Expanding Bodies Conference

How are cities affected by responsive, intelligent buildings?What happens when interactive systems are introduced into the environment?How are perceptions changed by remote sensing?

The Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) together with the Canadian Design Research Network (CDRN) will hold the ACADIA 2007 international conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, from October 1 – 7, 2007. Hosts are the Dalhousie University School of Architecture and NSCAD University.

The four-day event will include keynote lectures, international and local exhibitions, competition awards, research papers, works-in-progress presentations, and plenary session paper presentations by leading-edge researchers and academics from around the world. Material and software workshops will precede the main conference.

This conference focuses on expanding physical boundaries and expanding bodies of knowledge. We invite architects, engineers, artists and researchers to join in a discussion that examines how digital sensing, interactive and responsive systems can open potent new qualities in art, architecture and urban design.

Academic papers will be complemented by industry and professional workshops, keynote speakers, symposia, exhibits, a competition, public receptions and informal exchanges. A series of workshops focusing on innovative design technologies will precede the event, followed by exhibitions and installations within the arts-friendly setting of Halifax. The event will be housed in the newly renovated campus of NSCAD University on the thriving historic harbourfront of the city, near major hotels and the lively commercial and restaurant district.

Conference workshops include: Parametric Modelling & Digital Wood Fabrication; Interactive and Sensing Technologies; Masonry, Ceramics and Electronics; Urban Modelling and Participatory Planning; and a Sustainable Data Seminar.

For more information, please visit http://acadia07.architecture.dal.ca/