CfP: European Architectural History Network, Tallinn 2018

Call for Papers: European Architectural History Network
Fifth International Meeting
National Library of Estonia
Tallinn 2018, June 13–16

Submission deadline: 30 September 2017

More information: eahn2018conference.ee

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CfP: ATut 2017 in Oulu

The University of Oulu, Oulu School of Architecture welcomes you to the 9th Annual Symposium of Architectural Research 2017 (Atut 2017), to be held November 29th – December 2nd, 2017 in Oulu, Finland. The symposium is the annual gathering for research in architecture, urban design and planning, and it has been organised by the Finnish schools of architecture together with the Finnish Association of Architects SAFA since 2009.

Conference website: http://www.atut.fi.
Deadline for an abstract for full paper: June 16th, 2017.

The main theme of the Atut2017 is Plan, Develop, Design: Making Smart Cities and Architecture. The symposium will contribute to, critique and address widely the phenomena related to smart development, practices and projects. This includes smart cities, communities, environments, architecture, and construction.

Atut2017 is aimed for researchers and practitioners in architecture, urban design and planning, as well as any other field affiliated to planning, development and design of smart cities and architecture. These other fields may include, for instance, computer science, information processing science, economics, futures research, lighting design and research, industrial engineering and management, innovation studies, education, health studies, social sciences such as geography, cultural anthropology, interaction and communication studies.

The main mission of Atut2017 is to gather together experts around the world to provide contributions for the research and development of smart cities and architecture. In the symposium, we will examine, in what ways architectural design and urban planning and design contribute to, critique and address the smart city phenomenon, practices and projects. What kind of integrative processes and methods could be used to connect development actions in smart cities, communities, environments, architecture, and construction? How can multidisciplinarity benefit research, design and planning?

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CfP: Alvar Aalto Meeting 14–15 September 2017 in Seinäjoki

6th International Alvar Aalto Meeting on Contemporary Architecture − Technology and Humanism 14−15 September 2017 Seinäjoki, Finland

Call for Papers & Call for Innovations are open from 3 April−31 May 2017.
Alvar Aalto Academy is inviting researchers, architects, designers, educators, practitioners, students and entrepreneurs to investigate the theme of Technology and Humanism.

The seminar, which will consist of expert lectures, workshops and discussion sessions, is seeking proposals from different fields that relate to the theme of Technology and Humanism. Alvar Aalto Academy welcomes Call for Papers and Call for Innovations proposals from a variety of disciplines and perspectives, including architecture, arts, urban design and planning, industrial design, engineering, information technology, media and communication studies, social sciences and humanities.

In this seminar, we are looking for contributions that acknowledge the relationship between evolving technology and changing premises for human wellbeing within the context of the built environment. The theme can be approached from the perspective of user-driven processes, building technologies including new materials and processes, energy and resource efficiency and production, healthcare and welfare solutions and the impact of ICT on living and working.

The event is part of Alvar Aalto Week which will be coordinated by Alvar Aalto Academy and held in Seinäjoki, Finland on 13−17 September 2017. Public events that will be organised in the city during this week will offer an interesting, interactive programme for local residents and students and professionals in the field. The events will focus on Alvar Aalto’s oeuvre and design ideology, along with topical issues related to the built environment. Alvar Aalto Week is arranged by the Alvar Aalto Academy / Alvar Aalto Foundation in collaboration with the City of Seinäjoki and a wide group of partners.

Further information and enquiries:
Nina Heikkonen
Alvar Aalto Academy / Alvar Aalto Foundation
tel. +358 44 500 1257
nina.heikkonen@alvaraalto.fi
www.alvaraalto.fi

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Research Ethics Online Course for Doctoral Students 26.5.–26.6.2017

Timetable: Online course: 26 May – 26 June 2017

At the completion of this course a doctoral candidate is able to:

  • recognise and analyse key research ethical questions
  • formulate ethical research plans and responses to ethical challenges by applying key ethical theories and approaches
  • recognise and understand key ethical principles guiding research and how they apply to research work
  • understand the Finnish Responsible Conduct of Research guidelines, processes for  dealing with research misconduct, and processes for applying research license or ethical review
  • identify rights and responsibilities as a researcher understand how ethical decisions and choices influence society and research community

Teacher: Dr Henriikka Mustajoki.

