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Context – the latest edition

The themes for forthcoming editions of Context, the journal of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) Context, are regularly published on the Context page of the IHBC web site.

The theme of each issue takes the form of three or four main articles and allows us to look in detail at a conservation issue or building type

Themed issues of Context also include more general conservation articles as well as news, book reviews and reports from IHBC’s officers.

If you have any suggestions for articles or other material contact Fiona Newton at: editorial@ihbc.org.uk

A new aesthetic or ‘mere decoration’?  Architectural Sculpture in Britain 1850-1914

We are inviting proposals for papers discussing architectural sculpture in Britain from 1850 to 1914. These will be presented to a joint Victorian Society and Public Statues and Sculpture Association conference at the Art Workers’ Guild in London on Saturday 17 September 2022. The conference will be followed by guided walks around selected Victorian and Edwardian buildings in London on Sunday 18 September.

Abstracts and a brief c.v. of approximately 150 words each should be submitted to Joanna Barnes and Holly Trusted (co-chairs PSSA) atoffice@pssauk.org ASAP. 

AMPS – Heritages: past and Present – Built and Social

Prague – Heritages

2023 marks the twentieth anniversary of the UNESCO Convention on Cultural Heritage. It established culture as a concept to be safeguarded. That event came three decades after the World Heritage Convention. Through that, UNESCO had set up its World Heritage List of protect sites and buildings. The intervening years have seen multiple shifts in how we define heritage – as both material objects and social traditions. Today more than ever before, the distinction is blurred. The streets on which we live, the edifices we design and the monuments we protect are all connected to the lifestyles, traditions and social groupings we celebrate and safeguard.

What we mean by heritage today then, is an open and diverse question. Our buildings and environments, our cities and neighborhoods, our memorials and our artworks, our cultures and communities are all component parts of what we understand as ‘preservable’ history. The dynamics at play are however complex. Conserving architectural heritage can conflict with development models. Community traditions are threatened by globalization. Monuments are often focal points for cultural contestation. Archeological sites are valued in themselves and simultaneously erased by both the forces of conflict and ‘progress’.

However, the past and the present also overlap and mutually support. Placemaking sees built and cultural heritage as key to urban practice. Contextualization is central to planning laws. Museums are sites for communities and display. Heritage organsiations preserve buildings and educate the public. Galleries present historical art while debating meanings in contemporary terms.

Reflecting this scenario, this conference seeks papers on heritage from various standpoints: art and architecture historians concerned with preservation; architects and urban planners engaged with placemaking; cultural theorists and social historians documenting objects, places, people and events. Artists working with community and place. It welcomes case studies that are specific and place-based. It embraces theoretical frameworks that function globally. It is interested in variegated methods of research and analysis.

Although the event is international in its reach, it is also interested in the specifics of the Czech Republic. It stems from the Prague based project Then, Now and Always and uses its themes of museums and communities as a key strand. Other strands and themes are listed below and aim to bring in contributions from multiple fields.

Abstracts due: 10 July 2022

AMPS – Representing Pasts – Visioning Futures

Abstracts – 1 July 2022

Event – 1-3 December 2022

More information

One century ago the City Symphony was at the cutting edge of visual representation. It was the site of some of the most challenging concepts and ideas the art world had ever seen. Its ruptures in spatiotemporal representation were seen as natural extensions of the avant-garde: cubist painting in the mode of Braque, the architectural visions of Vladimir Tatlin, the spatio-sculptural works of Aleksandr Rodchenko, the photography of Moholy-Nagy and later Florence Henri, to name but a few.

The intervening 100 years have seen periodic reengagements with spatial reframing in these media. They have also witnessed the emergence of new modes of representation in the worlds of art, design, heritage, cultural studies and the social sciences more broadly. Today, artists, architects, painters, sculptors and designers can work seamlessly across a plethora of fields: video, digital photography, 3D printing, parametric architecture, algorithmic animation, projection mapping, photogrammetry, virtual reality, and more.

If we look specifically at spatial design, virtual reality is increasingly seen as ‘everyday’ for architects and urban designers. For artists, ‘the digital’ is now a typical mode of operation. If we consider film, algorithmic video editing, motion capture and image digitalization are now all ‘run of the mill’ technologies. In museology, the experiential interactive installation accompanies static exhibitions. Indeed, the moving image, both analogue and digital, is now a standard area of historical study in itself – the city symphony included.

