Theory of Architecture Symposium (ARCHTHEO 2011)

Venue: Mimar Sinan Fine ARts University

Location: Istanbul, Turkey

Event Date/Time: Nov 23, 2011 End Date/Time: Nov 26, 2011
Registration Date: Aug 02, 2011
Early Registration Date: Jul 18, 2011
Abstract Submission Date: May 29, 2011
Paper Submission Date: Sep 19, 2011
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"Theory for the Sake of the Theory"
Architectural theory can be defined as a unity of contradictions that has been one of the factors having paved the way of the architectural practice in the modern world. From Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye to slums, from urban transformations triggered by the French Revolution to the construction workers’ strikes, from Bauhaus to the contemporary tendencies of architectural education, from avantgarde movements to architectural fashions, from Newton's definition of universal space, to the phenomenological studies on user perception, from Postmodernism’s global impacts to Lefebvre's daily life scale, from an activist manner in design to critical sharp-tongued approachs –all these extremes exist in the wide spectrum of architectural theory.

Isn't it also possible to observe an almost independent theoretical production most often than not? Nothing been touched by architecture was left out of the interest of theory so far.
To deal with the theoretical debates of architecture in its own specific ground instead of in the context of another field or in the course of practice is a rare encountered tendency. How can an independent existence of architectural theory be defined in order to contribute to the correlation of architecture with other intellectual disciplines in a dynamic and versatile way?

ARCHTHEO 2011 hits the road, with all these questions and components that Theory includes, in order to discuss “theory for the sake of the theory” to remember the beauty of the theory and as a beginning to trace every single drop of architectural thinking.

ARCHTHEO 2011 will take place from 23rd-26th November 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey. Being hosted by Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, ARCHTHEO 2011 will bring together wide-ranging multidisciplinary approaches from scholars and architects to discuss the "architectural theory for the sake of the theory".
François Roche, Prof. Dr. Edward Casey and Prof. Dr. Fritz Neumeyer will be attending the symposium as keynote speakers.
MSFAU (Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University)
DAKAM (Eastern Mediterranean Academic Research Center)
Architectural Texts
- Representation of space in the fictional narration and fictional places
- The form and language of spatial description (visual, narrative, audio etc.)
- Architectural criticism
- The history of architectural historiography and possible approaches
- “Die Theorie an sich”: Manifests
- Concepts of space and place in history of philosophy

Backgrounds of Architecture
- Determination of political power
- Social transformation, revolutions and counter revolutions
- Architecture from the perspective of social sciences (sociology, psyhochology etc.)
- The portrait of architect as an intellectual
- Institutions of architecture (education, administration, networks, communication)
- Theoretical problems of architectural education

Architectural Theories
- The relationship of theory and practice
- Structural analysis of architectural theories
- Ideological and historical dimensions of architectural communication and representation methods (drawings, models, diagrams, digital design techniques etc.)
- Definitions of architecture: Art And/or Engineering
- Possibility of critical and oppositional attitudes in architecture
- History of “architectural theory for the sake of the theory”


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Additional Information

Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: 29 May 2011, Sunday Notification of Abstract Acceptance: 27 June 2011, Monday Deadline for Registration payment: 2 September 2011, Friday* * Completing the registration procedure by payment of the registration fee, which will mean the participant's official declaration for the participation, plays an important role in composing the symposium program. Late registrations will only be accepted until the announcement of the final symposium program. Participants who will need official papers for submitting to their own institutions may contact to organizing committee. Deadline for Submission of Full Papers: 2 October 2011, Sunday** ** The editor of the proceedings book has the right to propose proofs or to exclude some of the papers by giving justification. The book may also be published after the conference. Only presented papers will be included in the symposium publications. Contributors will receive one copy of the proceedings book per presentation. Paper Guidelines Abstracts should be written in English or inTurkish with the limit of 400 words, including contact details. (The presentations may also be made in English or Turkish, but only English full papers will be evaluated for the proceedings book.) There are no formal restrications about the format of the abstracts, participants may design their abstracts freely. Please send your abstracts as a word document to and do not hesitate to send any questions to Registration Registration fee for ARCHTHEO 2011 is 250 €. Registration fee for students is 200 €.(including undergradute or gradute) It covers the entrance of all sessions, lunches, coffe breaks, symposium materials, opening and closing coctails and a dinner, which will be announced later. Late Registration fees are respectively 300 € and 250 €*** ***In keeping with our past practice, we will begin charging a late registration fee for registrations received on or after September 2nd, 2011. This fee is necessary so that we can cover last minute adjustments. After the announcement of the final program no registration will be possible. If you are thinking of coming, please register by September 2nd. We kindly request you to make a direct payment or online money transfer**** to the account below: Account Name: Efe Duyan Bank: Türkiye İş Bankası Branch #: 1024 (Kabataş) Account #: 0193328 IBAN #: TR440006400000210240193328 SWIFT Code: ISBKTRIS CHIPS UID # (for USA): 003546 ****We would like to remind you to the necessity that your full name have to be seen in transfer details and please take into account that your bans may charge a transfer fee.