Mode of study
The course will be taught online (http://moodle.tsv.fi/). You will be sent an enrolment key to login. The course languages are English and Finnish (both languages are accessible on the same site). Most of the course is self-directed and allows for great flexibility with when and where it is done. However, assessments have strict deadlines.

Credits: 1 ECTS, please check the course description here.

Registration: Sign up here  by 18 May! Open for doctoral candidates in all schools of Aalto University.

Questions
On questions regarding enrolment, you can contact Emma on emma.holmlund@aalto.fi
On all other questions, you can contact Henriikka on henriikka.mustajoki@gmail.com.

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CfP: 7th Nordic Design Research Conference, 15-17 June 2017, Oslo, Norway

Nordic Design Research Society Conference NORDES’17

Conference Theme: DESIGN + POWER
15–17 June 2017, AHO · Oslo, Norway
www.nordes.org/nordes2017/

Call for Papers, deadline 1 April 2017.
Submission categories: full paper, short paper, case, exhibition, poster, pictorial, and workshop, as well as a doctoral consortium encouraging work-in-progress papers.

KEYNOTES:
Nordes Honorary Keynote: Professor Thomas Binder
Young Scholars Keynote: Dr Mahmoud Keshavarz
International Research Keynote: Professor Yoko Akama
International Research Keynote: Professor Dori Tunstall
National Design Practice Keynote: Even Westvang

The theme of DESIGN + POWER allows us to take up what are difficult and dynamic relationships of design in the face of current societal challenges, needs of the design professions and wider political and economic forces. We are able to do so, and need to do so, precisely because design and design research are co-creative, productive and forward looking in character and actions. We have built a substantial body of related research but we need to work actively to ensure its survival and adaptation. Different interpretations of power are invited that may address its unfolding, for example, in terms of positionality, norm-criticality, feminisms, decolonism, materiality, temporality, responsibility, justice, equality, ethics, politics, governance, institutions, participation and engagement.

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Call for Applications: 23rd IFHP Urban Planning and Design Summer School, 7-19 August 2017

Call for Applications: the 23rd IFHP Urban Planning and Design Summer School

This is an invitation for applications to the 23rd IFHP Urban Planning and Design Summer School in Finland. We warmly welcome applications from students at all levels of studies, as well as young professionals, from all disciplines related to spatial planning. We look forward to receiving applications from urban planners, architects, sociologists, geographers and others dealing with the built environment! IFHP Summer School entitles participants to five study credits (ECTS).

The course will be held 7-19 August 2017 and the application period will end 14 April.

Maximum of five Aalto-university students from all different levels of studies are invited to participate in the International Federation for Housing and Planning Summer School 2017 exempt of the Summer School fee. For any inquiries, feel free to contact the coordinator: laura.berger@aalto.fi.

More information

Summer School is based on intensive workshops taking place in the cities of Turku and Tampere. Participants will be invited to explore the theme New Nodes of Urbanity first in an individual task, and then develop the ideas to an urban planning and design solution as a group work in one of the two case-cities. The projects will be developed in a semi-realistic manner, in interaction with planners of the two cities and experts of planning education and research. In addition, there will be lectures on the theme and a one-day study trip to both historic and new neighbourhoods of Helsinki.

