Call for Papers and Proposals: Room One Thousand, Issue 6: "Work, or Sim."
Playing on the architectural specification notation “or similar,” which denotes when a material or part can be swapped for another in kind, the sixth issue of Room One Thousand seeks to open up questions about the multivalent nature of Work within the discipline, practice, and profession of architecture.
Architecture exists in many forms, all of which require a different form of labor. The designer at a corporate firm, the student finishing her first studio project, the contractor pouring concrete on site, each labor in distinct ways. Increasingly, their Work can be replaced or value-engineered out of the equation by automation, by prefab schemes, by strikebreakers, by developers, by kit houses, and by open source design software. When these options prevail, how are architecture, its Workers, and its processes valued? Who and what determines the value of architectural Work? What sets private rates and public opinion? What are the products of architectural Work?
Within the profession, issues of compensation – money, remuneration, benefits – color the way in which Work is exchanged, while in the academy, the benefits obtained from doing Work are more readily accepted as non-monetary. Still, architectural Work extends beyond buildings to include writing, criticism, history, and publishing – all immaterial labors underpinned by unique conceptions of Work and production. But what about buildings themselves: do they perform Work? What kinds of labor are required to erect and maintain them? And how have architects designed buildings for Workers and Working? In our neoliberal moment, how do we conceptualize architectural labor when traditional theories of architecture inadequately capture the role buildings play as speculative financial instruments?
This issue looks for papers, projects and drawings that attempt to locate Work in its many forms and scopes: within the limits of the discipline but also outside of the profession, vice-versa, where it straddles the line between both, or in a different realm entirely. In its various forms, Work is regarded differently. It is characterized, valued, compensated and discussed according to ideas that warrant investigation.
We are Room One Thousand, and we’re looking for Work, or Sim.
Room One Thousand encourages speculative dialogue about the current state of architecture. We seek provocative interdisciplinary texts that might fall outside the framework of most disciplinary scholarly journals. Speculative essays, design proposals and short thought pieces about Work, or sim. are all welcome. Submissions should contain previously unpublished work, including but not limited to writing and images.
We accept long form 3,000 - 5,000 word essays, short thought pieces of 400-500 words, and image-based submissions with brief captions. There are no strict limits; we are interested in cultivating new formats of discourse. We will review either complete submissions or submission proposals. Proposals should be one to two paragraphs in length with one or two images that clearly outline the author’s intended topic of inquiry.
For design proposals, please include at least one draft image and a brief description of the project’s relevance to the theme of Work, or sim. All submissions should follow the Chicago Manual of Style 16th ed., unless the author has explicit needs to use other formats.
Email PDF submissions to RoomOneThousand@gmail.com with the subject line "RM1006 CFP Response." Attach images as separate files in any ordinary format. Please keep submissions under 10MB; if selected, we will ask for print-quality images. The Room One Thousand editorial board makes decisions on a rolling basis. We will make contact regarding a submission’s status within two weeks of receiving it.
All proposals are due by midnight PST on November 26th, 2017. We review all submitted content and will contact those who have submitted with further information. Issue 6: "Work, or Sim." will be released April 2018 in print and digital formats.