AIA’20 in Los Angeles | POSTPONED

2020 Intersections Symposium

Design For Climate Action

Schedule

September 25, 2019

Abstract Submission Deadline

November 2019

Abstract Notifications

TBD

Intersection Symposium

Design for Climate Action

Co-Chairs

Phoebe Crisman, University of Virginia
Kyle Konis, University of Southern California

Conference Description

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) are pleased to announce a partnership dedicated to the INTERSECTION of Education, Research and Practice. A series of educational sessions at the 2020 AIA Conference on Architecture in Los Angeles will feature exemplary research projects that address the Symposium theme of Design for Climate Action.

The symposium will explore Design for Climate Action from multiple, intertwined perspectives. In support of the recent AIA Resolution for Urgent and Sustained Climate Action, we encourage submissions of research and projects that explore intersections between the following questions and that address climate change across scales—from building, to community, to the planet.

  • How are specific issues of climate justice and environmental equity being identified, prioritized and addressed through design, architectural research, education, practice and advocacy?
  • What innovative economic models and practices might transform decision-making and hasten the decarbonization of the built environment?
  • How can the imperative for Climate Action be translated and scaled from the production of relatively few, singular works of sustainable architecture to evidence-based processes for achieving climate goals across virtually all buildings, landscapes and infrastructure?
  • What new theories, research, tools, technologies, processes, and collaborations are needed to educate and support architects in designing and implementing effective interventions?
  • How can architects help foster and realize community-based visions of equitable development and climate responsive design?
Symposium Sessions

@ 2020 AIA Conference on Architecture

Achieving Climate Action through Academia, Practice & Policy: Intersections Symposium 

Moderators:  Phoebe Crisman, Global Studies, University of Virginia & Kyle Konis, University of Southern California
Panelists: Richard Mohler, University of Washington; Ashlie Latiolais, University of Louisiana; & Magdalena Garbarczyk, UNITEC Institute of Technology

This session examines how new processes, pedagogies and collaborations can educate and support architects in designing and implementing climate action. The regenerative Bones & Roots approach locates sustainability at the core of architectural education, in order to build capability and strengthen the architecture community’s agency to face the ecological challenge ahead. Engaging architecture students and studios as cultural and climatic actors in community-based collaborative practice with NGO partners is essential as well. Advancing sustainability and social equity goals of one of the country’s fastest growing cities, the third presentation examines how architects can partner with the academy and city government to influence elected officials to enact policy for positive climate impact at scale. The presentations will open a discussion on how we might most effectively advance the AIA Resolution for Urgent and Sustained Climate Action.

Designing Across Scales for Climate Action: Intersections Symposium 

Moderators: Phoebe Crisman, Global Studies, University of Virginia & Kyle Konis, University of Southern California
Panelists: Stephanie L. Davidson, Ryerson University; Ariane Harrison, Harrison Atelier / GAUD Pratt Institute; & Jeffrey Huber, Brooks + Scarpa / Florida Atlantic University

Design for climate action may be pursued across a range of scales and project types. This session examines three innovative design research projects, ranging from material explorations and buildings to landscapes and infrastructure. The Pulp project uses a variety of recycled cellulose-based materials to cast temporary, biodegradable, thin-shell monocoque structures. Focusing on biodiversity conservation, material exploration, and automated scientific monitoring strategies, the Pollinators Pavilion provides an innovative habitat for native “super-pollinating” solitary bees. Salty Urbanism developed a coupled research methodology and pedagogical approach that envisions and quantifies the experiential and ecological outcomes of alternative ways forward for Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Venice, California in response to climate instability, disruption and rising sea levels. Intersections among the presentations will serve as the basis for open discussion on effective design strategies to address coastal resilience and other physical impacts of climate change.

Design for Environmental Justice: Intersections Symposium 

Moderator: Phoebe Crisman, Global Studies, University of Virginia & Kyle Konis, University of Southern California
Panelists: Zaneta Hong, University of Virginia; Ghazal Jafari, University of Virginia; & Sasha Plotnikova, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

How are specific issues of climate and environmental justice being identified, prioritized and addressed through architectural design, research, education, practice and advocacy? 1) Designing for de-growth, presented as an alternative model to conventional U.S. urban development practices, explores how architects can help foster and realize community-based visions of equitable development and climate responsive design. 2) Food systems and changes in agricultural practices are presented as a lens to explore the impacts of climate change and to define the role of architects and designers in transforming future landscapes and material systems. 3) A spatial-biographical account of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s role in the modernization of the Karun watershed in southern Iran is presented as a case study in the role of regional planning in the current crisis which offers up important lessons for future design interventions at the scale of regional infrastructure. Intersections among the presentations will serve as the basis for open discussion on the role of architects in developing effective strategies to address environmental injustice.

Call for Submissions
Submission Requirements

Submission Deadline: September 25, 2019

  • Paper abstracts must not exceed 500 words and include no more than three optional images.
  • All abstracts must be prepared for anonymous review (remove author/contributor names and affiliation identification).
  • Include a brief description (max. 200 words) of how your project/research is innovative and relevant to AIA conference attendees and include a list of learning objectives/outcomes.
  • Submissions must report on recently completed work and cannot have been previously published or presented in public, except to a regional audience.
  • Submissions must be written in English.
  • Authors may submit only one abstract to the Intersections Symposium.
  • Educators, Practitioners, Researchers and Students are all encouraged to submit. If you are already an ACSA member, please log into the website to submit your abstract. If you are not an ACSA member or do not have ACSA credentials, please send an email to Eric Ellis, eellis@acsa-arch.org, to request access to the submission portal.
Eligibility

Educators, Practitioners, Researchers and Students are all encouraged to submit. If you are already an ACSA member, please log into the website to submit your abstract. If you are not an ACSA member or do not have ACSA credentials, please send an email to Eric Ellis, eellis@acsa-arch.org, to request access to the submission portal.

Presentation and Publication

Following the blind peer-review process, the conference co-chairs make final acceptance decisions. All authors will be notified of the status of their submission and will receive comments from their reviewers. Final acceptance of abstracts translates to presentation at the conference and inclusion in the Proceedings. Sessions will be composed of three to four accepted authors allowing for both scholarly and applied research to demonstrate impact. Accepted abstracts will be invited to expand on their research and submit a full paper, post-conference, to be included in the conference Proceedings.

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

Eric W. Ellis
ACSA, Director of Operations and Programs
202-785-2324
eellis@acsa-arch.org

Nissa Dahlin-Brown, EdD, Assoc. AIA
AIA, Director of Academic Engagement
nissadahlinbrown@aia.org
202.626.7449