Call for Papers: AIARG 8: Field Conditions. Dublin, 24-25 January 2019

The eighth annual conference of the All Ireland Architecture Research Group (AIARG 8) seeks to explore field conditions within the profession and the discipline of architecture. It is a useful term in architectural discourse for a number of reasons: it is descriptive of the manner in which buildings can gather the ‘as found’ elements of a site around them; it captures something of the nature of non-hierarchical space; it recognises the way in which architecture draws connections between multiple and distinct bodies of knowledge; and it posits boundaries not as rigid delineating barriers, but instead as rich transitional zones.

Papers could address various questions, including, but not limited to:

  • Where are the rich transitional zones between disciplines?
  • In what ways does the architectural design process respond to multiple physical, cultural and social conditions?
  • How have field-based compositional principles impacted on the history of architecture?
  • How does architecture both draw upon and influence other disciplines?
  • How do boundary conditions manifest themselves in urbanism, building and technology?

The conference welcomes abstracts on the theme of field conditions from practitioners, theoreticians and teachers. We are particularly interested in proposals that explore the critical zones between fields. Proposals for alternative media that may step outside an academic milieu will be welcome: roundtable discussions, performances, exhibitions, posters, etc. Abstracts (limited to one per individual) of not more that 350 words should be sent to aiargconference2019@gmail.com no later than 24 September 2018. A selection of papers from the conference will be invited to submit to building material, the peer-reviewed journal of the Architectural Association of Ireland.

The call for papers is available here.

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