The European Association for Architectural Education is now accepting abstracts for its Annual Conference in Madrid, Spain, August 31 – September 1-4, 2022. Please submit an abstract through the official form no later than 11:59 p.m. CET on July 7, 2022.
EAAE encourages submissions from architectural, landscape, and urban historians; museum curators; preservationists; independent scholars; architects; scholars in related fields; and members of EAAE chapters, Affiliate Groups and partner organizations. The Conference Topics are listed below. If your research topic is not a good fit for one of the thematic sessions, you can submit your abstract anyhow and it can be part of an Open Session. Submission Guidelines:
1. Abstracts must be under 300 words.
2. The title cannot exceed 65 characters, including spaces and punctuation.
3. Authors can send several abstracts if they want. Please include a brief CV for every author.
Abstracts should define the subject and summarize the argument to be presented in the proposed paper. The organization has the prerogative to recommend changes to the abstract to ensure it addresses the topics. During the conference, a book of abstracts will be published digitally, and, after the conference, authors will be asked to send full papers for proceedings publication. Publication will take place during the end of 2022 or beggining of 2023.
By bringing a strong critical background to its proposal, the EU shuns the revival of the Bauhaus as a mere brand and transforms it into a productive engine to address the problems of the 21st century. As topics, we propose three aspects that the New Bauhaus must face: what should be the role of design practices with regard to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); what should the new professional teams be like and what should be their relationship with the design schools, and what critical avenues can be opened today to promote continuous improvement.
These are current challenges that any professionals and schools of architecture are confronting. In this time of uncertainty and instability, it is more necessary than ever to defend design as a problem-solving enterprise. Likewise, it is necessary to make room for non-conventional practices and the new avenues opened by social networks and online and digital learning. Although the following topics are proposed, they are not restrictive. We invite participants to combine, expand them or open new lines of debate:
1. THE NEW EUROPEAN BAUHAUS AND THE SDGs
· Designs that make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
· Designs that ensure inclusive and quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
· How to achieve gender equality through design.
· The relationship between space, power, culture and collective identities.
2. THE NEW EUROPEAN BAUHAUS AND MULTIDISCIPLINARY DESIGN
· Collaborative possibilities between different professionals.
· Transfers between professional practice and teaching.
· Involvement of users in design processes.
· Second digital turn and new methods of design.
3. THE NEW EUROPEAN BAUHAUS AND CRITICAL POSITIONS
· Old Bauhaus: lessons for the 21st century.
· Needs in contemporary architectural thought and practice.
· New frontiers for the New Bauhaus.
· New imaginaries and the need to educate in discernment.
TOWARDS THE NEW EUROPEAN BAUHAUS
Challenges in Design Education & Research
On September 16, 2020, the President of the European Commission presented the New European Bauhaus, an ambitious ecological, economic, and cultural project. The initiative will implement the EU’s future objectives based on three fundamental pillars: sustainability, inclusiveness, and aesthetics. Conceived with an eminently practical sense, the New Bauhaus will “demonstrate how sustainable innovation can be translated into tangible and positive experiences in our daily lives.”1 In other words, its purpose is to make certain ideals physical, an issue insisted upon in all the documents produced to date, for “everyone should be able to feel, see and experience the green and digital transformation and how it improves our quality of life.”2 Thus, it will tackle a problem of spatial design: “how to make our buildings better and fit for the future.”3
Far from sticking to abstract goals, the EU continues to delve deeper into the meaning of its proposal. Recently, the first edition of the New European Bauhaus Prizes was held in Brussels. Several awards were awarded for the design of building materials, furniture projects, housing projects, or heritage rehabilitation and urban intervention. The winners share the desire to promote social cohesion and to respect our shared environment. But, chiefly, they all avoid ambiguous reflection and place the focus of the debate on concrete designs. In short, they show what the EU seeks: to recover the potential of design to get involved in the political programs of a society.
The designs emerging from the New European Bauhaus must not simply be a reflection of culture, but an active instrument in its formation. Hence the choice of the Bauhaus as the insignia of contemporaneity. It seeks to rescue an idea of critical production and the ability to think through design. The name also gives the project a pedagogical orientation. In that German factory-school it was important to make, but also to teach how to. The Bauhaus, old and new, represents the link between production and experimentation, a model capable of covering all scales: from the detail to the building, and from the building to urban and territorial planning.
Consequently, the New Bauhaus challenges both active designers and schools of architecture. The skills of the future designer have to be oriented, now more than ever, to authentic experience. Speculation on intellectual positions must give way to reflection on action: the focus is now on the work itself and the value in its design process. Years of debate have led the EU to set out a clear way forward. Sustainability, social value, and aesthetics are the critical position. Now, the challenge for architecture schools is how do we teach future designers to translate those values into livable spaces, how to bring the New Bauhaus into a reality.
 European Union. 2021. New European Bauhaus: new actions and funding to link sustainability to style and inclusion.
 European Union. 2021. New European Bauhaus Prizes.
 EIT Urban Mobility. 2021. What is the New European Bauhaus? Interview with Xavier Troussard, EU Policy Lab Director.
