Mid Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association (MAPACA) 2016 - Architecture and the Built Environment

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Call for Papers
November 3, 2016 to November 5, 2016
New Jersey, United States
Subject Fields: 
Architecture and Architectural History


Atlantic City, NJ

November 3-5, 2016


Architecture and the Built Environment


From the personal to the global, we create and inhabit buildings and spaces not only to fulfill the pragmatic need for shelter, but also to facilitate and communicate various social, political and economic realities. This area explores the ways that we shape and are shaped by the built environment and architectural culture. It addresses the theories, personalities, styles, and technologies that influence buildings, city planning, and community design. Proposals are encouraged from scholars as well as students and practitioners and may consist of readings of academic papers or presentations of current or recent projects, preferably addressing cultural issues relevant beyond the work itself. 


Topics for this area may include, but are not limited to the following:


  • Subjects relevant to the history of American architecture and its antecedents


  • Current trends in architectural practice 


  • Object culture as it relates to the built environment, which might include art, landscape, signage, furniture or lighting, to name a few


  • The use of digital technology and robotics in architecture (both in the construction process and as augmentation to buildings)


  • Themed and simulated spaces and structures


  • The ways buildings act as and interface with communication devices and systems


  • The social, political and economic ramifications of any or all the above 


Panel and Workshop proposals are also welcome.


Submit a 250 word proposal including A/V requests and a brief biography by June 30, 2016 to the online submission form at mapaca.net


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly


Stephen P Smyth 

Area Chair, Architecture and the Built Environment




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