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  • PRESENTATION UOU scientific journal #07

    07.06.2024
    Dear UOU team,     We have a new UOUsj issue!!!   

     

    We would like to invite you to the celebration and presentation of the UOUsj#7 LIMINALITIES together with the Guest Editors and Contributors.

          UOUsj#07 LIMINALITIES Guest Editors: Sarah Stevens + Charlotte Erckrath

     

     

    The event will be on Wednesday 12th JUNE 2024, 17:00 (CET) via Webex.

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  • UOU scientific journal / CALL Issue #8 Radical Futures - WEBEX meeting (Thursday 23rd May, 17:00 CET)

    20.05.2024

    Call for contributions

    Guest Editor Issue #08: Miguel Luengo Angulo, Adjunct Professor of Architecture, Universidad Europea de Madrid (Spain) / miguel.luengo@universidadeuropea.es

    • May 23: OPEN CALL
      • WEBEX meeting (Thursday 23rd May, 17:00 CET):

    https://ua1.webex.com/ua1/j.php?MTID=ma5a05fe132d7cae216b7471e5f338de7

    Password: pkPyjpFS822

    • September 15: FULL PAPER Submission DEADLINE
    • October 01: notification of PEER REVIEW Evaluation
    • November 01: Final Submission DEADLINE

     

    RADICAL FUTURES

    The shape of a city changes faster, alas! than the heart of a mortal (Baudelaire, 1991)

     

    Radical Architecture is, according to Maigayrou, a “current of research less concerned with the practice of the architectural profession than with reflecting on the bases, the foundations of architecture”[1] and we can identify it (in the current dizzying world of instant consumption of images) with projects such as the Pneumacosmos (Haus Rucker Co, 1967), the Continuous Monument (Superstudio, 1969) or the No Stop City (Archizoom, 1970).

    This represents a fleeting but energetic period that was essentially deployed in Europe between the years 1960 and 1975 with the purpose of thinking about the architectural discipline from its origin (hence its essential, fundamental nature), displacing the understanding of the craft from the architect's routine as a builder towards the expanded territory of reflection on the world and the architect's competence to interpret it and act in it.

    To this heterogeneous movement belongs a generation distanced from modernity and without direct involvement in the Second World War but located in the complex morass of a post-industrial world identifiable with production and communication on a planetary scale; a scenario of change and suspicion that legitimizes the end of all idealistic vision, the fall of the optimistic and teleological modern project for the advent of the real with its contradictions and defects.

    Radical projects manifest this confusion in practices that are rarely “constructive” but transgressive, critical, and committed. Sometimes legible from the nearby world of the second artistic avant-garde (Pop Art, Minimalism, Land Art, Performance Art...), political-social criticism, the mediation of the body or environmental concern and activism.

    All of this is intended to confront the world they’ve received by making its paradoxes visible and revealing the absurdity of a discipline that continues to insist on defining itself from formal and stylistic aspects to deviate towards a factual, operational architecture that acts on the real... even if it does not build anything (especially not building anything).

    Radical Futures aims to achieve a contemporary understanding of this critical mindset, extend the limits of radical architecture and urbanism, and embrace the emergence of new practices supported by unconventional approaches from design, urbanism and technology.

    This Call for Papers invites authors to re-connect architecture and criticism, understanding their theoretical borders from within the discipline. Nonetheless, interdisciplinary expressions and research through the proposed but not limited “radicalism” and keywords listed below:

    1. Radical definitions
    • The relationship between architecture and critical thinking
    • What is the purpose of architecture?
    • Non-buildable architectures (for our own good)
    • Indiscipline as a radical strategy

     

    1. Radical urbanism
    • City, symbolism, and representation
    • Non-buildable cities (for our own good)
    • Contemporary radical cities or: Is radical urbanism possible today?
    • Contemporary Supersuperficies

     

    1. Radical scales
    • S, M, L y XL cities
    • Appliance architecture
    • Radical furniture design
    • Utopian and dystopian architecture

     

    1. Airborne, multisensorial, and psychological architecture
    • Inflatables and playful devices
    • Contemporary Mind expanders
    • Temporary radical structures
    • Performative architecture

     

    1. Architecture, urban planning, and art
    • Radical urban art
    • Radical collages
    • Contemporary Restless spheres
    • Playful devices

     

    1. Radical Technology
    • Artificial Intelligence, VR / MR / AR / XR / Metaverse / NFT / Web 3.0 for radical technology
    • New software applications to radical concepts

     

    1. Radical pedagogies and education
    • Student radical approaches to architecture and urban planning
    • New conceptual pedagogies for a radical education

     

    References:

    • Baudelaire, Charles. Las flores del mal. Madrid: Alianza Editorial; 1991.
    • Jarauta, Francisco. Arquitectura Radical. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: La Imprenta editorial; 2002.

