By considering both the plenitude and emptiness of architectural production we are looking to elaborate design as a mode of enquiry through a set of key frames: situation, narrative, politics and subjectivity.
Design is plentiful in its modes and procedures, its practices and techniques; through an abundance of means of making, drawing, writing, imagining, imaging, positioning, and critiquing, design produces a plenty. At the same time, its methodologies encounter gaps or unknowns. Through design these gaps are negotiated, partially filled and even enlarged. Design produces both something and nothing.
In the midst of architectural design research we encounter both plenitude and emptiness. The symposium aims to discuss relations frequently encountered in design-led research, for example between method and content, theory and knowledge, and design and research. These relations taken through the four key themes propose a series of more specific enquiries, for example: How does design-led research specifically and critically develop a situation? How does design-led research engage with rhetoric and narrative? How does design-led research participate in (emergent) politics? How does design-led research and the object of architecture critically develop the discourse on subjectivity?
We invite proposals from scholars and PhD students that explore architectural design as a mode of enquiry. You are invited to discuss and re-present either completed pieces or research-in-progress using whatever medium you consider most suitable (e.g., text, still and moving image, modelling, drawing, performance, installation). You may also reflect on your participation in studio pedagogy. We offer you 45 minutes to use as you please. We encourage you to see your participation as an opportunity to meet, present and discuss your work with academics and research students, in such a way that befits your research subject and interests. To this end, the symposium will be an intimate gathering, with selected keynote speakers, commentators, and a group of presenters.
Rather than privileging any design method, the aim of this two-day symposium is to bring together different approaches and create a place for the fertile exchange and critical review of design-led research. To further expand on this gathering, the presentations will be reviewed, revised and edited to become part of the inaugural volume of an open-access online architectural design journal.
The symposium will open with a public lecture on the evening of Friday 4th October (speaker to be confirmed). Keynote presentations from Dr Penelope Haralambidou (University College of London) and Dr Hélène J. Frichot (KTH, Royal Institute of Technology) will open the discussions on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
The commentators will be academic staff of the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of Edinburgh, including Dr Dorian Wiszniewski (PhD in Architecture by Design Programme Director), Dr Ella Chmielewska, and Dr Tahl Kaminer, as well as the PhD by Design community of the school. Prof Mark Dorrian (Newcastle University) will be a guest respondent to the presentations throughout the event.
Abstracts for contributions should be approximately 400 words long; they may also include visual material that represents your intentions. Please include the author’s details (name, institutional affiliation, email address), the title of the proposal, and a brief biographical note. Submissions should be sent by email to email@example.com by Friday 21st of June. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance no later than Monday 8th of July.
Participation in and attendance of the symposium is free, however registration is required. Some bursaries to cover travel costs may be available but will be confirmed closer to the event.
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