NAF/NAAR Symposium 2020
12th Annual Symposium of Architectural research 2020
Eastern European Time (EET).
Wednesday 21 October 2020
|Time||Zoom Phd Workshop||Zoom 2
|19.00-21.00||Networking party, Tyrkisk Peber Liquorice|
Thursday 22 October 2020
Day 1: NAF/NAAR Symposium 2020
|Time||Zoom 1||Zoom 2||Virtual lobby||Slack: Discussion, technical
||Arctic visuals, Zoom connection|
|9.30||Opening of the Symposium|
Keynote lecture, Peter MacKeith: Ultima Thule. Notes on 60 degrees north
|11.30||Parallel session 1.1 ‘Northernness’ –
its history in architecture, landscape architecture,
and urban design
|Parallel session 1.3 ‘Northernness’ –
its challenges in architecture, landscape
architecture, and urban planning as a design practice
|13.00||Arctic visuals||Lunch tables|
Keynote lecture, Thordis Arrhenius: Nordic Model of Architecture and Welfare
|15.00||Coffee tables, Fazer Blue|
|15.20||Session 1.2 ‘Northernness’ –
its architectural representation and aesthetics
|16.50-17.10||End of Day 1,
instructions for peer review and publishing in NAAR Proceedings Series
Friday 23 October 2020
Day 2: 12th Annual Symposium of Architectural research 2020 (ATUT2020)
|Time||Zoom 1||Zoom 2
Discussion, technical support
||Arctic visuals, Zoom connection
|9.00||Welcoming words, Introduction to Symposium Day 2|
Keynote lecture, David Chapman: Climate as Urban Morphology: The case for winter cities
|10.00||Parallel session 2.1 ‘Northernness’ –
Smart and resilient cities in the North
|Parallel session 2.2 ‘Northernness’ –
Designing for sustainable living, working, and well-being in the North
|12.00||Arctic visuals||Lunch tables|
Keynote lecture, Marilyne Andersen: Outside dynamics for daylightful indoors
|13.45||Session 2.3 ‘Northernness’ –
Light and materials as elements of Northern architecture
Candy break, Fazermint
|16.00||Panel pitches and panel discussion on Northernness|
|16.45||Closing words, Instructions for peer review and publishing in the Journal of Architectural Research in Finland|
The organizers reserve the right to changes.
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Day 1 (NAF/NAAR 2020), curated by The Nordic Association of Architectural Research on 22 October, offers a critical framework for broad discussions on ‘Northernness’ on three axes:
1.1 ‘Northernness’ – its history in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design
Widely used to describe and define architecture from the Nordic countries, the term ‘Northernness’ in architectural research and practice is contested by many scholars, and even considered politically incorrect by some. This track reflects the canon of architectural history and the epistemological construction of ‘Northernness’ or the specifically Nordic in and by architecture, architectural education, and architectural research. In what way has this notion, and society’s understanding of it, developed over time? NAF/NAAR has welcomed papers that, in different ways and using different methods and means, deal with the model of Nordic architecture and what it is that makes it Nordic. Papers may focus on case studies, archival studies, literature analyses or reviews, et cetera.
1.2 ‘Northernness’ – its architectural representation and aesthetics
How is ‘Northernness’—or the specifically Nordic—expressed in and by architecture and its representations? This track focuses on ‘Northenrnness’ and its representation and dissemination in various mass media—architectural exhibitions, architectural television programmes, and architectural books, et cetera—which may have an influence on society’s notion of cultural heritage ideologies and collective memory in architecture. It also addresses the aesthetics connected with the so-called Nordic in Northern architecture or, more specifically, how it is—and has been—expressed, interpreted, and cherished in the built environment, in its infrastructure, and also in its arts and crafts traditions and industries.
1.3 ‘Northerness’ – its challenges in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning as a design practice
Above all, does it still make sense to talk about regional architecture, ‘Northernness’, or the specifically Nordic in a globalized world? And, if so, how much so-called Nordic architecture contributes to the understanding of global challenges in society and its built environment? How does the concept of ‘Northernness’ specifically allow for posing and confronting the important questions for design practice today? Or is ‘Northernness’ itself being transformed by actual ways of designing? This track is open to different perspectives on the issues of contemporary design practice in architecture, urban planning, and landscape architecture, such as planning processes, housing issues, sustainability and climate changes, et cetera.
Day 2 (ATUT2020), curated by the Oulu School of Architecture on 23 October, offers a practice-oriented framework for discussions. In addition to studies within the architectural discipline, multidisciplinary* research presentations have also been welcomed, on the following three topics:
2.1 ‘Northernness’ – Smart and resilient cities in the North
A city or municipality can be considered ‘smart’ when investments in ICT-based infrastructure fuel sustainable economic growth, high quality of life, and wise management of natural resources through participatory government. In addition, in the context of smart societies in the North, the overarching aims are the adaptation to climate change and cultural preservation. In this track, scholars and practitioners have been invited to scrutinize urban design and planning as enablers and orchestrators of the development of smart and resilient built environments in the North.
2.2 ‘Northernness’ – Designing for sustainable living, working, and well-being in the North
In the North, people spend a substantial amount of their time inside buildings: dwellings, work environments, schools, care facilities, and public buildings. Multidisciplinary design, development, and realization processes—defining the quality of architecture and the built environment with their characteristics and conditions for dwelling, working, learning, and healing—are crucial for the well-being of people. In this track, we have invited scholars and practitioners to present studies or projects that answer the multifaceted research questions arising from these general themes: How to create well-being through design? How can architecture serve users? Research that is related to the social and ecological sustainability of buildings and environments in the North has been also welcomed.
2.3 ‘Northernness’ – Light and materials as elements of Northern architectureThe Northern regions share common features in terms of climatic conditions and cultural heritage. This track has invited research related to elements of Northern architecture, such as light and materials. The research can approach the theme from perspectives of technology, aesthetics, cultural meaning, or design practice. What kinds of solutions are culturally or ecologically sustainable and practical, especially in the North? Are there new innovative technologies that can interpret Northernness in architecture in novel ways?
*This can be, for instance, architecture and urban design in cooperation with computer science, information processing science, economics, lighting design and research, industrial engineering and management, innovation studies, education, health studies, social sciences such as geography, cultural anthropology, interaction and communication studies.