ACSA and the conference co-chairs invites paper session topics related to this conference theme. Authors of session topic proposals should submit a 500 word (maximum) description of the session, suitable for blind review, and a brief author biography that demonstrates the author’s expertise in the proposal’s area of focus.
As both provocation and guidance, we pose the following questions:
Utopias are dead, long live … what? History offers heroic examples of well know visionaries “designing” alternative proposals for the future. Regardless of their degree of success, they represent a “true north” of their time. What are the utopias of the third millennium, and who are their heroes?
Not only public, but political space… by chance? Tahir square, Tiananmen square, Ferguson… The revolution is being retweeted, snapchat-ed, vine-ed and… yes, selectively televised. If physical design is also social design, what is the role of the architect in the evolution of society?
52 years after Rudofsky’s “Architecture without architects,” the question is, who cares about architects? Politicians, developers, community members… further more, who do architects care about?
S, M, L, XL firms or... no firms? In addressing the pressing challenges of the future, are current modes of practice on their way to extension? What is next in our professional eco-system?
Hi-tech, low-tech, “real”-tech? More and more, our pedagogical models revolve around the potential of digital fabrication. But, what does it mean for communities on the margins (not only physically, but economically, socially and/or culturally).
Consider the following sophism: “All architects are designers therefore all design is architecture.” More and more, we use the words architecture and design indistinctively, but are they one and the same? Is design, as a discipline, singular or plural?
How big is "Big Data?" As we approach the era of pervasive, nonbiological intelligence, or “singularity,” how can we take advantage of the incredible amount of information generated by “the internet of things.”