Monday, November 17, 2014


Belgrade, Serbia

Conference dates: 14-17 October 2015
Paper proposal deadline: 31 January 2015


The EAHN 2015 Belgrade Conference "Entangled Histories, Multiple Geographies" aims to explore how different discourses emerged within architectural historiography and have both constructed and reproduced multiple identities, histories and perspectives on culture, nature and society. It also aims to apprehend the complex hierarchic articulation of these discourses, in terms of dominancy and peripherality, normativity and transfers.

The principal aim of the conference is to shed light on how different interpretations of architecture and the built environment have contributed to different readings of history, culture, nature and society, either simultaneously or in alternation.

Special attention will be given to addressing conflicting and complementary views, explanatory systems and theories that stem from understanding and interpreting the past by means of architecture. By "entangled histories" we mean architecture as both a prerequisite to and an instrument in shaping and understanding different or even competing histories of the peoples and places, while "multiple geographies" refers to the roles of the built environment in constructing and interpreting time frames and spatial scales, as well as cultural and political entities in which these histories unfold.

The conference will be structured according to three broad themes.

The first theme is historicity. This includes architectural responses to the appropriation and interpretation of the past from antiquity to the recent past; the roles of architecture in constructing meaning; its roles in conceptualizing or negotiating historical time and time frames, as well as how the interpretation of the built environment deals with various regimes of historicity and produces conflicting identities.

The second theme considers tradition/ innovation in architecture, which can be traced equally in modern, early modern, and pre-modern periods. The theme explores the roles of architectural history in addressing questions of center-periphery, globalization, and cultural, political, or religious propaganda in the built environment. Examples might include transfer of architectural traditions and/ or innovations within Europe or beyond; appropriation of traditions or imposition of innovations for cultural, political, or religious reasons; or hybrid traditional-innovative conditions. It also opens the question of architectural history and its role in the simultaneity of multiple modernities, ideological restructuring of cultural and political discourse and similar topics.

Finally the third theme looks at the role of politics, both in terms of the direct interaction of (local) powers with the field of architecture and of the intermediate pressure of geopolitics. The topics treated here could range from ideological matters - such as the instrumentalisation of architectural historiography, etc. - to operative policies related to economic and social issues, including the role of the State (in early modern and modern times; as a specification, during the Cold War, it can treat both the socialist regimes and the welfare capitalist State). The geopolitical perspective could embrace a larger chronological span and explore, aside from the phenomenon of globalization (with all its aspects), mechanisms that led previously to shape networks of political influences.

We invite papers that explore one of the three main themes listed above. These themes have been, and could be, addressed from different conceptual perspectives central to the topic of "entangled histories" and "multiple geographies". These perspectives might include, but are not limited to, those of conflict and change; ruptures and continuities; global entanglements and segregation; regional integration and disintegration; political and cultural homogenization, and standardization and heterogeneity.

Proposal due date: 31 January 2015, noon CET (Central European Time)

Please submit 300 word abstracts through the conference website submission portal:

New Special Issue by Visual Documentation Journal, Routledge

New Special Issue of Visual Documentation Journal, Routledge
Volume 30 Number 4 December 2014
Editors: Ayşe Erek and Ayşe H. Köksal

This special issue of Visual Resources examines the ongoing debates about art and urban imaginary by connecting the city with its past and its present. Not only are the cities structured in different forms of representation and imaginaries they are also themselves spaces of imagination and creativity. Hence urban imaginary and art are interwoven in countless ways in the city to reveal or conceal multiple stories. The five essays collected here propose new interpretations on the dynamic ways of producing urban representation interlaced with the contemporary art world, the urban visual culture, as well as its institutions, such as museums, biennials, exhibitions, and cultural events.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Wonderlab Berlin: FUNDING URBANISM

Wonderlab Berlin: FUNDING URBANISM
October 28-November 1, 2014
Deutsches Architektur Zentrum, Köpenicker Straße 48, 10179 Berlin

As an effect of the economic crisis and social movements in the past decade many actors in architecture and planning recognized that traditional funding models lost their capacity to feed small-scale, community-oriented urban projects. While designers elaborated new methods to address problems of community, participation and ecology, they also created alliances with a new generation of developers and economists as well as law specialists to experiment with new models for funding urbanism. 

