Fabrications: The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand

  • Papers for a special issue (Vol. 26, No. 3) on "The Architectural History of the Pacific Basin”, guest edited by Julia Gatley and Andrew Leach, are due by 28 March 2016.  See below.
  • Papers for the journal’s next open issue (Vol. 27, No. 1) are due by 20 June 2016.

The Architectural History of the Pacific Basin

This special issue of Fabrications addresses the Pacific as a substantial and complex setting in the global history of architecture. Historians of architecture long conceived of the twentieth-century building cultures in and around the Pacific after the colonial era as a global network of regional modernisms, where, for instance, architects in Australia and New Zealand engaged and extended the critically acclaimed timber building traditions of Scandinavia, Japan and California in developing the modern dialects of the Pacific’s various settings. What, though, shapes the Pacific as a coherent geography for architectural history? Such consequences of a regionalist model for understanding the Pacific twentieth century as architectural nationalism and critical regionalism have become problematic. What other relationships between architecture, politics, culture and geography might help to account for the Pacific, especially in the decades following the Second World War? Building on a discussion initiated at the 68th annual meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians (Chicago, April 2015), the editors of this issue of Fabrications welcome submissions that explore the architectural history of the Pacific Basin (incorporating the Rim defined by the Americas, Australasia and Asia and the islands within), in which the idea and geography of the Pacific has conceptual import. We welcome articles that reflect on three ideas of the Pacific in particular: the Pacific as an idea, invoked as an image or as tropes of habitation; as a setting for architectural events, including both moments of architectural practice and moments in which broader cultural or geo-political programmes have had architectural consequences; and as an obstacle to collaboration and communication that is either negated (through improvements in the technologies of communication and travel) or overcome (through forms of insistent mobility). Papers might therefore consider the Pacific reception of American, Asian and Australasian architecture, or the mechanisms by which pan-Pacific relationships were established and maintained, such as travel, publication, education, political alliances and events. The issue will focus primarily on the twentieth-century architectural history of the Pacific, and on the post-war decades especially, and hence to the transition from modern to postmodern architectures across this semi-global geography. Aspects of the architectural history of the Pacific Basin will reflect accident and circumstance, while others will index an intentioned engagement with (an idea of) the Pacific. The issue will present the Pacific as a geographical and cultural zone on the scale of the global and as a global situation in miniature, reflecting the complexities of global architectural history within defined limits. What, in these terms, does the Pacific offer to the history of twentieth-century architecture? And what tools and problems are appropriate to its historiography?

Guest editors: Julia Gatley & Andrew Leach

Guidelines for Authors

  • Papers should be submitted online1
  • The Editors consider essays of 4000 to 8000 words (including notes). Papers should be submitted as Word documents. Authors should use the footnote function of Word, but no automatic footing programs such as Endnote.
  • Papers should be submitted with an abstract (200 words) at the beginning of the paper and a brief author biography (80 words), images and image captions. Abstracts are published at the beginning of papers.
  • Additional guidelines for authors can be found here.2
  • All papers published in Fabrications are blind peer-refereed by two readers.
  • Proposals for reports or for reviews of books, exhibitions and other events of interest to the membership of SAHANZ can be made to the Editors, Stuart King (stuart.king[at]utas.edu.au) and Anoma Pieris (apieris[at]unimelb.edu.au).

Image Specifications

  • For the refereeing process, please submit low-resolution images of illustrations as separate files (72dpi jpeg files).  Once a paper is accepted for publication, high-resolution images should be submitted as 300 dpi tiff files, at a minimum of 100mm wide.
  • Authors are responsible for securing all permissions and paying all fees to reproduce images in Fabrications. Now that the journal is published by Taylor & Francis, authors must meet UK copyright regulations3.
  • 1. http://www.edmgr.com/rfab
  • 2. http://www.sahanz.net/publications/guidelines.html
  • 3. http://journalauthors.tandf.co.uk/preparation/permission.asp