Patterns of space usage inside buildings are currently experiencing a noteworthy change. While function used to be a relatively clear descriptor of a building type including typical usage behaviours – everyone knew what a bank and a shop and a library was – the reality of what is happening inside buildings nowadays is much more complex, diverse and multi-layered than a single word can describe. Against this background, we would like to invite scholars to contribute to this Special Issue of the Journal of Space Syntax on ‘Changing Building Typologies’ with original research on themes of the importance of building typologies, comparative studies of buildings, new ways of classifying buildings, mapping the diversity of usage and investigating transformation processes of buildings.

Articles have to be based on high quality rigorous and previously unpublished research. The use of space syntax methods and theories is desirable, but other methods and approaches are equally welcome.

You can read more about the Call here:  JOSS_5_2_CBT_CALL

 

KEY DEADLINES:

Abstract submission:                            1 April 2014

Invitation to submit full paper:            15 April 2014

Full paper submission:                       30 June 2014

 

Please submit a 500 word abstract by 1 April 2014 directly to the guest editor of this Special Issue Dr Kerstin Sailer (k.sailer@ucl.ac.uk) with the subject ‘JOSS Special Issue submission’.

 

The Journal of Space Syntax issues a call focused on Architectural and Urban Design, more specifically the topic of Computational Design, Modelling and Diagrammatic Thinking. Of specific interest here is the use of models, diagrams and/or computational methods to generate, transform and develop design ideas and to challenge design knowledge. While the scope of the issue is wide, it is focused on design work, theory of diagrams, modelling and computation in design, and accepts papers in the whole range in-between.
For more information please see the attached pdf (JOSS_5_1_CALL) or visit the main page of the journal at www.journalofspacesyntax.org

Journal of Space Syntax is a peer-reviewed open-access online journal, available at www.journalofspacesyntax.org, where earlier issues and more information can be found. Authors are advised to follow submission and author guidelines as found on the JOSS website.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS:
28 February 2014
Abstracts should be between 500-750 words.

Please submit your abstracts via e-mail to the Guest Editors:
Daniel Koch < daniel.koch@arch.kth.se >
Pablo Miranda Carranza < pablo.miranda@arch.kth.se >

The work of ten students of the MSc Advanced Architectural Studies course produced for the Architectural Phenomena module in the academic year 2012-2013 has recently been exhibited as part of the MSc AAS 40th birthday celebration. The Visual Arguments poster exhibition concluded the second day of celebrations of the alumni social event, with prizes awarded to the three winning student posters.

Architectural Phenomena is a module offered during the second term of the MSc Advanced Architectural Studies course (currently renamed to MSc Spatial Design: Architecture and Cities). The underlying basis of the module is the recognition that architecture arranges spatial, formal and social relationships and is imbued with theoretical ideas, intelligibility and meaning. Architectural Phenomena explores ideas involved in texts, buildings and architectural designs through the themes of space, form, function, cognition, perception, design creativity and cultural meaning. The course is structured through seminars and lectures introducing students to a selected body of canonical and contemporary texts, foundational and advanced ideas in architectural theory, social theory and space syntax. Students are encouraged to explore these issues through in-depth theoretical reflection built around class conversations, critical writing and analytical drawing.

As part of the course assignments, one task that students were called to respond to was the composition of a visual-verbal argument in the form of a poster. Developing and presenting ideas verbally and visually is an essential component in academic and professional practice. The students have interrogated selected theoretical texts to produce critical readings that try to add new layers of understanding and interpretation through a creative synthesis of images and ideas. The effect is to show how inexhaustive are the opportunities for reinterpretation and critical reflection contained in architectural theory and its possibilities for interaction with space syntax.

Posters were considered in relation to visual and textual criteria and the integration of both, as well as in terms of the originality, execution and interpretation of the visual argument.

1st winning prize: ‘Reorganization of Public Space in Second Empire Paris’, by Tania Oramas-Dorta. Interpretation of the text The Political Economy of Public Space, David Harvey, 2005.

 

2nd winning prize: ‘Representation or Embodied Experience’, by Ida Feltendal. On The Naked City, Situationist International, Guy Debord, and Asger Jorn, 1967.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3rd winning prize: ‘On the Effect of Panopticism to the Public Space’, by Wente Pan. On Discipline and Punish, Michel Foucault, 1979.

Volos in the Extremes
international urban design master class
26 – 31 October 2013, Volos, Greece

“Volos in the Extremes” is an international Urban Design Master Class open to students towards the end of their studies, recent graduates, and professionals, in architecture, urban design, and related design/project-oriented fields concerned with the study of the city and urban intervention. The master class is organised through the collaboration of an international team of professionals and academics. It is hosted by the Department of Architecture, University of Thessaly, in Volos.

