Historically, society has recognized architects for their role in the creation of buildings and less so for their role in the production of knowledge. Research advances the discipline of architecture by introducing new ideas, testing questions, defining methodology, developing technology, and promoting critical discourse. Yet exactly how research shapes design and the built environment is not always clear. For many, its contributions remain all but invisible.
The theme of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC) 2013 Architectural Research Conference is visibility, in all its possible connotations. The goal of this year’s conference is to interrogate the idea of visibility from a variety of perspectives, in order to bring research itself into sharper focus.
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte welcomes researchers, educators, and practitioners in architecture and affiliated design and technical professions to participate.
Call for Paper Abstracts - due October 8, 2012
Note: a call for poster abstracts will be announced October 8th.
The conference committee invites paper submissions on new and continuing research in the following topic areas:
- POLICY: Educating policymakers, practitioners, and the public
- CULTURE: Making visible: new ideas, minor voices, and topics on the margins
- SUSTAINABILITY: Visualizing sustainability and performance in buildings
- HISTORY: Maps, media, and models in architectural history
- URBANISM: Technology, connectedness, and the urban environment
- CONSTRUCTION: Innovations in materials and construction visualization
- PEDAGOGY: New visions and revisions in architectural education
An open session is available for topics that fall outside these areas. The final organization of this session will be determined in response to the submissions received.
The paper and poster reviews of this conference will be conducted in two stages. The first stage will involve a blind peer review of abstracts. Successful review at the abstract stage will result in an invitation to submit a full paper or poster for a second-stage blind peer review. All materials will be submitted through an online interface and must adhere to conference guidelines. Authors are limited to one submission per session topic, for both papers and posters.