CAMBRIDGE, ONTARIO  October 24-27, 2013

University of Waterloo / SUNY Buffalo / University of Nottingham

Submissions are invited for the 2013 ACADIA Adaptive Architecture conference at Waterloo Architecture in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada on October 24-27, 2013. Architects, designers, fabricators, engineers, media artists, technologists, software developers, hackers and others in related fields of inquiry are invited to submit proposals.

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 architecture¹s 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.

Conference Location
The School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo is located in Canada¹s ŒSilicon Valley¹, one hour west of Toronto and two hours from Buffalo, with direct connections to Pearson International Airport.  The gathering will be in a cluster of historic buildings beside the Grand River, near beautiful forests, marshlands, and the Niagara Escarpment.

Who can submit?
Submissions are invited from specialized researchers, practitioners, students, and members of the public interested in the computational design of architecture. In addition to architecture and urban design, submissions can include the disciplines of science and art, engineering and design.

Submissions are invited in the following forms:

a) Full peer review:
Full Papers: 4,000 words (Presentations ± 15 mins)
Short Papers, Work-in-progress: 1500-2000 words (Presentations ± 7 mins)

b) Jury selection:
Research Posters
Design Posters

c) Installation proposals from visiting school teams
Selected research will be published by ACADIA and Riverside Architectural Press. Selection rate and details may be found on the conference website.
Student participation is strongly encouraged for all submission categories. Awards for student submissions, a scholarship and travel subsidy program, and a free billeting program for students will be announced in the coming months.

Research submissions are invited that focus on the role of computation in architecture, planning, and building science, and that pursue innovation in design creativity, sustainability, and education. Paper submissions can include the following topics:


Simulation, collaboration and generative tools
Human/Computer Interfaces


Responsive environments; distributed controls, sensing, actuation and feedback
Digital fabrication and robotic craft
Hybrid structural systems
Synthetic construction: composite materials, smart assemblies, materialanalysis

Complex systems in design; emergent and self-organizing systems
Environmental adaptation, passive systems
Energy and performance modeling, structural analysis

Participatory design
Social media and gaming

Social and cultural implications of computation and cybernetics
Contemporary and historical approaches to adaptation

Computational design methodology
Curriculum models

Important Dates
Submission details online: February 15, 2013
Uploading on submission website opens: March 15, 2013
Peer-reviewed research submissions due: April 10, 2013
Poster submissions due: early May, 2013
Notification of acceptance by e-mail: early June, 2013
Revised submissions due (for proceedings): late June, 2013

How to Submit
Submission details will be posted online at:

The ACADIA event builds on the first Adaptive Architecture Conference held at the Building Centre, London, Spring 2011
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Co-Chairs are Philip Beesley (University of Waterloo), Omar Khan (University
at Buffalo, SUNY) and Michael Stacey (University of Nottingham).

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