ARCC 2021 International Conference in Tucson

ARCC 2021 International Conference

***Abstract Submission Deadline Extended to Friday, September 25, 2020***
***ARCC 2021 papers and posters may be presented virtually or in-person***
Addressing concerns about Covid travel restrictions, ARCC will accommodate the presentation of all accepted papers and posters in a modality appropriate to the presenters circumstances.

April 7-10, 2021  I  Tucson, Arizona  USA

Topic Sessions
Submission Deadlines
Conference Schedule
Local Venue 
Keynote Speakers

Hosted by The University of Arizona
Conference Co-Chairs: Clare M. Robinson, Beth M. Weinstein, College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture (CAPLA)


Conference Theme
“Performative Environments” encompasses a range of topics and scales, from building components to buildings,from urban to landscape performances, and from structural, environmental, and material systems to information networks. While technological performances of built environments may be the dominant framework through which performance has been conceptualized, architecture and built environments succeed or fail according to a broad spectrum of performance criteria including the aesthetic, social, cultural, economic, and political production and inhabitation of space. The concept of performative environments, therefore, not only posits that people create and act upon buildings, but also that the latter have agency of their own. Space performs!

The ARCC 2021 International Conference will gather a broad and entangled series of presentations under three thematic umbrellas—technological, organizational,and cultural. This organization is modeled after performance studies scholar Jon McKenzie’s “rehears(ed) general theory of performance,” reinterpreted to challenge environments:“Perform—or else.” These sub-themes also build upon many designers and scholars whose work has broken disciplinary boundaries to examine the complexities of performance in spatial culture, research, pedagogy, and/or practice.

To this end, we invite paper and poster submissions spanning the spectrum of technological, organizational, and cultural issues. Work might examine contemporary or historical research on building performance, biosensing, digital fabrication, robotics, material, or urban systems, as well as wellbeing. Papers could address or intertwine contemporary or historical matters concerning regulations and accreditation, institutional models and modes of labor, economies and ecologies of collaborating, media and means of communication, and spatial politics. Finally, papers could leverage diverse theoretical perspectives with interdisciplinary or transversal methodologies and challenge the conventional modes of presentation by making present or enacting research.

Topic Sessions
> Technological Performances
> Organizational Performances
> Cultural Performances
> Open Theme

Important Dates + Deadlines
Monday, 06/22/20             Call for submission issued
Friday, 09/25/20                 Deadline for submitting abstracts for full papers and posters
Monday, 10/19/20             Confirmation of accepted abstracts for full papers and posters
Monday, 01/04/21             Deadline for plenary session and PhD workshop submissions
Monday, 01/04/21             Deadline for full paper and poster submissions
Monday, 02/01/21             Acceptance confirmation for full papers, plenary session, and PhD workshop
Monday, 02/22/21             Deadline for submission of final papers and posters

ARCC 2021 International Conference
Wednesday-Saturday, April 7-10, 2021

Direct Inquires to:
Adil Sharag-Eldin