Prototyping Architecture Conference - CALL FOR PAPERS

The Prototyping Architecture International Conference takes place at The Building Centre, London, 21 – 23 February 2013. It coincides with a major exhibition from The Building Centre Trust and Architecture & Tectonics Research Group of the University of Nottingham.

Prototyping Architecture explores the importance of prototypes in the delivery of high quality contemporary architecture - performative architecture that is inventive, purposeful and beautiful. The conference and exhibition places a particular emphasis on research and experimentation showing how trial assemblies can inform architecture. In post-digital design practice the prototype remains a vital means of design development.

The conference also sets out potential systems and material futures, with the potential of technology transfer from other industries. It highlights the role of low carbon architecture and offsite manufacturing to maximise the effective use of materials and resources whilst delivering environments that facilitate human well-being.

‘New architectural prototypes show a kind of promiscuous exchange between widely varying sources, sweeping away traditional divisions between machine and hand crafts, and between nature and technology.’ Philip Beesley, Waterloo Architecture/PBAI

The conference will be organised into five streams:
• Prototyping Architecture
• Exemplar Prototypes
• Technology Transfer
• Systems and Material Future
• Low Carbon Prototypes


Prototyping Architecture International Conference is looking for papers, from researchers and practitioners for all research streams.

A 500-word abstract, with additional key references and illustrations, should be submitted by 7 December 2012, as a word document file, with selected illustrations as separate jpg files. All abstracts should be written in British English as simply formatted with Arial 12 point titles and Arial 10pt body text, refer to the PA Style Guide for further information.

Selected submissions will be announced on 21 December 2012.

Final papers will be due by 24 January 2013. The papers will be published as an eBook [IPAC] to accompany IPAE eBook of the exhibition.

Submissions should be sent to –

International Peer-review Committee includes:
Professor Michael Stacey [Chair], Michael Stacey Architects and University of Nottingham
Professor Philip Beesley, Philip Beesley Architect Inc., and University of Waterloo
Professor Anne Beim, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Billie Faircloth, KieranTimberlake Research Group
Professor Brian Ford, University of Nottingham
Mark Goulthorpe, MIT
Professor Ulrich Knaack, TU Delft
William McLean, University of Westminster
Chantelle Niblock, University of Nottingham
Andrew Scoones, The Building Centre
Professor Bob Sheil, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London
Professor James Timberlake, KieranTimberlake Associates and University of Pennsylvania

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