An electronic application form and further information on the Summer School can be found on our website: http://www.ifhpsummerschool.fi

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Kuva-aineistot ja kuvatiedon haku Oppimiskeskuksessa | Visual resources and image retrieval at the Learning Centre

Kuva-aineistot ja kuvatiedonhaku Oppimiskeskuksessa | Visual resources and image retrieval at the Learning Centre (scroll down)

Aalto-yliopiston Oppimiskeskuksessa toimii uutena palveluna kuva-aineistoihin ja kuvatiedonhakuun erikoistunut Visual Resources Centre.

VRC-tilassa voit käyttää kuvankäsittelyyn ja itsepalveludigitointiin tarkoitettuja työpisteitä ja skannereita. Saat apua etsiessäsi hyvälaatuisia ja luotettavia kuvatiedonlähteitä eri tieteenaloilta ja aiheista, vaikkapa digitaalisesta kulttuuriperinnöstä tiedon visualisointiin. Tarjoamme myös neuvontaa ja koulutusta opiskelussa ja tutkimuksessa tarvittavista kuvatiedonlähteistä ja käyttöoikeuksista. Palvelun kautta löytyy myös kuva-aineistoja Aalto-yliopiston toiminnasta ja historiasta.

VRC-palvelu tukee visuaalisen lukutaidon oppimista Aalto-yliopistossa, eli taitoja löytää, arvioida, käyttää eettisesti ja tuottaa visuaalista mediaa.

Visual Resources Centre ja Kuvatiedonhaun opas
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Visual resources and image retrieval at the Learning Centre

Aalto University Learning Centre provides a new service, Visual Resources Centre (VRC) specialising in visual resources and image retrieval.The VRC space is a dedicated working space for activities such as image editing and self-service digitisation. The VRC service helps to find high quality and authentic visual information from a variety of subjects and disciplines, from digital cultural heritage to information visualisation. We offer advice and training on visual information sources and use rights for learning and research. VRC also helps find visual materials related to the history and activities of Aalto University.

The VRC space is a dedicated working space for activities such as image editing and self-service digitisation. The VRC service helps to find high quality and authentic visual information from a variety of subjects and disciplines, from digital cultural heritage to information visualisation. We offer advice and training on visual information sources and use rights for learning and research. VRC also helps find visual materials related to the history and activities of Aalto University.
The Visual Resources Centre supports learning visual literacy skills as part of information skills at Aalto University Learning Centre. The visual literacy skills include the abilities to find, evaluate, use ethically and produce visual media.

Visual Resources Centre Guide
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3rd Nida Doctoral School Intensive Course, 21-26 August 2017, Vilnius, Lithuania

Tweezers and Squeezers: Methodological Approaches and Research Methods in Art, Design and Architecture

Third Nida Doctoral School intensive course for DA and PhD students in art, design, architecture, humanities and the social sciences
21-26 August 2017
Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts, Lithuania
Application deadline: 31 March 2017

Theme

The third Nida Doctoral School (NDS) will bring together a multidisciplinary group of practice and theory-based doctoral candidates researching different topics in the context of the visual and performing arts, design and architecture, sharing the common goal of completing a doctoral degree, to discuss and develop the methodological framework of their research projects. NDS will provide a platform for dialogue and the exchange of ideas, as well as a space for sharing feedback and peer support. The aim of NDS 2017 is to focus on research methods and on the development of methodological skills and approaches and to provide critical feedback from distinguished international tutors.

Finding suitable methods and framing the methodological approach is one of the biggest sources of anxiety and uncertainty for doctoral researchers, especially practice-based when developing and implementing a research plan. Could I treat my art or design practice as the main method? How should I write about my methodology? Or, as Henk Slager calls it, ‘methodicy’*? How should I safeguard myself and my audience from methodological excess? Does my methodological approach help or limit me in doing my research? When should I think about it: when starting or when concluding my research and thesis? What is the relationship between theory and practice in my research, and which philosophical/theoretical school should I refer to in order to base my argument?

Format

The third NDS will take place on 21-26 August 2017. Each day will include one-hour-long presentations by invited speakers and tutors, followed by one-hour-long discussions. The rest of the day will be dedicated to doctoral student presentations, followed by discussions and feedback (one hour per student). Invited speakers and tutors will act as respondents to the student research development work. The programme will also include slots for individual consultations.

