Deadline: Aug 1, 2015


REMOTE: Designing with Outlying Societies prompts us to investigate the

ethical and ideological assumptions of contemporary humanitarian

architecture in the contexts of isolated peoples.


What does it mean to intervene?

The question foregrounds a need to better understand the notion of

geographic and cultural remoteness as it relates to today’s global

practice and discourse.  An exterior voice is imaginably beneficial to

problem identification and the generation of potential solutions.

However, how can contemporary architecture and design proceed to work

with these societies while harnessing a better understanding and

reciprocity in both formal and cultural tolerances?


The “humanitarian” project is largely a mediated enterprise — apt for

popular dissemination. Are architects and institutions similarly

engaging such work for the chance to build altruistically-viewed

projects in distant, photogenic and exoticized landscapes? Through what

frameworks may contemporary architecture assess the integrity and

productivity of such projects?  Do these initiatives strike a

resemblance to cycles of colonization, industrialization, assimilation,

and exploitation? What are the agendas that motivate practical and

institutional contact in the 21st Century?


REMOTE is a peer-reviewed volume.  We are looking for scholarly papers

that address this topic through the lens of media studies,

anthropology, sociology, political science, and architectural history

and theory.  We are also interested in art and architectural projects

that explore these issues.




Sixto Cordero Maisonet

Tyler Stevermer

Austin Smith


Peer-Review Board Director:

Mark Jarzombek


For correspondence and inquiries:


REMOTE, MIT Architecture

77 Massachusetts Ave, Room 7-337

Cambridge, MA 02139


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