Conference Agenda

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Please note that all times are shown in the time zone of the conference. The current conference time is: 6th Dec 2021, 09:14:44am PST

Session Overview
Date: Thursday, 08/Apr/2021
8:00am - 9:30amKeynote: Eyal Weizman_CLOUD STUDIES
Session Chair: Beth Weinstein
Session Chair: Laura Holden Hollengreen

Eyal Weizman is Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures and founding director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London. In 2010, Weizman founded the research agency Forensic Architecture, documented in FORENSIS (Sternberg, 2014) and Forensic Architecture: Violence at the Threshold of Detectability (Zone/MIT, 2017). 

Tear gas is used to disperse bodies gathering in democratic protest, white phosphorus and chlorine gas are used to spread terror in cities, herbicide is sprayed from airplanes to destroy fields and displace those whose livelihood depends on them, arson is used to eradicate forests for industrial plantations. Mobilized by state and corporate powers, toxic clouds colonize the air we breathe across different scales and durations, from urban squares to continents and from incidents to epochal latencies.

Studying such contemporary clouds necessitate a different approach to the analysis of kinetic encounters where “every contact leaves a trace”. Clouds are the epitome of transformations and their dynamics are elusive, governed by nonlinear and multi-causal logics. This is a problem that originated throughout the history of painting, when clouds were moving faster than the painter’s brush could capture them. and sometimes needed to be conceived rather than described.

Indeed, today’s toxic fog breeds lethal doubt and cloud shifts once more from the physical to the epistemological. When naysayers operate across the spectrum to deny the facts of climate change just as they do of chemical strikes, those inhabiting the clouds must find new ways of resistance.

9:30am - 9:45amBreak

Network with a cup of 'home-made' Coffee!

Thematic Paper Session Tracks > C: Cultural  / O: Organizational / T: Technological

9:45am - 11:15amA: Paper Session_C1: Meaning, Memory and Place
Panel Moderator: Rima Ajlouni
9:45am - 11:15amA: Paper Session_T1: Facade Performance, Research Methods and Models
Panel Moderator: Terri Boake
9:45am - 11:15amA: Paper Session_T2: Public Health and Well-Being
Panel Moderator: Saif Haq
9:45am - 11:15amA: Seminar_S1: Forensic Architecture and Art of Accountability in the age of Neoliberalism

Beth Weinstein and Kaitlin Murphy, University of Arizona, Co-Moderators

A special focus seminar with Eyal Weizman of Goldsmiths, University of London.

11:15am - 11:30amBreak

Take a Tour or Visit an Exhibit

11:30am - 12:15pmB: Poster Session_P1
Panel Moderator: Jonathan Yorke Bean
11:30am - 12:15pmB: Poster Session_P2
Panel Moderator: Valerian Miranda
11:30am - 12:15pmB: Workshop_W2: NSF Grant Success Information Session
Panel Moderator: Rahman Azari

Lawrence Bank, Research Faculty, Georgia Institute of Technology

A presentation by Larry Bank of Georgia Tech describing the process for securing an NSF grant, from communications with NSF Program Directors to qualifications, impact and proposal submission. Q&A session to folow. 

11:30am - 12:15pmB: Workshop_W3: Publishing with Routledge Press
Panel Moderator: Philip Plowright

Fran Ford, Senior Editor and Publisher (Architecture), Routledge Press, London

A presentation by Routledge Press describing the process for publishing a book, from proposal submission to editorial assessment, peer review, contracts, timelines and manuscript delivery. Q&A session to follow. 

12:15pm - 12:30pmBreak

Grab and Go Lunch from your very own Refrigerator!

12:30pm - 1:30pmARCC Annual Business Meeting

Presentation of ARCC Mission, Organization, Budget, Programs and Opportunities

1:30pm - 1:45pmBreak

Network with a cup of 'home-made' Coffee!

1:45pm - 3:15pmC: Paper Session_C2: Bio-Design, Linguistics and Social Change
Panel Moderator: Laura Holden Hollengreen
1:45pm - 3:15pmC: Paper Session_O1: Performative Health, Biophilism and Well-Being
Panel Moderator: Susannah Dickinson
1:45pm - 3:15pmC: Paper Session_T3: Design Integrated CFD and Energy Performance
Panel Moderator: Adil Sharag-Eldin
3:15pm - 3:30pmBreak

Take a Tour or Visit an Exhibit

Session Chair: Courtney Crosson
Session Chair: Clare Robinson

Peggy Deamer is Professor Emerita of Yale University’s School of Architecture and principal in the firm of Deamer, Studio. She is the founding member of the Architecture Lobby, a group advocating for the value of architectural design and labor. She is the editor of Architecture and Capitalism: 1845 to the Present and author of Architecture and Labor.

This keynote talk is structured into three parts, each of which addresses three facets of political production/architectural performance: first, an analysis of how architecture is organized as a profession; second, an exploration of how architecture is organized as a discipline; and, third, an introduction to an activist organization trying to perform architecture differently.

The first section analyzes how our architectural profession in the US is organized through three aspects of our professional structure. The first of these deals with the concept of professionalism and its origins in the 19th century, its transformation in the 20th century, and current critiques of professionalism in our current socio-economic structure. The second deals with the AIA as our particular professional organization, suggesting the structural attributes that make it weak - structures both externally and self-imposed. The third looks at professional architectural organizations in other countries to see what the AIA might learn from them as well as what we, as architectural citizens, learn about the embeddedness of our profession in national hegemonies.

The second section explores how architecture is organized as a discipline, and specifically examines how our architectural education prepares us for a marginalized and unrewarding profession. It looks at three culprits of the academic construct. The first is its 19th century, Beaux-Arts approach to architectural education that emphasizes aesthetic virtuosity, individuality, and heroic programs. Its associated perspective identifies design teaching that, in the Beaux-Arts model, disengages “design” from social, economic, and political issues is the second culprit. And the final aspect focuses on the way we “perform” pedagogical instruction – a performance of intimate hierarchy.

The third section introduces an activist organization—the Architecture Lobby—and looks at the Architecture Lobby’s efforts to work-around capitalist, developer-driven forces which lead to our performing unsatisfying and unrewarding work. Amongst the issues discussed are efforts at unionization, cooperativization, and the role of architectural labor in the Green New Deal.

This analysis of the profession, exploration of the academic discipline and discussion of an activist organization will conclude with thoughts on what is really at the center of “performing” architecture.

5:00pm - 6:00pmLounge

BYOB (bring your own beverage)