Appel à propositions : IDEA@UdeM 2013 (International Doctoral Encounters in Architecture @ Université de Montréal)

IDEA@UdeM 2013 (International Doctoral Encounters in Architecture @ Université de Montréal) presents : “Ornament, Algorithms and Analogies: between cognitive and technological operations in architecture”

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Abstracts (600-800 words including references) and one page Curriculum Vitae should be sent no later than 15 December 2012 to: Jean-Pierre Chupin <> and
Aliki Economides <>
Abstracts should clearly state the author’s institutional affiliation and contact information as well as the name of his/her primary supervisor.

Date : 24-25 May 2013

Lieu : Montreal, Canada

Hosted by : the Chaire de recherche sur les concours et les pratiques contemporaines en architecture ( ) ; the Laboratoire d’étude de l’architecture potentielle ( ); and the School of Architecture at the Université de Montréal ( ).

This doctoral encounter is co-organized by Jean-Pierre Chupin (UdeM)
and Aliki Economides (Harvard GSD).

Call for Papers : “IDEA@UdeM” is a new series of biannual, peer reviewed scholarly meetings and associated publications, that aims to bring an international network of junior scholars into rigorous conversation on timely issues bearing on architectural practice and discourse. For each encounter there is one recurrent disciplinary problematic (namely, what makes your doctoral research question an architectural question?) and one current disciplinary or interdisciplinary issue and contemporary theme of research. For its first doctoral encounter entitled, “Ornament, Algorithms and Analogies: between cognitive and technological operations in architecture”, the co-organizers invite current PhD candidates of any nationality and enrolled at any university to submit 600-800 word abstracts (inclusive of references) on the theme of contemporary global architecture studied through the specific lenses of ornament as both an important object of knowledge and mediation, and as a complex product of material and digital technologies. How can a study of ornament help us to better understand contemporary trends in architectural practice and theory? In parallel, IDEA@UdeM 2013 explores the cognitive and technological manifestations and potential of ornament in contemporary architecture to probe broader pedagogical questions on the nature of doctoral research in architecture. Considering that the issue of “ornament” may (or may not) be at the core of your doctoral research, we ask you to give a concise but explicit statement regarding the disciplinary specificity or your “architectural question”. What, in other words, constitutes a promising architectural question? Successful proposals will address these interconnected thematic and pedagogical trajectories in a manner that is theoretically grounded, historically informed, and more analytical than descriptive. Authors whose abstracts are selected will write papers and will be invited to make 30-minute presentations at the Université de Montréal in May 2013 in front of a panel of distinguished architectural scholars. These papers will be clustered according to the following themes: ‘Nature’, ‘Structure’ and ‘Culture’. Each themed session will include a discussion period moderated by a respondent. The language of the presentations, discussions and the ensuing publication is English.
These invitations will be supported in part by funding from the Research Chair in Competitions and Contemporary Practices in Architecture (Prof. Jean-Pierre Chupin, Chair holder).

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