2016 International Conference

June 29, 2016 - July 1, 2016  |  Santiago de Chile
Host School
: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Escuela de Arquitectura

Conference Chairs:
  Alfredo Andia, Florida International University, USA
  Umberto Bonomo, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  Macarena Cortes, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  Dana Cupkova, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  Vera Parlac, University of Calgary, Canada


In an era of rapid information exchange, as we appear more connected to global networks, the emergence of socio-cultural gaps and ruptures becomes increasingly apparent. New design strategies begin to appear, even as exchange across Southern and Northern Hemispheres expands and begins to shape our discipline. Evidence of unsung innovation suggests a need for deeper inquiry into the effects of disglobal forces.

This ACSA conference travels to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time since 1998, and only for the second time in its history. Over the past 18 years, much has changed: The developing world adds approximately 1 billion people every 14 years; new technologies such as digital automation and biotechnology are rapidly maturing; severe environmental realities are increasingly evident. The media continues to portray a singularly globalized world, underscored by our own experiences with the immediacy of digital dissemination. However, at the scale of cities, regions, and even countries, local identity holds sway. Influenced by the superimposition of global exchange networks, yet undermined by the charismatic allure of local narratives, these disjunctions start to suggest new professional and pedagogical configurations. Our focus is to probe the shifting nature of north-south connections and discourses, and to expose the new modes of engagement between professional practice and architectural academia. This conference attempts to reflect on the highly lucid and fruitful production of architectural thinking from the professional and academic progressive communities of the world. In the past decade, a large number of small practices in Latin America, Asia, and Africa, along with new experimental digital/synthetic biology collectives in the US and Europe, have all been gradually turning us towards to a more customized, localized, and disglobal future.

What is driving these emerging post-global narratives? How will the indeterminacy of these narratives inform design discourse and the broader practice of architecture? Architecture as a discipline moves across different scales, regions, patrons, technological contexts, and opportunities. This conference aspires to reveal productive tensions through cross-American encounters, and, in so doing, to unveil the richness of disglobal narratives.


Call for Participation

The 2016 ACSA International Conference will focus on emerging disglobal narratives in the academic and design communities throughout the Americas through seven topics and one open category. Authors are invited to submit 500 word abstracts in English or Spanish and a maximum of 5 images. The abstracts should be prepared for a blind peer review process with no references to author or institution. The same abstract may not be submitted to multiple topics.

Authors of the selected abstracts will be invited to develop the full paper (no longer than 4,000 words) which will be published in the Conference Proceedings. Authors of the selected abstracts will deliver a 10-15 minute presentation in one conference session that will include four to six other authors.

Conference Topics / Call for Abstracts:
      New Trajectories in Academia
      City / Urban Tactics
      Architecture/Practice: Pre-Modern Training For a Postmodern Practice
      Design Strategies: Situated Creative Machines
      Technology: Habits of Craft, Here, There & Everywhere
      Topic defined by invited Guest Curator from Argentina


Additional Information

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+ Call for Abstracts
+ Research + Design Projects [COMING SOON]


Santiago de Chile

Santiago has become a destination of choice for international travelers, developing a reputation as a calm and clean city with a good quality of life. The best way to discover this constantly changing metropolis is to walk around the various districts and neighborhoods.


The city has a downtown core of 19th century neoclassical architecture and winding side-streets, dotted by art deco, neo-gothic, and other styles. Santiago's cityscape is shaped by several stand-alone hills and the fast-flowing Mapocho River, lined by parks. Mountains of the Andes chain can be seen from most points in the city.

Santiago's steady economic growth over the past few decades has transformed it into a modern metropolis. The city is now home to growing theater and restaurant scenes, extensive suburban development, dozens of shopping centers, and a rising skyline, including the tallest building in Latin America. It has developed a modern transportation infrastructure, including a free flow toll-based, partly underground urban freeway system and the Metro de Santiago, South America's most extensive subway system



For questions please contact:

 Eric Wayne Ellis
 Director of Operations and Programs