The students are expected to participate in presentations and discussions and to prepare for the course by studying a reading list compiled by the invited speakers and tutors and provided in early June. In addition to the discussions around the overall topic of the School, students are asked to prepare a 30-minute presentation of their own research and practice, with a special focus on their methodological approach. In these sessions, students will receive feedback from their peers on other doctoral programmes, as well as from the invited speakers and tutors of the School.

Invited Speakers and Tutors

In 2017, NDS has the pleasure to welcome three INVITED SPEAKERS:
Dr Joanne Morra, Reader in Art History and Theory, curator of the Doctoral Platform at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, founding principal editor of Journal of Visual Culture;
Dr Marquard Smith, academic, curator, commissioner, programmer, and Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Visual Culture, currently Programme Leader for the MA Museums & Galleries in Education at UCL Institute of Education;
Prof Juha Suoranta, social scientist and public intellectual, professor at the University of Tampere, author of ‘Artistic Research Methodology. Narrative, Power and the Public’ (with Mika Hannula and Tere Vadén, 2014), ‘Rebellious Research’ (in Finnish with Sanna, Rynnänen, 2014).

Three TUTORS will guide the students through the course:
Dr Sofia Pantouvaki, scenographer and Professor of Costume Design at Aalto University;
Dr Mika Elo, Professor of Artistic Research, Head of Doctoral Programme, Vice-Dean for Research at the University of the Arts Helsinki, Academy of Fine Arts;
Konstantinas Bogdanas, artist and Associate Professor of Visual Art at Vilnius Academy of Arts.

What is Nida Doctoral School (NDS)?

In Nida, we explore unorthodox approaches to research. Through making, performing, writing and discussing, we test the possibilities for generating knowledge outside the conventional venues and models of academic research. NDS participants are offered a possibility to position their own research and practice within a broader field of research approaches. NDS aims to open up the horizons for experimental development by intersecting with a diversity of disciplines and experiences. The goal of NDS is to provide time, space and a conceptual framework for participants to gain an insight into their field of research, as well as to broaden and diversify their outlook and methodological tools.

Nida Doctoral School is an international programme designed and organised by the Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts, and Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, for doctoral students in the visual and performing arts, design and architecture. In 2017, the University of the Arts Helsinki is joining the organisers’ team.

NDS is tailored for doctoral students in the visual and performing arts, design and architecture. However, some limited places are intended for students within the humanities and social sciences, if their research is related to the arts, design and architecture. The programme comprises seven day-long intensive courses, organised once a year, and 1-6 month-long doctoral residencies which are part of the international Nida Artist-in-Residence Programme (the annual application deadline is 15 March).

Tuition, Funding and Costs

There is no tuition fee. Free accommodation and catering are provided for selected applicants from Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, University of the Arts Helsinki, and Vilnius Academy of Arts. In addition, Aalto and UniArts students are provided with a travel grant. Other participants are expected to cover their accommodation and catering costs, which amount to 300 Eur/person in a double room, and travel costs.

Application

Please fill in the NDS application form.
Application attachments (motivation letter, CV and portfolio) should be sent to rasa.antanaviciute@vda.lt
All application documents should be submitted by 31 March 2017.

Up to 16 students will be invited to take part on the NDS course.

Practical information regarding accommodation, travel arrangements, payment and all other issues will be sent to the selected participants in due course. You can check out the facilities of Nida Art Colony here and the programmes of previous NDS courses here.

For any other queries, please contact Dr Rasa Antanavičiūtė, Manager of NDS and Executive Director of Nida Art Colony, at rasa.antanaviciute@vda.lt.

*) Methodicy: ‘[…] a strong belief in a methodology founded on operational strategies which cannot be formulated and legitimized beforehand’ (Henk Slager, The Pleasure of Research, 2015, p. 30).

