CfP: Building Material 22, Public

Call for Papers: Building Material 22, Public.

The 22nd edition of Building Material seeks papers on the theme of the public in architecture.
Architecture is a public affair, its impact shared if not always evenly distributed. The vacillating boundaries of what constitutes public life, public realm or the ‘public interest’ are forever a contested space in which the ideologies of architecture are made explicit. A public act most commonly commissioned by private parties, the design and realisation of the built environment requires a reciprocity between collective and individual needs that often results in complex relationships of competing interests. The question, perhaps, is where does the public aspect of architecture reside and how might it be calibrated?
Building Material 22 invites submissions that explore the range of architectural possibilities inherent within the word ‘public’ in Ireland and elsewhere. Submitted articles must not have been published, nor be under consideration for publication, either online or in print. Written submissions should be a maximum of 4000 words and should be analytical and critical rather than descriptive. While inviting submission of academic papers, it also seeks and encourages interesting essays that fall beyond the academic pale. Shorter articles are welcome, as are graphic works. Building Material is a peer reviewed journal and all submissions shall be assessed by two independent reviewers. Submissions not intended for peer-review are also welcome. A distinction will be made between peer-reviewed research articles and other material.
Completed articles should be addressed to the editor(s) by 2 March 2018.
All submissions and correspondence should be addressed to buildingmaterial@architecturalassociation.ie.
The full call for papers is available here.

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