Taking the City Symphony, and its historic moment in time as a starting point, this conference seeks to explore of the past, present and future of how we visualise people, places, cities and life. It welcomes insights into the history of painting from a spatiotemporal standpoint; the influence and evolution of the photographic representation of place; the role of sculpture in exploring and integrating space. It invites filmmakers exploring city representation, architects, urban planners and designers engaged in the visualisation of buildings, cities…. and more.

Its welcomes contributions from across disciplines and its strands will be formed around contributions. Several themes are set in advance, including the areas of research interest to the partner institutions:

Queen’s University Belfast – Lived Space, Past and Present | Cape Peninsula University of Technology – Representing Space, Place, and Liminality | National University of Singapore – The Screen as Surface, Site and Space

Research on repair projects for Listed Places of Worship also recorded on the Historic England Heritage At Risk register

David Sutter is a postgraduate student at the University of the West of England, Bristol, studying MSc Building Surveying. He is currently writing a dissertation which is focusing on repair projects for Listed Places of Worship also recorded on the Historic England Heritage At Risk register. The research aspect of the dissertation involves conducting online phenomenological interviews with heritage property professionals that have experience working on such projects.   

He is looking for 6 to 8 potential participants for interviews. Ideally these individuals will have about 10 years’ experience working within the heritage property sector, along with a relevant professional institution membership. The crucial aspect is that the participants must have experience working on at least one repair project for a Listed Places of Worship recorded on the Heritage At Risk register.

If you would like to help David with his research then please email david.rutter@live.uwe.ac.uk

Transformative Teaching Focus on Pedagogy

The academy brings in students from general education. It prepares them for a world of work and practice. In the process, it seeks to ‘transform’ them – opening students to the myriad of possibilities education is expected to bring.

Considered within this context, there a multitude of issues we need to consider. How we support entry level students? How we foster the critical self-reflection needed for lifelong learning? In a technologically fluid world, how do we keep up with changing media and practice? How do we support the engagement and understanding of our students with the social issues and players they will engage with once they leave? In short, how are we contributing to the transformative experience of education?

This conference seeks to foster a multifaceted consideration of what we do within the academy; how we teach; how students learn; and how we engage beyond its walls. 

The conference has several strands that reflect the research areas of each university partner and Routledge as publisher. They include:
 
Florida State University University of Dundee Zayed University AMPS

Abstract deadline : 30 June, 2022 (Round One) | 5 October, 2022 (Round 2)

AMPS – Livable Cities – New York

LIVABLE CITIES – NEW YORK

A cross-departmental initiative at City – Tech (CUNY), New York.


Place: New York / Virtual
Dates: 14-16, June 2023

Early Abstracts: July 5th, 2022

https://amps-research.com/conference/livable-cities-new-york/

What makes a city livable? Transport, housing, health and environment. Matters of culture, entrepreneurship, crime and safety. Affordability and education. Depending on whose ‘livability index’ you look at, it may include design quality, sustainability and the digital infrastructures of the smart city. Other criteria applied may encompass food access, job opportunities or walkability. Inclusivity and the politics of participation also come into play.

The past two decades have seen an exponential rise of livability measures. Reflecting increased urbanity globally, they risk making the notion of the city ever more contested. The two cities that host this event are cases in point. The Mercer Livability Ranking takes New York as the datum by which all other cities globally are graded – as better or worse. London, by contrast, measures itself: the London Assembly scoring everything from air quality to indices of deprivation. When we consider the livability of cities then, it is clear we are dealing with a plethora of issues – both isolated and, inevitably, interconnected.

LIVABLE CITIES – New York, is the first of two related events. Held in New York, June 2023 it will be followed by LIVABLE CITIES – London in June 2024. In both New York and London we will examine the issues above from various angles. We will examine how we live in cities, and how every issue we encounter morphs with considerations of others: housing, architecture, urban planning, public health and more.

Decolonising Conservation Research & Teaching Workshop

Decolonising Conservation Teaching is a small networking project funded by the University of York and organised by Dr Louise Cooke.

