Calls for papers

Fabrications is the refereed journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ). Established in 1989, it is devoted to scholarly publication in the field of architectural history. The journal’s contents reflect the wide interests of the Society’s diverse membership. It publishes papers on a wide range of themes, but especially on the architectural, urban and landscape history of Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and South-East Asia. The journal is published for the Society by Taylor & Francis, with each annual volume containing three issues.

For further information on Fabrications and to review past issues, see the Taylor and Francis website.

Reports and Reviews

Proposals for reports or for reviews of books, exhibitions and other events of interest to the membership of SAHANZ can be made to the Reviews Editor, Isabel Rousset at

Author Guidelines

Papers should be submitted online by the due dates identified below.

The Editors consider essays of 7000 to 9000 words (including foot 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. All papers published in Fabrications are blind peer-refereed by two readers.

Papers must conform with the Instructions for Authors.

Image Specifications

For the refereeing process, please submit low-resolution images of illustrations as separate files {or embedded in a separate pdf file with captions} (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 with a separate list of captions indicating permissions.

Authors are responsible for securing all permissions and paying all fees to reproduce images in Fabrications. Authors must meet the publisher’s requirements.

The Editors

Cameron Logan (2019-22)
School of Architecture, Design and Planning
The University of Sydney
New South Wales 2008

Kelly Greenop (2021-24)
School of Architecture
The University of Queensland
St Lucia
Queensland 4072

32.3 SPECIAL ISSUE – The Architecture of the State and Statelessness

Fabrications: The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand invites papers for a special issue (Vol. 32, No. 3) on the theme of ‘The Architecture of the State and Statelessness’, edited by Cameron Logan and Kelly Greenop. The deadline for paper submission is 15th March 2022 and publication of the issue is scheduled for September 2022. 

One of the abiding roles of architecture historically has been to produce designs for buildings that represent and house state functions. Official residences for heads of state, parliament buildings, courts, diplomatic missions, barracks and armories, as well as the departmental headquarters for treasuries and other governmental functions, enact and enable state power, but they also make the state visible as an entity. Architecture is one of the ways in which states represent themselves to their citizens or political subjects and to other states. The frontispiece for the original edition of Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan (1651) – perhaps the most explicit figure of the state produced in political philosophy – is an etching by Thomas Bosse and is dominated by a colossal figure bearing a sword and a mitre overlooking an orderly city. When one looks closely at the cover the representative role of architecture in figuring state power is obvious. Beneath the main figure are depictions of civil and ecclesiastical authority, most prominently a castle and a church. Buildings were thus presented by Hobbes and Bosse as clear emblems of the state.

Because state power is so often figured through buildings and urban ensembles, those who dispute the claims of the state have also used architecture to articulate their own relationship to power and political agency. In Australia, for example, First Nations people have created various tent embassies, the most famous being that established in front of the old Parliament House in Canberra/Ngambri from 1972. Its very clear meaning was that the Australian government does not possess legitimate or uncontested sovereign authority in the territory it claims. The putatively stateless Indigenous people of Australia thus rhetorically claimed the status of a distinct state authority by establishing an embassy.

This issue of Fabrications calls for papers that address state authority and architecture by critically examining buildings, projects and architectural conceptions that proclaim the presence of the state or that protest that presence. Recent work in architectural history and theory – including work published in recent issues of this journal – has dedicated significant energy to documenting and analysing the enactment of state power though everything from infrastructural development to prison building programs and highly secretive defence installations. This issue seeks papers that build on that work but that also direct attention more explicitly to the question of representation. How do buildings and infrastructure depict or symbolise state power? And how has state power been disclosed and contested by architectural gestures that seek to counter the claims of the state? 

We welcome submissions that address the theme from widely varying perspectives. Papers might focus on the problem of representativeness in multi-national states; raise questions about universality versus regional or national specificity in relation to style; focus on the tactical and provisional modes of architectural communication available to those who protest their statelessness; or raise questions about the extent of state presence in the urban landscape in capital city ensembles. Building on recent work published in the journal, we encourage papers that examine official attempts to depict the architectural expression of newly decolonised nation states in the Asia-Pacific. We also welcome papers about the various architectural competitions and public debates connected with new parliament buildings, state palaces and official residences in our region and around the world. 


