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APT Detroit 2022 – Abstract Submissions Open

Join us in Detroit this November and see the revitalization of this great city taking shape! 2022 Track highlights are below, full descriptions are on the abstract site.

Due 4 March 2022

Pink Cadillac: The Composite Effect of Building and Industrial Design 

Detroit not only served as an epicenter of the automobile industry, but its citizens also championed industrial design and its intersection with architecture from the early 1920s until the early 1970s. Designers of all professions experimented with new materials and processes, such as concrete mixes, ceramics, plastics, metal alloys, and paints. This track explores the preservation, adaptation, interpretation, and enhancement of “modern” materials (both the historic Modern Movement and the new century’s design advancements) used at all scales around the world. 

Stop! In the Name of Renewal: Adaptive Reuse and Renovation in a Metropolis 

It just can’t be saved. It’s too far damaged. Just tear it down and build back better. This track will focus on the extreme ends of the adaptive reuse spectrum and what challenges building owners, developers, and historic districts must overcome. Like Detroit’s motto, “resurget cineribus,” these buildings shall rise from the ashes. 

The Dire Straits: Challenges, Opportunities, and Innovations within Marine Environments 

Before there were interstates and before there were steel rails, there was the Big Water, the Great Lakes. Settlement patterns and industry developed along the waterways, connecting remote settlements and bringing products to market and to consolidated industrial centers. This track will discuss the challenges of maintaining, preserving, and reusing maritime structures, including material choices and repair alternatives employed in the extreme exposure conditions.  

Dancing in the Street: (R)evolution of a City

The US’s one and only UNESCO Design City, Detroit has shaped the culture of not only the local region, but also the world, and gave inspiration to future artists of the visual, audio, and tactical arts. This track will study how books, music, movies, and social media can influence the culture and use of a building and how buildings will help preserve the story of the artists and local culture.

Health, Housing, and Wellbeing in the UK New Towns

7-8 April 2022

The Post-Covid world has put a focus on planning and designing for housing which both contribute to health and wellbeing, and the current debates on climate change and sustainability add another urgent layer. The experience of the UK New Towns and recent experiments in building Garden Towns and Villages have much to offer in that debate.

In association with the New Towns Heritage Research Network, the Centre for British Studies of the University of Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris (a member of the Sorbonne Nouvelle research centre on the English-speaking world) is organising a study day and field trip on 7-8 April 2022 on housing and the challenges of designing for health and wellbeing in a period of climate change using the example of the British New Towns.

The conference will be conducted in English. It will consider the positive lessons to be learned for the planning and design of the New Towns and the challenges of re-design they now face as part of a multi-disciplinary and cross-sector debate.

We are inviting papers from British and French practitioners, civic societies as well as from academic researchers.

Funding is available for accommodation for up to 8-10 participants from the UK. Travel expenses may be paid for depending on our final budget.

The conference organisers welcome papers that could focus on:

  • The housing crisis and UK New Towns
  • Innovative housing design and re-design in the UK New Towns
  • The Covid 19 pandemic, health questions and UK New Towns
  • The evolution of New Town planning and housing heritage in the face of modern challenges for sustainability
  • The expansion or wider regeneration of New Towns

Proposals for contributions including title and abstract of 300 words should be sent to Professor David Fee by November 30th 2021 at

Stone Digital’s Shaping a Sustainable Future conference

‘Stone Digital – Shaping a Sustainable Future’ is a new, high-level online event for the stone industry to discuss topics such as how to meet and benefit from the requirements of Net Zero carbon emissions and the continuing evolution of the digitalisation of construction.

The event takes place online only on 22 & 23 February 2022.

The industry is undoubtedly changing at a rapid pace. Understanding and exploring those changes will help to identify the opportunities they present.

If you believe you have experiences and knowledge that could contribute to the debate, the organisers of Stone Digital would like to receive your proposal for consideration. Presentations will be of about 20 minutes and you will be required to participate in live Q&As, which will be chaired by professional presenter Susannah Streeter.

Susannah has held a number of key roles for BBC World Service, BBC World TV and BBC One Breakfast news, as well as hosting sustainability-themed conferences including the World Green Summit in Dubai.

The Stone Digital event  is being run by the organisers of the Natural Stone Show & Hard Surfaces exhibitions in conjunction with Stone Federation Great Britain.

Jane Buxey, CEO of Stone Federation, says: “Stone Federation are delighted to be supporting Stone Digital. We encourage all those in the natural stone sector to take advantage of the opportunities that Stone Digital will provide.”

Richard Bradbury, Managing Director of QMJ Group, which runs the stone exhibitions in London, says: “Decarbonisation and Digitalisation will transform the stone industry over the next decade. Join us as a speaker or panellist to share your knowledge and expertise, and contribute to the important conversation on how these challenges can be turned into opportunities for the sector.” 