     

    Authors are invited to submit papers for Issue #08 on Radical Futures in the UOUsj published by the University of Alicante (Spain).

    UOUsj is the scientific peer-reviewed journal of UNIVERSITY of Universities and investigates the sharing of intercultural interests explored in international schools of architecture in close connection with the arts. Every issue underlines a specific topic addressed by one of the universities involved in the Research Project.

    Therefore, we encourage contributions related to the result of pedagogical experiences and contributions that have emerged from other research in and around the topic of Radical Futures in the disciplines of architecture, urbanism, radicalism, conceptual architecture, art, and associated areas of study.

     

    [1] Jarauta, Francisco. Arquitectura Radical. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: La Imprenta editorial; 2002

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  • UOU scientific journal / CALL Issue #7 Liminalities

    12.10.2023

    Call for contributions

    Guest Editors: Charlotte Erckrath + Sarah Stevens

     

    05 October 2023 Call opens

    01February 2024 Full paper submission

    01 March 2024 Outcome of double-blind peer review process

    01 April 2024 Final submission of completed papers

     

    Issue #7 / Liminalities

    This call for edition 7 of the UoU Journal invites contributions that explore liminalities in architectural and spatial design. This call serves to introduce the theme, but contributors are encourages to submit material that critically questions, explores and experiments with the subject area within its widest sense through all forms and scales.

    Our cognition expands out within a dynamically interwoven process of understanding and acting, whilst the world constantly acts upon us. It extends into the tools we use, as our mind begins to perceive through them, reaching out into the environment. The spaces we inhabit become frameworks to support our understanding of ourselves; hooks on which to hang the memories on which our identities are built. In this way our mind co-opts our surroundings as a cognitive and mnemonic support system. As a species we evolved through our engagement with tools as Don Ihde (i dee) & Lambros Malafouris have discussed (Ihde, Malafouris, 2019). With spaces unfolding as extensions of ourselves, our inhabited desks become elements in a supportive cognitive ecosystem, and our drawings and models emerge as tools through which we think.

    Liminalities aims to discuss this fluid and transitional character of our engagement with the world, and how this reflects into our designerlypractice, our understanding of space and the process of designing.

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  • UOU scientific journal | Call Issue#6 TEMPORALITY

    08.06.2023

    Issue #6  2/2023

    TEMPORALITY

    https://revistes.ua.es/uou/libraryFiles/downloadPublic/61

    Guest Editors: Mauricio Morales-Beltran and Jerzy Latka 

    • Call opens 13 June 2023
    • Full paper submission 15 September 2023
    • Outcome of double-blind peer review process 01 October 2023
    • Final submission of completed papers 01 November 2023

    > download the complete CALL

    TEMPORALITY  is defined as the condition of being temporary, i.e. lasting for short period of time. Hence, in architecture, temporality encompass all those works that are designed for not lasting, conceived as to be ephemeral. The Issue #6 of UOU Scientific Journal "TEMPORALITY" aims to explore the nuances, interpretations, meanings, influences, and limitations of its notion in architectural design, education, and research. Authors are encouraged to submit studies, essays, and works through the proposed but not limited topics included in the call for articles. 

    Contributions for critical essay and articles will follow the process of double-blind peer review. All the selected contributions will be published in open access on the Journal Platform. Submission guidelines can be found at UOU Journal site. We remind you that the journal, due to its experimental nature, includes a section open to Students Projects.

    The recorded presentation:

    https://vertice.cpd.ua.es/283693

    Manuscripts should be submitted online in Microsoft Word Format (.docx) following the TEMPLATE.

    Click here for your submission

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  • UOU scientific journal | Call #05 BORDERS and FRONTIERS

    06.11.2022

    Issue n.5 1/202

    BORDERS, Frontiers and Thresholds in Architecture and Urbanism

    Guest Editor: Mike Devereux 

    • Call opens 01 November 2022
    • Full paper submission 01 March 2023
    • Outcome of double-blind peer review process 01 April 2023 
    • Final submission of completed papers 01 May 2023 

    click here for download the complete CALL

    BORDERS AND FRONTIERS invites contributions that explore the themes surrounding borders, frontiers and thresholds in architecture and urbanism – in their widest meanings and through many media. This call serves to introduce the theme, but contributors are encouraged to submit material that purposefully questions, discovers, explores and experiments with the subject in its widest sense at any and all of its scales. 

