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ACADIA 2011 is Coming

The October 11-16, 2011 conference on “Integration through Computation” will be an exciting event.
The FLATCUT_ competition for lighting, partitions and furnishings has a new June 15 deadline and a stellar jury:

Bjarke Ingels of BIG
Tom Wiscombe of Emergent
Tod Williams of TWBTA
Chris Sharples of SHoP
Dror Benshetrit of Studio Dror

Entry fee is $100, award will be $1,000 plus production and exhibition of the design and free conference registration.

The organizers accepted 31 submissions as full papers, 9 as work-in-progress and 10 projects, which roughly constitutes a 20% acceptance rate. The acceptance decisions were based solely on the numeric scores and comments on the submissions received from the reviewers. The conference team notes that, “To our surprise – and regret – several submissions we thought were excellent didn’t make it through.” The conference is organized by Jason S. Johnson, Branko Kolarevic, Vera Parlac and Joshua M. Taron from the Laboratory for Integrative Design (LID) at the University of Calgary Faculty of Environmental Design.

Recent Activities
In March, the first Regional ACADIA conference at University of Nebraska- Lincoln on Parametricism: Student Performance Criteria was a success with 60 registered attendees.  Tim Hemsath initiated this conference and worked tirelessly with his co-chairs Stephen Hardy and Janghwan Cheon to produce 2+ days of 30 peer-reviewed paper presentations and 10 workshops.  Keynote speakers were Tom Verebes of OCEAN.CN and UHK; Jeff Day of Min/Day and UNL and Nathan Miller of NBBJ.  The Best Paper award went to “Race track modeler. Developing an iterative design workflow combining a game engine and parametric design” by Roly Hudson of Dalhousie University and Drew MacDonald and Mark Humphreys of Populous. The proceedings are in the last stages of production and will be available for ACADIA member download from our website.

To give ACADIA more visibility, ACSA regional directors and ACADIA Steering Committee members, Mark Cabrinha and Greg Luhan, organized a Best of ACADIA’10 paper session at the ACSA 99th Annual Meeting in Montreal.  Mark moderated the presentations by Lawrence Bough of Pratt, Nathan Miller of University South Carolina and Nicholas de Monchaux of UC-Berkeley.  Each of the speakers was given a small stipend to defray travel espouses.

ACADIA 2012 and Beyond

Would you like to bring top CAAD researchers to your community?  Showcase your local colleagues, activities and facilities?  Shape the direction of design computing?  Consider hosting a regional or annual Fall ACADIA conference.  Together, the Technical and Site co-chairs conceptualize the focus for the conference, shape it through activities, keynote speakers and workshops.  The Technical Chair organizes the peer-review, editing and producing the proceedings.  The Site Chair coordinates hosts the conference, organizing local venues and resources.  Our annual conference is in October, we are open to proposals for one or two day mini Regional conferences in Spring and Summer.  We are interested in having these mini-conferences co-located with allied evens organized by groups such as SmartGeometry, ACSA or AIA.  See conference guidelines for more information.

Each year our organization considers who has contributed the most to innovative practice, research and teaching.  Could you help us identify those who inspire you?  Send names and descriptions to Loukas Kalisperis <> who is chairing the Awards Committee with Michael Fox, Aron Temkin and me.

ACADIA web as Social Hub

Our Web Revision committee is re-thinking how the ACADIA website can be a social networking platform for sharing galleries, articles and research innovations.  Andrew Kudless has developed the vision for this work with help from Webmaster Brian Lockyear, Vice-President Aron Temkin and David Celento.  They have studied ideas for a dynamic logo with Michael Thompson, as in the MIT Media Lab.  They will work with to develop a site focused on Research, People, Events and News.  The existing website has a new skin as an interim step.

To accompany these changes, we are planning new membership levels to make the organization more accessible.

Organizational changes
In the past year, Steering Committee has been actively working behind the scenes to re-shape the organization.  New Officers are:

  • Aron Temkin of Norwich University, Vice-President and incoming President
  • Michael Fox of and Cal Poly Pomona, Secretary
  • Wei Yan of Texas A& M, incoming Membership Officer
  • Mike Christenson of North Dakota State University, incoming Treasurer
  • Brian Lockyear of Lockyear Design, Webmaster

Former ACADIA President Mahesh Senegala, who streamlined procedures and practices, now makes a transition to being a Steering Committee member.  (Note he will now be known as Mahesh Daas in honor of his late father.)  We thank him and the following outgoing officers for their thoughtful attention to endless details:  Anijo Matthew as Membership Officer, Mark Swackhamer for as Treasurer and Mike Christenson as Webmaster.  They are training up the new crew to make a smooth transition.

With Mahesh’s vision, a dedicated group of ACADIA leaders are putting together new Conference Guidelines.  He with Michael Fox and former conference chairs Mark Swackhamer,  Philip Beesley are writing procedures template documents for aspects such as timeline, contracts, budget and evaluation.

We are proposing small amendments to the ACADIA bylaws so that our Steering Committee is called a Board of Director and serves from January 1 to Dec. 31.  This allows us to shift the election campaigning time to our conference so members can meet the candidates before voting.  We will get Mike Christenson’s meticulous edits to the membership shortly.

Ways to participate:

Hope to see you in Banff this October!

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