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ARPA Journal presents Issue 04 ’Instruments of Service’ + a Call for Submissions

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ARPA Journal presents Issue 04 ’Instruments of Service’ + a Call for Submissions

ARPA Journal releases latest issue 'Instruments of Service' and announces new call for submissions for 'Conflicts of Interest.' Issue 04: Instruments of Service questions the status of the instrument and of service. Articles from Denise Scott Brown, Orit Halpern, Curt Gambetta, Alan Smart, Annabel Wharton, Francesca Hughes, Magdalena Milosz, Filip Tejchman, Wendy Fok, J. Meejin Yoon and Eric Höweler, Michelle Fornabai, Ryan John King and Ekaterina Zavyalova, Mustafa Faruki, Behnaz Farahi, Anab Jain, Jonathan Sun and Carlo Ratti, Lori Brown, McLain Clutter, and Rafi Segal explore spaces of encounter between “tangible and intangible creative work” (AIA A201-2007 General Conditions) in design practice, business models, new forms of representation and activism.

Guest Editor: Jennifer W. Leung.

Call for Submissions: Issue 05 Conflicts of Interest

''Conflicts of interest'' are said to compromise the impartiality of research, but what would it mean to be disinterested? Ethical codes warn us that researchers’ objectivity can be corrupted by a clashing set of interests—those of funding agencies, clients and publics, as well as researchers’ self-interest in professional advancement or personal gain. If the resolution of such conflicts might typically call for avoidance, recusal or disclosure, what would such strategies mean for the design disciplines and research on the built environment? What varied interests, expressed in the form of money or other manifestations of influence, do designers contend with? Who does impartiality protect, and when are conflicts of interest productive?

Issue 05 asks how researchers define an ethics of interest and disinterest across diverse structures of research funding. How do designers reify, leverage, alter or sidestep the constraints of financial support, and from what vantage points? How is the value of research assessed, and in what marketplaces?

Beyond the automotive industry’s role in the Federal-Aid Highway Act or BP’s now-defunct sponsorship of the Tate Modern, even the most speculative work is governed by the economics of research. Universities shape niche publishing industries by determining tenure criteria and create new structures for commercialization as student debts escalate. Government agencies and NGOs issue grants captured from local tax bases or global markets to test ever-changing definitions of welfare, social justice and development. Even Silicon Valley-style start-ups and crowd-funding campaigns rely on licensing and liability protocols developed within the service professions. From philanthropy to profit, and from patronage to entrepreneurship, we hope to examine how researchers locate their role in directing the systemic reach of such funding structures.

Editor: Janette Kim 

Abstracts are due September 1. Please see announcements for more information. 

Top image: Military operative using the Semi-Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) light-gun to input information into, or delete hostile bombers from, the onscreen representation of US Cold war airspace in 1961. Image © The MITRE Corporation.

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