22nd International Conference “Education and Research in Computer
Aided Architectural Design in Europe"
September 21-24, 2005
Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon Technical University
Deadline for abstracts: February 1, 2005
Notification for acceptance: April 1, 2005
Deadline for full papers: June 1, 2005
THEME: Digital Design: the quest for new paradigms
As the field of computer-aided design evolved over the last thirty
years or so, it has witnessed five changes of emphasis in research
In the first stage, the use of computers in architecture focused on
the development of computer-aided design (CAD), that is, systems that
simulated the use of drafting tools, and research was mainly concerned
with the satisfaction of designers’ ergonomic needs.
In the second stage, there were efforts to use computer tools in
non-graphical aspects of designing, such as the use of Data Base
Management Systems (DBMS) in the quantity survey of buildings. The
concern was to satisfy the cognitive needs of designers by focusing
on the way information and knowledge were perceived, acquired, stored,
In the third stage, the focus shifted to the development of realistic
models of buildings to permit the assessment of design proposals.
In the fourth stage, the focus was on studies concerned with the
encoding of architectural knowledge into design tools (KBMS), and the
discussion was whether to go towards design automation or design
In the fifth stage, with the advent of the Internet and the
development of communication tools, research became focused on the
collaborative and social aspects of design activity. In recent years,
research also became concerned with the exploration of the physical
implications of digital media in the production of artefacts.
Today, there is a vast range of research interests and approaches, but
the quest for new, unifying paradigms continues.
In addition to these main topics for the eCAADe 2005 conference
other topics include but are not limited to:
Digital Methods of Construction
Modes of Production
Research, Education & Practice
Precedents and Prototypes
Prediction and Evaluation
User Participation in Design
José P. Duarte, IST
Luisa G. Caldas, IST
Teresa Heitor, IST
Zita Sampaio, IST
Papers will be blind-reviewed by a panel of international researchers.
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