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CfP: 3rd Annual International Conference on Urban Planning and Property Development, 9-10 October 2017, Singapore

Call for Papers: 3rd Annual International Conference on Urban Planning and Property Development (UPPD 2017)

www.urban-ppd.org | secretariat@urban-ppd.org
9th – 10th October 2017, Singapore

UPPD provided a forum and opportunity for delegates from more than 30 individual Universities from about 20 countries to share their research, practice and educational initiatives with an international audience. You may visit the following link for UPPD prior years accepted and published papers http://www.urban-ppd.org/PriorYearsPaper.html. We hope you can be part of UPPD 2017.

Important Dates
Full Paper Submission Deadline: 31st May 2017
Early Bird Registration Deadline: 21st July 2017
Late Registration Deadline: 14th August 2017
Conference Dates: 9th – 10th October 2017

Conference Highlights

Keynote Addresses:
Assoc. Prof. Patrick Hubert Theodoor Janssen, Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore – Smart Design: Predicative Feedback for Urban Planning
Assoc. Prof. Peter W. Ferretto, School of Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong – Background City: Inhabited Urban Conditions of Hong Kong

UPPD 2017 Conference Proceedings:
All accepted and presented papers at the conference (UPPD 2017) will be published in the conference proceedings (Print ISSN: 2425-0112, E-Periodical ISSN: 2425-0201).

Journal on Engineering Technology:
All authors who present their papers at the conference will be invited to submit an extended version of their research paper for the GSTF Journal of Engineering Technology (JET) – Print ISSN: 2251-3701, E-periodical: 2251-371X. All submitted papers will go through blind review process for acceptance. All accepted papers (after the review process) will be included in the JET.

Best Paper Awards and Best Student Paper Awards will be conferred at the conference (in order to qualify for the award, the paper must be presented at the conference).UPPD 2017 will also constitute a Special Panel Session.

UPPD 2017 will also constitute a Special Panel Session.Panel Proposals are invited for submission. A minimum of three papers centering on a specific topic will be accepted for submission under Panel Category.

Panel Proposals are invited for submission. A minimum of three papers centering on a specific topic will be accepted for submission under Panel Category.

Program Committee Members
Program Chair: Prof. Avi Friedman
Director: Affordable Homes Research Group, School of Architecture, McGill University, Canada

Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Bruce Frankel
Coordinator: Real Estate Development Programs, Department of Urban Planning, College of Architecture & Planning, Ball State University, USA

 

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Current research funding opportunities and application training

Academy of Finland April Call

The Academy of Finland has published April 2017 call (English, Finnish) with the deadline on 26.04.2017. The following funding is available:

  • Research post as Academy Professor – letters of intent. Up to 15 new posts may be funded. The updated structure for the letter of intent is available here.
  • Radiation Detectors for Health, Safety and Security (RADDESS) – letters of intent
  • Health from Science (TERVA) – letters of intent
  • ICT 2023: Topics: Industrial Internet; Computation, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence; User-Centred Health Technology and Digital Health Services. The programme memorandum contains more details – to be published by 01.04. (English, Finnish).
  • Funding to NSF Graduate Fellows for research in Finland: mobility grant for US researchers working on their doctoral thesis for research spells in Finland.

Tekes

Nordforsk

Nordic University Cooperation: Nordic University Hubs, deadline 03.05.2017.
Aim: “A Nordic University Hub is a long-term partnership between Nordic universities, universities of applied sciences and university colleges that forms a consortium which will provide a framework for expanding cooperation in the Nordic region. The overall objective of the new funding instrument is to strengthen international competitiveness and facilitate the development of world-leading Nordic research environments.” (from call text)
Eligibility requirement: consortia consisting of universities of at least three Nordic countries (FI, SE, NO, DK, IS).
Consortium funding 2-10 MNOK per year for 2018-2020 and 1-5- MNOK per year for 2021-2023.
Eligible costs: mobility, guest researchers (travel costs + salaries), seminars, conferences, courses, summer schools, communication, dissemination, other cooperation promotion including personnel cost necessary for implementation of the hub.
Funding is 33% only, but universities own co-funding may include in-kind contribution (salaries, rent of offices, labs, infrastructure etc. necessary for implementation of the hub).

