ACADIA 2013 - Call for Submissions


In March 2011 The Building Centre hosted the Adaptive Architecture Conference. We are pleased to announce a second conference will now take place at Waterloo Architecture in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada on 24-27 October 2013.

Architects, designers, fabricators, engineers, media artists, technologists, software developers, hackers and others in related fields of inquiry are invited to submit proposals for the 2013 ACADIA Adaptive Architecture conference

Adaptation is a quality of living systems. Adaptation can include evolution in response to new conditions, and it can also involve resistance to change. How might we more precisely simulate, visualize and represent the dynamics of open systems? What are useful models for emulating living systems and ecologies? The contemporary information environment of distributed and mobile computing provides opportunities to develop new and subtle relationships between people and the built environment. How might architecture better anticipate and adapt to user and social needs? These emerging ecologies increase architecture's capacity to be more responsive to its inhabitants as well as the natural environment. How might passive, low energy systems offer alternatives to power consuming responsive systems? What tools, materials and assemblies might we use in designing for adaptation? What new industrial and manufacturing possibilities might emerge?

Adaptive Architecture will focus on the computational design of environmentally responsive, intelligent, interactive, and reconfigurable architecture. Research papers and exhibition submissions are invited across a range of topic areas that include distributed interactive systems, complex and generative systems, standards of passive and active design, and performance implications of sustainable architecture.

Advanced computational design methods, building information modeling, and digital fabrication workshops will precede the conference event. Full research papers, short work-in- progress papers, and juried design and research posters will be presented. Work-in-progress presentations will be enriched by mentoring and structured feedback. Student submissions are especially encouraged, supported by an award program and travel and accommodation subsidies. The event will be enriched by curated projects including publications on emerging teaching models for complex systems and adaptive architecture, exhibition of architectural prototypes, and installations by visiting student teams.

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