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Call for abstracts and drawings: Frascari Symposium II – Confabulations

December 11, 2013
by Canadian Architect

Submissions of abstracts are being solicited for 11-minute provocative scholarly presentations exploring some aspect of the conference theme and how it relates to Marco Frascari’s research and storytelling. Developed submissions will be considered for a future publication.

Those interested are invited to submit abstracts of up to 411 words for blind review no later than January 31, 2014. From the received abstracts, 11 will be accepted for oral presentation. Remaining submissions will be invited to present in a special audio-visual digital exhibition that will run for the duration of the symposium. Authors will be notified of their acceptance by February 15, 2014. All confirmed authors will be listed in the program. Please submit your abstract to [email protected]

Additionally, you may contribute an original architectural drawing to be exhibited in conjunction with selected drawings by Marco Frascari. All drawings must be formatted in modules of 11” x 11” (eg., 11” x 11”, 11” x 22”, etc.). Drawing media is open, but be aware that drawings will be displayed and attached to the wall from the upper two corners. Identification of the author as well as any other information such as a title and date should be secured to the back of the work. The drawings will not be returned, as they will become part of the permanent archival collection for the new Paola and Marco Frascari Room in the WAAC Library. In case of digital drawings, only printed copies will be accepted. Submit your drawings by February 28, 2014 to: Confabulations,Washington Alexandria Architecture Center, Virginia Tech, 1001 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.

Confabulations, the second Frascari symposium, is organized over the course of two days – from March 28-29, 2014 – to examine how storytelling integrates, extends or challenges notions of architecture. Day 1 consists of presentations by a group of invited speakers with a range of experience levels whose work holds significance in relation to Frascari’s oeuvre and the conference theme. The speakers are: Carolina Dayer, Federica Goffi, David Leatherbarrow, Alberto Pérez-Gómez, Claudio Sgarbi and Angeliki Sioli. The keynote speaker is Elaine Scarry, Professor of English and American Literature and Language and the Walter M.Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value at Harvard University. Day 2 hosts presentations by 11 speakers to be determined through the Eleven by Eleven call for abstracts.

Over the course of both days, an exhibition of drawings on the conference theme will include works by Marco Frascari as well as contributors submitting drawings to the Eleven x Eleven call for drawings. The exhibition will occur from March 28 to April 11, 2014. Another room will feature a special audio-visual digital exhibition developed by participants for the Eleven by Eleven call for abstracts.

Virginia Tech has recently purchased the Frascari book collection and plans to inaugurate it in its new space, the Marco and Paola Frascari Room of the WAAC Library, during the symposium.

It is anticipated that there will be an edited publication of writings and drawings deriving from the symposium. Submissions of either papers or drawings to both of the above calls will be considered for publication.

For more information, please e-mail [email protected].

the late marco frascari, former director of the azrieli school of architecture & urbanism at carleton university
the late marco frascari, former director of the azrieli school of architecture & urbanism at carleton university

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