Papers are invited around the themes listed here.

Cultures, Communities, and Design – A Conference Connecting Planning, Landscapes, Architecture, and People

With environment and energy ministers from the Group of Twenty soon to meet in Glasgow, the University of Calgary’s “Cultures, Communities and Design” conference calls for contributions on sustainable built environment development and how it relates to architecture, urban design, regional planning and rural areas and communities. Please submit an abstract.

The University of Calgary
June 28-30, 2022
Abstracts: 01 December, 2021 (Round 1)


Urban Design + Planning; Architecture + Infrastructure; Teaching + Learning; Society + Communities; Sustainability + Development


Cambridge Scholars Publishing and UCL Press.


University of Calgary. School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape

First International blended conference on Pandemics and Urban Form

PUF2022, April 28th-30th 2022, Istanbul, Turkey

Pandemics and the changing built environment
Learning from history, planning our future

Organised by: INTBAU, Nanjing University, University of Trento, Özyeğin University, University of Idaho, Kuwait University.

Abstract submission deadline: October 21st, 2021

Call for papers:

2020 was an extraordinary year for all countries in the world. The pandemic has spread and has not ended yet, confirming that the world is dramatically changing. The scholars in the field of the built environment are increasingly discussing the relationship between survival and urban form, two concepts once closely linked. Besides this, the pandemic has brought us other questions: how can people get along with nature, how should we regulate social behaviours, and should we use science and technologies to improve the built environment? We have experienced unprecedented changes in our social behaviours since the COVID-19 pandemic. These changes, permanent or temporary, have made our cities different from the cities we lived in one year ago. This new society includes a completely different retail pattern, a reduced use of public transportation, an increased and multipurpose use of residential spaces, the exploitation of online activities, a reduced use of public spaces such as offices, stadiums, museums, theatres, schools and universities, but also streets, parks and squares. Some scholars have recently been discussing such transformations, noticing that most of them were already ongoing but received an acceleration since the pandemic, while others consider them to be completely new. We believe that in the long or medium term the new social pattern will be followed by substantial changes in the built environment, and that we should understand these changes to plan and design for the future, to mitigate the diffusion of new airborne diseases and to meet new social demands. This conference will have three tracks: it will use history as a mirror to analyse the present condition  and to re-examine urban form, it will provide a meeting point for researchers and ideas on urban environment and health and consider new design and planning solutions. The international conference on Pandemics and the changing built environment will take place in a blended form in April 2022. We intend it as the first of a yearly series of meetings for scholars interested in pandemics and the transformations of urban form. We welcome proposals for papers and posters related to the conference topics. Abstracts of papers will be double peer reviewed by an international scientific committee before acceptance. We encourage scholars, planners, architects and city managers to propose abstracts.

Conference track 1: Learning from history
Historical plagues and urban transformations
Pandemics, territorial cycles and morphological periods
The Justinian plague and the collapse of classical cities
The black plague and the Renaissance
The Spanish flu and the modernist manifesto

Conference track 2: Shedding light on the contemporary world
The impact of the pandemics on the physical space
Changes in social behaviours and in the built environment  
Smart working and new office spaces  
Public health policies and their effects on the built environment
Virtual spaces/communications and the effects on real spaces    
Climate change, pollution and waste treatment
Online education

Conference track 3: The world is waiting for us to take action !
The impact of the built environment on public health
Design and future solutions for public health
Technologies, design and smart cities  
Architectural responses to COVID-19  
Hospital design and COVID-19
Pandemics and open spaces, roads and parks
New housing and building types  
Planning for health in the built environment
From global metropolis to sustainable small towns
Public transportation: airports, subways, train and hyperloop stations and bus terminals  

Abstracts of papers and posters in English of not more than 4000 characters (spaces included) [3200 abstract + 800 references] may be submitted online using the Microsoft Conference Management Toolkit. All abstracts will be double peer reviewed by the conference scientific committee members, acceptance will be notified by email.

Conference fees:  
Poster, 25 euro, poster, 10 minutes presentation, 12000 characters article
Paper, 75 euro, paper, 20 minutes presentation, 32000 characters article
Paper, Scientific committee member discount, 25 euro, paper, 20 minutes presentation, 32000 characters article

Proceedings will be published after the conference in a volume with ISBN code, with SCOPUS indexing. We will give the PDF  to the authors after publication, you may buy your hard copiy online using print on demand. Selected papers will be also published after double blind peer review in a special issue of the Journal of Urbanism, and in a special issue of Forma Civitatis. International journal of urban and territorial morphological studies.

