General Information

The Architecture, Culture and Spirituality Forum will host its 2018 international symposium from May 23-25, 2018 in Coral Gables, Florida. This conference will be held in partnership with the School of Architecture at the University of Miami; the Coral Gables Museum; and AIA Miami, the Miami Center for Architecture and Design, and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. The conference aims to open a broad discussion among practitioners and scholars on the theme of Displacement in architecture today.

We are interested in opening a fresh discussion on a timeless yet urgent topic: the intersection of human displacement and architecture. These challenges especially include the tangible impacts of climate change, sea level rise, natural disasters, refugee communities, and the economic-political displacement of masses of peoples across the globe. In addition, they also include the more intangible and accompanying challenges of psychological and spiritual displacement. Recent events such as Hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria, the debate over the future of DACA, and the Mexico earthquake—all underscore the importance of this topic.

Topics may include a focus on places and cities which are impacted by migration including the spatial dimensions of the shelter, camp, or religious building. The conference will highlight both the tangible and intangible dimensions of displacement, addressing both the physical as well as spiritual ramifications of ontological natural disaster, forced migration, or deportation. The symposium will focus on displacement and design mitigation strategies addressing our inner sense of spiritual and cultural permanence within the temporal realities that we now occupy and will occupy into the future..

As in the past, the symposium will be structured as a balance between invited guest speakers, conference sessions, site visits and tours, and time for retreat and meals together. Featured spakears include Karsten Harries (Department of Philosophy, Yale University); Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk (University of Miami School of Architecture); Ronald Rael (College of Environmental Design, University of California at Berkeley, presenting his new book, Borderwall as Architecture: A Manifesto for the U.S. – Mexico Boundary); and Elke Roswag (Technical University Berlin and Eike, Roswag, Roswag, Architekten).

Please follow this link to register for the symposium online.

The Architecture, Culture and Spirituality Forum (ACSF) is an international scholarly group established in 2007 to advance the development and dissemination of architectural and interdisciplinary scholarship, research, practice, and education on the significance, experience, and meaning of the built environment.