    Contributions for critical essay and articles will follow the process of double-blind peer review. All the selected contributions will be published in open access on the Journal Platform. Submission guidelines can be found at UOU Journal site. We remind you that the journal, due to its experimental nature, includes a section open to Students Projects and artistic contributions.

    Manuscripts should be submitted online in Microsoft Word Format (.docx) following the TEMPLATE.

    Click here for your submission

     

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  • UOU scientific journal | Call #04 GASTROTECTURE

    03.07.2022


     2022

    July 7: OPEN CALL

    September 15: FULL PAPER Submission DEADLINE

    October 01: notification of PEER REVIEW Evaluation

    November 01: Final Submission DEADLINE

    editor in chief: José Antonio Carrillo Andrada

    click here for download the complete CALL


    GASTROTECTURE will gather interdisciplinary expressions of Gastronomy in the field of research in Architecture and Urbanism in an international framework. Gastrotecture aims to achieve a broader understanding of the intertwined relationships between architecture and gastronomy, expand the limits of both disciplines and register the emergence of new practices supported by innovative and unconventional approaches from design and technology.

    Click here for your submission

    You are invited to join to the launch of issue #4 with the Editorial team on 7th of July, 2022 at 15:00 (CET) at the link:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88915887975

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  • UOUsj#3 presentation

    25.06.2022

     Dear friends, colleagues, The UOU Scientific Journal's 3rd Issue is ready!  We would like to have an overview of the issue under the theme of representation together with the authors of the articles and essays and celebrate it together on 28th of June, 2022 on Tuesday at 18:00 (CET) via Zoom. Please join us! Here is the Zoom invitation: Join Zoom Meeting
    https://mef-edu-tr.zoom.us/j/93299334584?pwd=SVpFN3F6TEs5R2pPZ2VpWHM2TDNqdz09

    Meeting ID: 932 9933 4584
    Passcode: 781435 Hope to meet you next Tuesday!All the best,Ozan Read more about UOUsj#3 presentation
  • UOU scientific journal | Call #03 REPRESENTATION

    11.01.2022

     

     2022January 18th: OPEN CALL at 18:00 (CET) at the ZOOM link: https://mef-edu-tr.zoom.us/j/95916352632?pwd=SUwxbXZYaVRMZ1hFeHVqYzk5ZkJDdz09
    March 01st: FULL PAPER Submission DEADLINE
    April 01st: notification of PEER REVIEW Evaluation May 01st: Final Submission DEADLINE
     

    editor in chief: ozan avci

     

    REPRESENTATION is a wide umbrella that covers different disciplines such as design, arts, architecture, cinema, literature, politics, economics, semiotics, etc... We may even say that representation is in every act of human beings whenever they think about something. This fundamental role of representation makes it very critical in the design process, thus the whole design process is based on the dialogue between the inner and outer representations. In this third issue of UOU Scientific Journal we would like to focus on the nature of representation, its own ontological aspects, materiality, immateriality and its crucial role in the design process rather than its metaphorical side related with politics and semiotics.

    click here for download the complete CALL

    Authors are invited to submit papers for Issue #3 on REPRESENTATION in the UOU scientific journal published by the University of Alicante (Spain). UOU sj is the scientific peer-reviewed journal of UNIVERSITY of Universities and investigates the sharing of intercultural interests explored in international schools of architecture in close connection with the arts. Every issue underlines a specific topic addressed by one of the universities involved in the Research Project. Therefore, we encourage contributions related to the result of pedagogical experiences and also contributions that have emerged from other research in and around the topic of Representation in the disciplines of architecture, art, urbanism and associated areas of study.

     

    You are invited to join to the launch of issue #3 with the Editorial team on 18th of January, 2022 at 18:00 (CET) at the ZOOM link:

    https://mef-edu-tr.zoom.us/j/95916352632?pwd=SUwxbXZYaVRMZ1hFeHVqYzk5ZkJDdz09

    Click here for your submission

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  • UOUsj#2 PRESENTATION

    08.12.2021

    After celebrating in Umeå the printed UOU #1, now it is the time for the online UOU n#2!

    We'll meet and have a drink this Friday 10th of December at 17:00h CET, to toast and celebrate the digital Issue of UOU scientific journal #02. 

    As Editor in Chief, we would like to invite you to briefly explain your work and why no one should miss reading it.

    Zoom: UOU #2 CELEBRATION - 10th Dec. 2021 17:00 p.m. CET

    Personal Meeting Room: https://videoconf-colibri.zoom.us/j/4633901803 [Meeting ID: 463 390 1803]

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  • NEXT ISSUES UOUsj!!!

