CAA 102nd Annual Conference / Chicago / February 12-15, 2004
Session: Industry, Utopia, and Modern World Architecture
Session chairs: Lawrence Chua, Hamilton College, and Nathaniel Robert Walker, Brown University.
Utopian strivings lie at the core of global modernity. They helped to propel industrial modernization in its capitalist and socialist strains, and fueled resistance against both. Visions of ideal high-tech worlds informed the aesthetic and functional development of modern architecture as well as its popular reception, from the Crystal Palace to Kemalist Ankara, from the Plan Voisin to Putrajaya. Throughout the past two centuries, utopia was a dream—sometimes a nightmare—that transformed the natural and synthetic worlds, investing built environments with collective desire. This session invites papers that seek to identify the planned and/or built locations of modern utopias while critically exploring the socio-political character of architecture. How do high-tech utopian proposals reveal theories of cultural evolution? Where do pre-modern cosmologies fit into visions of modernity? We will strive for an understanding of utopia in a global context while developing a historical understanding of the relationships between concepts, representations, and lived spaces—ideology and practice, rhetoric and materials.
1) Completed 2014 CAA Proposal Form, attached to this email (and available at the end of the official CFP brochure: http://www.collegeart.org/proposals/2014callforparticipation).
2) Preliminary abstract of one to two double-spaced, typed pages.
3) Letter explaining the speaker's interest, expertise in the topic, and CAA membership status.
4) CV with all contact info.
For more information, please visit: http://www.collegeart.org/proposals/2014callforparticipation
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