2018 International

  
DEANS SUMMIT | CUMBRE DE DECANOS
Deans of the Americas and Europe | Decanos de América y Europa
at the 2018 ACSA/COAM International Conference
June 12-14, 2018 | Madrid, Spain

Conference Partner:   El Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid (COAM) 
Conference Co-chairs:   Luis Rico-Gutierrez, Iowa State University 
    Carlos Lahoz PalacioUniversidad CEU San Pablo & COAM
    Belen Hermida Rodriguez, Universidad CEU San Pablo & COAM

  


NEW INSTRUMENTALITIES
2018 ACSA/COAM International Conference 
June 14-16, 2018 | Madrid, Spain
 

Conference Partner:   El Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid (COAM) 
Conference Co-chairs:   Iñaqui Carnicero, Columbia University
    Ángela García de Paredes, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
    Julio Salcedo-Fernandez, City College of New York 

 

 

 
ACSA invites Deans throughout the world to meet, learn from each other, and propose alternative strategies to better prepare our students to achieve their professional and personal goals in the continuum between local and global modes of practice.


 

Deans of the Americas and Europe
The practice of architecture and design is, more than ever, global. As competition increases in both developed and developing nations, American firms aggressively market abroad; foreign architects compete successfully for prestigious commissions within the United States, and the creation of regional entities such as the European Union has removed long-standing barriers to practice in large multi-national regions. Global modes of practice force designers to confront the tension between cosmopolitan trends that transcend national boundaries and identities; and the need to recognize local contexts with differing cultural norms, environmental challenges, and issues of contrasting equity between rich and poor nations.

In the context of its International Conference in Madrid, Spain, ACSA invites all North and Ibero-American Deans to meet, learn from each other, and propose alternative strategies to better prepare our students to achieve their professional and personal goals in the continuum between local and global modes of practice.

Sessions will include presentations that will provide context and encourage participation from all members of the audience. Topics include:

  • Strategies for in-depth cultural immersion and understanding, as opposed to replicating home experiences abroad.
  • “Babel” classrooms: understanding each other’s cultural and experiential contributions to the increasingly multicultural studio.
  • Technology enhanced international experiences: virtual studios, etc.
  • Combining curricular offerings with local practicums or internships: opportunities and challenges
  • The pedagogy of International help: intentional and unintentional consequences of addressing real problems in real communities
  • Legal and protocolary challenges: Exchanges, Joint Degrees, dual degrees, etc. 
  • Architecture Fundamentals in the 21st Century


 

Decanos de América y Europa
La práctica de la arquitectura y el diseño es, más que nunca, global. A medida que aumenta la competencia profesional tanto en países desarrollados como en vías de desarrollo, los grandes estudios estadounidenses ofrecen sus servicios en el extranjero de manera más agresiva mientras los arquitectos extranjeros compiten con éxito y consiguen encargos de prestigio en Estados Unidos. La creación de entidades supranacionales como la Unión Europea ha eliminado las barreras que tradicionalmente limitaban el ejercicio profesional en extensos ámbitos multinacionales. Los modelos globales de ejercicio profesional obligan a confrontar tendencias cosmopolitas e identidades nacionales, a estudiar contextos locales de culturas diversas, desafíos medioambientales y la equidad entre naciones ricas y pobres.

En el contexto de su Conferencia Internacional en Madrid, España, ACSA invita a todos los Decanos de América y Europa a reunirse, aprender unos de otros, y proponer estrategias alternativas que ayuden a nuestros estudiantes a alcanzar sus objetivos profesionales y personales en el nuevo entorno local/global del ejercicio profesional.

Las sesiones incluirán presentaciones que proporcionarán el contexto y fomentarán la participación de todos los miembros de la audiencia. Los temas incluyen:

  • Estrategias para una inmersión cultural profunda frente a modelos que replican el entorno del país de origen en el extranjero.
  • Aulas “Babel:” cómo distintas experiencias y aportes culturales contribuyen al trabajo en aulas cada vez más multiculturales.
  • Experiencias internacionales apoyadas por las nuevas tecnologías: estudios virtuales, etc.
  • Suma de experiencias académicas y prácticas profesionales: oportunidades y desafíos.
  • La pedagogía de la cooperación internacional: consecuencias intencionadas y sobrevenidas del abordar problemas reales en comunidades reales.
  • Desafíos legales y protocolarios: intercambios, titulaciones conjuntas, dobles grados, etc.
  • Fundamentos de la arquitectura en el siglo XXI

 


  
Join architecture and design professionals
 throughout the world to present, discuss and propose ways architecture faculty, designers & practitioners can help resolve the multiple crises our cities are facing.
  


