Computation and Performance


September 18-20, 2013
Delft University of Technology
Faculty of Architecture
Delft, The Netherlands

Since long, a building no longer simply serves to shelter human activity from the natural environment. It must not just defy natural forces, carry its own weight, its occupants and theirpossessions, it should also functionally facilitate its occupants´ activities, be esthetically pleasing, be economical in building and maintenance costs, provide temperature, humidity, lighting and acoustical comfort, be sustainable with respect to material, energy and other resources, and so forth. Considering all these performance aspects in building design is far from straightforward and their integration into the design process further increases complexity,interdisciplinarity and the need for computational support.
One of the roles of computation in planning and design is the measurement and prediction of the performances of buildings and cities, where performance denotes the ability of this built environment to meet various technical and non-technical requirements (physical as well as psychological) placed upon them by owners, users and society at large.
The theme of this conference is the role of computation in the consideration of performance in planning and design. Various questions can be posed in relation to this theme that could expect an (partial) answer at the conference, e.g.:

  • What is performance and how do we measure it?
  • How can we integrate performance in planning and design and leverage any understanding of performance?
  • How can we use sensors and actuators to steer “life” performance?
  • What computational means support performance-based, collaborative and interdisciplinary design and planning processes?
  • How would the next generation design software support performative, interactive and proactive built structures?
  • How can we approach performance in a holistic way?
  • How would a next generation of BIM play a role in this?
  • How do we include computation and performance in education?

Authors are encouraged to submit their work on the conference theme. Subjects may be, but are not limited to:

  • CAAD curriculum
  • Modes of production
  • New design concepts and strategies
  • Mass customization
  • Collaborative design
  • Digital aids to design creativity
  • User participation in design
  • Generative design
  • Virtual architecture
  • Shape studies
  • Virtual reality
  • Precedence and prototypes
  • Web-based design
  • Design tool development
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Simulation, prediction, and evaluation
  • City modelling
  • Digital applications in construction

Important Dates
Deadline for extended abstracts:     February 1, 2013
Notification of acceptance:             April 1, 2013
Deadline for full papers:                June 1, 2012
Registration deadline:                  June 1, 2013
eCAADe workshops:                    September 16-17, 2013
eCAADe conference:                    September 18-20, 2013
Conference organizers: Faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology
Conference Chairs: Sevil Sariyildiz, Rudi Stouffs
Organizing Committee:
Kas Oosterhuis
Joop Paul
Bige Tunçer
Martijn Stellingwerff
Andrew Borgart
Michael Bittermann
Michela Turrin
Nimish Biloria
Henriette Bier
Contact: ecaade2013@tudelft.nl