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City of Zagreb
City Office for Physical Planning, Construction, Communal Affairs and Traffic


 

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Ministry of Culture


call for papers 2015

The Think Space Programme is pleased to announce its third Call for Papers, dedicating itself to writing and publishing critically about architecture. Conceived as a wide scale disciplinary intervention, Think Space platform uses a design competition, exhibition, symposium and publications as its tools. Along with this unique approach in which new forums for thought are created via new design objects, Think Space is again leaning on historical and theoretical discourse which normally takes the form of reflection through writing. You are invited to submit abstracts by July 27th 2015 at info@think-space.org .

NEW PUBLICNESS

 “Did he have a mask?”  - someone asked the wife of  famous psychoanalyst. “Yes!” - she responded - “But there was nothing behind it.”

We should read the wife’s response as a claim that the mask is exactly the thing that makes us assume that there is some individual core in us, something that is genuine and authentic. In different register this leads us to conclude that our private and intimate space is a product of our public appearance, of our immersion in the society. Thus, every shift in public space will have an implication for the way in which people organize their intimate world.

It is impossible today to think of public space as the one open to everyone, it is, more and more, the space of expulsion (Saskia Sassen). Public is considered as space in which only highly disciplined bodies can appear and participate. But discipline is not the task of the institutions as it was from the 19th century on. Today we are confronted with the new type of discipline, a kind of self-management that suppose to qualify us for the public participation. And when there is no institution that one can rely on, often self-management implies searching for a kind of inner quality, of that thing under the mask, which will enable us to participate in the public sphere. Here we should find reasons why virtual social media and reality shows became so popular. As there is nothing behind the mask, it has to be invented and confirmed by the different talent shows, YouTube entries, numbers of virtual friends or likes under the posts. In this way the public is becoming private and private is becoming public accompanied with the paranoid search for the “true self”.

As it is in the virtual media world, gentrification, privatization, security and austerity measures change the landscape of the cities and the role of architecture. Today, public spaces are devoted to consumption and commerce and at the same time are under heavy surveillance. As it is the case with the individual in the reality show, society itself tries to express its utopian ideal inner picture. Architecture and urban planning are society’s main tool for representing this inner core. The problem is, of course, that such society does not exist (Laclau & Mouffe) as there is nothing behind the mask. Thus architecture and city become only pure image and symptom of such position can be seen in the completely empty tourist resorts that are cities without society. It seems almost as if such cities live their own life detached from the human agency. They are comparable to Ferracina’s notion of Augmented city that lost its readability due to procedures that are digitally inscribed in the building environment to regulate the “environmental image” (Kevin Lynch) that was otherwise the main product of our encounter with the reality.

In such context, believing in the emancipatory potential of the architecture, we would like to call for contributions that will answer to questions such as:

What is “public” in architecture?
Can architecture redefine the notion of public?
Is there potential in architecture and urban planning to deregulate society?

 

 

 

Deadlines

Call for Papers 2015

Call Announcement 17 June 2015
Abstract Submission 27 July 2015
Full Paper Submission 10 September 2015
Results Announcement 17 September 2015

IV (un)Conference

Early Bird Registration 20 April 2015
Early Bird Closed 15 July 2015
Late Bird Closed 30 September 2015
Conference 2-3 October 2015

Registration

To REGISTER, send your abstracts to

info@think-space.org with the authors’ short bio (up to 200 words) and contacts.

ABOUT

The Think Space Programme announced its second Call for Papers, dedicating itself to writing and publishing critically about architecture on 17 June 2015. Under the special programme edition's theme THINK public SPACE, tools being used to explore the new forms of publicness are a design competition, discussions, a Call for Papers and a conference scheduled for October 1st and 2nd 2015 in Zagreb, Croatia.
 
Evaluation Board: Nick Axel (Volume), Ethel Baraona Pohl (dpr-barcelona), Luka Korlaet, PhD (Faculty of Architecture, University of Zagreb), Tomislav Pletenac, PhD (Zagreb Faculty of Humanities and Social Studies), Cesar Reyes Najera, PhD (dpr-barcelona).
 
 
 
 

PAPER  GUIDELINES

Abstract

Text upload: For the abstract, please submit as .doc, .docx, or .rtf. with max. 500 words and up to three images (paper_title_abstract.doc).

Graphic proposals will be selected on a basis of a representative image plus an explanation of 100 words. Images should be provided in .tif  or .eps format including a numbered list with the following information: Name, author, source. Images provided should be copyright free.

Full Paper

- Text upload: For the full paper, please submit as .doc, .docx, or .rtf  (paper_title.doc).

- Paper size: A4.

- Length: Up to 12 pages including title, authors’ names, abstract, main text, citations. CVs and authors’ contact details will be submitted in the separated file (paper_title_authors.doc).

- Language: The text must be in English.

- Citation: We prefer endnotes as opposed to footnotes. Citation formats can vary, but The Chicago Manual of Style Documentation System 1 (Notes and Bibliography, not Author-Date) is preferred.

Graphic proposals will be selected on a basis of a representative image plus an explanation of 100 words. Images should be provided in .tif  or .eps format including a numbered list with the following information: Name, author, source. Images provided should be copyright free.Please DO NOT place images in the word file, just indicate the place of the image or table. 
 
- In the case of copyrighted material, the names of copyright holders must be included as well. Authors are responsible for securing permissions to reprint copyrighted material. Any fees required to secure copyright permissions or use of figures are the responsibility of the authors.

- For diagrams or vector drawings, please send .eps or .pdf format with fonts embedded or outlined. Line weights must be a minimum of 0.25 pt (when the image is scaled at 100%) in order to print properly. The submitted diagram or vector drawing may be placed at a smaller scale, in which case line weights would shrink, potentially causing them to break up. The designer may modify the diagram or vector drawing by thickening lines to compensate.
 
-Please note that we have the intention to publish the selected papers in a publication containing augmented reality technology, so we also welcome additional materials that match the following critera:
  • Images: JPG or PNG 512x512 pixels minimum. 500,000 pixels maximum. PNG should be saved with transparency in order to use Alpha Channel.
  • Video: A 30-45 segs-lenght video MP4 or MOV(with H.264 codec) or as FLVs when they have an alpha channel. Ratio: 16:9. 
  • 3D Models: Basic 3D models and small scenes. 3D model support is based on the Collada format (v1.4 or v1.5.).
- Font for the whole document: Arial. Font size for the whole document: 12 pt.

- Use italics for non-English words, to emphasize text, and for all kinds of titles (books, plays, movies, and newspapers). Do not use italics for names of persons or organizations, or for geographical terms. Titles in italics are not put between quotation marks.

- Use single quotation marks for quotes. Use double quotation marks only for quotes inside quotes. Quotes up to two sentences are integrated in the text. Quotes longer than two sentences have to be set apart in a separate paragraph with the same formatting. Use italics for quotes.
 
To REGISTER, send your abstracts to info@think-space.org with the authors’ short bio (up to 200 words) and contacts.