Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Architecture, Informal Empire, and the Scottish Cast Iron Industry in Argentina

informs about a PhD Scholarship Opportunity
proposed by
University of Edinburgh - School of Arts, Culture and Environment
AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award Studentship

The University of Edinburgh and Historic Scotland
seek applicants for a PhD project
entitled 'Trading Nations: Architecture,
Informal Empire, and the Scottish Cast Iron Industry in Argentina
The partner institutions have received
a full AHRC studentship
to fund the project, including fees,
a maintenance grant (14k p.a.),
and research expenses for three years.

The project concerns the study of the Scottish pre-fabricated architectural ironwork industry in Argentina during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. At the time Scotland enjoyed a commanding position in the pre-fabricated ironwork industry, facilitated by its creative response to market demand as well as its extraordinary production and export capacity. Latin America constituted one of the industry's principal markets, with Argentina leading the way through rapid industrialisation, increased wealth, and its strategic importance to British national interests. The project aims to document and analyse for the first time the significant contribution that Scottish foundries made to the built environment of Argentina.

The studentship offers a fantastic opportunity to study architecture in a wider social, cultural, and economic context. Those with an interest in cultural history and architecture are encouraged to apply. A working knowledge of Spanish is required. Funded travel to Argentina to document buildings and work in relevant archives is also expected.

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree (at least 2:1 Honours standard UK or equivalent). The studentship is also open to EU students. However, only fees are payable to non-British residents (i.e., no maintenance stipend is available).

Application procedure
Please send CV, two academic references, and a 500 word statement outlining your suitability for the project, to:

Dr Alex Bremner
School of Arts, Culture and Environment
University of Edinburgh
20 Chambers Street
Edinburgh, EH1 1JZ
or email to: alex.bremner@ed.ac.uk

Deadline for submissions is Friday 22 July.
Interviews will take place on Thursday 25 August.

For further information, please contact Dr Alex Bremner.
c/o TU Delft
RMIT - Faculty of Architecture
PO Box 5043
2600 GA Delft

SCUP Campus Heritage Symposium - Washington, DC

Society for College and University Planning
Integrated Planning for Higher Education

November 3 - 4, 2011
Washington, DC

This symposium brings together together renowned experts to discuss the state of campus heritage planning in light of the lessons learned from Getty Foundation-funded research on 86 campuses.

The intimate, one and a half day event is designed for professionals engaged in planning related to campus heritage, cultural landscapes and the importance of mid-century campus buildings.

For more information and to register, visit the SCUP website.

CAH 20thC Conference - Madrid, June 2011

Approaches for the Intervention
in the Architectural Heritage of the 20th Century.

Madrid, Spain
June 14 - 16, 2011

aims of the conference
to call the attention to the growing recognition of the value of the 20th Century heritage
to consider the resulting conservation, protection and management issues relating to this important heritage resource


T1 – Topic 1 - 14th of June
"Identification and recognition of the 20th Century architectural heritage"

The significance of the architectural heritage of the 20th Century is still a subject of debate and controversy. Because of its newness, often experimental materials and technology and the fact that in many cases it is still used for its original function, its conceptualization as valuable heritage worthy of public recognition and protection remains vague and controversial. Historical context and comparative analysis is needed to identify a typology of styles and historical themes which characterise the development of the Century. The opening day of the conference is dedicated to discussing the scope of the concept of 20th Century architectural heritage, which involves reviewing the history, impact and values of the various social and architectural trends and methods for identification and recognition of significant buildings.

T2 – Topic 2 - 15th of June
"Approaches to the conservation and protection of the 20th Century architectural heritage"

The documentation and protection of significant 20th Century buildings is still incomplete, erratic, and thus subject to continuous disputes. Therefore, the second day of the conference is dedicated to the identification and review of international approaches to the conservation, protection and management of 20th Century architectural heritage, in order to meet its specific characteristics.

T3 – Topic 3 - 16th of June
"Approaches to intervention in the 20th Century architectural heritage"

The intervention concentrates all the previous work of conceptualization, historical research and establishment of guidelines for the treatment of 20th Century architectural heritage, and it must also be compatible with contemporary architectural language of its expansions. Although currently we have a very respectable number of examples of interventions of all kinds and of varying success, there is no general agreement about the validity of the used approaches for a heritage that has its own distinctive character. The third day of the conference is devoted to examining the situation in this regard and trying to establish an agreement on essential approches. The previously circulated draft Madrid Document will be finalised as a contribution to the ongoing process of discussion and international debate.

9th Annual Docomomo Brazil Conference

June 7 - June 10, 2011
Brasília, Brazil

After almost twenty years of DOCOMOMO Brazil’s activities, today an exponential increase of researches on recent built heritage is testified. More Twentieth-Century buildings and sites are acknowledged as cultural heritage, the archives and publications about them have been multiplied, as much as experiences and reflections related to them have.

In this context, interdisciplinarity is paramount to the preservationist culture on Architecture and Urbanism. Fundamental roles are played by History, consolidating critical narratives; by Sociology and Anthropology, assessing cultural values; by the Arts – conserving and restoring works integrated to buildings; by Geography, studying population and regional issues; by Information Science, conserving and disclosing documental archives; by Law, normalizing heritage; by Social Communication, establishing the dialogue with the involved communities.

The purpose of the 9th DOCOMOMO Brazil Conference is to gather and share knowledge and consolidating principles, contributing effectively to the preservation of recent cultural heritage.
Themes for the conference include:

Reflections on recent heritage
Documentation of recent heritage
Preservation of recent heritage

[see the original call for papers]

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Docomomo International Presentation at ETSAB

Президентът на ДОКОМОМО Интернешънъл - Ана Тостоес
представя в Училището по архитектура в Барселона (ETSAB)
организацията за Документация и консервация
на сградите, паметните места и кварталите
на Модерното движение
DOCOMOMO (DOcumentation and COnservation
of buildings, sites and monuments of the MOdern MOvement)
и ще изнесе лекция на тема
"Трансконтиненталният модернизъм"
понеделник - 9 май 2011 г.

ETSAB - Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona http://www.etsab.upc.edu/web/frame.htm?i=2&m=inicio&c=inicio
Barcelona School of Architecture