    16.08.2021

    issue #03: Representation(s) / editor-in-chief: Ozan Avci (MEF Istanbul) / voluntary abstracts for scientific-research papers 01.10.21 / final submission for all papers 01.04.22 / publication June 2022.

     

    issue #04: Gastrotecture / editor-in-chief: José Antonio Carrillo Andrada (American University in Dubai) / launch call#4 07.07.22 / submission for  papers 15.09.23 / publication December 2022.

     

    issue #05: Borders and frontiers / editor-in-chief: M Devereux (UWE Bristol) / voluntary abstracts for scientific-research papers 01.02.22 / final submission for all papers 01.04.23 / publication June 2023.

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  • UOU scientific journal | Call #02 FOLLIES

    21.06.2021
     

    June 21: OPEN CALL
    July 15: Abstract Submission DEADLINE (voluntary for feedback)
    August 15: Submission DEADLINE September 1: notification of PEER-REVIEW Evaluation
    September 30: Final Submission DEADLINE

    editor in chief: sofia aleixo

    This call for articles aims at exploring the notion of FOLLIES in the field of research in architecture and urbanism in an international framework.

    click here for download the complete CALL

    The French word folie stands for delight and pleasure, and therefore fun and happiness. First built in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, Follies were buildings constructed purely for aesthetic pleasure, with a notion of nonsense, i.e., with a lack of good sense or foresight, resulting in often extravagant pieces of architecture with no particular function. Towers, temples, castles, pyramids, or fake ruins of classical buildings were symbolic statements of ununderstood constructions, sometimes with some practical value as landmarks, as viewpoints or as amusement places, often offering a sensorial experience. 

    However, in the late 19th century the architect Louis Sullivan maxim “form follows function” dismissed ornament from industrialised modern architecture and changed how architecture was thought. Since then, as by definition Follies did not have a specific use function, it could not be established a form, and these perennial constructions seem to have lost their purpose. 

    COVID challenges Sullivan’s maxim: as the purpose is to build not to respond to a functional need but rather to be attractive and recover a sense of fun and pleasure that has been taken away for more than a year, how can spaces reengage people with each other, and with cities? How to attract people to give the spaces meanings and transform previous sad and empty spaces into lively and safe places? Are functional spaces needed or are socio-cultural public places needed more? Will buildings creation need to be rethink with no specific purpose or intention in mind? Will urban and architecture policies attain to these needs?

    This issue focus on Follies and aims at publishing work that explores the impacts of COVID19 in peoples’ daily lives and the role of the architect and the artist in providing meaningful places for socio-cultural exchanges in new and imaginative ways. We are particularly interested in research that questions and provides a comprehensive review on the pedagogical results of the work conducted in the last academic year, cross disciplinaries, as well as the current state-of-the-art on issues related to challenges posed by the pandemic to socio-cultural placemaking.

    Click here for your submission

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  • UOU scientific journal | Call #01 COMMONS

    25.02.2021
     

    February 26: OPEN CALLMarch 31: PREVIEW Submission DEADLINE
    April 14: notification of PEER REVIEW Evaluation
    May 5: Final Submission DEADLINE

    editor in chief: maria luna nobile

    This call for articles aims at exploring the notion of Commons in the field of research in architecture and urbanism in an international framework.

    click here for download the complete CALL

    In 1982 the English/Swedish architect Ralph Erskine, opened his lecture reflecting on the definition of Architecture as the Art of Building Communities. His point of view, that led to a more radical way of considering the role of the architect in the society, can be considered as heritage of the main intention shared within the Team 10 during the CIAM in 1959 in Otterlo with Aldo van Eyck, Giancarlo De Carlo, José Antonio Coderch - above the others - while introducing the notion of Democratic Architecture and Architecture of Participation.

    Nowadays with the escalation of the climate crisis, social inequities and political divergence, the general concern about the access to natural and common resources, including spaces, is leading the architects and planners to reconsider the notion of values in claiming their collective role towards the definition of a new Right to the City. The pandemic has opened a new scenario, in which the notion of commoning and sharing is assuming a new value and defining new spaces for interaction and debate.

    Where is the limit of the architecture as a discipline in facing the human condition scale and nature? What is the role of the architects in response to social and spatial inequalities? What impact can the notion of Commons have on the transformation of cities? And what agency do designers have in contributing to such a transition in the current condition of Urgency?

    In this framework Commons, the first Issue of the UOU scientific Journal, aims to redefine this notion of value in relation to material and innovative practices from an unprejudiced aspect.

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