RESILIENT CITY: Physical, Social, and Economic Perspectives
March 2-5, 2022 I MIAMI I Hosted by Florida International University
Conference Co-Chairs: Marilys Nepomechie and Shahin Vassigh
The Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC) and the European Association for Architectural Educators (EAAE) is pleased to announce the ARCC-EAAE 2022 international joint conference hosted by Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, Florida USA in partnership with the Education Commission of the Union of International Architects (UIA). The general aim of our biennial joint conferences is to invite and exchange ideas, research, strategies, reflections and debates on architecture and the built environment. The following description and topics below serve to frame this years focus on the Resilient City.
***Call for Abstracts***Due June 15, 2021
RESILIENT CITY: Physical, Social, and Economic Perspectives
The challenge of creating cities and landscapes resilient to social and environmental change lies at the core of critical research in the design disciplines. These challenges are the consequences, direct and indirect, of a warming planet with nearly 8 billion diverse inhabitants, an increasing number of whom reside in coastal (mega)cities amid conditions of growing inequity, vulnerability and disparities in public health. Around the globe and at a range of scales, the professions and disciplines involved in the design and development of environmental and urban systems, are harnessing technologies and practices, both well-established and at the cutting edge, to play a significant role in formulating responses to such ecosystem stressors. Through its focus on urban resilience, the 2022 ARCC-EAAE International Conference addresses the multiplicity of ways in which new design pedagogies, research, and innovation, carried out across our disciplines and professions, empower us to educate a new generation of built environment designers, and to meet the strategic imperatives of this historical moment.
Global Sustainability: Mitigation and Adaptation
Identified as the key challenge of our times, global sustainability is the core of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Focusing on the design disciplines and professions, this thematic area invites paper/poster contributions that propose new pedagogies, research and innovation in energy efficient design and construction, sustainable design processes that reduce the carbon footprint of the built environment, educational research on pedagogies for sustainable and resilient architecture, vernacular architecture, green design, adaptive, remedial and retrofit design strategies, as well as processes for evaluating resilience and sustainability.
Coastal Cities: Design Frameworks for Interconnectivity
By the year 2050, over 66% of the world’s population will reside in cities. Today, nearly 40% of global urbanization is coastal, with approximately 10% of urban areas worldwide lying fewer than 10 meters above sea level (UN.org). The vulnerabilities associated with these conditions invite paper/poster contributions that propose new pedagogies, research, and innovation in adaptive design for coastal hazards and sea level rise, sustainable urban patterns and smart growth, infrastructure planning and design strategies, designing for extreme events in the coastal tropics, and dynamic planning, zoning and building regulations that incorporate a narrative of change over time.
Materials and Advanced Digital Fabrication
The demand for increased building production and sustainable practices is driving technological integration into architectural curriculum and design practices. To keep up with this demand innovation in materials and methods as well as digital fabrication techniques have become ubiquitous in design and practice. Advances in performative materials, additive/subtractive manufacturing, and construction robotics have expanded our capabilities and created new fields of study. This thematic area encourages paper/poster contributions that propose new pedagogies, research and innovation in material design and robotics processes for design and construction/ fabrication.
Digital Design and Practices
Computational design practices have become a vital part of architectural production. However, emerging technologies Artificial Intelligence (AI), data acquisition via sensors, and Extended Reality (XR) are changing the landscape of research, innovation, design, and production. Integration of these advances with architectural practice is becoming increasingly critical for developing innovative and better performing built environments. Papers/posters in this theme address pedagogies and research in advanced digital processes for planning and design, including but not limited to advanced computational design, Internet of Things (IoT), environmental data collection and processing, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and new definitions of “craftsmanship” through digital practices.
Inclusive Urban Landscapes
Landscapes of resilience and inclusion are the product of myriad elements, incorporating solutions to urban challenges that are both natural and created by human hands. Among them are the social and cultural integration of diverse populations, and responses to the barriers created by limited access to the critical elements of a safe, healthy, dignified life. This thematic area invites paper/poster contributions that propose new pedagogies and research that advance equity in the built environment; strategies that incorporate community engagement; and efforts that support the creation of affordable, accessible, equitable housing and public space for diverse communities.
Cities and (Im)migration
In its first two decades, the twenty-first century has produced substantial and growing number of global migrations, often provoked by environmental, socio-cultural, economic and political upheavals. These resettlements have stressed already-burdened environmental and urban systems, exacerbating a broad range of inequities. They foreground opportunities for the design disciplines to address and mitigate their impact, bringing new life to areas of tension and disinvestment; engaging strategies of integrative urban planning, and holistic, inclusive problem-solving. This thematic area encourages paper/poster contributions in new pedagogies, design innovation and research that address the urban challenges, at and beyond national borders, of global (im)migration(s) to urban centers.
Public Health and Public Space
Foregrounded by the COVID pandemic, the urban penalties associated with infectious diseases have often placed public health experts at the center of urban planning practice. To reduce disease transmission, zoning regulations were historically introduced to ease crowding and increase sanitation in cities. Such regulations have had implications for equity of access to public space. In turn, accessibility to open spacehas consequences for emotional and mental health, chronic disease, toxicity and violence. This thematic area encourages paper/poster contributions that address new pedagogies, research and innovationin urban and environmental design, including data-driven, trans-disciplinary and community engaged research that addresses inclusivity and public well-being.
Public Health and Human-Centered Design
Defined as innovative problem solving with the user(s) at its core, human centered design thinking can be effective, impactful, and scalable, by providing solutions to problems that range from discrete to systemic in scope. Collaborative, transdisciplinary approaches to questions of public health can result in solutions that address social and environmental vulnerability with unique effectiveness. This thematic area encourages paper/poster contributions that assess transformative, multi-disciplinary models of collaboration around public health; that actively engage communities; that incorporate human-centered, data-driven design thinking and that propose new pedagogical models for addressing these topics in the expanded studio and classroom.
SPECIAL TOPIC SESSION
Doctoral Education: Artistic Research, Design Doctorates and the Built Environment
This session aims to unveil new positions dealing with the issues of uncertainty, potentiality and creativeness in terms of responsible experimental gesturing, with reference to the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership CA2RE+ (Collective Evaluation of Design Driven Doctoral Training) – an initiative exploring and developing immersive experiential research evaluation environments, where it explicates the integrative nature of architectural design research, able to face the contemporary knowledge fragmentation from humanities, social sciences and technology. The initiative and hence this session focuses on the interdisciplinary relevance of convergent thinking, mastering wicked problems, open-ended processes, resilience and risk, as well as orientation to future, all featured in Design Driven Research. Another aim is to unfold the didactic relevance of Design Driven Research for training creative professionals on how to use the integrative power of design thinking to master open-ended processes while solving contemporary spatial challenges through responsible experimental gesturing. We welcome project proposals especially design doctorates, aiming to enhance the built environment by means of artistic and design research.