The journal studies in History and Theory of Architecture, published by the Department of Architectural History & Theory and Heritage Conservation at «Ion Mincu» University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest, Romania, invites submissions for the 2022 issue.
Traditionally, architecture has been aimed at defying time. The very basis of architectural culture rests on the pre-modern hypothesis that architecture should last, that buildings outlive their makers, bearing over time the prowess of their authors and the greatness of their patrons. Is this only a vain aspiration to immortality that modernity has disavowed?
Modernity, with its programmatic rejection of the past and incessant quest for renewal, has left an indelible mark of transience on architecture. Sant’Elia proclaimed in 1914 that buildings will last less than us. Again, in the 1960s, Frei Otto suggested that buildings should not apply only for construction permits, but also, every five years, for permits to remain.
Whenever an established architectural stance was questioned by a revolutionary vein, the former’s inadequacy was to be replaced by the latter’s convenience, while age and permanence were being perceived as obsolete. Have any of these instances come up with a theoretical model to replace “permanence”?
Despite its anticipations, the twentieth century has not transformed this model; on the contrary, its architecture is also built to last, but ages faster, quickly becoming out-of-date, while producing more waste than ever. Maybe, the twenty-first century’s urge for sustainability would reveal that architecture’s durability resides precisely in its ephemeral nature.
Thus, the relationship between architecture and time — be it the impersonal and continuous time flow or time experienced as present, past, and future — remains a matter to be reflected on. Architectural time can multiply in alternate perspectives and it can also end. How are different aspects of temporality acknowledged in architecture today?
For the tenth issue of sITA, we invite contributions willing to reconsider history and theory by focusing on the topics that emerge from architecture’s correlation with time:
|March 7, 2022 |
|preliminary abstract of 200 – 250 words to be submitted online https://sita.uauim.ro/call-for-papers|
|March 21, 2022||preliminary selection of contributors notification by e-mail|
|June 6, 2022||submission of article for peer-review|
|June 27, 2022||submission of reviews of current events (conferences, recent publications, exhibitions etc.)|
Manuscripts are to be submitted in US English and should range between 5,000-8,000 words, including references, tables, and bibliography. The submission should include the contributor’s name, affiliation and e-mail address, 5-7 keywords, an abstract of 200-250 words, and an extended summary ranging between 700 and 1,000 words (to be translated by our staff and published in Romanian). A reference list will be included at the end of the paper. Illustrations (.tiff or .jpg format, min. 300 dpi at printed size) must be provided separately, and their location must be indicated clearly throughout the paper. A full list of figure captions is to be provided at the end of the article (including figure number, description, and source). Authors are responsible for securing the rights to reproduce and publish all graphic material.
Proposals should range between 1,000-2,000 words.
For notes (as footnotes) and reference list, please use The Chicago Manual of Style, “Notes and bibliography” style (for details and examples, see https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide/citation-guide-1.html).
All contributors are kindly asked to send a Microsoft Word compatible document, with minimal formatting.
Instructions for authors
Peer review form