1) CITIES IN A CHANGING WORLD: QUESTIONS OF CULTURE, CLIMATE AND DESIGN
Place: City University New York / Virtual
Dates: 16-18, June 2021
Early Abstracts: 30 June, 2020
2) RAPID CITIES – RESPONSIVE ARCHITECTURES
Place: American University in Dubai / Virtual
Dates: 22-24 November, 2020
Round One Abstracts: 30 June 2020
THEMES: History of urbanization, Architectural heritage, the World Expo in the 20th c., Modernism and the city, Urban anthropology, Connecting the past with today, Conservation and contemporary development
PUBLISHERS: Routledge | UCL Press
FORMATS: In-person, pre-recorded presentations, Zoom, written papers.
CALL – NEW YORK
The premise of this conference is that the city is, and always has been, a site of interconnected problems and solutions operative across disciplines. While issues of architectural design, urbanization, resilience, housing and healthy cities etc. all respond to their own unique and independent demands, they are also interrelated. New York is a perfect example. The site for the United States’ most iconic historic buildings, it demands 21st century uses of them. The home of the US public health movement in the 19th century, it is at the forefront of the healthy city agenda today. Historically a landing port for immigrants it knows the pressures of displacement and migration. A city for the wealthiest elites in the world, it exhibits poverty, social exclusion and periodic cultural tensions. This conference seeks to explore these issues through a contemporary lens, offering historical insights into some of today’s most vexing architectural, urban and social problems.
Submit and abstract: https://architecturemps.com/new-york-2021/
CALL - DUBAI
In 1975 the World EXPO opened in Okinawa, Japan. Its centerpiece was ‘Aquapolis’, a floating city designed by the leading ‘metabolist’ architect Kiyonori Kikutake. By the time it closed one year later, Reyner Banham had published Megastructure: Urban Futures of the Recent Past. Paul Virilio had also coined the term dromology to explain the impact of speed and technology on contemporary culture. For all, speed and technology were not only central to architectural and urban design, but also the mediated culture of spectacle around them. The debates they instigated were not one dimensional however. Virilio’s interest in technology was matched by concerns for social justice. Banham’s focus on megastructures was nuanced by ideas on responsive environments. Kikutake’s interest in ‘spectacle’ was tied to an interest in ecology as manifest in the 1975 EXPO itself. This conference seeks to explore these themes to understand their historical relevance, their influence today, and how they shed light on the modern phenomenon of the EXPO, architecture and urbanism more broadly.
Submit an abstract: https://architecturemps.com/dubai-2020/
Organizers: The American University in Dubai | City Tech, CUNY | AMPS | PARADE | Routledge | UCL Press
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