The purpose of this network is to focus on decolonising conservation education through
research of archives in the UK, to understand and critique the colonial and postcolonial experience of conservation by the development of workshops and an international conference on conservation teaching focussing on the inclusion of narratives of non-dominant communities, and in developing pedagogies to transform conservation research and teaching in the UK and South Asia.

This network, supported by the University of York and the Department of Archaeology, will hold a workshop in May 2022 with a potential following one in June 2022, of which selected papers will be published in an edited book. Papers can be presented in person in York or online, to address the theme of decolonizing conservation teaching through the following questions:

  • How is your pedagogical practice impacted by colonial practices in conservation?
  • How are you changing your pedagogical practices (hands-on teaching, PBL… discourse and critical analysis)?

We are keen to invite speakers from both the academic world and outside of it, and
researchers working on the above themes worldwide. We hope that cross national conversations can be held within this workshop to promote shared experience in learning.

The workshop will take place over 2 separate days, on 10th/12th of May and 14th/16th of June. In person discussions will be held in King’s Manor, while a live stream system will allow speakers and attendees to contribute and listen into the session simultaneously. Selected papers will be published through the University of York Press as an edited book of conference proceedings.

Please email Samir Belgacem to indicate your interest, along with an optional short personal resume of c. 300 words to: sb2419@york.ac.uk

Confirmation will be sent out to speakers in early May.

Research on Sustainable ways to Retrofit Heritage and Listed Buildings in the UK

Alexsander Oleskowski is researching sustainable ways to retrofit heritage and listed buildings in UK.  

The survey itself consists of 5 basic questions and should not take much time to complete. Any comments would be greatly appreciated as I am trying to get as many sources as possible, to provide a range of experiences of different experts in the field regarding this topic.  

You can find the link HERE  

Please complete the survey by the end of April 2022

Architectural Sculpture in Britain 1850-1914

CALL FOR PAPERS: A new aesthetic or ‘mere decoration’?  Architectural Sculpture in Britain 1850-1914

We are inviting proposals for papers discussing architectural sculpture in Britain from 1850 to 1914. These will be presented to a joint Victorian Society and Public Statues and Sculpture Association conference at the Art Workers Guild in London on Saturday 17 September 2022. The conference will be followed by guided walks around selected Victorian and Edwardian buildings in London on Sunday 18 September.

Abstracts and a brief c.v. of approximately 150 words each should be submitted to Joanna Barnes and Holly Trusted (co-chairs PSSA) at office@pssauk.org by 30 April 2022.

Themes to be explored could include:

  • Patronage and commissions;
  • the relation between British and Continental European architectural sculpture;
  • the introduction and impact of new materials such as terracotta;
  • collaborative projects between architects, sculptors and firms such as Farmer and Brindley;
  • individual programmes of architecture and sculpture such as Llandaff Cathedral;
  • the visual relationships between figurative sculptures and their architectural frameworks;
  • the effects of collaborative work on the autonomy of sculptors;
  • the representation and objectification of women in sculpture;
  • the representation and misrepresentation of Empire in sculpture; 
  • women sculptors in a man’s world;
  • choice of materials and evidence of decay; or
  • Victorian and Edwardian sculpture and the effect of climate change.

Special issue in Built Heritage journal: Global Climate Change and Built Heritage

Guest Editors
Dr Chris J. Whitman, Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University
Lui (Radium) Tam, Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University
Prof Oriel Prizeman, Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University

Submission deadline for extended abstract: 29th July 2022

Submission deadline for full papers: 30th June 2023

Aims and Scope
Climate change is having a profound impact on our practical, technical, and philosophical approaches to building conservation. From mitigation to adaptation to managed loss, conservators are faced with increasingly challenging decisions for the future of our historic built environment. At the same time, it is recognised that many of these buildings offer important lessons from a pre-industrial age. This special issue aims to collate current research into the complex relationship between climate change and built heritage. Contributions are welcomed that consider the technical and philosophical challenges under the sub-themes. Where a paper does not fit under a specified theme or spans more than one, please incorporate a note to that effect in a cover letter with the submission.

For more information, please see: https://built-heritage.springeropen.com/cfp-global-climate