The April 10th ACADIA submission deadline for all categories has been extended by one week to April 17th. Please note that Full Paper, Work-in-Progress and Project submissions can be submitted even if an abstract was not submitted previously.
The conference planning is taking shape very nicely with several Keynote Speakers recently announced (Neri Oxman, Manuel DeLanda, Greg Lynn, and 3 others TBA shortly), an exciting new collaboration with Tex-Fab / DFA on the APPLIED Competition and exhibition, a curated “Future of Software” roundtable, both topical and software based workshops, a new ACADIA Student Scholarship initiative, several major Sponsorship announcements, new industry partnerships, and much more.

October 18 – 21, 2012 _ CCA, San Francisco, California
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The contemporary city is characterized by highly integrated and interdependent systems. More than ever this complex weave of bits and atoms demands the application of an eco-systemic methodology to architectural and urban analysis, digital design, fabrication and production. In this context, an emerging ecology of digital tools and techniques now allow designers to craft synthetic relationships and blur distinctions between the digital and the physical, between the natural and artificial, and between performance simulation and real-world analysis. These synthetic digital ecologies thrive at the intersection of creative and technical domains whose boundaries are elastic and continuously evolving. Navigating this dynamic terrain requires modes of synthetic reasoning in order to advance to advance design research and digital innovation. What are the implications for architecture, landscape, the city and beyond? What are the spatial, material and organizational possibilities? How do these influence the social, cultural and political life of cities?

The conference co-chairs seek papers and projects that highlight experimental research and explore the reciprocity and synergy between bits and atoms, the digital and the physical, and digital code and material logic. ACADIA 2012 will bring together designers, academics and practitioners who engage, question and aspire to stretch these boundaries. Architects, fabricators, engineers, media artists, technologists, software developers, hackers and others in related fields of inquiry are invited to submit works that explore, but are not limited to, the following topics:

Responsive environments; sensing, real-time computation, actuation and feedback
Synthetic fabrication and robotic craft; new paradigms in rapid prototyping and assembly
Energy, form, performance modeling, simulation and prototyping
Synthetic tectonics; composite materials, smart assemblies, emerging trends
Virtual environments; gaming; social networking; interaction and collaboration
Computational models of complex systems in design; emergent and self-organizing systems
Dynamic information modeling & design (body / building / landscape / urban micro-climate scales)
History and theory of digital architecture and synthetic production

Works may be submitted in one of the following three categories: 1. Full Papers (4,000 words); 2. Work-In-Progress Papers (2,000 words); and 3. Projects (for Exhibition). Accepted works will be included in one of the following: Full Paper Presentations (full sessions with Q&A), the Work-In-Progress Paper Sessions (shorter sessions with Q&A), or the Projects Exhibition. All works will be published in either the Conference Proceedings or Exhibition Catalog.

Deadline for submission (for peer review) ….. April 17, 2012
Notification of acceptance ………………… June 1, 2012
Revised submission due (for proceedings) ……….. June 22, 2012

ACADIA 2012 is excited to be collaborating with the organizers of the «APPLIED Research Through Fabrication International Competition» to be exhibiting the second-stage finalists and final stage judging at ACADIA 2012. The APPLIED Competition is co-production of the TEX-FAB, The Digital Fabrication Alliance and ACADIA 2012. It’s primary media sponsor will be the Architect’s Newspaper. APPLIED is a two-stage international design competition. All submissions will be judged in the first round in San Antonio, from this field of submissions 4 projects will be selected for further design and fabrication development and will be exhibited and judged at ACADIA 2012 in San Francisco, at which time a winner will be selected to complete a full-scale installation for the 4th annual TEX-FAB event in Dallas/Ft. Worth. The submission deadline for the Applied Competition is: 6/2/12

ACADIA wants to make sure the best and the brightest students will be in San Francisco for ACADIA 2012! $500 – $1000 scholarships will be available to students with financial need accepted in the ‘Full Papers, Work-In Progress, and Projects’ categories. Application details will be available upon acceptance.