 

In light of the multiple crises our cites are facing, architecture is now in a position to contribute positively to salvage and invigorate the urban realm​. After a decade of recasting ourselves through cultural, ​technological, environmental and social engagement, ​we -​architects​-​ seek to deploy a newly found adroitness to address the different paradigm shifts that render our cities less just, plural, safe, entertaining, productive and environmentally proficient.

We seek to identify contributions in response to these challenges on the city:

  • Disruption: "Disruptive" digital economies and their impact of the social economic fabric of cities: "Disruptive" economies are transforming our cities. Uber, Amazon, Airbnb, etc. are changing the social and economic fabric of cities often displacing the disenfranchised. An example of which were the recent citizens'​ revolt against Airbnb as new tourist protocols are transforming cities and disrupting the essence of a community. 
  • Inequality – People and Capital Flows: Historical and emerging people and capital flows are contributing to the city as a stage for augmented inequalities. The growing global inequalities as generated by real estate speculation and migrations are finding in the city a territory to intensify rather than abate a sense of equality and community. The migration trends have recently intensify beyond the rural to urban migration to include a growing number of refugees of war.
  • Public Space: The changing politics and protocols of public space. Public space in the city is being continuously contested. The most egregious of these challenges comes from the recent terrorist attacks on cities across the world. More nuance challenges and opportunities are appropriations of public space and its monuments to legitimate or question power, history, memory, gender, cultures and race. Lastly, the public space of the city has ​become a regional and global destination for celebration and protest amply augmenting is scope. 
  • Environmental Crisis: Comprises management of environment and resources, and the challenges of consumption and resiliency. We have enumerated multiple flanks of attack​s​ on the city and we have yet to broached perhaps the most grave ones. As Houston floods, Miami sinks and Beijing chokes, the changes brought about by climate change and resource management are beyond palpable, already catastrophic. 
  • Nascent material conscience has emerged aiming to empower local resources, addressing the economy of means and the need for new identities. The lack of real estate in some cases and busting economies in others, have increased the need of repurposing what already exists, reinforcing strategies of adaptability, transformation and reuse, therefore rising awareness of the behaviour and evolution of architecture over time.
  • Open Topic will be offered for abstracts that do not fit under one of the 5 topic sessions (above), but is consistent with the general theme of the conference, New Instrumentalities. We encourage the submission of well-crafted abstracts on topics that explore a range of issues within architectural education and practice. The selected papers will be grouped according to overarching themes that emerge from the open call. 

 
Call for Participation
The 2018 ACSA/COAM International Conference will focus on multiple crises our cities are facing and how the architecture faculty, designers & practitioners throughout the world can help. Submissions for both abstracts and projects will be accepted

Call for Abstracts
Educators, practitioners, and advanced graduate students are invited to submit 500 word abstracts, in English, 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.

Submission Deadline: Feb. 28, 2018

 

 

Call for Projects
In recognition of the highly visual research and creative work being done by architecture faculty and practitioners around the world. Educators, practitioners, and advanced graduate students are invited to submit projects and reports on ongoing research, presented in a single PDF image (20" x 30" / 50.8 x 76.2cm, portrait), along with an abstract. The submission should be prepared for a blind peer-review process with no references to author or institution. The submissions will be reviewed by a jury of renowned designers. Accepted projects will be included in a physical exhibition held during the conference and will deliver a 5-10 minute presentation in one conference session that will include eight to ten other projects. Additionally, the jury will select a number of projects for special merit awards.

Submission Deadline: Feb. 28, 2018

 

 

Timeline
November, 2017       Summit Announced
Spring 2018              Summit Schedule Announced
June 12-14, 2018      DEANS SUMMIT | CUMBRE DE DECANOS in Madrid
Timeline
November, 2017       Conference Announced
December, 2017       Submission Site Opens
February 28, 2018    Submission Deadline 
April, 2017                 Submission Notification 
June 14-16, 2018      New Instrumentalities International Conference in Madrid
July 16, 2018            Final Full-Papers & Updated Projects Deadline Publication

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
                       Tours
5:00pm           Opening Keynote
7:00pm           Reception

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
9:00am            Round Table Sessions
10:30am          Break
11:00am          Round Table Sessions
12:30pm          Lunch
2:30pm            Round Table Sessions
4:00pm            Break
4:30pm            Round Table Sessions
6:00pm            Reception

Thursday, June 14, 2018
                        Tours

Thursday, June 14, 2018
9:00am            Opening Plenary
10:30am          Break
11:00am          Sessions
12:30pm          Lunch
2:30pm            Sessions
4:00pm            Break
4:30pm            Sessions
6:00pm            Reception

Friday, June 15, 2018
9:00am            Sessions
10:30am          Break
11:00am          Sessions
12:30pm          Lunch
2:30pm            Sessions
4:00pm            Break
4:30pm            Sessions
6:00pm            Closing Keynote
7:00pm            Reception

Saturday, June 16, 2018
                        Tours