Conference Theme

The conception of design today becomes more open, communicative and relational. Designers facing this new paradigm are ever active as they focus on the increasing complexity of planning processes, on innovation of new techniques and materials, and on producing multiple levels of abstraction and decomposition rather than on the basic application of a framed profession that is learned. For the designer in the multidisciplinary world of the 21st. century, computation provides a powerful medium for the extension of understanding other disciplines.

In accordance with this global change in the field of design, the 17th Conference of CAADFutures (Computer Aided Architectural Design Futures) seeks to establish a foundation for multidisciplinary thinking. The theme calls for relevant ideas from the domains of mathematics, computer science, biology, philosophy etc. and  introduces varying reflections and speculations on the Future Trajectories of Computation in Design as well as on the education of designers. In the continued progression of new ways of thinking, establishing such a discourse for the future of computation in design aims not only gathering latest research, design practice and pedagogical results but also to reveal the possible phenomena, factors and forces that will influence these trajectories in design with an exploratory perspective.

Research papers and exhibition submissions are invited across a range of topics that generally include CAAD curriculum, Design theories in digital age, Urban design, Design cognition, Shape and Form studies, Algorithmic and parametric design, Data analytics, Performance-based design, Modeling and Simulation, Building information modeling, Digital design tools and devices, Human-Computer interaction, Collaborative Design, Fabrication technologies, Augmented and virtual reality, Digital design education. Researchers from the fields of architecture, design, urban design, computer science, engineering, and other disciplines who follow these issues are invited, with special encouragement to doctoral students, to submit research papers and critical essays, and to attend the conference in order to widen our discussion about the future trajectories of computation in design.


Istanbul Technical University :
Graduate School of Science Engineering and Technology, Department of Informatics, Architectural Design Computing Graduate Program
CAAD Futures Foundation :

The proceedings are published by Springer in Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS) series.

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