Friday, 29 January 2010
Thursday, 28 January 2010
Stretch compostable fabric
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Wednesday, 27 January 2010
LSE Sustainability in Practice lecture, co-hosted by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
Date: Thursday 4 February 2010
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Jonathon Porritt
Chair: Professor Eric Neumayer
At the beginning of this new decade more people in the US and UK remain unpersuaded by the science of climate change than this time last year. Could it be that people have spotted the yawning gap between the politicians' apocalyptic rhetoric and the bland lifestyle advice to change your light bulbs or drive more slowly? What if there's no solution to climate change without freeing ourselves from our obsession with economic growth?
Jonathon Porritt is a writer, broadcaster and commentator. He co-founded Forum for the Future and is co-director of The Prince of Wales's Business and Environment Programme.
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Tuesday, 26 January 2010
In Architectures of Time, Sanford Kwinter offers a critical guide to the modern history of time and to the interplay between the physical sciences and the arts. Tracing the transformation of twentieth-century epistemology to the rise of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, Kwinter explains how the demise of the concept of absolute time, and of the classical notion of space as a fixed background against which things occur, led to field theory and a physics of the "event." He suggests that the closed, controlled, and mechanical world of physics gave way to the approximate, active, and qualitative world of biology as a model of both scientific and metaphysical explanation.
Kwinter examines theory of time and space in Einstein's theories of relativity and shows how these ideas were reflected in the writings of the sculptor Umberto Boccioni, the town planning schema of the Futurist architect Antonio Sant'Elia, the philosophy of Henri Bergson, and the writings of Franz Kafka. He argues that the writings of Boccioni and the visionary architecture of Sant'Elia represent the earliest and most profound deployments of the concepts of field and event. In discussing Kafka's work, he moves away from the thermodynamic model in favor of the closely related one of Bergsonian duree, or virtuality. He argues that Kafka's work manifests a coherent cosmology that can be understood only in relation to the constant temporal flux that underlies it.
You are kindly invited to join an international seminar in
The theme is:From Gesamtkunstwerk to Complexity – Architecture in All Scales
In the Gesamtkunstwerk idea all arts were combined to create a total environment – is the same now discussed under the concept of complexity? If complexity is a unifying theory for different sciences, can it also be understood as a new synthesis of arts?
What is complexity in architecture? It has been said that there are three kinds of complexity: 1) visual, as the term was used in Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture, 2) cybernetic, referring to machines, and 3) biological, meaning the complexity of nature and its applications in algorithms. This may be a valid categorization – but what else?
1. History & theory
Art, science and technology as the model for architecture – then and now? Concepts come and go, but some are more durable than others. Gesamtkunstwerk seems to be one of them, resurfacing whenever there is a need for a comprehensive multifaceted outlook. Is such an outlook needed today? What was Gesamtkunstwerk originally?
How does the understanding of complexity change our approach to urban form? Morphological transformations are multi-scalar - what is the linkage between the transformations in urban form and in architecture? What is the current design challenge of cities?
If the environment is characterized by complexity, is it ethical to create idyllic enclaves of presumed safety? Is there a place for ethics in architecture? If not, what is in the center of architecture? Has humanity been cast aside?
4. Planning and design processes & methods
What is the relationship between reality and virtual reality? Between metaphor and model? Are there other ways to handle complexity in architecture besides computer modeling? Could integrated design approaches be the answer? Or can complexity be handled? If the goal is to understand, should not methods be found to somehow guide complexity?
Those who wish to speak at the seminar on a topic that may fit under the above mentioned four sub-themes, please send an abstract of a maximum of 250 words to the address firstname.lastname@example.org by February 15, 2010.
Those who have been informed that their abstracts have been accepted, and also wish to prepare a paper for the seminar, should send the paper (max 40 000 characters) by April 9, 2010 to the address email@example.com . The papers will be published in a conference CD-rom, and selected papers will also be published in an issue of Nordisk Arkitekturforskning.
Those who wish to participate without presenting a talk or a paper are invited to fill the registration form on the conference website (in function from February 2010).
The talks and papers should preferably be in English. Further information will be available soon from the following website: www.tut.fi/ark.
Conference e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Abstracts in by 15.2.2010
Registration by 31.3.2010
Paper deadline 9.4.2010
Seminar 22.4. – 24.4.2010.
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
CREATE is jointly organised by the Human-Computer Interaction Specialist Group of the Ergonomics Society, the British Computing Society's Interaction Specialist Group and Edinburgh Napier University’s Centre for Interaction Design.
Call for Full papers, workshops, short presentations, demonstrations and exhibits
Analogue / Digital
Academic / Practice
Place / Time
We are seeking original, unpublished work under the following categories
- High quality academic papers for peer review (max 6 pages)
- Practical workshops
- Short papers and/or case studies from practitioners within the field< - Short presentations and/or posters from students - demonstrations and/or videos of installation-based exhibits or creative work in progress
1 page abstracts for papers: 15th March 2010
2 page proposals for all other submissions: 15th March 2010
Notification of acceptance: Early April 2010
Full paper submission : End of April 2010
Contact Ingi Helgason: email@example.com
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
October 8 - 10, 2010
Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Roland Barthes proposed that fashion was not a just an industry, but also a set of fictions. Barthes did not wish to ignore the economic function of fashion, but rather underline fashion’s mythic dimension and suggest that fashion is a language in itself. Fashion and fiction have long existed in close proximity; writers have been driven by their experience of fashion and fashion has been developed through and by literary tropes. What makes dress and fashion such a fascinating subject for writers? How are fashion’s mythologies constructed and disseminated through fictional texts? How does fashion relate to art, popular culture, business, the body, consumer studies, and those who might read it as a form of text?
This interdisciplinary conference seeks to investigate the role that fashion has played in our culture. These “mini-narratives” can include fiction, non-fiction, cultural and historical studies, and other types of comparative, descriptive and/or empirical research. In particular, it will examine the dark side of fashion discourse, assessing the role, function, and purpose of clothes, fashion movements, style, and image in creating narratives within narratives. The dark side of fashion can include such obvious topics as gothic, punk, the color black, and vampires. Other topics that have traditionally been viewed as “dark” include polyester fabric, couture knock-offs, deviant fashion advertising, sweatshops, and child labor. Authors are also encouraged to define their own meaning of “dark”.
Papers fitting the conference theme are sought from those engaged in the fields of fashion studies, social sciences, humanities, creative writing, media, cultural studies, design, philosophy, and business.
Papers, work-in-progress and workshop proposals are invited.
Possible topics may include but not limited to:
· feminist versus feminized discourses in fashion and display
· animated texts
· fashion in crime fiction
· graphic novels
· the semiotics of fashion
· historical fiction
· queer readings of fashion
· the color black
· the body/body image
· consumer studies
· new media
· script and cinematic texts
· metaphor/metaphorical fiction
· subcultural style
Abstract Deadline: April 1, 2010
Submission Process: Those interested should send an abstracts of no more than 500 words. Everyone will be notified of acceptance by June 1, 2010.
Peer Review: All abstracts will be peer-reviewed. Those abstracts accepted for presentations will be published online as well as in the conference proceedings.
Paper Submission for Possible Publication: Those interested in having their papers published may submit the entire manuscript for possible book publication.
Tuesday, 12 January 2010
Monday, 11 January 2010
French Architect Francois Roche from the innovative studio R&Sie will give a talk at the house of Architecture in Copenhagen. Come and check his work:
14th of january, 17h30
Arkitekternes Hus – Strandgade 27A
More info here