For Wonderlab Berlin, the Wonderland Platform for European Architecture invited protagonists of the new civic economy from various European cities to join the Funding Urbanism workshop in Berlin: four days of site visits, public presentations, debates and screenings as well as an exhibition at DAZ. 

Wonderland Platform for European Architecturen is a Vienna-based network for exchanging experiences, information and knowledge for young practices. Wonderlab is a three-part workshop series conducted in cooperation with the European Cultural Foundation (ECF). 

Public Events: 

Wednesday, OCT29 
19-21h Recovering Resources: presentations and roundtable discussion with LCC (Rotterdam), T Spoon (Rome), Architettura Senza Frontiera (Milano), Stealth (Amsterdam/Belgrade) and Fatkoehl Architekten+Urban Catalyst (Berlin). With the participation of Stefanie Raab (Coopolis, Berlin), Luke Haywood (Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Berlin) and Michael Lafond (id22 Institut für kreative Nachhaltigkeit, Berlin) 
21h MOVIES IN WONDERLAND: "Life in the Coffin Factory", D.: Alexander Dworschak, Michael Rieper, Christine Schmauszer. A 2013, 48 min. OmeU" 

Friday, OCT31 
19-21h Organizing Regeneration: presentations and roundtable discussion with Ramon Marrades (Valencia), Urbego (Copenhagen), SIC (Madrid), Ateliermob (Lisbon), Homebaked (Manchester), Kristien Ring (Berlin) and Bostjan Bugaric (Ljubljana-Berlin). With the participation of Tore Dobberstein (Complizen, Berlin) and Francesca Ferguson (Urban Drift, Berlin) 
21h MOVIES IN WONDERLAND: Selection of short films on “Funding Urbanism” 

Saturday, NOV1 
11h guided tour at the exhibition

REMINDER : “Urban Ornaments” Exhibition and round table discussion at the Gallery Urban Spree, 2nd November 2014, 5pm

 Urban Ornaments

An ornament – originating from the Latin “ornare” – signifies a material element that is added to a structural form through the process of adornment or decoration. In contrast to this minimalistic definition, however, the concept of ornaments also became to encompass a much broader understanding: social and political considerations are now essential parts of ornaments. Identifying itself with this latest turn of the interpretation of the ornament, the exhibition uses Adolf Loos’ provocative text “Ornament and crime” (1908) as a starting point. The photographic works displayed at the exhibition not only aim to reflect, thus, the Loosian argument from a contemporary perspective, but also try to shed light on the various types of logic behind the aestheticization of urban space.


Bence Bakai : “Since 2000 I am a street art enthusiast.Taking photos since i know my self. From 2008 I live in Berlin.”.

Viktor Hodobay : “Basically what I do is street photography. Most of my work is focusing on people and their relations to their artificial habitat, the way they use public space and how their appearance merges into and forms our urban environment.”

Péter János Novák: The hungarian photographer-illustrator Péter János Novák is taking digital photos about urban landscapes since more than two decades.  The presented black and white photos are shots from various european countries, taken with his pocket digital camera short barrelled, pancake lens.

Ruthe Zunz: With her artistic work, Ruthe wants to overcome boundaries and forge links between people and communities. Her photographs show the familiar features in strangers as well as the unknown in neighbors. She is fascinated by the vibrant metropolis and shares her passion through her photographs. n 1998, she co-founded Walkscreen and continues to work on international artistic collaborations. She has exhibited in China, Germany, Italy, Israel, Japan and Finland.

Roundtable Discussion:

Ayse Nur Erek (Yeditepe University, Istanbul), Nicole Huber (University of Washington), Oleg Pachenkov (European University, Sankt Petersburg), Heike Oevermann (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin), Júlia Székely (CEU Budapest), Lilija Voronkova (CISR, Sankt Petersburg)

Organized by TACT in co-operation with the Georg-Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies, Humboldt University of Berlin

Monday, October 20, 2014

CfP: Cities of a new type

Dunaújváros, Hungary, May 21 - 22, 2015
Deadline: Dec 1, 2014
Cities of a new type. New industrial cities in popular democracies after 1945
International conference in Dunaújváros

