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ACADIA 2017 Conference at MIT

On November 2 to 4, 2017, the Department of Architecture will be the local host for the 2017 ACADIA Conference. Preceded by a three-day hackathon and workshops earlier in the week, this year’s event is themed Disciplines and Disruption.

The conference is chaired by Computation Group Faculty Members Takehiko Nagaku and Skylar Tibbits, and technical and session chairs and co-chairs include MIT faculty: Azra Aksamija, Federico Casalegno, Βrandon Clifford, Joel Lamere, Justin Lavallee, Mariana Ibanez, John Klein, Caitlin Mueller, William O'Brien Jr., Cristina Parreño Alonso, Larry Sass, Skylar Tibbits, and Sarah Williams; Computation Group alumni: Saeed Arida, Birgul Colakoglu, Axel KillianSimon Kim, Sawako KaijimaCarl Lostritto, Dimitris Papanikolaou, and Dennis Shelden; and distinguished colleagues: Pia Fricker, Jose Sanchez, Lauren Vassey, and Kathy Velikov.

Disciplines & Disruption initiates a dialog about the state of the discipline of architecture and the impact of technology in shaping or disrupting design, methods and cultural fronts. For the past 30 years, distinctive advancements in technologies have delivered unprecedented possibilities to architects and enabled new expressions, performance, materials, fabrication and construction processes. Simultaneously, digital technology has permeated the social fabric around architecture with broad influences ranging from digital preservation to design with the developing world. This conference provides a platform to investigate the shifting landscape of the discipline today, and to help define and navigate the future. Please see the web site for the complete schedule.

The Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) was formed for the purpose of facilitating communication and critical thinking regarding the use of computers in architecture, planning and building science. The organization is committed to the research and development of computational methods that enhance design creativity, rather than simply production, and that aim at contributing to the construction of humane physical environments. A particular focus is education and the software, hardware and pedagogy involved in education. Visit the main ACADIA website for more information.