Call for Abstracts



October 17-19, 2013, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Host School: Florida Atlantic University
Co-chairs: Anthony Abbate, Florida Atlantic University; Francis Lyn, Florida Atlantic University; Rosemary Kennedy, Queensland University of Technology

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The 2013 Fall Conference co-chairs invite abstracts for papers and presentations that address the range of topics related to architecture and urban design in the subtropics, in areas of theory, practice, and education.  Collaboration across disciplines (for example collaborations between architecture and sociology, urban design and environmental studies, landscape architecture and engineering, and other co-authored works) is strongly encouraged.  The following topic areas on the theme of design interventions are suggestive and not exclusive.


  • New design theories to address the complex interdependence of human and natural systems
  • Antipodal and latitudinal histories (colonial, geo-political, cultural influences in the subtropics) that may influence adaptability and resilience
  • Speculations on architectural and urban production in a warmer, wetter, and more violent future
  • Cultural and place identities (local-global knowledge)
  • Rethinking resources and materials
  • Threat or opportunity: Speculations on the positive effects of climate disruption.


  • Techniques for meaningful engagement throughout the design process and implementation
  • Design case studies (paradigm shifts, alternative futures)
  • Case study assessments and evaluations of built works for resiliency
  • Disaster mitigation and post disaster lessons
  • Current trends in technology
  • New practice paradigms
  • Micro-scale to macro-scale approaches to urban resiliency
  • Design alternatives to defensive regulatory, financial or risk regimes (which are devised during re-construction, generally without reference to the design professions).


  • Leading edge pedagogy, the future of design
  • Design ethics for an age of adaptation, resilience, re-invention, and reorganization
  • Technology in service of ecological sustainment
  • Collaborative design process (engaging multiple disciplines)
  • New design tools for addressing complex problems.

Selected abstracts will be documented in a digital proceedings with a printable option and delivered in fifteen-minute presentations during their respective sessions.  Paper abstracts should not exceed 500 words. All abstracts should be prepared for blind review (remove names and institution/company identification).

Submission Requirements – Call for Abstracts

All abstracts will undergo a blind peer review process. Chairs will take into consideration each paper’s relevance to the topic and the evaluation furnished by the three peer reviewers. An author can present no more than two papers at the Fall Conference.

All authors submitting projects or papers must be faculty, students, or staff at ACSA member schools, or become supporting ACSA members at the time of submission. It is ACSA policy that authors must pay full conference registration for the 2013 ACSA Fall Conference in order to be included in the conference presentation and Proceedings. 

Papers submissions (1) must report on recently completed work, (2) cannot have been previously published or presented in public except to a regional audience, and (3) must be written in English. 

Submission Process
The deadline for submitting an abstract to the Fall Conference is April 22, 2013 (EXTENDED). Authors will submit abstracts through the ACSA online interface. When submitting your abstract, you will be guided with the Web interface, through the following steps.

  1. Log in with your ACSA username and password.
  2. Select the Session Topic for your submission.
  3. Enter the title of your abstract.
  4. Enter (copy/paste) your abstract.
  5. Add additional authors for your paper, if any.
    * Omit all author names from the abstract and any other identifying information to maintain an anonymous review process.
  6. Click Submit to finalize your submission. Note: Your paper is not submitted unless you click the Submit button and receive an automatic email confirmation.

Paper Presentation

All abstract submissions will be reviewed carefully by at least three reviewers. Official acceptance is made by the chairs. Selection is based on innovation, clarity, contribution to the discipline of architecture, and relevance to the topic. All authors will be notified of the status of their paper and will receive comments from their reviewers.

Accepted authors will be required to complete a full-paper, copyright transfer form and agree to present the paper at the Fall Conference before it is published in the Proceedings. Full-papers should be no longer than 4,000 words, excluding the abstract and endnotes. Papers may use endnotes or a reference list in the paper; footnotes should NOT be included. Full-papers should contain no more than five images. Images (low resolution) and captions should be embedded in the paper.

Each session will have a moderator. Session moderators will notify authors in advance of session guidelines as well as the general expectations for the session. Moderators reserve the right to withhold a paper from the program if the author has refused to comply with those guidelines. Failure to comply with the conference deadlines or with a moderator’s request for materials in advance may result in an author being dropped from the program, even though his or her name may appear in the program book. 

In the event of insufficient participation regarding a particular session topic, the conference co-chairs reserve the right to revise the conference schedule accordingly. Authors whose papers have been accepted for presentation are required to register for the Fall Conference.

February 2013—Submission site opens
April 22, 2013
—Submission deadline EXTENDED
June 2013—Accept/reject notifications sent to authors with reviewer comments. 
Accepted Paper Abstract authors will be required to revise/prepare full-papers for publication in the conference Proceedings.
August 2013—Final revised papers and copyright forms due
October 17-19, 2013—Subtropical Cities Conference in Fort Lauderdale, FL


For questions please contact:

     Eric Wayne Ellis                                               Angela DeGeorge
     Director of Operations and Programs          Programs Coordinator                            
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