EU Horizon 2020 Programme

  • ICT call, deadline 25.04.2017, multiple topics, consortium required.
  • Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE), deadline 05.04.2017. Eligibility requirement: consortium with at least three countries. If all partners are universities, a non-EU country participant is required. Recruiting is not possible, only secondments are funded, up to 540 person-months per consortium; flat-rate funding 4500 € per person-month.
  • ERC Advanced grant, deadline 31.8.2017 (call to be opened later). Up to 2.5 M€ for 5 years for established research leaders with a recognised track record of research achievements. No consortium – single PI proposal. More information in Inside.
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, Individual Fellowships, deadline 14.9.2017 (call opens April 11, advance information here)
  • Funding for researchers with doctoral degree or 4 years’ research experience after MSc to conduct research in Europe (European Fellowships) or outside Europe with a compulsory returning period (Global fellowships)
  • Mobility requirements apply: the general rule for Standard European Fellowships (SEF) and Global Fellowships (GF) is that the researcher must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the beneficiary (SEF)/the host in the outgoing phase (GF) for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the call deadline.
  • Influencing H2020 research topics
    • You can now give comments on the next Work Programme (2018-2020) regarding Horizon 2020 Societal Challenges theme “Europe in a changing world – Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies”. Deadline for comments is 20.3. National Contact Point Helena Vänskä (Academy of Finland, helena.vanska@aka.fi) has asked to send the comments in the form of concrete additions to the draft written in English. Please send your comments also to me (mervi.lipponen@aalto.fi).
    • Work programmes are the documents that describe the contents of the funding calls of Horizon 2020. You can find information on influencing research topics in H2020 also in Inside.

Foundations

  • Post Docs in Companies (PoDoCo) for young doctors, deadline 13.4.2017, information event in Aalto 14.3.2017
  • Future Makers Funding Program 2017 (joint call by Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation and Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation), deadline 18.4.2017 (1st stage call for ideas)

Seminars

  • Major funding instruments for research projects – for doctoral students and post-docs. Time: 14.03.2017 at 9.15 – 11.15; Venue: TUAS-building, lecture hall TU1, Maarintie 8. Registration is over, but you can still attend. Programme in Inside.
  • Seminar for doctoral students: Personal Grants. Time: 21.3.2017 at 9.15 – 11.15; Venue: TUAS-building, lecture hall TU1, Maarintie 8. Registration (by 17.03.) and programme in Inside.
  • IPR, Contracts, Dissemination and Commercialisation. Time: 29.03.2017 at 9.15 – 11.15; Venue: lecture hall NOKIA (U135a), Otakaari 1. Registration (by 17.03.) and programme in Inside.
  • Grant Writing seminar. Time: 10.05.2017 at 9.00 – 16.00; Venue: Design Factory, Betonimiehenkuja 5 C, Otaniemi. Target audience: All Aalto researchers and professors. Programme includes lectures on proposals’ parts, experience from evaluators and proposal preparation workshops. Registration (by 03.05.) and programme in Inside.
  • ERC Advanced Grant training. Time: 30.05.2017, at 10:00-16:00; Venue: Room H304 Hallituksen istuntosali, Otakaari 1. Programme includes call description, proposal development lectures, and individual sessions with Beacon Tech Ltd. consultants (to be booked in advance, limited number of sessions). Registration (by 15.05.) and programme in Inside.
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships training. Time: May 31, 2017, at 09:00-12:45; Venue: Room U358, Otakaari 1. Registration (by 24.05.) and programme in Inside.

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