21st Annual Conference on Computer-Aided Architecture Design Research in Asia

March 30, 2016 - April 2, 2016

Melbourne, Australia - The University of Melbourne

Living Systems and Micro-Utopias: Towards Continuous Designing

Today, human activities constitute the primary environmental impact on the planet. In this context, commitments to sustainability, or minimization of damage, prove insufficient. To develop regenerative, futuring capabilities, architectural design needs to extend beyond the form and function of things in contained projects and engage with the management of complex systems. Such systems involve multiple types of dynamic phenomena – biotic and abiotic, technical and cultural – and can be understood as living. Engagement with such living systems implies manipulation of pervasive and unceasing change, irrespective of whether it is accepted by design stakeholders or actively managed towards homeostatic or homeorhetic conditions. Manipulation of continuity requires holistic and persistent design involvements.

Responding to this challenge, CAADRIA 2016 seeks to interrogate the notion of continuity and the applicable architectural toolsets in order to map and discover opportunities for innovation.



The 21st CAADRIA Conference will be held in late March and early April 2016 at the Melbourne School of Design.
The conference will open on the evening of Wednesday, 30th of March 2016 followed by our first keynote speaker. Conference presentation will take place over the consecutive two days, followed by 1 day social programme. The conference will be preceded by 2 days of workshops on Tuesday and Wednesday right after Easter.

Postgraduate Student Consortium Submission: 11 December 2015
Notification of full paper acceptance: 23 December 2015
Notification of Poster acceptance: 8 January 2016
Young CAADRIA Award Submission: 8 January 2016
Poster Submission: 29 January 2016
Camera ready full paper submission: 29 January 2016
CAADRIA2016 Workshops: 29-30 March 2016
CAADRIA2016 Conference: 30 March-2 April 2016

Conference Program

Includes Session times and Paper listing

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Pre-conference Shop Talk

Tue 29 March, 6pm - University of Melbourne, MSD, Level 4 staff lounge

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Host Universities

The University of Melbourne (in collaboration with RMIT)

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Travel and Accommodation

Transport and Hotel listing

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Postgraduate Consortium

Post-graduate students are invited to join the Post-Graduate Student Consortium, where they can discuss their work in progress with experienced researchers

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Young CAADRIA Award

Young CAADRIA Awards are funded by CAADRIA. The award is open to full or part time registered students (Ph.D. or Masters or undergraduate). Student applies for award if the paper is selected for inclusion into the conference. Decisions are based on merit of accepted paper, contribution and relevance to CAADRIA, and demonstrated depth of research interests. In particular, the judging criteria are:

- Clarity of concept
- Understanding of context
- Quality of writing
- Strength of research in CV
- Applicability to the wider architectural research

Awards will be applied to conference registration fees and are not transferable (e.g. awardees can not assign them to co-authors). If an awardee does not attend the conference no award will be given.

To apply, please send your academic CV, your accepted paper, proof of your student status and other supporting documents to psc@caadria-org.

Submission: 8 January 2016
Announcement: 29 January 2016

Award Committee
Dr. Teng-Wen Chang (CAADRIA President)
Dr. Sheng-Fen Chien (CAADRIA 2016 Paper Selection Committee Chair)
Dr. Dominik Holzer (CAADRIA 2016 Host)


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Call for papers

September 25, 2015

The CFP has now closed