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Remote Practices 2020 : Remote Practices: Architecture in Proximity


When Oct 8, 2021 - Oct 9, 2021
Where Sydney Australia
Submission Deadline Jul 28, 2020
Notification Due Aug 7, 2020
Final Version Due Sep 25, 2021
Categories    architecture   design   architectural history   architecture theory

Call For Papers

*** UPDATE! ***

"Hybrid" Symposium
Remote Practices: Architecture in Proximity
Date: 8-9 October 2020.
The University of Sydney
G04 Wilkinson Building

Earlier this year we proposed a CFP entitled "remote practices" to explore how architecture’s complex and distant interfaces are being intensified through a mass globalisation of the discipline. In it we sought to explore how the remote practice of architecture has become inherent in the way phases of early ideation to late production could take on surprising transformations as architects and critics use different tools to manifest ideas and imaginations to the otherwise distant and invisible; to design, describe and critique future and past constructions in absentia.

As people retreated to their homes in the recent pandemic, the business of doing architecture in schools and offices also shifted into their temporary holding spaces. It made many of the issues we wished to discuss in the original CFP more timely. Architecture, a discipline which thrives on expression and imagination, and which had already been remotely practised by way of translation across different media and sites, now takes on a further dimension of distancing; this time in the absence of a physical community of architects, designers, teachers and students.

The distances between these different modes of doing architecture—drawings, diagrams and models, manifestos and critiques in the printed form; augmented reality walkthroughs and digital films; digital prefabrication technologies, and the built form—create several thresholds by which architecture may already be understood as a remote practice. In the past few months the practice and education of architecture has faced a temporary cessation of travel, closure of many construction sites and an absence of office environments where ideas can be openly discussed and materialised through conversation. What are the local and global implications which the remote practice of architecture entails, for the pedagogy, practice and critique of architecture?

1. Pedagogy: What does it mean to teach design face-to-face, and what is lost in translation from a distance? What values might there still be for the haptic and analog modes of learning-through-making, in a shift from physical to virtual? What opportunities and new knowledges do remote practices offer for testing and running experimental ways of learning?

2. Practice: If anything, a pandemic has made the remote practice of architecture a global reality. Yet in these new norms, what might remote field-working methods offer as discoveries in lieu of access to real/physical sites? How would authorship in architecture be redefined? Are there precedents for new forms of collaborative authorship to emerge?

3. Critique: The architectural community has begun to critically reflect on the shifting spatial paradigms of inside-outside, private-public, and home-workplace that remote practices have emphasised. Yet, creativity and criticality may be risked in the distancing and fragmentation of education and practice. What alternative modes of creative energy and critical discourse might be borne from architecture’s contingent and emergent remote practices?

Abstracts of no more than 350 words, accompanied by an 80-word biographical profile, and 1 image (JPG, 300dpi) should be submitted to by July 20, 2020. A publication of selected papers is planned. For more information and updates, please see

Keynote Speakers:

Practice: Paul Emmons, Joan Ockmam
Pedagogy: Naomi Stead, CJ Lim
Critique: Jane Rendell, Philip Ursprung

Organising Committee: Lilian Chee, Matthew Mindrup, Eduardo De Oliveira Barata, Erik G. L’Heureux, Wong Zi Hao, RxD: Research by Design Cluster, DoA, NUS

Key dates:
20 July 2020: Submission of abstracts
07 August 2020: Notification of acceptance
25 September 2020: Submission of draft papers
08-09 October 2020 Symposium

Matthew Mindrup, PhD
The University of Sydney
School of Architecture Design and Planning

Lilian Chee, PhD
The National University of Singapore
Department of Architecture

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