Deadline for Articles changed - September 7th!

The research and practice of computational design today radically changes the way professionals in design, planning, fabrication and construction operate, train, disseminate knowledge and affect lives across the globe. The availability of real world data and its integration into design processes is becoming more and more prevalent in architectural practice through computational techniques and tools; however, Design is obviously more than the result of an equation. Approaches used in other disciplines such as optimization and data mining cannot necessarily be directly ported into the open-ended design processes of architecture.

This issue of IJAC seeks to answer the questions: What enables designers to shift from the analysis of real world data into modes of designing with it? What are the effects of related algorithmic processes, data-integration, and digital fabrication on the architectural design process? And what are openings for speculation in design processes that are dependent on input of data and feedback?

While early CAD tools aimed to support the designer in sketching, drawing and modeling of architectural design, we are now witnessing a shift where computational tools are increasingly given agency in both design and the processing of data. This shift is made possible by the availability of open source data on buildings, cities and regions and of tools to observe and encode behavior of physical entities and users in real world conditions. Furthermore, data is available on perceptions and opinions of users relating to their physical environment. Methods, such as machine learning and complex modelling strategies, assist in filtering and accessing this knowledge and in extracting meaningful patterns and feedback from multiple sources and scales. Designers as well as clients solicit evidence to base their design decisions on. This also becomes manifest in a more methodological approach towards probing and prototyping in processes of robotic fabrication, 3d printing, or any other field of digital fabrication.

This issue calls for original research that elucidates the effects of integrated data, computational techniques and tools on either the skills and processes of designers who partner up with this technology or the opening up of possibilities of designing with user inclusion in social and economic frameworks for design.

Information on the submission format, reference style etc can be found on the IJAC submission guidelines here:

Please find the template for the submission in wordformat here:

IJAC Journal - 2016 ACADIA issue
The IJAC Journal is published with SAGE .
It is organised by the five international CAAD organisations: eCAADe – Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe, ACADIA -Association of Computer Aided Design in Architecture, CAADRIA -Computer Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, SIGraDi – Sociedad Iberoamericana de Grafica Digital & CAADFutures Foundation. Each of these organisations organises an issue of IJAC every year.

The ACADIA organisation has elected five guest editors for the 2016 issue:
  • Nataly Gattegno, California College of the Arts & Future Cities Lab
  • Mine Ozkar, Istanbul Technical University
  • Brady Peters, University of Toronto
  • Martin Tamke, CITA - The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation
  • Bige Tuncer, Singapore University of Technology and Design

Important Dates:
September 7th - Paper Due for Authors
October 1st - Notification of paper Acceptance
November 1st - Revised Papers due
March 2017 - Publication





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