The Paseo del Prado is one of the most emblematic places in Madrid. Linked to the Villa since time immemorial by its particular orography and the presence of water, the eastern boundary was settled from the sixteenth century. The area become in the seventeenth century the seat of the Buen Retiro Palace. Its definitive transformation, promoted by King Carlos III from 1767, culminated with the opening of the Museo del Prado in 1819. This consolidated the site as one of the most significant in the city. Click here to see the full information and register.
The tour will cover the Buen Retiro gardens, main public park of Madrid, with the help of the landscape architect in charge of its maintenance and rehabilitation. It will be possible to visit several places and facilities normally closed to the public. Click here to see the full information and register.
Opened in June 2017, the Norman Foster Foundation is located in a protected palace designed by Joaquín Saldaña in 1912 for the Duke of Plasencia. The objective of this institution is to be a global platform of debates and research for new generations of architects, designers and urban developers.
The 4-storey building has eight exhibition halls, where over 74,000 models, drawings, plans, photographs, notebooks, films and works of art can be seen, as well as spaces for study, from where the future tendencies in the world of architecture and design are explored and identified. Click here to see the full information and register.
Dean of ETSAM School of Architecture
Director General of the Urban Agenda and Architecture. Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda
OYA ATALAY FRANCK
President of EAAE
European Commission. Cabinet of Commissioner Elisa Ferreira for Cohesion and Reforms
Vice-Rector of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Lecture by ALBERTO CAMPO BAEZA
About the Need for Beauty
The lecture will deal with aesthetics in design, one of the core values of the New European Bauhaus. This topic is nowadays a little bit neglected. We the need to reflect on beauty in architecture and the importance of cultivating the Fine Arts in education.
This exhibition shows the 10 regional winners of the International VELUX Award 2022. They have been elected by a jury of renowned architects from over 500 daylight projects submitted by students from 211 different schools of architecture in 63 countries. The International VELUX Award for students of architecture challenges students to explore the theme of daylight – to create a deeper understanding of this ever-relevant source of energy, light, and life.
You can see the full list of the elected winners and their projects here.
The exhibition will be presented by Tina Christensen and Almudena López de Rego (Velux).
Rector of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.
Dean of ETSAM School of Architecture.
OYA ATALAY FRANCK
Presindent of EAAE.
European Commission. Cabinet of Commissioner Mariya Gabriel for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth.
President of the Higher Council of Spanish Architects’ Associations.
MARCOS ROS SEMPERE
Member of the European Parliament.
Prof. Dr. Jose María Lapuerta will present the Thesis projects of last year students of ETSAM School of Architecture Master’s Degree in Architecture.
TOPIC 2: THE NEW EUROPEAN BAUHAUS AND MULTIDISCIPLINARY DESIGN
Three parallel sessions.
Discussion with keynote sepeakers
Lecture by CARMEN PINÓS
Thoughts that Accompany Me
Carme Pinós will present the philosophy that underlies her projects and how her concerns about the social responsibility involved in architecture are reflected in each of her works.
The lecture will be followed by a conversation between CARMEN PINÓS and MANUEL BLANCO
TOPIC 1: THE NEW EUROPEAN BAUHAUS AND THE SDGs
Three parallel sessions.
Guest lecture by DAG BOUTSEN
Architecture’s Afterlife: The Multisector Impact of an Architectural Qualification
ARCHIPELAGO OF PRACTICE (based on the research project ARCHITECTURE’S AFTERLIFE, the multi-sector impact of an architectural qualification) Architectural education is profoundly based on creativity understood as a “kind of disposition that fosters opening up new ways that encourages search and inquiry. The biggest potential of an architectural education is not being able to clearly define, or to frame, what architects are doing, it is actually the biggest opportunity that architectural education is providing for everybody. While architecture schools comply with the idea that their aim is indeed to teach how to design buildings, architects escape this definition to then constantly reinvent their professional role.
Future of Architects’ Profession
A conversation will be established between distinguished guests about the profession of architecture and the future that awaits it. Among other topics, there will be a debate on interconnected Europe, architecture as a mindset, Bologna, competent authorities, inclusivity as a NEB-component and lifelong learning.
President of European Association for Architectural Education, EAAE
President of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, ACSA
President of the Architects’ Council of Europe, ACE
Director of Fundació Mies van der Rohe
Dean of ETSAM Madrid School of Architecture. Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.
Architects’ Council of Europe, ACE
Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, ACSA
International Union of Architects, IUA. Former President
Lecture by CARME PIGEM and RAMON VILALTA
A conversation about our work and thinking
TOPIC 3: THE NEW EUROPEAN BAUHAUS AND CRITICAL POSITIONS
Three parallel sessions.
Admittance: Only full members who have paid their annual contribution until 30 June 2022 have voting right at the General Assembly. Per member school only one official representative can be registered and participate in the Assembly. Associated members can participate but are not entitled to vote. New members can register and will be eligible to vote after the approval of their membership in the GA.
Proxy: Each full member institution can be represented by a proxy holder who has to be the official representative of a full member institution. Each official representative can hold up to four proxies in addition to the vote of his/her own member institution. If you want to give proxy, please fill in the proxy form before 22 August 2022.
Quorum: Quorum is established by the participation or representation of one third of the full members at the General Assembly. Decisions are made by simple majority of the full members present or represented.
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