Agora Journal – The Magazine of Cherished Spaces

Agora Journal is currently putting together the remaining issues for 2021 and have slots for project profiles. The journal covers everything in ‘cherished spaces’ – from faith buildings to heritage structures, public spaces to historic buildings, and any spaces that the public would consider to be ‘cherished’.

For more information see the submission info here.

International Conference Florence Heri-Tech

Florence Heri-Tech was launched in 2018 by the Department of Industrial Engineering of University of Florence (DIEF) and Florence Biennial Art and Restoration Fair. The idea is to create a synergy between Cultural Heritage and New Technologies. The Conference involves a large number of research projects and scholars from around the world and puts the industry’s current issues under the spotlight, specifically on issues related to innovative techniques and technologies for Cultural Heritage. The Conference is part of the 8th Edition of the Florence Biennial Art and Restoration Fair, an international event attracting prestigious institutions and companies and creating a unique opportunity to bring together the academic word with industry. The city of Florence will therefore be the international heart of Restoration and Cultural and Environmental assets as well as a forum for meeting and discussing for experts and enthusiasts from around the world. The Conference will be a significant opportunity for exchange between researchers and companies for the promotion of productive excellence, technological evolution, the greater use of culture for younger sections of the population and specialization in the educational field for graduates and PhD students.

CALL FOR PAPERS – Submit your Abstract

September 17, 2021 | Updated Deadline to Submit Abstract

September 30, 2021 | Abstract acceptance notification
December 17, 2021 | Deadline to submit draft paper
January 31, 2022 | Submission of final paper

AMPS Canterbury: Intangible Heritage

A conference on design, culture and technology – past, present, and future

Call for Papers closes 30 June 2021

The buildings, towns and cities we inhabit are physical entities created in the past, experienced in the present, and projected to inform the future. The same can be said of the artefacts we use daily: designed furniture in the home, the mobile devices in our hands, the vehicles we see on our streets. However, each of these places, buildings and products had, at their inception, social and cultural roles beyond their ‘object’ status. They continue to have them today. What we understand a designed object to be then, is a complex question of material and social import, and an intricate play of the tangible and intangible identities. Increasingly, it is also a question of hybrid experiences and overlaid histories. This conference address the range of issues connected to this scenario.

AMPS Global Health Conference – Environments by Design: Health, Wellbeing, and Place

Call for Papers closes 25 June 2021

On January 1st, 2020, the world woke to news that a pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan, China, had been identified as a strain of coronavirus. By March, the World Health Organization would define it as a pandemic and the most serious global health threat on the planet. Under lockdown conditions the relationship between health and the spaces we inhabit became central. The response from professionals and academics was immediate. Public health officials became consultants on ‘healthy buildings’, infectious disease specialists advised on planning codes, mental health experts became advisors on design strategy. Environmental psychologists collaborated on adapting homes for lockdown, sociologists re-examined behaviour in public space; teachers critiqued new spatial uses of the classrooms and, by extension, interior work environments of every type. It is tempting to see this recent global concern about health and environments as new. The reality is, it has a long history. The public health profession was born from the housing conditions of the 19th century urban poor. ‘Sick building syndrome’ has been a concern for years. Demands for walkable neighbourhoods are long standing. Housing for the elderly, accessible design, and the broader healthy cities agenda globally, all pre-date COVID-19. Seen in this light, this conference seeks to bring recent experiences and responses into dialogue with these longer standing areas of research into health, wellbeing and environments.

AMPS New Delhi – Architecture, History, and the Smart City

Call for Papers closes 30 June 2021

Smart, intelligent, digital, ubiquitous. While star architects develop ‘spectacle architecture’ for example, property developers produce gated communities, and urban planners grapple with urban expansion. This all happens while conservationists dedicate themselves to preserving the past and historians continue exploring former lives of our ancient towns. The city we imagine for the future then, will be a complex set of factors and components from the past, and present. Navigating this multiplicity will be key to the futures now being imagined and how we maintain our cultural traditions. The site of some of the most iconic architectural heritage in the world, it is also a country of burgeoning contemporary architecture and future planning. Operating within this complex tapestry is the National Government’s 100 Smart Cities Mission, an ambitious project to ‘update’ 100 of its existing cities, their infrastructure and their architecture In many ways, 100 Smart Cities captures issues at the heart of smart city agendas across the world and raises questions, possibilities and concerns related to ‘digital futures’ globally: How do architects respond to the ‘traditional’ needs of our cities and their people? What is the heritage we need to preserve and how do we do it? What are the practicalities of digital integration in existing infrastructures? What long term prosperity will emerge from the digital city? Will we be exposed to ‘surveillance capitalism’? How do we most benefit from the inevitable changes to the make-up of our future cities? How can our present condition and our cultural past coexist in this emerging future?