Call for papers - NAF/NAAR symposium 2018

Published at: 16 November 2017

Call for papers


NAF/NAAR symposium 2018

31 May – 1 June 2018 Seinäjoki, Finland




Researchers, students and practitioners!

You are kindly invited to participate the Nordic Association of Architectural Research Symposium on May 31st to June 1st 2018, in Seinäjoki, Finland. The symposium is a joint venture between Tampere University of Technology, School of Architecture, and the Nordic Association of Architectural Research, NAF/NAAR.


Abstract deadline December 15th 2017. Email your abstract max 400 words to

Full paper deadline April 15th 2018. The organizing committee will prepare a double-blind peer-reviewed conference proceeding. It will be published by Nordic Academic Press of Architectural Research:


Symposium website:

NAF/NAAR website:




Symposium theme

Many cities worldwide are in the process of developing resilient strategic frameworks for the future to adapt their physical structures to the challenges of tomorrow. The aim of this conference is to discuss how cities, neighborhoods, buildings and citizens can become resilient, and what role architects and urban planners may play in this process.


The built environment with its infrastructures, buildings, spaces and landscapes is a relatively slow-transforming socio-technical assemblage. This is due to the large resources it takes to found and change physical constructions. The existing built environment will remain for a long time. For this reason society in general and architects and urban planners in particular need strategies, models and technologies to meet the transformation pressures caused by climate change, demographic change, social segregation, and macroeconomic fluctuations that manifest themselves in congested urban regions as well as in shrinking cities. 


It is noteworthy that some definitions of the term “resilience” suggest that the built environment not just returns to its original state after changes, but instead reaches a renewed state, which is even more resilient than the original. According to this idea, the new state should open up new possibilities for better resource efficiency, better economic profitability, better technical resistance and, particularly, new opportunities for social regeneration and evolving lifestyles as well as new cultural values.


Based on this, the built environment is more likely a resource than a hindrance for future development. Our building stock and infrastructure include a vast amount of public wealth that is not valued only by gross floor area. High quality architecture creates values that cannot be measured by economic indicators only. What kind of values are we able to create by architectural design and planning? What kind of design strategies, models, tools and technologies are needed in order to help architects, planners, decision makers and property developers treat the built environment as a resource? Do new or alternative modes of economy - for instance shared economy - in society regenerate our mind-sets and practices?


A research field as wide as described above requires multidisciplinary and extensive methodological approaches. We encourage the participants to tackle the theme of the symposium from fresh and diverse standpoints. Theoretical and practical approaches are equally welcomed, as well as spatial and temporal explorations through different architectonic scales and epochs.


Thematic tracks

·         Theory and its uses

·         Spatial and social interaction / co-creation

·         Transition and time

·         Circular buildings and cities





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