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Manitoba’s Fabrications Symposium Invites Proposals


September 7, 2017
by Canadian Architect

Fabrications A marquee part of the University of Manitoba’s 2018 Atmosphere Symposium, the Fabrications Symposium is now accepting paper and installation proposals. Set to be held February 1-3, 2018, the three-day symposium explores manifold concerns beyond the digital: complexities of urban and social fabrics; intricacies of environmental skins; potentials of building sites and workshops; as well as the stories and arguments through which we craft shared understandings of our fabricated world.

Fabrications implicate diverse artifacts and modes of making, together with the places, practices, contingencies and intentions that enable and contextualize making. In other words, this symposium will examine not simply what, how and why we make, but sites and situations of making. The aim is to explore how cultural and environmental circumstances become meaningful catalysts of design, building, teaching and research. This theme encompasses manifold concerns beyond the digital: complexities of urban and social fabrics; intricacies of environmental skins; potentials of building sites and workshops; as well as the stories and arguments through which we craft shared understandings of our fabricated world.

Due by November 1, 300-word proposals are being accepted for either 20-minute paper presentations or temporary installations exploring Fabrications via one of the four sub-themes identified for the 2018 Fabrications Symposium. Detailed descriptions of the  four sub-themes — Social Fabrics, Mediating Fabrics, Fabricating in situ, or Fabricating Truth — are available on the University of Manitoba’s Architecture Faculty website

PAPER PROPOSALS should be well grounded in historical, theoretical or creative research, develop compelling arguments and insights around specific examples, and contribute to interdisciplinary knowledge.

INSTALLATION PROPOSALS should include clear intentions, a conceptual framework, and a detailed outline of spatial and material needs. Selected proposals will be eligible for modest financial support, based on appropriateness, merit and a detailed budget. Student proposals are also welcome.

All proposals will be blind peer reviewed. Notice of acceptance will be sent by November 20th. Confirmation of attendance via registration will be required by December 15th.

More information is available via the Atmosphere website, linked here.