eCAADe2021 is the 39th eCAADe Conference. eCAADe  – Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe – is a non-profit making association of institutions and individuals with a common interest in promoting good practice and sharing information in relation to the use of computers in research and education in architecture and related professions. eCAADe was founded in 1983.

eCAADe2021 will be hosted by Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad on 8-10. September 2021.  More information will be announced soon.

Conference theme

The notion of configuration can be described as a relative arrangement of elements in a particular system, form, figure, or other formations. Configuration represents the essence of the design process in architecture. The configurable architecture may include a process of abstract thinking through design and exploitation. It can be considered from different perspectives such as design analysis and critical thinking, creative process, digital fabrication, computational design, responsive architecture and environments, material-based design, autonomous assembly, design visualization. From mass-customization toward mass-personalization, configurable architecture is seeking for an answer how architecture will adjust to habitual behaviour of their users in the 21 century. A century ago the book Vers une architecture was published for the first time, advocating a new concept of architecture based on engineering logic of second industrial revolution and mass production. Third industrial revolution brings digital turn in architecture, reshaping the way of thinking and making. Fourth industrial revolution is already changing architecture before our eyes towards new, configurable architecture. What are the new lessons for architects in this new age, age of mass-customization? The theme “Towards a new configurable architecture” critically questions the notion of configuration in architecture and how it can be applied to rethinking architectural ideas, design process, representation, fabrication and utilisation process. International eCAADe conference in Novi Sad will be a place for testing and discussing novel ideas and design approaches, making and transforming built environment.

Short Abstracts Guide can be found here.

Conference topics:

Computational design
Rule based systems and shape grammar
Building Information Modelling
CAAD and education
CAAD, creativity and design thinking models
Smart cities, city modelling and GIS
Digital fabrication and robotics
Mass customization in design
Digital representation and visualization
VR, AR and interactive visualization
Agent-based modeling and machine learning in design
Simulation, prediction and evaluation in design
Structure optimization and material-based design
Bionics, bioprinting, living materials
Collaborative, participative or responsive design
Digital design for sustainable buildings
Performance based design
Digital heritage