Writing Architecture: A Symposium on Innovations in the Textual and Visual Critique of Buildings

Date: July 22 – 23, 2010
Venue: Queensland, Australia

Within an expanding international discourse on writing and architecture, the conference invites a broad range of disciplinary approaches including perspectives from photography, literature, philosophy, anthropology, aesthetics, the fine arts, design, psychology, cultural studies, art history, creative writing, sociology, journalism, and others. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

WRITING AS AN ARCHITECTURAL PRACTICE: When and how is writing an architectural medium? What might an experimental writing in architecture and its criticism be? What is the potential for ficto-critical modes of writing in architecture? How is site-specificity significant in both architecture and writing? What parallels exist between style, form, structure, and ornament in both architecture and writing?

ARCHITECTURAL IMAGES AND TEXT: What are the genre conventions of architectural photography and how could they be challenged? What is the role of photography in architectural criticism, and how do images and text relate? Could there be a purely visual architectural critique, and what would be the value of this? Is drawing a kind of architectural writing? POPULAR ARCHITECTURE WRITING: Why is there so little writing about architecture in the popular media? And why does so little writing about architecture take a popular tone? What might a popular architectural criticism be? What might a participatory architectural criticism be? What are the potentials and limitations of architectural writing in the new media?
WRITING THE ARCHITECTURE OF QUEENSLAND: How has the architecture of Queensland been represented in writing? How have buildings figured within larger constructions of place, city, region, state, or nation? What do Queensland architects read? What are the clichés of ‘place’ in both architecture and writing in Queensland, and what attempts have been made to critique, subvert or expand them?

Abstract proposals of no more than 300 words, accompanied by a short biography, should be emailed as a Word document to writing.architecture@uq.edu.au by 16 April. Authors should specify which of the following types of contribution they wish to make:

1) a 1000 word original piece of critical / creative writing about a building or place, possibly accompanied by images, to be presented at the conference in a 15 minute session
2) a 3000 word scholarly paper to be presented in a 20 minute session followed by discussion

See for submissions details, registration, and all further information:http://www.uq.edu.au/atch/writingarchitecture 
[Please note: this is an archival entry; conference website may be discontinued.]