical strategies of design always already informed by industry and must this be a problem? Can critical practice operate within the conditions of production rather than find a space in which to operate outside them?
Industries of Architecture recognises that there has been work in research and practice where concerns with the production of architecture were central, whether the enquiries of Sigfried Giedion or Reyner Banham into the entanglements of industrial developments and modern architecture, or the workerist-informed theory of the Venice School, the investigations of the Bartlett International Summer School into the production of the built environment, or in Brazil, Arquitectura Nova's work at theorising and altering the role of architectural design in the organisation of labour on the building site. As well as new approaches to present conditions, and in order to support the same, we encourage re-evaluations of this earlier work or historical studies of, for example, labour on and off site (and in the office), relations of material and immaterial labour, management and organisation, products and materials manufacture, spaces of production or the impact of new regulatory or contractual regimes, and architects' engagement with these issues. What other histories are to be written, particularly those that might acknowledge the very local and differentiated systems and structures of production in former socialist states for example, or in cultures with very different contexts to the US and Europe? What methodologies can we make use of to capture these often invisible and unrecorded histories? What are the implications for contemporary practice?
Please send a 500 word abstract, including title, and 50 word biog to IOA@ncl.ac.uk. We aim to notify you by 1 July 2014. Please note that full papers will be required prior to the conference for panel chairs and to begin the editorial process for publication in the Industries of Architecture volume in the Routledge Critiques series, and a special conference issue of Architecture and Culture.
Dr. EMAD HANI ISMAEEL
Ph.D. in Technologies for the Exploitation
of the Built Heritage .
Senior Lecturer in the Dept. of Architecture
College of Engineering , University of Mosul
Mosul - Iraq .
Web Site: http://sites.google.com/site/emadhanee/
Tel : +964 (0)770 164 93 74