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CFP: Secret Lives of Architectural Drawings and Models (London, June 2019)

Architectural drawings and models are instruments of imagination, communication and historical continuity. The role of drawings and models, their ownership, placement and authorship in a ubiquitous digital age deserve careful consideration. Despite them being the first handiwork of the architect, not enough attention is given to discussions about the sites of drawing activity, or to the matter of housing them, which is essential to the active relations between drawing and buildings, building and drawings, before, during and after construction.

Expanding on the well-established discussion of the translation from drawings to buildings, the Frascari Symposium IV questions the significance of the lives of drawings and models- before, during and after construction. Where drawings and models dwell in relation to buildings, impacts their seminality and their potential future translations, from drawing to building, building to drawing. In this process of multi-directional and multi-temporal constructions, who has ownership of the drawings and models, and where do they belong?

The Frascari Symposium IV, taking place in mid-June 2019 at the School of Architecture and Landscape at Kingston University, London, UK, invites scholars, educators, curators and practicing architects to submit an abstract in English of up to four hundred seventy-four words and up to two images addressing one of the four categories of the event:

• Drawing sites and sites of knowledge construction: the drawing, the office, the laboratory, and the construction site.
• The afterlife of drawings and models: archiving, collecting, and exhibiting.
• The architect’s ethical responsibilities: authorship, ownership, copyrights and rights to copy.
• Tools of making: Relations between architectural representations and their apparatus over time.

Please submit abstracts for blind peer review no later than October 11, 2018 by emailing a pdf (5MB max.) of your abstract to both contacts below: (cc.)

Abstracts will undergo a blind peer review process. Please identify the author name(s), institution(s), abstract title, and the chosen session in the body of the email and omit references to the author/institution in the abstract pdf document. The abstract can only be submitted to one session topic. The organizers reserve the right to assign the proposed abstract to a different session topic based on suitability. Selected authors will be invited to develop a full paper (max. 3011 words) to be delivered at the Frascari Symposium IV.

Presentations will be twenty minutes long, including questions and discussion. Each symposium session will include four to six presentations. Selected presentations will be invited to contribute a full paper towards a future publication.

Notices of acceptance will be sent to authors by November 22, 2018.


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