The point of departure for this master class is the challenges faced by the city in response to the global economic crisis. As the predominant model of development, in Greece and around the world, is severely challenged, we are presented with a unique opportunity to re-invent it: to shift from growth to sustainability, from market-dependency to self-sufficiency, from individually-motivated consumption to publicly-useful production, a whole new paradigm is longing to emerge. How will the city respond to it? And how can urban design and programming contribute to this very emergence?

Through a 6-day programme of group work, site visits, lectures, and social events, the master class, organised into units, will produce a set of urban design proposals for different areas of Volos. Units focus on different geographies of the city, ranging both in scale and location, from building typology to the structure of the urban grid, and from the city’s water edge to its peripheral ‘strip’ extensions. Seen in its entirety, this set of final projects will constitute an extensive and thorough urban intervention proposal for the whole city.

Considering the crisis as a trigger for the re-invention of the city itself, we invite participants to use the tools of city-making in proposing radical urban scenarios for an uncompromised future. We shall aim at nothing less than a pragmatic utopia.

 

 

fees
140 euros for registrations by 30 September
200 euros for registrations after 30 September

for further information and registration details download the master class programme
http://www.urbantranscripts.org/documents/UT2013_01_udm_programme.pdf

for enquiries contact
designmasterclass@urbantranscripts.org

facebook page
http://www.facebook.com/urbantranscripts
Volos in the Extremes is an Urban Transcripts initiative under the auspices of the Department of Architecture, University of Thessaly, with the support of the Architects Association of Magnesia, the Union of Greek Architects, the Architects Association of Thessaloniki, and the Municipality of Volos – Municipal Centre for History and Documentation.

Joint MSc AAC, MArch and MSc AAS exhibition

Interactive Arts and Architecture Exhibition

Organised by Stefanie Wuschitz, Ruairi Glynn, Kinda Al_Sayed with the assistance of Ollie Palmer

Presenting MSC AAC — MArch GAD — MSc AAS works

Opening 6 pm – 9pm :: Monday 14 January 2013

Royal Ear Hospital || Exhibition Space || The Bartlett || UCL

Location: Ground Floor || Royal Ear Hospital || Capper St. at Huntley St

the Urban Transcripts 2012 international workshop on the city
London, 3-9 December 2012

A 17-strong international tutor team of practising architects, researchers in architecture and urbanism, artists, and linguists are  leading this years’ Urban Transcripts workshop on the city. Focusing on London’s actual problematics, combining on-site visits, urban explorations, studio work and social events, the workshop is an interdisciplinary exercise in understanding the urban condition and working towards collaborative solutions.

The workshop is open both to students and non-students; it will be of particular interest to students past their 2nd  year of study, postgraduate students, and recent graduates, in disciplines related to the study of the city and urban intervention; notably architecture, urbanism, planning, geography, the social sciences, and the arts.

fees
£140 for London-based host students
£170 for other UK students
£200 for international guest students
£240 for non-students

scholarships
Urban Transcripts offers a limited number of scholarships (free participation in the workshop) to participants on low income living and/or working in Hackney Wick. Please email us for further information.

hosting and accommodation arrangements
London-based host students are requested to host the international guest students for the duration of the workshop. Non-student participants, and other students from the UK are expected to make their own accommodation arrangements.

full workshop programme:
http://www.urbantranscripts.org/documents/UT_2012_02_ws.pdf

contact and registrations:
workshop@urbantranscripts.org

Urban Transcripts
http://www.urbantranscripts.org
http://www.facebook.com/urbantranscripts
http://www.twitter.com/UrbanTweeting

OPEN CALL

arts and creative media projects
theory and research papers
architecture and urban design proposals

opening 10.08.2012
closing 28.09.2012

 

London the (n)ever-changing city

London has a reputation of a vibrant, dynamic city constantly reinventing and transforming itself; a highly adaptable organism that embraces change and, like an astute tradesman, turns it to its own advantage. From street-fashions to the redevelopment of entire urban areas, London is an ever-changing city. Yet, despite its apparent dynamism, this is the never-changing city of a society functioning through a remarkably resilient class-system, where Victorian houses keep resisting ‘continental’ apartment buildings, their residents peacefully ruled by a partly unelected and hereditary system of governance.

“Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose”, the more things change, the more they remain the same. This often-quoted epigram by Alphonse Karr, could fittingly refer to these observations. But in what ways does this really apply on the city? Which are London’s never-changing substrata? And which are its ever-changing manifestations? How do they impact on one-another? Can change and innovation happen in the absence of a rigid framework? Or can it be that stable and robust infrastructures actually form the basis for change in the superstructure of the city? Does this change really matter? To who, and under what conditions? In what ways does the city’s built environment change in response to socio-economic forces? How does it itself impede or support socio-economic change?

Submissions of work exploring this theme are invited in the following categories:
a. arts and creative media projects
b. theory and research papers
c. architecture and urban design proposals

Participants are invited to register through online individually or as a team of a maximum of five members. Registered participants can submit their work online by 12.00 midnight London time, Friday 28 September 2012.

For more information visit http://www.urbantranscripts.org