15th EAEA Conference

Wednesday 1 - Friday 3 September 2021

Chairperson: Danilo Di Mascio, PhD, ARB, FHEA, PGCHE

Department of Architecture and 3D Design, School of Art, Design and Architecture, The University of Huddersfield, UK

Submission

After a careful evaluation of the international situation caused by COVID-19 and related challenges for academics and practitioners worldwide, we have decided to extend the abstract submission deadline to the 30th of November and to modify our requirements by asking a 500 words abstract for the first stage of the review process. In this way, we hope to support more people who would like to participate.


Extended Abstract Submission (500 words) Deadline: 30 November, 2020

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Conference Theme

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?

 

Topics

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.

  1. Narrative and analysis: theories, methodologies, and tools in the processes of analyses of narratives connected to or expressed by lost, unbuilt, existing or imaginary buildings and places. In how many ways can we analyse an architectural narrative? Which theoretical and methodological approaches and tools can be applied? How can we analyse connections between narrative, meanings, memories and identity? How can we read and analyse a piece of architecture or place and its narrative features? How narrative can influence the interpretation and perception of a piece of architectures and places?
  2. Narrative and design: Narrative can be used during different phases of the design process, in both academic and professional environments, such as the design studio and the architectural practice. Within both contexts, narrative can inspire and inform the whole design process and\or its single steps (including site analysis, precedents study, and design development). A narrative can support the design of both real and imaginary architectures and places. How to design places that can tell, support and foster stories? How to structure an architectural narrative? Which tools can be used? Designing in both historical and contemporary contexts also poses different challenges and narratives that the designers should take into account. How to be mindful of the third effect, that is the idea that two or more buildings that share a site, create additional narratives? How the stories envisioned by client and practitioner can agree or challenge existing narratives of place branding?  How can interventions to existing architectural projects modify narrative? How can architectural narratives memorialise historical and contemporary site-specific events?
  3. Narrative and representation: representation and communication of architectural narratives in various settings: research, education and practice. How can analogue and digital media be used to communicate architectural narratives? How can textual and visual elements communicate narrative features of architectures and places to different audiences? How can specific cultural meanings be communicated through architectural narrative means? What is the role of storytelling in communicating architectural narratives?

 

Call for Papers

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.

 

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About EAEA

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:

  • 14 EAEA Conference | 2019 | Nantes | School of Architecture Nantes
  • 13 EAEA Conference | 2017 | Glasgow | Glasgow School of Art
  • 12 EAEA Conference | 2015 | Lodz | University of Technology
  • 11 EAEA Conference | 2013 | Milan | Politecnico di Milano
  • 10 EAEA Conference | 2011 | Delft | Delft University of Technology
  • 09 EAEA Conference | 2009 | Cottbus | Brandenburg University of Technology
  • 08 EAEA Conference | 2007 | Moscow | Moscow Institute of Architecture (MARCHI)
  • 07 EAEA Conference | 2005 | Dortmund | University of Applied Sciences
  • 06 EAEA Conference | 2003 | Bratislava | Slovak University of Technology
  • 05 EAEA Conference | 2001 | Essen | University of Essen
  • 04 EAEA Conference | 1999 | Dresden | Dresden University of Technology
  • 03 EAEA Conference | 1997 | Delft | Delft University of Technology
  • 02 EAEA Conference | 1995 | Vienna | Vienna University of Technology
  • 01 EAEA Conference | 1993 | Tampere | Tampere University of Technology

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Contact

Email: D.DiMascio@hud.ac.uk