CALL FOR ABSTRACTS „Approaching Research Practice in Architecture“

International doctoral candidates with an interest in practice-oriented formats in architecture and adjacent fields, who are either already pursuing or approaching a research project, are invited to participate in a two-day PhD workshop on October 08-09, 2020! The digital event is hosted by TU Munich, TU Delft and KTH Stockholm, and marks the beginning of a cooperative doctoral course on research practices. The deadline for application has been extended: Abstracts can be submitted until September 10, 2020.

The event takes as its point of departure the growing interest in practice-oriented research in the broadest sense, including expanding modes of work in well-established areas of architectural research such as architectural history and theory or urban and landscape studies. This recent “turn to practice” manifests itself, first and foremost, in the flourishing of empirical and performative approaches. It can also be noted in the shift towards contemporary history, critical heritage studies etc., which employ a host of experimental methods, and forms of dissemination. Finally, the workshop also recognises the emergence of research practices by practitioners. Our goal is to reflect upon the multitude and diversity of current research practices.

Proposals may address processes, performances, outcomes, and/or effects of your research.
This two-day synchronous workshop will take place on ZOOM and focus on dialogue. Sessions will be strictly 45-minutes long, allowing for discussion. Days will begin and conclude with a short introductory address.

To amplify, refresh, and expand discussion on research practices, we welcome two types of contributions:
a) Trajectories, sessions with five 5-minute individual presentations, and b) Orientations, workshop- or roundtable-based group conversations with three to five participants. Please apply with an abstract, either; a) addressing your individual research; or b) as a group addressing a research topic or question you consider crucial. Note: The 5-minute Trajectories presentations will be pre-recorded. The contributions to Orientations will be self-moderated. 

The call is free of charge. All submissions will be peer-reviewed.
Please apply with a short bio (50-100 words) and an abstract that responds to the following five questions (in no particular order):
Your research interest: What do I want to know and why?
Paths for learning: What do I have to know to pursue my research?
Your practical knowledge: What do I know through my practice and experience?
Knowledge in your field: What is already known about my topic?
Relevance: What would the effects of my intervention be?

This workshop is part of the program of the BauHow5 Consortium including the Swedish research school ResArc (ETHZ, TUD, TUM, UCL, CTH, LTH, KTH) and funded by the Erasmus+ project SABRE. The workshop can be counted as one module of the doctoral course “Approaching Research Practice in Architecture: Theory, Methods, Ethics” (7.5 ECTS). 

Abstracts due: September 10, 2020

Please send an email including your abstract and bio to:
Notification of acceptance and feedback from the scientific committee: September 7, 2020
For Trajectories, send us your 5-minute pre-recorded presentation (using ZOOM or the recording function of MS PowerPoint/Apple Keynote) via wetransfer no later than: September 28, 2020
To enable lively discussions, access to the pre-recorded Trajectories presentations will be granted to three days prior to the event.

Meike Schalk (KTH), Torsten Lange (TUM), Andreas Putz (TUM) and Frank van der Hoeven (TUD)
For queries, please contact:

PROGRAM (Central European Summer Time | note: BST will be one hour earlier):
Thursday 8th of October
09.45 Introduction
10.00-10.45 Breakfast address: Momoyo Kaijima, Architectural Ethnography, response, Q&As
11.00-11.45 Trajectories I, parallel sessions
12.00-12.45 Trajectories II, parallel sessions
13.30-14.15 Lunch address: Isabelle Doucet, Thinking and Writing through Practices, response, Q&As
14.30-15.15 Orientations I, parallel sessions
15.30-16.15 Evening address: Bryony Roberts, Expanding Modes of Practice, response, Q&As

Friday 9th of October
09.45 Introduction
10.00-10.45 Breakfast address: Jane Rendell, Practicing Ethics, response, Q&As
11.00-11.45 Trajectories III, parallel sessions
12.00-12.45 Orientations II, parallel sessions
13.30-14.15 Concluding roundtable conversation

Ute Besenecker, KTH School of Architecture, Stockholm; Monica Billger, Chalmers University of Technology; Ben Boucsein, TU München; Irina Davidovici, ETHZ; Dietrich Erben, TU München; Catharina Gabrielsson, KTH School of Architecture; Katja Grillner, KTH School of Architecture; Janina Gosseye, TU Delft; Carola Hein, TU Delft; Ulrika Karlsson, KTH School of Architecture; Daniel Koch, KTH School of Architecture; Thaleia Konstantinou, TU Delft; Ferdinand Ludwig, TU München; Jennifer Mack, KTH School of Architecture; Helena Mattsson, KTH School of Architecture; Emma Nilsson, LTH Lund University; Christina Pech, KTH School of Architecture; Barbara Penner, The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL; Hilde Remoy, TU Delft; Gunnar Sandin, LTH Lund University; Gerhard Schubert, TU München; Sören Schöbel-Rutschmann, TU München; Alain Thierstein, TU München; Amy Thomas, TU Delft; Fredrik Torisson, LTH Lund University; Philip Ursprung, ETHZ; Udo Weilacher, TU München

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