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Conference Theme

Anthropologic – Architecture and Fabrication in the cognitive age
… From smart to behavioral
… From digital to material

Context

Humans and technology today form an inseparable link that have profound implications for Earth’s ecosystems – leading to the debate for a new era: the Anthropologic. In recent years, the transition from analog to digital architecture has materialized through increasing availability of novel software and new methods in digital architecture fabrication – tooling. The cognitive and digital turn implies ubiquitous computing, artificial intelligence, augmented reality and material intelligence, but to mention a few. The resulting design strategies overwhelm our discipline of architecture, encouraging a re-thinking of architecture, the architect’s role and responsibility, as well as architectural education. The development of digital technologies is compounding the need to develop ethics for this new technological state – shifting computer architecture from its focus on technology to a focus on humans.

Objectives
The theme “Anthropologic – Architecture and Fabrication in the cognitive age … from smart to behavioral … from digital to material”, critically questions the idea of the digital as purely technical interface, but encourages the extension of the digital towards, or rather back, to the material world. During the conference we are aiming at reflecting architecture in its transformation – in light of the Anthropocene stipulating data-based strategies for lean automated processes for architecture production and design through big data. eCAADe2020also focuses on technical solutions fostering ethical feedback into architectonic culture, an evolution of the human-machine interface, ubiquitous computing and machine learning.

Tracks | not limited to:

  1. Design and computation of urban and local systems – XS to XL

  2. Digital perception of Space – Cyber–physical Systems (VR, AR) – design strategies

  3. Health and materials in architecture and cities

  4. Education and digital theory – ethics, cybernetics, feedback, theory

  5. Making through code – built by data and the architectural illustration

  6. Robotic tectonics, automation and interaction

  7. The cognitive city (AI)

  8. Culture / Shift through ubiquitous computing / scripting and lingua franca

  9. BioData / BioTectonics for architectural design

  10. Cognizant Architecture – what if buildings could think

call for abstracts

download the call for abstracts/papers here.

Workshops | Exhibition

Workshop themes hover around the general theme of the conference. We are looking for a variety of workshops researching and testing the convergence between material and cognition, between the craft of code, form and performance. Invited are interdisciplinary teams and workshop leaders who understand the subject of digital craft and fabrication as accelerator for a cultural and architectural shift. We particularly welcome workshop proposals from the architectural open source community. In specificity to the conference subject we do encourage workshops that do not limit their research to a specific laboratory situation in one university, but understand an urban environment, e.g. Berlin as their testing ground. The issue of data may want to be regarded as relevant material for producing architecture. Workshops and exhibition will take place in the Institute of Architecture at Technical University Berlin.

The exhibition will feature workshop outcomes – plastic and experimental computational artifacts – a call for workshops and exhibition contribution will be launched in due course.

Keynote speakers

CHRIS WILLIAMS | CHALMERS UNIVERSITY

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
Chalmers University
Gothenburg, Sweden

Chris joined Ted Happold’s group at Arup in 1972 where he worked on Frei Otto’s Multihalle gridshell in Mannheim. His research interests hinge on the relationship between geometry and structural action as applied to towers, bridges and tension and shell structures. His work in the generation of structural form through biological and other analogies has led to collaboration on projects including the British Museum Great Court Roof, the Savill Building, the Gardens by the Bay glasshouses and the Netherlands Maritime Museum. His work on these projects involved writing project specific software for geometry definition and structural analysis.​

MICHAEL HENSEL | TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY VIENNA​

Digital Architecture and Planning
Institute of Architectural Sciences
Vienna University of Technology,Austria

Michael Ulrich Hensel is a German architect, researcher, educator and writer. His main areas of interest are “performance-oriented Design” and “Performance-oriented Architecture”. Hensel has been a key proponent of interdisciplinary research by design in architecture since the mid-1990s, founding and current chairman of OCEAN Design Research Association and SEA – Sustainable Environment Association. He is a prolific writer whose work has been published world-wide.
Since 2018 he is professor at TU Wien Vienna University of Technology where he heads the department for digital architecture and planning and where he serves as a board member of GCD the Center for Geometry and Computational Design.

SIGRID BRELL-COKCAN | RWTH AACHEN

Univ.-Prof. Dr. techn.
RWTH AACHEN
Aachen, Germany

Sigrid Brell-Cokcan is the founder and director of the new Chair of Individualized Production at RWTH Aachen University and co-founded the Association for Robots in Architecture in 2010 together with Johannes Braumann. IP focusses on the use of innovative machinery in material and building production. In order to create an environment that allows the efficient, individualized production of lot size one, new and user friendly methods for man machine interaction are developed. The Chair of IP employs researchers from different fields of robotics and building production to streamline the necessary digital workflow from the initial design to the production process; shaping the construction site of the future via intuitive, easy-to-use interfaces.
She holds a Doctorate in technical sciences from TU Vienna (2014), a Master in Architecture (1998) from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (honoured with Carl Appel Prize), is a member of the Austrian Chamber of Architects and has completed international studies in architecture at University of Sydney (1994).

