Below our first call for submissions for our first editorial project: Uncertain Territories. The first volume is Contingency.
On the editorial project, click on the link for further information.
Contingency, like design, Mason White, co-founder of Lateral Office/ InfraNet Lab writes in his essay Disciplinary Thievery, is a “anticipatory act, and is often devised as a response to an eventuality.” While being a contingent discipline, architecture has long denied contingency privileging consistency, order and beauty.
Contingency theory, as defined by Paul Lawrence and Jay Lorsch, both specialists in Organizational Behavior at the Harvard Business School, suggests the anticipation of nonlinearities and adoption of an open system engaged in a continuous interaction with and adaptation to its environment.
As new problematics raise, integrating contingency within architecture permits a redefinition of architecture from a static, hierarchical, inert, to a dynamic, adaptive, responsive organization. Contingency encourages designers to reconsider their tools, their methodology, and develop new strategies to anticipate, re-calibrate and transform in uncertain and unstable conditions. Contingency enables architecture to critically address new protocols, linked dynamics across scales including technologies, infrastructure, human and ecological systems.
Uncertain Territories seeks for papers and projects that critically discuss the relations of architecture and contingency across scales, technologies, infrastructure, ecology and actors.
Please contact us to send your submissions by 01 July 2013 to Uncertain Territories.
Uncertain Territories accepts only unpublished papers including, but not limited to, interviews, drawings and photos. Please send abstracts in English limited to 200 words, and formatted in accordance with The Chicago Manual of Style. Images should be included separately at 300 dpi print quality. Submissions should include a short biography (up to 150 words) and contact info. All manuscripts should be sent in digital format, with texts as MS Word or RTF files and images as uncompressed TIFF files with proper supporting apparatus (image credits, captions, and endnotes). Please announce your submission in the subject line.