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Fung Hybrid Symposium | The Profession’s Extensions: Architecture Beyond Architects in the Modern Middle East

Friday, May 13, 2022 (All day) to Saturday, May 14, 2022 (All day)
LAS Building/JRR Building TBD
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Friday, May 13, 2022 (All day) to Saturday, May 14, 2022 (All day)
CONFERENCE AGENDA
The Fung Global Fellows Program, PIIRS and the Princeton Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism & the Humanities are pleased to announce a:

Hybrid Symposium | The Profession’s Extensions:

Architecture Beyond Architects in the Modern Middle East

Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building, Room 399, Princeton University (for those attending in-person)

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Convened by Dr. Wesam Al Asali, Fung Global Fellow 2021-22, this event will be both virtual and on-location at Princeton University.

Despite the emergence of new critical works on architectural history and practice beyond Euro-American frameworks, much of this thinking and writing remains focused on architects and planners and their role in the creation of space. This conference seeks to challenge this approach by asking: who is behind the production of our built environment? By de-centering the architect in architectural studies, the conference seeks to engage with and unearth actors and processes that have been overlooked or obscured in the study of architectural history and practice, including labor networks, building crafts, and building materials.

This approach allows for questioning accepted categorizations of the built environment that are not produced by architects (including ‘vernacular’, ‘informal’, or ‘self-built’ architecture) through understanding how the conditions of scarcity and abundance have been central to the production of these built environments in the Global South, including the Middle East and North Africa.

With this in mind, the conference will examine the following themes: Cultures of Building, Definition, Making, Narratives, Modernism, Practices and Boundaries, Communities, Agents, and Perspectives from the Global South. The conference will have opening sessions by Professor Howard Davis, the architects Aziza Chaouni, and M. Hosam Jiroudy.  
 

* A second seminar with a separate call titled The Profession's Foundations: Architects and Architecture in the Modern Middle East will be convened by Nadi Abusaada at MIT in April 2022. The proceedings from the two events will be considered for publication in an edited volume on architectural thought and practice in the modern Middle East.

Co-sponsored by the Princeton Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism & the Humanities

 

For further information please email Nicole at the Fung Global Fellows Program: nbergman@princeton.edu.

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