Fabrications: The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand invites papers for the OPEN issue (Vol. 32, No. 2) edited by Cameron Logan and Kelly Greenop. The Open Issue of Fabrications welcomes papers evolving from individual research on a range of topics related to architectural history and theory. Papers are due by 22 November 2021.

Past Calls

32.1 SPECIAL ISSUE – Looking inside design: crossing and connecting the disciplinary boundaries of architecture, design, and exhibition

Histories of architecture, design, exhibiting and curatorship are frequently siloed from each other, ignoring shared and overlapping influences, approaches, practitioners, and indeed their shared disciplinary lineage as Kulturwissenschaft, cultural histories of material objects.  In contrast, we seek to foreground the entwined histories and the traversing of professional boundaries (both conceptual and embodied) between the fields of design, architecture, exhibitions and curating.  We set out to explore these intersecting worlds, and the possibilities of reciprocal knowledge and methodological exchange between each field.  In the spirit of much new architectural history, exemplified by the Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative and its interdisciplinary focus on architecture and its relationships, our methodological provocation is one that endeavours to cross yet connect these disciplinary boundaries and unearth richer and more complex cultural histories, in particular those that attempt to establish a broader conceptual framework for the discipline of architectural history.

We call for papers that connect or trade the concepts of architecture, exhibiting, curating and the fields, disciplines and practices that comprise design.  We are interested in design across media and disciplines from visual communication and digital design to performance, exhibitions and interiors, and from objects to infrastructure.  We emphasise that both tangible and non-tangible design such as systems, services, experiences, interactions, are equally important areas of enquiry for this special issue.  We also encourage contributions that consider the embodied practices of designers in the making of architecture, the role of architects producing design, and the labour that each entails.  Papers might consider architects, whether migrants or women, who found themselves excluded from the profession of architecture and turned to the design fields out of necessity, and feminist, trans-national or post-colonial readings of these histories.  Papers might address the way in which the curation and design of the interior intersect, or the architectonics of exhibition design.  Equally of interest is the role of the exhibition or archive as a promoter or voice for design and architecture.  We are interested in varying levels of scale, for example architects involved in the design of domestic objects such as Franco Albini’s radio design or the furniture design of Urmila Eulie Chowdhury, Jeet Malhotra and Aditya Prakash; to the larger scale of Nina Aleshin’s Moscow Metro design; up to the cosmic level such as that in Galina Balashova’s design of the Soyuz spacecraft and the Salyut and Mir space stations.

This special issue of Fabrications commemorates Professor Harriet Edquist’s retirement from an academic position at RMIT University, though not scholarship itself.  Edquist’s work as historian, editor, commentator, curator, and archivist has animated architectural, design and exhibition scholarship for decades.  In this call for papers we seek work that critically re-examines these fields that Edquist not only contributed to but shaped.

31:3 Open

Fabrications invites papers for the OPEN issue (Vol. 31, No. 3) edited by Mirjana Lozanovska and Cameron Logan. The Open Issue of Fabrications welcomes papers evolving from individual research on a range of topics related to architectural history and theory. Papers are due by 28 March 2021.

30:2 Post-War/Cold-War in the Region

Fabrications: The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand invites papers for a special issue on Post-war / Cold-War in the Region (Vol. 31, No. 2)  edited by Mirjana Lozanovska and Cameron Logan. Papers are due by 20 November 2020. See below.

World War II transformed the process of production at a global scale and, as a consequence, the period of economic prosperity that followed is often considered a ‘Golden Age’. But the booming postwar decades, frequently referred to in France as the Trente Glorieuses, also occurred in the shadow of the Cold War. Following the defeat of Hitler and Nazi Germany by Stalin’s Red Army in 1945, the world was caught in the grip of a political confrontation between the USA and the USSR, one which dominated the international environment for more than forty years (1948-1990). While the Cold War meant the end of WWII in Europe, wars erupted in the Asia-Pacific region, most obviously in Vietnam and Korea, but also in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Cambodia to name just a few.

The Cold War drew ideological lines. Architectural historian, Juliana Maxim argues the USSR and USA presented competing architectural modernities. Maxim’s work, along with that of Greg Castillo and a handful of others, focuses on a political dialectic, and thus confronts consistent depoliticization in the architectural historiography of modernism, a process left mostly undisturbed by the recent emphasis on difference and plurality. Łukasz Stanek examines the export of architecture and planning from socialist countries to the ‘Third World’ and conceptualises this as Cold War transfer. What of this post-war/Cold War political ideology did émigré architects departing Europe, transport to Australia and New Zealand?

