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Smartness? between discourse and practice

15th Architectural Humanities Research Association International Conference

Department of the Built Environment, TU Eindhoven

November 15 2018 - November 17 2018

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Increasingly the world around us is becoming ‘smart.’ From smart meters to smart production, from smart surfaces to smart grids, from smart phones to smart citizens. ‘Smart’ has become the catch-all term to indicate the advent of a charged technological shift that has been propelled by the promise of safer, more convenient and more efficient forms of living. When combined, all these so called ‘smart’ devices amount to a ubiquity of computing which is heralding a new technological paradigm and a fundamental shift in the way buildings and cities are both experienced and understood. Through a variety of sensors, cities and buildings are now defined not by the people that inhabit them, nor their functions, nor their identity or history, but simply as increasingly larger sets of data. Such sets are then processed to immediately adjust and alter (physical) conditions in real time. Although such large scale collection and use of (big) data has an inevitable effect on the way people live and work, there has yet to emerge a clear answer to how architecture and cities should respond and assimilate such brave new world.

Call for Sessions (see website for further details and guidance)

JANUARY 8, 2017: submission deadline for session proposals 

FEBRUARY 19, 2018: notification of selected session proposals

A call for papers will follow in March 2018.

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