events and competitions...




Freedom to design, that is, freedom of people to design, built and use buildings, cities and landscapes better for them.

  • Mario Botta (Italy) - "Il progetto Come Ricerca " / (Research with Design)
  • Silvia De Bianchi (Spain) - "Interactive generation of knowledge: a philosophical perspective on space"
  • Ashraf M. Salama (UK) - “Transformative Design Pedagogy: From Priori and Posteriori Knowledge to Trans-disciplinary Production of Architecture”
  • Andres Garces (Chile) - “Poetic and pedagogical process of "the Ronda" in Open City of Amereida”
  • Francisco Mangado  (Spain) - Title in process
  • Marcelo Zarate (Argentina) - “Towards an Urbanism based upon a deep design interpretation of the way some cultural schemes organize each place" 
  • Miquel Fernandez (Spain) - “Nonnegotiable inertia. The role of urban planning in social normalization and the reproduction of capital”

Supported by:
UPC Research Group (GIRAS)
UNICEF; Children friendly cities
Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC)
Ministry of economic and education
Barcelona school of architecture (ETSAB)
COAC. Catalan Association of Architects
Mind, Land & Society Arquitectonics Network

Conference Organization:
Magda Saura; Professor, Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB) and
Josep MuntaƱola; architect and city planner, senior professor, founder of GIRAS Research Group.
Conference Management: Rasoul Ameli, GIRAS, Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB)



Association of Pacific Rim Universities Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Hub (APRU SCL) Conference

Association of Pacific Rim Universities Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Hub (APRU SCL) Conference

APRU SCL brings together experts from around the region to exchange ideas and engage in activities focused on sustainable city-landscape interactions.  

The Association of Pacific Rim Universities Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Hub (APRU SCL) announces opening registration for its upcoming 2019 conference hosted by the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia from August 29 through September 1, 2019.

The APRU SCL conference invites academics, practitioners, and public officials from different disciplines to collaborate on research and advocacy projects that foster long-term sustainability and resilient city-landscape relationships. This three-day conference is structured around 11 working groups that bracket a range of social, economic and environmental issues. Each conference attendee will contribute to a working group of their choice as well as participate in conference-wide plenaries and events.

Visit the 2019 APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Conference website for more information about the conference program and working groups. Early bird registration of $225 USD ends on June 15, and after that will increase to $275 USD. The conference registration covers lunch, morning and afternoon tea during the days of the event, and a special dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour on Friday evening, August 30.

Student Design Competition
Students are invited to enter the Cities and Refugees Global Student Design Competition organized by the Rapid Urbanization Grand Challenge at the UNSW Sydney, and supported by the Australian Red Cross, ARUP International Development, UNHCR, and the APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Program Hub. The winning schemes will be announced in Sydney at the APRU SCL Conference.

Find out more about the competition, eligibility, and prizes, and register before the submission deadline on July 20, 2019."

"For questions regarding the 2019 APRU SCL Conference and the Student Design Competition, please contact Sara Padgett Kjaersgaard, Co-Organizer of APRU SCL conference. 

For questions regarding the APRU SCL Hub, please contact Yekang Ko, Program Director of APRU SCL Hub."




In a housing climate dominated by skyrocketing property values, how much do we really value design? Amid the frenzied discussion of affordability, monetary value tends to steal the limelight, with other kinds of value easily sidelined. Can the design of individual housing projects contribute to a better-built, community-driven and fairer city? Or is the real design question a much bigger one, for which we need to look system-wide?

Architects For Peace invites you to join us and a panel of speakers to discuss challenges and opportunities for delivering well-designed housing, while enhancing the right to the city - for all.

Guest Speakers:
Rob McGauran, Founding Director MGS Architects
Dr. Andrea Sharam, School of Property, Construction and Property Management RMIT
Professor Tony Dalton, Centre for Urban Research RMIT
Kate McMahon, Co-Founder Hello City
Kate Raynor, Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Transforming Housing, The university of Melbourne

Thu. 23 March 2017
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm 
Drill hall, 26 Therry St, Melbourne VIC 3004
This event is part of the Melbourne design week.
Melbourne Design Week is an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.



Charrette Call for Contributions: From the Global South: Pedagogical Encounters in Architecture (Guest Editor Professor Ashraf Salama)


Charrette, the journal of the Association of Architectural Educators (AAE), first published in 2013, is now well established as a pioneering journal for academics, practitioners, and theorists engaged in design teaching practices and theoretical debates. For this issue (Volume 5, Issue 1), Charrette invites papers and essays that address positions, experiences, and experiments which are undertaken in the Global South by either local or international academics or both. 


The main body of literature on architectural education and design pedagogy is primarily produced in the English-speaking world and is interrogated, debated, and reproduced mainly in the larger context of Western Europe and North America. The architectural academic community in other parts of the world; the Global South, is deeply influenced by such a discourse as well as by various pedagogical trends typically introduced in Western academia to reflect the needs of budding professionals and the profession of architecture at large. In essence, these represent tendencies that are instigated and practiced within the contextual particularities of Western academia including the ambitions and constraints of academic institutions, the professional milieu, and the way in which architecture is practiced and produced. Classically, such an influence manifests itself in the fact that in any discussion about pedagogy in architecture in Global South’ academia the discourse which characterizes the Global North dictates and thus overshadows opportunities for developing another parallel, or in fact different but equally important, discourse which can be generated and developed to address other unique particularities that characterize the Global South. The thrust here is not to create a competing discourse but to complement what is already there. 

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Invitation to Architects for Peace information session and workshop - Strategic Plan next steps 2017

Architects for Peace is holding an information session and workshop to discuss current project activity and, to seek out further projects that will continue to build on the vision, mission and values of the organization and it's Strategic Plan (Spring 2014 to Spring 2018). This public session presents opportunities to learn about the organization's history and current values, invites multi-disciplinary discussion about projects that aim to address spatial and social justice issues in our urban and natural environments, and, will explore what inspires us - as built environment professionals - to 'make change' while we are identifying with a number of social injustices, conflicts and barriers that limit access to freedom of speech.

Information session and workshop details:
Sunday 22nd January, 2017
(10.30am arrival) 11am - 1pm
State Library of Victoria - The Courtyard
328 Swanston Street, Melbourne

Part 1. Introduction to Architects for Peace
Part 2. Interpreting the Strategic Plan document and ways to create change
Part 3. Tea break
Part 4. Projects and actions for 2017

Following an activity filled year in 2016, Architects for Peace has reached a milestone point in it's strategic development and wishes to involve past, present and new members in a review and ideation process. All Melbourne-based steering committee members and active volunteers will be available on the day to chat about the workings of the organization. As pre-workshop preparation, participants are kindly asked to bring a notepad, pen and a short reflective piece of writing that addresses a part of the Strategic Plan and how this may challenge or support their values about the built environment.

Aspects of the workshop will focus on how the organisation develops activities based on research projects, partnerships, educational initiatives and campaigning activity.

Please register your interest before Friday 20 January through EventBrite or by sending a confirmation email to Nicole Mechkaroff at: Please extend this invitation to your friends and networks.