RACHEL ARMSTRONG | NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY​

Experimental Architecture
School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
Newcastle University, United Kingdom

Rachel Armstrong is Professor of Experimental Architecture at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University. Her work explores how our buildings can incorporate some of the properties of living systems to become 'living architectures'. She was coordinator for the FET Open Living Architecture project (April 2016 – June 2019) and coordinates the EU Innovation Fund ALICE project. She is a Rising Waters II Fellow with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (April – May 2016) and a 2010 Senior TED Fellow. She is also a Member of the Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment at Newcastle University and Director and founder of the Experimental Architecture Group (EAG) whose work has been published and exhibited internationally.

Important Dates

15.01.2020*** CLOSED *** Submission of short abstract –> 300-350 words + references, no images
15.02.2020Feedback – abstract accept or reject
01.04.2020Submission of full paper only if abstract was accepted
tbaSubmission of workshop proposals
15.05.2020Feedback – full paper accept or reject
tbaworkshop proposals accept or reject
15.06.2020Early bird registration closes
15.06.2020Camera-ready upload
14.09.2020

15.09.2020
Workshops + PhD Workshops
16.09.2020

18.09.2020
Conference

Submit

THANK YOU FOR 541 ABSTRACTS FOR ecaade2020. *** SUBMISSION IS NOW CLOSED

submission of full papers opens end of April

Submission only possible if short abstract was accepted

submission of camera-ready papers opens end of May

TEMPLATE WILL BE PROVIDED

Register

ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR THE ECAADE2020 OPENS IN SPRING 2020

All tickets are available through the Conference tickets platform.
Early discount prices are available until May 31st 2020>


Registrations include:
→ Digital or hardcopy proceedings
→ Coffee-breaks and lunches during the 3 Conference days
→ Welcome Reception, Conference Dinner and Closing Event (except Student registration)

TICKET RULES AND REGISTRATION POLICY
1. Full Registration: access to the Conference activities (i.e., presentations, coffee-breaks, lunches) and social program (i.e., welcome reception, gala dinner and closing event).
2. Reduced: as full registration; only applicable to participants currently employed or enrolled at institutions from developing countries:
→ all South and Central America countries,
→ the following European countries based on the GDP:
Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Estonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine.
3. Student: undergraduate students (BSc, MSc and similar) and not PhD students.
Registrants must provide a copy of their student ID card when registering through the ticketing system. Please note that student registration excludes entry to the conference reception, conference dinner and closing event.
4. If you are an author, the country of your affiliated institution defines your status to be eligible for normal or reduced fees. If you are a student or a professional, the country of your organization/company sets your status.

REGISTRATION POLICY
→ Registration is Binding. Notifications, amendments and cancellations must be made in writing to the ECAADe event management via email: kongresse@tubs.de
→ The fee for any amendment or correction of registration details is €20 per registration.
→ Cancellations will only be accepted under special circumstances and due to unforeseen events (such as earthquakes, volcanoes or similar.
→ Early Registrations are available until May 31st 2020 (23h59 GM). This is a strict deadline and starting June 1 regular registration fees will be applied.
→ Online Registrations close July/August exact date to be confirmed. After this date, only on-site registrations will be accepted.

TICKETS

There are different tickets available
1. Full Registration
2. Reduced
3. Student
4. On-Site fees

EARLY BIRD (until May 31)
1. FULL REGISTRATION
only electronic proceedings - 330 EUR
electronic + hardcopy proceedings - 370 EUR

2. REDUCED
only electronic proceedings - 250 EUR
electronic and hardcopy proceedings - 290 EUR

3. STUDENT
only digital proceedings - 200 EUR
electronic + hardcopy proceedings - 240 EUR

REGULAR (From 1 June to July 31)
1. Full Registration
only electronic proceedings - 410 EUR
electronic + hardcopy proceedings - 450 EUR

2. REDUCED
only electronic proceedings - 330 EUR
electronic + hardcopy proceedings - 370 EUR

3. STUDENT
only electronic proceedings - 240 EUR
electronic + hardcopy proceedings - 280 EUR

4. ON SITE
only electronic proceedings - 430 EUR
electronic + hardcopy proceedings - 470 EUR.

Location

Team

Liss C. Werner

Chair
Assist. Professor
computational architecture & cybernetics
CyPhyLab

Institute of Architecture
Technical University of Berlin

Dietmar Köring

Co-Chair
Dr.-Ing. Dietmar Köring
Arphenotype

Students and Research Support Team
Louna Al Bondakji
Valmir Kastrati
Theresa Lohse
Suryaveer Patnaik
Pawel Unger
Anne-Liese Lammich

Contact

Host and Venue

Liss C. Werner
CyPhyLab
Technische Universität Berlin
Fak VI, Institut für Architektur
FG Städtebau und Nachhaltige Stadtentwicklung
Straße des 17. Juni 152
DE-10623 Berlin

Email: ecaade2020@architektur.tu-berlin.de
 
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