PANAYIOTA PYLA / LECTURES - EXHIBITS

 

EXHIBITIONS

  • Leisurescapes Archive. Online exhibit with archival findings on the politics of leisure in modern architecture, from scholars internationally. Curated by Phokaides Petros, and Panayiota Pyla, (Launched September 2020; Ongoing). Link Here

  • Hotels in ConflictMultimedia exhibit in the context of the workshop “Leisurescapes of the Global Sunbelt.” Curated by Phokaides Petros, and Panayiota Pyla, (postponed for 2022, on-site conference in Cyprus).

  • The Constructed and the Unspoiled: Accounts of tourist development in Cyprus, 1960-1974. Multimedia exhibit in the context of the workshop “Landscapes of Leisure: Architectural Histories of Tourism and Development.” Co-Curators: Dimitris Venizelos, Panayiota Pyla, Petros Phokaides, June 5th 2018 at the Peace Room (62 Ledras street – Nicosia). Link Here

 

  • Treasured Microcosms: Cyprus in the Global Milieu, Circa 1960. Installation for the Treasure Island Exhibition, Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, NiMAC (Installation co-organized with Petros Phokaides and Constantina Kalfa for Mesarch Lab, University of Cyprus), 19 September - 8 November, 2014. Link Here

 

  • REAL-X: Spatial Aphrodites. Design project and installation co-organized with Evzona, Theoula, Christos Hadjichristos, and George Kallis, for the Cyprus Pavilion (Spazio Eventi della Libreria Montadori, San Marco 1345), 11th International Architectural Exhibition, Venice Bienale of Architecture. Pavilion theme, “In Cyprus—Relax, as Architects Reinterpret.” Exhibition curator, Peter Cook. September, 2008. (This was one of the 8 projects selected on a competitive basis by P. Cook.) [PDF-of initial proposal]

CONFERENCES OR SESSIONS ORGANIZED

  • Session panel co-chair (with S. Bozdoğan): “Coastal Landscapes and Politics of Leisure in the Global Sunbelt,” 74th Annual International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Montreal, Canada, April 14-18, 2021. (online due to pandemic)

 

  • Workshop co-organized (with S. Bozdoğan and P. Phokaides): “Leisurescapes of the Global Sunbelt – meeting for edited volume,” June 1, 2020. (online)

 

  • Workshop initiated and co-organized (with Mesarch Lab): “Landscapes of Leisure: Architectural Histories of Tourism and Development,” Nicosia, Cyprus, June 5-6, 2018. 

 

  • Conference co-organized (with Alona Nitzan-Shiftan): “Urban Histories in Conflict: Buildings, Cities, Landscapes,” Third Thematic Conference of the European Architectural History Network EAHN, Jerusalem, June 13-15, 2017.  

 

  • Session panel co-chair (with Alona Nitzan-Shiftan): “Histories in Conflict,” 69th Annual meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians Conference, Pasadena, CA, USA, April 6-9, 2016.

 

  • Session panel chair: “Histories of Environmental Consciousness,” 3rd International Meeting of the European Architectural History Network, Turin, Italy, June 19-21, 2014.

 

  • Session panel chair: “Modernizations of the Eastern Mediterranean,” 1st International Meeting of the European Architectural History Network, Guimaraes, Portugal, June 17-20, 2010.

 

  • Session panel chair: “Counter-histories of Sustainability,” 63rd Annual meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians Conference, Chicago, IL, USA, April 21-25, 2010.

INVITED LECTURES / TALKS -recent

  • Panayiota Pyla, “HERSUS Intro Presentation: University of Cyprus” (Presentation of the UCY team research goals, as part of the first Webinar of Hersus: Enhancing of Heritage Awareness and Sustainability of Built Environment in Architectural and Urban Design Higher Education, February 18, 2021)

  • Panayiota Pyla, “Bauhaus Ideas and the Cyprus Modern” (presentation at the Bauhaus conference, Goethe Institut Cyprus, Cyprus, April 03, 2019)

 

  • Panayiota Pyla, “Priorities in the pursuit of knowledge and innovation” (Position paper as part of the Graduate School interdisciplinarity forum, University of Cyprus, Cyprus, May 16, 2019)

 

  • Panayiota Pyla, “After the Critique of Development: Ekistics now” (presentation at Delos Network Workshop III, University of Loughborough, UK, May 4, 2019)

 

  • Panayiota Pyla, “Architectural Ideals and Geopolitics: Tourism and Development in Ekistics” (presentation at Delos Network Workshop 1, University of Birmingham, UK, March 17, 2018).

 

  • Panayiota Pyla, “Landscape and Conflict” (talk to the participants of Getty 'Mediterranean Palimpsests' program, Leventis Museum, Cyprus, May 10,  2018).

 

  • Panayiota Pyla, “The importance of humanities thinking in architecture and engineering” (Position paper as part of the celebration of scholarship and the letters, University of Cyprus, Cyprus, January 30, 2018).

 

  • Panayiota Pyla, “Χώροι της Μνήμης και της Παράδοσης” [Spaces of memory and tradition] (Presentation as commentary on the book Θέσεις της Μνήμης, at the Municipal Arts Center (ΝiMAC), Cyprus, November 12, 2016).

 

  • Panayiota Pyla, “Modern Architecture in Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean, especially in relation to tourism development” (talk given to graduate Urban Design students from the Bartlett, who visited Cyprus as part of a design project on cities in conflict, Nicosia, Cyprus, January 23, 2015).

 

  • Panayiota Pyla, “Nature, Collecting, and Authorship in the work of Neoptolemos Michaelides” (Invited Commentary at the workshop on Cyprus Modernism,  Point Centre for Contemporary Art,  Nicosia, Cyprus, January 31, 2015). Link Here

 

  • Panayiota Pyla, “Eastern Mediterranean Echoes of Modernity” (Invited lecture, Club Medina, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA, USA, April 22, 2015).

