on imprecision and infidelity
Mexico City \\ Universidad Iberoamericana \\ October 2018
Through the theme of recalibration, this year’s ACADIA conference presents a challenge to shift our direct gaze from the machine in order observe it and its context from alternative viewpoints. This act of rhetorical refocusing is also accompanied by a physical relocation, this year’s conference being held for the first time outside of the US and Canada. The 2018 conference will take place in a location that is at once a dense contemporary megalopolis and a site of extraordinary difference and contrast. Nevertheless this change of venue is intended to be an operation of engaging and incorporating.
In the rhetorical sense, this recalibration underlines the need focus a discussion on the materialization of design and architecture, their relationship to computation, production, form, data, and indeed to matter itself. The conference seeks to open a new dialog recognizing that contemporary architectural production must inevitably result from the mediation between an ‘ideal’ precision/accuracy obtainable through digital methodologies, and the imprecision and infidelity of the physical/material world around us, simultaneously acknowledging the interrelated importance of both analog and digital processes, and privileging neither one over the other.
ACADIA seeks papers for the 2018 conference that can foster a discussion about the future of work in the realm of architecture and related disciplines. The conference will accommodate the evolving trajectory of the wide history of work in our field, while opening up dialogs related to questions of computational style, errors and surprises, the relationship to the complexity of physical reality as well as perceived reality, and the value of reflection and critical thinking as a tool for computation.
ACADIA 2018 Specific Themes + Topics:
• Materializations of computational design strategies (biomaterials, computational materials, etc.)
• Illusory dichotomies: critical interrogations of the digital and analogue
• With/in tolerance: Exploring the limits of precision from computation to fabrication
• Computational infidelities: similitude, noise and glitch as generators
• Programmed imprecision (production, representation, design, etc.)
• Human / nonhuman architectural programming (computational and actual)
• Emerging models of digital representation / fabrication
• Robotics / AI / Machine Learning
• Composite materials and smart assemblies
• Responsive systems and environments (sensing, real-time computation, actuation, and feedback)
SUBMISSIONS DETAILS & GUIDELINES
Peer-reviewed Research Papers:
Long Papers: 4,000 words max (Presentations ± 15 mins)
Long Papers describe work that is embedded within significant bodies of research or creative practice. A long paper is categorized by research-based projects, design processes, and/or novel techniques and methods which contribute to the advancement of the field of computational design. Papers must be concise and follow the structure of a scientific paper providing: Abstract, Introduction, Background, Methods, Results and Reflection, and Conclusion. Long papers must emphasize the significance of the work and its historical, scientific, and/or theoretical context. Long papers may also be entirely historical or theoretical in nature.
Long Papers should be no longer than 4,000 words, excluding the abstract, captions and endnotes. Low-resolution images and captions should be embedded in the paper. Please omit all identifying names, places, programs, institutions and firms from the paper to maintain an anonymous review process. Long papers will be published in the Proceedings and will be made available on CuminCad, ScholarOne, and other scholarly platforms.
Work in Progress Papers: 2000 words max (Presentations ± 7 mins)
Work in Progress Papers describe developing work or an individual project which has yet to be placed within a larger context of ongoing research. A short paper is categorized by a novel project, method and/or design approach which has the potential to contribute to the advancement of the field of computational design. Papers should adhere to the following structure: Introduction (including brief description of background and precedents), Methods, Results, and Conclusion (including a reflection upon future development and potential contribution to the field).
Work in Progress Papers should be no longer than 2,000 words, excluding the abstract, captions and endnotes. Low-resolution images and captions should be embedded in the paper. Please omit all identifying names, places, programs, institutions and firms from the paper to maintain an anonymous review process. Work In Progress papers will be published in the Proceedings.
IMPORTANT DATES FOR PAPER SUBMISSIONS:
Paper Submission Deadline: May 01, 2018, 11:59 PM PST
Papers should utilize the Word document provided, be saved as a PDF, and submitted via the conference submission website.
Notification of Authors, June 1 , 2018.
Revision Submission Deadline: July 1, 2018
If the paper is accepted, the author will be asked to make revisions based on the blind review comments and to reformat according to the ACADIA 2018 template for publishing.
Conference Registration Deadline for Authors: July 1, 2018
B) Jury Selected Projects:
The ACADIA 2018 exhibition will highlight experimental projects and design work in which methods, processes, and techniques have been developed or discovered that illuminate the conference theme. Project submissions will be selected by a jury to be exhibited during the conference, and will be published in a full color catalogue. The technical chairs may additionally select certain projects to be presented as a short presentation (+/- 7mins) during the conference sessions. This is a digital competition and no hard-copy proposals will be accepted.
IMPORTANT DATES FOR PROJECT SUBMISSIONS:
Project Submission Deadline: May 15, 2018, 11:59PM PST
The project submission will consist of a title, a project description of no more than 600 words, plus a maximum of 20 images, formatted within a letter-sized or A4 document and submitted via the conference submission website as a single, multipage PDF. The text description should comprise the first page of the PDF and each image should be formatted to fit on a single page, oriented either horizontally or vertically. Captions are strongly encouraged as part of the image pages. Please omit all identifying names, places, programs, institutions and firms from the paper to maintain an anonymous review process.
If the project is accepted, the author will be asked to format the project for both publication in the Projects catalog, and exhibition at the conference.
Notification of authors June 15, 2018.
Revision/Formatting Submission Deadline: July 1, 2018
Conference Registration Deadline for Authors: July 1, 2018