| Architectures of Hiding |

| Crafting Concealment  | Omission | Censorship | Erasure | Silence |


“The greatest thing a human being ever does in this world is to see something... To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one.” 

― John Ruskin


1.Palazzo Spinola di Pellicceria, Genoa | 2. Reichstag wrapped up by artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Berlin | 3. Mississippi River drawn by Harold Fisk


Architectural creation, its representation, interpretation, and associated activities more often than not are seen as processes of revelation. However, one can argue that architecture hides as much as it reveals. The Purloined Letter, a detective story written by Edgar Allen Poe, describes the chase to look for a stolen letter with confidential information. The story revolves around the search for a letter hidden by being left out in the open. Allen Poe highlights a complicated relationship between visibility, revelation, clarity and its complementary hiding, concealing, camouflaging. 


In the realm of architecture, are there examples of ‘hiding’ in teaching, representing, knowing, writing and building architecture? If so, how do those manifest themselves? 

How is hiding practiced under other terms that obscure the practice of concealment? What does it result in? What sources does it emerge from and who operates it? 

This symposium aims to explore processes of hiding which can take representational, material and theoretical forms.


The event invites proposals of two different formats:

  1. Paper presentations – critical investigations of the theme.

  2. Creative work – to be exhibited/demonstrated (artwork, videos, cartoon strips, poetry, visual essays, performances, and more).


Papers and creative works will be invited for consideration for publication in the first issue of the SOLLERTIA Journal which will be blind peer-reviewed.


Important Dates

Deadline for submission of proposals: January 30th, 2020

Acceptance notification: End of March 2020

Registration and Payment: June 2021- September 2021

Registration fee: CAD $20 (free for students)

Symposium: September 24th and 25th, 2021


Convenors: Rana Abughannam | Émélie Desrochers-Turgeon | Pallavi Swaranjali |

Supervisor: Dr. Federica Goffi ASAU & Exhibition Advisor: Dr. Monica Patterson Media Studies Carleton University


 | Architectures of Hiding |
Sep. 24, 8:00 a.m. EDT – Sep. 25, 7:00 p.m. EDT
Carleton University,
1125 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6, Canada