 

  • Panayiota Pyla, “Doxiadis’s Glocalisms” (Invited lecture at the Politechnico Di Milano School of Architecture, Milano, Italy, June 17, 2014).

 

  • Panayiota Pyla, “Conflict and Space in Cyprus: The Historian’s Task” (Invited talk at the Symposium, “Histories in Conflict,” at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel, February 27, 2014).

 

  • Panayiota Pyla, “Famagusta’s Tourism in the Context of Cyprus’s History” (Invited discussant commentary at the conference “The Famagusta Ecocity Project’s Architectural Design Studio” held at the Famagusta Municipality Cultural Center in Derynia, Cyprus, January 18, 2014).

 

  • Panayiota Pyla, “The Economy of Ruins” (talk at the University of Thessaly, Greece, February 25, 2014).

 

  • Panayiota Pyla, “Go Natural: But How?” (talk at the “Seminar on Poly-rhythmic Urban Environments” Nicosia, Cyprus, November 10, 2012). [Seminar was part of the "Urban-A-Where?" project organized in October-November 2012 under the auspices of Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union]

 

  • Panayiota Pyla, “On The Edge: The Book of G. Tzirtzilakis on contemporary architectures in Cyprus” (Book presentation by and moderation of public discussion, Nicosia, Cyprus, May 9, 2011).

 

  • Panayiota Pyla, “Sustainability’s Crises” (Invited lecture at the Center for Mediterranean Architecture, 9th Summer Workshop for Graduate and Postgraduate Students of Architecture and Fine Arts, Chania, Crete, August 18-26, 2010).

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS - recent

  • Pyla, Panayiota, “Glamour and conflict: Two moments in the history of the 71st Hilton.” Presentation in the session ‘Hotels in the Global South and the Architectures of Contact Zones’ of the 6th International Meeting of EAHN, Edinburgh, June 2-5, 2021. [paper submitted and accepted]

  • Pyla, Panayiota, and Dimitris Venizelos. “Tourism and Leisure Politics: The United Nations Development Agenda in Cyprus.” Presentation in the session ‘The United Nations in the Non-Western World: Norms and Forms of Development Programs’ of the 5th International Meeting of EAHN, Tallinn, Estonia, June 13-16, 2018.

 

  • Phokaides, Petros, and Panayiota Pyla. “‘Smart’ archives:  Evaluating digital tools with historiographic insights.” Presentation in the Workshop, ‘The digital publication of architectural history’, ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, February 8-9, 2018.

 

  • Pyla, Panayiota, and Petros Phokaides.  “‘The most dam-dense country in Europe’: Ethnic Conflict and Supra-national Claims in Cyprus.” Presentation in the Interdisciplinary Workshop on Water, Technology and the Nation-State, The University of Manchester, October 27-28, 2016.

  • Phokaides, Petros, and Panayiota Pyla. “Leisure-scapes and Conflict-scapes: The Famagusta Modern Coastline.” Presentation in the session ‘S03_Architecture and Tourism: rethinking modern leisurescapes’ of the 14th International DOCOMOMO Conference – Adaptive Re-use: The Modern Movement Towards the Future, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal, September 6-9, 2016.

 

  • Sioulas, Michalis, and Panayiota Pyla. “Technical schools for inter-communal crisis management in mid 20th Century Cyprus.” Paper presented at the ‘International Scientific Thematic Conference of the European Architectural Historians Network (EAHN) - Entangled Histories, Multiple Geographies’, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Architecture, Belgrade, Serbia, October 14-17, 2015.

 

  • Pyla, Panayiota. “Sustainability politics and its histories.” Introductory announcement to session organized and chaired by P. Pyla in ‘Histories of Environmental Consciousness’ at the3rdInternational Meeting of the European Architectural History Network, Turin, Italy, June 20, 2014.

 

  • Daskalaki, Georgia, and Panayiota Pyla. “Research on gender and urban planning in the Eastern Mediterranean.” Report at the inaugural meeting of ‘COST Action TA1201 GenderSTE participants in Urban Europe Working Group 3(1): Cities’, AESOP Conference, Dublin, July 16, 2013.

 

  • Phokaides, Petros, and Panayiota Pyla. “Peripheral Hubs and Alternative Modernizations: Planning for Tourism in Postcolonial Cyprus.” Paper presented at the 2nd International Meeting of the ‘European Architectural History Network’, Brussels, Belgium, May 31- June 3, 2012.

 

  • Phokaides, Petros, and Panayiota Pyla. “Architecture, Utopia, and the Politics of Neutrality in 1960s Cyprus.” Paper presentation at the 12th International Conference of the Utopian Studies Society (Europe): ‘Utopia/Crisis/Justice’, Nicosia, Cyprus, July 8-10, 2011.

 

  • Phokaides, Petros, and Panayiota Pyla. “Utopias and Heterotopias in the Colonial/Postcolonial Context of Cyprus.” Paper presented at the 12th Conference of the International Association for the ‘Study of Traditional Environments’, Beirut, Lebanon, December 15-18, 2010.

 

  • Pyla, Panayiota. “Modernizations of the Eastern Mediterranean.” Introductory announcement to session organized and chaired by P. Pyla for the1st International Meeting of the ‘European Architectural History Network’, Guimaraes, Portugal, June 17-20, 2010.

  • Pyla, Panayiota. “Counter-histories of Sustainability.” Introductory announcement to session organized and chaired by P. Pyla for the 63rd Annual meeting of the ‘Society of Architectural Historians Conference’, Chicago, IL, April 21-25, 2010.