Monthly Archives: May 2018

Towards Transformative Practice Frameworks: Planners, Professional Agency & Sustainable Urbanism

Towards Transformative Practice Frameworks: Planners, Professional Agency & Sustainable Urbanism

Call details at this link

Context: In the UK, a number of our part-time students (young practitioners) seem to be disappointed by what they see as planners having a limited ability to make a difference – And they also appear to be unaware of the range of strategies the preceding generation in the 1990s adopted – to change the status quo – for example, on planning’s role in promoting Sustainable Design and Construction at the time.

One aim of this Thematic Issue is to capture the inspiring legacy of pro-active sustainable planning practices from various perspectives of the recent past – And to use that record to look to the future role & potential opportunities to move the sustainable urbanism agenda forward, regardless of neoliberal barriers.

Another aim is to generate a discussion between Educators and Practitioners about planning expertise and emerging forms of agency – to enable frameworks for future transformative practices to emerge. Consequently, we would also welcome, and would look to include a couple of commentaries, opinion pieces and considered replies from readers – to the papers in this issue.

The theme of agency in planning is also relevant to designers experience of interacting with planners – and critical papers / case studies from a range of (academic, activist, design practitioner, &/or community) perspectives would be particularly welcome.

Please send us an expression of interest with your potential topic – Abstracts due by 15th Nov 2018.


CESB19 Prague Call for Abstracts Extended

Central Europe towards Sustainable Building Prague 2019 (CESB19) event is a part of 2019 international Sustainable Built Environment conference series convened under auspices of the four international organizations: iiSBE, CIB, UNEP-SBCI, FIDIC and the Global Alliance for Building and Construction.

CESB19 is the fifth conference in a row held in Prague on the actual research in sustainable building (more on previous CESB conferences here).

CESB19 is now announcing, that the extended date for abstracts submission is 31 May 2018. Until this date, you can still submit your abstract (up to 250 words) via conference electronic system accessible at

Conference topics

Buildings and climate change
New materials and products for sustainable buildings
Innovative technologies and systems for energy efficient and energy positive buildings
Decision-support tools and assessment methods for sustainable built environment
Retrofitting of existing building stock
Sustainable urban development
Industrial heritage regeneration
Policy and public awareness

Abstracts submission

Abstracts of 150–250 words in English shall be submitted electronically using conference system available at by 31 May 2018.

All papers accepted by the Scientific Committee and presented at the Conference in oral or poster form will be published in collaboration with IOP Publishers as open access papers in electronic proceedings within IOP Conference Series Earth and Environmental Science (EES, and submitted for indexing by ISI (Web of Science) and Scopus. Papers from previous CESB conferences are indexed and available for readers in databases.

Key dates

31 May 2018 Extended abstracts submission
15 September 2018 Acceptance notification
01 November 2018 Full papers submission
15 February 2019 Results of full papers’ review process
15 March 2019 Implementation of reviewers’ comments into full papers
01 April 2019 Presenting author’s registration

CESB series

The organizers have track record in organizing CESB events since 2007. Last time, CESB16 contributed to sharing knowledge among 337 participants from 47 countries.

All papers from previous CESB series are available here: CESB07 | CESB10 | CESB13 | CESB16.

More information at
We are looking forward to interesting abstracts and meeting you next year in Prague!

Call for Papers: Bauhaus Effects

Dublin, Ireland, 7-9 February 2019

A collaboration between the National College of Art and Design, University College Cork, University College Dubin and the Goethe Institut Dublin.

Keynote speakers will include Prof. Heike Hanada, the architect of the Bauhaus Museum currently under construction in Weimar.

As the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus approaches, we seek contributors to reflect on the legacy and resonances of the innovative artistic, architectural, design and teaching practices developed there.

Bauhaus Effects aims to assemble an interdisciplinary collection of papers that analyse the repercussions of the legendary Bauhaus school in the hundred years since its inception, considering the ways in which the broad range of practices — including material analysis, models of pedagogy, textile and wallpaper composition, theatre staging and costume design, photography, and interior systems – have transformed everyday experiences from the 1920s to the present day.

Bauhaus innovations and models of thought continue to resonate within the contemporary built environment, from chair construction to skyscraper design, from interior spaces to urban topographies, warranting a thorough, methodologically diverse studies of its effects a century after the school was founded.

Bauhaus Effects aims to investigate the continuing impact of the Bauhaus on an impressive range of contemporary practices across the globe.  We propose that the Bauhaus was not just a radical art school but in fact initiated a fundamental paradigm shift in design culture whose import is ripe for assessment a century on.

We welcome papers from a wide range of perspectives, including urbanism, city and regional planning, architecture, drama and theatre studies, art school pedagogy, photo history, art history, contemporary art practice and theory, design history, corporate design and diaspora/exile studies.

Please submit a 300-word abstract and a 50 word biography by 1 July 2018 to:

Kathleen James-Chakraborty:

Francis Halsall:
Sabine Kriebel:

2nd Call for Papers – 21st IIWC Symposium York, UK – 12-15 September 2018

Wood has been one of the most commonly used construction materials throughout history, the result being a wide range of architectures reflecting different cultures and spread across every region of the world. Wooden built heritage is pervasive across time, belief systems and typologies: from waterlogged Mesolithic sites to painted church screens, shipwrecks to barns, temple shrines to portable huts, and from window frames to roof trusses.

In 1994 the Nara Document on Authenticity addressed the need for a broader understanding of cultural diversity and cultural heritage. The discussions that eventually led to the Nara Document were is some way influenced by the varying approaches to conservation of wooden heritage in different world cultures.

The 21st IIWC Symposium in York will have as its theme ‘New Horizons in the Conservation of Wooden Built Heritage’, and will give experts, professionals and practitioners the opportunity to discuss and exchange knowledge and insights about the many different perspectives of conservation of wooden heritage. It will be an interchange for new research and technical advancements, and a forum to engage our diverse community with the common goal of exploring new multi-disciplinary viewpoints and potentialities in the field of conservation.

The IIWC York symposium will provide a platform for experts, professionals and practitioners to showcase their work and obtain feedback from other symposium delegates.

Who should attend? ICOMOS members and non-members alike are welcome including: foresters, ecologists and archaeobotonists, carpenters, joiners and archaeologists, wood scientists, anthropologists and librarians, mill wrights and cultural historians, academics and conservators, financiers, property owners, legislators and project managers, engineers and architects, and researchers, educators, archivists, curators and students.

2nd Call for Papers:

On behalf of the ICOMOS International Wood Committee and ICOMOS-UK we invite papers to be presented at New Horizons, York 2018.

Papers are invited from both ICOMOS members and non-members.

Important dates:

  • 2 March 2018: 1st Call for Papers
  • 8 April 2018: 2nd Call for Papers
  • 15 May 2018: Deadline for submission of Abstracts; those sent after the deadline will not be considered.
  • 12 June 2018: Selected speakers notified of their selection
  • 12 -15 September 2018: ‘New Horizons’ – IIWC Symposium York 2018
Please find attached for your reference a copy of the Symposium notification and Call for Papers. Further information can be found at

We look forward to receiving your contributions and to seeing you in York this September.