In the socialist countries after 1945, several cities were erected from scratch next to an industrial complex: the main ones were Dunaújváros (named Sztálinváros from 1951 to 1961) in Hungary, Eisenhüttenstadt (Stalinstadt from 1953 to 1961) in East Germany, Nowa Huta in Poland and Dimitrovgrad in Bulgaria. They were supposed to become cities of a new type, different from the chaotic, segregated and capitalist city. They had to invent a socialist way of life and the population of these cities (mostly workers) did create a specific working class culture, even if it was different from the one that was expected by the authorities. Each city was progressively built through ideological ambitions, but also through concrete constraints and unexpected evolutions. The history of each city has so far been studied and written mostly from a national or regional perspective. We want to consider them from an international point of view and to put them in a comparative and transnational perspective.

We will consider the entire socialist period, from the late 1940s to the late 1980s. That is to say not only the time of the construction (the early fifties) but also the following decades, when the young cities got older and were transformed, according to local factors and according to the transformation of each popular democracy. However, we will not consider the post-socialist period.

The conference will focus on the four above-mentioned cities, but it will also consider smaller new cities (Ózd and Komló in Hungary, Nová Dubnica in Czechoslovakia, Nowe Tychy and Jastrz?bie in Poland, Schwedt and Hoyerswerda in East Germany, etc.) and new districts in already existing cities (for instance, Poruba next to Ostrava in Czechoslovakia or Halle-Neustadt next to Halle in East Germany).

We particularly welcome papers investigating topics such as:

- The comparison between the cities. The conference will examine both the history of the towns (plan, architecture, construction techniques, etc.) and the history of the people who came to the towns (migrations, work in the factory, everyday life, housing, etc.). For each topic, comparisons shed light on unnoticed facts. For instance, putting next to each other the plans of the new cities shows significant differences and leads to think about the urban morphology or about the relationships between the city and the factory. Similarly, comparisons between the pieces of furniture in the new apartments lead to think about design in socialist regime.

- The understanding of exchanges between the cities. Archives give evidence of economic and cultural collaboration, mainly through delegations exchanges. And these exchanges concerned the different involved actors: decision-makers of local authorities, party members, city planners, engineers, workers. What did people from Nowa Huta know from Dunaújváros and Eisenhüttenstadt? In what extent did these cities constitute a network? In this sense, the conference participates in the current historiographical reflection on the economic and cultural collaboration between socialist countries and on the integration of socialist space.

- The question of the models. What was presented and considered as model? In the official discourse, there was only one model: the USSR and its main new city from the 1930s, Magnitogorsk. But the actual influence of the Soviet Union is hard to understand. What was known exactly from the Soviet Union? What was imitated? Magnitogorsk seems to have been very far and actually little known; other building sites, like the reconstruction of Stalingrad, were maybe more familiar. And the USSR founded many new cities, all over its huge territory and during the entire socialist time. What was done with this knowledge? The contribution of specialists in Soviet history would be very appreciated.

Despite the official discourses, Soviet Union was certainly not the only model. The new cities in Eastern Europe also looked at what was done in Western Europe and also outside Europe. These cities were built through different derivatives and borrowings that were put together.

The conference will be held in Dunaújváros and Hungarian researchers will then present hitherto unseen archives from the steel factory Dunaferr: paintings, photographs and various sources about the functioning of the factory or about the daily life of workers (for instance Dunaferr possesses a precious collection of brigádnapló – the diary that each brigade had to write about work and life in the factory). Such archives, which present interesting resemblances with archives from similar cities, will contribute to the historical, nuanced and objective understanding of the socialist way of life.

Please send an abstract of up to 500 words and a brief academic CV to Deadline for submission of proposals is 1st December 2014. Conference language is English. Funding is available to cover travel and accommodation expenses.

Organisation committee:

Jérôme Bazin, Paris-Est Créteil University.
Mihály Molnár, Pepper Art Projects (Budapest). Dóra Molnár Pepper Art Projects (Budapest).
Gábor Rieder, independent art historian (Budapest).

Scientific board: Ulf Brunnbauer (Regensburg University), Sándor Horváth (Hungarian Academy of Sciences), Dagmara Jaje?niak-Quast (Frankfurt/Oder University), Katherine Lebow (Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Research), Andreas Ludwig (Potsdam Center of Contemporary History), György Szücs (Hungarian National Gallery).