This ideological divide mobilised modernisation and development aid programmes. Educational initiatives from the period such as the Colombo Plan (1951) focused on education and cultural exchange, and were deeply conditioned by Cold War political arrangements as much as by longstanding colonial ties. Even more explicit in its cold war implications for the region was Australia and New Zealand’s strategic pivot to the United States and its formalisation in the ANZUS Treaty (1951). The security alliance was the foundation for a much more visible US footprint in Australasia, expressed in architectural terms not only through embassies but also military bases and other security installations such as the one at Pine Gap near Alice Springs. The US presence in the wider region was also  dramatically expanded in the period, with facilities established or expanded up and down the western rim of the Pacific.

This issue of Fabrications seeks to explore the post-war period not as mid-century architectural aesthetics and urbanisation, or through its hero architects, but through the lens of architecture’s participation in the ideological and political divide of the Cold War. We seek papers on a broad range of issues that highlight the political and ideological aspect of architectural history in this period with a focus on Australia and New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region. We encourage contributions that include the following:  the ideological/political position of Australia and New Zealand during the Cold War and it impact on architectural discourse and practice; new networks that emerged in Australia and New Zealand in architecture and the visual arts due to Cold War orientations; the involvement of Australian and New Zealand architects in projects linked to Cold War political agendas in the Asia-Pacific; architectural education and the Colombo Plan or equivalent organisations; émigré architects and the effects of anti-communist political narratives in Australia and New Zealand and their alignment with the USA; the architecture and politics of post war refugee camps, military bases, embassies in Australia and New Zealand.

30:1 Writing Automobile Histories

Due to the disruptions many researchers have experienced in their work patterns and daily lives in recent weeks and months,  the Fabrications editors, in consultation with guest editor of this special issue, Marianna Charitonidou, have decided to extend the deadline for 31:1, Writing Automobile Histories. The new deadline for the issue is Monday 29 June. See CFP below.

Fabrications: The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand invites papers for a special issue (volume 31, no.1) on Writing Automobile Histories edited by Marianna Charitonidou, ETH Zürich, National Technical University of Athens and Athens School of Fine ArtsPapers are due by 29 June 2020 (EXTENDED).

The point of departure for this special issue is the hypothesis that the view from the car has established a new epistemology of the urban landscape. Focusing on the views from the car produced by architects will help us better understand how this epistemological shift influenced architectural thinking and practice. The automobile reshaped our conceptions of space revolutionizing the way architects perceive the urban environment and contributing significantly to the transformation of the relationship between architecture and the city. Automobiles transformed the ways in which we access and move around in cities, but also the city’s own relation to its territory. No other factor changed the city so drastically during the twentieth century. Many architects and architectural critics and theorists have been attracted to automobile vision’. But in the field of history and theory of urban design many questions concerning the impact of the automobile on our perception of the city and its territory have not been explored in depth.

This issue of Fabrications intends to explore the theories and methods most suitable for understanding how the automobile has transformed our perception of urban conditions. It will investigate which visual means and artefacts are most significant for the way we comprehend the snapshot aesthetics which is related to car travel. Journeys have always been a source of inspiration for architects, playing a significant role in shaping their design strategies. The issue aims to grasp the specificity of car travel as a new episteme. Using the writings of Donald Appleyard, Kevin Lynch, John Myer, Reyner Banham, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown as a key reference and also considering John Lautner, Alison and Peter Smithson, Denise Scott Brown and Aldo Rossi’s practice of taking photographs from cars, the issue aims to establish a broader conceptual framework for tackling issues related to the impact of the automobile on architectural and urban thought. Papers that treat the different aspects of architects and urban designers’ automobile vision as expressions of the emergence of a new episteme are especially encouraged. Papers might also address, for example, the different ways that photography and film capture the snapshot aesthetics related to the automobile. The issue seeks papers aiming to address issues related to the emergence of the new perceptual regimes that emerged thanks to the automobile, focusing on a wide range of geographical and cultural contexts. To this end the issue, encourages articles that address places and perspectives from beyond the Euro-American context, such as those concerning the feral auto-tectonics of ‘Mad-Max’, or the great road trips and peripatetic architectures of Australasian grey nomads, referring to the phenomenon of retired people who take long sometimes permanent road trips.