| 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

Free Registration: information forthcoming soon

Symposium: September 24th and 25th, 2021

Ottawa Hidescapes walking tour: September 26th, 2021



CRIPTIC Coordinators/Organizers: Rana Abughannam | Émélie Desrochers-Turgeon | Pallavi Swaranjali |

CRIPTIC Chair/Supervisor: Dr. Federica Goffi ASAU

Exhibition Advisor: Dr. Monica Eileen Patterson Curatorial Studies Carleton University


 | Architectures of Hiding |
Sep. 24, 8:00 a.m. EDT – Sep. 25, 7:00 p.m. EDT
Online Event