Abstracts


2012 ACSA Fall Conference / Modular Building Institute
September 27-29, 2012, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Host School: Temple University
Co-chairs: Ryan E. Smith, University of Utah; John Quale, University of Virginia; Rashida Ng, Temple University


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Call for Submissions

Submission Deadline: March 30, 2012

The 2012 Fall Conference co-chairs invite paper and presentation abstracts on theory, practice and education that address a range of subjects related to offsite design, construction theory and practice. The list of topics below is meant to be suggestive and not definitive of topics for consideration.  Abstracts may be academically oriented or professionally targeted. Paper abstracts should be no longer than 500 words. Presentation abstracts should not exceed 100 words and should include no more than 5 images. All abstracts should be prepared for blind review (remove names and institution/company identification).

1. Theory:

    • History of architectural production, modularization and prefabrication
    • Production theory and criticism
    • Postulation, speculation on future of architectural production
    • Parametric modeling and CNC production speculations
    • Design case studies, prototypes and experiments

 

2. Practice:

    • Qualitative evaluations of production in architecture
    • Quantification: labor, cost, schedule, scope, and sustainability
    • Assessing component scales in prefab
    • Perceived and actual environmental impacts
    • Delivery process and delivery methods
    • Digital delivery (i.e. BIM, CNC and workflow)
    • Case Study evaluations of built works

 

3. Education:

    • Production education
    • Design-build
    • Design/materials/construction education
    • Integrated studios with industry and other disciplines
    • Production theory, history and criticism seminars

 

Other

    • Invited keynote and plenary speakers
    • Modular Building Institute Regional Industry Meeting held concurrently with presentations by modular builders
    • Tour of modular factory
    • Tour of MODULES, a modular multi-family housing project, designed by Brian Phillips, AIA
    • Prefab Education continuing education course instructed by Ryan E. Smith, author of Prefab Architecture (Wiley 2010) in connection with MBI

 

Submission Requirements and Eligibility

Selected abstracts will be documented in a digital proceedings (with a printable option) and delivered in fifteen minute presentations in their respective sessions. Paper abstracts should be no longer than 500 words. Presentation abstracts should not exceed 100 words and should include no more than 5 images. All abstracts should be prepared for blind review. All members of ACSA interested in participating in the conference are eligible to submit an abstract. It is ACSA policy that authors must pay full conference registration for the 2012 ACSA Fall Conference in order to be included in the conference presentation and Proceedings.    

Please contact Eric W. Ellis, ACSA Director of Operations & Programs, with questions (eellis@acsa-arch.org 202/785 2324)

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