The concept of narrative has always been intertwined with humankind’s history. It is impossible to think about any relevant aspect of any society without considering its narrative characteristics and implications. Stories have always given meanings to people’s lives. However, in architecture, the word narrative has only been explored in recent decades, even if architects have always considered it in their projects since ancient times. Cities, monuments and small vernacular structures always have something else to tell that goes beyond their practical functions. The different kinds of narratives that they communicate or support through their tangible and intangible features are both intentional and unintentional. A narrative can inform and characterise lost, real and imaginary architectures and places. Moreover, architects have always envisioned their narratives by using a wide range of theories, methods, tools and techniques.
Nowadays, in architecture and related fields, there is an increasing emphasis on aspects such as efficiency and functionality which, if considered detached from other relevant aspects, may bring an impoverishment of aesthetical, spatial and cultural qualities in many new interventions, proposed and built, in historical and modern areas. Places and architectures should also be meaningful and enrich people’s daily life or sporadic life events. It is not a case that some of the most remarkable architectures and places around the world, including fictional and unbuilt projects, are those that have strong narrative features that can deliver meanings and evoke emotions on multiple levels to different stakeholders, now and looking forward to the near and distant future. Sometimes, projects of imaginary architectures and places could also embody and deliver more meaningful narratives than built counterparts. Being mindful of the communicative ability and decisions made in any architectural project is a ground zero of practice for the commissioner-client and practitioner.
The concept of narrative is multifaceted and subject to personal interpretation, and the conference encourages participants to interpret it in a broad way and in relation to any aspect of architecture and related disciplines. The emphasis of the conference, as also communicated by the title ‘Envisioning Architectural Narratives’, is on visual narratives. A narrative can be interpreted as a story (content) or as storytelling, namely the way we can tell a story (communication). How to envision the design, analysis and representation of past, present and future, real and imaginary, architectural narratives?
Considering the multiple interpretations of narrative in architecture and related field, the EAEA15 Conference sessions will be organised in three different topics\areas of investigation, which will address several research questions. The emphasis is on ‘envisioning’ architectural narratives. Inter-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary approaches which include architecture and related disciplines are also encouraged.
The process is a two-stage submission: first with an abstract, and then a full paper. Abstracts and full papers will be double-blind reviewed by an international panel of reviewers who will recommend acceptance for full papers. Its decision will be final.
The call is for abstracts of maximum 500 words plus a maximum of four illustrations and six references in Harvard style (both images and references should be included in the PDF file that is possible to attach to the submission). Author(s) should remove from the abstract all affiliations, their names, and any other information that may affect the double-blind review process.
Those whose abstracts are accepted will be invited to submit a (max) 10-page paper (minimum 6- page paper) fitting the EAEA format. Further details for the full paper submission will be specified at a later stage.
The monograph will have an ISBN number and DOI, and the papers will be available in both hard copy book and e-book (open access). More information about the publication will be shared in due time.
The EAEA was founded in 1993 in Tampere, Finland, and has reconvened every two years since then. What had originally started as a platform for European academic institutes making active use of optical endoscopy instrumentation, gradually but steadily evolved into a wider range of design visualisation and simulation interests.
Since then, over the 25 years of its existence, it has organized 14 successful biennial Conferences: