Call for Abstracts

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

2016 International Conference Abstract Book

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Submission Deadline: January 20, 2016


Call for Abstracts 

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 also deliver a 10-15 minute presentation in a conference session that will include four to six other authors.

Abstract Submission Requirements

Authors are required to submit a 500-word abstract. Abstracts must be formatted for blind peer review (no names or affiliations). The same abstract may not be submitted to multiple topics.

The 2016 Crossing Americas - ACSA International Conference is open for submissions to any professional, faculty, graduate and doctoral students worldwide. If you are already an ACSA member, please log into the website and complete your submission. If you are not an ACSA member or do not have ACSA credentials, please send an email to or to request credentials for the 2016 International Conference. 

Conference Presentation

Accepted authors will be required to complete a copyright transfer form and agree to present the paper at the International Conference before it is published in the Proceedings. It is ACSA policy that accepted authors must pay full conference registration for the International Conference in order to be included in the conference presentation and Proceedings.

Each session will have a moderator, normally the topic co-chairs. 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.


 New Trajectories in Academia 
Rene Davids, UC Berkeley, USA
            Nina Hormazabal, U. Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, Chile

Over the coming decades, cities and buildings around the globe will need to develop strategies to cope with future stresses associated with a growing population, increased energy consumption and air pollution as well as water scarcity and flooding from deforestation and or rising waters.  It is futile to attempt to deal with these fluid environmental problems without a global perspective but how do we negotiate the desire for a broad academic discourse with the local dynamic of a particular topographical, climatic, cultural or political context that may obscure or even contradict it?

 Cities/Urban Tactics 
            Fabrizio Gallanti, McGill U., Canada
            Felipe Correa, Harvard GSD, USA

In the past two decades, cities have acquired a crucial role in the development of public works, placing mayors and municipalities in a unique position to advance the agenda on cutting edge urban projects and experimental public policies. The combination of innovative governance, original systems of funding, expertise on design across scales -from architecture to regional planning- data management and the use of architecture as a tool for visualization and communication characterize the contemporary palette of urban tactics. Rich in scope and methodological diversity, this new urban agenda is actively changing the physical and experiential dimensions of cities and open territories alike.

 Architecture/Practice: Pre-Modern Training For a Postmodern Practice 
            Hugo Mondragón, U. Catolica, Chile
            Fernando Lara, University of Texas at Austin, USA

The role of architects that lead professional practices has dramatically changed. The hyper-specialization of knowledge and functions has enthused offices to work/operate as film or orchestra directors. On the other hand studio teaching in academia still works with the image of the architect as a craftsman. This session welcomes papers that focus on the radical gap between teaching and professional practice of architecture in the context of a post-industrial world where innovation is a fetish.


 Design Strategies: Situated Creative Machines 
            Kathy Velikov, U. of Michigan, USA
            Marcelo Bernal, U. Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, Chile

Probing the disjunctions produced when global processes, logics and instruments hit the ground within local contexts, cultures and exigencies, we find simultaneously new design territories and opportunities, as well as new imperatives and urgencies. This topic session invites papers that range from theory to projects by academics and practitioners who are developing innovative design contexts, alternative design methodologies, novel collaborations and experimental techniques that unveil the diversity of design approaches emerging from the interstices of situated locales, and that posit new directions for design culture.

 Technology: Habits of Craft, Here, There & Everywhere 
Maria Paz Gutierrez, U. C. Berkeley, USA
            Jose Ripper Kos, U. Federal de Santa Catarina, Brasil

Fueled by the volition of experimenting ever more with new technologies of craft, architects confront emerging challenges across the multiple spheres involved in design innovation. New models of collaboration, research methodologies and implementation in architecture defy and are defied by the meaning of scalability within the context of globalization. From crowd sourcing to programmable materials, this session seeks to raise critical interrogations in theory and design of what implies and implicates local and global action as new habits of craft.

            Caroline O'Donnell​, Cornell U., USA
            Alexandro Tsamis, Adolfo Ibanez U., Chile

Making intelligent use and reuse (and reuse) of resources is a common practice that has, in the age of globalization, too often been forgotten. Whether material, climatic, or other, response and reaction to local givens is essential for survival—from the scale of the organism to the scale of the planet—but also, perhaps, for pushing innovation in architecture and design.

As the world becomes more globalized, the need for local resourcefulness becomes more apparent and more critical. How can north and south benefit from learning about each other’s practices with waste, with bioclimatics, with nature? What are the innovative practices emerging from this ecological rather than object-centric thinking?


            Dora Epstein, Sci Arc,  USA
            Julian Varas, U. Troncuato Di Tella, Argentina

Cultural and political differences within South America are sharper than they might seem. But, relations between the architectural cultures of South and North America are lagging behind, making unified approaches to architecture seem antiquated, if not ineffective. This open session invites papers that engage the challenges faced by cross-American relations in architectural pedagogy, architectural criticism and architectural practices in the contemporary disglobal setting. Of particular interest are papers that address vanguard practices while recognizing the intricate agendas and attitudes that have shaped cultural and disciplinary affinities, and institutional relations, within and against these new and evolving geographical exchanges. 



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