Call for Papers: RMB Conference 2018 - Teaching Through Design
6th - 7th April 2018, Santa Clara a Nova Convent, Coimbra, Portugal
DATE: 10/2/2018
2nd RMB Conference: Teaching Through Design: In search for interdisciplinary tools and methods
for the Reuse of Modernist Buildings

Call for Papers

The 2nd RMB Conference 2018 will be held in Coimbra, in the frame of the Colloquium Teaching through Design that was firstly organized by the Department of Architecture and the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra in 2012.

The RMB Conference is an activity of the European Erasmus Project “Reuse of Modernist Buildings - Design tools for sustainable transformations”, coordinated by Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe (Detmold, Germany), with University of Coimbra, the University of Antwerp, Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Istambul and Docomomo International.

The conference will be organized in four sessions – TOOLS, METHODS, INTERDISCIPLINARITY, RESEARCH – focused both on the fundaments and on the advanced issues of the design process related to the Reuse od Modernist Buildings (RMB)
Architecture education is facing new challenges due to crises of the globalization, that as strong impacts in the role of the architect today. In fact the profession is changing and demanding for other way of training the architects. This question is specially relevant for the renovation of the urban areas where the buildings produced in the 20th century are waiting for strategic interventions – to be repaired, to be renewed, to be reconstructed or to be demolish.

The architect needs new tools because drawing is not enough to understand neither the building nor the people who lives there. The methodologies are more complex because they have to integrate not only the technical dimension but also the social one. These inclusive approach demands for a dialogue with other disciplines, promoting an effective interdisciplinarity. Considering these three topics, architecture classroom is becoming more lab than a workshop, where research explores new tools and methods, testing their hypothesis namely in the design studios.

Call for papers
In this sense, we invite scholars to present an abstract to one of these four sessions:
- TOOLS for Reuse of Modernist Buildings
- METHODS for Reuse of Modernist Buildings
- INTERDISCIPLINARITY on Reuse of Modernist Buildings
- RESEARCH on Reuse of Modernist Buildings
The proposals can be focus either on a professional practice or on a pedagogical experience.
Abstract with 400 words in English (APA Style)

Informations and Abstract Submission here

Important Dates
2 january 2018 - Open the call for papers
10 february  2018 - Close call for papers
18 february 2018 - Results call for papers
20 march 2018 – Deadline full tex

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