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Conferences & Events: ACSA Boston 2012


BTES is hosting a peer reviewed paper session at the
ACSA Annual Meeting in Boston, March 1 to 4, 2012

The BTES Special Focus Session will take place on Thursday, March 1

from 12 noon to 1:30 pm. Room TBA


Rashida Ng, Temple University,
Patrick Tripeny, University of Utah,
BTES Session Co-chairs

“Diffusion research traces the flow and change of new ideas from their originator to potential users.”[1]

At the onset of the energy crisis, American architect and daylighting consultant Steve Ternoey illustrated the relevance of theories of diffusion research to the field of architecture technology innovations.  Diffusion research considers how social systems adapt in response to the diffusion of new information, tracing the evolution of an idea as it transforms from an original concept into widely accepted practice.  This process of diffusion includes two constituencies: innovators, who invent the initial idea, and adopters, who adapt and shape the idea according to a continually expanding set of broader issues along the way. As nascent Stechnologies persist, they are reinvented in response to progressively more broad applications and considerations, undergoing additional modifications with each subsequent application.  This natural process of diffusion provokes a field of continual change until the original invention no longer embodies a unique identity and is thereby folded into common knowledge and widespread practices.

Today, building technologies are rapidly evolving due to an increasingly diverse field of innovations.  Stimulated by the global mandate for more ecologically sustainable buildings, a diffusion of emerging technologies is being invented, shaped, transformed, and then reinvented towards the production of buildings that coexist in greater harmony with nature.  As we look forward to another 100 years of architectural education, we must prepare our students to work collaboratively as both innovators and adopters towards the production of architecture that simultaneously delights and performs.  Architects of the future must be prepared to critically evaluate buildings both qualitatively and quantitatively as integrated processes within design.  What pedagogical methods must we reconsider as we prepare students for practice within this profession of continually shifting information?  What critical skills must future architects possess in order to provide leadership within a profession of rapid innovation and change?  How do we best engender these skills within future architects?  To that end, this session invites papers that demonstrate effective pedagogies and research towards the reinvention of architecture technology education.  

Papers to be presented by:

Terri Meyer Boake (University of Waterloo)
Emanuel Jannasch (Dalhousie University)
Erin Moore and E. Eva Peterson (University of Oregon)
Ted Cavanaugh (Dalhousie University)

Papers are to be published in conjunction with a future BTES Conference Proceedings and will be available for download once the papers are finalized.

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